New Books for November 16
100 animals that can f*cking end you
Ndiaye, Mamadou, author
Ever wonder how to tell if a moose is about to subtract you? Curious why you should be terrified of cassowaries, the "velociraptor that time forgot?" Questioning whether that cute baby hippo is actually a homicidal maniac in the making? Yea, so was Mamadou Ndiaye . . . and now he's got your answers. You'll learn not only which animals to avoid, but which ones can beat you in a footrace, which ones create surprisingly high body counts, and which ones will give you a good reason never to venture into the ocean. Mamadou also offers the occasional survival tip, even if it is just to make peace with your higher power.
Acts of Violet
Montimore, Margarita, author
Iconic magician Violet Volk performed her greatest trick: vanishing mid-act. Though she hasn't been seen since, her hold on the public imagination is stronger than ever. As the ten-year anniversary approaches, Violet's sister Sasha begins to experience an unsettling series of sleepwalking episodes and coincidences, which all seem to lead back to Violet. Pushed to her emotional limits, Sasha must finally confront the most painful truths about her sister, and herself, even at the risk of losing everything.
All-American dogs : a history of presidential pets from every era
Hager, Andrew, author
"From historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, Andrew Hager, comes a fond, fascinating, and often surprising look at the dogs who were the best friends of the presidents, featuring unforgettable photographs. Organized by historical eras, All-American dogs will take readers through the captivating history of the White House's four-legged friends, the impact they had on their owner-in-chiefs, and, ultimately, American history"-- Provided by publisher.
The Bad Guys in : open wide and say arrrgh!
Blabey, Aaron, author, illustrator
"WEIRD?! Nothing weird EVER happens in The Bad Guys. Like, you would NEVER see a chain-saw monster confronting a velociraptor who has eaten an elderly piranha, or the disturbing antics of a deranged dentist running amok with an oversized drill. NOPE. None of that nonsense here. So relax and be entirely unsurprised by the Bad Guys' next adventure!" -- Provided by publisher.
Higgins, Ryan T., author
When the geese ask him for assistance with getting new ballet gear, Bruce the ever-grumpy bear agrees to help his friends get ready to stretch their wings and follow their dream of dancing.
The best is yet to come : a novel
Macomber, Debbie, author
A new beginning in charming Oceanside, Washington is exactly what Hope Godwin needs after the death of her twin brother. Despite having settled quickly into the community, something is still missing for Hope. That is until she meets Shadow, a rescue dog. Like Shadow, shelter volunteer Cade Lincoln, Jr. is suffering with injuries most can't see. As she gains Shadow's trust, Hope notices Cade begin to open up as well. Cade and Hope take steps toward a relationship and Hope finally begins to feel at peace in her new home.
Alexander, Kwame, author
Twelve-year-old Nick is a soccer-loving boy who absolutely hates books. In this graphic novel version of Booked, the follow-up to the Newbery Medal?́?winning novel The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents?́? divorce, stand up to a bully, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges?́?which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal?́?change his life, as well as his best friend?́?s.
Boys I know
Gracia, Anna, author
June Chu is the 'just good enough' girl. Good enough to line the shelves with a slew of third-place trophies and steal secret kisses from her AP Bio partner, Rhys. But not good enough to meet literally any of her Taiwanese mother's unrelenting expectations or to get Rhys to commit to anything beyond a well-timed joke. While June's mother insists she follow in her (perfect) sister's footsteps and get a (full-ride) violin scholarship to Northwestern (to study pre-med), June doesn't see the point in trying too hard if she's destined to fall short anyway. Instead, she focuses her efforts on making her relationship with Rhys 'official.' But after her methodically planned, tipsily executed scheme explodes on the level of a nuclear disaster, she flings herself into a new relationship with a guy who's not allergic to the word girlfriend.
The charmed list
Abe, Julie, author
Sixteen-year-old Ellie's summer plans to shed her wallflower persona are upended when she is forced to go on a road trip to the Magical Retailers' Convention with her former best friend Jack, but what starts out as a punishment turns into an opportunity to find forgiveness and possibly love.
Dune. Book 2, Muad'Dib : the graphic novel
Herbert, Brian, adaptor
A young Paul Atreides and his mother, the lady Jessica, find themselves stranded in the deep desert of Arrakis. Betrayed by one of their own and destroyed by their greatest enemy, Paul and Jessica must find the mysterious Fremen, or perish.
Excel 2019 in easy steps
Price, Michael, 1942- author
"Excel 2019 in easy steps will help you get to grips with the latest version of this popular spreadsheet application. Areas covered include: Creating, editing and manipulating worksheets Formulas, Functions and Pivot Tables Handy templates to give you a head start Macros for everyday tasks to save time Charts to get an overview of your data Linking workbooks for automatic updates Using the Excel Online app to share and collaborate on spreadsheets and workbooks Adding images and illustrations to your spreadsheet to impress your colleagues!"--Publisher's description.
