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March/April 2017 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and listening pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include children’s books featuring a photo essay of people/places that produce the food we eat; a WWII page turning mystery; and, a picture book about where dinosaurs could hide in your neighborhood. Listen to a Hollywood coming-of-age novel and another about a high school dropout who hides his extreme intellect. Teen fiction selections include retellings of Beauty and the Beast and the myth of Persephone. For adult fiction, a close discovers her starship crew members have died and must identify the murderer before the killer strikes again; and, the sixth installment in the Grantchester Mystery series. Nonfiction readers will learn why Neandertal’s disappeared and the archaeologist’s who’ve studied them in the past, read a biography about Judy Gethers who was a cookbook author and mentor/friend to celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck, and a look at the women of wrestling from the 1800s to today. For graphic novel fans, you’ll find the beginning of a re-imagined Hanna-Barbara series and another about a girl in a fast paced futuristic society who must learn to take things slow. Our Spanish nonfiction selections include books on the occult/ancient wisdom and basic astrology concepts.

Find more reading suggestions at Books & Media.

 Grow! Raise! Catch!: How We Get Our Food book jacket

Grow! Raise! Catch!: How We Get Our Food by Shelley Rotner

A photo-essay showing the people and places that produce food for us to eat. Multicultural and multi-regional, this is a great introduction to the child’s question, “where does our food come from?”. Also available in eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle book jacket

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

Three siblings are sent out of London to be safe from the incessant bombing during WWII. Spooky noises, disappearing children, a war spy, and mysterious charms on the Lady’s chatelaine might make you think that the children would have had a better chance if they’d stayed in London. A guaranteed page-turner. Also available in eBook and eAudiobook.

Children's Fiction

 Dinosaurs in Disguise book jacket

Dinosaurs in Disguise by Stephen Krensky

Read the book and then go outside to look around. Where could a dinosaur be hiding in your neighborhood? Great exercise for the imagination! Also available in eBook.

Picture Book

 The Hollywood Daughter book jacket

The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott

A Hollywood coming-of-age novel in which Ingrid Bergman's affair with Roberto Rossellini forces her biggest fan to reconsider everything she was raised to believe. Also available in eBook and eAudiobook.

Audiobook on CD

 IQ book jacket

IQ by Joe Ide

A high school dropout, Isaiah Quintable has an unassuming nature that hides a ferocious intellect. In the rough neighbood of East Long Beach word has gotten around: if you have a problem, IQ can take care of it. Also available in eBook and eAudiobook.

Audiobook on CD

 Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book book jacket

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

This retelling of the French classic fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740, expands upon the beautiful story and world seen in the new Walt Disney Studios' film, Beauty and the Beast. Also available in eAudiobook.

Teen Fiction

 Wintersong book jacket

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

After her sister is kidnapped by the Goblin King, Liesl journeys to the Underground and is faced with an impossible decision when she finds herself captivated by the strange world and its mysterious ruler. This debut is a dark fantasy musical retelling of the Persephone myth by way of German folklore and Labyrinth. Also available in eBook.

Teen Fiction

 Six Wakes book jacket

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Awakening in a cloning vat, streaked with blood and possessing no memory of how she died, new clone Maria Arena discovers the clones of six former starship crew members and must identify their murderers before the killer strikes again. A locked-room murder mystery page-turner set in space is highly recommended for mystery and Firefly fans. Also available in eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love book jacket

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie

Discovering the body of a man in the Cambridgeshire woods, priest and detective Sidney Chambers immerses himself in the 1970s counterculture of psychedelic plants; while his longtime friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating, investigates the disappearance of a historic religious text. The sixth installment in the Grantchester Mysteries series, now a PBS television series as well.

Adult Fiction

 Café Neandertal: Excavating Our Past in One of Europe's Most Ancient Places book jacket

Café Neandertal: Excavating Our Past in One of Europe's Most Ancient Places by Beebe Bahrami

The Dordogne region in southwestern France is the site of one of the richest concentrations of Neanderthal remains in the world and in this travelogue, Bahrami not only investigates the mystery of why the Neanderthal disappeared 35,000 years ago but also profiles the array of brilliant, eccentric archaeologists studying our long lost cousins and local experts who are not above trying to make some money off this whole enterprise. Booklist calls Bahrami, “a delightful guide in this thoroughly enjoyable book.” Also available in eBook.

Adult Nonfiction

 My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and the Meaning of Life book jacket

My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and the Meaning of Life by Peter Gethers

The daughter of a restaurateur--the restaurant was New York's legendary Ratner's--Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; she also wrote many cookbooks and taught cooking alongside Julia Child. In her 80s, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke. But illness has brought her closer than ever to her son: Peter regularly visits her so they can share meals, and he can ask questions about her colorful past, while learning her kitchen secrets. A plan begins to form, Peter decides to learn how to cook his mother the meal of her dreams and thereby tell the story of her life to all those who have loved her. Part memoir, part cookbook, Peter Gethers has written an unforgettable story about how food and family can do much more than feed us--they can nourish our souls.

Adult Nonfiction

 Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women's Wrestling book jacket

Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women's Wrestling by Pat Laprade and Dan Murphy

“Sisterhood of the Squared Circle” presents the fascinating history of women's wrestling, from the carnival circuit of the late 1800s to today's hugely popular matches. With more than 100 wrestler profiles, find out how backstage politics, real life grudges and incredible personalities shaped the business. Filled with rare photographs, “Sisterhood” also chronicles women’s wrestling worldwide including chapters on Japan, Mexico, England, and Australia. The careers of many well-known trailblazers, including Mildred Burke, the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Penny Banner, Wendi Richter, Trish Stratus, Chyna and Lita, are celebrated alongside today's stars, like Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley. According to Library Journal, this is the “definitive” history.

Adult Nonfiction

 Future Quest 1 book jacket

Future Quest 1 by Jeff Parker

When worlds collide, it's up to Hanna-Barbera's most well-known adventure-seeking heroes to save the galaxy! Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, TheHerculoids, and more are re-imagined here in this new action-adventure thriller!

Adult Graphic Novel

 Decelerate Blue book jacket

Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp

In a future world where speed, efficiency, and stimulation are the basis of society, a girl named Angela discovers that she is not alone in questioning this way of life, and is recruited into a resistance movement focused on taking things slow. Also available in eBook

Teen Graphic Novel

 Geomancia book jacket


This book invites readers to explore the world of the occult and discover ancient wisdom. Este libro invita a los lectores a explorar el mundo de lo oculto y descubrir la sabiduría antigua.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Astrología book jacket

Astrología by Fernando Ruiz Guarín

Covers basic astrology concepts. Cubre conceptos básicos de astrología.

Spanish Nonfiction