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A biweekly selection from our shelves, as curated by your favorite SPL librarians!

For the week of April 13, 2021:  Fiction | Nonfiction


Annie and the Wolves Annie and the Wolves by Andromeda Romano-Lax

For nearly a decade, Ruth McClintock has been studying Annie Oakley, and Ruth may finally have the evidence she is looking for. She has managed to hunt down what may be a journal of Oakley’s midlife struggles and enlists the help of Reece, a tech-savvy senior at the local high school, to attempt to establish the journal’s provenance. But she’s begun to have jarring out-of-body episodes that are possibly parallel to Annie’s own lived experiences.

Best Laid Plans Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. When a stranger with epic tattoos starts coming into Matheson's Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man comes in for the fifth time in a week, Charlie can't resist intervening. Rye Janssen has spent his life breaking things. He isn't used to people wanting to put things back together. But the longer he stays in Garnet Run, the more he can see himself belonging there. Is this what it feels like to have a home - and someone to share it with?

The Forgotten Kingdom The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike

Battles, battle sickness, old political alliances unraveling, and secret allegiance to the Old Way. Bitter rivalries are ignited, lost loves are found, new loves are born, and old enemies come face-to-face with their reckoning in this compellingly fresh look at one of the most enduring legends of all time.

Hades, Argentina Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel

In 1976, Tomas is a medical student in Buenos Aires, where he's moved in hopes of reuniting with Isabel, a childhood crush. As the oppressive regime's thuggish milicos begin to disappear more and more people like her, she presents Tomas with a way to prove himself. Years later a summons arrives for him where he now lives in New York. But it isn't a homecoming that awaits him so much as an odyssey into the past, an encounter with the ghosts that lurk there, and a reckoning with the fatal gap between who he's become and who he once aspired to be.

The Invisible Woman The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck

France, March 1944. Virginia Hall wasn't like the other young society women back home in Baltimore - she never wanted the debutante ball or silk gloves. Once she's recruited as an Allied spy, subverting the Nazis becomes her calling. But even the most cunning agent can be bested, and in wartime trusting the wrong person can prove fatal.

The Margot Affair The Margot Affair by Sanae Lemoine

While exposing the seams between private and public faces, truth and deceit, love and persuasion. Insightful and moving, woven in sensuous prose, The Margot Affair explores razor-sharp turns between women - from the bone-deep bond between mothers and daughters to the devotion and betrayal of friendship - and the dangers of pushing beyond the boundaries of a life lived in the shadows.

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg

Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant at Miss Brickett's receives a letter of warning, detailing a name, a time, and a place. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can't see. Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself drawn ever deeper into the investigation, and she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett's and secrets dating back to WWII.

The (Other) You The (Other) You by Joyce Carol Oates

In this stirring, reflective collection of short stories, The (Other) You is an arresting and incisive vision into alternative realities, a collection that ponders the constraints we all face given the circumstances of our birth and our temperaments, and that examines the competing pressures and expectations on women in particular.

Rhapsody Rhapsody by Mitchell James Kaplan

Set in Jazz Age New York City, this stunning work of fiction, for fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, explores the timeless bond between two brilliant, strong-willed artists. George Gershwin left behind not just a body of work unmatched in popular musical history, but a woman who loved him with all her heart, knowing all the while that he belonged not to her, but to the world.

Serena Singh Flips the Script Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli

Serena Singh is tired of everyone telling her what she should want - and she is ready to prove to her mother, her sister, and aunties that a woman does not need domestic bliss for a happy life. She is smart, confident, and just got a kick-ass new job. Even before her younger sister got married, Serena knew her dreams did not include marriage or children. Serena can't understand why her parents refuse to recognize she and her sister want different things. A new friendship comes as a breath of fresh air, challenging her long-held beliefs about the importance of self-reliance. As Serena reconnects with her family and friends, she learns letting people in can make her happier than standing all on her own.

Sword of Fire Sword of Fire by Katharine Kerr

The bards are the people's voice--and their sword. In the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when Gwerbret Ladoic, second only to the High King, lets a bard to starve to death rather than hear their grievances. Guildwoman Alyssa, a student at the local scholars' collegium, and Lady Dovina, the Gwerbret's daughter, know evidence exists to overthrow the so-called traditional legal system, if they can get it into the right hands. The powerful lords will kill anyone who threatens their privileges. To retrieve the proof, Alyssa must make a dangerous journey that will either change her life forever--or end it.

To Cook a Bear To Cook a Bear by Mikael Niemi

To Cook a Bear is a fantastic tale set in the far north of Sweden in 1852. It follows a runaway Sami boy and his mentor, the revivalist preacher Laestadius, as they investigate a murder in their village along with the mysteries of life.

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Anxiety First Aid Kit The Anxiety First Aid Kit: Quick Tools for Extreme, Uncertain Times by Rick Hanson, PhD.

