New Arrivals

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Fire on the Track by Roseanne Montillo

Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women

Roseanne Montillo

When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world. This improbable athletic phenom was an ordinary high school student, discovered running for a train in rural Illinois mere months before her Olympic debut. Amsterdam made her a star.But at the top of her game, her career (and life) almost came to a tragic end when a plane she and her cousin were piloting crashed. So dire was Betty's condition that she was taken to the local morgue; only upon the undertaker's inspection was it determined she was still breathing. Betty, once a natural runner who always coasted to victory, soon found herself fighting to walk. While Betty was recovering, the other women of Track and Field were given the chance to shine in the Los Angeles Games, building on Betty's pioneering role as the first female Olympic champion in the sport. These athletes became more visible and more accepted, as stars like Babe Didrikson and Stella Walsh showed the world what women could do. And-miraculously-through grit and countless hours of training, Betty earned her way onto the 1936 Olympic team, again locking her sights on gold as she and her American teammates went up against the German favorites in Hitler's Berlin. Told in vivid detail with novelistic flair, Fire on the Track is an unforgettable portrait of these trailblazers in action.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 796.42 Mon. View in our catalog

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

Song of a Captive Bird

Jasmin Darznik

A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society's expectations to find her voice and her destiny. All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel-gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother's walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh's passion for poetry takes flight-and tradition seeks to clip her wings. Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh's poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules-at enormous cost. But the power of her writing only grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.

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

Marshall

Marshall

Reginald Hudlin, director; starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson

A biopic of a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Adult DVD. Call number: DVD FIC Mar. View in our catalog

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter

Tamora Pierce

Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness—and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the "leftover prince" with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that one day—soon—he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie. In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom's future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

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

Dancy Pants by Quvenzhané Wallis

Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants!

Quvenzhané Wallis with Nancy Ohlin, illustrated by Sharee Miller

From Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes the second story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third-graders destined for superstardom. Shai Williams-third-grader and superstar in the making-loves to act, sing, and dance. So when her teacher, Ms. Englert, signs their class up for a major dance competition, Shai's fancy moves are put to the test. Paired up with her best friend Emmie and classmate Rio, Shai plans to settle her competition jitters by just having fun. That is until her rival, Gabby Supreme, challenges her to a bet: whoever loses the dance competition has to bring the winner one cupcake every day for a month. Now Shai has to win.

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

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Feb 22, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, February 15, 2018
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

Morgan Jerkins

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 305.488 Jer. View in our catalog

Beneath the Darkest Sky by Jason Overstreet

Beneath the Darkest Sky

Jason Overstreet

In this riveting and emotionally powerful historical drama, an ex-FBI agent plunges into the darkest shadows of 1930s Europe, where everything he loves is on the line . . . International consultant Prescott Sweet's mission is to bring justice to countries suffering from America's imperialistic interventions. With his outspoken artist wife, Loretta, and their two children, he lives a life of equality and continental elegance amid Europe's glittering capitals-beyond anything he ever dared hope for. But he is still a man in hiding, from his past with the Bureau, from British Intelligence-and from his own tempting, dangerous skill at high-level espionage. So when he has the opportunity to live in Moscow and work at the American Embassy, Prescott and his family seize the chance to take refuge and at last put down roots in what they believe is a fair society. Life in Russia, however, proves to be a beautiful lie. Reduced to bare survival, with his son gravely ill, Prescott calls on all his skills in a last-ditch effort to free his family from the grips of Stalin. But between honor and expediency, salvation and atrocity, he'll be forced to play an ever more merciless hand and commit unimaginable acts for a future that promises nowhere to run.

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

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Big Mushy Happy Lump: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection

Sarah Andersen

Containing illustrated personal essays on the author's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges, this collection of the hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are perfect for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair.

Adult graphic novel. Call number: GN Sarah's Scribbles. View in our catalog

One-Punch Man: Season 1

One-Punch Man: Season 1

Shingo Natsume, director; based on the manga by ONE and Yusuke Murata

Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of 'special' training, though, he's become so strong that he's practically invincible. In fact, he's too strong, even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch, and it turns out that being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. With his passion for being a hero lost along with his hair, yet still faced with new enemies every day, how much longer can he keep it going?

