New Titles Coming to the Free Library in October!

By Rachel F. RSS Fri, September 29, 2023

Decorative gourd season is in full swing and the Free Library of Philadelphia has some treats to share with you, like these new titles coming to our shelves this fall!

Young Children (up to 2nd Grade)

Empanadas for Everyone by Jackie Azua Kramer; illustrated by Lenny Wei

Every Saturday, Carina visits Tía Mimi in her barrio, which is always humming with life. There is música that hums from the windows, old cuentos floating on the breeze, and the honking of cars that create the soundtrack of the morning. Every Saturday, she loves to make empanadas with her aunt, singing: “I like empanadas! I like you! ¡Me gustan las empanadas! ¡Me gustas tú!” Not this Saturday though. This Saturday, Tía Mimi went to volunteer at the neighborhood food center and asked Carina to collect the ingredients all on her own. But maybe, with a little guidance from friends, Carina will be able to help Tía Mimi — and learn a little about what connects a community along the way.

Older Children (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martin

Pedro Martin has grown up hearing stories about his abuelito — his legendary crime-fighting grandfather who was once a part of the Mexican Revolution! But that doesn't mean Pedro is excited at the news that Abuelito is coming to live with their family. After all, Pedro has eight brothers and sisters and the house is crowded enough! Still, Pedro piles into the Winnebago with his family for a road trip to Mexico to bring Abuelito home, and what follows is the trip of a lifetime, one filled with laughs and heartache. Along the way, Pedro finally connects with his abuelito and learns what it means to grow up and find his grito.

Teen Fiction

A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak by Laura Namey Taylor

In this highly anticipated companion to the New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Flora Maxwell heads to Miami to find a path for her future ... and finds her heart along the way. Winchester, England, has always been home for Flora, but when her mother dies after a long illness, Flora feels untethered. Her family expects her to apply to university and take a larger role in their tea shop business, but Flora isn't so sure. More than ever, she's the chaotic "hurricane" in her household, and she doesn't always know how to manage her stormy emotions. So she decides to escape to Miami without telling anyone — especially her longtime friend Gordon Wallace. But Flora's tropical change of scenery doesn't cast away her self-doubt. When it comes to university, she has no idea which passions she should follow. That's also true in romance. Flora's summer abroad lands her in the flashbulb world of teen influencer Baz Mar╠Ľn, a Miami Cuban who shares her love for photography. But Flora's more conflicted than ever when she begins to see future architect Gordon in a new light. Laura Taylor Namey's newest novel navigates heartbreak that feels like a hurricane in a city that is famous for them.

Adult Fiction

The Premonition by Banana Yoshimoto

The internationally beloved author of Kitchen and Dead-End Memories returns with a beautiful and heartfelt story of a young woman haunted by her childhood and the inescapable bitterness that inevitably comes from knowing the truth. 

Yayoi, a 19-year-old woman from a seemingly loving middle-class family, has lately been haunted by the feeling that she has forgotten something important from her childhood. Her premonition grows stronger day by day and, as if led by it, she decides to move in with her mysterious aunt, Yukino. No one understands her aunt's unusual lifestyle. For as long as Yayoi can remember, Yukino has lived alone in an old gloomy single-family home, quietly, almost as though asleep. When she is not working, Yukino spends all day in her pajamas, clipping her nails and trimming her split ends. She eats only when she feels like it, and she often falls asleep lying on her side in the hallway. She sometimes wakes Yayoi at 2 a.m to be her drinking companion, sometimes serves flan in a huge mixing bowl for dinner, and watches Friday the 13th over and over to comfort herself. A child study desk and old stuffed animals — things Yukino wants to forget — are piled up in her backyard like a graveyard of her memories. An instant bestseller in Japan when first published in 1988, The Premonition is finally available in English, translated by the celebrated Asa Yoneda.

Adult Nonfiction

My Father's Brain: Life in the Shadow of Alzheimer's by Sandeep Jauhar

In this propulsive memoir, cardiologist Jauhar (Heart: A History) delivers an aching account of "the hardest journey ever taken" as he witnessed his father Prem's health, personality, and cognition get subsumed by Alzheimer's. The closeness between Jauhar, his brother Rajiv, and sister Suneeta — all doctors — was strained by debates regarding care and end-of-life decision-making.

DVDs and Blu-rays

Prey 

DVD Release Date: October 3, 2023

Director: Dan Trachtenberg

Starring: Amber Midthunder, Michelle Thrush, Stefany Mathias, Mike Paterson, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Julian Antelope, Dane Diliegro

Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, Prey is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.


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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