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Jan / Feb 2017 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and listening pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include children’s books about a steel beam recovered from New York’s twin towers and used in building the ship USS New York ; a great picture book about first day jitters; and, a novel about the Fletcher family that’s full of humor, love, and mischief. Listen to new music CDs by The Flaming Lips and Latin music’s 2016 chart toppers. Fiction for teens includes a star reviewed story about a young man with OCD who befriends his lost love’s ex-boyfriend and questions the meaning of life and love; a paranormal romance along the lines of Twilight; and a novel in verse, texts, notes, and chats of a tormented and insecure teen. For adult fiction, there’s a psychological thriller with an ending you won’t see coming in Behind Her Eyes; a star reviewed book about an emotional battle over custody of an undocumented woman’s son; and a friendship between two women dealing with death, forgiveness, and their own secrets. Nonfiction readers will learn about fraud through our history from P. T. Barnum to Bernie Madoff; how we crave for creative change, yet push it away when presented with it; and how to be more like the Danish with the philosophy of Hygge. Our Spanish nonfiction selections include a book on supernatural happenings and looking into the mysteries of the mind.

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 Seven and a Half Tons of Steel book jacket

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan

After the twin towers fell, a steel beam was recovered. It was shipped to a foundry in Louisiana and reworked into a new naval ship, the USS New York. Follow the journey in this beautifully illustrated and sensitive book about recovering, remembering, and honoring.

Children's Nonfiction

 School's First Day of School book jacket

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex

It’s just the Janitor and School, and School likes it that way. But the first day approaches and School is nervous … what if the children don’t like School? A reassuring and humorous reminder that first-day jitters can happen to anyone. And a fun story to read as kids return from winter break! Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher book jacket

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy

Two dads, four adopted sons from various ethnic backgrounds, one dog, one cat, and one imaginary cheetah tackle each day with humor, love, mischief, and lots of family banter. If you love Beverly Cleary’s Quimbys or Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks, then the Fletchers are the next family you need to meet. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Fiction

 OCZY MLODY book jacket

OCZY MLODY by The Flaming Lips

Modern-day psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips release the follow-up to their 2014 Beatles tribute. Their new album includes the singles The Castle and How??

Music CD

 Radio Éxitos El Disco Del Año 2016 book jacket

Radio Éxitos El Disco Del Año 2016 by Various Artists

The year's biggest Latin music hits shine in a collection that includes tracks from Pesado, Banda Los Sebastianes, Remmy Valenzuela, and many more.

Music CD

 History is All You Left Me book jacket

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Having lost his first boyfriend in a terrible accident, Griffin, a youth with OCD, forges a friendship with his lost love's ex-boyfriend, Jackson, who exhibits suspicious signs of guilt. Beautifully realized characters that question the meaning of life and love. Star Reviews Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 Freeks book jacket

Freeks by Amanda Hocking

Mara's life with Gideon Davorin's Traveling Carnival leaves her longing for an ordinary life where nobody has special powers, but when she sees her chance in the small town of Caudry, a dark presence forces her to master her new power in order to save everyone. This standalone paranormal romance will be popular with Twilight fans.

Teen Fiction

 Girls Like Me book jacket

Girls Like Me by Lola StVil

Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight and threats from a girl bully in school. So, when she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, she's too insecure to tell him who she is until her two best friends help love prevail. A novel made up of verse, texts, notes and chats reveals a tormented teen that is funny and believable. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 Behind Her Eyes book jacket

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

The secretary of a successful psychiatrist is drawn into the seemingly picture-perfect life of her boss and his wife before discovering a complex web of controlling behaviors and secrets that gradually reveal profound and dangerous flaws in the couple's relationship. A psychological thriller with an ending you will never see coming for fans of Luckiest Girl Alive. Star Review

Adult Fiction

 Lucky Boy book jacket

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

A wrenching emotional battle ensues between Soli, an undocumented Mexican single mother, and Kavya, an Indian-American chef who cannot have children, when Soli's infant son is placed in Kavya's care during an immigration detention. A heartbreaker that is recommended for book clubs. Star Reviews. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Inheriting Edith book jacket

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

After Maggie's friend commits suicide, she is left her house with the caveat that Maggie cares for Edith, her friend's eighty-two year old mother with Alzheimer's. Maggie, her toddler, and Edith form a tentative alliance as they deal with death, forgiveness, and their own secrets. A quirky tale that book clubs might enjoy.

Adult Fiction

 Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff book jacket

Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff by Edward J. Balleisen

The United States has always proved an inviting home for boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers. Worship of entrepreneurial freedom has complicated the task of distinguishing aggressive salesmanship from unacceptable deceit, especially on the frontiers of innovation. At the same time, competitive pressures have often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a steady, central feature of American business since the beginning. In a sweeping historical narrative, a professor of history and public policy at Duke University describes the history of frauds in America, from P.T. Barnum to Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff.

Adult Nonfiction

 Creative Change: Why We Resist It… How We Can Embrace It book jacket

Creative Change: Why We Resist It… How We Can Embrace It by Jennifer Mueller, Ph.D.

All business leaders say they want creativity and need real innovation in order to thrive in a competitive world. But according to startling research from management professor Jennifer Mueller, the truth is that business leaders chronically reject creative solutions and embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation. Mueller’s research reveals that it’s not just CEOs but educators, parents, and other social trendsetters who struggle to accept new and creative ideas even when desired. Mueller parses the tough questions that these findings raise. Could people have an inherent prejudice against creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this prejudice on or off? Mueller describes how to shift your mindset to better recognize creative opportunity, and provides counterintuitive recommendations to help people embrace the creative ideas they want.

Adult Nonfiction

 The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection book jacket

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection by Louisa Thomsen Brits

The secret to why the Danes are known as “the happiest people on Earth”? Hygge. Hygge (hue-gah) is a Danish word but a universal feeling of being warm, safe, comforted, and sheltered—an experience of belonging to the moment and to each other. Hygge anchors us, reminding us to slow down, to connect with place and with one another, to dwell and savor rather than rush and spend. When you curl up by the fire with a blanket, or have a simple meal with friends, that is hygge. When you acknowledge the sacred in the secular, or focus on people rather than things, or when you express love through small gestures, that is hygge. This full-color lifestyle guide to the centuries-old Danish art of togetherness and contentment shares advice for incorporating hygge practices into everyday life.

Adult Nonfiction

 Viajes inexplicables book jacket

Viajes inexplicables by Jesús Callejo Cabo

This book on the supernatural covers alien abductions, teleportation and time travel. Este libro sobre lo sobrenatural cubre abducciones alienígenas, la teletransportación y el viaje en el tiempo.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Los misterios de la mente book jacket

Los misterios de la mente by David Baró

Take a voyage inside the mysteries of the mind and learn how to improve memory, self-hypnotize and decipher unexplained phenomena. Tome un viaje dentro de los misterios de la mente y aprenda cómo mejorar la memoria, autohipnotizar y descifrar fenómenos inexplicados.

Spanish Nonfiction