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New Books This Week (January 22nd, 2018)

More snow, more cold, more new books! Swing by the library to check out our latest arrivals, or just read on to get a glimpse of what’s on offer. Remember to click on the titles to see each book in the catalog, and if one catches your eye, you can place it on hold for yourself. That way, it’ll be here with your name on it when you come in.

 

Fiction

Fireworks, by Katie Cotugno.Fireworks, by Katie Cotugno.
Balzer + Bray, 2017.

“It was always meant to be Olivia. She’s the talented one, the one who’s been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, is the levelheaded one, always on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on.

“But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

“It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift… and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

“Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.” From the publisher.

 

The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie DimalineThe Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline.
Dancing Cat Books, 2017.

“Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks.

“The Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.

“In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden… but what they don’t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.” From the publisher.

 

Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu.Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu.
Random House, 2018.

“Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City. The city’s elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey.

“Bruce Wayne is next on their list. Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most nefarious criminals.

“Madeleine Wallace is a killer… and Bruce’s only hope. The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She’s the mystery he has to unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?” From the publisher.

 

Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds.Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds.
Atheneum, 2017.

“Sixty seconds. Seven floors. Three rules. One gun.

“Will’s older brother, Shawn, has been shot. Dead. Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood there are the Rules:

“No. 1: Crying. Don’t. No matter what.

“No. 2: Snitching. Don’t. No matter what.

“No. 3: Revenge. Do. No matter what.

“But bullets miss. You can get the wrong guy. And there’s always someone else who knows how to follow the rules…” From the publisher.

 

Escape from Aleppo, by N. H. Senzai.Escape from Aleppo, by N. H. Senzai.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018.

“Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ when her uncle calls from the living room, ‘Baba, brothers, you need to see this.’ Reluctantly, Nadia follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns.

“It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and , one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee.

“Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.” From the publisher.

 

Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff.Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff.
Amulet Books, 2017.

“Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven in a dangerous world. Thirteen-year-old novice Maresi arrived at the Abbey four years ago, during the hunger winter, and now lives a happy life under the protection of the Mother. Maresi spends her days reading in the Knowledge House, caring for the younger novices, and contentedly waiting for the moment when she will be called to serve one of the Houses of the Abbey.

“This idyllic existence is threatened by the arrival of Jai, a girl whose dark past has followed her into the Abbey’s sacred spaces. In order to protect her new sister and her own way of life, Maresi must emerge from the safety of her books and her childish world and become one who acts.” From the publisher.

 

Nonfiction

March Forward, Girl, by Melba Pattillo Beals.March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine, by Melba Pattillo Beals.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

“Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a fountain marked ‘whites only’? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home—or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Melba had the heart of a fighter—and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.

“But what makes one little girl stand up against the injustice around her? With powerful documentation of her early journey and stunning black-and-white illustrations by Frank Morrison, March Forward, Girl—an ardent and profound childhood memoir of growing up in the Jim Crow South—seeks to answer that question. And to prove that a single young person’s actions truly can change the world.” From the publisher.

 

Through a Window, by Jane Goodall.Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe, by Jane Goodall.
Mariner Books, 2010.

Through a Window is the dramatic saga of thirty years in the life of an intimately intertwined community—one that reads like a novel, but is one of the most important scientific works ever published. The community is Gombe, on the shores of Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, where the principal residents are chimpanzees and one extraordinary woman who is their student, protector, and historian.

“In her classic In the Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall wrote of her first ten years at Gombe. In Through a Window she brings the story up to the present, painting a more complete and vivid portrait of our closest relatives. We watch young Figan’s relentless rise to power and old Mike’s crushing defeat. We learn how one mother rears her children to succeed and another dooms hers to failure. We witness horrifying murders, touching moments of affection, joyous births, and wrenching deaths. In short, we see every emotion known to humans stripped to its essence. In the mirror of chimpanzee life, we see ourselves reflected.

“This edition includes a new preface by Dr. Goodall and a new afterword where she reflects on Gombe and its residents over the past twenty years.” From the publisher.

 

Sex, by Nikol Hasler.Sex: An Uncensored Introduction, by Nikol Hasler.
Zest Books, 2015.

“Thinking about having sex? Or just thinking about sex, period? Well, that’s certainly a good place to start—because there’s a lot to think about, and a lot to learn. And Nikol Hasler is here to help. This honest, funny, and uncensored guide covers everything from sexual orientation and masturbation to foreplay, first-time concerns, birth control, and protection against diseases. New sections in this revised edition also address online dating, sex-related bullying, important new sex-related legislation, and sexting—a topic of particular interest and concern today. No subject is off-limits and no question is taboo in this hilarious, in-depth, all-in-one guide.” From the publisher.

 

Graphic Novels

Attack on Titan, vol 23, by Hajime Isayama.Attack on Titan, vol. 23, by Hajime Isayama.
Kodansha Comics, 2017.

“The dream of freedom dies.

“The truth revealed through the memories in Grisha’s journals shakes all of Eren’s deepest beliefs. There is no rugged but free land beyond the Walls—there is a whole other world, equally full of oppression and war. Suddenly, the ambitions that have animated the Survey Corps for generations seems small and naive. What is there left to fight for?” From the publisher.

 

A Silent Voice, vol 1, by Yoshitoki Oima.A Silent Voice, vol. 1-7, by Yoshitoki Oima.
Kodansha Comics, 2015.

“Learning to listen.

“Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes his favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?” From the publisher.

We were lucky to get all seven volumes of this manga at once. To save space, only the first volume is being added to the new arrivals in the manga area—the rest of the series can be found shelved below.

 

Before the Fall, vol 12, by Ryo Suzukaze.Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, vol. 12, by Ryo Suzukaze.
Kodansha Comics, 2017.

“A plan in motion.

“Angel and Xenophon’s Device, meant to help humanity combat the Titans, has always confounded those who were meant to use it. But years later, after Sharle successfully brings Angel out of his underground home, he is ready to correct its fatal flaw for good. But that’s only half of the problem—the Survey Corps will need a grueling new training program to make use of it!” From the publisher.

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