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Full List of New Arrivals

NEW ARRIVALS – OCTOBER 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Civilizations” by Laurent Binet – “An ambitious and highly entertaining novel of revisionist history from the author of the international bestseller HHhH, Laurent Binet’s Civilizations is nothing less than a strangely believable counterfactual history of the modern world, fizzing with ideas about colonization, empire-building, and the eternal human quest for domination. It is an electrifying novel by one of Europe’s most exciting writers.” — McMillan Palgrave

“Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr – “Doerr builds a community of readers and nature lovers that transcends the boundaries of time and space … This is just one of the many narrative miracles worked by the author as he brings a first-century story to its conclusion in 2146. As the pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, a flicker of hope is sparked for our benighted world.” Kirkus, starred review

“Crossroads” by Jonathan Franzen — “Franzen returns with a sweeping and masterly examination of the shifting culture of early 1970s America, the first in a trilogy . . . Throughout, Franzen exhibits his remarkable ability to build suspense through fraught interpersonal dynamics. It’s irresistible.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Light from Uncommon Stars” by Ryka Aoki — “Aoki’s novel is an exciting, wild web of an adventure, an unputdownable book about music, found family, and identity. Diving into the tough subjects, Aoki’s book emerges with a joyful, queer, radical ballad of a story. . .”―Booklist, starred review

“State of Terror” by Hilary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny — “Consistently entertaining….Penny and Clinton demonstrate a sure hand at international intrigue and narrative pacing….The real key to ‘State of Terror,’ though, is its secret weapon: female friendship.” ― The Washington Post

“The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles — “[A] playfully thought-provoking novel . . . [Towles] juggles the pieces of his plot deftly, shifting from voice to voice, skirting sentimentality and quirkiness with a touch of wistful regret, and leading up to an ending that is bound to provoke discussion.” Booklist (starred)

ADULT MYSTERY

“Nerve Attack” by S. Lee Manning — “Manning writes with such authority about the shady world and shifting loyalties of the intelligence community, it’s a wonder her novels aren’t riddled with redactions. At once terrifying, unpredictable, and all too believable, NERVE ATTACK will leave you breathless.” –Chris Holm, Anthony award winning author of The Killing Kind.

“To Kill the Messenger” by Philip S. Cook — This is the story of Russell Griswold—an itinerant newspaper editor—who came to northern New Mexico after the Civil War to start a weekly newspaper in the small town of San Miguel. He hoped to earn a modest living and help build a thriving and vibrant community.

Griswold’s published comments on activities that he finds unlawful or inappropriate were often cruel and demeaning. Ultimately this leads to a sudden and violent attempt on his life.

There is any number of possible suspects whether aggrieved or not. … So, who would want to kill a newspaper editor?” — Blurb, Inc.

ADULT NON-FICTION

“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem — “My Grandmother’s Hands is full of wisdom and understanding. In it, Resmaa Menakem offers a new way to understand racism and, more importantly, to heal it. This book lays out a path to freedom and peace, first for individual readers, then for our culture as a whole. A must-read for everyone who cares about our country.”―Nancy Van Dyken, LP, LICSW, author of Everyday Narcissism

“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa — “Woodward and Costa make a powerful case that America has had a narrow escape. It leaves all Americans, in particular the Republican Party, with some thinking to do”—Justin Webb, The Times, UK.

“To Save The People From Themselves”: The Emergence of American Judicial Review and the Transformation of the Constitutions” by Robert J. Steinfeld — “… Robert Steinfeld examines how the distinctive US form of constitutional review emerged from a background tradition in which legislatures and executives assessed constitutionality in their regular work. Combining institutional, political, and intellectual history, Professor Steinfeld shows how the transformation was both rapid and strongly contested. Seeing judicial review as part of a conservative counterrevolution against the democratic excesses of post-Revolutionary legislatures, this is an important new contribution to long-standing discussions about judicial review in the United States.” — Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law Emeritus, Harvard Law School

“Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience” by Eli Saslow — “Saslow has done a sterling job of capturing real people’s experiences of the start of the pandemic.” –Tampa Bay Times

VERMONT NON-FICTION

“Vermont History: Volume 89, No. 2, Summer/Fall 2021”

PARENTING

“Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans” by Michaeleen Doucleff, Ph. D. — “Hunt, Gather, Parent is full of smart ideas that I immediately wanted to force on my own kids. (I wish I’d read it at the start of the pandemic, when I made their chore charts.) Doucleff is a dogged reporter who’s good at observing families and breaking down what they’re doing.”
—Pamela Druckerman, The New York Times Book Review

“Parenting 4 Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations & Action with Kids” by Angela Berkfield — “Berkfield, a social justice training facilitator and cofounder of the Root Social Justice Center, has written this volume with five co-authors…. Each chapter starts with questions for reflection that can be used as starting points for further conversation with kids. The book teaches how to build seven social justice principles into discussion and action, then shows how to apply these principles to racial, economic, gender, and disability justice. Berkfield asserts that people gain personal power when their basic needs are met; then violence, addiction, or isolation can begin to abate.” — Julia M. Reffner. LIBRARY JOURNAL

“The Life of Fred: Edgewood” by Stanley F. Schmidt Ph. D. — “This is a child-directed course. The student reads the adventure story, does the math problems that occur as a natural part of the story, and checks their answers (the solutions are right there for the looking.) And learns to love math in the process! You will not get the detailed formula explanations that you get in a traditional math book. I am still amazed that kids can read the story and learn the concepts, but they do!” — Amazon.com

“Zillions of Practice Problems: Fractions” by Stanley F. Schmidt Ph. D. — “Practice problems for the first book in the Life of Fred Upper Elementary/Middle School Series. Need more practice with fractions? Zillions of Practice Problems Fractions has you covered” — Amazon.com

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PICTURE BOOK

“A Day with Yayah” by Nicola I. Campbell
“All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything” by Annette Bay Pimentl
“Bodies are Cool” by Tyler Feder
“Bright Star” by Yuyi Morales
“Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem” by Amanda Gorman
“Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse through Space and Time” by Torben Kuhlmann
“How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?” by Margaret McNamara
“Listen” by Gabi Snyder
“Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest” by Phoebe Wahl
“Over and Under the Canyon” by Kate Messner
“Peace Train” by Cat Stevens
“The First Blade of Sweetgrass: A Native American Story” by Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey
“The Memory Box: A Book About Grief” by Joanna Rowland
“The Rhythm of the Rain” by Grahame Baker-Smith
“The Tree in Me” by Corinna Luyken
They, She, He, Me: Free to Be!” by Maya and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez
“Tomatoes for Neela” by Padma Lakshmi
“Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)” by Keith Negley

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

“Chance: Escape from Holocaust” by Uri Shulevitz — “Though touching on many dark and serious topics, this story is totally focused on the fears, triumphs, and sensibilities of a child. It is truly a portrait of an artist as a young man thrust into a maelstrom of a world gone mad and relying on chance to decide his fate.” ―The Horn Book, starred review

JUVENILE FICTION

“365 Days to Alaska” by Cathy Carr — “Carr’s heartfelt debut features classic middle-school problems, like dodging mean kids, as well as Rigel’s vivid feelings of displacement and deep love for nature.”  ― Booklist

“Ara Shah and the End of Time” by Roshani Chokshi — “In her middle-grade debut, Chokshi spins a fantastical narrative that seamlessly intertwines Hindu cosmology and folklore, feminism, and witty dialogue for an uproarious novel for young readers. Chokshi comes into her own in this novel, reminding readers of the power of language and of stories.”―Kirkus (starred review)

“Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna” by Alda P. Dobbs — “Historical fiction that is as relevant as ever…A timeless and timely tale of one girl’s journey to save her family and discover herself.” ― Kirkus Reviews

Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package” by Kate DiCamillo — “As in the earlier books, believable (if eccentric) personalities, sophisticated vocabulary, and polished prose make this an inviting title for emerging chapter- book readers. Fans of this series and the earlier Mercy Watson books will be amazed by Eugenia’s partial redemption and delight that the results are merely temporary.” —Booklist

Finding Junie Kim” by Ellen Oh — “She seamlessly provides insight into Korean history and culture for the unintroduced and captures the human condition during wartime through frank portrayals of Junie’s modern-day struggles…Oh’s powerful novel sheds light on the devastating effect racism can have, and tells a history often overlooked.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“Healer of the Water Monster” by Brian Young — “The deeply grounded and original perspective of this story brings readers into both the worlds of Navajo blessing songs, rain songs, and traditional healing and everyday family relationships. Hands readers a meaningful new take on family love.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Kaleidoscope” by Brian Selznick — “Selznick and Serlin take the easy reader format to new creative heights….The sharp pacing and charming humor also make it an excellent read-aloud choice….as funny as it is elegant. This will be enjoyed equally by youngsters and their grown-ups.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“King and the Dragonflies” by Kacen Callender — “Callender masterfully balances resonant themes of grief, love, family, friendship, racism, sexuality, and coming-of-age…deeply affecting, memorable.”-The Horn Book, starred review

“Let’s Mooove!” by Courtney Sheinmel — “Travel around the United States of America with twins Finn and Molly in this new chapter book series that highlights a different state in each book! … We must be dreaming! That’s what twins Finn and Molly Parker think when they discover a camper in their driveway–and it talks! When the RV transports them to a cattle ranch in Colorado, the twins know something magical has happened. Then the camper disappears, leaving Finn and Molly to wonder . . . how are we going to get home?..” — ONIX annotations

“Long Lost” by Jacqueline West — “In a spooky middle grade love letter to libraries and the mystery genre, West crafts a spellbinding exploration of sisterhood. . . . Alternating a contemporary third-person narrative with the found book’s parallel telling, West draws readers into a supernaturally tinged dual story, simultaneously offering an authentic portrait of sibling angst.” — Publishers Weekly

“Paradise on Fire” by Jewell Parker Rhodes — “Placing biracial boyhood and the struggles of colorism at its center, the novel challenges readers to pursue their own self-definition.”―Kirkus

“Rez Dogs” by Joseph Bruchac — “Hidden throughout this moving novel in verse, old stories are discovered like buried treasures.”—Kirkus, starred review

“Set Me Free” by Ann Clare LeZotte — “Full of adventure and twists, and LeZotte never shies away from addressing racism, ableism, or sexism…the book’s themes resonate today, as Mary fights for the rights of all people and offers hope to readers facing challenges. A gripping tale of historical fiction.” — Booklist

The Beatryce Prophecy” by Kate DiCamillo — “The incomparable Kate DiCamillo offers a lovely fable of a girl, a monk and a goat, a tale that is a testament of the power of love (as so many of her books are) and the power of the written word to change the world for the better.” —The Buffalo News

“The Ickabog” by J. K. Rowlings — “Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them. But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands… the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it’s just a myth… And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children – best friends Bert and Daisy – embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more.” — Publisher Annotation:

“The Last Fallen Star” by Graci Kim — “From a compelling and endearing supporting cast to the rich and tantalizing Korean cuisine explored in its pages, this pays homage to traditional Korean magic and mythos while infusing it with a contemporary story line and characters readers will fall in love with in an instant. Riley’s unmistakable voice and her relatable search for and exploration of her identity will connect with readers at their cores, offering a truly promising start to a fantastical series.”―Booklist (starred review)

“The Storm Runner” by Jennifer Cervantes — “J. C. Cervantes is about to take you on a trip you will never forget, through the darkest, strangest, and funniest twists and turns of Maya myth. You will meet the scariest gods you can imagine, the creepiest denizens of the Underworld, and the most amazing and unlikely heroes who have to save our world from being ripped apart.”―Rick Riordan

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“Draw a Comic!” by J. P. Coovert — “…With Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! you’ll learn to create and print your own comics books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics—you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer! With the help of photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!” — Amazon.com

“History Smashers: The Titanic” by Kate Messner — “Critical, respectful, engaging: exemplary history for children.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Snapdragon” by Kat Leh — “Snapdragon invigorates a classic hero’s journey with magic and heart.”―The AV Club

“The Girl from the Sea” by Molly Knox Ostergag — “Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can’t wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She’s desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends…who don’t understand Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan’s biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl. Then one night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie. The two become friends and suddenly life on the island doesn’t seem so stifling anymore.But Keltie has some secrets of her own. And as the girls start to fall in love, everything they’re each trying to hide will find its way to the surface…whether Morgan is ready or not.” — Publisher Annotation:

“The Golden Compass: The Graphic Novel” by Stephanie Melchior-Durand — “Now, in this graphic novel adaptation of The Golden Compass, the world of His Dark Materials is brought to visual life. The stunning full-color art will offer both new and returning readers a chance to experience the story of Lyra, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary role to play in the fates of multiple worlds, in an entirely fresh way. This volume collects the full journey of Lyra to the far north, her rescue of the kidnapped children at Bolvangar, her escape via hot-air balloon, and her crucial role in Lord Asriel s ambitions to build a bridge to another world.” — ONIX Annotations

“The Way of the Hive: A Honey Bee’s Story” by Jay Hosler — “Graphic novel fans, lovers of nonfiction, budding ecologists, and readers looking for their next great obsession will be buzzing around this title for years to come.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This Place: 150 Years Retold” by various authors — “Ambitious in scope and strong in execution, this collection succeeds in prompting readers to remember (or learn) Indigenous history “Elisa Gall The Horn Book Magazine

“Tom’s Midnight Garden: A Graphic Adaption of the Philippa Pearce Classic” by Edith — ““[Edith’s] fine-lined figures, sketchy shading, stylish shapes, and muted palette of natural tones balance a modern look with the old-fashioned story. Perfect for fans of time-travel adventures or fantasies with a  smidgen of historical fiction.” — Booklist

“Treasure in the Lake” by Jason Pamment — “This story is astonishing enough to leave people speechless.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Design like Nature: Biomimicry for a Healthy Planet” by Megan Clendenan —
“The approachable text, supported by lots of captioned photos, spotlights some of nature’s more remarkable innovations and some engineering feats inspired by nature.” ― The Horn Book

“Mad for Ads: How Advertising Gets (and Stays) in Our Heads” by Erica Fyvie — “This upbeat, up-to-date look at advertising helps young readers understand just how insidious marketing can be.” ―Booklist

“Master of Disguise; Camouflaging Creatures & Magnificent Mimics” by Marc Martin — “Martin highlights the lives and disguises of one dozen animals hailing from habitats from every continent but Antarctica, with camouflaged-animal searches. Captivating watercolor art immediately draws you in. . . Both art and text enhance scientific accuracy with beauty and playfulness—a rare feat. Sturdy pages, too. Do not hide this book!”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Our World Out of Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do” by Andrea Minogloi — “A great starting place to understand climate change and its effects.” Booklist

“Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas” by Elizabeth Shreeve — “This short book guides the reader from the beginnings of life eons ago through to the present day, beginning with an Earth devoid of life and following water-dwelling, single-celled creatures that develop and change as they move “out of the blue” and onto land. The text explains the adaptations that were necessary for animals to live out of the water, as well as how some animals survived (and how others didn’t) during the several extinction events that Earth has suffered.” —School Library Connection

Pearl Harbor” by Kate Messner — “Kate Messner serves up fun, fast history for kids who want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Absolutely smashing!” —Candace Fleming, award-wining author

Pie for Breakfast: A Baking Book for Children” by Cynthia Cliff — “A beautifully illustrated baking book for children featuring recipes for delicious treats along with a powerful message about family, diversity, and helping others.” — Random House, Inc.

“Rescuing Titanic” by Flora Delargy — “This gorgeously illustrated tale of heroes and hope amid one of the most well-known marine tragedies of all time is a must buy for collections serving curious readers of all ages fascinated by the Titanic.”  ―Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Sch., NE, School Library Journal, starred review

Stamped (for Kids): Racism: Antiracism and You” by Sonja Cherry-Paul — “Readers who want to truly understand how deeply embedded racism is in the very fabric of the U.S., its history, and its systems will come away educated and enlightened. Worthy of inclusion in every home and in curricula and libraries everywhere. Impressive and much needed.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The American Revolution” by Keat Messner — “Critical, respectful, engaging: exemplary history for children.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The Guide to Woodworking with Kids: Craft Projects to Develop the Lifelong Skills of Young Makers” by Doug Stowe –“… This comprehensive guide offers step by step instruction for teachers, parents and grandparents to offer safe woodworking opportunities to their students and kiddos as a way of developing a wide range of valuable life-skills. … The Guide to Woodworking with Kids is more than a woodworking book, it’s gives parents, grandparents and teachers the confidence, encouragement, and the insight needed to safely engage children in life-enhancing creative arts.” — ONIX annotations

The People Remember” by Ibi Aanu Zoboi — “This immaculately illustrated picture book walks through a vast swath of history… Zoboi’s poetic retrospective breathes life into Black history narratives and reverently celebrates Black lives.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit” by Colby Cedar Smith — “This story of an immigrant girl growing up in Detroit in the 1930s hits every mark. Woven into the story are her parents’ histories and all the love and loss the family has faced. It will tug your heartstrings.” — (American Booksellers Association)

“Defy the Night” by Brigid Kemmerer — “The slow-burn romance-between an idealist with straightforward moral beliefs and a pragmatist trapped by duty-will keep the pages turning, as will the scheming of the king’s consuls and the rebellion brewing in the background . . . . The personal and the political intertwine in this engaging series opener.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Lobizona” by Romina Garber — “In a timely work of magical realism featuring references to Borges and Garcia Márquez, Garber tackles issues of nationalism, identity, and belonging…This layered novel blends languages and cultures to create a narrative that celebrates perseverance.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)

Me (Moth)” by Amber McBride — “This searing debut novel-in-verse is told from the perspective of Moth, a Black teen whose life changed forever the day a car crash killed her family. … Each free verse poem is tightly composed, leading into the next for a poignant and richly layered narrative. The story builds softly and subtly to a perfect, bittersweet ending. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson won’t be able to put this one down.”―School Library Journal, starred review

On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas — “With sharp, even piercing, characterization, this indelible and intricate story of a young girl who is brilliant and sometimes reckless, who is deeply loved and rightfully angry at a world that reduces her to less than her big dreams call her to be, provides many pathways for readers.” — Horn Book (starred review)

The Dead and the Dark” by Courtney Gould — “Gould’s supernaturally spooky debut is filled with all manner of creepy inventiveness…an intriguing read.” – Publishers Weekly

“The Last Legacy” by Adrienne Young — “In this sumptuously rendered historical novel, Young deftly explores concepts of family, loyalty, and growing into one’s destiny.” – Publishers Weekly

“The Dead and the Dark” by Courtney Gould — “Gould’s supernaturally spooky debut is filled with all manner of creepy inventiveness…an intriguing read.” – Publishers Weekly by Charlotte Nicole Davis

“The Wild Ones: A Broken Anthem for a Girl Nation” by Nafiza Azad — “A powerful feminist account of sisterhood, the longevity of pain, and the reclamation of power.” ― Kirkus Reviews

There Will Come a Darkness” by Katy Rose Pool — “[S]et apart by its immersive worldbuilding and compelling narrators.” ―Shelf Awareness, STARRED review

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives” by Caitlin Alifirenka — “The remarkable tenacity of these two souls pulled like magnets across the world by their opposite polarities – one committed to helping, the other to surviving – is deeply affecting…It’s quite a little miracle of unexpected genuineness.”―New York Times Book Review

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL

A Girl Called Echo” by Katherena Vermette — “Henderson’s realistic art and perfect pacing, particularly in the pages of wordless panels depicting Echo’s daily routine, highlight her silent nature and hint at the source of her unspoken sadness. Solitary teens are likely to strongly identify with Echo and look forward to more of her adventures. ― Booklist

“Nubia: The Real One” by L. L. McKinney — “… with endearing and expressive art by Robyn Smith, comes a vital story for today about equality, identity, and kicking it with your squad.” — Amazon.com

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NEW ARRIVALS – SEPTEMBER 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney — “A cool, captivating story . . . Rooney establishes a distance from her characters’ inner lives, creating a sense of privacy even as she describes Alice and Eileen’s most intimate moments. It’s a bold change to her style, and it makes the illuminations all the more powerful when they pop. As always, Rooney challenges and inspires.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred)

“Bewilderment” by Richard Powers — “Powers succeeds in engaging both head and heart. And through its central story of bereavement, this novel of parenting and the environment becomes a multifaceted exploration of mortality.”― The Economist

“Billy Summers” by Stephen King — “[A] tripwire-taut thriller… King meticulously lays out the details of Billy’s trade, his Houdini-style escapes, and his act to look simpler than he is, but the novel’s main strength is a story within a story… This is another outstanding outing from a writer who consistently delivers more than his readers expect.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred

“Black Ice” by Brad Thor — “We get to see Brad Thor at his best with action sequences that will literally chill readers while simultaneously taking their breath away. Scot Harvath is the hero we need.” ― Bookreporter

“Bolla” by Pajtim Statovci — “Astounding writing distinguishes this portrait of love, loss, and war . . . [Bolla is] an eloquent story of desire and displacement, a melancholy symphony in a heartbreaking minor key. Statovci is a master.”Publishers Weekly, starred

“Damnation Springs” by Ash Davidson — “Davidson’s impressive debut chronicles life in a working-class community so thoroughly that the reader feels the characters’ anguish as they’re divided over environmental concerns that threaten their lives and livelihoods….The depiction of ordinary people trapped by circumstances beyond their control makes for a heart-wrenching modern American tragedy.”Publisher’s Weekly

“Hello, Summer” by Mary Kay Andrews — “Andrews can be counted on for beach-worthy depictions of southern women with chutzpah and a talent for finding trouble with humor and romantic interest mixed in. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Kristy Woodson Harvey shouldn’t miss it.” Booklist

“Matrix” by Lauren Groff — “Just when it seems there are nothing but chronicles of decline and ruin comes Lauren Groff’s Matrix, about a self-sufficient abbey of 12th-century nuns—a shining, all-female utopian community…  it is finally its spirit of celebration that gives this novel its many moments of beauty.” Wall Street Journal

“Nine Lives” by Danielle Steel — A woman who longs to avoid risk at all cost learns that men who love danger are the most exciting in this moving novel from New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel. — Amazon.com

“Songbirds” by Christy Lefteri — “In this heartfelt novel by the author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo, a Sri Lankan domestic worker goes missing from her employer’s home in Cyprus, and the widowed homeowner herself sets out to find her after the police show no interest.”The New York Times (New and Noteworthy)

“Sunflower Sisters” by Martha Hall Kelly — “A well-researched, realistic narrative . . . It’s the women and their activism that tell the story of the struggle to end slavery. They become the real heroes of the war. Kelly tells this story without either romanticizing or sweeping over the horrors that split the nation in the nineteenth century and continues to do so today.”The Spokesman-Review

“The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn — “…In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women ― a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 ― are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.” — Amazon.com

“The Cellist” by Daniel Silva — “The pace of The Cel­list never slack­ens as its ac­tion vol­leys from Zurich to Tel Aviv to Paris and be­yond. Mr. Silva tells his story with zest, wit and su­perb tim­ing, and he en­gi­neers enough sur­prises to star­tle even the most at­ten­tive reader.”  — Wall Street Journal

“The Forest of Vanishing Stars” by Kristen Harmel — “In this always compelling, sometimes harrowing tale, THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS draws readers into a singular story of survival and bravery. Set against the backdrop of Eastern Europe during World War II, the resourceful Yona, forced to become expert in the ways of the forest when a sage, prescient elderly woman takes Yona from her German family, must decide whether she’ll rise up to claim the destiny foretold about her when faced with a band of Jewish refugees hiding in her beloved woods.Inspiring and gripping.” — New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict

“The Ghost Clause” by Howard Norman — “…he has a keen eye for the way loss uneasily sticks with those left behind. What opens as a ghost story turns out to be something of a love story instead…he still has a knack for finding emotional resonances in muted, unlikely scenarios.” Kirkus 

“We Germans” by Alexander Starritt — “A thoughtful, unsettling chronicle… Starritt’s gritty depictions of the horrors of war and the moral choices faced by soldiers add intensity to the ruminations on courage. This is a fascinatingly enigmatic addition to the literature of Germany’s coming to terms with the past.”―Publishers Weekly

ADULT MYSTERY

“Dead by Dawn” by Paul Dorion — “Part survival story, part mystery-suspense, Doiron’s narrative is fast-paced and engaging.”Library Journal

“The Bounty” by Janet Evanovich with Steve Hamilton — The dynamic, often-humorous storytelling won’t let readers out of its grip, and there’s a compelling romantic subplot, to boot. Fans of Evanovich won’t need any convincing here, but also offer this one to fans of The Da Vinci Code, as ancient symbols and academic sleuthing play a strong part in the unraveling of the mystery.”—Booklist (starred review)

“The Finders” by Jeffrey B. Burton — “Action-packed…an intense, graphic serial killer novel with a likable, aw-shucks hero and a remarkable dog.”–Library Journal (starred review)

“The Keepers” by Jeffrey B. Burton — “The follow-up to The Finders sets a relentless pace. Corrupt politicians, the mob, a brutal killer, and a shocking death combine in a fast-paced story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary dogs.”―Library Journal (starred review)

“The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny — “Provocative… brilliant… Seamlessly integrating debates about scientific experimentation and morality into a fair-play puzzle, Penny excels at placing her characters in challenging ethical quandaries. This author just goes from strength to strength.” ―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Trojan Horse” by S. Lee Manning — “Continues the experiences of Jamie, who in 1830 after escaping slavery passes himself off as a wealthy white silversmith, only to risk everything to save a beloved servant who has been captured and sold in the South.” — Annotation

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Born a Crime: Stories from South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah — “[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”Booklist (starred review)

“Joe Biden: The Life, the Run and What Matters Now” by Evan Osnos — “Evan Osnos reveals how Biden’s trials and tribulations have forged in him an uncommon empathy. The President-elect emerges as a man uniquely qualified to lead America through the next four challenging years.” Detroit Free Press

“Ladyparts” by Deborah Copaken — “Ladyparts is a first-rate example of the contemporary memoir, harrowing, sad, funny, revelatory, true. Were you to misconstrue the title, you might think this was all simply anatomy, which would be fine, but as with all the best memoirs what this work really anatomizes is how it all feels–in the mind, in the soul, and in the nick of time. Copaken’s memoir is poignant, necessary, and very rewarding.”
—Rick Moody, award-winning author of The Ice Storm and The Long Accomplishment

“Racing the Clock: Running Across a Lifetime” by Bernd Heinrich — “Passionate meditations on the pleasures and pains of a lifetime of running, with greatest appeal to fellow runners.” — Kirkus Reviews

ADULT NON-FICTION

“Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History” by Craig Whitlock — U.S. government and military officials took part in an “unspoken conspiracy to mask the truth” about the war in Afghanistan, according to this searing chronicle. … Whitlock paints a devastating portrait of how public messaging about the conflict consistently belied the reality on the ground. He details internal rivalries in the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department, and the fatigue and pessimism of soldiers on the front lines. …A costly program to eradicate opium poppy fields in Helmand province backfired spectacularly, turning the region into a “lethal stronghold for the insurgency” and earning harsh criticism from veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke and others. Whitlock also delves into the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration’s skewing of statistics to support its war strategy, evidence of Afghan government corruption, and the Trump administration’s complex peace plan with the Taliban. Rigorously detailed and relentlessly pessimistic, this is a heartbreaking look at how America’s leaders “chose to bury their mistakes and let the war drift.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY,

“Blue: In Search of Nature’s Rarest Color” by Kai Kupferschmidt — “In readily accessible prose, Kupferschmidt, an experienced science reporter, walks readers through intricate material in chapters that describe blue in stones, vision, plants, language, and animals. . . . The complexities are laid out with wonderful diagrams and illustrations in an engaging and approachable manner. . . . Blue is charming and readable.”Booklist

“Further Beyond: The Poetry of R. Sheldon Shay” by R. Sheldon Shay

“Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” by Mary Roach — “This book is such a rich stew of anecdotes and lore that it’s best savored slowly, bit by bit… No matter the situation, Roach approaches it with contagious enthusiasm.”
Alice Cary, BookPage (starred review)

“House Planted: Choosing, Growing and Styling the Perfect Plants for Your Space” by Liza Munoz — Green up your living space with this bright, fresh, stylish introduction to choosing, caring for, and designing with houseplants. … In House Planted, interior plant designer Lisa Muñoz guides you step by step and room by room through picking the perfect plant for the perfect spot and incorporating plants into your indoor decor….There are creative ideas for displaying plants, tips on caring for your new leafy friends, and primers on potting and troubleshooting.” — ONIX Annotations

“How the World is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America” by Clint Smith — “Both an honoring and an exposé of slavery’s legacy in America and how this nation is built upon the experiences, blood, sweat and tears of the formerly enslaved.”―The Root

“I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year” by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker — “Incisive, dramatic and masterful . . . Leonnig and Rucker capture it all. Just when we think, in absorbing these horrific events of the transfer of power to Joe Biden, that we can’t be shocked any morewe are. The tumult is raw and real and ugly. The Trump Oval Office is a place defiled. As they showed us previously, their reporting is as authoritative and seamless as the legends they have now succeededBob Woodward and Carl Bernsteinunder the shield of the venerable Post.” The Sydney Morning Herald

“Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art” by Rebecca Wragg Sykes — “[T]hrough painstaking forensic analysis of an eclectic collection of fragmented artifacts, and in a manner at times achieving the suspense and excitement of a Hollywood thriller, Ms. Wragg Sykes makes a bold and magnificent attempt to resurrect our Neanderthal kin.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“Let’s Make Dumplings!: A Comic Book Cookbook” by Hugo Amano — “This terrific book is perfect for anyone obsessed with stuffed doughy morsels!”—Andrea Nguyen, James Beard Award–winning author, The Pho Cookbook and Asian Dumplings

“Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts In Your Yard” by Douglas W. Tallamy — “To support conservation efforts, you need look no farther than your own backyard… Nature’s Best Hope offers practical tips for creating habitat that protects and nurtures nature.” —National Geographic

“No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability” by Francine Falk-Allen — “Part of her book is designed to encourage all of her readers―disabled or not―to go out and explore the wider world, hence the amount of practical advice in these pages… She looks squarely at the additional challenges handicapped people face when traveling and offers exuberant encouragement. A fun, spirited book…” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century” by Tim Higgins — “[Power Play] eschews sensationalism for a high-resolution portrait of how exactly an unusual man and an unusual company managed a meteoric rise…. The tale of Tesla’s ascent is inherently dramatic and compellingly told.” —NPR.org

“Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut” by Nicholas Schmidle — “A riveting account of the underreported commercial space race, which has up until now lacked a worthy storyteller…The sections of the book that narrate how Virgin Galactic gets to space are replete with white-knuckled descriptions of booster rockets, pilots braving the ‘transonic zone,’ everything you’d hope to read were Mailer or Wolfe alive today to tell the tale…[a] deeply reported and deeply personal book. It is a masterly work, a reminder of what should inspire us all.” The New York Times Book Review

“The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” by Shoshana Zuboff — “A definitive, stunning analysis of how digital giants like Google, Facebook, etc. have single-mindedly pursued data on human behavior as fodder for generating predictions and shaping outcomes salable to advertisers and others…The scope of her analysis is extraordinary; in addition to covering philosophical, social, and political implications she discusses needed privacy regulation…This book is pathbreaking, illuminating, and unnerving.”―CHOICE

“This Is Your Mind on Plants” by Michael Pollan — “Delightful . . . [This Is Your Mind On Plants] aims to collapse the distinctions between legal and illegal, medical and recreational, exotic and everyday, by appealing to the principle that unites the three: the affinities between plant biochemistry and the human mind.” —New York Review of Books

PARENTING

“8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences” by Kathy Koch — Do you wish your child could see how smart he or she is?

