21st century

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21st century

Amanda Gorman

inspiring hope with poetry
"Poet Amanda Gorman delivered her poem 'The Hill We Climb' at the 2021 presidential inauguration, winning wide acclaim. Read about Gorman's early life, her children's and poetry books, and what she plans to do next"--Provided by publisher.


inside an American tragedy
"In June 2018, Donald Trump's . . . decision as president--the systematic separation of thousands of . . . migrant families at the US-Mexico border--had secretly been in effect for months before most Americans became aware of the . . . inhumanity being perpetrated by their own government. Jacob Soboroff was among the first journalists to expose this reality after seeing firsthand the living conditions of the children in custody. His . . . series of reports ignited public scrutiny that contributed to the president reversing his own policy. [He] has spent the past two years reporting the many strands of this . . . narrative, developing sources from within the Trump administration who share critical details for the first time. He also traces the . . . odyssey of one separated family from Guatemala, where their lives were threatened by narcos, to seek asylum at the U.S. border, where they were separated"--Provided by publisher.


a Democrat, a Republican and a search for common ground
"In the year before Donald Trump was elected president, Jordan Blashek, a Republican Marine, and Chris Haugh, a Democrat and son of a single mother from Berkeley, California, formed an unlikely friendship. Jordan was fresh off his service in the Marines and feeling a bit out of place at Yale Law School. Chris was yearning for a sense of mission after leaving Washington D.C. Over the months, Jordan and Chris's friendship blossomed not in spite of, but because of, their political differences. So they decided to hit the road in search of reasons to strengthen their bond in an eraof strife and partisanship. What follows is a three-year adventure story, across forty-four states and along 20,000 miles of road to find out exactly where the American experiment stands at the close of the second decade of the twenty-first century"--Amazon.

Because Internet

understanding the new rules of language
"Explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer 'LOL' or 'lol,' why sparkly tildes succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread"--Amazon.

The treasure of the black swan

"Based on real events, this thrilling graphic novel chronicles the intense legal and political battles sparked by the discovery of a priceless shipwreck. May 2007. When an American treasure-hunting company uncovers a shipwreck containing the greatest underwater trove ever found, the world is captivated by their discovery. But over in Spain, a group of low-level government officials surmises that the sunken ship is in fact an ancient Spanish vessel. Thus begins a legal and political thriller, pitting a group of idealistic civil servants against a rich and powerfully connected treasure hunter, in which vital cultural artifacts and hundreds of millions of dollars hang in the balance. Cartoonist Paco Roca and writer Guillermo Corral bring a cinematic flair to this graphic novel, combining threads of Tintin-inspired seafaring adventure, political intrigue, tense courtroom drama, and, in the midst of it all, a budding romance. A gripping dramatization of a little-known, unbelievable true story of money, political power, and cultural heritage"--Provided by publisher.

Homo Deus

a brief history of tomorrow
Examines the history of human civilization in the twenty-first century.

Call us what we carry

The presidential inaugural poet--and new voice in American poetry--presents a collection of poems that includes the poem read at the inauguration of the forty-sixth President of the United States.

The chancellor

the remarkable odyssey of Angela Merkel
Tells the story of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, from her life growing up in East Germany to her political rise and success as the Chancellor.

Racial injustice

rage, protests, and demands for change
Frustration and anger spilled into the streets in 2020 after yet another Black man was killed by police. George Floyd's death in Minneapolis sparked a huge outpouring of outrage and grief as protests spread to cities all across the nation and the world. Protesters from all walks of life have demanded change because Black Americans should not be afraid to walk or jog or drive on city streets-and they should not have to fear encounters with police.

The good immigrant

26 writers reflect on America
"[A] collection of essays by first- and second generation immigrants exploring what it's like to be 'othered' in an increasingly divided America"--Dust jacket.


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