Browse New Materials-- June 1, 2023

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

For the week of June 1, 2023:  Fiction | Nonfiction | Graphic Novels | Movies/TV, Music & More


Fic Aspects by John M. Ford

In the years before his unexpected death, John M. Ford wrote a novel of fantasy and magic unlike any other. Politics and abdicated kings, swords and sorcerous machine guns, divination and ancient empires -- finally, Aspects has been published for the first time. .

Body and Soul Food Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette

In book one of the new Books and Biscuits cozy mystery series, siblings Koby and Keaton are reunited for the first time since childhood. After opening a book store/soul food cafe togther, Koby's foster brother is found murdered, and the siblings work together to track down the killer.

Ghost Girl, Banana Ghost Girl, Banana by Wiz Wharton

A richly-detailed and heart-wrenching debut by a biracial Chinese-European author about a thirty-something Chinese-European protagonist in search of her identity from London to Hong Kong after being named in the will of a powerful stranger.

Sisters of the Lost Nation Sisters of the Lost Nation by Nick Medina

Anna Horn is an outcast who is victimized by bullies at her local high school. On top of these difficulties, she is searching for her missing sister, who disappeared along with other women from Anna's Louisiana reservation. As she investigates these disappearances, she is continuously haunted by an ancient tribal spirit.

The Unfolding The Unfolding by A. M. Homes

The Unfolding explores what the publisher describes as a "story that is as much about the dynamics within a family as it is about the desire for power," and the author insightfully reveals that there is "a dangerous rift in American identity."

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American Midnight American Midnight: The Great War, A Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild

Hochschild recounts a dramatic and horrific period in our history: the United States entry into World War One and the violence on the home front. White mobs burned Black homes and churches. Citizens were imprisoned for expressing their opinions. Newspapers were forced to close. American Midnight is a story of racism, redbaiting and contempt for the rule of law--and of the brave individuals who faced those forces head-on to stand up for our nation's ideals.

The Arbornaut: a Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us The Arbornaut: a Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us by Meg Lowman

The Arbornaut chronicles the life of Meg Lowman, biologist and nature advocate, and her love of the often forgotten ecosystem above our heads. One part fieldwork another part memoir, this book is the engrossing story of one nerdy tree climber and how she is changing the world.

NF Born to Be Hanged by Keith Thomson

A fascinating narrative history of English pirates engaging in a two-year proxy war with Spain by plundering their vessels in the Pacific during the Golden Age of Piracy.

A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts by Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes

A compelling, curious history of the lives of American women whose ghosts are said to haunt the country to this day, from notorious accused murderer Lizzie Borden, to Bridget Bishop, the first person executed during the Salem witchcraft trials.

On the Origin of Time : Stephen Hawking's Final Theory On the Origin of Time : Stephen Hawking's Final Theory by Thomas Hertog

Thomas Hertog was one of Stephen Hawking's last and closest collaborators. On the Origin of Time offers an astounding revision of Hawking's search for a new quantum theory of the cosmos. The work "takes the reader on a quest to understand questions bigger than our universe, peering into the extreme quantum physics of black holes and the big bang and drawing on the latest developments in string theory." (publisher)

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Graphic Novels

The Escapist : Amazing Adventures The Escapist : Amazing Adventures by Michael Chabon, et al.

The companion to Chabon's novel The Adventures of Cavalier and Clay, this graphic collection is a retrospective on the central comic character of that work, the Escapist. A fictionalized retrospective on the history of American Comics, The Escapist highlights the history of comics complete with fictional essays, retrospectives, and parodies.

A History of Japan in Manga A History of Japan in Manga by Kanaya Shunichiro

The fascinating story of Japan's history as a nation is told in a compelling and accessible way through one of its most innovative, original art forms-- manga.

Light Carries On Light Carries On by Ray Nadine

A young disabled veteran in Chicago getting by on photography gigs breaks his camera and finds in his antique rental the ghost of a queer punk rocker, mending his heart and solving a mystery in their city.

Queen of Snails: A Graphic Memoir Queen of Snails: A Graphic Memoir by Maureen Burdock

Queen of Snails is a story of displacement, abandonment, and the emotionally distressing gap that sometimes occurs between generations. Maureen is suddenly uprooted from her home in Germany after her parents divorce, and finds herself in the American Midwest. Raised by a mother who cares more about her religion than her own daughter, she must overcome isolation and familial trauma in order to come to grips with growing up and establishing her own place in the world.

Under the Banner of King Death Under the Banner of King Death by David Lester

This compelling graphic novel draws from true histories of social revolution in the eighteenth century, where a subculture of pirates seek freedom from oppression. The main characters include a woman disguised as a man in order to become a pirate, a fugitive slave from South Carolina, and a Dutch seaman.

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Movies/TV, Music & More


An American Pickle An American Pickle directed by Brandon Trost
Format: DVD

Starring Seth Rogen, this comedy-drama follows an Eastern European Jewish immigrant who wakes up in modern times after being accidentally preserved in a vat of pickles for one hundred years.

I Got a Monster I Got a Monster directed by Kevin Abrams
Format: DVD

The Gun Trace Task Force, Baltimore's corrupt police unit, terrorized the city for over twenty five years. Along with its companion book, this documentary exposes a true life cat-and-mouse game.

Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle directed by Arthur Harari
Format: DVD

Japan, 1944. Trained for intelligence work, Hiroo Onoda, 22 years old, discovers a philosophy contrary to the official line: no suicide, stay alive whatever happens, the mission is more important than anything else. Although the Empire will surrender soon after, Onoda waits 10,000 days demanding orders direct from his CO before he stops fighting.

Orphan: First Kill Orphan: First Kill directed by William Brent Bell
Format: DVD

In this chilling prequel to the terrifying hit movie Orphan, we find Esther has escaped to America in a new disguise, where she will stop at nothing to disrupt the lives of her new family.

Paris is Burning Paris is Burning directed by Jennie Livingston
Format: DVD

Originally released in 1990, Paris is Burning chronicles the origins of vogueing and the underground drag balls of Harlem among New York's Latinx and African American LGBTQ+ community.


Diabelli Variations Diabelli Variations performed by Mitsuko Uchida
Format: CD

Acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. The result is an interpretation with a fluidity and grace remarkable in compositions with so many hair pin changes of mood.

Memento Mori Memento Mori by Depeche Mode
Format: CD

Memento Morii> marks the 15th album by Depeche Mode, but the first without its founder, Andy Fletcher, who passed away in 2022. This album is perhaps one of the band's most intimate and heartfelt yet, in what could be considered the "inevitable sunset of their lengthy, storied careers." (Neil Z. Yeung).

Prophet Prophet by Sun Ra
Format: CD

Prophet was produced from a single day recording during a 1968 session at Mission Control Studios in Westford, MA, and was the only time that Sun Ra used the Prophet VS (vector synthesizer). Consisting of a sixteen-minute improv, the music often sounds more like a rehearsal than a studio recording. It can be argued that this approach provides a fascinating glimpse into the ethereal creative process of this tenaciously innovative musician.

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