This column was submitted by Evangeline Cessna, local history librarian at the Warren-Vicksburg County Public Library.
This week, the library features titles from our New Adult Nonfiction collection – everything from bugs to civil rights and medicine to history.
Arthur V. Evans brings us the latest “Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America”. This is the National Wildlife Federation’s photographic field guide to insects, spiders, and related species. Amateur and professional naturalists can use this updated guide to identify more than 940 species. With over 2,000 close-up color photographs, you can easily see the terrain markings that distinguish each creature. The text that accompanies each image is clear and simple to allow concise understanding. You’ll learn the range, habitat, life cycle, and behavior of every creature you find. Entomology enthusiasts will appreciate the in-depth information on starting a collection, planting an arthropod garden, keeping insects and spiders in captivity, and learning macro photography techniques.
In “Alabama v. King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Criminal Trial That Started the Civil Rights Movement,” Dan Abrams tells the story of the landmark MLK trial that made him a national hero from the point of view of of his lawyer. Fred D. Gray was only twenty-four when he became defense attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a young minister who had become the face of the bus boycott that rocked the city of Montgomery, Alabama. Gray gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at events such as MLK’s courageous response to a bomb threat in its own home and the harrowing and damning testimony that exposed the racist systems of the South to a global audience. It also deals with the plot to destroy Gray’s career and draft him into the Vietnam War, as well as the dramatic moment when a Supreme Court ruling paralyzed the courtroom.
Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla gives readers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how they developed the first COVID-19 vaccine in “Moonshot: Inside Pfizer’s Nine-month Race to Make the Impossible Possible” . This book is an account of the grueling nine months of 2020 when Pfizer scientists achieved the impossible by creating, testing and manufacturing a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine that would normally take years to develop. The company’s brilliant scientific minds work tirelessly to achieve their goal despite social and political unrest and bring to light the doubts, decisions, obstacles and failures they have encountered. Dr. Bourla is a Greek immigrant who is the child of Holocaust survivors and a veterinarian who became the head of one of the biggest companies in the world. He implemented a dramatic transformation of the organization just before the global health crisis that would test them all.
Dr. Scott H. Sicherer delivers the most comprehensive guide to preventing, testing, living with, and treating food allergies in his book “The Complete Guide to Food Allergies in Adults and Children.” It uses information from the latest studies to help adults and children with food allergies and those who care for them. It organizes information in a Q&A style and highlights case studies to give readers context. Focusing on the most recent advancements, Sicherer discusses everything from managing an allergic emergency to diagnosing allergies and intolerances. It also details chronic health issues that can be caused by food, such as eczema, hives, and gastrointestinal issues. He shares the benefits and risks of new therapies, prevention guidelines, new approaches to improving quality of life and reducing anxiety, and new commercially available diagnostic tests. It also reviews food reactions that are not allergic, such as lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease. Dr. Sicherer also explains how to get proper nutrition when you need to avoid staple foods and whether food allergies go away (hint: they go away, but sometimes come back). He concludes his book with an allergy and anaphylaxis emergency plan and checklists to reduce cross-contamination.
“Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast” by Joan E. DeJean tells the secret story of a group of rebel women exiled in colonial Louisiana who eventually found power in the Mississippi Valley . In 1719, a ship named “La Mutine” (the mutineer woman) set sail from the French port of Le Havre bound for the Mississippi coast. It was laden with goods indispensable to the new French colony, but its main commodity was women. Wrongly accused of sexual crimes, these women were chained prisoners in the hold of the ship. Of the 132 women who made the journey, only 62 survived, but they would carve out a place in the colonies that had been impossible for them in France. They made advantageous marriages and accumulated property. Many helped build New Orleans and settle Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois and Mississippi.