Hello again! As promised, this is part two of a post about our new books for the Fall. We have some historical fiction titles that are set around some people, eras, or events that you might not have heard about. In Chenneville: A Novel of Murder, Loss, and Vengeance, Paulette Jiles touches once again on the human cost of the Civil War, with a chronicle of the recovery of a Union soldier who suffered a head wound in battle and finds that his family had been murdered during the war. This novel has the same amount of truth, grit, and heart as Jiles’ other post Civil War era books. The President’s Wife by Tracy Enerson Wood tells the story of Woodrow Wilson’s second wife, Edith Bolling, an independent widow who rose to the challenge of being First Lady. Ultimately she secretly assumes the task of the presidency when her husband falls ill. The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff sheds a different light on colonial America through the eyes of an escaped servant girl. Her story is one of resiliency, survival and adventure set against the wilds of an untamed America. West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge is a novel based on the little-known journey of two giraffes across Depression-era America. These two giraffes were the first to be part of the San Diego Zoo. This book is the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Texas Great adult pick for this year. For more information, click here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/greatreadtexas. Clare North continues her series about Greek mythology in House of Odysseus. This story contains several Greek gods and characters that we’ve all read about and gives them a humanity that Homer’s works do not. Lastly, The Fraud by Zadie Smith is set in Victorian England and contains real-life characters from that time period, most notably authors William Ainsworth and Charles Dickens. This story is a great read that shows the strict cultural constraints of the time.
We have several new multi-cultural titles that add understanding and knowledge of people from other places and cultures. Banyan Moon by Thoa Thai is a debut novel that contains a lot of heart and raw emotion. It is a mother-daughter story that follows three generations of Vietnamese American women from 1960s Vietnam to present-day Florida and the values and traits we inherit from our families. This book is a Today Show Read with Jenna pick. Family Lore: A Novel by Elizabeth Acevedo involves several generation of women immigrants from the Dominican Republic and their experiences coming to and living in the United States. Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie is the story of two Pakistani women who now live in London and how the dynamics of their life-long friendship changes when characters from their past reappear. You Were Always Mine by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza will evoke questions about motherhood, race, and class and to what depths any woman would go to be a mother. This book is equally as eye-opening as the authors’ previous title, We Are Not Like Them. Women We Buried, Women We Burned is Rachel Louise Snyder’s memoir about her early experiences in a cult-like evangelical upbringing up to her life traveling the world exposing domestic violence and the resilience of women everywhere.
For readers who believe that fairy tales aren’t just for kids, we have a few grown-up versions of popular stories. Thief Liar Lady by D. L. Soria is a witty reimagining of the Cinderella story that includes a grifter family, a hostage prince, and magic spells. This is a quick, fun read. The Tower Princess: A Fairy Tale Lived by Michelle Tocher is a memoir that intertwines mythic characters and fairy godmothers with a narrative of the author’s illness and chronic pain. She sets her own story against the backdrop of the Rapunzel story, likening her own isolation due to illness to Rapunzel’s isolation in her tower. This book is illustrated. Lastly, Terrace Story: A Novel by Hilary Leichter is both quirky and mystical. It is about a family who finds a hidden terrace in a closet and the cost of using this extra space and the emotional loss that comes with death. Although it may not seem it, the book is sweet, comforting, provocative and beautifully written.
We have too many new books to mention them all here, but you can see them all on our webpage UPPL Catalog Home (sirsi.net) and on our new book section in the library. Come see us soon!