The Unluckiest People Who Ever Lived – Stuart Carapola

It’s often been said that you should never judge another person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. However, there are times when you not only don’t want to walk in their shoes, you don’t even want to be within a hundred miles of the shoes or their owners. The Unluckiest People Who Ever Lived tells the stories of thirteen such people, the unluckiest of the unluckiest who have suffered from repeated, implausible, dangerous situations that can’t possibly be true, except that they are. ...

Joe – The Horse Nobody Loved – Vicky Kaseorg

Joe, an ugly and unloved horse trusts no one. And no one trusts him. Until Vicky. This is the story of a troubled horse, and the little girl who loved him. Based on the true adventures of her childhood fifty years ago, the author’s horse, Joe, teaches the lesson that sometimes beauty is not skin-deep, but heart deep, and that the unloved have much to show us about the true nature of love.



Concussion – Jeanne Marie Laskas

Now a major motion picture starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL.



Charlie Mike – Joe Klein

This is the true story of two decorated combat veterans linked by tragedy, who come home from the Middle East and find a new way to save their comrades and heal their country.




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."

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.



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

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.




Being Mortal – Atul Gawande

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.



The Great Beanie Baby Bubble – Zac Bissonnette

“The amazing story of the time the world lost its mind over little beanbag critters named Punchers, Humphrey, and Wingless Quackers. Zac Bissonnette takes us on a journey into the secretive world of the man behind the mania, Ty Warner.” —BILL DEDMAN