Current Recommendations for Booklovers— General Nonfiction

Dad's Great Advice for Teens by Marc Fienberg

General Nonfiction

Dad’s Great Advice for Teens is the perfect gift to help a teenager get happy, be successful, and make good decisions. (But it’s also an amazing gift for any parent trying to better connect with their kid.) What kind of crazy father actually advises teens to…Do dumb, risky things (as long as they’re not really dumb things)...Fail at their endeavors (rather than not trying at all out of fear)...Drink, vape, and do drugs (in a smart, disciplined way, and only if they’re determined to not wait) $9.99 Kindle / Nook / Apple / Great Advice Group


Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville by Trav SD

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Rose's Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville is A BIG STORY about little people. This is the first book in 40 years devoted to the wonderful performances of these vaudeville acts. It includes personal remembrances and photographs from the daughter of Gladys Farkas, one of the original members of the company, PLUS reproductions of vintage collectible postcards that were originally sold by the performers at their shows. Available Nov. 15. Pre-order now direct from the publisher.

50 Core American Documents by Christopher Burkett

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50 Core American Documents is meant to introduce readers to America’s story as it has unfolded from the American Founding into the Twentieth Century. Many of the documents emphasize America’s uniqueness and contributions to the world, but they also present different views on some of the major issues and disputes in American history and government, especially on the meaning of liberty, the injustice of slavery, and the demands of progress. Taken as such, the documents reveal a kind of political dialogue to readers, an ongoing and profoundly consequential conversation about how Americans have agreed and often disagreed on the meaning of freedom and self-government. Free Kindle / Nook

Minimalism Room by Room: A Customized Plan to Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life by Elizabeth Enright Phillips

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Imagine the life you've always wanted. Neat. Tidy. Free from unwanted clutter and surrounded by peace, calm, and serenity. Now you can learn how to love your space more by owning less and organizing the rest. Minimalism Room by Room is an essential guide for streamlining your life—one room (and one mess) at a time. $9.99 Kindle / Nook

Practical Memory by I. C. Robledo

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The Internet has all the facts we need at our fingertips. Cameras store our pictures. Smartphones contain the phone numbers of everyone we know. With so much information being recorded for us, the brain has little that it actually needs to remember. This may be good for productivity, but is bad for our memories. The solution here is simple: We must practice and exercise our memories. Practical Memory includes simple, practical, "common sense" tips to remember more and forget less. $4.99 KindleNook / Kobo




Emotional Eating Solution by Megan Lacey

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Are you frustrated with uncontrollable food cravings and excessive weight gain? Discover simple methods to overcome your emotional eating habits for life. From the author: "I want to help you to finally overcome your emotional eating habits and stop putting on that unwanted weight. With my techniques, you can finally learn how to control your food cravings and learn how to eat for energy, instead of eating for comfort." With ten super-simple yet incredibly effective techniques, this is the book to help cure your emotional eating disorder for life. Free Kindle / Nook

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills

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A New York Times bestseller for over a decade. In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. "This book, simple yet so powerful, has made a tremendous difference in how I think and act in every encounter." - Oprah Winfrey. From $6.48 KindleNook / KoboGoogle / Apple

A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star by Sanam Maher

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In 2016, Pakistan’s first social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, was murdered in a suspected honor killing. Her death quickly became a media sensation. It was both devastatingly routine and breathtakingly brutal. Qandeel had courted attention and outrage with a talent for self-promotion that earned her comparisons to Kim Kardashian. Her murder exposed a culture divided between accelerating modernity and imposed traditional values—and the tragedy of those caught in the middle. "An exemplary work of investigative journalism." - The New York Times. $9.99 Kindle / KoboNook

Witches: The Transformative Power of Women Working Together by Sam George-Allen

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Covens. Girl Bands. Ballet troupes. Convents. In all times and places, girls and women have come together in communities of vocation, of necessity, of support. In Witches, we see that wherever women gather, magic happens. This deeply personal investigation takes us from our workplaces to our social circles, surveying our heroes, our outcasts, and ourselves, in order to dismantle the persistent and pernicious cultural myth of female isolation and competition once and for all. $9.99 Melville House / Kindle / Nook / Kobo

The 100% Solution: A Plan for Solving Climate Change by Solomon Goldstein-Rose

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This is the guide we've been waiting for. As calls for a WWII-scale mobilization intensify--especially among youth activists--this fully illustrated, action-oriented book arms us with specific demands, sets the stakes for what our leaders must achieve, and proves that with this level of comprehensive thinking we can still take back our future. "At last--a global plan that actually adds up." - James Hansen, former director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. $9.99 from Melville House / Kindle / Kobo

Money From Nothing: Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying About Debt and Learn to Love the Federal Reserve by Robert Hockett, Aaron James

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A major work of financial theory and practice with immediate relevance to the rebuilding of the economy, and restoring the promise of equality. When the government decides to spend money, it simply creates the necessary funds for itself–as if out of thin air. That’s how we pay for interstate highways, post offices, wars, social services, and economic stimulus packages. If it’s that easy to make money, can’t we all get more of it? Absolutely. And we should according to this eye-opening, irreverent, and inspiring exploration of what the dollar really is. $14.99 Melville House / Kindle / Nook / Kobo

Literature – the Book, the Place and the Pen: A Teaching Resource Book by Andrea Ambler

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Teaching Literature in a Clever, Fun Way – A Book For Classroom Teachers & Home Schoolers. Designed to educate students about good literature, the information is applicable to all grade levels. There are multiple activities engaging students in reading literature and writing about what they have learned. The book meets national language arts standards and encourages students to become prolific, life-long readers of all types of literature, to become insightful thinkers and competent writers. Starting at $6.49 Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Apple / Kobo / Ambler Publishing

