New Arrivals: Non-Fiction

L.A. ’56 : a devil in the City of Angels
by Joel Engel
Traces the story of a former police officer who was wrongly accused of rape and kidnapping in 1956 Los Angeles, describing how a Latino detective fell in love with one of the victims and became the defender’s only advocate.
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The Geek Dad Book For Aspiring Mad Scientists:
the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun
by Ken Denmead
This book will help scientists-in-the-making discover how our world works with creative project ideas, including how to: Grow crystals to power your Stargate and set your room aglow; Extract your own DNA and decode your genes; Build a MacGyver radio from nothing but cast-off electrical and office supplies; Chock-full of instructional illustrations throughout.

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The Year Without Summer:
1816 and the volcano that darkened the world and changed history

by William K. and Nicholas P. Klingaman
Traces a year of dramatic global change in the aftermath of a massive early nineteenth-century Indonesian volcanic eruption that disrupted weather patterns and triggered food shortages, religious revivals, migrations, and a typhus epidemic.

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Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed
by Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run
Outlines a groundbreaking approach to lasting and fulfilling relationships, drawing on the author’s disparate experiences and viewpoints to share advice on such topics as commitment-phobic men, infidelity, and the secrets to great sex.

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The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

by Sam Kean
Bestselling author Sam Kean explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK’s bronze skin (it wasn’t a tan) to Einstein’s genius.  Kean’s vibrant storytelling makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species’ future.
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