Thursday, September 20, 2018

Enemies in Love

Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance

Alexis Clark

This is a love story like no other: Elinor Powell was an African American nurse in the U.S. military during World War II; Frederick Albert was a soldier in Hitler’s army, captured by the Allies and shipped to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Arizona desert. Like most other black nurses, Eleanor pulled a second-class assignment, in a dusty, sun-baked—and segregated—Western town. The army figured that the risk of fraternization between black nurses and white German POWs was almost nil.

Brought together by unlikely circumstances and racist assumptions, Elinor and Frederick should have been bitter enemies; but instead, at the height of World War II, they fell in love. Their dramatic story was unearthed by journalist Alexis Clark, who through years of interviews and historical research has pieced together an astounding narrative of race and true love in the cauldron of war.

Based on a New York Times story by Clark that drew national attention, Enemies in Love paints a tableau of dreams deferred and of love struggling to survive, twenty-five years before the Supreme Court’s Loving decision legalizing mixed-race marriage—revealing the surprising possibilities for human connection in one of history’s most violent conflicts.

Nonfiction. Call number: 940.547 Cla. View in our catalog


Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words

Lorilee Craker, editor

Ever wish you could visit with a group of Amish or Mennonite women over a cup of coffee? In the pages of Homespun, Amish and Plain Mennonite women swap stories and spin yarns while we listen in. Lorilee Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish, collects these personal writings about hospitality, home, grief, joy, and walks with God. Hear from one woman who struggles with feeling inferior to her sister, from another about her longing for a baby, and from a third who accidentally bought stretchy material to sew her husband's pants. Each woman's story is a testament to the grace of God and the blessings of community.

Nonfiction. Call number: 289.773 Hom. View in our catalog

Ball Lightning

Ball Lightning

Cixin Liu

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.

Ball Lightning, by award-winning Chinese science fiction author Cixin Liu, is a fast-paced story of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.

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

I Am Still Alive

I Am Still Alive

Kate Alice Marshall

Jess is stranded in the woods. She has few supplies and only her dog for company. Her survival skills are limited, and she has disabilities that make physical labor a challenge. And winter is on its way. How did she get here?

Alternating between the past and the present, this tightly-paced novel tells the story of a girl who survived a car crash that killed her mother, then was pulled from foster care and sent to live with her estranged survivalist father in the remote Canadian wilderness. Jess was just beginning to get to know her dad when a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving their cabin burned to the ground and Jess’s father dead. Now, Jess must fight with everything she has to forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. But she will survive. She has to survive. Because she wants revenge.

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

Wish Upon a Sleepover

Wish Upon a Sleepover

Suzanne Selfors

All Leilani wants is to become friends with the most popular girls in her class, so she invites them to a sleepover. But when her Hawaiian grandmother accidentally mails the invitations to the DO NOT INVITE list, the three kids she did not want to come show up instead: the neighbor who won’t talk to her; the girl who always wears a hat and cape; and her cousin who teases her. She only has her best friend, Autumn, to get her through the night.

What's worse, Tutu didn't buy any food, but left a strange recipe for “Sleepover Soup” which requires the guests to find and collect one ingredient that has significant meaning in their lives and then wish on it. So begins a scavenger hunt that takes the kids into each other's worlds, where five unlikely friends find what they truly desire—acceptance.

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

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