New Books for August 5
Beautiful : a novel
Steel, Danielle, author
Veronique Vincent graces the covers of magazines and walks the runways of haute couture shows across the globe, yet she prefers spending time at home or with her boyfriend. An explosion at Zaventem Airport in Brussels changes her life forever: Veronique finds herself hospitalized and alone after the blast kills both of the people she loved most. Severely injured, she plunges into seclusion and struggles to discover what truly matters in life. When her mother's will reveals long-held secrets, Veronique begins to find peace in helping others, and redefining what it truly means to be beautiful.
A darkening of dragons
Patrick, Seth, author
In jail for playing a forbidden spell, thirteen-year-old Piper discovers a deadly truth and must stop the evil Piper of Hamelyn with the help of a girl cursed to live as a rat and a fire-breathing dracogriff.
Patterson, James, 1947- author
Junior leads his pack of dog friends on a sneaky mission into a museum to steal dinosaur bones for Lola's midnight birthday feast.
A duet for home
Glaser, Karina Yan, author
"From the New York Times best-selling creator of the Vanderbeekers series comes a triumphant tale of friendship, healing, and the power of believing in ourselves told from the perspective of biracial sixth-graders June and Tyrell, two children living in a homeless shelter. As their friendship grows over a shared love of classical music, June and Tyrell confront a new housing policy that puts homeless families in danger"-- Provided by publisher.
The family plot : a novel
Collins, Megan, 1984- author
At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse has a lot to learn when it comes to the real world. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she spent the last several years living on her own, but unable to move beyond her past-especially the disappearance of her twin brother Andy when they were sixteen. With her father's death, Dahlia returns to the house she has avoided for years. But the rest of the Lighthouse family arrives for the memorial, a gruesome discovery is made: buried in the reserved plot is another body-Andy's, his skill split open with an ax. Each member of the family handles the revelation in unusual ways. As Dahlia grapples with her own grief and horror, she realizes that her eccentric family, and the mansion itself, may hold the answers to what happened to her twin.
Fullmetal alchemist. The valley of white petals
Inoue, Makoto, author
"Somewhere between magic, art and science exists a world of alchemy. And into this world travel Edward and Alphonse Elric--two brothers in search of the Philosopher's Stone, the ultimate alchemical treasure! You've read the manga and seen the anime. Complete the Fullmetal experience with these best-selling novels featuring original stories. Under direct orders from their commanding officer, Edward and Alphonse Elric journey to a remote city deep within the wasteland borders of Eastern Command. Almost immediately, the Elric brothers discover that Wisteria isn't exactly a normal place. Veiled in shadows, it appears to be a utopian wonderland ruled not by military command but rather by the very laws of alchemy that guide their own personal fate. Like it or not, the brothers must make the biggest decision of their young lives. Do they follow orders and expose the secrets of Wisteria? Or will they allow themselves to be seduced by the paradise they've discovered?"--Provided by publisher.
Girls of flight city : inspired by true events, a novel of WWII, the Royal Air Force, and Texas
Heath, Lorraine, author
"1941. A talented flier, Jessie Lovelace yearns for a career in aviation. When the civilian flight school in her small Texas town begins to clandestinely train British pilots for the RAF, she fights to become an instructor. But the task isn't without its perils of near-misses and death. Faced with the weight of her responsibilities, she finds solace with a British officer who knows firsthand the heavy price paid in war ... until he returns to the battles he never truly left behind. Rhonda Monroe might not be skilled in the air but can give a trainee a wild ride in a flight simulator. Fearing little, she dares to jeopardize everything for a forbidden relationship with a charismatic airman ... Innocent and fun-loving Kitty Lovelace, Jessie's younger sister, adores dancing with these charming newcomers, realizing too late the risks they pose to her heart. As the war intensifies and America becomes involved, the Girls of Flight City do their part to bring a victorious end to the conflict, pouring all their energy into preparing the young cadets to take to the skies and defeat the dangers that await. And lives from both sides of the Atlantic will be forever changed by love and loss ..." -- Back cover.
The good left undone : a novel
Trigiani, Adriana, author
"A lush, immersive novel about three generations of Tuscan artisans with one remarkable secret. Epic in scope and resplendent with the glorious themes of identity and belonging, The Good Left Undone unfolds in breathtaking turns."--goodreads.com
Lessons in chemistry
Garmus, Bonnie, author
Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. But it's the 1960s and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. As events are never as predictable as chemical reactions, three years after meeting Calvin, a legend and Nobel nominee, Elizabeth is an unwed, single mother and the star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's singular approach to cooking and independent example are proving revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching women how to cook, she's teaching them how to change the status quo.
Lightfall. Book two, Shadow of the bird
Probert, Tim, author, illustrator
After a battle that nearly cost them their lives, Bea and Cad awaken in the hidden settlement of the Arsai, mysterious creatures who can glimpse into the future. The Arsai's vision paints a dire picture for their planet, as the bird Kest Ke Belenus--now awoken from a restless slumber--threatens to destroy all the Lights of Irpa. Desperate for a solution, Bea and Cad seek out the help of a water spirit known as Lorgon, whose ancient wisdom may help them find a way to take down Kest and save Irpa from utter destruction.
