Month: May 2014

Check It Out Blog

New: Fiction and Nonfiction

Every Friday the Library will bring you two 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

Bingo's Run book cover The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris book cover The Truth book cover

     –  Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine

     –  The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

     –  The Truth by Michael Palin

     –  Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman

     –  Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman

     –  Mimi Malloy, At Last! by Julia MacDonnell

     –  Hidden by Catherine McKenzie

     –  The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

New: Nonfiction Books

The Artisan Soul book coverA Farm Dies Once a Year Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why book cover

     –  The Artisan Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus

     –  A Farm Dies Once a Year by Arlo Crawford

     –  Ha!: The Science of When and Why We Laugh by Scott Weems

     –  DIY Dye by Loren Lankford

     –  Reproducing Racism by Daria Roithmayr

     –  Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change by Barbara Winslow

     –  I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia by Su Meck

     –  Neanderthal Man by Svante Pääbo

Fiction: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Dept. of Speculation book coverIn Jenny Offill’s slim, yet rich, second novel, a narrator known only as “the wife” details love’s dizzying beginnings, the leap of faith into marriage and parenthood, and the disorienting effects of a crumbling relationship—all in stream-of-consciousness bites both deeply personal and relatable. She teaches creative writing, her husband creates soundtracks for commercials, and their daughter rages, seemingly at war with the world. The wife’s mental health is precarious; though desperately in love with her small family, she feels unmoored. An infestation of bed bugs comes like a nightmare of a climax. And then there’s crushing betrayal. For fans of brutally honest domestic drama and protagonists oozing self-awareness, Dept. of Speculation will prove a compelling, quick, heartrending read.