NEW ARRIVALS – JUNE 2017

ADULT FICTION

“Beartown: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman – “[It’s] Backman’s rich characters that steal the show, and his deft handling of tragedy and its effects on an insular town.  While the story is dark at times, love, sacrifice, and the bonds of friendship and family shine through ultimately offering hope and even redemption.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Castle of Water” by Dane Huckelbridge – “ a unique, inventive exploration of love, loss, and survival. The novel’s two characters, lost and alone on a Polynesian island, must rely on each other when the world has forgotten all about them. Castle of Water is a compelling portrait of what it means to be rescued–both literally and figuratively―by hope, ingenuity, and love.” ―Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

“Come Sundown” by Nora Roberts -“Roberts always tells a good story that balances romance and suspense, but in this title, the narrative is deeper, the mystery is more layered, and with Alice, Roberts moves into another level of exploring physical and emotional trauma and the powerful balm of family and love. [Roberts] is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect.” —Kirkus Starred Review

“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman – “[A] captivating debut. . . a feel-good story that will make readers laugh and cheer for Eleanor as she learns that the past doesn’t dictate the future, and that happiness can be hers. This is a must-read for those who love characters with quirks.” -BookPage

“G-Man” by Stephen Hunter – “A first-rate tale that spans decades and generations….The pages fly by once the introductions are made and the characters are in place. Those who grew up watching “The Untouchables” or the plethora of gangster films that were made in the early and mid-20th century will find much to love here, not the least of which is the author’s penchant for historical accuracy and firearms lore. This combination makes G-MAN one of Hunter’s best works to date, which is certainly a major feat.” —Joe Hartlaub,  Book Reporter.com

“Gauntlet (Arena)” by Holly Jennings – “Stunning…Fast-paced, action-packed, with an interesting romance and a compelling yet flawed heroine…Read this book. You haven’t read anything quite like it and you don’t want to miss it.”—Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Daniels series

“Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig – “In telling the tale from Ginny’s perspective, Ludwig captures the carefully constructed, sometimes-claustrophobic world Ginny inhabits…. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, Ginny’s quest for a safe home leads her to discover her own strong voice.”-Kirkus Review

“A Good Country” by Laleh Khadivi – “The story unfolds deftly, beautifully capturing the psychology of an American teen who goes down the path of radicalization; readers will understand what would motivate a sheltered, shortsighted young person to run away to join extremists . . . Give this expertly written and stirring exploration of a timely subject to readers who enjoy novels that tackle global contemporary issues, such as Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs or Rabee Jaber’s Confessions.” – Starred Review, School Library Journal

“Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor)” by Mark Lawrence – “Lawrence’s epic fantasy is a a great summer read, full of humor, revenge, and perils that this warrior-and-coward duo must evade in order [to] save their kingdoms and themselves.” — The Washington Post

“Sandpiper Cove” by Irene Hannon – “Hope Harbor police chief and single mom Lexie Graham has zero time for extracurricular activities–including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn’t looking for love either–but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief?” — back cover

“Springtime at Cherry Tree Cottage” by Cathy Woodman — “Fans will rejoice as veterinarian-turned-novelist Woodman continues her Talyton St. George series, creating another set of winning characters to populate her fictional country market town.” (Booklist)

“Thrawn (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn – “In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.” — Goodreads

“With Love Wherever You Are” by Dandi Daley Mackall – “Uplifting and endearing, With Love, Wherever You Are tells the real-life story of the romance between an Army doctor and nurse in World War II. With spunk and humor, Frank and Helen navigate the hardships, loss, and dangers of war. Dandi Daley Mackall paints a sweet but accurate picture, and I was hooked. Thoroughly engaging!” —  (Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of When Tides Turn)

BIOGRAPHY

“The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a Seal Team Warrior” by Robert O’Neill — “Harrowing . . . In frank and vivid detail and blunt and plain language, Mr. O’Neill describes some of the 400 counterterrorism operations and close quarter combat he experienced in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere through his career as a SEAL . . . An interesting and insightful book about some of the most historic moments in modern American military history.” — Washington Times

ADULT MYSTERY

“The Black Book” by James Patterson and David Ellis – “The mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful, and the leading characters and situations more memorable than Patterson’s managed in quite a while.”―Kirkus

“The Devil’s Punchbowl” by Greg Iles – “The Devil’s Punchbowl refers to a deep pit near the river in Natchez, Miss. Not only have outlaws dumped numerous murder victims at the site, there is also a long-standing rumor that it is where Jean Lafitte buried his treasure. This is a dangerous place, an infested hole so deep the bottom can’t be seen. Penn Cage is back in a mix of murder, racial tension, double crosses, illicit sex, and all of the ensuing violent consequences. BRODART CO., c2009.

