Recommended Reading January 2019 – Mental Health & Wellness


The Library’s Recommended Reading theme for January 2019 is Mental Health and Wellness.

As the winter sets in and gray skies can trigger the winter blues, it is a good time to engage with caring for our minds. It can be difficult to talk about our mental health for many reasons: sigma, need for privacy, and lack of support. These resources will help inform you about different aspects of mental illness, help you reflect on your own needs, and find stories to comfort an entertain you this winter.

Find some suggested titles, as well as online resources and local support for mental health on our Recommended Reading Guide.

Need someone to talk to? Don’t wait. Visit the Highline College Counseling Center. Confidential and open to all Highline faculty, staff, and students.

Building 6, Upper Floor | Phone: (206) 592-3353 | Email:

If you or someone you know is experiencing an acute mental health crisis, you can call the King County Crisis Connections 24 hour hotline at 866-427-4747. Over 400 trained volunteers and experienced staff provide support, resources, and training to people in King County.

Sample Reading List:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der KolkPublication Date: 2014-09-25

Borderline Personality Disorder by Alexander L. Chapman; Kim L. Gratz

Publication Date: 2013-10-01

Publication Date: 2017-04-04

The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid by Gerald Koocher; Annette La Greca

Publication Date: 2010-11-12

Willow Weep for Me by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

Publication Date: 1998-02-17

Winter Blues, Fourth Edition by Norman E. Rosenthal

Publication Date: 2012-09-04

Unholy Ghost by Nell Casey

Publication Date: 2002-01-08

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November 2018 Recommended Reading: Hunger and Homelessness

The Library’s Recommended Reading theme for November 2018 is Hunger and Homelessness.


Link to hunger and homelessness facts

Here are ways you can explore this topic and learn more:

Sample reading list:

Breaking Night by Liz Murray

Call Number:  362.74092 M982b 2010
ISBN: 9780786868919
Publication Date: 2010-09-07
Dear America by Jose Vargas

ISBN: 9780062851352
Publication Date: 2018-09-18
The Divide by Matt Taibbi; Molly Crabapple (Illustrator)

Call Number: 339.2 T129d 2014
ISBN: 9780812983630
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich; Frances Fox Piven

ISBN: 9780805088380
Publication Date: 2008-06-24
No Room of Her Own by Desiree Hellegers

Call Number: 362.5092 H477n 2011
ISBN: 9780230116573
Publication Date: 2011-10-20
One Billion Hungry by Gordon Conway; Katy Wilson; Rajiv Shah (Foreword by)

Call Number: 338.19 C767o 2012
ISBN: 9780801451331
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
The Open Door by Carol L. M. Caton

Call Number:  362.20973 C366o 2017
ISBN: 9780190463380
Publication Date: 2017-04-25

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10/8/18 Recommended Reading List – LGBTTQIA History Month!

The library’s recommended reading theme for this month is LGBTTQIA History Month.

This October for LGBTTQIA History month, we celebrate and remember the history of the gay rights movement and look to the present and futures of queer and trans politics. This month’s library display and following libguide highlight resources and stories of past and present LGBTTQIA artists, thinkers, and activists from around the world! Libguide with more media and resources found HERE

Peak some of the featured media and books below!

Paris is Burning

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

Gender Outlaws: the next generation

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: a resource for the transgender community

Exile and Pride: disability, queerness, and liberation

Transcendent: the year’s best transgender speculative fiction

Juliet Takes a Breath 


See the full list in the Recommended Reading Libguide


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August 2018 Recommended Reading: Summer in the Wild

The Library’s Recommended Reading theme for August 2018 is “Summer in the Wild”.


Great things can happen when you explore. Don’t let summer pass without trying a little or a lot of adventure outside.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Try a short walk around your neighborhood during a summer evening, a picnic at a city park, or a day hike on one of the local urban trails.
  2. Want a local adventure outside the city? Try backpacking or camping at a state or national park.
  3. Finally, the United States, North America, and the world are full of places to explore. Talk to a librarian to learn more!

TEDSalon Video: Why bother leaving the house? 

Speaker: Ben Saunders at TEDSalon London Fall 2012.

Video description:

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Get more information about our August theme from the following locations and follow us on social media.

Get ready for an outdoor adventure, or read about adventures and environmental activism with these books.

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July 2018 Recommended Reading: Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration.

By the 1870s, the Fourth of July was the most important secular holiday on the calendar. Congress passed a law making Independence Day a federal holiday on June 28, 1870 (Library of Congress).

To celebrate Independence Day-the Fourth of July, Highline College Library presents the recommended reading list. For more information on this theme, check out the resources below.


