August 2020
New Books

A sampler of new titles at NCL!

Let us know if something catches your interest and you don’t see it in our catalog; we'll bring it in for you!


Luster: A Novel

By Raven Leilani
Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Raven Leilani's Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life--her hunger, her anger--in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way. Check Availability (Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read) 

By the Book

By Amanda Sellet

In this clever YA rom-com debut perfect for fans of Kasie West and Ashley Poston, a teen obsessed with nineteenth-century literature tries to cull advice on life and love from her favorite classic heroines to disastrous results--especially when she falls for the school's resident Lothario. Check Availability (Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)


Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

By Ibi Zoboi

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today--Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it's like to be young and Black in America. Check Availability (Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel

By Akwaeke Emezi
What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew? One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son's body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family's struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations--a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader. Check availability (hard cover, eaudiobook, ebook)


The Orphan Collector: A Heroic Novel of Survival During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

By Ellen Marie Wiseman
When food runs out in the cramped tenement she calls home, Pia must venture alone into the quarantined city in search of supplies, leaving her baby brothers behind. Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. Powerful, harrowing, and ultimately exultant, The Orphan Collector is a story of love, resilience, and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most. Check availability (Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)


The Only Good Indians

By Stephen Graham Jones (Boulder resident)
This is a tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones. Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way. Check availability (hard copy)



The Last Smile in Sunder City

By Luke Arnold

The Last Smile in Sunder City is the debut novel from actor Luke Arnold--known for his lead role in Black Sails. This contemporary fantasy introduces Fetch Phillips. Phillips fought on the wrong side of history, and his actions helped to drain the world of magic. Now he works on the streets of Sunder City, taking what odd jobs he can while trying to help those whose lives he ruined. His first case is to find Professor Rye, a four-hundred-year-old vampire. Check availbility (hard copy)

Choppy Water

By Stuart Woods

In this exhilarating new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington must go up against an enemy with deadly intentions--and ideologies. Stone Barrington and his friends are vacationing in Maine when their leisure is suddenly disrupted by extreme weather. To make matters worse, the inclement conditions allow for a menacing adversary to sneak in unnoticed and deliver a chilling message. Check availability (hard copy, large print)



Bridging Worlds: A Sherpa's Story

By Pemba Sherpa
with Jim McVey (Eldora resident)

Born into poverty in Nepal, Pemba Sherpa went on to become an accomplished alpinist and successful businessman living in the United States. Today, he works to improve the lives of Sherpas in the Khumbu region of northeast Nepal, overseeing a number of philanthropic projects. Maintaining a foot in two worlds, Pemba shares his unique perspective on the Everest expedition industry, life in America, and the changing Sherpa culture. Check availability (hard copy)


Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

By Natasha Trethwey

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethwey. Check availability (eaudiobook, ebook)



By Ashley Dotty Charles

There is still much to be outraged by in our final frontier--the gender pay gap, racial bias, gun control--but in order to enact change, we must learn to channel our responses. Passionate, funny and unrelentingly wise, this is the essential guide to living through the age of outrage. Check availability (hard copy)



Do Not Go In There!

By Ariel Horn
Illustrated by Izzy Burton

Monsters Morton and Bogart are best friends. But they don't always see eye to eye. So when they encounter a closed door, anxious Bogart wants to keep it closed, because there must be something really bad on the other side. But Morton thinks it'll be something amazing! Which is it? Readers learn that, while not knowing can be frightening, being brave can lead to new discoveries. And even though your imagination can make it easy to worry, it can also make life better, less scary, and more fun. Check availbility (hard copy)


The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

By Linda Elovitz Marshall
Illustrated by Lisa Anchin

Dr. Jonas Salk is one of the most celebrated doctors and medical researchers of the 20th century. The child of immigrants who never learned to speak English, Jonas was struck by the devastation he saw when the soldiers returned from battle after WWII. Determined to help, he worked to become a doctor and eventually joined the team that created the influenza vaccine. But Jonas wanted to do more. As polio ravaged the United States--even the president was not immune!--Jonas decided to lead the fight against this terrible disease. In 1952, Dr. Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine, which nearly eliminated polio from this country. Check availability (hard copy)


Create Your Own Secret Language:
invent codes, ciphers, hidden messages, and more:
a beginner's guide

By David J. Peterson
Illustrated by Ryan Goldsberry

Protect your diary from snooping siblings. Share your secrets with a BFF. Guard your texts from unwanted eyes. Create the lingua franca for your own fantastical secret world! Expert language creator David J. Peterson (inventor of languages for Game of Thrones, the Marvel Universe, and more) guides you as you create your own secret languages, codes, ciphers, and hidden messages. From simple cyphers to entirely new alphabets, master the skills of secret communication, whether it's written, drawn, or spoken. By the time you're finished reading, you'll be able to share messages memora vosak laz vos otihoe vosecchi! ("that no one will be able to understand!") Check availability (ages 10-14, hard copy)


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