Deal with worry and anxiety through advanced relaxation skills. This book has super effective strategies. Its short, readable chapters address breathing and relaxation techniques to get you down off a ledge and then, quick and easy strategies for taking incremental steps towards understanding, owning, and reducing feelings of anxiety.

Burning the Books Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge by Richard Ovenden

Richard Ovenden describes the deliberate destruction of knowledge held in libraries and archives from ancient Alexandria to contemporary Sarajevo, from smashed Assyrian tablets in Iraq to the destroyed immigration documents of the UK Windrush generation. He examines both the motivations for these acts--political, religious, and cultural--and the broader themes that shape this history. He also looks at attempts to prevent and mitigate attacks on knowledge, exploring the efforts of librarians and archivists to preserve information, often risking their own lives in the process.

Coffeeland Coffeeland: One Man's Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick

The epic story of the rise of coffee in the Americas, and how it connected and divided the modern world. This history of how coffee came to be produced by the world's poorest people and consumed by its richest opens up a unique perspective on how the modern globalized world works, ultimately provoking a reconsideration of what it means to be connected to far-away people and places through the familiar things that make up our everyday lives

Goodbye Phone, Hello World Goodbye Phone, Hello World: 60 Ways to Disconnect from Tech and Reconnect to Joy by Paul Greenberg

Strengthen your mind, strengthen your body, strengthen love and relationships, and heal the environment while you heal yourself. This is a guide to putting down your phone and rediscovering enduring, uplifting pleasures of life.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John "Chick" Donohue

In 1967, John (Chick) Donohue was a 26-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran working as a merchant seaman when he was challenged one night in a New York City bar. One neighborhood patriot proposed an idea many might deem preposterous: One of them should sneak into Vietnam, track down their buddies in combat, and give each of them messages of support from back home, maybe some laughs - and beer. Chick volunteered for the mission. This is the story of his epic beer run to Vietnam, in his own words and in those of the men he found in the war zone.

The House Your Stars Built The House Your Stars Built: A Guide to the Twelve Astrological Houses and Your Place in the Universe by Rachel Stuart-Haas

Level up your stargazing skills and learn to interpret your own astrological birth chart with this fun, accessible guide to the twelve houses of the zodiac, perfect for armchair astrologers everywhere!

Maniac Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer by Harold Schechter

Maniac is Harold Schechter's gripping, definitive, exhaustively researched chronicle of a town forced to comprehend unprecedented carnage and the triggering of a "human time bomb" whose act of apocalyptic violence would foreshadow the terrors of the current age. On May 18 ,Andrew P. Kehoe detonated a set of rigged explosives with the sole purpose of destroying the school and everyone in it, making it the deadliest school massacre in US history.

Preventing Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases Preventing Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases by Alexis Chesney, ND

Alexis Chesney offers a comprehensive strategy for reducing exposure to disease-causing organisms and boosting the effectiveness of standard treatment protocols.

The Rare Metals War The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies by Guillaume Pitron

Is the shift to renewable energy and digital devices going to free us from severe pollution, material shortages, and military tensions? Rare metals are essential to numerous everyday connected objects. But consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or the environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs of this dependence. This book reveals the dark side of the world that awaits us.

Teaching with a Social, Emotional, and Cultural lens Teaching with a Social, Emotional, and Cultural Lens: A Framework for Educators and Teacher Educators by Nancy Lourie Markowitz and Suzanne M. Bouffard

Teaching with a Social, Emotional, and Cultural Lens goes beyond existing social emotional learning programs to introduce a new framework for integrating the development of key skills needed for academic success into daily classroom practice. The framework spells out the competencies, processes, and strategies that effective P-12 educators need in order to build students' social and emotional learning. Based on a decade of pioneering work, on research about effective teaching and learning and culturally responsive practices, it provides a critical roadmap for classroom teachers and university faculty.

Together In Sudden Strangeness Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic

As the coronavirus began to spread in the US and around the world, Alice Quinn reached across the country to see if, and what, poets were writing under quarantine. Overwhelmed by the response, she began collecting the compassionate verses arriving in her inbox, assembling this intimate, and intricate, portrait of our suddenly altered reality. From fierce and resilient to wistful, darkly humorous, and emblematically reverent about the earth and the vulnerability of human beings in frightening times, these poems provide wisdom and companionship, depths of feeling that enliven our spirits, and a poignant summoning to the page of spring's inevitable return.

Welcome to the United States of Anxiety Welcome to the United States of Anxiety: Observations from a Reforming Neurotic by Jen Lancaster

Every day, Americans are bombarded with terrifying news about crime, the environment, politics, and the health consequences of the foods we've been enjoying for years. We're judged by social media users, pressured into maintaining a perfect home, and expected to base our self-worth on retweets, faves, likes, and followers. Our collective FOMO (fear of missing out), and the disparity between ideals and reality, is leading us to spend more and feel worse. With wit and wisdom, the author charts a path out of the quagmire that keeps us frightened and ashamed.

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