Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Nonfiction

 At The Dark End of the Street by Danielle McGuire
A history of America's civil rights movement traces the pivotal influence of sexual violence that victimized African American women for centuries, revealing Rosa Parks's contributions as an anti-rape activist years before her heroic bus protest. –Summary.
Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Bomb recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos. –Summary.
Child To Soldier by Opiyo Oloya
Opiyo Oloya investigates how children are transformed into combatants by examining how Acholi children in Northern Uganda, abducted by infamous warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), become soldiers. –Summary.
Convicted For Being Mi’kmaq by Bill Swan
When Sandy Seale was murdered in a Sydney, Cape Breton park, his young friend, Donald Marshall Jr., was quickly suspected. Convicted of murder, Marshall spent 11 years in prison until he finally was released. Not only was he acquitted of the crime, but a royal commission inquiry into his wrongful conviction found that racism played a large part. Marshall became a First Nations activist and later won a landmark court case in favour of native fishing rights. –Summary.
Double Double by Douglas Hunter
”Double Double reveals how the franchising operation works, how the company has become an important element of Canadian politics, the American expansion of the chain and why Canadians are so dedicated to its menu. Double Double also examines the many challenges Tim Hortons is facing in maintaining its status as one of Canada’s most respected consumer brands in an increasingly competitive business.” –Publisher.
Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman
Reitman offers the first full, journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an even-handed account that at last establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology's development from the birth of Dianetics through to the present day. –Summary.
Shadowhunters and Downworlders by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare and a circle of top YA authors explore the world of Mortal instruments. –Summary.
Speaking Out Louder by Jack Layton
“Highly acclaimed and powerfully written, this book captures Jack Layton's political vision and exemplifies the optimism that marked his life's work. In it he shares personal stories and fascinating, behind-the-scenes details of his career in national politics and talks about the big issues (poverty, AIDS and healthcare, childcare, housing, education) and the ideas that work for Canadians.” –Back cover.
The Church of Scientology by Hugh Utrban
Scientology is one of the wealthiest and most powerful new religions to emerge in the past century. This title demonstrates how Scientology has reflected the broader anxieties and obsessions of postwar America, and raises profound questions about how religion is defined and who gets to define it.
The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History, 1794-1928 by William Wicken
Integrating matters of governance and legality with an exploration of historical memory, The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History offers a nuanced understanding of how and why individuals and communities recall the past. –Summary.
The Language of this Land, Mi’kma’ki by Trudy Sable
This book is an exploration of Mi'kmaw world view as expressed in language, legends, song and dance. –Summary.
The Week the World Stood Still by Sheldon Stern
”The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in American history. In this dramatic narrative written especially for students and general readers, Sheldon M. Stern, longtime historian at the John F. Kennedy Library, enables the reader to follow the often harrowing twists and turns of the crisis.” –Publisher.