New year and new nonfiction books coming out this month that you can put on hold! All of the mentioned titles are available to put on hold in our catalog and will also be made available via the library’s Overdrive website on the day of publication in eBook and downloadable audiobook format (as available). For a more extensive list of new nonfiction books coming out this month, check our online catalog.
“You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays” by Zora Neale Hurston (Jan 4)
Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author. One of the most acclaimed artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston was a gifted novelist, playwright, and essayist. Drawn from three decades of her work, this anthology showcases her development as a writer, from her early pieces expounding on the beauty and precision of African American art to some of her final published works, covering the sensational trial of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy Black woman convicted in 1952 for killing a white doctor. Among the selections are Hurston’s well-known works such as “How It Feels to be Colored Me” and “My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience.” The essays in this essential collection are grouped thematically and cover a panoply of topics, including politics, race and gender, and folkloric study from the height of the Harlem Renaissance to the early years of the Civil Rights movement. Demonstrating the breadth of this revered and influential writer’s work, “You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays” is an invaluable chronicle of a writer’s development and a window into her world and time.
“Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom” by Carl Bernstein (Jan 11)
“Carl Bernstein, Washington Star.” With these words, the 16-year-old senior at Montgomery Blair High School set himself apart from the high school crowd and set himself on a track that would define his life. Carl Bernstein was far from the best student in his class — in fact, he was in danger of not graduating at all — but he had a talent for writing, a burning desire to know things that other people didn’t, and a flair for being in the right place at the right time. Those qualities got him inside the newsroom at the Washington Star, the afternoon paper in the nation’s capital, in the summer of 1960, a pivotal time for America, for Washington, D.C., and for a young man in a hurry on the cusp of adulthood. “Chasing History” opens up the world of the early 1960s as Bernstein experienced it, chasing after grisly crimes with the paper’s police reporter, gathering colorful details at a John F. Kennedy campaign rally, running afoul of union rules, and confronting racial tensions as the civil rights movement gained strength. We learn alongside him as he comes to understand the life of a newspaperman, and we share his pride as he hunts down information, gets his first byline, and discovers that he has a talent for the job after all. By turns exhilarating, funny, tense, and poignant, “Chasing History” shows us a country coming into its own maturity along with young Carl Bernstein, and when he strikes out on his own after five years at the Star, his hard-won knowledge and experience feels like ours as well.
“The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation” by Rosemary Sullivan (Jan 18)
Over thirty million people have read “The Diary of a Young Girl,” the journal teen-aged Anne Frank kept while living in an attic with her family in Amsterdam during World War II, until the Nazis arrested them and sent Anne to her death in a concentration camp. But despite the many works — journalism, books, plays and novels — devoted to Anne’s story, none has ever conclusively explained how the Franks and four other people managed to live in hiding undetected for over two years — and who or what finally brought the Nazis to their door. With painstaking care, former FBI agent Vincent Pankoke and a team of indefatigable investigators pored over tens of thousands of pages of documents — some never-before-seen — and interviewed scores of descendants of people involved, both Nazi sympathizers and resisters, familiar with the Franks. Utilizing methods developed by the FBI, the Cold Case Team painstakingly pieced together the months leading to the Franks’ arrest — and came to a shocking conclusion. “The Betrayal of Anne Frank” is their riveting story. Rosemary Sullivan introduces us to the investigators, explains the behavior of both the captives and their captors and profiles a group of suspects. All the while, she vividly brings to life wartime Amsterdam: a place where no matter how wealthy, educated, or careful you were, you never knew whom you could trust.
More Notable Releases for January
- “Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World” by Danielle Friedman (Jan 4)
- “Baby Steps Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth– and How You Can Too” by Dave Ramsey (Jan 11)
- “The Doomsday Mother: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, and the End of an American Family” by John Glatt (Jan 18)
- “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation” by Imani Perry (Jan 25)