Friday, June 19, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Newer Nonfiction

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. This month we are showcasing recent nonfiction titles.

Recommendations for Adults:

Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Mar 2020)
An activist, speaker and philanthropist offers a memoir wrapped in a wake-up call that reveals how women can reclaim their true, untamed selves by breaking free of the restrictive expectations and cultural conditioning that leaves them feeling dissatisfied and lost.

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir by Madeleine Albright (Apr 2020)
Revealing, funny and inspiring, the author and former Secretary of State - one of the world's most admired and tireless public servants - reflects on the final stages of her career and how she has blazed her own trail in her later years.

The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors.

This tour of real-world mathematical disasters reveals the importance of math in everyday life. All sorts of seemingly innocuous mathematical mistakes can have significant consequences. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the ways math trips us up.

A debut memoir by the son of working-class Mexican immigrants describes his upbringing in Washington State, membership in the Peace and Dignity Journeys movement and competition in the Native American cultural marathon from Canada to Guatemala.

Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir Kid Gloves (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, which she posted on her Instagram, and which quickly gained her a huge cult following among other moms.

Recommendations for Teens:

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds (Mar 2020)
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist American is acknowledging America's racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited.

Moving abruptly from Seoul to Alabama, a Korean teen struggles in a hostile blended home and a new school where she does not speak English before forging unexpected connections in a local comic drawing class.

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (Jan 2020)
This book is written for the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up to the adults who continue to close doors in their faces. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it.

The Edelweiss Pirates were a loosely organized group of working-class young people in the Rhine Valley of Germany. They faced off with Nazis during the Third Reich and suffered consequences for their resistance during and after World War II.

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott (Jan 2020)
Inspired by the African American Policy Forum's #SayHerName campaign and the work of such notables as Lucille Clifton and Nikki Giovanni, a collection of poems stands as a tribute to Black Lives Matter activists and victims of police brutality.

A teen adaptation of the best-selling TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking shares tips and techniques for becoming a confident and capable speaker at school presentations, in interviews, and during special occasions.

Recommendations for Kids:

A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's oldest student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116.

Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey by Magdelena & Nathaniel Newman (Jan 2020)
This moving memoir follows a teenage boy with TC syndrome and his exceptional family from diagnosis at birth to now. Also check out the memoir written for adults: Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son (Jan 2020).

Engaging comic artwork and comprehensive expert information combine in an empowering introduction to understanding everyday consent, body autonomy and personal boundaries.

Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye (Feb 2020)
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to refugees.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Jennifer Keelan grew up battling-and overcoming - the limitations others set for her. This illustrated biography of Jennifer's life and celebration of youth activism will teach all children that they have the power to make a difference.

Selena: Queen of Tejano Music by Silvia Lopez (Feb 2020)
Nearly 25 years after her death, the musical origin and cultural impact of Mexican American performer Selena Quintanilla are celebrated.