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What's New At The Library? More Than 15,000 Children Died From Gunfire


Last updated 5/3/2021 at 2:08pm

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


Cantor, Jillian. “Half Life.” Marie Curie was engaged to an up-and-coming mathematician when she was 24 years old, but his mother didn’t approve of Marie and the engagement was called off. Instead of staying in Poland and searching for a new husband, she moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne, eventually discovering radium. Jillian Cantor weaves a story of the real Marie Curie with the fictional idea of what could have been lost if she hadn’t pursued her dreams. (FIC CAN)

Dickey, Eric Jerome. “The Son of Mr. Suleman.” Pi lands an adjunct professor position at a university in Memphis in 2019. At first he is thrilled, but as a black man in “Trump’s America” things are harder than ever. His colleagues are prejudiced, spit out micro-aggressions, and a powerful professor is blackmailing him, a battle he knows he would lose. Then the death of his father causes Pi to decide who he wants to be in a world that doesn’t accept him because of the color of his skin. (FIC DIC)

McLain, Paula. “When the Stars Go Dark.” Missing persons detective Anna Hart is reeling from a personal tragedy she doubts she will ever recover from. Leaving San Francisco to start over in a village in Northern California is a sure way to heal and start over. But when she arrives a local girl has disappeared and she is quickly pulled into the fray. Anna finds balancing her own pain with the pain of those who loved the missing child is close to nearly impossible to manage because it brings up her past. (M FIC MCL)

Quade, Kirstin Valdez. “The Five Wounds.” When Amadeo’s teenage daughter Angel shows up on his doorstep pregnant, he has no idea how to handle it. At the time he has been frantically preparing himself for playing the role of Jesus in the upcoming Good Friday procession. Amadeo has looked at this part as a way to redeem himself for his past indiscretions, but now that his young daughter is pregnant, he isn’t sure how he will be viewed in his community. And all of the family who show up to “help” seem to blame him for the situation. (FIC QUA)


Cox, John Woodrow. “Children Under Fire: An American Crisis.” Gun violence in America continues to grow each year, but no group is more impacted than the kids who grow up in this country. In the past 10 years, “15,000 children have been killed from gunfire” but this number does not reflect the thousands who are affected in other ways. Author John Woodrow Cox investigates what could be done to save future children from the trauma of gun violence in every community. (371.738 COX)

Gorman, Amanda. “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country.” At the age of 22, Amanda Gorman was the youngest poet to ever deliver the inaugural poem. During a time of extreme difficulties—the pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, deepening division among political parties, and amplified climate concerns—Gorman spoke of what is possible. Her honest words showed all of America that we can heal: “There is always a light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” (811.6 GOR)

Lower, Wendy. “The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed.” Many accounts have been written about the horrors of the Holocaust; movies have been made; courses have been taught; but it wasn’t until 2009 that a still photograph captured the murder of a family so dramatically. Holocaust scholar Wendy Lower spent a decade studying the picture of a Jewish mother on the edge of a mass grave, holding the hand of her young son while another child slips out of her lap, just as the Ukrainian shooter pulls the trigger, covering her face in a cloud of smoke. (940.53 LOW)

Ramsey, Drew. “Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety: Nourish Your Way to Better Mental Health in Six Weeks.” The mind-body connection continues to be a focus in current scientific research regarding a person’s gut health and mental health. Anxiety and depression affect more than 50 million people in the United States alone, and Dr. Ramsey believes nutritional psychiatry can help. He is not suggesting therapy or medications aren’t important, but “how and what we eat greatly affects how we feel—physically…and emotionally.” (616.8527 RAM)


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