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Former President Barack Obama released his favorite books of 2021! 


Nadia Owusu
Description: This poetic, genre-bending work, blending memoir with cultural history, from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.
Call Number: B Owu
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
David Diop, Anna Moschovakis
Description: "A 'Chocolat' soldier with the French army during World War I, Senegalese Alfa Ndiaye's friend Mademba Diop is in the same regiment. Injured in battle, Diop begs Alfa to kill him and spare him the pain of a long and agonizing death in No Man's Land. Unable to commit this mercy killing, madness creeps into Alfa's mind. He sees this refusal as cowardice. To avenge the death of his friend and find forgiveness for himself, every night Alfa sneaks across enemy lines to find and murder a blue-eyed German soldier, returning with the German's severed hand. As rumors circulate that Alfa is a soul-eater, how far will he go to make amends to his dead friend?"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Dio
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Qian Julie Wang
Description: An incandescent and heartrending memoir about Qian Julie Wang's five years living undocumented after immigrating with her parents from China to New York City in 1994. In Chinese the word for the United States, Mei Guo, translates directly to "beautiful country," but when seven-year-old Qian is plucked from her warm and happy childhood surrounded by extended family in China, she finds a world of crushing fear and poverty instead. Unable to speak English at first, Qian is isolated and disregarded, put into special education classes because she doesn't speak the language and humiliated by teachers and classmates when she struggles to pay attention because of hunger or exhaustion. She encounters racism, and people of other races, for the first time, shocked at where her family fits in comparison to their status as educated elites in China. After school she works shifts alongside her mother in Chinatown sweatshops. There is so much about Qian's new home that doesn't make sense, but the rules of survival are drilled into her head: If you see a policeman, you must run in the other direction. If anyone asks--or even if they don't--you tell them you were born here. Do as you're told or we could be separated forever. Understanding impliclity the toll this has taken on her parents, Qian tries desperately to cheer them up and mediate their increasingly heated arguments, certain that if she is good enough, she can hold the family together. Wang channels her childhood perspective, illuminating the cruelty and indignity of America's immigration system, while also crafting a narrative of resilience from her family's small moments of joy: their first slice of pizza, "shopping days" when the family would unearth unlikely treasures in Brooklyn's trash, and the necessary escape she found in books at the local library.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 974.71 Wan
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Anthony Doerr
Description: In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in a public library in Lakeport, Idaho, today, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril. They all learn the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land, a better world. Twelve-year-old Anna lives in a convent where women toil all day embroidering the robes of priests. She learns to read from an old Greek tutor she encounters on her errands in the city. In an abandoned priory, she finds a stash of old books. One is Aethon's story, which she reads to her sister as the walls of Constantinople are bombarded by armies of Saracens. Anna escapes, carrying only a small sack with bread, salt fish-and the book. Outside the city walls, Anna meets Omeir, a village boy who was conscripted, along with his beloved pair of oxen, to fight in the Sultan's conquest. His oxen have died; he has deserted. In Lakeport, Idaho, in 2020, Seymour, a young activist bent on saving the earth, sits in the public library with two homemade bombs in pressure cookers--another siege. Upstairs, eighty-five-year old Zeno, a former prisoner-of-war, and an amateur translator, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon's adventures. Konstance, encased on a spaceship decades from now, has never lived on our beloved Earth. Alone in a vault with sacks of Nourish powder and access to 'all the information in the world,' she knows Aethon's story through her father. She has never set foot on our planet. Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of gravest danger. Their lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own.
Call Number: FIC Doe
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Jonathan Franzen
Description: "It's December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless -- unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem's sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who's been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate. Jonathan Franzen's novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own. A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis" -- Book jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Michelle Zauner
Description: A memoir about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the east coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP B Zau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Patrick Radden Keefe
Description: The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions--Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing a blockbuster painkiller that was the catalyst for the opioid crisis. -- jacket.
Call Number: LP 929.2 Kee
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Colson Whitehead, Dion Graham
Description: Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked. To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his facade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time. Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn't ask where it comes from. Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa, the 'Waldorf of Harlem', and volunteers Ray's services as the fence. The heist doesn't go as planned; they rarely do. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes.
Call Number: FIC Whi
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Clint Smith
Description: 'How the Word is Passed' is Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Smith leads the reader through an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks--those that are honest about the past and those that are not--that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nations collective history, and ourselves.
Call Number: 973.0496 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Andrea Elliott
Description: This book follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani Coates, a child with an imagination as soaring as the skyscrapers near her Brooklyn homeless shelter. Born at the turn of a new century, Dasani is named for the bottled water that comes to symbolize Brooklyn's gentrification and the shared aspirations of a divided city. As Dasani grows up, moving with her tightknit family from shelter to shelter, her story reaches back to trace the passage of Dasani's ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north. As New York City's homeless crisis is exploding amid the growing chasm between rich and poor, Dasani must lead her seven siblings through a thicket of problems: hunger, parental addiction, violence, housing instability, pollution, segregated schools, and the constant monitoring of the child-protection system. When, at age thirteen, Dasani enrolls at a boarding school in Pennsylvania, her loyalties are tested like never before. As she learns to "code-switch" between the culture she left behind and the norms of her new town, Dasani starts to feel like a stranger in both places. Ultimately, she faces an impossible question: What if leaving poverty means abandoning the family you love?-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.7756 Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Kazuo Ishiguro
Description: "From her place in the store that sells artificial friends, Klara--an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities--watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara she is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In this luminous tale, Klara and the Sun, Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Ish
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Te-Ping Chen
Description: A debut collection from an extraordinary new talent that vividly gives voice to the men and women of modern China and its diaspora.
Call Number: FIC Che
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Rumaan Alam
Description: Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. The houseowners, Ruth and G. H., arrive in the middle of the night in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other? --Adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Ala
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Lauren Groff, Adjoa Andoh
Description: Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, one that can never reconcile itself with her existence, will the sheer force of Marie's vision be bulwark enough?
Call Number: FIC Gro
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Andy Weir
Description: "Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery--and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone. Or does he?" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Dawnie Walton
Description: "Opal is a fiercely independent young woman pushing against the grain in her style and attitude, Afro-punk before that term existed. Coming of age in Detroit, she can't imagine settling for a 9-to-5 job--despite her unusual looks, Opal believes she can be a star. So when the aspiring British singer/songwriter Neville Charles discovers her at a bar's amateur night, she takes him up on his offer to make rock music together for the fledgling Rivington Records. In early seventies New York City, just as she's finding her niche as part of a flamboyant and funky creative scene, a rival band signed to her label brandishes a Confederate flag at a promotional concert. Opal's bold protest and the violence that ensues set off a chain of events that will not only change the lives of those she loves, but also be a deadly reminder that repercussions are always harsher for women, especially black women, who dare to speak their truth. Decades later, as Opal considers a 2016 reunion with Nev, music journalist S. Sunny Shelton seizes the chance to curate an oral history about her idols. Sunny thought she knew most of the stories leading up to the cult duo's most politicized chapter. But as her interviews dig deeper, a nasty new allegation from an unexpected source threatens to blow up everything" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Wal
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Amor Towles
Description: "In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction--to the City of New York. Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles's third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Tow
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Description: he great scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois, once wrote about the Problem of race in America, and what he called “Double Consciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans—the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers—Ailey carries Du Bois’s Problem on her shoulders. Ailey is reared in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that’s made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women—her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reaching back two centuries—that urge Ailey to succeed in their stead. To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors—Indigenous, Black, and white—in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story—and the song—of America itself.
Call Number: FIC Jef
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Nathan Harris, William Demeritt
Description: In the waning days of the Civil War, two freed brothers are hired to work on the farm of a husband and wife who are grieving the loss of their son in the war.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Ann Patchett
Description: Ann Patchett reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 814 Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Eric Nguyen
Description: "When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. As she and her boys begin to settle into life in America, she continues to send letters and tapes back to Cong, hopeful that they will be reunited and her children will grow up with a father. Over time, Huong realizes she will never see Cong again. While she copes with this loss, her sons, Tuan and Binh, grow up in their absent father's shadow, haunted by a man and a country trapped in their memory and imagination. As they push forward, the three adapt to life in America in different ways: Huong takes up with a Vietnamese car salesman who is also new in town; Tuan tries to connect with his heritage by joining a local Vietnamese gang; and Binh, now going by Ben, embraces his burgeoning sexuality. Their search for identity--as individuals and as a family--tears them apart, until disaster strikes and they must find a new way to come together and honor the ties that bind them"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ngu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Elizabeth Kolbert, Rebecca Lowman
Description: Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world people are creating. She meets scientists who are trying to preserve the world's rarest fish, which lives in a single, tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave. She visits a lava field in Iceland, where engineers are turning carbon emissions to stone; an aquarium in Australia, where researchers are trying to develop 'super coral' that can survive on a hotter globe; and a lab at Harvard, where physicists are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere in order to reflect sunlight back to space and cool the earth.
Call Number: 304.28 Kol
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
Benjamín Labatut, Adrian Nathan West
Description: "A fictional examination of the lives of real-life scientists and thinkers whose discoveries resulted in moral consequences beyond their imagining. When We Cease to Understand the World is a book about the complicated links between scientific and mathematical discovery, madness, and destruction. Fritz Haber, Alexander Grothendieck, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger: these are some of luminaries into whose troubled lives Labatut's book thrusts the reader, showing us how they grappled with the most profound questions of existence. They have strokes of unparalleled genius, alienate friends and lovers, descend into isolation and insanity. Some of their discoveries reshape human life to the better; others pave the way to chaos and unimaginable suffering. The lines are never clear. At a breakneck pace and with a wealth of disturbing detail, Benjamin Labatut uses the imaginative resources of fiction to tell the stories of scientists and mathematicians who expanded our notions of the possible" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 4, 2022
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Aftershocks : A Memoir
Nadia Owusu
B Owu
Leave The World Behind : A Novel
Rumaan Alam
FIC Ala
At Night All Blood Is Black
David Diop, Anna Moschovakis
FIC Dio
Matrix
Lauren Groff, Adjoa Andoh
FIC Gro
Beautiful Country : A Memoir
Qian Julie Wang
974.71 Wan
Project Hail Mary : A Novel
Andy Weir
FIC Wei
Cloud Cuckoo Land : A Novel
Anthony Doerr
FIC Doe
The Final Revival Of Opal & Nev
Dawnie Walton
LP FIC Wal
Crossroads
Jonathan Franzen
FIC Fra
The Lincoln Highway
Amor Towles
FIC Tow
Crying In H Mart : A Memoir
Michelle Zauner
LP B Zau
The Love Songs Of W.e.b. Du Bois : A Novel
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
FIC Jef
Empire Of Pain : The Secret History Of The Sackler Dynasty
Patrick Radden Keefe
LP 929.2 Kee
The Sweetness Of Water : A Novel
Nathan Harris, William Demeritt
FIC Har
Harlem Shuffle
Colson Whitehead, Dion Graham
FIC Whi
These Precious Days : Essays
Ann Patchett
814 Pat
How The Word Is Passed : A Reckoning With The History Of Slavery Across America
Clint Smith
973.0496 Smi
Things We Lost To The Water : A Novel
Eric Nguyen
FIC Ngu
Invisible Child : Poverty, Survival, & Hope In An American City
Andrea Elliott
362.7756 Ell
Under A White Sky : The Nature Of The Future
Elizabeth Kolbert, Rebecca Lowman
304.28 Kol
Klara And The Sun
Kazuo Ishiguro
LP FIC Ish
When We Cease To Understand The World
Benjamín Labatut, Adrian Nathan West
FIC Lab
Land Of Big Numbers
Te-Ping Chen
FIC Che

Medical Nonfiction

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Whether you want a general overview or the nitty gritty details of all sorts of medical mysteries and miscellania, we've got you covered.


Cody Cassidy, Paul Doherty
Description: "A gleefully gruesome look at the actual science behind the most outlandish, cartoonish, and impossible deaths you can imagine What would happen if you took a swim outside a deep-sea submarine wearing only a swimsuit? How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China? Paul Doherty, senior staff scientist at San Francisco's famed Exploratorium Museum, and writer Cody Cassidy explore the real science behind these and other fantastical scenarios, offering insights into physics, astronomy, anatomy, and more along the way. Is slipping on a banana peel really as hazardous to your health as the cartoons imply? Answer: Yes. Banana peels ooze a gel that turns out to be extremely slippery. Your foot and body weight provide the pressure. The gel provides the humor (and resulting head trauma). Can you die by shaking someone's hand?Answer: Yes. That's because, due to atomic repulsion, you've never actually touched another person's hand. If you could, the results would be as disastrous as a medium-sized hydrogen bomb. If you were Cookie Monster, just how many cookies could you actually eat in one sitting? Answer: Most stomachs can hold up to sixty cookies, or around four liters. If you eat or drink more than that, you're approaching the point at which the cookies would break through the lesser curvature of your stomach, and then you'd better call an ambulance to Sesame Street"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 612 Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Atul Gawande, John Bedford Lloyd
Call Number: 616 Gaw
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Peggy Orenstein
Description: Peggy Orenstein's work on girls and sex made her realize that to understand girls and sex, we also need to talk about boys and sex. Today's young men are subject to the same cultural forces as their female peers. They are steeped in the distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity which shape how they, too, navigate sexual and emotional relationships. Here she reveals how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy. Orenstein takes a look at the myriad factors that are shaping boys' ideas of sex, girls, and masculinity including: locker room talk; pornography as the new sex education; hookup culture and consent; Bro culture and #metoo; excessive drinking and frat parties; boys' experience as victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By exploring the complexity of young men's attitudes, beliefs, and experiences, Orenstein unravels the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of boys' sex lives today, offering a vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.7 Ore
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Jenny Lawson
Description: "As Jenny Lawson's hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken (in the best possible way), she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humor: "People do different things to distract themselves during each treatment. I embroider. It feels fitting. I'm being magnetically stabbed in the head thousands of times as I'm stabbing the embroidery myself. I don't embroider the same patterns my grandmother did. I embroider girls with octopus faces, David Bowie, a flowery bouquet with FUCK YES written in the middle. They let you do anything as long as it's 'positive.'" Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company in "An Open Letter to My Insurance Company," which should be an anthem for anyone who has ever had to call their insurance company to try and get a claim covered. On the lighter side, she tackles such timelessly debated questions as "How do dogs know they have penises?" We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. Of course, Jenny's long-suffering husband Victor--the Ricky to Jenny's Lucille Ball--is present throughout. A treat for Jenny Lawson's already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter."-- Provided by publisher
Call Number: B Law
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Haben Girma
Description: This book tells the incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.
