Happy New Books Tuesday! From creative nonfiction to Reacting to the Past gamebooks check out these exciting new books publishing today. Plus, don’t forget you can see everything new this month including new paperbacks such as the second edition of The Vote Collectors: The True Story of the Scamsters, Politicians, and Preachers behind the Nation’s Greatest Electoral Fraud by Michael Graff and Nick Ochsner, on our Hot Off the Press page.

Book cover for vThe After by Michael Ramos

The After: A Veteran’s Notes on Coming Home
by Michael Ramos

“Powerfully written, unflinching accounts of life on active duty—essential reading for anyone who cares about our veterans.”—Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

“An intricate narrative of service, its meaning, and the life that comes after. Deeply felt. Beautifully written.”—Elliot Ackerman, author of Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

“Michael Ramos’s raw, honest experiences chip away at the tired narrative of the broken veteran. His voice speaks for many and offers an opportunity for those removed from the toll of war to understand its impacts.”—Heather Kelly, coauthor of The Knock at the Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose

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Container and Small-Space Gardening for the South: How to Grow Flowers and Food No Matter Where You Live
By Barbara W. Ellis

  • Features plants that everyone can grow throughout the southeast, with suggestions for overwintering tender plants indoors or replacing them annually.
  • Covers key plant-care basics, including options on container selection, potting mediums, seasonal care, pest and disease control, and more.
  • Identifies plants that support butterflies, hummingbirds, and pollinators.
  • Offers comprehensive lists to help readers select the best plant options for their sites and objectives.
  • Gives advice for readers on tight budgets and on how to create attractive containers from found materials.

“A detailed guide with hands-on techniques for starting and maintaining a garden in small spaces. . . . The book’s tips and ideas are applicable to gardeners everywhere.”—Library Journal

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The Rich Earth Between Us: The Intimate Grounds of Race and Sexuality in the Atlantic World, 1770–1840
by Shelby Johnson

“This text joins a growing conversation on the solidarities between African diasporic and Indigenous communities of the Atlantic World. The creativity, care, and deep, multifield engagement that Johnson brings to her primary sources is a model for what scholarship on this period can be.” —Greta LaFleur, Yale University

“Johnson moves fluidly through current scholarship and theoretical work to produce a deeply thoughtful and reorienting reading of the work of four prominent eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Black and Native writers. A powerful and original contribution that is very much at the heart of current conversations in the field.”—Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

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Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676-1677: Race, Class, and Frontier Conflict in Colonial Virginia
by Verdis LeVar Robinson & Paul Otto

A Reacting to the Past book

In the early seventeenth century, Virginia’s Chesapeake region saw the emergence of a multiracial society centered around the profitable tobacco industry. While Native Americans, free and enslaved Africans, and Europeans coexisted and interacted, a hierarchical order formed with a small elite planting class, led by Governor William Berkeley, wielding power over land, labor, and governance. Seeking to form a coalition of dissatisfied elites and marginalized individuals, Nathaniel Bacon, a newcomer to the Virginia colony, led a rebellion against Berkeley and his supporters.

In this game, students assume the roles of the elite loyalists to Governor Berkeley and the rebellious supporters of Nathaniel Bacon. Engaging in debates, conspiracies, and simulated acts of resistance, students will strive to shape the future governance of the Virginia colony, determining which group emerges as the ruling class and which group will be relegated to the lower rungs of colonial society.