Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Duchess by Penny Junor

The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown

Penny Junor

In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall—the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana "a bit crowded"—esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became the popular princess consort.

Biography. Call number: BIOG Camilla. View in our catalog

Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

Examining racial segregation from 1920s to the 1970s, Mothers of Massive Resistance explores the grassroots workers who maintained the system of racial segregation and Jim Crow. For decades in rural communities, in university towns, and in New South cities, white women performed myriad duties that upheld white over black: censoring textbooks, denying marriage certificates, deciding on the racial identity of their neighbors, celebrating school choice, canvassing communities for votes, and lobbying elected officials. They instilled beliefs in racial hierarchies in their children, built national networks, and experimented with a color-blind political discourse. Without these mundane, everyday acts, white supremacist politics could not have shaped local, regional, and national politics the way it did or lasted as long as it has. With white women at the center of the story, the rise of postwar conservatism looks very different than the male-dominated narratives of the resistance to Civil Rights. Women like Nell Battle Lewis, Florence Sillers Ogden, Mary Dawson Cain, and Cornelia Dabney Tucker publicized threats to their Jim Crow world through political organizing, private correspondence, and journalism. Their efforts began before World War II and the Brown decision and persisted past the 1964 Civil Rights Act and anti-busing protests. White women's segregationist politics stretched across the nation, overlapping with and shaping the rise of the New Right. Mothers of Massive Resistance reveals the diverse ways white women sustained white supremacist politics and thought well beyond the federal legislation that overturned legal segregation.

Nonfiction. Call number: 320.569 McRae. View in our catalog

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

The Gunners

Rebecca Kauffman

Mikey Callahan is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration. He struggles to establish human connections, and is reconnecting with The Gunners,' his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide. Sally had distanced herself from all of them before ending her life, and she died harboring secrets about the group and its individuals. Mikey hopes that confronting secrets about his own past—and his father's—will dispel some of the emotional stupor that clouds his life.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Kau. View in our catalog

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen

Mapping the Bones

Jane Yolen

It's 1942 in Poland, and the world is coming to pieces. At least that's how it seems to Chaim and Gittel, twins whose lives feel like a fairy tale torn apart, with evil witches, forbidden forests, and dangerous ovens looming on the horizon. But in all darkness there is light, and the twins find it through Chaim's poetry and the love they have for each other. Like the bright flame of a Yahrzeit candle, his words become a beacon of memory so that the children and grandchildren of survivors will never forget the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. Filled with brutality and despair, this is also a story of poetry and strength, in which a brother and sister lose everything but each other.

Teen fiction. Call number: YA FIC Yol. View in our catalog

Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton

Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Narwhal and Jelly Book

Ben Clanton

Narwhal and Jelly are back and Narwhal has a new obsession…peanut butter! He’s so obsessed he even wants to change his name to…that’s right…Peanut Butter! Ever-sensible Jelly isn’t so sure that’s the best idea, but is all for Narwhal trying new things (instead of just eating waffles all the time, no matter how delicious waffles are). In this third book, Narwhal and Jelly star in three new stories about trying new things, favorite foods and accepting who we are. Always funny and never didactic, this underwater duo charms again through their powerful combination of positive thinking, imagination and joyfulness.

Youth graphic novel, ages 5-8. Call number: J GN Narwhal. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

© 2018 William P. Faust Westland Public Library