Call Number: B Gir
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Robert Kolker
Description: "Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins--aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony--and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after the other, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother, to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amidst profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations. Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love and hope" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.898 Kol
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Neil Baum, Scott (Scott D.) Miller, Mindi S. Miller
Description: A guide to men's health written by two doctors who treat sexual problems, prostate problems, urinary leakage, pelvic pain, urinary tract infections, and questions about infertility. Male patients often describe the problem simply as "something's not right down there," either because they are embarrassed about the issues or unaware of them. Fifty percent of men will have one or more of the conditions discussed in this book during their lifetime. With humor, analogies, illustrations, and case examples, the doctors share their knowledge of the penis, prostate, and testicles. They start with a discussion of male anatomy, covering the different organs, tubes, and hormones. They then move on to cover various problems, including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, cancer, testosterone deficiency, STDs, and how they can be treated.
Call Number: 613.0423 Bau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Allie Brosh
Description: Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.
Call Number: 817 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Lori Gottlieb, Brittany Pressley
Description: One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist in Los Angeles. The next, a crisis causes her to seek help herself, and before long, the struggles her patients bring to her, become the very ones she brings to her therapist.
Call Number: 616.8914 Got
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Harriet A Washington
Call Number: 174.28 Was
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Rebekah Taussig
Description: From Rebekah Taussig, disability advocate with a PhD in disability studies and creative nonfiction, and creator of the Instagram account @ sitting pretty, an essay collection based on a lifetime of experiences in a paralyzed body, tackling themes of identity, accessibility, bodies, and representation.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.43 Tau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Mary Roach
Call Number: 611 Roa
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith
Description: First published over forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is an account of Audre Lorde's experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women's pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women's body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," Lorde heals and re-envisions herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. Lorde's testament gives visibility and strength to women with cancer to define themselves, and to transform their silence into language and action.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.994 Lor
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Description: A "biography" of cancer--from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it.
Call Number: 616.994 Muk
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Rebecca Skloot, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin, Random House Audio Publishing
Description: Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
Call Number: 616.027 Skl
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Libby Copeland
Description: You swab your cheek or spit in a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal long-buried family secrets and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, a relentless drive to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like "Who am I?" and "Where did I come from?" Welcome to the age of home genetic testing. Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. She explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.-- From statement at Goodreads.com.
Call Number: 929.1 Cop
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Oliver. 1933-2015 Sacks
Description: Oliver Sacks recounts the case histories of patients living in the bizarre world of neurological disorders. This book tells the stories of individuals afflicted with great perceptual aberrations, patients who have lost their memories, and those who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity.
Call Number: 616.8 Sac
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Keah Brown
Description: Keah Brown loves herself, but hasn't always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire used to be normalcy and refuge from the steady stream of self-hate society strengthened inside her. But after years of introspection and reaching out to others in her community, she has reclaimed herself and changed her perspective. Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled, so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated. With clear, fresh, and light-hearted prose, these essays explore everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identical twin (called "the pretty one" by friends) to navigating romance; her deep affinity for all things pop culture, and her disappointment with the media's distorted view of disability; and her declaration of self-love with the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute.
Call Number: 616.836 Bro
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Kate (Writer and editor) Moore, Angela (Angela Kay), Brazil
Description: In 1917, as a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous. The girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive, their work, was in fact slowly killing them: they had been poisoned by the radium paint. Yet their employers denied all responsibility. And so, in the face of unimaginable suffering, in the face of death, these courageous women refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice.
