New Nonfiction at CA Library

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We’ve just unpacked the latest shipment of new books for the library! Check out what’s new in the nonfiction section:

  • Bad For You: Exposing The War On Fun! / Kevin C. Pyle, Scott Cunningham ; illustrated by Kevin C. Pyle — Challenges mainstream news stories with comical parodies that share reassuring facts about real risk factors associated with such pop culture favorites as Harry Potter, comic books, and texting. “This book is funny, mind-boggling, entertaining, and completely educational. Make sure every teen gets a copy.” — School Library Journal
  • Becoming Vegan: The Everyday Guide To Plant-Based Nutrition / Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina — The completely revised edition of a seminal classic offers fresh insights on the treatment of animals in food production and other industries, the latest findings on the health benefits of a vegan diet, expanded information on phytochemicals, and a thoroughly updated food guide. “This is the go-to book for understanding and practicing healthy and enjoyable veganism.” — Booklist
  • The Best American Essays 2013 / edited and with an introduction by Cheryl Strayed — Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column “Dear Sugar,” this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays. “Highly recommended to readers interested in creative nonfiction.” — Library Journal
  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 / edited by Dave Eggers — Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan writing labs compile fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, as well as category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection. “Although this collection is targeted toward the young, hip, and 25-and-under crowd, lit lovers of any age will find themselves engrossed.” — Library Journal
  • The Best American Sports Writing 2013 / edited and with an introduction by J.R. Moehringer — Selected from more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, this collection showcases those journalists who are at the top of their game. “A no-brainer pickup for the sports collection.” — Booklist
  • Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, And Being Yourself / edited by Luke Reynolds — In these personal, funny, moving, and poignant essays, 35 middle grade and young adult authors share anecdotes and lessons learned from their own lives in order to show you that some rules just beg to be broken. “These essays can serve as discussion starters and give readers a jumping-off point for thinking about the bigger picture and life after high school.” — School Library Journal
  • Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside The Turbulent World Of NFL Football / Nicholas Dawidoff — The New York Jets gave Dawidoff a security code, a locker and an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. This is his vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game. “This is a superlative insider’s portrait of one NFL team…accessible to casual fans and irresistible to NFL geeks.” — Booklist starred review
  • Darkness Everywhere: The Assassination Of Mohandas Gandhi / by Matt Doeden — This is a story of Gandhi’s great achievements, the enemies who brought him down, and the legacy that continues to inspire the fight for freedom and justice around the world. “An engaging story and high-interest read.” — Booklist
  • David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants / Malcolm Gladwell — Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. “Gladwell presents his research in a fresh and easy-to-understand context, and he may have coined the catchphrase of the decade — ‘Use what you got’.” — Booklist starred review
  • Demigods And Monsters: Your Favorite Authors On Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson And The Olympians Series / edited and original introduction by Rick Riordan — Which Greek god makes the best parent? Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters? Why do so many monsters go into retail? Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world, a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero. “This collection should afford both fans and curious readers some insight into the series’ appeal.” — Booklist
  • For The Good Of Mankind?: The Shameful History Of Human Medical Experimentation / Vicki Oransky Wittenstein — Discusses several medical advances that were achieved through unethical medical experimentation on humans. “More than just a historical treatment of human experimentation, this title also offers an introduction to timely related issues involving biospecimens, stem cell research, and genetic enhancement.” — Booklist
  • History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies Of All Time / Brad Meltzer ; with Keith Ferrell — Meltzer down the world’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries, inviting the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of removable facsimile documents–the evidence! It’s a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs.  “Meltzer peppers each section with fascinating asides…that are sure to keep readers enthralled and conspiracy theorists encouraged to continue to dig for the truth.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Legends, Icons, & Rebels: Music That Changed The World / Robbie Robertson and more — A tribute to more than two dozen legendary music artists who significantly influenced the landscape of music for generations to come, from Ray Charles and Bob Dylan to Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash. “All of the material feels fresh, and with back matter aplenty, there are lots of ways that this could be used in schools or kids could just kick back, read, and listen.” — Booklist starred review
  • The Nazi Hunters: How A Team Of Spies And Survivors Captured The World’s Most Notorious Nazi / Neal Bascomb — Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust. “This is a splendid example of fascinating storytelling blended with significant historical events.” — Booklist
  • One Big Happy Family: Heartwarming Stories Of Animals Caring For One Another / Lisa Rogak — Inspiring, true tales of interspecies adoption, One Big Happy Family tells the heartwarming stories of animals who have reached out to save the lives of babies from other species and raise them as their own. “The stories exemplify the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction…animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the book.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Recentering The Universe: The Radical Theories Of Copernicus, Kepler, And Galileo / Ron Miller — This title shows how a group of European scientists, in the span of roughly one hundred and fifty years (early 1500s to the mid-1600s) and working through direct observation, overturned the centuries’ old accepted view of a geocentric universe. “A solid discussion of a pivotal time in science history.” — Booklist
  • The Rocket Man: And Other Extraordinary Characters In The History Of Flight / David Darling — In this beguiling history, ranging from the first aircraft to astronauts and beyond, science writer and astronomer David Darling tells the stories of the colorful adventurers whose wonder has translated into bizarre contraptions, magnificent achievements and, sometimes, startling folly. “Darling’s entertaining biographical sketches are rich in both context and characterization. Recommended for aviation devotees, extreme-sports fans, and young adult readers.” — Library Journal
  • Writing On The Wall: Social Media–The First 2,000 Years / Tom Standage — From the papyrus letters that Roman statesmen used to exchange news across the Empire to the advent of hand-printed tracts of the Reformation to the pamphlets that spread propaganda during the American and French revolutions, Standage (The Economist) chronicles the increasingly sophisticated ways people shared information with each other, spontaneously and organically, down the centuries. “A thoroughly fascinating look at the evolution of social media.” — Booklist starred review

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