Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ring in the Spring with a New Book

Spring break is just around the corner -- as is spring weather, coincidentally, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil predicted. With a week's worth of liberation barely a week away (for some of us), it's time to stock up on your relaxation reading. Check out our recommendations from the new books list to get started:

Wander off into a world of wizards in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle. Adventurer and magician Kvothe narrates the story of his rise to fame, from orphanhood to legend.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, award-winning author of Between the World and Me, brings his talents to bear on the story of T'Challa, the Black Panther, as he fights to preserve the nation of Wakanda in Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1.

Get an inside look at the Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning musical, Hamilton, in Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter's Hamilton: The Revolution: Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America. Filled with photos, interviews, more than 200 footnotes, and the full text of the groundbreaking libretto itself, Hamilton: The Revolution gives you a front row seat to a cultural phenomenon.

Riley Cavanaugh -- punk rock, snarky, gender fluid, and not quite out -- faces the choice between safety and identity when Riley's online anonymity is compromised by an unnamed commentator in Jeff Garvin's debut YA novel, Symptoms of Being Human.

Black History Month just ended, but don't let that stop you! Check out My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King, as told to the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, and learn the life story of a civil rights activist whose energy and passion put her at the forefront of the most tumultuous and awe-inspiring events of civil rights history. Kali Nicole Gross recounts the dark tale of a trial that gripped post-Reconstruction America in Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America. And in What Happened, Miss Simone?, Alan Light explores the life of Nina Simone, drawing on interviews, diaries, and rare footage to reveal a legendary artist.

K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world and the the most deadly. Mick Conefrey describes the history of the Savage Mountain through the eyes of the mountaineers who conquered it -- or whom it killed -- in The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First Ascent.

Dive into past, whether it's five hundred years of Native American history (The Longest Trail: Writings on American Indian History, Culture by Alvin M. Josephy), smuggling in the United States (Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century by Andrew Wender Cohen), or high-profile historical figures (Andy Warhol was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Greatest Personalities by Cynthia Kalb).

You can find all these books and more in our catalog.