Nonfiction

Five days : the fiery reckoning of an American city book cover

Five days : the fiery reckoning of an American city

Wes Moore

305.896 /Moore
Nonfiction, Political

Baltimore When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an 'illegal knife' in April 2015, he was, by eyewitness accounts that video evidence later confirmed, treated 'roughly' as police loaded him into a vehicle. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma he would never recover from. This killing led to a week of protests and then five days described alternately as a riot or an uprising that set the entire city on edge, and caught the nation's attention. Moore attended Gray's funeral, and saw every strata of the city come together, all looking to comfort each other, but also looking for answers. Through shifting points of view, Moore and Green create an engrossing account of the deep causes of the violence-- and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath. -- adapted from jacket

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Wes Moore and Erica Green take us through Baltimore's reckoning with systemic racism, crippling poverty, and police brutality after Freddie Gray's murder in police custody. Focusing on the five days after Gray's death, they show us Baltimore through the individuals that lived events of that week, from a protest organizer, a police officer, and an owner of the Baltimore Orioles. Moore and Green slow those days down and tell us what happened. It is a powerful book, gives interesting context on the city's history, and individualizes life in America. -Anne M

Joy at work : organizing your professional life book cover

Joy at work : organizing your professional life

Marie Kondō

650.1 /Kondo
Nonfiction, Business, Self Help

"The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day hazards of working, and they can slowly drain the joy from work, limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being. There is another way. In Joy at Work, bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. Using the world-renowned KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work will help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that come with a tidy desk and mind."--Amazon.

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I’m a big fan of the KonMari method, and this book broadened my understanding of how it can be applied to work life as well. This is a great follow-up to her Tidying Up title, and a worthy place to Spark Joy! -Amanda

Frida Kahlo and her animalitos book cover

Frida Kahlo and her animalitos

Monica Brown

jE Brown
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Biographies

"Chronicles Frida's life -- from her childhood to her rise as one of the world's most influential painters -- capturing the beauty and strength of Frida's creative spirit, which carried her through tragedy and triumph, and the animals that inspired her along the way." -- Book jacket.

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Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré book cover

Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré

Anika Denise

jE Denise
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Biographies

"From the author of MONSTER TRUCK and STARRING CARMEN comes a gorgeous and lyrical story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world"--

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Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré book cover

Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpré

Anika Denise

jE Denise
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Biographies

"From the author of MONSTER TRUCK and STARRING CARMEN comes a gorgeous and lyrical story about Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican librarian who changed the world"--

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Danza! : Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de Mexico book cover

Danza! : Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de Mexico

Duncan Tonatiuh

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Sports

"This is a picture book biography for children ages 6-10 about Amalia Hernandez (1917-2000), the dancer and choreographer who founded the Mexican Folkloric Ballet, a dance organization that continues to perform today. The author/illustrator is Duncan Tonatiuh"--

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The year of living Danishly : uncovering the secrets of the world's happiest country book cover

The year of living Danishly : uncovering the secrets of the world's happiest country

Helen Russell

eBOOK
Nonfiction

After being given an opportunity for a new life in Jutland, the author shares her experiences living in the happiest place on Earth for a year, discussing where the Danes get it right and wrong and how others can benefit from living a bit more Danishly.

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How to be an antiracist book cover

How to be an antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

eBOOK
Nonfiction

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