Rowayton Library Recommends

The Lost Boys of Montauk

September 10, 2021

by Amanda M. Fairbanks is a page-turning, painstakingly researched true narrative. In the early spring of 1984, the commercial fishing boat Wind Blown set out with a four-man crew for a routine trip from Montauk. About 100 miles from land, they ran into a nor’easter and were never seen again. Fairbanks dives into the unsolved mystery of their disappearance but focuses more intimately on the effect it had on the families and community the fishermen left behind. A gripping, deeply moving read. (Non-Fiction)

While We Were Dating

September 10, 2021

by Jasmine Guillory is a breezy romance set against a glittery Hollywood background. When advertising executive Ben Stephens and major movie star Anna Gardiner meet while working on an ad campaign together, a little casual flirting ensues, though both know it’s risky to mix the personal with the professional. But, when Anna must suddenly deal with a family crisis and Ben steps up to help out, their connection deepens. Can it withstand the pressures of Hollywood scrutiny? This is a modern, sexy romance with a lot of heart.

The Stranger in the Mirror

September 10, 2021

by Liv Constantine is a domestic thriller with a classic premise: a young woman who can’t remember who she is. Addison Hope is about to get married to the man she thinks is the love of her life but, the trouble is, she’s not sure of anything about her life before two years ago when she was found bloodied and alone on the side of a highway in New Jersey. In the meantime, Julian Hunter is living with his young daughter in Boston and mourning the loss of his wife Cassandra, who disappeared two years before. Are Addison and Cassandra the same person? And if so, what made Cassandra leave her apparently happy family?

Lorna Mott Comes Home

September 10, 2021

by Diane, Johnson is a comedy about family, marriage, divorce, and fresh starts. Lorna Mott is an American who has lived in France for the 20 years she’s been married to Armand-Loup, her philandering second husband. Almost on a whim, Lorna decides to leave him and return home to America and to her roots. “Home”, however, is different from when she last saw it, and once in America, Lorna must deal with her anxiety at being back in the States and her involvement in the messy lives of her three grown children, with comic results. Johnson’s wit is sharp and her prose is sparkling.

The Great Mistake

September 10, 2021

by Jonathan Lee is a rich novel based on the real-life and death of Andrew Haswell Green, a forgotten but important figure in the development of modern New York City. In 1903, Green was shot dead in front of his home on Park Avenue at age 83. Lee skillfully traces two storylines in the book: the police investigation into his death and the engaging story of Green’s life, from an ill-suited Massachusetts farm boy to a self-made man. This is a fascinating look at Gilded Age New York and the extraordinary man who shaped much of it.

Falling

September 10, 2021

Falling by T. J. Newman is a wild thriller that asks a terrifying question: what would you sacrifice to save your family? Airline pilot Bill Hoffman is steering a commercial plane to New York with one hundred and forty-three passengers on board. Midflight, he gets a message that his wife and children have been kidnapped and the only way to keep them alive is for Bill to crash the plane. From its heart-stopping opening line, the book’s plot speeds along and readers will find themselves breathless as they are caught up in the chase.

Embassy Wife

September 10, 2021

by Katie Crouch focuses on the world of white expatriates in Namibia, where the social politics are complicated and the sense of privilege is ugly. The elegant Persephone Wilder functions as the de facto leader of the “embassy wives”, but she suspects that her husband’s role may be less diplomacy and more espionage. Meanwhile, Amanda Evans, a recent transplant from the States, has given up a high-powered Silicon Valley career to follow her husband, Mark, to Namibia, where he is trying to come to terms with his secret past. Crouch weaves a suspenseful, plot-driven tale while skewering the latent racism, imperialism, and cluelessness of the embassy scene.

Blind Tiger

September 10, 2021

Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown is a historical thriller anchored in Prohibition-era Texas. Laurel Plummer is expecting a fresh start when, in 1920, her ex-soldier husband uproots their young family and moves to Foley, Texas. But, when tragedy blindsides Laurel, she gets involved with her father-in-law’s moonshine operation. Meanwhile, Thatcher Hutton, another veteran of WWI, arrives jumps into Foley from a moving freight train and is quickly caught up in the investigation of a missing woman, and in Laurel’s new world of rival bootleggers, corruption, and violence.

Billy Summers

September 10, 2021

by Stephen King is the latest novel from the master of spine-tingling suspense. Billy Summers is a hitman with a slightly crooked moral compass, an ex-Army sniper who is talented at killing but will only take a job if the target is really evil. Billy’s latest job requires him to go undercover and pose as a writer, which gives King an opportunity to provide some rich, wonderful details about Billy’s past and the small town he finds himself in. But, make no mistake: King’s slow-building suspense will pay off, as it usually does.

All the Lonely People

September 10, 2021

by Mike, Gayle centers around Hubert Bird, an 84-year-old Jamaican man who strives to find a connection and a cure for his loneliness. Hubert has lived in the UK for nearly 60 years, but recently he has retreated from the world and lives in isolation with his cat, much to the concern of his daughter, Rose, a professor living in Australia. To keep her from worrying, Hubert has invented a rich and varied social life for himself that he reports to her faithfully. When Rose plans a visit, however, Hubert realizes he must find a way to make his made-up friendships a reality. This is a sweet, comforting story.

Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments

September 8, 2021
Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments

by Jenna Grodzicki is a clever, colorful book that teaches kids some little-known facts about animals. The book shows all the cool, creative ways that animals “dress up” and why these adaptations help them to survive. For example, flamingos dab themselves in oil, like makeup, to make their pink feathers more waterproof (and more attractive), while California ground squirrels wear “perfume” borrowed from rattlesnakes so that their snake predators can’t sniff out their scent. A fascinating and fun read with great pictures. (Non-Fiction)

I Love Insects

September 8, 2021

by Lizzy Rockwell shows readers two opinions about insects: are they cool creatures or creepy crawlies? Two curious children seek out pests and pollinators alike, looking at both the upsides and downsides of some of the insects in our world. Fleas might be ugly, but butterflies are beautiful, and bees and ants help plants to grow. With bright, colorful pictures of bugs and text tailor-made for first readers, this is a good primer for new readers to help them appreciate the natural world around them. (Non-Fiction)

We're Not From Here

September 8, 2021

by Geoff Rodkey imagines what it would be like to be the new kid at school…on another planet! The book’s narrator, Lan Mifune, and their family are refugees from a now-uninhabitable Earth, searching for a new home. The Planet Choom initially agrees to take them but, during the Mifune family’s years-long journey, Choom’s political winds shift, and the refugees arrive only to find they are no longer welcome. Lan’s mom engages in skillful negotiating to ensure that the family can stay for a trial period. But, it also means that the fate of humanity might rest on the family’s ability to survive in a community that doesn’t want them. A fascinating read, particularly for budding sci-fi lovers. (Chapter Books)

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

September 8, 2021

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart opens with a great line: “There were big days and there were small days and there were bad days and there were good days and I suppose I could pick any of ‘em for my ‘once upon a time.” And just like that, the reader is in the mind of 12-year-old Coyote, who has lived with her father in a traveling school bus ever since her mother and sister died 5 years before. When Coyote learns from her grandmother that the park in her hometown where she, her mother, and her sister once buried a treasure of memories is about to be demolished, Coyote embarks on a stealthy campaign to literally steer her father on a road trip back to their hometown--without him realizing it. (Chapter Books)

Fitz and Cleo

September 8, 2021

Fitz and Cleo by Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox follow the adventures of two little sibling ghosts. They investigate a mysterious thump in the attic that seems spooky at first but turns out to be a lovable gray cat, Mister Boo, whose favorite activity is sleeping on Fitz’s head. The three of them go to the beach, have an ice cream eating contest, make paper planes, look at the stars, and contemplate the universe. Fitz, Cleo, and Mister Boo are a cheerful company, with bright pictures and simple dialogue that’s perfect for new graphic novel readers. (Graphic Novel)

Do You See My Tail?

September 8, 2021

by Anita, Bijsterbosch plays an adorable game of hide-and-seek with furry woodland animals, from foxes to beavers to rabbits. Readers are invited to identify which animal is hiding by its fluffy, bushy, or feathery tail. Then, as they turn the page, the full animal is revealed, along with its nest or burrow of young babies. The flora showed in the background and the subtle shifts in colors suggest the changing of seasons from spring to summer to fall as the animal's frolic. This is a sweet read-aloud introduction to cute animals and their natural habitats. (Board Book)

What I Am

September 8, 2021

by Divya Srinivasan is an expansive, empowering response to a question that Srinivasan’s sister once got from a stranger: “What are you?” While the question may have been racially motivated, Srinivasan’s answer is inclusive, thought-provoking, and joyous. The young Indian American narrator describes herself in honest, often contradictory ways: “I am a scaredy-cat. I am brave.” She is also a vegetarian, an artist, occasionally mischievous, and above all, “a human”. Srinivasan’s words and illustrations invite readers to think about the things that define them, and the ways in which we are all “more than words can say”.

Terrific!

September 8, 2021

Terrific! By Sophie Gilmore features five animal friends--an owl, a badger, a mandrill, a turtle, and an anteater--who are looking for something fun to do together. There’s just one problem: none of them can agree on something they all find “terrific”! Anteater loves to climb, but owl and turtle find it difficult and, while turtle loves to swim, the other animals have a very hard time in the water. A threat from a snake brings them all together and gives them an idea of how they can find a collectively joyous experience. This is a gentle book about considering the needs of others, while still managing to have fun!

On the Day the Horse Got Out

September 8, 2021

by Audrey Helen Weber is a beautifully illustrated, nonsensical tale about a white horse that has gotten loose and the joyful chaos that ensues. The mood of the book is both celebratory and watchful as the white horse gambols through the countryside. Bells ring, clouds “cry”, kids dance, lost dogs are found, and frogs have doubts. The vivid colors and the whimsical wordplay give the book a delightfully daffy, Sgt. Pepper-like feeling to the story. A joy to read aloud!

The Night is Yours

September 8, 2021

The Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah is a message of love from a parent to a young daughter, a celebration of her Blackness, her strength, and her imagination. It’s a hot summer night and Amani runs out into the courtyard of her apartment building to play with her friends, while her parent and other adults watch lovingly from the window. The narration revels in the beauty of the night, the way the moon gleams on the children’s dark skin, the balance of freedom and safety that the children feel as they play. This is a beautiful book.

I Am the Subway

September 8, 2021

I am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun is a gorgeous tribute to the Seoul subway network, one of the longest in the world. Readers are taken along for the ride from the perspective of the train as it goes “ba-dum, ba-dum”, circling through the city. As passengers get on, we see glimpses of their lives: a grandmother bringing fresh fish home, the shoe repairman with impeccably shined shoes, the sleepy schoolgirl with her heavy bag. The beauty of the watercolor artwork and the poetic descriptions are both specific and universal, giving readers a valuable glimpse into everyday life in Seoul, and celebrating the familiar rhythm of riding public transit.

The Capybaras

September 8, 2021

The Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit is a story of friendship against the odds. A group of hens is content in their safe, comfortable home,  when suddenly a group of capybaras--large, furry rodents--appear, seeking refuge from hunting season. At first, the hens only grudgingly accept the capybaras and impose all kinds of rules to keep them separate from the cozy coop. As the book progresses, time and mutual need break down the barriers between the two groups of animals, and friendship blossoms. Soderguit’s clean-lined drawings with bold pops of color accentuate the deeper message of the story.

Raya and the Last Dragon Children's Movie (PG) 117 minutes

September 1, 2021

A long time ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans, and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than dragon magic to save the world--it's going to take trust as well.

Peter Rabbit 2 Children's Movie (PG) 187 minutes

September 1, 2021
PETER RABBIT 2 – (PG) 

The lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in the mean streets of the city where his mischief is appreciated. But when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

A Discovery of Witches Season 2 (NR) 464 minutes

September 1, 2021

Diana (Teresa Palmer) and Matthew  (Matthew Goode)  are hiding in time in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London. Here, they must find a powerful witch teacher to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life.  Enemies are everywhere. The threat to witches is growing and Diana and Matthew’s romance faces a barrage of new threats--from within as much as without. They must overcome deep personal fears and jealousies, bearing their darkest secrets to one another if they are to stay alive, stay together, and find a way back to the present day.

Traces Season 1 (NR) 260 minutes

September 1, 2021

TRACES, Season 1 NEW (NR) A body buried in Dundee 18 years ago, a daughter left behind, a murder unsolved.  Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor) needs to find out what happened to her mum. With help from colleagues at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy, she follows the trail of evidence. It leads her to a new love, old friends, and plunges her into a police investigation, a world of danger and deceit. Will Emma have the nerve to follow the evidence no matter where it takes her?

Masterpiece: US (PG-13) 230 minutes

September 1, 2021
MASTERPIECE: US NEW (PG-13)

The Petersen family (Hollander, Reeves, Taylor), are about to embark on their long-planned grand three-week summer vacation traveling through the continent. Connie has just told Douglas that she believes their marriage is over after twenty-four years as a couple as their son goes off to college. Douglas and Connie had always been a classic case of opposites attracting--with Connie wanting the trip to be one last bonding exercise for Douglas and Albie, Albie sees the trip as trying to do what he wants despite his father had planned it to the nth degree, Douglas sees it like three weeks to win Connie back, which he may or may not be aware also means finding that bond with Albie.

Defending Jacob Season 1 (NR) 400 minutes

September 1, 2021

DEFENDING JACOB, Season 1 NEW (NR) A gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, and starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel, and Sakina Jaffrey. The limited drama series unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

Wisting Season 1 Foreign Language (NR) 452 minutes

September 1, 2021
WISTING, Season 1 NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE (NR) NORWEGIAN & ENGLISH with English Subtitles 

Sundance Series--Set in Norway this acclaimed mystery series about William Wisting (Sven Nordin) wrestles with the most challenging and shocking case of his career: a wanted American serial killer living among them. Wisting teams up with FBI agent Maggie Griffin (Carrie-Anne Moss) to track him down, but her brash methods clash with the local officers. Meanwhile, Wisting’s intrepid journalist daughter chases headlines, leading her down a dangerous path that could compromise her father’s investigation. When an old case comes back to haunt Wisting. How will he save other lives when he finds himself fighting for his own reputation, career, and life?

Shadow Lines Season 1 Foreign Language (NR) 436 minutes

September 1, 2021
SHADOW LINES, Season 1 NEW (NR) Foreign Language-FINNISH with English Subtitles 

In the 1950s, the hottest spot in the Cold War wasn’t Washington or Moscow. In the wake of World War II, the tiny Nordic nation of Finland found itself on the front lines of the world’s latest conflict. This dazzling international thriller is about a secret intelligence team called The Fist whose mission is to defend Finland’s independence, no matter the cost. This multilingual series follows Finnish student Helena (Emmi Parviainen), as she is plunged headfirst into the dangerous world of espionage by her enigmatic godfather, leader of The Fist (Olavi Uusivirta). A Sundance production.

Wrath of Man (R) 121 minutes

September 1, 2021

WRATH OF MAN – (R)  Jason Stratham is a mysterious and wild-eyed, new security guard for a cash truck who surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman's ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

Those Who Wish Me Dead (R) 99 minutes

September 1, 2021
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD – (R) A smokejumper,

Hannah (Angelina Josie), reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire, comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year old boy. The two set out together to cross miles of thick forest. Braving deadly lightning storms that challenge even Hannah’s well-honed survival skills, they’re unaware of the true dangers they face. Hunted by two killers, they must fight for their lives through a raging fire in the Montana wilderness.

