A smattering of new nonfiction selections

by googler@evpl on Monday, November 23 2009, 3:03pm. Viewed 847 times.

Looking for something entertaining and informative to read? These nonfiction titles might be just the thing.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope tells how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family. It was called "an autobiography so moving that it is almost impossible to read without tears" by Kate Vander Wiede in the Christian Science Monitor.

In Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day, Diane Ackerman "chose dawn as the subject of her new book because it's the beginning of each new day, a fresh start. Her book abounds in sensuous observations. A glimpse of starlings flocking at dawn segues into a visit with a friend’s hilarious talking bird; the morning light catches a sycamore tree shedding its parchment-like bark. She wants to help us capture the drama of seeing something for the first time. Her gift to us is the sheer pleasure teaching us to see the world through keen, sensitive eyes." (From Goerings Book Store reviews)

The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany, which includes art, poetry, essays, stories, and science writing, is "a delightful mix of art and literature, of geographical range and of attitudes toward wild animals" (The Globe and Mail). It's a companion piece to the author's previous Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany.

In Steal This Style: Moms and Daughters Swap Wardrobe Secrets, Sherrie Mathieson shows moms how to update their wardrobe by stealing a few key pieces from their daughters, and shows daughers how to look a little more classic with a few things from mom's closet. "Sherrie does not get bogged down with designer names and details but shows us how to go for a look that's affordable and attainable for most women. The accompanying copy is loaded with well-written, solid advice," says this blogger

Keep up with new books at the library by looking at our new titles list and reading the enewsletters!


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