New Book Tuesday 3-26-19

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It’s New Book Tuesday and we have 7 new books and 4 new movies to add to the collection!

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan

Cilla Lee-Jenkins returns to pursue her dreams of becoming a successful author while dealing with her Chinese-American family in Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by writer Susan Tan and illustrator Dana Wulfekotte.

“Anyone who spends time with Cilla Lee-Jenkins will look forward to reading her in the future.” –Booklist, starred review, on Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Pricilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins has already written a “Bestseller” and a “Classic”―now it’s time for her to write an Epic Story. Epics are all about brave heroes overcoming Struggles to save the world, and this year, Cilla is facing her toughest struggles yet:

· Cilla is in fifth grade and, unlike her classmates, not at all ready to start middle school
· She has two younger sisters to look after now and they don’t exactly get along
· Her beloved grandfather YeYe has had a stroke and forgotten his English, and it’s up to Cilla to help him find his words again

With humor, heart, and her mighty pen Cilla Lee-Jenkins will use her powers to vanquish every foe (the mean girls in her class), help every citizen (especially Ye Ye), and save the world.

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a sensitive and accessible book about the challenges of fitting in when you know you’re a little different.

On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They’re supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night.

The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school. 

But things don’t go as planned. On the first day of school, she’s paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can’t stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he’s obsessed with animals. Jack doesn’t fit in, and Emma’s worried he’ll make her stand out.

Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she’s meant to have? 

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a beautiful and sensitive book about being different and staying true to yourself.

The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith

A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in this charming novel that is Andrew Smith’s first foray into middle grade storytelling.

When he was four years old, Sam Abernathy was trapped at the bottom of a well for three days, where he was teased by a smart-aleck armadillo named Bartleby. Since then, his parents plan every move he makes.

But Sam doesn’t like their plans. He doesn’t want to go to MIT. And he doesn’t want to skip two grades, being stuck in the eighth grade as an eleven-year-old with James Jenkins, the boy he’s sure pushed him into the well in the first place. He wants to be a chef. And he’s going to start by entering the first annual Blue Creek Days Colonel Jenkins Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off.

That is, if he can survive eighth grade, and figure out the size of the truth that has slipped Sam’s memory for seven years.

Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd

“Strong themes of friendship and loyalty drive Lloyd’s story, which soars under Mallie’s heroic lead [whose] physical disability never holds her back. Rather, she bravely proves that questions have power and one’s story can be reshaped.” -Booklist, starred review

Twelve-year-old Mallie knows better than to dream. In Coal Top, you live the story you’re given: boys toil in the mines and girls work as servants. Mallie can’t bear the idea of that kind of life, but her family is counting on her wages to survive.

It wasn’t always this way. Before the Dust came, the people of Coal Top could weave starlight into cloth. They’d wear these dreaming clothes to sleep and wake up with the courage to seek adventure . . . or the peace to heal a broken heart. But now nothing can penetrate Coal Top’s blanket of sorrow.

So when Mallie is chosen for a dangerous competition in which daring (and ideally, orphaned) children train flying horses, she jumps at the chance. Maybe she’ll change her story. Maybe she’ll even find the magic she needs to dream again.

But the situation proves even more dangerous when Mallie uncovers a sinister mystery at the heart of Coal Top’s struggles — a mystery some powerful people will do anything to protect.

Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen

New York Times bestseller Iris Johansen is back with another high octane thriller that will leave your mind racing and your heart pounding.

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara’s lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would come back into her life, everything would be perfect.

But the carefully constructed world Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man trying to settle a score against her family, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Now, Cara will have to use every instinct she has to stay one step ahead, or else she’ll pay the deadly tribute of her family’s dark past.

Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein explores the depths of Manhattan’s secretive Rockefeller University in this timely, captivating thriller about the deep–and often deadly–reverberations of past sins.

Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit is finally back at work following a leave of absence, and not a moment too soon. With more women feeling empowered to name their abusers, Alex is eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best. But even she can’t anticipate the complexity of her first case when she meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier at a landmark federal trial . . . and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time.