Call Number: 363.1799 Moo
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Katherine Angel
Description: "Women are in a bind. In the name of consent and empowerment, they must proclaim their desires clearly and confidently. Yet sex researchers suggest that women's desire is often slow to emerge. And men are keen to insist that they know what women--and their bodies--want. Meanwhile, sexual violence abounds. How can women, in this environment, possibly know what they want? And why do we expect them to? Katherine Angel challenges our assumptions about women's desire. Why, she asks, should they be expected to know their desires? And how do we take sexual violence seriously, when not knowing what we want is key to both eroticism and personhood? In today's crucial moment of renewed attention to violence and power, Angel urges that we remake our thinking about sex, pleasure, and autonomy without any illusions about perfect self-knowledge. Only then will we fulfill Michel Foucault's teasing promise, in 1976, that "tomorrow sex will be good again."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: 306.7082 Ang
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Tessa Miller
Description: "A riveting and candid account of a young journalist's awakening to a life of chronic illness, weaving together her personal story with reporting to shed light on how Americans live with long-term diagnoses today"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.344 Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Aubrey Gordon
Description: Audrey Gordon offers an explosive indictment on the systemic and cultural issues facing plus-sized people that will move us toward creating an agenda for fat justice.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.398 Gor
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Lundy Bancroft
Description: Domestic violence expert Lundy Bancroft uses his perspective as a therapist for abusive and controlling men to help women, their children, and other family members who have been touched by abuse understand why abusers behave the way they do and what can be done about it. Bancroft teaches women how to survive and improve an abusive relationship; how to determine how dangerous an abuser is and when it is impossible to rectify a situation; and how to get out of a relationship safely. Bancroft identifies nine types of abusive men, addressing different styles, from the physical batterer to the strictly verbal abuser. He dispels the pervasive societal myths surrounding abuse, exposing common excuses used by abusers, such as having experienced an abusive childhood or substance addiction. Bancroft answers commonly asked questions, such as what warning signs of abuse to look for early in a relationship; what is and isn't abusive behavior; how to know if a woman and her children are in danger; and how to tell when a man is really changing.
Call Number: 362.8292 Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Judy Melinek, T. J Mitchell
Description: The memoir of a young forensic pathologist's "rookie season" as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases--hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex--that shaped her. Two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and child at home, Judy threw herself into the world of death investigation--performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles her two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587. Working Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of an arduous profession, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies--and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on television shows to reveal the secret story of the real morgue--Excerpted from publisher.
Call Number: 614.1 Mel
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: Medical Nonfiction
And Then You're Dead : What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed By A Whale, Are Shot From A Cannon, Or Go Barreling Over Niagara
Cody Cassidy, Paul Doherty
612 Cas
The Cancer Journals
Audre Lorde, Tracy K. Smith
616.994 Lor
Better [A Surgeon's Notes On Performance]
Atul Gawande, John Bedford Lloyd
616 Gaw
The Emperor Of All Maladies : A Biography Of Cancer
Siddhartha Mukherjee
616.994 Muk
Boys & Sex : Young Men On Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, And Navigating The New Masculinity
Peggy Orenstein
306.7 Ore
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot.
Rebecca Skloot, Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin, Random House Audio Publishing
616.027 Skl
Broken (In The Best Possible Way)
Jenny Lawson
B Law
The Lost Family : How Dna Testing Is Upending Who We Are
Libby Copeland
929.1 Cop
Haben The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Haben Girma
B Gir
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales
Oliver. 1933-2015 Sacks
616.8 Sac
Hidden Valley Road : Inside The Mind Of An American Family
Robert Kolker
616.898 Kol
The Pretty One On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, And Other Reasons To Fall In Love With Me
Keah Brown
616.836 Bro
How's It Hanging? : Expert Answers To The Questions Men Don't Always Ask
Neil Baum, Scott (Scott D.) Miller, Mindi S. Miller
613.0423 Bau
The Radium Girls The Dark Story Of America's Shining Women
Kate (Writer and editor) Moore, Angela (Angela Kay), Brazil
363.1799 Moo
Hyperbole And A Half : Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, And Other Things That Happened
Allie Brosh
817 Bro
Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again : Women And Desire In The Age Of Consent
Katherine Angel
306.7082 Ang
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone : A Therapist, Her Therapist, And Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb, Brittany Pressley
616.8914 Got
What Doesn't Kill You : A Life With Chronic Illness-lessons From A Body In Revolt
Tessa Miller
616.344 Mil
Medical Apartheid : The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present
Harriet A Washington
174.28 Was
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat
Aubrey Gordon
616.398 Gor
Sitting Pretty : The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
Rebekah Taussig
362.43 Tau
Why Does He Do That? : Inside The Minds Of Angry And Controlling Men
Lundy Bancroft
362.8292 Ban
Stiff : The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
611 Roa
Working Stiff : Two Years, 262 Bodies, And The Making Of A Medical Examiner
Judy Melinek, T. J Mitchell
614.1 Mel

Books from Hallmark Publishing!

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If you love the Hallmark channel movies, you have to check out these books from the new Hallmark publishing! 


Liz Talley
Description: "Country music star Kris Trabeau heads to Charming, Mississippi, to convince his aging aunt to sell her farm and move into a nice retirement community. She's not having it, and she enlists her neighbor Tory Hudson to help her remind Kris why the farm means so much... especially at Christmas. After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Tory's not feeling the holiday spirit. Still, she agrees to co-chair a children's concert and silent auction to benefit the after-school center where she volunteers. As Kris helps her with the concert and spends time with the kids, the attraction between them becomes harder and harder to ignore. Can he trade spotlights and city lights for the place where the music began?" -- Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Tal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Alexia Stanton
Description: Megan Turner is in love with the past. As a tour guide at a beautiful historic mansion, she tells visitors about its original owner, Charles Whitley. An inventor and businessman in the early 1900s, he rose from poverty to wealth, only to disappear without a trace. Charles was always intrigued by the future. He just never expected to go there. But when he repairs a mysterious clock he bought on his travels, he's transported to the twenty-first century, with his home decorated for Christmas and overrun by strangers. Charles is determined to find a way back to his own era, especially when he learns about what happened after he left. But as Megan introduces him to the wonders of smartphones, pizza, and modern holiday traditions, they both feel a once-in-a-lifetime connection.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Jill Monroe
Description: "Quinn has inherited the farm and workshop that once housed the famous Hardwick Ornament Company. She invests everything in reopening her family's business and hires glass artist Nolan Vesser, whose family used to design ornaments for hers, to work his creative magic."--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Nancy Naigle, Kathleen (Actress) McInerney
Description: Neither Allie's nor Ryan's Christmas goes as planned. They've checked their wish lists twice, and they didn't say anything about a fresh chance at love.
Call Number: FIC Nai
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Cindi Madsen
Description: "After she's laid off from her teaching job in the city, Jemma Monroe finds a position in a tiny town and rents a house on the outskirts. A visitor soon shows up at her door--a horse. His owner, a handsome neighbor in boots and a cowboy hat, comes by to collect him. When single dad Wyatt Langford meets Jemma, it's the first time he feels interest in a woman since his wife left. But she's his daughter's new teacher, so they both know they should keep their distance. Nonetheless, Wyatt keeps finding excuses to be with Jemma, and Wyatt's daughter becomes more and more attached to her. With them, Jemma discovers the good things about country living... But she still misses her past life in the city. Is there any reason for them to dream of a future together?" --Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Mad
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Amanda Flower
Description: "Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter, her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency, has died in a car crash, and it doesn't look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby. Darby had expected to inherit Samantha's half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate Porter, her nephew, who returns to town. Tate is no P.I. He's a veteran, a world traveler, and something of a mystery himself. But as he helps Darby delve into secret histories and real estate development plans, he does seem to have a knack for the job."--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Flo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Olivia Matthews, Janina Edwards
Description: Marvey's a librarian from Brooklyn who's still adjusting to quirky small-town life in Georgia, and that's before she discovers a dead body in a bookstore.
Call Number: FIC Mat
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Teri Wilson
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Caridad Piñeiro
Description: "Two chefs are catering the fifteenth birthday parties of two girls who are definitely not friends. Only one of the celebrations will be chosen to be featured in the local paper. And both chefs have something to prove. Tony Sanchez, the established executive chef of a New York restaurant, is on a long-overdue visit home to Miami. He's committed to making the celebration the best it can be -- for the sake of his niece, the rest of his family, and his reputation. Sara Kelly hadn't known much about quinceañeras before she agreed to cater one for her niece. It's a chance to both help her family and to promote her brand-new restaurant in Miami. From her Cuban sister-in-law, Sara learns about quince traditions, appreciating the meaning behind them. When Tony was growing up, Sara was his best friend's little sister; now, he sees her in a very different light. But his last relationship with another chef ended in disaster... and Sara knows that, once the parties are over, he'll be gone. Can either of them entertain the idea of a new romance?" -- From publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Stacey Donovan
Description: Dylan's an overworked investment banker. Paige is a freespirited first-grade teacher. From the first time they meet, these two opposites attract. Meanwhile, the cabin Paige is renting has gone up for sale. She loves living there, and she just might be able to buy it--if she finally achieves her dream of selling her children's stories. When she learns Dylan is also determined to buy the cabin, their new romance turns into a real estate rivalry. Dylan could explain his own connection to the place--but that would mean opening up about his past. As his relationship with Paige goes from funny to touching, they both learn more about love and the true meaning of home.
Call Number: FIC Don
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Alys Murray
Call Number: FIC Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Nancy Naigle, Karissa Vacker
Description: When Andrew sees Kelly, it stirs up old feelings. But when they are set to compete against each other at a bake-off, they'll both realize their true desires.
