Coretta Scott King Award – Read Aloud Books

Doing a classroom read-aloud this month?
Look no further!  This month, we’re spotlighting 4 amazing books that have won the Coretta Scott King Book Award, and will work perfectly in a variety of classrooms, just in time for Black History Month.

The Coretta Scott King Book Award is given annually by the American Library Association.  According the the ALA, The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

Below, you’ll find the book title, author, illustrator, a brief description, catalog link and location of each book.  All books are currently available to check-out at the McGraw-Page Library and are displayed (with many others) on the first display table by the Circulation Desk.

Radiant Child 
by Javaka Steptoe (author/illustrator)
Cover of the Book Radiant Child2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.
JUV BIO BAS (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Radiant Child  

 

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone 
by Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Cover of the book Little Melba and Her Big Trombone2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba s extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.
BIO LIS (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

 

Out of Wonder
by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Cover of the book Out of Wonder2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
Presents a collection of 20 poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.  Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder. Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.
JUV 808.1 ALE (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Out of Wonder

 

Minty
by Alan Schroeder
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Cover of the book Minty.1997 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
They called her “Minty.”
When she grew up, she became Harriet Tubman, the courageous and heroic woman who helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. But she was just a little girl for a while—and this is her story. Minty, short for Araminta, was a feisty and headstrong young slave, whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble. She told stories to her doll, released animals from traps, and, above all, dreamed of running away. And when her father began to teach her the skills necessary for escape, she listened carefully, and learned.
BIO TUB (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Minty

Have you used any of these in a classroom yet?
Are there other Coretta Scott King Award Winners you’ve used and love?
Let us know in the comments below!!

Three on the Third – February 2020

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection. Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  For the month of February, we’re sharing some fresh items to our Popular Reading Collection.

Talking to Strangers
by Malcolm Gladwell
Cover of the book, Talking to Strangers.In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to “analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them,” in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don’t know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
POP HM 1111 .G53 2019
Catalog Link – Talking to Strangers

 

Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden
Cover of the book Permanent Record.In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the account of a bright young man who grew up online — a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience.
POP CT 275 .S6693 A3 2019
Catalog Link – Permanent Record

 

The Five
by Hallie Rubenhold
Cover of the book the Five.The untold story of the women killed by Jack the Ripper–and a gripping portrait of Victorian London–[this book] changes the narrative of these murders forever. Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine, and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from some of London’s wealthiest and poorest neighborhoods, from the factory towns of middle England, and from Wales and Sweden. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses, lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped human traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, by drawing on a wealth of formerly unseen archival material and adding full historical context to the victims’ lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time–but their greatest misfortune was to be born women.
POP HV 6535 .G6 L6578 2019
Catalog Link – The Five

Three on the Third – January 2020

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection. Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  It’s a new year, and to celebrate, we have three books that will give you things to ponder for 2020.

Conscience: the Origins of Moral Intuition
by Patricia S. Churchland
Cover of the book Conscience.In her brilliant work Touching a Nerve, Patricia S. Churchland, the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy, drew from scientific research on the brain to understand its philosophical and ethical implications for identity, consciousness, free will, and memory. In Conscience, she explores how moral systems arise from our physical selves in combination with environmental demands.  All social groups have ideals for behavior, even though ethics vary among different cultures and among individuals within each culture. In trying to understand why, Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture. She looks to evolution to elucidate how, from birth, our brains are configured to form bonds, to cooperate, and to care. She shows how children grow up in society to learn, through repetition and rewards, the norms, values, and behavior that their parents embrace.  Conscience delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins, to deepen our understanding of whether people have a predisposition to embrace specific ethical stands. Research on psychopaths illuminates the knowledge about those who abide by no moral system and the explanations science gives for these disturbing individuals.  Churchland then turns to philosophy―that of Socrates, Aquinas, and contemporary thinkers like Owen Flanagan―to explore why morality is central to all societies, how it is transmitted through the generations, and why different cultures live by different morals. Her unparalleled ability to join ideas rarely put into dialogue brings light to a subject that speaks to the meaning of being human.
BJ 1471 .C475 2019
Catalog Link – Conscience

