Hot New Book Releases in March and April

Here are some of the new books coming to the Library—from mysteries to literary novels to science and self-help.

March 5, 2019
Unto Us a Son Is Given
by Donna Leon

The 28th novel that features detective Guido Brunetti was starred by Booklist. It traces an elderly man’s plans to adopt a younger man as his son, making him his heir, an idea that startles Brunetti’s father-in-law.

March 12, 2019
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
by Barbara Brown Taylor

Taylor, the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark and a former clergywoman, discovers that the journeys other people take through their religions help her to continuously redefine and deepen her own understanding of what the sacred means.

March 12, 2019
Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves
by Frans de Waal

Starred by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly, this is primatologist de Waal’s exploration of the life and death of Mama, a chimpanzee whose last hug with a biologist went viral, and what it teaches us about the emotions that connect us with animals. Read our Interview with de Waal in Queens Library Magazine.

March 18, 2019
The Parade
by Dave Eggers

Bestselling author Dave Eggers’ latest novel, about two very different men hired as foreign contractors to build a road connecting the two sides of a nation that has just emerged from a decade of war, asks hard questions about the role of outsiders in war and peace.

March 26, 2019
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Stanford psychology professor and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Eberhardt examines how ingrained stereotypes and unconscious bias affect everything from our visual perception and memory to criminal justice, housing, and employment. Read our Interview with Eberhardt in Queens Library Magazine.

March 26, 2019
The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose
by Oprah Winfrey

Beloved media mogul Oprah Winfrey charts a path for finding your purpose and understanding the meaning of the detours along the way.

March 26, 2019
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays
by Damon Young

His debut book, starred by Booklist, continues the pithy social commentary on being black in America that Young is known for as the co-founder of—and does so without sacrificing Young’s hallmark sense of humor.

April 9, 2019
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell

This extensively researched history examines the incredible impact of Allied spy Virginia Hall, who was a major force in the French Resistance and the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines.

April 16, 2019
by David Baldacci

In the latest Memory Man mystery, Detective Amos Becker meets the first man he arrested for murder—and discovers the man still claims he is innocent.

April 23, 2019
Machines Like Me: A Novel
by Ian McEwan

Prolific and acclaimed author McEwan, winner of the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award, explores the nature of humanity in this novel about love and artificial intelligence.

Books for Women’s History Month

March 5, 2019
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See

Starred by Booklist, this novel from bestselling author Lisa See tells the unique history of Jeju Island, a small Korean island where women have been divers supporting their families for generations, through the lens of a friendship between two very different divers that is tested by external forces. Read our Interview with Lisa See in Queens Library Magazine.

March 5, 2019
Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
by Veronica Chambers

This collection of essays chronicles different points of view and voices about the performer who has sold more than 100 million records as a solo artist.