New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May!

By Rachel F. RSS Thu, May 6, 2021

This May we have a little something for everyone: we're honoring mothers with a fun and unusual picture book, celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in our middle grade, teen and adult choices, and then going straight to thrillers for our movie selection.

Young Children (up to 2nd Grade)

 

Your Mama written by NoNieqa Ramos; illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

Yo' mama so sweet, she could be a bakery. She dresses so fine, she could have a clothing line. And, even when you mess up, she's so forgiving, she lets you keep on living. Heartwarming and richly imagined, this book twists an old joke into a point of pride that honors the love, hard work, and dedication of mamas everywhere.

Older Children (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)

Peter Lee's Notes from the Field by Angela Ahn

Finishing fifth grade? Excited for sixth? Just looking forward to summer vacation? Come take a front-row seat in sharing Peter Lee's passions, anxieties, and worries—from reevaluating what he loves to trying new hobbies, and all the messy emotions involved. Told in short, journal-like entries with glorious sketches throughout, Peter gives the reader a relatable, rambling, realistic account of six months of his life as he transitions from childhood obsession to evolving preteen interests, a vibrant sibling relationship, deep multigenerational ties, a celebration of his Korean heritage... and dinosaurs! (Did I forget to mention the dinosaur dig?) A sweet coming-of-age story.

Teen Fiction

Luck of the Titanic by Stacy Lee

After smuggling herself onto the RMS Titanic, British-Chinese teenager Valora Luck reunites with her twin brother and tries to convince him that their acrobatic training could be their ticket to a better life. The latest from author Stacy Lee, a star of young adult historical fiction adventure novels.

Adult Fiction

Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng

How many times in life can we start over without losing ourselves? In the summer of 1986 in a small Chinese village, ten-year-old Junie receives a momentous letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago, in which her father had promised to return home and collect her by her twelfth birthday. But Junie's growing determination to stay put in the idyllic countryside with her beloved grandparents threatens to derail her family's shared future. What Junie doesn't know is that her parents, Momo and Cassia, are newly estranged from one another in their adopted country, each holding close private tragedies and histories from the tumultuous years of their youth during China's Cultural Revolution. While Momo grapples anew with his deferred musical ambitions and dreams for Junie's future in America, Cassia finally begins to wrestle with a shocking act of brutality from years ago. In order for Momo to fulfill his promise, he must make one last desperate attempt to reunite all three members of the family before Junie's birthday—even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light.

Adult Nonfiction

Every Day Is a Gift: A Memoir  by Tammy Duckworth

Author Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life in this memoir. In November of 2004, an Iraqi RPG blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth's U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter. The explosion, which destroyed her legs and mangled her right arm, was a turning point in her life. But as Duckworth shows, that moment was just one in a lifetime of extraordinary turns. The biracial daughter of an American father and a Thai-Chinese mother, Duckworth faced discrimination, poverty, and the horrors of war—all before the age of 16. As a child, she dodged bullets as her family fled war-torn Phnom Penh. As a teenager, she sold roses by the side of the road to save her family from hunger and homelessness in Hawaii. Through these experiences, she developed a fierce resilience that would prove invaluable in the years to come.

DVDs and Blu-rays

The Nest | Starring: Carrie Coon, Jude Law, Anne Reid, Adeel Akhtar, Charlie Shotwell, Tattiawna Jones | Director: Sean Durkin (Release Date May 18, 2021)

Rory, an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker persuades, his American wife, Allison, and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing an opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor with grounds for Allison's horses and plans to build a stable. As the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple has to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.

 

 

You can find these new titles and many more great books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music in our catalog and at a neighborhood library near you!


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