Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
By David Lubar
DB 62064, Available as BARD download
In Scott's first year of high school, he longs for more sleep, writes a journal for his sibling who will soon be born, and joins many school activities to attract freshman goddess Julia. Along the way, Scott loses old friends and makes unlikely new ones. For grades 6-9. 2005.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Seriously . . . I'm Kidding
By Ellen Degeneres
DB 73788, Available as BARD download
Comedienne and talk-show host shares her views on the amount of talking required in her profession; the benefits of meditating, stretching, and making pros and cons lists; her uncomfortable stint as an American Idol judge; and other topics. Bestseller. 2011.
By Amy Poehler
DB 80350, Available as BARD download
Emmy Award-winning star of television show Parks and Recreation, Poehler (born 1971) ruminates on what she has learned so far in her life. Describes growing up in Massachusetts, development of improv skills in Chicago, show business, divorce, and personal and professional relationships. Strong language. Bestseller. 2014.
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow-Fever Epidemic of 1793
By Molly Caldwell Crosby
DB 57418, BR 17407, Available as BARD Download
Describes the horrific events in Philadelphia in 1793 when citywide illness prevented Congress from convening. Thousands of people were dying, many unattended, and physicians of the time were unsure of the cause or treatment of the yellow-fever outbreak. For grades 6-9. 2003.
And the Band Played On: The AIDS Epidemic
By Randy Shilts
DB 26042, Available as BARD Download
The author, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, has been covering the AIDS epidemic full-time since 1982. He presents the apathy and politics displayed by the government, the media, the medical establishment, and the gay community before they realized the magnitude of the crisis, as well as the tragedy of the disease's human toll. Bestseller. 1987.
Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine
By Roy Porter
DB 56792, BR 14887, Available as BARD Download
British professor, author of A Social History of Madness (DB 28067), studies Western medicine from ancient times to the 1990s. Includes the changing landscape of diseases, doctors, therapies, surgeries, hospitals, and laboratories. 2002.
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
By Mary Roach
DB 66788, Available as BARD Download
Author of Stiff (DB 58302) and Spook (DB 62108) offers her take on clinical studies of sexual physiology for achieving arousal and orgasm. Surveys research conducted in the 1900s and the findings of Masters and Johnson, Alfred Kinsey, and others. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
By Susannah Cahalan
DB 76074, Available as BARD Download
New York Post reporter's account of the mysterious disease that mimicked mental illness and almost killed her in 2009, when she was twenty-four years old. Describes her eventual diagnosis–NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis, a rare brain infection that causes seizures and paranoia–and her successful treatment and recovery. Some strong language. 2012.
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
By Jennifer Worth
DB 76915, Available as BARD Download
Autobiography of a woman who trained as a nurse/midwife and served in London's impoverished East End during the 1950s. Describes her sheltered background, life in an Anglican convent, and long hours among poverty-stricken patients. Basis for the PBS series. 2002.