New Nonfiction

Here are some of the latest nonfiction titles available at CA Library — look for them in the New Books section!

All Heart: My Dedication and Determination To Become One of Soccer’s Best by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey — Lloyd tells the full inspiring story of her journey to the top of the soccer world–an honest, action-packed account that takes readers inside the mind of a hardworking athlete. “While soccer fans will especially enjoy the detailed descriptions of key matches from her career, there’s much to glean about teamwork and determination for any teen. An inspiring story of perseverance” (Booklist).

Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs To Know by J.A. Hitchcock — Hitchcock, a nationally recognized cybercrime and cyberbullying expert, offers her own perspective on the topic and “interviews several other cyberbullying experts and includes their insights, making this a well-rounded resource for parents and educators” (Booklist).

Elon Musk and the Quest For A Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance — An in-depth look into the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most important entrepreneur, Elon Musk. “Vance maintains a lively pace and explains the groundbreaking technology in a way that is accessible and exciting” (School Library Journal).

Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by Matin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher — Through more than 30 animal case studies, Durrani and Kalaugher examine various animal’s key features and describe the ways physics is at play in its life, how the connection between physics and animal behavior was discovered, and what remains to be found out. “Readers don’t need a background in physics to enjoy this engaging, educational title. Recommended for fans of popular science, including YA audiences” (Library Journal).

Last Message Received by Emily Trunko — Adapted from the popular Tumblr The Last Message Received, this book features sudden endings and the type of loss that will inspire readers to reflect on what’s essential in their own lives and the importance of celebrating the people they love every day. “Readers will return to this volume again and again, especially those in need of a bit of reassurance about the world” (School Library Journal).

Lazy Crafternoon by Stella Fields — Spend a lazy crafternoon with your friends. From school supplies to colorful tech accessories to perfect party decor, Lazy Crafternoon guides crafters through simple steps to create amazing projects. “With its color photos and attractive, easy-to-navigate layout, this [is] a great purchase for public libraries with large numbers of experienced crafters” (Booklist).

Stop, Breathe, Chill: Meditations for a Less Stressful, More Awesome Life by Beth Stebner — These mindfulness exercises will teach you how to focus on the present and stop freaking out about the future. Each entry tackles the sort of stuff life throws at you every day — whether it’s a situation with friends, issues with family, or the pressures of school, you’ll learn how to live in the moment and stop stressing out.

Storm In A Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski — Physicist Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. “Certainly this book will delight popular science fans, but it will also enchant reluctant nonfiction readers with its poetic descriptions and narrative appeal” (Library Journal).

Strong Inside: the True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line by Andrew Maraniss — A biography of the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference details his struggles against racism, persistence of will, and role as a civil rights trailblazer. “This portrait of the fortitude of a young athlete will make a huge impact on teens and is guaranteed to spark serious discussion” (School Library Journal).

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin — Jim Thorpe: super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American. Pop Warner: indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad. Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. “Containing a generous collection of black-and-white period photographs, this is a model of research and documentation, as well as of stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story” (Booklist starred review).

The Unofficial Guide To Crafting The World Of Harry Potter by Jamie Harrington — With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this spellbinding book, you’ll be able to transfigurate simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn. “Teens are an obvious audience, but with the first generation of Potter fanatics hitting their 30s, their thirst for 1990s nostalgia is unquenchable” (Library Journal).

Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-To-Head, created by Clay Swartz — One can read lengthy biographies of historical figures. Or, with Who Wins?, pit them head-to-head in a Ping-Pong match, hot dog eating contest, or a pie bake-off and actually understand first-hand the strengths and weaknesses, the triumphs and losses of the people who have shaped out world. “With no right or wrong answers, there’s ample room for creative debate” (Publishers Weekly).


Books We’re Looking Forward To In February

Here’s a look at some notable new YA books coming out in February…

February 7th

Beastly Brains by Nancy Castaldo — Castaldo delves into the minds of animals and explores animal empathy, communication, tool use, and social societies through interviews and historical anecdotes. “This eye-opening, cogent, and well-structured volume will enlighten students to both the richness of the animal kingdom and the nature of intelligence itself” (Booklist starred review).

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella — Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. “Kinsella creates characters that are well-rounded, quirky, and a complete joy to read” (Kirkus starred review).

February 14

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone — A gorgeous, full-color oversized book about educating girls across the world inspired by the documentary that Entertainment Weekly says “every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them.” “A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read” (Kirkus starred review).

MWD: Hell Is Coming Home by Brian David — With unflinching candor, this moving graphic novel follows a young woman’s return from war and her bond with two dogs—one who saves her life in Iraq, and another who helps her reclaim it at home. “A nuanced and skillfully composed snapshot of one woman’s postwar struggle to live” (Kirkus starred review).

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson — Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. “This unique and thought-provoking title offers a nuanced meditation on race, privilege, and intersectionality” (School Library Journal starred review).

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour — Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. “With hauntingly spare prose, the emphasis on the past, and references to gothic tales…this is realistic fiction edged with the melancholy tinge of a ghost story” (School Library Journal starred review).

February 21

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage — Mira and Francesca Cillo were beautiful, overprotected by their father, and, frankly, odd. To the neighborhood boys they seemed untouchable. But one boy, Ben, touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira arrives in Ben’s mailbox. “Even though the truth can be seen before it’s revealed, the girls’ secrets pack a gut punch that lingers. Haunting and mesmerizing” (Kirkus starred review).

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller — Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map―the key to a legendary treasure trove―seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. “Levenseller makes an impressive debut with this funny, fast-paced, and romance-dashed nautical fantasy, set in an alternate world of pirates, sirens, and myriad islands” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham — When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present. “Mystery fans will enjoy this cleverly plotted, suspenseful work, while the broader social issues will draw a wide audience” (School Library Journal starred review).

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen — Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary things, like crossing the street, a bug bite, or a germy handshake. She knows: life is out to get you. “Nielsen excels at depicting troubled, clever teenagers in familiar environments” (School Library Journal starred review).

February 28

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac — Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver. “With Maeve, Mac delivers a character who’s heartwarmingly real and sympathetic, and her story provides a much needed mirror for anxious queer girls everywhere” (Kirkus starred review).

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix — Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. “With wonderfully inventive creatures, challenging vocabulary, and a captivating story, this fantasy is recommended as a first purchase for YA collections” (School Library Journal starred review).

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. “This is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insight-fully examines two worlds in collision. An unarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership” (Booklist starred review).

Velocity by Chris Wooding — Cassica and Shiara are best friends. They couldn’t be more different, but their differences work to their advantage — especially when they’re drag racing. Cassica is fearless and determined, making her the perfect driver for daring, photo-finish victories. Shiara is intelligent and creative, able to build cars out of scrap and formulate daring strategies from the passenger’s seat. “An action-packed, wild ride with unexpected twists and turns and characters readers care about—call it a dystopia with heart” (Kirkus starred review).


New Nonfiction at CA Library

Here are some of the latest nonfiction titles we’ve added to the library collection. Look for them in the New Books section!

Books For Living by Will Schwalbe — From the author of the best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, this is a wonderfully engaging new book: both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives. “In this warmly engaging, enlightening, and stirring memoir-in-books and literary celebration, Schwalbe reminds us that reading isn’t just a strike against narrowness, mind control, and domination; it’s one of the world’s greatest joys” (Booklist starred review).

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller — In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. “Though readers will know the outcome of the trial from the very beginning, they will be invested in the narrative. Sure to be a hit with true crime fans everywhere” (School Library Journal).

Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow — Traces the efforts of doctors to halt the spread of the plague during the 1900 outbreak in San Francisco, discussing how political leaders tried to keep the epidemic from being publicized and the scientists working to unlock the secrets of the disease. “The intertwined themes of prejudice against Asian Americans, public health officials hampered by politicians, and mistrust of scientific research…make the story complex, revealing a good deal about human nature as well as the period and the disease itself” (Booklist).

Game On!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More by Dustin Hansen — Find out about the fast and furious growth and evolution of video games (including how they are quickly taking over the world!) by looking at some of the most popular, innovative, and influential games ever, from Pong , the very first arcade game ever, to modern hits like Uncharted. “This satisfyingly thorough and worthy addition to any collection is sure to please hard-core gamers and newbies alike” (School Library Journal).

George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones — The author of the bestselling biography Jim Henson delivers a long-awaited, revelatory look into the life and times of the man who created Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Indiana Jones. “Highly recommended for readers of modern biographies, film enthusiasts, and Star Wars aficionados” (School Library Journal).

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel — The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. “With grace, clarity, and a flair for characterization, Sobel places these early women astronomers in the wider historical context of their field for the very first time” (Publishers Weekly).

