New Titles Coming to the Free Library in May!By Rachel F. Fri, April 28, 2023
There's a lot to celebrate this month — spring has sprung, Mother's Day is around the corner, and it's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
Young Children (up to 2nd Grade)
Rainbow Shopping by Qing Zhuang
n a rainy Saturday, a young girl feels as gray as a pigeon. Since moving from China to New York City, Mom, Dad, and Grandma have been very busy working. But a trip to Mom’s favorite Chinatown store to find the best produce, seafood, and spices for dinner just might turn the girl's day around. Later on, Dad steams, boils, fries, and stir-fries all the ingredients while the girl and Grandma taste-test. After cozy goodnights, a final dream spread shows the family walking hand-in-hand in rainbow colors — an affirmation of love and support even on rainy, gray days.
Older Children (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)
Amazing: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Inspire Us All by Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
From Olympic medalists Alex and Maia Shibutani, this beautifully illustrated picture book highlights the achievements of many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made invaluable contributions to the world. Inclusivity sets this beautifully illustrated picture book apart in its exploration of 36 inspirational Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, such as disabled hero Daniel Inouye, immigrant astronaut Kalpana Chawla, and biracial entertainer Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Thanks to quick and accessible biographies written with journalist Dane Liu, readers will learn about important figures who have shaped life-altering policy, made indelible marks on pop culture, and achieved their greatest dreams — paving the way for future generations to make lasting change.
Rosewood: A Midsummer Meet Cute by Savantani DasGupta
New York Times bestselling Sayantani DasGupta brings her trademark wit and insight to this bright and funny Sense and Sensibility retelling! Eila Das is used to following her head, rather than her heart. When she meets Rahul at Rosewood, a summer camp where campers are being scouted for the hit Bridgerton-like TV show, she experiences feelings. Between the drama of the show and the drama of the camp, Eila will have to keep her wits about her to make it through the summer. But when she has to choose between her head and her heart, what will she do?
An Island Princess Starts a Scandal by Adriana Herrera
For Manuela del Carmen Caceres Galvan, the invitation to show her paintings at the 1889 Exposition Universelle came at the perfect time. Soon to be trapped in a loveless marriage, Manuela has given herself one last summer of freedom, in Paris, with her two best friends.
Cora Kempf Bristol, Duchess of Sundridge, is known for her ruthlessness in business. It's not money she chases, but power. When she sees the opportunity to secure her position among her rivals, she does not hesitate. How difficult could it be to convince the mercurial Miss Caceres Galvan to part with a parcel of land she's sworn never to sell?
Tempted by Cora's offer, Manuela proposes a trade: her beloved land for a summer with the duchess in her corner of Paris — a taste of the wild, carefree world that will soon be out of her reach. What follows thrills and terrifies Cora, igniting desires the duchess long thought dead. As they fill their days indulging in a shared passion for the arts and their nights with dark and delicious deeds, the happiness that seemed impossible moves within reach — though claiming it would cause the greatest scandal Paris has seen in decades.
American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal by Neil King
A journalist recounts his walking journey through the "original heartland" of America. After enduring both the pandemic and a frightening cancer diagnosis, King Jr., a longtime reporter for the Wall Street Journal, felt the urge to set out on a 330-mile walk from Washington, D.C., to New York City to get a better feel for the character of his nation. Though he notes that there is nothing heroic or newsworthy about the walk, the author's storytelling skills transform a seemingly insignificant trip into something revelatory.
DVDs and Blu-rays
Release Date: May 2, 2023
Director: George Gallo
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, Vernon Davis
Unable to process the death of his daughter, Detective Boyd embarks on a hunt for a serial killer who murders according to a brutal tribal ritual: Muti. The only person who can help Boyd is Professor Mackles, an anthropologist who hides an unspeakable secret. The line between sanity and madness thins as Boyd goes deeper into the killer's world.
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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