Take a look at the CA Library collection in your Sora account — you’ll find hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks in many different categories, including:
- New York Times Bestsellers
- Best Fiction For Teens
- Best of 2021!
- Most Popular
- Suspenseful Thrillers
- Historical Fiction
- Science Fiction
The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama — In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world. “Highly recommended for all readers, but especially women and young adults who are starting new journeys and experiences in life” (Booklist).
Adrift: America In 100 Charts by Scott Galloway — Telling the story of our nation through 100 charts, Galloway demonstrates how crises such as Jim Crow, World War II, and the Stock Market Crash of 2008, as well as the escalating power of technology, an entrenched white patriarchy, and the socio-economic effects of the pandemic, created today’s perfect storm. “This highly visual distillation of U.S. history will be appreciated by students” (Booklist).
NOTE: This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of all 100 charts from the book!
Black Internet Effect by Shavone Charles — With witty humor and a strong sense of self, musician, model, and technology executive Shavone Charles recounts her journey through Google, Twitter, and more – and outlines her mission to make space for herself and other young women of color both online and IRL. “Despite the bleak injustices of the present, Charles envisions a hopeful future that offers accessibility and accountability. This frank, spirited guide spotlights a thoughtful leader who embraces social responsibility” (Kirkus Reviews).
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent (Adapted for Young Adults) by Isabel Wilkerson — In this young adult adaptation Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson explores the unspoken hierarchies that divide us across lines of race and class. Revealing and timely, this work will speak to young people who are engaged more than ever with the world around them, or to anyone who believes in a more just existence for all. “A thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis for readers ready to change the world” (Booklist).
Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes In World War II by Liza Mundy — In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Code Girls is the amazing true story of the young American women who cracked German and Japanese military codes during World War II. Mundy brings this important story to young readers for the first time, showcasing this vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment. “An indispensable and fascinating history. Highly recommended for all readers” (Library Journal).
Declassified: A Low-Key Guide To The High-Strung World of Classical Music by Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch — Julliard grad and classical violinist Warsaw-Fan Rauch takes readers on a backstage tour of the classical music industry and equips you for every listening scenario, covering the 7 main compositional periods, a breakdown of the instruments and their associated personality types (apologies to violists and conductors), what it’s like to be a musician at the highest level (it’s hard), and when to clap during a live performance (also: when not to). “Teens who play an instrument, sing, or simply love music will enjoy Rauch’s concise, witty writing and listening recommendations” (Booklist).
Hanged! Mary Surratt & The Plot To Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Sarah Miller — From the critically acclaimed author of The Borden Murders comes the thrilling story of Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the US government, for her alleged involvement in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. “Miller provides readers a compelling and detailed analysis of the courtroom proceedings against Surratt that will intrigue lovers of history and true crime stories” (School Library Journal).
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Life In Native America by Sheila Keenan — Since the late 1800s, it has been believed that Native American civilization has been wiped from the United States. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee argues that Native American culture is far from defeated — if anything, it is thriving as much today as it was one hundred years ago. “These accounts clearly delineate the ties between the continued impact of the past and the possibilities for a viable, hard-fought future for Native American lives … utterly vital in its historical prowess, essential in its portraits of lived experiences” (Kirkus Reviews).
Influenced: The Impact of Social Media On Our Perception by Brian Boxer Wachler — This book unpacks what happens to our brains and our behaviors each time we click ‘Like’ or even just scroll for new content on social media. Through interviews with top influencers, the latest studies, and pop-culture anecdotes, and Dr. Boxer Wachler’s own expertise as both a scientist and an influencer himself, he reveals how influence works. “Readers will recognize themselves in Wachler’s descriptions of online behavior and enjoy the behind-the-scenes stories about popular influencers” (Booklist).
The Lady and the Octopus: How Jeanne Villepreuz-Power Invented Aquariums and Revolutionized Marine Biology by Danna Staaf — Jeanne Villepreux-Power was never expected to be a scientist. Born in 1794 in a French village more than 100 miles from the ocean, she pursued an improbable path that brought her to the island of Sicily. In an era when most research focused on dead specimens, Jeanne was determined to experiment on living animals. And to keep sea creatures alive for her studies, she had to invent a contraption to hold them ― the aquarium. “This life story of an important female pioneer in the sciences is highly recommended for … nonfiction collections” (School Library Journal).