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Browsing the New Book Shelves (While You Can’t): Lest We Forget

Posted about 1 month ago by Meg Raymond

At the Richmond Public Library, you can always peruse the Latest Releases page on the library’s website, and now that we’ve moved back a phase to curbside pickup, you need a different way to browse the new book shelves. But even with digital browsing, sometimes you want your options a little more … curated.

We can do that!  Your library has recently acquired some great books on topics that are hard to read about, but stories that should be told, lest we forget.

999: the Extraordinary Young Women of the first Official Transport to Auschwitz

by Heather Dune Macadam

Sent to almost certain death, these young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish–but also because they were female.

Book of Rosy: a Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border

by Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo

A crucial, searing story about the immigration odyssey, family separation and reunification, and the power of individuals to band together to overcome even the most cruel and unjust circumstances.

Dozier School For Boys: Forensics, Survivors, and a Painful Past

by Elizabeth Murray

From the outside, the Dozier School for Boys in Florida looked utterly charming. Carefully manicured lawns and attractive plantings adorned walkways and drives. But the reality of life at Dozier was ugly.

A Game of Birds and Wolves: the Young Women Who Played to Win in World War II

by Simon Parkin

The triumphant true story of the young women who helped to devise the winning strategy that defeated Nazi U-boats and delivered a decisive victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Last Stop Auschwitz: My Story of Survival From Within the Camp

by E. de Wind

Journal written in Auschwitz by a Dutch Holocaust survivor in the weeks following the camp’s liberation by the Red Army.

The Next Great Migration: the Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move

by Sonia Shah

Science journalist Shah looks at the biology and human ecology of migration, a topic overladen these days with all sorts of political shadings.

Race Against Time: a Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era

by Jerry Mitchell

An award-winning investigative reporter shares the real-life detective story of how Klansmen came to justice in notorious unsolved civil rights cold cases–decades after they had gotten away with murder.

Start by Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions That Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster

by John Barr

Tells the full devastating story of former physician Larry Nassar’s serial abuse of America’s elite gymnasts and others — for over a quarter century. 

Third Rainbow Girl: the Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing portrait of America and its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.

The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having – or Being Denied – an Abortion

by Diana Greene Foster

The first long-term study of the consequences-emotional, physical, financial, professional, personal, and psychological-of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women’s lives.

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Meg Raymond

If I'm not librarianing, or chasing one of my plethora of dogs around the yard, I probably have my nose buried in a book. I like all kinds of books. Regency romances - love 'em. Gory police procedurals - yes, ma'am. Historical fiction - please, and thank you. Heavy "literary" titles - shhhh, I may not have actually finished some of those! Off-beat, warped, slightly askew books - oh, yes, indeedy. Violent supernatural fantasy - why not? Chick lit, hen lit, lad lit - yeah, yeah, yeah. What have you read? Need a suggestion, or ten? Get hand-crafted suggestions with The Bookologist

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