New Nonfiction Books: Wednesday, September 23

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Here are a few more of the new books we’ve gotten in recently:

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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio (graphic novel)

From author Derf Backderf comes the story of the Kent State shootings. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children — a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Using the journalism skills he employed on My Friend Dahmer and Trashed, Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart. Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, which will be published in time for the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, is a moving and troubling story about the bitter price of dissent — as relevant today as it was in 1970.

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Fodor’s Pacific Northwest

Whether you want to visit a stunning national park, go wine-tasting in Oregon, or experience the culture of Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver, the local Fodor’s travel experts in the Pacific Northwest are here to help! Fodor’s Pacific Northwest guidebook is packed with maps, carefully curated recommendations, and everything else you need to simplify your trip-planning process and make the most of your time. This new edition travel guide has been fully-redesigned with an easy-to-read layout, fresh information, and beautiful color photos.

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The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy

Violence is foundational to America, and has become, it seems, America’s most insoluble problem. But to solve this problem, we must first understand it. The Violence Inside Us examines the roots of human violence itself and the propensity of people to harm themselves and each other. The result is a carefully researched, deeply emotional, and personal book that dissects America’s violence obsession through an evolutionary, historical, and economic lens. And the book takes a hard look at one distinctly American feature: a firearms industry that has for decades manipulated and dominated politics and culture in order to maintain a ghastly status quo and prevent even the most basic anti-violence measure from being implemented. Following his profound personal transformation in the wake of the Newtown mass murder and his subsequent immersion in the intertwined issues of freedom and firearms, Senator Chris Murphy dedicated himself to examining America’s obsession with violent acts and why we’ve tolerated them for so long, to deeply explore all of the arguments and the latest research on want works and what doesn’t, and to establish the steps we must take to change. The Violence Inside Us is the extraordinary result.

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