Call Number: FIC Nai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Teri Wilson
Description: "A box of love letters from the past may hold the key to the future... Jamie always adored True Love Bookstore and Café, and now she's the owner. But businesses are struggling in her small town, and her beloved store is threatened by a new retail development scheme. Sawyer, Jamie's former high school sweetheart, startles her when he comes to town for the first time in fifteen years. She soon learns he's the architect of the proposed development and he's there to sell local business owners on his plan. Sawyer had no idea that Jamie had bought the bookstore and poured everything she had into it. If he takes it over, he'll break her heart a second time. Jamie's discovery of a box of old love letters and valentines might hold the key to saving her shop. And after all this time, could love be in the cards for Jamie and Sawyer, too?"--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Cassidy Carter
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
Janice Lynn
Description: "Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects--like making a quilt for a wounded warrior. Bodie Lewis is lost. All he's ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker. Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn't immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she's turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah's presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he'd left far behind on the battlefield: hope."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Lyn
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 29, 2021
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A Down Home Christmas
Liz Talley
FIC Tal
South Beach Love
Caridad Piñeiro
FIC Pin
A Timeless Christmas : An Enchanting Time Travel Romance
Alexia Stanton
FIC Sta
Sunrise Cabin
Stacey Donovan
FIC Don
At The Heart Of Christmas
Jill Monroe
FIC Mon
The Christmas Company
Alys Murray
FIC Mur
Christmas In Evergreen
Nancy Naigle, Kathleen (Actress) McInerney
FIC Nai
The Secret Ingredient
Nancy Naigle, Karissa Vacker
FIC Nai
Country Hearts
Cindi Madsen
FIC Mad
The Story Of Us
Teri Wilson
FIC Wil
Dead-end Detective
Amanda Flower
FIC Flo
Wedding In The Pines
Cassidy Carter
Murder By Page One
Olivia Matthews, Janina Edwards
FIC Mat
Wrapped Up In Christmas
Janice Lynn
FIC Lyn
Once Upon A Royal Summer : A Theme-park Princess. A Real-life Prince
Teri Wilson

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Daina Ramey Berry, Kali N. Gross
Description: "A Black Women's History of the United States is a critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Víctor del Árbol, Lisa Dillman
Description: "Gonzalo Gil is a lawyer stuck in a disaffected life, in a failed career, trying to dodge the constant manipulation of his powerful father. This monotonous existence is shaken up when he learns, after years without news of his estranged sister, Laura, that she has committed suicide in dramatic circumstances. Her death pushes the fragile balance of Gonzalo's life as both a father and husband to the limit"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Arb
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
Description: "A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns."--Amazon.
Call Number: 306.768 Bon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Ma-Nee Chacaby, Mary Louisa Plummer
Description: A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby's account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby's story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism. As a child, she learned spiritual and cultural traditions from her Cree grandmother and trapping, hunting, and bush survival skills from her Ojibwa stepfather. She also suffered physical and sexual abuse by different adults, and in her teen years became alcoholic herself. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay with her children to escape an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by racism, continued, but Chacaby found supports to help herself and others. Over the following decades, she achieved sobriety; trained and worked as an alcoholism counsellor; raised her children and fostered many others; learned to live with visual impairment; and came out as a lesbian. Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hardship grounded in faith, compassion, humor, and resilience. Her memoir provides insights into the challenges still faced by many Indigenous people.
Call Number: 306.766 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Traci Sorell, Weshoyot Alvitre
Description: "At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return from war."--Amazon.
Call Number: E Sor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince, Frank Morrison
Description: "At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of the dancer she once saw, and quickly decided to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: JB DeP
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Shonda Buchanan
Description: Beautifully rendered and rippling with family dysfunction, secrets, deaths, alcoholism, and old resentments, Shonda Buchanan's memoir is a story that explores her family's legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with society's ostracization and the consequences of this dual inheritance. Buchanan was raised as a Black woman, who grew up hearing stories of her multi-racial heritage, while simultaneously suffering from everything she (and the rest of her family) didn't know. Tracing the arduous migration of Mixed Bloods, or Free People of Color, from the Southeast to the Midwest, Buchanan tells the story of her Michigan tribe--a comedic yet manically depressed family of fierce women, who were everything from caretakers and cornbread makers to poets and witches, and men who were either ignored, protected, imprisoned, or maimed--and how their lives collided over love, failure, fights, and prayer despite a stacked deck of challenges, including addiction and abuse. Ultimately, Buchanan's nomadic people endured a collective identity crisis after years of constantly straddling two, then three, races. The physical, spiritual, and emotional displacement of American Indians who met and married Mixed or Black slaves and indentured servants at America's early crossroads is where this journey begins. Black Indian digs as far down into this one family's history as it can go--sometimes, with a bit of discomfort. But every family has its own truth, and Buchanan's search for hers will resonate with anyone who has wondered "maybe there's more than what I'm being told."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Buc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Pénélope Bagieu, Montana Kane
Description: With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Call Number: YA 920 Bag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Haohui Zhou, Zac Haluza
Description: "The brutal murder of respected police officer Sergeant Zheng Haoming sends shockwaves through Chengdu, a modern metropolis in the heart of China's stunning Sichuan Province. He had been obsessed by an unsolved, eighteen-year-old murder case, until an entity calling themselves Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution) releases a terrifying manifesto. Is the manifesto a sick joke, or something more sinister? Soon, the public starts 'nominating' worthy targets for Eumenides to kill, and two days later, Sergeant Zheng is dead. Eumenides' cunning game is only getting started. The police receive a "death notice," a chilling note announcing the killer's next target, the crimes they have committed, and the date of their execution. The note is both a challenge and a taunt to the police. When the first victim dies in public, under their complete protection, the police are left stunned. More death notices are coming. The chase is on."-- Provided by publisher."An elite police squad hunts a manipulative mastermind out to publically execute criminals the law cannot reach"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Zho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Daisy Johnson, Esther Wane
Description: The dictionary doesn't contain every word. Gretel, a lexicographer by trade, knows this better than most. She grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when Gretel was a teen, abandoning her to foster care, and Gretel has tried to move on, spending her days updating dictionary entries. One phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back. To find her, Gretel will have to recover buried memories of her final, fateful winter on the canals. A runaway boy had found community and shelter with them, and all three were haunted by their past and stalked by an ominous creature lurking in the canal: the bonak. Everything and nothing at once, the bonak was Gretel's name for the thing she feared most. And now that she's searching for her mother, she'll have to face it.
