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These books offer opportunities to discover new ideas and provide an introduction to the fascinating variety of subjects within an academic discipline. The list is organized into five academic disciplines and includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography and drama, focusing on titles that have been published during the past five years.
ARTS & HUMANITIES
Bernier-Grand, Carmen. Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life!
In 26 original, free-verse poems the author depicts the thoughts, feelings, and life events of Mexican self-portraitist Frida Kahlo. The poems are accompanied by twenty-four full-color reproductions of Kahlos paintings. Substantial background materials include a biographical sketch, chronology, and glossary. (j759.972 Bernier-Grand)
Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future
of Girls in America.
This nonfiction work looks at Title IX, the 1972 legislation mandating that schools receiving federal funds could not discriminate on the basis of gender, ensuring equal treatment and opportunity for girls in sports and education. Included are period photos, a time line, "then and now" commentary, extensive source notes, and suggested resources for further reading. (j796.0194 Blumenthal)
Bowker, John. WORLD RELIGIONS: THE GREAT FAITHS EXPLORED
This comprehensive work introduces the reader to faiths of the world through religious artifacts, paintings, architecture, and annotations of sacred texts. It includes a time line comparing significant events and people.
Bryson, Bill. Shakespeare:
The World as Stage.
Bryson hits the mark with his characteristic wit as he explores the world of Shakespeare and the mystery surrounding the man and his plays. (822.33 BB848s)
and Bill Moyers. The
Power of Myth.
A companion to the six part television documentary originally broadcast on PBS, this book covers such subjects as the role of mythology in the modern world, the journey inward, the hero's adventure, and tales of love and marriage. (291.13 C152p)
This novel recreates the biblical life of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob, from her birth in Mesopotamia through her death in Egypt. (Fic Diamant)
Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in
This true story explores the tiny village of Fort Yukon, Alaska, its vanishing cultural heritage, and its relationship with mainstream American culture through its high school basketball team. (796.323 D738e)
Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano.
Written in verse, this is a Pura Belpre Award winning portrait of Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet who was born a slave in Cuba in 1797. (j921 M319e)
Follett, Ken. Pillars
of the Earth.
This best-selling epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the canvas of twelfth-century England depicts fascinating characters and provides a spellbinding introduction to medieval religion, architecture, politics, and daily life. (Fic Follett)
Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle
for Equal Rights.
A Newbery Honor book that accounts the life and musical career of the great African American vocalist, Marion Anderson, in the context of the history of civil rights in the United States. (j784.092 Freedman)
to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art.
Can a painting speak? This collection of lyrical responses to famous American works of art provides answers. (j811.6 Greenberg)
Gruen, Sara. Water
Gruen creates a story full of enchanting circus lore, mystery, trains, romance, and danger with no-holds-barred. (Fic Gruen)
Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath.
Hemphill creates a chronological biography in verse format from the viewpoint of others in Plaths life. This is a worthy homage to Plath as her legend lives on. (YA Fic Hemphill)
Howe, Peter. SHOOTING UNDER FIRE: THE WORLD OF THE WAR
Ten leading combat photographers share their experiences of horror, humor, bravery, and daring while reporting from war-torn locations such as Vietnam, Haiti, Chechnya, El Salvador, Sarajevo, and Afghanistan. Over 150 black-and-white and color photographs provide a powerful and moving look at war and those who risk everything to document it.
Jacobs, A.J. The
Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the
Bible as Literally as Possible.
A non-judgmental and humorous look at the twelve months Jacobs lived as closely as he could to literal compliance with biblical rules. (220 J151y)
King, Melissa. SHE'S GOT NEXT: A STORY OF GETTING IN, STAYING
OPEN AND TAKING A SHOT.
Through pick-up basketball games and the people she meets on the streets of Chicago, the author learns valuable life lessons.
Nadoolman. DRESSED: A CENTURY
OF HOLLYWOOD COSTUME DESIGN.
Landis showcases 100 years of Hollywoods most memorable costumes and the characters they helped bring to life as she reveals a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the costume designers art.
Martin, Steve. Born
Standing Up: A Comics Life.
In a memoir full of humor and candor, Martin shares his personal itinerary as he negotiates the maze of honing his profession and the pitfalls he avoided. (921 M3652AAb)
McGreevey, Tom and
Joanne Yeck. OUR MOVIE HERITAGE.
This work provides over one hundred beautiful pictures of top stars, directors, and others in the film industry, but the focus is on film preservation and the race against time to salvage what is left of the large number of films that are currently deteriorating in our nations vaults, theaters, and private collections.
Lennon: All I Want is the Truth.
Partridge provides a wide-open view into the work and life of one of the most influential and complicated persons from the worlds musical heritage. (YA 784.092 Partridge)
Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie.
Guthrie was a humbling figure, while at the same time a major catalyst of social change. This work provides insight into one of our most prolific and talented musicians, as well as the creation of his music. (j782.4092 Partridge)
Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron
Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China.
The author reflects on the childhood dream that led him, as an adult, to take a break from Princeton and travel to Chinas famed Shaolin Temple to study martial arts for two years. (915.1 P766a)
An Illustrated History.
This work looks at photography as it evolved from daguerreotypes in the 1800s to the respected art form that it is today. Numerous compelling black-and-white and color photographs document technological developments, the contributions of pioneers in the field, as well as the impact photography has had upon all aspects of society. (j770.9 Sandler)
Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric
In an accessible format, this unique work provides a basic working knowledge of art and art history through short essays, sidebars, and photographs. (709 St85a)
Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly SimonAnd the
Journey of a Generation.
In three interwoven biographies, Weller chronicles the life and times of three tradition-breaking women singer-songwriters who came of age in the late 1960s. (782.4092 W458g)
HISTORY & CULTURES
Ahmad, Dohra, ed. ROTTEN ENGLISH: A LITERARY ANTHOLOGY.
Language is power and for the dizzying array of writers collected here, displaying an authentic voice is a means to reclaim what has been stolen, oppressed, or colonized. ROTTEN ENGLISH collects the poetry, essays, short stories, and novels of the best in global vernacular writing from Mark Twain to Junot Diaz.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, was born an outsider with water on his brain, lopsided eyes, and an IQ oppressed by extreme poverty and a mediocre reservation education. After switching to an all-white high school he realizes that though he'll never easily fit in, self-determination and a solid personal identity will give him the chance to both succeed and transcend. (YA Fic Alexie)
Who will remember the Armenians? Hitler asked, referencing the Armenian genocide as his inspiration for the final solution. This brutal hidden chapter of history is seen through the eyes of 12-year-old survivor Vahan Kendarian, whose world was shattered within a matter of days. (YA Fic Bagdasarian)
Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone.
A journalist explores the pristine "Emerald City," the American government's enclave inthe middle of war-torn Baghdad. (956.7 C361i)
Chang, Iris. The
Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.
Barely a postscript in official Japanese history, the horrific torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens took place over the course of just seven weeks. (951.042 C362r)
Half-Human and the Good Nazi.
From Hitler Youth to hunted mischling, Daniel's world unravels when he discovers his mother's hidden history taints him with Jewish blood and marks him for extermination. (YA Fic Chotjewitz)
Delisle, Guy. PYONGYANG: A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA.
The secretive world of Communist North Korea remains a mystery to French-Canadian cartoonist Delisle, even after spending two months inside its borders.
How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
What do the lack of Icelandic fisherman, the 2008 Chinese Olympics, and Easter Island tree cutters all have in common? Much more than you might think. Collapseexplores the political, technological, and ecological decisions which merge in order to sustain or destroy societies. (303.4 D541c)
Diaz, Junot. The
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Ghetto nerd, outcast, and anime-loving Oscar Wao is the latest in a long line of doomed generations to suffer the dreaded fuku curse of his native Dominican Republic. With humor and talent as his weapons, he perseveres, knowing you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in." (Fic Diaz)
Egan, Timothy. The
Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great
American Dust Bowl.
Award winning New York Times reporter Egan tackles the great dust bowl phenomenon of the 1930's and 40's in this multi-tiered account. He shares incredible eye-witness accounts as well as the overwhelming convergences of failed agricultural practices, ill-fated government policies, and the costs of "get rich quick" schemes. (978.032 Ea31w)
Eggers, Dave. What
is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: A Novel.
