New Books! Week of August 12

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Hardcover

 

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"

 

Paperback

 

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

 

Young Adult

 

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.

 

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff Vandermeer
Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather's overstuffed mansion--a veritable cabinet of curiosities--once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables). Swept into encounters with allies more unpredictable than enemies, Jonathan pieces together his destiny as a member of a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora. But as the ground shifts and allegiances change with every step, he and his friends sink ever deeper into a deadly pursuit of the profound evil that is also chasing after them.
 
 
 
Middle Grade
 
 
Fighting Words by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
Ten-tear-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom's boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della's own wolf--her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della's world turns so far upside down, it feels like it's shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she's been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it's time to be loud  
 
Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
Eleanor has just moved to the quiet, prosperous Eden Eld. When she awakes to discover an ancient grandfather clock that she’s never seen before outside her new room, she’s sure her eyes must be playing tricks on her. But then she spots a large bird, staring at her as she boards the school bus. And a black dog with glowing red eyes follows her around town. All she wants is to be normal, and these are far from normal. And worse—no one else can see them.

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.  
 
Picture Books
 
We Disagree by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
A mouse and a squirrel can’t seem to agree on anything. Can they possibly be friends? Find out in this energetic picture book about acceptance and friendship. Mouse likes figs. Squirrel prefers twigs. Mouse likes blue and polka dots. Squirrel likes red and does not like spots. It seems that they disagree on everything! Is there any way they can be friends, despite their differences? This timely story will show young readers that they don’t have to like all the same things as someone to get along with fast-moving, rhyming text that will make this book a read-aloud favorite.
 
 
I Promise by Lebron James (ill. by Nina Mata) 

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.

 

Play like a Feminist. (Playful Thinking) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780262044387
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Published: The MIT Press - August 18th, 2020

Ghostwriter Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781683963189
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Published: Fantagraphics - August 18th, 2020

When These Mountains Burn Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536888
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 18th, 2020

Borges and Me: An Encounter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385545822
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Published: Doubleday - August 18th, 2020

Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306922220
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Published: Hachette Books - August 18th, 2020

Agent Running in the Field: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984878892
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

An American Sunrise: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393358483
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735223721
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

Anodyne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947793804
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Published: Tin House Books - August 18th, 2020

The Discomfort of Evening: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450345
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 18th, 2020

Ikenga Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593113523
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

A Peculiar Peril (The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374308865
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 7th, 2020

Kingdom of Souls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062870964
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Published: HarperTeen - August 11th, 2020

Fighting Words Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815682
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Published: Dial Books - August 11th, 2020

Thirteens Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593117026
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

I Promise Cover Image
By LeBron James, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062971067
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Published: HarperCollins - August 11th, 2020

We Disagree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534438804
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 25th, 2020