Category Archives: Adults – Nonfiction

So You Say You’re Not a Scientist?

Science Books for Non-Scientists
“We are part of this universe; we are in this universe.”
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author of Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandries.

Science books for the non-scientists among us help us experience the wonder of life through fascination, entertainment, and humor. A big thanks to Kerry McHugh at Shelf Awareness for her thoughts and book selections on this important subject!

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Feed your brain and soul: April is National Poetry Month

…Resistance is futile.

move & roll on to this poem
do not resist this poem
this poem has your eyes
this poem has his head
this poem has his arms
this poem has his fingers
this poem has his fingertips

-Excerpt from “Beware: Do Not Read This Poem,” by Ishmael Reed

Whether you are a poet and ya know it, or have nightmares of analyzing poetry in high school, it may be time to approach the subject anew: you may just be surprised at what speaks to something within. Here are some ways to dip your toe back into that poetry pool….

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March Madness

Just what IS “March Madness”?

According to Wikipedia, March Madness is: “The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball  single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the NCAA, to determine the national championship.
Played mostly during March, it is known informally as March Madness or the Big Dance, and has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. “

Back from the Dead book coverHave you caught the Madness? If you are indeed a fan, or even if you’re not, here’s a great book to read during this mad, mad season – Back from the Dead, by Bill Walton.
From our catalog:
This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

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Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier

Love That BoyI just finished Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectationsby Ron Fournier, and have found myself recommending this book to a number of people.

The author is a past White House correspondent with three children. Ron Fournier and his son take off on a series of father/son journeys that Fournier deliberately refers to as “guilt trips.”

Ron Fournier is a parent, like many of us, with conscious and sometimes unconscious expectations of his children; this was particularly daunting to the author regarding his son, who didn’t fit the typical mold regarding athletics and social skills due to him having Asperger’s Syndrome. This book is an honest and raw journey of a parent learning to adjust expectations and parenting to fit his children.

More than anything, this is a book on parenting; not on parenting a child with Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s about cherishing and supporting our children as the unique individuals they are, and not mixing things up by adding in our expectations and/or missed opportunities. As a parent, I found myself having both uncomfortable as well as comforting feelings and reactions as I read the book. It is rich with wisdom.

-Contributed by Lisa G.