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Newest Young Adult Non-fiction Book:
Heads Up Psychology by Marcus Weeks
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Psychology is all around us: in the advertising we see, the politics we debate, and in the development of products we use every day.

Using engaging graphics, Heads Up Psychology explores the big ideas from all areas of psychology including psychoanalysis, intelligence, and mental disorders.

With easy-to-understand coverage of all the approaches to psychology and the ideas of more than 60 psychologists, from Asch to Milgram and Ramachandran to Zimbardo, this introduction to an often complicated subject is written with young-adult readers in mind and is structured around the questions they often ask, like How do I fit in?, Who needs parents, anyway?, and Why do I feel so angry all the time?

In Heads Up Psychology, psychological theories are explained with the help of cleverly conceived graphic illustrations and diagrams to show how they relate to everyday life. Biography spreads give interesting insights into the lives and work of Freud, Pavlov, and more, while other psychologists and their big ideas are profiled in a comprehensive directory, and case study panels describe groundbreaking experiments in the field.


More New Young Adult Non-Fiction:
The King of Sports : Football's Impact on America by Greg Easterbrook
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Gridiron football is the king of sports, the biggest game in the strongest and richest country in the world. Of the twenty most-watched television broadcasts ever, both in the United States and internationally, all twenty were Super Bowls.

In The King of Sports, Gregg Easterbrook, author of the wildly popular ESPN column Tuesday Morning Quarterback, takes on football's place in American society. Easterbrook tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society at all levels of the game.

The Family Romanov : Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
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Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs, at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing.

Using captivating photos and compelling first-person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming deftly maneuvers between the imperial family's extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read.

For the Good of Mankind?: The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation by Vicki O. Wittenstein
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Experiment: A child is deliberately infected with the deadly smallpox disease without his parents' informed consent. Result: The world's first vaccine.

Experiment: A slave woman is forced to undergo more than thirty operations without anesthesia. Result: The beginnings of modern gynecology.

Incidents like these paved the way for crucial, lifesaving medical discoveries. But they also harmed and humiliated their test subjects, many of whom did not agree to the experiments in the first place. How do doctors balance the need to test new medicines and procedures with their ethical duty to protect the rights of human subjects? Take a harrowing journey through some of history's greatest medical advances and most horrifying medical atrocities to discover how human suffering has gone hand in hand with medical advancement.

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin
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John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr to liar, fanatic, and the father of American terrorism.

Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry that rendered the Civil War inevitable. Brown believed that God had chosen him to right the moral wrong of slavery. He was willing to die for something modern Americans agree was a just cause. Yet he was willing to kill for it, too, in the name of righteous violence.

Award-winning nonfiction author Albert Marrin brings nineteenth-century issues into the modern arena with ease and grace in a book that is sure to rivet readers and spark serious discussion.

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
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Ernest Shackleton was one of the last great Antarctic explorers, and he led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken.

This is Shackleton's story and the story of the dozens of men who threw in their lot with him, many of whom nearly died in the unimaginably harsh conditions of the journey. It's an astonishing feat, and was unprecedented at the time, that all the men in the expedition survived.

Shackleton's expedition marked the end of a period of romantic exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and this is as much a book about the encroaching modern world as it is about travel. Nick Bertozzi has documented this remarkable journey with such wit and fiendish attention to detail that it's impossible not to get caught up in the drama of the voyage. Shackleton is a phenomenal accompaniment to Bertozzi's earlier graphic novel about great explorers, Lewis & Clark.

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow
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One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America's South, striking tens of thousands of victims.

No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead.Award-winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it. Illustrated with 100 archival photographs, Red Madness includes stories about real-life pellagra victims and accounts of scientific investigations.


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