Hot New Book Releases in January and February

Here are some of the new books coming to the Library for adults, children, and teens—from magical children’s books to historical fiction to books for Black History Month.

January 7, 2020
Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins (adult)
by Katarina Bivald

The latest book by the New York Times bestselling author of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, this novel explores what happens when the owner of a motel dies but sticks around to have a positive influence on the life of her friends.

January 14, 2020
From the Desk of Zoe Washington (children)
by Janae Marks

Debut author Marks crafts a tale of a twelve-year-old wondering how to respond to a letter from her imprisoned father, who claims to be innocent of the crime for which he’s behind bars.

January 14, 2020
Infinity Son (YA)
by Adam Silvera

New York Times bestselling author Silvera creates a world in which two brothers are involved with a magical war, playing roles that neither ever expected.

January 21, 2020
A Long Petal of the Sea (adult)
by Isabel Allende

The beloved novelist returns with a historical fiction novel about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and refugees’ search for a new home.

January 21, 2020
Tweet Cute (YA)
by Emma Lord

This up-to-the-minute romance features a pair of high school students whose families run competing businesses. The two begin a Twitter war that goes viral, paving the way for them to fall in love on an anonymous chat app.

January 28, 2020
When We Were Vikings (adult)
by Andrew David MacDonald

First-time novelist MacDonald’s story centers on a twenty-one-year old woman with a cognitive disability as she tries to navigate and cope with the dangerous ways her brother has found to support the two.

January 28, 2020
When You Trap a Tiger (children)
by Tae Keller

Starred by Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, this story features Lily, who moves in with her sick grandmother only to encounter a magical tiger. The tiger leads her to discover a family secret and to face up to her fears.

February 4, 2020
Chirp (children)
by Kate Messner

This story about friendship and family was starred by Booklist and School Library Connection. Mia’s grandmother suffered a stroke months ago—and now she’s convinced someone is trying to sabotage her cricket farm. Mia, the new girl in town, tries to discover the truth about what’s really happening with the cricket farm while keeping a secret from her new friends.

February 4, 2020
The Resisters (adult)
by Gish Jen

Starred by Kirkus, this dystopian novel explores America as a surveillance state in which Artificial Intelligence is almost human. A girl with an incredible talent for baseball is born to a couple who is known as part of “The Surplus.”

February 25, 2020
Trouble Is What I Do (adult)
by Walter Mosley

Bestselling author Mosley returns with his popular Leonid McGill detective series, in an adventure that has McGill’s client facing a hit on his life.

Books for Black History Month

January 7, 2020
Overground Railroad (children)
by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome

This picture book from an award-winning author and illustrator team presents the Great Migration from a child’s eyes, in poems and collage art. Ruth Ellen travels from North Carolina to New York City, chronicling her family’s journey north.

April 7, 2020
Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson (YA)
by Susan Goldman Rubin

This meticulously researched biography tells the life story of activist, actor, and singer Paul Robeson. The book emphasizes his love of spirituals, his struggles as a result of his activism, and his refusal to ever stop speaking out.