What Are Your Librarians Reading?

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We don't just work in libraries because we love books, but it's certainly a big plus!

Here's a sneak peek at what some of your librarians are reading this month.


Sonali Dev
Description: Mili Rathod hasn't seen her husband in twenty years--not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be--if her husband would just come and claim her.
Call Number: FIC Dev
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Gregg Olsen
Call Number: 364.1523 Ols
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Description: Following his groundbreaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, Snyder begins a new era of The Dark Knight alongside artist Capullo when a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City and Batman to the core.
Call Number: YA FIC Sny
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Mary Kay Andrews
Description: Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame. Greer has been given one more chance to find the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town and starts working her charm. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thibadeaux. Eben has seen huge damage done to the town by a big paper company and he has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.
Call Number: LP FIC And
Format: Large Print
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Michael Dirda
Description: The author shares personal essays on diverse topics ranging from literary pets and cursive writing to book inscriptions and the pleasures of science fiction conventions.
Call Number: 028.9 Dir
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Stephanie Garber, Rebecca Soler
Description: "Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Gar
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Robert Luis Anderson
Description: Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people's dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person's dream more than once. Dea has never broken the rules. Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town. For the first time in her life, Dea feels normal. But both Dea and Connor have secrets, and as she is increasingly drawn to Connor's dreams - and nightmares - the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate, putting everyone she loves in danger.
Call Number: YA FIC And
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Steven Pinker
Description: Steven Pinker presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature--tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking--which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.
Call Number: 303.44 Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Kekla Magoon
Description: When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.
Call Number: YA FIC Mag
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Anna Burns, Brid Brennan
Description: In Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s, an unnamed narrator finds herself targeted by a high-ranking dissident known as Milkman.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Matt Haig
Description: "A follow-up to Matt Haig's internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life. The societies we live in are increasingly making our minds ill, making it feel as though the way we live is engineered to make us unhappy. When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological "advancements" that have created the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.89 Hai
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Angie Thomas
Description: As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time--and has massive shoes to fill. She's been labeled a hoodlum at school, and the fridge at home is empty after her mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral --for all the wrong reasons. Portrayed by the media as a menace, Bri makes a choice--and becomes the very thing the public has made her out to be. The odds are stacked against her, and freedom of speech isn't always free. -- Adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Delilah S. Dawson
Description: "One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins-- and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters. Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper-- Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order. What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma's past-- and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won't surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it--and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Julie Kagawa
Description: One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish--and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn. Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple's greatest treasure--one part of the ancient scroll. There are many who would claim the dragon's wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll, at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko's secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.
Call Number: YA FIC Kag
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Morgan Ring
Description: Niece to Henry VIII, heir to the throne, courtier at risk of being killed, spy-mistress, and ambitious political player, Lady Margaret Douglas is a vital new character in the Tudor story. Amidst the Christmas revels of 1530, a fifteen-year-old girl arrived at the court of King Henry VIII. Half-English, half-Scottish, she was his niece, the Lady Margaret Douglas. For the next fifty years, Margaret held a unique position at the courts of Henry and his children. As the Protestant Reformations unfolded across the British Isles and the Tudor monarchs struggled to produce heirs, she had ambitions of her own. She wanted to see her family ruling a united, Catholic Britain. Through daring, spying, and luck, Margaret made her son into a suitor to her niece Mary, Queen of Scots. Together, they had a powerful claim to the English throne. The marriage cost Margaret her position, her freedom, and her son's life. From the Tudor court to the Tower of London, Lady Margaret Douglas weathered triumphs and tragedies. Yet she never lost hope that she would see her family rule throughout the British Isles, which eventually happened when King James (I of England, VI of Scotland) united the crowns in 1603.--From publisher's description.
Call Number: B Len
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
D. H. Lawrence, Paul Slack
Description: The relationship between a middle-class woman and a coal miner is observed in this highly-studied piece of literature.
Call Number: FIC Law
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Nina George, Simon Pare
Description: Henri Skinner is a hardened ex-war reporter on the run from his past. On his way to see his son, Sam, for the first time in years, Henri steps into the road without looking and collides with oncoming traffic. He is rushed to a nearby hospital where he floats, comatose, between dreams, reliving the fairytales of his childhood and the secrets that made him run away in the first place. After the accident, Sam, a thirteen-year old synesthete with an IQ of 144 and an appetite for science fiction, waits by his father's bedside every day. There he meets Eddie Tomlin, a woman forced to confront her love for Henri after all these years, and twelve-year old Madelyn Zeidler, a coma patient like Henri and the sole survivor of a traffic accident that killed her family. As these four very different individuals fight--for hope, for patience, for life--they are bound together inextricably, facing the ravages of loss and first love side by side.
Call Number: FIC Geo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Lillian Faderman
Description: A chronicle of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian and transgender rights draws on interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists and members of the LGBT community to document the cause's struggles since the 1950s.
Call Number: 306.766 Fad
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Chris Bagshaw
Call Number: 796.51 Ult
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Laurie Frankel
Description: "This is how a family keeps a secret, and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after, until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change, and then change the world. When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn aren't panicked at first. Kids go through phases, after all, and make-believe is fun. But soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2019
Christina Dalcher
Description: On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
Call Number: LP FIC Dal
Format: Large Print
Date Added: May 7, 2019
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A Bollywood Affair
Sonali Dev
FIC Dev
On The Come Up
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho
Abandoned Prayers
Gregg Olsen
364.1523 Ols
Phasma
Delilah S. Dawson
FIC Daw
Batman. 01, The Court Of Owls
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
YA FIC Sny
Shadow Of The Fox
Julie Kagawa
YA FIC Kag
Beach Town [Large Print]
Mary Kay Andrews
LP FIC And
So High A Blood: The Story Of Margaret Douglas, The Tudor That Time Forgot
Morgan Ring
B Len
Browsings: A Year Of Reading, Collecting, And Living With Books
Michael Dirda
028.9 Dir
Sons And Lovers [Audiobook]
D. H. Lawrence, Paul Slack
FIC Law
Caraval [Audiobook]
Stephanie Garber, Rebecca Soler
YA FIC Gar
The Book Of Dreams
Nina George, Simon Pare
FIC Geo
Dreamland
Robert Luis Anderson
YA FIC And
The Gay Revolution: The Story Of The Struggle
Lillian Faderman
306.766 Fad
Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress
Steven Pinker
303.44 Pin
The Ultimate Hiking Skills Manual
Chris Bagshaw
796.51 Ult
How It Went Down
Kekla Magoon
YA FIC Mag
This Is How It Always Is
Laurie Frankel
FIC Fra
Milkman [Audiobook]
Anna Burns, Brid Brennan
FIC Bur
Vox [Large Print]
Christina Dalcher
LP FIC Dal
Notes On A Nervous Planet
Matt Haig
616.89 Hai