As a young boy Valentino witnessed Arab militia men destroy his village, hid from hungry lions, wandered through wasted, desert landscapes, and narrowly escaped fatal disease, capture, starvation, and enlistment. The will to survive displayed here is almost as miraculous as this Sudanese "Lost Boy's" ability to recount the harrowing genocide of home and people with such thoughtfulness and grace. (Fic Eggers)
Fadiman, Anne. The
Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American
Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.
A Hmong refugee family in California clashes with the American medical system when they attribute their daughter's grand mal seizures to a spiritual rather than physical problem. (305.8959 F126s)
Fleming, Anne Marie.
THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK
In his day, Long Tack Sam was an acrobat, a magician, an entrepreneur, a world traveler, a celebrity, a father, a ladies man, and a husband. This graphic collage biography pairs narrative writing, handbills, photographs, and news clippings along with interviews, comics, and commentary to convey the inevitable effects of cultural shifts and global politics on individual lives.
Jones, Edward P.
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Jones approaches a little explored chapter in antebellum history, that of African American slave owners. Set several decades before the beginning of the Civil War, this title skillfully weaves plot, time, and perspective amongst a diverse and powerful cast of characters in order to explore the moral complexities inherent to human freedom (or the lack thereof). (Fic Jones)
Horwitz, Tony. A
Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Horwitz uses humor and candor to literally follow in the footsteps of the first American explorersfrom the Vikings and French utopians to Americas first African-American trailblazerwhose discoveries took place hundreds of years before the mythical landing on Plymouth Rock. (970.01 H789v)
Larson, Erik. The
Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair
that Changed America.
The 1893 Chicago World's Fair captured the imagination of the whole world, and also provided a playground for a cunning serial killer. (364.1523 L329d)
Three generations of settlers and native Dakota weave a dark tale of family secrets and brutal injustice in Civil War era America. (Fic Maltman)
Roberts, Gene and
Hank Klibanoff. The
Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening
of a Nation.
When Harry Reasoner thrust a microphone at an angry mob, and yelled "I don't care what you're going to do to me, but the whole world is going to know it!" he spoke for all the reporters and photographers, black and white, north and south, who played a critical role in bringing the reality of the Civil Rights movement into the living rooms and consciousness of the American public. (070.4493 R542r)
and Juliana in Hollywood.
This Hollywood is a barrio in 1968 New Mexico, where the students at Las Cruces High School struggle through heartbreak, loss, and an entrenched racial divide to find their place in the world. (YA Fic Saenz)
THE COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS.
Marjane Satrapi's memoir of her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution is beautifully rendered in this graphic novel series.
Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale.
A man struggles to come to terms with his parents' brutal past at Auschwitz in this seminal graphic novel. (940.5318 Sp43ma)
Ung, Loung. First
They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.
The perils of life under the brutal Pol Pot regime change a young womans life forever, as she and her family find themselves fugitives of war, without even their names to remind them of what they lost. (959.604 Un3AAf)
Weiner, Tim. Legacy
of Ashes: The History of the CIA.
With considerable research and extensive interviews, Tim Weiner shows the grave miscalculations that have plagued the Central Intelligence Agency since its inception. (327.12 W431l)
Divided: The Souths Inner Civil War.
The Civil War was lost long before the first shot was ever fired, thanks to deep and violent divisions of class and political allegiance that resulted in a rich mans war and a poor mans fight. (973.713 W671b)
Wolf, Allan. New
Found Land: Lewis and Clarks Voyage of Discovery.
The epic journey of Lewis and Clark comes alive as each member of the expedition tells an intimately personal story of struggle and discovery in this sweeping poetic rendition. (YA Fic Wolf)
LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE
Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina.
Bone confronts illegitimacy, poverty, the troubled marriage of her mother and stepfather, and the stigma of being considered white trash as she comes of age in South Carolina. (Fic Allison)
Anderson, M.T. The
Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol.
1: The Pox Party.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. II: The Kingdom on the Waves.
