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Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, its Chaotic Founding, its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class City by Sam Anderson 

In Tom Perotta’s recent novel, Mrs. Fletcher, a character who works in publishing observes that good sub-titles are what sell non-fiction books. Boom Town certainly offers an extensive one; I don’t think a synopsis is going to be required here. Suffice to say that this is popular history written in a rollicking, if not outright giddy and out of control style by the critic at large journalist for The New York Times Magazine. This is history that seems aimed at millennials, not readers of Thucydides. It’s an awful lot of fun though, whether Anderson is writing about the Sooners and the land rush of 1889, or the shenanigans of Flaming Lips front man and long-time OKC resident Wayne Coyne. The chapters are short and jump around from time period to subject matter at an almost dizzying speed – this is history for people who get their news from their phones and read on their public transit commutes to work. A fun read for those who enjoy unusual or seldom told stories with a hefty helping of quirk.

 

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Lost Connections by Johann Hari

A look at the causes of depression and anxiety that challenges the chemical imbalance model and looks for causes rooted in how we live today. Hari, the author of Chasing the Scream, and an award winning British journalist and playwright, travels extensively to interview a diverse number of scientists, medical health professionals, therapists and explore different community health initiatives. A welcome and timely antidote to our over-medicated times. 

 Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr1305167

 

 

1979 by Ray Robertson

A slice of life for a 13 year old paper boy living in small town south western Ontario. Tom Buzby and his older sister live above their father's tattoo shop, after their mother finds Jesus and runs off with a pastor. Nothing much happens in this coming of age story, but it doesn't need to, thanks to Robertson's gifts as a writer, which have matured greatly since he touched on similar ground in his 2007 novel, What Happened Later. Having been born and raised in a similar time and place, I can vouch for the verisimilitude of Robertson's portrait of small town SW Ontario circa 1979. It clanged the nostalgia bell pretty hard in my case, but should appeal to anyone that enjoys great subtle writing, and coming of age tales. Raise the roof beams high, Mr. Robertson, bravo!

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Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory by Deena Kastor

Rhonda Byrne in running shoes. Self-help in sneakers. Deena Kastor began her career running with genetic talent but didn't begin to truly make progress until she committed to a coach who challenged her to work on her mental approach and her philosophy. A soaring read about discovery and making choices.

 

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 The Job of the Wasp by Colin Winnette

A Gothic Lord of the Flies crossed with The Turn of the Screw, filled with comedic horror from one of the most unique American fiction voices writing today.

 

 

 

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