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New non-fiction for January 2019

Written by · Published Dec 28, 2018

The Stress Solution, The Library Book, Wild Women and their amazing adventures

Quicksand Tales: the misadventures of Keggie Carew, by Keggie Carew

“Ever been talked into buying a camel? Or become a burglar by mistake? Or accidentally drugged a friend on a blind date? Keggie Carew has an unerring instinct for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, of putting her foot in it, and making a hash of things. From the repercussions of a missing purse, to boiling a frog, or the holiday when the last thing you could possibly imagine happens, Keggie has been there. She also has an enviable talent for recycling awfulness and turning embarrassment into gold.

“In prose that will make you laugh, wince and curl your toes, Keggie Carew shares her most embarrassing, awkward, uncomfortable, funny, true, terrible and all-too-relatable moments.”

The Stress Solution: the 4 steps to reset your body, mind, relationships and purpose, by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

The author of the bestselling The 4 Pillar Plan turns his attention to stress.

“‘It’s thought that between 70 and 90% of GP consultations are related to stress’. This has to change. Dr Rangan Chatterjee knows this better than anyone. As a practising GP he’s seen first-hand how stress affects his patients and has found simple but effective methods to help them.

“Now he’s on a mission to show that combatting stress is easier than you think. He shows how a small change in the way you approach your body, mind, relationships, and purpose can help you lead a more fulfilled, calmer life.”

The Boy Who Followed his Father into Auschwitz, by Jeremy Dronfield

In 1939, Gustav Kleinman, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis and sent to Buchenwald with his teenage son Fritz. This book is based on Kleinman’s secret diary and painstaking archival research.

This will be of interest to anyone who has read The Choice or The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Cooking for Fitness, by James Haskell & Omar Maziane

January is often a month to begin to shed the extra Christmas pounds. In this book, England rugby star Haskell works with top sports performance chef Meziane to guide you to your peak performance level. There are 79 quick and easy recipes, both high- and low-carb.

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

“After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why?

“With her characteristic humour, insight and compassion, Orlean uses this terrible event as a lens through which to tell the story of all libraries - their history, their meaning and their uncertain future as they adapt and redefine themselves in a digital world. Filled with heart, passion and extraordinary characters, The Library Book discusses the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.”

Wild Women and their amazing adventures over land, sea & air, by Mariella Frostrup (ed.)

“From Constantinople to Crimea, from Antarctica to the Andes, women throughout history have travelled across land and sea and recorded their adventures. This is a collection of more than 50 of the greatest escapades ever experienced and told by women. Curated by Mariella Frostrup, these works span the globe from the 1700s to the present day and include well-known heroines such as Isabella Bird, Dervla Murphy and Cheryl Straid as well as unknown and undiscovered “

Brandon King

I work in the Suffolk Libraries Stock Team