Find hope in 8 Great Smarts. You’ll be empowered and equipped with new language and creative ideas for how to:

  • Accept and affirm your child’s unique smarts
  • Motivate your child to learn and study with all 8 smarts
  • Reawaken any “paralyzed” smarts
  • Redirect misbehavior in new, constructive ways
  • Guide your child spiritually, relationally, and to a good career fit” — Amazon.com

PICTURE BOOKS

“A Map Into the World” by Kao Kalia Yang
“Areli Is a Dreamer” by Areli Morales
“Green on Green” by Dianne White
“How to Write a Story” by Kate Messner
“If You Go Down to the Woods Today” by Rachel Piercey
“Jenny Mei is Sad” by Tracy Subisak
“Julian At the Wedding” by Jessica Love
“Love is Powerful” by Heather Dean Brewer
“Made by Hand: A Crafts Sampler” by Carole Lexa Schaefer
“Night Walk to the Sea” by Deborah Wiles
“On the Trapline” by David Robertson
“Outside, Inside” by LeUyen Pham
“Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter” by Eugenia Doyle
“The Night Walk” by Marie Dorleans
“The Old Truck” by Jarrett Pumphrey
“The Tree Guardian” by Lea Vis
“The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation” by Alice B. McGinty
“Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team” by Susan Hood
“Usha and the Stolen Sun” by Bree Galbraith
“What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street?” by Felicita Sala
Wild is the Wind” by Grahame Baker-Smith
“Wishes” by Muon Van
“Wonder Walkers” by Micha Archer

JUVENILE FICTION

“A Good Kind of Trouble” by Lisa Moore Ramee — “Shayla navigates the world of middle school and the troubled world beyond with wit and endless heart. A timely, funny, and unforgettable debut about friendship, facing your fears, and standing up for what’s right.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Amazing Science: 83 Hands on S.T.E.A.M. Experiments for Curious Kids!” by Aubre Andrus —  “…incredibly engaging….Readers will turn their kitchens into laboratories to practice the scientific method, collect data, test hypotheses, and have so much fun getting their hands messy as they explore food science, water, energy, motion, games, slime, grime, and the great outdoors…. Amazing Science is fun for parents and kids alike, who will all appreciate learning and enjoying time together along the way.” — Booklist, starred review

“Monarch Butterflies: Explore the Life Journey of One of the Winged Wonders of the World” by Anne Hobbie — “Monarchs are a favorite and familiar North American butterfly, and their incredible annual migration has captured the popular imagination for generations. As populations of monarchs decline dramatically due to habitat loss and climate change, interest in and enthusiasm for protecting these beloved pollinators has skyrocketed. With easy-to-read text and colorful, engaging illustrations, Monarch Butterflies presents young readers with rich, detailed information about the monarchs’ life cycle, anatomy, and the wonders of their signature migration, as well as how to raise monarchs at home and the cultural significance of monarchs in Day of the Dead celebrations. As the book considers how human behavior has harmed monarchs, it offers substantive ways kids can help make a positive difference. Children will learn how to turn lawns into native plant gardens, become involved in citizen science efforts such as tagging migrating monarchs and participating in population counts, and support organizations that work to conserve butterflies.” — ONIX annotations

“Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas” by Elizabeth Shreeve — “This short book guides the reader from the beginnings of life eons ago through to the present day, beginning with an Earth devoid of life and following water-dwelling, single-celled creatures that develop and change as they move “out of the blue” and onto land. The text explains the adaptations that were necessary for animals to live out of the water, as well as how some animals survived (and how others didn’t) during the several extinction events that Earth has suffered.” —School Library Connection

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL

“Orange: The Complete Collection” by Ichigo Takano — “Orange: The Complete Collection is a romantic comedy manga series by shoujo author and artist Ichigo Takano. This critically-lauded manga series will tug at your heartstrings with its central plot device about time travel and communication with a future self.” — McMillan Palgrave

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NEW ARRIVALS – JULY 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Nothing More Dangerous” by Allen Eskens — “Allen Eskens doesn’t just tap into the experience of growing up in a rural Southern town; Nothing More Dangerous dissects the inner life of a teen forced to confront prejudice and persecution…. Eskens has the skill to make readers cry… and then cheer.”―Shelf Awareness

“Sooley” by John Grisham — “An intensely moving story, told with the same eye for character and descriptive detail Grisham brings to his crime novels. His occasional forays into general fiction are usually interesting, but this one is considerably more than that. It’s skillfully written, with a deeply compelling central character and a story that is full of raw emotion and suspense.” –Booklist

“The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin — “A family saga about love, destiny, living life and making choices that will cause readers to consider what to do with the time given them on this earth.”Huffington Post

“The Dictionary of Lost Words” by Pip Williams – “Williams provides readers with detailed background and biographical information pointing to extensive research about the [Oxford English Dictionary] and its editors, many of whom appear as characters in Esme’s life. The result is a satisfying amalgam of truth and historical fiction.”Kirkus Reviews

“The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by Fiona Davis – “Davis delves into the history of the New York Public Library in this delightful mystery. . . . The characters and story are stellar, but the real star of the show is the library, which Davis evokes beautifully.”Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

The Narrowboat Summer” by Anne Youngson – “Fans of Jane Smiley and Hannah Mary McKinnon will enjoy Youngson’s immersive, lyrical account of the women’s narrowboat summer, especially the colorful characters they meet along their journey.” Booklist

“The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict – “A powerful take on the accomplishments of J.P. Morgan’s librarian…. Benedict and Murray do a great job capturing Belle’s passion and tenacity as she carves a place for herself in a racist male-dominated society. This does fine justice to a remarkable historical figure.” —Publishers Weekly

“The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot” by Marianne Cronin – “A heart-warming story about how friendship can grow between people of different generations.” — BBC

“The Plot” by Jean Hanff Korelitz – “Korelitz…effortlessly deconstructs the campus novel and, much like Michael Chabon in Wonder Boys (1995), acerbically mocks the publishing industry. Fearless Korelitz presents a wry and unusual joyride of a thriller full of gasp-inducing twists as it explores copyright, ownership, and the questionable morals of writers.” Booklist

“The Shadow of the Gods” by John Gwynne – “Set in a brand-new, Norse-inspired world, and packed with myth, magic, and vengeance, The Shadow of the Gods begins an epic new fantasy saga from bestselling author John Gwynne.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“This is Happiness” by Niall Williams – “Warm and whimsical, sometimes sorrowful, but always expressed in curlicues of Irish lyricism, this charming book makes varied use of its electrical metaphor, not least to express the flickering pulse of humanity. A story both little and large and one that pulls out all the Irish stops.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ADULT MYSTERY

“Death with a Double Edge” by Anne Perry – “Daniel Pitt’s investigation into his colleague’s murder leads him through London’s teeming underbelly to one of the Royal Navy’s most powerful shipbuilders in a thrilling novel from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry.” – Annotation

“Trinity Springs Forward” by Trevor Holliday – “Spring Training in the Desert. A deadly errand sends Hal Bailey from freezing Cleveland to sunny Tucson. It’s an easy job, a fastball straight down the center of the plate. But Hal can’t do anything the easy way. He doesn’t know it, but he’s in Trinity’s town.” — Amazon.com

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“All that She Carried the Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake” by Tiya Miles – “Tiya Miles uses the tools of her trade to tend to Black people, to Black mothers and daughters, to our wounds, to collective Black love and loss. This book demonstrates Miles’s signature genius in its rare balance of both rigor and care.”—Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

“Calhoun: American Heretic” by Robert Elder – “A timely and thought-provoking biography of the South Carolina statesman whose doctrines and debates set the stage for the Civil War. In the course of his chronicle, Mr. Elder traces how Calhoun’s thinking continues to influence American society today….[A] much-needed biography.”―Wall Street Journal

“Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood” by Cheryl Diamond – “A transfixing chronicle . . . Propulsive . . . Eloquent and bracing, Diamond’s story will haunt readers long after the last page.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones” by Larry Loftis – “Filled with glamour, glitz, and mysterious characters…Sumptuous…A lively history of a spirited woman.” Kirkus Reviews

“This Next Year We’ll Be Laughing” by Jacqueline Winspear – “Though she was born in 1955, [Winspear] provides a visceral portrait of London during WWII and the hardships and cultural changes that shaped England in the decades that followed . . . [An] elegantly executed memoir.”—Publishers Weekly

ADULT NON-FICTION

” A Short Philosophy of Birds” by Philippe J. Dubois and Elise Rousseau” – “This little book does a beautiful job of inspiring awe for the capacities of birds and applying lessons from their lives to the struggles of humanity.”  — Wall Street Journal

“A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life” by George Saunders – “Saunders discusses each story’s structure, energy flow, the questions it raises, and how “meaning is made,” embracing both technical finesse and the mysteries at creation’s core. . . . An invaluable and uniquely pleasurable master course and a generous celebration of reading, writing, and all the ways literature enriches our lives.” Booklist (starred review)

“A True History of the United States: Indigenous Genocide, Racialized Slavery, Hyper-Capitalism, Militarist Imperialism, and Other Overlooked Aspects of American Exceptionalism” by Daniel A. Sjursern – “Sjursen’s analysis compels the reader to think critically, in order to move beyond the half-truths that keep us from collectively solving America’s most persistent and damaging inequities.” Seattle Book Review

“An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World that Expects Exceptional” by Rainesfor Stauffer – “Rainesford Stauffer asks all the important questions in An Ordinary Age, which is in many ways a coming-of-age manifesto about how it feels, and what it means, to grow into adulthood in the digital age when we’re all told we should be living our quote-unquote best lives.” — Kate Fagan, author of What Made Maddy Run

“Beyond Denial: Essays on Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Social Repair” by Anthony E. Acheson – “Beyond Denial is an essay collection that sketches a spirituality for our time that is life-affirming and inclusive, intellectually viable and socially responsible. … This book offers many rich insights and practices that can help guide us toward a more hopeful human future, even in a time of great fear and confusion.” — Amazon.com

“Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” edited by Paul Hawken – “It will give you the best kind of hope, the kind that balances realism with radical vision. . . . Stabilizing the climate system will require a heroic global effort, but the point here is only to show that . . . such an effort can do more than merely succeed; that it can succeed well, and open into futures that we can actually bear to contemplate.” —Tom Athanasiou, The Nation

“Fodor’s Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire” by John Blodgett – “Fodor’s is pitched a few notches higher…aimed at a fairly discerning traveler with an appetite for background and the occasional surprise.” New York Times

Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know and Many Others You Will Find Interesting” by Ronald Bailey and Marian L. Tupy – “This is an astonishing collection of positive trends. I want every young person to see it and begin to escape the indoctrination in pessimism they have been subjected to by the media and the education system. Making the world a much better place is clearly possible.” — Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves and How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom

“The Lost Spells” by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris – “Elegant … There is enough magic here to summon wild things even for those who are snug indoors.” Wall Street Journal

Thus Far Version II: The Poetry of R. Sheldon Shay 2020” by Sheldon Shay

“Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World” by Vivek Hallegere Murthy – “One of our most beloved surgeon generals, Murthy has a big heart and a big message. We have a massive, deadly epidemic hidden in plain sight: loneliness. It is as harmful to health as smoking and far more common. And as his gripping stories of the science and suffering make clear, we can do something about it. Together is fascinating, moving, and essential reading.” — Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future” by Elizabeth Kolbert – “What makes Under A White Sky so valuable and such a compelling read is Kolbert tells by showing. Without beating the reader over the head, she makes it clear how far we already are from a world of undisturbed, perfectly balanced nature—and how far we must still go to find a new balance for the planet’s future that still has us humans in it.”NPR

Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again” by Page Dickey – “This is a book about transitions and what happens when you leave a beloved garden and embark, at the age of 74, on making a new one… Dickey has an intimate, almost mesmerising, writing style and this book is full of observations on life, plants and starting anew.” —The Times

“Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program to Get Energized, Our Own Health, and Glow” by Dr. Stacie Stephenson – “In Vibrant, Dr. Stacie Stephenson delivers on how we can achieve the goal of her book’s title. We all want to age and live vibrantly, and this book tells you how. Elevate your health by reading Vibrant! “—Dr. William Li, New York Times bestselling author of Eat To Beat Disease

“Wildlife and Habitats: A Collection of Natural History Essays with Photographs” by Susan C. Morse

VERMONT NON-FICTION

“Aging in Vermont: 2020 Resource Guide & Directory”by Community of Vermont Elders – “This book is designed to provide older Vermonters and their families with a list of local (and sometimes national) resources and explain why and how to access them. It can be challenging to know where to begin and where to find the help that you may need along the way. Vermont has a passionate and dedicated support community that can help provide options and answers.” – Annotation

“East Craftsbury Church History 200 Years” by Bruce P. Shields

“Hazen Road Dispatch: Summer 2021, Vol. 45”

“Vermont Almanac: Stories from & for the Land, Volume 1” by various authors – “What is unique to Vermont’s sense of place has been captured in a new book that really must be added to any Vermonters’ book collection or coffee table. Vermont Almanac . . . is a beautiful compilation. It is breathtaking in its depth of advice and information. It is, in effect, How to Vermont. Broken down by month, it has something for everyone who loves the state.” – Barre-Montpelier Times Argus/Rutland Herald

“Vermont…Who Knew?: Quirky Characters, Unsung Heroes, Wholesome Offbeat Stuff” by Robert F. Wilson – “Entertaining collection of stories both historical and odd, that make the state so special.” – Albany (NY) Times Union, review by Jack Rightmyer

KIT

Colors Kit
Yoga Bag Kit

ITEMS

HP Chromebook Laptop (chromebook to lend out)
HP Chromebook Laptop 2 (chromebook to lend out)
HP Chromebook Laptop 3 (chromebook to lend out)

PARENTING

“Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground” by Chris Tompkins – “Raising LGBTQ Allies is the first book to focus on the prevention of homophobia, transphobia, and bullying before they begin. It encourages families to have open and authentic conversations in a practical, timely, and inclusive way. It also creates a dialogue with parents around the possibility they may have an LGBTQ child”– Baker & Taylor

BOARD BOOK

Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Star” by Chris Tougas

PICTURE BOOK

Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing” by Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen
Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Cornwall
The Rabbit Listened” by Cori Doerrfeld
“We All Play” by Julie Flett

JUVENILE FICTION

City of Islands” by Kali Wallace – “Wallace creates an intriguing world. The racial and ethnic diversity within this seagoing nation, as well as its powerful female leaders and acceptance of same-gender marriages, make for a welcome reboot of the standard sword-and-sorcery setting. An adventurous story that will appeal to middle school fantasy readers.” — School Library Journal

Mac B., Kid Spy: The Impossible Crime” by Mac Barnett -“Mac B. is back… and this time, a new enemy is after the Crown Jewels! Will Mac solve this locked-room mystery in time?” — Amazon.com

Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue” by Jeff Seymour – “This is a moving fantasy novel with strong world-building, intriguing characters, and touching themes about the meaning of family and sacrifice.” —School Library Journal

Rebellion of Thieves” by Kekla Magoon – “Not just retelling, this both honors its legendary origins and is very much its own adventure. A fast-paced, futuristic adventure tale that will have readers feeling as though they’ve been on a physical and emotional roller coaster.” – Kirkus Reviews

Shouting at the Rain” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – “In addition to telling Delsie’s story in an involving way, Hunt vividly portrays the underlying us-and-them mentality shared by locals in a seaside community that relies on outside visitors. As sweet and summery as lemonade.”—Booklist

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

Major Impossible” by Nathan Hale – “Explore the Grand Canyon with John Wesley Powell in the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series!” — Amazon.com

This is What Democracy Looks Like” by Dan Nott and others

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

Build Your Own Adventure” by Daniel Lipkowitz –

“Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See” by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley – “A touching tale.”Kirkus Reviews

“My Tiny Life by Ruby T. Hummingbird” by Paul Meisel – “Accurate natural history simply and charismatically presented.”Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

The Usborne Outdoor Book: Inspiring Ideas for Discovering and Exploring Outdoors” by Alice James and Emily Bone

“Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird’s Amazing Journey” by Robert Burleigh – Scientific facts about hummingbird feeding and flight are emphasized in the formative text and the light-and motion-filled illustrations, which skillfully convey the bird’s movements.” Horn Book

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

A Night Twice as Long” by Andrew Simonet – “Simonet illustrates the tenuous line between hope and despair that Alex walks as she makes pivotal choices in a world turned inside out.” Publishers Weekly

Haunt Me” by Liz Kessler – “This thoroughly romantic story is heartbreaking but hopeful: Kessler gives Joe a reason to cross over, and Olly and Erin a reason to live.” Publishers Weekly

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

“One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War General” by Joseph Bruchac – “Bruchac excels in detailing Parker’s life and the history of the Seneca people and other Native Americans. The text also dispels myths about Native Americans within the context of U.S. history… A well-executed biography.”  School Library Journal

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL

Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humanking, Vol 1” by Yuval Noah Harari – “In a manner that is both playful and provocative, Harari teams with co-creators adept at the graphic format to enliven his academic studies….An informative, breathless sprint through the evolution and consequences of human development.” Kirkus Reviews

The Giver” by Lois Lowry illustrated by P. Craig Russell – “Presents a graphic novelization of Lois Lowry’s novel in which Jonas, a boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is receives special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.” — Baker & Taylor

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NEW ARRIVALS – AUGUST 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Catch the Rabbit” by Lana Bastasic — “Winner of the 2020 European Union Prize for Literature, Lana Bastašic’s powerful debut novel Catch the Rabbit is an emotionally rich excavation of the complicated friendship between two women in a fractured, post-war Bosnia as they venture into the treacherous terrain of the Balkan wonderlands and their own history. — Perseus Publishing Annotation

“Meet Me at the Museum” by Anne Youngson — “How subtle. How perceptive…Meet Me at the Museum is gently provoking, delving into how we interact with our children, our spouses, our communities, but mostly with ourselves.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The President’s Daughter” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson — “The President’s Daughter is a smart, taut, utterly fantastic roller coaster that had me holding on for dear life: a combination of every parent’s worst nightmare—a daughter abducted by a terrorist with a scimitar—and the inside world of Washington, DC (a place where, arguably, the knives are pretty damn sharp, too).”―Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Midwives, The Flight Attendant, and Hour of the Witch

