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Book Jacket for American Sherlock Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
Book Jacket for The Dragons, the Giant, the Women
Book Jacket for The Blind Side Evolution of a Game
Book Jacket for Four Hundred Souls A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Book Jacket for I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Book Jacket for The Killer Across the Table Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter
Book Jacket for Ordinary Light
Book Jacket for The Stranger Beside Me
Book Jacket for The Three Mothers How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation
Book Jacket for This Is Your Mind on Plants

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI / Kate Winkler Dawson

Edward Oscar Heinrich pioneered much of today's crime scene investigation technique, an impressive resume and an essential name for anyone who considers themselves a true crime buff. Known as the ?American Sherlock Holmes? and who operated out of Berkeley, California, Heinrich was one of America?s greatest?and first?forensic scientists, who ultimately cracked at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career.

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women / Wayetu Moore

You'll be utterly entranced by Wayetu Moore's story of fleeing war-torn Liberia as a child on foot, eventually reaching the United States and settling in Texas. Moore covers her early childhood memories, her time adjusting to life in Texas, and her eventual return to Liberia with descriptive and lush prose. The Dragons, the Giant, the Women is not only a tale of immigration, survival, and struggling between two countries and cultures, but a tribute to family that will resonate with many.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game / Michael Lewis

Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL. Now a major motion picture.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 / Ibram X. Kendi

In Four Hundred Souls, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain have crafted "a vital addition to [the] curriculum on race in America" (The Washington Post) that sees over 400 years of Black history turned into narrative. The collection of historical essays, short stories, vignettes, and poetry takes readers from 1619 - the year enslaved people arrived on the coast of Virginia - to present day.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer / MICHELLE MCNAMARA

Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, became obsessed with the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer" - a violent assailant we would eventually come to know as Joseph James DeAngelo. Jr. For more than 10 years, his mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he committed 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared.

The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter / John E. Douglas

A brilliant account of some of the worst killers, The Killer Across the Table, offers never-before-revealed insights that led its author John E. Douglas to help capture them. A legendary FBI criminal profiler, number one New York Times best-selling author, and inspiration for Netflix's Mindhunter, Douglas uses four of the most disturbing and complex predators to illustrate his profiling process, while divulging the strategies used.

Ordinary Light / Tracy K Smith

In Ordinary Light, a National Book Award finalist, Tracy K. Smith chronicles her childhood in a middle-class family. She navigates her thoughts on race, her fraught relationship with her parents, her mother especially, and faith, and how these influence her own experiences as a mother. Smith's memoir is one that resonates with readers as she reconciles how her past shapes her identity.

The Stranger Beside Me / ANN RULE

When Anne Rule and Ted Bundy developed a friendship at a Seattle crisis clinic in 1971, she had no idea that her caring, sensitive coworker would go on to become one of America's most notorious serial killers. In [this book], she dives into not only her personal relationship with Bundy, but his life; covering everything from his complicated childhood to the media circus revolving around his trials. Bundy eventually confessed to killing at least thirty-six women across?the?country and was sentenced to death. Rule draws from correspondence to create an intense, heart-pounding account of the brilliant and charismatic Bundy.

The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation / Anna Malaika Tubbs

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them, who were all born at the beginning of the 20th century and forced to contend with the prejudices of Jim Crow as Black women. Berdis, Alberta, and Louise passed their knowledge to their children with the hope of helping them to survive in a society that would deny their humanity from the very beginning-from Louise teaching her children about their activist roots, to Berdis encouraging James to express himself through writing, to Alberta basing all of her lessons in faith and social justice. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness, all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. These three mothers taught resistance and a fundamental belief in the worth of Black people to their sons, even when these beliefs flew in the face of America's racist practices and led to ramifications for all three families' safety. The fight for equal justice and dignity came above all else for the three mothers. These women, their similarities and differences, as individuals and as mothers, represent a piece of history left untold and a celebration of Black motherhood long overdue

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This Is Your Mind on Plants / Michael Pollan

Of all the things humans rely on plants for (sustenance, beauty, fragrance, flavor, fiber) surely the most curious is our use of them is to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs -- opium, caffeine, and mescaline -- and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos with which we surround them. Based in part on an essay written more than 25 years ago, this groundbreaking and singular consideration of psychoactive plants, and our attraction to them through time, holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world

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Including the collection of Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus


Poudre River Public Library District
(970) 221-6740

Including the collection of
Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus