Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Books Are Here Again

It's summertime again, and here at the library, we've got new books for you. Drop by to discover something that will complement every aspect of your summer, whether you're looking for a beach read, some staycation company, or a book to relax with between classes or after work. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

If you've been following Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, check out the latest installment, City of Heavenly Fire. You can find the rest of the series in our catalog. If historical fantasy and time traveling are more your speed, check out Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series: Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. You can also find the first three books in our catalog.

We also have an array of standalone novels. In the mood for young adult (YA) books? Check out Paper Towns by John Green. Want some historical fiction? Explore 20th-century America in The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant; Madrid, 1868 in The Fencing Master by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte; or the imperial court of Emperor Franz Joseph I in The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki. Curious to see how Jane Austen's Emma would fare in the 21st century? Alexander McCall Smith has your curiosity covered in Emma: A Modern Retelling.

There are even more intriguing stories to be had in nonfiction. Learn about neurological curiosities dating back to the 1500s in The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean. Explore contemporary Tehran in City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran by Ramita Navai. And just over a century ago, on May 7, 1915, the sinking of the Lusitania hastened the entry of the United States into World War I. Read the full story in Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy by Diana Preston.

Get into the heads of the comedians, actresses, and rockstars who keep us entertained. In Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart, Lisa Rogak follows Stewart's career from stand-up comedian to The Daily Show. Actress and producer Lena Dunham discusses growing up in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s "Learned"Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler writes about everything from treating your career like a bad boyfriend to world domination by robots in her first book, Yes Please. Finally, The Art of Asking, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer expands on the musician's 2013 TED Talk and offers readers an example of how they, too, can harness the power of simply asking.

And you've got to read A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin for the title alone.

Check out all these new books and more in our catalog!