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Jan/Feb 2018 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Selections include children’s picture books and fiction about the story lines can tell, the impact of social media, and the backstory of the Marvel’s Black Panther. Nonfiction for kids include the story of Bobbi Gibb, an interactive pop-up book on Shakespeare, and the struggle of cliques and bullies. Our A/V selections include DVDs about the last year’s solar eclipse and a provocative look at the Japanese pop music industry. Teen fiction selections include the aftermath of a family’s alien encounter and the ability poetry has to express ideas and feelings in connecting us with others. Adult fiction titles include a tale of a family formed of unlikely people at a library and the discovery of a buried body that exposes long-kept secrets. Adult nonfiction titles include a gender gap study, a biography on the Bouvier women, and what makes humans mammals. Spanish nonfiction titles include fascial fitness and a whole grains cookbook.

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 Lines book jacket

Lines by Suzy Lee

In this wordless picture book, each image starts with a single line, whether made by a pencil or the blade of a skate--and the magic flows from there. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 Nerdy Birdy Tweets book jacket

Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds

Nerdy Birdy sets up a Tweetster account, which soon takes up all of his time and leads him to neglect his live friend, Vulture. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 Black Panther: The Young Prince book jacket

Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith

Training to inherit the isolated, technologically advanced African kingdom where his father rules, 12-year-old T'Challa is unexpectedly sent with his best friend to complete his education in America at a typical public school in the heart of Chicago. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Children's Fiction

 Girl Running book jacket

Girl Running by Annette Bay Pimentel

Because Bobbi Gibb is a girl, she's not allowed to run on her school's track team. But after school, no one can stop her--and she's free to run endless miles to her heart's content. She is told no again when she tries to enter the Boston Marathon in 1966, because the officials claim that it's a man's race and that women are just not capable of running such a long distance. So what does Bobbi do? She bravely sets out to prove the naysayers wrong and show the world just what a girl can do.

Children's Nonfiction

 Pop-Up Shakespeare book jacket

Pop-Up Shakespeare by Jennie Maizels

Featuring five interactive spreads filled with dramatic pop-ups, fun foldouts, hilarious summaries, and fascinating commentaries, this is the perfect introduction to one of the world's greatest playwrights and his enduring works.

Children's Nonfiction

 Real Friends book jacket

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Following Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in "The Group." Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are--and why finding them is worth the journey. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 Eclipse Over America book jacket

Eclipse Over America

Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.


 Tokyo Idols book jacket

Tokyo Idols

This eye-opening film gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and Internet popularity. With filmmaker Kyoko Miyake's provocative look into the Japanese pop music industry and its focus on traditional beauty ideals, he confronts the nature of gender power dynamics at work. (Japanese with English subtitles)


 When Light Left Us book jacket

When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

When a shimmering being invades the bodies of the Vasquez siblings, taking over Hank’s hands, Ana’s eyes, and Milo’s ears, they name it Luz, and are grateful for the ways it fills the holes left by their father, who abandoned their family. But when Luz leaves as well, the siblings face not only a new sense of loss, but also the challenge of returning to “normal” after experiencing their world in a radically different way. Original and thought-provoking, this book is for teens who want to explore some deep questions about human nature, while still reading a really great story.

Teen Fiction

 Between the Lines book jacket

Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes

The high school students who join Mr. Ward’s poetry class are all struggling to find their way: Darrien wants to make his dreams of becoming a journalist a reality; Li wrestles with her Chinese-American heritage; Marcel is full of anger at the injustice suffered by his family; Jenesis just wants to survive her latest foster home. As the semester progresses, they start to experience the transformative, barrier-breaking power of expressing themselves through the poetry they write and share. Great for poetry fans, of course, but teens who want realistic fiction that doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff will also find a lot to like in this sequel to Bronx Masquerade.

Teen Fiction

 Summer Hours at the Robbers Library book jacket

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

In a small, dying town in New Hampshire, the public library is a place of refuge for Kit, a librarian looking for freedom from her past; Rusty, an unemployed broker searching for a way back to the good life; and The Four, a group of retired men who treat the library like their clubhouse. When 15-year-old Sunny arrives at the library to serve community service hours (she tried to shoplift a dictionary), her curiosity and desire for connection begin to draw the adults out of their isolated worlds. For fans of redemptive tales featuring unlikely families. Starred Review

Adult Fiction

 The Storm King book jacket

The Storm King by Brendan Duffy

When Nate MacHale left his hometown of Greystone Lake, he thought he also left behind the darkness and tragedy of his youth. Fourteen years later, Nate is drawn back to the town by the discovery of a body, and finds that his past may not be the closed book he believes it to be. Someone knows his secrets – and the town’s secrets – far too well, and is using them to perpetrate acts of vengeance eerily similar to those he himself once committed. A suspenseful read for fans of atmospheric thrillers. Starred Review

Adult Fiction

 That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together book jacket

That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman

More people in leadership roles are genuinely trying to transform the way we work together, because there's abundant evidence that companies with more women in senior leadership perform better by virtually every measure. Lipman fills the book with illuminating anecdotes, data from the most recent studies, and stories from her own journey to the top of a male-dominated industry, and shows how we can win by reaching across the gender divide to promote a harmonious workplace—and offers a roadmap for getting there.

Adult Nonfiction

 Jackie, Janet, and Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill book jacket

Jackie, Janet, and Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half-brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother. The Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, and it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top.

Adult Nonfiction

 I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals book jacket

I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals by Liam Drew

Humans are mammals. Most of us appreciate that at some level. But what does it mean for us to have more in common with a horse and an elephant than we do with a parrot, snake or frog? After a misdirected football left new father Liam Drew clutching a uniquely mammalian part of his anatomy, he decided to find out more. Liam delves into ancient biological history to understand what it means to be mammalian by exploring the different characteristics that distinguish mammals from other types of animals. He charts the evolution of milk, warm blood and burgeoning brains, and examines the emergence of sophisticated teeth, exquisite ears, and elaborate reproductive biology, plus a host of other mammalian innovations. Entwined are tales of zoological peculiarities and reflections on how being a mammal has shaped the author’s life. Starred review. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Nonfiction

 Masaje fascial book jacket

Masaje fascial by Stefanie Arend

This exercise book focuses on the soft connective tissue that weaves throughout the body. Este libro de ejercicios se enfoca en el tejido conectivo blando que se teje por todo el cuerpo.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Recetas con cereales integrales book jacket

Recetas con cereales integrales by Guadalupe González Hernández

Delicious recipes for healthy whole grain meals. Deliciosas recetas para comidas saludables integrales.

Spanish Nonfiction