Get Hooked on these History Books

They say that history repeats itself so it’s essential that we take time to learn from the past. Check out two new history books about little known parts of American history.

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America
By Candacy Taylor

Explore the historical role and impact of the Green book known as the “black travel guide to America.” The books published between 1936 and 1966 were innovative and important during a time period when it was dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn’t eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses.

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Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
By David Zucchino

Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino uses contemporary newspaper accounts, diaries, letters, and official communications to create a gripping and compelling narrative that weaves together individual stories of hate and fear and brutality. This is a dramatic and definitive account of a remarkable but forgotten chapter of American history.

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Interested in learning more about history?
Check out these upcoming events.

Douglass, Tubman and Harper: 19th Century Freedom Fighters
Saturday, February 1 at 2pm
Northwood Branch

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Stories from the African Oral Tradition
Monday, February 3 at 6pm
Orleans Street Branch

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Also new in Nonfiction this month…

Easy Weekend Getaways from Washington, DC
By Jess Moss

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Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice
By Andrea Freeman

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The History of Philosophy
By A.C. Grayling

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The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison
By Ralph Ellison

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Virginia Woolf: And the Women Who Shaped Her World
By Gilian Gil

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You are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For
By Kyle Carpenter

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What’s New in 2020 for Kids

Start off the new year with a new book! Take a look at these fun and engaging picks for children.

By Kim Smith

A STEAM-centered, adorably illustrated picture book about Meg, a brilliant and creative boxitect who creates extraordinary things out of ordinary cardboard boxes!

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Dream Flights on Arctic Nights
By Brooke Hartman

With singsong rhymes and colorful illustrations, families are sure to enjoy this beautiful bedtime story to explore the Arctic before drifting off to sleep.

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Also new this month:

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
By Nikki Grimes

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By Kate Messner

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The Forgotten Girl
By India Hill Brown

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Tackle your Resolutions with Hoopla

Do you have a “new year, new me” mindset? If so Hoopla, has great tools to help you reach your goals.

Get organized:

Making Space, Clutter Free
By Tracy McCubbin

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Remodelista: The Organized Home
By Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick
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The Clutter Remedy
By Marla Stone
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Get moving:

Every Body Yoga
By Jessamyn Stanley

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Ignite By Spri Hi-Intensity Season 1
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Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred – Season 1
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Eat healthier:

Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook
By Joel Fuhrman

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Quick Keto Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
By Martina Slasjerova

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The Healthy Lunchtime Cookbook
By Various Authors

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Get your finances in order:

I Will Teach You to Be Rich
By Ramit Sethi
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Playing with FIRE
By Scott Rieckens

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You Need a Budget
By Jesse
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Get inspired:

Girl, Wash Your Face
By Rachel Hollis

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Present Over Perfect
By Shauna Niequist

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The Positive Shift
By Catherine A. Sanderson

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2019 Staff Favorites, Part 2

Looking for a new book to check out? Take a look at a few of the recommendations from the Pratt staff.

Nonfiction books

The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House
By Kate Anderson Brower

“Stories from the White House staff–you couldn’t make them up!”

Recommended by Anne Calhoun, Herring Run Branch

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Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Fifth Elder
By John Waters

“This collection of memoirs and essays from Baltimore’s own John Waters is hilarious, offensive in all the right ways, and even touching.”

Recommended by Morgan Stanton, Canton Branch

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Children’s books

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
By Kwame Mbalia

“I love the portrayal of famous creatures and characters from African-American folklore being brought to life. Not only that, but the growth the main character goes through to get over his best friend’s passing is done very well.”

Recommended by George Richardson-Foster, Marina Interlibrary Loan Service (MILO)

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This Kid Can Fly: It’s about ability (not disability)
By Aaron Phillip

“Such an endearing, raw, heartfelt story. Will challenge anyone’s ableist preconceived notions and force you to examine how you view people with disabilities.”

Faith Owhonda, Herring Run Branch

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Young Adult books

By A.S. King

“Three generations of a white family in Pennsylvania come to grips with their own racism and humanity. The language is beautiful and fierce, the plot is thorny, and the characters are true-blue.”

Recommended by Paula Willey, Southeast Anchor Library

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Long Way Down
By Jason Reynolds

“A 45-minute read, written completely in verse that is a powerful argument for seeing the effects of gun violence on young black teens. Jason Reynolds is a national treasure.”

Recommended by Ann Gordon, Govan Branch

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Thank You, Dr. King!

Happy Birthday Dr. King! At the Pratt, we are celebrating the legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all month long. Besides observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (All Pratt branches will be closed on Monday, January 20), there’s a variety of events being held this January.

Selma Screening
Saturday, January 18 at 1pm
Reisterstown Road Branch

Come and watch the award-winning film from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, Common, and more.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture: D.O.P.E. (Dedication, Opportunity, Positivity, and Excellence) Dad 101
Sunday, January 19 at 3:30pm
Central Library

This panel discussion featuring Stephen McGill II, Sherman Barksdale, Kenji Jackson, and Glen Mourning will highlight the abilities of Black Fathers and their ability to have a lifelong impact on our children.

Documentary & Discussion: In Remembrance of Martin
Monday, January 27 at 6pm
Washington Village Branch

Join in a thought-provoking film featuring comments from Dr. King’s family, friends, and advisors. You won’t want to miss a discussion with refreshments.

Can’t make it to one of the events? Check out one of these books and films.

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
By Clayborne Carson

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Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader
By Troy Jackson

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Dear Martin
By Nic Stone

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Día De Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Aaron Carr

MLK: An American Legacy
By David J. Garrow
Martin Luther King Jr. – We Shall Overcome
Watch on Kanopy