New Books! Week of July 15
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Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics by Tom Scioli
"Jack Kirby's real life adventures were just as epic as the ones he imagined in the comics he created. Scioli captures that epic feel using his own, inimitable style, and tells a story that's long overdue."-- Joe Casey, co-creator of Gødland
Natural History by Carlos Fonseca, translated by Megan McDowell
"Fonseca's inventive, complex tale reads like a literary onion, constantly revealing new narratives and layers of meaning . . .The various characters' perspectives blur the line between memory and fantasy, and their charm will keep readers along for the very intricate ride. Fonseca's innovative puzzle box of a novel packs a powerful punch." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
They Didn’t See Us coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties by Lisa Levenstein
"A sweeping and beautifully written account of a feminist movement that too many of us assumed had faded away. Lisa Levenstein reveals how a multiracial and global coalition of women kept feminism vibrant and alive in the 1990s. With moving and intimate detail, Levenstein shows that it was these women who made it possible for us to imagine a more just and equitable future today."-- Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water
Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
"Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel's every page." --The New York Times Book Review
Wonderland by Zoje Stage
"Oh, fright fans rejoice. That sure hand you're looking for? That relentless climb, that crescendo of cold sweat? It's all here. Deep in the woods, under a lot of snow, steeped in mad, unfamiliar nature. Zoje Stage is in total control of your nightmare. For those who live to be scared, Wonderland is the book you'll be glad you cracked open at home, alone, at night."-- Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie
Coventry: Essays by Rachel Cusk
First-rate, marked by candor and seriousness . . . [Cusk] is a poet of split feelings. Her inquisitive intelligence is the rebar that, inside the concrete, holds the edifice upright . . . I have quoted Cusk a great deal in this review. There are more of her words here than mine . . . But sometimes you just need to get out of the way. --Dwight Garner, The New York Times
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
"Bold, brave, and original, THE GREAT PRETENDER grips you as tightly as the madness it investigates. Cahalan writes with enormous intelligence and style, and propels you through this dark and fascinating journey into psychiatry and the very nature of sanity."-- Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and The Library Book
On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to me and How It Drives America Insane by Emily Guendelsberger
"Emily Guendelsberger's On the Clock is among the best of these new accounts of multibillion dollar corporations maximizing profit at the expense of their workforce. In Guendlesberger's case, there are some familiar villains-Amazon and McDonald's-along with a call center job, but what really separates this diaristic account is that it's funny. Which I suppose you have to be when you're doubleshifting in an Amazon warehouse a month before Christmas and the vending machines are stocked with painkillers and you don't even know if you'll have a job in the New Year. Haha!"-- Jonny Diamond, Lit Hub Editor-in-Chief
Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction by Chuck Klosterman
" Raised in Captivity is a short-order short story collection, a series of skits cooked up for the here and now. . . . As soon as one's adjusted to [Klosterman's] latest 'Twilight Zone, ' he's already taken it to its pithy conclusion. It's a quick-draw approach that plays to his strengths as a stylist and comic. . . . An engagingly sardonic collection." --The Washington Post
Starting with Ingredients: 100 Delicious Ways to Make Use of What You’ve Got by Aliza Green
Green is known for her encyclopedic knowledge of every possible ingredient, its history, culture, and use in the kitchen and bakery, and for her lively storytelling. She leads international culinary and cultural tours for the curious and adventuresome cook. Green's books have garnered high praise from critics, readers, and culinary professionals alike, including a James Beard award for Ceviche!: Seafood, Salads, and Cocktails with a Latino Twist, which she co-authored with Chef Guillermo Pernot.
Picture Books/Early Readers
Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Equality with Simone de Beauvoir (board book) by Duane Armitage, Maureen McQuerry, Robin Rose
Even little children have big questions about life. Simone de Beauvoir focused much of her work on the concept of equality, insisting that girls and boys and women and men should have the same opportunities to be happy. Everyone should have the right to be themselves and be treated with respect no matter what. Kids will come away from this book encouraged to think about how the same things can make girls and boys happy or sad or excited, and everyone should listen to who they are on the inside and respect that in others.
Cookie and Brocolli: Ready for School! by Bob McMahon
New best friends Cookie and Broccoli are as different as peanut butter and cheese, but that doesn't stop them from taking on the first grade! Together they navigate the first day of school: finding the classroom, making new friends (all various fruits, veggies, and desserts), and silly secret greetings. When Broccoli discovers that Cookie also has shy moments, the two of them come up with the perfect solution--inviting all their classmates to join their Shy Friends Club.
Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim
Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn’t know the rules and just can’t get anything right. Luckily, she isn’t one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember! Danbi Leads the School Parade introduces readers to an irresistible new character. In this first story, she learns to navigate her two cultures and realizes that when you open your world to others, their world opens up to you.
Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion.
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi
In the summer of 1984, 12-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet makes the trip from Huntsville, Alabama, to Harlem, where she’ll spend a few weeks with her father while her mother deals with some trouble that’s arisen for Ebony-Grace’s beloved grandfather, Jeremiah. Jeremiah Norfleet is a bit of a celebrity in Huntsville, where he was one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA two decades earlier. And ever since his granddaughter came to live with him when she was little, he’s nurtured her love of all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek, both of which she’s watched dozens of time on Granddaddy’s Betamax machine. So even as Ebony-Grace struggled to make friends among her peers, she could always rely on her grandfather and the imaginary worlds they created together. In Harlem, however, she faces a whole new challenge. Harlem in 1984 is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and her first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer’s end, Ebony-Grace discovers that gritty and graffitied Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.
The Unleashed by Danielle Vega
In the terrifying sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks discovers that even though Steele House is gone, the hauntings in Drearfield are far from over—and it’s up to her to stop them.
We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler
In 1965 seventeen-year-old Victoria, having just escaped an unstable home, flees to the ultimate place for dreamers and runaways—the circus. Specifically, the VanDrexel Family Circus where, among the lion tamers, roustabouts, and trapeze artists, Victoria hopes to start a better life. Fifty years later, Victoria’s sixteen-year-old granddaughter Callie is thriving. A gifted and focused tightrope walker with dreams of being a VanDrexel high wire legend just like her grandmother, Callie can’t imagine herself anywhere but the circus. But when Callie’s mother accepts her dream job at an animal sanctuary in Florida just months after Victoria’s death, Callie is forced to leave her lifelong home behind. Feeling unmoored and out of her element, Callie pores over memorabilia from her family’s days on the road, including a box that belonged to Victoria when she was Callie’s age. In the box, Callie finds notes that Victoria wrote to herself with tips and tricks for navigating her new world. Inspired by this piece of her grandmother’s life, Callie decides to use Victoria’s circus prowess to navigate the uncharted waters of public high school.