New Books for the Week of 11/14/16

New this week at the MA Library: Indigenous voices, feminist superheroes, world reference books, journalism in the age of #BlackLivesMatter, and more…

 

Comics

Mockingbird vol 1 “I Can Explain” by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk
Thanks to an injection of super soldier serum and Infinity Formula, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, has super strength to go along with her ace spy skills. She is also infected with a mysterious virus that gives her glowing hands and psychokinetic powers. Using her newfound abilities she rescues her ex-husband, Clint Barton (Hawkeye), her somewhat-boyfriend Lance Hunter, and a 12-year-old girl from missions gone awry. She takes on zombies, science terrorists, corgis, and bubble-related superpowers.

Moonshot vol 1 by various creators
Collection of short comics and poems by and about Indigenous peoples. Stories range from traditional folklore to steampunk to futuristic sci-fi and represent Native cultures from across North America.

 

Non-Fiction

California Comeback: How a “Failed State” Became a Model for the Nation by Narda Zacchino
Presents a description of how California’s battle between progressive and conservative politics from the 1970’s to the 2010’s, with a specific focus on four term Governor Jerry Brown. Includes information on Brown’s policies, Gray Davis, education, the Enron scandal, environmental issues, immigration, marijuana, controversial propositions, Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, taxes, Pete Wilson and more.

Campaign Trends and Election Law
Presents a collection of articles about the state of American politics on the eve of the 2016 election. Includes information on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and more.

Ending the War on Drugs
Presents a collection of essays which advocate for a legalization of drugs in order to reduce criminal activity, violence, government expenditures, and the influence of organized crime.

The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals by Wayne Pacelle
Written by the leader of the Humane Society, this book presents examples of how businesses and consumers have changed their policies and behaviors for the benefit of animals in order to prevent animal cruelty, and calls for further action to transform the food, agricultural, pharmaceutical, chemical, entertainment, tourism, and cosmetics industries. Includes information on breeding, animal adoption, captivity, circuses, factory farming, ivory trafficking, pets, endangered species, African wildlife, zoos and more.

Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth
Offers a narrative version of the life of Sojourner Truth as told to her collaborator and editor Olive Gilbert. The narrative is written by Gilbert while the quotes are from Truth and tells of her life as a slave, a freewoman working in domestic service, and later as an itinerant preacher. This edition also includes the “Book of Life” – including the controversial transcription of her speech “Ar’n’t I a Woman” – and “A Memorial Chapter,” added to editions published shortly after Truth’s death in 1883.

The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe edited by Forrest McGill
Presents the catalog of the exhibition held at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in 2016 about the diversity of artistic depictions of the Hindu epic Ramayana. Includes information on Rama, Sita, Hunuman, Ravana, the monkey army, and other characters in the story, and depictions from a dozen different countries and in many different mediums.

Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers by Marc Chamberland
Presents an analysis of the importance of the natural numbers one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine. Includes information on how these numbers relate to origami, Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Ratio, fractals, Gilbreath’s conjecture, Benford’s Law, perfect squares, the Jordan curve theorem, parity arrangements, aspect ratios, the Pythagorean theorem, Euler’s formula, multiplication, perfect numbers, Egyptian fractions, the Poincare conjecture, the Reuleaux triangle, Villarceau circles, concentric quadrilaterals, Platonic solids, the Petersen graph, tessellations, six degrees of separation, hexagons, ellipses, the Fano Plane, the Szilassi polyhedron, Barker codes, Pascal’s triangle, the Heegner numbers, Catalan’s conjecture, recreational mathematics, and more.

Slavery and Society in Medieval Scandinavia by Ruth Mazo Karras
Presents a history of slavery in medieval Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland from the Viking age to 1400. Includes information on slave identity, economics, legal status, servitude, children, compensation, manumission, freedom, marriage, peasants, labor, sagas, serfdom, breeding, sources, tenants, women and more.

“They Can’t Kill Us All”: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery
Presents an on-the-ground account of the Black Lives Matter movement through hundreds of interviews conducted by the author, a journalist for the Washington Post, in Ferguson, Missouri, Cleveland, Ohio, Charleston, South Carolina, and Baltimore, Maryland. Also discusses the history of the ongoing cycle of police brutality and Black civil unrest. Includes conversations with #BlackLivesMatter activists and the parents of Michael Brown, among others.

Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom by Carin Bondar
Presents, in a conversational style, information about how wild animals meet, mate, and care for their offspring. Includes information on monogamy, copulation, bestiality ; queer behavior, sexual coercion, cannibalistic females, parenting, lactation, infanticide, siblicide, and more.

A World History of Rubber: Empire, Industry, and the Everyday by Stephen L. Harp
Presents a history of rubber, and the role it has played in both empire building and the modern world. Includes information on Africa, Belgian Congo, automobiles, tire companies and tires, balloons, boots, French colonies, Cambodia, Indochina, contraceptives, condoms, Dutch colonies, Dutch East Indies, Indonesia, plantations, laborers, Malaya, Malaysia, and more.

 

Reference

Africa, 2016 (The World Today series) by Francis Wiafe-Amoako
Includes historical, economic, social and demographic information on Benin, Cape Verde Islands, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco (Western Sahara), and Tunisia.

Canada, 2016 (The World Today series) by Wayne C. Thompson
Provides an introduction to the history, economy, politics, foreign policy, defense, social demographics and culture of Canada, and includes a discussion of the political system of each province (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

East and Southeast Asia, 2016 (The World Today series) by Steven A. Leibo
Provides historical, economic, political, religious, social and demographic information on China, Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Taiwan, Japan, Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea, Republic of (South) Korea, Mongolia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and island communities of the Western and Southern Pacific.

Latin America, 2016 (The World Today series) by Blair Turner
Contains essays about the history, economics, culture, government, society and future outlook of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Grenada. Also includes information on Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, the Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Middle East and South Asia, 2016 (The World Today series) by Seth Cantey
Provides information about the culture, politics, economics, society, history and demographics of Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine National Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Dependency of Britain, Occupied Territories, Disputed Territories, British Indian Ocean Territory, Quneitra District/Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, Kashmir. Also provides information on several regional organizations: Gulf Cooperation Council, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, and the League of Arab States.

Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, 2016 (The World Today series) by Brent Hierman
Provides a summary of the history, foreign policy, culture, economy, geography, and current state of affairs of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Also suggests an outlook for each country’s future.

The USA and the World, 2016 (The World Today series) by David Keithly
Presents a brief political, economic and diplomatic history of the United States and then discusses issues in American foreign relations and foreign policy in the early 21st century.

Western Europe, 2016 (The World Today series) by Wayne C. Thompson
Contains information about the economy, government, demographics, politics, society, religion and history of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, France, Monaco, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Malta, Spain, Portugal, and Andorra.


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