Teen anime DVD. Call number: YA DVD ANIME One. View in our catalog

Bad Princess by Kris Waldherr

Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara

Kris Waldherr

Forget everything you thought you knew about princesses... Welcome to Bad Princess by Kris Waldherr, where you'll discover what really happens after "Happily Ever After." From the war-torn Dark Ages of Medieval Europe to America's Gilded Age, and all the way up to Kate Middleton, Bad Princess explores more than 30 true princess stories, going beyond the glitz and glamour to find out what life was really like for young royals throughout history. A mix of royal biography, pop culture, art, style, and pure fun, Bad Princess is a whip-smart, tongue-in-cheek spin on the traditional princess narrative, proving that it takes more than a pretty crown to be a great leader.

Youth nonfiction, ages 8-12. Call number: J 940.099 Wal. View in our catalog

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Feb 15, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Getting It Right by Karen E. Osborne

Getting It Right

Karen E. Osborne

Kara and Alex are half-sisters who have never met, one the product of an abusive foster-care setting, the other of dysfunctional privilege. From his hospital bed, Alex's father tasks her with finding Kara, the mixed-race child he abandoned. Alex is stunned to learn of Kara's existence but reluctantly agrees.

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

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce

The Afterlives

Thomas Pierce

Jim Byrd died. Technically. For a few minutes. The diagnosis: heart attack at age thirty. Revived with no memory of any tunnels, lights, or angels, Jim wonders what—if anything—awaits us on the other side. Then a ghost shows up. Maybe. Jim and his new wife, Annie, find themselves tangling with holograms, psychics, messages from the beyond, and a machine that connects the living and the dead. As Jim and Annie journey through history and fumble through faith, they confront the specter of loss that looms for anyone who dares to fall in love. Funny, fiercely original, and gracefully moving, The Afterlives will haunt you. In a good way.

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

Be Bully Free by Michael Panckridge and Catherine Thornton

Be Bully Free

Michael Panckridge and Catherine Thornton

With bullying affecting approximately one in five children, and an increase in bullying on social media, it remains a frighteningly common issue for children growing up today. Written in a young adult fiction style, Be Bully Free gives the recipient of bullying direct and practical advice to help empower them and take back control of their situation. The advice is grounded in real world, everyday bullying scenarios and additional information is provided to help children in a range of well-being areas such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, anxiety and more, making the book a highly valuable resource for any child 11+ who is experiencing or has experienced bullying. Sections for families and schools are also included.

Teen nonfiction. Call number: YA 302.343 Pan. View in our catalog

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part One

Michael Dante DiMartino, art by Irene Koh

A pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. What's more, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal all-out brawl at the city's borders—where hundreds of evacuees have relocated! In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other—but first, they've got to get better at being a team and a couple!

Youth graphic novel. Call number: J GN Korra. View in our catalog

Rafi and Rosi: Pirates! by Lulu Delacre

Rafi and Rosi: Pirates!

Lulu Delacre

Come visit El Morro Fort with Rafi and Rosi! Laugh at their antics and join in the fun as the two coquíes discover the pirate history of Puerto Rico.

Youth reader, ages 5-8. Call number: J READER Del. View in our catalog

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Feb 8, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Everything Here is Beautiful by Everything Here is Beautiful

Everything Here is Beautiful

Mira T. Lee

Two sisters-Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister's protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. But Lucia impetuously plows ahead, marrying a bighearted, older man only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She moves her new family from the States to Ecuador and back again, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth. Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again-but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans-but what does it take to break them?

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

The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow

The Prague Sonata

Bradford Morrow

In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a worn and weathered original sonata manuscript—the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens—come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury. To Meta's eye, it appears to be an authentic eighteenth-century work; to her discerning ear, the music rendered there is commanding, hauntingly beautiful, clearly the undiscovered composition of a master. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. The gift comes with the request that Meta attempt to find the manuscript's true owner—a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart—and to make the three-part sonata whole again. Leaving New York behind for the land of Dvořák and Kafka, Meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn't the only one after the music's secrets.

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

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks

Leni Zumas

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom. Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homeopath, or "mender," who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.

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

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Atia Abawi

After their home in Syria is bombed, Tareq, his father, and his younger sister seek refuge, first with extended family in Raqqa, a stronghold for the militant group, Daesh, and then abroad. Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking—and timely—story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand.

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

This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins

This Is Not a Valentine

Carter Higgins, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

This book is not a valentine. It doesn't have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn't that exactly what love is about? Maybe this book is sort of a valentine after all. A testament to handmade, wacky, bashful, honest love—sure to win over the hearts of all readers—this offering from debut picture book author Carter Higgins and children's book veteran Lucy Ruth Cummins is the perfect gift to celebrate every relationship, from parent to child, sibling to sibling, partner to partner, crush to crush.

