I’m planning a few posts this summer (I’m calling it Summer now) dedicated to reading for the fun of it. Of course fun reading doesn’t mean the same thing to everybody so I’ll try to cover different things for different tastes.
My first post is going to cover some of the newest popular books we’ve added to our collection. We haven’t been able to set up displays or do much to promote these since March 2020 so I have quite a few I want to list. So many, in fact, that I will list adult titles in this post, and young adult next week. But please dont think “adult” books are for one audience and “young adult” for another. There are a lot of great books in each category so be sure to check out both lists!
Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians!
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Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, Call Number: Popular Books AKH Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque adventure — at its heart, it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, Call Number: Popular Books ALA A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Call Number: Popular Books BEN Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing
Even as We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Call Number: Popular Books CLA WWII and Native American fiction. This story asks the reader to consider the tropes of American imprisonment and our role as both prisoners and imprisoners
Ring Shout, or Hunting Ku Kluxes in the End Times by P. Djeli Clark, Call Number: Popular Books CLA A dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror
Second Sight by Aoife Clifford, Call Number: Popular Books CLI Eliza Carmody returns home to the country to work on the biggest law case of her career. The only problem is this time she’s on the ‘wrong side’ – defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by her hometown of Kinsale
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni, Call Number: Popular Books DUG Born with ocular albinism, small-town eye doctor Sam Hill must finally face a past tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, Call Number: Popular Books FER Translated from Italian. This novel is about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood
The Guest List by Lucy Foley, Call Number: Popular Books FOL The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body…
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, Call Number: Popular Books GYA Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama
Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern, Call Number: Popular Books HAL Now in a full-length book, the New York Times Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic story of a refugee family who fled the civil war in Syria to make a new life in America
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, Call Number: Popular Books JEM Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five
The Leavers by Lisa Ko, Call Number: Popular Books KO Set in New York and China, an examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, Call Number: Popular Books LOC A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas. An exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America
No One is Talking about This by Patricia Lockwood, Call Number: Popular Books LOC Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection
Deacon King Kong by James McBride, Call Number: Popular Books MCB In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon shuffles into the courtyard of a housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. This story brings to life the people affected by the shooting
The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah Call Number: Popular Books MUS A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut
The Cheffe: A Cook’s Novel by Marie NDiaye, Call Number: Popular Books NDI an elegant, hypnotic new novel about a legendary French female chef–the facts her life, the nearly ineffable qualities of her cooking, and the obsessive, sometimes destructive desire for purity of taste and experience that shaped her life
Outlawed by Anna North, Call Number: Popular Books NOR The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.
Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell, Call Number: Popular Books OFA Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner 2020 Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Call Number: Popular Books ROA The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpwell, Call Number: Popular Books SER A Zambian debut novel that follows three generations of three families, telling the story of a nation, and of the grand sweep of time
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, Call Number: Popular Books VUO a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. The letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam. The story of people caught between disparate worlds. How can we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are.