New Titles on Our Shelf and on Hoopla!

Now that the rush of the Holidays are over, and we’re settling down into the winter for a bit longer, I hope you’re getting cozy reading some great books from our library!  We have some new titles by high-demand authors that have just come in: Neighbors by Danielle Steel; All the Colors of Night by Jane Ann Krentz; Truly, Madly, Deeply by Karen Kingsbury; Hush-Hush by Stuart Woods; Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz; Out of Hounds by Rita Mae Brown; Under the Alaskan Ice by Karen Harper; The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin; Sharpe’s Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell; The Russian by James Patterson (another Michael Bennett story); The Scorpion’s Tail by Preston & Child; Spin by Patricia Cornwell, which is part of her Captain Chase series; American Traitor by Brad Taylor; Before She Disappeared  by Lisa Gardner; and Till Murder Do Us Part: True-Crime Thrillers by James Patterson.  Make your requests now and get on the list for your favorites!

New nonfiction titles include some biographies, history, economics, health, and organizing your home – what a wide spectrum!  Bezonomics: How Amazon is Changing Our Lives and What the World’s Best Companies Are Learning From It by Brian Dumain offers a highly readable and behind-the-scenes glimpse of how Jeff Bezos built the Amazon empire.

Some of our new biographies include Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band by Willie and Bobbie Nelson offers insight how music helped heal some of the pain of their childhood in East Texas.  Walking with Ghosts: A Memoir by Gabriel Byrne is heartfelt, funny and at times poignant.  Not only does Byrne write about his childhood and his rise to stardom; he also shares the Ireland of his childhood.  Michael J. Fox writes about friendships and family while dealing with illness in No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.  The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s 70-Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor by Clive Irving showcases the royal family and how they’ve evolved with the ever-changing world around them.   The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph is a dual biography that reveals the two men’s relationship and how it affected their movements.  This is a three-for-one: readers will get a look at both men’s lives, as well as the history of their time and era they worked in. 

History titles include The Crooked Path to Abolition Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution by James Oakes.  This book offers a look not only at Lincoln and the abolition of slavery, but also offers a deep explanation of States’ Rights and how the Constitution addressed both sides.  Lynn Cheney, wife of the former Vice President, writes about our earliest founding fathers and their work in hammering out the government of the United States in The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation.  Veteran and prolific history writer Jon Meacham explains Thomas Jefferson’s deepest intentions of the Constitution in In the Hands of the People: Thomas Jefferson on Equality, Faith, Freedom, Compromise, and the Art of Citizenship. Meacham has collected some of the most inspiring words written about the document, including some by Jefferson himself.

We have so many new books in, that I’m going to end by showcasing a few of my recent favorites.

Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park by Conor Knighton is a beautiful look behind the author’s epic journey to visit every National Park in one year.  The writing is wonderful and insightful, and this book could be a travel guide for your own such journey.  Knighton offers tidbits of information about the parks and will inspire readers to take their own journey to these majestic parks.

When I picked up A Saint From Texas by Edmund White, I’ll admit that my curiosity was piqued by the title and didn’t know what to expect.  This story takes two sisters from a hardscrabble existence in 1950s Texas to South America, Paris, and right here in Dallas.  Not just a story of twin sisters’ love for each other, but it also tells a story of just how deeply past experiences define our futures.

Every few years a book comes along with such quirky characters and story line that I just can’t help but want to cheer the characters along and celebrate their victories right along with them.  Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn is that book this year.  It’s a special story about a single father with a special needs son who goes to great lengths to protect and nurture him.  This book will be a favorite of readers who loved Graeme Simsion’s Rosie trilogy.

Like I said earlier, we have so many new books that I can’t mention them all!  But I do want to remind you all of our great new streaming product, Hoopla, which features not only movies and television shows, but ebooks and audiobooks.  Some very current, high-demand books are available with no wait time right now:  The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, Virgin River by Robyn Carr, The Awakening, Nora Roberts’ newest title, almost all of the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman, Gabriel Byrne’s new memoir that I’ve mentioned already in this blog, and The Water Keeper  by Charles Finch.