Readers Guide


By Teresa Fortney


New Nonfiction at Oak Ridge Public Library

February 2019

In April 2013, fifty-year old Brett Archibald and his friends set off on a dream charter trip off the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. In the middle of a storm, suffering from severe food poisoning, Archibald blacked out and fell overboard. It was eight hours before his friends realized he was missing. Alone: lost overboard in the Indian Ocean (NF 910.916) is a compelling story of survival.

Jorma Kaukonen, founding member of Jefferson Airplane and guitarist of the still-touring band, Hot Tuna, has written a memoir of heart and soul. Been So Long: my life and music (NF 781.660) offers a rare glimpse into the psychedelic era of American music. Joel Selvin, music journalist, says this book “reads like his guitar playing sounds: sharp and stinging mixed with sweet and gentle.”

Everyone knows the story of the Mayflower, but what about the story of its sister ship, the Seaflower? The Island that Disappeared by Tom Feiling (NF 972.903) tells the story of the 1630 colony of Providence, established by rival Puritans at an isolated Caribbean island. They were convinced that a new empire would rise from a tropical Central America, rather than a cold New England. However, Providence was in constant crisis – crops failed, slaves revolted, and then there were the pirates.

Hippie Food by Jonathan Kauffman (394.120) chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to the-landers rejected the establishment and forged a new, idealistic, and communal way of eating. From the rise of organic farming and food co-ops, Kauffman reveals how staples like sprouts, brown rice, and tofu became a part of our diets and changed America’s cultural and political systems.

Master artisan Barn the Spoon is famed for popularizing the craft of spoon carving. In Spoon: a guide to spoon carving and the new wood culture (NF 736.400), he shares his approach to designing and creating this common utensil. He also introduces a new wood culture, a movement that emphasizes sustainable interaction with trees and manual skills forgotten since the advent of industrialized mass production. Color photographs illustrate tools, knife grips and techniques.

Long before Rosie the Riveter, female scientists, doctors, and engineers during World War I carried out vital research and labor normally reserved for men. A Lab of One’s Own: science and suffrage in the first World War (NF 940.308) by Patricia Fara investigates the careers of these pioneering women and their impact on science, medicine, and how they helped win the Great War at home and overseas.

Also at the Library:

Renewable Energy by Bruce Usher (NF 333.794)

Beethoven’s Eroica: the first great romantic symphony by James Hamilton-Paterson (NF 784.184)

Waking Up in Winter : in search of what really matters at midlife by Cheryl Richardson (NF 155.660)

Sometimes you Have to Cross When it Says Don’t Walk by Lesley Visser (NF 070.449)





Previous Readers Guides:

YP February 2019

Children's NF January 2019 
NF January 2019
YP January 2019