New Books! Week of August 12
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Play Like A Feminist by Shira Chess
" Play like a Feminist. is a crucial contribution to conversations around gaming, power, and labor. Chess shows us all the importance of reclaiming games as a feminist act and provides a blueprint for how feminists of all ages can approach them in new and joyful ways." - Adrienne Shaw, Associate Professor, Temple University, and author of Gaming at the Edge
Ghostwriter by Rayco Pulido
This noir graphic novel, which stars a pregnant radio scriptwriter, won Spain's 2017 National Comic Award. An arresting, chiaroscuro-steeped psychological thriller.
When These Mountains Burn by David Joy
"Joy portrays his characters with unflinching realism. Creative turns of phrase and creative colloquialisms move the story forward and keep the otherwise disheartening subject matter full of thrilling surprises. As Southern noir-tinged fiction gains a well-deserved audience, Joy is one voice that never disappoints."-- Booklist
Borges and Me: An Encounter by Jay Parini
" Borges and Me is a road trip book like no other, written by someone who certainly didn't spend his youth the way I did. I loved every minute of reading it. It's full of wonderful energy and humor, with underpinnings of sadness and seriousness I can't shake." --Ann Beattie
Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion with Jim Ruland
"Ruland serves up a heady, revelatory collaboration with the enduring punk band Bad Religion... his testament to the value of hard work and independent thinking offers a thrilling alternative to the conventional rise-and-fall rock narrative."-- Publishers Weekly, "Summer Reads Staff Pick"
Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre
"Superb writing, precise portraiture, clever tricks of tradecraft--all Mr. le Carré's hallmarks are present in this swift, surprising, bittersweet story." -- The Wall Street Journal
An American Sunrise: Poems by Jo Harjo
"[Joy Harjo's] poems are accessible and easy to read, but making them no less penetrating and powerful, spoken from a deep and timeless source of compassion for all.... [A] stark reminder of what poetry is for and what it can do."--Craig Morgan Teicher
Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
"Know My Name is an act of reclamation. On every page, Miller unflattens herself, returning from Victim or Emily Doe to Chanel, a beloved daughter and sister... Know My Name marks the debut of a gifted young writer. Miller's words are purpose. They are maps. And she is a treasure who has prevailed." ─Jennifer Weiner, The New York Times
Anodyne by Khadijah Queen
"Anodyne captivates with poignant, resilient poems; ones that face toughness with lucidity: of losing family and facing landscapes full of 'untended loveliness of the forsaken.' All of which builds an affective and luminous sense of record, of observing and perceiving. . . . Queen's commanding style: building the poetic edges that are laced with endeavors, hurdles, grace, and truth into an eye-wide and powerfully deep poetry collection".--Prageeta Sharma, author of Grief Sequence
The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
"The effects of the unspeakable grief felt by 10-year-old Jas' family after the death of her beloved older brother are explored in painful and painstaking detail in this startling debut novel. . . . Rijneveld's extraordinary narrator describes a small world of pain which is hard to look at and harder to ignore." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor
Nnamdi's father was a good chief of police, perhaps the best Kalaria had ever had. He was determined to root out the criminals that had invaded the town. But then he was murdered, and most people believed the Chief of Chiefs, most powerful of the criminals, was responsible. Nnamdi has vowed to avenge his father, but he wonders what a twelve-year-old boy can do. Until a mysterious nighttime meeting, the gift of a magical object that enables super powers, and a charge to use those powers for good changes his life forever. How can he fulfill his mission? How will he learn to control his newfound powers?
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Heir to two lines of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. Yet she fails at bone magic, fails to call upon her ancestors, and fails to live up to her family's legacy. Under the disapproving eye of her mother, the Kingdom's most powerful priestess and seer, she fears she may never be good enough. But when the Kingdom's children begin to disappear, Arrah is desperate enough to turn to a forbidden, dangerous ritual. If she has no magic of her own, she'll have to buy it--by trading away years of her own life. Arrah's borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal, and on its heels, a rising tide of darkness that threatens to consume her and all those she loves. She must race to unravel a twisted and deadly scheme... before the fight costs more than she can afford.
Except for her new friends, Pip and Otto, who teach her a thing or two about surviving in Eden Eld. First: Don’t let the “wrong things” know you can see them. Second: Don’t speak of the wrong things to anyone else.The only other clue they have about these supernatural disturbances is a book of fairytales unlike any they’ve read before. It tells tales of the mysterious Mr. January, who struck a cursed deal with the town’s founders. Every thirteenth Halloween, he will take three of their children, who are never heard from again. It’s up to our trio to break the curse—because Eden Eld’s thirteen years are up. And Eleanor, Pip, and Otto are marked as his next sacrifice.
I Promise is the slam-dunk motivational picture book written by NBA champion LeBron James which is inspired by the values and initiatives of his I PROMISE school in Akron, Ohio. A perfect keepsake for tiny go-getters, dreamers, and doers! NBA superstar and cultural icon, LeBron James, makes his children’s book debut with a knockout picture book that encourages kids to be their biggest motivators and to be their best selves! Each promise is one that will help kids grow into successful, compassionate, and kind adults who strive to make their dreams come true. Written in fun rhyming verse that captures James’s inspirational voice and illustrated by the New York Times bestselling artist Nina Mata, this picture book makes a special gift for all occasions.