New this week at the MA Library: PoC teenagers in historical settings, teenagers who are in way over their heads, surveys of controversial topics, and an in-depth look at the 2016 election. Plus new the new Margaret Atwood novel has arrived!
Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen
The young man once known as Nettie Lonesome and now called Rhett Walker, is adrift. The events from the previous book have shaken him to his core, but his destiny as The Shadow don’t let him wallow for long. A chance encounter pulls him into the orbit of an abusive, murderous warlock who is enslaving shapeshifters to build his own private railroad across the country. He is also chopping off their body parts and using their magical bones for very nefarious purposes. Rhett, with the help of his shapeshifting friends and human allies, must stop the warlock before he kills again. But along the way Rhett discovers more about his true self through deepening friendships and budding romances.
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
This contemporary retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic play The Tempest centers on Felix, an artistic director of a theater festival. He wanted to create a thrilling adaptation of The Tempest, but unforeseen treachery drove him into exile to a small town in the middle of nowhere, haunted by memories of his lost daughter. After twelve years, Felix gets his chance at revenge when he is hired to teach a theater course at a local prison. Felix may be able to punish those who ruined his reputation, but he might destroy himself in the process.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Teenager Mercy Wong desperately wants to get out of her life of poverty in San Francisco’s Chinatown. With some hard work, cunning, and a little bribery, she is accepted into St. Clare’s School for Girls, an academic institution for only the wealthiest white girls. Mercy stands tall against bullying, but when the earthquake on April 18, 1906, strikes, she takes charge. As the fires rage and buildings collapse around them, Mercy is the only one who can protect her classmates.
Gotham Academy vol 2: “Calamity” by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Olive Silverlock is just beginning to feel normal again with the help of her new friends and their Detective Club investigations. Damian, Bruce Wayne’s son, transfers to Gotham Academy and the kids track down a werewolf on campus. Olive’s peace shatters when she starts seeing ghosts. One of the spirits has a keen interest in Olive and whispers sinister instructions. Is the ghost helping her uncover her family’s dark secrets or is Olive losing her grip on reality?
Grayson vol 4: “A Ghost in the Tomb” by Tom King and Tim Seeley
Dick Grayson, formerly Robin then Nightwing now super spy Agent 37, is back working for Spyral. The mysterious Agent Zero is after him and Dick is determined to figure out why. With the help of his reluctant partner, Tiger, Dick digs up Agent Zero’s past and her connection to Spryal’s dead founder, Doctor Dedalus. Their investigation pulls them into a corruption scandal connecting Spyral with the criminal organization Leviathan, and Dick goes to war against his employers.
The Wicked + the Divine vol 2 “Fandemonium” by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Shortly after the death of one of the gods, Laura and Inanna join forces to investigate who framed the god for murder. Laura struggles with her newfound fame and goes deep into the fan group the Fantheon. Cassandra is still determined to expose the gods as an elaborate hoax.
The Wicked + the Divine vol 3 “Commercial Suicide” by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
After the terrible events of the previous volume, the Pantheon is in great distress. Each issue reveals how the individual gods deal with the ramifications and the unfolding emotional chaos.
The Wicked + the Divine vol 4 “Rising Action” by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
One of the dead members of the Pantheon returns in as Persephone, and a schism has erupted between the gods.
American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales
Presents a portrait of the life of American teenage girls in the 2010’s with a focus on how social media and technology affects their emotional development and behavior between the ages of 13 and 19. Includes information on hook-up culture, binge drinking, beauty, boys, cyberbullying, cybersex, Facebook, feminism, Instagram, nude posts, parents, pornography, rape, selfies, sex, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and more.
Photorealism in the Digital Age by Louis K. Meisel
Presents a collection of works by photorealist painters of Verist sculptors, who specialize in hyper-realistic depictions.
Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 by Carlos M. N. Eire
Surveys the transition of Western Civilization from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Reformation to the early Modern era by looking at how changes in religion changed the Western secular world. Eire compares the Catholic and Protestant Reformations and how they affect people today. Includes analyses of the expansion of European culture into Asia and the New World, secularism, and skepticism.
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
Offers a history of the women mathematicians, called “human calculators” who calculated jet velocities and plotted missile trajectories for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and later helped develop the space program at NASA. These women worked on the first probes to the moon, Venus, Mars, and beyond, then, as digital computers replaced human ones, the trained the next generation of computer programmers and engineers.
The U.S. National Debate Topic 2016-2017: U.S.-China Relations
Presents a series of articles about the Chinese economy, environment, and human rights policy and how these issues relate to Chinese-American relations and diplomacy.
The Way Things Work Now: From Levers to Lasers, Windmills to Wi-Fi, a Visual Guide to the World of Machines by David Macaulay
Presents a well-illustrated introduction to how everyday objects work, including levers, wheels, axles, gears, belts, cams, cranks, pulleys, screws, springs, friction, floating, flying, nuclear power, light, photography, printing, sound, music, telecommunications, electricity, magnetism, sensors, and more.
“First Polynesians Launched from East Asia to Settle Pacific” by Anne Gibbons
Published in Science, October 7, 2016
“How Social Media Got Weaponized: War Goes Viral” by Emerson T. Brooking and P. W. Singer
Published in The Atlantic, November 2016
“Let’s Talk About the Issues: The Clash of the Titans Shouldn’t Distract from What’s at Stake: The Future of Our Country” by various correspondents
Published in Time, October 24, 2016
“The Way Ahead” by President Barack Obama
Published in The Economist, October 8, 2016