The top books chosen by Canadian library staff

July 2019 Adult List

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  1. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
    by Abbi Waxman
    Berkley
    Jul 09, 2019
    FICTION / Women
    Paperback

    Description

    “Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

    The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone's radar.


    Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell.

    The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

    When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?

    Nina considers her options.
    1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
    2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
    3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

    It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
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  2. The Blue Salt Road
    by Joanne M Harris
    Gollancz
    Aug 13, 2019
    FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
    Hardcover

    Description

    An earthly nourris sits and sings
    And aye she sings, "Ba lilly wean,
    Little ken I my bairn's father,
    Far less the land that he staps in.
    (Child Ballad, no. 113)

    So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.

    Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there - without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

    Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.

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  3. Three Women
    by Lisa Taddeo
    Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
    Jul 09, 2019
    HISTORY / Social History
    Hardcover

    Description

    “Extraordinary…A nonfiction literary masterpiece…I can’t remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

    “This is one of the most riveting, assured, and scorchingly original debuts I’ve ever read.” —Dave Eggers

    “[An] instant feminist classic...Utterly engrossing...Game-changing.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

    Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.

    It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.

    We begin in suburban Indiana with Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. She passes her days cooking and cleaning for a man who refuses to kiss her on the mouth, protesting that “the sensation offends” him. To Lina’s horror, even her marriage counselor says her husband’s position is valid. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks. When she reconnects with an old flame through social media, she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming.

    In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who finds a confidant in her handsome, married English teacher. By Maggie’s account, supportive nightly texts and phone calls evolve into a clandestine physical relationship, with plans to skip school on her eighteenth birthday and make love all day; instead, he breaks up with her on the morning he turns thirty. A few years later, Maggie has no degree, no career, and no dreams to live for. When she learns that this man has been named North Dakota’s Teacher of the Year, she steps forward with her story—and is met with disbelief by former schoolmates and the jury that hears her case. The trial will turn their quiet community upside down.

    Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane—a gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner—who is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. He picks out partners for her alone or for a threesome, and she ensures that everyone’s needs are satisfied. For years, Sloane has been asking herself where her husband’s desire ends and hers begins. One day, they invite a new man into their bed—but he brings a secret with him that will finally force Sloane to confront the uneven power dynamics that fuel their lifestyle.

    Based on years of immersive reporting, and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is a groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in today’s America, exposing the fragility, complexity, and inequality of female desire with unprecedented depth and emotional power. It is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy, that introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.
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  4. Hideaway
    by Nicole Lundrigan 'Canada'
    Viking
    Jul 09, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
    Paperback

    Description

    What if home is the most dangerous place you can be? For fans of Room and readers of Shari Lapena.

    Gloria Janes appears to be a doting suburban mother and loving wife. But beyond her canary-yellow door, Gloria controls her husband, Telly, as well as seven-year-old Maisy and her older brother Rowan, through a disorienting cycle of adoration and banishment.

    When Telly leaves, Gloria turns on Rowan. He runs away, finding unlikely refuge with a homeless man named Carl, with whom he forms the kind of bond he has never found with his parents. After they are menaced by strangers, Rowan follows Carl to an isolated cottage, where he accidentally sets off a burst of heightened paranoia in Carl, and their adventure takes a dark turn.

    Gloria is publicly desperate for the safe return of her son while privately plotting ever wilder ways to lure Telly home for good. Her behaviour grows more erratic and her manipulation of Maisy begins to seem dedicated toward an outcome that only she can see. The two storylines drive relentlessly toward a climax that is both shocking and emotionally riveting.

    Suspenseful, unsettling, and masterful, Hideaway explores the secrets of a troubled family and illuminates an unlikely hero and a source of unexpected strength.
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  5. Lock Every Door
    by Riley Sager
    Dutton
    Jul 02, 2019
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover

    Description

    Parade.com “The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019 ” and “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019”
    Good Housekeeping, "Best New Books for Summer 2019"
    PureWow “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019”
    BookBub “Books That Will Make the Perfect Addition to Your Beach Bag This Summer”


    The next heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager follows a young woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays.


    No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

    As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

    Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew's sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.
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  6. The Chelsea Girls
    by Fiona Davis
    Dutton
    Jul 30, 2019
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardcover

    Description

    The bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about a twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives—from the national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address.

    From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.

    Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.
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  7. Null Set
    by S. L. Huang
    Tor Books
    Jul 09, 2019
    FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
    Hardcover

    Description

    S. L. Huang'sNull Set is the breakout sf thriller for fans of John Scalzi and Greg Rucka

    Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has decided to Fight Crime(tm). After all, with her extraordinary mathematical ability, she can neuter bombs or out-shoot an army. And the recent outbreak of violence in the world’s cities is Cas’s fault—she’s the one who crushed the organization of telepaths keeping the world’s worst offenders under control.

    But Cas’s own power also has a history, one she can’t remember—or control. One that's creeping into her mind and fracturing her sanity...just when she’s gotten herself on the hit list of every crime lord on the West Coast. And her best, only, sociopathic friend. Cas won’t be able to save the world. She might not even be able to save herself.

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  8. Shamed
    by Linda Castillo
    Minotaur Books
    Jul 16, 2019
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardcover

    Description

    In this gripping thriller fromNew York Timesbestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past.

    The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her—the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why?

    Kate’s investigation brings her to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river, a community where family is everything and tradition is upheld with an iron fist. But the killer is close behind, drawing more victims into a twisted game of revenge. Left behind at each new crime scene are cryptic notes that lead Kate to a haunting and tragic secret. What she uncovers threatens to change everything she thought she knew about the family she’s fighting for, the Amish community as a whole—and her own beliefs.

    As time to find the missing girl runs out, Kate faces a harrowing choice that will test her convictions and leave one family forever changed.

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  9. Brave the Tempest
    by Karen Chance
    Berkley
    Jul 30, 2019
    FICTION / Fantasy / Urban
    Paperback

    Description

    Cassie Palmer, chief seer of the supernatural world, faces her biggest challenge yet--her own allies! Everything's on the line in the latest thrilling entry in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

    Cassie Palmer has been chief seer of the supernatural world for a little over four months. In that time, she's battled two gods, fallen in love with two men, and confronted the two sides of her own nature, both god and human. So it's not surprising that she currently finds herself facing two adversaries, although they have a single purpose: to wipe out the supernatural community's newest fighting force, leaving it vulnerable to enemies in this world and beyond.

    To prevent catastrophe, the vamps, mages, and demons will have to do the one thing they've never managed before and come together as allies. Cassie has the difficult task of keeping the uneasy coalition intact, and of persuading her own two opposing forces, a powerful mage with a secret and a master vampire with a growing obsession, to fight at her side. She just hopes they can do it without tearing each other apart.
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  10. Keto Sweet Tooth Cookbook
    by Aaron Day
    Alpha
    Jul 09, 2019
    COOKING / Health & Healing / Low Carbohydrate
    Paperback

    Description

    Following a ketogenic diet means you can never enjoy sweet treats again, right? Think again! You can enjoy delicious desserts and sweet treats while eating keto, and you can make them all low carb and sugar free!

    With 80 recipes and beautiful photography throughout, Keto Sweet Tooth Cookbook is the only keto desserts book you'll ever need. In no time, you'll be making everything from low-carb cakes to cookies, pies, fat bombs, shakes, ice creams, candies, and smoothies. Every low-carb recipe is sugar-free and includes essential macros along with clear, easy-to-follow instructions for making virtually any sweet treat you can make with sugar. Keto Sweet Tooth Cookbook will satisfy even the most persistent sweet tooth, but without all the sugar and excess carbs!

