Number 10 in the Fiction category is “What Doesn’t Kill You” by Iris Johansen.
“Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang – a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now, she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates something so deadly, and completely untraceable, the chase is on to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself pitted against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive the quest to protect those she cares about. Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, and the darkest places of the human soul.”-Barnes and Noble Overview
The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your library at Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch, Davenport Fairmount Street Branch, Davenport Main Library, East Moline Public Library, Moline Public Library, Musser Public Library, Rock Island 30/31 Branch, Rock Island Main Library, Rock Island Southwest Branch, Scott County Library – Durant, Scott County Library – Eldridge, Scott County Library – Princeton, Scott County Library – Walcott, Sherrard Public Library District, Robert R Jones Public Library, and Silvis Public Library.
Number 7 in the Non Fiction Category is “Imagine”, by Jonah Lehrer
“Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?
From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective (travel helps). He unveils the optimal mix of old and new partners in any creative collaboration and explains why criticism is essential to the process. Then he zooms out to show how we can make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our companies more productive, and our schools more effective.
You’ll learn about Bob Dylan’s writing habits and the drug addictions of poets. You’ll meet a Manhattan bartender who thinks like a chemist, and an autistic surfer who invented an entirely new surfing move. You’ll see why Elizabethan England experienced a creative explosion, and how Pixar’s office space is designed to spark the next big leap in animation.
Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, Imagine reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind and its essential role in our increasingly complex world.”-Barnes and Noble Overview
The staff of Scott Community College Library will be happy to place a hold on this book for you or you can check it out from your library at Bettendorf Public Library, Davenport Eastern Ave branch, Davenport Fairmount Branch, Davenport Main Public Library, LeClaire Community Library, Moline Public, Musser Public, Rock Island Main, and Scott County Library in Durant.