Tuesday, October 9, 2007

TEMPTING TITLES - New Nonfiction (1 of 4)

Here are more new nonfiction books that have arrived or are coming to the Glendale Public Library. To get to the catalog record of any book where you can place an online hold click on the image or the book title.

Glendale Central Library users - Streamlined service is here! Books and items you have on hold are now available for self pickup on shelves out in the middle of the main reading room, just behind the New Book shelves.

Look for your name in alphabetical order in large lettering on the wrapper that covers the books, tapes, or discs you have requested. You can even use the self check out machines to avoid any extra waiting.

If you call the library to have a librarian retrieve it for you please know that from now on those items will be held for you at the Circulation loan desk in the front of the buiilding. When requesting please give a last name and first initial.

Dewey Decimal 000s (Computers, generalities, news)

Creating Web Pages for Dummies by Bud E. Smith and Arthur Bebak [8th edition]

Sure, it's not new but have you created your web page yet? "Covers Web page publishing concepts including how to use HTML, using a text editor, creating a home page, adding links, placing graphics, adding multimedia, and Netiquette."... "The Web is an incredibly easy way to get your message - any message - out to anyone in the world who's interested in it. By putting up a Web page, you can stay in touch with friends and family, entertain people, help yourself get a job, or help yourself do your job. You can start a business, grow a business, or just have fun expressing yourself." (Book summary and introduction.)

Dewey Decimal 100s (Psychology, philosophy)

Thanks!: how the new science of gratitude can make you happier by Robert A . Emmons

"Writing for general readers, Emmons (psychology, Univ. of California, Davis; editor in chief, Journal of Positive Psychology) summarizes the research he and others have conducted on the subject of gratitude and demonstrates how gratitude can be cultivated and become a significant feature of human happiness. … Emmons describes gratitude's role in mental and physical health and explores religious, theological, philosophical, cross-cultural, and historical perspectives." —(Library Journal)

The Power of Play: how spontaneous, imaginative activities lead to happier, healthier children by David Elkind

"Elkind (child development, Tufts Univ.; The Hurried Child: growing up too fast too soon ) has contributed a timely book on the importance of unstructured play in the academic preparation and development of children, dispelling myths about kids being left behind if they are not submersed at an early age in organized sports and other controlled pursuits. Elkind will connect with parents when he reveals that "Toys R Not Us" and argues that less is more; that children should use toys for inspiration, not distraction. He concludes by stating that the trinity of play, love, and work, which is successfully used in Montessori and Waldorf schools, should be the model for all education, not just early childhood programs. Highly recommended. - (Library Journal)

Dewey Decimal 200s (Religion)

Life's Healing Choices: freedom from your hurts, hang-ups, and habits by John Baker and Rick Warren

"Baker's eight steps to spiritual freedom (admitting need, getting help, letting go, coming clean, making changes, repairing relationships, maintaining momentum and recycling pain) promise to help [those who are] Christians overcome many kinds of addictive behaviors. Baker likens them to AA's 12-step program, ... Each chapter includes moving narratives of participants in Baker's program who express how its principles changed their lives." (Publishers Weekly)

Dewey Decimal 300s (Social Sciences)

Discover Your Inner Economist: use incentives to fall in love, survive your next meeting, and motivate your dentist by Tyler Cowen

"If you like Tyler Cowen’s writing on the best economics blog in the universe, you will love this book. Cowen combines an economist’s tools with a teenager’s recklessness, addressing problems like: how to keep meetings short, how to hire a tour guide in Marrakesh, and how to incentivize your kids to wash the dishes. His creativity is a gift."--Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of Freakonomics - Book blurb)

Cocktail Economics: discovering investment truths from everyday conversations by Victor A, Canto

Canto (chairman and founder, La Jolla Economics, an economic consulting firm) provides investment advice to a non-specialist audience, employing a conversational tone and guiding anecdotes ("cocktail economics") in order to reduce complex economic theories to "common- sense basics." (Book News)

"Canto calls his brand of investment theory 'cocktail economics' because it is conversational and filled with entertaining anecdotes. But there is no mistaking the seriousness of his intent." -- (Kirkus Business & Personal Finance Newsletter)

Satan's Circus: murder , vice, police corruption, and New York's trial of the century by Mike Dash

"They called it Satan's Circus--a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the 20th century, ... The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York's vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan's underworld? This tale brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham."-- (Publisher's description.)

"...Dash paints an irresistible tableau that both fascinates and repels. This is a juicy but ultimately tragic tale that effectively captures a bygone era of a great city." -- (Booklist)

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