Here are some great titles for your reading and listening pleasure, selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include heartbreaking new fiction debuts, adult fiction titles with roots in television series, new nonfiction audiobooks to help you celebrate National Audiobook Month in June, Spanish language biographies about notable Hispanics including the new pope, and a biography of Robert Ripley, whether you "believe it or not!".
The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
The author of the best-selling Artemis Fowl series returns with this first installment in another fun adventure series, W.A.R.P.: Witness Anonymous Relocation Program. A teen orphan and his master time-travel from Victorian times to modern London and must team up with a young FBI agent to keep his master from changing the world forever. Hardcover & downloadable audiobook
Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel by Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham, the star of TV's "Gilmore Girls" and "Parenthood," has created a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead--and keep it together--in New York City. Hardcover, ebook & audiobook on CD.
Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale by Odette Beane
This companion book to the ABC television show "Once Upon a Time" furthers the adventures of Storybrooke, Maine residents, who unbeknownst to them are fairy tale characters exiled from their reality by an evil curse.
Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley
Fleeing a polygamous doomsday cult with her two daughters who have never seen the outside world, a desperate mother crashes her car in rural Oklahoma, where she finds unlikely assistance from a widowed farmer. With a Waco-type god figure shown in flashbacks, this disturbing debut has a reading group guide provided for book clubs. Hardcover & ebook.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
This first novel by a Pushcart Prize-winning writer is set in a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya. Failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a man abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child. If you were a fan of The Tiger’s Wife or The Orphan Master’s Son, try this heart felt debut. Hardcover & ebook.
A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe it or Not" Ripley by Neal Thompson
A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world's strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable. Buck-toothed and cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for the strangeness of the world. As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley's life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale.
Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at it for a Year by Kjerstin Gruys
When the author became engaged to the love of her life, she was thrilled until it came time to shop for a wedding dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before, Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image as her pending nuptials imposed a new set of impossible beauty standards. She decided to embark on a bold plan for boosting her self-esteem while refocusing her attention on the beautiful world around her. She vowed to give up mirrors and other reflective surfaces, relying instead on her friends and her fiancé to help her gauge both her appearance and her outlook on life. The result? A renewed focus on what truly matters, regardless of smeared makeup, crooked eyebrows, or messy hair.
Doodle Stitching: Embroidery and Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More by Aimee Ray
Aimee Ray brings her irresistible art to a variety of embroidery techniques in a timeless resource for anyone with a needle and thread. Appealing to stitchers of all levels, the beautiful decorative stitches and techniques here include stumpwork, applique, Shisha, cutwork, and Sashiko. They're all presented in Ray's fresh, accessible, and whimsical style, with more than 20 fun projects and extra motifs so readers can personalize their creations.
Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales form Great Fiction Writers by Don George, editor
A collection of original travel stories written by famous novelists, including stories by Isabel Allende, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Tea Obrecht, and DBC Pierre.
Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality: A Memoir by John Schwartz
A heartfelt memoir by the father of a gay teen, and an eye-opening guide for families who hope to bring up well-adjusted adults. Read by the author and his son.
The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett
Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein's, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize. But the story of Kristine's journey with her son Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism.
El Papa Francisco: Conversaciones con Jorge Bergoglio by Sergio Rubín
A collection of interviews with the new pope regarding the issues and challenges facing the Catholic Church.
Spanish Language Nonfiction
Me Llaman Héroe: Recuerdos de Mi Juventud by Daniel Hernandez
A memoir of the life of Daniel Hernandez, the young man who helped save the life of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords during the Tucson shooting.
Spanish Language Nonfiction
Juanes: Persiguiendo el Sol by Juanes
The Grammy Award-winning musician tell his life story.
Spanish Language Nonfiction