In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2002

New non-fiction for the factual types!

• "Women Photographers of National Geographic," by Cathy Newman. A stunning portfolio of photos highlights this fascinating account of women photographers at National Geographic magazine. The text accompanying the photos is a collage of words, describing the photographers' experiences and goals, with an index at the end so you can locate your favorite photographers' words and photos,

• "I'll be Short," by Robert B. Reich. As vital a reading as "Nickel and Dimed," this short book pinpoints reasons American society seems so out of sync with itself. Reich focuses on the recent unraveling of the social contract that enabled the United States to prosper after World War II, examines the results of allowing the contract to break down entirely, and proposes ideas for reweaving the threads that will enable all Americans to once again live meaningfully and flourish.

• "Hunted," by David Fletcher. This is the chilling story of the British climber who accidentally killed a grizzly bear cub while soloing in the Alaskan wilderness, only to find himself being chased down by its vengeful mother. After several days, Fletcher realized that the grizzly isn't going to give up, nor would he be able to outwit her, and that he would have to kill her if he is going to survive.

• "Parenting the Hurt Child," by Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky. Aimed at helping adoptive parents whose children have attachment disorders, this book starts by explaining that traditional parenting is based on the assumption that children are bonded with their parents, but that adopted children arrive without such bonds. The authors go on to give parents the skills they need to help their children form attachments even while teaching them social skills. Includes an extensive list of resources and related reading material.

• "Safe Area Gorazde," by Joe Sacco. This is the latest addition to the slowly growing genre of comics journalism, heralded by the appearance of "Maus" in the early 1980s. Sacco tells the stories of Muslims living in the only "safe area" to survive the Bosnian War intact. Comic book form, yes. For kids, no. Worth reading? Absolutely.

• "The Complete Valley of the Kings," by Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson. Attention, Amelia Peabody fans (and anyone interested in archaeology)! Here's your chance to understand what fascinates the Peabody family about Egyptology. Beautiful photos (some color, most black and white) accompany detailed and readable descriptions of the archeologists, their excavations, and, of course, their finds.

• "A Matter of Degrees," by Gino Segre. Whether he is giving facts on global warming, geological formations, the earth's inner temperature, or loss of weight in polar bears, Segre, a theoretical physicist, manages a potentially difficult and dry subject deftly. Discover for yourself the importance of temperature in the life of the Earth.

• "Small Pieces Loosely Joined," by David Weinberger. A fascinating and at times funny look at cyberspace, what it is, how it intersects with the physical world, and how it is shaping our lives.

• "Beyond the Deep," by William Stone and Barbara am Ende. In 1994 a team of elite cavers led by Bill Stone set off to explore the Huautla Cave System in Mexico, possibly the world's deepest cave complex. Stone brings along a device he invented that will enable the team to breathe underwater and investigate the caves fully, but when disaster strikes, the team mutinies. Will Stone give up his dream to reach the end of the system or continue on with the least experienced member of the team?

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