    What you'll find in Keto Sweet Tooth Cookbook:

    * 80 dessert and sweet treat recipes for cakes, cupcakes, muffins, custards, pies, confections, fat bombs, and frozen treats, and more, and all with essential keto macros
    * Helpful tips for using sweeteners, including which sweeteners to buy and which to avoid, to ensure your keto desserts are both delicious and keto-friendly
    * Guidance on using nut flours and binding agents to achieve perfect results that are just as good or better than traditional desserts and treats
    * Tips for adjusting cooking techniques to achieve perfect results every time, including advice on stocking your kitchen with essential keto ingredients<
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May & June 2019 Juvenile and Young Adult List

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  1. Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different
    by Ben Brooks
    Running Press Kids
    May 07, 2019
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
    Hardcover

    Description

    Boys will be boys and girls will be girls? Not in this book.

    The follow-up to Ben Brooks's New York Times bestselling Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, this book offers more extraordinary true stories of amazing people who broke the mold and changed the world for the better. The resulting message? Be yourself, and your dreams might come true.

    With the help of Quinton Winter's striking full-color illustrations, Brooks offers an accessible compilation of 76 famous and not-so-famous influencers from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his or her own way. Entries include Emma Gonzalez, Andy Warhol, Bjork, Hans Christian Andersen, Sally Ride, and so many more -- heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.
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  2. Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids
    by Elizabeth Haidle
    HMH Books for Young Readers
    May 14, 2019
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Literary
    Hardcover

    Description

    This exciting debut in graphic novel format tells the childhood stories of literary legends including Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, and Sandra Cisnernos. Perfect for fans ofGood Night Stories for Rebel Girls and Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World.

    What makes a writer? What inspires them? Where do their stories come from? Striking illustrations and a popular graphic novel format bring to life this anthology of literary legends and their childhoods. Featuring beloved authors such as Maya Angelou, C.S. Lewis, Gene Luen Yang and J.K. Rowling, these stories capture the childhood triumphs, failures, and inspirations that predated their careers.

    Children ages ten and up will see themselves in these humanized portraits and wonder if they, too, might have it in them to write. A celebration of creativity, this collective graphic biography is sprinkled throughout with writing wisdom and inspiring quotes.
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  3. The Little Book of Big What-Ifs
    by Renata Liwska 'Canada'
    HMH Books for Young Readers
    May 07, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
    Hardcover

    Description

    What if your imagination runs wild? In this charming, whimsical book,New York Times bestselling creator Renata Liwska explores “what if” scenarios from silly to serious, gently examining the curiosities of everyday life with humor and imagination. Perfect for fans ofI Wish You More andThe Quiet Book.

    Every day is filled with opportunities to wonder . . .what if?

    In this charming book of big questions for little readers, New York Timesbestselling creator Renata Liwska explores scenarios that span the spectrum from silly to serious, gently examining both the anxieties and curiosities of everyday life.

    Wondering what might happen helps expand our imaginations, whether the options are humorous or thought-provoking—or both!

    So:what if . . . you turned the page?
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  4. How Emily Saved the Bridge
    by Frieda Wishinsky 'Canada'
    Groundwood Books
    May 01, 2019
    JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology
    Hardcover

    Description

    The Brooklyn Bridge, the iconic suspension bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, was completed in 1883. It is thanks to Emily Warren Roebling that the bridge was finished at all.

    Emily was not an engineer, but she was educated in math and science. She married Washington Roebling, the chief engineer of the famous bridge. When Washington became ill from decompression sickness, Emily stepped in, doing everything from keeping the books, to carrying messages for her husband, to monitoring the construction of the bridge. She was the first person to cross the Brooklyn Bridge when it opened.

    Emily, who went on to study law among many other accomplishments, is an inspiration to all, as demonstrated through Frieda Wishinsky’s informative and engaging text and Natalie Nelson’s distinctive collage illustrations. Speech bubbles revealing imagined dialogue add a playful note to this historical account, which includes fascinating facts about the Brooklyn Bridge and a further reading list.

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  5. Bear Out There
    by Jacob Grant
    Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Jun 04, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Bears
    Hardcover

    Description

    Bear and Spider are back in another charming odd-couple friendship story, perfect for fans of Peter Brown and Greg Pizzoli.

    Bear's favorite place is inside. He loves sharing his tidy home with his friend Spider. Spider loves the outdoors!

