New Arrivals

Check here every Thursday for a selection of the week's new books, media, and more!

Thursday, December 14, 2017
The Little Hours

The Little Hours

Starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza

In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.

DVD. Call number: DVD FIC Lit. View in our catalog

Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Liza Mundy

Recruited from small Southern towns and posh New England colleges, 10,000 American women served the U.S. Army and Navy as code breakers during World War II. While their brothers and husbands took up arms, these women moved to Washington and, under strict vows of secrecy, learned the meticulous work of breaking German and Japanese military codes. Their code-breaking triumphs shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. In the process, many got their first taste of the big city, made lifelong friends, and fell in and out of love amid the heartbreak of war. Ordered never to reveal the details of their wartime work, these women were all but written out of history. Now, through her dazzling archival research and interviews with surviving code breakers, Liza Mundy has brought to life this vital story of American courage, service, and science.

Nonfiction. Call number: 940.548 Mun. View in our catalog

Endurance by Scott Kelly

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery

Scott Kelly with Margaret Lazarus Dean

The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career.

Biography. Call number: BIOG Kelly. View in our catalog

An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

An Excess Male

Maggie Shen King

China's one-child policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by forty million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than 25 percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is the story of one such leftover man's quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritarian measures, reinvigorated communist ideals, and social engineering.

Science fiction. Call number: SCIFIC Kin. View in our catalog

Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Marissa Meyer

The Renegades are human, but with extraordinary abilities. They emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and is on a mission for vengeance. Adrian is a Renegade boy who believes in justice— and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Teen fiction. Call number: YA FIC Mey. View in our catalog

The Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson and‎ Robbi Behr

The Real McCoys

Matthew Swanson and‎ Robbi Behr

Self-proclaimed super genius Moxie McCoy sets out to find a new best friend while solving the crime of the century, only to discover the hard way that she can’t do either without the help of her understated (and undersized) brother Milton.

Juvenile fiction, grades 3-7. Call number: J FIC Swa. View in our catalog

Dec 14, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples

If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples

Music icon Mavis Staples teams up with producer and songwriter Jeff Tweedy for her newest album of gospel and soul.

Music CD. Call number: CD R & B Sta. View in our catalog

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Future Home of the Living God

Louise Erdrich

The world as we know it is ending. As Cedar Hawk Songmaker goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. Audiobook narrated by the author.

Audiobook, adult fiction. Call number: CD FIC Erd. View in our catalog

Beyond Marriage by Susan Gluck Mezey

Beyond Marriage: Continuing Battles for LGBT Rights

Susan Gluck Mezey

Susan Gluck Mezey examines LGBT policymaking over the last several decades, highlighting advances in LGBT rights as well as formidable challenges that still confront the LGBT community.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 342.73 Mez. View in our catalog

Stuff that Sucks by Ben Sedley

Stuff that Sucks: A Teen's Guide to Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can

Ben Sedley

Sometimes everything sucks. For teens that struggle with negative thoughts and emotions, Stuff That Sucks offers a compassionate and validating guide to accepting emotions, rather than struggling against them. By helping teens identify their personal values and what really matters to them, this book will help them take steps towards living a more meaningful life.

Teen nonfiction. Call number: YA 155.519 Sed. View in our catalog

Make Your Own Amazing YouTube Videos by Brett Juilly

Make Your Own Amazing YouTube Videos: Learn How to Film, Edit, and Upload Quality Videos to YouTube

Brett Juilly

Make Your Own Amazing YouTube Videos is a new guide for users to learn how to shoot and edit their own films using commonly used hand-held devices such as a cell phone. Once you’ve created your cinematic masterpiece, this book gives you step-by-step instructions and tips to help you how quickly and easily upload your project to YouTube while maintaining your video’s quality.

Youth nonfiction, ages 8-12. Call number: J 006.7 Jui. View in our catalog

Pup and Bear by Kate Banks

Pup and Bear

Kate Banks, illustrated by Naoko Stoop

A stranded wolf cub is rescued and raised by a loving polar bear, and years later when he is grown into a wolf and on his own, he comes upon a lost polar bear cub, and the cycle begins again.

Youth picture book, ages 3-7. Call number: J EASY Ban. View in our catalog

Dec 7, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Brené Brown

Social scientist Brené Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves. Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 158.2 Bro. View in our catalog

A Small Town Love Story by Sherryl Woods

A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia

Sherryl Woods

Part memoir, part oral history, Sherryl Woods gives us a rare and intimate look at Colonial Beach, Virginia. Rich in narrative history and local color, A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia is an homage to the town of Woods’s summers, a place that stole her heart long ago and provided the basis for the many fictional small towns in her bestselling novels.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 975.524 Woo. View in our catalog

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder

Rene Denfeld

Three years ago Madison Culver went missing at the age of five while looking for a Christmas tree with her family. Private investigator Naomi Cottle continues the investigation and believes that Madison's disappearance can only be the result of an abduction. Naomi's personal journey from foster child to adulthood parallels her search for Madison, and as her fears and sources of determination come to light, the narrative also dips into Madison's mind, allowing readers to experience her terrifying ordeal at the hands of her captor.

Adult fiction. Call number: FIC Den. View in our catalog

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Teen fiction. Call number: YA FIC Rey. View in our catalog

Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoët

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

Picture book, ages 4-8. Call number: J EASY You. View in our catalog

Nov 30, 2017

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