Source: Wikimedia (open source)


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June 2018 Recommended Reading Theme: “Fathers”

In the United States, the month of June holds a day devoted to fathers; June 17, 2018.

Get more information about our “Fathers” theme from the following locations and follow us on social media.

Here is a link to a video from TEDxMidAtlantic:

What I’ve learned about parenting as a stay-at-home dad by Glen Henry (Visual Storyteller)

Video description: Glen Henry got his superpowers through fatherhood. After leaving behind a job he hated and a manager he didn’t get along with, he went to work for an equally demanding boss: his kids. He shares how he went from thinking he knew it all about being a stay-at-home parent to realizing he knew nothing at all — and how he’s now documenting what he’s learned.

Here are some books from the library, currently displayed on the Recommended Reading shelf.
Do Fathers Matter? by Paul Raeburn

Call Number: 155.6462 R134d 2015

ISBN: 9780374535353

Publication Date: 2015-06-02

For too long, we’ve thought of fathers as little more than sources of authority and economic stability in the lives of their children. Yet cutting-edge studies drawing unexpected links between fathers and children are forcing us to reconsider our assumptions and ask new questions: What changes occur in men when they are “expecting”? Do fathers affect their children’s language development? What are the risks and rewards of being an older-than-average father at the time the child is born? What happens to a father’s hormone levels at every stage of his child’s development, and can a child influence the father’s health? Just how much do fathers matter?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Call Number: 813.6 H829k 2015

ISBN: 9781594631931

Publication Date: 2013-03-05

An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present day. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy Afghan youth and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption. It is also about the power of fathers over sons: their love, their sacrifices, and their lies.

New Black Man by Mark Anthony Neal

Call Number: 305.3 N342n 2015

ISBN: 9781138792586

Publication Date: 2015-02-23

From headlines to street corners, the message resounds: Black men are in crisis. Politicians, preachers, and pundits routinely cast blame on those already ostracized within African American communities. But the crisis of black masculinity does not rest with “at-risk” youth of the hip-hop generation or men “on the down low” alone. In this provocative new book, acclaimed cultural critic Mark Anthony Neal argues that the “Strong Black Man”-an ideal championed by generations of African American civic leaders-may be at the heart of problems facing black men today.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Call Number: 813.54 B369s 2015

ISBN: 9780374260507

Publication Date: 2015-03-03

A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality–the black Chinese restaurant. Born in the “agrarian ghetto” of Dickens–on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles–the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians. Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family’s financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that’s left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral. Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town’s most famous resident–the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins–he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang

ISBN: 9781627794947

Publication Date: 2016-05-10

In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by America’s Secret War.

Generation Unbound by Isabel V. Sawhill

Call Number: 306.8 S271g 2014

ISBN: 9780815725589

Publication Date: 2014-09-25

Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside of marriage, and many are unplanned. The result is increased poverty and inequality for children. The left argues for more social support for unmarried parents; the right argues for a return to traditional marriage. In Generation Unbound, Isabel V. Sawhill offers a third approach: change “drifters” into “planners.” In a well-written and accessible survey of the impact of family structure on child well-being, Sawhill contrasts “planners,” who are delaying parenthood until after they marry, with “drifters,” who are having unplanned children early and outside of marriage. These two distinct patterns are contributing to an emerging class divide and threatening social mobility in the United States. Sawhill draws on insights from the new field of behavioral economics, showing that it is possible, by changing the default, to move from a culture that accepts a high number of unplanned pregnancies to a culture in which adults only have children when they are ready to be a parent.

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National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month 2016

Library Guide for National American and Alaska Native Heritage Month 2016

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Tanya Powers: Highline Voices

Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State Curriculum

Today’s Native American Topic Guide from King County Library

Northwest Coast American Indian Tribes List

  • Alsea
  • Bella Bella
  • Bella Coola
  • Chehalis
  • Chinook
  • Clatskanie
  • Comox
  • Cowlitz
  • Haida
  • Haisla
  • Heiltsuk
  • Klallam
  • Kwakiutl
  • Makah
  • Nisga-Gitksan
  • Nooksack
  • Nootka
  • Pentlatch
  • Puget Sound Salish
  • Quileute
  • Quinault
  • Siuslaw
  • Straits Salish
  • Takelma
  • Tillamook
  • Tlingit
  • Tsimshian
  • Tututni
  • Twana
  • Umpqua

Indigenous Environmental Network

Standing Rock

Native News ONLINE.Net

MSNBC’S O’Donnell and Standing Rock Video

History of Native American Indian and Alaska American Heritage Month by the U.S. Department Of The Interior Indian Affairs

National Museum of the American Indian

Indian Country Today

The Free Thought Project

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