New Books! Week of August 25
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All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
The strengths of this latest procedural from the inimitable Penny will attract her longtime fans and also draw in new admirers. A deft touch with plotting, sensitive characterization, and the author's warmth and humanity make this a must-have mystery, especially for collections owning the rest of series." -- Library Journal (starred review)
Daddy: Stories by Emma Cline
"When I read Emma Cline I think of Mary Gaitskill's psychological acuity and of Joy Williams's sardonic gravitas. And yet something about Cline's intimate tone, her talent for conjuring the feeling of being alive, is entirely and uniquely her own." --Rachel Kushner
The Dream Architects: Adventures in the Video Game Industry by David Polfeldt
“A fascinating look at Swedish game development and a peek behind the curtain of one of the most interesting video game publishers in the world. Full of colorful characters and political machinations, this memoir is a charming collection of anecdotes that highlight the struggles of balancing artistic endeavors with financial realities -- and what it's like to spend a week eating bugs in the woods."-- Jason Schreier, author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels
A Girl Is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga-Makumbi
A Girl is a Body of Water is captivating, wise, humorous and tender: Makumbi has come back stronger than ever. This is a tale about Kirabo and her family, and her place in the world as she searches for her mother and a true sense of belonging. But most of all, this is a book about the stories that define us, and those we tell to redefine ourselves. A riveting read.--Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
"Gyasi's wise second novel pivots toward intimacy... In precise prose, Gyasi creates an ache of recognition, especially for readers knowledgeable about the wreckage of addiction. Still, she leavens this nonlinear novel with sly humor... The author is astute about childhood grandiosity and a pious girl's deep desire to be good; she conveys in brief strokes the notched, nodding hook of heroin's oblivion...final chapter that gives readers a taste of hard-won deliverance."
--Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
Box Hill: A Story of Low Self-Esteem by Adam Mars-Jones
Mars-Jones's prose is exceptionally nimble, dry, humorously restrained, very English, with a little Nabokovian velvet too. He can describe more or less anything and make it interesting.--James Wood
Frida Kahlo: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
Frida Kahlo's legacy continues to grow in the public imagination in the nearly fifty years since her "discovery" in the 1970s. This collection of conversations over the course of her brief career allows a peek at the woman behind the hype. And allows us to see the image of herself she carefully crafted for the public.
The Institute by Stephen King
"A big shank of a book that reminded me instantly of many of the reasons I loved (love?) [King]. His characters are the kind of people who hear the trains in the night. The music is always good. He swings low to the ground. He gets closer to the realities and attitudes of working-class life in America than any living writer I can think of." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
"Deborah Levy, one of the most intellectually exciting writers in Britain today, has produced in this perplexing work a caustically funny exploration of history, perception, the nature of political tyranny and how lovers can simultaneously charm and erase each other." -- New York Times Book Review
Not a Novel: A Memoir in Pieces by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Kurt Beals
The most profound, intelligent, humane, and important writer of our times. Forget the nombrilistes writing about themselves who have taken up so much of the conversational space. Jenny Erpenbeck is where it is all happening. She watches, notes, records, and interprets the world, not just herself in it. This is real literature: alive, vital, necessary, witty, beautiful, transformative. --Neel Mukherjee
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
"A chilling invitation no Atwood fan can resist . . . The Testaments reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil." -- People
Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmens Marciano
Madeline and the other eleven little girls have a new destination: the White House. They are the guests of Candle, the lonely daughter of the president, arriving just in time for the annual Easter Egg Roll. On the last night of their visit, Madeline and Candle stay up late playing dress-up, dancing, and telling scary stories. They top off the evening with a magic carpet ride to see the sights of Washington, courtesy of Madeline’s old friend the Magician, who has tagged along on the visit.
Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Balginder Kaur
Fauja Singh was born determined. He was also born with legs that wouldn’t allow him to play cricket with his friends or carry him to school miles from his village in Punjab. But that didn’t stop him. He never stopped striving. At the age of 81, after a lifetime of making his body, mind, and heart stronger, Fauja decided to run his first marathon. He went on to break records all around the world and became the first person over 100 to complete the grueling long-distance race.
Kitty and the Treetop Chase by Paula Harrison illustrated by Jenny Lovlie
When a new family moves into town, Kitty is excited to make another friend. But George, the new family’s son, is quiet and seems to have nothing in common with Kitty. When night approaches, Katsumi, a member of Kitty’s cat crew, tells Kitty about a dog causing a commotion in the bakery. Kitty decides to use her catlike superpowers to investigate, and it turns out that George has his own superpowers, too! Together, they set off to track down the mischievous dog before he can cause even more damage.
Pea, Bee, and Jay #1: Stuck Together by Brian "Smitty" Smith
Like all peas, Pea loves to roll. So when a no-good strawberry dares him to roll all the way off the farm, he swears he can do it—eazy me-zee! He’s having the roll of a lifetime when all of a sudden, a powerful thunderstorm strikes and bounces him off course. Lost and confused, he meets a honeybee (named Bee) and a blue jay (named Jay) who agree to guide him home. But will this new trio of friends be able to find their way back to the farm, or is Pea lost for good?
The Artifact Hunters by Janet Fox
With tensions in Prague rising at the height of World War II, Isaac Wolf is forced to leave home with nothing more than a small backpack and a pendant in the shape of an eternity knot. His parents believe the pendant will keep him safe—if he can discover what it really means.
This clue leads him to Rookskill Castle, home of the Special Alternative Intelligence Unit where gifted children can learn to harness their powers to support the Allies’ cause. With the help of his new friends and an antique watch that allows him to travel through time, Isaac must unlock his own powers and uncover the true meaning of the eternity knot. The only way he can do that, though, is by hunting for a series of magical artifacts that are scattered throughout the past…and Isaac isn’t the only artifact hunter. Soon he finds himself in a race against a threat just as deadly as the war itself—one that his parents had been trying to shield him from all along.
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. He’s getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, varsity soccer practices, and an internship at his favorite tea shop, things are falling into place. Then, of course, everything changes.
Frankly In Love by David Yoon
Frank Li has two names. There’s Frank Li, his American name. Then there’s Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California. As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he’s forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don’t leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen.
Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
It’s been more than a year since Simon and Blue turned their anonymous online flirtation into an IRL relationship, and just a few months since Abby and Leah’s unforgettable night at senior prom. Now the Creekwood crew are first years at different colleges, navigating friendship and romance the way their story began—over email.