A selection from our shelves, as curated by your favorite SPL librarians!
|The Brightest Star by Gail Tsukiyama
Arriving in 1930s Hollywood, Anna May Wong pursues her ambition to become a leading lady. She finds that beauty and talent are not enough to overcome Hollywood's racism, and she is relegated to supporting roles throughout her career. It is not until years later that the world recognizes her acting talents.
|Liquid Snakes by Stephen Kearse
Kenny Bomar is a former biochemist living in Atlanta, who is mourning the death of his stillborn daughter and the collapse of his marriage. His daughter's death is linked to a toxic plant that the government has hidden in predominantly black neighborhoods. Kenny copes with this knowledge through self-destructive, toxic habits of his own. Meanwhile, two epidemiologists investigate the cause of a mysterious black substance that has take the life of a high school student. The two narratives converge in entertaining yet distubing detail.
|Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie
Selasi and Akorfa are estranged cousins from Ghana who were once inseparable. While Selasi has shut Akorfa out of her life, Akorfa is accepted to an American university with dreams of becoming a doctor. While hoping for a better means of fulfilling her aspirations, she discovers the ways in which racism presents obstacles in her life outside of Ghana. A crisis brings the cousins back together, and they must resolve the issues that have long played barriers to their reconciliation. This gripping novel is not only a riveting tale of family life and class in Ghana, it is a testament to the "strength of female bonds in the face of societies that would prefer to silence women" (publisher).
|Owlish by Dorothy Tse
In a city called Nevers, there lives a professor of literature called Q. He has a dull marriage and a lackluster career, but also a scrumptious collection of antique dolls locked away in his cupboard. And soon Q lands his crowning acquisition: a music box ballerina named Aliss who has tantalizingly sprung to life. Guided by his mysterious friend Owlish and inspired by an inexplicably familiar painting, Q embarks on an all-consuming love affair with Aliss, oblivious to the protests spreading across the university that have left his classrooms all but empty.
|Daughters of Latin America: An International Anthology of Writing by Latine Women edited by Sandra Guzmán
This stellar collection of cross-genre works from 140 Latine voices spans five centuries, and focuses on the inclusion of once overlooked artists and activists-- especially those of African and indigenous descent, as well as queer and nonbinary authors.
|Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses by David Scheel
Behavioral ecologist David Scheel has been studying octopus for over twenty-five years. Although much has already been written about these highly intelligent creatures, Scheel captivates the reader with new discoveries about their behavior and physiology. Weaving together findings from new scientific developments, surprise encounters, and stories from indigenous people across centuries of observations, Many Things Under a Rock reveals what we have learned so far, while hinting at what we are yet to discover.
|The Pepperpot Diaries: Stories From My Caribbean Table by Andi Oliver
Acclaimed British chef Andi Oliver's long-awaited debut cookbook is a tour of Caribbean flavors and a showcase for both traditional and new recipes. The book explores food from across the Caribbean, presenting the history and heritage that have shaped both traditional and contemporary Caribbean cuisine.
|The Three Ages of Water by Peter H. Gleick
In The Three Ages of Water, expert on water resources and climate change Peter Gleick guides us through the long, fraught history of our most valuable resource. Spread over a ten-thousand-year human history, it begins with the fundamental evolutionary role water had in shaping early civilizations and empires, crests to the scientific and social revolutions that created modern society, and spills into the global water crisis of depleted groundwater reserves and ubiquitous pollution.
|Acting Class by Nick Drnaso
Acting Class tells the story of ten strangers brought together under the tutelage of a mysterious and possibly amoral acting coach. "When the line between real life and imagination begins to blur, the group's deepest fears and desires are laid bare. Exploring the tension between who we are and how we present, Drnaso cracks open his characters' masks and takes us through an unsettling American journey"(publisher).
|The Jewish Deli: An Illustrated Guide to the Chosen Food by Ben Nadler
In The Jewish Deli, Ben Nadler offers up a unique and inspiring tour of both traditional and up-and-coming delis, along with detailed advice on ordering in every deli category imaginable-- from bagels, meat, and fish to sweets, drinks, and soups. The book is an unprecedented visual guide to a glorious array of flavors and is an informative look at its culture and history.
|Liberated: The Radical Art and Life of Claude Cahun by Kaz Rowe
This captivating graphic biography narrates the life story of Claude Cahun, a French Surrealist artist whose work chronicled their search for creative freedom and identity in 1920s Paris to their resistance during German occupation in Jersey, and includes photographs by the artist and their romantic partner, Marcel Moore.
|Skip to the Fun Parts: Cartoons and Complaints About the Creative Process by Dana Jeri Maier
Skip to the Fun Parts is the perfect book for anyone struggling with the creative process. Offering no advice on the creative act itself, it is a hilarious collection of jokes, sketches, and commiserations that is a joy to read.
|Tiki : A Very Ruff Year by David Azencot
In the midst of a quarantine, Fred buys Tiki, a puppy, to help bring a little joy to his family's life in isolation. What no one anticipated is that Tiki would turn their lives completely upside-down.
Movies/TV, Music & More
Movies/TV and Music
|Celebrating John Williams composed by John Williams, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Legendary film composer John Williams gets the star treatment with this recording of some of his most reknowned works for the silver screen. Celebrating John Williams was recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles 2019, and performed by the world class LA Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.
|Nam June Paik : Moon is the Oldest TV directed by Amanda Kim
One of Korea's most famous artists, Nam June Paik is also the father of modern video art, and a formidable figure in 20th century American avant-garde art. Explore his life and work in this award-winning documentary.
|Robin Williams: Come Inside my Mind directed by Marina Zenovich
A funny intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world's most beloved and inventive comedians. Robin Williams : Come Inside My Mind takes viewers through the one-of-a-kind actor and comedian's extraordinary life and career.