Yet Lucy’s isn’t the only secret Alex must uncover, with rumors swirling about one colleague’s abusive conduct behind closed doors and another’s violent, mysterious collapse. As the seemingly disparate cases of her client, adversary, and friend start to intertwine, Alex, along with NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, finds herself in uncharted territory within Manhattan’s Rockefeller University, a premier research institute, hospital, and cornerstone of higher learning. But not even the greatest minds in the city can help her when unearthed secrets begin to collide in dangerous ways . . . and unless she can uncover the truth, the life-saving facility just may become her grave.

The Last Second (A Brit in the FBI) by Catherine Coulter

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine against a private French space agency that has the power to end the world as we know it.

Galactus, France’s answer to SpaceX, has just launched a communications satellite into orbit, but the payload actually harbors a frightening weapon: a nuclear-triggered electromagnetic pulse.

When the satellite is in position, Galactus’s second-in-command, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world with an EMP. A former astronaut, Patel believes she is following the directions of the Numen, aliens who saved her life when she space-walked outside the International Space Station. She is convinced that with the Holy Grail, just discovered by the owner of Galactus—eccentric treasure hunter Jean-Pierre Broussard—she can be reunited with the Numen, change the world’s destiny, and become immortal with them.

The countdown has begun when Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are thrown into the pending disaster. They must stop the EMP that would wreak havoc on communication and electronic systems on Earth, resulting in chaos and anarchy.

With their signature “nonstop action with enough realism to keep you thinking and scare the daylights out of you at the same time” (Suspense Magazine), Coulter and Ellison have created a thriller to take you on a breakneck and breathtaking journey.

Aquaman

An action-packed adventure that reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime–one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but also to
discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be:
a king.

If Beale Street Could Talk

From acclaimed director Barry Jenkins comes this timeless love story set in 1970s Harlem, where a young couple and their families fight for justice – and the promise of the American dream.

Second Act

Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

Stan & Ollie

Laurel & Hardy go on a whirlwind tour to try and reconnect with their fans, but face an uncertain future with their golden era behind them.

Books & Bites: Skype with Jerry Craft, author of New Kid

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I heard about New Kid by Jerry Craft before the National Council of Teachers of English conference in November 2018 as the buzz about it started to grow. I read a digital galley and understood that the hype was real and well-deserved. I then found Jerry on Twitter and shared my appreciation for this groundbreaking, insightful, humorous, and engaging book. The power of Twitter led to Jerry and I connecting and planning a Skype visit for the library’s March Books & Bites. I was able to give away a bunch of copies of New Kid to people who registered for our program because I wanted to ensure that our participants could access this incredible story – and be prepared to fully engage in our book conversation and Skype. As we got closer to our program, I discovered that ALL of the copies in our entire library system were checked out, on hold, or awaiting pick-up, so it was particularly fortuitous that we had purchased copies for our group to read and add to their personal library collections.

Our program was full, with a wait-list, and even more kids wanted to join us. It was the largest Books & Bites program we have ever had! The kids settled into the room, getting their treats (healthier snacks since they asked for them) and finding their seats. While they did this, I played a snippet from the full-cast audiobook of New Kid, sharing a taste of this extraordinary production to hopefully make them curious about the medium and want to check it out. It also was a great way to draw their attention and get everyone ready to start our discussion.

Okay, I have to ask, is it an Easter egg or a coincidence that Jesus Del Orden, who plays Jordan, is also in the Lion King, and Jordan tells his grandfather that “one of the juniors is in the Lion King on Broadway (111)? There are just so many new details I’ve discovered by reading and rereading New Kid for this book club, which is why I had 8 pages of notes – but alas, only a half hour to get ready to talk to Jerry Craft!

In order to prepare them for our Skype visit, I shared background information about Jerry Craft’s extensive career from creating his Mama’s Boyz comic strip, self-publishing his own books, illustrating many books, and collaborating with his sons on The Offenders. I made sure to share the Scholastic book he illustrated, The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrick H. Bass, which one of our participants noted was on display in our library. I also shared the research I did about the origins of New Kid. Jerry wrote that the book was “based on my experience of growing up in the Washington Heights section of NYC and attending the Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY. And not only did I experience it as a student, but I also got to live it again as a parent when my sons attended private schools in CT.”  

We began our discussion by thinking critically about what it meant to be a new kid and the internal and external factors that made attending a new school challenging for Jordan. The kids instantly dove into the conversation about the size of the school, which Jerry Craft illustrated showing Jordan going from building to building on his first day, getting lost and feeling alone. The kids pointed out how the school was mostly white and how “racism is a big thing” in this story. We discussed the importance of having books that can be windows and mirrors, citing Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, who originated this idea. She wrote, “Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books” (1990). We talked about the importance of representation in the books we read. In his author note online, Jerry Craft asked, “Where was my sons’ Wimpy Kid? Or Percy Jackson? Where was their book that they can’t wait to share with their friends, no matter who they are, because they have a story that means as much to them as Smile, or Amulet? Where are the books that show other kids, that there are kids like my sons who like ice cream and pizza and tickle fights, and have both a mom AND a dad? (Insert sound of crickets.)”

We talked about the problems with stereotypes, with the kids coming up with their own definition and thinking about examples of people expressing stereotypes in the book. I shared a quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous TEDTalk, The Danger of a Single Story: “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” I asked the kids how people in the story make one story the only story, which led us into a passionate conversation about some of the problematic things people do and say in the book. Some of the kids were particularly bothered by Coach Roche, who constantly asks Jordan if what he’s said is racist, putting the responsibility to educate him on Jordan, which we determined was not right. Our group was very interested in discussing Andy, who often uses microaggressions and does not take responsibility for his actions, even going as far as saying, “Why is everyone always so sensitive about everything?” (198). I shared the definition of microaggressions as “brief, everyday exchanges, whether intentional or unintentional, that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership”  (Sue, p. 24). We talked about how Ms. Rawle calls Drew by the wrong name constantly and the impact of this kind of microaggression. One of our participants shared textual evidence from the graphic novel to show how hurtful this behavior is, quoting Jordan’s sketch book, “But do you know the worst name you could call me? Someone ELSE’S name! Because that means they’re not even talking the time to look at you long enough to even find something to insult! They’re saying that you’re not even worth their time and are insignificant!” (216-217).

We talked about how to stand up to people who are using microaggressions and how to listen and resist being defensive when people share that they have been hurt by our words or actions.

Meeting Jerry Craft

It was then time for us to begin our Skype visit with Jerry Craft. Each participant had a notecard with questions they had written down and I took turns calling on kids to ask their questions. Our group asked for more information about his journey to write New Kid. Jerry shared that “I decided that I would write books that I wish I had when I was your age.” Sharing his reasons for creating New Kid really helped our group better understand what he hoped to accomplish by telling Jordan’s story.

He told us that his sons had a lot of input about New Kid, but he did all of the writing and drawing, working on this project for years. When one kid asked if it was stressful to write it, Jerry shared that “They say that if you do something that you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in life. I loved it so much that I don’t get stressed out.” Jerry shared his publishing journey from self-publishing Mama’s Boyz: As American as Sweet Potato Pie! in 1997. The kids were curious about his creative inspirations which he shared included Peanuts by Charles Schultz, Marvel comics, Ray Billingsley, the creator of comic strip Curtis, Morrie Turner, creator of the Wee Pals comic strip, and Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile. (During the chat, the kids often referenced things we had discussed, things they knew about Jerry Craft, which is the key to a good author visit.) Our group really wanted to know what caused Andy to be so rude. Jerry responded with a question of his own, asking the kids if they considered Andy a bully. H. responded that “I wouldn’t think he’s very nice, but he’s not a bully.” Our group has consistently looked beyond the bully label and thought deeply about what motivates behavior, seeking more backstory to explain why they lash out, as well as the social context for kids’ actions. They definitely wanted to know more about Andy, which we hope we’ll learn about in the sequel. I really appreciated E.’s question about tips for being a new kid since several of our kids will be heading to middle school next year. Jerry shared the importance of finding your own group of people who like similar things, rather than trying to fit yourself into activities beyond your comfort level. Books offer the best rehearsals for life, so I’d love to see middle school and high school advisory classes sharing New Kid at the beginning of the school year. M. shared a deep question, asking what Jerry hoped to accomplish by the end of 2019. He revealed that he is working on New Kid 2, which made everyone scream loudly. I learned today from the awesome Books Between Podcast with Corrina Allen that the sequel is called Class Act, and it’s planned to be released from HarperCollins during the Fall of 2020.

For the kids who stayed past the end of our program, they were treated to a tour of Jerry’s studio, sharing his bookshelf (spotting Raina’s books by their signature colors), a Black Panther drawing that his sons gave him, posters and prints, and S. even noticed a sketch of Jordan on his drafting table. We got to see the digital book on screen, which was super cool to see the layout of the pages. Our group also noticed the fabulous New Kid merch that Jerry was sporting, including an amazing phone case, so if that store goes live, our kids will be the first in line to proudly support New Kid in style. The finale of our entire experience was meeting Jerry’s adorable dog who is aptly named Snoopy. Our group again shouted with excitement. Jerry kindly went beyond our planned time to answer as many questions as possible. We are so grateful for all of the time and effort Jerry put into visiting with our Books & Bites book club! It was such a pleasure and honor for our reading community to meet Jerry and better understand the hard work, creativity, and personal experiences that went into creating New Kid. We will never look at his book the same way again. Thank you so much, Jerry!!!

Did you know I’ve already mentioned our April selection for Books & Bites in this post? It’s Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Join our waitlist to join us on April 16 from 2:30-3:30. Put your copy on hold now.

New Book Tuesday

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The Parade by Dave Eggers

From the bestselling author of The Monk of Mokha and The Circle comes a taut, suspenseful story of two foreigners’ role in a nation’s fragile peace.

An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence. With echoes of J. M. Coetzee and Graham Greene, this timeless novel questions whether we can ever understand another nation’s war, and what role we have in forging anyone’s peace.

Internment by Sarmira Ahmed

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Run Away: A Novel by Harlan Coben

A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.You’ve lost your daughter.
She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs. 

And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

Celtic Empire (Dark Pitt Adventure) by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Clive Cussler, “The Grand Master of Adventure,” sends his intrepid heroes Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino on their wildest, boldest mission into the ancient world, unlocking extraordinary secrets and solving hideous crimes. Another fabulous read from the most beloved series from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador. . . A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit. . . An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile. . . Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago.

During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows–most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the shadowy bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together in a stunning showdown on the rocky isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

Spider-man Into the Spiderverse

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Mary Poppins Returns

The magic returns in Disney’s reimagined classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of what it’s like to be a child. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in celebration that everything is possible…even the impossible!


Everyone Has a Story

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Are there questions you’ve always wanted to ask someone close to you but didn’t know how? Do you long to share the adventures, experiences, and challenges of your life? Would you like to leave a legacy of memories that can inspire and inform others?

My Lincolnwood Story, the library’s new oral history project, is your platform to say yes to all the above. The project will record, preserve and share the history of the village and its residents. The goal: to connect residents with the history of their neighbors, and with each other. Participants will come together at the library, where they can schedule a recording session with a friend or loved one (or a library staffer). We will handle the logistics (microphones, recording, etc.) so you can focus on the conversation. If you’re stumped on how to start, here are a few questions that might help:
• How did you/your family come to live in Lincolnwood?
• Tell me about how you got into your line of work.
• What was your relationship with your parents when you were growing up? How did it change?
• What traditions have been passed down in your family?
• How has your life been different from what you imagined?
• What are your hopes for the future?

Whether you are the interviewer or interviewee, consider yourself an oral historian. The answers will provide a glimpse into the people of Lincolnwood and their history.

Information sessions are scheduled on March 28 and April 15, and interview slots will be available starting March 25. Reserve your spot by calling Lev Kalmens at (224)233-1856.

