From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Graphic Novel Popular Book Title: Goodnight Opus Author: Berkeley Breathed
Note: Whether you want a great tribute to reading “beyond the text”, like the classic Goodnight Moon it parodies, or miss the “Bloom County” cartoon strip done by local Iowa City author Berkeley Breathed (many Iowa City locations featured in the strip), you’ll enjoy this book.

Graphic Novel Popular Book Title: Wright Brothers Author: Lewis Helfand
Note: Did you know the Wright Brothers lived in Cedar Rapids and attended Washington High School? That’s why the airport road is named after them, we can claim them as local boys. Learn more about their lives in this graphic novel.

Graphic Novel Popular Book Title: The Walking Dead Compendium Two Authors: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adiard, and Cliff Rathburn

Call Number: 001.96 D278 Title: The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn’t Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew

Call Number: 121.6 D399i Title: Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking Author: Daniel C. Dennett

Call Number: 153.7 H816o Title: On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes Author: Alexandra Horowitz

Call Number: 158 R896h Title: The Happiness Project: Or Why I spent a Year Trying To Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun Author: Gretchen Rubin

Call Number: 305.409 S357w Title: What Will It Take To Make A Woman President? Author: Marianne Schnall

Call Number: 326.809 S683n Title: Necessary Courage: Iowa’s Underground Railroad in the Struggle Against Slavery Author: Lowell J. Soike

Call Number: 335.977 S528a Title: Amana: The Community of True Inspiration Author: Bertha M. H. Shambaugh

Call Number: 363.179 L812f Title: Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster Authors: David Lochbaum, Edwin Lyman, Susan Q. Stranahan, and the Union of Concerned Scientists

Call Number: 364.106 N583m Title: Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth Authors: Antonio Nicaso and Marcel Danesi

Call Number: 364.153 R217r Title: Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming Are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis Author: Jody Raphael

Call Number: 371.334 S 798g Title:  A Guide to Online Course Design: Strategies for Student Success Authors: Tina Stavredes and Tiffany Herder

Call Number: 378.052 W985w Title: What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students for Success Author: Joshua S. Wyner

Call Number: 385.314 R647g Title: Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America

Call Number: 394 D179h Title: The History of the Kiss!: The Birth of Popular Culture Author: Marcel Danesi

Call Number: 500 D123g Title: Good Science, Bad Science, Psuedoscience and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference Author: Peter A. Daempfle

Call Number: 500 T448 Title: This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works Editor: John Brockman

Call Number: 610 J337m Title: Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine (A History of Botanical Remedies, Hypnotic Suggestions, Water Cures, and Other Alternative Medicine in nineteenth-century America)

Call Number: 616.89 H662c Title: Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt Author: Kevin Hines

Call Number: 636.408 W629o Title: Oink: My Life With Mini-Pigs Author: Matt Whyman

Call Number: 658.1 K157s Title: Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes, And Stay Out of Trouble Author: Bernard B. Kamoroff

Call Number: 658.4 S616L Title: Leaders East Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t Author: Simon Sinek

Call Number: 792.028 E437s Title: So You Want to Work in Theatre? Author: Susan Elkin

Call Number: 796.089 B366e Title: The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics Authors: Krystal Beamon and Chris M. Messer

Call Number: CL 813.6 M111L  Title: A Friend Called Anne Author: Jacqueline van Maarsen, retold for children by Carol Ann Lee NOTE: A friend of Anne Frank’s who did not go into hiding and survived the Holocaust shares her story.

Call Number: 958.1 N162a Title: Afghanistan: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture (Culture Smart) Authors: Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz

Call Number: 936.231 P242s Title: Stonehenge: A New Understanding Author: Mike Parker Pearson

Call Number: 973.922 K357b Title: The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence Authors: Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin

Call Number: 978.02 P363 p Title: Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier Authors: Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith