September Book Haul!

It’s the start of another school year, and we’ve been busy putting some great new books on the shelves! Here are some notable titles you’ll find in the New Books section at CA Library:

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee — 1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for ‘the genteel Southern lady’. “Unflinching in its portrayals of racism yet ultimately hopeful and heartfelt, this narrative places voices frequently left out of historical fiction center stage” (School Library Journal starred review).

How It Feels To Float by Helena Fox — Sixteen-year-old Biz sees her father every day, though he died when she was seven. When he suddenly disappears, she tumbles into a disaster-land of grief and depression from which she must find her way back. “A masterful portrayal of mental illness that illuminates the complex interplay between emotional trauma and the mind’s subsequent recoil…and the writing is just beautiful” (Booklist starred review).

Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson — Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph’s music lie forgotten under his bed after he’s murdered, not when his rhymes could turn any Bed Stuy corner into a party. With the help of Steph’s younger sister Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: the Architect. “Thoroughly engrossing and as infectious as Steph’s lyrics: a testament to the unbreakable bonds of friendship and a love letter to Brooklyn and hip-hop in the late ’90s” (Kirkus starred review).

Let’s Call It A Doomsday by Katie Henry — Ellis Kimball, sixteen, whose anxiety disorder causes her to prepare for the imminent end of the world, meets Hannah, who claims to know when it will happen. “This is one of the few YA titles with a Mormon protagonist, and Ellis’s faith is portrayed as a complex and meaningful part of who she is. Humorous dialogue and richly developed supporting characters add to the appeal” (School Library Journal starred review).

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay — When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more. “Part coming-of-age story and part exposé of Duterte’s problematic policies, this powerful and courageous story offers readers a refreshingly emotional depiction of a young man of color with an earnest desire for the truth” (Kirkus starred review).

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura — CJ has never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop. Then her mom decides to sell the shop — to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for. “[Sugiura’s] masterly weaving of the personal, political and historical is one of the novel’s greatest strengths…tightly interlaced through CJ’s captivating, honest, often hilarious point of view” (New York Times book review).

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott — Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc’s life, this historical novel in verse explores timely issues such as gender, misogyny, and the peril of speaking truth to power. Before Joan of Arc became a saint, she was a girl inspired. “With stunning lyricism, these poems fashion an enlivened, gripping narrative that addresses themes of gender identity, class and vocation, and innocence and culpability, bringing fresh nuance to an oft-told story” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

We Are The Perfect Girl by A.E. Kaplan — In order to win over perfect Greg, beautiful Bethany goes on dates with him while bold Aphra coaches her on what to say, but their plan comes crashing down when Greg uncovers their scheme. “Kaplan’s story progresses rapidly and instantly hooks readers while holding interest from beginning to end, and the novel hits on relevant themes including self-esteem, body image, and leaving your comfort zone” (School Library Journal starred review).

We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett — Seventeen-year-olds Revna, the daughter of a traitor, and Linne, the daughter of a general, must use forbidden magic to fly planes in wartime despite their deep dislike of each other. “Undercurrents of religion, hypocrisy, betrayal, and honor roil beneath the alternating third-person perspectives; hints of possible romances and likely bigger battles to come seem to promise a sequel or two…a fierce and compelling breakout debut that should not be missed”(Kirkus starred review).

White Rose by Kip Wilson — The story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenges the Nazi regime during World War II as part of the White Rose, a non-violent resistance group. “Many pieces of this narrative — demonizing a population, standing silently as people are mistreated, fighting against harmful policies — are timely and relevant. The back matter includes information about key players, a glossary, a list of primary and secondary sources in both English and German, and a helpful author’s note giving more context to Sophie’s story” (School Library Journal starred review).

New Adult Books, Fiction Edition

It’s June 21st, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year! Here’s another look at some of the best adult books we’ve added to the library collection recently, this time highlighting fiction titles — perfect for summer reading!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel by Hank Green — In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green — cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow — spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she’s part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. “Led by an earnestly flawed, bisexual heroine with direction and commitment issues, coupled with an abundant generosity of spirit, this read is timely and sorely needed…highly recommended” (Library Journal starred review).

All The Beautiful Strangers: A Novel by Elizabeth Klehfoth — A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. “Fans of thrillers will have difficulty putting down this excellently plotted, gripping novel” (School Library Journal starred review).

The Ash Family: A Novel by Molly Dektar — Drawn by a mysterious stranger to a remote farming community that lives off the fertile mountain lands, a North Carolina teen is seduced by their high ideals before new friends begin to disappear. “Dektar’s powerful tale of the human desire for purpose and acceptance takes many twists and turns on a roller-coaster ride to the thrilling, unpredictable conclusion” (Library Journal).

Elevation by Stephen King — The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together. A timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. “King’s tender story is perfect for any fan of small towns, magic, and the joys and challenges of doing the right thing” (Publishers Weekly).

The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood, art and adapted by Renée Nault — With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before. “A must-read; fans of Atwood, graphic novels, and the TV show adaptation will be particularly invested” (School Library Journal starred review).

Home After Dark: A Novel by David Small — Small’s long-awaited graphic novel is a savage portrayal of male adolescence gone awry like no other work of recent fiction or film. Thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, abandoned by his mother, follows his father to dilapidated 1950s Marshfield, California where he is forced to fend for himself against a ring of malicious bullies. “The illustrations, limited to pen, ink, and washes done in a simple, loosely sketched style, convey the nuanced range of emotion of all things left unsaid. Spare and powerful, this is not to be missed” (Booklist starred review).

Horse: A Novel by Talley English — When Teagan’s father abruptly abandons his family and his farm, Teagan finds herself wading through the wreckage of what was once an idyllic life, searching for something — or someone — to hold on to. What she finds is Ian, short for Obsidian: the magnificent but dangerously headstrong horse her father left behind. “A shining debut for coming-of-age collections focusing on promising young authors. Recommended for serious readers and animal lovers alike” (School Library Journal starred review).

Inspection: A Novel by Josh Malerman — Boys are being trained at one school for geniuses, girls at another. Neither knows the other exists–until now. The New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box invites you into a world of secrets and chills in a coming-of-age story like no other. “Inspection feels effortless; the story flows easily and at a compelling pace: think Shirley Jackson writing Lord of the Flies…for fans of Margaret Atwood or Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro” (Booklist starred review).

The King’s Witch: A Novel by Tracy Borman — In 1603 England, Frances has learned to use flowers and herbs to become a healer, but the King’s court sees witchcraft punishable by death. Forcibly brought to the castle to help nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth, Francis is surrounded by danger with a dark campaign gathering to destroy Parliament. “A captivating work that brims with action and romance. For historical fiction fans” (School Library Journal starred review).

My Brother’s Husband, Volumes 1 and 2 by Gengoroh Tagame, translated from the Japanese by Anne Ishii — The story of Yaichi, his daughter Kana, and how their meeting Mike Flanagan — Yaichi’s brother-in-law — changes their lives and their perceptions of acceptance of homosexuality in their contemporary Japanese culture. “Readers will want tissues in hand for the final, bittersweet pages of this remarkable [graphic novel] series” (Kirkus starred review).

She Lies In Wait: A Novel by Gytha Lodge — One night during the scorching summer of 1983, a group of teenagers go camping in the forest. In the morning, the youngest in the group, Aurora, has disappeared. An exhaustive investigation is launched but no trace of the teenager is found. Thirty years later Aurora’s body is unearthed and Jonah Sheens is the detective put in charge of solving the long-cold case. “Despite the small list of suspects, the mystery intrigues and twists, offering enough red herrings and moments of police procedural to please fans of the genre” (Kirkus starred review).

A Spark of Light: A Novel by Jodi Picoult — The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center, a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought several very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. “Picoult explores both sides of the abortion debate in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale, which acknowledges that there are no easy answers” (Booklist starred review).

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik — A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. “Recommended for teens who love fairy tales and readers who appreciate complex, character-driven narratives that build slowly to a satisfying conclusion” (School Library Journal starred review).

Tell The Machine Goodnight: A Novel by Katie Williams — Pearl’s job is to make people happy. As a technician for the Apricity Corporation, with its patented happiness machine, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater contentment. She’s good at her job, her office manager tells her, successful. But how does one measure an emotion? “With its clever, compelling vision of the future, deeply human characters, and delightfully unpredictable story, this novel is itself a recipe for contentment” (Kirkus starred review).



New Adult Books, Nonfiction Edition

As we prepare to shut down the library for summer, we want to remind everyone that most of the collection is available for summer loans! Here are some of the latest nonfiction titles we’ve added recently…

1,000 Books To Read: A Life-Changing List Before You Die by James Mustich — Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend. “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).

The American Revolution: A World War, edited by David K. Allison and Larrie D. Ferreiro — An illustrated collection of essays that explores the international dimensions of the American Revolution and its legacies in both America and around the world. “A fresh look at the Revolutionary War from an international perspective…a fine corrective to the traditional David-vs-Goliath account of our War of Independence, and a thoroughly entertaining read” (Kirkus starred review).

Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum by Jennifer O’Toole — At the age of thirty-five, O’Toole was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, she exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. “This insightful, candid book, filled with memories from own her life and the stories of others, will be a lifesaver for anyone facing similar challenges and those close to them” (Booklist starred review).

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt — Unblinking about the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few “bad apples,” but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. “Compelling and provocative, this is a game-changing book about how unconscious racial bias impacts our society and what each of us can do about it” (Kirkus starred review).

Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin — As a child in Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. But when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. As life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee. “A harrowing success story of escaping terrorism, overcoming government bureaucracy, and experiencing pure luck, this insightful debut yields an inside look at a largely forgotten conflict that continues to rage” (Library Journal starred review).

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed The Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose — Rose draws on recently declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three remarkable women recruited to spy for England during World War II. “Rose smoothly integrates developing events with biographical details and glimpses into French wartime society, creating a digestible and easy-to-follow story” (Booklist starred review).

Geek Girls Don’t Cry: Real-Life Lessons From Fictional Female Characters by Andrea Towers — Using examples from both real life and pop culture, entertainment writer Andrea Towers provides powerful tips on how women can overcome obstacles. “Even readers unfamiliar with one of the characters can still personalize and engage with Towers’ interpretation of her story…an enjoyable read for anyone interested in pop culture” (Booklist starred review).

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis — Lifestyle author Hollis urges women to stop feeling self-conscious about their ambitions and to start pursuing their dreams with confidence. “Hollis’s writing is beautifully blunt, and she humbly thanks her fans for her success. Her actionable ideas and captivating voice will encourage women to believe in themselves” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich — Rich tells the human story of climate change in rich, intimate terms, revealing in previously unreported detail the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil fuel industry’s coordinated effort to thwart climate policy through misinformation propaganda and political influence. “By taking readers into the meetings and among the players, Rich shines a necessary light on the predominant issue of our time. Losing Earth is eloquent, devastating, and crucial” (Booklist starred review).

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen — An account of the teenage survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders, inspiring millions of America to join their grassroots #neveragain movement. “Chronicling how the mostly middle- or upper-class Parkland students eventually expanded their crusade to address other issues related to guns, Cullen memorably captures many of the interests they share with often stereotyped inner-city teenagers from violent neighborhoods” (Kirkus starred review).

Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia — A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above. “Always thoughtful, Tobia writes extremely well, with insight, lucidity, occasional anger, and, when things get too serious, wit. The result is, hands down, one of the best trans narratives available; it deserves a place in every library” (Booklist starred review).