New Books! Week of September 2
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Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason
"Vividly recreates those heady counterculture days as a poignant backdrop for the regrets one often faces when one follows one's head instead of one's heart."-- Booklist
Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang
"David Chang is one of the most beloved chefs on earth, but his inspiring memoir is not just for foodies. He's one of the most audaciously openhearted and honest humans you'll ever find. This book is for anyone who has ever felt like an underdog or an underachiever--or aspires to become an entrepreneur or a more decent person."--Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine
"In this genre-defying work, [Claudia Rankine], as she did so effectively in Citizen, combines poetry, essay, visuals, scholarship, analysis, invective, and argument into a passionate and persuasive case about many of the complex mechanics of race in this country... Rankine writes with disarming intimacy and searing honesty... A work that should move, challenge, and transform every reader who encounters it." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Soupology: The Art of Soup from Six Simple Broths by Drew Smith
Smith demonstrates how to build different variations of soups from six basic "mother broths": vegetable, poultry, meat, fish, shellfish, and kombu. Within each, there are subtypes and variations that lead to different finished soups--for instance, broth made from roast chicken bones is better used for richer, heartier soups like cream of chicken and mushroom, while broth from poached chicken is perfect for a light Roman stracciatella or a classic consommé.
Ultimately, the key to making a beautiful soup is knowing how to match the base broth to other ingredients, but the beauty of soup is that almost any pairing of ingredients can yield satisfying results. With some imagination and creativity, each recipe can be tweaked or remastered with variations of ingredients to create an almost infinite number of soups.
What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez
"Much as in Rachel Cusk's recent work, the narrator is a conduit and sounding board for the stories of others... Deeply empathetic without being sentimental, this novel explores women's lives, their choices, and how they support one another...Highly recommended for readers who favor emotional resonance over escapism during difficult times." - Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
Animal Farm: The Graphic Novel by George Orwell, Illustrated by Odyr
Odyr, using a bright palette, has fully adapted what Orwell called "a fairy tale" satirizing Stalin--and the result is elegant and heartbreaking. Odyr's images of animals casting off their bonds and then living with the results of their revolution are painterly and evocative, both loose and illuminating. Instead of a reduction of the original, Odyr's imagined barnyard world adds to the depth of the characters: His pigs, horses, sheep and hens have expressive faces and postures, revealing both sweetness and malevolence." -- New York Times Book Review
Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill
"The poet laureate of everyday terrors returns with a baker's dozen of deliciously sinister tales...Miniature masterworks of modern horror, proving that life is hard, weird, and always fatal."-- Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
Silence Is My Tongue by Sulaiman Addinoia
"Addonia's chorus of characters is exquisite, and his interrogation of both traditionalism and love in the desperate circumstances of a Sudanese refugee camp makes for a stunning, enveloping read." --Wayétu Moore, author of The Dragons, the Giant, The Women
Supernova Era by Cixin Lui, translated by Joel Martinson
"Stunning concepts and a contemplative tone that provides vital insight into the formative years of one of the genre's masters. In Liu's hands, 'the children are our future' becomes far more than a cozy cliché; it's a springboard for the kind of agile and relevant thought experiment that science fiction, at its best, manifests."--NPR
Self-Portrait with Russian Piano by Wolf Wondratschek, translated by Marshall Yarbrough
In Self-Portrait with Russian Piano, Wolf Wondratschek renders the experience of being in the world during the last seventy years as a prose sonata of beguiling intricacies and beatitudes, a strong sense of wreckage paired with the sublime consolations of music, art, sex, and intelligence. An autumnal and--in the sense of the long view--droll story told in scratches and claw marks, that speaks of today as if it were posthumous. --Gary Indiana, author of Horse Crazy and I Can Give You Anything But Love
I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, illustrated Sydney Smith
When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he’d like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Compassionate parents everywhere will instantly recognize a father’s ability to reconnect a child with the world around him. Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and ultimately uplifting book, based on his own experience, and masterfully illustrated by Greenaway Medalist Sydney Smith. A book for any child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in.
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He’s got big plans, and no doubt he’ll see them through—as he’s creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he’s afraid, because he’s so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you—and shows you—who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!
Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts by Dianne K Salerni
Before Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone’s hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he’s as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ’s house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ’s mom explains it’s because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that—but it doesn’t make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can’t remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?
Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher
Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillippe
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. But his easy smiles mask his tireless work ethic and burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University. 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.…