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.


The Kid Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews, Call Number: CL 813.54 A565k
NOTE: Iowans Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, and George Washington Carver are described in this book.

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe, Call Number: 500 M968t


As You Wish: The Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden, Call Number: PB ELW
NOTE: Personal note here from Sarah Uthoff. I just LOVE this book. It’s the best making of movie book I’ve ever read about a great movie.


Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom, Call Number: 152.4 B655a

All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration by Kathleen Newland, Elizabeth Collett, Kate Hooper, and Sarah Flamm, Call Number: 325 N549a

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, Call Number: 303.609 P655b

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (Updated 2nd ed.) by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler, Call Number: 153.6 C955

A Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites and More by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, Call Number: 394.12 M449c

Exploring White Privilege by Robert P. Amico, Call Number: 305.8 A516e

Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech, Call Number: 604.82 N557f

Fifty Great Myths of Human Evolution: Understanding Misconceptions About Our Origins by John H. Relethford, Call Number: 599.93 R382f

Five Days in November by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin, Call Number: 973.922 H645f
NOTE: The story of the Kennedy Assassination by the Secret Service Agent who jumped on the back of the car.

A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism by John G. Taft, Call Number: 332 F697

Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Gibney, Call Number 306.0973

Genocide: A World History by Norman M. Naimark, Call Number: 364.15 N157

The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to Isis edited by Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, Call Number: 363.325 H673

Hooked Rugs of the Midwest: A Handcrafted History by Mary Collins Barile, Call Number: 746.7 B252h

How to be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned From Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis, Call Number: 809.3 E476h

Julia Child: My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, Call Number: 641.509 C536m

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Call Number: 570.92 J253L
NOTE: Geobiologist talks about how she got started and being a plant scientist. She gives us all the opportunity to become scientists ourselves.

The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over by Jack Schafer and Marvin Karlins, Call Number: 158.2 S296L

Living in Death’s Shadow: Family Experiences of Terminal Care and Irreplaceable Loss by Emily K. Abel, Call Number 616.02

Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform by John F. Pfaff, Call Number: 365 P523L

The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer, Call Number: 364.1 L436L

The Princess Diarist: A Sort of Memoir by Carrie Fisher, Call Number: 791.43 F533p

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Round Up The Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca – Bogart, Bergman, and World War II by Aljean Harmetz, Call Number: 791.43 H287r

Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves edited by C. G. Prado

The Sociology of Hypocrisy: An Analysis of Sport and Religion by Stephen G. Wieting, Call Number: 306.483 W652s
NOTE: Local author

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine, Call Number: 155.3 F495t

That’s the Way I Think: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Dyscalculia Explained [3rd ed.] by David Grant, Call Number: 616.85 G761t

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss, Call Number: 155.2 F394t

Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done by Josh Davis, Call Number: 650.1 D262t

The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon, Call Number: 332.109S492u

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone, Call Number: 658.11 S877u

The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease by Meredith Wadman, Call Number: 614.4 W123v

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin, Call Number: 305.42 C932w

Yellowstone and the Smithsonian: Centers of Wildlife Conservation by Diane Smith, Call Number: 978.7 S645y

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