7 Books To Read: New Releases Winter 2021



Every season we like to share with you new book releases for you to discover. Check out our 7 book highlight below curated from our NEW RELEASES: WINTER 2021 reading list which includes a variety of genres including fiction, humor, health, and kids.


1. DRUG USE FOR GROWN-UPS: CHASING LIBERTY IN THE LAND OF FEAR BY DR. CARL L. HART


Dr. Carl L. Hart, Ziff Professor at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Psychology, is one of the world's preeminent experts on the effects of so-called recreational drugs on the human mind and body. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life as a colleague, husband, father, and friend. In Drug Use for Grown-Ups, he draws on decades of research and his own personal experience to argue definitively that the criminalization and demonization of drug use--not drugs themselves--have been a tremendous scourge on America, not least in reinforcing this country's enduring structural racism.


Drug Use for Grown-Ups will be controversial, to be sure: the propaganda war, Dr. Hart argues, has been tremendously effective. Imagine if the only subject of any discussion about driving automobiles was fatal car crashes.


Drug Use for Grown-Ups offers a radically different vision: when used responsibly, drugs can enrich and enhance our lives. We have a long way to go, but the vital conversation this book will generate is an extraordinarily important step.


2. PATTERN MASTER BY OCTAVIA E. BUTLER


An all-powerful ruler's son vies for control over the human race in this brilliant conclusion to the Patternist saga, from the critically acclaimed author of Parable of the Sower.


Octavia E. Butler was a renowned writer who received a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. She was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Sower, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and was acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future. She passed away on February 24, 2006


Sales of her books have increased enormously since her death as the issues she addressed in her Afrofuturistic, feminist novels and short fiction have only become more relevant.


3. THE BOOK OF KAREN: ACTIVITIES FOR REACTIONARY ADULTS BY KAREN K. KLAREN


Filled with the kinds of stickers, brain teasers, word searches, crossword puzzles, riddles, connect-the-dots, crafts, fill-in-the-blanks, and prompts found in any traditional adult activity book, The Book of Karen subverts and parodies the genre by highlighting the horrible behaviors of the entitled women and men whose videoed and memed behaviors would be comical were they not so condemnable.


As much an activity book as as it is as call to action, The Book of Karen contains a comprehensive and useful list of anti-Karen nonprofits, especially those focusing on social justice, voting rights, pay equity, LGBTQIA rights, immigration, hunger and food instability, disability services, and victim's rights to raise awareness and for readers to support, learn more about, and work with to fight the status quo.


A portion of the proceeds from The Book of Karen will directly go to benefit The Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit committee working to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting the basic human rights for the most vulnerable Americans.


4. SPIRIT RUN: A 6,000-MILE MARATHON THROUGH NORTH AMERICA'S STOLEN LAND BY NOE ALVAREZ


"In this New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, the son of working-class Mexican immigrants flees a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in a Native American marathon from Canada to Guatemala in this stunning memoir that moves to the rhythm of feet, labor, and the many landscapes of the Americas."


Running through mountains, deserts, and cities, and through the Mexican territory his parents left behind, lvarez forges a new relationship with the land, and with the act of running, carrying with him the knowledge of his parents' migration, and--against all odds in a society that exploits his body and rejects his spirit--the dream of a liberated future.


"Lyrical . . . Part travelogue, part traditional memoir . . . The story of the striving, first-generation kid made good is a familiar one; Álvarez makes his ache."


5. ONE STEP FURTHER: MY STORY OF MATH, THE MOON, AND A LIFELONG MISSION BY KATHERINE JOHNSON


Katherine Johnson, world-renowned NASA mathematician and one of the famed "Hidden Figures," was best known for her work that helped send John Glenn into orbit and Apollo 11 to the moon and back. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and has two separate NASA facilities named in her honor.


This inspirational picture book reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and 60s and to succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary "hidden figures" of NASA computing and space research


The inspirational tale of Johnson's perseverance is both intimate and global, showcasing the drive of each generation to push one step further than the last.


With its evocative family album-style format and novel approach to storytelling, One Step Further is sure to inspire the next generation of rising stars.


6. HONEY GIRL BY MORGAN ROGERS


With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls' trip to Vegas to celebrate. She's a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn't know...until she does exactly that.


In New York, she's able to ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she's been running from all along--the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.


Author Morgan Rogers is a queer Black millennial. She writes books for queer girls who are looking for their place in the world. She lives in Maryland with her pets. Honey Girl is her debut novel.


"HONEY GIRL is an emotional, heartfelt, charming debut, and I loved every moment of it."


7. LITTLE YOGI DECK: SIMPLE YOGA PRACTICES TO HELP KIDS MOVE THROUGH BIG EMOTIONS BY CRYSTAL MCCREARY


A colorful card deck featuring 48 simple yoga and mindfulness practices to help kids work through big emotions on and off the mat.


The Little Yogi Deck teaches kids how to recognize and navigate these big emotions by introducing yoga and mindfulness as tools they can use to feel calmer and more in control. The deck makes important topics like strengthening attention, increasing self-awareness, and soothing the nervous system fun and easy to understand through poses like "The Wet Noodle," "Toe-ga," and "Grasshopper Flow."


"Little Yogi Deck will be every parent's best friend. A much-needed resource to help children cultivate emotional intelligence..."


These 7 books are a part of the NEW RELEASES: WINTER 2021 book list.



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