Popular New Releases for Holiday Giving NONFICTION

Popular New Releases for Holiday Giving NONFICTION
Recommended by the Belmont Library Staff

NONFICTION Holiday Titles


Byrne, David. How Music Works. McSweeneys, c2012.  The Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads presents a celebration of music that offers insight into the roles of time, place and recording technology, discussing how evolutionary patterns of adaptations and responses to cultural and physical contexts have influenced music expression throughout history and culminated in the 20th century's transformative practices.


Feinstein, Michael. The Gershwins and Me, a personal history in twelve songs. Simon & Schuster, 2012. Michael Feinstein was just 20 years old when he got the chance of a lifetime: a job with his hero, Ira Gershwin. During their six-year partnership, Feinstein blossomed under Gershwin's mentorship and Gershwin was reinvigorated by the younger man's zeal. Now, in The Gershwins and Me, Michael Feinstein shares unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song, along with rare Gershwin memorabilia he's collected through the years.  


Fowler, F. L. Fifty Shades of Chicken, a parody in a cookbook. Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2012]. Dripping Thighs, Sticky Chicken Fingers, Vanilla Chicken, Chicken with a Lardon, Bacon-Bound Wings, Spatchcock Chicken, Learning-to-Truss-You Chicken, Holy Hell Wings, Mustard-Spanked Chicken, and more, more, more! 


Hatch, Peter. A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary garden at Monticello. Yale University Press, 2012.


La Russa, Tony. One Last Strike: fifty years in baseball, ten and a half games back, and one final championship season. William Morrow, c2012. The legendary baseball manager takes readers behind the scenes of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 season, detailing a journey that resulted in one of the most dramatic World Series of all time. 


Lester, Toby. Da Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, obsession, and how Leonardo created the world in his own image. Free Press, 2012. Journalist and storyteller Toby Lester brings Vitruvian Man to life, resurrecting the ghost of an unknown Leonardo. 


Mann, William. Hello Gorgeous: becoming Barbra Streisand. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.  The best-selling biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor tells the electrifying story of how Barbra Streisand transformed herself into the greatest star of her era.


Meacham, Jon. Thomas Jefferson: the art of power. Random House, 2012.  In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize and–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times.


National Geographic. World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 extraordinary places. National Geographic, c2012. This broad, general interest travel title will appeal to active travelers looking for the next great trip as well as to the many readers who simply love dreaming of visiting far-flung, idyllic destinations, and for those who love to be "in the know" of the next travel trend. Five years after Journeys of a Lifetime hit the stores, fans are eager for the next great set of can't-miss travel hits revealed in this beautiful 2012 gift book.


The Open Door:  One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine, edited by Don Share and Christian Wiman. The University of Chicago Press, [2012]  When Harriet Monroe founded Poetry magazine in Chicago in 1912, she began with an image: the Open Door. “May the great poet we are looking for never find it shut, or half-shut, against his ample genius!” For a century, the most important and enduring poets have walked through that door—William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens in its first years, Rae Armantrout and Kay Ryan in 2011. And at the same time, Poetry continues to discover the new voices who will be read a century from now. 


Radcliffe, Margaret. Circular Knitting Workshop: essential steps to mastering knitting in the round. Storey Pub., LLC, c2012.


Sacks, Oliver. Hallucinations. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.  Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition. 


Schaller, George B. Tibet Wild: a naturalist’s journeys on the roof of the world. Island Press, 2012. Tibet Wild is Schaller’s account of three decades of exploration in the most remote stretches of Tibet: the wide, sweeping rangelands of the Chang Tang and the hidden canyons and plunging ravines of the southeastern forests.


Sports Illustrated Football's Greatest / [Bill Syken, editor]. Sports Illustrated Books, c2012.  Polls experts to determine the top ten NFL quarterbacks, games, rivalries, linebackers, tight ends, coaches, wide receivers, stadiums, and teams.  


Strayed, Cheryl.  Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.


Symons, Michael. Michael Symon’s Carnivore. Clarkson Potter, 2012. "Michael Symon is loved across the country by folks who watch him on Food Network's Iron Chef America, Cooking Channel's Cook Like an Iron Chef, and ABC's much-buzzed The Chew, which debuted in September 2011.”


Tucci, Stanley. The Tucci Cookbook. Gallery Books, 2012. Featuring nearly 200 irresistible recipes, perfectly paired with delicious wines, The Tucci Cookbook is brimming with robust flavors, beloved Italian traditions, mouthwatering photographs, and engaging, previously untold stories from the family’s kitchen. 

Popular New Releases for Holiday Giving NONFICTION
Recommended by the Belmont Library Staff

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