Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta
Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle ― of her North American identity and her desire to be a “true” Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother’s rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too “faas” or too “quiet” or too “bold” or too “soft.” Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker.
Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in biological science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell’s heart. Nell frequently finds herself standing in the doorway to Joan’s office despite herself, mesmerized by Joan’s elegance, success and spiritual force.
Lakewood by Megan Giddings
When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. On paper, her new job is too good to be true. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program — and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away.
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
In the town of Night Vale, there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from … until now. The story of The Faceless Old Woman goes back centuries to reveal an initially blissful and then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean Estate in the early 19th century, her plot for revenge on the ones who betrayed her, and ultimately her death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades.
The NRA: The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth
The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are as old or as large. The NRA has evolved from an organization concerned above all with marksmanship — and which supported most government efforts around gun control for 100 years — to one that resists all attempts to restrict guns in any way. At the same time, the organization has also buried its own remarkable history.
Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell by Tom Clavin
Bestselling author Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding the story of Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. Tombstone also digs deep into the vendetta ride that followed the tragic gunfight, when Wyatt and Warren Earp and Holliday went vigilante to track down the likes of Johnny Ringo, Curly Bill Brocius and other cowboys who had cowardly gunned down his brothers.
The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter
At the dawn of World War I, a young academic named John Maynard Keynes hastily folded his long legs into the sidecar of his brother-in-law’s motorcycle for an odd, frantic journey that would change the course of history. Swept away from his placid home at Cambridge University by the currents of the conflict, Keynes found himself thrust into the halls of European treasuries to arrange emergency loans and packed off to America to negotiate the terms of economic combat.
The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family by Bettye Kearse
For thousands of years, West African men and women have recited the stories of their people. Without this tradition Bettye Kearse would not have known that she is a descendant of President James Madison and his slave, and half-sister, Coreen. In 1990, Bettye became the eighth-generation of her family. Their credo — “Always remember — you’re a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president” — was intended to be a source of pride, but for her, it echoed with abuses of slavery, including rape and incest.
Swimming with Sharks series by World Book
Kids who can’t get enough of sharks will love this new series featuring six species of the ocean’s mightiest predators. Everyone is familiar with the Great White, but have you met the truly goofy looking Goblin Shark who goes deeper than any other species? Along with great photographs, each volume discusses how each type of shark hunts, what it eats, its physical characteristics and how it reproduces. Did you know some sharks can have up to 42 live babies (called pups) at a time? Other species covered are: Bull Sharks, Hammerheads, Tiger Sharks and Sand Tiger Sharks. Come on in — the water’s fine!
Ages: 8 – 12