 

What if I Say the Wrong Thing?
by Verna A. Myers
Cover of the book What if I Say the Wrong Thing?In this compelling new tip book you’ll find innovative and surprising ways to keep your personal diversity journey moving and the diversity commitment of your organization. Written to make this information bite-size and accessible, you’ll find quick answers to typical What should I do? questions, like: What if I say the wrong thing, what should I do? What if I am work and someone makes a sexist joke, what should I say?
KF 300 .M94 2013
Catalog Link  – What if I Say the Wrong Thing?

 

The Way We Eat Now
by Bee Wilson
Cover of the book The Way We Eat Now.In just two generations, the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating– from bubble tea to quinoa, Soylent to meal kits. Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers’ markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills– diabetes and heart disease are on the rise everywhere on earth. This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, “The way we eat now” explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in.
TX 631 .W5484 2019
Catalog Link – The Way We Eat Now  

Three on the Third – December 2019

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection. Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we have three new additions to our POP collection.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post 
by Emily Danforth
Cover of the novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.  But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.  Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.
POP PS 3604 .A64 M5 2012
Catalog Link – The Miseducation of Cameron Post 

 

Stumptown 
by Greg Rucka
Cover of the graphic novel Stumptown.
Dex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she’s less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke – she’s into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex’s luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast’s casino operation, will clear Dex’s debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne’s missing granddaughter. But is this job Dex’s way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?
POP PN 6727.R825 S85 2013
Catalog Link – Stumptown

 

Slay 
by Brittney Morris
Cover of the book Slay. Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the few Black kids at Jefferson Academy. At home she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. When a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, the game is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. No one knows Kiera is the game developer– until an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.” Can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?
POP PS 3613 .O77 S5 2019
Catalog Link – Slay 

Four on the Fourth – November 2019

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection. Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we’re modifying it slightly to spotlight four exciting new additions across a variety of subject areas.

United States v. Apple Competition in America
by Chris Sagers
Cover of the book United States v. Apple
One of the most followed antitrust cases of recent times–United States v. Apple–reveals a missed truth: what Americans most fear is competition itself. In 2012 the Department of Justice accused Apple and five book publishers of conspiring to fix e-book prices. The evidence overwhelmingly showed an unadorned price-fixing conspiracy that cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. Yet before, during, and after the trial millions of Americans sided with the defendants. Pundits on the left and right condemned the government for its decision to sue, decrying Amazon’s market share, railing against a new high-tech economy, and rallying to defend beloved authors and publishers. For many, Amazon was the one that should have been put on trial. But why? One fact went unrecognized and unreckoned with: in practice, Americans have long been ambivalent about competition. Chris Sagers, a renowned antitrust expert, meticulously pulls apart the misunderstandings and exaggerations that industries as diverse as mom-and-pop grocers and producers of cast-iron sewer pipes have cited to justify colluding to forestall competition.
KF 1627 .S242 2019
Catalog Link – United States v. Apple

 

