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CHS Booktalk List, Nonfiction, 2011-2012
This list of nonfiction titles are suggested for County Home School booktalks. These are titles which the library owns at least FIVE copies and might of interest of CHS residents. You are NOT limited to using this list; these are just suggestions. As you choose material, make sure it is not a book the student have recently heard booktalked. To do this, simply search on this page using the Booktalk database by author, title, or keyword. Database will return the book, the dates presented, as well as number of requests. Do not booktalk any book which has been presented in the past year. Questions, contact Patrick Jones (pjones@hclib.org).
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  Cover Art: Essential Poems (to Fall in Love With) Essential Poems (to Fall in Love With)
Arranged to follow the trajectory of a relationship--from giddy beginnings to heartbreak--each section of this book is filled with poems from a diverse selection of poets, and accompanied by a witty and practical running commentary by Goodwin.
196 p. 2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: African American Humor : the Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today African American Humor : the Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today
This collection of anecdotes, tales, jokes, toasts, rhymes, satire, riffs, poems, stand-up sketches, and snaps documents the evolution of African American humor over the past two centuries. It includes routines and writings from such luminaries as Bert Williams, Butterbeans #38; Susie, Stepin Fetchit, Moms Mabley, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Redd Foxx, Ishmael Reed, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence, and Chris Rock.
374 p. 2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Covenant with Black America Covenant with Black America
From health to housing, from crime to criminal justice, from education to economic parity, African Americans continue to face devastating disparities on nearly every level. However the time has come for African Americans to shift the conversation from talking about our pain to talking about our plan. While statistics often remind us of despair, The Covenant reminds us that there is hope. This document is offered as a roadmap and a reminder that it is our responsibility as an entire community to ensure that no mother, father, or child be left behind politically, socially, or economically. We all have a role in creating the world we want for generations to come.
254 p. 2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: E.encyclopedia Animal E.encyclopedia Animal
Describes the world of animals, including how animals work, where they live, and the various kinds of animals, with online links to more information.
309 p. 2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hokum : an Anthology of African-American Humor Hokum : an Anthology of African-American Humor
Langston Hughes, Al Sharpton, Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, and many other writers and public figures appear together in this comic collection of poetry, political speeches, and even a radio sermon selected by novelist/poet Beatty.
468 p. 2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary
Rhymes for the times.- Over 55,000 words- Arranged alphabetically by rhyming sounds- Includes one-, two-, and three-syllable rhymes- Fully cross-referenced for ease of use
340 p. 2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Our Dumb World : the Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth Seventy-third Edition Our Dumb World : the Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth Seventy-third Edition
A news-parody compendium of world non-facts features maps and incorrect statistics for all of the world's independent nations, from Afghanistan to the Ukraine, and includes the world's rejected flag designs and the planet's most annoying handicrafts.
245 p. 2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: This I Believe : the Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women This I Believe : the Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists - from the famous to the unknown - completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others."--BOOK JACKET.
281 p. 2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Home Artist : Learn to Draw and Paint in 20 Easy Lessons. Home Artist : Learn to Draw and Paint in 20 Easy Lessons.
Create your own works of art by mastering a few lessons in technique--from sketching to oil painting, pastels to collage--in just 20 straightforward, hands-on lessons. This illustrated course covers basic techniques in rendering still lifes, landscapes, and portraits.
256 p. 2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The African American Experience : Black History and Culture Through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories The African American Experience : Black History and Culture Through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories
The African American Experience is a one-of-a-kind and absolutely riveting collection of more than 300 letters, speeches, articles, petitions, poems, songs, and works of fiction tracing the course of black history in America from the first slaves brought over in the 16th century to the events of the present day. All aspects of African American history and daily life are represented here, from the days of abolition and the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement and the current times. Organized chronologically, here are writings from the great political leaders including Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, and Barack Obama; literary giants including Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, and bell hooks; scholars such as Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; artists including Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Wynton Marsalis, Run-DMC, the Sugar Hill Gang, and Chuck Berry; athletes such as Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson; and many more.
