Library's new non-fiction covers wide range of subjects

Books on Tlingit art, machine quilting, and genealogy are among the most recent arrivals

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2004

New non-fiction at the Juneau Public Libraries.

"Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears," by John M. Burkey: Nearly 10% of Americans have hearing loss to the degree that they feel uncomfortable communicating with others, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. The bulk of this book addresses the many reasons people might come up with for not wanting to wear a hearing aid, and attempts to lay fears to rest. It also includes information on choosing the hearing aid that is most suitable for you, and discusses newly developed technologies that enable hearing aids to be smaller and more helpful to their users in an astonishing variety of ways.

"Recipes for Dairy-free Living," by Denise Jardine: There are plenty of substitutes for dairy products in the supermarkets these days, but how do you incorporate them into recipes that everyone will want to eat? The days of special meals for special needs are over - these are dishes even those who can tolerate dairy will like. Just a few of the delicious-sounding recipes to whet your appetite - how about cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a chicken salad sandwich for lunch, and coconut-lime seafood stew for dinner, with toasted coconut ice cream for dessert - all dairy-free! Illustrated with mouth-watering photos.

"Woodturning Projects," by Mark Baker: There are plenty of projects to choose from in this beautifully photographed volume - boxes, bowls, platters, and hollow forms (vases, mostly). Starting with an overview of tools and wood finishing supplies and a photo gallery of different woods, Baker quickly moves on to creation. Step-by-step instructions and photos accompany the first project for each section, with photos, measurements, and notes for each successive design. Beautifully done and full of inspiration for woodturners.

"Tlingit Art: Totem poles and art of the Alaskan Indians," by Maria Bolanz and Gloria C. Williams: Bolanz and Williams, themselves both Tlingit, have collected not only photos of totem poles, masks, blankets, and a variety of carvings, but also the stories and legends that connect them to the rich cultural history of the Tlingit. With sections on the history of the Tlingit, pre- and post- contact styles of totem pole, techniques of creation, and the meaning of the art, as well as the eventual fate of the artifacts, this is an all-around good introduction to Tlingit history, art, and culture.

"Ceramic Trees of Life," by Lenore H. Mulryan: Intricate structures adorned with a variety of small figures and often painted in brilliant colors, trees of life are one of the most easily recognized Mexican folk arts. Made of clay, their tableaus may show genealogies, tell Bible stories, or depict pre-hispanic cosmologies or pieces of history. This is not only an overview of the folk art itself, but also an in-depth look at some of the most famous artists and the impact they've had on the craft.

"Remodeling a Bathroom," by Leon A. Frechette: If you're thinking of doing some remodeling, take a look at this Taunton Fine Homebuilding guide to bathrooms. It covers everything you need to know, from planning your new space and taking budget restrictions into control, to choosing lighting fixtures and putting up tile. Step-by-step instructions for most projects, color photos and line drawings, and a plethora of tips to help your project go smoothly, make this a must-read.

"Machine Quilting," by Sue Nickels: This basic book of technique is colorful and thorough. Nickels begins with a discussion of supplies needed to do machine quilting, and then continues on to techniques for straight and curved lines. Then, it's on to making the actual quilt, followed by projects you can do with what you've learned from the book. Beautiful photos and clear instructions make this look easy.

"Bear: the ultimate artist's reference," by Doug Lindstrand: Have a look into the mind of an artist: this book is essentially Lindstrand's field notes for works that feature bears. He's collected many photos of black, brown, and polar bears in all seasons and of all ages as references for his work. Accompanying the photos are sketches and notes, which are meant to help artists with their own drawings and paintings of bears.

"Plugging into your past," by Rick Crume: This is a great tool for genealogists beginning to use the internet for their family research. If you are comfortable using a computer, this will be very usable. The first chapter starts out by going over how to get the most from your internet searches, including using keywords, various spellings, and wildcards. Each subsequent chapter aims at a particular area of research - vital records, for instance, or land and property records - then lists free and subscription websites with the information.

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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