Nonfiction


Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
Description: Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods offer a powerful new theory called "self-domestication" which suggests that we have succeeded not because we were the smartest or strongest but because we are the friendliest. Scientists have confused fitness with strength, tactical brilliance, and aggression. But what helped us innovate where other primates did not is our knack for coordinating with and listening to others. We can find common cause and identity with both neighbors and strangers if we see them as "one of us." To counteract the rise of tribalism in all aspects of modern life, Hare and Woods argue, we need to expand our empathy and friendliness to include people who aren't obviously like ourselves.
Call Number: 155.7 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 8, 2020
Vivek Hallegere Murthy
Description: Vivek Murthy, the former Surgeon General, addresses the overlooked epidemic of loneliness as the underpinning to the current crisis in mental wellness and offers solutions to create connection and stresses the importance of community to counteract the forces driving us to depression and isolation.
Call Number: 158.2 Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2020
Calvin Baker
Description: For four centuries, Americans have found ways to live in a system of racial tyranny and apartheid. We tell ourselves that we know better, but too many of us have been satisfied with doing just a little, deciding that the rest is a question for the future. Calvin Baker argues that we are now in that future: racism has torn the country apart and threatens our democracy. The only solution is integration--the full self-determination and participation for all African-Americans, as well as all other oppressed groups, in every facet of national life. Desegregation, diversity, and representation are not enough. Integration is the only remedy to a racist state and to our divisions, and the deepest challenge to the racial order. It is the real goal of civil rights, and the most radical, neglected idea in American politics.
Call Number: 305.8 Bak
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 6, 2020
Frank B. Wilderson
Description: Afropessimism is an account of the non-analogous experience of being Black. A work that combines philosophy with flights of memoir, Afropessimism presents the tenets of an increasingly influential intellectual movement that theorizes blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Rather than interpreting slavery through a Marxist framework of class oppression, Wilderson demonstrates that the social construct of slavery, as seen through pervasive, anti-black subjugation and violence, is hardly a relic of the past but an almost necessary force in our civilization that flourishes today, and that Black struggles cannot be conflated with the experiences of any other oppressed group. Afropessimism reverberates with wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit.
Call Number: 305.896 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 26, 2020
Karen Gray Houston
Description: Karen Gray Houston tells the story of the key roles played by her father, Thomas Gray, and her uncle, Fred D. Gray, in the historic Montgomery bus boycott, the action that kick-started the civil rights movement.
Call Number: 323.1196 Hou
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 26, 2020
Christopher Noxon
Description: In words and vivid pen-and-watercolor illustrations, journalist Christopher Noxon dives into the real stories behind the front lines of the Montgomery bus boycott and the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins and notable figures such as Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin, all while exploring the parallels between the civil rights movement era and the present moment.
Call Number: 323.1196 Nox
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 26, 2020
Sheila Wise Rowe, Soong-Chan Rah
Description: People of color have endured traumatic histories and almost daily assaults on their dignity. Sheila Wise Rowe exposes the symptoms of racial trauma to lead readers to a place of freedom from the past and new life for the future. With Rowe as a reliable guide who has both been on the journey and shown others the way forward, you will find a safe pathway to resilience.
Call Number: 305.8 Row
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 30, 2020
Erin Geiger Smith
Description: In this concise, lively look at the past, present, and future of voting, Erin Geiger Smith examines the long and continuing fight for voting equality, why so few Americans today vote, and innovative ways to educate and motivate them; included are checklists of what to do before election day to prepare to vote and encourage others.
Call Number: 324.6097 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 1, 2020
Dan C. Goldberg
Description: This is the story of the thirteen black men who broke one of the military's most rigid racial barriers and integrated the officer corps of the United States Navy.
Call Number: 359.009 Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 26, 2020
Rhonda V. Magee
Description: Rhonda Magee shows that the work of racial justice begins with ourselves. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. The practice of embodied mindfulness--paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way--increases our emotional resilience, helps us to recognize our unconscious bias, and gives us the space to become less reactive and to choose how we respond to injustice. It is only by healing from injustices and dissolving our personal barriers to connection that we view others with compassion and live in community with people of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoints.
