Amy’s New and Noteworthy in Nonfiction/July 2020
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We get many new books every month. A few of these high interest items wind up on the New Book Shelf downstairs, but there just isn’t room for all of the good ones! In this series, we’ll highlight our newest arrivals that are more niche interest, that aren’t necessarily hitting the New Book Shelf, so you’ll know where to look for them!
In the Literature section, we have a few new Jane Austen and Victorian literature books.
My personal favorite, that will be heading to a New Book Shelf near you, is Performing Jane: a Cultural History of Jane Austen Fandom by Sarah Glosson. It talks about how fan-fiction and cosplay are not new developments and there have been Jane Austen “stans” as the kids say, since the 1800s!
Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd goes into great detail about the historical context of that fandom, with plenty of art, hand-written letters, and pictures from the time period when she wrote her famous novels.
My Victorian Novel: Critical Essays in the Personal Voice delves more into the literary criticism and interpretation of several Victorian novels. This collection doesn’t specifically delve into Jane Austen, the personal essays articulate the distinction between how one interprets a novel from a modern standpoint and culture, versus how a reader of the original publication would view the same material. They could be really informative when reading classical literature, in general.
We now have Once a Girl, Always a Boy by Jo Ivester, added to the Social Sciences New Book Shelf. This memoir looks particularly helpful since it contains multiple viewpoints on the self-realization and coming-out journey of a transgender man, from his family as well as his own personal perspectives.
There is also an updated version of Capitalism at Risk: How Business Can Lead, that centers the conversation on how businesses can and should take innovative leadership approaches to fix some of the ills of the free market system so that government involvement isn’t as necessary or desired.
Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: a Memoir and a Reckoning is half history and half biography. It looks at issues of inherited trauma and delves into family history in a number of cultures. From Ukraine and the experience of Soviet totalitarianism, and Lithuania with anti-Semitic and Holocaust echoes, combined with Moscow and the experiences of political dissidents in a psychiatric hospital. The journey finally end in Queens, New York and the experience of immigrant families trying to put together new lives in America. Looks like a riveting read for history and biography fans as well.
In the History section we have Alone Against Hitler: Kurt von Schuschnigg’s Fight to Save Austria from the Nazis by Jack Bray heading down to the New Book Shelf as well. The description promises a wild ride of excitement and plot twists chronicling the life of a bold Austrian chancellor that defied Hitler in the build-up to World War II all the way until the end of the war.
The Last Kings of Shanghai: the Rival Jewish Dynasties that Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman is a bit more academic, but looks quite salacious and dramatic as well. Dealing with early political intrigue, opium smuggling, and enough family rivalries to put Shakespeare to shame, it seems to paint a complex and intriguing pseudo-redemption story for two powerful families and their place in the Geo-political climate.
All of these titles are linked to Williamson County Public Library’s Online Catalog – you can simply choose to hold them, after signing in to the Catalog with your library card number. Then, wait for confirmation from Circulation and pick up your holds between 9am and 10am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the Library between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am and 1pm on Saturday to retrieve your holds from Circulation.