ADULT MYSTERY

“Little Black Book (Bibliophile Mystery)” by Kate Carlisle — “A character-driven mystery with plenty of thrilling escapades to keep the plot moving.” —Kirkus

The Finders” by Jeffrey B. Burton — “Action-packed…an intense, graphic serial killer novel with a likable, aw-shucks hero and a remarkable dog.”–Library Journal (starred review)

“The Keepers” by Jeffrey B. Burton — “When Mace Reid and his cadaver dog Vira are called in to search Washington Park, what they find has them running for their very lives as a they, amidst murder and mayhem, uncover corruption at the highest level, which does not bode well for them.” — Atlas Publishing

“The Stolen Letter” by Paige Shelton — Bookseller Delaney Nichols meets a woman who believes she is Mary, Queen of Scots, reborn; and when the Cracked Spine book shop is royally threatened, she must work to save the shop. By a New York Times best-selling author.” — Atlas Publishing

ADULT NON-FICTION

“Last Best Hope: American in Crisis and Renewal” by George Packer — “Packer has a story to tell about our decline, and he tells it well . . . Packer’s sharp portraits of [America’s factions] are the heart of this book . . . [His] account of America’s decline into destructive tribalism is always illuminating and often dazzling.” ―William Galston, The Washington Post

“Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and The World Series that Changed Baseball” by Luke Epplin — “From sandlots to stadiums, Luke Epplin generously offers up the best seat in the stands to revisit when both America and its greatest pastime were changing. Even as the color line impacted the best Black players’ access and opportunities, Our Team is a riveting reminder of the unifying power of sports―and the compelling men who sought to change America one game at a time.” ―Caseen Gaines, author of Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way

VERMONT NON-FICTION

“Greater Greensboro Community Visit: Report and Action Plan – November 2019” by the Vermont Council on Rural Development — “Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Build Community Wastewater Infrastructure; Improve Community Walkability and Bike-ability; Address Water Quality and Lake Protection ; and Improve Broadband & Cell Service.” Read the final report at https://www.vtrural.org/sites/default/files/TheGreensboroCVReport.pdf

“Kinship Caregivers Guide” by Vermont Department of Children and Families — “A guide for adults who are caring for the children of relatives or family friends” — Vermont Agency of Human Services, Department of Children and Families

“The Nature Conservancy’s Flagship Natural Area” by Gary Miller and Rose Paul

“Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont” by Elizabeth H. Thompson — This book is a must-have for anyone wanting to understand Vermont’s forests, wetlands, mountaintops, and shores. Richly illustrated with beautiful line drawings and stunning color photographs, this accessible field guide will delight outdoor explorers and armchair naturalists alike.” — Amazon.com

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

“Hidden in Plain Sight” by Jeffrey Archer — “….featuring Detective William Warwick, by the master storyteller and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles. William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad. They are immediately tasked with apprehending Khalil Rashidi, a notorious drug dealer, who operates his extensive network out of South London.” — Findaway World Lic. Annotation

Turn a Blind Eye” by Jeffrey Archer — “Going undercover to expose corruption in the Metropolitan Police Force, Detective Inspector William Warwick is compromised by a high-profile trial and a teammate’s romantic relationship with his suspect. By the best-selling author of Kane & Abel.” — Atlas Publishing

PICTURE BOOK

“We Are the Gardeners” by Joanna Gaines and Kids

JUVENILE FICTION

“The Wild Robot Escapes” by Peter Brown — “Thought-provoking….Raises poignant quandaries about the nature of love and selfhood.”―Publishers Weekly

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“My First Gardening Book: 35 Easy and Fun Projects for Budding Gardeners” by Clare Sayer — “If you’re a budding gardener, you can discover how to sow and grow successfully with My First Gardening Book. In Chapter 1, Getting Started, you will learn all the basics, such as how to prepare soil, sow seeds, choose plants and maintain your garden. In Chapter 2, Grow Your Own, put your skills to good use with projects such as the Tasty Herb Pot, Sunflower Alley and Eggshell Gardens. Chapter 3, Garden Decorations, shows you innovative ways to brighten up your garden, including Painted Pots and Ice Mobiles, and in Chapter 4, Garden Crafts you can combine gardening and craft activities, with fun creations such as Lavender Bags and Pretty Seed Packets. All the projects are explained in child-friendly language so that you can garden independently. You will soon enjoy all the rewards of your work as you watch your plants and flowers grow and blossom.” — Simon and Schuster

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NEW ARRIVALS – JUNE 2021

ADULT FICTION

“A Desolation Called Peace” by Arkady Martine – “Martine weaves a dramatic and suspenseful story of political intrigue and alien first contact . . . each character is rendered in exquisite detail.”―Booklist, starred review

“A Memory Called Empire” by Arkady Martine – “Politics and personalities blend with an immersive setting and beautiful prose in a debut that weaves threads of identity, assimilation, technology, and culture to offer an exceedingly well-done sf political thriller.”―Library Journal, starred review

“A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham – “Grisham has returned to the place closest to his heart… The trial is riveting…it’s striking how suspenseful the story is…how much we’re gripped by the small details.”–Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

“Black Bottom Saints” by Alice Randall – “A rambunctious portrait of the “caramel Camelot” that was Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood from the late 1930s to the late 1960s.” — New York Times

“Four Brides” by Debbie Macomber – “After their lives take them in unexpected directions, three friends meet again at their fifteen-year class reunion where they reconnect and share stories of disappointment, rediscovery and, finally, new love.” — Baker & Taylor

“Light Perpetual” by Francis Spufford – “Offers a moving view of how people confront the gap between their expectations and their reality.” The New Yorker

“That Summer” by Jennifer Weiner – “A page-turner. Reflective of the #MeToo movement and the importance of accountability, it’s a thought-provoking and timely book.” ― Seattle Book Review

“The Mermaid from Jeju” by Sumi Hahn – “A poignant, original book about women’s strength, the human cost of war, and how people come to terms with painful memories . . . satisfying and meaningful.” —Historical Novels Review

“The Soulmate Equation” by Christina Lauren – “[A] novel with a fascinating blend of modern science and old-fashioned attraction… Sweet and thoughtful, The Soulmate Equation explores what makes people click.”  ― Shelf Awareness

ADULT MYSTERY

“An Extravagant Death” by Charles Finch – “A solid historical mystery that will change its hero’s mind about life and death.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The Consequences of Fear” by Jacqueline Winespear – “A fast-paced tale of mystery and spycraft whose exploration of inner doubts and fears makes it much more.” — Kirkus

“The Darkest Evening” by Ann Cleeves – “Superb . . . This fair-play mystery brims with fully developed suspects and motives that are hidden in plain sight. Skillful misdirection masks the killer’s identity. This page-turner is must reading for fans as well as newcomers.”―Publishers Weekly (starred)

“The Loch Ness Papers” by Paige Shelton – “Framed with its lovingly described Scottish setting and the fascinating details about both the monster and King Arthur, Shelton’s mystery mixes atmosphere, crime, and characters effectively.”―Booklist

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Alison Bechdel – “[Bechdel] set out to write a light book about her lifelong commitment to exercise, including stints as a cyclist, climber, skier and yogi. As usual, her story and art are about so much more — the realities of aging, the quest for transcendence and the drumbeat of mortality.”—Washington Post

ADULT NON-FICTION

“The 30-day Alzheimer’s Solution: The Definitive Food and Lifestyle Guide to Preventing Cognitive Decline” by Dean Sherzai – “This simple, step-by-step guide is your road map to a life of clear mind, strong memory, and lasting wellness. You won’t believe how easy (and how delicious!) it can be to transform your life.” —OCEAN ROBBINS, CEO, Food Revolution Network

“Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes, and Stories” by Nigella Lawson – “Lawson combines offerings that put a spin on recipes from restaurants, friends, and family, as well as an insightful take on the importance of cooking in her own life, in this delightful outing. . . . The recipes are cheerful, straightforward, and easy to follow. Lawson’s fans are in for a treat.”  — Publishers Weekly

“Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape” by Cal Flyn – “[A] riveting collection of essays…. Through lush and poetic language, [Flyn] captures the vital forces at work in the natural world. This is nature writing at its most potent.” Publishers Weekly (Starred)

“Jackpot : How the Super-rich Really Live–and How Their Wealth Harms Us All” by Michael Mechanic – “Eye-opening…. often a gleeful sendup of the absurd eccentricities of the superrich…. A scathing but fair indictment of how the mindless worship of wealth makes us all poorer.” Kirkus Reviews

“Pie for Everyone: Recipes and Stories from Petee’s Pie, New York’s Best Pie Shop” by Petra Paredez – “Petra’s cookbook is the technicolor culmination of six years of professional pie-making and a lifetime of informal family research. With more than 80 different kinds of pie, from classic pumpkins and rhubarbs to wild cards like tahini chess pie, to savory mincemeat and quiches, Pie for Everyone really does have a little something for all of us.”
Petee’s Pie Commandments, Taste

“Preventing Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age” by Amy Klobuchar – “Methodical . . . Klobuchar furnishes an overview of the evolution of U.S. anti-monopoly law and a call for rebalancing the relationship between capital and labor. She condemns corporate consolidation and wealth concentration, and views lax antitrust enforcement as antithetical to democracy.” —The Guardian

“Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables” by Joshua McFadden and Martha Holmberg – “Essential techniques that can help cooks become better at preparing seasonal and local vegetables. . . . Attractive vegetable recipes range from brightly colored raw and cooked salads to indulgent appetizers, pastas, and baked goods. Under McFadden’s tutelage, cooks will learn how to bring out the best in every humble vegetable.” —Library Journal, starred review

“The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism” by Jen Gunter – “The Menopause Manifesto gives women the playbook to follow when discussing these matters with their doctors. This, along with The Vagina Bible, deserve a prominent place on every woman’s bookshelf. Doctors should also do themselves a favor and get their own copies.” —New York Journal of Books

The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential” by Wim Hof – “Wim “The Iceman” Hof shares the life-changing technique that anyone can use to supercharge their capacity for strength, health, and happiness. Join this trailblazing teacher for in-depth instruction on the three pillars of his method (Cold, Breath, and Mindset), the science supporting his techniques, his incredible personal story, and much more.” – MacMillan Palgrave

“Underland: A Deep Time Journey” by Robert Macfarlane – Presents an exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and geography, offering unsettling perspectives into whether or not humans are making the correct choices for Earth’s future.” – Baker and Taylor

BLUE/DVD MOVIES

“The World to Come”
“Godzilla vs. Kong”
“The Climb”
“Pinocchio”
“Tesla”
“The Father”

PASSES

American Precision Museum Pass – 3 available

PICTURE BOOK

“100 Animals: A Lift-the-flap-book” by Steve Jenkins
“Hamish Takes the Train” by Daisy Hirst
“Inside Outside” by Anne-Margot Ramstein
The Same But Different Too” by Karl Newson
“What Will You Dream of Tonight?” by Frances Stickley

CHILDREN’S KIT

Baby Box

JUVENILE FICTION

“Darkness of Dragons” by Tui Sutherland – “When a young NightWing has the first prophecy in generations of the end of Pyrrhia, five young dragons are tasked with saving the world.” – Baker and Taylor

“Fins” by Randy Wayne White – “Filled with scoundrels, humor, sharks, intrepid kids, and a surprise ending all wrapped around an environmental theme. Prepare yourself for a fast boatload of fun!” – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

My Life as a Coder” by Janet Tashjian – “Derek Fallon receives an exciting new gift–a laptop! But there’s a catch: it has no Wi-Fi so he can’t use it for gaming. If he wants to play computer games, he’ll have to learn how to code them himself. Another unforgettable adventure awaits in Book 9 of the My Life series, this time involving tech and coding!” – McMillan Palgrave

Quintessence” by Jess Redman – “A fanciful adventure with a rich emotional core and a fairy tale flair. An emphasis on Alma’s mental health and circular thought patterns proves an effective complement to the story’s magical elements, as her new endeavor and friends grant her the resilience to navigate her needs. Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, this is a clever, entertaining story with its own distinct identity.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Way Past Winter” by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – “A young heroine sets off into an endless winter to rescue her brother from a mythic bear. . . . Imagine Narnia’s Lucy rescuing brother Peter from Philip Pullman’s armored bears. The focused plot contains Brothers Grimm-like scenes . . . An atmospheric tale for older readers wanting an action-focused fairy tale.”-Kirkus Reviews

“Thieves of Weirdwood” by William Shivering – “[W]ill delight and satiate those besotted with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Miss Peregrine, the Spiderwicks.” ―New York Times Book Review

“What Stars Are Made Of ” by Sarah Elisabeth Allen – “In this assured debut, science whiz Libby Monroe shines. . .Allen deftly sketches the dynamics of Libby’s close-knit family, conveying Libby’s anxiety when her older sister Nonny’s pregnancy develops complications. . .This witty novel’s heroine proves winning, whether or not she gains top prize” ―Publishers Weekly

“Winter Turning” by Tui Sutherland – “When a centuries-buried evil force resurfaces, the dragonets prepare to confront a new enemy while a young NightWing experiences what might be the first true prophecy in generations.” – Atlas Publishing

“Zero to Hero” by Stephan Pastis – “Seldom has failure been so likable–or so funny.”―The Wall Street Journal

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“The Dragonet Prophecy” by Tui Sutherland – “Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.” – Atlas Publishing

“The Hidden Kingdom” by Tui Sutherland – “The five dragonets of the prophecy are hoping to hide in safety in the RainWing kingdom, and Glory is hoping to learn more about her own identity, but when tribe members start disappearing and the old queen does nothing, it is up to Glory and her friendsto uncover the lurking evil.” – Baker & Taylor

“The Lost Heir “by Tui Sutherland – “Overjoyed to be reunited with her fellow ocean-dwelling dragons, Tsunami the SeaWing continues efforts to end the war for Pyrrhia in spite of a dangerous assassin who is threatening all their lives.” – Baker & Taylor

JUVENILE MOVIES

Swift
The Secret Garden

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Lost Cities” by Giles Laroche – “With further mysteries and theories of these lost civilizations, this title will surely inspire young archaeologists to learn more about history and the ancient world. Laroche’s art is the real star of this title….The visual precision and attention to detail will captivate readers.” —School Library Journal, STARRED review

“Nature Play Workshop for Families : A Guide to 40+ Outdoor Learning Experiences in All Seasons” by Monica Wiedel-Lubinski – “Nature Play Workshop for Families reveals the benefits of nature connection for young children and describes how caring adults can nurture it through outdoor play in all seasons”- Baker & Taylor

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

“Yay! You’re Gay! Now What?: A Gay Boy’s Guide to Life” by  Riyadh Khalaf – “This book is part self-help, part memoir, part inspirational book for anyone who is coming to terms with what it means to be queer.”―Tirzah Price, BookRiot

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL

“Open Borders The Science and Ethics of Immigration” by Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith – “A clear and inescapable economic, moral, and political case for reopening the borders that artfully counters the common objections.” ―John H. Cochrane, Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein” by Lita Judge – “[T]his is a stirring, impeccably researched portrait of a remarkable woman and her literary ‘progeny.’ Much like Mary, Judge forges a Creature all her own.” ―Booklist

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NEW ARRIVALS – MAY 2021

ADULT FICTION

“2034: A Novel of the Next World War “ by Elliot Ackerman – “An unnerving and fascinating tale of a future . . . The book serves as a cautionary tale to our leaders and national security officials, while also speaking to a modern truth about arrogance and our lack of strategic foresight . . . The novel is an enjoyable and swiftly paced but important read.” The Hill

“A Conspiracy in Belgravia” by Sherry Thomas – “Thomas (My Beautiful Enemy) maintains the shadowy Victorian setting as she advances her marvelous take on the Holmes canon….A must for mystery/Sherlock fans and readers who love excellent puzzles.”–Library Journal (starred review)

“Hour of the Witch” by Chris Bohjalian – “Harrowing… In the hands of a master storyteller like Bohjalian, [Hour of the Witch is] an engrossing tale of a woman who insists upon the right to navigate her life, and the consequences when she does.” Danielle Trussoni, New York Times Book Review

“Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir – “Readers may find themselves consuming this emotionally intense and thematically profound novel in one stay-up-all-night-until-your-eyes-bleed sitting. An unforgettable story of survival and the power of friendship—nothing short of a science fiction masterwork” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Rule of Wolves” by Leigh Bardugo – “A wild ride both fantastical and grounded in nuance.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Sorrowland ” by Rivers Solomon – “Sorrowland is a powerful story about motherhood, survival, and the cruel treatment of Black bodies.” ―Taiwo Balogun, Marie Claire

