Recent Acquisitions

Obviously we can’t post every new book, DVD, CD or Audio Book that we get but we’ll try to put up a few interesting new items a week.  Check back soon to see what’s new in the library!

Between the World and Me

The MacArthur Fellowship, colloquially known as the “Genius Grant”, comes with no-strings-attached six-figure stipend. The 2015 Fellows were recently announced, let’s see how many of the artists we have represented in our collection!

We’ll start first with a new book,  Between the World and Me, by the journalist and author, and now recipient of a MacArthur grant, Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Presented within the framework a father addressing his son, Coates confronts our country’s history and leads it to our current systems of racial injustice.   He shares also from his own experience of living in America and in a black body.  According to Toni Morrison, Between the World and Me is “required reading.”

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Go Set a Watchman

We’re hosting an open book discussion around Harper Lee’s just released second novel. If you register for the August 12th event, you’ll find access to our very hot-off-the-press copies of the book, Go Set a Watchman. You’ve heard all about the sensational origins of this manuscript and have read the reviews, now check it out yourself! (Go Set a Watchman Book Discussion is August 12, 2015 at 5:30PM. Copies can be found at the Circulation Desk. Call at 860-447-1411 or click here to register.)

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A Fine Dessert

Looking for a summer dessert recipe? How about a summer dessert recipe that comes with a beautifully illustrated history?  If so, A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat is the book for you!

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of the collective public outrages made so visible by social media. Jon Ronson follows a few “recipients of famous public shamings” and sheds light on the merciless circle of public shame that social media enables. He also provides an implicating understanding of a cyber-bully, and argues that shaming is a form of social normalizing. Twitter activities have mystifying consequences on the lives of even non-public persons, and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed delves, with empathy and humor, into the meaning of the renaissance in public shaming.


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Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

Pop! The Invention of Bubblegum is a sweet and true tale of a young accountant’s plucky determination to make something special out of chewing gum.  The accompanying illustrations are just as compelling; the settings the author/illustrator depicts are simple yet also convey a sense of offices, candy shops, and outfits past.

And, we also have another recent release of Meghan McCarthy’s, Seabiscuit: the Wonder Horse, if you’re looking for more of her googly-eyed characters!

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Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes is a compendium concerning what women think about when they shop and they dress, featuring the contributions of 639 artists, readers, writers, people as you and I, and only a handful of celebrities.

Sheila Heti, an editor of Women In Clothes, writes of her interest in the subject: “for someone who is fascinated by how people relate to one another, it’s hard to overlook personal style as a way we speak to the world.” If you’ve ever thought consciously about why you wear what you wear, it’s really fun to see (lots of illustrations included) and read about what everyone else thinks about it too!

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Cover will show you that it is o.k. to judge a book by its cover. In the case of Peter Mendelsund’s creative work as a much-sought-after book jacket designer, you’ll find that so much information is expressed on all kinds of book covers. If something is calling to you, it might not be a coincidence! This is a visually arresting collection of his work, some of which you’ll surely recognize. And, with insights into Mendelsund’s creative process, notes from the authors of the books, and discussions about designing classic literature for re-issues, this is more than just a good looking book!

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Little Humans

Brandon Stanton’s second book featuring his signature style of open yet probing photographic portraiture has arrived. If  you haven’t seen his work yet, check out his widely popular blog and best-selling book “Humans of New York”.  Presented in the same vein, “Little Humans” is a kid focused ode to some of the pint sized brave inspiring humans subjects of New York.

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Congratulations, by the way

“Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness” is by the inventively silly and smart George Saunders. The text is a reprint of the commencement speech given to the 2014  graduating class of Syracuse University, but the sentiments ring true in this season too. And, it’s a slim read- also a consideration for this (busy) time of year!

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 short read is a reprint of  the convocation speech presented at Syracuse University by the inventively silly and smart George Saunders. The subtitle, “Some Thoughts on Kindness” is something we can always use more of, especially during the holidays. And it is a breezy enough read that

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Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike.

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.  –

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