New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May!

By Paul A. Mon, May 11, 2020

We're reviving our monthly blog post to highlight new titles at the Free Library, with the emphasis on featured ebooks or audiobook titles that we have recently been added to our online collections. We will try to have both ebook and audiobook copies for these titles, when possible. These newly added titles will be available via Overdrive, Hoopla, or RBdigital, but we suggest you continue to use our main catalog for the easiest way to find them. Each title in our catalog will have a link to take you to the electronic resource where it is hosted. We're happy to be back and hope that you enjoy this month's recommendations!


Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade)
 
A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis
ebook available via Overdrive
These are poetic riddles that encourage young readers to explore the natural world. Who scribbles on the sidewalk with glistening ink? Snail! Who’s a comma in a long, long sentence of a stream? Tadpole! On each spread, children will solve riddles about familiar animals, plants, and the weather that one child encounters outdoors throughout a whole day. Active readers will delight in the clever language and striking illustrations.
 
 
Older Children (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)
 
A Wish In The Dark by Christina Soontornvat
ebook available via Overdrive
All light in Chattana is created by one man—the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the Bangkok-like city of Chattana. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, this is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice. A hopeful book that not only shines a light but also shows readers how to shine their own.
 
 

Teen Fiction
 
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
ebook available via Overdrive
From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalization too many—Black, Queer, and Transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix's deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn't count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle. But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. An honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.
 

Adult Fiction
 
Our Riches by Kaouther Adimi
ebook available via Overdrive
A celebration of quixotic devotion and a love of books in the person of Edmond Charlot, who at the age of twenty founded Les Vraies Richesses (Our True Wealth), the famous Algerian bookstore/publishing house/lending library. He more than fulfilled its motto "by the young, for the young," discovering the twenty-four-year-old Albert Camus in 1937. His entire archive was twice destroyed by the French colonial forces, but despite financial difficulties (he was hopelessly generous) and the vicissitudes of wars and revolutions, Charlot (often compared to the legendary bookseller Sylvia Beach) carried forward Les Vraies Richesses as a cultural hub of Algiers. The book interweaves Charlot's story with that of another twenty-year-old, Ryad (dispatched in 2017 to empty the old shop and repaint it). Ryad's no book lover, but old Abdallah, the bookshop's self-appointed, nearly illiterate guardian, opens the young man's mind. Cutting brilliantly from Charlot to Ryad, from the 1930s to current times, from WWII to the bloody 1961 Free Algeria demonstrations in Paris, Adimi delicately packs a monumental history of intense political drama into her swift and poignant novel. But most of all, it's a hymn to the book and to the love of books.            
 

Adult Nonfiction
 
Sorcerer's Apprentice: A Memoir of Picasso, Provence, and Douglas Cooper by John Richardson
ebook available via Overdrive
John Richardson's riveting memoir is about growing up in England and, at twenty-five, beginning his twelve-year adventure with the controversial art collector Douglas Cooper—a fiendish, colorful, Evelyn Waugh-like figure who single-handedly assembled the world's most important private collection of Cubist paintings. Central to the book is Richardson's close friendship with Picasso, which coincided with the emergence of the artist's new mistress, Jacqueline Roque, and gave Richardson an inside view of the repercussions she would have on Picasso's life and work. With an eye for detail, an ear for scandal, and a sparkling narrative style, Richardson has written a unique, fast-paced saga of modernism behind the scenes.


 
The Compton Cowboys The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernandez
ebook available via Overdrive and audiobook available via RBdigital
A story of trauma and transformation, race and identity, compassion, and ultimately—belonging. This gritty and somber chronicle of an often overlooked community, paints a unique and unexpected portrait of the city of Compton as it traces the lives of ten inner-city men fighting to keep black cowboy culture alive and well. The Compton Cowboys pushes back against stereotypes to reveal an urban community in all its complexity, tragedy, and triumph.

 

 

You can find these new titles and many more great ebooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and music in our catalog!

Check out these new ebook and audiobook titles available in May!
Check out these new ebook and audiobook titles available in May!

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