Spring Books Online!
May 11, 2020
We’re all hunkered down at home, but that doesn’t mean missing out on new books! We’ve put together a list of great reads released March through May, available for immediate download on hoopla or OverDrive 🙂
Joy at Work: Organizing your Professional Life
The best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the psychologist author of Stretch share anecdotes, studies and strategies for promoting workplace fulfillment through focused organization and productivity.
Biography & Memoir
The House of Kennedy
The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: “To whom much is given, much is expected” and “Win at all costs.” And they do–but at a price.
Hidden Valley Road
Tells the heartrending story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, 6 of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.
Redhead by the Side of the Road
From the beloved and bestselling Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances and the sometimes elusive power of human connection.
Reeling from her beloved husband’s sudden death in the wake of her retirement, an immigrant writer is further derailed by the reappearance of her unstable sister and an entreaty for help by a pregnant undocumented teen.
A once-promising children’s book writer navigates the humbling realities of middle age and dysfunctional family life while pursuing well-intentioned but increasingly disastrous changes.
These Ghosts are Family
A man on his deathbed reveals that he stole another man’s identity decades earlier, traces the family’s history from colonial Jamaica to present-day Harlem and reconnects with the firstborn daughter he never knew.
My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell
Asked to help defend an older high-school English teacher with whom she had an affair at age 15, Vanessa struggles to choose between her romantic teen illusions and harrowing adult perceptions.
Enduring appalling treatment in a Central Valley agricultural community under the orders of an unscrupulous cult leader, Lacey receives support from women friends who help her search for the mother who abandoned her.
Discovering her husband’s dead body beside a pencil sketch of a mysterious figure, Jia Jia launches an odyssey across contemporary Beijing before discovering unexpected love with a jaded bartender.
The Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd
A first-century intellectual fights the limitations imposed on women before an encounter with an 18-year-old Jesus leads to their marriage, his dangerous public ministry and her flight to safety in Alexandria.
The Book of Lost Friends
A modern-day teacher discovers the story of three Reconstruction-era women and how it connects to her own students’ lives.
Deacon King Kong
In the aftermath of a 1969 Brooklyn church deacon’s public shooting of a local drug dealer, the community’s African-American and Latinx witnesses find unexpected support from each other when they are targeted by violent mobsters.
The Night Watchman
A historical novel based on the life of the National Book Award-winning author’s grandfather traces the experiences of a Chippewa Council night watchman in mid-19th-century rural North Dakota who fights Congress to enforce Native American treaty rights.
The Mirror & the Light
A tale inspired by the final years of Thomas Cromwell describes how after the execution of Anne Boleyn and childbed death of Queen Jane, the former blacksmith’s son orchestrates a desperate plot to fortify England and save his own life.
How Much of These Hills Is Gold
C Pam Zhang
Two orphaned Chinese immigrant siblings flee the threats of their gold rush mining town across an unforgiving landscape where their survival is tested by family secrets, sibling rivalry and disparate goals.
The Mountains Sing
Nguyẽ̂n Phan Qué̂ Mai
Years after a family is forced by Vietnam’s Communist Land Reforms to abandon their farm, a granddaughter comes of age as her loved ones depart for the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
A midwife and conjurer of curses reflects on her life before and after the Civil War, her relationships with the families she serves and the secrets she has learned about a plantation owner’s daughter.
Fantasy & Science Fiction
The House in the Cerulean Sea
Given a curious classified assignment to evaluate the potential risks posed by six supernatural orphans, a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth bonds with an enigmatic caregiver who hides dangerous secrets.
Five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons-and reconsider what it means to be a hero.
The City We Became
This first book of an exciting new series by a Hugo Award-winning author takes readers into the dark underbelly of New York City, where a roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars.
Mystery & Thriller
Darling Rose Gold
Enduring decades of serious illness as a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy before exposing her mother’s behavior, Rose Gold invites her unrepentant mother back into her life to secretly settle the score.
Three Hours in Paris
A suspenseful historical tale based on the mystery of Hitler’s abrupt departure from newly occupied 1940 Paris follows the mission of a British intelligence markswoman who, while trying to assassinate the Fuhrer, discovers that she has been set up.
The Other Mrs.
Unnerved by her husband’s inheritance of a decrepit coastal property and the presence of a disturbed relative, community newcomer Sadie uncovers harrowing facts about her family’s possible role in a neighbor’s murder.
The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John
A captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.
The Red Lotus
Falling in love with a wounded former patient and accompanying him on a cycling trip to Vietnam, an emergency-room doctor uncovers a bizarre series of deceptions that culminate in her boyfriend’s unexplained disappearance.
The Honey-Don’t List
Accompanying a reality-show couple on a book-signing tour, a country girl who desperately needs her job and an MIT engineer fall for each other behind the scenes while struggling to keep their employers’ rocky marriage intact.
Girl Gone Viral
A live-tweet event goes viral for a camera-shy ex-model, shoving her into the spotlight and into the arms of the bodyguard she’s been pining for.
You Deserve Each Other
Bored silly by her too-good-to-be-true fiancé, Naomi learns that her groom has also been feigning happiness, a discovery that triggers a battle of pranks, sabotage and emotional warfare that throws their wedding into chaos.
If I Never Met You
Humiliated when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her amid rumors of an illicit pregnancy, Laurie agrees to pretend she is seriously dating the office playboy, who needs a steady girlfriend to protect his professional integrity.
The Happy Ever After Playlist
Adopting a rescue puppy to help her get her life back on track two years after losing her fiance, Sloan clashes with the mischievous pup’s original owner, Jason, a rising musician who challenges Sloan to make difficult choices.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
A woman grieving the loss of her fiance finds herself swapping back and forth between parallel lives, including one in which her first love has survived and another involving a new person who is asking her to move on.
Writers & Lovers
A follow-up to the award-winning Euphoria follows the story of a former child golf prodigy-turned-unemployed writer whose determination to live a creative life is complicated by her relationships with two very different men.