New Arrivals

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Willpower Doesn't Work by Benjamin Hardy

Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

Benjamin Hardy

We rely on willpower to create change in our lives...but what if we're thinking about it all wrong? In Willpower Doesn't Work, Benjamin Hardy explains that willpower is nothing more than a dangerous fad-one that is bound to lead to failure. Instead of "white-knuckling" your way to change, you need to instead alter your surroundings to support your goals. This book shows you how.

The world around us is fast-paced, confusing, and full of distractions. It's easy to lose focus on what you want to achieve, and your willpower won't last long if your environment is in conflict with your goals—eventually, the environment will win out. Willpower Doesn't Work is the needed guided for today's over-stimulating and addicting environment.

Nonfiction. Call number: 158 Har. View in our catalog

Would You Rather? by Katie Heaney

Would You Rather? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out

Katie Heaney

A collection of poignant, relatable essays from a woman on a quest to find love—about coming out in her late twenties, entering into her first relationship, and figuring out what it means to be an adult.

When Katie Heaney published her first book of essays Never Have I Ever, chronicling her singledom up to age 25, she was still waiting to meet the right guy. Three years later, a lot changed. For one thing, she met the right girl.

Here, for the first time, Katie opens up about realizing that she is gay. She tackles everything from the trials of dating in New York City to the growing pains of her first relationship, from obsessing over Harry Styles (because, actually, he does look a bit like a lesbian) to learning to accept herself all over again. Exploring love and sexuality with her neurotic wit and endearing intimacy, Katie shares the message that it’s never too late to find love—or yourself.

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

Between Earth and Sky by Amanda Skenandore

Between Earth and Sky

Amanda Skenandore

On a quiet Philadelphia morning in 1906, a newspaper headline catapults Alma Mitchell back to her past. A federal agent is dead, and the murder suspect is Alma’s childhood friend, Harry Muskrat. Harry—or Asku, as Alma knew him—was the most promising student at the “savage-taming” boarding school run by her father, where Alma was the only white pupil. Created in the wake of the Indian Wars, the Stover School was intended to assimilate the children of neighboring reservations. Instead, it robbed them of everything they’d known—language, customs, even their names—and left a heartbreaking legacy in its wake.

The bright, courageous boy Alma knew could never have murdered anyone. But she barely recognizes the man Asku has become, cold and embittered at being an outcast in the white world and a ghost in his own. Her lawyer husband, Stewart, reluctantly agrees to help defend Asku for Alma’s sake. To do so, Alma must revisit the painful secrets she has kept hidden from everyone—especially Stewart.

Told in compelling narratives that alternate between Alma’s childhood and her present life, Between Earth and Sky is a haunting and complex story of love and loss, as a quest for justice becomes a journey toward understanding and, ultimately, atonement.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Ske. View in our catalog

Munmun by Jesse Andrews

Munmun

Jesse Andrews

In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.

Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter—there’s no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them?

A brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there, and a social novel for our time in the tradition of 1984 or Invisible Man. Inequality is made intensely visceral by an adventure and tragedy both hilarious and heartbreaking.

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

Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn

Krista Kim-Bap

Angela Ahn

Krista is nervous about bringing her grandma to school to talk about their Korean culture.

Krista and Jason have been best friends since preschool. It never mattered that he was a boy with reddish brown hair and she was "the Korean girl" at school. Now in fifth grade, everyone in their class is preparing their Heritage Month projects. Jason has always loved Krista's Korean family, and particularly her mom's cooking, but Krista is conflicted about being her school's "Korean Ambassador." She's also worried about asking her intimidating grandma to teach the class how to cook their traditional kim-bap. Combine that with her new friends pulling her away from Jason, and Krista has a lot to deal with this year!

Youth fiction. Call number: J FIC Ahn. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

May 17, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Creative Quest by Questlove

Creative Quest

Questlove with Ben Greenman

Questlove—musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore—shares his wisdom on the topics of inspiration and originality in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life.

In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he’s heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics—what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture—all in the service of guiding admirers who have followed his career and newcomers not yet acquainted with his story.

