New Books for January 18
Babble on : a drug memoir
Brobyn, Andrew, author
Andrew Brobyn's relationship was in shambles before he took the terrible acid that sent him on an almost decade-long journey seeking redemption. As his drug use and bipolar disorder spiral, his situation gets stranger and stranger taking him from his university campus to strip clubs, to psych wards and the slammer. Observe our freaky protagonist as he navigates the consequences of his eccentric choices and struggles with profound ambivalence toward his own health and well-being.
Berrios, Frank, author
"This Little Golden Book about Barack Obama--the 44th President of the United States and the country's first Black president--is an inspiring read-aloud for young girls and boys"-- Provided by publisher.
Being you : a first conversation about gender
Madison, Megan, author
"While young children are avid observers and questioners of their world, adults often shut down or postpone conversations on complicated topics because it's hard to know where to begin. Research shows that talking about issues like race and gender from the age of two not only helps children understand what they see, but also increases self-awareness, self-esteem, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair, like discrimination and prejudice. This second book in the series begins the conversation on gender, with a supportive approach that considers both the child and the adult. Stunning art accompanies the simple and interactive text, and the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion"-- Provided by publisher.
The family upstairs
Jewell, Lisa, author
Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London. It's happening, says the message. The baby is back. Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now twenty-five, she's astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London's poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now it's hers. As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children?
From the heart : family, community, service
Chambers, Mary Anne, author
"A refreshing memoir that challenges readers to make the most of life's opportunities. In 1976, Mary Anne Chambers had recently moved to Canada when a colleague at Scotiabank told her not to be surprised if she didn't get very far. As a Black woman from Jamaica, a married mother, and a Roman Catholic, the overlapping characteristics of Chambers' identity were expected to hinder her life experiences. Yet, Mary Anne Chambers went on to hold senior roles in both business and politics. In her riveting memoir, Mary Anne Chambers shares lessons from the moments that defined her values and her respect for others. From the Heart encourages us to be true to ourselves, curious and willing to embrace the lessons of everyday life and the people we encounter along the way."-- Provided by publisher.
Gotcha! : a funny fairy tale hide-and-seek
Perrin, Clotilde, 1977- author
Look out! Three frightful monsters are coming - they want to gobble you up! Quick, hide inside these fairy tale houses - with the three little pigs, Hansel and Gretel and Sleeping Beauty. They won't find you here!
Happy Halloween, Little Engine!
Mitter, Matt, author
"The Little Engine is celebrating Halloween and can't wait to trick-or-treat with all of her friends!"-- Provided by publisher.
The house of fortune : a novel
Burton, Jessie, 1982- author
Amsterdam in the year 1705. It is Thea Brandt's eighteenth birthday. She is ready to welcome adulthood with open arms, but life at home is increasingly difficult. Her Aunt Nella believes the solution to all Thea's problems is to find her a husband who will guarantee her future. An unexpected invitation to Amsterdam's most exclusive ball seems like a golden opportunity. But when Thea finds, on her doorstep, a parcel containing a miniature figure, it becomes clear that someone out there has another fate in mind for the family.
Into the Broken Lands
Huff, Tanya, author
"Shattered by the Mage War, The broken lands will test the bonds of family and friendship, strength and sanity. To save their people, the Heirs of Marsan have no choice but to enter, trusting their lives and the lives of everyone they protect to someone who shoudn't exist, who can't be controlled, and who will challenge everything they believe about themselves.
The king's beast. 7
Tōma, Rei, author, artist
Someone in the imperial palace is trying to kill Prince Tenyou, and Rangetsu has reason to believe it might be the icy third Prince, Kougai. When things turn violent on the jiju field, Rangetsu decides to confront Prince Kougai directly--and ends up as the prize in a wager between royal brothers!
Cameron, W. Bruce, author
When an accident leaves young pup Lacey's hind legs paralyzed, she must learn how to walk and play again, and when a tornado strikes, putting her human girl Wenling's and her best dog friend Cooper's families in danger, only Lacey and her cart can save the day.
The last white man
Hamid, Mohsin, 1971- author
"From the internationally bestselling author of Exit West, a story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change. One morning, a man wakes up to find himself transformed. Overnight, Anders's skin has turned dark, and the reflection in the mirror seems a stranger to him. At first he shares his secret only with Oona, an old friend turned new lover. Soon, reports of similar events begin to surface. Across the land, people are awakening in new incarnations, uncertain how their neighbors, friends, and family will greet them. Some see the transformations as the long-dreaded overturning of the established order that must be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders's father and Oona's mother, a sense of profound loss and unease wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance at a kind of rebirth--an opportunity to see ourselves, face to face, anew."-- Provided by publisher.
Love on the brain : a novel
Hazelwood, Ali, author
When forced to work on a project with your nemesis, it's best to stick to the science. Further research could trigger explosive results. Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project-a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia-Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to colead with Levi Ward. Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the science lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school-archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away. Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it's her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas...devouring her with those eyes.
Mr. Perfect on paper : a novel
Meltzer, Jean, author
As the creator and CEO of the popular Jewish dating app J-Mate, matchmaker Dara Rabinowitz knows the formula for lasting love. When it comes to her own love life, she's been idling indefinitely. Until charming news anchor Chris Steadfast proposes they turn Dara's search into must-see TV. As a non-Jewish single dad, Chris doesn't check any of Dara's boxes. If only Chris could ignore his own pesky attraction to Dara - a task much easier said than done when Dara starts questioning if "perfect on paper" can compete with how hard she's falling for Chris.
One piece. Vol. 100. Wano. Part 11, Color of the supreme king
Oda, Eiichirō, 1975- author, artist
"As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber...at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure in the world... The big powers converge as Luffy, Law, and Kid face off against Kaido and Big Mom. Is there any hope of victory against this ultimate alliance?! Onigashima quakes with power as some of the fiercest pirates in the world go head-to-head!!"-- Provided by publisher
Coulter, Catherine, author
When she was twelve years old, Kirra Mandarian's parents were murdered. Fourteen years later Kirra is a commonwealth attorney, and her goal is to find out who killed her parents and why. She quickly learns that big-time criminals are very dangerous indeed and realizes she needs Dillon Savich's help. Meanwhile, Emma Hunt, a piano prodigy, was only six years old when she was previously abducted. Worried for her safety, Sherlock and officers from METRO are assigned to protect 12 year old Emma, but things don't turn out as planned.
Red, white & royal blue
McQuiston, Casey, author
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, with his sister and the Veep's genius granddaughter, are the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. Then photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids. The plan for damage control: stage a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex soon discovers that beneath Henry's Prince Charming veneer, there's a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. -- adapted from back cover
Sinkable : obsession, the deep sea, and the shipwreck of the Titanic
Stone, Daniel (Daniel Evan), 1985- author
"On a frigid April night in 1912, the world's largest-and soon most famous-ocean liner struck an iceberg and slipped beneath the waves. She had scarcely disappeared before her new journey began, a seemingly limitless odyssey through the world's fixation with her every tragic detail. Plans to find and raise the Titanic began almost immediately. Yet seven decades passed before it was found. Why? And of some three million shipwrecks that litter the ocean floor, why is the world still so fascinated with this one? In Sinkable, Daniel Stone spins a fascinating tale of history, science, and obsession, uncovering the untold story of the Titanic not as a ship but as a shipwreck. Brimming with humor, curiosity and wit, Sinkable follows in the tradition of Susan Orlean and Bill Bryson, offering up a page-turning work of personal journalism and an immensely entertaining romp through the deep sea and the nature of obsession"-- Provided by publisher.
Sins of the daughter
Mills, Carolyn Huizinga, author
"Danah Calsely was only nine when her mother abandoned her. Years later, as a promising Sociology PhD candidate, Danah appears largely unaffected by this traumatic loss - until she finds a letter that she's convinced is from her missing mother. The truth about Jane Lily and her disappearance is wrapped in a long history of silence, and Danah's grandmother, Edith, has no interest in rehashing the past. Danah becomes obsessed with the letter and the secrets she believes Edith is keeping from her. Edith is convinced she's only protecting her granddaughter, but she has her own reasons for staying silent. As for Jane Lily herself, she has a certain knack for disappearing. A story of heartbreak and hope, guilt and redemption, Sins of the Daughter explores the fragility of the bond between mothers and daughters and the domino effect that the choices of one generation have on the next"-- Provided by publisher.
The thread collectors : a novel
Edwards, Shaunna J., author
1863: In a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army. Meanwhile, in New York City, a Jewish woman stitches a quilt for her husband, who is stationed in Louisiana with the Union Army. As these two women risk everything for love and freedom during the brutal Civil War, their paths converge in New Orleans, where an unexpected encounter leads them to discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save us.
The way of the house husband. Volume 8
Oono, Kousuke, author, illustrator
A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it's not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but! The cozy yakuza comedy continues as everyone's favorite househusband finds himself in even more crazy high jinks. Between a donut showdown and a new lady cop on the beat, Tatsu may have finally met his match! It's just another day for the Immortal Dragon.