“The Fix” by David Baldacci – “The set-up for THE FIX is one of the best this master of the thriller has ever come up with, and there is no letdown as Amos and his associates dig into an increasingly bizarre case …[Baldacci’s] plotting is more masterful than ever, and THE FIX is nothing less than terrific from start to finish.”―Connecticut News

“Flamingo Road” by Sasscer Hill – “”In Flamingo Road, Hill proves that she can not only write a great mystery, she can also create a great character…For fans of female sleuths, Flamingo Road is an entertaining novel, marking the welcome arrival of Fia McKee.”–Rachel Prindle, Mystery Scene Magazine

“Golden Prey” by John Sandford – ““Sandford’s trademark blend of rough humor and deadly action keeps the pages turning until the smile-inducing wrap-up, which reveals the fates of a number of his quirky, memorable characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“If We Were Villains: A Novel” by M. L. Rio – “Pulls the reader in from the first page…A well-written and gripping ode to the stage…A fascinating, unorthodox take on rivalry, friendship, and truth, IF WE WERE VILLAINS will draw readers in and leave them pondering the weight of our biggest actions and their consequences.” ―Mystery Scene

“Midnight Sun” by Jo Nesb0 – “This forcefully written story of personal defeat, despair, and salvation sends a man off to lose himself in the wilderness–where he finds himself instead.” —The New York Times Book Review

“She Rides Shotgun” by Jordan Harper — “From its bravura prologue to its immensely satisfying ending, this first novel comes out with guns blazing and shoots the chambers dry. It’s both a dark, original take on the chase novel and a strangely touching portrait of a father-daughter relationship framed in barbed wire.” (Booklist (starred review))

“The Thirst” by Jo Nesb0 – “Jo Nesbø certainly has the magic touch when it comes to psycho serial killers. . . . Intricate plotting keeps the story shifting under our feet. Nesbø is a master at this narrative sleight of hand, and if you can stand the gory details and hang on during the switchback turns, the payoff is its own reward.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

BIOGRAPHY

“One More Warbler: A Life with Birds” by Vincent Emanuel – “Birding with Victor Emanuel will change the way you see the natural world. It’s an experience everyone should have.” –Laura Bush

ADULT NON-FICTION

“The Color of the Law” by Richard Rothstein — “Original and insightful…The central premise of [Rothstein’s] argument…is that the Supreme Court has failed for decades to understand the extent to which residential racial segregation in our nation is not the result of private decisions by private individuals, but is the direct product of unconstitutional government action. The implications of his analysis are revolutionary.” — Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Sex and the Constitution

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Gann – “Disturbing and riveting…Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true…It will sear your soul.” —Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman – “Mr. Gaiman milks [the Norse gods’ hijinks] for all their humor and incongruity, very much in the spirit of the originals. . . . [He] has produced . . . a clear, continuous narrative, with big scenes the same as they always were but with emotional pointers added.” (Tom Shippey – The Wall Street Journal)

“Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor” by Clinton Romesha – “This ranks among the best combat narratives written in recent decades, revealing Romesha as a brave and skilled soldier as well as a gifted writer….Romesha remains humble and self-effacing throughout, in a contrast with many other first-person battle accounts, and his powerful, action-packed book is likely to stand as a classic of the genre.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” by Elizabeth Warren – “This Fight Is Our Fight is a smart, tough-minded book…. What Democrats need right now is a reason to keep fighting. And that’s something Warren’s muscular, unapologetic book definitely offers. It’s an important contribution.” –Paul Krugman, New York Times Book Review

“Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes” by Richard A. Clark & R. P. Eddy – “Warnings is the story of the future of national security, threatening technologies, the U.S. economy, and possibly the fate of civilization. …Clarke’s and Eddy’s penetrating insights are essential for any person, any business, or any government that doesn’t want to be a blind victim of tomorrow’s catastrophe.” — Amazon.com

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

 “Golden Prey” by John Sandford — “Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why “Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers” (The Huffington Post).

MUSIC

“Distant Light” by Renee Fleming

BLUE/DVD

“Allied”
“Doctor Strange”
“Dinosaur Train: What’s at the Center of the Earth”
“The Eagle Huntress”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Harry and Snowman”
“Hats Off to Dr. Seuss”
“The Intern”
“Logan”
“Mercy Street”
“Mercy Street: Season 2”
“The Night Manager”
“Queen of Katwe”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Sherlock Season 3”
“Sing”
“Twin Peaks”
“Victoria: The Complete First Season”

BOARD BOOK

“Baby Animals” by Gyo Fujikawa
“Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel”
by Virginia Lee Burton
“Quiet LOUD” by Leslie Patricelli
“Tubby”
by Leslie Patricelli
“Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book”
by Rod Campbell

 

