Any time the UPS truck pulls up to McClintic Library, everyone, and I mean every single person, turns to look at me. “Shopping again?” is either said aloud, or clearly written on each face. I may be guilty as charged, but let’s be honest: buying new books, audio books and movies is my job. People keep reading, and they want more – what can I do but shop?
One good way to keep up with new materials is to check out our Facebook page. When new items arrive at McClintic, I post links to Amazon describing the book or movie. It’s a great way to announce new titles, plus if you see a book you think someone would enjoy, you can pass it on by sharing the link.
We have a nice selection of new non-fiction titles just in, and I thought I would highlight a few of those titles this week. Next week I’ll share some of the new fiction titles that have arrived.
It has been 100 years since the Armenian genocide, a little-known tragedy that is getting attention this year. We have three new titles that examine this part of history from different angles. They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else is a history of the conflict between Turkey and Armenia. Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks began deporting and killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the first major genocide of the 20th century. By the end of World War I, the number of Armenians in what would become Turkey had been reduced by 90 percent – more than a million people.
The Great Fire tells the story of two Americans – a Methodist minister and a naval officer –who managed to help rescue more than 250,000 Armenian and Greek Christian refugees. The third book, Operation Nemesis tells the story of an assassination plot designed to avenge the deaths of the Armenian victims.
Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson is the true adventure of two divers searching for a sunken pirate ship, The Golden Fleece, owned and operated in the 17th century by the infamous pirate John Bannister. If these divers succeed, they will make history; only one other pirate ship has ever been discovered and positively identified.
The Interstellar Age by Jim Bell is the history of the 40-year Voyager mission. Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2012; its sister craft, Voyager 2, will do so this year. This fantastic journey began in 1977, a mission to the farthest reaches of our solar system and beyond. The author gives us an inside look at the scientists involved, the plans and hopes for this mission, and what we have learned to date.
Willie Nelson has written his autobiography, titled It’s a Long Story: My Life. This book tells of his childhood in Abbott, Texas; his early years trying to break into the music industry; his friends, his loves, his successes and failures; his life story as only he could tell it: honest, unvarnished, and pure Willie.
This is just a sample of the new non-fiction titles at McClintic. There are many more and I promise there is a little something for everyone. And if you don’t see anything interesting, just let me know; I can always go shopping.