Week of April 22
Here's what's just arrived! (Scroll Down to order)
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
"I picked up [The Lying Life of Adults] saying to myself that I would only read a few pages and then stop. Instead, I finished it all in one go, switching off my phone and withdrawing from the world. It is pure reading pleasure, brimming with Ferrante's narrative intelligence, sincere characters, and signature themes."--Nadia Terranova on Linkiesta
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
"Kidd's bold narrative revisionism allows her protagonist to be in every respect the equal of her husband while posing this question: How would Western culture be different if men and women had grown in appreciation of each other's spirit? It's not such a leap--the gospels portray Jesus gently championing women." --O, The Oprah Magazine
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
"There's always good reason to celebrate a new Anne Tyler novel, and Redhead by the Side of the Road warrants popping open the champagne . . . Who else can make words sparkle with humor and tenderness in quite this way? . . . Hilarious and poignant . . . Shows the author at the top of her form." --Boston Globe
How Much of THese Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang
"A fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose...Zhang captures not only the mesmeric beauty and storied history of America's sacred landscape, but also the harsh sacrifices countless people were forced to make in hopes of laying claim to its bounty."-- San Francisco Chronicle
Both Sides Now: Stories from the Border Edited by Gabino Iglesias
"In this timely volume, readers will find rage as well as hope and occasionally, a dash of spirit-lifting poetry." --Publishers Weekly
Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems by Wanda Coleman
"Wanda Coleman's peerless Wicked Enchantment has words to crack you open and heal you where it counts---hateful and hilarious, heartbroke and hellbent." --Mary Karr, New York Times Bestsellers
The Farm by Joanne Ramos
"A haunting read . . . Ramos has crafted a real page-turner that combines all the hottest issues of the day: inequality, race and women's battle to reclaim their bodies from commodification by big business, with the eternal questions of how much we can sacrifice before losing ourselves completely. . . . The result is an entertaining novel that is also a serious warning." --The Times (UK)
Foxfire Story: Oral Tradition in Southern Appalachia
Since 1972, the Foxfire books have preserved and celebrated the culture of Southern Appalachia for countless readers all around the world. In Foxfire Story, folklorist (and Foxfire director) T.J. Smith collects some of his favorite stories from the archives to illuminate the oral traditions that have been part of the culture of the mountains for centuries. Here are instances of mountain speech, proverbs and sayings, legends, folktales, anecdotes, songs, and pranks and jests, along with ghost tales and accounts of folk belief, as well as stories from half a dozen of the region's finest storytellers. Through these examples, Smith examines the role storytelling plays in the Southern Appalachian community, identifying the rich traditions that can be found in the region and exploring how they convey a sense of place--and of identity.
Meaning a Life by Mary Oppen
Originally published by Black Sparrow Press and now saved from obscurity, this sonorous autobiography from painter and poet Oppen chronicles the lives of two literary soul mates. Although George won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1969, Mary's memoir is by no means in his shadow; their love and intellectual union is rhapsodically mutual and an inspiring achievement to behold. The author divined meaning and guidance from the literary lives around her and channeled those forces into a passionate memoir that will continue to resound with readers even decades after its publication.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron DeHart
"Monumental. . . . The first comprehensive biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. . . . De Hart excels in explaining the majority opinions, and later the dissents, in which she participated with remarkable clarity, illuminating the issues, the competing positions, and the significance of each in language easily grasped by readers with no legal training."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis
"With a voice that's equal parts Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, this Alabama-raised, NYC-honed author should be your new woman crush. . . Full of piss and vinegar and hilarious one-liners that beg to be read aloud. Best of all, Ellis--a woman of spiky, unrepentant complexity--makes the case for living according to no one's rules but your own." - Family Circle
Middle Grade/Young Adult
Last Kids on Earth: June's Wild Flight by Max Brallier
The New York Times bestselling Last Kids on Earth series presents June Del Toro in her very own adventure! Told from June's point of view--and set between the shattering events of The Midnight Blade and the upcoming 6th book in the series--June's Wild Flight brings new characters, high-stakes action, and stunning revelations in an adventure that could only be June's. An essential Last Kids story that readers won't want to miss!
Rick by Alex Gino
Rick's never questioned much. He's gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff's acted like a bully and a jerk. He's let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn't given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out. But now Rick's gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school's Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that . . . understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
"The magic is in the writing. Woodson tells stories torn from headlines but personalizes them with poetry and memories, blunting their trauma with understanding and love. Haley's history weaves in and out, drawing readers close. These children become each other's safe harbors and Woodson brilliantly shows readers how to find the connections we all need." --Booklist, starred review
Spin by Lamar Giles
The first test of a whodunit is how heart-stopping and strange a thing has actually been dun. In Spin, Lamar Giles nails the murder...What's even more impressive is the subtle stuff you almost don't notice because Giles wears his intellect so lightly: the masterly knowledge of hip-hop and R&B; the command of technology's uses and abuses; the discerning ear for the way high schoolers talk.... A two-time nominee for an Edgar award, Giles is a terrific plotter... Spin champions the resourcefulness of teenagers and pities the grown-ups--villainous or just clueless--who underestimate them. -- New York Times Book Review
Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard
Delve into the dark and dangerous world of Red Queen with this must-have companion, which includes three brand-new short stories as well as extra scenes, maps, family trees, flags, and much more. This masterful collection offers an entirely new look into the beloved characters in the iconic Red Queen series, where no one is as they appear, and the only certainty is betrayal.
Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
" Like a Love Story brought me right back to the scene of my teen years... and it did so masterfully. This book made me sob, it made me laugh, it broke my heart and put it back together again. I absolutely loved it."--Bill Konigsberg, Award-Winning Author of The Music of What Happens
Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin
"Alizadeh's pencil and digital illustrations are vivid and inviting . . . Manushkin's text imitates the nonsensical patter of a parent to a toddler . . . Alizadeh's loving illustrations of an interracial, two-mom family will fill a gap in most collections and circulate well in collections serving bikeable urban neighborhoods." -- School Library Journal
A New Kind of Wild by Zara Gonzalez Hoang
"A lovely read for children experiencing displacement or changes in habitat...or are dealing with loneliness...Pair with Natalie Becher and Emily France's Krit's Dreams of Dragon Fruit and Kate McMullan's As Warm as the Sun." -- Booklist
Baloney and Friends by Greg Pizzoli
"Meet Baloney! He's the star of this book, along with his best buddies: empathetic Peanut the horse, sensible Bizz the bumblebee, and grumpy Krabbit--he'd rather not be here, but what can you do? Baloney and friends step into spotlight and embody all the charm of childhood in three short tales and three mini-comics that invite readers to join the fun! Giggle with Baloney as he performs some questionable magic...give him a boost when a case of the blues gets him down...cheer him on as he braves the swimming pool...and at the end, learn to draw all the characters with clear step-by-step instructions!"--