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Looking to read something a little different this summer? Whether it’s history, science, self-help or memoirs, BCLS is the place to find the newest releases. Try one of these popular titles:

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

This true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds is now the major motion picture Lion starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.

Also available as an ebook.

 

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Explore the essential universe from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

Also available as an audiobook and ebook.

 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, this is a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America. In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.

 

How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life
by Signe Johansen

The “Danish coziness” philosophy is an attitude that defies definition, but there is a name for this slow-moving, stress-free mindset: hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”). Hygge values the idea of cherishing yourself: candlelight, bakeries, and dinner with friends; a celebration of experiences over possessions, as well as being kind to yourself and treasuring a sense of community. This book by chef and author Signe Johansen is a fresh, informative, lighthearted, fully illustrated how-to guide to hygge.

 

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers

From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era, to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.

 

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

From Facebook's COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals, this is a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces.

Also available as an audiobook and audio ebook.

 

Somebody With a Little Hammer: Essays
by Mary Gaitskill

From one of the most singular presences in American fiction comes a searingly intelligent book of essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal.  Witty, tender, beautiful, and unsettling, Somebody with a Little Hammer displays the same heat-seeking, revelatory understanding for which we value Mary Gaitskill's fiction.

 

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a 14-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. But what actually happened to Emmett Till — not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy?

 

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
by Nina Riggs

From poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, this is an exquisite memoir about how to live — and love — every day with “death in the room.” Nina Riggs was just 37 years old when diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, she received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones.

 

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

This is the incredible true story of young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice. A rich, historical narrative written in a sparkling voice, The Radium Girls is the first book that fully explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

Also available as an ebook.

 

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

 

 

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