New Books for the Week of 11/28/16

New at the MA Library: runaway teenagers learn hard truths about their families, art in Japan and 17th century France, a pair of pop culture obsessives rank TV shows, and a new look at the Apache Wars.

 

Fiction

American Girls by Alison Umminger
Fifteen-year-old Anna hates living at home. She’s foisted into a new life with new stepparents, a new step-sibling, and a new school. To retaliate she “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card and runs away to Los Angeles to crash with her half-sister Delia, a struggling actor. But Hollywood isn’t as glitzy and glamorous as Anna thought it would be, filled with snippy D-list celebrities instead of A-list stars. As her high hopes begin to plummet, she takes up researching the Manson girls, young women who clung to cult leader and murderer Charles Manson and aided in his killing spree. While the violence in her life isn’t physical, she sees parallels between those followers and herself, lost girls seeking salvation in the City of Angels and finding only heartache.

Infomocracy by Malka Older
Twenty years and two election cycles ago, Information, a powerful search-engine monopoly, pioneered the shift from warring sovereign nations to global micro-democracy. The Heritage party, formed by corporate coalition, has dominated the system ever since. Idealistic Ken sides with the up-and-coming Policy1st party hoping to get a job in the big leagues while Domaine sees the whole election cycle as a chance to dramatically push back against the global supermajority. Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, struggles with how to keep the system running smoothly when so many people want to manipulate it for their own personal gain. Ken, Domaine, and Mishima’s worlds collide with the ascent of the Liberty party promising warfare and the vicious pushback of the Heritage party, desperate to maintain its iron grip on the world.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
For fans of Jay Asher and Laurie Halse Anderson, this is a story of sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel, who is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution–Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.

 

Comics

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1 “Ultimate Collection” by Brian Michael Bendis
Before Peter Parker’s death, Miles Morales was just a teenager starting over in a new school. When he’s bitten by a radioactive spider and develops arachnid-like powers, everything changes. With little guidance and a lot of instinct, Miles learns that with great power comes great responsibility and tries to live up to Peter’s legacy as the new Spider-Man. His Uncle Aaron, aka the Prowler, learns of Miles’ abilities, but the supervillain Scorpion may get to him first.

Runaways vol 1 “The Complete Collection” by Brian K. Vaughan
Six teenagers seemingly only connected by their wealthy parents’ annual business meeting, discover their parents are really part of a secret criminal organization called the Pride. Pride controls all criminal activity in Los Angeles, but their kids aren’t interested in their inheritance. The teens rebel against their parents and go on the run. They must figure out how to survive on their own and take down their parents, all while developing their own superhero powers.

The Unbelievable Gwenpool vol 1 “Believe It” by Chris Hastings
Comic book fanatic Gwen Poole wakes up one day in a world where the characters in her comics are real. But they can’t really be real, right? And if they’re imaginary then that means there are no consequences to her actions. Or so she thinks. Taking the name Gwenpool, she becomes a merc with a mouth and goes up against Thor and M.O.D.O.K.

 

Non-Fiction

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Sutton
Offers a detailed history of the Apache Wars, including examinations of the political and military climates of the United States, Spain, and Mexico and major players like the Apache Kid, Mickey Free, Geronimo, Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, Victorio, Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, Nelson Miles, Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, Texas John Slaughter, Alchesay, and Lozen.

Aperture (magazine) issue 225
Presents a serial committed to presenting photo-based art. This particular issue has a theme of feminism and features the work of Cosey Fanni Tutti, Gillian Wearning, Yurie Nagashima, Hannah Starkey, Katharina Gaenssler, Josephine Pryde, Laia Abril, Farah Al Qasimi, Martine Syms, Elle Perez. Also includes essays on feminist photography.

Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums by Samuel J. Redman
Explores how human remains were used as objects for research and display in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how “The Great Bone Race” surveys shifted away from racial classification theories toward emerging ideas regarding human origins.

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France by C. D. Dickerson III and Esther Bell
Presents the catalog of the exhibition on the French artists Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu Le Nain, held at the Legion of Honor in 2016, as well as essays about the importance of their work and the problems associated with identifying which paintings were painted by which brother. The subjects of the paintings include public devotional paintings, private devotional paintings, allegories, portraits, indoor scenes, outdoor scenes, card playing, children, and more, which collectively provide insight into everyday life in seventeenth century France.

Deco Japan: Shaping Art & Culture 1920-1945
Presents examples of how Japan integrated the art deco style developed in the West with its own aesthetics and culture. Includes examples from ceramics, graphic design fashion, and more. Also includes essays on Japonisme, nationalism, women, the floating world, the home, craftsmen, and more.

A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland by John Mack Faragher
Presents a detailed account of the settlement of Acadia in Nova Scotia by French settlers in the 1600’s and their subsequent expulsion and resettlement by the British in the 1750s.

Hurricane Waves by Clifford Ross
Presents a collection of photographs of ocean waves by Clifford Ross. Also includes an interview with Ross and essays on his work.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Offers a concise history of the involvement of the Marquis de Lafayette and, by proxy, France, in the American Revolution, and provides insights into the military science and political infighting between and within Great Britain, France, and the fledgling nation of America.

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.

TV (The Book) by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz
Using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing scoring system, the authors and long-time television critics, have identified and ranked what they believe to be the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history.

 

Articles

“A Special Report on the Oil Industry” published in The Economist, November 26, 2016.


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