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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.

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

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Hero of the Empire:  the Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard A history of the danger-seeking young Winston Churchill during the Boer War, which “had turned out to be far more difficult and more devastating than the amusing colonial war the British had expected.”Although Churchill’s life has been amply documented by himself ... Read More »

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

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The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies University of Michigan professor Peter Ho Davies has a new novel, published this month.  According to Publishers Weekly, Davies (The Welsh Girl) has created a brilliant, absorbing masterpiece. It explores the Chinese American experience in four parts, weaving story lines over hundreds of years. Read More »

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Three couples, one ordinary day, one barbecue. Clementine and Sam have a rock-solid marriage and are parents to two beautiful little girls. Clementine’s best friend Erika and her husband, Oliver, enjoy their child-free lifestyle. …What starts out as an ordinary afternoon quickly takes a turn for the worse. Moriarty’s fans will rejoice at her ... Read More »

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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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

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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 »

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

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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 »

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick An account of the complicated middle years of the American Revolution that shares lesser-known insights into the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Read More »

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

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The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington The role of sleep as a cultural and historical unifier, the impact of sleep deprivation on health, and the science community’s recommendations for how to achieve more restorative sleep. Read More »