Set during the American Revolution, Octavian is raised as a pampered African prince by a society of Enlightenment philosophers who view him as an experiment. Realizing that his freedom is an illusion, Octavian sets off on a journey to find freedom and a place in the world. These books will challenge everything you have ever learned about the Revolutionary War. (YA Fic Anderson)
Bond, Jenny. WHO THE HELL IS PANSY O'HARA?: THE FASCINATING
STORIES BEHIND 50 OF THE WORLD'S BEST-LOVED BOOKS.
Did you ever wonder what an author was thinking when they wrote their book? Explore the quirky back-stories of some of the worlds most famous 50 books.
This Pain Will be Useful to You.
James hates everyone except his grandmother. Take a look at life through this brilliant and mischievous New York teens eyes as he tries to figure out life and his place in it. (YA Fic Cameron)
LaLa learns the stories of her Awful Grandmother and weaves them into a colorful family history. The caramelo, a striped shawl begun by her Great-Grandmother, symbolizes their traditions. (Fic Cisneros)
Dunn, Mark. Ella
Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters.
The people of Nollop are good citizens, but as the use of more and more letters in the alphabet is outlawed, how will its residents communicate? (Fic Dunn)
Foer, Jonathan Safran.
Loud and Incredibly Close.
Oskar Schell, a gifted 9-year-old, explores the mystery of his fathers death during the 9/11 attack. (Fic Foer)
Lesson Before Dying.
When Jefferson's attorney states, "I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this," disillusioned teacher Grant Wiggins is sent into the penitentiary to help Jefferson gain a sense of dignity and self-esteem before his execution. (Fic Gaines)
Good Poems. Keillor, Garrison, ed.
An essential and accessible anthology of some of the best contemporary and classic poetry. (811.008 G591)
Green, John. Looking
Join Miles Halter, who is intrigued by famous last words, as he heads off to boarding school in search of the Great Perhaps. What he finds is a beautiful but troubled girl named Alaska. (YA Fic Green)
Haddon, Mark. The
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Christopher has two mysteries to solve: who killed Wellington the dog and what happened to his mother. But Christopher, who has Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism, approaches these mysteries and the world itself in a unique and special way. (YA Fic Haddon)
Years after he flees Afghanistan, Amir, now an American citizen, returns to his native land and attempts to atone for the betrayal of his best friend before he fled Kabul and the Taliban. (Fic Hosseini)
Let Me Go.
Only special students are chosen to attend Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school tucked away in the English countryside. The chilling truth of their special nature slowly unfolds as we follow the stories of three former students. (Fic Ishiguro)
Jones, Lloyd. Mister
Matildas Pacific Island village has been torn apart by civil war. Against this harsh backdrop, Mr. Watts, a lonely British expatriate, maintains calm by reading Dickens GREAT EXPECTATIONS aloud to the village children, transforming their lives. (Fic Jones)
Kidd, Sue Monk.
Secret Life of Bees.
Searching for the truth about her mothers life and death, a grieving Lily finds the answers, love, and acceptance where she least expects it. (Fic Kidd)
Kyle, Aryn. The
God of Animals.
Twelve-year old Alice must face issues beyond her years. Her sister has run off, her mother wont get out of bed, and the family horse farm is failing. Can she keep the family from falling apart? (Fic Kyle)
The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
The Wizard of Oz retold from the point of view of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. Youll never think of Oz the same way again. (Fic Maguire)
After an apocalyptic catastrophe, a father and his young son embark on a grim and perilous quest following the road to the sea. (Fic McCarthy)
on the Shore.
Reality and fantasy converge in this story of a Japanese runaways quest to find his long-lost sister and mother. (Fic Murakami)
Myers, Walter Dean.
Robin believes in his country and volunteers to fight in Iraq; but when he arrives he realizes that fighting for freedom is not always black and white. (YA Fic Myers)
Roth, Philip. The
Plot Against America.
This is a fascinating alternate history that takes a hard look at one of Americas legendary heroes, Charles Lindbergh, and at how bigotry and fear can shape politics. (Fic Roth)
Sebold, Alice. Lucky:
You save yourself or you remain unsaved. With these words, Sebold recounts the brutal rape that she was lucky to survive. Tragedy and hope combine as she makes her way through a survivors maze of emotions. (362.883 Se22l)
Stoppard, Tom. Rosencrantz
& Guildenstern are Dead.
