The Books We Loved This Year At The Library

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December 21, 2021

We are always working to add more good books to the collection in the library – books that will connect with people across our community. We are always looking for more fiction and nonfiction books that will fit the needs and the interests of all the different people around the school. 

So, what do we have that you might enjoy? A bunch of things! Here are a few: 

  • Builder: builders & tradesmen tell their stories, by Kerson, Mark Q. 
    "If The Elements of Building, my first book, is a textbook about the business of contracting, Builder is a gathering of insights and the telling of tales from residential builders. It offers guiding principles, lessons learned, and a glimpse into why we take up a trade, and why so many of us are passionate about what we do. Its purpose, apart from telling these wonderful stories, is to help you navigate the process of opening and growing a company, by listening in as builders explain what they wish they'd known, how they learned, and what they would have done differently." --Back cover. 

  • The way of the house husband. 1, by Oono, Kousuke, author, illustrator; Drzka, Sheldon, translator.; LeBlanc, Jennifer, adapter.; Pistillo, Bianca, letterer.
    "He was the fiercest member of the yakuza, a man who left countless underworld legends in his wake. They called him 'the Immortal Dragon'. But one day he walked away from it all to walk another path--the path of the househusband! The curtain rises on this cozy yakuza comedy!"

  • Design to live: everyday inventions from a refugee camp, by Aksamija, Azra, 1976- author; Majzoub, Raafat, author.
    This book shows how refugees use art and design to transform their living environments, restoring humanity within circumstances that seem aimed at depriving them of it. Featuring more than twenty projects created by Syrian refugees at the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan, Design to Live offers a new way of understanding design as a subversive worldmaking practice and as tool for reclaiming agency in conditions of forced displacement. The projects, including a vertical garden, an arrangement necessitated by regulations that forbid planting on the ground; a front hall, fashioned to protect privacy; a baby swing, made from recycled school desks; and a chess set, carved from broomsticks, showcase the discrepancy between standardized humanitarian design and the real sociocultural needs of refugees. 

    This bilingual book in English and Arabic documents designs by refugees through architectural drawings, illustrations, photographs, and texts by the camp residents, humanitarian workers, and researchers who collaborated on the book across cultural and disciplinary borders. Design to Live is the product of a three-year joint project of the MIT Future Heritage Lab and the Syrian refugees at the Azraq Refugee Camp, supported by CARE-Jordan and the German Jordanian University.

  • Farm and workshop welding: everything you need to know to weld, cut, and shape metal by Pearce, Andrew 
    Welding is a valuable skill and almost anyone can learn to weld, cut, or shape metal. That's the starting point for this completely updated, supremely practical, and informative resource which, through tips, suggestions, and fault finding, helps the first timer improve and the intermediate welder expand their technique. The detailed sections inside Farm and Workshop Welding describe all the major types of welds, beginning with basic practices then progressing into trickier methods. You'll find descriptive explanations, helpful visuals, step-by-step directions, and expert suggestions. With this comprehensive guide, you'll learn everything you need to know, from arc welding, TIG welding, MIG welding, and gas welding to plasma cutting, soldering, and welding plastic.

  • Starship therapise: using therapeutic fanfiction to rewrite your life, by Garski, Larisa A; Mastin, Justine 
    Where once geek culture was niche and hidden, fandom characters and stories have blasted their way into our cineplexes, bookstores, and consoles. They help us make sense of our daily lives-- and they can also help us heal. Garski and Mastin explore how narratives and play inform our lives. They invite readers to explore mental health and emotional wellness without conforming to mainstream social constructs.

  • World of wonders : in praise of fireflies, whale sharks, and other astonishments, by Nezhukumatathil, Aimee, author.; Nakamura, Fumi Mini, illustrator 
    As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home, but no matter where she was transplanted she was able to turn to our world's fierce and funny creatures for guidance. The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, she found that this was the way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world's gifts.

  • Later, by King, Stephen
    The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer, who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

  • Black Buck, by Askaripour, Mateo
    For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street - a blazing, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cultlike, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems. An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother's home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC's hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor. After enduring a "hell week" of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as "Buck," a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he's hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America's sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game. Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America's workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

  • Project Hail Mary, by Weir, Andy
    Ryland Grace has been asleep for a very, very long time. He's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. He can't remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance. 

By Dr. Mary Wilkins-Jordan
Librarian

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