Non-fiction eBooks: Eclecticism wins!

This list of most popular Adult non-Fiction eBooks checked out in the last two weeks shows how diverse the reading tastes of our customers are. There’s a bit of everything!

The Fry Chronicles / Stephen Fry
“Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.” (Overdrive summary)

The Antidote / Oliver Burkeman
“Hilarious and compulsively readable, The Antidote will have you on the road to happiness in no time.? In an approach that turns decades of self-help advice on its head, Oliver Burkeman explains why positive thinking serves only to make us more miserable, and why ‘getting motivated’ can exacerbate procrastination.?
Comparing the personal philosophies of dozens of ‘happy’ people—among them philosophers and experimental psychologists, Buddhists and terrorism experts, New Age dreamers and hard-headed business consultants—Burkeman uncovers some common ground. They all believe that there is an alternative ‘negative path’ to happiness and success that involves coming face-to-face with, even embracing, precisely the things we spend our lives trying to avoid –textpublishing.com.au” (Overdrive summary)

A Life on Gorge River / Robert Long
“Robert Long and his family – wife Catherine, and children Christan (17) and Robin (14) – live in complete isolation, in a hut two days’ walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine for 20 and the kids all their lives. Their only contact with the outside world is a helicopter or plane once a month, and two trips a year to the ‘outside world’. This is the story of how and why Robert – known locally as ‘Beansprout’ – came to live at Gorge River, and the family’s experiences there over the years, living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds with the natural environment. It is an inspiring tale of one man’s decision to ‘drop out’ of capitalist society and successfully establish a lifestyle most New Zealanders can’t even imagine, harking back to the days of the earliest pioneers.” (Overdrive summary)

747 things to do on a plane / Justin Cord Hayes
“This fun travel reference shows you how to make the most of your mile-high experience. Whether you’re onboard for business or pleasure, headed to a conference in Toledo or a week in Tahoe, your time spent in the airport and flying through the skies can be just as enjoyable as the rest of your trip. Forget tapping your foot on that ugly carpet or drooling on that (supposedly) “one-time-use-only” pillow—this fun travel reference shows you how to make the most of your mile-high experience. Complete with puzzles to test your smarts at 30,000 feet and exercise instructions for an onboard workout, it’s all in here. So whether you’d prefer starting on the next great American novel, or seeing who can ante up and win a Texas hold’em tourney, this book will be your perfect traveling companion.” (Overdrive summary)

Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track / Richard P. Feynman
“Feynman’s letters – offers an unprecedented look at the writer, thinker, Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose scientific mind and lust for life made him a legend in his own time.” (Overdrive summary)

Cancer is a Bitch / Gail Konop Baker
“Gail Konop Baker was a runner, yoga practitioner, doctor’s wife, and lifelong subscriber to Prevention magazine. But right before her forty-sixth birthday, she heard the words that would forever change her life: Just to be safe, I think we should biopsy. It was the beginning of her yearlong battle with breast cancer and its fallout—a battle that would upstage any midlife crisis she’d worried was waiting in the wings. Cancer Is a Bitch is her raw, moving, and funny account of juggling midlife, motherhood, and marriage with a rogue boob—and, ultimately, triumphing. It will, as author Lolly Winston said, “crack [you] up one minute, then bring [you] to tears the next.””(Overdrive summary)

The New iPad Fully Loaded/ Alan Hess
“The new iPad Fully Loaded is a one-of-a-kind resource for squeezing every bit of functionality from your new iPad. Whether you’re downloading content of any sort, looking to get the most out of iOS5, or using your new iPad to control anything from your home stereo system to your vehicle, nothing is out of the realm of possibilities.
As you progress through this captivating, full-color book, veteran author Alan Hess takes you beyond the basics and show you how to fully utilize your new iPad and it’s impressive features. Peppered with sophisticated tips and tricks, The new iPad Fully Loaded encourages you to modify your new iPad to your own specifications and teaches you never-before-revealed tricks so that you can truly get the most out of this amazing device.” (Overdrive summary)

Audrey Hepburn / Kathryn Dixon
“A few short years after WWII ended, Audrey Hepburn was discovered in a Monte Carlo hotel lobby by the French novelist Colette to assume the title role in the Broadway production of Gigi. Having barely survived the war in her home in Arnhem, Netherlands, Audrey was forced to give up her dream of being a prima ballerina because she was both too tall and too malnourished from the starvation and deprivation she suffered during the war years.
An immediate success as Gigi, Audrey was whisked away to Rome to film Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck. The role of Princess Anne would win her an Oscar for Best Actress, the first of five nominations throughout her career.
This book tells the story of Audrey Hepburn, one of only ten actors to win a competitive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy. But, in her eyes, possibly the best role of her career was that of Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Her first-hand experiences in the Netherlands during WWII uniquely qualified her to relate to children devastated by war and famine and to convincingly advocate on their behalf to some of the most powerful men and women of the 1980s and 1990s.” (Overdrive summary)