New Nonfiction at CA Library

We received a nice selection of new nonfiction titles at CA Library this week, including the latest from Mary Roach and Michael Moss. Check out some of these collection highlights:

Gulp : Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach — “America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of the digestive system. Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies. “Adventurous kids and doctors alike will appreciate this fascinating and sometimes ghastly tour of the gastrointestinal system.” — Publishers Weekly

Salt, Sugar, Fat : How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss — From a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back. “A mouth-watering, gut-wrenching look at the food we hate to love.” — Publishers Weekly

Sticks and Stones : Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon — Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms; no writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama. “This very perceptive and accessible work on a topic of increasing relevance is a must-read for any teacher, administrator, or after-school provider for teens and tweens.” — Booklist

We Are Their Voice : Young People Respond to the Holocaust, created and edited by Kathy Kacer with Karen Krasny — Do young people find meaning in the Holocaust? This question prompted a writing project that brought heartfelt responses from students from across North America and abroad. Their voices — in the form of letters, essays, poems, and art — provide amazing answers and a hope for a more peaceful and tolerant future. “This is an innovative way to have young people process and respond to historical events.” — School Library Journal

Bend, Not Break : A Life in Two Worlds by Ping Fu with MeiMei Fox — Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. Fu also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, and Inc Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. It sounds too unbelievable for fiction, but this is the true story of a life in two worlds. “This well-written tale of courage, compassion, and undaunted curiosity reveals the life of a genuine hero who remains committed to making the world a better place.” — Booklist starred review

Exploding the Phone : the Untold Story Of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell by Phil Lapsley — Before smart phones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. “Fans of…hacker tales, along with anyone who’s ever tried to liberate their iPhone, should be fascinated even before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak show up to bridge the transition from phone phreaks to computer geeks.” — School Library Journal

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by David A. Adler — Born a slave, Harriet Tubman was determined not to remain one. She escaped from her owners in Maryland on the Underground Railroad in 1849 and then fearlessly returned thirteen times to help guide family members and others to freedom as the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad. “Teachers may use this book to teach lessons on researching: Adler scrupulously notes where historians disagree (such as on the total number of people Tubman led to freedom), sources each direct quote, and includes an extensive index and a selected bibliography.” — School Library Journal


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