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.

CaptureAnxiety and Depression Information for Teens: Health Tips about Mental-Health Disorders, Types, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, Including Facts about the Protective Factors and Mental-Health Support, Mental-Health Literacy, and Living with Mental-Health Condition, Call Number: 616.852 A637 2020

The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai by Ha Jin, Call Number: 895.113 J617b
NOTE: “In his own time (701–762), Li Bai’s brilliant poems—shaped by Daoist thought, filled with an irrepressible lust for life—were never given their proper due. Nonetheless, his lines rang out on the lips of tavern singers, soldiers, and writers throughout the Tang dynasty, and his deep desire for a higher, more perfect world gave rise to his nickname: the Banished Immortal. With the instincts of a master novelist, Ha Jin draws on a wide range of historical and literary sources to weave the great poet’s life story, following Bai from his origins on the western frontier to his rambling travels as a young man. Jin also takes us through the poet’s later years—in which he became swept up in a military rebellion that altered the course of China’s history—and the mysterious circumstances of his death.”

The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity by Amy Webb, Call Number: 006.301 G646b
NOTE: “Artificial Intelligence is poised to change the course of human history forever, and the big nine companies who will determine its future – Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent – serve masters whose needs are increasingly out of whack with humanity’s interests. Amy Webb’s sobering and prescient forecast into the present and future of AI provides the wake-up call we need when there is still time to change course… before the big nine lead humanity to disaster.” (Of the big 9 list, the last 3 that you probably don’t know are Chinese companies.)

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

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be (new afterward by the author) by Andrew Delbanco, Call Number: 378.73 D344c

Columbine by Dave Cullen, Call Number: 373.788 C967c
NOTE: “What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn’t about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.”

Cracking the Digital Ceiling: Women in Computing Around the World, Edited by Carol Frieze and Jeria L. Quesenberry, Call Number: 004.082 C883
NOTE: “Is computing just for men? Are men and women suited to different careers? This collection of global perspectives challenges these commonly held western views, perpetuated as explanations for women’s low participation in computing. By providing an insider look at how different cultures worldwide impact the experiences of women in computing, the book introduces readers to theories and evidence that support the need to turn to environmental factors, rather than innate potential, to understand what determines women’s participation in this growing field. This wake-up call to examine the obstacles and catalysts within various cultures and environments will help those interested in improving the situation understand where they might look to make changes that could impact women’s participation in their classrooms, companies, and administrations.”

CaptureDaily Life in Immigrant American 1820-1870 by James M. Bergquist, Call Number: 305.906 B449d

The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills by David A. Ansell, Call Number: 362.109 A618d

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Planning, Leadership, and Programming in Action, Edited by Christine Bombaro, Call Number: LIB 027.63 D618

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis, Call Number: 323 D261f

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas, Call Number: 979.49 D886f

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America, Edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman, Call Number: 305.8 G646

Grant Wood’s Secrets by Sue Taylor, Call Number: 759.13 W875t

The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream by Richard Alba, Call Number: 305.8 A325g
CaptureNOTE: “Americans are under the spell of a distorted and polarizing story about their country’s future―the majority-minority narrative―which contends that inevitable demographic changes will create a society with a majority made up of minorities for the first time in the United States’s history. The Great Demographic Illusion reveals that this narrative obscures a more transformative development: the rising numbers of young Americans from ethno-racially mixed families, consisting of one white and one nonwhite parent. Examining the unprecedented significance of mixed parentage in the twenty-first-century United States, Richard Alba looks at how young Americans with this background will play pivotal roles in the country’s demographic future.”

Hershey’s 100th Anniversary: 100 Years of Hershey’s Favorites, Call Number: 641.3 H572

Hershey’s Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook, Call Number: 641.637 H572

Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia harris, Call Number: 641.509 A376h

How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of Its Historic Liberal-Islamic Alliance by Elizabeth F. Thompson, Call Number: 956.91 T469h

Information Law: Compliance for Librarians, Information Professionals, and Knowledge Managers by Charles Oppenheim, Adrienne Muir, Naomi Korn, Call Number: LIB 342.41 O621i

CaptureA Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough, Call Number: 508 A883L

Lost in a Gallup: Polling Failure in the U.S. Presidential Elections by W. Joseph Campbell, Call Number: 324.973 C192L

On the Offensive: Prejudice in Language Past and Present by Karen Stollznow, Call Number: 420.143 S875o

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

The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology, Edited by Alison Attrill-Smith, Chris Fullwood, melanie Kepp, and Daria J. Kuss, Call Number: 004.019 O984

Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America, Edited by Nora Shalaway Carpenter, Call Number: 813.64 R948

Sex, College and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture by Cindy Pierce, Call Number: 176.083 P615s

Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis by David Miller, Call Number: 307.76 M647s

Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit by Cindy Crosby and Thomas Dean, Call Number: 577.44 C949t

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell, Call Number: CL 305.8 J592t

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals by Saidiya Hartman, Call Number: 305.48 H333w

Why Hackers Win: Power and Disruption in the Network Society by Patrick Burkart and Tom McCourt, Call Number: 364.168 B959w
NOTE: “When people think of hackers, they usually think of a lone wolf acting with the intent to garner personal data for identity theft and fraud. But what about the corporations and government entities that use hacking as a strategy for managing risk? Why Hackers Win asks the pivotal question of how and why the instrumental uses of invasive software by corporations and government agencies contribute to social change. Through a critical communication and media studies lens, the book focuses on the struggles of breaking and defending the “trusted systems” underlying our everyday use of technology. It compares the United States and the European Union, exploring how cybersecurity and hacking accelerate each other in digital capitalism, and how the competitive advantage that hackers can provide corporations and governments may actually afford new venues for commodity development and exchange. Presenting prominent case studies of communication law and policy, corporate hacks, and key players in the global cybersecurity market, the book proposes a political economic model of new markets for software vulnerabilities and exploits, and clearly illustrates the social functions of hacking.”

Wildland Sentinel: Field Notes From an Iowa Conservation Officer by Erika Billerbeck, Call Number: 333.72 B597w

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