Book News - Black History Month! - from Nederland Community Library
Book News - Black History Month! - from Nederland Community Library
February 2021
Book News

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!

It's Black History Month
Three Black Mystery Writers to check out:


They All Fall Down

By Rachel Howzell Hall

For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense like The Woman in Cabin 10, Hall's novel modernizes and pays homage to Agatha's Christie's And Then There Were None, bringing a diverse cast of seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.

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Sex, Murder and a Double Latte

By Kyra Davis 

Thriller author Sophie Katz is convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment and reenacting scenes from her novels. When a filmmaker friend is murdered in the manner of a death scene in one of his films, Sophie is convinced she's the next target of a copycat killer. 

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Blanche on the Lam: Blanche White Series, Book 1

By Barbara Neely 
Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there's a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. 

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Yellow Wife

By Sadeqa Johnson

Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.

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Meet Me in Bombay

By Jenny Ashcroft

New Year's Eve in Bombay, 1913, and Madeline Bright, new to the sweltering heat and alluring opulence of colonial India, is yearning for all she has left behind in England. Then, at the stroke of midnight, Maddy meets Luke Devereaux, and as the year changes so do both their lives. But while Maddy and Luke are falling in love, the world is falling apart. World War I is on the horizon, and Luke will be given no choice but to fight. They will be continents apart, separated by danger and devastating loss, but bound by Luke's promise that they will meet again in Bombay. His only wish is to return to her, but first he must remember who she is.

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YA Fantasy

The Gilded Ones

By Namina Forna

"Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison Of YA Fantasy.”–Refinery 29. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Get ready for battle. The start of a bold and immersive fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther. 

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Dairylandia: dispatches from a state of mind

By Steve Hannah

Years ago, Steve Hannah's chance detour through the Midwest cut short a planned cross-country trip. He found himself in Wisconsin, a distinctly different place from the east coast where he was born and raised. Charmingly beautiful and full of welcoming people, America's dairyland would soon become his home. Dairylandia recounts Steve Hannah's burgeoning love for his adopted state through the writings of his long-lived column, "State of Mind."

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Appropriate: A Provocation

By Paisley Rekdal

Rekdal examines the debate between appropriation and imagination, exploring the ethical stakes of writing from the position of a person unlike ourselves. What follows is a penetrating exploration of fluctuating literary power and authorial privilege, about whiteness and what we really mean by the term "empathy."

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Under a White Sky

By Elizabeth Kolbert

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity's transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it? By turns inspiring, terrifying, and darkly comic, Under a White Sky is an utterly original examination of the challenges we face.

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Goliath: the 100-year war between monopoly power and democracy

By Matt Stoller
A startling look at how concentrated financial power and consumerism transformed American politics, resulting in the emergence of populism and authoritarianism, the fall of the Democratic Party--while also providing the steps needed to create a new democracy. 

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The Daughters of Kobani: a story of rebellion, courage, and justice

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The extraordinary story of the women who took on the Islamic State and won. In 2014, northeastern Syria might have been the last place you would expect to find a revolution centered on women's rights. And yet that year, an all-female militia faced off against ISIS in a little town few had ever heard of. 

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A House for Every Bird 

By Megan Maynor
Juanita Kaylani, illustrator

A young artist has drawn birds and bird houses in corresponding colors. Now it's time to match them up. The blue bird goes in the blue house, the orange bird in the orange house, and so on. But wait! The birds don't agree with the narrator's choices and, much to her distress, are rebelling by swapping houses. Can the narrator make the birds see sense? Or is it possible that you just can't tell a bird by its feathers?

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By Beatriz Giménez de Ory
Carles Ballesteros, illustrator

Introduce budding scientists to a fun STEM topic - poop! This interactive board book features riddles about the different poops of the animal kingdom, and images that transform as you turn the page to reveal the answer. Includes fact-packed educational notes about poop and what we can learn from it. Ages 3-6.

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Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre

By Carole Boston Weatherford
Floyd Cooper, illustrator

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history. Ages 8-12.

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Drop: an adventure through the water cycle

By Emily Kate Moon
Drop the water droplet leads young readers on an adventure through the hydrologic cycle. Ages 4-8.

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