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BOOK NOTES: 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?' ... 'Alphabetical' ... 'Dead Wake'

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Grand Forks Public Library

"Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America" by Bruce Barcott. As crazy as it sounds, the era of Marijuana prohibition in America may be coming to an end. Author and recent pro-legalization covert, Barcott explores the rapidly changing landscape of legal cannabis and its new relationship with the American people.

"Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story" by Michael Rosen. You're looking at them right now, but do you really know anything about them? Rosen takes us on a historical 26-chapter tour of our modern alphabet, on which every letter has a story that is as unique as the sound it makes.

"The Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained" by DK Publishing. Although William Shakespeare was thoroughly English, for many, his writings read as if they were in Greek. Luckily, the good folks at DK Publishing have compiled this richly illustrated, plain English guide to help demystify the playwright's distinct, albeit sometimes confusing writing style.

"The Awakened Introvert" by Arnie Kozak. If you're an introvert and enjoyed the current best-selling book "Quiet" by Susan Cain, add this book to your "to read" list. Structured like a workbook, Kozak guides the reader towards tapping their inherent introvert strengths as a means of thriving in America's loud and extrovert-favored culture.

East Grand Forks Campbell Library

"Dead Wake" by Erik Larson. This book tells the story of the Lusitania and the journey that led to its demise. As a story that many of us think we know but don't, Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era.

"Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling. Actress and writer Kaling invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.

"Through the Eyes of Serial Killers" by Nadia Fezzani. The author conducted groundbreaking, uncensored interviews with multiple-murderers behind bars. The account she pieces together from interviews, psychological research, criminal profiling, and genetic studies, is as unsettling as it is undeniable. The scars of abuse, and cold-blooded logic all emerge as Fezzani dissects serial killers' personalities in a quest to understand those who have committed unthinkable crimes.

"The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson. In this book, Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world's top scientists. His investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fueled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers.