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April/May 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 featuring a powerful and moving story of unlikely friendships; a book of animal infographics that spans the globe; and, a graphic novel about a hippopotamus finding the perfect job. Listen to newly arranged J.S. Bach pieces performed by Yo-Yo Ma and a set of Bob Dylan music from 1965-1966. Teen fiction includes life on the U.S.-Mexico border and a teen seeking answers through an advice columnist. For adult fiction, a man uses his advertising skills to seduce women online and another about a quirky mother/daughter duo with humor and sadness. For graphic novel fans, read a new series about two high school girls from different backgrounds becoming the unlikeliest of friends. Nonfiction readers will learn about today’s video gaming culture, the use of beetles and other insects in food, the relationship between man and machine, and great California road trips to take. Our Spanish nonfiction selections includes a tribute to Prince and an autobiography on Roberto Duran.

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 Wolf Hollow book jacket

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

A powerful and moving story of unlikely friendship, prejudice, standing up, and the price paid for secrets shared and kept. Superb storytelling that stays on your mind for a long, long time. 2017 Newbery Honor Book. Also available: eBook and eAudiobook.

Children's Fiction

 Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics book jacket

Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics by Steve Jenkins

Infographics especially for kids! The data is fascinating, the illustrations are wonderful, and the scope of the book will satisfy any kid (or adult!) interested in animals.

Children's Nonfiction

 Hippopotamister book jacket

Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green

Hippo wants a job. Accompanied by his friend Red Panda, he leaves the zoo to figure out what occupation is best for him. Funny, sweet, and full of try-try-again perseverance, Hippo and Red Panda eventually find jobs that are perfect for them. Also available: eBook

Children's Graphic Novel

 Bach: Bach Trios book jacket

Bach: Bach Trios by Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer perform works by J.S. Bach originally written for keyboard instruments plus a sonata for viola da gamba.

Music CD

 Best of Cutting Edge book jacket

Best of Cutting Edge by Bob Dylan

Between 1965 and 1966, Bob Dylan recorded three albums that many believe changed the course of modern music: Bringing It All Back Home; Highway 61 Revisited; and Blonde on Blonde. This set gives insight into their creation.

Music CD

 Saint Death book jacket

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Living in the outskirts of Juarez on the U.S.-Mexican border, Arturo works odd jobs to make a living and stays out of sight until his friend Faustino lands himself in trouble and needs help paying back the drug gang from whom he's stolen money. The three-time Printz Award honoree sets this heart-rending tale in the grimly violent world of human trafficking and drug trade. Star Review. Also available: eBook

Teen Fiction

 The Speed of Life book jacket

The Speed of Life by Carol Weston

Missing her mother who died last year, fourteen-year-old Sofia finds an anonymous outlet for her personal questions and deep, dark secrets in the Dear Kate advice columnist, until, much to her horror, Sofia's father starts dating Kate. Engaging characters with a strong voice will find a wide audience for this slice-of-life story covering many issues. Star Review. Also available: eBook

Teen Fiction

 Chameleon in a Candy Store book jacket

Chameleon in a Candy Store by Anonymous

Picking up the story where it left off, the controversial protagonist retools his advertising skills to seduce women online. It’s a pursuit that quickly becomes a dangerous fixation, often requiring even more creativity and deception than his award-winning ad campaigns. Anonymous is back with the addictive sequel to his New York Times bestselling debut novel Diary of an Oxygen Thief. Also available: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 The Book of Polly book jacket

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

A 10-year-old girl in a small conventional Texas community resolves to keep up with her aging, crazy-as-a-fox mother in order to keep them both alive and learn the truth about her mother's long-secret past. For fans of Southern sass, mother-daughter duos, and Rebecca Wells' Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

Adult Fiction

 Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl 1 book jacket

Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl 1 by Canno

In middle school, Ayaka Shiramine was the perfect student: hard-working, with excellent grades and a great personality to match. As Ayaka enters high school she expects to still be on top, but one thing she didn't account for is her new classmate, the lazy yet genuine genius Yurine Kurosawa. What's in store for Ayaka and Yurine as they go through high school...together?

Teen Graphic Novel

 Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World book jacket

Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World by Andrew Ervin

Whereas gamers once constituted a small and largely male subculture, today 67 percent of American households play video games. The average gamer is now thirty-four years old, spends eight hours each week playing, and there is a 40 percent chance this person is a woman. In Bit by Bit, Andrew Ervin sets out to understand the explosive popularity of video games. He travels to government laboratories, junk shops, and arcades. He interviews scientists and game designers, both old and young. In charting the material and technological history of video games, from the 1950s to the present, he suggests that their appeal starts and ends with the sense of creativity they instill in gamers. As Ervin argues, games are art because they are beautiful, moving, and even political and because they turn players into artists themselves.

Adult Nonfiction

 Eat the Beetles: An Exploration of Our Conflicted Relationship with Insects book jacket

Eat the Beetles: An Exploration of Our Conflicted Relationship with Insects by David Waltner-Toews

Meet the beetles: there are millions and millions of them and many fewer of the rest of us — mammals, birds, and reptiles. Since before recorded history, humans have eaten insects. While many get squeamish at the idea, entomophagy — people eating insects — is a possible way to ensure a sustainable and secure food supply for the eight billion of us on the planet. From upscale restaurants where black ants garnish raw salmon to grubs as pub snacks in Paris and Tokyo, from backyard cricket farming to high-tech businesses, Eat the Beetles! weaves these cultural, ecological, and evolutionary narratives to provide an accessible and humorous exploration of entomophagy.

Adult Nonfiction

 Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins book jacket

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Gary Kasparov and Mig Greengard

The former world chess champion who played (and lost) against the supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997 discusses why he thinks humans should embrace the competition between themselves and machine intelligence. During the twenty years since, Kasparov’s played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he's become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more time thinking of new challenges to conquer.

Adult Nonfiction

 California's Best Trips: 33 Amazing Road Trips book jacket

California's Best Trips: 33 Amazing Road Trips by Sara Benson

Whether exploring your own backyard or somewhere new, discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet California's Best Trips. Featuring 35 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures, you can drive along the breezy, wildlife-rich Pacific Coast or stroll through ancient groves of Sequoia in Yosemite National, all with your trusted travel companion. Jump in the car, turn up the tunes, and hit the road!

Adult Nonfiction

 Prince: un homenaje único al artista más versátil de nuestros tiempos book jacket

Prince: un homenaje único al artista más versátil de nuestros tiempos by Mobeen Azhar

This is a tribute to Prince told through interviews of those closest to him. Este es un tributo a Prínce contado a través de entrevistas de ésos más cercanos a él.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Yo soy Duran: mi autobiografía book jacket

Yo soy Duran: mi autobiografía by Roberto Duran

Written by Duran himself, this autobiography recalls his rise from extreme poverty to successful boxer. Esta autobiografía escrita por el propio Duran recuerda su ascenso de la pobreza extrema a boxeador exitoso.

Spanish Nonfiction