This one comes out next week. Recommended also for readers of Azar Nafisi or Malala Yousafzai.  Comment to claim.

Khan, Daisy.  Born with Wings. Spiegel & Grau, April 24th.

Born With Wings

The dramatic, spiritual memoir of a prominent Muslim woman working to empower women and girls across the world–for readers of Malala Yousafzai and Azar Nafisi. Raised in a progressive Muslim family in the shadows of the Himalayan mountains, where she attended a Catholic girls’ school, Daisy experienced culture shock when her family sent her to the States to attend high school in a mostly Jewish Long Island suburb. Ambitious and talented, she quickly climbed the corporate ladder after college as an architectural designer in New York City. Though she loved the freedom that came with being a career woman, she felt that something was missing from her life. One day a friend suggested that she visit a Sufi mosque in Tribeca. To her surprise, she discovered a home there, eventually marrying the mosque’s imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, and finding herself, as his wife, at the center of a community in which women turned to her for advice. Guided by her faith, she embraced her role as a women’s advocate and has devised innovative ways to help end child marriage, fight against genital mutilation, and, most recently, educate young Muslims to resist the false promises of ISIS recruiters.
Born with Wings is a powerful, moving, and eye-opening account of Daisy Khan’s inspiring journey–of her self-actualization and her success in opening doors for other Muslim women and building bridges between cultures. It powerfully demonstrates what one woman can do–with faith, love, and resilience.




Little Big Love already has a hold and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing it on a Hold Purchase Alert.  Comment to claim.

Regan, Katy. Little Big Love. Berkley, June 12.

Little Big LovePublisher summary: About a Boy meets Parenthood in this smart, big-hearted love story about a family for whom everything changed one night, a decade ago, and the young boy who unites them all.  Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: octopuses have three hearts, Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth . But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.  When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after she deserves.  But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues of his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was at once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.  Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.




Reardon, Bryan. The Real Michael Swann.  Dutton, June 12.

The Real Michael Swann

Julia is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly goes dead. Then the news rolls in: a bomb has gone off at Penn Station, where Michael was waiting for a train home. A frantic Julia races to look for Michael. Weaving between the aftermath of the explosion and Julia’s memories of her life with Michael, new developments raise troubling questions. Did Michael survive the explosion? Why hasn’t he contacted her? What was he doing when their last call was cut off? Was he – or is he still – the man she fell in love with?

Jim shared a Billboard Bulletin article on this year’s Pulitzer music winner [“Pulitzer Prize Administrator Explains How Kendrick Lamar Won” by Joe Lynch] that I thought was worth quoting and linking to. Kendrick Lamar’s Damn is the first non-classical, non-jazz album to win the Pulitzer in the award’s 75 year history.  Jim’s replacing CD copies as we’re down to one good copy with 20 holds and rising, but if you have burning curiosity in the meantime Hoopla’s convenient, instant gratification is a click away from the home page.

From the article:

“[Pulitzer Board Administrator Dana Canedy says] The important thing about this is the jury and the board just decided that the album is a word of vernacular avant-garde. It’s a dense and sophisticated collage of hybrid sounds, polyrhythms, layered under what we would probably consider pulsing kinetic text.”


Pulitzer Prize winners for 2018 have been announced (start video at about minute 8:00 when the announcement actually begins or minute 15:00 when the arts and letters awards start).


Greer, Andrew Sean. Less. Little, Brown.


Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.



Davis, Jack E. Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. Liveright.

The Gulf
Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world’s most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Based on the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, Davis takes readers on a compelling and, at times, wrenching journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, both beautiful and life-giving, though fated to exploitation by esurient oil men and real-estate developers. Davis shares previously untold stories, parading a vast array of historical characters past our view: sports-fishermen, presidents, Hollywood executives, New England fishers, the Tabasco king, a Texas shrimper, and a New York architect who caught the “big one”. Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying the assaults of recent centuries, this book suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region’s history can inform the country’s path ahead. — adapted from book jacket.


Fraser, Caroline. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Henry Holt.

Prairie Fires

“Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls–the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser–the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series–masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder’s tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.” — Publisher’s description


Bidart, Frank.  Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016. Farrar, Straus, Giroux.


Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us. Few writers have so willingly ventured to the dark places of the human psyche and allowed themselves to be stripped bare on the page with such candor and vulnerability. Over the past half century, Bidart has done nothing less than invent a poetics commensurate with the chaos and appetites of our experience. Half-light encompasses all of Bidart’s previous books, and also includes a new collection, Thirst, in which the poet austerely surveys his life, laying it plain for us before venturing into something new and unknown. Here Bidart finds himself a “Creature coterminous with thirst,” still longing, still searching in himself, one of the “queers of the universe.” Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart’s Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 are a radical confrontation with human nature, a conflict eternally renewed and reframed, restless line by restless line.





Forman, James. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

Locking up Our Own

“An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics — and their impact on people of color — are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures — such as stringent drug and gun laws and “pretext traffic stops” in poor African American neighborhoods — were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a “cancer” that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supported harsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency. Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas — from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of
our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils.”– Provided by publisher.


Lamar, Kendrick. Damn. TDE/Aftermath/Interscope.

Just one year after releasing Untitled Unmastered, Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar returns with one of the most buzzed about albums of 2017. It includes the single HUMBLE.


Majok, Martyna.  The Cost of Living. Dramatists Play Service.  [This is only available direct – I am waiting for re-distribution or requests]



Why We Love New Books

April 12, 2018

Grant has done some analysis of circulation for new books and the numbers are striking.  Looking at collections that ever have new status and the instances where they are checked out from shelf (i.e. not from a hold), the new shelf status books account for nearly 20% of such circulation while only occupying 4% of the collections’ shelf space. The graph below illustrates. I know new books are cresting a bit and in non-fiction I’m looking at what is most successful as new and what has been less so this year, but they really are circulation power houses.  Thank you for all you do to highlight, display and handle these newly purchased items for our customers!

The 2017 list is out. See handy poster below. There is also a video discussing on the ALA/OIF site.


Winman, Sarah.  Tin Man. Putnam, May 15th.

Tin Man

“Shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award “This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once.”–Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man. This is almost a love story. But it’s not as simple as that. Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys whenthey first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships growsinto something more. But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between? With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living”– Provided by publisher.



Brock, Amber. Lady Be Good. Crown, June.

Lady Be Good by Amber Brock

Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana.