Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Nonfiction

Answering Tough Interview Questions for Dummies by Rob Yeung
Written for all job hunters - new entrants, mid-level people, very experienced individuals, and technical and non-technical job seekers - this book is packed with the building blocks for show-stopping interviews. –Summary.
Cartographies of Violence by Mona Oikawa
Disturbing and provocative, Cartographies of Violence explores Japanese-Canadian women's memories in order to map the effects of forced displacements, incarcerations, and the separations of family, friends, and communities. –Summary.
Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World’s Deadliest Place by Peter Eichstaedt
Much of the war-torn country has largely become lawless, overrun by warlords who exploit and murder the population for their own gain. Delving into the history of the former Belgian colony, this book exposes the horror of day-to-day life in the Congo and offers not only a view into the dire situation but also examines how the Western world, a part of the problem, can become a part of the solution. –Summary.
Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald
December 6, 1917. Halifax, Nova Scotia. A munitions ship collided with another vessel in the Narrows of the harbor, triggering a catastrophic explosion that destroyed much of the city. Within minutes a tsunami engulfed parts of the waterfront. That evening a blizzard buried Halifax, isolating it from the world. –Summary.
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns
In Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, Stearns vividly tells the story of the collapse of the Congo and the great war of Africa through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. –Summary.
Louis Riel and the Creation of Modern Canada: Mythic Discourse and the Postcolonial State by Jennifer Reid
Reid offers a look at the religious background of Louis Riel who was hung for his role in fomenting revolutions in the Canadian North-West Territory but has now become a national hero. –Summary.
The Hip Hop Generation by Bakari Kitwana
Bakari Kitwana looks at his generation's disproportionate incarceration and unemployment rates, as well as the collapse of its gender relations, and gives his own social and political analysis. He combines the culture and politics of his generation with a reflection on American studies. –Summary.
The Marshall Decision and Native Rights by Ken Coates
The Marshall Decision and Native Rights provides an analysis of the key events and an exploration of the meaning and implications of First Nations legal rights. –Summary.
The Mi’kmaq by Ruth Homes Whitehead
Describes how the Mi’kmaq lived and worked along the seacoasts and rivers of what we now call the Maritime Provinces. –Summary.
The Night Wanderers by Wojciech Jagielski
“On an average night in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of children head for the city centers to avoid capture by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). They find refuge on the floors of aid agencies or in the streets. In recent years, the civil society was almost completely destroyed by the LRA, itself made up almost entirely of kidnapped children. Piecing together what has been broken is proving to be a nearly impossible task. Polish journalist Wojciech Jagielski inserts himself into this hellish landscape and finds a way to speak of these children and their wounded world.” –Publisher.
The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang
”On the ground with the talent, the townspeople, and his handpicked crew, Woodstock organizer Lang had a unique and panoramic perspective of the festival which became legendary. Enhanced by interviews with others who were central to the making of the festival, this book tells the story from inspiration to celebration, capturing all the magic, mayhem, and mud in between.” –Publisher.