Hive Mind
by Sarah Rose Cavanagh
Cover of the book Hive MindHivemind: A collective consciousness in which we share consensus thoughts, emotions, and opinions; a phenomenon whereby a group of people function as if with a single mind. Our views of the world are shaped by the stories told by our self-selected communities. Whether seeking out groups that share our tastes, our faith, our heritage, or other interests, since the dawn of time we have taken comfort in defining ourselves through our social groups. But what happens when we only socialize with our chosen group, to the point that we lose the ability to connect to people who don’t share our passions? What happens when our tribes merely confirm our world view, rather than expand it? The advent of social media and smartphones has amplified these tendencies in ways that spell both promise and peril. Our hive-ish natures benefit us in countless ways–combating the mental and physical costs of loneliness, connecting us with collaborators and supporters, and exposing us to entertainment and information beyond what we can find in our literal backyards. But of course, there are also looming risks–echo chambers, political polarization, and conspiracy theories that have already begun to have deadly consequences. Leading a narrative journey from the site of the Charlottesville riots to the boardrooms of Facebook, considering such diverse topics as zombies, neuroscience, and honeybees, psychologist and emotion regulation specialist Sarah Rose Cavanagh leaves no stone unturned in her quest to understand how social technology is reshaping the way we socialize. It’s not possible to turn back the clocks, and Cavanagh argues that there’s no need to; instead, she presents a fully examined and thoughtful call to cut through our online tribalism, dial back our moral panic about screens and mental health, and shore up our sense of community.
HM 866 .C38 2019
Catalog Link – Hive Mind


Pain Killer
An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic

by Barry Meier
Cover of the book Pain Killer.Between 1999 and 2017, an estimated 250,000 Americans died from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a plague ignited by the aggressive marketing of OxyContin by its maker, Purdue Pharma. Purdue, owned by a wealthy and secretive family–the Sacklers–knew early on that teenagers and others were abusing its billion dollar “wonder” drug. But Justice Department officials balked a decade ago when it came to meting out justice, allowing an opioid crisis to evolve into a catastrophe. Originally published in 2003 and hailed since as groundbreaking, Meier–in this thoroughly updated edition–reveals new and shocking information about how long the drug maker knew about OxyContin’s abuse, even as it marketed it aggressively, and the way government officials passed up opportunities to protect hundreds of thousands of lives. Equal parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business expos, ̌ Pain Killer is the origin story of the opioid crisis, a hard-hitting look at how a supposed wonder drug became the gateway drug to a national tragedy.
HV 5822 .O99 M45 2018
Catalog Link – Pain Killer 


The Memory Police 

by Yoko Ogawa
Cover of the book The Memory Police.On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses–until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past. A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.
PL 858 .G37 H5713 2019
Catalog Link – The Memory Police 

Three on the Third – October 2019

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we’re spotlighting some exciting new additions to our POP collection.

Stay Sexy, Don’t Get Murdered 
by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Cover of the book Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered.
The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder! Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.  In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.
POP HQ 1413 .K55 A3 2019
Catalog Link – Stay Sexy, Don’t Get Murdered


The Sixth Man: Andre Iguodala
by Andre Iguodala
Cover of the book The Sixth Man.The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger. Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too–for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre–with his cowriter Carvell Wallace–has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core. The Sixth Man traces Andre’s journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.
POP GV 884 .I76 A3 2019
Catalog Link – The Sixth Man

 

Midnight in Chernobyl
by Adam Higginbotham
Cover of the book Midnight in Chernobyl. Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.  Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.  Midnight in Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will—lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
POP TK 1362 .U38 H54 2019
Catalog Link – Midnight in Chernobyl

Find Success at the Start of a New Semester

Photo of the Choose Success Display at McGraw-Page Library.Are you looking to start the new semester off on the right foot?  Look no further, the McGraw-Page Library has a fresh display to help support your pursuit of academic and personal success.  Featuring both e-books and print books, below is a selection of 5 books from the display that will help get you on the right track.  For more selections, come down to the Library and check out our display!

 

Infographic Guide to College
by Adams Media
Cover of the book The Infographic Guide to CollegeCollege survival just got graphic! There’s so much more to college than course guides and picking your dorm. From doing your own laundry to making friends to scoring a job and staying healthy, there’s no shortage of things to figure out! No need to panic. The Infographic guide to college has you covered with illustrated, realistic advice on how to: avoid the freshman 15, ace your exams, declare a major, master study habits, get around town, get along with your roommate, apply for a loan, and so much more!
Call Number: LB2343.32 .G345 2017
Catalog Link – Infographic Guide to College


Kickstarting your Academic Career 

by Robert Ostergard
Cover of the book Kickstarting your Academic Career.Taking a skills-building approach, Kickstarting Your Academic Career is a primer on the common scholastic challenges first-year social sciences students face upon entering college or university. Based on the challenges that instructors most often find students need help with, the authors offer practical advice and tips on such topics as communicating with instructors, note taking, how to read a textbook, writing exams, and researching and writing papers. The succinct writing and clear organization make this an essential reference for first-year students as they encounter post-secondary work for the first time, and a useful refresher for upper year students looking to refine their skills.
Call Number: E-Book
E-Book Link – Kickstarting your Academic Career


15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

by Kevin Kruse 
Cover of the book 15 secrets successful people know about time managementWhat if a few new habits could dramatically increase your productivity, and even 5x or 10x it in key areas? What if you could get an an hour a day to read, exercise, or to spend with your family. New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse, presents the remarkable findings of his study of ultra-productive people. Based on survey research and interviews with billionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 entrepreneurs—-including Mark Cuban, Kevin Harrington, James Altucher, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, and Lewis Howes—-Kruse answers the question: what are the secrets to extreme productivity?
Call Number: HD69.T54 K78 2015
Catalog Link – 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

Maximize your Memory
by Ramón Campayo
Cover the book of Maximize your MemoryEach of us has the ability to develop and improve our minds in amazing ways. All you need is motivation, an effective method, and an expert guide. Ramon Campayo’s method shows you the fastest, easiest and most effective way to: -Drastically and almost immediately increase your memorization capacity and reading speed.-Enhance your learning methods, study techniques, and psychological preparation.-Improve your study habits and prepare for exams. Maximize Your Memory is for students who want to reach their best potential, as well as anyone else who dreams of increasing his or her mental capacity. As Campayo himself declares, “It is possible to learn the things I can do. And everyone can learn. I am the world champion in speed memory, but my wife is second and my brother is eighth. After one hour of training with my methods, my students can triple their reading speed.
Call Number: E-Book
E-Book Link – Maximize your Memory 

Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond
by C. M. Gill

Are you ready to improve your writing skills? Most college students will be tasked with writing a term paper, assessment, or thesis sometime during Cover of the book Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyondtheir academic career, even when their chosen concentration isn’t English or Literature. While there are countless textbooks dedicated to the subject, there are virtually no books dedicated to providing practical, down-to-earth advice that will allow the college student to write concisely, coherently, and successfully. Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond is a refreshing take on college writing instruction for students in any major.
Call Number: PE1408 .G55837 2014
Catalog Link – Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond

Three on the Third – September 2019

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.

“Muslim” a Novel
by Zahia Rahmani
Cover of the book Muslim a novelMuslim A Novel is a genre-bending, poetic reflection on what it means to be Muslim from one of France’s leading writers. In this novel, the second in a trilogy, Rahmani’s narrator contemplates the loss of her native language and her imprisonment and exile for being Muslim, woven together in an exploration of the political and personal relationship of language within the fraught history of Islam. Drawing inspiration from the oral histories of her native Berber language, the Koran, and French children’s tales, Rahmani combines fiction and lyric essay in to tell an important story, both powerful and visionary, of identity, persecution, and violence.
PQ 2718 .A36 M8713 2019
Catalog Link – “Muslim” a Novel

 

The Moment of Lift
by Melinda Gates
Cover of the book the Moment of Lift.For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down. In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, ‘That is why I had to write this book – to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.’ Melinda provides an unforgettable narrative backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention — from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world – and ourselves. Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another. When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.
POP HQ 1155 .G38 2019
Catalog Link – The Moment of Lift

Thick and other Essays
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Cover of the book ThickIn these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom -award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed- embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.  Ideas and identity fuse effortlessly in this vibrant collection that on bookshelves is just as at home alongside Rebecca Solnit and bell hooks as it is beside Jeff Chang and Janet Mock.  It also fills an important void on those very shelves: a modern black American feminist voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms as she covers everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies and is far more genre-bending than a typical compendium of personal essays.
POP HM 479 .C68 A3 2019
Catalog Link – Thick and other Essays

Three on the Third – May

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we are featuring several exciting new additions to our POP collection.

The Promise of Wholeness 
by Eric Ehrke
Cover of the book the Promise of Wholeness.Henosis is the Greek word for oneness/unity. Since time immemorial this universal concept has been championed within traditional wisdom, ancient philosophy and theology. The psychoanalyst, Carl Jung referred our shared human experience with the phrase “collective unconscious,” while physicists use the term “quantum entanglement” to describe how every particle is inherently connected to the whole. The missing links between the wisdom of ancient philosophy and the startling insights within modern psychology to transform suffering, transcend circumstances, and increase our capacity for love are explored in The Promise of Wholeness.
BF161 .E385 2019
Catalog Link – The Promise of Wholeness


A Heart in a Body in the World

by Deb Caletti
Cover of the book A Heart in A Body in the WorldWhen everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run? From Seattle to Washington, DC, Annabelle is running through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how – muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person – The Taker – that haunts her. Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that. Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keep running to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face the miles of love and loss behind her…and what still lies ahead.
PS3603.A43 H4 2018
Catalog Link – A Heart in the Body in the World

 

Dear Evan Hansen
by Val Emmich
Cover of the book Dear Evan HansenEvan is shy, lonely, and bullied for it. He has a chance encounter with Connor Murphy–just before Connor commits suicide. Evan’s life suddenly gets turned around, and suddenly he isn’t invisible anymore to the girl of his dreams–Connor’s sister, Zoe, who believes Evan was Connor’s only friend. As Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone’s hero and a social media superstar, Evan is filled with confidence … until things start unraveling.

PS3605.M565 D43 2018
Catalog Link – Dear Evan Hansen

Three on the Third – April

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books are provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.  This month we are featuring several exciting new additions to our POP collection.

A Sucky Love Story
by Brittani Louise Taylor
Cover of the book A Sucky Love StoryWhat if falling in love meant almost losing everything? Where does a moderately popular internet star who never leaves her house look for potential suitors? Online. Tinder, Bumble, Match.com, OkCupid–I tried them all. My thirty-one-year-old self clicked and swiped her little heart out, leading to more dates than I could count, and more disappointment than I was prepared for. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you know all too well the perils of modern dating. But let’s say, eventually, you meet someone. You think to yourself, ‘Wow, they’re perfect! Take me off the market, put a ring on it, knock me up, the whole enchilada, because they are “the one.”‘ Let’s also say that they ‘feel the same way’ about you. Your life starts to make sense! All the pain, heartbreak, and frustration from past failed relationships was worth it. Slow clap. That’s how I felt about Milos. He was from Europe, a doctor, wealthy, athletic. He had an accent and a dog. Milos was textbook marriage material. For him it was ‘love at first sight,’ but for me, it was ‘anxiety on every date.’ Something was telling me to run–but for two years, the only running I did was straight into his arms. If only I would have listened. This isn’t a love story. It’s my story of survival.
POP PN1992.9236.T39 A3 2018
Catalog Link – A Sucky Love Story 

 

On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time– and has massive shoes to fill. She’s been labeled a hoodlum at school, and the fridge at home is empty after her mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral — for all the wrong reasons. Portrayed by the media as a menace, Bri makes a choice– and becomes the very thing the public has made her out to be. The odds are stacked against her, and freedom of speech isn’t always free.
POP PS3620.H62463 O6 2019
Catalog Link – On the Come Up

Laws of Human Nature 
by Robert Greene
Cover of the book Laws of Human NatureRobert Greene’s bestselling 48 Laws of Power (1988) distilled ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to understanding people’s drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people’s masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose.
POP BF637.S4 G7384 2018
Catalog Link – Laws of Human Nature