A monthly selection from our shelves curated by your favorite SPL librarians!
For the week of January 3, 2023: Fiction | Nonfiction | Graphic Novels | Movies/TV, Music & More
|And Then the Gray Heaven by RE Katz
Delving into what it means to try to be alive to your own pain and the pain of others under late capitalism, And Then the Gray Heaven explores the themes of queer grief and affection, queer failure, burial as hero's journey, and the grotesqueries of artistic determination within and beyond the institutions that define our lives.
|Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk
A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above.
|The Foghorn Echoes by Danny Ramadan
A devastating novel about broken relationships, the promises we're unable to keep and living with the ghosts of your past.
|In the Event of Love by Courtney Kae
Fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexandria Bellefleur will adore this queer romcom that combines everything people love about Hallmark-style holiday romances with laugh-out-loud humor and a sweet and steamy love story between two women.
|Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen
A delicious story from a new voice in suspense, Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist.
|My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women by Various
Eighteen Afghan women living in, speaking about, and writing from the country itself tell stories that are powerful and illuminating, unique and universal - stories of family, work, childhood, friendship, war, gender identity, and cultural traditions.
|Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire's Wife, and the Murder of the Century by Roseanne Montillo
Describes how author Truman Capote became obsessed with the true crime story of a Manhattan socialite who shot her banking heir husband in 1955, and discusses how publication of his book led to her suicide and his own scandalous downfall.
|Existential Physics: A Scientist's Guide to Life's Biggest Questions by Sabine Hossenfelder
From renowned physicist and creator of the YouTube series "Science without the Gobbledygook," a book that takes a no-nonsense approach to life's biggest questions, and wrestles with what physics really says about the human condition
|Made with Love: Get Hooked with 30 Knitting and Crochet Patterns by Tom Daley
A British Olympic gold medal-winning diver and beloved LGBTQ icon shares his joy of knitting and crocheting through thirty original projects that run the gamut from toys to clothing for adults and kids to home décor.
|Night Terrors: Troubled Sleep and the Stories We Tell about It by Alice Vernon
Night Terrors aims to shine a light on the darkest parts of our sleeping lives, and to reassure sufferers from bad dreams that they are not alone.
|So When Are You Having Kids: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren't Sure If, When, or How They Want to Become Parents by Jordan Davidson
A new kind of family planning book for the millennial and Gen Z generations, offering inclusive guidance on the realities of parenthood.
|The Witch's Feast: A Kitchen Grimoire by Melissa Jayne Madara
A decadent collection of magical dishes and feasts created by the herbalist, witch, chef and co-owner of Catland Books, Melissa Madara.
|Always Never by Jordi Lafebre
After forty years of being madly in love, Ana and Zeno are finally retiring and giving their romance a chance to bloom while they both still have time left. A unique but relatable love story told in reverse, with each chapter stepping further back through the decades of touch and go courting, showing both the heartbreaking moments that kept the two lovers apart and the beautiful moments that kept their flame alive.
|Artist by Yeong-Shin Ma
The satirical saga of three artists seeking recognition. But there can be only one Artist.
|Doughnuts and Doom by Balazs Lorinczi
Margot, a witch, and Elena, a rock musician, are both having a bad day and emotions run high during their first encounter, which could either become the start of a new relationship or curse them both to certain doom.
|Home by Julio Anta
After being separated from his mother at the US border, a young Guatemalan immigrant must learn to harness emerging superhuman abilities while being hunted by the Federal Government.
|Radiant Red, Volume 1 by Cherish Chen
To her students, Satomi Sone is a diligent middle school teacher. To her fiancé and parents, she's the rock of the family. To the world, she's RADIANT RED, bank robber-turned-matter-absorbing superhero.
|Salamandre by I.N.J. Culbard
Kaspar Salamandre is a bereaved young artist who is sent to stay with his enigmatic grandfather in a land ruled under an oppressive regime, where there can be only one loved one: The Emperor. In this land where flowers are contraband, music is illegal, and art is created in hiding, Kaspar discovers a world of art revolutionaries, espionage and the Secret Police. His search for answers will bring him face to face with the meaning of sacrifice. But, will anything bring him closer to overcoming his loss?
Movies/TV, Music & More
|Downton Abbey. A New Era by Simon Curtis
The Dowager Countess reveals she has a villa in the south of France, and many of the family follow her there for a rest while some of the family stay behind to keep an eye on the cast and crew of a film which is shooting at the grand estate.
|Mr. Malcolm's List by Emma Holly Jones
In nineteenth-century England, jilted by London's most eligible bachelor, Julia convinces her friend to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he's found the perfect woman or the perfect hoax.
|Writing with Fire by Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh
A fearless group of journalists maintain India's only women-led news outlet. All from the Dalit caste, the women of Khabar Lahariya prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital while fighting for marginalized voices in the world's largest democracy. The film chronicles the astonishing determination of these reporters as they redefine what it means to be powerful.
|Yellowjackets. Season One
A wildly talented high school girl soccer team becomes the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Canadian wilderness.
|Surrender by Maggie Rogers
GRAMMY-nominated artist/producer/songwriter Maggie Rogers's new album, Surrender, will be released via Capitol Records on July 29, 2022. Co-produced by Kid Harpoon and Rogers, it is the follow-up to her beloved 2019 debut, Heard It in a Past Life, which entered the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart at #1 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. It also landed Maggie a nomination for Best New Artist and went on to amass over a billion combined global streams.
|Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
Format: Spoken CD
A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind.