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.
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.
"THE RESCUE OF BELLE AND SUNDANCE: One Town's Incredible Race to Save Two Abandoned Horses," by Birgit Stutz and Lawrence Scanlin (nf): Abandoned during the early fall on Mt. Renshaw in British Columbia, two packhorses were trapped in in 6 feet of snow as people from the town sought to rescue them.
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"HOW TO TEACH RELATIVITY TO YOUR DOG," by Chad Orzel, Basic Books, $16.99, 327 pages (nf).
A physicist explores Einstein's theory of relativity for non-scientists, using humorous conversations with his dog.
"THE PUZZLER'S DILEMMA: From the Lighthouse of Alexandria to Monty Hall, a Fresh Look at Classic Conundrums of Logic, Mathematics and Life," by Derrick Niederman, Berkley, $15, 216 pages (nf).
For beginners to veteran puzzle solvers, Derrick Neiderman uses humor to present new ways to logically look at age-old puzzles.
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More paperback books recently released:
"THE PIONEER WOMAN: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story," by Ree Drummond (nf): The author of the Pioneer Woman blog tells how she fell in love with her husband.
"CRUISING ATTITUDE: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet," by Heather Poole (nf): A flight attendant with 15 years of experience gives a behind-the-cart look of the airline business, including amusing stories of passenger antics, a packing guide, why flights are delayed for reasons other than weather and what it takes to be a flight attendant.
"DO OR DO NOT: An Inspirational 12-Step Program to Prosperous Living," by Kory Koontz (nf): The Utah author offers 12 steps for making necessary financial adjustments along with inspirational experiences.
"WHEN MY MOTHER NO LONGER KNEW MY NAME: A Son's 'Course' in 'Rational' Caregiving," by Stephen L. Goldstein (nf): From his own experience in caring for his parents, the author gives 75 tips on helping parents age gracefully as a caregiver's role goes from nominal to 24/7.
"TEN POWERFUL THINGS TO SAY TO YOUR KIDS: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life," by Paul Axtell (nf): This corporate consultant provides ideas and tips on communicating with children for each year during the first decade of their lives.
"THE ORGANIC NANNY'S GUIDE TO RAISING HEALTHY KIDS: How to Create a Natural Diet and Lifestyle for Your Child," by Barbara Rodriguez with Eve Adamson (nf): Tips for creating a natural environment at home, including eliminating processed food, breaking sugar addictions and detoxifying your home.
"THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE: The True Story of a Real Estate Tycoon, his Beautiful Young Mistress and a Marriage that Ended in Murder," by Cathy Scott (nf): It took almost 20 years to link an estranged wife's lawyer to the hit man who shot George Kogan.
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"INTELLECTUALS AND SOCIETY," by Thomas Sowell (nf); "MERCHANTS OF CULTURE: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd edition," by John B. Thompson (nf); "SCREEN TIME: How Electronic Media — From Baby Videos to Educational Software — Affects Your Young Child," by Lisa Guernesy (nf); "HOW WE AGE: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old," by Marc Agronin (nf); "THE MONROE DOCTRINE: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America," by Jay Sexton (nf); "AMERICAN TEMPEST: How the Boston Tea Party Sparked A Revolution," by Harlow Giles Unger.