In the stacks: Find out why people lie and what you can do to help solve the world's problems

Non-fiction for art lovers, adventurers, and armchair philosophers at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2004

"Saint Exupery: Art, writing and musings," by Nathalie Des Vallieres: From the time he could hold a pencil, Saint Exupery, author of "The Little Prince," understood how to communicate his thoughts and feelings through words and drawings. Des Vallieres has illustrated this collection of biographical essays and writings with photos and reproductions of his drawings, letters and manuscripts. Fans will find that this delightful and richly illustrated book adds a new dimension to all of his work.

"Bound for Glory," introduction by Paul Hendrickson: Many "oohs" and "ahs" sounded in the back room of the library when this book was unpacked. This unassuming book contains a beautiful collection of photos of America and Americans from the 1930s and 40s - in color. (You won't realize how strange this is until you see for yourself.) Color film, introduced by Kodak in 1935, enabled these amazing photos of state fair goers, cotton field workers, schoolchildren, and families to be taken: a fortuitous discovery by Sally Stein, a photographic historian, in 1978, made this book possible.

"Megaliths," photographs by David Corio, text by Lai Ngan Corio: Another book of photos, this time of ancient stone monuments in Great Britain. Focusing on England and Wales, the Corios offer up a luminous black-and-white photo of each monument, plus a page describing the myths surrounding the stones and their significance to the people in the area through time. Monoliths (single stones), dolmens (stone tables), circles of stones, menhirs, and holed stones are all given space in this sumptuous book.

"Ultimate Dog Grooming," by Eileen Geeson: Has your sheepdog formed dreadlocks? Is your bichon frise looking a little rough? This book has got the answers. Aimed at pet owners and show dog owners who want to make sure their dogs are correctly cared for, it is also an introduction for groomers. The first part contains information solely for dog owners: how to care for a dog's coat through nutrition, combing, and bathing, and how to choose a groomer if you can't or aren't willing to do it yourself. The second part is aimed at the prospective groomer and gives information on learning the trade, buying insurance and equipment, and keeping customers and their owners happy. The last section is a breed-by-breed coat profile, with information for specific types of coats. If you are about to choose a new dog, check this out (along with books that discuss dog personalities by breed) to see what kind of care your chosen breed may require!

"One with Nineveh," by Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich: Shaping the future of humanity today are three major issues that are consistently ignored in the media and in governments: rising consumption, increasing population, and unchecked political and economic inequity. The Ehrlichs, both scientists, dive into these issues with both feet, defining the problem (too many people putting too much demand on too few resources) and presenting short- and long-term solutions ranging from reducing population to improving public transportation. All things we've heard before, but in a readable, timely, and constructive package.

"Eagle Dreams," by Stephen J. Bodio: When falconer and travel writer Bodio was a boy, he fell in love with a photograph of a Kazakh nomad with an eagle on his fist. The article accompanying the image explained that it was a hunting eagle, and thus began his lifelong fascination with eagles, the Kazakhs and East Asia. Years later, an encounter with a pair of transplanted Russians with hazy connections to Kazakhstan and a fascinating film fueled his dream to meet a hunting eagle for himself, and finally, two trips to Mongolia later, his dream became reality.

"Why We Lie," by David Livingstone Smith: It is human nature to lie - we are hardwired for it in ways that we cannot comprehend without an expert. Every day we lie to ourselves and to others, often without even being aware of it. Smith, a philosopher and evolutionary psychologist, combines his specialties to write about how lying benefits us and how knowing about our deceit and that of others towards us affects us.

"A Family Year Abroad," by Chris Westphal: Part memoir, part how-to, this chronicles the adventures of the Westphal family, who left their California home for a year to live in Prague, where their lives were turned upside down by the strangest and least predictable events. Intertwined with their story are sidebars with concrete information about how to try to avoid what they've gone through (or, just as helpfully, what went right and how to duplicate it). Whether you read it for the adventure or for the information, this is a trip to the Czech Republic you won't soon forget. And, as always, placing a hold on our material is easy: call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249, or, if you have internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our website ( and looking at our catalog. Placing holds on items featured in In the Stacks is now even easier! The new columns are hyperlinked to the catalog: simply look up the column on our website, click on the title you want, and you will be ready to place a hold.

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