New Books! Week of August 19
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His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham
Meacham calls Lewis "as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century." A believer in the injunction that one should love one's neighbor as oneself, Lewis was arguably a saint in our time, risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful. In many ways he brought a still-evolving nation closer to realizing its ideals, and his story offers inspiration and illumination for Americans today who are working for social and political change.
An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky translated by Jackie Smith
Twelve fictional essays comprise this stunning work depicting animals, places, objects, and buildings that are lost forever... Not to be read quickly but savored and contemplated.
"A celebration of what can still be accomplished with imagination, paper. and ink".--Anthony Doerr
The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War by Michael Gorra
Michael Gorra is one of the finest critical minds at work in literature today, and this masterly reassessment of William Faulkner could not be more timely. Faulkner is a central figure in American fiction and, indeed, in American history, a voice as resonant in today's troubled world as it was in his own time. Gorra asks hard questions about the novelist and the man, and is unflinching in answering them. This is a momentous and thrilling book.--John Banville
Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen
A prominent high-society matron--who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding member of the POTUSSIES--has gone missing at a swank gala. When the wealthy dowager Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. The President immediately declares that Kiki Pew was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, as it turns out, is far from the truth. Meanwhile, a bizarre discovery in the middle of the road brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a lovestruck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons.
Summer by Ali Smith
"Though each book [in the Seasonal Quartet] raises the bar of social and political isolation ever higher, the goal of the novels is to connect these isolates one by one, through ingenious means both known and unknown to them. In doing so, Smith manages to restore both a sense of community and something even rarer in the wired world: narrative . . . A revelation of endurance and a balm even in the worst of times."--Los Angeles Times
Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald
"Breathtaking . . . Helen Macdonald renders an indelible impression of a raptor's fierce essence--and her own--with words that mimic feathers, so impossibly pretty we don't notice their astonishing engineering."--New York Times Book Review (cover review)
River of Fire: On Becoming an Activist by Helen Prejean
"Sister Prejean's radical openness and bracing honesty about her own faith journey is as refreshing and compelling as it is demanding and questioning. If you've ever wondered what 'faith' asks of you, you must read this book. It will turn your world upside down as you witness the conversion of a pious, sheltered nun into a fiery, faithful freedom fighter for the poor and the marginal. It set my own heart on fire, as I followed her quest to set the heart of the world aflame with passion for justice." --Serene Jones, author of Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World
Vision by Julia Gfrorer
A masterful storyteller with a distinctive gothic style, Gfrörer is following in the footsteps of a select group of cartoonists with similar sensibilities. Edward Gorey comes to mind. A contemporary for Gfrörer would be the equally bookish visionary, Kate Beaton.
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry edited by Joy Harjo
This landmark anthology celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. Opening with a blessing from Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday, the book contains powerful introductions from contributing editors who represent the five geographically organized sections. Each section begins with a poem from traditional oral literatures and closes with emerging poets, ranging from Eleazar, a seventeenth-century Native student at Harvard, to Jake Skeets, a young Diné poet born in 1991, and including renowned writers such as Luci Tapahanso, Natalie Diaz, Layli Long Soldier, and Ray Young Bear.
The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott
“... mischievous, relentlessly inventive stories whose interweaving content swerves from down-home grit to dreamlike grotesque.” --Kirkus
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl and Dana MacKenzie
Cause and effect is one of the most heavily debated, difficult-to-prove things in science and medicine. This book really gets you thinking about cause and effect as it applies to issues of our time, such as: How come cigarettes were around for years and we never showed they were causing cancer or heart disease? The authors goes through these cases like an interrogation, and it's just extraordinary."-- Science Friday
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy NYC neighbors. There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing potential upside for himself.
Soon, what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for.…
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five, comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.
Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art.
Corpse Talk: Groundbreaking Scientists by Adam and Lisa Murphy
Discover the incredible stories of scientists throughout history in this hilarious graphic novel for kids aged 9 to 12 that brings the dead famous to life. Bold and expressive illustrations by Adam and Lisa Murphy bring historical events to life, literally, while humorous text makes learning about history and science fun. Full page illustrations give more detail on the science behind the individual stories, with special features including a map of the Solar System, an illustration of a butterfly’s life cycle, and a diagram showing how your body fights infection. There’s even a fun science experiment that you can try yourself!
Strike Zone by Mike Lupica
Twelve-year-old star Little League pitcher Nick Garcia has a dream. Several in fact. He dreams he’ll win this season’s MVP and the chance to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. He dreams he’ll meet his hero, Yankee’s pitcher Michael Arroyo. He dreams they’ll find a cure for Lupus so he sister won’t have to suffer. But mostly, he dreams one day his family can stop living in fear of the government. For one kid, it’s almost too much to bear. Luckily, Nick has his two best friends Ben and Diego to keep him balanced. But when Nick notices a mysterious man lurking on his street corner, he senses a threat. Suddenly, his worst fears are realized, and just when it seems there’s no one they can trust, an unexpected hero emerges and changes everything.
Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?!
I Don't Want to Wash My Hands! by Tony Ross
The Little Princess does not want to wash her hands. After all, she’s already washed her hands so many times! She’s washed her hands before eating and after going outside. She’s washed her hands after sneezing and using the potty. Why should she wash her hands anymore? Well, because of germs and nasties, she’s told, which are too small to even see! But if they get inside your body, they can make you ill. Not even a Princess wants to be in bed all day! Now the Little Princess knows just what to do! She’s got just one more question…“Have you washed your hands?”
Pete the Cat Crayons Rock! by Kimberly and James Dean
When his friends aren't exactly impressed by the portraits he draws of them, Pete’s confidence in his artistic ability is shaken. Luckily, Pete remembers "there are no mistakes in art" and draws a fun picture that he loves using his big groovy box of crayons. In his eleventh picture book, Pete the Cat learns that the grooviest art comes from the heart.