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By Elizabeth I.

It is a new year! We can finally leave the mess of 2020 behind us and look forward to a brighter future. If you’re anything like me, one of your goals for the new year is to read more books. Check out these new nonfiction titles from EVPL!

January 2021 Nonfiction

The Birthday Book by Shelley von Strunckel

Use your birthday to identify key personality traits and entertain friends and family by revealing theirs. Harnessing the power of astrology in an entertaining and informative way, you’ll learn about the dates, numbers, colors, and even foods with which each person is most compatible.

The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey

The global icon, award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, mother, daughter, sister, storyteller, and artist finally tells the unfiltered story of her life in The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

“This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival, and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side.”

The Killer’s Shadow by John Douglas

John Douglas, the FBI’s pioneering, first full-time criminal profiler, hunted the shooter–a white supremacist named Joseph Paul Franklin, whose Nazi-inspired beliefs propelled a three-year reign of terror across the United States, targeting African Americans, Jews, and interracial couples. The fugitive supported his murderous spree robbing banks in five states, from Georgia to Ohio. Detailing the dogged pursuit of Franklin that employed profiling, psychology, and meticulous detective work, Douglas and Olshaker relate how the case was a make-or-break test for the still-experimental behavioral science unit and revealed a new type of, determined, mission-driven serial killer whose only motivation was hate.

Shit, Actually by Lindy West

New York Times opinion writer and best-selling author Lindy West was once the in-house movie critic for Seattle’s alternative newsweekly The Stranger, where she covered film with brutal honesty and giddy irreverence. Lindy combines her razor-sharp wit and trademark humor with a genuine adoration for nostalgic trash to shed new critical light on some of our defining cultural touchstones. She reexamines iconic movies from the past forty years to identify laugh-worthy plot holes and fictional misrepresentations in such esteemed blockbusters as Forrest Gump, The Lion King, and Top Gun.

Stay Woke by Tehama Lopez Bunyasi

When #BlackLivesMatter went viral in 2013, it shed a light on the urgent, daily struggles of Black Americans to combat racial injustice. The message resonated with millions across the country. Stay Woke directly addresses stark injustices and builds on the lessons of racial inequality and intersectionality the Black Lives Matter movement has challenged its fellow citizens to learn. From activists to students to the average citizen, Stay Woke empowers all readers to work toward a better future for Black Americans.

Meal Prep in an Instant by Becca Ludlum

With its versatility and ability to cook quickly and efficiently, you can use your Instant Pot to cook meals for the week ahead, or prepare your meals on your prep day and just dump them into the Instant Pot® for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. With seven customized prep plans, Meal Prep in an Instant will show you how to use your prep day efficiently to prepare three lunch or dinner meals and one breakfast meal, package them up for the week ahead, and enjoy fresh, delicious meals without struggling to figure out what to make for dinner every night.

Badass Habits by Jen Sincero

The motivational coach and best-selling author of You Are a Badass shares illustrative case studies to outline a step-by-step, 21-day guide for overcoming self-sabotaging behaviors while cultivating habits that support healthy priorities and personal goals Badass Habits features Jen’s trademark hilarious voice and offers a much-needed fresh take on the conventional wisdom and science that shape the optimism (or pessimism?) around the age-old topic of habits. The book includes enlightening interviews with people who’ve successfully strengthened their discipline backbones, new perspective on how to train our brains to become our best selves, and offers a simple, 21 day, step-by-step guide for ditching habits that don’t serve us and developing the habits we deem most important.

Fantasia for the Man in Blue by Tommye Blount

An examination of a brutal America through the voices of its most vulnerable sons. In his debut collection, Fantasia for the Man in Blue, Tommye Blount orchestrates a chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the Black, queer body as a site of desire and violence. In these and other poems, Blount viscerally captures the experience of the “other” and locates us squarely within these personae.

The Curious People’s Guide to Fighting Fake News by David McAfee

With each passing day the potential reach of a single false news story—and its ability to negatively impact all of us—grows in both size and scope. Although politicians, activists, and ordinary citizens regularly complain about deceptive or biased news reports, they tend to define fake news as anything with which they happen to disagree, thus compounding the problem even further. Seeking to bring some much-needed clarity to the subject, journalist David G. McAfee documents the myriad definitions of “fake news” and its various incarnations throughout history, from ideologically motivated disinformation operations to commercially motivated misinformation campaigns. 

Beautiful Embroidered Accessories by Lexi Mire Brantman

With Lexi Mire Brantman’s creative embroidery tutorials, you can turn your clothing and accessories into wearable art. Choose from over 25 of Lexi’s whimsical, best-selling designs for baseball hats, totes, bandanas, fanny packs, patches and jean jackets to add a trendy bohemian touch to your wardrobe. Lexi’s clear project instructions and step-by-step photos make stitching these patterns a breeze, even if you’ve never embroidered before. Her easy, modern style is achievable for beginners and exciting for experienced embroiderers alike, so everyone can enjoy adding a fun personalized touch to their wardrobe.

Elizabeth I.

Elizabeth I.


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