NEW ARRIVALS – MARCH 2018

ADULT FICTION

“Fall from Grace: A Novel” by Danielle Steel — “Steel starts up again in 2018 with a novel featuring newly widowed Sydney Wells, whose adoring husband inexplicably left her out of his will. With his sudden death, his estate goes to his conniving daughter, and 49-year-old Sydney must start from scratch. She begins working in fashion, is entrapped in a shady scheme that leads to criminal prosecution, but (as you might guess) triumphantly rebuilds her life.” — Barbara Hoffert. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2017.

“Human Acts” by Han Kang — “Kang explores the sprawling trauma of political brutality with impressive nuance and the piercing emotional truth that comes with masterful fiction… a fiercely written, deeply upsetting, and beautifully human novel.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee — “Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.” — Amazon

‘Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance” by BIll McKibben —  “A lean, fantastical, swift-kick-in-the-pants of a read, Radio Free Vermont may not save the world — but it succeeds wildly in making the formidable prospect of resistance feel a bit more fun.” –NPR.org

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward — “Sing, Unburied, Sing is many things: a road novel, a slender epic of three generations and the ghosts that haunt them, and a portrait of what ordinary folk in dire circumstances cleave to as well as what they — and perhaps we all — are trying to outrun.” —New York Times Book Review

“The Song Rising” by Samantha Shannon — “Shannon’s exploration of a futuristic, perilous Europe remains engaging and evocative . . . The narrative is fueled by a constant sense of tension, as well as both internal and external conflict.” – Publishers Weekly.

“Stay with Me: A Novel” by Ayobami Adebayo — “A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride.” —The Guardian

“Still Me” by Jojo Moyes — “Moyes’s many fans and newcomers alike will be satisfied by the humor, riveting story, and realistic and well-developed characters.”—Publishers Weekly 

BIOGRAPHY

“The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui  — “A moving, visually stimulating account of the author’s personal story and an insightful look at the refugee experience, juxtaposed against Vietnam’s turbulent history. “ — (Shelf Awareness, starred review)

“Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay — “Luminous. . . . intellectually rigorous and deeply moving.” — (The New York Times Book Review)

“The Woman Who Smashed Codes” by Jason Fagone — “[Elizebeth Friedman] was a tireless and talented code breaker who brought down gangsters and Nazi spies…a fascinating swath of American history that begins in Gilded Age Chicago and moves to the inner workings of our intelligence agencies at the close of WWII.” — (Los Angeles Times)

ADULT MYSTERY

“City of Endless Night” by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child — “”VERDICT: Fans of the Pendergast series will be delighted with this latest romp and its careful plotting and suspense should appeal to mystery fans generally as well.”―Library Journal

“Dark in Death” by J.D. Robb — “… set in a near-future New York City (after 2016’s Secrets in Death), someone plunges an ice pick into the neck of Chanel Rylan while the 32-year-old aspiring Broadway actress is watching the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho in a Times Square movie theater. Lt. Eve Dallas arrives at the scene to find that no one witnessed the fatal stabbing. Later, novelist Blaine DeLano shows up at the police station where Eve and her team are gathered to report that Chanel’s death is the second that appears to copy a murder from one of her bestselling books. Following meager forensic clues, Eve tries to identify and warn potential new victims and stop the killer. Robb expertly ratchets up the suspense as the endgame approaches in this deadly chess match between Eve and her cunning opponent. ” — Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2017.

“Exposed: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel” by Lisa Scottoline — “A gripping thriller…Exposed wraps up with a demolition-derby doozy of an ending that will leave you shaken.” ―The Washington Post

“Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner — “Gardner shines a heartbreaking light on foster care abuse while steadily ratcheting up the tension to a genuinely surprising and emotional finale.”—Publishers Weekly

“The Man Upon the Stair: A Mystery in Fin-de-Siecle Paris” by Gary Inbinder — “A dizzying number of details recreate the nineteenth-century Paris of artists, prostitutes, aristocrats, gamblers, and spies. Achille continues to endear, with his mashed flowers and good heart, much like Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache.” — – Booklist

“Operator Down: A Pike Logan Thriller” by Brad Taylor — “Former Delta Force officer Taylor relies on his familiarity with modern combat logistics to create credible characters and complex plots that pulse with intense intrigue, authenticity, and realism. Fans of military thrillers will enjoy how this narrative mirrors current events in the worldwide war on terror.”—Library Journal

“Prussian Blue: A Bernie Gunther Novel” by Philip Kerr – “Kerr once again brilliantly uses a whodunit to bring to horrifying life the Nazi regime’s corruption and brutality.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Storm King” by Brendan Duffy — “A powerful story . . . Former friends regroup when a secret kept for years comes to light, threatening the lives they have built. Brendan Duffy adds so many layers that those bare plot bones feel like an entirely new creature.”—The News & Observer

ADULT NON-FICTION

“Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel” by Robert Gandt — “Angels in the Sky reads like a World War II thriller, only better because every word is true. The saga of Israel’s fledgling air force and the motley crew of heroes who saved the Jewish state is one of the great untold stories of history. Robert Gandt has brought it vividly, unforgettably to life.” — – Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire

“How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt — “Chilling… A provocative analysis of the parallels between Donald Trump’s ascent and the fall of other democracies.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam” by Mark Bowden — “Bowden . . . applies his signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling to bring readers a fresh look at the 1968 battle in the Vietnamese city of Hue . . . [A] compelling and highly readable narrative . . . A meticulous and vivid retelling of an important battle.”―Linda Robinson, New York Times Book Review

“Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations” by Ronen Bergman — “Blending history and investigative reporting, Bergman never loses sight of the ethical questions that arise when a state, founded as a refuge for a stateless people who were targets of a genocide, decides it needs to kill in order to survive. . . . This book is full of shocking moments, surprising disturbances in a narrative full of fateful twists and unintended consequences.”—The New York Times

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

“The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah — “Hannah skillfully situates the emotional family saga in the events and culture of the late ’70s… But it’s her tautly drawn characters―Large Marge, Genny, Mad Earl, Tica, Tom―who contribute not only to Leni’s improbable survival but to her salvation amid her family’s tragedy.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

LARGE PRINT

“LIttle Fires Everywhere: A Novel” by Celeste NG — “Mesmerizing…The result is a deftly woven plot that examines a multitude of issues, including class, wealth, artistic vision, abortion, race, prejudice and cultural privilege.” —BookPage 

MUSIC

BLUE/DVD

“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner – The Final Cut”
“Cars 3”

“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City”
“The Dark Tower”

“The Emoji Movie”
“Girls Trip”
“IT”
“Masterpiece: The Collection”
“Murder on the Orient Express”
“Outlander Season One Volume One”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Wonder”

 

BOARD BOOK

“Bus Stops” by Taro Gomi
“Good Night, Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann

KIT

PICTURE BOOK

“Baby Monkey, Private Eye” by Brian Selznick and David Serlin
“Bertolt”
by Jacques Goldstyn
“Days with Dad”
by Nari Hong
“Florette”
by Anna Walker
“Gingerbread Friends”
by Jan Brett
“Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth”
by Oliver Jeffers
“In the Town All Year ‘Round”
by Rotraut Susanne Berner
“The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain”
by Carolyn Huizinga Mills
“Love”
by Matt de la Pena
“A Pattern for Pepper”
by Julie Kraulis
“Play Ball, Amelia Bedalia” by Peggy Parish
“Plume” by Isabelle Simler
“Rabbit & Possum” by Dana Wulfekotte
“Snow Sisters! Two Sisters, One Snowy Day” by Kerri Kokias & Teagan White
“Teddy’s Favorite Toy” by Christian Trimmer
“There’s an Alligator Under My Bed” by Mercer Mayer
“They All Saw a Cat” by Brendan Wenzel
“Town is by the Sea” by Joanne Schwartz
“What Do You Do With a Chance?” by Kobi Yamada
“The Word Collector” by Peter H. Reynolds

JUVENILE AUDIO

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elizabeth Favilli & Francesco Cavallo — “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe, this is a most-funded book in the history of crowd-funding.” — back cover

“Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison — “Beautifully designed and chock-full of information, this is a fantastic survey of black women who made and continue to make history.”―School Library Journal

“Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education” by Raphaele Frier — “In this vibrant picture-book biography, translated from the French, Malala Yousafzai’s courageous story is retold in considerable detail, with nuances and illustrations that highlight the salient people and places in her life. …The story covers Malala’s early activist years, the shooting, her recovery, her speech at the UN, and subsequent efforts to speak up for girls around the world since she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ..” — Booklist Online

JUVENILE FICTION

“The Assassin’s Curse” by Kevin Sands — “In the third heart-pounding installment of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series, Christopher, Tom, and Sally face new codes, puzzles, and traps as they race to find the hidden treasure before someone else is murdered.” — inside front cover

“Audacity Jones Steals the Show” by Kirby Larson — “Eleven-year-old Audacity (Audacity Jones to the Rescue) and best friend Bimmy venture from Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls with Cypher, now a detective, on a new adventure in NYC. They must stop a plot to sabotage Harry Houdini’s latest illusion: making an elephant disappear. Multiple viewpoints converge to swiftly propel the story forward while historical elements imbue the mystery with an appropriate old-fashioned feel.” —  THE HORN BOOK, c2017.

“Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants” by Dav Pilkey — You knew he’d be back. Yes, Captain Underpants, aka Mr. Krupp, principal of the Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, has returned, as have his enablers, students George and Harold. The plot? Suffice it to say Underpants must combat a scientific genius named Professor Pippy P. Poopypants. Poopypants goes mad when the students at Horwitz laugh at his name. (When they find out his middle name is Pee-pee, they get downright hysterical, as will readers, no doubt.) Mixed in with the minimal story is Pilkey’s comic bookstyle artwork; some of the pages even make a ‘cheesy’ flip book to animate the action. Silly, gross-out fun for Captain’s legion of fans.” — Ilene Cooper; AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2000.

“The Evil Wizard Smallbone” by Delia Sherman — Though Fidelou and his crew of biker werewolf minions add some dramatic distraction, it is Nick’s evolution into a young wizard that commands attention. Readers journey with Nick as he stumbles through what was real in his world, his grief at losing his mother, into a magical world that gives him a sense of purpose. Fans of fantasy will be captivated—and hoping for a sequel.” — Kirkus Reviews

“It Ain’t So Awful Falafel” by Firoozeh Dumas – “[A] fresh take on the immigrant experience—authentic, funny, and moving from beginning to end.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“Ghosts of Greenglass House” by Kate Milford — “Working on many levels, Milford delivers a head-scratching mystery, an eerie ghost story, hints of romance, and tales within tales that explore the (fictional) history of Nagspeake . . . And when it all comes together at the satisfying climax, readers might go straight back to the beginning to read the book again.” —Horn Book

“Mary Anning’s Curiosity” by Monica Kulling – “…In clean, straightforward prose, Kulling explains how Knight’s interest in and knack for machines was present even at a young age…. Paired with Parkins’s detailed and handsome pen-and-ink illustrations, the book focuses on Knight’s invention of a paper bag-manufacturing machine and her legal fight to protect her creation after her idea was stolen.” — Publishers Weekly 

“The Murderer’s Ape” by Jakob Wegelius — “This may be the most charming book I’ve read all year. It’s a challenge to build a story around a protagonist who can’t speak, and Wegelius does this skillfully, emphasizing qualities that make us human.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Save Me a Seat” by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan — “Used to being the top student, fifth grader Ravi (“fresh off the boat” from Bangalore) is furious when he’s sent to the resource room with Joe (whose auditory processing disorder makes school challenging). Determined to prove his superiority, Ravi befriends bully Dillon, while Joe hopes to get through the day without humiliation at Dillon’s hands. Short chapters alternate between Joe’s and Ravi’s distinctive, engaging voices.” —  THE HORN BOOK, c2016.

“Some Kind of Courage” by Dan Gemeinhart — “Exhilarating and enthralling, Courage promises even the most reluctant readers a breakneck adventure that will keep them turning the pages with utter devotion.” — Booklist, starred review

“Star Wars: Ahoska” by E. K. Johnston — “A great treat for young–and not so young–Star Wars fans that provides a thrilling backstory for a compelling character.”―Kirkus

“Switch” by Ingrid Law — “Law tenderly handles the challenges of having a grandparent with Alzheimer’s, highlighting the power of familial love…Readers will be caught up in this snowy, magical adventure and the characters’ efforts to balance their true, sparkly selves with growing up.”—Booklist

“Vanished! A Framed! Novel” by James Ponti — A splendid whodunit: cerebral, exhilarating, low in violence, methodical in construction, and occasionally hilarious.” —  (Kirkus Reviews, Starred)

“You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus!” by Atinuke — “Delightful and vivid…captures how it feels to be any little girl anywhere.” — Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Louis Undercover” by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault — “This nuanced tale of an observant, sensitive boy finding his own brand of strength is bittersweet and beautifully composed.” ―Booklist, starred review

“Smiley: A Journey of Love” by Joanne George — “Smiley was born in a Canadian puppy mill, and like so many other puppy mill dogs, he had already experienced lifelong difficulties. Smiley was born without eyes and with dwarfism, which caused him to have a larger head than most dogs and shorter limbs. George, the author of this book, is a veterinary technician; when she first saw Smiley, she immediately fell in love… Smiley was extremely anxious during his early days with George but she was tenacious in his training. Eventually, Smiley became as a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog. He visited hospitals, senior homes, and schools to offer comfort and hope to those who needed it. The book contains many attractive color photographs of Smiley. Children will be able to read about the canine’s many problems without feeling sad or depressed about his life.”  — Amy Caldera, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2017.

“Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army” by Enigma Alberti — “Exciting, entertaining, and educational…this unique and clever book is all these things! Middle-grade readers will be captivated by the fascinating history of the Ghost Army and will have a blast deciphering puzzles and clues using the tools provided within the book.” — Word Spelunker

YOUNG ADULT

“Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys — “A haunting chronicle, demonstrating that even in the heart of darkness ‘love is the most powerful army.’”–The Horn Book Magazine

“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds — “Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.” –Amazon