“The Diplomat’s Wife” by Pam Jenoff – “In this follow-up to The Kommandant’s Girl, Marta Nedermann, starting a new life in London with her husband, a British diplomat, once again becomes trapped in a web of intrigue and betrayal when Communists infiltrate British Intelligence and the traitor is linked to her past.” — Atlas Publishing

“The Kitchen Front “ by Jennifer Ryan – “A charming tale that will satiate a lot of different tastes: historical fiction lovers, cooking competition fans, anyone who revels in girl-power lit. . . . . This story had me so hooked, I literally couldn’t put it down to cook.”—NPR

“Where the Forest Meets the Stars” by Glendy Vanderah – “Though the novel appears to start as a fantasy, it evolves into a domestic drama with murder-mystery elements, all adding up to a satisfying read.” Booklist

“Fugitive Telemetry” by Martha Wells – Wells… creates a main character who is addictive… Murderbot continues to bring intelligence and acerbic commentary on humanity to the forefront.” Library Journal

ADULT MYSTERY

“A Fatal Lie” by Charles Todd – “This is the type of classic-style mystery that we have grown to love from Charles Todd, and it never fails to deliver.” — BookReporter.com

“A Gambling Man” by David Baldacci – “Fans of Baldacci should go all in for A Gambling Man. This spicy novel deals out a hand of brothels, gambling dens, drug operations, and government corruption—all a sure bet for a rollicking good time.”―New York Journal of Books

“A Study in Scarlet Women” by Sherry Thomas – “Gender bending is just the first sign that unusual happenings are afoot in this origin story for a revamped Sherlock Holmes series by bestselling author Thomas…There is also a tantalizing, slow-burn love story between Holmes and a longtime friend befitting Thomas’ skills as a romance novelist….The ground has been laid well for future incidents in the professional and intimate life of Charlotte Holmes.” – Kirkus

“Fortune Favors the Dead” by Stephen Spotswood – “Will keep readers engaged from start to finish. . . [Pentecost is] reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. . . A fun whodunit. . . Perfect for a cozy weekend read.” Library Journal

“Murder on Cold Street “ by Sherry Thomas – “With an increasingly beloved detective crew, this Victorian mystery offers thrills and sharp insights into human behavior.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ace Atkins – “In the latest thriller featuring the legendary Boston PI, Spenser and his young protégé Mattie Sullivan take on billionaire money manager running a network of underaged girls for his rich and powerful clients.” — Annotation

“The Art of Theft ” by Sherry Thomas – “Quick-witted and swashbuckling, Thomas’s novel is a feminist Victorian delight. Perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn, Elizabeth Peters or C.S. Harris, The Art of Theft is an excellent entry in a wonderful historical series. Its deft pacing, quirky heroine and intriguing cast of characters make it a mysterious tour de force.” – Shelf Awareness

“The Sentence is Death” by Anthony Horowitz – “The Sentence Is Death is…fast-paced, lively … there are twists and turns and unexpected developments. The fact-fiction blurring continues to the last page.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The Hollow of Fear” by Sherry Thomas – “The resolution, as well as the spell cast by Thomas’ language and clever use of disguise to reveal a devastating understanding of human flaws and desires, leaves one with a good book hangover. A novel in which you cannot wait to find out what happens next—even as you do not want it to end.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The Postscript Murders” by Elly Griffiths – “A light-hearted, life-affirming celebration of crime fiction and the colourful characters that create it…Such witty and charming entertainment.” —The Times

“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman – “Suspenseful, funny, and poignant. The delightful, spirited characters from this witty, sometimes bittersweet story deserve a return engagement.” Booklist (starred review)

“The Windsor Knot” by S. J. Bennett – “Sheer entertainment… Bennett infuses wit and an arch sensibility into her prose… This is not mere froth, it is pure confection” — New York Times Book Review

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey – “Candid . . . Greenlights is more than an autobiography, far more than a comedy or a series of adventures. The author gives us a lively look at his life in and out of his movies and provides readers with an honest look at who he is.” The Florida Times-Union

ADULT NON-FICTION

“A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds” by Scott Weidensaul – “Weidensaul addresses migratory birds’ changing reality and the scientists who work tirelessly to learn more about them and advocate on their behalf…. The plight and toughness of both birds and their human defenders will move you in lasting ways.” ― BookPage, starred review

“Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II” by Daniel James Brown – “Facing the Mountain is more than just the story of a group of young men whose valor helped save a country that spurned them, it’s a fascinating, expertly written look at selfless heroes who emerged from one of the darkest periods of American history — soldiers the likes of which this country may never see again.” —NPR.org

“Freedom” by Sebastian Junger – “Junger observes, and reports, watches and appreciates, and his thoughts on his title subject will make you truly consider your own definition of this basic right. ‘Freedom’ is not an anti-freedom book; it underscores, and you shouldn’t want to wait to open it.” —Daily Jefferson County Union

“Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder “ by Caroline Fraser – ‘Fraser’s meticulous biography has particular urgency today, as she unknots the threads of fact and fiction, of reality and myth, of mother and daughter…. Prairie Fires is not only a work of rigorous scholarship, but it also portrays Wilder, and her daughter Rose, in ways that illuminate our society’s current crises and rifts.” ―The New York Review of Books

“Raised Row Gardening: Incredible Organic Produce With No Tilling and Minimal Weeding” by Jim and Mary Competti – “Guides readers through the steps and stages of raised row gardening, discussing first-year set up, harvesting, and maintaining a productive garden year-after-year.” — Baker & Taylor

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, A Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War ” by Malcolm Gladwell – “[A] brilliantly told parable… As ever with Gladwell… the story boils down to people at moments of crisis… books and parables alike rely on their narrative as much as their message. And for a book that is not a war story, this one is brilliantly, brilliantly told.” ―James McConnachie, Sunday Times (UK)

“The Complete Guide to No-dig Gardening” by Charlie Nardozzi – “…if you want to garden in a way that aligns better with nature and builds on what nature has to offer; and if you want to garden in a way that makes your life easier – this book is a great addition to your library.”―Homestead How-To

“The Great ZentangleⓇ Book: Learn to Tangle with 101 Engaging Patterns” by Beate Winkler – “In The Great Zentangle Book, Certified Zentangle Teacher Beate Winkler provides simple and clear directions for creating 101 classic tangles.” — Amazon.com

“The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature” by Peter Wohlleben – “A return to the wonders of trees. [Wohlleben] presents the latest scientific findings illuminating how trees communicate, respond to their surroundings, and feel pain, and how their pumping of water at regular intervals creates ‘heartbeats’ …. and elucidates precisely why ‘true forests’ are ‘our most powerful allies in the fight against climate change.'” —Booklist

“The Low-FODMAP IBS Solution Plan & Cookbook” by Rachel Pauls, M.D. – “Rachel’s medical expertise combined with her personal experience with IBS make this book shine. The recipes are simple and flavorful. With all the practical tips and tricks for grocery shopping and meal planning, this cookbook is a must-have resource for patients embarking on the low-FODMAP diet.” ―Andrea Hardy, R.D., owner of Ignite Nutrition

“The Premonition: A Pandemic Story” by Michael Lewis – “Lewis brings a welcome gimlet eye to the Trump era… the lessons of the “The Premonition” apply to more than just the C.D.C. ― they tell us why government bureaucracies fail.” ― Nick Confessore, New York Times Book Review

BLUE/DVD MOVIES

“A Private War”
“Downtown Abbey: The Motion Picture”

KIT

Beginner Snap Circuit Kit
Kids Gardening Kit
Musical Instruments from Around the World
Talking to Kids about Race Elementary Activity Box
Talking to Kids about Race Pre-K and Kindergarten Activity Box

BOARD BOOK

“Pippa and Pelle in the Spring Garden” by Daniela Drescher
“Shh! Bears Sleeping” by David Martin

PICTURE BOOK

“Eyes that Kiss in the Corners” by Joanna Ho

CHILDREN’S AUDIO KIT

“Days With Frog and Toad” by Arnold Lobel

JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK

“Da Vinci’s Cat” by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – “The course of time travel never does run smooth. . . . Bee and Federico manage to colossally mess with history, leading to adventures as they try to get things back on track. . . . Detailed writing brings the past to life in this delightful time-slip story populated by an array of outsized figures from history. . . . Thoroughly charming.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

JUVENILE AUDIO KIT

“Operation Smarts!- Math – Age 5+” by Playaway – Non-Fiction – “Kids will develop confidence while solving elementary math problems and advancing from basic skills through multiplication, geometry, and more.” — Playaway.com

JUVENILE FICTION

“96 Miles” by J. L. Esplin – “Esplin offers a richly layered look at the frustrations of sibling rivalry, the depths of family loyalty, and the challenges of forgiveness.”―Publishers Weekly

“A Game of Fox & Squirrels” by Jenn Reese – “”Reese spins a tale about child abuse that is touched with fantasy…a powerful tool for working through trauma.” –Booklist

“Clan” by Sigmund Brouwer – “Despite the world Atlatl lives in being very different from the one we live in today, Brouwer does a fantastic job of making it clear that the human experience is universal.” –CM Magazine

“Darkstalker” by Tui Sutherland – “Born into a divided heritage, Darkstalker is destined to become a powerful and dangerous dragon and it will take the combined efforts of Fatham and Clearsight to come up with a way to save all the kingdoms from his anger.” — Baker & Taylor

“Escape from Egypt” by Wendy Mass – “The Time Jumpers are headed to Egypt in the second book in this action-packed series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass!” — Scholastic

“Escaping Peril” by Tui Sutherland – “The New York Times and USA Today bestselling series soars to even greater heights with a new prophecy and five new dragonets ready to claim their destiny!” — Scholastic

“Maya and the Rising Dark” by Rena Barron – “Astonishing series of subsequent revelations leaves readers agog, eager to know how Maya and her pals will use their powers to heal the veil and save their mostly black and brown neighborhood…. A truly #BlackGirlMagic, cloudy-day, curl-up kind of book.”  —​Kirkus, STARRED review

“Something to Say” by Lisa Moore Ramee – “Ramée effectively portrays the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the difficulty of navigating complex social situations while conveying universal middle school questions about friendship, first crushes, and identity. Shay’s journey is an authentic and engaging political and personal awakening.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Hive Queen” by Tui Sutherland – “Rendering fugitives after stealing the Book of Clearsight, the SilkWings race to prevent a LeafWing attack while Cricket struggles to stay hidden and uncover the queen’s deadly secret.” — Atlas Publishing

“The Lost Continent” by Tui Sutherland – “Centuries after rumors of another dragon continent are dismissed as fairy tales, the land is thrown into turmoil by the discovery that the stories were true.” — Atlas Publishing

“The Poison Jungle” by Tui Sutherland – “It’s no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It’s her life’s mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala. Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war. Hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives. There are dark secrets in the jungle, though-some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she’s only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle-even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.” — Publisher’s Annotation

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild” by Dav Pilkey – “Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A Tale of Two Kities” by Dav Pilkey – “Action-oriented cartoons… Laffs aplenty.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Easy Wood Carving for Children: Fun Whittling Projects for Adventurous Kids “by Frank Egholm – “Wood carving is the perfect outdoor hobby for adventurous children. Teach them how to make toys, games and even jewelry with more than fifty fun whittling and wood carving projects, each fully-illlustrated with easy-to-follow instructions.” – Annotation

“Guinness World Records 2021” by Guiness World Records – “This year, we’re devoting a chapter to the history of exploration, starting with the story of the very first circumnavigation, along with our “History of Adventure” timeline, featuring a host of remarkable achievements. The fully revised and updated best-seller is packed with thousands of incredible new feats across the widest spectrum of topics, providing a whistle-stop tour of our superlative universe.” – Annotation

JUVENILE MOVIES

“Jumanji”

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“King of Scars” by Leigh Bardugo  – “[Bardugo] touches on religion, class, family, love ― all organically, all effortlessly, all cloaked in the weight of a post-war reckoning with the cost (literal and figurative) of surviving the events that shape both people and nations.” ―NPR

“The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Barnes – “Prickly, witty, and stubborn as a mule, Avery is an eminently likable protagonist, and her savvy ability to manage the obnoxiously privileged people she suddenly finds herself surrounded by is admirable, helped plenty by her quippy one-liners that level even the snobbiest among them.”―BCCB

“This is My Brain in Love” by I.W. Gregorio – “Readers will come to this story for dynamic romantic and familial relationships, but they’ll stay for its smart exploration of depression, anxiety, and self-care.“―Publishers Weekly, starred review

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NEW ARRIVALS – APRIL 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Eternal” by Lisa Scottoline – “An accomplished historical novel that is both seeped in period detail and full of relatable characters…. Scottoline is a master at ramping up the suspense.”–Washington Post

“Hella” by David Gerrold – “The effortlessly diverse cast, complex political machinations, and heartfelt coming-of-age themes combine to create a fleshed-out vision of the future that is intense, emotional, and immersive while still maintaining a sense of rollicking fun. Sci-fi readers should snap this up.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“How Beautiful We Were” by Imbolo Mbue – “Sweeping and quietly devastating… How Beautiful We Were charts the ways repression, be it at the hands of a government or a corporation or a society, can turn the most basic human needs into radical and radicalizing acts. . . . Profoundly affecting.”—The New York Times Book Review (cover review)

“Hummingbird Salamandar” by Jeff Vandermeer – “Set in a world far along the path to ecological and political breakdown, this striking mix of thriller and biotech speculative fiction from VanderMeer charts a seemingly mad quest by its anonymous narrator . . . Exquisite prose pulls the reader deep into the labyrinthine plot. VanderMeer reinforces his place as one of today’s most innovative writers.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel – “Engel’s vital story of a divided Colombian family is a book we need to read… The rare immigrant chronicle that is as long on hope as it is on heartbreak.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Journey of the Pharaohs” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown – “Lively. . . The twist ending fits neatly into the Cussler canon. Series fans will be pleased.”–Publishers Weekly

“Spy” by Danielle Steel – “Once presented to King George V and Queen Mary in satin and lace, Alexandra Wickham joins the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry but is soon on to bigger things: easily conversant in French and German, she is drafted to become a secret agent, a job she must hide from family, friends, and lovers. After World War II, she’s off to India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and finally Washington, DC.” — Barbara Hoffert. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2019.

