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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.

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick


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 Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee


The Gene: an Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.  By the author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Emperor of All ... Read More »

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub


Modern Lovers by Emma Straub An engaging story of shifting relationships, Straub’s third novel (The Vacationers; Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures) focuses on Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe, who have been friends since their college days. They now live close to one another in a gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood. But it’s been years since college, and they are all facing midlife reassessments. ... Read More »

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler


Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned Union Square restaurant, we spend the year with Tess as she learns the chaotic, punishing, privileged life of a “backwaiter,” on and off duty. Her appetites are awakened, for food, wine, knowledge and experience. Read More »

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld In this charming modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Sittenfeld (Prep; American Wife) deftly brings Austen’s classic into the 21st century. Set in 2013 Cincinnati, it features sisters Liz (a magazine editor) and Jane (a yoga instructor), who return from New York to tend to their recently hospitalized father. There they meet Dr. Chip Bingley, lately ... Read More »

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren


Lab Girl by Hope Jahren A memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father’s laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during extensive field research assignments. Read More »

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen


Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen In this crisply told story of progress, loss, love, deception, loyalty, and grace, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Quindlen once again captures her readers’ attention from first page to last.  LJ Read More »

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington


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 »