New Titles at the Nederland Library
New Titles at the Nederland Library
August 2021
Book News

Just a Few New Titles at NCL



Beautiful World, Where Are You

By Sally Rooney

A new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

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Widespread Panic

By James Ellroy

From the modern master of noir comes a novel about the malevolent monarch of the 1950s Hollywood underground--a tale of pervasive paranoia teeming with communist conspiracies, FBI finks, celebrity smut films, and strange bedfellows. Freddy Otash was the man in the know and the man to know in '50s L.A. He was a rogue cop, a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimp--and, most notably, the head strong-arm goon for Confidential magazine.

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The Guide

By Peter Heller

A heart-racing thriller about a young man who, escaping his own grief, is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado where amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests he uncovers a plot of shocking menace. “Heller, a Denver author whose The River was a finalist for the Edgar Award, writes in a terse but engaging style…Heller’s love and knowledge of the water is evident, fishing is almost a character in The Guide. At times, the story is overblown…but The Guide is a beautifully written book, a tribute to Colorado, its bounty and its ability to heal the soul.” --Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post

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The Great Mistake

By Jonathan Lee

From the acclaimed author of High Dive comes an enveloping, exultant novel of New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, a story of one man's rise to fame and fortune, and his murder in a case of mistaken identity.  The victim was Andrew Haswell Green, the "Father of Greater New York," who shaped the city as we know it. Without him there would be no Central Park, no Metropolitan Museum of Art, no Museum of Natural History, no New York Public Library. The Great Mistake is a portrait of a self-made man--farm boy to urban visionary; the reimagining of a murder investigation that shook the city; and the moving story of a singular individual who found the world closed off to him, and, in spite of all odds, enlarged it.

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Lightning Strike

Cork O’Connor mysteries, volume 18
By William Kent Krueger

Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota’s Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to twelve-year-old Cork O’Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp, it is the first in a series of events that will cause him to question everything he took for granted about his hometown, his family, and himself. In this masterful story of a young man and a town on the cusp of change, beloved novelist William Kent Krueger shows that some mysteries can be solved even as others surpass our understanding.

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Intimations: Six Essays

By Zadie Smith

Written during the early months of lockdown, Intimations explores ideas and questions prompted by an unprecedented situation. What does it mean to submit to a new reality--or to resist it? How do we compare relative sufferings? What is the relationship between time and work? In our isolation, what do other people mean to us? How do we think about them? What is the ratio of contempt to compassion in a crisis? When an unfamiliar world arrives, what does it reveal about the world that came before it?

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The Madness of Crowds

By Louise Penny

Revered Canadian writer Louise Penny (A Great Reckoning; The Long Way Home) delivers the 17th Inspector Gamache mystery, The Madness of Crowds. At home in the bucolic village of Three Pines, Sûreté du Québec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is celebrating the post-pandemic Christmas holidays with his family when he's unexpectedly called in to work. He must investigate a visiting professor who has spread lies so that fact and fiction are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart, leading to murder. The inspector investigates the case as well as this extraordinary popular delusion-- and the madness of crowds.

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Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World 

By Fareed Zakaria

COVID-19 is speeding up history, but how? What is the shape of the world to come? Lenin once said, "There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen." This is one of those times when history has sped up. Written in the form of ten "lessons," covering topics from natural and biological risks to the rise of "digital life" to an emerging bipolar world order, Zakaria helps readers to begin thinking beyond the immediate effects of COVID-19.

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Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire

By Lizzie Johnson

The definitive firsthand account of California's Camp Fire--the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century-and a riveting examination of what went wrong and how to avert future tragedies as the climate crisis unfolds ... A cautionary tale for a new era of megafires, Paradise is the gripping story of a town wiped off the map and the determination of its people to rise again.

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Young Adult Fiction


By April Daniels

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny's body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

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Young Readers

Spy School at Sea

By Stuart Gibbs

While on a mission aboard the The Emperor of the Seas, Ben Ripley faces off against his arch enemy, Murray Hill, on the high seas and quickly finds himself in hot water as things take a dangerous turn.

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Dragon Masters: Howl of the Wind Dragon

By Tracey West
Illustrated by Graham Howells

The wizard Astrid is planning to cast the False Life spell which will bring to life the bones of giant ancient beasts and allow her to conquer all the kingdoms; in order to prevent her, the Dragon Masters must find the Wind Dragon, the final dragon needed to undo the spell--but that dragon and her Dragon Master are captives, and it is up to Drake and his friends to rescue them, and hope they are in time to stop Astrid. Ages 6-8.

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Cat Problems

By Jory John, Illustrated by Lane Smith

A pampered house cat complains about the daily struggles he faces.

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Clovis Keeps His Cool

By Katelyn Aronson, Illustrated by Eve Farb

Clovis used to struggle with his temper, but ever since he took over his late grandmother's china shop, he's been learning how to manage it. He pours tea, listens to soothing music, and always keeps Granny's words in mind: 'Grace, grace, nothing broken to replace.' But when rivals from his football days come to heckle him at the shop, Clovis faces a big challenge that even Granny's words and deep breaths might not be enough for.

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