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NEW BOOKS are Big NEWS in the Library!

by Nic Netzel on 2018-10-19T08:00:00-07:00 in General Interest | Comments
This email is begun during a lull in the Voter Forum presentations in the library, which has me thinking about the crucial civic value of an informed electorate (thanks Mr. Stuckart!), and also on a morning where headlines on news websites are still discussing the murder of a Saudi journalist, and revisiting the physical assault (by a now Congressman) of a Montana journalist, AND on a morning where the state of Oregon is in the news for a groundbreaking trial that will (or may) occur in the state in 10 days  (AND in a week where there's some big annual news in the book/reading/library world).   So, in comparison, a small batch (but not, organic, craft, locally sourced) of New Books in the library would almost seem like small news... but it's the biggest news out of the library right now.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is the founder of the "Earth Guardians" organization, and one of the young adults behind the Lawsuit being brought against the U.S. Government over Climate Change, which is set to begin in Oregon on October 29th (unless the Supreme Court gives the Justice Department what they want).  His book We Rise was on the long-list for last summer's Social Justice Activism reading list, and gives both the history of his organization, and instruction on how to get involved with "solution-oriented" environmental activism.  Worth reading, in light of things like this.
Speaking of social justice summer reading, Bryan Stevenson recently published a Young Adult adaptation of Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight For Justice, so if you didn't give it a chance over the summer, you have another option now.  It's a great book, and an important one, and I am so glad an even more accessible version exists.
In Book News, the National Book Award (NBA) short lists were announced last week.  We have all three of the non-elementary-level Young Adult Nominees now that we have Hey, KiddoJarret Krosoczka's graphic novel memoir of being raised by his Grandparents, his opioid-addicted mother, and how his family and teachers supported and inspired his career as an artist.  It's a quick, heartfelt, read, and you should also watch the TED Talk that helped him realize he needed to write it.  
--Other NBA nominees include: The Poet X;  and, from the last book order, The Assasination of Brangwain Spurge (which Mr. Netzel highly recommends). And see also our display of the ALA Teen Read Week "Teens Top 10".
Another, very short, very powerful, almost poetic, illustrated read is Khaled Hosseini's (The Kite Runner) Sea Prayer,  which featured prominently in the Refugee experience held in the commons last week, and was inspired by a tragic news story.
By student request, a poetry collection, Don't Call Us Dead, by Dantez Smith.
New books from a few big name YA authors:  Markus Zusak's (The Book Thief) Bridge of Clay; Neal (Scythe; Challenger Deep) and Jarrod Shusterman's Dry (about a near-future mega-drought); Albertalli & Silvera's What if It's Us; and many many favorites (Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon, Daniel Jose Older, Eric Gansworth, etc. etc.) contribute to Fresh Ink: an Anthology edited by the co-founder of "We Need Diverse Books".
Malinda Lo has a story in Fresh Ink, but she also has a new horror tale called A Line in the Dark, which is not the only scary-story-because-October book we've acquired in the last month.  The Sawkill Girls is a thriller by Claire Legrand (and has already been placed on hold by a teacher), and the Zombie-action/Reconstruction-era/alternative-history/anti-colonialist/anti-racist  Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland, is another take on a story with a strong Black Woman protaganist.
 See last month's New Books list here to see a few more scary stories (and be on the look out for another next week).
Two more titles round out the new fiction: The Future Will be BS Free by Will McIntosh (in a Putin-esque future America, with privatized police, gifted high-schoolers invent an infallible lie detector), and A Very Large Expanse of Sea  by Tahereh Mafi (a young Muslim woman discovers break-dancing and unexpected friendship in a climate of post 9/11 prejudice and stereotype).
It's a non-fiction light order, but The Indian World of George WashingtonThe first president, the first Americans, and the birth of the nation is a National Book Award finalist, and may interst AP History and Government students (and teachers).
All this plus... well, actually that was all of the books in this batch, but we do have a few more that are...
...Coming Soon (like, next week): Two copies of the book that inspired that Netflix series:, The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson,   Swing by Kwame Alexander,  This Story is a Lie ("a YA thriller described as a cross between The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time  and John LeCarre"  and clearly not about reporters) by Tom Pollock,  Why Learn History (When it's On Your Phone) by Sam Wineburg (of Stanford's History Education Group)and the final volume of Jason Reynolds' "Track" series, Lu (especially for  Ms. Pinder).
Call Number Title Material Type Author
323.119 CAL The Indian world of George Washington : the first President, the first Americans, and the birth of the nation Book Calloway, Colin G. (Colin Gordon), 1953-
340.092 STE Just mercy : adapted for young adults : a true story of the fight for justice Book Stevenson, Bryan.
363.7 MAR We rise : the earth guardians guide to building a movement that restores the planet Book Martinez, Xiuhtezcatl.
811.6 SMI Don't call us dead : poems Book Smith, Danez.
DVD 920.073 MEN Men who built America : Frontiersmen Video  
DVD DRAMA COM Compensation Video Zeinabu Davis; Marc Arthur Chéry.
FIC ALB What if it's us Book Albertalli, Becky.
FIC HOS Sea prayer Book Hosseini, Khaled.
FIC IRE Dread nation Book Ireland, Justina.
FIC LEG Sawkill girls Book Legrand, Claire, 1986-
FIC LO A line in the dark Book Lo, Malinda.
FIC MAF A very large expanse of sea Book Mafi, Tahereh.
FIC MCI The future will be BS free Book McIntosh, Will.
FIC SCH Dry Book Shusterman, Neal.
FIC SMI Hearts unbroken Book Cynthia Leitich Smith.
FIC ZUS Bridge of Clay Book Zusak, Markus.
GNOV B KRO Hey, kiddo Book Krosoczka, Jarrett.
SC FRE Fresh ink Book edited by Lamar Giles, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books.

Nic Netzel
As a Librarian, respects greatly the other Information Professions (Teaching and Journalism).

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