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New Books: October 2017

by Community Engagement | Oct 03, 2017
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The following books are a selection of new arrivals at the Allen County Public Library.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)
Renee Ahdieh
A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today's best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise's 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor.

The Book of Swords
Gardner Dozois (Editor)
An anthology of original fantasy tales by some of today's leading genre masters includes contributions by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cecelia Holland, and Elizabeth Bear.

Children of the Fleet
Orson Scott Card
A highly anticipated latest solo Ender novel finds Fleet School hopeful Dabeet Ochoa discovering his mysterious connection to the Fleet when he is approached for recruitment by Colonel Graff.

Gregory Maguire
The best-selling author of Wicked presents an imaginative tale rooted in early 19th-century German Romanticism that explores parallels between the origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him.

General Fiction

Winter Solstice
Elin Hilderbrand
Preparing for a particularly joyful holiday season after Bart's safe return from Afghanistan, the Quinn family members count their blessings, from Kevin's marriage to Patrick's rehabilitation, only to encounter unexpected challenges.

What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End #3)
David Wong
Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, friends Dave, John, and Amy are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence, and lies.

Without Merit
Colleen Hoover
Tired of living a life surrounded by lies, Merit Voss reveals the dark secrets of her outwardly happy family before she leaves them behind, only to be confronted by the consequences of her decision when her escape plan fails.

The Rules of Magic
Alice Hoffman
A prequel to the best-selling Practical Magic traces the story of the children of Susanna Owens, who, in spite of their mother's fierce edicts against witchcraft, develop powerful abilities while struggling to escape the family curse that leads to tragedy if they fall in love.

The Floating World
Morgan C. Babst
When a fragile young woman refuses to leave New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, her parents are forced to go without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and their daughter catatonic, the victim or perpetrator of some unknown violent act.

Strange Weather: Four Short Novels
Joe Hill
A collection of four chilling horror novellas by the award-winning author of "The Fireman", including "Snapshot," which features a tattooed thug who can wipe out bits of your memory with a simple click of his Polaroid Instant Camera.

Historical Fiction

Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan
Years after she is placed in the hands of a stranger vital to her family's survival, Anna takes a job at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during the war while meeting with the man who helped them and learning important truths about her father's disappearance.

In the Midst of Winter
Isabel Allende
A minor traffic accident becomes a catalyst for an unexpected bond among a human rights scholar in Brooklyn, his Chilean tenant, and an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, who explore the difficulties of immigrants and refugees.


 Mystery & Detective

Dan Brown 
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon navigates a dangerous intersection of humanity's two most enduring questions, interweaving codes, science, religion and other disciplines before making a paradigm-shifting discovery.

The Stolen Marriage
Diane Chamberlain
Ending her engagement to the love of her life to marry her unborn child's father, Tess quickly discovers she is trapped in a union with a secretive man and is treated with suspicion by her neighbors when a local girl dies in an accident.

The Witches’ Tree (Agatha Raisin #28)
M.C. Beaton
Investigating the cruel murder of an elderly spinster whose body was discovered hanged from tree at the edge of their small village, Agatha Raisin tackles an escalating mystery that risks both her reputation and her life.

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers Novel #10)
John Sandford
When a woman, with connections to a high school class of twenty years ago, is found frozen in a block of ice, Virgil Flowers returns to Trippton, Minnesota to investigate, uncovering years of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

Killing Season
Faye Kellerman
A young man's investigation into the death of his sister draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer. 

Felix Francis
When a smartly dressed man dies in the hospital after being found unconscious at a local racetrack, doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist struggling with mental health challenges, searches for the victim's identity and clues about what happened only to be targeted by a ruthless killer.

Quick & Dirty (Stone Barrington Novel #43)
Stuart Woods
When a beautiful new client seeks out Stone Barrington, he becomes entangled in the rarefied and intricate world of the art business, where mistakes are costly and trouble lurks beneath the exclusive veneer.

Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch Novel #20)
Michael Connelly
An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando's detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse at the same time an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD returns to haunt him. 


Merry and Bright
Debbie Macomber
Merry is skeptical when her mother and brother create an online dating profile for her without her knowledge, but she decides to give it a try and finds herself chatting with an endearing match who turns out to be someone she recognizes.

A Plain Leaving (Sisters of Lancaster County #1)
Leslie Gould
Returning for her father's funeral, Jessica faces the Amish life--and love--she left behind years prior. Struggling with regrets, she learns about the life of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor who confronted some of the same choices she has. Will Jessica find peace during her visit, along with the resolution she hopes for?

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
Bethany Turner
Steamy romance writer Sarah Hollenbeck's career is at its peak, but reconciling her writing with her newfound faith proves more difficult than she imagined--and falling for her pastor doesn't make things any easier.

Danielle Steel
When her idyllic life on her family's Napa Valley vineyard is shattered by her mother's sudden death, a young Stanford graduate finds herself at the mercy of a cold-hearted stepfamily at the same time that she bonds with her stepmother's kind mother and a loving friend from her childhood.

Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14)
Sherryl Woods
A proud woman, reeling from the loss of the first man she was able to love decades after the abandonment of her husband, is urged to return to her Virginia home to help run an Irish pub, where she clashes with an equally strong-minded chef who shares many of her heartaches.