PICTURE BOOK

“Arnie the Doughnut” by Laurie Keller
“Bark, George” by Jules Feiffer
Ben’s Trumpet”
by Rachel Isadora
“Blue Sky White Stars”
by Sarvinder Naberhaus
“Carrot & Pea: An Unlikely Friendship”
by Morag Hood
“Charlotte and the Rock”
by Stephen W. Martin
“Colette’s Lost Pet”
by Isabelle Arsenault
“Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool!”
by Courtney Pippin-Mathur
“Goldfish Ghost b
y Lemony Snicket
“Hattie & Hudson”
by Chris Van Dusen
“I am a Unicorn”
by Michaela Schuett
“It’s Great Being a Dad”
by Dan Bar-el
“King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats”
by Dori Hillestad Butler
“Little Fox in the Forest” by Stephanie Graegin
“The Lost Kitten” by Lee
“My Beautiful Birds” by Suzanne Del Rizzo
“Olivia the Spy” by Ian Flaconer
“Pandora” by Victoria Turnbull
“Quiet LOUD” by Leslie Patricelli
“South” by Daniel Duncan
“Shawn Loves Sharks” by Curtis Manley
“That Neighbor Kid” by Daniel Miyares
“Trains Don’t Sleep” by Andria Rosenbaum
“The Treasure Box” by Margaret Wild
“Tubby” by Leslie Patricelli
“Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”
by Vern Aardema

JUVENILE AUDIO

“The Battle of Hackham Heath: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years” by John Flanagan “At the Battle of Hackham Heath, the fate of a Kingdom will be decided. This origin story of how Halt came to be Araluen’s most famous Ranger – and how war will decide the future of the next generation – will thrill Ranger’s Apprentice fans and new readers alike.” — Amazon.com

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

 

JUVENILE FICTION

“The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets” by Mallory Kass — “The book… is the ultimate source of Cahill knowledge. It contains every buried secret, every Cahill weapon or gadget, all the strongholds, and each agent and founder. In it, you will discover the true story of Madeleine Cahill as well as what happened after Isabel Kabra was charged with murder. Nothing has been held back.” — back cover

“All-of-a-Kind Family” by Sydney Taylor — “Meet the All-of-a-Kind Family — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie — who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.
They share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa’s shop on rainy days. The girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises.
But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!” — back cover

“Each Little Bird That Sings” by Deborah Wiles — “…The narrator here is 10-year-old Comfort, who lives happily in the funeral home run by her family. A born reporter, she writes obituaries for the local paper. If only they weren’t so opinionated, they might even be printed. As accustomed to funerals as she thinks she is, though, the deaths of her great-uncle, great-great-aunt, and beloved dog, Dismay, throw her for a loop. There’s also the possible defection of her best friend, Declaration Johnson, and the overwrought emotional displays of her younger cousin. Comfort relates the deaths of the older family members on the first page of the book, but the dramatic disappearance of Dismay in a flash flood is told with a keen sense of suspense. Even aside from such happy extras as “funeral food” recipes and Comfort’s “Top Ten Tips for First-Rate Funeral Behavior,” Wiles succeeds wonderfully in capturing “the messy glory” of grief and life.” —  Abby Nolan, Copyright © American Library Association.

“Ghost” by Jason Reynolds – “At school, Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw is taunted about where he lives and what he wears. He also has an anger management problem, but the kid can run, really run. Supported by a loving mother and a tough but caring track-and-field coach, Ghost learns a few lessons about life and teamwork while reminding readers of the potential in everyone. Nuanced characters facing real-life problems delivered with the author’s irresistible warmth and humor.” — Mahnaz Dar, Shelley Diaz, Della Farrell, Daryl Grabarek, Kiera Parrott, Luann Toth, Kent Turner, Tyl. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2016.

“It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel” by Firiizeh Dumas – “Filled with humorous touches and authentic cultural references, Dumas’s story will resonate not just with young immigrants but with any readers trying to adapt to new situations.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Locomotion” by Jacqueline Woodson – “Like Jack in Creech’s ‘Love That Dog’, fifth-grader Lonnie has a teacher who introduces him to poetry and makes him believe in his writing. Woodson, however, more ably convinces us that her protagonist really does have a gift. The sixty poems are skillfully and artfully composed– but still manage to sound fresh and spontaneous. The accessible form will attract readers; Woodson’s finely crafted story won’t let them go.” — THE HORN BOOK, c2003.

“Lucky Strikes” by Louis Bayrad – “”Featuring a heroine as pragmatic and resourceful as Mary Call from Where the Lilies Bloom, adult author Bayard’s (Roosevelt’s Beast) poignant Depression-era novel traces the struggles of 14-year-old Melia Hoyle and her siblings after their mother’s death.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review on Lucky Strikes

“A Mango-Shaped Space” by Wendy Mass – “For those interested in psychology and the workings of the brain, this novel will hold their attention.” — From Kliatt

“Mayday” by Karen Harrington – “MAYDAY is an utterly engaging and heartwarming novel of loss and redemption. Wayne Kovok is a natural-born wonder.” – Mark Goldblatt, best-selling author of Twerp and Finding The Worm.

“Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” by John David Anderson – “A story of that one teacher we all have who we’ll never forget, told with laugh-out-loud humor and oh, so much heart.” (Gordon Korman, New York Times-bestselling author of Ungifted)

“Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II” by Alan Gratz –  “A rare insider’s glimpse into the Hitler Youth: animated, well-researched, and thought-provoking.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys – * “This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered, and in turn, it tries to remember the thousands of real people its fictional characters represent. What it asks of us is that their memories, and their stories, not be abandoned to the sea.” Booklist, starred review

“Unbound: A Novel in Verse” by Ann E. Burg –  “A combination of historical precision, honesty, and adventure . . .Beautifully done.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“When Friendship Followed Me Home” by Paul Griffin – “”[T]his bittersweet, well-paced book…left me with faith that people can feel discarded, as though everything they love will be taken from them, and still end up whole, if they are touched by love of friendship.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Wish” by Barbara O’Connor – The many ways [Charlie] wishes form something of a catalog of folk and family traditions and are delightful all by themselves….Speaking in an honest voice revealing her hurt, resentment, and vulnerability, Charlies explains how her wish comes true. A warm, real, and heartfelt tale.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Wolf Hollow” by Lauren Wolk – “Echoing the tone and themes found in To Kill a Mockingbird…Annabelle’s astute observations of the Philadelphia woods and the people who populate Wolf Hollow  will resonate with many readers as they present a profound view of a complex era tinged by prejudice and fear.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“The Arrival” by Shaun Tan -“A shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city. Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay.” — Jeff Smith, author of Bone

“The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw” by Mark Crilley – “Engaging…A pleasant diversion for a long summer afternoon, The Drawing Lesson is likely to result in lots of ambitious sketching among readers ages 7 to 14.”
Wall Street Journal

“Fearless Food: Allergy-Free Recipes for Kids” by Katrina Jorgensen – “with more than 100 allergy-free recipes for kids! Fun, delicious and easy-to-make breakfasts, snacks, sides, main dishes and desserts avoid the Big-8 food allergens whenever possible. ” — Amazon.com

“Locomotion” by Jacqueline Woodson – “Like Jack in Creech’s ‘Love That Dog’, fifth-grader Lonnie has a teacher who introduces him to poetry and makes him believe in his writing. Woodson, however, more ably convinces us that her protagonist really does have a gift. The sixty poems are skillfully and artfully composed– but still manage to sound fresh and spontaneous. The accessible form will attract readers; Woodson’s finely crafted story won’t let them go.” —  THE HORN BOOK, c2003.

“Meet Danitra Brown” by Nikki Grimes – “This spirited collection of poems introduces young readers to Danitra Brown, the most splendiferous girl in town, and her best friend, Zuri Jackson.” — Baker & Taylor

“Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved an Ecosystem” by Patricia Newman – “Marine biologist Brent Hughes didn’t think sea otters and sea grass had much in common. But his research at Elkhorn Slough, an estuary on Monterey Bay in northern California, revealed a new and surprising connection between the two. The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae due to the fertilizer runoff from surrounding fields. But it wasn’t. Why?” — Goodreads

“Soldier Song: A True Story of the Civil War” by Debbie Levy — “Through insightful narration and vibrant silhouettes and cartooning, Levy (I Dissent) and Ford (The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring) vividly bring to life a chapter in the U.S. Civil War and the integral role music played during the conflict.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech” by Shana Corey and R. Gregory Christie” – “Excellent. The dramatic and innovative illustrations beautifully capture a place in time and the people who inhabited it. The back matter is powerful addition to a most thoughtful book. — (Booklist)

“When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Fight for an American Icon” — Natasha Wing – “…an inspiring historical episode that also makes a strong case for the general value of preserving our country’s architectural treasures. Grand, in several ways.” —Kirkus, starred review

YOUNG ADULT

“The BItter Side of Sweet: A Novel” by Tara Sullivan – “A gripping and painful portrait of modern-day child slavery in the cacao plantations of the Ivory Coast.”—The Wall Street Journal

“The Serpent King: A Novel” by Jeff Zentner – “Characters, incidents, dialogue, the poverty of the rural South, enduring friendship, a desperate clinging to strange faiths, fear of the unknown, and an awareness of the courage it takes to survive, let alone thrive, are among this fine novel’s strengths. Zentner writes with understanding and grace—a new voice to savor.” —Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews