Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Give Thanks for New Books

November has been a long, exhausting ride from day one, and it's hard to believe that Thanksgiving -- and a five-day weekend, academically bestowed -- is next week. If you're looking for a good book to curl up with over the holiday (and/or need something to serve as a buffer between you and relatives you only see once a year for good reason), drop by to check out our selection of new books.

Practice self-care through yoga. 2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda is a beautifully photographed collection that guides you through poses that range from easy to challenging, allowing you to practice and improve at your own pace.

Writing a novel in a month? While you're probably still at that stage where the only thing that matters is getting the first draft down, come plot holes or bad dialogue, it never hurts to put Lucile Payne's 1969 book, The Lively Art of Writing, on your To Be Read list for December. While Payne's book isn't specifically targeted toward fiction, her thoughtful guide to writing, from polishing paragraphs to developing your own style, is one you shouldn't miss.

Andrea Duclos shows you how to get creative with your vegetables during the Thanksgiving meal in The Plantiful Table: Easy, From-the-Earth Recipes for the Whole Family, which features over 125 quick-to-make, plant-based dishes that'll meet the approval of everyone at the dinner table.

November is Native American Heritage Month. Check out American Indian Literature: An Anthology, edited by Alan R. Velie, for an array of traditional and contemporary literature. Learn about the overlooked, but historically significant battle of St. Clair's Defeat in The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army by Colin G. Calloway.

Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Rachel Hope Cleves explores a history of same-sex marriage much older than conventional wisdom would have us believe through the forty-four-year union of two ordinary women. This Book Is Gay by James Dawson candidly answers questions LGBTQ and other readers may have about everything "from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more."

Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India by Amana Fontanella-Khan tells the story of the Gulabi (Pink) Gang, a women's brigade who help women faced with abuse and injustice. And in India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India, Akash Kapur returns to the country in which he was raised and chronicles its transformation.

Nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead follows the odyssey of Cora and Caesar as they flee a cotton plantation in Georgia via the secret tracks and tunnels of the Underground Railroad.

Find all these books and more in our catalog.