Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Books Are In

The summer semester is over, and our two week grace period until the fall has begun. What are your plans? We hope they include dropping by the library to visit. We've got quite a few new books, and a whole list of recommendations.

Take a trip around the globe with our latest fiction. The City of Devi by Manil Suri explores the tumultuous streets of Mumbai through Sarita and Jaz, strangers searching a city in turmoil for the lovers they have lost. The Seventh Day by Yu Hua traverses contemporary China through the eyes of Yang Fei, a man who spends his first seven days in the afterworld revisiting his old life and the people he loved.

NoViolet Bulawayo examines the "sacrifices and mixed rewards of assimilating" in We Need New Names, a story that begins with ten-year-old Darling, an adventurous girl who leaves Zimbabwe for suburban America, only to discover that the American Dream is no closer, or easier, to grasp. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores similar themes, following the lovers Ifemelu and Obinze through Nigeria, London, and the United States as they seek to build lives outside of their homeland.

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee chronicles a woman's transformation from widow in a small Indian village to the wife of a middle-aged Iowa banker. And in The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri, seventeen-year-old Meera's rebellion against her confined life takes her across the landscape of newly independent India. How I Became A Nun by C├ęsar Aira paints a darkly humorous portrait of modern Argentina, where a six-year-old child's adventures "[begin] with cyanide poisoning and ends in strawberry ice cream."

We also have a few nonfiction recommendations for you. Check out Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny, a discussion of modern feminism that doesn't pull its punches. The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley explores the history of why we are fascinated by murder. Sarah Ruhl gives us a unique collection of essays in 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write. And in What If?, Randall Munroe, the creator of popular webcomic, xkcd, looks at the science behind everything from global windstorms to the Facebook of the dead.

You can find all these and more in our catalog. Happy reading!