Nonfiction


Box Brown
Description: "During the Spanish conquests Cortés introduced hemp farming as part of his violent colonial campaign. In secret, locals began cultivating the plant for consumption. It eventually made its way to the United States through the immigrant labor force where it was shared with black laborers. It didn't take long for American lawmakers to decry cannabis as the vice of 'inferior races.' Enter an era of propaganda designed to feed a moral panic about the dangers of a plant that had been used by humanity for thousands of years. Cannabis was given a schedule I classification, which it shared with drugs like heroin. This opened the door for a so-called 'war on drugs' that disproportionately targeted young black men, leaving hundreds of thousands in prison, many for minor infractions. With its roots in 'reefer madness' and misleading studies into the effects of cannabis, America's complicated and racialized relationship with marijuana continues to this day" --Amazon.
Call Number: 362.295 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Nancy Pearl, Jeff Schwager
Description: An insightful collection of conversations with today's living literary legends about the books that changed their lives, made them think, and brought them joy, from Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager.
Call Number: 028.9 Wri
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 8, 2020
Mauro F. Guillén
Description: An analysis of global trends. By 2030, a new reality will take hold. The trends, currently underway, will converge in the year 2030 and change everything you know about culture, the economy, and the world. Mauro F. Guillen asserts that the only way to truly understand the global transformations and their impacts is to think laterally, use "peripheral vision," or approach problems creatively and from unorthodox points of view. Rather than focusing on a single trend, he encourages us to consider the dynamic inter-play between a range of forces that will converge on a single tipping point--2030--that will be, the point of no return..
Call Number: 330.9 Gui
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Michael Ian Black
Description: Michael Ian Black takes a poignant look at manhood, written in the form of a heartfelt letter to his teenage son before he leaves for college. Black offers a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love.
Call Number: 305.31 Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 16, 2020
Mary-Frances Winters
Description: Presents information about the intergenerational impact of systemic racism on the physical and psychological health of African Americans and explains why and how society needs to collectively do more to combat its pernicious effects.
Call Number: 305.896 Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 18, 2020
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.
Call Number: 362.43 Tau
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 25, 2020
Elijah Cummings, Jim Dale
Description: A memoir by the late Congressman details how his experiences as a sharecropper's son in volatile South Baltimore shaped his life in activism, explaining how government oversight can become a positive part of a just American collective.
Call Number: 328.73 Cum
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 18, 2020
Kate Sekules
Description: A guide to the art, history, and politics of visible mending--at once a practical instruction guide for techniques, a statement on the beauty of repairing and reimagining clothes, and a manifesto against fast fashion. Part manifesto, part how-to, this book calls for a new way of thinking and handling clothes, flying in the face of the supposedly life-changing magic of throwing them away. Changing the way we dress is easier and cheaper than we think, and Kate Sekules shows you how to fix your garments and make your wardrobe more interesting with visible mending techniques, and help save the planet (and your soul) in the process.
Call Number: 646.6 Sek
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 1, 2020
Diana Rodgers, Robb Wolf
Description: Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf explore the quandaries we face in raising and eating animals--focusing on the largest (and most maligned) of farmed animals, the cow, debunking common misconceptions with science-based findings, and arguing that meat (done right) should have a place on the table.
Call Number: 641.36 Rod
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2020
Jennet Conant
Description: The story of a chemical weapons catastrophe, its cover-up, and how one army doctor's discovery led to the development of chemotherapy. In Dec, 1943, the Luftwaffe bombed an Allied port in Bari, Italy, sinking 17 ships and killing over 1,000 servicemen and hundreds of civilians. Caught in the surprise air raid was the John Harvey, an American ship carrying mustard bombs to be used in retaliation if the Germans resorted to gas warfare. After young sailors began dying, Lt. Colonel Stewart Alexander and Colonel Cornelius P. Rhoads were instrumental in ushering in a new era of cancer research led by the Sloan Kettering Institute. Horrific tragedy gave birth to medical triumph.
Call Number: 615.58 Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2020
Hiram Garcia
Description: Dynamic, funny, and inspiring photos of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, featuring 20 years' worth of candids, family moments, and snapshots from film and television sets. Hiram Garcia has known his subject for decades--he's a college friend, former brother-in-law, and producing partner of Dwayne Johnson, known from his wrestling days on as "The Rock." Garcia knows Johnson inside and out, and that intimacy brings his photography to life. Garcia focuses his lens on the qualities he admires in his friend: his work ethic, his smile, his sense of humor, and the joy and determination he brings to everything he does.
Call Number: 791.4302 Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 9, 2020
Jason Cole (Sports writer)
Description: John Elway's historic moments are known for his many memorable comeback victories and heroic plays. In the face of all the talent, Elway's story is filled with one challenge after another. In college; refusing to play for the Baltimore Colts when he was drafted No. 1 overall; having led Denver to three Super Bowls, but losing in progressively worse fashion each time. After 15 years of perseverance, Elway led the Broncos to back-to-back championships, including the biggest upset in Super Bowl history, then walked away from football. Retirement was no joy. Elway returned to football in the Arena Football League, and after more than a decade returned to his beloved Broncos.
Call Number: 796.332 Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 17, 2020
editiors, Anthony R. Scott, Charles E. Crutchfield, Chaunda L. Scott, foreword by Mahmoud El-Kati
Description: Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century shines a spotlight on African American individuals and organizations who are helping to build a better Minnesota. This book highlights the contributions of contemporary black Minnesotans in the fields of the arts, beauty and fashion, community service, education, entertainment, finance, government, labor, law and law enforcement, media and communications, medicine and health care, religion, social services, sports, science and technology, and more.
Call Number: 977.6 Min
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 20, 2020
Jonathan R. Eller
Description: By the end of the 1960s, Ray Bradbury had attained a level of fame and success rarely achieved by authors, let alone authors of science fiction and fantasy. He had also embarked on a phase of his career that found him exploring new creative outlets while reinterpreting his classic tales for generations of new fans. Jonathan Eller examines the often-overlooked second half of Bradbury's working life. His embrace of celebrity was often at odds with his passion for writing, and the resulting tension continuously pulled at his sense of self. This book tells the story of an inexhaustible creative force seeking new frontiers.
Call Number: B Bra Bradbury, Ray
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 16, 2020
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Cannabis : The Illegalization Of Weed In America
Box Brown
362.295 Bro
Mend! : A Refashioning Manual And Manifesto
Kate Sekules
646.6 Sek
The Writer's Library : The Authors You Love On The Books That Changed Their Lives
Nancy Pearl, Jeff Schwager
028.9 Wri
Sacred Cow : The Case For (Better) Meat :
Diana Rodgers, Robb Wolf
641.36 Rod
2030 : How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide And Reshape The Future Of Everything
Mauro F. Guillén
330.9 Gui
The Great Secret : The Classified World War Ii Disaster That Launched The War On Cancer
Jennet Conant
615.58 Con
A Better Man : A (Mostly Serious) Letter To My Son
Michael Ian Black
305.31 Bla
Dwayne Johnson, The Rock : His Life, His Movies, His World
Hiram Garcia
791.4302 Gar
Black Fatigue : How Racism Erodes The Mind, Body, And Spirit
Mary-Frances Winters
305.896 Win
Elway : A Relentless Life
Jason Cole (Sports writer)
796.332 Col
Sitting Pretty : The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
Rebekah Taussig
362.43 Tau
Minnesota's Black Community In The 21st Century
editiors, Anthony R. Scott, Charles E. Crutchfield, Chaunda L. Scott, foreword by Mahmoud El-Kati
977.6 Min
Turnout : Making Minnesota The State That Votes
Joan Anderson Growe, Lori Sturdevant
324.6097 Gro
The Power Of Choice : My Journey From Wounded Warrior To World Champion
Melissa Stockwell
956.7044 Sto
We're Better Than This : My Fight For The Future Of Our Democracy
Elijah Cummings, Jim Dale
328.73 Cum
Bradbury Beyond Apollo
Jonathan R. Eller
B Bra Bradbury, Ray