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New Books for April


Spring has sprung and everything's coming up new books! The Library has a slew of new reading material on topics from the superathlete to space, India to the Arctic. Here are a few highlights: Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs. Written before Burroughs' hit "Running with Scissors," but published after, "Dry: A Memoir" is described as "an advertising executive remembers his childhood with his eccentric foster family and his early adulthood experiences of trying to establish an independent life for himself."           The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know about the All-There-Is by Roberto Trotta is a cosmology book with a linguistic twist: "From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology--with a twist. The book's lexicon is limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, excluding physics, energy, galaxy, or even universe. Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), cosmologist Roberto Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-there-is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand."   Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes, and What We Can Learn from Them by Mark McClusky explores the rise of the modern athlete: "Veteran journalist Mark McClusky brings readers behind the scenes with a new generation of athletes, coaches, and scientists whose accomplishments are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and completely redefining the limits of the human body."         Future Arctic: Field Notes from a World on the Edge by Edward Struzik dives deep into climate change's impact on the Arctic. "[Struzik's] travel companions, from wildlife scientists to military strategists to indigenous peoples, share diverse insights into the science, culture and geopolitical tensions of this captivating place. With their help, Struzik begins piecing together an environmental puzzle: How might the land's most iconic species-caribou, polar bears, narwhal-survive? Where will migrating birds flock to? How will ocean currents shift? And what fundamental changes will oil and gas exploration have on economies and ecosystems? How will vast unclaimed regions of the Arctic be divided? A unique combination of extensive on-the-ground research, compelling storytelling, and policy analysis, Future Arctic offers a new look at the changes occurring in this remote, mysterious region and their far-reaching effects." Check out the whole list of New Books, or browse our list of April Popular Reading. Better yet, check out all of our New Materials lists.