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Lydia Millet
Description: "Lydia Millet's multilayered new novel follows a group of children and their families on summer vacation at a lakeside mansion. The teenage narrator Eve and the other children are contemptuous of their parents, who spend the days and nights in drunken stupor. This tension heightens when a great storm arrives and throws the house and its residents into chaos. Named for a picture Bible given to Eve's little brother Jack, A Children's Bible is loosely structured around events and characters that often appear in collections of Bible stories intended for young readers. These narrative touchstones are imbedded in a backdrop of environmental and psychological distress as the children reject the parents for their emotional and moral failures--in part as normal teenagers must, and in part for their generation's passivity and denial in the face of cataclysmic change. In A Children's Bible, Millet offers brilliant commentary on the environment and human weakness and a vision of what awaits us on the other side of Revelations" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 7, 2020
Sebastian Barry
Description: "Winona Cole, an orphaned child of the Lakota Indians, finds herself growing up in an unconventional household on a farm in West Tennessee. Raised by her adoptive father John Cole and his brother-in-arms Thomas McNulty, this odd little family scrapes a living on Lige Magan's farm with the help of two freed slaves, the Bougereau siblings. They try to keep the brutal outside world at bay, along with their memories of the past. But Tennessee is a state still riven by the bitter legacy of the civil war and when first Winona and then Tennyson Bouguereau are violently attacked by forces unknown, Colonel Purton raises the Militia to quell the rebels and night-riders who are massing on the outskirts of town. Armed with a knife, Tennyson's borrowed gun and the courage of her famous warrior mother Winona decides to take matters into her own hands and embarks on a quest for justice which will uncover the dark secrets of her past and finally reveal to her who she really is" --Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 7, 2020
Alexander (Alexander C.) Irvine
Description: In the future United States, our own history has faded into myth and traveling across the country means navigating wastelands and ever-changing landscapes. The country teems with monsters and artificial intelligences try to unpack their own becoming by recreating myths and legends of their human creators. Prospector Ed, an emergent AI who wants to understand the people who made him, assembles a ragtag team to reach the mythical Monument City. In this nanotech Western, Alex Irvine infuses American mythmaking with terrifying questions about the future and who we will become.
Call Number: FIC Irv
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Sonya Lalli
Description: "Adulting shouldn't be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit Indian community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai must now start from the beginning: learning who she is and what she truly wants. But Anu doesn't have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she's ever done--and she's still dealing with the fallout. She has a young daughter to raise and a loud, opinionated family to appease. And when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga (a career path her parents had always steered her away from), the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She'll be forced to look inside herself to become the strong, independent woman she's never had the chance to be--the kind of woman who would be proud to have her daughter follow in her footsteps"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Jan Eliasberg
Description: "Berlin, 1938. Groundbreaking physicist Dr. Hannah Weiss is on the verge of the greatest discovery of the 20th century: splitting the atom. She understands that the energy released by her discovery can power entire cities or destroy them. Hannah believes the weapon's creation will secure an end to future wars, but as a Jewish woman living under the harsh rule of the Third Reich, her research is belittled, overlooked, and eventually stolen by her German colleagues. Faced with an impossible choice, Hannah must decide what she is willing to sacrifice in pursuit of science's greatest achievement. New Mexico, 1945. Returning wounded and battered from the liberation of Paris, Major Jack Delaney arrives in the New Mexican desert with a mission: to catch a spy. Someone in the top-secret nuclear lab at Los Alamos has been leaking encoded equations to Hitler's scientists. Chief among Jack's suspects is the brilliant and mysterious Hannah Weiss, an exiled physicist lending her talent to J. Robert Oppenheimer's mission. All signs point to Hannah as the traitor, but over three days of interrogation that separate her lies from the truth, Jack will realize they have more in common than either one bargained for"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Eli
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Souvankham Thammavongsa
Description: "Souvankham Thammavongsa captures the day-to-day lives of immigrants and refugees in a nameless city, illuminating hopes, disappointments, love affairs, and above all, the pursuit of a place to belong. An ex-boxer turned nail salon worker falls for a pair of immaculate hands; a mother and daughter harvest earthworms in the middle of the night; a country music-obsessed housewife abandons her family for fantasy; and a young girl's love for her father transcends language. Uncannily and intimately observed, written with prose of exceptional precision, the stories in How to Pronounce Knife speak of modern location and dislocation, revealing lives lived in the embrace of isolation and severed history -- but not without joy, humour, resilience, and constant wonder at the workings of the world" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Tha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 7, 2020
Frances Cha
Description: "Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a 'room salon', an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood. Her roomate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super-wealthy heir to one of Korea's biggest companies. Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her: obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplance. And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy. Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that's seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 7, 2020
Jérôme Hamon, Antoine Carrion, Mike (Graphic novelist) Kennedy
Description: In a distant future where nature has reclaimed much of the Earth, spirits of light are the key to life, but have seemingly abandoned the world. Young Nils and his father set out to discover why the ground has recently grown infertile, only to discover a conspiracy between a high-tech neighboring kingdom and the supernatural beings who can offer them eternal life. --Adapted from publisher's website.
Call Number: FIC Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Anne Raeff
Description: "Fleeing the ravages of wartime Vienna, Pepa and her family find safe harbor in the small town of El Castillo, on the banks of the San Juan River in Nicaragua. There her parents seek to eradicate Yellow Fever while Pepa falls under the spell of the jungle and the town's eccentric inhabitants. But Pepa's life -- including her relationship with local boy Guillermo -- comes to a halt when her family abruptly moves to New York, leaving the young girl disoriented and heartbroken. As the years pass, Pepa and Guillermo's lives diverge, as does the fate of Guillermo's homeland. Nicaragua soon becomes engulfed in revolutionary fervor as the Sandinista movement vies for the nation's soul. Guillermo's daughter transforms into an accidental revolutionary. Pepa's son defies his parents' wishes and joins the revolution in Nicaragua, only to disappear into the jungle. It will take decades before the fates of these two families converge again, revealing how love, grief, and passion are intertwined with a nation's destiny. Spanning generations and several wars, Only the River explores the way displacement both destroys two families and creates new ones, sparking a revolution that changes their lives in the most unexpected ways" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Rae
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 7, 2020
Jenna Glass
Description: "In this feminist fantasy series, the ability to do magic has given women control over their own bodies. But as the patriarchy starts to fall, they must now learn to rule as women, not men. Alys may be the acknowledged queen of Women's Well--the fledgling colony where women hold equal status with men--but she cares little for politics in the wake of an appalling personal tragedy. It is grief that rules her now. But the world continues to turn. In a distant realm unused to female rulers, Ellin struggles to maintain control. Meanwhile, the king of the island nation of Khalpar recruits an abbess whom he thinks holds the key to reversing the spell that Alys's mother gave her life to create. And back in Women's Well, Alys's own half-brother is determined to bring her to heel. Unless these women can all come together and embrace the true nature of female power, everything they have struggled to achieve may be at risk" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Eleanor Lerman
Description: "Paul Marden is grappling with the way that a sudden, devastating illness and his slow recovery have made him reevaluate what "normal" is for a man in his sixties who grew up in a time of change that promised better days than the ones he is now living through. Lelee was born male and wanted to transition to female but the process has been hindered by heart issues. Lelee also believes that she can speak to the dead, although she is skeptical of her own experiences. At one point, she tells Paul that she thinks the dead are all liars or themselves deceived about who or what they are. The rundown beach town both Paul and Lelee grew up in is in a transitional phase: suddenly rediscovered by surfers and other millennials, it has become a magnet for hipsters and hence, almost unrecognizable to its old inhabitants. The coastal town where Paul and Lelee live now lies between a bridge to another upscale beach town and an area of canals and marshland and has been heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Paul's rented house, on Satellite Street, is one of the few that survived the storm. Set amongst the context of these thematic elements, the story revolves around Paul's relationship with these places and with Lelee as well as his father, an elderly nursing home patient. It is Paul's father who inadvertently involves him in a feud between The Great Oswaldo, a long-ago children's program host who has become a professional skeptic and Happy Howie, who speaks through Lelee, demanding that Paul settle an old score for him with Oswaldo. In the 1960s, when Howie was a famous radio personality in New York, Oswaldo outed him as gay. In that era, a disc jockey on a rock and roll station couldn't be a darling of teenage girls who lived their lives by the top ten hit list on the radio and also be queer. Lelee is astonished to be "contacted" by Howie and will have to reevaluate what she thinks of her own interactions that lead beyond the human horizon. Paul will have to incorporate all these experiences with the help of a fondness for an old movie about Godzilla, the atomic beast who, as a child, he felt sorry for. After all, Paul was an unhappy kid who understood what it meant to be so angry that you wanted to destroy the world. Now, in his diminished physical state, and presented with a seemingly petty request to settle a score from beyond the grave, he's going to have to figure out how to use a monster's strength to survive this life and whatever may lie beyond" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ler
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi, Gautam Rangan
Description: "More like a tapestry than a traditional novel, The Book of Kane and Margaret blends magical elements with stories based on the oral narratives of the author's grandparents and their experiences during the 1940s at the Tulare Assembly Center and the Gila River War Relocation Center, two WWII relocation camps in Arizona. The author's technique gives the novel the effect of working through accretion, collecting one-breath fictions and conversations with recurring names, voices, and themes that explore a carceral setting"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ara
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Steven Wright
Description: "Dre Ross has one more shot. Despite being a successful political consultant, his aggressive tactics have put him on thin ice with his boss, Mrs. Fitz, who plucked him from juvenile incarceration and mentored his career. She exiles him to the backwoods of South Carolina with $250,000 of dark money to introduce a ballot initiative on behalf of a mining company. The goal: to manipulate the locals into voting to sell their pristine public land to the highest bidder. Dre arrives in God-fearing, flag-waving Carthage County, with only Mrs. Fitz's well-meaning yet naïve grandson Brendan as his team. Dre, an African-American outsider, can't be the one to collect the signatures needed to get on the ballot. So he hires a blue-collar couple, Tyler Lee and his pious wife, Chalene, to act as the initiative's public face. Under Dre's cynical direction, a land grab is disguised as a righteous fight for faith and liberty. As lines are crossed and lives ruined, Dre's increasingly cutthroat campaign threatens the very soul of Carthage County and perhaps the last remnants of his own humanity" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Phan Qué Mai Nguyẽn
Description: "The Mountains Sing tells the multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart. The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ngu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Grady Hendrix
Description: "Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. Her husband is a workaholic, her teenage kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she’s always a step behind on her endless to-do list. The only thing keeping her sane is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime. At these meetings they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families. One evening after book club, Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor, bringing the neighbor's handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well traveled and well read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in years. But when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local police, Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt. The real problem? James is a monster of a different kind—and Patricia has already invited him in. Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted—including the book club—but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Rodhan Al- Khalidi, Jonathan Reeder
Description: "Amsterdam Airport, 1998. Samir Karim steps off a plane from Vietnam, flushes his fake passport down the toilet, and requests asylum. Fleeing Iraq to avoid conscription into Saddam Hussein's army, he has spent seven years anonymously wandering through Asia. Now, safely in the heart of Europe, he is sent to an asylum center and assigned a bed in a shared dorm--where he will spend the next nine years. As he navigates his way around the absurdities of Dutch bureaucracy, Samir tries his best to get along with his 500 new housemates. Told with compassion and a unique sense of humor, this is an inspiring tale of survival, a close-up view of the hidden world of refugees and human smugglers, and a sobering reflection of our times." -- Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Kha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
Barbara (Barbara-Anne) Boswell
Description: "Family secrets run deep for Grace, a young girl growing up in Cape Town during the 1980s. Her family secrets spill over into adulthood, and threaten to ruin the respectable life she has built for herself. When an old childhood friend emerges after disappearing a decade earlier during a clash with apartheid riot police in the Cape Flats, where South Africa's coloured community makes its home, Grace's memories of her childhood come rushing back, and she is confronted, once again, with the loss that has shaped her. She has to face up to the truth or continue to live a lie--but the choice is not straightforward. Unmaking Grace is an intimate portrayal of violence, both personal and political, and its legacy in one person's life. It meditates on the long shadow cast by personal trauma, showing the inter-generational imprint of violence and loss on people's lives." -- Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Bos
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2020
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88 Names : A Novel
Matt Ruff
FIC Ruf
Only The River : A Novel
Anne Raeff
FIC Rae
A Children's Bible : A Novel
Lydia Millet
FIC Mil
Queen Of The Unwanted
Jenna Glass
FIC Gla
A Thousand Moons : A Novel
Sebastian Barry
FIC Bar
Remembered
Yvonne Battle-Felton
FIC Bat
Anthropocene Rag
Alexander (Alexander C.) Irvine
FIC Irv
Satellite Street
Eleanor Lerman
FIC Ler
Grown-up Pose
Sonya Lalli
FIC Lal
The Book Of Kane And Margaret
Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi, Gautam Rangan
FIC Ara
Hannah's War : A Novel
Jan Eliasberg
FIC Eli
The Coyotes Of Carthage : A Novel
Steven Wright
FIC Wri
Hearts Of Oak
Eddie Robson
FIC Rob
The Herd : A Novel
Andrea Bartz
FIC Bar
How To Pronounce Knife : Stories
Souvankham Thammavongsa
FIC Tha
The Mountains Sing : A Novel
Phan Qué Mai Nguyẽn
FIC Ngu
If I Had Your Face : A Novel
Frances Cha
FIC Cha
The Southern Book Club's Guide To Slaying Vampires
Grady Hendrix
FIC Hen
Mutiny At Vesta
R. E. Stearns
FIC Ste
Two Blankets, Three Sheets, A Towel, A Pillow, And A Pillowcase
Rodhan Al- Khalidi, Jonathan Reeder
FIC Kha
Nils : The Tree Of Life
Jérôme Hamon, Antoine Carrion, Mike (Graphic novelist) Kennedy
FIC Ham
Unmaking Grace
Barbara (Barbara-Anne) Boswell
FIC Bos