New Adult Non-Fiction Added to Stoneleigh Library Stock - January 2018
The following adult non-fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during January 2018. Clicking on the book title (red underlined) will bring up a popup window listing which libraries the book is available at. Simply scroll down this list to see if the title is currently available for loan at Stoneleigh or whether it has been borrowed by another library customer.
 
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Dare not linger, the presidential years

Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa(2017)

 

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law. 'Dare Not Linger' is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to finish his term of office, but was unable to finish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer, Mandla Langa, has completed the task using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material.

 

Book Details: HB/ 9781509809592/BIO/920MAN/2017

                     [Book Donated by Friends of Stoneleigh Library] 

                    

 
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Kind of blue, a political memoir

Kenneth Clarke (2016)

 

Ken Clarke charts his remarkable progress from working-class scholarship boy in Nottinghamshire to high political office and the upper echelons of both his party and of government. But he is not a straightforward Conservative politician. His position on the left of the party often led Margaret Thatcher to question his true blue credentials and his passionate commitment to the European project has led many fellow Conservatives to regard him with suspicion - and cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions.

 

Book Details: HB/9781509837199/BIO/920CLA/2017

                     [Book Donated by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]   

 

 
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The years of Lyndon Johnson

Volume 4: The Passage of Power

Robet A. Caro (2012)

 

The 4th volume of Robert Caro's monumental work on American President Lyndon Johnson spans the years 1958 to 1964, arguably the most crucial years in the life of Johnson and pivotal years for American history. This era saw some of the most frustrating moments of Johnson's career, but also some of his most triumphant. His battle with the Kennedy brothers over the 1960 Democratic nomination for president was a bitter one, and the ensuing years of Johnson's vice-presidency were marked with humiliation. But, thrust into power following the assassination of J. F. Kennedy, Johnson grasped the presidential role with unprecedented skill. Caro provides a fresh perspective on Kennedy's assassination from Johnson's viewpoint, and penetrates deep into what it was like for him to assume a position of such power at a time of national crisis. The Passage of Power documents Johnson's extraordinary early presidency, forcing previously abandoned bills on the budget and civil rights through an uncooperative Congress and striving to achieve what he saw to be the highest standard of office. Caro shows a delicacy of touch and a profoundness of insight into the state of a nation under the hand of a political master. Collectively these volumes constitute a major history of America in the first three-quarters of the twentieth century.

 

Book Details: HB/9781847922175/BIO/920JOH/2012

                     [Book Donated by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]   

 

 

   
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The book of tides : a journey through the coastal waters of our island

William Thompson (2016)

 

 

Inspired by his own witnessing of the power of the sea through travelling around Britain's coastline in a panel van with his young family, William Thomson tells the story of the cycles of the sea. He combines a lyrical, passionate narrative with graphically beautiful renderings of the main forms of water which affect Britain: rip, rapids, swell, stream, tide, wave, whirlpool, tsunami.
Book Details: HB/ 9781786480798/SCI/551.464/2016

                     [Book Selected by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]   

 
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The new girl, a trans girl tells it like it is

Rhyannon Styles( 2018)

 

Elle columnist Rhyannon Styles tells her unforgettable life story in this memoir, reflecting on her past and charting her incredible journey from male to female. Imagine feeling lost in your own body. Imagine spending years living a lie, denying what makes you 'you'. This was Ryan's reality. He had to choose: die as a man or live as a woman. In 2012, Ryan chose Rhyannon. At the age of 30 Rhyannon began her transition, taking the first steps on the long road to her true self, and the emotional, physical and psychological journey that would change her for ever. In a time when the world is finally waking up to transgender people, Rhyannon opens up to us, holding nothing back in this heartbreakingly honest telling of her life.

 

Book Details: PB/9781472242587/BIO/920STY/2018

   
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 Digital photography, an introduction

Tom Ang (2018)

 

Make sure you're picture perfect with this concise and easy-to-use guide to digital photography. Outlining the essentials of good photography and expert tips on how to get the most of your digital images, it is aimed at both the amateur and the professional photographer.

 

Book Details: PB/9780241257081/ART/770/2018

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In the days of rain

Rebecca Stott (2018)

 

As Rebecca Stott's father lay dying he begged her to help him write the memoir he had been struggling with for years. He wanted to tell the story of their family, who had all been members of a fundamentalist Christian sect. Yet, each time he reached a certain point, he became tangled in a thicket of painful memories and could not go on. The sect were a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan: non-sect books were banned, women were made to wear headscarves and those who disobeyed the rules were punished. Rebecca was born into the sect, yet, as an intelligent, inquiring child she was always asking dangerous questions. She would discover that her father, had been asking them too. Rebecca gathers the broken threads of her father's story, and her own, and follows him into the thicket to tell of her family's experiences within the sect, and the decades-long aftermath of their breaking away. (Costa Biography Award Winner 2017)

 

Book Details: PB/9780008209193/REL/289.95/2018

   
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The art of discarding, how to get rid of clutter and find joy

Nagisa Tatsumi (2018)

 

Translated from the Japanese This translation originally published 2017 In this guide to living a calmer, more ordered life, renowned author Nagisa Tatsumi teaches us how letting go of unwanted things will transform our day-to-day happiness. The book offers practical advice and techniques to help readers learn to let go of stuff that is holding them back, as well as tips for acquiring less in the first place. It's time to live with less.

 

Book Details: PB/9781473648234/HOU/648.5/2018

   
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You are mine, drugged and held in a secret bunker, this is my true story of escape 

Isabel Eriksson (2018)

 

Translated from the Swedish When Isabel Eriksson wakes up she's not sure where she is. She's got a needle in her arm. Next to the bed a man is sitting and staring at her. He tells her that he intends to keep her locked up. Isabel realises that the only way for her to get out alive is to somehow make him release her and so a psychological game begins. Will Isabel remain in the bunker forever?

 

Book Details: PB/9781785037115/CRI/364.154/2018

   
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Fragile lives, a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table

Stephen Westaby (2018)

 

This is an incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons, recalling some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he's worked on. Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon's shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away. The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. It is flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to squeeze the life back into it. An off-day can have dire consequences - this job has a steep learning curve, and the cost is measured in human life. Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and now, in his astounding memoir, Westaby details some of his most remarkable and poignant cases.

 

Book Details: PB/9780008196783/HEA/617.092/2018

   
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Wendy's top tips for acrylic artists

Wendy Jelbert (2010)

 

Wendy Jelbert shares her years of experience with a wide variety of techniques in this book packed full of tips for acrylic painters. Dealing first with the materials needed, she goes on to show how acrylics can be used with watercolour or oil techniques, or with a combination of the two.

 

Book Details: PB/9781844484850/ART/251.426/2011

                     [Book Transfer from Another Library] 

 

 

   
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The rough guide to Sweden

James Proctor (2017)

 

Discover Sweden's highlights with stunning photography, highlights, itineraries, colour-coded maps, and comprehensive, up-to-date descriptions of Sweden's best hotels, hostels, restaurants and bars, for all budgets. Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Sweden, from world-class museums, hip cafés and city beaches in Stockholm - one of Europe's most beautiful capitals - to the forests and crystal-clear lakes of central Sweden, the unspoilt islands of the Stockholm archipelago, and the remote splendour of Swedish Lapland.

 

Book Details: PB/9780241271049/WOR/914.8504/2017

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13 journeys through space and time, Christmas lectures from the Royal Institution

Colin Suuart (2016)

 

An exploration of space and time and a journey of discovery, through 13 of the most fascinating Christmas Lectures given at the Royal Institution of Great Britain over the last 200 years. Started at the Royal Institution (RI) in 1825 by Michael Faraday, the Christmas Lectures have been broadcast on television since the 1960s and have formed part of the British Christmas tradition for generations. First devised to attract young people to the magic of science through spectacular demonstrations, they are now watched by millions of people around the world every year. Drawing on the incredible archive at the RI, which is packed full of handwritten notebooks, photographs and transcripts, this book will focus on 13 of the most captivating lectures given at the RI on space and time, taking a look at what we thought we knew then and what has been discovered since.

 

Book Details: HB/9781782436874/SCI/530.112016

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Brilliant Microsoft Word 2007

Steve Johnson (2007)

 

This volume is a guide to understanding this new and updated version of Word. It describes how to create, share, review and publish great-looking documents with Word 2007. It also highlights all the updated features and is packed with useful tips and tricks to help you use Word more efficiently.

 

 

Book Details: PB/9780136137054/ELE/005.52/2007

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Brilliant OS X Mavericks

Steve Johnson (2013)

 

An indispensable and well-organized reference guide to Apple's newest version of Mac OS X. It covers all the new features and gives detailed instructions on customising and maintaining the Mac, dealing with security, networking and much more.

 

Book Details: PB/9780789753304/ELE/005.4462/2013

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Brian Greene (2000)

 

In The Elegant Universe Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe which isnt quite what we think: one that consists of eleven dimensions, where all matter is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy. Greene uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to explain the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling. Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of scientific writing - a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer to understanding how the universe works.

 

Book Details: PB/9780099289920/SCI/530.1/2000

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Northern lights, a practical travel guide

Polly Evans (2015)

 

The northern lights are one of the major tourist draws of the Arctic and sub-Arctic winter. This updated edition covers information on everything from how to photograph the aurora, to what to wear, to how the forecast works. It also offers advice on the best European countries in which to see them, and why.

 

Book Details: PB/ 9781784770297/SCI/538.768/2015

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The language of God, a scientist presents evidence for belief 

Francis S. Collins (2007)

 

One of the world's leading scientists interweaves science, logic and intuition to present an argument for the existence of God. Dr Francis S. Collins is head of the Human Genome Project and works at the cutting edge of the study of DNA, the code of life. Yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God. How does he reconcile the seemingly unreconcilable? In "The Language of God" he explains his own journey from atheism to faith, and then takes the reader on a stunning tour of modern science to show that physics, chemistry and biology -- indeed, reason itself -- are not incompatible with belief. His book is essential reading for anyone who wonders about the deepest questions of all: why are we here? How did we get here? And what does life mean?

 

Book Details: PB/9781847390929/REL/215/2007

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Office 2016 for dummies

Wally Wang (2016)

 

Packed with straightforward, friendly instruction, this updated edition of the bestselling Microsoft Office book gets you thoroughly up to speed on the latest version of the industry standard for office productivity suites.

 

Following alongside approachable, plain–English explanations, you′ll quickly discover how to type, format text, and design documents in Word; navigate and edit spreadsheets, create formulas, and analyze data in Excel; configure email, store contacts, organize tasks, and schedule your time with Outlook; create and edit well–designed and crowd–pleasing PowerPoint presentations; and design, edit, and modify an Access database. Even if the mere thought of working with Microsoft Office makes you nervous, this fun and friendly guide makes it easy.

 

Book Details: PB/9781119077374/ELE/005.5/2016

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 Quantum mechanics

Jim Al-Khalili (2017)

 

Written by physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili, this 'Ladybird Expert Series' book explores all the key players, breakthroughs, controversies and unanswered questions of the quantum world. You'll discover how the sun shines, why light is both a wave and a particle, the certainty of the Uncertainty Principle, Schrodinger's Cat, Einstein's spooky action, how to build a quantum computer and why quantum mechanics drives even its experts completely crazy.

 

Book Details: PB/9780718186272/SCI/530.12/2017

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