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Books, Audiobooks, DVDs, and Music that are new to our collections or that are especially relevant to current events. Click on the titles for more information or to place a hold on the item.

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead A Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow, Whitehead goes all out in this imaginative reconstruction of the antebellum South. Here, the Underground Railroad is not metaphorical but real, a welter of tracks and tunnels hidden beneath the soil. A slave named Cora, brutalized by her Georgia master yet shunned by her own, determines to escape ... Read More »

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance


Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance A Yale Law School graduate’s account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America’s angry white working class. “Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash,” writes Vance, a biotech executive and National Review contributor. “I call them neighbors, friends, and family.” In ... Read More »

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin


American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin The ubiquitous legal journalist and author returns with a detailed but swiftly moving account of the 1974 kidnapping that mesmerized the nation.  Readers of a certain age will be astonished that this case is more than 40 years old. So much has changed, ... Read More »

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott


You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gym community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other ... Read More »

The Baseball Whisperer by Michael Tackett


The Baseball Whisperer : a Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams by Michael Tackett Before Ozzie Smith ever heard the roar of excited Cardinal fans, he learned to listen carefully to the soft-spoken but demanding coach of an obscure semipro team playing ball among the cornfields surrounding Clarinda, Iowa. In chronicling the life of that coach – one Merl Eberly – ... Read More »

Invincible Summer by Alice Adams


Invincible Summer by Alice Adams Growing up and growing apart from friends is an inevitable-and bittersweet-part of life, one that has been poignantly captured in Alice Adams’ debut novel, Invincible Summer. The novel starts in 1997 as four friends graduate on the brink of a new millennium, and takes them through 20 summers…a delightful novel that is as insightful as ... Read More »

Black Widow by Daniel Silva


Black Widow by Daniel Silva Bestseller Silva’s riveting 16th novel featuring the legendary Israeli art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon finds Gabriel on the trail of a secret ISIS terrorist. Read More »

The Girls by Emma Cline


The Girls by Emma Cline Inspired by the infamous Charles Manson murders … a harrowing coming-of-age exploration of how far a young girl will go (and how much she will give up of herself) in her desperate quest to belong. Beautifully written and unforgettable. Library Journal Read More »

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler


Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler In the latest of Hogarth’s Shakespeare series, Pulitzer-winner Tyler retells The Taming of the Shrew, placing the sharp-tongued Kate and her would-be master Petruchio (where else?) in Baltimore. Read More »

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in ... Read More »