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Expanding Your Vocabulary

Expanding Your Vocabulary by Kathleen McWhorter

(Adult Nonfiction) - Based on Kathleen McWhorter's 25 years of experience teaching developmental courses and discovering how students learn best and the means to improve learning, Expanding Your Vocabulary gets students refining their skills through practice with authentic reading passages, addresses discipline-specific vocabulary in ten academic fields, and provides lists of high utility words and content readings student can use to practice and apply all the skills they have learned in the text.
The Know-It-All

The Know-It-All by A. J. Jacobs

(Adult Nonfiction) - With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unexpected and comically disruptive effects Operation Encyclopedia has on every part of Jacobs's life -- from his newly minted marriage to his complicated relationship with his father and the rest of his charmingly eccentric New York family to his day job as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's project tests the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to explore the real meaning of intelligence as he endeavors to join Mensa, win a spot on Jeopardy!, and absorb 33,000 pages of learning. On his journey he stumbles upon some of the strangest, funniest, and most profound facts about every topic under the sun, all while battling fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing fear that attends his first real-life responsibility -- the impending birth of his first child. The Know-It-All is an ingenious, mightily entertaining memoir of one man's intellect, neuroses, and obsessions and a soul-searching, ultimately touching struggle between the all-consuming quest for factual knowledge and the undeniable gift of hard-won wisdom.
Looming Murder

Looming Murder by Carol Martin

(Adult Fiction) - Della Wright is offering weaving workshops to promote her new business in Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blueridge Mountains. When a shady local businessman is found murdered and one of her weaving students is suspected, Della can't help getting entangled in the investigation.
The School of Essential Ingredients

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

(Adult Fiction) - Eight students gather in Lillian's Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen as Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students' lives.
The Shop on Blossom Street

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

(Adult Fiction) - Four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries--about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share...
Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living

Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living by Steven Jay Fogel

(Adult Nonfiction) - How Can You Use Your Mind to Transform Your Brain to Make Yourself Happier? Your default programming the automatic choices all of us make in life without even noticing can sabotage you, but you can learn to interrupt your self-defeating behavior and make better choices. Steven J. Fogel shares what scientists have discovered about your ability to "rewire" your brain to act in ways that will make you happier and offers sage advice about how to resolve long-term dysfunctional relationships that are causing you stress, frustration, and pain. Put the past where it belongs in the past. Be mindful, live in the present, and lead a fulfilling life full of possibilities!