Here’s a look at some of the latest nonfiction titles that have been added to the CA Library collection. Look for them in the New Books section!
Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman — This luminous poetry collection by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. “An inspired anthem for the next generation—a remarkable poetry debut” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
The Complete Guide To Absolutely Everything (Abridged): Adventures In Math and Science by Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry — Geneticist Adam Rutherford and mathematician Hannah Fry (co-hosts of the podcast The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry) guide readers through time and space, through our bodies and brains, showing how emotions shape our view of reality, how our minds tell us lies, and why a mostly bald and curious ape decided to begin poking at the fabric of the universe. “Science-minded teens will delight in this conversational, trivia-packed book” (Booklist).
Four Streets and a Square: The History of Manhattan and the New York Idea by Marc Aronson — A veteran nonfiction storyteller dives deep into the four-hundred-year history of Manhattan to map the island’s unexpected intersections. From the Harlem Renaissance to Hammerstein, from gay pride in the Village to political clashes at Tammany Hall, this clear-eyed pageant of the island’s joys and struggles — enhanced with photos and drawings, multimedia links to music and film, and an extensive bibliography and source notes — is, above all, a love song to Manhattan’s triumphs. “A great choice for research or for those who can’t get enough of the Big Apple” (School Library Journal). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
Free Speech Handbook: A Practical Framework For Understanding Our Free Speech Protections by Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro — In this volume of the World Citizen Comics series, Rosenberg and Cavallaro create a practical framework for appreciating where our free speech protections have come from and how they may develop in the future. “This informative and inspiring guide looks past free-speech clichés to home in on how such rights are not chiseled in stone but fought over on an ever-shifting battlefield” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook
Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins — A brilliantly original, landmark retelling of Greek myths, recounted as if they were actual scenes being woven into textiles by the women who feature prominently in them — including Athena, Helen, Circe and Penelope. “Higgins’s retellings are consistently smart and imaginative. This makes for a provocative and alluring reanimation of the classics” (Publishers Weekly).
Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel In America by Candacy A. Taylor — Chronicles the history of the Green Book, which was published from 1936 to 1966 and was the “Black travel guide to America.” This young reader’s edition of Taylor’s critically acclaimed adult book Overground Railroad include her own photographs of Green Book sites, as well as archival photographs and interviews with people who owned and used these facilities. “Meticulous research and lively anecdotes combine to provide a powerful volume of social history” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook
Paradise Found: A High School Football Team’s Rise From The Ashes by Bill Plaschke — Relates the devastating impact of the 2018 Camp Fire on the town of Paradise, California, and the efforts to rebuild the town’s high school football team, describing how the revival of the football program helped to renew the spirit of the entire town. “Told with clear-eyed honesty, this story of unfaltering purpose will resonate beyond a sports-loving readership. Already optioned for a film treatment, Plaschke’s intense and inspiring account of a town’s loss and will to recover is recommended for all public library collections” (Library Journal).
Picturing A Nation: The Great Depression’s Finest Photographers Introduce America To Herself by Martin W. Sandler — In an exquisitely curated volume of 140 full-color and black-and-white photographs, Sandler unpacks the United States Farm Security Administration’s sweeping visual record of the Great Depression. Using their cameras as weapons against poverty and racism — and in service of hope, courage, and human dignity — these talented photographers created not only a collective work of art, but a national treasure. “Meticulously researched and documented, this enlightening history will captivate readers and photography fans” (Booklist). Get the eBook
Scene Of The Crime: Tracking Down Criminals With Forensic Science by H.P. Newquist — Learn about the history of forensic science, how to collective and analyze evidence, and get one step closer to being a world-class, crime-solving detective! “A recommended scientific foundation for a YA audience interested in crime dramas and true crime that could easily coincide with lessons from a wide range of subjects” (School Library Journal).
When Can We Go Back To America? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration During World War II by Susan H. Kamei — An oral history about Japanese internment during World War II, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, from the perspective of children and young people affected. “The message of awareness of this past injustice and its connection to standing in solidarity with others who face injustice is a compelling theme of this riveting and indispensable work. This landmark historical account shines a light on a part of American history that must be remembered” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook