Bookmarks: Recently released nonfiction books

Published: Saturday, May 12 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

Here are some nonfiction books that have crossed our desks recently.

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"A CENTURY OF WISDOM: Lessons From The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, The World's Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor," by Caroline Stoessinger, Random House, $23, 232 pages (nf).

At 108 years old, Alice Herz-Sommer is the oldest living Holocaust survivor and the world's oldest concert pianist. Drawing on the wisdom gained over a century of living, she shares how she survived the concentration camps by giving more than 100 concerts along with other stories from her life.

"I NEVER KNEW THAT ABOUT LONDON" by Christopher Winn, Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99, 304 pages (nf).

Following the River Thames, this book takes a look at cultural and historical sites in London that are hidden gems.

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More hardback books recently released:

"TRIP OF THE TONGUE: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages," by Elizabeth Little (nf): The author delves into the history of languages in 11 different areas from Louisiana and North Dakota.

"THIS LIGHT OF OURS: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement," edited by Leslie G. Kelen (nf): A collection of images from nine photographers who captured the fight for Civil Rights from within the movement.

"THE BAREFOOT BANDIT: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw," by Bob Friel (nf): Journalist Bob Friel tells the story, based on several hundred interviews, of the teenager who had a 27-month crime spree, flew planes without lessons and was finally arrested during a boat chase near the Bahamas.

"BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story 'A Confederacy of Dunces,'" by Cory MacLauchlin (nf): The biography of the Pulitzer Prize winner.

"TO SELENA, WITH LOVE," by Chris Perez (nf): Selena's husband tells how he met, fell in love with and married Selena and how he did his best to cope when their dreams were cut off with Selena's murder.

"THE AMERICAN TURTLE SUBMARINE: The Best-Kept Secret of the American Revolution," by Arthur S. Lefkowitz (nf): The first submarine was used during the American Revolution and was bobbing in the New York Harbor.

"TUTANKHAMEN: The Search for an Egyptian King" by Joyce Tyldesley (nf): This archaeologist from the United Kingdom details the history of the discovery of King Tut's tomb, Egyptian mummification and how Tut may have died.

"THE FOREST UNSEEN: A Year's Watch in Nature," by David George Haskell (nf): A biologist's observaions of a one-square-meter patch of diverse old-growth forest in the mountains of Tennessee.

"BRINGING UP BEBE: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting," by Pamela Druckerman (nf): In the memoir, American journalist Pamela Druckerman looks at the differences between French and American parenting styles, including what they are strict about and what they aren't.

"BEYOND THE SLING: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way," by Mayim Bialik (nf): Good parenting means following your intituition and accommodating a child's natural rhythms, writes Mayim Hoya Bialik ("Blossom," "The Big Bang Theory") as she shares her perspectives and insights and supports them with solid medical and psychological research.

"TWINS: The Practical and Reassuring Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year," by Dr. Carol Cooper and Katy Hymas (nf): Both mothers of twins, the authors offer medical and practical advice on expecting and caring for twins during their first year.

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