Whether discussing his own life or channeling the lessons he’s learned from forefathers such as George Clinton, collaborators like D’Angelo, or like-minded artists including Ava DuVernay, David Byrne, Björk, and others, Questlove speaks with the candor and enthusiasm that fans have come to expect. Creative Quest is many things—above all, a wise and wide-ranging conversation around the eternal mystery of creativity.

Nonfiction. Call number: 153.35 Que. View in our catalog

Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz

Family and Other Catastrophes

Alexandra Borowitz

Emily Glass is the youngest child of a neurotic family, and grew up persistently diagnosed by her therapist mother and condescended to by her academic father. As an adult, she is an OCD-suffering hypochondriac who, miraculously, has found David, a wonderful man who loves her, and now she must return to her childhood home in Westchester for her wedding, and to reconnect with family. Said family features feminist sister Lauren, shock-jock brother Jason, narcissist mother Marla, and soon-to-be brother-in-law, the Dwight Schrute-esque Nathan. Over the course of this one, eventful week, relationships are formed and ended, confidences are kept and shared, and long-buried family secrets are finally revealed. It's over the top and a lot of fun, and also very smart, with some insightful portraits of characters that have become the digital age’s new archetypes.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Bor. View in our catalog

Disoriental by Négar Djavadi

Disoriental

Négar Djavadi, translated from the French by Tina Kova

Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Dja. View in our catalog

The Radical Element

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

Jessica Spotswood, editor

To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced when you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it’s the only decision when you’ve weighed society’s expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs — whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they’re asking you to join them.

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

Boo Who? by Ben Clanton

Boo Who?

Ben Clanton

Boo is new. And even if the other kids are welcoming, it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of their games. (“You tagged me? Oh, sorry. I couldn’t feel it.”) Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group? From the creator of Rex Wrecks It! comes a funny story about feeling invisible — and finding a way to be seen and appreciated for who you are.

Youth easy book. Call number: J EASY Cla. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

May 10, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Voices from the Rust Belt by Anne Trubek

Voices from the Rust Belt

Anne Trubek, editor

Where is America's Rust Belt? It's not quite a geographic region but a linguistic one, first introduced as a concept in 1984 by Walter Mondale. In the modern vernacular, it's closely associated with the "Post-Industrial Midwest," and includes Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. The region reflects the country's manufacturing center, which, over the past forty years, has been in decline. In the 2016 election, the Rust Belt's economic woes became a political talking point, and helped pave the way for a Donald Trump victory.

But the region is neither monolithic nor easily understood. The truth is much more nuanced. Voices From the Rust Belt pulls together a distinct variety of voices from people who call the region home. Voices that emerge from familiar Rust Belt cities—Detroit, Cleveland, Flint, and Buffalo, among others—and observe, with grace and sensitivity, the changing economic and cultural realities for generations of Americans.

Nonfiction. Call number: 977.034 Voi. View in our catalog

Wonder Woman: Forgotten Legends by Kurt Busiek

Wonder Woman: Forgotten Legends

Kurt Busiek, Trina Robbins, and Nansi Hoolahan

From comics legend Kurt Busiek, Wonder Woman's classic adventures are collected in Wonder Woman: Forgotten Legends. Preparing to depart Paradise Island forever, Queen Hippolyta learns an untold tale of the legendary Amazon—the return of Atomia! Then Wonder Woman is transported to the 63rd century to save the Amazons from a race of pig-men who have inhabited their island, and from their abandonment of Aphrodite's ways. With surprise appearances by Batman, Black Canary, Changeling and Darkseid!

Graphic novel. Call number: GN Wonder Woman. View in our catalog

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

America Is Not the Heart

Elaine Castillo

When Hero De Vera arrives in America—haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents—she’s already on her third. Her uncle gives her a fresh start in the Bay Area, and he doesn’t ask about her past. His younger wife knows enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. But their daughter—the first American-born daughter in the family—can’t resist asking Hero about her damaged hands.

