Just In – September 2018


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Check our catalog, and place a hold, or ask a Librarian to place a hold for you. You may want to try these well reviewed books that may not make it to the bestseller list, but shouldn’t be missed.

The Mars Room: a novel / Rachel Kushner

A woman begins serving two life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility deep in 2003 California’s Central Valley, reflecting on the San Francisco of her youth and her relationship with her young son while navigating the harsh realities of a bare-essentials life of casual violence at the hands of the guards and her fellow inmates.

Cherry / Nico Walker

Rashly marrying his college girlfriend to keep their relationship active during his tour of duty, a college dropout turned army soldier is overwhelmed by the realities of war, PTSD and opioid addiction before forging a desperate plan.

Florida / Lauren Groff

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time.

The Incendiaries / R. O. Kwon

A young Korean-American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea and then disappears, leading a fellow student into an obsessive search for her.

The Last Hours / Minette Walters

When the Black Death enters England in June of 1348, Lady Anne decides to quarantine her estate of Develish, including two hundred bonded serfs she must bring inside the walls. But with this sudden overturning of the accepted social order, where serfs exist only to serve their lords, conflicts soon arise and a dreadful event threatens the safety of everyone inside the walls.

The Good Mothers: the true story of the women who took on the mafia / Alex Perry

After one abused ‘Ndrangheta wife is murdered for turning state’s evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti convinces two more mafia wives to testify against one of the most ruthless crime syndicates in the world.

Ohio: a novel / Stephen Markley

On one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rustbelt town they grew up in–a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan–each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, losses and love.

Three Things About Elsie: a novel / Joanna Cannon

A novel set in England about eighty-four-year-old Florence, a resident in a nursing home, who has fallen in her apartment, leading her to think about her childhood friend and the secrets of their past that are about to come to light.

Who is Vera Kelly? / Rosalie Knecht

New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She’s working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she’s in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she’s forced to take extreme measures to save herself.

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Latino and Latina Authors


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This is How You Lose Her / Junot Díaz

Presents a collection of stories that explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal, and the echoes of intimacy.
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents / by Julia Alvarez

Forced to flee their native Caribbean island after an attempted coup, the Garcias–Carlos, Laura, and their four daughters–must learn a new way of life in the Bronx, while trying to cling to the old ways that they loved

The Alchemist / Paulo Coelho

An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. However, what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within.

Love in the Time of Cholera / Gabriel García Márquez

The story of a fantastic wedding, the return of the bride to her parents in disgrace, her brothers’ resolve to seek revenge on her corruptor, and the townspeople’s’ refusal to depart from routine.
The House of the Spirits / Isabel Allende

This romantic epic tale spans three generations of the Trueba family. At its core is the stormy, yet passionate relationship between the supernaturally gifted Clara and her controlling husband Esteban, who resists change both politically and personally. It is a timeless story about secrets and seductions, revenge and forgiveness, and the ultimate power of love to conquer any obstacle – even death.
The Line Becomes a River: [dispatches from the border] / Francisco Cantu
For Francisco Cantú the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. However, when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line. 

The Poet X / a novel by Elizabeth Acevedo

When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother’s expectations and her need to be heard.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: a novel / Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Santiago family lives in a gated community in Bogotá, safe from the political upheaval terrorizing the country. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to this protective bubble, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live in maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways. However, Petrona’s unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal. Inspired by the author’s own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras sheds light on the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.
Into the Beautiful North : a novel / Luis Alberto Urrea
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he is not the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village–they have all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men–her own “Siete Magníficos”–to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the banditos who plan to take it over.
Bless Me, Ultima / Rudolfo A. Anaya

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the past, in his father’s wisdom, and in his mother’s Catholicism. In addition, at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world – and will nurture the birth of his soul.

We the Animals / Justin Torres

Justin Torres follows three brothers as they make their way through an ever-changing, and sometimes turbulent, childhood in a story that puts a new twist on the coming-of-age tale.

The people of Paper / by Salvador Plascencia

Devastated by the abandonment of his wife, Federico de la Fe moves with his young daughter from Mexico to California, where he is unable to break free of feelings of oppression, encounters an unusual woman, and meets another heartbroken man.