Monday, April 3, 2017


What are all those delicious bestsellers doing on the New Book shelves at the Monrovia Public Library? They are just waiting to be checked out by readers who enjoy thought-provoking nonfiction. Let’s focus on some of the newest.

Archeology and National Geographic fans will love The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston, a true story about the search for a mythical lost city in the jungles of Honduras. The fabled White City has long stirred the imaginations of many, but it took modern radar to discover its location and this book tells about the very difficult trek to reach it. Although snakes and jaguars threaten the searchers, the book is less Indiana Jones and more a methodical look at what it took to find and investigate the lost city.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman’s latest Thank You for Being Late is a book that aims to explain, in an easy-to-understand narrative, a world spinning too quickly to control. Climate change, global economics that are not good for most people, and fast-pasted technology are examined here. The author says he is optimistic about how solutions can be found to all these issues. 

Why do some Americans always live on the edge of being evicted from their homes and how does this impact the economic and social lives of families, lower and middle class, who live in poverty? How do evictions impact neighborhoods? Why have evictions become a business model for some who make money while others suffer?  Desmond Matthews takes on these topics in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. This must read book has won multiple literary prizes. 

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