Book Covers

The library’s collections keep expanding! This month, we have adult novels by award-winning authors, biographies of pioneering women in science and sports, fun and adventurous children’s books, an illustrated debut teen novel, and more. 

March 2, 2021
Justine (YA)
by Forsyth Harmon 

This illustrated debut novel chronicles a teen’s obsession with a new role model – a grocery store clerk who gives her the attention she does not receive at home. Ali’s fixation on Justine, from landing a job to be close to her to taking all of her advice, turns consequential. 

March 2, 2021
Klara and the Sun (adult)
by Kazuo Ishiguro

From the Nobel Prize winning author comes a new novel that both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly starred. This novel grapples with the meaning of love through the eyes of artificial intelligence. An artificial friend who is hoping she will soon be purchased narrates, observing everything around her in the meantime. 

March 2, 2021
The Committed (adult)
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This is the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize winner The Sympathizer. It chronicles the main character’s complex life in Paris in the 1980s.

March 9, 2021
The Code Breaker (adult)
by Walter Isaacson

The bestselling biographer tackles the story of Jennifer Doudna, the 2020 Nobel Prize winner who invented CRISPR, the revolutionary gene editing tool. 

March 9, 2021
How Beautiful We Were (adult)
by Imbolo Mbue

New York Times bestselling author Mbue returns with a masterful novel about the ramifications of an American oil company’s actions in a small African village. 

April 6, 2021
Billy Miller Makes a Wish (children)
by Kevin Henkes

The Year of Billy Miller was a Newbery Honor book. Billy and his family return for rambunctious summer adventures in this companion book starred by Booklist, Horn Book, and Kirkus and illustrated by the author in black and white. 

April 6, 2021
Broken (in the best possible way) (adult)
by Jenny Lawson

The bestselling author presents a hilarious, relatable look at her struggles with anxiety and depression. A chronicle of indignities, it was starred by Booklist

April 6, 2021
Merci Suarez Can’t Dance (children)
by Meg Medina 
Starred by Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, this book heralds the return of Merci Suarez as she takes on seventh grade and learns how to love herself through experiences at home and school. 
April 6, 2021
Zara Hossain Is Here (YA)
by Sabina Khan 

Zara Hossain is a seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant whose family has waited years for their green card status to come through. Will her problems at school jeopardize the family’s immigration status? 

April 27, 2021
Whereabouts (adult)
by Jhumpa Lahiri 

Pulitzer Prize winner Lahiri wrote this novel in Italian and translated it into English, giving it a smooth, polished quality. The novel’s narrator is a woman who searches for her place in the world, until a moment at the sea changes her perspective.

Books for Women’s History Month

March 2, 2021
The Soul of a Woman (adult)
by Isabel Allende
In this forthright memoir, beloved novelist Allende explores her feminisim and her career as a journalist, as well as more intimate reflections on the meaning of womanhood. 

March 2, 2021
Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports (YA)
by Ann McCallum Staats
This book presents a collection of adventurous role models for any young woman, a blueprint to being bold in the modern world.