Finale : the lost decades of Uncle Chow Tung
Hamilton, Ian, 1946- author
Following a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Uncle begins preparing for his inevitable death. As he sets his affairs in order, he recalls the moments in his life that meant the most to him - including his first encounter with the talented forensic accountant Ava Lee and the origins of their life-changing partnership. The fourth and final installment in the exhilarating Ava Lee spin-off series.
The first rule of Climate Club
Firestone, Carrie, author
When twelve-year-old Mary Kate joins a special science pilot program focused on climate change, she and her friends come up with big plans to bring lasting change to their community.
A good country : my life in twelve towns and the devastating battle for a white America
Ali-Khan, Sofia, author
"A leading advocate for social justice excavates the history of forced migration in the twelve American towns she's called home, revealing how White supremacy has fundamentally shaped the nation"-- Provided by publisher.
The hidden one
Castillo, Linda, author
Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace. The mystery of what happened to the esteemed old man has haunted his small Pennsylvania community for years. When skeletal remains showing evidence of foul play are unearthed and revealed to be the bishop's, his disappearance becomes even more sinister. Forced to confront a painful episode from her past, Kate travels to Pennsylvania's Kishacoquillas Valley, an isolated area where the Amish culture differs dramatically from the traditions in which she was raised. Kate learns that Stoltzfus was charismatic and highly respected, but she soon hears about a dark side to this complex man. What was he hiding that brought a series of tragedies to his family and resulted in his own brutal death?
Listen to me : a novel
Gerritsen, Tess, author
Sofia Suarez, a widow and nurse who was universally liked by all her neighbors, lies in her own home, brutally bludgeoned. But anything can happen behind closed doors, and Sofia seemed to have plenty of secrets in her last days, making covert phone calls to old contacts and traceless burner phones. When a connection is made between Sofia and the victim of a hit-and-run months earlier, the case grows even more blurry. What exactly was Sofia involved in?
Master of furies
Feist, Raymond E., author
Declan swears to track down and destroy the raiders, an ambition shared by Baron Daylon Dumarch, whose family was massacred as they fled the capital. Meanwhile Hava is closing in on the whereabouts of those who unleashed the murderous hordes. Her husband is able now to visualize and even travel among the filaments of energies that power all existence: the furies. But will he be able to channel his magic in time to combat the deepest, darkest threat the world of Garn has ever faced?
Nightmare fuel : the science of horror films
Nesseth, Nina author
In Nightmare Fuel, Nesseth explores the strange and often unexpected science of fear through the lenses of psychology and physiology. How do horror films get under our skin? What about them keeps us up at night, even days later? And why do we keep coming back for more? Horror films promise an experience: fear. From monsters that hide in plain sight to tension-building scores, every aspect of a horror film is crafted to make your skin crawl. But how exactly do filmmakers pull this off? The truth is, there's more to it than just loud noises and creepy images. With the affection of a true horror fan and the critical analysis of a scientist, Nesseth explains how audiences engage horror with both their brains and bodies, and teases apart the elements that make horror films tick.
On critical race theory : why it matters & why you should care
Ray, Victor (Victor Erik), author
"From renowned scholar Dr. Victor Ray, On Critical Race Theory seeks to explain the centrality of race in American history and politics, and how the often mischaracterized intellectual movement became a political necessity. Dr. Ray draws upon the radicalthinking of giants such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ida B. Wells, and W.E.B. Du Bois to clearly trace the foundations of Critical Race Theory in the Black intellectual traditions of emancipation and the civil rights movement. From this foundation, Dr.Ray explores the many facets that CRT interrogates, from deeply embedded structural racism to the historical connection between Whiteness and property, ownership, and more."-- Provided by publisher.
White, Kiersten, author
Abandoned by his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi is determined to prove himself by embarking on a mission alone, during which he lands on a mysterious planet inhabited by feral, Force-wielding teens and experiences wild freedom until he comes face-to-face with his worst fear.
Voyage on the great Titanic : the diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912
White, Ellen Emerson.
In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.
Wheat belly total health : the ultimate grain-free health and weight-loss life plan
Davis, William, 1957- author
"Join the millions of people worldwide who have embraced the Wheat Belly message and lost 30, 50, or 100+ pounds and reversed chronic health problems by giving up grain. In Wheat Belly Total Health, you will learn not just how and why you must say no to grains, but how you can achieve a level of radiant health and wellbeing you never thought possible." -- Rear cover.