Two bit players from Shakespeare's Hamlet are thrust into a terrifying and surreal new situation. (822.914 St73ro)
A young man questions his faith and experiences bittersweet first love in this autobiographical and groundbreaking graphic novel. (Fic Thompson)
Zusak, Marcus. The
Living in Nazi Germany, young Liesel and her family choose to lie and steal to protect a Jewish refugee hiding in their basement. Narrated by Death, this is not your typical World War II story. (YA Fic Zusak)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Adams, Scott. GOD'S DEBRIS: A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT.
Take a metaphysical journey into mans first science, the search for meaning, as you try to deliver a package to the smartest man in the world who wont take it until you understand.
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since
McKibben, Bill, ed.
Experience the growth of the environmental movement in poetry, essay, song, and prose from its infancy to present day through the eyes of its champions. (333.72 Am35)
Anderson, M.T. Feed.
In this society your brain cyberfeed provides an endless stream of information, entertainment and advertising. When Violets feed is disrupted, shes cast adrift and everyone is forced to examine the power of the feed in his/her life. (YA Fic SF Anderson)
Ayres, Ian. Super
Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way to Be Smart.
With real-life examples from sports, medicine, online dating, and airline pricing, Ayres describes how data about all of us is collected and crunched by statisticians and computers to profile consumers benefitting both the consumer and the companies interested in selling to them. (519.5 Ay74s)
Best, Joel. Damned
Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians,
Confused by all the contradicting statistical data being bantered around by advertisers and the media? Best explains how these statistics are created and their social implications, which will help you distinguish truth from hype. (300.72 B464d)
Bryson, Bill. A
Short History of Nearly Everything.
A renowned travel writer brings complex scientific concepts to life by describing how the universe and life as we know it came to be. (500 B848s)
Casey, Susan. The
Devils Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among
Americas Great White Sharks.
While studying migratory birds on the remote Farallones Islands, 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco, biologists noticed red blotches in the surrounding waters. These sightings evolve into a full blown scientific study of great white sharks revealing unknown secrets of this prehistoric beast. (597.31 C268d)
Chen, Joanne. The
Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair With Our Favorite
Why does chocolate taste so good but broccoli turns many of us off? The science, history and social changes behind the American sweet-tooth are explored from taste buds on our tongues, to slaves on the sugar plantations. (641.013 C42t)
In near future San Franciso, 17-year-old Marcus, also known as w1n5t0n (or Winston), is running from the Department of Homeland Security after he is detained under suspicion of participating in a terrorist attack. Marcus and his friends are using technology to further their cause. (YA Fic SF Doctorow)
Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside.
Firlik brings honest appraisal of her work with less heroism and more day-to-day problem solving as she moves from intern to doctor. Along the way she removes a nail in a carpenters head and allows maggots to clean pus out of an infected brain in this humorous and candid memoir. (617.48092 F515AAa)
Flannery, Tim. The
Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means
for Life on Earth.
What are melting glaciers, disappearing frogs and a season of perfect storms trying to tell us about the conditions of the planet we call home and what can we do to prevent a catastrophe? (363.7387 F614w)
George, Rose. The
Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why
It isnt hidden behind the bathroom door or quietly flushed down the toilet in this book: a look at the dirty details of what happens to human waste around the globe and how it affects our health and sanitation. (363.72 G293b)
Hoose, Phillip M.
Race to Save the Lord God Bird.
The ivory-billed woodpecker is thought to be extinct, but some disagree. Hoose documents the scientific and bird-watching communities attempts to find this lost species and save its habitat in the Southern United States. (j598.72 Hoose)
Jones, Chris. OUT OF ORBIT: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY
OF THREE ASTRONAUTS WHO WERE HUNDREDS OF MILES ABOVE EARTH WHEN
THEY LOST THEIR RIDE HOME.
The mission seemed jinxed from the start and nothing could have prepared the team for the challenge of being stranded in earths orbit after the destruction of the shuttle Columbia and its crew. Finding a way home was a herculean feat of teamwork on and off the planet.
Leopold, Aldo. A
Sand County Almanac.
