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June 2018 Nonfiction

Add these June nonfiction titles to your library’s shelves today:

THE THIRD BANK OF THE RIVER: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon by Chris Feliciano Arnold
A veteran journalist traces the war over the Amazon as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save the jungle from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt politicians. “A saddening, maddening story that draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote—but not invisible—part of the world.” —Kirkus Reviews

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
Also available in audio
A stunning follow up to TEARS WE CANNOT STOP, WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE is another timely exploration of America’s tortured racial politics. This book exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy—of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. “After providing the backstories and historical context of the participants, Dyson offers contemporary examples of public figures who struggle for equality. The result is a moving ode to the potentiality of American social progress.” —Booklist, starred review

WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
A timely exploration of the life and work of world-changing thinkers—from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes—and how their ideas would solve the great economic problems we face today. “Few economics books are able to address major problems, present leading and sometimes conflicting theories, and be accessible to the casual reader. Yueh takes current issues affecting today’s economy and attacks them through the eyes of a dozen leading economists, from the historic to the contemporary, clearly applying their work to modern problems.” —Booklist, starred review

RENDEZVOUS WITH OBLIVION: Reports from a Sinking Society by Thomas Frank
RENDEZVOUS WITH OBLIVION is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in our cities, in our jobs, in the way we travel—and of course in our politics. With his sharp eye for detail, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society int he late stages of disintegration and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers. “Frank’s combination of insightful analysis, moral passion, and keen satirical wit make these essays both entertaining and an important commentary on the times.” —Publishers Weekly

UNBEATEN: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World by Mike Stanton
UNBEATEN is the story of the remarkable champion who overcame injury, doubt, and the schemes of corrupt promoters to win the title in a bloody and epic battle. It’s a classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, astounding success, disillusionment, and a quest to discover what it all meant. “This meticulously documented and well-written work should stand for both fans and scholars as Marciano’s definitive biography.” —Library Journal, starred review

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by Édouard Louis
A gripping autobiographical novel recounting the rape and attempted murder of Édouard Louis on Christmas Eve 2012 in Paris. It records not only the casual racism and homophobia of French society but also their subtle effects on lovers, brothers and sisters, and husbands and wives. “Louis’s visceral story captures the overwhelming emotional impact and complicated shame of surviving sexual assault.” —Publishers Weekly

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