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NEW BOOKS to READ in the Library

by Nic Netzel on 2019-11-08T08:00:00-08:00 in General Interest | Comments
Books are for reading, and reading is good for you (whether you like to or not), and has value beyond self-improvement.   (someone writing this email just went to a Professional Development event about the cultural and educational value of reading)....
Fiction builds empathy, so here's a lot of fiction to feel good about:
Let's start with endings: two long awaited series finales.  The last book of Stephanie Garber's Caraval series, Finale  and the final book of the Arc of a Scythe series The Toll, by Neal Shusterman.  The latter series is highly recommended.  Not an ending, but a continuation, is A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney, sequel to A Blade So Black.
Butterfly Yellow is Thanhha Lai's YA debut about a family separated while fleeing the Viet Nam war to Texas. The Grief Keeper, by Alexandra Villasante, is also a tale of immigration, where Marisol, fleeing El Salvador is allowed to stay in the United States on the condition that she become a vessel for the grief of others.
Leigh Bardugo (whose Grishaverse world is coming soon to a streaming service near your screens) has her first non-YA novel, The Ninth House,  magical realism and murder among the secret societies of the Ivy League elite.  Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, is the next addition to the growing body of African-influenced fantasy writing.
Burying My Dead is a mystery, centered around Lone Fir Cemetery, by local author Bettie Denny. Jerk, California is a Schneider Family Award-winner, and #ownvoices story about a young man with Tourette syndrome.
 Fans of You're Welcome Universe or of young relationships may be interested in The Silence Between Us, by Alison Gervais. And those who enjoyed The Hate U Give or All American Boys will want to look into Kekla Magoon's (How it Went Down) Light It Up, a series of vignettes in the aftermath of a police shooting. For those hardy few who liked our past two years' summer reading options, the short story collection Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance (edited by Bethany C. Morrow, with stories by Jason Reynolds, Samira Ahmed, Keah Brown, Darcie Little Badger, and others) is sure to resonate. 
Ann Davila Cardinal's Five Midnights,  and Jennifer Mathieu's (Moxie) The Liars of Mariposa Island both take place on islands in the Caribbean. One is a supernatural murder mystery, the other an inter-generational tale of the meaning of truth and the power and danger of family.  
Matt Mendez's  Barely Missing Everything (Latinx coming of age) and Kim Liggett's The Grace Year (a dystopian dark-fairy tale with a feminist message) are both on the list of titles for Oregon's "Mock Prinz" competition (wherein readers try to forecast what book will win the Prinz Award this year).
Noted Science Fiction/Fantasist Gene Wolfe passed away in April, we've added the two volumes of his 4-partBooks of the New Sun   series (Shadow & Claw, and Sword & Citadel) which are subtly laced with Catholicism  (as I've been learning while reading this great series of Read Throughs on Tor publishing's website).
Pair  Ariel Kaplan's novel We Regret to Inform You: an Overachiever's Guide to College Rejection with Paul Tough's non-fiction book on college (The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us)
And, for more  Non-Fiction,filed under  "Ask and Ye Shall Recieve* " we've added titles about...
  • Photography and Design (Mastering Portrait Photography; Graphic Design: the New Basics; The Flash Book;  Arbus Friedlander, Winograd)
  • Grammar (Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students, and  the DVD ART 21: Art in the 21st Century, seasons 1-6)
  • Math and Pedagogy, and secretly Growth Mindset (Mathematical Mindsets: unleashing students' potential; and also Jo Boaler's Limitless Mind: Learn, lead, and live without barriers)
  • Holocaust Diaries, (Salvaged Pages; We are Witnesses)
-*(provided the requests are useful and relevant to the curriculum and make sense as a resource available to all, and within the budget)
Other titles of current professional or popular interest include:
  • How to Read the Constitution, and Why by Kim Wehle,  
  • two more books on the conversations about Racism (as we prepare for our own diversity conference): White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo, and Not Light But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom, by Matthew Kay, (and, coming soon, Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti Racism Organizing by Tawana Petty (which was mentioned in one of the sessions at our conference at Jesuit last month)
  • Poet Nikki Grimes' memoir in verse Ordinary Hazards
  • The Perfect Assessment System, by Richard Stiggins, which is quite a skinny book, so if it works, let me know!
