New Books for the Month of April 2017

New this month at the MA Library: teens dealing with intense experiences, confronting social injustice, and rethinking history.


10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
Maeve has struggled with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom leaves for six months and Maeve is sent to live with her dad in Vancouver. There she finds brief moments of calm with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when she witnesses the police fatally shoot her unarmed childhood best friend Khalil. As his death becomes a national headline, some call him a thug, drug dealer, and a gangbanger, while others take to the streets in protest. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does – or does not – say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Dill isn’t the most popular kid at his rural Tennessee high school. After his father fell from grace in a public scandal that reverberated throughout their small town, Dill became a target. Fortunately, his two fellow misfits and best friends, Travis and Lydia, have his back. But as they begin their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. His only escapes are music and his secret feelings for Lydia – neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending – one that will rock his life to the core.



Between a Silver Spoon and the Struggle: Reflections on the Intersection of Racism and Class Privilege by Nicole Lewis and Resource Generation
Explores the nuances and contradictions at the intersection of racism and class privilege and charts a course for young people of color with wealth and class privilege to examine both their experiences with privilege and oppression in order to meaningfully engage with movements for social change.

Beyond White Guilt: The Real Challenge for Black-White Relations in Australia by Sarah Maddison
Discusses the guilt some white Australians feel regarding the treatment of the nation’s Indigenous population, and the ways in which the government has attempted – and, in some cases, failed – to redress systemic racism through policy changes.

Black Power 50 edited by Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard
Introduces the history and meaning of Black Arts Movement through original interviews with key figures from the movement, essays from leading Black Power scholars, and images from the New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s archives.

The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Ashley Jackson
Presents an introduction to the development and history of the British Empire, seeking to explain its rise, fall, and character. Includes information on America and the Atlantic empire, Australia, British superiority, the Commonwealth, cultural diffusion and identity, the British East India Company, governance, India, international legacies, rival empires, wars and more.

Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change by Karen Pittleman and Resource Generation
Provides a resource guide for wealthy young people who are committed to social change but feel conflicted about their class privilege. Includes comics, exercises, and personal stories, this book gives readers the tools they need to put their privilege to work for social change.

The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
Explores the intersection of religion, politics and race in the United States, especially as related to white Christians.

LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny by Alisha Gaddis
Provides works by LGBTQ writers and comics and their allies specifically for actors auditioning for LGBTQ roles.

The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
Presents the biography of the Indian mathematical genius who had no formal training but became a noted mathematician at Cambridge University.

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers by Simon Winchester
Presents a history of the Pacific Ocean since 1950, exploring environmental, geopolitical, military, social and economic factors that have influenced the region.

Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream by Sara Goldrick-Rab
Shows the difficulties students and families have paying for college and suggests ways to solve the problem.

Science, Conservation, and National Parks edited by Steven R. Beissinger and David D. Ackerly
Presents a collection of essays by noted scholars assessing the history, mission, stewardship, mamagement, and future of America’s national parks.

Sea Otters by Marianne Riedman
Discusses the life cycle and behavior of the sea otter from birth to adulthood. Also includes information about diet, history and environment.

United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists by Peter Bergen
Presents an investigation about domestic terrorism in the United States since September 11th (9/11) and the connections to other parts of the world. Includes information on Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki, the Boston Marathon bombing (2013), Osama bin Laden, Carlos Bledsoe, Zachary Chesser, the FBI, Omar Hammami, Nidal Hasan, the Iraq War, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), jihad, Samir Khan, Matthew Llaneza, New York, Pakistan, Faisal Shahzad, social media, the Taliban, Jahar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Yemen, and more.

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