New Books Week of May 13
Here's what's Just Arrived! (Scroll down to order)
The Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity by Porochista Khakpour
"A collection of personal essays, chronicling immigrant and Iranian-American life in our contemporary moment."
The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s by Maggie Doherty
"In her thrilling book, Maggie Doherty brings to vivid life the long-hidden history of a glorious American experiment that gathered creative women for a year of community in the shelter of a great university. The emotional power of The Equivalents lies in its revelation of the incremental impact of community on each of these formerly isolated women, prophetic of what would happen two years later with the publication of The Feminine Mystique and the arrival of Second Wave feminism." --Honor Moore, author of Our Revolution
Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth by Benjamin Taylor
"Rare and remarkable. A pleasure to read as a revival of Philip's presence, of course, but also as a beautifully novelistic study of two very different men converging on a shared set of obsessions and mutual comforts. Taylor preserves his hero without entombing him. It's Roth to the life." --Adam Gopnik
One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965 by Jia Lynn Yang
"Yang's compelling history could not be more timely.... The combination of meticulous research and captivating writing creates a beautiful surprise; a dark history that gleams under the spotlight of unvarnished truthtelling. Expect a lot of reader requests and award attention for this significant title."--Booklist (starred review)
Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storynboards by Bong Joon Ho
"[A] brilliant genre mash-up... Parasite has a rich set of ideas -- relevant ones. It has a righteous, playful sense of humor outmatched only by the beautiful timing and sharp, personable wit of its cast, [and] the wit of its stylish director, who brings his richest storytelling instincts to bear on the material."-- Vanity Fair
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
"Daring, seductive, and provocative . . . [an] exhilaratingly trenchant, funny, and affecting tale . . . Sittenfeld orchestrates a gloriously cathartic antidote to the actual struggles women presidential candidates face in a caustically divided America." –Booklist
To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Jeff Shaara
"With you-are-there immediacy, Shaara opens up the mysteries of just how Japan--a small, deeply militarist nation--could launch one of history's most devastating surprise attacks. In this story of innocence, heroism, sacrifice, and unfathomable blindness, Shaara's gift for storytelling uses these familiar wartime themes to shine a light on the personal, the painful, the tragic, and the thrilling--and on a crucial part of history we must never forget."
Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor
"Astra Taylor will change how you think about democracy... She unpacks it, wrestles with it, with the question of who gets included and how...she excavates the invisible assumptions that have been bred into our idea of democracy... Taylor's work is alive to paradoxes, ambiguities, and hard questions that don't offer easy answers." --Ezra Klein, The Ezra Klein Show
Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak
"Smart and stylish...Pitoniak creates a compelling world of haves and have-nots that plays out in the cutthroat world of cable news. What begins as a sharp story about best friends--one who's had everything handed to her, the other who has almost ruthlessly made her own way--develops into a darker tale of rivalry, hubris, and deadly desire."-- Town and Country
The Somerset Girls by Lori Foster
"Foster (Sisters of Summer's End, 2019) once again blends small-town charm, loving family relationships, relatable hardships, and delectable romance...her big-hearted characters carry the day and the humor throughout keeps this women's fiction confection light and fun. Sweet as ice cream on a hot summer day." -- Booklist
Tropic of Violence by Natacha Appanah
"Searing, lyrical, and ultimately devastating, Appanah's latest novel might be her finest yet." --Kirkus Reviews
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
" Wanderers is amazing--huge, current, both broad and intensely personal, blending the contemplative apocalypse of Station Eleven with the compulsive readability of the best thrillers." --Django Wexler
Young Adult/Middle Grade
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (a Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins
"Revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games."
The Magnificent Makers #1: How to Test a Friendship written by Theanne Griffith, illustrated by Reggie Brown
"With the help of a fun, odd scientist, third graders Violet, Pablo, and Deepak embark on an adventure in the Maker Maze, a magical laboratory full of robots, an antigravity chamber, 3D printers, and more."
Night of the Living Ted written by Barry Hutchison, Illustrated by Lee Cosgrove
"After Lisa-Marie and her big brother, Vernon, visit a Create-A-Ted store, the unexpected happens. Their teddy bears come to life! But it turns out they aren't the only ones. All kinds of teddy bears--zombies, ghosts, aliens and more--are suddenly alive and creating mayhem... and soon there is an army of evil teddy bears on the loose! Can Lisa-Marie and her big brother Vernon save themselves--and the world?"
Suncatcher by Jose Pimienta
"Pimienta gives this 'devil at the crossroads' tale a fresh twist with the Mexicali punk setting; music lovers and fans of graphic novels will be intrigued." - SLJ
We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan
"A well-written, intricately plotted, and sympathetic portrayal of the pressures that some elite college-bound kids experience during senior year. "-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Baby Builders written by Elissa Haden Guest illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
"Wearing their hard hats, safety goggles, and work boots, a team of toddlers are busy building away. Using excavators, shovels, and bulldozers, they are hard at work making their perfect playhouse blueprint come to life."
The Cookie Book of Colors by Holly Fox
"If you could taste color, this cookie book would have all the flavors of the rainbow. From social media "cookie-gram" master Holly Fox comes a delicious board book of colors that looks good enough to eat."
The Stray written and illustrated by Molly Ruttan
"Many of the narrative details are cleverly embedded in the artwork: while the text alone reads as though the family has simply found a stray dog or cat, the illustrations clearly depict Grub as a small alien creature with stalk eyes and pointy teeth who emerges from a crashed spaceship and levitates objects in the family's house and neighborhood. Fun and layered, this is an appealing story for family bedtime reads."-- Booklist
This Is Gus by Chris Chatterton
"Gus...is one grumpy dog who doesn't like much of anything, especially making new friends. So what will Gus do when a little puppy comes barking into his life?"