This classic of environmental and nature writing, arranged by season, provides a poetic view through the window of the Leopold family farm in the Wisconsin meadows. Even 60 years after this books original publication, Leopolds closing comments on land ethic and conservation are surprisingly relevant. (500.9 L555s)
Enter a community mosque of the sixteenth century, and discover the techniques used to raise towering minarets and a beautiful prayer hall dome. This simplistic book for all ages glorifies these magnificent buildings that served as the center of religion, and also housed travelers, stored food, and provided public baths. (j726.2 Macaulay)
Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body.
Concerned about taking freshman biology? Get a leg up on the course by letting Macaulay take you on a whirlwind tour of the human body with detailed illustrations and succinct explanations of its building blocks and systems. (j612 Macaulay)
Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country
Search for a Greener Future.
Take a humorous, green road trip with the author and his college buddy in a converted 1980s Mercedes from Vermont to California, and learn a little about how to be more eco-friendly along the way. (333.72 M497g)
Botany of Desire: A Plants Eye View of the World.
Through the sweetness of apples, the beauty of tulips, the intoxication of marijuana, and potato control; Pollan proves mankind manipulates plants and they, in turn, entice us to do their bidding. (581.6 P76b)
Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring.
Three buddies on spring break climb into a California redwood and discover a new ecosystem atop the trees. Join this group of young scientists in the canopy as they learn safe climbing techniques for the oldest and tallest trees of North America, and encounter new species of plants, animals, and love. (585.2 P927w)
Roach, Mary. Stiff:
The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.
Discover the amazing life-after-death adventures of human bodies in this examination of how medical and research scientists use cadavers to make our lives better. (611 R53s)
Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth.
This somewhat controversial book investigates the relationship between physics and metaphysics, science and religion, but doesnt provide any specific answers. It will evoke a sense of wonder about the cosmos and life itself for those who have an open mind. (215 Sch76h)
Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard
What would you do if you came home to find your neighborhood quarantined? Learn the true story of how David Hahns teenage obsession prompted government agents to descend on his suburban backyard. (YA 921 H124s)
Smith, Gina. THE GENOMICS AGE: HOW DNA TECHNOLOGY IS
TRANSFORMING THE WAY WE LIVE AND WHO WE ARE.
From Crick and Watsons discovery of the double helix, to designer embryos, learn the history and truth behind the controversies in todays news. Smith, a former network news technology consultant, gives the hard scientific facts in an enjoyable easy to read manner.
Teresi, Dick. LOST DISCOVERIES: THE ANCIENT ROOTS OF MODERN
SCIENCE - FROM THE BABYLONIANS TO THE MAYA.
Living in our modern technological society its easy to believe ancient cultures had little scientific or mathematical knowledge. Teresi, however, demonstrates that modern science is much older than we think, and shows how scientific and mathematical concepts of ancient cultures are the foundation of todays technology.
Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: an Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson.
Meet one-of-a-kind college professor Morrie Schwartz, who teaches us all to live fully as he lies dying, and his former student Mitch Albom, who gets a chance to rediscover life through the death of his mentor and friend. (921 Sch955al)
Beah, Ishmael. A
Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.
The riveting, firsthand account of Ishmael Beah, a 12-year-old child soldier, hopped up on drugs and wielding an AK-47, who gets swept up in the horrors of civil war in his African homeland. (921 B3594AAl)
Color Is Your Parachute?
With a proven track record of more than thirty years in publication, this top-selling career guide has been updated and revised to help first-time job seekers discover and get the right work for them. (331.128 B638w)
Casnocha, Ben. MY START-UP LIFE: WHAT A (VERY) YOUNG CEO
LEARNED ON HIS JOURNEY THROUGH SILICON VALLEY.
Casnocha, a 19-year-old entrepreneur, tells his own story about the ups and downs of making a business idea work and inspires readers to find their own way to make a difference.
George, Mary W.
THE ELEMENTS OF LIBRARY RESEARCH:
WHAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW.
Succinct and practical, this guide provides students with the tactics, tools and confidence they need to successfully conduct college level research.
Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
Through entertaining anecdotes Gladwell explains the phenomena of fads, or how little actions can ripple outward until a tipping point is reached which results in a dramatic change. (302 G455t)
Juette, Melvin and
Ronald J. Berger. WHEELCHAIR
WARRIOR: GANGS, DISABILITY, AND BASKETBALL.
