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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
HISTORY EUROPE JNF FLE
The award-winning author of The Lincolns traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
SOCSCI PSYCH JUN 05/16
Draws on history, psychology, and anthropology to discuss how the tribal connection--the instinct to belong to small groups with a clear purpose and common understanding--can satisfy the human quest for meaning and belonging.
We Should All Be Feminists
SOCSCI ADI 03/17
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.
The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance
BIOGRAPHY TEEN NIJINSKY
Traces the story of the genius dancer and cultural icon of the Ballets Russes, whose openly gay relationship challenged Edwardian conventions before mental illness ended his career and overshadowed the final decades of his life.
The 57 Bus
TCRIME TEEN SLA
This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction
BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC TEEN KROSOCZKA
A highly personal and emotionally charged story about coming of age and realizing what family actually means to you, Jarrett Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo offers readers a unique insight into one of the graphic novel world’s favorite creators and his personal journey of self-discovery.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
GRAPHIC TEEN PERSEPOLIS
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero
BIOGRAPHY JNF BONHOEFFER
A painstakingly researched account of the heroic efforts of religious leader and anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer to expose the atrocities being committed against Jewish citizens to the Allied forces discusses his pacifist activism and role in an assassination plot that targeted Adolf Hitler.
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
HISTORY TEEN AND
An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide
SOCSCI TEEN AND
Adapted from Anderson’s bestselling White Rage (2016), this book summons young people to bear witness to the devastatingly expansive strategies white citizens have taken up to preserve the racialized violence that emerged from the founding of the nation.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
BIOGRAPHY TEEN GOGH
The true story of the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh.
Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
BIOGRAPHY TEEN BERTIE
A brave firsthand account of author Alex Bertie's life, struggles, and victories as a transgender teen, and a guide for transitioning teens.
Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories
SOCSCI TEEN PAR
Featuring art and writing from the students of the Parkland tragedy, this is a raw look at the events of February 14, and a poignant representation of grief, healing, and hope.
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story.
BIOGRAPHY TEEN SUNDQUIST
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documents his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor and his efforts to investigate past dates gone wrong to discover why he was still single.