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New Nonfiction!

To place a hold, call the library at 541-347-3221 or click on the titles below to access the online catalog.


Sure, I'll be your Black friend : notes from the other side of the fist bump / Ben Philippe

In the biting, hilarious vein of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life comes Ben Philippe's candid memoir-in-essays, chronicling a lifetime of being the Black friend in predominantly white spaces. From cheating his way out of swim tests to discovering stray family members in unlikely places, he finds the punchline in the serious while acknowledging the blunt truths of existing as a Black man in today's world.


Jackpot : how the super-rich really live--and how their wealth harms us all / Michael Mechanic

A senior editor at Mother Jones dives into the lives of the extremely rich, showing the fascinating, otherworldly realm they inhabit-and the insidious ways this realm harms us all.


Everything is fine : a memoir / Vince Granata

In this extraordinarily moving memoir about grief, mental illness, and the bonds of family, a writer delves into the tragedy of his mother’s violent death at the hands of his brother who struggled with schizophrenia.


The school I deserve : six young refugees and their fight for equality in America / Jo Napolitano

Uncovers the key civil rights battle that immigrant children fought alongside the ACLU to ensure equal access to education within a xenophobic nation.


Three-martini afternoons at the Ritz : the rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton / Gail Crowther

A dual biography of poets, friends, and rivals Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.


Antitrust : taking on monopoly power from the Gilded Age to the digital age / Amy Klobuchar

An exploration of antitrust laws and their enforcement, and of the importance of antitrust for the American people.


The invention of miracles : language, power, and Alexander Graham Bell's quest to end deafness / Katie Booth

An astonishingly revisionist biography of Alexander Graham Bell, telling the true-and troubling-story of the inventor of the telephone.


The ledger and the chain : how domestic slave traders shaped America / Joshua D. Rothman

An award-winning historian reveals the harrowing forgotten story of America's internal slave trade—and its role in the making of America.


I am a girl from Africa : a memoir / Elizabeth Nyamayaro

The inspiring journey of a girl from Africa whose near-death experience sparked a dream that changed the world.


Buses are a comin' : memoir of a freedom rider / Charles Person, with Richard Rooker

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forward-written by one of the Civil Rights Movement's pioneers.


White magic : essays / Elissa Washuta

In this collection of intertwined essays, Washuta writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, about life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and about how she became a powerful witch. She interlaces stories from her forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life to explore questions of cultural inheritance and the particular danger, as a Native woman, of relaxing into romantic love under colonial rule.


Ages of American capitalism : a history of the United States / Jonathan Levy

A leading economic historian traces the evolution of American capitalism from the colonial era to the present--and argues that the country has reached yet another turning point that will define the era ahead.

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