736 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Freedom in My Heart : Voices from the United States National Slavery Museum Freedom in My Heart : Voices from the United States National Slavery Museum
Unlike any other book on the market today, this richly illustrated companion volume uses the remarkable artifacts, images, and documents of the United States National Slavery Museum to trace the entire history of slavery in North America, from the societies of ancient Africa to the repercussions still faced by Americans today-and to celebrate the perseverance and ultimate triumph of a people.
255 p. 2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: It's All Love : Black Writers On Soul Mates, Family, and Friends It's All Love : Black Writers On Soul Mates, Family, and Friends
In It's All Love , Black writers celebrate the complexity, power, danger, and glory of love in all its many forms: romantic, familial, communal, and sacred. Editor Marita Golden recounts the morning she woke up certain that she would meet her soul mate in "My Own Happy Ending"; memoirist Reginald Dwayne Betts, in a piece he calls "Learning the Name Dad," writes stirringly about serving time in prison and how that transformed his life for the better; New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage is at her best in the delicate, touching "Missing You"; award-winning author David Anthony Durham enraptures readers with his "An Act of Faith"; New York Times bestselling author L. A. Banks is both funny and wise in her beautiful essay on discovering love as a child, "Two Cents and a Question." And the poetry of love is here, too--from Gwendolyn Brooks's classic "Black Wedding Song" to works by Nikki Giovanni, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Kwame Alexander. It's All Love is a dazzling, delightfully diverse exploration of the wonderful gift of love.
403 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Best African American Essays 2010 Best African American Essays 2010
Essays by notable authors.
366 p. 2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: 15 Minute Home Workout 15 Minute Home Workout
Not a fan of the gym? No time for classes? Exercise for just 15 minutes a day, three time a week--and see real results. P. [4] of cover.
384 p. 2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: 150 Best Recession-proof Jobs 150 Best Recession-proof Jobs
In a rocky economy, everyone wants a rock-solid career. And you don’t need to trade salary for security. This new book uncovers the 150 most secure, good-paying jobs in good and bad times. A total of 75 lists rank the best recession-proof jobs by pay, growth, and openings, plus by education level, personality type, career clusters/interests, age, part-time work, and self-employment. Bonus lists reveal the most recession-proof metropolitan areas and states, the most recession-proof skills, and the jobs very sensitive to recession.
422 p. 2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Come to Win : Business Leaders Artists Doctors and other Visionaries On How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession Come to Win : Business Leaders Artists Doctors and other Visionaries On How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession
From tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams, comes a book of wisdom on how the principles of competitive athletics translate into business success. Full of insight and knowledge from an A-list cast of politicians, CEOs and media figures--Provided by publisher.
357 p. 2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: On the Shoulders of Giants : My Personal Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
On the Shoulders of Giants : My Personal Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance
Soon to be released as a major documentary produced by Spike Lee, this autobiography explores Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's personal journey to become the man he is today--a basketball superstar, jazz enthusiast, historian, and African-American icon. of photos.
274 p. 2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Brothers in Arms : the Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Brothers in Arms : the Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes
Inspired by a World War II veteran and friend, the basketball legend recounts the courageous story of the first all-black tank battalion to see combat in the war. Interviews with surviving members of the 761st Battalion and their families weave together a page-turning narrative of horror and triumph.
302 p. 2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Living Well in a Down Economy for Dummies Barr, Tracy L.
Living Well in a Down Economy for Dummies
Looking for practical ways to make every dollar count? This savvy guide gives you expert tips for tightening your belt and saving cash in every area of your life -- from your house and car to dining and entertaining to banking and managing debt. You get realistic solutions for making smarter choices and living well in this time of economic turmoil -- without extraordinary sacrifice!
338 p. 2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Getting Ghost : Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City Bergmann, Luke
Getting Ghost : Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City
After conducting research inside Detroit's juvenile detention facilty, Bergman befriended two inmates, Dude and Rodney. Living with them for more than three years in one of the city's most notorious neighbourhoods, Bergman brilliantly explores the complex contradictions of Detroit, where African-Americans firmly hold municipal power, but also suffer the legacy of lost manufacturing jobs and white flight. For Dude and Rodney, young men trying to find legal employment, 'getting ghost' is a rich metaphor for leaving a trade and for their own mortality.
315 p. 2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
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