New Book Tuesday

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Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince by Liz Kessle

Emily Windsnap ends up surrounded by pirates — and on a life-changing adventure — in the eighth installment of the New York Times best-selling series.

Traveling home by cruise ship should be a relaxing break after Emily’s latest adventure, but things take a turn when the ship is overtaken by a pirate king and his crew. After the pirates collect everyone’s riches, they steal something even more valuable: Aaron. The pirate king’s eldest son takes Aaron captive, forcing him to help guide the pirates to the mythical Trident’s Treasure. So Emily dives into action and joins the younger son’s crew in hopes of saving Aaron. But while experiencing life on the waves, Emily is surprised to find herself not only enjoying the pirate life, but actually bonding with the crew — especially Sam, the pirate king’s son. Between helping Sam unravel riddles to beat his brother to the treasure and making sure that her friends are safe, Emily realizes that she needs to be true to herself. Will she cast aside her mermaid life to join her new friends, or will she find a way to follow her own path?

The 104-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

New York Times-bestselling team Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton invite readers to come hang out with them in their 104-Story Treehouse―the eighth book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with Andy and Terry’s signature slapstick humor!

Andy and Terry live in a 104-story treehouse. (It used to be a 91-story treehouse, but they decided it was still missing a few things.) It has a never-ending staircase, a burp bank, a deep-thoughts thinking room, Mount Everest, a mighty fortress reinforced with extra-strong fortress reinforcer, and a money-making machine (that also makes honey!).

When Andy has a toothache that hurts so bad he can’t write any jokes for their new book, Terry knows just what to do: buy a Joke Writer 2000™ to write the jokes for them! All they need first is some money from their money-making machine and then it’s off to the store. It’s a foolproof plan―a Terry-proof one, even!

What could go wrong?

The First Lady by James Patterson

In James Patterson’s new stand-alone thriller, one secret can bring down a government when the President’s affair to remember becomes a nightmare he wishes he could forget. 

Sally Grissom is a top secret service agent in charge of the Presidential Protection team. She knows that something is amiss when she is summoned to a private meeting with the President and his Chief of Staff without any witnesses. But she couldn’t have predicted that she’d be forced to take on an investigation surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the First Lady–with strict orders to keep it a secret. 

The First Lady’s absence comes in the wake of the scandalous, public revelation of the president’s affair, so at first it seems as though she is simply cutting off all contact as she recuperates at a horse farm in Virginia. What begins as an innocent respite quickly reveals itself as a twisted case when the White House receives a ransom note along with the First Lady’s finger. 

A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham

TREASURE OR TREACHERY?

Douglas Island sits off the coast of New York State, its imposing cliffs warning away visitors. Still, Finn Douglas has big plans for his inheritance and the rambling manor house that dominates the landscape. He has a vision to turn the island into a resort getaway for overworked city dwellers. But when the broken body of his business partner is found at the base of the rocky escarpment, he fears it wasn’t an accident.

Special Agent Craig Frasier agrees to help his cousin Finn by investigating and, with psychologist Kieran Finnegan at his side, heads to the island. As Craig and Kieran delve into the history of the Douglas estate, they discover that the property comes complete with strange lore and a blood-soaked past. Something evil seems to be lurking in the caverns that run beneath the stony ground. Is there something on the island that someone is willing to kill to protect? Kieran and Craig take on a dangerous search for the truth, where one false step could send them plummeting to their deaths, and one wrong turn could bring them face-to-face with a killer.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

A searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Green Book

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald

Shortly after being imprisoned by the Magical Congress of the USA, dark magician Gellert Grindelwald has broken free. As soon as he escapes, Grindelwald starts building a powerful army of wizards who want nothing short of the complete enslavement of the human race. To combat Grindelwald’s efforts, Professor Albus Dumbledore calls on the wizard responsible for putting Grindelwald away in the first place: Newt Scamander. Throughout his journeys, Scamander will travel through Paris, London, and New York City, always on the lookout for Grindelwald and his legions of followers. Scamander’s mission will put his skills as a wizard to the ultimate test.

New Book Tuesday

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Silent Night: A Novel by Danielle Steel

A shocking accident. A little girl struggling to survive.  And the childless aunt who transforms her own world to help her . . . Danielle Steel’s latest novel is a deeply moving story of resilience and hope.

Paige Watts is the ultimate stage mother. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Paige channels her acting dreams into making her own daughter, Emma, a star. By the age of nine, Emma is playing a central role in a hit TV show. Then everything is shattered by unforeseeable tragedy.

Now Emma is living with her aunt Whitney, who had chosen a very different path from her sister’s. Whitney was always the studious older sister, hating the cult of celebrity that enveloped their childhood. Instead, she is a psychiatrist who lives for her work and enjoys a no-strings-attached love affair with a wealthy venture capitalist. But at a moment’s notice, Whitney drops everything to help her niece.

Once famous, outgoing, and charismatic, Emma is now a shadow of her former self—without speech, without memory, lost and terrified. But with her aunt Whitney’s help, along with a team of caregivers and doctors, Emma begins to find her way, starting her young life all over again—and changing the lives of everyone around her.

Emotionally gripping and richly involving, Silent Night explores how the heart has mysterious healing powers of its own, and blessings happen when we think all is lost.

 

The Malta Exchange by Steve Barry

A deadly race for the Vatican’s oldest secret fuels New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s latest international Cotton Malone thriller.

The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great.

Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. But someone else seems to be after the same letters and, when Malone obtains then loses them, he’s plunged into a hunt that draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta.

The knights have existed for over nine hundred years, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times. Now they are a global humanitarian organization, but within their ranks lurks trouble ― the Secreti― an ancient sect intent on affecting the coming papal conclave. With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights, the Secreti, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries. The final confrontation culminates behind the walls of the Vatican where the election of the next pope hangs in the balance.

 

The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin

The “master of heart-pounding suspense”―New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin―returns with a new legal thriller starring Robin Lockwood.

A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he’s sent to prison. Not long after, there’s another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes―which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new trial and bail. Shortly thereafter, his original lawyer disappears and his law partner is murdered.

Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a prestigious small law firm and a former MMA fighter who helped pay for Yale Law School with her bouts. She is representing the victim of the first rape for her civil lawsuit against her rapist, who is now convinced the rapist is stalking her and trying to intimidate her. At the same time, another client is up on a murder charge―one that should be dismissed as self-defense―but the D.A. trying the case is determined to bring it to trial. Now she has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truth that links the two of them.

Phillip Margolin, the master of the legal thriller, returns in one of his twistiest, most compelling crime novels yet.

 

The Island of Sea Women: A Novel by Lisa See

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Womenintroduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

 

The Everlasting Rose (The Belles) by Dhonielle Clayton

In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The Belles, Camellia Beaureguard, the former favorite Belle, must race against time to find the ailing Princess Charlotte, who has disappeared without a trace. The evil queen Sophia’s imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep Camille, her sister Edel, and her loyal guard, Rémy, from returning Charlotte to the palace and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called the Iron Ladies–a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely–and the backing of alternative newspaper the Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections, and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and attempt to restore peace to Orléans. But enemies lurk in the most unexpected places, forcing Camille to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice to save her people.

 

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker?
When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.
Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.

A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.

House of Cards – Season 6

House of Cards, the 6th and final season of the award-winning Netflix series continues the story of Claire Underwood as she ascends to the Presidency. Frank Underwood has passed but does he still hold power over Claire or his staff? New in Season 6 are Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear.

 

 

Vox Lux

Natalie Portman leads as a dysfunctional pop-star named Celeste, who is propelled into the media spotlight after a national tragedy. Featuring original songs by Sia.

 

 

 

Creed II

The next chapter in the Adonis Creed story follows his life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star.

 

 

 

The Favourite

In early 18th-century England, the relationship between Queen Anne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, is threatened by a new servant who schemes to return to her aristocratic roots.