I checked in some great new non-fiction today, including…

4-H Guide to Raising Chickens by Tara Kindschi – I have it on good authority that chick-ordering season is almost upon us, and if you’re thinking about filling a coop, you’ll want to take a look at this book first!

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande – does your surgeon go through a checklist before he starts working on a patient? You’d better hope so. Dr. Gawande asked if the same checklists that made flying safer could make hospitals safer, too – and the answer he got was astonishing. You wouldn’t think something so simple, so small, could make such a big difference, but he has the stories to prove it.

Denialism by Michael Specter – Why do almost 20% of families in Vashon Island, Wash. not vaccinate their children? Why do people believe that holistic health remedies are safe and doctor-prescribed medications suspect? Specter takes a look at these examples and many others as he tries to explain why so many Americans today mistrust science.

Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail – Trail focuses on organic gardening in small spaces, a popular subject with many area residents. Beautiful pictures make this book a pleasure to browse, whether you’re planting a garden this spring or not.

I Want to be Left Behind by Brenda Peterson is a charming, quirky book about one woman’s quest to unite her love of the natural world with her Southern Baptist faith.

Lily Chin’s Crochet Tips & Tricks – Chin is famous for her knitwear designs. This small book is packed with lots of tips and clear illustrations to help you finish your latest project. Looking for new projects? Check out the free Easter project patterns at her web site:

Linchpin by Seth Godin – Godin, author of previous business best sellersPurple CowThe Dip, and Tribes, is back with another big idea. Only instead of focusing on business this time, he’s focusing on YOU – what you do, how you live and work – to inspire you to not just work, but to create, and through that make yourself indispensable. If you don’t already read his blog, give it a try – his posts are brief but thought-provoking.

Save Big by Elisabeth Leamy – Leamy has been getting a lot of press, and her book details her approach to spending smart when times are tough. Her theory is that you should focus on saving on your top 5 biggest expenditures, from housing to groceries, to leave more money for the enjoyable things in life. Read up and help your spending go down!

Staying True by Jenny Sanford – as marriages go, Sanford thought hers was pretty good. Good, that is, until she discovered that her husband of almost 20 years was having an affair. That was bad enough – that he was the Governor of South Carolina, and that the end of their marriage would play out in the public eye, made it even worse. This is her story, written in a clear, uncompromising voice without bitterness or blame.  A book that will be hard to put down.

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling by Charlie Wing – so, you’re pretty handy, and you think you’d like to tackle a big project. Building an addition, maybe, or remodeling the kitchen. This is a great reference book for answering the questions you weren’t even sure you needed to ask, from framing to subfloors to windows to heating and cooling.


About Heather Sturm

Director at Manchester District Library
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