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Young Americans Face Downward Mobility

What’s New At The Library?


Last updated 4/12/2021 at 2:14pm

The following books are now available at the Transylvania County Library:


Benjamin, Ali. “The Smash-Up.” Ethan and Zo have had a happy marriage, but now everything is unsteady in the nation, their small Massachusetts town and their home. Women around the country are protesting a Supreme Court nominee, sparking the #metoo movement. Zo is one of millions of women who are fed-up. She is angry and questioning everything. The Smash-Up is a story about what happens when we fail to notice things that can shatter those we hold closest to our hearts. (FIC BEN)

Dean, Abigail. “Girl A.” Lex is one of six siblings who survived brutal abuse growing up. She escaped and made sure her siblings were freed, presumably leaving behind the “House of Horrors” they lived in. Their father died years ago, and now that their mother has died in prison, Lex inherits the family house. Initially she wants to “turn the home into a force for good,” but finds that harder than she thought. First, all of the siblings must reckon with the collective trauma from their past. (FIC DEA)

Ide, Joe. “Smoke.” Both Isaiah and Juanell are at a crossroads. Isaiah is hiding out in northern California when a young man breaks into his home looking for a serial killer. Should he help or keep his nose clean? Juanell knows if he doesn’t “go straight” his wife and child will leave him, so he takes an internship at an advertising agency in LA. But the “proper” job is no different than when he was doing detective work, other than the fact they wear business attire. Should he cave and follow his colleagues or stay on the right side of the law? (M FIC IDE)

Whitaker, Chris. “We Begin at the End.” Star was incapable of taking care of herself, much less her children and home so 13-year-old Duchess makes it her mission to protect her young brother, Robin. Local police chief Walk has always watched out for the kids, and Star to a certain extent, but everything comes to a head when their friend Vincent is released from prison, leading to astounding trouble. (FIC WHI)


Carroll, Rebecca. “Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir.” Author Rebecca Carroll grew up with loving parents who provided an idyllic childhood, but being the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town led her to feel a “deep sense of isolation.” Carroll sought her birth mother’s love and acceptance only to be met with a deeper feeling of loss. Over the course of her life she tried to “find her identity” in different cities, with different boyfriends and by drinking in excess. Eventually, with the love of her family and friends, Carroll began to heal. (B Carroll)

Gurwitch, Annabelle. “You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility.” For the first time in the history of America, this generation is not expected to do better than their parents. Housing insecurity, student loans and rising costs of what has always been considered “basic” necessities mean today’s young adults can’t foresee purchasing property or affording the cost of raising children. For many, homesharing and multiple jobs are the only obvious safety nets available. (306.874 GUR)

Moss, Michael. “Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions.” Award-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss uses the latest research on addiction to show how the processed food industry has purposefully created products to entice people to continue eating their toxic foods. “Food giants” such as Kellogg’s and Nestle have developed 56 types of sugar which they add to their products that will ensure people continue eating them. While the food industry continues to rake in profit, obesity and food addiction have led to the “current public health crisis.” (613.2 MOS)

Weir, Alison. “Queens of the Crusades: England’s Medieval Queens,” 1154-1291. Medieval times were fraught with wars, rivalry and dynastic ambition, and the queens during this 150-year period contributed a great deal to the high drama of the times. Eleanor of Aquitaine’s marriage to Henry II “sowed the seeds for some of the most destructive family conflicts in history.” Eleanor’s reign was followed by equally remarkable women, including Berengaria of Navarre, Isabella of Angouleme, and Eleanor of Castile. (942.03 WEI)


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