Non-Fiction Sampler

Inquisitiveness is a virtue at the Lititz Public Library. Borrow one of these recent additions to the nonfiction collection.

Why Does the World Exist? : An Existential Detective StoryWhy Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt
Why is there something rather than nothing? The author seeks input from historians, physicists and theologians for a discussion about how the universe originated.

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero
Three former CIA officers show how techniques used to recognize deceptive behavior in criminal investigations can be applied in our daily lives.

The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman
An irreverent guide to the classics of western literature uses humorous tidbits about popular culture, literary hoaxes, and bad reviews to foster appreciation for the great works of the past.

Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Journalist looks at remarkable men and women with ordinary jobs and examines how they contribute services essential to the running of the nation, from coal miners and oil rig workers to migrant workers and air traffic controllers.

Super Immunity : The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease FreeSuper Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
The author argues that our current approach to disease is doing more harm than good and explains why some people get sick more regularly than others.

I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza
Television personality spent a stressful year teaching tenth-grade English at Philadelphia’s largest high school, an experience that sheds light on a number of the struggles teachers face.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
Spiritual teacher concludes that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, our ability to observe ourselves and the world around us and the inner dialog we have with ourselves.

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
Coming from a sheltered background, a twenty-two-year-old volunteered to spend her early years of midwifery training in London’s East End in the 1950s.

Hello Goodbye Hello : A Circle of 101 Remarkable MeetingsHello Goodbye Hello by Craig Brown
In daisy-chain fashion, the author recounts anecdotes of famous people meeting other famous people in unusual situations, for example Helen Keller is introduced to Martha Graham in 1909, who bumps into Madonna in 1978, who is set up on a date with Michael Jackson in 1991, etc.

The Trivia Lover’s Guide to the World by Gary Fuller
Using trivia to entice readers to geographic knowledge, the author ponders questions such as what peaceful country requires citizens to keep guns in their homes, what continent contains at least 75% of the world’s fresh water and why aren’t New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia the capitals of their respective states?

My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss
Cooking helped the author, a German-born chef raised in America, to find solace when she broke off her engagement to a handsome New Yorker, quit her dream job and found a new life in Berlin.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
A compellation of advice columns shares heartbreaking stories that illustrate that even where there is suffering there are reasons to celebrate life.

The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H. W. Brands
A Civil War general and two-term president, Grant held the country together at two turning points in history, with decisive military leadership on the battlefield and in the White House through his effective support of the rights of freedmen in the South.

Originally published on February 22, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.