New Books Week of May 20
Here's what's just arrived. Scroll down to order.
Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman
"This absolutely riveting novel moves rapidly . . . An attention-grabbing, cleverly plotted, character-driven yarn . . . In Agatha Christie fashion, Ackerman gathers his characters for what appears to be the grand finale but saves the true reveal for the very end." --Michael Russo, Library Journal (starred)
This Is A Book About Dumplings by Brendan Pang
"Making decent dumplings is a life skill everyone should aspire to and Brendan Pang's This Is A Book About Dumplings holds all the secrets."
--Poh Ling Yeow, host of Poh & Co and Poh's Kitchen and author of Poh Bakes 100 Greats
This Storm by James Ellroy
"Ask me to name the best living novelist who's fierce, brave, funny, scatological, beautiful, convoluted, and paranoid . . . and it becomes simple: James Ellroy. If insanity illuminated by highly dangerous strokes of literary lightning is your thing, then Ellroy's your man." --Stephen King
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Delightful... Jenner's immersive character development is juxtaposed against her study of Austen's characters, providing clever insight into how the trials of Austen's life were revealed through her books. -- Publishers Weekly
The Death of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee
The Death of Jesus is fiction of an order that dazzles the mind and leaves the heart questing and reaching out for the power and profundity of what is at some remote level a restatement, even if it is a bewildering one, of what we traditionally think of as the greatest story ever told." -- The Sydney Morning Herald
Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
"If you breathe, you need this book. When we undervalue anything, including something so basic as breathing, bad things always happen--and Nestor makes it clear how awful it's gotten. But he also provides a clear airway back to better, deeper, stronger respirations." --Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, New York Times-bestselling author of Blue Mind
Minor Detail by Adania Shibli, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette
Shibli has created a powerful set of dual heroines, women wracked with disquiet and violence, resisting the frames that have first, been chosen for them, then denied to have ever existed. This is an astonishing, major book.--John Freeman
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Astonishing.... Dennis-Benn's writing is ravishing, full of the musical rhythm of Jamaican dialect, sprinkled like hot spices throughout a narrative that is colorful, heartbreakingly sad and bristling with life.--Caroline Leavitt
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
A fantastical dream within a dream . . . a brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder . . . As [Rushdie] weaves the journeys of the two men nearer and nearer, sweeping up a full accounting of all the tragicomic horrors of modern American life in the process, these energies begin to collapse beautifully inward, like a dying star. His readers realize that they would happily follow Rushdie to the end of the world." --Time
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks
Brooks's considerable achievement comes in his ability to elevate the unseen aspects of private experience into a vigorous and challenging conversation about what we all share."
--San Francisco Chronicle
Spontaneous Particulars: Telepathy of Archives by Susan Howe
Memorably fierce: with her long career in view today, her comment on Dickinson, in 1985, applies to Howe herself: 'A great poet, carrying the antique imagination of her fathers, requires of each reader to leap from a place of certain signification, to a new situation, undiscovered and sovereign. She carries intelligence of the past into future of our thought by reverence and revolt.--Langdon Hammer
Inland by Tea Obreht
"Rivers of blood and ink have been spilled mythologizing the American Southwest, but rarely if ever with the sort of giddy beauty Téa Obreht brings to the page in Inland. . . . [She] displays dazzling dexterity and wit with the English language, transporting the reader to a fantastical late nineteenth century that borders on outright fantasy, where descriptions wax decadent and ghosts are treated as a matter of fact." --USA Today
Young Adult/Middle Grade
Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
"[Lee] develops a world rich in historical detail, crafts a plot wild with unexpected turns, and explores complex topics like colonization and identity. An empowering and energetic adventure that celebrates friendship between women."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Parachutes by Kelly Yang
" Parachutes is not just a searing drama that explores the lives of Asians in America, it's a courageous, empowering story about how high women can soar when they lift each other up."--Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl
Orphan Eleven by Gennifer Choldenko
"Carefully researched and authentically rendered . . . A fast-paced, intriguing, and surprising orphan story." -- Kirkus Reviews
Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
"Conklin's well-paced narrative nimbly incorporates Maddy's ever-present fear and lingering grief into a nuanced tale of a tween discovering that things aren't always what they seem."
-- Publishers Weekly
Llama Lama Family Vacation by Anna Dewdney
"Llama Llama is going on his first big trip! He's going to visit his cousins on Sandy Island with Mama Llama and Grandma Llama. But it's a lot of firsts for Llama, and he's feeling nervous. Luckily, he's brought along Nelly Gnu's camera and is going to take photos of every new experience. Hopefully, he can make the best trip diary ever... and have fun along the way!"
Ollie and Augustus written and illustrated by Gabriel Evans
"Ollie and his dog, Augustus, do almost everything together: painting, riding bikes, digging (Ollie's favorite), and collecting sticks (Augustus's favorite). So as Ollie is getting ready to start school, he's a little worried. Won't Augustus be lonely during the day? Ollie has just the idea: a sign that reads Wanted: Friend for Augustus. But good friends, as it turns out, are hard to find. Luckily, Ollie and Augustus aren't just any kind of friends -- they're best friends, and nothing will ever change that."
Smug Seagull written and illustrated by Maddie Frost
"Swipe this one off the shelf for a belly-laugh-inducing beach read."—Kirkus Reviews
If You Take Away the Otter written by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Trueman paints the scene, concentrating on an otter family threatened by formidable harpoons from an abstractly rendered person in a small boat, with a sailing ship in the distance. "People do not always understand at first the changes they cause when they take too much." Sea urchins take over; a page turn reveals a barren landscape. Happily, the story ends well when hunting stops and the otters return...and with them, the kelp forests. A simple but effective look at a keystone species.