Ignite Your Spark: Discovering Who You Are From the Inside Out by Patricia Wooster — A guide for teens that helps navigate the confusing and sometimes depressing challenges of adolescence while sharing positive advice on topics ranging from relationships and self-image to willpower and learning from failure. “Readers are challenged not only to change their outlook and think more positively but also to create practical action plans for personal success, with relatable examples and suggestions” (Booklist).

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: a Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith — How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity. “This is a commanding read that deserves a place in all libraries. It will make a great book group discussion, especially when paired with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s memoir, Between the World and Me” (School Library Journal).

J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Duel For Media Master of the Universe by Wendy Sterba — Sterba compares the parallel careers in film and television of these creative masterminds pitting one against the other in a light-hearted competition. With in-depth discussions of their works, she seeks to determine who is the Spielberg (or perhaps the Lucas) of the twenty-first century. “A smart, fun analysis for film fans” (Booklist).

Katha Sagar, Ocean of Stories: Hindu Wisdom For Every Age by Sarah Conover with Abhi Janamanchi — A captivating collection full of the sights and sounds of India, this a book of stories from Ancient Hindu epics, myths, and folk traditions. “There are some unanswered puzzles (Are the gods immortal? When is the entire universe cyclically remade?), but as Conover reminds readers, the point is to experience the tales, not to seek philosophical consistency” (School Library Journal).

The March Against Fear: the Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum — James Meredith’s 1966 march in Mississippi began as one man’s peaceful protest for voter registration and became one of the South’s most important demonstrations of the civil rights movement, bringing together leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, who formed an unlikely alliance that resulted in the Black Power movement. “This compelling account will be equally engaging for classroom resource material or individual research” (Booklist).

March of the Suffragettes: Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the March For Voting Rights by Zachary Michael Jack — The forgotten, real-life story of “General” Rosalie Gardiner Jones, who in the waning days of 1912 mustered and marched an all-women army nearly 175 miles to help win support for votes for women. “With an informal writing style, this is an engaging title that will appeal to many readers. The use of newspapers accounts of the march helps bring this event into the 21st century” (School Library Journal).

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own, edited by Veronica Chambers — In addition to a tribute to Michelle Obama, this book is also a rollicking, lively dinner party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood and what it means to be American today. “Readers who wish to know more about the First Lady’s influence and who want to understand her impact will enjoy the perceptions expressed in this unusual collection” (Library Journal).

An Overview: Who Are The Muslims? by Anbara Wali — A snapshot of life in the Islamic world, with an overview of the countries in which Muslims live, basic information about the beliefs shared by all Muslims, and the history of the spread of Islam throughout the world. “Effectively incorporates key icons throughout to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities, and expand acquaintance with various viewpoints on the content” (Booklist).

Shackles From the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy by Michael H. Cottman — An investigation into the wreck of the Henrietta Marie and how it reflects the tragic history of slavery in England, West Africa, the Caribbean and America. “Every bit of this concise, detailed book feels personal, and Cottman’s exploration and investigation of the wreck is rich with intrigue and poignant, thought-provoking questions” (Booklist starred review).

Steven Spielberg: A Life In Films by Molly Haskell — A film-centric portrait of the extraordinarily gifted movie director whose decades-long influence on American popular culture is unprecedented. “Haskell’s biography…reveals how a movie-making genius’s personal life shaped his craft and, in the process, reshaped popular culture” (Publisher Weekly).

The Story Of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden To Your Plate, And How There’s More Of Less To Eat Around The World by Nancy F. Castaldo — With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world. “An impassioned call to action, likely to leave readers both scared and inspired” (School Library Journal).

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining For Absolutely Every Occasion by Isa Chandra Moskowitz — Author, vegan goddess, and comfort food queen Moskowitz is back with her biggest book ever–to prove that making festive vegan food for any occasion can be easy, delicious, and superfun. “All of these recipes mix and match so well, you don’t have to wait for a holiday to make any of these stellar dishes” (Booklist).

Teen Incarceration: From Cell Bars to Ankle Bracelets by Patrick Jones — Looks at the issue of teenage incarceration and introduces the stories of former teen incarcerees who have turned their lives around. “A strong addition to collections in need of social science titles on prison reform” (School Library Journal).

Un-American: The Incarceration Of Japanese Americans During World War II by Richard Cahan And Michael Williams — Featuring images by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and other government photographers, this is one of the first visual looks at the Japanese-American internment during the 1940s, told with brilliant photographs that help us better understand this important chapter in U.S. history. “An intensely revelatory and profoundly resonant book of beauty and strength, history and caution” (Booklist starred review).