New Titles Coming to the Free Library in April

By Rachel F. RSS Tue, March 26, 2024

There are lots of new titles for all ages to explore this spring at the Free Library of Philadelphia!

Young Children (up to 2nd Grade)

Sami's Special Gift: An Eid al-Adha Story

Sami worries that the Eid al-Adha carnival won’t be as fun without Dede (his grandfather), who died recently. Sami’s grandmother sends him one of Dede’s ties, and Sami vows to never take it off. After going to the mosque for Eid prayer, Sami’s family stop at the shelter where Baba and Anne volunteer. Can an unexpected encounter and a special gift help Sami change his mind about celebrating?


Older Children (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)

Shiny Misfits

When Bay Ann wobbles at the end of her Halloween tap dance performance, the moment goes viral! Not because of her amazing tap routine (she crushed it), but because it’s an “inspirational” moment when Alyee Maq, her crush and classmate, catches her. The world sees Bay Ann's cerebral palsy — not her talent. (For the record, she was swooning a little bit from the strength of her crush, not falling because of her palsy!)

Bay Ann doesn’t want her classmate to get all the fame, and she is NOT satisfied being anything but the best. She’s determined to find the thing that will make her famous in her own right, and enlists her two best friends, Michelle and Davey, to assist her in her quest for glory. Can she find the thing that really makes her special? Maybe it'll be a kids baking show? A school science experiment? A class debate?

But everything she tries goes off the rails, until ultimately, she thinks she sees her chance to shine — by ditching her two best friends at the end-of-year talent show, and pairing with nemesis/crush Alyee Maq! Will Bay Ann pick fame and glory over friendship? Or will she learn that maybe working together is what she needed to do all along...


Teen Fiction

Bright Red Fruit

Winner of the 2018 Arab American Book Prize for Home is Not a Country, poet Safia Elhillo returns with a new coming-of-age story. Samira is determined to have a perfect summer filled with fun parties, exploring DC, and growing as a poet — until a scandalous rumor has her grounded and unable to leave her house. When Samira turns to a poetry forum for solace, she catches the eye of an older, charismatic poet named Horus. For the first time, Samira feels wanted. But soon she's keeping a bigger secret than ever before — one that that could prove her reputation and jeopardize her place in her community.


Adult Fiction

A Letter to the Luminous Deep

A beautiful discovery outside the window of her underwater home prompts the reclusive E. to begin a correspondence with renowned scholar Henerey Clel. The letters they share are filled with passion, at first for their mutual interests, and then, inevitably, for each other.

Together, they uncover a mystery from the unknown depths, destined to transform the underwater world they both equally fear and love. But by no mere coincidence, a seaquake destroys E.'s home, and she and Henerey vanish.

A year later, E.'s sister Sophy, and Henerey's brother Vyerin, are left to solve the mystery, piecing together the letters, sketches, and field notes left behind — and learn what their siblings' disappearance might mean for life as they know it.


Adult Nonfiction

The Wives: A Memoir

A captivating memoir that tells the story of one woman's experience of joining a community of army wives after leaving her New York City job — a profoundly intimate look at marriage, friendship, and today's America. When her new husband joins an elite Army unit, Simone Gorrindo is uprooted from New York City and dropped into Columbus, Georgia — a town so foreign she might as well have landed on the moon. With her husband frequently deployed, Simone is left to find her place in this new world, alone — until she meets the wives.

Gorrindo gives us an intimate look into the inner lives of a remarkable group of women and a tender, unflinching portrait of a marriage. A love story, an unforgettable coming-of-age tale, and a bracing tour of the intractable divisions that plague our country today, The Wives offers a rare and powerful gift: a hopeful stitch in the fabric of a torn America.


DVDs and Blu-rays

Four Daughters

Release Date: October 27, 2023

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

Starring: Olfa Hamrouni, Eua Chikhaoui, Tayssir Chikhaoui

This is a riveting exploration of rebellion, memory, and sisterhood reconstructing the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters, unpacking a complex family history through intimate interviews and artful reenactments to examine how the Tunisian woman's two eldest were radicalized by Islamic extremists. Casting professional actresses as the missing daughters, along with acclaimed Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabri as Olfa, award-winning director Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin) restages pivotal moments in the family's life. These scenes are interwoven with confessions and reflections from Olfa and her younger daughters, offering the women agency to tell their own stories and capturing moments of joy, loss, violence, and heartache. Winner of four prizes including L'Oeil d'Or (Best Documentary) when it screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Four Daughters is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that explores the nature of memory, the weight of inherited trauma, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters.

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

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