All this plus very cool infographic maps (Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds), biographies of young Saints (Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints)classic Vietnamese literature in translation  (The song of Kîèu : a new lament),  and a super in-depth, illustrated and infographic-ed, analysis of the 3-pointer in modern basketball (Sprawlball: a Visual tour of the New Era of the NBA).
As always, here is the full list (come to the Library to take them!)
Call Number Title Author
  Grammar Girl presents the ultimate writing guide for students Fogarty, Mignon.
FIC SHU The toll Shusterman, Neal.
231.8 BAR Letter to a suffering church : a bishop speaks on the sexual abuse crisis Barron, Robert, 1959-
282.092 SWA Ablaze : stories of daring teen saints Swaim, Colleen.
305.8 DIA White fragility : why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism DiAngelo, Robin J.
342.730 WEH How to read the Constitution and why Wehle, Kim.
370.15 BOA Limitless mind : learn, lead, and live without barriers Boaler, Jo, 1964-
371.26 STI The perfect assessment system Stiggins, Richard J.
378.198 TOU The years that matter most : how college makes or breaks us Tough, Paul.
510.71 BOA Mathematical mindsets : unleashing students' potential through creative math, inspiring messages and innovative teaching Boaler, Jo, 1964-
709 WIL Mastering portrait photography Paul Wilkinson, (Photographer); Sarah Plater.
741.6 LUP Graphic design : the new basics Lupton, Ellen.
778.72 KEL The flash book : how to fall hopelessly in love with your flash, and finally start taking the type of images you bought it for in the first place Kelby, Scott.
779.097 MEI Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand : New documents, 1967 Meister, Sarah Hermanson,
811.6 GRI Ordinary hazards : a memoir Grimes, Nikki.
895.922 DU The song of Kîèu : a new lament = Truŷẹn Kîèu : (Đoạn Trừơng Tân Thanh Nguŷẽn, Du, 1765-1820.
912 WRI Brilliant maps for curious minds : 100 new ways to see the world Wright, Ian (Blogger),
940.531 BOA We are witnesses : five diaries of teenagers who died in the Holocaust [edited] by Jacob Boas.
940.531 ZAP Salvaged Pages : Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust collected and edited by Alexandra Zapruder.
DVD 709.04 ART Art 21. Seasons 1-6 art in the twenty-first century.  
FIC BAR Ninth house Bardugo, Leigh.
FIC BAR Kingdom of souls Barron, Rena.
FIC CAR Five midnights Cardinal, Ann Dávila,
FIC CHO Permanent record Choi, Mary H. K.
FIC FRI Jerk, California Friesen, Jonathan.
FIC GAR Finale Garber, Stephanie.
FIC GER The silence between us Gervais, Alison.
FIC KAP We regret to inform you Kaplan, A. E.
FIC LAI Butterfly yellow Lai, Thanhha.
FIC LIG The grace year Liggett, Kim.
FIC MAG Light it up Magoon, Kekla.
FIC MAT The liars of Mariposa Island Mathieu, Jennifer.
FIC MCK A dream so dark McKinney, L. L. (Leatrice L.)
FIC MEN Barely missing everything Méndez, Matt.
FIC SAV Say say say : a novel Savage, Lila.
FIC SCO On a scale of 1 to 10 Scott, Ceylan, 1997-
FIC VIL The grief keeper Villasante, Alexandra.
FIC WOL Sword & citadel Wolfe, Gene.
PROF 370.117 KAY Not light, but fire : how to lead meaningful race conversations in the classroom Kay, Matthew R., 1983-
SC TAK Take the mic : fictional stories of everyday resistance edited by Bethany C. Morrow.

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