The Mayfair bookshop : a novel of Nancy Mitford and the pursuit of happiness
Knight, Eliza, author
1938: She was one of the six sparkling Mitford sisters, known for her stinging quips, stylish dress, and bright green eyes. But Nancy Mitford's seemingly sparkling life was really one of turmoil: with a perpetually unfaithful and broke husband, two Nazi sympathizer sisters, and her hopes of motherhood dashed forever. With war imminent, Nancy finds respite by taking a job at the Heywood Hill Bookshop in Mayfair, hoping to make ends meet, and discovers a new life. Present Day: When book curator Lucy St. Clair lands a gig working at Heywood Hill she can't get on the plane fast enough. Not only can she start the healing process from the loss of her mother, it's a dream come true to set foot in the legendary store. Doubly exciting: she brings with her a first edition of Nancy's work, one with a somewhat mysterious inscription from the author. Soon, she discovers her life and Nancy's are intertwined, and it all comes back to the little London bookshop--a place that changes the lives of two women from different eras in the most surprising ways.
My mother's war : the incredible true story of how a resistance fighter survived three concentration camps
Taylor, Eva, author
Drawing on an astonishing archive of letters, which revealed life during wartime, a true story follows a beautiful, young Dutch resistance fighter and underground war hero who spent two years in three concentration camps during World War II.
The only child
Pyper, Andrew, author
Forensic psychiatrist Lily Dominick finds her career and her sanity threatened when she encounters a client who claims to be two hundred years old and the inspiration behind three of the nineteenth century's gothic literary classics.
Sister stardust : a novel
Green, Jane, 1968- author
On the cusp of adulthood, Claire yearns for the adventure and independence of a counterculture taking root across the world. When she's offered the chance to start anew in Morocco, she seizes the chance. Arriving in Marrakesh, she's quickly swept up in a heady world of music, drugs and communal living. And Talitha Getty, socialite wife of a famous oil heir, seems to preside over the whole scene. As Claire is pulled into her orbit, the realities of Talitha's precarious existence set off a chain of dangerous events that could alter Claire's life forever.
Summer at the Cape
Thayne, RaeAnne, author
As the older sibling to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter was always the odd sister out. The divide grew even wider when their parents split up. Nearly twenty years later, when Cami gets the terrible news that Lily has drowned saving a child's life, her mother begs her to return home and untangle the complicated estate issues her sister left behind. Navigating their own strained relationship, Cami readjusts to the family and community she hasn't known for decades while Violet grieves the loss of her twin and struggles to figure out who she is now, without her other half.
The sweet goodbye
Corbett, Ron, 1959- author
Something is not right in the North Maine Woods. A small family-run lumber company should not have more than two hundred million unaccountable dollars on their books. Money like that comes from moving something other than wood across the border. The first agent the FBI sent undercover was their best man-sure to get the answers that were needed. He was dead within a month. Now, Danny Barrett is taking his place. Before he was a cop, Danny grew up in the woods of Northern Michigan. He is the only chance the feds have of getting answers, but how many more will have to die first?
Jeter, Derek, 1974- author
Seventh grader Derek Jeter, distracted with responsibilities of playing both basketball and baseball, finds himself on the bench with an injury and he must learn how to be a team player from the dugout and understand the importance of taking care of his body.
The vanished days
Kearsley, Susanna, 1966- author
"In the autumn of 1707, old enemies from the Highlands to the Borders are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England, the French are preparing to launch an invasion to carry the young exiled Jacobite king back to Scotland to reclaim his throne, and in Edinburgh the streets are filled with discontent and danger. Queen Anne's commissioners have begun settling the losses and wages owed to those Scots who took part in the disastrous Darien expedition eight years earlier. When young widow Lily Aitcheson comes forward to collect her husband's wages, her claim is challenged. Adam Williamson, one of the men who's assigned to investigate Lily's case, has only days to decide if she's honest...or whether he's being used as a pawn in a treacherous game. Told in two timelines that interweave the troubled weeks in Edinburgh in 1707 with the tales of a woman who lived through the Killing Times, a revolution, and Scotland's loss of a colony in the Americas, this is a story of intrigue, adventure, endurance, romance...and the courage to hope."
Why we fight : the roots of war and the paths to peace
Blattman, Christopher, author
Around the world there are millions of hostile rivalries, yet only a tiny fraction erupt into violence. That's because war is too costly to fight. So, in those rare instances when fighting ensues, we should ask: what kept rivals from compromise? Drawing on decades of economics, political science, psychology, and real-world interventions to lay out the root causes and remedies for war, showing that violence is not the norm; that there are only five reasons why conflict wins over compromise; and how peacemakers turn the tides through tinkering, not transformation.