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


For the week of June 8, 2021:  Fiction | Nonfiction


Fiction

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod

Growing up, Antonia "Toni" Bennett's guitar was her only companion...until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and he became Toni's way out, promising they'd escape their small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back. Now, Toni B is all grown up and making a name for herself in Philadelphia's indie scene. When a friend suggests she try out for the hottest new band in the country, she decides to take a chance...not realizing that this opportunity will bring her face-to-face with the boy who broke her heart and nearly stole her dreams

Meet Me in Bombay Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft

New Year's Eve in Bombay, 1913. Madeline Bright is yearning for all she has left behind in England. At the stroke of midnight Maddy meets Luke Devereaux, and as the year changes so do both their lives. He opens her eyes to the wonders of Bombay, while Maddy's beauty and vivacity captures his heart. Her mother disapproves. But the world is falling apart; World War I is on the horizon, and Luke will be given no choice but to fight. They'll be continents apart, bound by Luke's promise that they will meet again in Bombay.

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

Agatha Christie is missing! Her car is found wrecked, empty, and abandoned near a natural spring, and the country is in a frenzy. Eleven days later, Agatha reappears, claiming amnesia. She provides no answers for her disappearance. That is...until she writes a very strange book about a missing woman, a murderous husband, and a plan to expose the truth. What role did her unfaithful husband play? And what was he not telling investigators?

Narcissus Nobody Narcissus Nobody by Gina Yates

Through playfully witty dialogue weaved into eccentric storytelling, NARCISSUS NOBODY is a brilliant―often humorous―story of a woman who is driven to embody free-spirited independence in the face of society's more conventional expectations. Author Gina Yates is the youngest daughter of the late celebrated author Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road), and with this novel―ingenious, with crack-up moments of cleverness―she makes her mark as a writer of sparkling originality.

The Performance The Performance by Claire Thomas

One night, three women go to the theater to see a play. Wildfires are burning in the hills outside, but inside the theater it is time for the performance to take over. While the performance unfolds on stage, so does the compelling trajectory that will bring these three women together, changing them all. Deliciously intimate and yet emotionally wide-ranging, The Performance is a novel that both explores the inner lives of women as it underscores the power of art and memory to transform us.

Queen of Storms Queen of Storms by Raymond E. Feist

Dark and powerful forces threaten the world of Garn once more. Hatushaly and his wife Hava have arrived in the town of Beran's Hill to restore and reopen the fire-damaged Inn of the Three Stars. But Hatu and Hava are not the ordinary loving couple they appear to be. They're assassins from Coaltachin, home to the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the fearsome "Hidden Warriors." Posing as innkeepers, they are awaiting instructions from their masters in the Kingdom of Night. 

Shadow Fall Shadow Fall by Alexander Freed

The daredevil Republic pilots of Alphabet Squadron return: After their narrow victory over Shadow Wing, Alphabet Squadron is on the attack, hunting their adversaries within the Imperial Remnant. Shadow Wing is desperate for direction and leadership--and they find both in the iron will of Major Keize, their former commander and Yrica Quell's one-time mentor. As battle lines blur, Alphabet Squadron finds itself not only fighting their resurgent foes, but their leader's own deadly shadow.

Shiver Shiver by Allie Reynolds

In this propulsive locked-room thriller debut, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at their remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm.

Sorrowland Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Vern gives birth to twins and raises them away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong-not with them, but with her own body...A genre-bending work of Gothic fiction that wrestles with the history of American racism

This Close to Okay This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

Recently divorced therapist Tallie makes a rash decision when she spots a man about to jump from a bridge. She convinces Emmett to come with her instead, eventually spending the weekend. Tallie doesn’t tell him she's a therapist, for fear that he will think she sees him as a project, but Emmett is hiding even bigger, terrible secrets that are hinted at throughout the chapters. Tallie is suspicious of Emmett but also drawn to him; they seem to be just what each other needs at that moment. The weekend turns into a love story, but this is not a fairytale! A page-turning pleaser with a heroine to love.

Under the Wave at Waimea Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux

Now in his sixties, big-wave surfer Joe Sharkey has passed his prime and is losing his 'stoke.' The younger surfers around the breaks on the north shore of Oahu still idolize the Shark, but his sponsors are looking elsewhere. Driving home from a bar after one too many, Joe accidentally kills a stranger near Waimea. As the repercussions of the accident spiral ever wider, Joe's girlfriend, Olive, throws herself into uncovering the dead man's identity and helping Joe find vitality and refuge in the waves again.

Vera Vera by Carol Edgarian

Narrowly surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a bordello proprietor's daughter bonds with an unlikely new family, from a Chinese clan and an orphan caregiver to tenor Enrico Caruso and tabloid celebrity Alma Spreckels.

