New Nonfiction at CA Library

Here’s a look at some of the latest nonfiction we’ve received at CA Library recently. Look for them in the New Books section!

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates — Adapted from the adult memoir by the bestselling author of The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, this father-son story explores how boys become men, and quite specifically, how Ta-Nehisi Coates became Ta-Nehisi Coates. “This title would be a great read for parent and child bonding, but it would also make a great leisure read for young readers who finds solace in understanding the diversity of humanity of those around them” (Booklist).

Becoming: Adapted For Young Readers by Michelle Obama — An honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life led by example. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. In telling her story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become?

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey To Justice by Debbie Levy — A biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a modern feminist icon and leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society and the workplace. Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society and law is accomplished slowly, one step at a time — this is how she evolved, too. “Fans of graphic biographies such as Penelope Bagieu’s Brazen or John Lewis’s March will appreciate this look at how the “Notorious RBG” came up” (School Library Journal).

Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide To Who We Are, How We Got Here, And Where We’re Going by Neil deGrasse Tyson — World-renowned astrophysicist, planetary scientist author Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles the world’s most important philosophical questions about the universe with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science. “Casual readers and science buffs alike will appreciate Tyson’s folksy approach to explaining difficult scientific concepts. An engaging work with wide appeal (Library Journal).

The COVID-19 Pandemic: The World Turned Upside Down by Hal Marcovitz — Documents the unprecedented events that rocked the nation and the world in 2020. With personal accounts, perspectives from experts, and clear, accessible writing, this book presents a vivid picture of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it turned the world upside down. “Statistics quoted here are from the end of May 2020, while the pandemic was ongoing; the book’s usefulness is in its descriptions of how Americans adapted during the initial outbreak” (Booklist).

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle — Rex Ogle recounts his first semester in sixth grade in which he and his younger brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, and were short of school supplies and he was on his school’s free lunch program. Grounded in the immediacy of physical hunger and the humiliation of having to announce it every day in the school lunch line, Rex’s is a compelling story of a more profound hunger — that of a child for his parents’ love and care. “Ogle’s story will inspire empathy for the experience of children living in poverty…[for] readers who are ready to grapple with the realities of the impacts of socioeconomic status” (School Library Journal).

A History of Magic, Witchcraft & The Occult, foreword by Suzannah Lipscomb — Explore the extraordinary narrative of one of the most interesting and often controversial subjects in the world — from ancient animal worship and shamanism, through alchemy and divination to modern Wicca and the resurgence of the occult in 21st-century literature, movies, and television. “Though European practices comprise the majority of the text, there is a wealth of global information in this brief and attractive package” (Booklist).

Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide To Sex, Relationships and Being Human by Erika Moen — How do you find the answers to all the questions you have about yourself, about your identity, and about your body? Let’s Talk About It provides a comprehensive, thoughtful, well-researched graphic novel guide to everything you need to know. “With back matter including helpful resources, this book is recommended for teens who want an easy-to-follow guide that won’t talk down to them, and health educators wanting an engaging addition to their curriculum” (Booklist).

One Life by Megan Rapinoe — The Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup champion describes her childhood in a conservative California town, her athletic achievements, and her public advocacy of civil rights and urgently needed social change. “Essential for all readers. Rapinoe shares much wisdom throughout, and her words are a call for action to continue to fight societal inequalities” (Library Journal).

Picturing Resistance: Moments and Movements Of Social Change From The 1950s to Today by Melanie Light and Ken Light — A compelling photographic history of the important moments of progressive resistance — from the civil rights movement to the present — to inspire the change-makers and activists of today. “Through energizing photographs and explanatory prose, teens will discover the rich history of protest in America” (Booklist).

Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke by Andrew Maraniss — Bestselling author Maraniss (Games Of Deception, 2019) tells the remarkable true story of the LA Dodgers’ Glenn Burke, a “hidden figure” in the history of sports — the inventor of the high five and the first openly gay MLB player. “Maraniss does an extraordinary job of recording [Burke’s] memorable life in black-and-white photographs and fluid, compelling writing that is both biography and de facto history of gay rights and the depredations of homophobia” (Booklist).

