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From musicians to chefs, bios to Amish Christmas recipes, non-fiction has a lot to offer

By Sherry Mohan-Neves Port Jervis Free Library This week’s selection of non-fiction titles has such a diversity of interests, there’s sure to be one or more to pique your interest! Check out the list below, then call or go online to put a hold on your favorites. Biographies: “Dear Bob...”, letters from G.I.s to Bob Hope throughout the Second World War, compiled by Martha Bolton and Linda Hope with lots of photos. “The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx” by Motley Crue founder Nikki Six. “1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows” by world-famous artist, sculptor and architect Ai Weiwei. “…a sweeping memoir that presents a remarkable history of China over the last hundred years while also illuminating [Weiwei’s] artistic process.” “The Chancellor: the Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel” by Kati Marton. “The Last King of America: the Misunderstood Reign of King George III” by Andrew Roberts. Non-fiction: “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes: a Cautionary Tale of Race and Brutality” by Stephen G. Bloom. “The never-before-told story” of rural Iowa teacher Jane Elliot’s 1968 experiment with her third-grade students that demonstrated “how easy it was to create abhorrent racist behavior based on…eye color, not skin color.” Fascinating, distressing and eye-opening. “Renegades: Born in the USA, Dreams, Myths, Music” by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen. Loaded with photos. A dialog between two unlikely friends. A New York Times best seller. “Amish Christmas Cookbook: Authentic Favorites from Three Generations of Amish Cooks” by Byler, Lapp and Kauffman. “Recipes…gathered from real Amish grandmothers, tattered recipe boxes, and old books and diaries.” More than 100 recipes for desserts, breads, casseroles, salads and more. From cornmeal mush to Whoopie Pies! “This Must Be the Place” by Racheal Ray. Over 125 recipes. “David Copperfield’s History of Magic” by David Copperfield. A lavishly illustrated look back at the evolution of the magician’s art. “Guinness World Record 2022” by Craig Glenday. An amazing look at the last year’s new record-breaking achievements both remarkable and bizarre from all over the world. “Music is History” by Questlove. “A singular look at contemporary music from 1971 to the present. “The Book of Hope: a Survival Guide for Trying Times” by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams. Focusing on Jane’s “Four Reasons for Hope”: the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people and the indomitable human spirit. “Dad, How Do I?” by Rob Kenney, host of the hit YouTube series. Practical “Dadvice” for everyday tasks and successful living. “The Making of the Bible: from First Fragments to Sacred Scripture” by Konrad Schmid and Jens Schroter. “The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back” by Donald Cohen and Allen Mikaelian. “…raises larger questions about who controls the public things we all rely on, exposing the hidden crisis…and giving us a road map for taking our country back.”

All quoted text is from the book jackets and reviews. Visit the library's website at to browse all our offerings including print, audio, video and online programs for children and adults. No Internet access? Have your library card handy and call the Port Jervis Free Library at 845-856-7313, ext. 3, and a circulation clerk will help you. Free extended hours of Wi-Fi access are also available to all from the seating areas and parking lots outside the library at 138 Pike Street, Port Jervis, from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week.

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