Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks
After personal tragedy, Piper Boone retreats to her childhood home — a secluded mansion for the wealthy Boone family, who are practically American royalty. When catastrophe strikes, the line between victim and suspect gets blurred. Tucker Landry is drawn to Piper in the midst of the trauma, but the connections being made to her family might prove to be their undoing. With a hurricane beating down on the private island, there isn’t much time to find answers.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. Add to the mix an 87-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face and a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.
Spring by Leila Rafei
Sami is no revolutionary. When the Arab Spring breaks out in 2011, he’s busy finishing school in Cairo and hiding his relationship with an American woman from his conservative mother, Suad. It’s a task that’s becoming impossible as events take a catastrophic turn. But Suad won’t be fooled — her son has been distant and she knows it’s not about politics.
To Hold Up the Sky by Cixin Liu
Cixin Liu takes us across time and space, from a rural mountain community where elementary students must use physicas to prevent an alien invasion; to coal mines in northern China where new technology will either save lives of unleash a fire that will burn for centuries; to a time very much like our own, when superstring computers predict our every move; to 10,000 years in the future, when humanity is finally able to begin anew; to the very collapse of the universe itself.
White Lies: Nine Ways to Expose and Resist the Racial Systems That Divide Us by Daniel Hill
Many White Christians are eager to fight against racism and for racial justice. But what steps can they take to make good, lasting change? How can they get involved without unintentionally doing more harm than good? In this practical and illuminating guide, pastor and racial justice advocate Daniel Hill provides nine practices rooted in Scripture that will position you to be an active supporter of inclusion.
Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World by Tom Burgis
They are everywhere, the thieves and their people. Masters of secrecy. Until now we have detected their presence only by what they leave behind. A body in a burned-out Audi. Workers riddled with bullets in the Kazakh Desert. A rigged election in Zimbabwe. A British banker silenced and humiliated for trying to expose the truth about the City of London. They have amassed more money than most countries. But what they are really stealing is power.
Eleanor by David Michaelis
An orphaned niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt converted her Gilded Age childhood of denial and secrecy into an irreconcilable marriage with her ambitious fifth cousin Franklin. Despite their inability to make each other happy, Franklin Roosevelt transformed Eleanor from a settlement house volunteer on New York’s Lower East Side into a matching partner in New York’s most important power couple in a generation.
The Beauty of Living: E.E. Cummings in the Great War by J. Alison Rosenblitt
Renowned for his formally fractured, gleefully alive poetry, Cummings is not often thought of as a war poet. But his experience in France and as a prisoner during World War I (the basis for his first work of prose, The Enormous Room) escalated his earliest breaks with conventional form to the innovation with which his name would soon become synonymous.
Fly Guy & Fly Girl: Night Fright by Tedd Arnold
Fly Guy, the star of Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series has a whole bunch of new adventures in store when he gets … a girlfriend! When Fly Guy and his human Buzz run into Buzz’s friend Liz and her pet fly, Fly Girl, the two flies hit it off immediately and fly off to go exploring. After meeting an owl, a bat and a frog who very much want to eat two flies for a tasty snack, Fly Guy and Fly Girl decide never to visit the zoo again and go home where it’s a lot safer.
Ages: Kindergarten - 1st grade