Readers Guide


By Teresa fortney


Non-Fiction January 2019


Richard Rhodes praises the new biography, Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist (NF 921.000 Conant) by stating, “No one is better suited to write a biography of James Conant than his talented granddaughter, Jennet Conant. A brilliant chemist, James Conant was chosen to be one of the scientific chiefs of the Manhattan Project. He later went on to become one of America’s first cold war warriors and campaigned for the international control of atomic weapons. Drawing on documents, letters, and diaries, Ms. Conant reveals a great leader and visionary, one of the Greatest Generation.

In Gilded Suffragists: the New York Socialites Who Fought For Women’s Right to Vote (NF 324.623), Johanna Neuman describes how fashionable and wealthy women became celebrities and used their mansions, social connections, and notoriety to become leaders and media darlings in the fight for women’s right to vote. With names like Astor and Vanderbilt, these women leveraged their social standing to fight for the cause of women’s political power.

Let Joanna Gaines cheer you on in Home Body : a Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave (NF 747.000)  by reminding you that decorating and design is not rocket science. She encourages readers to try and fail, then try again, to figure out what works for your home. Using six foundational styles, Gaines presents twenty-two homes that represent a range and combination of those styles. Room by room, this book gives you an in-depth guide to creating a space that feels distinctly yours.

What would the Founders think? Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis explores four of America’s founding fathers, examining their views on race, income inequality, Constitutional law, and foreign policy – issues that still trouble our nation today. Just as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and George Washington gained inspiration from the Greek and Roman classics, Ellis takes us back to America’s founders, and the classics in American Dialogue: the Founders and Us (NF 973.300)

The Spy Who Changed the World : Klaus Fuchs, Physicist and Soviet Double Agent by Mike Rossiter (NF 327.120) asks just how big of a spy was Klaus Fuchs? Piecing the story together from archives in Britain, the United States, Russia, and Germany, Rossiter unravels the truth about Fuchs and reveals his long career of espionage. He revealed vital secrets about the atom bomb, as well as the destructive hydrogen bomb, to the Soviet government.

Engrossing and illuminating, The Butchering Art (NF 617.092) by Lindsey Fitzharris tells the story of Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine. At a time when the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than the procedure itself, the young Quaker surgeon solved the deadly puzzle of persistent infections and changed the course of medical history. Author Erik Larson describes this as “a spectacular book – deliciously gruesome and utterly gripping.”

Also at the Library:
     
Stormtroopers : a new history of Hitler’s Brownshirts by Daniel Siemens (NF 943.086)
     The Ascent of Gravity by Marcus Chown (NF 531.140)
     Twilight of Empire : The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs by Greg King and Penny
        Wilson (NF 943.604)
     North : Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek (NF 796.425)



Previous Readers Guides:

YP January 2019
F December 2018
CR December 2018
NF December 2018
YP November 2018