Coming soon: Nonfiction titles to place on hold now

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy

Ready to discover a new favorite read? These nonfiction titles are coming out within the next few weeks. Be one of the first to place a hold!

Nonfiction titles to put on hold now

Woman: The American History of an Idea by Lillian Faderman

Why you should try it: Faderman calls the idea of "woman" a patriarchal concept. Why? Read this book to find out.

Description: This wide-ranging 400-year history chronicles conflicts, retreats, defeats, and hard-won victories in both the private and the public sectors and shines a light on the often-overlooked battles of enslaved women and women leaders in tribal nations. Noting that every attempt to cement a particular definition of "woman" has been met with resistance, Faderman also shows that successful challenges to the status quo are often short-lived. As she underlines, the idea of womanhood in America continues to be contested.

Publication date: March 15

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Brilliance Beyond Borders: Remarkable Women Leaders Share the Power of Immigrace by Chinwe Esimai

Why you should try it: You certainly don't have to be an immigrant to be inspired by the success stories of these women.

Description: Based on her personal experience and the stories of trailblazing women from around the world and in diverse industries, author Chinwe Esimai shares five indispensable traits that make an ocean of difference between immigrants who live as mere shadows of their truest potential and those who find purpose and fulfillment—what Chinwe refers to as their immigrace.

Publication date: March 15

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You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation by Julissa Arce

Why you should try it: There is a reason we have moved away from calling the United States a melting pot. Julissa Arce tells us its time to lean into our differences.

Description: Julissa Arce brings readers a powerful polemic against the myth that assimilation leads to happiness and belonging for immigrants in America. Instead, she calls for a celebration of our uniqueness, our origins, our heritage, and the beauty of the differences that make us Americans.

Publication date: March 22

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Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance & the Science of Time by Natalie Hodges

Why you should try it: Read this for a fascinating mash-up of classical music, science, identity, and psychology.

Description: How does time shape consciousness and consciousness, time? Do we live in time, or does time live in us? And how does music, with its patterns of rhythm and harmony, inform our experience of time? Uncommon Measure explores these questions from the perspective of a young Korean American who dedicated herself to perfecting her art until performance anxiety forced her to give up the dream of becoming a concert solo violinist.

Publication date: March 22

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Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby

Why you should try it: Just like her groundbreaking Netflix comedy special, Gadsby's memoir in essays is hilarious, introspective, and thought-provoking.

Description: Multi-award-winning Hannah Gadsby broke comedy with her show Nanette when she declared that she was quitting stand-up. Now she takes us through the defining moments in her life that led to the creation of Nanette and her powerful decision to tell the truth—no matter the cost.

Publication date: March 29

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The Trayvon Generation: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by Elizabeth Alexander

Why you should try it: Various reviews have said this book is about Black art, generational trauma, cultural criticism, and memory. It is all this and more and deserves a wide readership.

Description: From a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author and poet comes a galvanizing meditation on the power of art and culture to illuminate America's unresolved problem with race.

Publication date: April 5

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Easy Beauty: A Memoir by Chloe Cooper Jones

Why you should try it: Moving through the world with a visible disability has given Chloe Cooper Jones a unique perspective on beauty and motherhood.

Description: Born with a rare congenital condition called sacral agenesis, which affects both her stature and gait, Chloe Cooper Jones' pain is physical. But there is also the pain of being judged and pitied for her appearance, of being dismissed as "less than." The way she has been seen—or not seen—has informed her lens on the world her entire life.

Publication date: April 5

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Constructing a Nervous System by Margo Jefferson

Why you should try it: The award-winning author of Negroland, follows up with another beautifully written amalgamation of memoir and cultural criticism.

Description: Margo Jefferson has lived in the thrall of a cast of others—her parents and maternal grandmother, jazz luminaries, writers, artists, athletes, and stars. These are the figures who thrill and trouble her, and who have made up her sense of self as a person and as a writer. Jefferson brings these figures to life in a memoir of stunning originality, a performance of the elements that comprise and occupy the mind of one of our foremost critics.

Publication date: April 12

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Librarian Kathy

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be "Book Pusher," and refute that "disco" is a dirty word.