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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

By: Margot Lee Shetterly
Published: ©2016
Pages: 349 (Includes Reading Group Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & Memoirs | Science & Technology | Women in History | Books Made Into Movies


Description: Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

By: J.D. Vance
Published: ©2016
Pages: 264
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Nonfiction | Biographies & Memoirs | Regional, American South | Social Issues


Description: Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

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The Orphan Keeper

By: Camron Wright
Published: ©2016
Pages: 418 (Includes Study Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Fiction | Historical Fiction | Cultural, Indian | Uniquely Utah


Description: Based on a remarkable true story. Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States. It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India. Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends.

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Uprising

By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Published: ©2007
Pages: 346
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Young Adult | Historical Fiction


Description: Bella, fresh off the boat from Italy, arrives in New York and gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of other immigrants, she works long hours at a grueling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when factory conditions worsen, she helps workers rise up in a strike. Wealthy Jane learns of the plight of the workers and becomes involved with their cause. Bella and Yetta are at work–and Jane is visiting the factory–on March 25, 1911, when a spark ignites some cloth and the building is engulfed in fire, leading to one of the worst workplace disasters ever.

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The Underground Railroad

By: Colson Whitehead
Published: ©2016
Pages: 306
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  FictionHistorical Fiction | Cultural, African-American  | Regional, American South


Description: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

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Lucky Strikes

By: Louis Bayard
Published: ©2016
Pages: 371
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  FictionYoung Adult | Historical Fiction


Description: With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, fourteen-year-old Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister, and of the family gas station. Harley Blevins, local king and emperor of Standard Oil, is in hot pursuit to clinch his fuel monopoly. To keep him at bay and her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father, and fast. And so when a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she hold off the hounds till she comes of age?

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

By: Malcolm Gladwell
Published: ©2013, 2015
Pages: 327
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Nonfiction | Social Issues


Description: Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a pebble and a sling-and ever since, the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won. Or should he? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, suffer from a disability, lose a parent, attend a mediocre school, or endure any number of other apparent setbacks. David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology and powerful story-telling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By: Neil Gaiman
Published: ©2013
Pages: 181 (Plus Reading Group Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre: FictionScience Fiction & Fantasy


Description: A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

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State of Wonder

By: Ann Patchett
Published: 2011
Pages: 353
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Mysteries &Thrillers | Regional, South America


Description: In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity. As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.

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