An increasingly relevant story told with startling lucidity, humor, and an uncanny ear for the intimacies and shorthand of family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history. With exuberance, grit, and sly tenderness, here is a family saga; an origin story; a romance; a narrative of two nations and the people who leave one home to grasp at another.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Cas. View in our catalog

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

Emergency Contact

Mary H. K. Choi

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

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

The Three Little Pugs by Nina Victor Crittenden

The Three Little Pugs

Nina Victor Crittenden

Once upon a rug, there were three little pugs.

Gordy, Jilly, and Zoie love to race, chase, and play pug-o-war. But most of all, they love snoozing in their big, cozy basket. Then one day just before their morning nap, the big bad cat decides to make himself at home in the pugs' beloved basket! Will they figure out how to keep him away before they get too sleepy?

Youth easy book. Call number: J EASY Cri. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

May 3, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, April 26, 2018
I Feel You by Cris Beam

I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy

Cris Beam

A cogent, gorgeous examination of empathy, illuminating the myths, the science, and the power behind this transformative emotion Empathy has become a gaping fault line in American culture. Pioneering programs aim to infuse our legal and educational systems with more empathic thinking, even as pundits argue over whether we should bother empathizing with our political opposites at all. Meanwhile, we are inundated with the buzzily termed "empathic marketing"-which may very well be a contradiction in terms. In I Feel You, Cris Beam carves through the noise with a revelatory exploration of how we perform empathy, how it is learned, what it can do-indeed, what empathy is in the first place. She takes us to the labs where the neural networks of compassion are being mapped, and the classrooms where children are being trained to see others' views. Beam visits courtrooms and prisons, asking how empathy might transform our justice system. She travels to places wracked by oppression and genocide, where reconciliation seems impossible, to report on efforts to heal society's deepest wounds through human connection. And finally, she turns to how we, as individuals, can foster compassion for ourselves. Brimming with the sensitive and nuanced storytelling that has made Beam one of our most respected journalists, I Feel You is an eye-opening affirmation of empathy's potential.

Nonfiction. Call number: 152.41 Bea. View in our catalog

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

Girls Burn Brighter

Shobha Rao

An electrifying debut novel about the extraordinary bond between two girls driven apart by circumstance but relentless in their search for one another. Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. After her mother's death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to care for her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond arranged marriage. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls' perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Rao. View in our catalog

Cool Tokyo Guide by Abby Denson

Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla

Abby Denson

Tokyo is an astonishing world unto itself—a city for lovers of Japanese culture, fashion and great food that mixes the best of old and new. In Cool Tokyo Guide, Abby Denson, author of the popular Cool Japan Guide, turns her focus to Tokyo's exciting streets and a little bit beyond. Abby, her husband Matt, friend Yuuko and sidekick Kitty Sweet Tooth will introduce you to:

  • A restaurant where clowns drive robots and mermaids ride on sharks
  • Fantastic shops for lovers of everything from vintage manga to dollar-store treasures
  • Great places to take kids—or be a kid, of any age—like the Ghibli Museum and Palette Town
  • Famous sites both old and new, from Sensoji Temple to Tokyo Tower
  • Major comic conventions in the anime, cosplay and manga capital of the world
  • Must-visit spots like Ueno Park and even a few spots outside the city

This practical and fun comic book guide also helps you navigate everyday Tokyo life such as train etiquette, trash disposal, tricky toilets, department store fitting rooms, and the surgical mask phenomenon. There is also information on ways to prepare ahead of time to make the most of your stay in Tokyo. So whether you're planning a trip or taking an armchair sojourn, take this book with you and get ready for the best time ever!

Nonfiction graphic novel. Call number: GN 915.213 Den. View in our catalog

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems.

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

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

The Serpent's Secret

Sayantani DasGupta, illustrations by Vivienne To

Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes—and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.

Youth fiction. Call number: J FIC DasGup. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

Apr 25, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Duchess by Penny Junor

The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown

Penny Junor

In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall—the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana "a bit crowded"—esteemed royal biographer Penny Junor tells the unlikely and extraordinary story of the woman reviled as a pariah who, thanks to numerous twists of fate, became the popular princess consort.

