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March / April 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 finding shelter from the rain, the concept of nothing, and learning how to be alone. Nonfiction for kids include poetry and fun facts about hippos. The A/V selections include nature documentaries about Arctic wolves and the last living Northern White Rhino. Teen fiction includes three young women who meet at a convention center attending different conventions and a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at the age of seventeen. Adult fiction includes a collection of short stories and a thriller in the same vein of Highsmith and Hitchcock. Adult nonfiction includes the habits of the animal kingdom, the effects of the world’s greatest natural disasters, and the cultural influences on American cuisine. Spanish nonfiction includes how to organize your personal finances and tips to investing wisely.

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 The Big Umbrella book jacket

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 The Book About Nothing book jacket

The Book About Nothing by Mike Bender

Explains that a cookie jar that seems empty, a floor after toys have been put away, and the strange noise in the middle of the night all demonstrate nothing. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 Stella Diaz Has Something to Say book jacket

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Stella Diaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Diaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Fiction

 Jabberwalking book jacket

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

A former United States Poet Laureate shares secrets about viewing the world from a poet's perspective, explaining how "jabberwalking" poets draw inspiration from everything they experience to express themselves in creative ways.

Children's Nonfiction

 Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners book jacket

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye

Acclaimed and award-winning poet, teacher, and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye's uncommon and unforgettable voice offers readers peace, humor, inspiration, and solace. This volume of almost one hundred original poems is a stunning and engaging tribute to the diverse voices past and present that comfort us, compel us, lead us, and give us hope. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 The Truth About Hippos book jacket

The Truth About Hippos by Maxwell Eaton

Did you know that there are two types of hippo: the common hippo and the pygmy hippo (which is like a common hippo but smaller)? Did you know that all hippos live in Africa? Did you know that hippos can't actually swim? Discover these facts and many more in this nonfiction picture-book series that injects humor and bright, vivid animals into popular subjects like bears and hippos. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 Arctic Wolf Pack book jacket

Arctic Wolf Pack

At the very northern edge of North America is Ellesmere Island, where the unforgiving Arctic winds tear through the tundra, dipping temperatures to 50 below zero. But running through this shifting sea of snow and ice is one of the most hardened predators on the planet, the white wolf.


 The Last Rhino book jacket

The Last Rhino

Sudan is the very last male Northern White Rhino. His amazing story is told through the global cast of people involved in Sudan's life of 43 years. He was aged two when snatched from his mom's side in Central Africa and became a prized exhibit in a zoo behind the Iron Curtain while the rest of his kind was poached to extinction. Now Sudan is the focus of an eleventh hour battle to save his sub-species.


 The Pros of Cons book jacket

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Riban, and Michelle Schusterman

A drummer, a fanfic writer, and a taxidermist’s assistant (the taxidermist is her father) meet while attending three very different conventions at the same convention center. Each has a grand design for the weekend – to take first place in the snare competition, to meet her online girlfriend IRL, to spend quality time with her dad – but each quickly sees her plans derailed. With a little help from each other, though, the weekend may turn out even better than they hoped. Snarky dialog, funny situations, and the occasional cringeworthy moment make this realistic novel perfect for anyone who has ever been a part of a fandom. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 In Search of Us book jacket

In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira

Parallel narratives tell the stories of Marilyn, a 17-year-old whose fame-hungry mother has just moved them to Los Angeles, and (18 years later) Angie, Marilyn’s biracial 17-year-old daughter, who runs away from Albuquerque to Los Angeles in search of her father. School Library Journal says, “Readers who enjoyed Dellaira's Love Letters to the Dead or Emery Lord's When We Collided will fall in love with this title,” and Publisher’s Weekly calls it “heartbreaking and hopeful.” Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 Guardian Angels and Other Monsters book jacket

Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson

A self-resurrecting robot fights to protect the child in his care; a desperate father tries to convince an AI to grant him his inheritance; a frightened mother battles the effects of a new medical procedure on her infant daughter. Most of the 14 stories in this collection by the author of The Clockwork Dynasty feature a conflict or collaboration between humanity and technology. Some of the stories are action-packed, some are terrifying, and some are poignant; all are finely written and thought-provoking. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Tangerine book jacket

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Newlywed Alice is feeling overwhelmed with her new life in Morocco when, without warning, a long-lost college friend arrives for a visit. At first, Lucy’s confidence and adventurous spirit are inspiring, but soon her presence revives troubling memories, and makes Alice question Lucy’s true purpose in coming to Tangier. Set in the tumultuous days before Morocco’s independence, the atmosphere of growing menace in this slow-burning thriller will please fans of Patricia Highsmith and Alfred Hitchcock. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife book jacket

The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke

Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In “The Truth About Animals”, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.

Adult Nonfiction

 The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us and What We Can Do About Them book jacket

The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us and What We Can Do About Them by Dr. Lucy Jones

In The Big Ones, leading seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones offers a bracing look at some of the world's greatest natural disasters, whose reverberations we continue to feel today. At Pompeii, Jones explores how a volcanic eruption in the first century AD challenged prevailing views of religion. She examines the California floods of 1862 and the limits of human memory. And she probes more recent events--such as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the American hurricanes of 2017--to illustrate the potential for globalization to humanize and heal. Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes--they stem from the same forces that give our planet life. Earthquakes give us natural springs; volcanoes produce fertile soil. It is only when these forces exceed our ability to withstand them that they become disasters. Together they have shaped our cities and their architecture; elevated leaders and toppled governments; influenced the way we think, feel, fight, unite, and pray. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves.

Adult Nonfiction

 Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine book jacket

Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine by Edward Lee

American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for chef Edward Lee that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about the traditions, the innovations, the memories? A natural-born storyteller, Lee decided to hit the road and spent two years uncovering fascinating narratives from every corner of the country. There’s a Cambodian couple in Lowell, Massachusetts, and their efforts to re-create the flavors of their lost country. A Uyghur café in New York’s Brighton Beach serves a noodle soup that seems so very familiar and yet so very exotic—one unexpected ingredient opens a window onto an entirely unique culture. Sixteen adventures, sixteen vibrant new chapters in the great evolving story of American cuisine. With forty recipes, created by Lee, that bring these new dishes into our own kitchens.

Adult Nonfiction

 Finanzas personales para dummies book jacket

Finanzas personales para dummies by Vicente Hernández

This book will help you organize your personal finances by showing you how to cut expenses, use credit wisely, save and navigate the financial world. Este libro lo ayudará a organizar sus finanzas personales mostrándole cómo recortar gastos, utilizar el crédito sabiamente, ahorrar y navegar en el mundo financiero. Also available in: eBook.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Portafiolios de inversion book jacket

Portafiolios de inversion by Manuel Díaz Mondragón

This book offers advice and strategies on how to invest wisely. Este libro ofrece consejos y estrategias sobre cómo invertir sabiamente.

Spanish Nonfiction