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Best listened to outside or going on adventures, world class musicians Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Chris Thile (mandolin), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Edgar Meyer (bass), and guest vocalist Aoife O’Donovan blend genres to create The Goat Rodeo Sessions. With its fresh sweeping strings, this bluegrass/classical quartet will make any room feel expansive. The album is as diverse as its musicians, featuring upbeat tracks like “Quarter Chicken Dark,” haunting melodies in “Franz and the Eagle,” and quick intricate pieces showing off the individuals’ technical abilities, such as in “Where’s My Bow.” While the artists come alive in the album a one-night-only live concert, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live, is also available to check out.
Ten years into serving time for her mother’s murder, famous party girl Janie Jenkins is released from jail on a technicality. Everyone in Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little thinks Janie is guilty. They might be right. Janie can’t remember how she ended up next to her mother’s body covered in blood…
Before Homeland there was Prisoners of War, and though they share a general premise, you cannot assume you know what to expect. In the original Israeli series, two POWs return home after seventeen years in captivity. Seventeen years. Time enough that one soldier faces teenage children who don’t know him at all, while his comrade is confronted with a fiancée who has since married his brother. A third hostage returns in a coffin, but his sister sees and hears him as if he survived. Extraordinary in its quiet, tense moments, Prisoners of War is a complex and provocative exploration of the effects of torture, suspicion, and the struggle to reintegrate into both family and society.
Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.
For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.
New: Fiction Books
New: Nonfiction Books
•What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
•The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
•Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
•Rewire by Richard O’Connor
•Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things by David Rose
•Daring: My Passages by Gail Sheehy
Fun and flirty, Boomerang is told in the alternating perspectives of Mia and Ethan, two driven interns ready to start their careers at the new millennial dating website Boomerang.com. At a bar the night before the internship begins, Mia and Ethan accidentally meet and instantly connect. Their fantasy is short-lived as they learn the next morning they are competitors for a full-time position being offered to the best intern, and Boomerang.com has a strict policy against dating coworkers. While the couples’ forbidden chemistry is the story’s main focus, Noelle August also takes readers through the trials of finding a place in the world post-college in this energetic New Adult novel.