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

Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

Examining racial segregation from 1920s to the 1970s, Mothers of Massive Resistance explores the grassroots workers who maintained the system of racial segregation and Jim Crow. For decades in rural communities, in university towns, and in New South cities, white women performed myriad duties that upheld white over black: censoring textbooks, denying marriage certificates, deciding on the racial identity of their neighbors, celebrating school choice, canvassing communities for votes, and lobbying elected officials. They instilled beliefs in racial hierarchies in their children, built national networks, and experimented with a color-blind political discourse. Without these mundane, everyday acts, white supremacist politics could not have shaped local, regional, and national politics the way it did or lasted as long as it has. With white women at the center of the story, the rise of postwar conservatism looks very different than the male-dominated narratives of the resistance to Civil Rights. Women like Nell Battle Lewis, Florence Sillers Ogden, Mary Dawson Cain, and Cornelia Dabney Tucker publicized threats to their Jim Crow world through political organizing, private correspondence, and journalism. Their efforts began before World War II and the Brown decision and persisted past the 1964 Civil Rights Act and anti-busing protests. White women's segregationist politics stretched across the nation, overlapping with and shaping the rise of the New Right. Mothers of Massive Resistance reveals the diverse ways white women sustained white supremacist politics and thought well beyond the federal legislation that overturned legal segregation.

Nonfiction. Call number: 320.569 McRae. View in our catalog

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

The Gunners

Rebecca Kauffman

Mikey Callahan is suffering from the clouded vision of macular degeneration. He struggles to establish human connections, and is reconnecting with The Gunners,' his group of childhood friends, after one of their members has committed suicide. Sally had distanced herself from all of them before ending her life, and she died harboring secrets about the group and its individuals. Mikey hopes that confronting secrets about his own past—and his father's—will dispel some of the emotional stupor that clouds his life.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Kau. View in our catalog

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen

Mapping the Bones

Jane Yolen

It's 1942 in Poland, and the world is coming to pieces. At least that's how it seems to Chaim and Gittel, twins whose lives feel like a fairy tale torn apart, with evil witches, forbidden forests, and dangerous ovens looming on the horizon. But in all darkness there is light, and the twins find it through Chaim's poetry and the love they have for each other. Like the bright flame of a Yahrzeit candle, his words become a beacon of memory so that the children and grandchildren of survivors will never forget the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. Filled with brutality and despair, this is also a story of poetry and strength, in which a brother and sister lose everything but each other.

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

Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton

Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Narwhal and Jelly Book

Ben Clanton

Narwhal and Jelly are back and Narwhal has a new obsession…peanut butter! He’s so obsessed he even wants to change his name to…that’s right…Peanut Butter! Ever-sensible Jelly isn’t so sure that’s the best idea, but is all for Narwhal trying new things (instead of just eating waffles all the time, no matter how delicious waffles are). In this third book, Narwhal and Jelly star in three new stories about trying new things, favorite foods and accepting who we are. Always funny and never didactic, this underwater duo charms again through their powerful combination of positive thinking, imagination and joyfulness.

Youth graphic novel, ages 5-8. Call number: J GN Narwhal. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

Apr 19, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

Barbara K. Lipska with Elaine McArdle

In January 2015, Barbara Lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness—was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity. In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, Lipska describes her extraordinary ordeal and its lessons about the mind and brain. She explains how mental illness, brain injury, and age can change our behavior, personality, cognition, and memory. She tells what it is like to experience these changes firsthand. And she reveals what parts of us remain, even when so much else is gone.

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

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

The Innocent Wife

Amy Lloyd

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he's the subject of a true-crime documentary that's whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted. A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis's case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release. When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all. But how do you confront your husband when you don't want to know the truth?

Fiction. Call number: FIC Llo. View in our catalog

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A Girl Like That

Tanaz Bhathena

In this young adult debut set in Saudi Arabia, where the law forbids romantic relationships outside of marriage, two teens fall in love with tragic consequences. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: an Indian girl, a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a troublemaker whose romantic entanglements are the subject of endless gossip among the girls in her school. "You don't want to get involved with a girl like that," they say. So how is it that Porus, a Parsi boy, has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of the highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is called into question.

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

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Rebound

Kwame Alexander, illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile

In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.