    When Spider's kite flies away, Bear must venture out and into the messy forest to help his friend.

    As their quest in the forest goes from bad to worse, Bear and Spider show readers that being a friend means being there for each other, no matter what.

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  6. I Have an Idea! (Interactive Books for Kids, Preschool Imagination Book, Creativity Books)
    by Herve Tullet
    Chronicle Books
    May 07, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Interactive Adventures
    Hardcover

    Description

    From one of the true creative geniuses of this generation comes a unique meditation on and celebration of the magic of the birth of a simple idea. Sparkling with visual wit and bubbling with imagination, this is a richly emotional exploration of the creative process: from an initial tentative inkling, to the frustration of chasing the wrong notion, to finally the exhilaration of capturing—and nurturing—just the right idea.I Have an Idea! is a scrumptious cloth-spined package of color and inspiration equally at home on a child's bookshelf, in a new graduate's backpack, or atop a creative's desk.
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  7. A Girl's Guide to the Wild
    by Ruby McConnell
    Little Bigfoot
    May 21, 2019
    SELF-HELP / Journaling
    Paperback

    Description

    Girls belong outdoors! This handbook covers everything you need to get outside, including ideas for what to do, camping and hiking basics, body stuff in the wilderness, advanced skills like maps, weather, and first aid, as well as recipes, projects, activities, and profiles of inspiring outdoorswomen.

    Your definitive guide to getting outside--for girls ages 9-12! In addition to basic outdoor skills, this entertaining guidebook includes easy camping recipes, outdoor projects including science experiments and crafts, fun activity suggestions, and inspiring stories of diverse historical and contemporary outdoorswomen (such as Arunima Sinha, the first amputee woman to summit Mount Everest; Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts; and Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod). The goal is to improve the quality of girls' outdoor time by increasing participation and independence, making them feel comfortable and safe, and giving them essential skills and knowledge. Charming and approachable, this book will encourage both reluctant campers and budding naturalists to go wild and embrace the outdoors.
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  8. The Candle and the Flame
    by Nafiza Azad
    Scholastic Press
    May 14, 2019
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
    Hardcover

    Description

    Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road.

    There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population - except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

    But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

    Debut novelist Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.

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  9. House Without Walls
    by Ching Yeung Russell
    Yellow Jacket
    Jun 18, 2019
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
    Hardcover

    Description

    For most people, home is a place with four walls. It's a place to eat, sleep, rest, and live. For a refugee, the concept of home is ever-changing, ever-moving, ever-wavering. And often, it doesn't have any walls at all.

    Eleven-year-old Lam escapes from Vietnam with Dee Dee during the Vietnamese Boat People Exodus in 1979, when people from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia fled their homelands for safety. For a refugee, the trip is a long and perilous one, filled with dangerous encounters with pirates and greedy sailors, a lack of food and water, and even the
    stench of a dead body onboard. When they finally arrive at a refugee camp, Lam befriends Dao, a girl her age who
    becomes like a sister-a welcome glimmer of happiness after a terrifying journey.

    Readers will feel as close to Lam as the jade pendant she wears around her neck, sticking by her side throughout
    her journey as she experiences fear, crushing loss, boredom, and some small moments of joy along the way.

    Written in verse, this is a heartfelt story that is sure to build empathy and compassion for refugees around the world
    escaping oppression.
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  10. Dissenter on the Bench
    by Victoria Ortiz
    Clarion Books
    Jun 04, 2019
    YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
    Hardcover

    Description

    The life and career of the fiercely principled Supreme Court Justice, now a popular icon, with dramatic accounts of her landmark cases that moved the needle on legal protection of human rights, illustrated with b/w archival photographs.

    Dramatically narrated case histories from Justice Ginsburg's stellar career are interwoven with an account of RBG’s life—childhood, family, beliefs, education, marriage, legal and judicial career, children, and achievements—and her many-faceted personality is captured. The cases described, many involving young people, demonstrate her passionate concern for gender equality, fairness, and our constitutional rights. Notes, bibliography, index.
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