Youth easy book, ages 3-8. Call number: J EASY Hig. View in our catalog

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Feb 1, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Raqqa Diaries by Samer

The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from "Islamic State"

Samer

Since ISIS occupied Raqqa in eastern Syria, it has become one of the most isolated and fear-ridden cities on earth. The sale of television has been banned, wearing pants the wrong length is a punishable offense, and using a cellphone is considered an unforgivable crime. No journalists are allowed in and the penalty for speaking to the western media id death by beheading. Despite this, after several months of nervy and often interrupted conversations, the BBC was able to make contact with a small activist group, Al-Sharqiya 24. Finally, courageously, one of their members agreed to write a personal diary about his experience... Samer is fighting back the only way he can: by telling the world what is happening to his beloved city. This is Samer's story.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 956.91 Sam. View in our catalog

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Roomies

Christina Lauren

Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient. For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions. Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway's hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway-until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he's in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago. Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

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

Mouths Don't Speak by Katia D. Ulysse

Mouths Don't Speak

Katia D. Ulysse

No one was prepared for the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, taking over a quarter-million lives, and leaving millions of others homeless. Three thousand miles away, Jacqueline Florestant mourns the presumed death of her parents, while her husband, a former US Marine and combat veteran, cares for their three-year-old daughter as he fights his own battles with acute PTSD. Horrified and guilt-ridden, Jacqueline returns to Haiti in search of the proverbial closure. Unfortunately, the Haiti she left as a child twenty-five years earlier has disappeared. Her quest turns into a tornado of deception, desperation, and more death. So Jacqueline holds tightly to her daughter—the only one who must not die.

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

Fire!! by Peter Bagge

Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story

Peter Bagge

Peter Bagge has defied the expectations of the comics industry by changing gears from his famous slacker hero Buddy Bradley to documenting the life and times of historical 20th century trailblazers. If Bagge had not already had a New York Times bestseller with his biography of Margaret Sanger, his newest biography, Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story, would seem to be an unfathomable pairing of author and subject. Yet through Bagge's skilled cartooning, he turns what could be a rote biography into a bold and dazzling graphic novel, creating a story as brilliant as the life itself. Hurston challenged the norms of what was expected of an African American woman in early 20th century society. The fifth of eight kids from a Baptist family in Alabama, Hurston's writing prowess blossomed at Howard University, and then Barnard College, where she was the sole black student. She arrived in NYC at the height of the Harlem Renaissance and quickly found herself surrounded by peers such as Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman. Hurston went on to become a noted folklorist and critically acclaimed novelist, including her most provocative work Their Eyes Were Watching God. Despite these landmark achievements, personal tragedies and shifting political winds in the midcentury rendered her almost forgotten by the end of her life. With admiration and respect, Bagge reconstructs her vivid life in resounding full-color.

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

Runny Babbit Returns by Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook

Shel Silverstein

Runny Babbit Returns, a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. This carefully compiled work from the Silverstein archives is filled with spoonerism poems that are both playful and poignant. With tongue-twisting word play and uproarious characters, the endearingly befuddled Runny Babbit and his friends embody Shel Silverstein's singular style, the one we all know and love.

Youth nonfiction. Call number: J 811.54 Sil. View in our catalog

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Jan 25, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, directors

The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

DVD, fiction. Call number: DVD FIC Lov. View in our catalog

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series

David Lynch, director

One of the most groundbreaking and influential television series of all time. It picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen was murdered.

DVD, TV series. Call number: DVD-TV Twi. View in our catalog

Shortfall by Alice Echols

Shortfall: Family Secrets, Financial Collapse, and a Hidden History of American Banking

Alice Echols

The rollicking true story of a 1930s version of Bernie Madoff—and the building and loan crash he helped precipitate—in a wonderful work of narrative nonfiction by the Gustavus Myers book award winner. Shortfall opens with a surprise discovery in an attic—boxes filled with letters and documents hidden for more than seventy years—and launches into a fast-paced story that uncovers the dark secrets in Echols's family.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 364.162 Ech. View in our catalog

Djinn City by Saad Z. Hossain

Djinn City

Saad Z. Hossain

Indelbed is a lonely kid living in a crumbling mansion in the super dense, super chaotic third world capital Of Bangladesh. His father, Dr. Kaikobad, is the black sheep of their clan, the once illustrious Khan Rahman family. A drunken loutish widower, he refuses to allow Indelbed go to school, and the only thing Indelbed knows about his mother is the official cause of her early demise: "Death by Indelbed." But When Dr. Kaikobad falls into a supernatural coma, Indelbed and his older cousin, the wise-cracking slacker Rais, learn that Indelbed's dad was in fact a magician-and a trusted emissary to the djinn world. And the Djinns, as it turns out, are displeased. A "hunt" has been announced, and ten year-old Indelbed is the prey. Still reeling from the fact that genies actually exist, Indelbed finds himself on the run. Soon, the boys are at the center of a great Diinn controversy, one tied to the continuing fallout from an ancient war, with ramifications for the future of life as we know it.

