Recent Nonfiction by Local Authors
Art from Intuition: Overcoming Your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art, by Dean Nimmer (2008)
Practical self-help for artists who want to free their creativity by learning to trust their own intuition, the sixth sense that directs an artist’s work. By letting go of the self-criticism, doubt, and insecurity that discourage art making, artists will be able to soar to new heights. Practical exercises take the reader from basic intuitive art to more sophisticated techniques. Works of art by students and contemporary artists exemplify how exciting and how productive a freer, more intuitive approach to making art can be.
Historical Dictionary of the Shakers, by Stephen Paterwic (2008)
Describes significant philosophies, people, places, and events in the 235-year history of the small Shaker religious movement in the United States. The chronology and introduction detail the history and main tenets of the religion. Among the cross-referenced, alphabetically arranged entries are synopses of every Shaker community in the country.
In Unbroken Line, by Eric Bascom (2008)
In main-line churches, women have been ordained for generations, but in the Congregational churches of New Hampshire, Elida Frost Bascom (1894-1981), the author’s mother, was the first to shatter the stained glass ceiling. Her life mission was to go to China. How she settled for a closer objective, and the steps she took to get there, are the ingredients for a zealous and durable life.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door, by Marty Dobrow (2010)
Award-winning sportswriter Marty Dobrow examines the double-edged culture of minor league basebal by chronicling the lives of six minor leaguers–Brad Baker, Doug Clark, Manny Delcarmen, Randy Ruiz, Matt Torra, and Charlie Zink–all struggling to make their way to The Show.
Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House, by Tzivia Gover (2011)
In this beautifully written memoir, Gover finds the courage to love her students despite the difficulties between them. By having the pregnant and parenting teens in her classroom learn to read, write, and recite poetry, Gover exposes her students to a whole new world. This book is a testimony to the power of poetry.
Packing Inferno: the Unmaking of a Marine, by Tyler Boudreau (2008)
This is the spectacularly written story a marine officer’s ordeal in battle and then in coming home. It is the struggle with a society resistant to the true nature of war. It is the fight with combat stress and an exploration into the process of recovery. Here are the reflections of a man built by the Marine Corps.
Pie Traynor: a Baseball Biography, by David Proctor (2010)
A Baseball Hall of Famer, Pie Traynor was the face of Pittsburgh baseball during the twenties and thirties, when the Pirates were a perennial pennant contender. (They won the Series in 1925.) Traynor was a line-drive, and by all accounts he was a dazzling defender. After his playing days ended, Traynor stayed in Pittsburgh, managing the Pirates for five years and working as a popular broadcaster for decades, cementing his place as one of the most popular athletes ever to play in the Steel City.
Springfield, by G. Michael Dobbs (2008)
Springfield, a city rich with history, includes such notable events, figures, and personalities as Shays’ Rebellion, the Gee Bee airplane, the first gasoline powered automobile, Dr. Seuss, the counter-culture hero Timothy Leary, the Merriam-Webster dictionary, and more. This richly illustrated books notes them all with its collection of annotated picture postcards.
Straight to the Point Financing: a quick and easy guide to managing your money, by Blanche Jackson-Hill. (2010)
The title says it all about this easy-to-understand and practical guide.
Sundays in America, by Suzanne Strempek Shea (2008)
Shea grew up Catholic then drifted away from church. However, in 2005 the funeral of John Paul II and a diagnosis of breast cancer made her wonder what so many people found in Christianity that she did not. Sundays in America recounts her year-long pilgrimage to visit a different church every Sunday, whether the sanctuary was a multimillion-dollar extravaganza, a centuries-old edifice, an abandoned building, or an airport chapel, and perhaps recapture a faith-filled passion in her own life.
Talking About Race, by Kaolin (2010)
Based on a successful college course now adapted in book form, Talking About Race will appeal to white people working to achieve racial equality in their lives, and to readers of color who would like insight into psychological and social experiences white people encounter. Heartfelt stories from Kaolin’s former students fill the text, interspersed with over 140 self-study questions. Talking About Race can be used by individuals, small study groups, and in secondary and higher education classrooms.
To Dakota and Back, by Judith Kappenman (2010)
Biography of the author’s grandfather, John Donahue, who rode an orphan train to South Dakota in the late 1800s and was taken in by a strict farmer and his German wife. Despite what he considered a loveless childhood, Donahue prevailed, building a successful life in the small town of Ethan, South Dakota and presiding over a loving and supportive family.
Why I Left the Amish, by Saloma Miller Furlong (2011)
Furlong shares the story of her turbulent and isolated childhood in an Amish community and how her decision to leave irrevocably changed her relationship with her family. She begins and ends her narrative by recalling her father’s death during her first semester at Smith College. In this personal and moving memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence.
List composed 9/2012
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