News from the Reference Desk Category: Nature & Astronomy

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – September 2019

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Food

Rice Noodles. Yum.: Everyone's favorite Southeast Asian dishes Botanical baking: contemporary baking and cake decorating with edible flowers and herbs book cover healthy homemade dog treats: simple and delicious treats for your furry best friend

Rice. Noodles. Yum.: Everyone’s Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes by Abigail Sotto Raines, Creator of Manila Spoon

Botanical Baking: Contemporary Baking and Cake Decorating with Edible Flowers and Herbs by Juliet Sear

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: More than 70 Simple & Delicious Treats for your Furry Best Friend by Serena Faber-Nelson

New in House Plants

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers book cover How to make a plant love you: Cultivate green space in your home and heart book cover Wild at Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants book cover

Plant Parenting: Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables, and Flowers by Leslie F. Halleck

How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in your Home and Heart by Summer Rayne Oakes

Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants by Hilton Carter

New in Better Living

Science the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life's Little Problems book cover Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now book cover How To: Absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems book cover

Science and the Sh*t Out of Life: Nerdy Solutions to Life’s Little Problems by Colin Stuart

Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now by Jordan Kassalow and Jennifer Krause

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe

New in Games

The Floor is Lava and 99 more games for everyone, everywhere book cover The Everything Tabletop Games Book: rom Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, find out which games to choose, how to play, and the best ways to win! book cover   100 best solitaire games: featuring 100 classic, new, challenging, & just plain fun solitaires book cover

The Floor is Lava: And 99 More Games for Everyone, Everywhere by Ivan Brett.

The Everything Tabletop Games Book: From Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, Find Out Which Games to Choose, How to Play, and the Best Ways to Win!  by Bebo of Be Bold Games

100 Best Solitaire Games: Featuring 100 Classic, New, Challenging, & Just Plain Fun Solitaires by Sloane Lee & Gabriel Packard

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – July 2019

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Baseball

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City book cover Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher Mantle: The Best There Ever Was book cover

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City by Paul Goldberger

Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher by David Cone

Mantle: The Best There Ever Was by Tony Castro

Coffee Table Books

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globetrotters book cover Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again book cover The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic book cover

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globtrotters by Lonely Planet

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again by Donna De Salvo

The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic by Catherine Herbert Howell

Get Outside!

Walking: One Step at a Time book cover How to Camp in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Finding, Outfitting, and Enjoying Your Adventure in the Great Outdoors book cover Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing book cover

Walking: One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge

How to Camp in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Finding, Outfitting, and Enjoying Your Adventure in the Great Outdoors by Devon Fredericksen

Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing edited by David Joy and Eric Rickstad

New in American History

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 book cover Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War book cover Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 book cover

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 by Mark Peterson

Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War by Elizabeth R. Varon

Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction – February 2019

Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

Pit Bull Flower Power
by Sophie Gamand
Since 2014, French photographer Sophie Gamand has been composing portraits of adoptable pit bulls from more than thirty shelters and rescues throughout the United States. Who could resist?!

by Ari Seth Cohen
Photographer Ari Seth Cohen presents affectionate portraits of subjects who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time.


Tasting Italy
The experts at America’s Test Kitchen and National Geographic bring Italy’s magnificent cuisine, culture, and landscapes–and 100 authentic regional recipes–right to your kitchen.

 

by Lucy Cook
Here, in a mindfulness book like no other, heart-tuggingly cute photographs of these always-chill creatures are paired with words of wisdom, all to inspire us to slow down, stop to enjoy the little things, and come up relaxed, centered, and smiling.

by David Gilmore
An immersive portrait of the lives of the British in India, from the seventeenth century to Independence.

by Mary Capterton Morton
Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America’s 100 most spectacular geological formations.

 

 

 

by Frederic Morin et al.
A new cookbook/survival guide/love letter to Montreal for these apocalyptic times, from the James Beard Award–nominated culinary adventurists and proprietors of the beloved restaurant, Joe Beef.

by Michael S. Engel
A fascinating look at the world’s most numerous inhabitants, illustrated with stunning images from the American Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection.

by Meredith Ochs
This beautifully illustrated unofficial retrospective celebrates the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and reflects on her life, music, and legacy.

 

by Mark Dery
The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.

by Kara Cooney
This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra-women who ruled with real power-and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.

This book is a spectacular artifact of an American icon.

New Web Resource: National Geographic Virtual Library

The Library now subscribes to National Geographic Virtual Library and National Geographic Kids (brought to you by the incredible database company, Gale Cengage). The Virtual Library contains every single page of every issue of National Geographic since it began publication in 1888, all issues of National Geographic Traveler, published since 2010, and over 300 books.

The incredible photography takes on an amazing glow. Take a look at the about the Photo Ark article for proof of that. Every Last One. 

All articles can be saved to your computer, Google Drive, or saved to your folder in a Gale account. You can print them or email them to yourself or others.

In the Shadow of the Moon

On August 21, 2017 an event rich in history and scientific allure will occur–a solar eclipse.  In Mount Prospect at 1:19 PM the moon will cover 86.5 % of the sun.  To witness a total eclipse, one would have to travel over 200 miles south to the Carbondale, Illinois area.  The Adler Planetarium is making the most of this event despite there being only a partial eclipse in our area.  At its website there is information about viewing events and tips for viewing the partial eclipse safely.  The Adler Planetarium explains where to purchase the special viewing glasses and how to make your own special viewing tool.  To be part of a viewing event closer to home, go to the Harper College Campus.  From noon to 2 pm on August 21  three telescopes equipped with solar filters will be set up and a limited number of solar viewers will be available in front of the Avante Center (Building Z) on the college’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The Library offers many resources for preparing for this eclipse.  There are two new books which discuss how eclipses occur, how astronomers studied them in the past and the continued fascination humans have for this wondrous astronomical event.  Look for American Eclipse by  David Baron and Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close. The Library’s online resources also offer many ways to better understand this event. May your experience of being in the shadow of the moon be a memorable (and safe) one!