New Books for the Week of 12/5/16

New this week at the MA Library: teenagers run amok, Black history gets an alternate SFF twist, and the inner workings of the brain are exposed.

 

Comics

She-Hulk vol 1 “Law and Disorder” by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido
Jennifer Walters isn’t just a former member of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four – she’s also a tough-as-nails lawyer. When she opens her own law practice, her first client is Kristoff Vernard, son of Victor Von Doom. She also takes the mysterious Blue File from her previous attorney gig and clearing her name proves to be a more challenging task than she initially believed. Further encounters with Nightwatch and Tigra leave her frazzled, but her friendship with Daredevil and Hellcat recharge her.

She-Hulk vol 2 “Disorderly Conduct” by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido
With the help of Hellcat, She-Hulk gets to the bottom of the mind-altering Blue File, hopefully in time to save her assistant Angie Huang. Meanwhile, She-Hulk goes up against Daredevil in court to defend Captain America and teams up with Hellcat and Giant-Man to recover a formula for Hank Pym.

Superman: American Alien by Max Landis
A new take on the traditional Superman origin story revealing how Clark Kent goes from a Kansas farm boy to a teenage alien with frightening, uncontrollable powers, to a gumshoe reporter in the big city.

Young Avengers vol 1: “Style > Substance” by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
When Billy Kaplan (Wiccan) tries to alter reality for his boyfriend Teddy Altman (Hulkling), he unintentionally grabs the attention of a malevolent force. In order to defeat the creatures posing as adults, they team up with Kid Loki, Kate Bishop (Hawkeye), Noh-Varr (Marvel Boy), and America Chavez (Miss America).

Young Avengers vol 2: “Alternative Culture” by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
One of their own is kidnapped by…another one of their own? The Young Avengers cross the multiverse in hot pursuit and end up exactly where they don’t want to be. Their dimensional road trip starts off fun, but takes a turn for the dark with a dose of heartache, confessions of love, and hard truths about growing up. Kid Loki’s sanity is shakier than usual and the interdimensional parasite calling herself Mother has some nasty plans in store for the superheroes.

Young Avengers vol 3: “Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space” by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
The Young Avengers finally confront Mother by first confronting alternate versions of themselves. Kid Loki’s secret plan reaches its final twist, with a result that surprises even him. The identity of the mysterious spirit luring them across the multiverse is revealed and the ramifications will last a lifetime. After all is said and done, the kids burn off steam at a concert with lots of smooching.

 

Fiction

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman
Alex is intersex but has been raised by her parents as a boy. Finally she decides to stop taking hormones and live as a girl, but not everyone is fully supportive. As Alex works to forge a new identity for herself she still has to deal with the identity she left behind.

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz
Gena and Finn first meet in an online fandom for a television show, and their relationship deepens through social media and fanfic. Told through emails, journal entries, blog posts, and text messages.

Girls Like Me by Lola StVil
Fifteen-year-old Shay is perpetually bullied in school for being overweight, and it’s taken a toll on her self-esteem. When she falls for the mysterious Blake, Shay’s friends help her overcome her insecurities and make a move. Told through poetry and text messages.

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson
One day Patsy’s whole world changes. A clause in credit card contracts gives Valor Savings Bank control over the nation’s economy and all its citizens, and the bank is ready to make everyone pay up. Patsy is forced to become an assassin for Valor, and has ten days to kill ten debtors. She’s never been particularly rebellious before, and needless to say the thought of being a murderer for hire is overwhelming and terrifying. A brief act of mercy lands her with a sidekick, Wyatt, whose brother is the final name on Patsy’s list. The more they bond, the harder that final kill becomes.

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
It’s 1954, and Atticus Turner’s Black Chicagoan father, Montrose, goes missing. He, his Uncle George, and childhood friend Letitia head up to rural Massachusetts to the isolated, creepy town of Braithwhite, founded and run by a rich, white family of the same name. Once there, the Braithwhites enact a devious plan for the Turners, one that’s been in the works for centuries. Structured like a collection of short stories, Lovecraft Country tells sprawling, chthonic tales featuring several members of two Black families dealing with the ghost of slavery, real life horrors of Jim Crow, and otherworldly magic.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Cora is a slave on a Georgia cotton plantation. Life is already hard enough as a slave, but it’s even worse as an outcast from her compatriots. On the cusp of womanhood, she meets Caesar who tells her of the Underground Railroad. They make their daring escape and discover the railroad isn’t just a metaphor but a real underground train delivering fugitive slaves to the north. They stop briefly in South Carolina, staying long enough to discover their haven is really a hell in waiting, then continue north with the vicious slave catcher Ridgeway close at their heels.

 

Non-Fiction

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Presents a detailed biography of Alexander Hamilton. Includes information on John Adams, John Quincy Adams, the American Revolution, the Bank of the United States, African Americans, Aaron Burr, Congress, the Constitutional Convention, debt, democracy, duels, elections, Federalists, relations with France, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette, James Madison, James Monroe, New York, Republicans, slavery, Treasury Department, George Washington.

The Brain: The Story of You by David M. Eagleman
Presents an investigation of the brain and the way it shapes life and how life experiences shape it.

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David M. Eagleman
Presents an exploration of the subconscious.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Argues that it isn’t ability or talent that brings success, but rather, developing a growth mindset.

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
This book seeks to refute the theory that there is a bell curve of intelligence and ability, arguing instead that all human beings have potential. Includes information on biological determinism, IQ tests, army medical tests, race, racial classification, brain size, craniometry, education, African Americans, hereditarian fallacies, women and more.

The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us about Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life by Alison Gopnik
Examines the intelligence of babies, infants and children, showing that they possess remarkable cognitive abilities. Includes information on imagination, consciousness, attention, the brain, learning, language, memory, play, adopted children, and more.

Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan
Examines the myths and realities behind the story of a young woman with a multiple personality disorder known as Sybil Dorsett. Includes information on child abuse, memory, homosexuality, hypnosis, mental hospitals, psychotherapy, and more.

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness and Recovery by Sam Kean
Presents a history of neuroscience, including the early human experiments that helped make current understanding of the brain possible. Includes information on autopsies, Harvey Cushing, circus oddities, delusions, emotions, epilepsy, George Phineas, Charles Guiteau, kuru, limbic system, lobotomy, memory, neurons, Wilder Penfield, phantom limbs, strokes, vision, wiring of the brain, and more.

Television: A Biography by David Thompson
Presents a history of television broadcasting and public behavior related to the medium. Includes information on specific programs such as “I Love Lucy,” “All in the Family,” “Breaking Bad,” “Hill Street Blues,” “The Cosby Show,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Friends,” “The Fugitive,” “Gunsmoke,” “Law & Order,” “M*A*S*H,” and “NYPD Blue.” Also includes information on television networks, comedy, cop shows, commercials, documentaries, live television, television news, movies, ratings, role models, reality TV, salaries, talking heads, the Vietnam War, women, violence, and more.

The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean
Presents a description and analysis of the human genetic code, seeking to explain why humans have various characteristics. Includes information on artists, bioethics, birth defects, the brain, cancer, cloning, evolution, human genome, mapping, musicians, mutations, RNA, sequencing, social and ethical issues, viruses and microbes, and more.

Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by Richard E. Cytowic and David M. Eagleman
Presents an analysis of the Synesthesia, the ability to experience sensations in multiple ways. Includes information on multisensory experiences, attention, cross sensory mapping, color, phonemes, genetics, taste, touch, hearing, sight, hallucinations, and people who had this trait, including Vilayanur Ramachandran, Michael Watson, Vladimir Nabokov, and more.


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