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The Address Book The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask

When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won't get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class, causing them to be a shorthand for snobbery or discrimination. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn't - and why.

Black Girl, Call Home Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans

Spoken-word poet Mans addresses a variety of timely and poignant topics in this excellent collection. Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing. Mans uses poetry to bring change to the world with positive agitation and hopes to prompt dialogue where there is normally fear. She delves into heartbreak, community, family, race, queer identity, sexual violence, feminism, and celebrity (including the blistering “Footnotes for Kanye West” and an astounding elegy for Whitney Houston), Mans' poems are startling and unforgettable.

Confident Women Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion by Tori Telfer

The art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and its female practitioners are some of the best-- or worst. Telfer introduces us to a host of lady swindlers whose scams ranged from the outrageous to the deadly. Among them: In 1700s Paris, Jeanne de Saint-Rémy scammed the royal jewelers out of a necklace made from six hundred and forty-seven diamonds by pretending she was best friends with Queen Marie Antoinette. Cassie Chadwick got banks to loan her upwards of $40,000 by telling people she was Andrew Carnegie's illegitimate daughter. And the scams continue....

Creative Watercolor and Mixed Media Creative Watercolor & Mixed Media: A Step-by-step Guide to Achieving Stunning Effects by Ana Victoria Calderon

Ana Victoria Calderon - Simple step-by-step techniques for painting exciting and colourful motifs by combining watercolour with other user-friendly materials. Whether you're new to the medium or are looking to add new techniques to your watercolour practice, this series is perfect for all skill levels, and takes a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts.

Do Better Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy by Rachel Ricketts

Thought leader, racial justice educator, and sought-after spiritual activist Rachel Ricketts offers mindful and practical steps for all humans to dismantle white supremacy on a personal and collective level. Includes culturally informed, secular spiritual exercises, such as guided meditations, transformative breathwork, and journaling prompts

Don’t Call it a Cult Don't Call It a Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM by Sarah Berman

Sex trafficking. Forced labor. Gaslighting. Berman explores the shocking practices of NXIVM, a cult run by Keith Raniere and many enablers. She details its rise as a personal development company, its ability to evade prosecution for decades, and the investigation that finally revealed its dark secrets to the world.

How to Prepare for Climate Change How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos by David Pogue

NY Times best-selling self-help author and CBS Sunday Morning science and tech correspondent, David Pogue offers us sensible, researched advice for how we should start to ready ourselves for climate chaos in the years ahead. What to grow and eat, how to build and to insure, where to invest, how to prepare your children and pets, and even where to consider relocating when the time comes. Included are tips for managing your anxiety, as well as action plans for riding out every climate catastrophe, from superstorms and wildfires to ticks and epidemics.

Night Lake The Night Lake: A Young Priest Maps the Topography of Grief by Liz Tichenor

Called "such a sad, tough story, but finally so life-affirming, filled with spirit and love" by Anne Lamott, this is a raw and intensely affecting memoir by a young priest about loss of a child, its grief and its aftermath, and the hard-won joy that can follow.

Niksen Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing by Olga Mecking

The Dutch people are some of the happiest in the world. Their secret? They are masters of niksen, or the art of doing nothing. Niksen is not a form of meditation, or is it a state of laziness or boredom. To niks is to make a conscious choice to sit back, let go, and do nothing at all. Mecking shows readers how to take a break from all the busyness-- with heartfelt permission to do nothing.

Storey’s Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills Storey's Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills: 214 Things You Can Actually Learn How to Do

Have you ever wondered how to capture a swarm of bees? Predict the weather by the clouds? And just how do you darn a pair of socks, anyway? With dozens of useful and intriguing visual tutorials, you can learn how to carve a turkey, create a butterfly garden, set up a dog agility course, keep a nature sketchbook, navigate by the stars, and more. Whether you plan to "do it yourself" or just love reading about how things are done, this rich compendium will educate, fascinate, spark conversation, and inspire new hobbies and experiences.

Tethered to Stars Tethered to Stars: Poems by Fady Joudah

Fady Joudah - From Fady Joudah, comes an elegant collection of poems that shifts deftly between the microscope, the telescope, and the horoscope. A collection born of polyphony and the rhythms of our cosmos--intimate in its stakes, celestial in its dreams. Teeming with life but tinged with a sublime proximity to death, this is a collection that flows "between nuance and essentialization," from this acclaimed poet.

The Queens’ English The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases by Chloe O. Davis

A landmark reference guide to the LGBTQIA+ community's contributions to the English language--an intersectional, inclusive, playfully illustrated glossary featuring more than 800 terms and fabulous phrases created by and for queer culture.

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