We have a ton of new recreational reading titles waiting for you in the library! Here’s a sampling of our newest books:
Twilight of the elites: America after meritocracy
Analyzes scandals in high-profile institutions, from Wall Street and the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball, while evaluating how an elite American meritocracy rose throughout the past half-century before succumbing to corruption and failure.
After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.
The art of fielding: a novel
“At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.”–Publisher’s description.
Me and Earl and the dying girl: a novel
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
The miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily M. Danforth
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.
The rules of survival
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents’ divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.
The God box
When openly gay Manuel transfers to Paul’s high school, Paul, a born-again Christian, begins to question his own sexuality.
Jesus land: a memoir
It’s the mid-1980s. Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David are sixteen years old and have just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees and trailer parks–and a racism neither of them is prepared for. While Julia is white, her close relationship with David, who is black, makes them both outcasts. At home, a distant mother–more involved with her church’s missionaries than with her own children–and a violent father only compound their problems. When high-school hormones, bullying, and a deep-seated restlessness prove too much to bear, they are packed off to a Christian boot camp in the Dominican Republic.
Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Andre Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball. When he is viciously attacked, it calls his whole world into question, even his deadly jumpshot.
A raging fire spreading in the Australian bush cuts off the escape of the children and two old men entrusted to their care.
The angel experiment
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
Three clams and an oyster
During their humorous search to find a fourth player for their flag football team, three high school juniors are forced to examine their long friendship, their individual flaws, and their inability to try new experiences.
After the death of his estranged father in the World Trade Center on 9/11, thirteen-year-old Bart, still struggling with his feelings of guilt, sorrow and loss, wins a scholarship to the local preparatory school and there encounters a vicious bully whose cruelty compounds the aftermath of the tragedy.
Restoration in the barrens: a novel
The story of a young teen’s struggle to rebuild his life while helping to rebuild a local prairie.
Trouble in the barrens: a novel
“The wildlife area that Corey has grown to love is about to be destroyed, and it’s all his fault!”
Hoping to impress a sexy female classmate, fifteen-year-old Carlos secretly hires gay student Sal to give him an image makeover, in exchange for Carlos’s help in forming a Gay-Straight Alliance at their Texas high school.
Shattered: stories of children and war
Stories explore the ways in which children are affected by war, from two Native American soldiers fighting in the Civil War, to an Afghan girl whose village is destroyed by the Soviets.
Blue Balliett & Brett Helquist
When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
The trophy bride’s tale
Prudenza, an innocent convent-educated adolescent, the trophy bride of a silk merchant – subjected to increasing cruelty and harsh treatment at his hands. Even so, she tries to be a good wife within the social constraints of Renaissance Italy.
The song of an innocent bystander
With the approach of the tenth anniversary of the time she was held hostage in a fast food restaurant, nineteen-year-old Freda Opperman struggles to make sense of her memories of the event and how they have shaped her life.
Someday this pain will be useful to you
Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
XxxHolic. Volume 4
Clamp (Artistic group), William Flanagan, Dana Hayward
It’s Valentine’s Day–and while Domeki is showered with chocolates and cards from girls, Watanuki receives none. To make matters worse, he must also do the usual chores for Yûko, which includes making chocolate cake for her and Mokona, as well as the treats his boss wants to give away as gifts. But when Watanuki discovers he has a shy and secret admirer who is not quite human, he finds that chocolates can be more than just sweets. Then, after seeing identical twin sisters pass by in the street, Yûko makes a curious remark: that there are chains that only humans can use to bind others. Watanuki meets the sisters and senses that the relationship between them is not what it seems. . . .
David Anthony Durham
In this literary debut, Durham recounts the adventures and trials of a black pioneer family in the late 1870s. At the center of the story is Gabriel, a young man who moves reluctantly from the urban North with his mother and younger brother to join his stepfather, a homesteader in Kansas. When he runs away to become a cowboy, his search for excitement brings trouble and danger.
The truth about sparrows
Twelve-year-old Sadie promises that she will always be Wilma’s best friend when their families leaves drought-stricken Missouri in 1933, but once in Texas, Sadie learns that she must try to make a new home–and new friends, too.
S. E. Hinton
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent’s death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.
A monster calls: a novel
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
American food writing: an anthology with classic recipes
Draws on 250 years of American culinary history to present written works from virtually every region of the country while offering a tribute to a host of ethnic cuisines and including more than fifty classic recipes.
Writing los angeles: a literary anthology
David L. Ulin
Collects short fictional works and excerpts, poetry, essays, journalism, and diary entries on the City of Light as contributed by top authors, in a volume that considers such topics as the city’s history, culture, and architecture.
Womenomics: write your own rules for success
Shows how women’s management style is suited to the business world, resulting in more profitable companies with happier employees. This title also shows how women can use this power to get what they really want – more time and freedom in their jobs without falling off the professional ladder.
Protect and defend: a novel
Richard North Patterson
When the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court drops dead following the inauguration, President Kerry Kilcannon selects as a replacement Judge Caroline Masters, a woman who hides a secret that could affect her ruling on a controversial case.
The return: an inspector van veeteren mystery
Hakan Nesser & Laurie Thompson
A track star who was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers and consistently proclaimed his innocence is killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands.
The New Yorker book of doctor cartoons and psychiatrist
This time together: laughter and reflection
In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such at Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; her television show that won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run; and the sorrows that she overcame with her irresistible humor.
Baseball: a literary anthology
Includes stories, memoirs, poems, news reports, and insider accounts about all aspects of baseball from its pastoral nineteenth-century beginnings to now.
Finding beauty in a broken world
Terry Tempest Williams
The naturalist author of Refuge and An Unspoken Hunger reflects on what it means to be human, the interconnection between the natural and human worlds, and how they combine to produce both tumult and peace, ugliness and beauty.
The shadow of the wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Lucia Graves
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
A fistful of sky
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
A misfit in a family of spellcasters, Gypsum LaZelle possesses no magical ability whatsoever, until a mysterious and grave illness leads to the awakening of a strange and frightening power.
The man who quit money
Traces the path and philosophy of Daniel Suelo, who left his entire life savings of thirty dollars in a phone booth in 2000 and has lived a happy, fulfilled life in the caves of Utah without earning or spending money since that time.
Lincoln’s melancholy: how depression challenged a president and fueled his greatness
Joshua Wolf Shenk
Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed depression to fuel his astonishing success.