Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Suggestions include books and movies to get you in the Olympic spirit, new books by noted Civil War authors, and books written in one language that are now available in another.
Gold by Chris Cleave
Just in time for the London Olympics, this novel of friendship set against the backdrop of Olympic track cycling is a triumph of superbly paced, heart-in-throat storytelling.
Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
What has J. K. Rowling been up to since she finished Harry Potter series? She wrote a novel for adults that will be published this September. Place your holds now!
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
First-time author Fukuda has crafted a new vampire trilogy for teens that is a must-read for fans of The Hunger Games.
Juego de Tronos: Cancion de Hielo y Fuego i by George R. R. Martin
Game of Thrones, the bestselling novel and the basis for the hit TV series, is now available in Spanish.
Cincuenta Sombras de Grey by E.L. James
The Spanish language version of 50 Shades of Grey, the runaway bestseller that everyone is talking about, is now available as a paperback and ebook.
Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction by Allen C. Guelzo
This vividly written history, by arguably the foremost living biographer of President Lincoln, shows the United States at its best and worst, covering not just the battles of the Civil War, but also the aftermath, the War's legacy and influence, as well as its global context.
War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 by James M. McPherson
The author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (part of the Oxford History of the United States and therefore considered the “official” history of the conflict) returns with a book about a lesser studied aspect of the Civil War, the battles at sea and along coasts and rivers.
The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution by Richard Slotkin
Slotkin’s analysis of the terrain, strategy and political conflict involved in this bloodiest battle in American history, which claimed 23,000 casualties in one day, is captivating reading.
Brenner and God by Wolf Haas
The start of one of Europe's most popular detective series, this suspenseful, quirky, and hilarious book from Austria is now available in English in eBook and hardcover.
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
The world-renowned chef -- born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America -- shares his remarkable, enchanting, and poignant life story.
Chariots of Fire
The Olympics make for fascinating movies including this Oscar-winning film based on the true story of two English runners driven by different means to win at the 1924 Olympics.
Experience the Winter Olympics with this comedy hit inspired by the true story of Jamaica's first Olympic bobsled team.
Jim Thorpe, All-American
The life story of Thorpe, a Native American athlete who gained international recognition after winning the pentathlon and the decathlon in the 1912 Olympics.
Relive the true story behind one of the greatest moments in American sports history - the 1980 U.S. ice hockey team's Olympic upset victory over the Soviet Union.
After the tragic murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, the Israeli government recruits a team of undercover agents to hunt down those responsible and eliminate them one-by-one. Based on a true story.