Nonfiction

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley at 100 by George Will

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist & lifelong Cubs fan George Will celebrates Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday with this wonderful collection of stories, anecdotes and statistics. If you are a Cubs fan, you will enjoy Will’s passion for the Cubs, despite their rocky history. And if you are a Sox fan, you will read about the blown leads and numerous losing seasons with a sense of schadenfreude.

Queen of the Air by Dean Jensen

Lillian Leitzel and Alfredo Codona were famed circus artists and the biggest stars of the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1920’s.  It was the heyday of the big top when circus performers were celebrities and household names.  Leitzel, born to a circus family, became a famous acrobat known for her open-air one arm rope trick.  Codona fell for her at 16 when he was just a circus extra and she a rising star.  When they married twenty years later he had become an accomplished trapeze artist, the first to master the triple somersault.  The marriage was tempestuous

The Question That Never Goes Away: Why by Philip Yancey

In his new book, Philip Yancey returns to the question, “Where is God in a world that is filled with such pain and tragedy?” He notes that doubt is a normal part of faith, but discusses why one should hold fast to belief, and shows ways to reach out to those in pain. Most of us will encounter events that challenge our faith, but Yancy notes that there is comfort and hope for those who continue to believe. ~Bonnie 

Call number: 248.86 YAN

Dance of the Reptiles: Selected Columns by Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is most well-known for his wacky novels that take place in Southern Florida. Most of his villains are greedy developers ruining the Florida coastline with their condo developments or tourists who do not respect the ecosystem. However, Hiaasen has been a columnist at the Miami Herald for over 25 years and has used his column to express his disdain for Florida’s crooked politicians and damaging environmental policies, among many other topics.

Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson

In Unremarried Widow---official military terminology for the widow of a man killed in service--Artis Henderson recounts the unlikely love story between her and husband, Miles, an Apache helicopter pilot for the United States Army.  In this memoir, Henderson offers a visceral look into enduring after Miles is killed in Iraq, and eventually, reconciling herself to the hard work of recovery and reimagining her dreams. ~ Suzy Miller

Call number: 956.70443 HEN

Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS by Rebecca Eaton

In this delightful memoir Rebecca Eaton shares the story of her twenty-five years as executive producer of Masterpiece Theater.   She has overseen the program from its golden age of elaborate British costume drama to more contemporary gritty fare with the addition of the popular offshoot Mystery.  Iconic names such as Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Firth and Judi Dench spill off the pages.  Little know facts about colorful hosts including Alistair Cook and Diana Rigg are revealed.  The author also tells of how she almost turned down the now wild

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

As a struggling writer in Michigan, Paterniti comes across an article about a cave-aged Spanish cheese, Paramo de Guzman, which changes his life forever. Made in a small village by Ambrosio Molinos it has been enjoyed by kings, celebrities and even the Pope.  Paterniti travels to Guzman to meet the larger-than-life cheese maker and his family.  It is here that he is drawn into the story of love that inspired the creation of the cheese and the betrayal that caused its demise.

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

A London street musician and recovering addict who was himself recently off the streets takes in an injured ginger tomcat he found one day and soon establishes a simpatico relationship with the cat. He took Bob with him every day as he played guitar at the usual corner spots he’d claimed for himself. Bob became an instant attraction, and the result was increased income for Bowen as more money was tossed into his guitar case. This is a beautiful, never maudlin story of second chances for both man and beast.

Call number: 636.8 BOW 

 

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