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!
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Around The World In Eighty Games: From Tarot To Tic-Tac-Toe, Catan To Chutes And Ladders, A Mathematician Unlocks The Secrets Of The World’s Greatest Games by Marcus du Sautoy — Renowned mathematician Marcus du Sautoy investigates how games provided the first opportunities for deep mathematical insight into the world, how understanding math can help us play games better, and how both math and games are integral to human psychology and culture. “This meticulous and deeply researched survey will appeal to math-lovers and history buffs alike” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
Attacked! Pearl Harbor and the Day War Came To America by Marc Favreau — The true story of Pearl Harbor as you’ve never read it before — action-packed, informative, and told through the eyes of a diverse group of people who experienced the terror of the unprecedented attack firsthand. “An inclusive, expansive take on a pivotal historical moment” (Kirkus Reviews). Get the eBook
A City On Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, And Have We Really Thought This Through? by Kelly and Zach Wienersmith — The authors of the best-selling popular science book Soonish discuss the future of space settlements, explore what would be needed to have space kids, build space farms and create nations, ultimately questioning whether or not it’s actually a good idea. “Readers with an interest in space travel and settlement will find much to love in this accessible and entertaining read” (Booklist). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
The Denim Diaries: A Memoir by Laurie Boyle Crompton — Crompton’s coming of age in rural Pennsylvania and the New York City area in the 1970s and 1980s was anything but idyllic. In moving verse accompanied by diary-esque sketches, Crompton takes you along as she navigates relationships, plays the happy family at church despite discord at home, manages her mother’s ambitions and her father’s alcoholism, struggles with her self-image, and desperately tries to fit in at school by squeezing into too-tight designer denim. “At times, this is a tough read, but Crompton’s candidly honest story will resonate with anyone struggling with self-image issues and difficult family relationships. Highly recommended” (Booklist). Get the eBook
Different Kinds of Minds: A Guide To Your Brain by Temple Grandin — With her knack for making science easy to understand, Temple Grandin explains different types of thinkers: verbal thinkers who are good with language, and visual thinkers who think in pictures and patterns. You will discover all kinds of minds and how we need to work together to create solutions to help solve real-world problems. “Accessible and engaging, this book has multiple curricular applications and will resonate with independent thinkers” (Booklist). Get the Audiobook
Gamer Girls: 25 Women Who Built The Video Game Industry by Mary Kenney and Salini Perera — Profiles 25 of the most influential women throughout the history of the gaming industry and the iconic games they are responsible for creating, writing, designing, musically composing and engineering. “Witty, engaging, and informative, this book will inspire all types of readers to do what they love, whether in the gaming industry or not” (School Library Journal).
He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender And Why It Matters by Schuyler Bailar — Bailar, a swimmer who rose to national and international prominence when he became the first openly transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division 1 team in any sport, presents a timely and essential guide that shows how we can meet others where they are and pave the way for understanding, acceptance and connection. “Trans and gender-fluid teens will see themselves in Bailar’s meaningful work, and cis teens will find essential information on being a good ally” (Booklist).
How Do I Start A Business? by Leanne Currie-McGhee — According to a poll by North Star Research, 8% of millennials already own a business, 16% plan to start a business, and 27% want to start their own business someday. How Do I Start a Business? provides information, such as writing a business plan and how to raise start-up funding, to help young people interested in starting their own businesses succeed. “Solid advice from several successful young entrepreneurs will inspire and encourage other young people to follow their passions and become entrepreneurs” (Booklist).
Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martin — Pedro Martin’s grown up in the U.S. hearing stories about his legendary abuelito, but during a family road trip to Mexico, he connects with his grandfather and learns more about his own Mexican identity in this moving and hilarious graphic memoir. “This artistically inventive read, which teems with lively characters and emotion, is a joy to behold” (Publishers Weekly). Get the eBook | Get the Audiobook
The Race To Be Myself: A Memoir by Caster Semenya — Olympian and World Champion runner Caster Semenya shares the vivid and heartbreaking story of how the world came to know her name. Thrust into the spotlight at just eighteen years old after winning the Berlin World Championships in 2009, Semenya’s win was quickly overshadowed by criticism and speculation about her body, and she became the center of a still-raging firestorm about how gender plays out in sports, our expectations of female athletes, and the right to compete as you are. “A coming-of-age memoir for sports and LGBTQ+ collections that is a remarkable testament to resilience and self-belief” (Booklist).
The Talk by Darrin Bell — This graphic memoir is a deeply personal meditation on the ‘the talk’ parents must have with Black children about racism, the brutality that often accompanies it, and the ritual attempt to keep kids safe. “Bell’s powerful story of his life and commentary on racism are made even more impactful by his poignant illustrations” (Library Journal).
We Are Your Children Too: Black Students, White Supremacists, And The Battle For America’s Schools In Prince Edward County, Virginia by P. O’Connell Pearson — Explores a deeply troubling chapter in American history that is still playing out today: the strange case of Prince Edward County, Virginia, the only place in the United States to ever formally deny its citizens a public education, and the students who pushed back. “The timeliness of this essential work highlights an important point in U.S. history, exploring class privilege and structural racism” (Publishers Weekly).