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Hang on and Fly – Tim Lake

Passenger planes are crashing three and four times a month in 1951 just as Americans are beginning to fly. Then, a loaded plane disappears in the night and can't be found. Panic and frustration reach all the way to the White House. Twenty-six are killed in the most spectacular crash that no one hears on a mountain frosted with snow and fog. Fourteen survivors...    Read More >




The Pluto Files – Neil deGrasse Tyson

The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life." —Jon Stewart When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, "Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York."    Read More >



Radioactive Marie & Pierre Curie a Tale of Love & Fallout – Lauren Redniss

The love, life, and work of two brilliant scientists, Marie and Pierre Curie, are woven together in this highly artistic biography. The book has passages that read like a scientific journal, some that feel like an artist’s notebook, and others that feel like a love story told in a novel. Although the work does focus on both scientists, Marie is at the forefront through much of it. Her identity of scientist, lover, and mother is examined in a soft and artistic way. -- Alison O., DC Public Library    Read More >



Words Onscreen – Naomi S. Baron

People have been reading on computer screens for several decades now, predating popularization of personal computers and widespread use of the internet. But it was the rise of eReaders and tablets that caused digital reading to explode. In 2007, Amazon introduced its first Kindle. In Words Onscreen, Naomi Baron, an expert on language and technology, explores how technology is reshaping our understanding of what it means to read.    Read More >



Slightly Out of Focus – Robert Capa

This hybrid text is an "illustrated memoir" that gives the front-line photojournalist's perspective as he documented the European theater in World War II for Collier's magazine. The scope of Capa's coverage is incredible and surprisingly intimate. He photographed injured soldiers on the battlefield, Parisian shopkeepers standing at their door with shotguns at the ready, funerals, celebrations, and even Ernest Hemingway, recovering in a London hospital. Capa actually photographed five different wars, which are all covered in Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. -- Myra R-L., DC Public Library staff    Read More >


My Life He Did Touch – A.J. Harrison

Ryan White contracted AIDS from contaminated blood factor used to control his hemophilia. After seeing all the horrible things happening to him and being said about him on the news, I decided to try to help him. As a songwriter, I used the tools of my trade and wrote a song for Ryan to help with his out-of-control medical expenses. But, a very unexpected friendship happened. This is that story.    Read More >