New May Non-Fiction

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Bringing Up Race : How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World.

Bringing Up Race : How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World.

Asika, Uju.
2021

This is an important book, for all families whatever their race or ethnicity. It's for everyone who wants to instill a sense of open-minded inclusivity in their kids, and those who want to discuss difference instead of shying away from tough questions. Uju Asika draws on often shocking personal stories of prejudice along with opinions of experts, influencers, and fellow parents to give prescriptive advice in this invaluable guide.

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Dedicated : The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing.

Dedicated : The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing.

Davis, Pete.
2021

In a book borne of an idea first articulated in a viral commencement address, Pete Davis argues browsing through countless options, unable to commit, and losing so much time is the defining characteristic keeping our options open. We are stuck in "Infinite Browsing Mode" - searching for the next big thing, and refusing to make any decision that might close us off from an even better choice. Weaving together examples from history, personal stories, and applied psychology, Davis's candid and humble words offer a meaningful answer to our modern frustrations and a practical path to joy. Print run 150,000.

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Evolution Gone Wrong : The Curious Reasons Why Our Bodies Work (Or Don't).

Evolution Gone Wrong : The Curious Reasons Why Our Bodies Work (Or Don't).

Bezzerides, Alex.
2021

An eye-opening look into why our bodies work - or don't - the way they do. From blurry vision to crooked teeth, ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments) that tear at alarming rates and spines that seem to spend a lifetime falling apart, it's surprising that human beings have beaten the odds as a species. In this funny, wide-ranging and often surprising book, biologist Alex Bezzerides tells us from where we inherited our adaptable, achy, brilliant bodies in the process of evolution. Print run 8,000.

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Facing the Mountain : A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II.

Facing the Mountain : A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II.

Brown, Daniel James.
2021

Within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. And within months many would themselves be living behind barbed wire. This is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on Daniel James Brown's extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible.

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Far Away from Close to Home : Essays.

Far Away from Close to Home : Essays.

Kelly, Vanessa Baden.
2021

Through a series of extraordinary, incisive, often-humorous essays, Emmy Award-winning actor Vanessa Baden Kelly examines what the idea of "home" means to a Black millennial woman. As she processes the initial ideas more fully, her essays evolve from personal stories to fully-realized communiques of a generation of Black women who are finding a new sense of both belonging and ostracism in private, work, and public life. Underlying the theme of each essay are questions of how a Black millennial woman can find "home" anywhere when confronted with its invasion by police, men, and society's expectations.

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The Happiest Man on Earth : The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor.

The Happiest Man on Earth : The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor.

Jaku, Eddie.
2021

Born in Leipzig, Germany, into a Jewish family, Eddie Jaku was a teenager when his world was turned upside-down. In his remarkable memoir, this born storyteller shares his wisdom and reflects on how he has led his best possible life, talking warmly and openly about the power of gratitude, tolerance, and kindness. Filled with his insights on friendship, family, health, ethics, love, and hatred, and the simple beliefs that have shaped him, Jaku offers timeless lessons for readers of all ages, especially for young people today. Print run 100,000.

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He Saw That It Was Good : Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World.

He Saw That It Was Good : Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World.

Baraka, Sho.
2021

Through inspiring analysis of the Black artistic experience, storytelling, poetry, and an honest, incisive view of Christian faith, Sho Baraka reveals how discovering your destined place in God's creative story impassions our gospel, helps you take a stand for a more just and beautiful world. Sho invites you to join that work by leading the world to more - more creativity, truth, beauty, life, and wholeness. This book is an invitation to see those challenges in your life as an opportunity to learn something profound about God, yourself, and your specific work in the world. Birthplace: Alberta.

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How Stella Learned to Talk : The Groundbreaking Story of the World's First Talking Dog.

How Stella Learned to Talk : The Groundbreaking Story of the World's First Talking Dog.

Hunger, Christina.
2021

When speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger wondered if dogs can understand words we say to them, shouldn't they be able to say words to us? Christina decided to put her theory to the test with Stella and started using a paw-sized button programmed with her voice to say the word "outside" when clicked, whenever she took Stella out of the house. Part memoir and part how-to guide, a chronicle of the journey Christina and Stella have taken together and the techniques Christina used to teach Stella - broken down into simple stages and actionable steps any dog owner can use to start communicating with their pets. Print run 100,000.

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How to Talk to Robots : A Girls' Guide to a Future Dominated by AI.

How to Talk to Robots : A Girls' Guide to a Future Dominated by AI.

Goldstaub, Tabitha.
2021

We live in an era where machines are taught to learn and act without human intervention and there are infinite possibilities to their applications. The risk of these technologies biasing against you is real, and this book will give you tools to navigate the current and future developments consciously. Tabitha Goldstaub brilliantly breaks down the tech-bro barriers offering a straightforward introduction and makes clear the enormous benefits of understanding AI.

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The Knowing : 11 Lessons to Understand the Quiet Urges of Your Soul.

The Knowing : 11 Lessons to Understand the Quiet Urges of Your Soul.

Dyer, Saje.
2021

Dr. Wayne Dyer was the beloved "Father of Motivation" - but to Serena, Saje, and their six siblings, he was simply Dad. When he died suddenly in 2015, the sisters were blindsided by grief and felt unprepared to navigate life's challenges and conflicts without his guidance. Saje and Serena share how they recommitted to the teachings of their father and, in doing so, created their own evolution of his principles that they teach today. They share the 11 lessons that cracked them open and sparked their own spiritual journey. Print run 30,000.

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Let's Talk About Hard Things

Let's Talk About Hard Things

Sale, Anna.
2021

Anna Sale wants you to have THAT conversation. Sale is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast Death, Sex, and Money. She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. Diving into five of the most fraught conversation topics - death, sex, money, family, and identity - she moves between memoir, fascinating snapshots of a variety of North Americans opening up about their lives, and expert opinions to show why having tough conversations is important and how to do them in a thoughtful and generous way. Print run 125,000.

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The Menopause Manifesto : Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism.

The Menopause Manifesto : Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism.

Gunter, Jen.
2021

The only thing predictable about menopause is its unpredictability. Factor in widespread misinformation, a lack of research, and the culture of shame around women's bodies, and it's no wonder women are unsure what to expect during the menopause transition and beyond. Frank and funny, Dr. Jen Gunter debunks misogynistic attitudes and challenges the over-mystification of menopause to reveal everything you really need to know about perimenopause, hot flashes, sleep disruption, sex and libido, depression and mood changes, and much more. Hometown: Winnipeg, MB. Print run 17,500.

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My Name Is Selma : The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück Survivor.

My Name Is Selma : The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück Survivor.

Perre, Selma, van de.
2021

Selma van de Perre was seventeen when World War II began. Being Jewish in the Netherlands had not presented much of an issue. But by 1941 it had become a matter of life or death. Selma took on an assumed identity, dyed her hair blond, and joined the Resistance movement, using the pseudonym Margareta van der Kuit. Using a fake ID, and passing as non-Jewish, she travelled around the country and even to Nazi headquarters in Paris. But in July 1944 her luck ran out. It was only after the war ended that she could reclaim her identity and dared to say once again: my name is Selma. Print run 70,000.

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My Remarkable Journey : A Memoir.

My Remarkable Journey : A Memoir.

Johnson, Katherine.
2021

Katherine Johnson shares her personal journey from child prodigy in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia to NASA human computer. Her story is centered around the basic tenets of her life - no one is better than you, education is paramount, and asking questions can break barriers. Infused with the uplifting wisdom of a woman who handled great fame with genuine humility and great tragedy with enduring hope, this book ultimately brings into focus a determined woman who navigated tough racial terrain with soft-spoken grace - and the unrelenting grit required to make history and inspire future generations. Print run 100,000.

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Period. End of Sentence. : A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice.

Period. End of Sentence. : A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice.

Diamant, Anita.
2021

When Period. End of Sentence won an Oscar in 2019, the film's producer and founder of The Pad Project, Melissa Berton, told the audience: "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education." Continuing in that revolutionary spirit, this book outlines the challenges facing those who menstruate worldwide and the solutions championed by a new generation of body positive activists, innovators and public figures. Including interviews from people on the frontlines, this book illuminates the many ways that menstrual injustice can limit opportunities, erode self-esteem, and even threaten lives. Print run 1,000.

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Soul Therapy : The Art and Craft of Caring Conversations.

Soul Therapy : The Art and Craft of Caring Conversations.

Moore, Thomas.
2021

"Soul Therapy" is the culmination of Thomas Moore's work. In his previous books, he explored the soul in important areas of our lives - work, sex, marriage, family, religion, and aging. In this wise guide, he now returns to his core vocation: teaching practitioners - therapists, psychiatrists, ministers, spiritual directors, and others - how to offer soul care to those they assist. Print run 60,000.

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Stranger Care : A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours.

Stranger Care : A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours.

Sentilles, Sarah.
2021

After their decision not to have a biological child, Sarah Sentilles and her husband decide to adopt via the foster care system. After years of starts and stops, and endless navigation of the complexities and injustices of the foster care system, a phone call finally comes. This is a love letter to Coco and to the countless children like her. This is a chronicle of Sarah's discovery of what it means to mother - in this case, not just a vulnerable infant but the birth mother who loves her, too. Ultimately, Coco's story reminds us that we depend on family, and that family can take different forms. Print run 50,000.

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The Windsor Diaries : My Childhood with the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

The Windsor Diaries : My Childhood with the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

Howard, Alathea Fitzalan.
2021

Sent to stay with her grandfather at the historic Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park at the start of the Second World War, Alathea Fitzalan Howard found the affection she so craved through her close friendship with the two princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, her neighbours at nearby Windsor Castle. Together, the girls enjoyed parties, cinema evenings, picnics, and more, all recorded in honest and captivating detail in Alathea's diary. Day by day, from ages sixteen to twenty-two, she recorded the intimate details of her life with the Royal Family and the anxieties of wartime Britain. Print run 75,000.

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