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November 2017

 

New Books – Nov. 2017

McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino. Artificial intelligence : building smarter machines. Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2018].

“Artificial intelligence promises to make our lives easier and better. Learn about the accelerated pace of technology as things that were once science fiction become science fact”–Provided by publisher.

 

Reeve, Philip. Black Light Express. North Mankato, Minn. : Switch Press, a Capstone imprint, 2017.

Zen Starling, a small-time thief, and Nova, an android girl come from the Network Empire, whose stations are scattered across the galaxy and linked by the K-gates and the sentient trains travel at light speed between them–but the gate through which they just passed was a new one, and they have no way of knowing into what danger it might have led them.

 

Wallace, Sandra Neil. Bound by ice : a true North Pole survival story. 1st ed. Honesdale, Pa. : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, [2017].

“… follows the journey of George Washington De Long and the crew of the USS Jeannette, who departed San Francisco in the summer of 1879 hoping to find a route to the North Pole. However, in mid-September the ship became locked in ice north of Siberia and drifted for nearly two years before it was crushed by ice and sank. De Long and his men escaped the ship and began a treacherous journey in extreme polar conditions in an attempt to reach civilization. Many, including De Long, did not survive”–Amazon.com.

 

Trasi, Amita. The color of our sky. 1st ed. New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017].

A ten-year old must fulfill her destiny by becoming a prostitute as her mother and grandmother did before her, but in order to escape her fate, she is sent away where a high-spirited friendship helps her recover from the wounds of the past.

 

Comics confidential : thirteen graphic novelists talk story, craft, and life outside the box. 1st ed. 2016. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2016.

“Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marcus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to the movies to underground comix have influenced the thirteen artists and writers interviewed in these pages to create their own word-and-picture narratives. Here are their … stories: true tales from the crucible of creative struggles that led each to become a master of one of today’s most vibrant art forms. The book also contains an original graphic short on the common theme of “the city” from each of the artists, a mini-comic set in a cityscape of their choosing–present-day, historical, or imaginary”–Amazon.com.

 

Stone, Nic. Dear Martin. 1st ed. New York : Crown, [2017].

“Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him”–Provided by publisher.

 

Rush, Jennifer (Jennifer Marie), 1983-. Devils & thieves. 1st ed.: October 2017. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2017.

“In a world of magical motorcycle gangs, eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael taps into her magical abilities to stop an evil spell before it can be fulfilled”–.

 

Stork, Francisco X. Disappeared. 1st ed., October 2017. New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2017.

Four months ago Sara Zapata’s best friend, Linda, disappeared from the streets of Juarez, and ever since Sara has been using her job as a reporter to draw attention to the girls who have been kidnapped by the criminals who control the city, but now she and her family are being threatened–meanwhile her younger brother, Emiliano, is being lured into the narcotics business by the promise of big money, and soon the only way for both of them to escape is to risk the dangerous trek across the desert to the United States border.

 

Fawcett, Heather (Heather M.). Even the darkest stars. 1st ed. New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017].

“Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance. But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin–not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected–for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself–even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit”–Provided by publisher.

 

Houser, Jody. Faith. Deluxe edtion. New York, NY : Valiant Entertainment, LLC, [2016].

“Faith Herbert has always wanted to be a superhero, just like the ones in her favorite comic books. When she unlocked her latent psiot powers and joined the Harbinger Renegades she finally had her shot. But now she’s going to see if she’s got what it takes to make it as a solo hero, secret identity and all. By day, she’s a mild-mannered pop-culture blogger, by night, she’s L.A.’s leading superhero–the sky-soaring Zephyr! And when other young psiots start going missing without a trace all over the City of Angels, it’s going to be up to her to find out why…”–Back cover.

 

Dao, Julie C. Forest of a thousand lanterns. New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2017].

“Beautiful eighteen-year-old Xifeng, raised by a cruel aunt who says the stars destine her to be Empress of Feng Lu, chooses to spurn the man who loves her and exploit the dark magic that can make her dream real”–Provided by publisher.

 

Lee, Jen. Garbage night. This is a 1st ed. London : Nobrow, 2017.

“In a barren and ransacked backyard, a dog named Simon lives with his two best friends: a raccoon and a deer. They spend their days looting the desolate supermarket and waiting for the return of the hallowed ‘Garbage Night’ and week after week, the bins remain empty. But rumor has it, there’s a nearby town where humans still live. The trio join up with Barnaby, a mysterious stranger, and set off into the unknown…”–Back cover.

 

Bates, Laura, active 2014. Girl up : kick ass, claim your woman card, and crush everyday sexism. 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed. July 2017. New York : Touchstone, 2017.

An approachable guide to feminism.

 

Lloyd-Jones, Emily. The hearts we sold. 1st ed.: August 2017. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2017.

