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 America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Great Cook by America’s Test Kitchen, Call Number: 641.3 S416
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips, Call Number: 305.8 P562b
NOTE: The unsolved murder of a white woman lead to lynching and the forcible expulsion of the entire African-American community from a county in Georgia. This is the story.
The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by his son Christopher Tolkien, Call Number: PB TOL
Cook’s Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of Our Favorite Ingredients by Cook’s Illustrated, Call Number:641.5 C773
Dress Code: The Naked Truth about Fashion by Mari Grinde Arntzen, Call Number: 646.4 A767d
The End of the Bronze Age: Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe CA. 1200 B.C. by Robert Drews, Call Number: 930 D776e
The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease and the End of an Empire by Kyle Harper, Call Number: 937 H294f
History of African Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots by Thomas J. Davis, Call Number: 973 D264h
Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in the Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson, Call Number: 306.3 T469h
Hot X: Algebra Exposed by Danica McKellar, Call Number: 512 M154h
Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte, Call Numbers: 973.916 H789w
NOTE: The story of the only President born in Iowa, so far.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay, Call Number: 306.4 G285h
NOTE: Gay recounts a childhood sexual assault that led her to purposely gain weight in order to be unseen and therefore “safe.” Gay warns at the beginning of the book that if you’re looking for a triumphant weight loss memoir, this is not it.
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart, Call Number: 792.702 H325i
NOTE: Born an accident in poverty, today Hart is the biggest comedian in the world.
I’m Fine…And Other Lies by Whitney Cummings, Call Number: 792.7 C971i
NOTE: The comedian and creator of 2 Broke Girls tells stories of her life.
In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli, Call Number: 616.8 J44i
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, Call Number: PB GRA
NOTE: In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying.
Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss by Danica McKellar, Call Number:512 M154k
Latinos in the United States: What Everyone Needs to Know by Ilan Stavans, Call Number: 973.0046 S798L
Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis, Call Number: 782.421 R324d
NOTE: As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock.
Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail by Danica McKellar, Call Number: 610 M154m
The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center, Call Number: 305.209 T245n 2017
Plants of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Vascular Plants by Maarten J. M. Christenhusz, Michael F. Fay, and Mark W. Chase, Call Number: 580.3 C554p
Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things by M.R. O’Connor, Call Number: 591.68 O187r
Sams Teach Yourself Beginning Programming in 24 Hours (3rd ed) by Greg Perry and Dean Miller, Call Number: 005.1 P463s
Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues by Richard Fossey and Todd A. Demitchell, Call Number: 344.73 F752s
The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur by Scott S. Greenberger, Call Number: 973.84 G798u
Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future (3rd ed.), Edited by Sue Thomas and Clyde Wilcox, Call Number: 320.082 W872
Word of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought, Edited by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Call Number: 305.48 W924
You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education by George Anders, Call Number: 331.702 A544y