Today I'm introducing a new feature called the Reference Review. As we add new titles to the non-fiction and reference sections of the library, I'll pick a few to highlight and share with you. For the first installment of the Review the titles are:
The world in 2050 : four forces shaping civilization's northern future by Laurence C. Smith
"The world in 2050" is an impressive work that explains in detail how global climate change will impact the earth. Smith argues that the northern latitudes, which include Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia and Scandinavia, will prosper while areas such as the American Southwest and China will experience severe drought. For those overwhelmed by the often depressing message conveyed by works focused on climate change, fear not. Smith is an optimist who presents several hopeful alternatives to the dire future predicted elsewhere.
The price of everything : solving the mystery of why we pay what we do by Eduardo Porter
In the wake of the recent financial crisis, belief in a rational market has taken a hit. Contrary to decades of conventional economic theory, Eduardo Porter explains in "The price of everything" why people often do not act according to rational assessments or even in their own best interest. A couple of intriguing examples from the book to peak your interest: People are more likely to give blood for free than if offered $25 dollars for the donation and more likely to drive 20 miles to save $20 on a $100 sweater than drive the same distance to save the same amount of money on a $1000 computer. Why? Read the book and find out.
Stitch 'n bitch : super star knitting : go beyond the basics by Debbie Stoller
Have you already run through the other knitting titles available in the library? Ready to challenge yourself and try something new? Debbie Stroller's "Super Star Knitting" will show you how to do the project of your dreams with illustrated step-by-step guides and patterns. This well-reviewed handbook should please all knitters looking for something more advanced than a basic 'how to knit' guide would offer.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother / Amy Chua
Amy Chua's memoir explores a parenting style that has been labeled (depending on your point of view) obsessive, caring, over-driven, and tough. "Battle Hymn" tells the story of Chua's struggle to raise her two daughters in what she terms the "Chinese Way". What does this method of parenting entail? No T.V. or play-dates with other children, multi-hour practice sessions on the piano enforced with a threat to burn her children's stuffed animals if their music didn't show improvement, and an insistence on academic perfection. This widely reviewed book is sure to provoke interesting dinner table conversation with your own family and will arrive at the library shortly. Place your holds now!
2009 International building code
2009 International residential code for one- and two-family dwellings
International Fuel Gas Code 2009
Want to make sure you understand the latest building codes before you put on the new addition to your house? Are you a builder or a contractor? If so, these comprehensive reference books will tell you what the minimum regulations are for the work that you want to do.
More new titles available:
Andrew Johnson / Annette Gordon-Reed
The Good Housekeeping Cookbook / editors of Good Housekeeping Magazine
Physicians Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs / PDR Network
The Haves and the Have-Nots: a brief and idiosyncratic history of global inequality / Branko Milanovic
Decoded / Jay-Z
Why We Get Fat..and what to do about it / Gary Taubes
Kids love Pennsylvania : your family travel guide to exploring "kid-friendly" Pennsylvania; / George & Michele Zavatsky
Fodor's 535 Best Beaches / Fodor Publications
Birnbaum's 2011 Official Guide to Walt Disney World / Wendy Lefkon
Birnbaum's 2011 Walt Disney World for Kids / Wendy Lefkon