Here are some nonfiction books that have crossed our desks recently.
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"THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY MUSIC," compiled by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, edited by Paul Kingsbury, Michael McCall and John W. Rumble, Oxford University Press, $65, 626 pages (nf)
Includes more than 1,200 entries for people — new artists, too — trends and forms of country music, photos and award winners in this detailed tome of country music.
"EISENHOWER IN WAR AND PEACE," by Jean Edward Smith, Random House, $40, 976 pages (nf)
A biography of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, his rise to the presidency and the critical decisions he made with the values and morals that backed them.
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More hardback books recently released:
"MUSINGS OF MY EARLY LIFE," by Ralph Burdette Jordan, edited by Robert Smith Jordan (nf): The memoir of Ralph Burdette Jordan, who once was the managing editor at the Deseret News and later the athletic director at the University of Utah, as edited by his son.
"THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About the Good Life," by Shimon Edelman (nf): Using what is know about neuroscience, the author explores the how the brain computes happiness and experiences.
"USE YOUR BRAIN TO CHANGE YOUR AGE: Secrets to Look, Fell and Think Younger Every Day," by Dr. Daniel G. Amen (nf): A clinical neuroscientist and brain imaging science, Dr. Daniel G. Amen explores how to take care of and use the brain and improve overall wellness.
"THE QUANTUM UNIVERSE (And Why Anything that Can Happen, Does)," by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (nf): The pair of physics professors help demystify and simplify quantum physics.
"EMPIRE OF DOGS: Canines, Japan, and the Make of the Modern Imperial World," by Aaron Herald Skabelund (nf): Hachiko, an Akita puppy, continued to wait his late master at the Shibuya Station for several years and became a symbol of loyalty. The author explores the history and cultural significance of dogs on the 19th and 20th centuries.
"SHOW DOG: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred," by Josh Dean (nf): The story of Jack, who was in competitions and has been deemed one of America's best Australian shepherds, and how he is still a playful and devoted family dog.
"HOW NOT TO BE EATEN: The Insects Fight Back," by Gibert Waldbauer (nf): The ways insects avoid becoming a meal for a predator.
"THE END OF MONEY: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers — and the Coming Cashless Society," by David Wolman (nf): An analysis of tactile money and it's history and possible future.
"GRACE AND GRIT: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond," by Lilly Ledbetter with Lanier Scott Isom (nf): The story of the woman who fought for equal pay and treatment, had her case heard before the Supreme Court and eventually had legislation named after her.
"GOOD IN A CRISIS," by Margaret Overton (nf): A memoir of how she dealth with the end of her 20-year marriage, misadventures with dating again, dealing with health complications and the lost of close friends while attempting to muddle her way through life.
"MOB DAUGHTER: The Mafia, Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano, and Me!" by Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer (nf): A look into the inner workings of a mob family.
"THE RULES OF INHERITANCE," by Claire Bidwell Smith: Her life included both of parents being diagnosed with cancer when she was 14 and going through all of the stages of grief.
"THE GODFATHER EFFECT: Changing Hollywood, America and Me," by Tom Santopietro (nf): An exploration of "The Godfather" films, including behind the scenes anecdotes, and the impact on American culture.
"HONOR IN THE DUST: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream," by Gregg Jones (nf): A look at the era at the turn of the 20th century as the U.S. emerged as a world power.
"THE DARK DEFILE: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan 1838-1842," by Diana Preston (nf): The story of the First Afghan War as Britain invaded to protect India from the Russians.
"OUTLAW PLATOON," by Sean Parnell with John R. Bruning (nf): For 16 months, a 40-man infantry platoon and their mission to root out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley in Afghanistan — and they did find 350 of them without a civilian casualty, but the cost was high among their ranks.
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"STORIES TOLD: Life on the Public Lands in San Juan County," edited by Charlotte Palfreyman Smith, BYU's Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 24 pages (nf)
Brigham Young University's Charles Redd Center compiled interviews of several Native American groups from Southeastern Utah about their history and ties to the public lands in the area they call home.
"THE NATURESCAPING WORKBOOK: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard," by Beth O'Donnell Young, photos by Karen Bussolini, Timber Press, $24.95, 225 pages (nf)
Landscaping ideas that take advantage of natural strengths to create a yard that is very low maintenance, sustainable and beautiful.
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More paperback books recently released:
"FREEING YOURSELF FROM ANXIETY," by Tamar Chansky (nf): A clinical psychologist outlines how to liberate yourself from anxiety, not just for those with anxiety disorders or depression, but for anyone who wants to react better to stressful situations.
"THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Scientific Thinking," edited by John Brockman (nf): About 150 of the world's bright and influential minds were asked "What scientific concept would most improve everybody's ability to think?" This book includes their answers.
"FULL SPECTRUM CAREER POWER: How the Color of Performance Affects the Color of Your Parachute," by E.R. Haas and Kent C. Madsen (nf): Insights and strategies to help improve performance.
"LOVE ME OR ELSE: The True Story of a Devoted Pastor, a Fatal Jealousy and the Murder that Rocked a Small Town," by Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff (nf): This true crime story of a 66-year-old woman who was obsessed with her pastor and thought he was seeing a younger woman that lead to more questions about the older woman's life.
"MONEY, DECEIT AND YOUR FUTURE: What the Common Man Needs to Know," by William R. Cunningham (nf): Explains about the current financial crisis.
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"KEYNES: The Rise, Fall, and Return of the 20th Century's Most Influential Economist," by Peter Clarke (nf); "THE HUSTLE: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White," by Doug Merlino (nf); "THE PINK LADY: The Many Lives of Helen Ganagan Douglas," by Sally Denton (nf); "THE SQUEAKEY WHEEL: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships, Enhance Self-Esteem," by Guy Winch (nf); "INHERENTLY UNEQUAL: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903," by Lawrence Goldstone (nf); "THE GREAT DISRUPTION: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World," by Paul Gilding (nf); "GIVING VOICE TO VALUES: Speaking Your Mind When You Know What's Right," by Mary C. Gentile (nf)