“The Berlin Girl” by Mandy Robotham – “The Berlin Girl paints a vibrant picture of some of the chilling harbingers of World War II. You’ll gasp aloud and shed a few tears on this insightful, bold, fast-paced ride through Berlin’s last moments of crumbling glory before the cloud of World War II descends.” — Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names

“The Hare” by Melanie Finn – “In this brooding feminist thriller, a former art student and her daughter are isolated in a rural Vermont cabin and have to contend with the toxic presence of an unbalanced con man in their lives.” — New York Times

“The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See – “See perceptively depicts challenges faced by Koreans over the course of the 20th century, particularly homing in on the ways the haenyeo have struggled to maintain their way of life. Exposing the depths of human cruelty and resilience, See’s lush tale is a wonderful ode to a truly singular group of women.” Publishers Weekly 

“The Scorpion’s Tail” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – “The authors bring the same rigorous plotting and deft characterizations to this novel as they do with their Special Agent Pendergast books (happily, Pendergast makes an appearance here), and the Kelly and Swanson pairing is certainly engaging. It seems the duo might be settling in for a good, long run.”―Booklist

“Witchmark” by C. L. Polk – “The subtle ways Polk builds her characters, reveals the systems under which they live and unwinds a complicated, twisting plot with both personal and political implications are testaments to her skill as a storyteller.” ―Shelf Awareness

ADULT MYSTERY

“Bryant & May: Oranges and Lemons” by Christopher Fowler – “As is the case with other books in the series, the setup is improbable (bordering on bizarre), the characters droll, the prose exceptionally clever and often hilarious and the ‘aha’ moment deliciously unexpected.” — BookPage

“Criss Cross” by James Patterson and others – “When a mysterious serial killer known as “M” launches a deranged “investigation”, Alex Cross and his partner must unearth long-forgotten secrets to survive — or risk getting buried themselves.” — Annotation

“Death in the East” by Abir Mukherjee – “This clever tale of interwoven locked-room mysteries may be the best yet in a series that boasts gifted storytelling and full-sensory, Raj-era details.” ― Booklist

“Deadly Cross” by James Patterson – “Investigating a double homicide involving the vice president’s ex-wife, Detective Alex Cross and FBI Special Agent Ned Mahoney travel to Alabama to uncover clues from her early life.” — Baker & Taylor

“Nighthawks Wing” by Charles Fergus – “A beautifully written page-turner…a rich and moving story that puts Fergus solidly among the ranks of Vermont’s best fiction writers.” –The Barton Chronicle

“Outfox” by Sandra Brown – “An engrossing thriller . . . Well-defined characters complement the twisty plot, which ends with a gratifying final revelation. Brown once again shows why she remains at the top of the suspense field.” — Publishers Weekly

“Texas Outlaw” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle – “Receiving unwanted attention when his country-singer girlfriend writes a hit song about his heroism, Texas Ranger Rory Yates relocates to a tiny municipality where he investigates the suspicious death of a corrupt councilwoman.” – Atlas Publishing

“The Museum of Desire” by Jonathan Kellerman — “LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has solved a lot of murder cases. On many of them … he taps the brain of brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. But neither Alex nor Milo are prepared for what they find on an early morning call to a deserted mansion in Bel Air. …Four people have been slaughtered and left displayed bizarrely and horrifically in a stretch limousine. Confounding the investigation, none of the victims seems to have any connection to any other, and a variety of methods have been used to dispatch them. As Alex and Milo make their way through blind alleys and mazes baited with misdirection, they encounter a crime so vicious that it stretches the definitions of evil.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Palm Beach Murders” by James Patterson & others — “Three stories from the world’s best-selling author include the tale of a pair of divorcees who begin a strangely intense game of make-believe and a popular advertising exec who notices the people around him are being murdered.” — Baker & Taylor

ADULT MYSTERY LARGE PRINT

“The Consequences of Fear” by Jacqueline Winespear – “A fast-paced tale of mystery and spycraft whose exploration of inner doubts and fears makes it much more.” — Kirkus

“Win” by Harlen Coben – “Crafty plot twists, fast-moving action, and witty dialogue . . . Can the antihero become a hero after all? Win answers that question in surprising and satisfying ways.”―BookTrib

ADULT NON-FICTION

“1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List” by James Mustich – “Mustich’s informed appraisals will drive readers to the books they’ve yet to read, and stimulate discussion of those they have.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America” by Kate Washington – “A biting critique of how America is failing its unpaid caregivers . . . . The result is a bracing antidote to ‘sentimentalized narratives’ that cast unpaid caregiving as its own reward when, the author makes clear, better Family and Medical Leave Act benefits would be far more useful . . . A startling, hard-hitting story of a family medical disaster made worse by cultural insensitivities to caregivers.” – Kirkus Review

“Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do” by Marc Bekoff – “Everyone who owns a dog, breeds or trains dogs, or works with dogs should read this informative book.” – Library Journal

“Comes As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life” by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. – “Nagoski’s book deserves plaudits for the rare achievement of merging pop science and the sexual self-help genre in prose that’s not insufferably twee. . . . [Come As You Are] offers up hard facts on the science of arousal and desire in a friendly and accessible way.” – The Guardian (UK)

“Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples” by Harville Hendrix – “Learn: how the imprints of the past unconsciously eclipse the present. Learn: how safety is fundamental to illuminating relationships. Learn: to practice conscious partnership to brighten your future together. The goal of living is enriching connection. There are no better relationship experts from which to learn than Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.” – Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation

“How to Not Die Alone: The Surprising Science That Will Help You Find Love” by Logan Ury – “A must-read book on meeting your future partner.” – The Washington Post

“How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea” by Tristan Gooley – “[Gooley’s] detailed observations are breathtaking as he patiently explains how to see. Jam-packed with information, birders, naturalists, hikers, hunters, and anyone interested in the natural world will find much of use.” – Forbes

“How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education” by Scott Newstok – “Scott Newstok’s How to Think like Shakespeare is something to treasure. The book lays out a case for Shakespeare’s vital connection to the lives we live today, opening the door to new ways of thinking and experiencing the world, which are essential to a life well lived.”―Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

“Humankind: A Hopeful History” by Rutger Bregman – “A lively social history… Bregman offers a compelling case for reshaping institutions and policies along genuinely humane lines.” – The New Yorker

“On Time and Water” by Andri Snaer Magnason – “Andri Snær Magnason combines intimate history and collective mythology, essay reflection and memorial exploration, geography and environment, to bring the elusive reality of climate change painfully and dangerously close to each of us.” – Paolo Giordano

“Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob” by Russell Shorto – “An entertaining book about the Shorto clan intertwined with a history of the Italian mob, Sicilians in the U.S., and the rise and fall of Johnstown, a central Pennsylvania steel town…Ultimately, Smalltime does not pull any punches while telling its story. It’s strikingly personal, but also a peek into the uniqueness of the American experience.” – The Daily Beast

“Tesoro” by Yesika Salgado – “Tesoro is a story of family, survival, and the formative power of the women in Salgado’s life. It is a telling of the balance between love and perseverance. Tesoro is an unearthing of the sacred connections that make a person whole; the treasure we forever keep with us when we learn from those we love, when we mourn those we’ve lost, and what grows in between.” – Perseus Publishing

“The Bloated Belly Whisperer: See Results Within a Week, and Tame Digestive Distress Once and For All” by Tamara Duker Freuman – “With candor and science-based expertise, Freuman offers invaluable information for readers suffering from a range of debilitating digestive issues.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The Bomb: Presidents, Generals and the Secret History of Nuclear War” by Fred Kaplan – “Bracing clarity….[A] rich and surprisingly entertaining history of how nuclear weapons have shaped the United States military and the country’s foreign policy….Kaplan has a gift for elucidating abstract concepts, cutting through national security jargon and showing how leaders confront (or avoid) dilemmas.” – New York Times Book Review

“The New Heirloom Garden: Designs, Recipes and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden” by Ellen Ecker Ogden – “Perfect for cooks and gardeners alike, this useful look at vintage varieties puts a fresh shine on an old subject.” – Publishers Weekly

“The Soul of a Woman” by Isabel Allende – “The author describes her lifelong commitment to feminism in a meditation on what it means to be a woman, discussing progress within the movement in her lifetime, what remains to be done, and how to move forward in the future.” – Baker and Taylor

“Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World” by Rutger Bregman – “A spirited and practical manifesto for improving the odds of making a heaven on Earth.” – Kirkus

Vermont History: Volume 89, No 1, Winter/Spring 2021” by the Vermont Historical Society

BLUE/DVD

“News of the World”

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BOARD BOOK

“Hello Birds: What Do You Say” by Loes Botman
“Wake Up, Let’s Play” by Margaret McNamara

PICTURE BOOK

“Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon” by Kat Zhang
“Bowwow Powwow” by Brenda J. Child
“Carpenter’s Helper” by Sybil Rosen
“Facing Fear: An Immigration Story” by Karen Lynn Williams
“If You Come to Earth” by Sophie Blackall
“Milo Imagines the World” by Matt de la Pena
“Over and Under the Rainforest” by Kate Messner
“Ten Beautiful Things” by Molly Beth Griffen
“The House of Grass and Sky” by Mary Lyn Ray
“The Little Library” by Margaret McNamara
“Watercress” by Andrea Wang

KIT

“Knitting Kit”

JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK

“Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go To School” by Julie Falatko — “Giggle-inducing shenanigans ensue when two loyal dogs hatch a plan to save their human boy from school…For readers who appreciate the goofy.”–Kirkus Reviews

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

“Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball” by Jen Bryant – “With lively verse and elegant oil paintings, Bryant and Morrison masterfully place Baylor’s midair “slashing, crashing, gliding” basketball heroics in the context of his times.” – The Horn Book

“Bartali’s Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy’s Secret Hero” by Megan Hoyt – “This attractive and engaging account of a famous athlete, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations in 2013, and his quiet heroism is inspirational and adds a unique perspective to Holocaust literature.” – Booklist

“Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood” by Gary Paulsen – “A riveting, hopeful survival story about personal resilience amid trauma.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston” by Alicia D. Williams – “A lively, joyfully rendered portrait of a literary legend.” – Publisher Weekly, starred review

“The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh” by Candace Fleming – “There is no amped up moralizing in this fascinating chronicle…Reprehensible, estimable, complex: Ms. Fleming’s portrait reveals a man of many parts. ” – The Wall Street Journal

JUVENILE FICTION

“Across the Pond” by Joy McCullough – “McCullough writes with compassion and knowledge as she traces Callie’s ups and downs in a new country alongside her burgeoning, awkwardly won knowledge of friendship and self.” – Publishers Weekly

“Alone” by Megan E. Freeman – “Madeleine relates her own riveting, immersive story in believable detail, her increasingly sophisticated thoughts, as years pass, sweeping down spare pages in thin lines of verse in this Hatchet for a new age. . . . Suspenseful, fast-paced, and brief enough to engage even reluctant readers.”  – Kirkus Reviews

“Ground Zero” by Alan Gratz – “Gratz’s deeply moving writing paints vivid images of the loss and fear of those who lived through the trauma of 9/11.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Land of the Cranes” by Aida Salazar – “Holding fast to the cultural heritage stories that say her people will one day return to live among the cranes in the promised land, a 9-year-old migrant, seeking refuge in Los Angeles from the Mexican cartel wars, learns to hold onto hope and love in a family detention center.” – Atlas Publishing

“The Last Bear” by Hannah Gold – “For animal lovers, defenders of the environment, and fans of female-powered stories. Touching and poignant.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The One Thing You’d Save” by Linda Sue Park – “[Park’s] message is powerful: We don’t need a great blazing tragedy to determine what we hold most precious in our lives; we can define what’s vital through our thoughts and memories, always at hand, in our heads and hearts — safe, where the flames don’t reach.” – New York Times Book Review

“The Sea in Winter” by Christine Day – “A contemplative and emotional story of resilience and reinvention whose dedication sums it up well: ‘To anyone who needs a reminder that pain is temporary.'” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier” by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks – “With plenty of eye-rolling takes on male-designed spacecraft faux pas and enthusiastic crew reveling in flight adventures, Ottaviani and Wicks drive home the message that it’s all about teamwork, and no team can function without diverse members.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Dog Man: Mothering Heights” by Dav Pilkey – “High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Kodi” by Jared Cullum – “Cullum’s rich watercolors… capture Alaskan wilderness and Seattle’s urban grit with equal beauty and accuracy… Beautifully crafted, thoughtfully paced, and sweet as can be, this tale is ideal for reluctant and voracious readers alike, to be savored and shared between friends young, old, and in between.” – School Library Journal (starred review)

“Max Meow: Cat Crusader” by John Gallagher – “Full of humor and action, this new series opener will be catnip for fans of Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man.” – Kirkus Reviews

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“For Everyone” by Jason Reynolds – “A lyrical masterpiece.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“If Bees Disappeared” by Lily Williams – “What would happen if bees disappeared? Find out in this fourth book from Lily Williams in the award-winning If Animals Disappeared Series that imagines the consequences of a world without bees.” – Amazon.com

“Slow Down: 50 Mindful Moments in Nature” by Rachel Williams – “This immaculately illustrated tome intended for elementary-age naturalists is sure to charm observers outside that audience as well… Splendiferous!” – Kirkus Reviews

“Telling Time” by David A. Adler – “Adler and Miller’s latest addition to their renowned collection of math books is a space-themed exploration of the classifications of time. . . . The digitally drawn pastel illustrations keep the mood light but don’t detract from the serious business at hand. …” – School Library Journal

“The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastic” by Susan Hood – “Thoughtful and thought-provoking, this book will plant the seeds of environmental activism in young readers.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The Metric System” by David A. Adler – A fun book about the metric system? Seriously? No kidding: David Adler’s hands-on guide to metric measurement packs at least a kiloliter of fun into its pages.” – The Virginian Pilot

“The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom” by Lita Judge – “Wonderful illustrations and poetry highlight cutting-edge scientific information about how trees communicate and share information. Don’t leave this one behind.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

YA AUDIOBOOK

“Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Acevedo – ‘In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.” – Amazon.com

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley – “Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.” – Baker & Taylor

“Red, White and Whole” by Rajani Larocca – “LaRocca’s historical novel in verse takes the reader through Reha’s past and present, flowing as seamlessly as many of the songs often referred to within the poems. Readers will be changed by her story.” – Booklist (starred review)

“Soulswift” by Megan Bannen – “A rich, imaginative tale that delivers thrilling characters, heartstopping action, and exciting intrigue with every turn of the page.” – ALA Booklist

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL

“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds – “Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.” – Simon and Schuster

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NEW ARRIVALS – MARCH 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Beneficence” by Meredith Hill — “Powerful…[Hall’s] meticulous prose convincingly captures the daily realities―sometimes beautiful, sometimes cruel―of agricultural life, and offers insight into the ways calamity fractures family bonds…readers will be rewarded.”―Publishers Weekly

“Foregone” by Russell Banks” — “Banks, a conduit for the confounded and the unlucky, a writer acutely attuned to place and ambiance, is at his most magnetic and provocative in this portrait of a celebrated documentary filmmaker on the brink of death. . . . In this masterful depiction of a psyche under siege by disease, age, and guilt, Banks considers with profound intent the verity of memory, the mercurial nature of the self, and how little we actually know about ourselves and others. . . . [For] all lovers of richly psychological and ethical fiction.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro — “A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible.” Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vunog — “The novel’s overarching structure is an ingenious representation of our failure — as members of families and communities, as fellow citizens — to understand one another…[This is] a distinctive, intimate novel that is also a reckoning with the Vietnam War’s long shadow…Vuong is a skillful, daring writer, and his first novel is a powerful one.” —Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle

“Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart — “Compulsively readable . . . In exquisite detail, the book describes the devastating dysfunction in Shuggie’s family, centering on his mother’s alcoholism and his father’s infidelities, which are skillfully related from a child’s viewpoint . . . As it beautifully and shockingly illustrates how Shuggie ends up alone, this novel offers a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Very highly recommended.”Library Journal (starred review)

“The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles — “A book about families torn apart, friends lost and found, fear, hope, inspiration, and books and a love of reading. Bravo to Janet Skeslien Charles.” ― The Free Lance-Star

“The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn — “Quinn (The Huntress) returns to WWII in this immersive saga. [Her] page-turning narrative is enhanced by her richly drawn characters and by the fascinating code-breaking techniques, which come alive via Quinn’s extensive historical detail. This does not disappoint.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec — “Gornichec’s spellbinding story breathes life into a minor character from Norse myth, delving into the complexities of Angrboda’s familial relationships and the lengths to which she’ll go for both love and vengeance. This powerful fantasy is sure to win Gornichec many fans.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

ADULT MYSTERY

“Blink of a Eye” by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen — “A thrilling blend of physical and psychological tension that showcases the fierce intelligence, grit, and determination of their female protagonists.”  ―Booklist

“Blindside” by James Patterson and James O. Born — “The daughter of New York’s mayor is missing, and Det. Michael Bennett’s son is in jail. So they agree to trade help, with Michael investigating a homicide victim tied to both the computer-smart daughter and an ambitious hacking operation. The string of nasty murders that follows eventually affects national security, complicating matters by bringing in the NYPD, the FBI, and global crime…” — Barbara Hoffert. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2019.

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter” by Anders Morley — “With determination, courage, and a fine poetic awareness of the landscape that surrounds him, Anders Morley delivers a story that makes you want to pack your bags . . . and journey into the great unknown.”  -Torbjørn Ekelund, author of In Praise of Paths: A Journey Through Time and Nature

ADULT NON-FICTION

“American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump , and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power and Treachery” by Craig Unger — “By compiling decades of Trump’s seedy ties, disturbing and consistent patterns of behavior, and unexplained contacts with Russian officials and criminals, Unger makes a strong case that Trump is probably a compromised trusted contact of Kremlin interests.”John Sipher, Washington Post

“Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver” by Mary Oliver — “The poems in this exhilarating collection span five decades and were arranged by Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who often uses poetry to celebrate nature and to explore humankind’s place within it. Featuring more than 200 poems in a variety of forms and moods, this radiant survey showcases Oliver’s versatility as an artist. …This wide-ranging collection is a wonderful introduction for those who aren’t familiar with Oliver and a great gift for readers who already love her.” — Julie Hale. BOOKPAGE, c2017.

