Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tempting Titles Nonfiction 300 - 400 - 500

Continuing Summer fun in Dewey Decimal order:

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300 Social Sciences

The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Artic by McGrath, Melanie

A compact history of northern life adds context to the story of horrific exile, which McGrath humanizes by focusing on Josephie Flaherty, the mixed-race son of an Inuit mother and of American director Robert Flaherty, who created the cinematic sensation Nanook of the North in the 1920s. McGrath's account of inhumane deprivation is based on contemporary documents and astonishing interviews with survivors, who after decades of pleading to be repatriated to their homeland finally forced public hearings in 1993 that shocked Canadians and culminated in the 1999 creation of Nunavut, the world's only self-governing territory for indigenous people. Publishers Weekly.

Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration by Quinones, Sam

In this collection of "tales," freelance journalist Quinones (True Tales from Another Mexico) illustrates the astounding determination, resourcefulness, and entrepreneurial spirit of many Mexicans who seek a different way of life, whether within their country of birth or by moving to the United States. Library Journal.

Hyper-chondriac: One Man's Quest to Hurry Up and Calm Down by Frazer, Brian

"Hilarious and biting, Hyper-Chondriac recounts the author's lifelong battle with various ailments and maladies, ranging from minor instances of frostbite to rage-filled meltdowns." -- Entertainment Weekly

The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy by Quigley, Joan

“...a real-life epic of brutally indifferent government, greedy corporations and the unlikely heroes who fight for their basic human rights. It's all here; made in America. You'll feel enraged to know the truth of what happened in our mountains and proud of your fellow Americans who took on Goliath." --
John Passacantando, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

400 Language

Unfortunate English: the gloomy truth behind the words you use by Brohaugh, William

Previous meanings of words that would offend the sensitive, discomfit the squeamish, and irk the politically correct are uncovered in this entertaining compilation of word histories and etymologies. 10,000 first printing. Readers may think twice about using such seemingly innocuous words as "pretty," "gymnasium," and "goodbye" after perusing this volume. In it, Brohaugh reveals the original meanings of a number of commonly used words--meanings that might offend the more delicate sensibilities of modern hearers, were they made aware of them. Brohaugh is the editor or author of several books on writing. Book News, Inc.,

500 Sciences

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Scienceby Angier, Natalie

Natalie Angier loves science, and she wants everyone else to love it, too. Bookpage

She writes with such verve, humor, and warmth that even readers who may have flunked any of those subjects in high school will still be willing to give them a second chance. Library Journal

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