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Feb/March 2017 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include children’s books about White Rose, a student resistance movement in Nazi Germany; a hilarious adventure book about two girls who escape an orphanage; and, a picture book about imagination and where it takes you. Watch Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embark on a personal journey about Black America from the civil rights movement to today; and, there’s an eight part documentary series on the sonic and technological transformation of music. Teen fiction (and star reviewed) selections include a teen stuck in a reality TV show with her family while dealing with their father’s ill health; a paranoid/shut-in teen forced to attend art therapy where she is partnered on a project with teen who has a prosthetic arm; and, a haunting tale about two sisters who drowned in a quarry. For adult fiction, a tale based on a true story behind some of Gustav Klimt’s most remarkable paintings; a star reviewed book about a family’s youngest son’s increasingly determined preferences to be a girl; and a rough-and-tumble Mississippi crime page turner. Nonfiction readers will learn to curb their sugar intake, the use of drugs in Germany’s Third Reich, and the struggle for oral health in America. Our Spanish nonfiction selections include how to overcome emotional eating and lose weight with detoxifying soups. Downloadable selections include the eBook about Judy Collins overcoming struggle with food and overeating and the eAudiobook by Gillian Anderson about 9 principles for women to be more positive, peaceful, and have a rewarding way of life.

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 We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler book jacket

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

Some young people in Nazi Germany knew that party doctrines were wrong. They gathered together and undertook acts of defiance and protest, risking not only their own lives but those of their friends and family. Their courageous decision to speak up in the defense of others is a powerful story told by a master of nonfiction books for young people. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes book jacket

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

When Anne and Penelope escape from the orphanage, a hilarious whirlwind of magical adventure ensues. There isn’t enough room here to describe it adequately so I’ll just say get it, read it, laugh out loud (a lot!), and then wait for the sequel.

Children's Fiction

 Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug book jacket

Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman

Hank the pill bug is having his usual, ordinary, and kind of boring day. And then he meets Amelia, the little girl who lives in the house, and suddenly his day is anything but boring. Imagination, especially with a friend, can indeed take you anywhere. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise book jacket

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a personal journey through the last 50 years of African-American history. Joined by a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America, and our nation as a whole.

DVD

 Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music book jacket

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Music has been a constant in human history. Then came recording, and music was forever transformed. This documentary series traces this ongoing revolution and explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry. Featuring original interviews with some of the most celebrated music industry pioneers of all time. (3 Disc DVD)

DVD

 Life in a Fishbowl book jacket

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

Becoming a prisoner in her own home when her cancer-patient father and their family become the stars of a cutthroat reality series, 15-year-old Jackie struggles with estrangement from her mother and sister while worrying about her father's health before resolving to end the show. Hilarious, gut-wrenching, and triumphant, this story of one teen's battle against the reality TV show she's unwillingly starring in is written by a William C. Morris finalist and is an Adult crossover. Star Reviews Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 Optimists Die First book jacket

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Growing paranoid and shutting herself off from the world after a family tragedy, 16-year-old Petula is forced to attend an art therapy class where a school newcomer with a prosthetic arm becomes her partner in a hilarious project. Characters that can make you cry and laugh struggle to overcome their issues in this dark, urban novel for Sarah Dessen fans. Star Reviews Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Teen Fiction

 Beautiful Broken Girls book jacket

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

When two sisters living next door to him drown themselves in the neighborhood quarry, Ben begins receiving cryptic postmortem notes from one of the girls directing him to clues about the terrible secrets that complicated the girls' lives. A dark haunting tale for fans of Jay Asher and those looking for a tearjerker mystery. Star Review Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 Stolen Beauty book jacket

Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese

A tale based on the true story behind Gustav Klimt's most remarkable paintings traces the experiences of one of the artist's lovers in 1900 Vienna, and her niece, who must draw on her aunt's legacy of courage and resilience when the Nazis invade Austria. If you enjoyed the movie Woman in Gold, you will enjoy this impeccably researched tale of two remarkable women. Star Review Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 This Is How it Always Is book jacket