“Fathoms: The World in the Whale” by Rebecca Giggs — “There is much to marvel at here…Deeply researched and deeply felt, Giggs’ intricate investigation, beautifully revelatory and haunting, urges us to save the whales once again, and the oceans, and ourselves.” Booklist, starred review

“Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age” by Sanjay Gupta, MD — “In a steady, measured voice, [Gupta] presents a comprehensive view of the best that brain science has to offer to preserve and improve memory… A genuine source of practical knowledge and sympathy to those struggling with dementia and the family members who are primary caregivers.” Kirkus Reviews

“Made in the Shade: A Zentangle® Workbook” by Cris Letourneau –“This book will open up a wonderful, dynamic, and 3-dimensional world of shading possibilities. Learn to shade your Zentangle art with confidence and creativity. This workbook is for the intermediate to advanced tangler who wants to learn more about shading. It includes step-by-step instruction with exercises on shading techniques, dozens of ideas for shading 20 official tangles, plus 4 step-by-step shading projects to teach the reader to analyze a tile and use shading to create a focal point, improve contrast, add dimension, and enhance the overall design. Plus, there are instructions for drawing 12 new tangles. Finally, there are 36 tiles, 6 artist trading cards, 3 Zendalas, and 4 pieces of Zentangle-Inspired Art from artists around the world for inspiration and practice.” — Amazon.com

“Tangle Journey: Exploring the Far Reaches of Tangle Drawing, from Simple Strokes to Color and Mixed Media” by Beckah Krahula — “A major bonus is the inclusion of simple instructions for making one’s own sketchbook or journal. This guide is an excellent next step for anyone who has already tried and enjoyed this type of illustration. VERDICT A welcome addition to all art instruction collections, especially those that already hold a basic tangle title or two.” – Library Journal

“The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make”by Ron Lieber — “Contains an implicit analysis and critique of higher education as a system, by acknowledging the inequities that exist at every level from recruitment to admissions to financial aid. It’s a how-to book that will also make you think, ‘But why?'” — New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

“Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair” by Danielle Sered — “Sered issue[s] a clarion call to take [violent crime] seriously and handle it with nuance. Sered reminds us that, if we’re serious about reducing mass incarceration, we need to grapple seriously, and safely, with people who have committed violent offenses and the survivors of their crimes.” —HuffPost

PICTURE BOOK

“Only the Cat Saw” by Ashley Wolff

JUVENILE DVD

“Soul”

JUVENILE FICTION

“Duel at Araluen” by John Flanagan — “King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped in the south tower of Castle Araluen and under near-constant attack from the Red Fox Clan. Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are holed up in an old hill fort, surrounded by the enemy. And Ranger’s apprentice Maddie is the only one who can save them all. With the help of Hal, Thorn, and the rest of the Heron brotherband, Maddie will have to break her father and his men out of the hill fort, but will they reach Castle Araluen in time?” — Publisher Annotation:

“Key Hunters: The Titanic Treasure” by Eric Luper — “Cleo and Evan have a secret. A collection of books so dangerous they are locked up tight. And only they can find the keys to release the magic inside!A FORTUNE LOST AT SEA!When Cleo and Evan set sail on the Titanic, time is not on their side! The famous ocean liner is destined to hit an iceberg. If they can stop a thief from stealing a priceless jeweled book — and find their next key — they might avoid sinking with the ship in this historic disaster!” — Amazon.com

“Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever” by Ann M. Martin with Annie Parnell — “Betty MacDonald’s beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle always had one-of-a-kind ways to remedy children of their annoying or impolite habits. Now, nearly 70 years later, her singular magic can enchant a new generation, thanks to this delightful contemporary follow-up from Martin (Rain Reign), writing with MacDonald’s great-granddaughter, Parnell.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stella Diaz has Something to Say” by Angela Dominguez — “Stella Díaz Has Something to Say is delightfully rich, both humorous and sensitive at the same time. This is the story of a curious girl who longs to fit in, but also feels the need to be herself, learning how to speak up in two languages.” ―Margarita Engle, Young People’s Poet Laureate

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids” by Delanie Holton-Fessier — “Classic and innovative hands-on projects for kids ages 3 and up designed to teach both heritage skills and how to think creatively.” — Amazon.com

Old Enough to Save the Planet” by Loll Kirby — ” The world is facing a climate crisis like we’ve never seen before. And kids around the world are stepping up to raise awareness and try to save the planet. As people saw in the youth climate strike in September 2019, kids will not stay silent about this subject—they’re going to make a change. Meet 12 young activists from around the world who are speaking out and taking action against climate change. Learn about the work they do and the challenges they face, and discover how the future of our planet starts with each and every one of us. ” — Publisher Annotation

YOUNG ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee” adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham — “The economic and racial disparities, the blinders that “civilized” society stubbornly clings to, the realization that justice for all can never exist without equality for all—these are vividly portrayed not only via Lee’s words but also by Fordham’s art, making this graphic adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird a worthy partner to the original, providing a clarion call for civility, equality, and justice for all.” — New York Journal of Books

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NEW ARRIVALS – FEBRUARY 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Inland” by Tea Obrecht — “With Inland, Obreht makes a renewed case for the sustained, international appeal of the American West, based on a set of myths that have been continually shaped and refracted through outside lenses. . . . Discovering the particular genre conventions that Obreht has chosen to transfigure or to uphold soon becomes central to the novel’s propulsive appeal.”The New Yorker

“The Book of Lost Names” by Kristen Harmel — “Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale” (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemaker’s Wife.

“The Four Winds” by Kristen Hannah — “Hannah brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice…combines gritty realism with emotionally rich characters and lyrical prose that rings brightly and true from the first line”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Mountains Sing” by Nguyen Phan Que Mai — “A luminous, complex family narrative . . . The Mountains Sing affirms the individual’s right to think, read, and act according to a code of intuitive civility, borne out of Vietnam’s fertile and compassionate cultural heritage.” —NPR

“The Russian” by James Patterson & James Born (Large Print) — “Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces his presence in the city with a string of grisly murders. Each victim is a young woman. And each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome….Bennett promises Mary Catherine that the case won’t affect their upcoming wedding. But as Bennett prepares to make a lifetime commitment, the killer has a lethal vow of his own to fulfill.” — Amazon.com

“The Once and Future Witches” by Alex E. Harrow — “This novel cleverly connects the dots between the suffragist movement of the past to the Me Too movement of today. Compelling, exhilarating, and magical, The Once and Future Witches is a must-read.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Warm Montana Home” by Cynthia Bruner (Large Print) — “All Poppy Marsh wants is to find a safe place to heal from the pain of a broken relationship and to finish the degree she’s worked so hard to earn. After Colton Gunnerson’s search for rodeo fame crashes to the ground, saving his family ranch is the only future he has left. Colton has an old Montana homestead for rent, and Poppy needs a place to stay. As they become entangled in a web of family ties and the dark secrets from the past, they need faith to change the course of their lives and to show them the love and hope neither thought they would find. The Moose Hollow series tells the story of broken people and second chances, and love stories filled with love, humor, romance and redemption.” — Amazon.com

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life” by Jonathan Alter — “In unfolding his carefully researched narrative, Alter portrays Carter as far more successful in his labors as chief executive than is generally acknowledged. A balanced and complete portrait.” Booklist

“The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel — “Thought-provoking and enduring . . . Will leave readers thinking deeply about modern society, the search for meaning, and the impact of solitude. Finkel is a skilled storyteller.” Portland Press Herald (Maine)

ADULT NON-FICTION

“A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” by Timothy Egan — “A glorious, laugh-out-loud, wipe-away-tears, blister-riddled, often rain-soaked, sometimes bone-chilled, desolate and desperate, quietly triumphant walk through church history—every last footfall in search of an elusive modern-day spiritual certitude…Egan aimed high, and he reached it.”The Chicago Tribune

“All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West” by David Gessner — “A spirited, ecologically minded travelogue…. [Gessner] writers with a vividness that brings the serious ecological issues and the beauty of the land…to sharp relief…urgent and engrossing.”― Publishers Weekly, Starred review

“Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World” by Simon Winchester — “The latest sweeping, satisfying popular history from the British American author and journalist, this time covering a topic that many of us take for granted…Engaging revelations about land and property, often discouraging but never dull. — Kirkus Reviews

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives” by Lori Gottlieb — “Provocative and entertaining . . . Gottlieb gives us more than a voyeuristic look at other people’s problems (including her own). She shows us the value of therapy.” —Washington Post

“The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the English” by Sarah Lyall — “Why do the English keep aplologizing? Why are they so unenthusiastic about enthusiasm? Why does rain surprise them? When are they being ironic, and how can you tell? Even after eighteen years in London, New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall remained perplexed and intrigued by its curious inhabitants and their curious customs. She’s since returned to the United States, but this distillation of incisive-and irreverent-insights, now updated with a new preface, is just as illuminating today. And perhaps even more so, in the wake of Brexit and the attendant national identity crisis. While there may be no easy answer to the question of how, exactly, to understand the English, The Anglo Files-part anthropological field study, part memoir-helps point the way.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Complete One Pot Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen — “The only one-pot cookbook you’ll ever need!” — Amazon.com

“The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen — “A one-stop collection for anyone seeking to put plants front and center in their diet, with hundreds of foolproof, uncomplicated recipes appealing to vegans, the veg-curious, and everyone in between.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“Tiny Love Stories” by Daniel Jones & Miya Lee — “Jones and Lee, editor and submission reader, respectively, for the New York Times Modern Love column, assemble a charming assortment of brief tales of love from the popular column. Each of the 175 selections distill a story of love into fewer than 100 words. While romantic love predominates, there are stories of love between parents and children, siblings, and even for pets and places. . . . This is a moving testament to the diversity and depths of love.” —Publishers Weekly

“Toaster Oven Perfection” by America’s Test Kitchen — “Take your toaster oven from sidekick to superhero with 100+ streamlined recipes that save time and energy and make your cooking life easier.” — Amazon.com

“Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory” by Claudio Saunt — “Unworthy Republic offers a much-needed corrective to the American canon, showing how a heavy-handed president, a deadlocked Congress, and a lust for profit combined to construct a shameful national legacy.… A riveting story that invites us all to reflect on how we got where we are today.” ― Elizabeth Fenn, Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World

KIT

Calculator Kit
Chess Kit
Magnatiles Kit
Small Snowshoes
Large Snowshoes
Woodland Story Box

PICTURE BOOK

“All Families are Special” by Norma Simon
“And the People Stayed Home” by Kitty O’Meara
“One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey” by Henry Cole
“The Curious Fish” by Elsa Beskow
“The Story of the Snow Children” by Sibylle von Olfers
“Winter is Here” by Kevin Henkes

JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK

” A Young People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn — “Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.” — Amazon.com

JUVENILE FICTION

“My Life as Youtuber” by Janet Tashjian — “Jake–with friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto–is thrilled to be taking an after-school video class taught by a YouTube sensation (and “that doesn’t require ANY reading”). Jake secretly features a monkey his family is fostering in his video and learns a hard lesson when Frank is removed from their home. As usual, cartoon marginalia illustrate Jake’s vocabulary-learning in this fast-moving, timely seventh story.” — THE HORN BOOK, c2019.

“Ways to Make Sunshine” by Renee Watson — “Adroitly captures the uncertainty of growing up amid change through the eyes of an irrepressible black girl.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“Maker Comics: Fix a Car!” by Chris Schweizer — “Offering challenging but realistically doable projects and specific explanations of background chemical and physical principles, these engaging guides will leave no wrench or spatula safe from middle and high school students (not to mention more intrepid grade schoolers).” ―School Library Journal

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Builders” by Reina Olliver & Karen Claes — “Beautifully illustrated and informative, an interesting collection of animals. Children interested in learning about different types will enjoy the detailed illustrations and descriptive texts about these unique creatures.” — Bibliotheek Kortrijk

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“The Positivity Workbook for Teens; Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Reslilience, & Growth Mindset” by Gaoli Saed Bocci & Ryan M. Niemiec

“(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health” edited by Kelly Jensen — “Lively, compelling . . . the raw, informal approach to the subject matter will highly appeal to young people who crave understanding and validation . . . This highly readable and vital collection demonstrates the multiplicity of ways that mental health impacts individuals.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Full List of New Arrivals

NEW ARRIVALS – JANUARY 2021

ADULT FICTION
“Anxious People” by Frederik Backman — “[A] tight-knit, surprise-filled narrative… the brisk, absorbing action prompts meditation on marriage, parenting, responsibility, and global economic pressures. Comedy, drama, mystery, and social study, this novel is undefinable except for the sheer reading pleasure it delivers. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review) 

“Bridgerton: The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn — “Smart, funny.” — Time magazine

“Deacon King Kong” by James McBride — “A mystery story, a crime novel, an urban farce, a sociological portrait of late-1960s Brooklyn: McBride’s novel contains multitudes… He conducts his antic symphony with deep feeling, never losing sight of the suffering and inequity within the merriment.” The New York Times, Top 10 Books of 2020

“Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar — “[A] moving and confrontational novel . . .  Homeland Elegies deals in ambiguities that were beyond the pale of public discourse in the years after 9/11. . . . He has an unerring sense for the sore spots, the bitter truths that have emerged from this history.”―Hari Kunzru, New York Times Book Review

“Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton — “A plucky hero, a boisterous tale, startling prose and eerie events combine for a thoroughly enjoyable account of the end of the world as we know it. The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead.”―Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner Award-winningauthor of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

“Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu — “Inspired . . . [an] inventive drama about an Asian actor who dreams of becoming a star. . . . In spare but moving prose, [Yu] describes life among Asian Americans living as so-called foreigners [and] examines the history of bigotry against immigrants in the West for centuries. . . . An acid indictment of Asian stereotypes and a parable for outcasts feeling invisible in this fast-moving world.” Kirkus Reviews

“Perestroika in Paris” by Jame Smiley — ““Wholesomely timeless, full of good intentions and happy endings that feel far removed from the problems of the moment.” Wall Street Journal

“Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister — “Told in a lyrical, haunting prose, the story provides fascinating information about the ways in which different fragrances can impact human behavior and the struggles of finding one’s own identity. An artfully crafted coming-of-age story that will take the reader on an exquisite olfactory adventure. ” – Kirkus

“The Evening and Morning” by Ken Follett — “[An] absorbing and lengthy saga of life in a chaotic and unstable England on the cusp of the Middle Ages . . . Fans of Follett’s ever-popular Kingsbridge series . . . will flock to this . . . while intrigued newcomers can start here.” Booklist

“The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child – Large Print — “It’s terrific. . . . The story is just as powerful. . . . Brutal action mixes with keen-eyed detective work as Reacher metes out his own brand of justice. . . . If this novel is a harbinger of what’s to come, then Jack is in good hands.”Booklist (starred review)

“Ten Rules for Faking It” by Sophie Sullivan — “After Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex), people are lining up to date her, and her interest in her boss might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance.” —Publisher Annotation

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab — “Schwab beautifully explores what it means to be alone for so long that it’s jarring and terrifying once you are finally seen…Addie is an independent and fascinating character who manages to make her mark in spite of the odds.”―USA Today

“The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly — “Superlative… A supremely intelligent, well-paced courtroom thriller by a modern master.” ―Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

The Night Portrait” by Laura Morelli — “The Night Portrait is a compelling page turner at the same time as it is a mesmerizing meditation on legacy, guilt and complicity, the horrors of war, and most of all, the singular power of art. This well-researched and vivid novel is sure to thrill history buffs and art lovers alike.”   — Alyssa Palombo, author of The Borgia Confessions

“The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon — “Shannon satisfyingly fills this massive standalone epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel through dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood, love, and rhetoric.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Vol 1” edited by Jonathan Strahan —
“Exploring critical issues impacting humankind—from climate change to racism to mass shootings—this timely and thematically profound anthology of the year’s best short-form science fiction is filled with thought-provoking gems.” ― Kirkus Reviews

“To Be a Man: Stories” by Nicole Krauss — “… an astounding collection of ten globetrotting stories, each one a powerful dissection of the thorny connections between men and women…Each story is masterfully crafted and deeply contemplative, barreling toward a shimmering, inevitable conclusion, proving once again that Krauss is one of our most formidable talents in fiction.”   — Esquire

“Writers and Lovers” by Lily King — “Wonderful, witty, heartfelt… Writers & Lovers is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, it’s dangerously romantic, bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness” ―Washington Post

ADULT MYSTERY

“How to Raise an Elephant” by Alexander McCall Smith — “In a time of pandemic, there could be few more rewarding and soothing tales to read than How to Raise an Elephant.” —New York Journal of Books

ADULT BIOGRAPHY
“Solutions and Other Problems” by Allie Bosh — “Brosh’s storytelling is so distinctive and compelling it’s like suddenly running in to a friend you feared was lost forever . . . [She] reliably channels the simplicity of a child or the innocence of an animal and tells raucous, heartbreaking stories that reflect the hidden parts of us all . . . For Brosh’s millions of fans, this is well worth the wait.” Kirkus Reviews

“The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X” by Les Payne — “Malcolm’s presence is beautifully rendered…Nobody has written a more poetic account…Payne also shows how enthralling it was to watch Malcolm improvise and argue. In this scene and others, we are exposed to Malcolm’s teachings within the rhythm of Payne’s masterly storytelling.” ― Michael P. Jeffries, New York Times Book Review

“The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad” by Mike Birbiglia — “Fusing good humor and raw honesty with selections from Stein’s evocative poetry, Birbiglia narrates his journey into parenting…Hilarious, relatable, cringeworthy, and effortlessly entertaining.”―Kirkus (starred review)

ADULT NON-FICTION
“Barely Functional Adult” by Meichi Ng — “Burgeoning adult Meichi Ng puts the fun in Barely Functional through this collection of personal, comical and deeply relatable stories. A must-read for anyone grappling with adulthood (and African dwarf frogs).” — Worry Lines

“Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in A Tibetan Town” by Barbara Demick — “Outstanding . . . A book not only about modern Tibet but one that helps explain the current, poisonous moment in China.”Financial Times

“Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures” by Merlin Sheldrake — “A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi, “one of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you” Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk

“How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America” by Heather Cox Richardson — “In a tour de force, Richardson exposes the philosophical connective tissue that runs from John C. Calhoun, to Barry Goldwater, to Donald Trump. It’s not party, it’s a complex ideology that has swaddled white supremacy and its political, legal, economic, and physical violence in the language of freedom and rugged individualism, and, in doing so, repeatedly slashed a series of self-inflicted wounds on American democracy.” — Carol Anderson, Emory University, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy

“Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis” by Jeffrey H. Jackson — “A captivating tale of queer love and resistance during World War II . . . Jackson’s research is impeccable and his writing is lively . . . Paper Bullets is a gem of a historical text about two women who stood up to power defiantly, living on their own terms.”—Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“The Anxiety First Aid Kit: Quick Tools for Extreme, Uncertain Times” by Rick Hanson and others — “Ideal for these unsettling times; highly recommended for general readers.” Library Journal (starred review)

VERMONT NON-FICTION

“Vermont Poets and Their Craft” edited by Neil Shephard and Tamra J. Higgins — “The anthology Vermont Poets and Their Craft is a deep well of both information and art that offers thought-provoking essays on poetic craft and a unique selection of poetry.” — Amazon.com

“Here” by Sydney Lea — “Sydney Lea has always been a poet equally eloquent and wide-eyed before reality. This self-aware book of experience, stock-taking, and memory finds him just now, just here, a person still hopeful in the face of it all, a poet at the height of his powers.” —Jane Hirshfield

“It Happened in Vermont: From the First Revolutionary War Martyr to Marriage Equality” by Mark Bushnell — “From a cross-border Confederate attack to the underdressed men from Maple Corner, It Happened in Vermont looks at intriguing people and episodes from the history of the Green Mountain State.” — Amazon.com

BLUE/DVD

“Booksmart”
“Fatima”
“Greenbook”
“Classical Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Schitt$ Creek: The Complete Collection”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“Tenet”
“The Lighthouse”

BOARD BOOK

“The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can’t Sleep Blues” by Deborah Diesen

KIT

Animal Tracks & Signs
Mitten Story Box
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kit

PICTURE BOOK
“Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi
“At the Mountain’s Base” by Traci Sorell
“Attack of the Underwear” by Scott Rothman
“Bob Books: Set 1 Beginning Readers” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
“Bob Books: Set 2 Advancing Beginners” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
“Bob Books: Set 3 Word Families” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
“Bunheads” by Misty Copeland
“Cozy” by Jan Brett
“Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots” by Michael Rex
“Fishing with Grandma” by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
“Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera” by Candace Fleming
“I Promise” by Lebron James
“I Talk Like a River” by Jordan Scott
“I Want to Ride the Tap Tap” by Danielle Joseph
“My Shoes and I: Crossing Three Borders” by Rene Colato Lainez
“One Boy’s Choice” by Sueli Menezes
“Our Little Kitchen” by Jillian Tamaki
“Papa Brings Me the World” by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
“Saving Eli’s Library” by Roth Horowitz
“Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light” by Apryl Stott
“Starcrossed” by Julia Denos
“Sticks and Stones” by Patricia Polacco
“Sugar in Milk” by Thrity Umrigar
“The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story” by Tina Cho
“The Snow Dancer” by Addie Boswell
“While You’re Away” by Thordoris Papaioannou
“Your Name is a Song” by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

JUVENILE DVD

“Dolittle”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One and Part Two”
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
“Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
“Mulan”
“Pippi Longstocking”
“The Call of the Wild”


JUVENILE FICTION
“A Wish in the Dark” by Christina Soontornvat — “Alternating between Pong’s and Nok’s stories, Soontornvat tells a satisfyingly intricate tale of escape and chase while raising questions about institutionalized injustices of privilege and want. Her Thai-inspired world is fully engaging, but perhaps most winning is the innocence, hope, and humor she conveys in the context of the struggle for social justice and with respect to the children’s growth.” —The Horn Book

“Brother’s Keeper” by Julie Lee — “A moving, suspenseful refugee story . . . the book is at heart a poignant exploration of a girl’s struggle against traditional female roles and her determination to succeed on her own terms.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Dark and Deepest Red” by Anna-Marie McLemore — “McLemore weaves another magic spell…The author spins a tale of first love, misfits forging their own places in the world, and the inherent prejudices of people who fear what they don’t understand. This novel will leave an indelible mark on readers’ hearts.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Elatsoe” by Darcie Little Badger — “Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day. Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.” — Publisher Annotation

“Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull — “When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming. Soon, it’s up to Kendra to save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps, the world, if she can find the courage to do what she fears most.” — BRODART CO., c2008.

“Fighting Words” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley — “Della’s matter-of-fact narration manages to be as funny and charming as it is devastatingly sad. . . . This is a novel about trauma and the scars it leaves on bodies, minds and hearts. But more than that, it’s a book about resilience, strength and healing.”New York Times Book Review

“Hunger” by Donna Jo Napoli — “Through the eyes of twelve-year-old Lorraine this “moving personal story” from the award-winning author of Hidden and Hush gives insight and understanding into a little known part of history—the Irish potato famine.” — Booklist, starred review

“Like the Willow Tree (Dear America)” by Lois Lowry — “The heartfelt and moving story of a young girl living through the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918… Suddenly, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her older brother, Daniel, find themselves orphans of the flu, and are taken by their grieving uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake.
Lydia must work hard, and all the while she worries about her headstrong brother, who has run away. … yet she cannot stop wondering, will Daniel ever return? ” — Publisher’s Annotation

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl — “From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes the story of girl with extraordinary abilities. Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it! “Matilda will surely go straight to children’s hearts.” The New York Times Book Review

“Skunk and Badger” by Amy Timberlake — “Gloriously complemented by Jon Klassen’s meticulous illustrations, Skunk and Badger has the feel of a bygone era while telling a completely modern (and delightful) story of how hard change can be, and how worth it change is.” —NPR

“Stella Diaz Never Gives Up” by Angela Dominguez — ““Readers should easily relate to Stella, her struggle to use her voice, and the way she feels caught between worlds at school and at home.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Silver Arrow” by Lev Grossman — “Both cozy and inspiring, this eco-fable conveys both grim truths and a defiant call to action.”―Kirkus, starred review

“The Summer We Found the Baby” by Amy Hest — “It’s a simple premise: A baby found alone in a basket. Yet the complicated layering of events makes for a truly engaging and heartwarming story of steadfastness and solidarity. Young readers will be drawn in by the mystery, stay for the characters, and sigh contentedly when the story draws to a close.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“The Twits” by Roald Dahl — “Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.” — Amazon.com

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“Cat Kid Comic Club” by Dav Pilkey — “Irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny and… downright moving, it’s a heartfelt celebration of coming into one’s own as an artist, with all its frustrations and joys.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Day Pilkey — “Li’l Petey gets caught in some family drama in the eighth Dog Man book from worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey. Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey’s reevaluated what matters most, Li’l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever — Li’l Petey (and the world) is counting on them! Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good.” — ONIX Annotations

“Dog Man: For Whom the Bell Rolls” by Dav Pilkey — “High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Dog Man: Grime and Punishment” by Dav Pilkey — “High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Guts” by Raina Telgemeir — “A compassionate and accessible look at one girl’s struggles with anxiety.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“History of the World in Comics” by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu — “The comic-panel illustrations are relatively uncluttered and easy to follow. Because humans are such a recent presence (evolutionarily speaking), most of the book’s discussion focuses on events from 4.6 billion to twelve thousand years ago–giving readers a good sense of the scale of time (a ‘geologic time scale’ is helpful).”—The Horn Book

“Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of)” by Kathleen Gros — “This gentle, warm graphic novel adaptation will remind readers why the March family is long beloved.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lightfall: Book 1, The Girl & the Galdurian” by Tim Probert — “Probert’s debut graphic novel is both inventive and familiar, with unique characters in a fresh fantasy world embarking on a classic quest.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Blades of Freedom” by Nathan Hale — “The Louisiana Purchase (1803) is today seen as one of history’s greatest bargains. But why did Napoleon Bonaparte sell this seemingly prosperous territory? At the time, France controlled Haiti, and there, enslaved Africans were used to harvest sugar. But in 1791, Toussaint Louverture led the largest uprising of enslaved people in human history, the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804). Napoleon had originally wanted to use Louisiana for trade, but with Haiti out of his control, Napoleon’s dream of making a French empire in North America seemed doomed. So when Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe tried to buy New Orleans, Napoleon sold them the whole Louisiana Territory.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“New Kid” by Jerry Craft — “This engaging story offers an authentic secondary cast and captures the high jinks of middle schoolers and the tensions that come with being a person of color in a traditionally white space.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Pea, Bee & Joy: Wannabees” by Brian “Smitty” Smith — “Who knew being queen could sting so much? All Bee really wants to do is play with her two best friends, Pea and Jay. But when she’s replaced by Lenny—an ambitious bee hungry for power—as queen of her hive, the friends set out to prove Lenny isn’t exactly who he seems to be. Can Bee, with the help of her friends, regain her crown and throne, or has the Reign of Lenny officially begun?” — Publisher Annotation

“The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Bruce Lee Story” by Jim Di Bartolo — “Reminiscent of Lee’s kung fu movies, Di Bartolo’s bold artwork portrays dramatic fight sequences and expressive characters. Recurring images of a dragon that helps Lee focus are a refrain, and add an epic, otherwordly quality.” — School Library Journal

“The Witches” by Roald Dahl — “This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories – but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!” — Publisher Annotation

“Witches of Brooklyn” by Sophie Escabasse — “A warm story of found family and healing that stands on its own while setting the stage for further adventures.” —Publisher’s Weekly

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“A Crowded Farmhouse Folktale” by Karen Rostoker-Gruber — “Fed up with his overcrowded home, Farmer Earl asks the advice of the town’s wise woman, who counsels him to bring his ducks, horses, goats and other barnyard animals indoors, in a modern folktale by the award-winning author of Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match.” — Atlas Publishing

“All Thirteen; The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team” by Christina Soontornvat — “Soontornvat’s narrative nonfiction account shares these events and those that led to the rescue along with intricate details about caverns, sump diving, and other scientific details that emphasize the harrowing conditions of the rescue. She also touches on Thai culture, immigration issues, Buddhism, and religion…This stellar nonfiction work reads like a heart-pounding adventure story. Every library should have a copy.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Becoming a Good Creature” by Sy Montgomery — “A thoughtful, gentle work that highlights the connection between animals and humans. This tender picture book will inspire reflection.”—School Library Journal, STARRED review

“Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals” by Katy S. Duffield — “A non-fiction exploration of animal crossings built by animal lovers around the world to help animals cross over, under and around, and through human construction” — Baker and Taylor

“History Smashers: The Mayflower” by Kate Messner — “Kate Messner serves up fun, fast history for kids who want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Absolutely smashing!” —Candace Fleming, award-winning author

“Mammoth Science” by David Macaulay — “A unique and amusing encyclopedia of general scientific topics from master draftsman Macaulay…”The Horn Book

“Mi’kmaq Campfire Stories of Prince Edward Island” by Julie Pellissier-Lush –“The Mi’kmaq people have been here since the ice began to melt over this great land. They learned the medicines in nature to keep them healthy and they hunted the animals of the land and fished the waters of the sea. During the summer months they would gather in large community groups to celebrate, dance and sing. When the cold winds started to blow, they would go off in their own little family units to survive the winter. It was a hard life and it was always a struggle to make it through the long cold winters. One thing is certain, at night, by the campfire under the stars those families would tell stories, stories about who they were, where they came from, and all the lessons they needed to learn about life. Those stories passed on traditions, songs, language and the culture of the Mi’kmaq people. Here we present to you just a couple of those stories that were passed down from generation to generation. Hear them, learn from them, experience them, but most of all enjoy them!” — Amazon.com

“No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History” by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila Dawson & Jeannette Bradley — “Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a transgirl, on playing soccer with the girls’ team. From Viridiana Sanchez Santos’s quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant policy to Zach Wahls’s moving declaration that his two moms and he were a family like any other, No Voice Too Small celebrates the young people who know how to be the change they seek. Fourteen poems honor these young activists. Featuring poems by Lesléa Newman, Traci Sorell, and Nikki Grimes. Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist’s life and how readers can get involved.” — Random House, Inc.

“On the Horizon: World War II Reflections” by Lois Lowry — “This series of beautiful, moving, and sometimes horrifying poems gives a voice to the young men on the USS Arizona and offers an equally moving tribute to the survivors of Hiroshima….touching.”—School Library Journal

“Sometimes People March” by Tessa Allen — “A warm, inviting introduction to protests and demonstrations, nicely pitched to the youngest of readers and ideal for starting conversations about current events.”– Booklist (starred review)

“The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kids” by Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco — “A thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 weird-but-true places on earth.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless” by Charlotte Markey — “..? Body image expert and psychology professor Dr. Charlotte Markey helps girls aged 9-15 to understand, accept, and appreciate their bodies. She provides all the facts on puberty, mental health, self-care, why diets are bad news, dealing with social media, and everything in-between. Girls will find answers to questions they always wanted to ask, the truth behind many body image myths, and real-life stories from girls who share their own experiences. …Dr. Markey teaches girls how to nurture both mental and physical heath to improve their own body image, shows the positive impact they can have on others, and enables them to go out into the world feeling fearless!”–Baker & Taylor

“The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs” by America’s Test Kitchen –“The inviting, encouraging tone, which never talks down to the audience; emphasis on introducing and reinforcing basic skills; and approachable, simplified recipes make this a notable standout among cookbooks for kids.” – Booklist, starred review

“Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies” by Caitlin Doughty — “Doughty’s answers are as… distinctive as the questions. She blends humor with respect for the dead.… Her investigations of ritual, custom, law and science are thorough, and she doesn’t shy from naming the parts of Grandma’s body that might leak after she is gone.” — Julia Kastner ― Shelf Awareness

YOUNG ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Apple: Skin to the Core” by Eric Gansworth — “Gansworth, a tribally enrolled Onodaga living among the Tuscarora, offers a memoir in verse and lyric prose. Playing off the derogatory term apple (red on the outside; white on the inside), often used in Native communities, he explores the realities of growing up on the rez, being subjected to racism and poverty, and learning to navigate the white world. In ambitious thematic sections …. poems recount his grandparents’ experiences in residential schools; his lifelong love of the Beatles and superhero comics; family influences, including his largely absent father; and his strong sense of Indigenous identity that survives despite leaving the rez. Several poems parallel Beatles’ lyrics (“Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun”); some push back against stereotypes (“If you excel, you will be ‘remarkable for being an Indian'”); and still others point to the dangers of “browsing with too much melanin.” Gansworth’s art, a mix of gouache paintings, photographs, and collages (reproduced in black and white), is interspersed throughout, adding interest and detail. With language rich in metaphor, this is a timely and important work that begs for multiple readings.” — Kay Weisman. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2020.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“Dear Justyce” by Nic Stone — “Teens can relate to the feelings of alienation, loneliness, and confusion that lead Quan to make many of the choices that he does, even as the book explores the various ways our current justice system disenfranchises young people of color.” The Horn Book

“Light It Up” by Kekla Magoon — “The masterful interweaving of stories provides a simultaneously intimate and bird’s-eye view of a nation that preaches ‘justice for all’ but has yet to fully grant it.”The Horn Book, starred review

“A Phoenix First Must Burn” edited by Patrice Caldwell — “Lovers of Octavia Butler will find her spirit in this smoldering anthology . . . These stories [explore] the beauty, bravery, fear, history, and empowerment of being black. Fiercely fantastical and achingly honest, this book delivers a more inclusive means of self-discovery.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sanctuary” by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher — “In their portrayal of Vali’s family’s quest for safety, the authors beautifully mirror the treacherous, painful, and terrifying treks involving natural and human threats that migrants to the U.S. undertake as they traverse continents and oceans…Wrenching and unmissable.” —Kirkus, starred review

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL

“Hey, Kiddo” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka — “A candid, emotional graphic memoir about life with a heroin-addicted mother and rough but loving grandparents.” — New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice