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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All about Graphic Novels

Have you ever read a graphic novel? If not, you are missing out on intriguing stories and bold artwork. The Pratt has a diverse group of titles for young adults and graphic novel enthusiasts. Take a look at what’s new!

By Hannah Templer

Hotel Dare
By Terry Blas

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Komi Can’t Communicate, Volume 1
By Tomohito Oda

By Nnedi Okorafor

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Monstress, Volume 4
By Marjorie Liu

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Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples
By Neil Gaiman

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Space Boy, Volume 5
By Stephen McCranie

Super Sons 2: The Foxglove Mission
By Ridley Pearson


The Black Mage
By Daniel Barnes

Hex Vet: The Flying Surgery
By Sam Davies


The Umbrella Academy 3: Hotel Oblivion
By Gerald Way
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Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom
By Tui T. Sutherland

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Let’s Focus on Fantasy Books!

Are you ready to escape from this cold weather? Open up one of these new novels and travel to a whole new world. Take a look at some of the new fantasy books available to check out at the Pratt.

The Deep
By Rivers Soloman

In this brilliantly imaginative novella, the water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society—and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future.

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Queen of the Conquered
By Kacen Callender

Sigourney Rose, an ambitious young woman with the power to control minds seeks vengeance against the royals who murdered her family, in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression.

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The Ruin of Kings
By Jenn Lyons

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.

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Also new in Fiction this month:

A Minute to Midnight
By David Baldacci

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Dead Astronauts
By Jeff Vandermeer

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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick
By Zora Neale Hurston

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On Swift Horses
By Shannon Pufahl

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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles
By Alexander McCall

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The Wicked Redhead
By Beatrix Williams
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Fight the Chill with these Thrillers

We don’t want to keep you waiting in suspense. Here’s a list of the latest mysteries, crime dramas, and thrillers new to the Pratt. Check them out!

A Longer Fall
By Charlaine Harris

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All That’s Bright and Gone
By Eliza Nellums

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Blue Moon
By Lee Child

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First Cut
By Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

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The Chestnut Man
By Soren Sveistrup

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The Last Affair
By Margot Hunt

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The Lying Room
By Nicci French

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The Vanishing
By Jayne Ann Krentz

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By Colleen Hoover

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