New Arrivals

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

Thursday, December 28, 2017
The Second Coming of the KKK by Linda Gordon

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

Linda Gordon

A new Ku Klux Klan arose in the early 1920s, a less violent but equally virulent descendant of the relatively small, terrorist Klan of the 1870s. Unknown to most Americans today, this "second Klan" largely flourished above the Mason-Dixon Line—its army of four-to-six-million members spanning the continent from New Jersey to Oregon, its ideology of intolerance shaping the course of mainstream national politics throughout the twentieth century. Documenting what became the largest social movement of the first half of the twentieth century, The Second Coming of the Ku Klux Klan exposes the ancestry and helps explain the dangerous appeal of today's welter of intolerance.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 322.42 Gor. View in our catalog

Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis (sound recording)

Andy Weir, audiobook narration by Rosario Dawson

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. But everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

Book on disc, adult science fiction. Call number: CD SCIFIC Wei. View in our catalog

An Amish Winter by Amy Clipston, et al.

An Amish Winter: Three Novellas

Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin and Beth Cameron

A collection of three Amish romances to warm the heart on a cold day. Contains the novellas Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston, A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin, and When Winter Comes by Barbara Cameron.

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

Meanwhile, Elsewhere by Cat Fitzpatrick, et al.

Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers

Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett, editors

An eclectic collection of speculative fiction from 25 transgender writers.

Adult science fiction. Call number: SCIFIC Mea. View in our catalog

Oddity by Sarah Cannon


Sarah Cannon

Ada Roundtree is no stranger to dodging carnivorous dumpsters, distracting zombie rabbits with marshmallows, and instigating games of alien punkball. But things haven’t been the same since her twin sister, Pearl, won the town’s yearly Sweepstakes and disappeared… Along with her best friend, Raymond, and new-kid-from-Chicago Cayden (whose inability to accept being locked in the gym with live leopards is honestly quite laughable), Ada leads a self-given quest to discover Oddity’s secrets, even evading the invisible Blurmonster terrorizing the outskirts of town. But one of their missions goes sideways, revealing something hinky with the Sweepstakes… and Ada can’t let it go. Because, if the Sweepstakes is bad, then what happened to Pearl?

Youth fiction, ages 8-12. Call number: J FIC Can. View in our catalog

All descriptions are written by staff or provided by the publishers. Some have been edited for length. All images provided by the publishers.

Dec 28, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
An American Family by Khizr Khan

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

Khizr Khan

This inspiring memoir by the Gold Star parent and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

Adult biography. Call number: BIOG Khan. View in our catalog

Malagash by Joey Comeau


Joey Comeau

A precisely crafted, darkly humorous portrait of a family in mourning. Sunday's father is dying of cancer. They've come home to Malagash, on the north shore of Nova Scotia, so he can die where he grew up. Her mother and her brother are both devastated. But devastated isn't good enough. Devastated doesn't fix anything. Sunday has a plan. She's started recording everything her father says. His boring stories. His stupid jokes. Everything. She's recording every single "I love you" right alongside every "Could we turn the heat up in here?" It's all important. Because Sunday is writing a computer virus. A computer virus that will live secretly on the hard drives of millions of people all over the world. A computer virus that will think her father's thoughts and say her father's words. She has thousands of lines of code to write. Cryptography to understand. Exploits to test. She doesn't have time to be sad. Her father is going to live forever.

Adult ficton. Call number: FIC Com. View in our catalog

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion

Margaret Killjoy

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy pits utopian anarchists against rogue demon deer in this dropkick-in-the-mouth punk fantasy that Alan Moore calls "scary and energetic." Searching for clues about her best friend's mysterious suicide, Danielle ventures to the squatter, utopian town of Freedom, Iowa, and witnesses a protector spirit—in the form of a blood-red, three-antlered deer—begin to turn on its summoners. She and her new friends have to act fast if they're going to save the town - or get out alive.

Adult science fiction. Call number: SCIFIC Kil. View in our catalog

The Escapists by Brian K. Vaughan

Michael Chabon's The Escapists

Brian K. Vaughan

When Matt Roth's father dies, he spends his entire inheritance buying the Escapist's trademark rights. Hoping to introduce the Escapist to a new generation of comics fans he assembles a team of artists. Though, after a publicity stunt featuring the hero goes wrong, the fiasco threatens to ground the entire project.

Adult graphic novel. Call number: GN Escapists. View in our catalog

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani


Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.

Youth graphic novel, ages 10-14. Call number: J GN Pashmina. View in our catalog

Descriptions and images provided by the publishers.

Dec 21, 2017
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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