Monday, July 2, 2018

Popular new titles

One of the most popular services (and worst-kept secret) of a public library is the availability of newly-released bestsellers without the expense of a purchase. Here are some new buzzworthy fiction titles on the shelf at PWPL ready for you to borrow today.

Brass by  Xhenet Aliu - Elsie hopes her small tips will add up to a new life when she meets a worldly, but married man who left home to chase his dreams—and wound up working as a line cook.  When she learns that she’s pregnant, she can’t help wondering where his heart really lies, and what he’ll do about the wife he left behind.  Seventeen years later, Lulu decides to find out what exactly her mother has been hiding about the father she never knew. As she soon discovers, the truth is closer than she ever imagined.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah - .Set in 1974 Alaska, this sweeping tale follows 13-year-old Leni and her parents, Ernt and Cora, as they learn to survive the unforgiving wild of their new home in Alaska.  But Ernt, suffers from PTSD following the Vietnam War and now struggles with the isolation of  an Alaskan winter. Leni's finds comfort in her schoolmate and neighbor Matthew which eventually evolves into a forbidden romance.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones - Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.  As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together and everyone must navigate a future no one could have imagined.

White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht - Korea, 1943. Hana has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation but enjoys certain freedoms others do not until the day she saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is captured and sent away to a hellish future.  Fast forward to 2011 where Emi has spent more than sixty years trying to forget her sister’s sacrifice.  As Emi witnesses the healing of her children and country and looks to move toward forgiveness and peace. 

White Houses by Amy Bloom - Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota, she evolved into the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick" is not at first charmed by the idealistic Eleanor. Her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love and an unexpected life for many people.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin - It's 1969 in New York City and word has spread of the arrival of a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.  Their prophecies inform their next five decades.  Will the date move the children to live their greatest life or fear the day it ends?

--Heather Steltenpohl, Development Director

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