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes by [Lun Zhang, Adrien Gombeaud, Ameziane, Améziane]Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes by Lun Zhang and Adrien Gombeaud — The story, told in graphic novel format, of China’s infamous June Fourth Incident — otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre — from the first-hand account of a young sociology teacher who witnessed it all. “The majority student-led historical movement should resonate deeply with today’s teen activists” (Booklist).

We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance by Deborah Hopkinson — In this thoroughly researched and passionately written narrative, critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson (D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History, 2018) allows the voices of Holocaust survivors to live on the page, recalling their persecution, survival, and resistance. “An important and timely book that spotlights the untold stories of survivors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust” (School Library Journal).

World Wild Vet: Encounters In The Animal Kingdom by Evan Antin — Dr. Evan Antin takes readers beyond his viral Instagram posts right into the wild world with him. World Wild Vet is an up close and personal look at planet earth, in all its wild glory. But beyond the laugh-out-loud stories and dangerous encounters with some of our planet’s most exotic creatures, it is a clarion call to protect our delicate environment. “Teens will eagerly devour these quickly read tales of Antin’s adventures” (Booklist).

5-Star Book Reviews!

Gold star star clipart and animated graphics of stars image #28234 | Star clipart, Gold stars, IllustrationAll this year we’ve been highlighting some of the best books in the CA Library collection in a feature we call 5-Star Book Reviews. We’ll be continuing the series over the next few months — some upcoming posts will feature the best in Thrillers, Novels in Verse, Biographies, and more!

If you missed them, here are the previous posts that cover some of the best books in each genre available at CA Library:

New eBooks From Sora

Digital BooksWe’ve recently added a bunch of great eBooks to the CA Library digital collection, available via the Sora digital reading app…here are some highlights:

"All Your Twisted Secrets" (ebook) coverAll Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban — A thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, that will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

cover image of The Amazing Spider-Man (2014), Volume 1The Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1: The Parker Luck by Dan Slott — Collects Amazing Spider-Man #1-6. The greatest super hero of all time returns! The world may have changed since Spidey’s been gone, but so has Peter Parker. This is a man with a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it.

cover image of Avatar, the Last AirbenderAvatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi (Books 1-2) by F.C. Yee — The longest-living Avatar in this beloved world’s history, Kyoshi established the brave and respected Kyoshi Warriors, but also founded the secretive Dai Li, which led to the corruption, decline, and fall of her own nation.

cover image of The Black FriendThe Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph — Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs—creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.

cover image of Clap When You LandClap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo — In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

cover image of Concrete RoseConcrete Rose by Angie Thomas — International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

cover image of The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire (2019), Part OneThe Legend Of Korra: Ruins Of The Empire (Parts 1-3) by Michael Dante DiMartino — Korra must decide who to trust as the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance! On the eve of its first elections, the Earth Kingdom finds its future endangered by its past. Even as Kuvira stands trial for her crimes, vestiges of her imperial ambitions threaten to undermine the nation’s democratic hopes.

cover image of LokiLoki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzie Lee — An epic tale across the realms. A deadly power that spans millennia. A story of struggle and betrayal, this adventure is told through the patchwork past of Marvel’s most misunderstood mischief-maker of all time: Loki: Trickster. God of Asgard. Brother.

cover image of LoreLore by Alexandra Bracken — From the best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love, and redemption. Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals. They are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

cover image of Queen's PerilQueen’s Peril: A Star Wars Novel by E.K. Johnston — When fourteen-year-old Padmé Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, she adopts the name Amidala and leaves her family to the rule from the royal palace. To keep her safe and secure, she’ll need a group of skilled handmaidens who can be her assistants, confidantes, defenders, and decoys. When Naboo is invaded by forces of the Trade Federation, Queen Amidala and her handmaidens will face the greatest test—of themselves, and of each other.

cover image of A Song of Wraiths and RuinA Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown — The first in a gripping fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction—from debut author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

cover image of Truly DeviousTruly Devious by Maureen Johnson — This delicate tale of murder and mystery, the first book of a striking new series, is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists, founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon. Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.