For this week I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hightlight some of the very newest nonfiction added to our collection or if I wanted to highlight some newish historical themed nonfiction. 

When I looked at our shelf of new books, I was (mildly) surprised to see that many of the newest titles were on historical topics. So here you go… Books we’ve added to our collection in the last 2 weeks that have some historical aspect to them.

Next week I will be sharing reader recommendations. If you have a favorite nonfiction title (or more) that you want to share, comment on this post, or email and give me your first name, book title and a sentence or two telling me why you like and recommend the book.

Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, Call Number: 305.512 W681c

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel, Call Number: 306.362 M134s

Female Husbands: A Trans History by Jen Manion, Call Number: 306.768 M278f

Good Pictures: A History of Popular Photography by Kim Biel, Call Number: 770.1 B422g

Olympic Pride, American Justice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Deborah Riley Draper & Travis Thrasher, Call Number: 796.48 D765o

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff, Call Number: 973.931 G736o

Classics of the Week

I’m attempting to stay with the theme here. These are “classics” that at the time of publication, were considered to be on historical topics.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond, Call Number: 303.4 D537g Originally published in 1997

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel, Call Number: 338.54 T318h Originally published in 1970

Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Call Number: 520 S129c Originally published in 1980

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking, Call Number: 523.1 H392br Originally published in 1988

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi, Call Number: 854.914 L664p Originally published in 1975 – an impassioned response to the Holocaust: Consisting of 21 short stories, each possessing the name of a chemical element.

Hiroshima by John Hersey, Call Number: 940.544 H572h 1989 Originally published in 1946, this 1989 edition includes a final chapter with followup information about the people whose storied he had told in 1946.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown, Call Number: 970.5 B877b Originally published in 1970