More New Nonfiction!

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Check out our continuation of the list highlighting new nonfiction available in the New Books section at CA Library! Click through the links for more information and to check availability.

The Humanities

Driving, edited by Sylvia Engdahl – Part of the ‘Teen Rights and Freedoms’ series, Driving includes more than a dozen opinion essays from multiple sources covering such topics as graduated driving licensing, the minimum driving age and distracted driving. A list of organizations to contact and a bibliography of books, periodicals and internet sources are included. This is a great supplement to the Teen Driving e-book, also available through CA Library.

J.J. Abrams by Barbara Sheen – From Lucent’s popular ‘People in the News’ series, this current biography covers the life and career of television and film producer and director J.J. Abrams (Armageddon, Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens by Phil Berardelli – Teenagers are by far the most dangerous age group on the road: a 16-year-old is 12 times as likely as older drivers to die in a crash as a single occupant. Berardelli helps to address this enormous problem with this indispensable guide for teaching teens to drive. Intended for parents and teens to use together, it addresses parental issues such as how to choose a car for your teen, and provides teens with simple instruction and important tips to remember.

Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History Of The Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction, edited by Guy Haley; foreword by Stephen Baxter – The definitive encyclopedia for the science fiction fanatic, with coverage of 200 of the greatest galactic creations. Presented in an arresting blend of incisive text, infographic timelines, and stunning photographs, each chronologically arranged entry features an entertaining overview written by a science fiction expert. “A must-buy for reference collections, science fiction aficionados, and infographic enthusiasts.” – Library Journal


The Bee: A Natural History by Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich – Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive, yet they are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food supplies and ecosystems around the world. In this richly illustrated natural history of the bee, Wilson-Rich and his team of bee experts provide a window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet. “The book includes sections on evolution, genetics, and the social interaction between bees and people. Get lost in chapter 6 – a catalog-quality directory of bees. You won’t be sorry.” – Booklist

Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life In The Dead Zone by Rebecca L. Johnson – After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion, scientists believed radiation would make the area a barren wasteland. Today, the Dead Zone is teeming with wildlife. But every plant and animal is radioactive, leaving scientists wondering how their survival is possible. “Interspersed with…sidebars on such topics as how the researchers maintain safety in hot zones, the resistance of some plants to effects of long-term radiation, and reports of the damage suffered by human evacuees from the contaminated zone. Thought-provoking.” – School Library Journal

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide To Raising Adolescents And Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen, MD – Drawing on her research, knowledge, and clinical experience, neurologist and mother of two boys Dr. Jensen offers a revolutionary look at the adolescent brain, providing remarkable insights that translate into practical advice both for parents and teenagers. “A captivating chapter, ‘The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain’, calls attention to computer craving and adolescent addiction to the Internet. The authors of this sensible, scientific, and stimulating book advise parents of teens to set limits, stay involved, be cognizant of the emotional needs of their children, and remain positive.” – Booklist

Social Studies

Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier In Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch – The memoir of an 18-year old part-Jewish youth who, despite his heritage, is drafted into Hitler’s army and sent to serve on the Russian front. “An exceptionally well-written account of unimaginable hardship, it’s also an engaging read that serves as powerful testimony to the insanity of war and the human will to survive.” – Publishers Weekly

Fifty Foods That Changed The Course Of History by Bill Price – A beautifully presented guide to the foods that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Though many of the foods in this book are taken for granted, and one (the mammoth) is no longer consumed, these foods have kept humans alive for millennia and theirs is a fascinating story. “Price illuminates ways that food choices all over the world have actually shaped human history. Readers are bound to look at food with a new appreciation.” – Publishers Weekly

Fifty Weapons That Changed the Course of History by Joel Levy – A fascinating guide to the arms and armaments that have had the greatest impact on the development of human civilization. Concise narratives describe the weapons, the “who, where, when, why and how” of their introduction and uses, and explain their influence in one or more of four categories – social, political, tactical, and technological. “Well-suited to satisfy the curiosity of history buffs interested in weaponry.” – Publishers Weekly

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