Here are five of the nonfiction books that have recently hit Syosset Public Libraries shelves. Why not visit the rest of the new book collection, located on the second floor, the next time you are in!
The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story
by Kate Summerscale
London, 1938: Embattled housewife Alma Fielding contacts the press after she begins experiencing supernatural phenomena in her home.
What happened next: Hoping to cement his standing in the spiritualist community, Hungarian parapsychologist Nandor Fodor spent four months investigating the disturbing occurrences, developing a complicated relationship with Alma.
Victim…or fraud? This atmospheric stranger-than-fiction ghost story allows readers to draw their own conclusions about Alma’s plight.
Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting
by Lisa Genova
What it’s about: the ins and outs of human memory, including the different types of memory, common misconceptions, and relevant diseases.
Read it for: the engaging writing, which makes complex scientific concepts accessible to the general reader; the overview of the dementia risk factors we can control, like exercise and sleep.
About the author: Neuroscientist Lisa Genova is best known for her novel Still Alice, which was adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore as a character with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier
by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
What it is: a fast-paced chronicle of Daniel Boone’s exploits in the 1770s and his establishment of a settlement in present-day Kentucky.
Is it for you? This evocative popular history by bestselling duo Bob Drury and Tom Clavin (Valley Forge) will appeal to the authors’ many fans and to general readers who love vivid storytelling.
Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage
by Anne Lamott
What it’s about: navigating the tough questions that face us all, from the struggles in our individual lives to much larger, existential concerns.
Read it for: the lighthearted and hopeful tone; the warm and unapologetic candor that author Anne Lamott is known for bringing to her observations on life and faith.
by Sarah Ruden
What it is: an illuminating and thought-provoking new translation of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
What makes it unique: the balance struck between accessible language for the modern reader and accurately capturing the historical and cultural context of the original text.
About the author: Poet, essayist, and literary critic Sarah Ruden has translated ancient works as diverse as Homeric Hymns, The Satyricon, and Saint Augustine’s Confessions.
-posted by Sonia, Reference Services