This Is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

A family reshapes their ideas about family, love, and loyalty when youngest son Claude reveals increasingly determined preferences for girls' clothing and accessories and refuses to stay silent. The mother of a transgender second grader in real life, the author writes about what she knows in this timely and thoughtful novel which could be a Teen crossover. Star Reviews Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Desperation Road book jacket

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

In a rough-and-tumble Mississippi town, the vices of drugs, whiskey, guns, and the desire for revenge violently intersect when Russell Gaines, newly released from prison, returns home on the same night that a young and desperate mother shoots a local deputy. Southern crime fiction with great prose, this page-turner is recommended for Ron Rash fans. Star Review Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Sugardetoxme: 100+ Recipes to Curb Cravings and Take Back Your Health book jacket

Sugardetoxme: 100+ Recipes to Curb Cravings and Take Back Your Health by Summer Rayne Oakes

Overcome your sugar cravings, lose weight, and get your health back on track! With more than 100 mouthwatering recipes, menus, and gorgeous color photographs, SugarDetoxMe is on a mission to help readers shake their addiction to the sweet stuff. It not only arms you with scientific knowledge about the harmful effects of sugar, it offers an achievable strategy for detoxing safely and effectively—including 12 Meal Maps. These maps explain how to create multiple meals, maximize each ingredient, minimize waste, and save money. There’s no economizing when it comes to flavor, though— each recipe delivers healthy, delicious food.

Adult Nonfiction

 Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich book jacket

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler

A fast-paced, highly original history that uncovers the full extent of drug use in Nazi Germany—from Hitler’s all-consuming reliance on a slew of substances, to the drugs that permeated the regime and played an integral role in Germany’s military performance and ultimate downfall in World War II.

Adult Nonfiction

 Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America book jacket

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto

"Show me your teeth," the great naturalist George Cuvier is credited with saying, "and I will tell you who you are." In this shattering new work, veteran health journalist Mary Otto looks inside America’s mouth, revealing unsettling truths about our unequal society. She takes us on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility and the troubling state of public health.

Adult Nonfiction

 El que se enoja engorda book jacket

El que se enoja engorda by Juan Manuel Romero Villa

The emotional aspect of overeating is addressed in this weight loss book. El aspecto emocional de comer en exceso se aborda en este libro de pérdida de peso.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Sopas detox book jacket

Sopas detox by Angela Blatteis

Lose weight with this recipe filled book for making detoxing soups. Pierda peso con este libro llenó de recetas para hacer sopas de desintoxicación. Also available in: eBook.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Cravings: How I Conquered Food book jacket

Cravings: How I Conquered Food by Judy Collins

A candid memoir by folk legend Judy Collins of her lifelong struggle with compulsive overeating and the spiritual solution that saved her. For decades she thought her food issues were moral issues--lack of self-will, lack of discipline--and worked hard at controlling what she thought of as her shameful inclinations. Collins learned she was born with an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. The discovery of a solution prompted the desire to share what she has learned, which has brought her peace of mind, a clean food plan, years of maintaining the same weight, and a glow of joy and health. Also available in: eBook.

Downloadable eBook

 We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere: 9 Principles to Live By book jacket

We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere: 9 Principles to Live By by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

Written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel, they provide an uplifting, inspirational, and intensely practical manual for change, providing nine universal principles that offer a path for dealing with life's inevitable emotional and spiritual challenges. It asks: Why are so many of us—and our daughters—still, in the 21st century, locked in depression and addiction, self-criticism, and even self-harm? How much more effective and powerful would we all be if we replaced our current patterns of competition, criticism, and comparison with collaboration, cooperation, and compassion? Putting these principles at the center of our lives offers an antidote to our me-first culture and allows each of us to be freer and happier, and to replace unhelpful habits with a more positive, peaceful, and rewarding way of living. Also available in: eAudiobook.

Downloadable Audiobook