RHC Nonfiction Nightstand Titles

Posted on June 30, 2016. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , |

During the fall “What’s on Your Nightstand” event at the Skokie campus, the following nonfiction books were discussed.

Remember, if Oakton doesn’t own the book or our copy is checked out, you can order a copy to be sent from one of our consortium libraries for FREE! Most books take less than a week to arrive.

9780062265463_p0_v3_s192x300Madam Secretary: A Memoir
by Madeleine Albright, with Bill Woodward

“The highest-ranking woman in the history of U.S. government chronicles the story of her life, from her childhood as a Czechoslovakian refugee through her rise to power in the world of international diplomacy and policy-making, detailing her two terms as Secretary of State, her personal life, and the colorful personalities she met along the way” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780143109259_p0_v1_s192x300Modern Romance
by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg

“At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?…

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before. In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781583334676_p0_v7_s192x300Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
by Steve Silberman

“Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.

Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger’s syndrome, whose ‘little professors’ were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of ‘neurodiversity’ activists seeking respect, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781250049520_p0_v5_s192x300Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of The Rolling Stones
by Bill Janovitz

To Bill, all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different: Each song exposes a little more of their soul. In Rocks Off, Janovitz reveals the forces at work behind the band’s music by deconstructing their most representative tunes from their incredible fifty years of record making.

Written by a Stones fanatic, this is a song-by-song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the band’s career while expanding on their recording and personal history. Much like friends pouring over old records or having a barroom argument over the merits of certain songs, the book presents the musical leaps taken by the band and discusses how the lyrical content both reflected and influenced popular culture. The song choices are chronological and subjective; many of them are the classic hits; however, the book digs deeper into beloved album tracks and songs with unique stories behind them” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780062316097_p0_v6_s192x300Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

“How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical—and sometimes devastating—breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781593080143_p0_v4_s192x300The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois
E. B. Du Bois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk, his most influential work, is a collection of fourteen beautifully written essays, by turns lyrical, historical, and autobiographical.

Here, Du Bois records the cruelties of racism, celebrates the strength and pride of black America, and explores the paradoxical double-consciousness of African American life. When it was first published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk quickly established itself as a work that wholly redefined the history of the black experience in America, introducing the now-famous problem of the color line. In the decades since its publication, its stature has only grown, and today it ranks as one of the most influential and resonant works in the history of American thought” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781476776231_p0_v2_s192x300Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
by Barry Prizant, Ph. D. with Tom Fields-Meyer

“Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of ‘autistic’ symptoms. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell

 

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