Youth fiction, ages 10-14. Call number: J FIC Ale. View in our catalog

Smiley by Joanne George

Smiley: A Journey of Love

Joanne George

While working as a veterinary technician, Joanne George heard about a puppy mill not far from the clinic and embarked on a rescue mission with her co-workers. On that special day, Joanne met Smiley for the first time. He had been born without eyes and with dwarfism and because of his time in the puppy mill, Smiley was suffering from serious anxiety. While the other dogs rescued that day were found loving homes, Smiley was going to need some extra special care. Nothing happens without practice and patience and Joanne and Smiley learned both those traits together. Gradually Smiley was able to walk off-leash and started greeting Joanne at the back door. She gave Smiley a loving home and he taught her patience, understanding and acceptance. It soon became evident that Smiley would become a wonderful therapy dog.

Youth nonfiction. Call number: J 636.708 Geo. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

Apr 12, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Run For It by Marcelo D'Salete

Run for It: Stories of Slaves who Fought for their Freedom

Marcelo D'Salete

Run For It — a stunning graphic novel by internationally acclaimed illustrator Marcelo d’Salete — is one of the first literary and artistic efforts to face up to Brazil’s hidden history of slavery. Originally published in Brazil — where it was nominated for three of the country’s most prestigious comics awards — Run For It has received rave reviews worldwide, including, in the U.S., The Huffington Post. These intense tales offer a tragic and gripping portrait of one of history’s darkest corners. It’s hard to look away.

Graphic novel. Call number: GN Run. View in our catalog

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

Take back your town. Fight to free Hope City, Montana, from a fanatic doomsday cult. As you build your resistance, the ever-evolving world will shape your story in ways you'll never see coming. Fight alongside allies with the For Hire system. Choose your team from Guns, Fangs, or a Friend For Hire. Take down the cult with iconic weapons and vehicles throughout the open world. From the forests full of wildlife to the soaring skies, see all this land has to offer.

Video game: PS4 and Xbox One. Rated M. View in our catalog

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

Every Note Played

Lisa Genova

A once accomplished concert pianist, Richard now has ALS. As he becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late. This is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Gen. View in our catalog

The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Traitor's Game

Jennifer A. Nielsen

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well—and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home. The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what—and who—it is they're fighting for.

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

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki

In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn’t blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.

Youth easy book. Call number: J EASY Tam. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

Apr 5, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Educated by Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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

Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

Shomari Wills

While Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Michael Jordan, and Will Smith are among the estimated 35,000 black millionaires in the nation today, these famous celebrities were not the first blacks to reach the storied one percent. Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of smart, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success. Black Fortunes is an intriguing look at these remarkable individuals, including Napoleon Bonaparte Drew—author Shomari Wills’ great-great-great-grandfather—the first black man in Powhatan County (contemporary Richmond) to own property in post-Civil War Virginia. His achievements were matched by five other unknown black entrepreneurs. A fresh, little-known chapter in the nation’s story—A blend of Hidden Figures, Titan, and The Tycoons—Black Fortunes illuminates the birth of the black business titan and the emergence of the black marketplace in America as never before.

Nonfiction. Call number: 973.049 Wil. View in our catalog

More Art Upstairs

More Art Upstairs

Jody Hassett Sanchez, director

A revolution is taking place in the art world and it isn't happening in Paris, Berlin or Hong Kong, but in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize is the most highly attended art show in the world, and it awards cash prizes larger than all other competitions combined. International critics and enormous crowds pack bars, galleries and abandoned buildings all over town, taking in over 1,500 works from cerebral conceptualists and weekend hobbyists.

Nonfiction DVD. Call number: DVD 700.74 Mor. View in our catalog

Hope Nation

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration

Rose Brock, editor

Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Jason Reynolds, Renée Ahdieh, and many more!

Teen nonfiction. Call number: YA 808.02 Hop. View in our catalog

If I Had a Dinosaur by Gabby Dawnay

If I Had a Dinosaur

Gabby Dawnay, illustrated by Alex Barrow

Although she has considered other pets, a young girl is sure a dinosaur would be the perfect pet and imagines all the things she would do with her dinosaur.

