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Full List of New Arrivals

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

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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

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“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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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)

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The Four Winds by Kristin 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)

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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

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The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

“The Things We Cannot Say” by Kelly Rimmer — “Rimmer’s timely novel captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters and humanizes the difficult intersection of the opioid epidemic and the justice system.”– Publishers Weekly

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Honoring the Enemy by Robert Macomber

“Honoring the Enemy is the story of how American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba in 1898 and, against daunting odds, fought their way to victory. Capt. Peter Wake, USN, is a veteran of Office of Naval Intelligence operations inside Spanish-occupied Cuba, who describes with vivid detail his experiences as a naval liaison ashore with the Cuban and U.S. armies in the jungles, hospitals, headquarters, and battlefields in the 1898 campaign to capture Santiago de Cuba from the Spanish. His younger friend, and former superior, Theodore Roosevelt, is included in Wake’s story, as the two of them endure the hell of war in the tropics. Wake’s account of the military campaign ashore is a window into the woeful incompetence, impressive innovations, energy-sapping frustration, and breathtaking bravery that is always at the heart of combat. His description of the great naval battle, from the unique viewpoint of a prisoner onboard the most famous Spanish warship, is an emotional rendering of how the concept of honor can transform a hopeless cause into a noble gesture of humanity. … “

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Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

“A stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a young girl discovers stark truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life.” — Goodreads

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

“The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?” — Goodreads