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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.

Children’s Book

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark, Call Number: CL 510.92 W214a

Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson, Call Number: CL 510.92 H798r

Conquering Lyme Disease: Science Bridges the Great Divide by Brian A. Fallon and Jennifer Sotsky, Call Number: 616.9 F196c

Goodnight, Numbers by Danica McKellar, Call Number: Easy Reading CL 813.6 M154g
NOTE: Designed to help give children a good feeling about numbers and math.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark, Call Number: CL 359.009 H798w
NOTE: A pioneering woman computer programmer who coined the term computer bug.

Adult Books

1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline, Call Number: 930.1C641o
NOTE: Late Bronze Age civilizations went from booming to near extinction within a couple of decades. Here’s what happened.

After the Cradle Falls: What Child Abuse Is, How We Respond To It, And What You Can Do About It by Melissa Jonson-Reid and Brett Drake, Call Number: 364.15J81a

The Annotated African American Folktales, Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Maria Tatar, Call Number: 398.208 A615

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Man by Jeffrey Kluger, Call Number: 629.45 K667a

The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, Edited by Harry S. Laver and Jeffrey J. Matthews, Call Number: 355.3 A784

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse, Call Number: 523.01 T994a T994a

Australia: A Cultural History (3rd ed.) by John Rickard, Call Number: 994 R539au

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford, Call Number 611 R975b

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines, Call Number: 650.1 G142c

The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is A Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan, Call Number: 371.01 C244c

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother by James McBride, Call Number 974.7 M119c
NOTE: A man explores his mother’s story, how she was born in Poland, raised in the South, went north, married a black man, and worked to send 12 children to college.

Conquering Lyme Disease: Science Bridges the Great Divide by Brian A. Fallon and Jennifer Sotsky, Call Number: 616.9 F196c

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Arnonson and Marina Budhos, Call Number:770 A769e

The Gift of Failure: How to Step Back and Let Your Child Succeed by Jessica Lahey, Call Number: 649.7 L183g

He Call Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty by S. Jonathan Bass, Call Number: 305.8 W317b

How Language Began: The History of Humanity’s Greatest Invention by Daniel L. Everett, Call Number: 401 E933h

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, Call Number: 709.2 L581w

Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice by Sidney Powell, Call Number: 353.465 P886L

The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James, Call Number: 364.152 J273m

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris, Call Number 791.45 H315n

Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace by Feargal Cochrane, Call Number: 941.608 C663n

Packin’Cats for the Arrr-Meee: Fun on the Farm in the ‘Forties by Geraldine Fromm Schwarz and John Robert Fromm, Call Number: 779.963 S411p

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum, Call Number: 947.708 A648r

The Republic For Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 by Richard White, Call Number: 973.8 W587r

The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War by J.L. Bell, Call Number: 973.311 B433r

Running From the Mirror: A Memoir by Howard Shulman, Call Number: 362.1 S562r
NOTE: Just 3 days after he was born Howard Shulman contracted an infection that destroyed his face. His parents abandoned him at the hospital and this is his story has he made himself a success.

Running Science: Optimizing Training and Performance, Consultant Editor John Brewer, Call Number: 613.7 R943r

Siege Warfare: The Fortress in the Early Modern World, 1494-1660 by Christopher Duffy, Call Number: 355.44 D858si

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan, Call Number: 070.5 H141s

Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: A True Story of Bad Breaks and Small Miracles by Heather Lende, Call Number: 813.6 L564t
NOTE: A near-fatal bicycle accident has given Lende a few more reasons to consider matters both spiritual and temporal. Her idea of spirituality is rooted in community, and here she explores faith and forgiveness, loss and devotion-as well as raising totem poles, canning salmon, and other distinctly Alaskan adventures.

Tudor Fashion by Eleri Lynn, Call Number: 391 L989t

Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe by Bert S. Hall, Call Number: 355.02 H174w

Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick J. Deneen, Call Number: 320.51 D392w

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, Call Number: 612.8 L563w
NOTE: Includes research about school start times.

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler, Call Number: 910.453 S217w

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