Trust Exercise, Susan Choi Pulitzer Prize-nominee's fifth novel, set in an early 1980s performing arts high school, "burns more brightly than anything she's yet written. This psychologically acute novel enlists your heart as well as your mind" (The New York Times).
Lost Roses: A Novel, Martha Hall Kelly A New York Times bestseller, this World War I prequel to Lilac Girls follows two best friends, Eliza and Sofya (cousin of the Romanovs) visiting St. Petersburg, only to flee under the falling Imperial dynasty. "The Writing is rich and vivid with detail about the period... A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women" (Kirkus reviews).
Dawson's Fall, Roxana Robinson Robinson explores the life and career of a newspaper editor, originally from England, in 1889 Charleston, South Carolina. In her great-grandfather's letters and journals, the author "discovered a story with as much to do with America's present as America's past" (The Washington Post, "The Ten Books to Read in May").
The Latecomers, Helen Klein Ross Inspired by her own historic home in Lakeville, Ross writes of a young Irish housemaid's influence on a wealthy, early twentieth-century Connecticut family. "[A] satisfying blend of historical and familial drama" (Publisher's Weekly). One of Real Simple's "Best Books of 2018."
The Good Cop, Peter Steiner With Hitler on the rise and Germany in turmoil, newspaper offices in Munich are bombed. Investigator Willi Geismeier has been taken off the case, but as he continues to ask questions, his pursuit of the truth becomes a crime. He risks his career and, possibly, his life.
COOKING AND FOOD
The Instant Pot Bible, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
Freezer to Instant Pot, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough Our favorite local food writers are back with two books about how to get the best use out of the appliance that is transforming everyone's kitchen: the Instant Pot. Make convenience even easier with their recipes, tips and tricks.
Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut, Martin Podskoch Plan your next Connecticut road trip with this unique guidebook and collect a stamp in each of our state's 169 towns.
GARDENING AND NATURE
GARDENTOPIA, Jan Johnsen In this practical and sumptuously illustrated volume, with over 100 color photographs, Johnsen shows how to "co-create with nature." Transform any size landscape with her inspiration and realistic technical know-how.
The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast, Jana Milbocker Whether you are a landscape professional or a weekend gardener, you will find great ideas for a road trip - historic estates, botanical gardens, and destination nurseries all over New England, the Hudson River Valley, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Includes hundreds of color photos, contact information, directions, hours and fees. Add a garden or nursery to your next vacation.
D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II, Sarah Rose In 1942, as the Allies were losing, Britain's elite spy agency made the unprecedented decision to recruit women. Rose draws on recently declassified files, diaries and oral histories to tell the thrilling stories of three of these remarkable women. "Gripping history... this is a mesmerizing story of creativity, perseverance and astonishing heroism" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington, Martha Saxton A new biography of President George Washington's mother depicts a woman of rare resilience and independence who raised five children on her own, choosing not to marry after her husband's death. Her domineering nature had a powerful impact on George. "This complex, warts-and-all portrait brings a fresh angle to colonial American History" (Publishers Weekly).
Einstein's War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I, Matthew Stanley Einstein struggled to craft his theory of relativity during WWI, blockaded in Berlin and separated by barbed wire and U-boats from his most crucial ally, astronomer and Cambridge don A.S. Eddington. Scientists seeking to confirm Einstein's ideas were arrested as spies and technical journals were banned as enemy propaganda. The author "gives history priority over science" and delivers "a thrilling history of the development of the theory of relativity" (Kirkus, starred review).
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation, Brenda Wineapple When Andrew Johnson became President after Lincoln's assassination, he quietly undermined the work of Reconstruction. Wineapple passionately depicts a nation as it prepares for its first impeachment and tells the stories of the men who made it happen. "A superb contribution to presidential history" (Kirkus, starred review). Listen to the New York Times Book Review Podcast episode featuring Brenda Wineapple here.
LITERARY HISTORY, ESSAYS, AND PHILOSPHY
I Think, Therefore I Draw, Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein New York Times bestsellers Cathcart and Klein combine comedy, intelligence and cartoons in this guide to philosophy. Covering a myriad of both light and heavy topics, including the meaning of life, it offers a thorough understanding of history's most popular philosophical debates while leaving you in fits of laughter.
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, James Mustich "Every so often, a reference book appears that changes the landscape of its area of focus. In the case of reading and readers' advisory, this is one such book... lively, witty, insightful prose... [a] wonderful meditation on life lived with and enhance by the written word" (Booklist, starred review.)
MEMOIR AND BIOGRAPHY
Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, George Packer "Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory. . . . Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy. . . . If you could read one book to comprehend America's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it" (Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review). Listen to the New York Times Book Review Podcast episode recently featuring George Packer here. Read the op-ed, "Richard Holebrook and a Certain Idea of America," on the New York Times website here.
Peripheral Vision: Poems, Susan Kinsolving Fourth volume of poems from Hotchkiss School Poet-in-Residence. The New Yorker described her work as "grand and almost terrifying."
POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership, Henry Kissinger "This is a brilliant, timely, and invigorating book. In a series of oral history interviews (conducted by Winston Lord), the only ones he has ever done, Henry Kissinger offers profound analysis and razor-sharp recollections that show the importance of strategic thinking in navigating global affairs. His lessons are not just about statecraft but also about the courage and character required for leadership" (Walter Isaacson).
This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto, Suketu Mehta The Pulitzer Prize-finalist (for The Secret Life of Cities) weaves the stories of migrants, including his own family, with research, to illustrate that the mixing of cultures has a positive impact on society. "An intelligent, well-reasoned case for freedom of movement in an era of walls and fences" (Kirkus Review). Check out the New York Times article, "12 New Books to Watch For in June," featuring Suketu Mehta
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner Kepner, the twenty-year veteran New York Times national baseball reporter, draws on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people, from Hall of Famers to the stars of today, to produce a history of the national pastime told through the craft of pitching. “Kepner puts a new spin on baseball’s history that will have even the most avid fans entertained” (Publishers Weekly). A New York Times bestseller.
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS
Camp Tiger, Susan Choi A moving and joyful ode to growing up, beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winner John Rocco. A young boy’s family camping trip changes when a tiger comes into the woods.
Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks, Giselle Potter and Jacky Davis The author and illustrator go for walks almost every day with their dogs, Olive and Pekoe: one tiny and wise, and one young, huge and boisterous.
Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs, Jacky Davis and David Soman In this tenth book in the beloved series, Ladybug Girl learns that even though she can’t adopt another dog, there is a lot she and her friends can do to help find homes for all the pups.
How to Two, David Soman This counting book is a “joyous celebration of play… Seamless… Diverse” (The Horn Book, starred review.)
The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story, Nancy Furstinger Inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue beagle, Guy. When Guy was a pup living in a shelter, he dreamed of a forever home but had no idea that he would one day be frolicking in the royal palaces of Great Britain.
The Magic of Letters, Wendell Minor Young children will delight under the tutelage of a whimsical rabbit, who reveals the power of letters and the magic of language.
Night Train, Night Train, Wendell Minor Join a young boy as he travels through the night on a steam locomotive. This lyrical rhyming text paired with colorfully accented graphite illustrations is a must for all young train enthusiasts.
Wild Orca, Wendell Minor This “Outstanding Science Book for K-12” (National Science Teachers Association) was three years in the making and features Minor’s fabulous gouache paintings. An homage to Granny, the world’s oldest known orca, who lived to the age of 105!
Reaching for the Moon, Wendell Minor Buzz Aldrin tells the story of how his childhood dreams and determination got him to the moon fifty years ago.
How to be a Bigger Bunny, Florence Minor Florence returns with her three classics for the youngest children, all illustrated by Wendell Minor.
If You Were a Panda Bear, Florence Minor
If You Were a Penguin, Florence Minor
The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep, Caroline Nastro There is no place like home when it’s time for bed. Bank Street College of Education named this one of the “Best Picture Books of the Year in Spanish.”
Giraffe Problems, Lane Smith Edward the Giraffe is very embarrassed by his long neck until a turtle helps him discover its purpose. “That [his neck] is just right for a giraffe is a notion that Edward, not to mention young readers with self-consciousness issues of their own, will have no trouble swallowing” (Booklist, starred review).
Tomorrow Most Likely, Lane Smith In this much-anticipated collaboration with Dave Eggers, Smith illustrates this bedtime story about the promise and celebration of what tomorrow might bring.
CHILDREN'S EARLY READERS
Whooooo Done It?, Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Schwender Things are going bump in the night at the Animal Inn, the all-inclusive pet resort run by the Tyler family and their many pets. The furry friends must band together and find out what lurks behind the shadows in the fifth book of the comical Animal Inn series.
CHILDREN'S MIDDLE GRADE
Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer, Emily Arnold McCully “An exceptional biography” (School Library Journal, starred review) of the world’s first computer programmer, who was the daughter of Lord Byron.
She Did It! 21 Women Who Changed the Way We Think, Emily Arnold McCully A collection of vividly illustrated portraits of twenty-one women who challenged the status quo, from Jane Addams to Alice Waters, Isadora Duncan to Temple Grandin, by a Caldecott winner.
Solving for M, Jennifer Swender Fifth-grader Mika struggles to navigate the baffling world of middle school. When a teacher assigns math journals, much to her surprise, Mika is able to work through some personal challenges, along with a few math problems. An honest story of self-discovery.
Stepsister, Jennifer Donnelly Stepsister takes up where Cinderella’s tale leaves off. Isabelle wants to be pretty and makes a deal with a fairy: if she can find the missing pieces of her heart, the fairy will make her dream come true. “Donnelly offers up a stunningly focused story that rips into the heart of a familiar fairy tale. Isabelle [is] a shattered but not unredeemable girl with a warrior’s heart” (Booklist, starred review).