After Dee Moreno, seventeen, makes a deal with a demon, trading her heart for the chance of a good education, she becomes part of a group “heartless” teen engaged in fighting a paranormal war.

 

Cashore, Kristin. Jane, unlimited. New York, NY : Kathy Dawson Books, [2017].

“Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is directionless. Then an old aquaintance, the glamorous and capricious Kiran Thrash, blows back into Jane’s life and invites her to a gala at the Thrash’s extravagent island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: ‘If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.’ What Jane doesn’t know is that at Tu Reviens her story will change; the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her newly untethered life. But every choice comes with a price. She might fall in love, she might lose her life, she might come face-to-face with herself. At Tu Reviens, anything is possible”–Dust jacket flap.

Ko, Lisa. The leavers : a novel. 1st ed. Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.

“One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past”–Provided by publisher.

 

Iturbe, Antonio, 1967-. The librarian of Auschwitz. 1st American ed., 2017. New York : Godwin Books, Henry Holt and Co., 2017.

Follows Dita Kraus from age fourteen, when she is put in charge of a few forbidden books at Auschwitz concentration camp, through the end of World War II and beyond. Based on a true story.

 

Britt, Fanny. Louis undercover. Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2017.

“[Presents a story about] Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom, and who, with the help of his best friend, tries to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie”–Amazon.

 

Mathieu, Jennifer. Moxie : a novel. 1st ed., 2017. New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.

“In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines”–Provided by publisher.

 

Jones, Kelly (Kelly Anne), 1976-. Murder, magic, and what we wore. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017].

When her father dies, Annis Whitworth, who has power to sew glamours, garments that can disguise the wearer completely, becomes a spy and leads a double life in order to find her father’s killer.

 

Nasty women : feminism, resistance, and revolution in Trump’s America. 1st ed.: October 2017. New York : Picador, 2017.

A collection of essays by leading feminist writers in the aftermath of the 2016 presdiential election.

 

Foley, Jessie Ann. Neighborhood girls. 1st ed. New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017].

“A…coming-of-age story about a girl whose encounters with loss, broken friendships, and newfound faith leave her forever changed”–Amazon.com.

 

Hinds, Gareth, 1971-. Poe : stories and poems. 1st ed. 2017. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2017.

A collection of stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe presented in graphic novel format.

 

Reeve, Philip, author. Railhead.

In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.

 

Johnston, E. K. That inevitable Victorian thing. New York, NY : Dutton Books, [2017].

“In a near-future Toronto where the British Empire never fell, Helena, August, and Margaret are caught off-guard by the discovery of a love so intense they are willing to change the course of the monarchy to keep it”–Provided by publisher.

 

Hoffmeister, Peter Brown. Too shattered for mending. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017].

“After the disappearance of his grandfather ‘Big’ and the arrest of his older brother, JT, ‘Little’ McCardell is looking out for his younger cousin, trying to stay afloat in school, working in the town graveyard for extra cash, and in his spare time pining after Rowan, the girl JT was dating until he got locked up. When the sheriff’s deputy catches him hunting deer out of season and threatens to prosecute, Little must cooperate in their investigation about Big. Beholden to the sheriff, to JT, to Rowan, and to Big’s memory, there’s no telling how Little’s deepest secret could shatter their lives.”–OCLC.

 

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Tool of war. 1st ed.: October 2017. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2017.

In a future beset with rising seas, corporate government, and constant civil war, a bioengineered half-man/half-beast super-soldier who calls himself Tool breaks his conditioning to overcome his genetically enhanced sense of loyalty to the corporation that created him and seeks revenge against his old masters.

 

Green, John,  August 1977 -. Turtles All the Way Down. 1st. New York NY : Dutton, October 10, 2017.

It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

 

Ward, Geoffrey C. The Vietnam War : an intimate history. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.

Déjà vu, 1858-1961 — Riding the tiger, 1961-1963 — Hell come to earth, January 1964-December 1965 — Resolve, January 1966-June 1967 — What we do, July-December, 1967 — Things fall apart, January-July 1968 — The veneer of civilization, June 1968-April 1969 — The history of the world, May 1969-December 1970 — A disrespectful loyalty, January 1971-March 1973 — The weight of memory, March 1973-April 1975. “A comprehensive look at the Vietnam War”–Provided by publisher.

 

Fagan, Kate (Sports writer). What made Maddy run : the secret struggles and tragic death of an All-American teen. 1st ed.: August 2017. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2017.

“A sports journalist relates the story of Ivy League freshman and track star Maddy Holleran, who seemingly had it all and succeeded at everything she tried, but who secretly grappled with mental illness before taking her own life during the spring semester”–Provided by publisher.

 

McLemore, Anna-Marie. Wild beauty. 1st ed., 2017. New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, hiding a terrible legacy, until mysterious Fel arrives and Estrella helps him explore his dangerous past.