Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Duct Tape Yoga Mats, Rabble-Rousing Frontierswomen, Brains on Drugs, Tales of Treachery and Deceit: New Non-Fiction Has Arrived!

Hello readers!

We've just received a load of new non-fiction titles, and we hope you'll check them out! Click on the title of any book to go to our online catalog, where you can reserve your copy. Or if you'd prefer to browse, look up the item in our YA section under the call number listed, and/or ask a staffer to point you in the right direction!

--the YA Staff

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves, and Other Female Villains
By Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, Illustrated by Rebecca Guay
364.3 YOLEN (YA Non-Fiction Graphic Novel)

Brief biographies of infamous women, from Delilah and Cleopatra to Pearl Hart and Bonnie Parker, with commentary about each woman's "badness" from the authors in graphic form.

Med Head: My Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Drugged-Up Battle With My Brain
As told by James Patterson and Hal Friedman (with an introduction by Ellen Hopkins!)
 616.83 PATTERSO (YA Non-Fiction)

Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to twitch his neck. From that day forward his life became a hell of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances, and Cory embarked on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist to discover the cause of his disease. Soon it became unclear what tics were symptoms of his disease and what were side effects of the countless combinations of drugs. The only certainty is that it kept getting worse. This is the true story of Cory and his family's decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a maddening medical establishment.

Tales From the Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest with Pete Athans
by Sandra K. Athans
796.522 ATHANS (YA Non-Fiction)

Who wouldn't want to stand on top of the world--at the summit of Mount Everest, Earth's tallest mountain? Thousands have made the climb. Not all who attempt it reach the summit. Some die trying. Pete Athans has stood on top of the world seven times. Nicknamed Mr. Everest, Pete has encountered danger and excitement along the way--from avalanches to deadly snowstorms. Take an up-close look at the mountain and follow Pete all the way from base camp to the summit.

Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-Rousers
by Brandon Marie Miller
978 MILLER (YA Non-Fiction)

Using journal entries, letters home, and song lyrics, the women of the West speak for themselves in these tales of courage, enduring spirit, and adventure. Women such as Amelia Stewart Knight traveling on the Oregon Trail, homesteader Miriam Colt, entrepreneur Clara Brown, army wife Frances Grummond, actress Adah Isaacs Menken, naturalist Martha Maxwell, missionary Narcissa Whitman, and political activist Mary Lease are introduced to readers through their harrowing stories of journeying across the plains and mountains to unknown land.

Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America
by James M. Deem
559.9 DEEM (YA Non-Fiction)

Combining sensitivity and solid scientific style, Deem reveals the history of the science of facial reconstruction, as well as the forgotten lives and the faces of the dead, to contemporary generations so that at last their stories can be told.

Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies
by Marc Aronson
HOOVER (YA Biography)

Aronson unmasks the man behind the Bureau--his tangled family history and personal relationships; his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control; and the broad trends in American society that shaped his world.

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead
by Rebecca L. Johnson
578.65 JOHNSON (YA Non-Fiction)

Are zombies real? Scientists know this for sure: dead people do not come back to live and start walking around, looking for trouble. But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves. Meet nature's zombie makers--including a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming wasp--and their victims.

The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins
By Lee R. Berger & Marc Aronson
569.9 BERGER  (YA Non-Fiction)

The story of how a boy, a dog, a scientist, and Google Earth found a nearly two-million-year-old fossil from a skeleton that just may rewrite the story of human evolution

One Direction: What Makes You Beautiful
by Mary Boone
782.42164 BOONE (YA Non-Fiction)

The United States is experiencing a new British Invasion—One Direction, the British boy band that has captured the hearts and attention of young Americans in a way that can only be compared to the Beatles. With the recent U.S. launch of their new album Up All Night and their current North American tour, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis have taken the United States by storm, and this account details how five solo contestants on Britain's X Factor in 2010 came together as a band to finish third on the program.

