We have started receiving our new book shipments for the year and have been busy adding them to the New Books section of the library. Here are some notable titles on the nonfiction side…
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates — “Collecting thousands of tales from women (and men) of abuse, catcalling, and sexism through social media, Bates has updated the 2015 British edition of this book to include more information about women in politics, on campus, and in the media. A must-have for high school libraries to fill their social justice and feminism collections” (School Library Journal).
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid — Looking at famous murder cases, as well as investigations into the living – sexual assaults, missing persons, mistaken identity – McDermid lays bare the secrets of forensics from the courts of seventeenth-century Europe through Jack the Ripper to the cutting-edge science of the modern day. “This title will be relevant to readers with a general interest in forensic science/criminalistics, casual academics, true crime aficionados, and fans of McDermid’s other works” (Library Journal).
Geek Girl Rising: Inside The Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens — Looks at several women who are making their way and becoming founders, tecnologists, and innovators in a male dominated world of technology. “This enlightening read reveals many problems embedded in start-up culture, but, more importantly, it is an invigorating call to action and testament to the wide-ranging successes of women in this field” (Booklist).
H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald — A record of a spiritual journey, and an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of a hawk’s taming and her own untaming. “In this profoundly inquiring and wholly enrapturing memoir, Macdonald exquisitely and unforgettably entwines misery and astonishment, elegy and natural history, human and hawk” (Booklist starred review).
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter — Includes libretto and photographs from the Hamilton: The Musical, as well as an account of the creation of the musical, from the composition of the first song of the show in 2009 to the opening night in 2015. “An uplifting, gorgeous, diverse, and emotional libretto that will be performed in high schools as soon as the rights are available, and a must-have for initiated and uninitiated alike” (School Library Journal).
Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed A Presidency by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard — A page-turning account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power — and the forces that conspired to bring him down.
Return of the King: Lebron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin — Relates the events surrounding the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years of playing for the Miami Heat, discussing how the move was accomplished and the success it brought to both James and the Cavaliers. “[Windhorst and McMenamin] illustrate the highs and lows necessary to reach the level of a champion; [this] will be the basketball book to own in 2017” (Library Journal).
So Much I Want To Tell You: Letters To My Little Sister by Anna Akana — Actress, comedian and filmmaker Anna Akana opens up about her own struggles with poor self-esteem and reveals both the highs and lows of coming-of-age. “The perfect book for young women struggling to find their place in the world while remaining true to themselves as well as for those who have lost someone to suicide” (Booklist).
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff In Simple Words by Randall Munroe — The creator of the webcomic “xkcd” uses line drawings and just ten hundred common words to provide simple explanations for how things work, including microwaves, bridges, tectonic plates, the solar system, the periodic table, helicopters, and other essential concepts. “Brilliant…a wonderful guide for curious minds” (Bill Gates).
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — In this personal, eloquently-argued essay — adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. “An eloquent, stirring must-read for budding and reluctant feminists. This title would also work well as a discussion starter in debate and speech classes” (School Library Journal).