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

Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon

Duck, Duck, Porcupine!

Salina Yoon

Big Duck likes to boss around her younger brother, Little Duck, and she fancies herself the leader of their trio—when joined by their gentle friend Porcupine. Little Duck doesn't speak yet, but through his expressions and his actions, he shows that he has a better grasp on any situation than his older sister. Told entirely through dialogue and visual storytelling with subtle humor throughout, Little Duck ends up getting the trio out of whatever jam they are in.

Youth reader. Call number: J READER Yoo. View in our catalog

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Jan 18, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Playful Painting: Pets

Playful Painting: Pets

Faye Moorhouse

From an affectionate French Bulldog and astute Boxer to a sassy tabby cat, if you love animals and art, then your tail will be wagging with each of our easy-to-learn lessons and the humor that goes with them. You'll be an expert in gouache, pencil, and ink in no time! Playful Painting: Pets is the first title in Walter Foster's new compact and portable Playful Painting series, and it is aimed at artists, doodlers, and painting enthusiasts. There has never been a better time to learn to paint and illustrate whimsical portraits of your pets and favorite animals! Startup is easy, with minimal tools and materials required.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 704.943 Moo. View in our catalog

Breaking Sad

Breaking Sad: What to Say After Loss, What Not to Say, and When to Just Show Up

Shelly Fisher and Jennifer Jones, editors

Real stories and real feedback on what should be said, what should be kept to yourself, and what can be done when trying to support someone you care about as they navigate loss. Breaking Sad helps us start conversations through its pages of personal stories and suggestions from everyday survivors—bringing us all to a place where we can more comfortably offer support and caring to people when they need it most. Featuring stories from Montel Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Scott Hamilton, Giuliana Rancic, Valerie Harper, and more.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 155.937 Bre. View in our catalog

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

Lighter Than My Shadow

Katie Green

A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery. Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness; an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.

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

Meet Cute

Meet Cute

Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, et al.

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Meet Cute is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

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

Crown by Derrick Barnes

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother's hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut makes boys fly. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That's where it all begins. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

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

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Jan 11, 2018
Alexis
Thursday, January 4, 2018
The Detroit Public Library by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt

The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic

Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt

A photographic tour of the Detroit Public Library's rich art and architectural history.

Adult nonfiction. Call number: 027.477 Coh. View in our catalog

Happiness in this Life by Pope Francis

Happiness in this Life

Pope Francis, translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky, audiobook narration by Arthur Morey.

A collection of homilies, speeches, and "messages of the day" that brings together Pope Francis's wisdom on finding happiness in the here and now.

Book on disc. Call number: CD 248.482 Fra. View in our catalog

Iraq + 100, ed. Hassan Blasim

Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq

Hassan Blasim, editor

In a calm and serene world, one has the luxury of imagining what the future might look like. Now try to imagine that future when your way of life has been devastated by forces beyond your control. Iraq + 100 poses a question to Iraqi writers (those who still live in that nation, and those who have joined the worldwide diaspora): What might your home country look like in the year 2103, a century after a disastrous foreign invasion? Using science fiction, allegory, and magical realism to challenge the perception of what it means to be "The Other", this groundbreaking anthology edited by Hassan Blasim contains stories that are heartbreakingly surreal, and yet utterly recognizable to the human experience. Though born out of exhaustion, fear, and despair, these stories are also fueled by themes of love, family, and endurance, and woven through with a delicate thread of hope for the future.

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

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Not Now, Not Ever

Lily Anderson

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer—things like mock trial camp at UCLA and the Air Force summer program in Colorado Springs. But what she is going to do is pack up her determination, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

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

Slug Days by Sara Leach

Slug Days

Sara Leach, illustrations by Rebecca Bender

Seeing the world very differently because of her Asperger Syndrome, young Lauren struggles to navigate the challenges of school life and masters tricks to stay calm, understand others' feelings and let her personality shine. By the award-winning author of Count Me In.

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

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Jan 4, 2018
Alexis
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

Oddity

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
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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

Malagash

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

Pashmina

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
Alexis

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