Books on Shelf

Here are some of the new books coming to the Library for adults, children, and teens—from memoir and mystery for adult to young adult novels by acclaimed authors to exciting children’s books and books for Black History Month.   

January 5, 2021
A Sled for Gabo (children’s)
by Emma Otheguy 

This heartwarming book details a boy’s desire to get involved in the fun of a snowy day, despite not having a sled. His new community rallies to make his wish come true. 

January 12, 2021
Aftershocks: A Memoir (adult)
by Nadia Owusu
Owusu, the daughter of a Ghanian UN official father and an Armenian American mother, struggles with constant moves, abandonment by her mother, and the early death of her father. Through it all, she musters an internal fortitude and reflects on what makes up her identity. 

January 12, 2021
Concrete Rose (young adult)
by Angie Thomas 

Starred by Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, this second book from Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) explores the life of a seventeen-year-old as he grapples with gang loyalties and being a new father. 

January 12, 2021
Oona (children’s) 
by Kelly DiPucchio 

This picture book by New York Times bestselling author DiPucchio features a young mermaid who seems to find trouble wherever she looks. The story follows Oona and her best friend as they explore the ocean in search of adventure. 

January 12, 2021
Time for Kenny (children’s)
by Brian Pinkney 

Coretta Scott King Medalist Pinkney has created a colorful, energetic book for emerging readers about Kenny’s challenges as he moves through his day. This is best to excite new readers.

February 2, 2021
Blood Grove (adult)
by Walter Mosley 

This masterful mystery by prolific and award-winning author Mosley is set in 1969 California when a Black private detective takes a case for a white Vietnam vet because of the bond between veterans, despite his misgivings about the strange case.

February 2, 2021
Love Is a Revolution (young adult)
by Renee Watson

New York Times bestselling author Watson spins a romance in which teenage Nala falls in love with an activist, Tye, and tells a few fibs to appear to relate to him more. As they spend time together, she begins to understand herself better.

February 9, 2021
Game Changer (young adult)
by Neal Shusterman

The National Book Award winner has created a high-concept novel that is perfect for teens who are questioning their own place in the universe. 

February 9, 2021
Never Far Away (adult)
by Michael Koryta

A woman who witnesses a heinous crime is assumed dead for years – until circumstances bring her back in touch with her family. Thriller master Koryta has written another suspenseful novel. 

February 9, 2021
Other You (adult) 
by Joyce Carol Oates

Starred by both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, this short story collection examines alternate universes and the lives we might have lived had things gone another way. Oates is a New York Times bestselling author who has won the National Book Award and been nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Books for Black History Month

January 26, 2021
Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells (adult) 
by Michelle Duster

Duster, the great-granddaughter of civil rights icon Ida B. Wells, tells the story of Wells’ incredible journey from being born a slave to her lifetime of activism, including co-founding the NAACP. 
February 2, 2021
The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation (adult) 
by Anna Malaika Tubbs 

Scholar Tubbs’ first book, a biography in three parts, explores the ways that Black motherhood shaped some of our country’s greatest thinkers. She fills in the gaps in our understanding of how these men came to be who they were, through the influence of their strong and determined mothers.