Mixed Ages

Know My Name: A Memoir

Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting "Emily Doe" on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally, and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Now Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.

Know My Name: A Memoir

Chanel Miller
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Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting "Emily Doe" on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally, and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Now Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. She tells of her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial, reveals the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios, and illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators.—Baker & Taylor

"Miller describes her assault, the aftermath, and the trial of the Brock Turner. She has a powerful voice and I will not forget the vulnerability, insight, and strength she shared with us through her book."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

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The Wild Robot

Initializing for the first time on a remote island where she is all alone, Roz the robot learns survival strategies from the island's hostile animals and finally gains acceptance when she cares for an orphaned gosling. By the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Creepy Carrots!.—Baker & Taylor

"I have read many chapter books out loud to my children, and this one tops the list of being enjoyable for young and old alike."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown
J Brown
Series: Wild Robot

Initializing for the first time on a remote island where she is all alone, Roz the robot learns survival strategies from the island's hostile animals and finally gains acceptance when she cares for an orphaned gosling. By the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Creepy Carrots!.—Baker & Taylor

"I have read many chapter books out loud to my children, and this one tops the list of being enjoyable for young and old alike."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

A Harvard sociologist examines the challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems.—Baker & Taylor

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
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A Harvard sociologist examines the challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems.—Baker & Taylor

"A meticulously researched look at housing insecurity and the cycles that perpetuate it. The stories of individual families make his critiques of the system hit home in a way that is hard to do with numbers alone. Desmond does his research in Milwaukee, but the conclusions can be applied to the country as a whole."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

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Travels With Charley

Travels with Charley in Search of America was Steinbeck's last published book. A record of his experiences and observations as he drove around America in a pickup truck, accompanied by his standard poodle Charley, it is filled with engaging, often humorous description and comes to a powerful climax in an encounter with racist demonstrators in New Orleans.—Penguin Putnam

Travels With Charley

John Steinbeck
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Travels with Charley in Search of America was Steinbeck's last published book. A record of his experiences and observations as he drove around America in a pickup truck, accompanied by his standard poodle Charley, it is filled with engaging, often humorous description and comes to a powerful climax in an encounter with racist demonstrators in New Orleans.—Penguin Putnam

"This book takes you through the mid-century U.S. all in Steinbeck's wry guise. It's a travel log in a changing time with a blue French poodle by your side. It's terrific to hear about how Steinbeck gets in and out of conversations with people throughout the country; their takes on life and how they make it. It makes you want to get out there all while satisfying an itch!"—Submitted by Addison R., Master Control Operator, CATS

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Dune Messiah

The scheming sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit plots to seize control of the galaxy-wide empire of their supernatural leader, while on Arrakis, Paul Atrreides, the Maud'Dib and the heir to an unimaginable power, confronts new challenges, in a new edition of the second volume in the classic Dune Chronicles.—Baker & Taylor

"I enjoyed Dune so much that I started the second book in the series right away."—Submitted by Bill K., Materials Handler

Dune Messiah

Frank Herbert
SF Herbert

The scheming sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit plots to seize control of the galaxy-wide empire of their supernatural leader, while on Arrakis, Paul Atrreides, the Maud'Dib and the heir to an unimaginable power, confronts new challenges, in a new edition of the second volume in the classic Dune Chronicles.—Baker & Taylor

"I enjoyed Dune so much that I started the second book in the series right away."—Submitted by Bill K., Materials Handler

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The Jordan Rules

A provocative study of the image of Michael Jordan reveals his stormy relationships with his coaches and teammates, his obsession with becoming the leading scorer, and his petty feuds with other NBA stars.—Baker & Taylor

"A behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ first championship season In 1991. A great bookend to the TV series The Last Dance."—Submitted by Bill K., Materials Handler

The Jordan Rules

Sam Smith
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A provocative study of the image of Michael Jordan reveals his stormy relationships with his coaches and teammates, his obsession with becoming the leading scorer, and his petty feuds with other NBA stars.—Baker & Taylor

"A behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ first championship season In 1991. A great bookend to the TV series The Last Dance."—Submitted by Bill K., Materials Handler

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The Index Card

The author of Pound Foolish shares 10 straightforward rules about investing and how to apply them to enable 10 to 20 percent of income savings, citing the vulnerabilities of trend-based habits while explaining how to take charge of one's finances to make more informed decisions.—Baker & Taylor

"Great financial advice that fits on a 3x5 index card, expanded upon in this short book of common sense, applicable to all."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

The Index Card

Helaine Olen
332.024 Ole

The author of Pound Foolish shares 10 straightforward rules about investing and how to apply them to enable 10 to 20 percent of income savings, citing the vulnerabilities of trend-based habits while explaining how to take charge of one's finances to make more informed decisions.—Baker & Taylor

"Great financial advice that fits on a 3x5 index card, expanded upon in this short book of common sense, applicable to all."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

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Figuring

Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

Figuring

Maria Popova
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Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists—mostly women, mostly queer—whose public contribution have risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe.—Random House, Inc

"Connecting the narrative dots between several fascinating historical figures, and composed in much the same way as her excellent website, from Johannes Kepler to Rachel Carson."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

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Illuminatus! Trilogy

First published in 1975, the trilogy is a satirical, postmodern, science fiction-influenced adventure story; a drug-, sex-, and magic-laden trek through a number of conspiracy theories, both historical and imaginary, related to the authors' version of the Illuminati. The narrative often switches between third- and first-person perspectives in a nonlinear narrative. It is thematically dense, covering topics like counterculture, numerology, and Discordianism.—Wikipedia 5/14/20

Illuminatus! Trilogy

Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson.
SF Shea

First published in 1975, the trilogy is a satirical, postmodern, science fiction-influenced adventure story; a drug-, sex-, and magic-laden trek through a number of conspiracy theories, both historical and imaginary, related to the authors' version of the Illuminati. The narrative often switches between third- and first-person perspectives in a nonlinear narrative. It is thematically dense, covering topics like counterculture, numerology, and Discordianism.—Wikipedia 5/14/20

"Back when conspiracy theories were fun, this adventure tried to encompass them all; Secret societies, Satanism, sex and drugs, talking dolphins, alternate currency, psychedelic theories of the universe. Wilson went on to write Cosmic Trigger, his non-fiction culmination of his world view."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

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Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

From the memories of a childhood marked by extreme poverty, mental illness, and restrictive fundamentalist Christian rules, Janisse Ray crafted a memoir that has inspired thousands to embrace their beginnings, no matter how humble, and fight for the places they love. This edition, published on the fifteenth anniversary of the original publication, updates and contextualizes the story for a new generation and a wider audience desperately searching for stories of empowerment and hope.—Perseus Publishing

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

Janisse Ray
921 Ray Ray

From the memories of a childhood marked by extreme poverty, mental illness, and restrictive fundamentalist Christian rules, Janisse Ray crafted a memoir that has inspired thousands to embrace their beginnings, no matter how humble, and fight for the places they love. This edition, published on the fifteenth anniversary of the original publication, updates and contextualizes the story for a new generation and a wider audience desperately searching for stories of empowerment and hope.—Perseus Publishing

"This memoir is one of my all-time favorites and is a book I've recommended many times over. I really love the way Ray writes. She shares the sense of place in rural Georgia like poetry. The dichotomy of her story of growing up in a junkyard in a poor and fundamentalist Christian family and her love and wonder for plants and animals, is so beautifully woven together. Lamenting the loss of native landscape, her experience leads her in a call to save the long-leaf pine. Highly recommended!"—Submitted by Loraine M., Administrative Coordinator

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