|In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, 613 In11
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan’s thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not “real.” Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan’s advice is: “Don’t eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food.” Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.
|Love is a Verb, 297 L9411
Love is a Verb follows a global movement of faithful Muslims inspired by the teachings of Fethullah Gulen halfway around the globe. Preaching social activism, dialogue, education, and peace, Gulen has now inspired two generations of educators and humanitarian workers where they are most needed around the globe. But he couldn’t escape from controversy in his home country and abroad. In 2013, Time Magazine named Gulen as one of the most influential people in the world.
|Invisible Scars: An Empowering Journey to End the Silence, 362.76 In899
A victim of child sexual abuse, Johnna gains the perspective of others who were similarly abused and is forced to face her past and learn to live in the present.
|P.S. I Like You, Kasie West
Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter Lily Abbott is finding notes left to her by a mystery boy, love letters really, and she hopes they are from Lucas, a boy she is attracted to–so when she finds out they are really from, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond.
|Ghostly Echoes, William Ritter
The highly anticipated third volume of the paranormal detective series perfect for “readers who enjoy Doctor Who, Supernatural, Grimm…and of course, Sherlock Holmes stories, and who are ready to stay up into the wee hours.” Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder–her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected. Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.
|A Week of Mondays, Jessica Brody
Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks keeps reliving the terrible Monday on which her boyfriend, Tristan, breaks up with her. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot seem to set things right.
|The Bones of Paris, Laurie R. King
Investigating the disappearance of an American girl who may be one of several abductees linked to a series of murders, Harris Stuyvesant, a former officer of the American Bureau of Investigation, follows clues to an American expat community in 1929 Paris, where he encounters dangerous adversaries and famous historical artists.
|Three Sisters, Three Queens, Philippa Gregory
United in sisterhood by birth and marriage, Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England; Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots; and Mary Tudor, Queen of France immediately recognize each other as both allies and rivals in the treacherous world of court and national politics. Their bonds extend beyond natural and expeditious loyalties, as romance, scandal, war, and religion inextricably unite these three for better or for worse.
|American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearts, Jeffrey Toobin
On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre “Tania.”
The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing—the Hearst family trying to secure Patty’s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing “Tania” wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty’s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circus-like trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term “Stockholm syndrome” entered the lexicon.
The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times. Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. American Heiress examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors’ crusade.
Or did she?