Call Number: FIC Joh
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Talia Hibbert, Adjoa Andoh
Description: Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal. After almost dying, she's determined to spice up her life and finally fit in with her glamorous family. To that end, she recruits the mysterious, sexy neighbor she's been spying on to help her get a life. But she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her, like what really lies beneath his rough exterior.
Call Number: FIC Hib
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Theresa Thorn, Noah Grigni
Description: Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.
Call Number: E Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Bryan Stevenson
Description: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Call Number: YA 353.48 Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Suzanne (Suzanne Wakeen) Walker, Wendy Xu, Joamette Gil
Description: Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers' bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
Call Number: YA FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Ellen Hart
Description: Receiving an urgent message from hospitalized partner Andy Nolan's nephew, who is killed minutes later, restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless embarks on a solo quest to identify the culprit and the victim's link to other killings.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Iris Gottlieb
Description: An investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today. Researched and illustrated, this book demystifies a personal--yet universal--facet of humanity. Illustrating a different concept on each spread, Iris Gottlieb touches on history, science, sociology, and her own experience. This book is a tool for understanding and contributing to a necessary cultural conversation, bringing clarity and reassurance to the sometimes confusing process of navigating ones' identity. Whether LGBTQ+, cisgender, or nonbinary, Seeing Gender is for intelligent, curious, want-to-be woke people who care about how we see and talk about gender and sexuality in the 21st century.
Call Number: 305.3 Got
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Zetta Elliott, Geneva B
Description: Told in two voices, Jax and Kavita, Kavita's brother Vik, and new friend Kenny try to return the baby dragon to the realm of magic before anything else goes wrong.
Call Number: J FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Douglas Murray
Description: Douglas Murray interrogates the vicious new culture wars playing out in our media, universities, homes and perhaps the most violent place of all: online. The Madness of Crowds is a demand for a return to free speech in an age of mass hysteria and political correctness. The global conversations around sexuality, race, mental health and gender are heavily policed by the loud and frequently anonymous voices on social media and in the press. Once conceived as forums for open speech, social media and online networks have emboldened the mob and exacerbated groupthink-self-censorship and public shaming have become rife. As a result, we have become paralyzed by the fear of being criticized and have unlearned the ability to speak frankly about some of the most important issues affecting society. Murray walks against the tide of censorship. He asks us to think more openly about what we're afraid to say; to think outside of the mob and the psychology of the crowd.
Call Number: 323.443 Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Evan Winter
Description: The Omehi society has been built around war and only war. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine. Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in an endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan: get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. But when those closest to him are brutally murdered, his grief swiftly fixates on revenge. Now Tau plans to become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him. -- adapted from jacket.
Call Number: FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Mohsin Hamid
Call Number: FIC Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Katy Rose Pool
Description: "For generations the Seven Prophets guided humanity with their visions, ending wars and uniting nations--until the day they vanished, leaving behind the promise of a looming Age of Darkness and the birth of a Prophet who could be the world's salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course: A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them--or all of them-could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Poo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Roberta Edwards, John O'Brien
Description: Highlights the life and accomplishments of the Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, and civil rights lawyer who became the forty-fourth president of the United States.
Call Number: JB Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Chris Barton, Don Tate
Description: Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.
Call Number: J 609.2 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Kristen J. Sollée, Coz Conover
Description: "Witch, Slut, Feminist: these contested identities are informing millennial women as they counter a torturous history of misogyny with empowerment. This innovative primer highlights sexual liberation as it traces the lineage of 'witch feminism.' Juxtaposing scholarly research on the demonization of women and female sexuality that has continued since the witch hunts of the early modern era with pop occulture analyses and interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and practitioners of witchcraft, this book greatly enriches our current conversations about reproductive rights, sexual pleasure, queer identity, pornography, sex work, and more."--Back cover.
Call Number: 305.42 Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
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