This inspiring story follows the transformation of a 16-year-old African American from gang member destined for prison or death to wheelchair athlete playing for the U.S. National Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Keen, Lisa. Out
Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know About Their Legal Rights.
Keen introduces LGBT youth to their legal rights and provides examples of young people empowered to stand up for themselves. (YA 306.766 Keen)
Kohl, Jana. A
Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She
Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere.
The shocking cruelty of legal animal abuse is exposed through the story of Baby, a poodle who lost a leg after years of mistreatment at a puppy mill. Rescued by Jana Kohl, they now work together with celebrity friends and politicians to raise awareness about animal rights. (636.7 K822r)
When 13-year-old Lakshmi is sold into prostitution by her stepfather, she ends up in a brothel in the slums of Calcutta, where her life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Although a novel, this story reflects a situation that many girls around the world endure today. (YA Fic McCormick)
Menzel, Peter and
Faith D'Aluisio. Hungry
Planet: What the World Eats.
Hungry Planet is a photo-chronicle of families around the world, the food they eat, and how uncontrollable forces like poverty, conflict and globalization affect our most elemental human need food. (641.3 M529h)
and David Oliver Relin. Three
Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at
Lost and near death following an unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, Mortenson is sheltered and nursed in a remote mountain village. Out of gratitude, he vows to return to build schools throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan. (370.95491 M843t)
Picoult, Jodi. Nineteen
Seventeen-year-old Peter Houghton wakes up one day, loads his backpack with four guns, walks into the school cafeteria, and kills nine students and one teacher in the span of nineteen minutes. Why? (Fic Picoult)
Pipher, Mary. The
Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community.
They come from Laos, Bosnia, Northern Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and the former Soviet Union. War-scarred refugees, searching for freedom, move into cities across the American heartland to face one more challenge -- adjusting to life in a strange new land. (325.21 P661m)
Pope, Loren. COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES: 40 SCHOOLS THAT
WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT COLLEGES.
Prospective college students can rely upon Popes indispensable guide to 41 colleges where education rivals that of the Ivy League universities in producing outstanding graduates.
and Thomas Kostigen. The
Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple
Step at a Time.
Celebrities Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Tim McGraw, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and others contribute suggestions of small changes you can make daily to have a positive impact on the health of our planet. Learn how you too can live green! (363.7 R631g)
Sheff, David. Beautiful
Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction.
A fathers anguished account of his promising sons meth addiction and its painful impact on the entire family is honest, raw, and full of information about the realities of drug addiction. (362.299 Sh39b)
Sheff, Nic. Tweak:
Growing Up on Methamphetamines.
Nic Sheff is destined for a rich life and career until he is derailed by drugs. This wrenchingly honest account of life as a meth addict is the companion book to Beautiful Boy. (362.299 Sh393t)
Smith, Jodi R.R.
Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man. (395 Sm61fm)
From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman. (395 Sm61f)
These unstuffy guides to good behavior will help young men and women develop the style and panache to make a good impression in social and professional circles.
in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill.
Seeking to understand how religious ardor leads to violence, Stern recounts her dramatic encounters with Christians and Muslims who use terrorism in the name of God. (303.625 St45t)
Urrea, Luis Alberto.
Devil's Highway: A True Story.
Thousands of illegal immigrants yearly scramble across the U.S.-Mexican border and into an area of the Arizona desert known as the Devils Highway. Many do not make it out alive. This is the human story of illegal immigration told with facts, anger, and poetry. (972.1 Ur72d)
Wallis, David, ed.
KILLED CARTOONS: CASUALTIES
FROM THE WAR ON FREE EXPRESSION.
Wallis book is full of political cartoons killed before publication. Each cartoon is accompanied by a brief narrative explaining why it was considered too controversial for publication.
Glass Castle: A Memoir.
This is Jeannette Walls memoir of growing up in chaos and poverty with a family that prized freedom and unconventionality over comfort and safety. (921 W159AAg)
Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science.
This intriguing and approachable introduction to the field of economics is for all readers who have rejected the topic as tedious, boring and incomprehensible. (330 W56n)
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