Short Stories

Fresh Complaint: Stories
Jeffrey Eugenides
This first collection of short stories by the Pulitzer Prize winner includes the tales of a failed poet-turned-embezzler, a young traveler seeking enlightenment, and a high schooler whose drastic decision upends a British physicist's life.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories
Tom Hanks
The two-time Oscar winner presents a first collection of short fiction that includes the stories of a bowling champion who fears his celebrity has ruined his love of the game and an eccentric billionaire and faithful assistant who, while searching for acquisitions, discover romance and real life in a down-and-out motel.

Tell Tale: Short Stories
Jeffrey Archer
A highly anticipated next collection of short tales by the acclaimed author features a series of protagonists reflecting the author's experiences with the people he has met and the cultures he has visited throughout the past decade.


Mind Game
Iris Johansen
Searching for a long-missing treasure in Scotland, Jane MacGuire experiences vivid dreams of a girl in danger at the same time she reconnects with a volatile ex and is confronted by stunning changes in the lives of those closest to her.

The Rooster Bar
John Grisham  
After three law-school students they realize they’ve fallen for a scam at the hands of a New York City hedge fund operator, they set out for revenge.

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier
Mark Frost
A sequel to the best-selling The Secret History of Twin Peaks bridges former and current storylines while sharing insights into mysteries raised by the new series, providing character histories, behind-the-scenes details and insider commentary on the latest plots.


Ali: A Life
Jonathan Eig
An unauthorized portrait of the iconic champion fighter, arguing that race was a central theme in Muhammad Ali's career, faith and advocacy work and that his political beliefs and neurological health shaped his complex character.

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
Caitlin Doughty
The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes aims to expand readers' sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Ta-Nehisi Coates
A compelling portrait of the historic Barack Obama era, combining new and annotated essays from the National Book Award-winning author, includes the articles, "Fear of a Black President" and "The Case for Reparations" as well as two new pieces on the Obama administration and what is coming next.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Liza Mundy
Documents the pivotal contributions of more than 10,000 American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war and saved countless lives, in an account that also reveals the strict practice of secrecy that nearly erased their efforts from history.

Ron Chernow
A meticulously researched portrait of the complicated Civil War general and 18th President, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration and the rise and fall of his fortunes.

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
Nate Blakeslee
An account of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, describes how conservationists managed to restore the species, after it was nearly hunted to extinction, and the ensuing debates over America's western regions.

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff
Chip Gaines

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
Scott Kelly
A memoir by the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station shares candid reminiscences of his voyage, his colorful formative years, and the off-planet journeys that shaped his early career.

Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
Joel Fuhrman
The revered nutrition expert and PBS personality examines the role of fast and processed foods in the nation's health crisis while outlining specific recommendations for long-term solutions, sharing complementary meal plans and recipes.

Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson
Draws on da Vinci's notebooks as well as new discoveries about his life and work in a narrative portrait that connects the master's art to his science, demonstrating how da Vinci's genius was based on ordinary qualities, including curiosity and imagination.

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir
Amy Tan
The best-selling author of such novels as The Joy Luck Club presents an intimate memoir on her life as a writer that explores formative experiences from her childhood and her evolving perspectives on the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
Khizr Khan
The Pakistani immigrant-turned-U.S. citizen and Gold Star parent documents the story of his family's pursuit of the American dream, discussing the need to respond to challenges in modern society and advocate for what is most important.

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny
Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
A high-energy portrait of the seventh American president focuses on his formative military prowess during the War of 1812 and his pivotal contributions to the capturing of New Orleans from the British.

I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street
Matt Taibbi
The best-selling author of The Divide presents an exploration into the roots and aftermath of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the police in 2014, sharing insights into the ensuing nationwide series of protests that reinforced the "Black Lives Matter" movement and transformed American politics.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives
Ree Drummond
A collection of recipes that provide for the needs of today's busy families, outlining a wide range of quick-prepare, nutritious and satisfying options for every meal of the day.


Teen Books

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)
Rick Riordan
Magnus and his friends set sail for the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat, Loki's demonic ship full of zombies.

Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners #3)
Libba Bray
After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror, the King of Crows.

All the Crooked Saints
Maggie Stiefvater
10/10In 1960s' Colorado, three cousins long to change the future: Beatriz wants to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who runs a renegade radio station.

Turtles All the Way Down
John Green
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.

The Book of Dust
Philip Pullman
Renowned storyteller Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure—a work in three parts—in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part.

Children’s Books

The War I Finally Won
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This sequel to Bradley's Newbery Honor-winning "The War that Saved My Life" continues Ada's World War II journey as new challenges force her to figure out who she really is now that she's free.

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
Chris Grabenstein
Mr. Lemoncello's new fact-finding game puts Kyle in a race to uncover facts about famous Americans.

Spy School: Secret Service
Stuart Gibbs
Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley is assigned to protect the president from an assassination attempt in his first solo mission, but he may be in over his head.

My Brigadista Year
Katherine Paterson
Follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.

Little Bigfoot, Big City (Littlest Bigfoot #2)
Jennifer Weiner
The second book a trilogy about friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.

Picture Books

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
Dan Santat
Now terrified of heights after his fall, Humpty Dumpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

The Bad Mood and the Stick
Lemony Snicket
Curly's bad mood travels from person to person, unexpectedly leaving opportunities for forgiveness, laughter, and love in its wake.

La La La: A Story of Hope
Kate DiCamillo
This nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
Mac Barnett
A story of cooperation and creative cuisine about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Gris Grimly
Inspired by his son's love for the song, and his own family's farming history, this stunning book offers a new version with an unexpected twist.

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