New Nonfiction at CA Library

Here are some of the latest nonfiction titles added to the New Books section at CA Library! Follow the link for more details and to check availability…

Added November 2nd…

Because I Was A Girl: True Stories For Girls of All Ages, edited by Melissa de la Cruz — A collection of true, personal stories from girls and women of all ages–about the barriers they’ve faced, the battles they’ve fought, and the dreams they’ve brought to life. “Thoughtful, encouraging, and honest, this compilation should inspire readers looking for guidance in charting the directions their own lives take” (Publishers Weekly).

Fire On The Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo — A group portrait of the female track stars who won gold at the Olympics — in 1928, 1932, and 1936 — breaking barriers for female athletes and overcoming personal odds. “A must-read, certain to inspire a new generation of athletes with its fascinating slice of Olympic and women’s sports history” (Booklist starred review).

Quakeland: On The Road To America’s Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles — Miles descends into mines in the Northwest, dissects Mississippi levee engineering studies, uncovers the horrific risks of an earthquake in the Northeast, and interviews the seismologists, structural engineers, and emergency managers around the country who are addressing this ground-shaking threat. “A cautionary look at how changes to the Earth, both natural and human-made, are transforming the scientific field as well as what those changes might hold for cities and individuals” (Library Journal).

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward — The companion book to the PBS documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novik. “A powerful work that adds value and insight to any collection. Fans of Burns and Ward will be awed by their mastery in creating an accurate, thorough historical narrative” (Library Journal).

Added in October…

#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale — Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book through an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. “A stunning anthology of creative writing and art-a love letter, indeed. All YA collections will want this” (School Library Journal).

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater — Sasha and Richard were both high school students from Oakland, California — Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school, while Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. One afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. “Slater artfully unfolds a complex and layered tale about two teens whose lives intersect with painful consequences. This work will spark discussions about identity, community, and what it means to achieve justice” (School Library Journal).

Bernie Sanders Guide To Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders — Independent congressman, presidential candidate and activist Bernie Sanders continues his fight against the imbalances in the nation’s status quo, and shows readers how to make a difference to effect the changes America–and the world–need to create a better tomorrow.

Fault Lines In The Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights and the Flaws That Affect Us Today by Cynthia and Sanford Levinson — The Levinsons take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced, and offer possible solutions. “Much food for thought on the application and relevance of many of the Constitution’s stipulations. Essential for class discussions, debate teams, and reports” (School Library Journal).

Now of Never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War To End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard — The riveting dual biography of two little-known but extraordinary men in Civil War history — George E. Stephens and James Henry Gooding. These Union soldiers served in the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, the well-known black regiment, and served as war correspondents who published eyewitness reports of the battlefields. “This well-researched volume is recommended for students who want to dig a little deeper into the history of the 54th Massachusetts” (Booklist).

Older Than Dirt: A Kinda-Sorta Biography of Earth by Don Brown & Dr. Mike Perfit — Almost 14.5 billion years ago, it all started with a BIG BANG and what began as a cloud of gas, dust, and rock eventually took shape and bloomed into a molten sphere. Battered by asteroid collisions, ice ages, and shifting tectonic plates, our fledgling planet finally pushed forth continents. Today, geological activity continues to sculpt the earth’s landscape, sometimes with terrible consequences for its inhabitants: earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. “Comics have always held a strong suit in high accessibility for young readers, and this could serve as a good beginning research source” (Booklist).



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