Are you in need of a distraction this year? Does this new normal seem like it’s never going to be normal again? Are you waiting for 2020 to literally just end, please? Check out the variety of new Nonfiction titles from EVPL! Whether you’re looking for an escape or something more grounded in reality, we can assure that you find something worth reading. The only hard part is picking one to read first.
The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers by Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski, and Marcus Parks
Since its first show in 2010, The Last Podcast on the Left has barreled headlong into all things horror, as hosts Henry Zebrowski, Ben Kissel, and Marcus Parks cover subjects spanning Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, and supernatural phenomena. Deeply researched but with a morbidly humorous bent, the podcast has earned a dedicated and aptly cult-like following for its unique take on all things macabre.
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London-the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates; they breathed ink-dust from printing presses, and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.
Finna: Poems by Nate Marshall
A lyrical and harp celebration, these poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy. In three key parts, Finna explores the mythos and erasure of names in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, through the celebration and examination of the Black vernacular, expands the notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.
You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood by Laura Prepon
Laura interweaves insights and interviews from her “Mom Squad” – an eclectic group of mothers of all ages and professional backgrounds, including a world-renowned survival expert, a top neuroscientist, creator of Orange Is the New Black Jenji Kohan, actress Mila Kunis, author and activist Amber Tamblyn, and chef Daphne Oz – among other inspiring moms, who lend their voices to the much-needed conversation of what it means to be a mother.
Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby
Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream.
Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick
Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick illuminates a part of China and the aggressions of this superpower that have been largely off-limits to Westerners who have long romanticized Tibetans as a deeply spiritual, peaceful people. She tells a sweeping story that spans decades through the lives of her subjects, among them a princess whose family lost everything in the Cultural Revolution; a young student from a nomadic family who becomes radicalized in the storied monastery of Kirta; an upwardly mobile shopkeeper who falls in love with a Chinese woman; a poet and intellectual who risks everything to voice his resistance.
Family Field Trip: Explore Art, Food, Music, and Nature with Kids by Erin Austen Abbott
Field Trip is a parenting guide to raising a little world citizen with good taste. Written by Erin Austen Abbott (a writer, photographer, avid traveler, mom, and former on-the-road nanny), this book gives parents the tools and inspiration to turn the world into a giant field trip full of opportunities to appreciate artwork, architecture, music, and food. Featuring activities and games, these pages provide parents with easy ways to incorporate learning, adventure, and exploration into both travel and daily life.
This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson
Shayla Lawson is major. She is on a mission to move black girls like herself from best supporting actress to a starring role in the major narrative. Whether she’s taking on workplace microaggressions or upending racist stereotypes about her home state of Kentucky, she looks for the side of the story that isn’t always told, the places where the voices of black girls haven’t been heard. The essays herein ask questions like: Why are black women invisible to AI? What is ‘black girl magic?’ And: How much magic does it take to land a Tinder date?
In this concise, lively look at the past, present, and future of voting, a journalist examines the long and continuing fight for voting equality, why so few Americans today vote, and innovative ways to educate and motivate them; included are checklists of what to do before election day to prepare to vote and encourage others.
Going Vegan: A Gentle Introduction to a Plant-Based Diet by Holly White
Whether you’re a committed vegan or just curious about this increasingly popular diet which has so many health and environmental benefits, Holly will take you on a mouthwatering journey while converting to a plant-based diet. Going Vegan includes over one hundred delicious, everyday recipes, as well as practical advice on how and when to change your diet, food swaps, eating out, and shopping economically for plant-based foods.
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