Call Number: 305.8 Mag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 8, 2020
Emma Dabiri
Description: Despite increasingly liberal world views, black hair continues to be erased, appropriated, and stigmatized to the point of taboo. Dabiri gleans insights into the way racism is coded in society's perception of black hair--and how it is often used as an avenue for discrimination. Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, and into today's Natural Hair Movement, exploring everything from women's solidarity and friendship, to the criminalization of dreadlocks. Through the lens of hair texture, Dabiri leads us on a historical and cultural investigation of the global history of racism--and her own personal journey of self-love and finally, acceptance.
Call Number: 391.5 Dab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 30, 2020
Monty Lyman
Description: Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our largest and fastest-growing organ. We see it, touch it, and live in it every day. It is a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and physical functions that are vital to our health and our survival. It is also a waste removal plant, a warning system for underlying disease, and an immune barrier to infection. Skin is crucial to our sense of identity, providing us with social significance and psychological meaning. And yet our skin and the fascinating way it functions is largely unknown to us.
Call Number: 612.79 Lym
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 30, 2020
Bob Schron
Description: A decade-by-decade account of African-American athlete activism told through the stories of prominent athletes who fought for racial or gender equality, often at the expense of their reputation or their ability to practice their sport. From Jesse Owens's performance in the 1936 Olympics to Colin Kaepernick's controversial kneel during the national anthem, this book show that the actions of these brave men and women are living history, part of an arc of progress on civil rights that is ongoing and far from over.
Call Number: 796.089 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 24, 2020
Victoria Zackheim
Description: In Private Investigations, twenty fan-favorite mystery writers share their first-person stories of grappling with mysteries they've personally encountered, at home and in the world. Caroline Leavitt regales us with a medical mystery, a time when she lost her voice and doctors couldn't find a cure; Martin Limon travels back to his military stint in Korea to grapple with the chaos of war; Anne Perry ponders the magical powers of stories conjured from writers' imaginations, and more.
Call Number: 813.0872 Pri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 16, 2020
Jung H. Pak
Description: When Kim Jong Un became the leader of North Korea following his father's death in 2011, predictions about his imminent fall were rife. North Korea was isolated, poor, unable to feed its people, and clinging to its nuclear program for legitimacy. But he has solidified his grip on his country and brought the U.S. and the region to the brink of war. Jung H. Pak provides a groundbreaking account of the rise of North Korea's dictator from his nuclear ambitions to his summits with President Donald J. Trump. She argues that Kim's personality, perceptions, and preferences are underestimated by Washington policy wonks who assume he sees the world as they do.
Call Number: 951.9305 Pak
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 6, 2020
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Survival Of The Friendliest :
Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
155.7 Har
The Golden Thirteen : How Black Men Won The Right To Wear Navy Gold
Dan C. Goldberg
359.009 Gol
Together : The Healing Power Of Human Connection In A Sometimes Lonely World
Vivek Hallegere Murthy
158.2 Mur
The Inner Work Of Racial Justice : Healing Ourselves And Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness
Rhonda V. Magee
305.8 Mag
A More Perfect Reunion : Race, Integration, And The Future Of America
Calvin Baker
305.8 Bak
Twisted : The Tangled History Of Black Hair Culture
Emma Dabiri
391.5 Dab
Afropessimism
Frank B. Wilderson
305.896 Wil
The Remarkable Life Of The Skin : An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ
Monty Lyman
612.79 Lym
Daughter Of The Boycott : Carrying On A Montgomery Family's Civil Rights Legacy
Karen Gray Houston
323.1196 Hou
Taking A Knee, Taking A Stand : African American Athletes And The Fight For Social Justice
Bob Schron
796.089 Sch
Good Trouble : Lessons From The Civil Rights Playbook
Christopher Noxon
323.1196 Nox
Private Investigations : Mystery Writers On The Secrets, Riddles, And Wonders In Their Lives
Victoria Zackheim
813.0872 Pri
Healing Racial Trauma : The Road To Resilience
Sheila Wise Rowe, Soong-Chan Rah
305.8 Row
Becoming Kim Jong Un : A Former Cia Officer's Insights Into North Korea's Enigmatic Young Dictator
Jung H. Pak
951.9305 Pak
Thank You For Voting : The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth About Voting In America
Erin Geiger Smith
324.6097 Smi