Thursday, December 27, 2007

Tempting Titles - Nonfiction 400 - 700 (2 of 3)

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Dewey Decimal 400s (Language and languages)

Stuff of Thought: language as a window in human nature by Stephen Pinker

"In this book, Steven Pinker explains how the mind works by examining the way we use words. Pinker takes on scientific questions - such as how language affects thought, and which of our concepts are innate - as well as questions from the headlines and everyday life. Why does the government care so much about dirty words? How do lobbyists bribe politicians? How do romantic comedies get such mileage out of the ambiguities of dating? Why do so many courtroom dramas hinge on disagreements about who really caused a person's death? Why have the last two American presidents gotten into trouble through the semantic niceties of their words? And why is bulk e-mail called spam?"-- (Book summary)

Dewey Decimal 500s (Sciences)

Elephants on acid : and other bizarre experiments by Alex Boese

"Very well-researched and delivered in an engaging, breezy, wink-wink tone, this will likely be enjoyed equally by science buffs and casual aficionados of the curious."

"Will obviously appeal to armchair scientists, but the short, witty, ceaselessly amusing entries should delight anyone with a healthy sense of morbid curiosity." (Publishers Weekly)

Dewey Decimal 600s (Medicine, health, technology, home economics, gardening, pets)

The Art of Learning: a journey in the pursuit of excellence by Josh Waitzkin

"Using examples from both his chess and martial arts backgrounds, Waitzkin draws out a series of principles for improving performance in any field. Chapter headings like 'Making Smaller Circles' have a kung fu flair, but the themes are elaborated in a practical manner that enhances their universality. Waitzkin's engaging voice and his openness about the limitations he recognized within himself make him a welcome teacher. The concept of incremental progress through diligent practice of the fundamentals isn't new, but Waitzkin certainly gives it a fresh spin." (Publisher's Weekly)
Dewey Decimal 700s (Art, music, entertainment, sports)

The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance, by Fritjof Capra

"Capra describes a Renaissance man who integrated traits that we view as peculiar to a scientific mind with the sensitivity and skill of a great artist. Leonardo exemplifies for Capra what science needs today, an 'integrative, systemic thinker.' A theoretical physicist who transitioned to popular science writing, Capra has an engaging style and a thorough understanding of the science behind Leonardo's inventions and thinking." (Library Journal)

Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America by Jonathan Gould.

"Brilliant biography of the Beatles… Page after page, you can hear the music; Gould's deft hand makes the book sing. This is music writing at its best." (Publishers Weekly)

Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton

"Guitar wizard Clapton bares his soul in a starkly honest first attempt at autobiography. This bold, intimate, and revealing look at an icon of rock 'n' roll will satisfy all readers, especially his myriad fans." (Library Journal)

Brass diva : the life and legends of Ethel Merman. by Caryl Flinn

"Flinn's extensive use of Merman's 50+ scrapbooks enables her to cover Merman's professional career with microscopic precision. [She] masterfully analyzes Merman's work on stage, screen and TV with a sophisticated eye for detail that will delight theater buffs." (Publishers Weekly)

Conversations With Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking, by Eric Lax

"Woody Allen biographer Lax has been conversing with the elusive, beloved film director for 36 years, and here’s the proof. From the tremendous stable of actors Allen has directed-especially former muses Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow-to the deceptively intriguing details of editing Another Woman, Lax’s interviews are penetrating but far from formal, giving readers the unique opportunity to hear Allen’s thoughts on projects-in-progress and to join him on location. Even casual fans will appreciate this work [with] something interesting on nearly every page." (Publishers Weekly)

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