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers
by Tanya Lee Stone
940.541273 STONE  (YA Non-Fiction)

Examines the role of African Americans in the military through the lens of the untold story of the Triple Nickles, who became America's first black paratroopers and fought in a little-known World War II attack on the American West by the Japanese.

Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World
by Sally M. Walker and Douglas W. Owsley
569.9 WALKER  (YA Non-Fiction)

Discusses the processes used by scientists to discern the identity of the Kennewick Man and what this more than nine-thousand-year-old skeleton revealed about the arrival of humans in North America.

Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
by Russell Freedman
(YA Non-Fiction)

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
by Austin Kleon
153.35 KLEON  (YA Non-Fiction)

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About...Before It's too Late
by Laura Barcella
001.9 BARCELLA  (YA Non-Fiction)

You’ve probably heard rumors that the end of the world was going to happen in the year 2012. But people have been making predictions about how and when the world is going to end for ages. The End is a fun, comprehensive, pop culture read about the 50 top movies, books, songs, comics, artworks, and plays—from the movie Shaun of the Dead to the pop song "It’s the End of the World as We Know It"—that have been created about the apocalypse.

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente
by Wilfred Santiago
796.357 SANTIAGO  (YA Non-Fiction Graphic Novel)

21 is an all-ages graphic biography of baseball star Roberto Clemente. No other baseball player dominated the 1960s like Roberto Clemente, and no other Latin American player achieved his numbers. 21 chronicles his early days growing up in rural Puerto Rico, the highlights of his career (including the 1960s World Series), the prejudice he faced, his private life and his humanitarian mission. Santiago captures the grit of Clemente's rise from his impoverished childhood, to the majesty of his performance on the field, to his fundamental decency as a human being, in a drawing style that combines realistic attention to detail and expressive cartooning.

The Giant and How He Humbugged America
by Jim Murphy
974.765 MURPHY  (YA Non-Fiction)

When a 10-foot tall purported "petrified man" is unearthed from a backyard in upstate New York in 1869, the discovery immediately turns into a spectacle of epic proportions. News of the giant spreads like wildfire, and well over a thousand people come to view him in the first five days alone!

Everyone has their own idea of his true origin: Is he an ancient member of the local Onandaga Indian tribe? Is he a biblical giant like Goliath? Soon the interests of world-renowned scientists and people from around the globe are piqued as arguments flare over who he is, where he came from, and if he is real--or just a hoax.

In a riveting account of how the Cardiff Giant mystery snowballed into one of America’s biggest money-making spectacles--and scams--Jim Murphy masterfully explores the power of 19th-century media and the unexpected ripple effect that a single corrupt mastermind can produce when given a stage.

Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Real Answers to Real Questions From Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff
by Julie Metzger, RN, MN and Robert Lehman, MD
613.0433 METZGER (YA Non-Fiction)

This book has questions asked by girls in one half of the book; flip it over and questions asked by boys are on the other side. Contains honest, informative, and reassuring answers to questions pre-adolescents have about puberty, friends, feelings, sex, pimples, babies, body hair, menstruation, bras, and much more.

Straightforward answers to REAL questions from preteens are provided by an experienced nurse-and-physician team who have been giving popular seminars to moms and daughters, and dads and sons, in Seattle and Palo Alto for more than twenty years. Each of the questions in the book has been asked--many of them frequently!--by kids during their seminars.

Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities
by Richela Fabian Morgan
745.5 MORGAN(YA Non-Fiction)

Presents dozens of creative ideas and easy-to-follow instructions for using versatile duct tape to make everything from coin purses to neckties, from elegant artificial flowers and highly original Halloween costumes to a duct tape yoga mat!

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves
Ed. by Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally
305.235 DEAR (YA Non-Fiction)

Tom Angleberger, Ellen Hopkins, Lauren Oliver, Sara Zarr, and many more write letters to their teen selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium.

The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage
by Eric Greitens
GREITENS (YA Biography)

In this adaptation of his best-selling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teen readers, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask the reader to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others. Readers will share in Eric’s evolution from average kid to globe-traveling humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world: the Navy SEALs.

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