Check out these new arrivals at the Astoria Public Library:
All those nagging questions of everyday home health care are answered in "What Nurses Know and Doctors Don't Have Time to Tell You," by Patricia Carroll, R.N. From the common causes of coughing when you don't feel sick to back and neck pain, this book offers wisdom and practical advice.
Covering the Western United States, Joseph P. Schwieterman has written "When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment." Each article includes the historical perspective, the changing times, the abandonment's legacy, an epilogue and suggested sources for further study. Both Astoria and Seaside are represented in separate articles.
The Smithsonian and the National Maritime Museum produced "Ship: The Epic Story of Maritime Adventure." Fantastic photographs and illustrations are accompanied by Brian Lavery's text. The arrangement is chronological, from the birth of ships through the global age of today.
Hannah Musgrave, former radical member of the Weather Underground, now lives in West Africa. There, she and her husband, a Liberian, expect to live a quieter life. But their friendship with a notorious warlord and ex-president brings their lives into peril. "The Darling" is a new novel by Russell Banks.
During the Korean War, Americans held Chinese POWs. Author Ha Jin has researched true historical accounts of this to write "War Trash," a novel. The story is set in the years 1951 to '53, when Yu Yuan, a young Chinese army officer, is captured. His English language skills serve him well when he becomes an unofficial interpreter in the POW camp.
Living on the coast, it is easy to appreciate our landscape. Author Stephen J. Lyons offers essays on everyday life inland. "A View from the Inland Northwest" celebrates the moments of beauty and grace experienced by the inhabitants of the region between the Cascade and Rocky mountains.
In late 19th century Central America, the closing of the convents forces Maria de las Nieves Moran out into the world. She secures a job at the British legation and studies poetry with Jose Marti. With a large cast of characters yet to enter her life, these two relationships set the scene for the years ahead. "The Divine Husband" was written by Francico Goldman.
Galaxies, galaxy clusters, stars within galaxies and planets to orbit those stars - Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith have studied the cosmos to write "Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution." Previously a Nova special shown on PBS, the authors use clear language to explain complex concepts.
Carnegie Wong is a second-generation American who marries a Caucasian. His mother never accepts this marriage. Together, Carnegie and Blondie have three children. After his mother dies, a relative from mainland China arrives, claiming to be a nanny sent by Mama Wong. As the Wongs try to adjust, Blondie fears this woman is anything but a nanny. "The Love Wife" is a new novel by Gish Jen.
Author Augusten Burroughs shares stories from his life with readers in "Magical Thinking: True Stories." From his debut in a Tang commercial to daring dates to shopping for an iron in Kmart, Burroughs continues the style and wit he showed in "Running with Scissors" and "Dry."