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


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

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