Youth easy book. Call number: J EASY Daw. View in our catalog

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Mar 29, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature. Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release—one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film—The Shape of Water weaves together fantasy, horror, and romance to create a tale that is equally gripping on the page and on the big screen.

Fiction. Call number: FIC Tor. View in our catalog

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

A Princess in Theory

Alyssa Cole

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant emails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly email won’t convince her otherwise. Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

Romance fiction. Call number: ROMFIC Col. View in our catalog

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Markswoman

Rati Mehrotra

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. Guided by a strict code of conduct, Kyra and the other Orders are sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be a Markswoman, an acolyte must repudiate her former life completely. Kyra has pledged to do so, yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her dead family. When Kyra’s beloved mentor dies in mysterious circumstances, and Tamsyn, the powerful, dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past, she finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman whom she soon befriends. Kyra is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof. And if she fails to find it, fails in her quest to keep her beloved Order from following Tamsyn down a dark path, it could spell the beginning of the end for Kyra—and for Asiana. But what she doesn’t realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is razor thin... thin as the blade of a knife.

Fantasy fiction. Call number: SCIFIC Meh. View in our catalog

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

Naomi Shihab Nye

Voices in the Air is a collection of almost one hundred original poems written by the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present who inspire her and us. Full of words of encouragement, solace, and hope, this collection offers a message of peace and empathy. Voices in the Air focuses on the inspirational people who strengthen and motivate us to create, to open our hearts, and to live rewarding and graceful lives. With short informational bios about the influential figures behind each poem, and a transcendent introduction by the poet, this is a collection to cherish, read again and again, and share with others.

Teen nonfiction. Call number: YA 811.54 Nye. View in our catalog

ABC Mindful Me by Christiane Engel

ABC Mindful Me

Christiane Engel

Pairing simplified mindfulness principles with each letter of the alphabet, ABC Mindful Me features colorful illustrations of children and animals, as well as playful rhymes to explain each concept to toddlers (and their parents!). A fun read for the entire family, ABC Mindful Me is not only perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, but also for introducing them to key mindfulness tenants which promote physical and mental wellness, proper breathing, compassion, gratitude, and kindness.

Youth board book. Call number: J BOARD BOOK Eng. View in our catalog

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Mar 22, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Chocolatology by Angel York and Darin Wick

Chocolatology: Chocolate's Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes

Angel York and Darin Wick, illustrated by Cat Callaway

Where does chocolate come from? What is its history and science? And how do you incorporate it into every meal of the day and then some? Angel York and Darin Wick invite you into the world of chocolate, walking you through its lore, history, and uses.

Nonfiction. Call number: 641.637 Yor. View in our catalog

The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror

Mallory Ortberg

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, "The Merry Spinster" takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. The feature has become among the most popular on the site, with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg's eye for deconstruction and destabilization. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief. Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg's boisterous good humor and uber-nerd swagger: those new to Ortberg's oeuvre will delight in her unique spin on fiction, where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface. Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently, alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves, and each other, as we tuck ourselves in for the night. Bed time will never be the same.

Fantasy fiction. Call number: SCIFIC Ort. View in our catalog

Under the Shadows by Gwen Florio

Under the Shadows

Gwen Florio

Lola Wicks is in bad shape—a family tragedy has nearly broken her in a way that her years reporting from war zones never did. Her friends, alarmed by signs that Lola is in the grip of a destructive addiction, hope that a freelance assignment will get her back on her feet. Only the threat of having her child removed persuades Lola to head to Salt Lake City to work on a puff piece about overseas adoptions. But the assignment takes a dark turn when the teenager at the center of her story lands in jail facing a murder charge. Setting out to prove the youth's innocence takes Lola to her own dark place, and she's not sure if she'll ever be able to find her way back.

Mystery fiction. Call number: MFIC Flo. View in our catalog

All We Can Do is Wait by Richard Lawson

All We Can Do is Wait

Richard Lawson

In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, four teens are forced to face their pasts and the prospect of very different futures as they wait at Boston General Hospital for news of their loved ones.

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

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

Be Kind

Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jen Hill

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference—or at least help a friend.

Youth easy book. Call number: J EASY Mil. View in our catalog

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Mar 15, 2018
Alexis

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