The Silence by Don DeLillo
It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North-central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon. Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed.
Everything Here Is Under Control by Emily Adrian
Amanda is a new mother, and she is breaking. After a fight with her partner, she puts the baby in the car and drives to her hometown in rural Ohio, where she shows up unannounced on the doorstep of her childhood best friend. After their friendship ended, their lives diverged radically: Carrie had a baby the summer after high school, became a successful tattoo artist, and never escaped Ohio’s conservative grid of close-cut grass.
You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton by George Singleton
A lovelorn and chatty euthanasia vet arrives at a couples’ house to put down their dog, Probate; a father-to-be searches his workplace — a bar — for a replacement sonogram after recording an episode of Bonanza over the original; an unlikely romance sparks between a librarian and a professional bowler while they compete to win an RV; a father takes his son to visit the many ex-girlfriends that could have been his mother.
Via Negativa by Daniel Hornsby
Father Dan is homeless. Dismissed by his conservative diocese, he’s made his exile into a kind of pilgrimage, transforming his Toyota Camry into a mobile monk’s cell. Like the ascetic religious philosophers he idolizes, he intends to spend his trip in peaceful contemplation. But then he sees a minivan sideswipe a coyote. Unable to suppress his Franciscan impulses, he takes the wild animal in, wrapping its broken leg with an old T-shirt and feeding it Spam with a plastic spoon.
Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future by Margaret Heffernan
We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won’t provide that; experts in forecasting are reluctant to look more than 400 days out. History doesn’t repeat itself and even genetics won’t tell you everything you want to know. Tomorrow remains uncharted territory, but Heffernan demonstrates how we can forge ahead with agility.
The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America by Ellis Cose
Free speech has long been one of American’s most revered freedoms. Yet now, more than ever, free speech is reshaping America’s social and political landscape even as it is coming under attack. Bestselling author and critically acclaimed journalist Ellis Cose wades into the debate to reveal how this Constitutional right has been coopted by the wealthy and politically corrupt.
The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. James Addison Baker III was the indispensable man for four presidents because he understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world.
The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom by H.W. Brands
John Brown was a charismatic and deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament speaking to him, telling him to destroy slavery by any means. Brown’s violence pointed ambitious Illinois lawyer and former officeholder Abraham Lincoln toward a different solution to slavery: politics. Lincoln spoke cautiously and dreamed big, plotting his path back to Washington and perhaps to the White House. Yet his caution could not protect him from the vortex of violence Brown had set in motion.
National Parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber
In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant and the Congress established the United States’ first national park, Yellowstone. People came from all over to see its natural wonders: geysers, hot springs and plentiful mountain wildlife. The National Park Service continued to grow and today, there are 61 national parks across all the different regions of the lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Packed with maps and fascinating facts about the flora and fauna found in each park, this whimsically illustrated book is a coast-to-coast journey of our nation’s most magnificent and preserved wild places. Play the Spot the Wildlife Game included in the back, and you’ll really get to know your national parks.
Ages: 8 – 12