The Tangled Web We Weave: Inside The Shadow System That Shapes the Internet by James Ball

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Just released Oct 6: The internet was supposed to be a thing of revolutions. As that dream curdles, there is no shortage of villains to blame–from tech giants to Russian bot farms. But what if the problem is not an issue of bad actors ruining a good thing? What if the hazards of the internet are built into the system itself? ”An excellent summary of how we got where we are, and how we can move forward to build a better internet” - Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. $14.99 Melville House / Kindle / Nook / Kobo

Too Many Times: How to End Gun Violence in a Divided America

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In this revelatory collection, gun violence in America is addressed from three angles: how gun violence affects us today, how we have gotten to this juncture legally and socially, and finally, what we can do to reduce and end gun violence in America. ”Powerful ammunition, so to speak, for advocates of gun control in a time of uncontrolled violence.” - Kirkus Reviews. $7.99 Melville House / Kindle / Nook / Kobo

Coping with Coronavirus by Dr. Brendan Kelly

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The subtitle says it all: "How to Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health: A Psychological Toolkit." These are certainly challenging, unprecedented times. Allow pre-eminent psychiatrist Dr. Brendan Kelly to help you understand and cope with the unique stresses of today. Dr. Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and also holds masters degrees in epidemiology, healthcare management and Buddhist studies. Both the author and the publisher are donating all proceeds from this book to charity. $1.99 from Melville HouseAmazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog by Kitty Burns Florey

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This book is about the quirky history and lost art of diagramming sentences. Sounds fun, right? Surprisingly, it is! Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming - and has fun exploring what diagrams of sentences by Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and other famous writers reveal about them. ”Diagramming sentences may have gone the way of the slide ruler, but this charming little book makes deconstruction of language fun.” Chicago Tribune. $9.99 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / 

A Human Algorithm by Flynn Coleman

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A Human Algorithm examines the immense impact intelligent technology will have on humanity. These machines, while challenging our personal beliefs and our socio-economic world order, also have the potential to transform our health and well-being, alleviate poverty and suffering, and reveal the mysteries of intelligence and consciousness. International human rights attorney Flynn Coleman deftly argues that it is critical we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI as we work to build a more humane future and move conscientiously into a new frontier of our own design. Starting at $12.99 on Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity by Mary Potter Kenyon

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"Called to Be Creative" is for anyone looking to reignite that tiny spark inside of them and invite creativity back into their lives. A certified grief counselor and program coordinator for a spirituality center, Mary Potter Kenyon walks the reader through the process of exploring their true potential in this inspirational guide to embracing our innate creativity. "If you’re looking for something to feed your creative soul, this is it."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author. Starting at $5.49 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Books-a-Million / Workman

Hope & Heartbreak: Beyond the Numbers of the Opioid Epidemic by Scott L. Brown

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A father who lost his 20-year-old son to an overdose and refused to stay silent. A mother who fulfilled a promise to write an honest obituary if her 20-year-old daughter died from an overdose—and hasn’t stopped telling their heartbreaking story. Carmen Capozzi and Michelle Schwartzmier are linked in a way that no parents ever should be. What happened to them can happen to anyone and their stories epitomize the tragedy and inspiration that author Scott Brown found while chronicling the opioid epidemic for almost a year. Their stories will make you cry, smile, question—and can help you save someone you love. From $6.99 on Barnes & Noble / Amazon / 

The Wall Will Tell You by Hampton Fancher

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A completely original guide to the screenwriter’s art–as only the writer of Blade Runner could conceive it. In short paragraphs–oracular and enigmatic, hard hitting and concrete–Fancher writes a guide book like none other for the aspiring screenwriter. Learn how to write living, breathing characters, exciting action and plot, and develop your own artistic vision. And learn how to never compromise that vision, most importantly, with yourself. $10.99 on Amazon / Kobo / 

A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron

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Using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research, Donna Cameron shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. She presents compelling research into the myriad benefits of kindness, and explores what a kind life entails. And she provides practical suggestions to make choosing a life of kindness becomes ever easier and more natural. $8.49 at Barnes & Noble / Amazon

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White

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Writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In China, France, Chile, Scotland and the Arctic, White combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides. Starting at $9.99 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life through Storytelling by Dr. Tyra Manning

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Creative expression through writing helps us uncover gems of hope and serenity, enabling us to navigate difficult times. Sharing stories with one another fills the space between us, inspires us, helps us forge stronger relationships, and teaches us that we’re more alike than different. A guidebook for transformation through self-expression, Your Turn will spark readers’ creative thought and offers them a space to document their own self-reflection—helping them overcome challenges and move forward. $8.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Spiritual Rebel by Sarah Bowen

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Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose draws on ancient wisdom and modern pop culture to help anyone connect with their true calling. This book is for anyone who desires meaningful experiences without having to commit exclusively to one path or fear they might be “doing it wrong.” The diverse collection of interspiritual practices and resources will inspire the Force within you, by whatever name you call it. $8.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Savvy: Navigating Fake Companies, Fake Leaders, and Fake News in the Post-Trust Era by Shiv B. Singh and Rohini Luthra, Ph.D.

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We face a crisis of trust because people feel there is no longer any truth. Misrepresentation, exaggerated truths, and outright fake news have become a world-wide phenomenon. Finding truth is like searching for a needle in a haystack and it is only getting harder. Savvy makes it easier. A Finalist at the American Bookfest Best Book Awards, Savvy is a highly-readable analysis of how it happened and how we might return truth to it's necessary prominence. $9.99 at Amazon
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