Here Today (PG-13) 117 minutes

September 1, 2021
HERE TODAY– (PG-13)

Here Today is a May-September romantic comedy--but without the romance. Veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns (Billy Crystal), who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality, befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish). Together, they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.

Hallmark: Paris, Wine & Romance and Love in Rome (NR) 168 minutes

September 1, 2021
Hallmark: PARIS, WINE & ROMANCE and ROME IN LOVE – (NR) Paris, Wine & Romance:

Isabella (Jen Lilley), the owner of her family’s Oregon winery, takes a big step forward when she enters a prestigious wine competition in Paris. There she meets her biggest competitor, Jacques from one of the world’s foremost winemaking families. Impressed by Isabella and her expertise in wine, a budding romance develops between them.  Rome in Love:  An unknown actress lands the role of a lifetime after being cast in a remake of Roman Holiday. Once in Rome, she meets a reporter/porter/waiter/aspiring novelist, who gets the exclusive story on her. In the eternal city, she discovers the surprises of love and life.

55 Steps (PG-13) 114 minutes

September 1, 2021
55 STEPS –(PG-13)  The inspiring true story

of an outrageous and smart Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter), a patient in a psychiatric hospital where she has been mistreated, and her attorney, a workaholic patient’s rights lawyer, Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank). In this heartfelt tale told with humor and emotion, Colette takes on the uphill battle of representing Eleanor against the psychiatric establishment while the spirited Eleanor makes it her mission to mentor Colette whether she likes it or not! Based on the 1987 SF court case brought by the ACLU.

Dream Horse (PG) 114 minutes

September 1, 2021
DREAM HORSE – (PG) A Feel Good Family Film.

Experience the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by the small-town bartender, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and becomes a beacon of hope in their struggling community.

The Shark Book

August 7, 2021

The Shark Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page is an informative and beautifully illustrated guide to one of the ocean’s most feared and mysterious predators. Did you know that a group of sharks is called a shiver? Or that the gentle giants, whale sharks, can live to be over 100 years old? The Shark Book is full of facts about these fascinating creatures and shows that there’s much more to learn. This is an excellent introduction for a budding shark enthusiast, or for anyone who loves the ocean. (Non-Fiction)

The Legend of Auntie Po

August 7, 2021

by Shing Yin Khor is a beautiful graphic novel that tells the story of Chinese Americans in the old West. In 1885 in a logging camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 13-year-old Mei works with her father to feed the hungry lumberjacks and Chinese workers who labor all day at the camp. Mei loves to bake pies and also loves to tell stories about Auntie Po, the “mother of all loggers”, whose legendary prowess could have given Paul Bunyan a run for his money. To Mei’s surprise, Auntie Po springs to life from her imagination when she needs her most. This is a deeply engaging story that illustrates the history of Chinese Americans during the racial upheaval following the Chinese Exclusion Act. (Non-Fiction)

Lifeboat 12

August 7, 2021

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood is based on a true story of survival at sea. In 1940, 13-year-old Kenneth Sparks is sent away from bomb-threatened London to stay with his aunt in Canada. At first, the luxurious ocean liner he’s traveling on, the City of Benares, makes the journey seem like a fun adventure. But, when the ship is hit by German torpedoes, Ken, a handful of other passengers, and a group of sailors are stranded in a lifeboat at sea. The novel is told in verse, which is an unusual choice, but the writing’s propulsive, staccato rhythm, the built-in suspense, and Ken’s compelling voice as a narrator make this a wonderful read. (Chapter Book)

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

August 7, 2021
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

by Sarah, Kapit is a novel-in-letters, reminiscent of the Beverly Cleary classic Dear Mr. Henshaw. Vivy Cohen has high aspirations: she wants to be a knuckleball pitcher, maybe even the first female player in major league baseball. But, in the meantime, she’ll settle for convincing her parents to let her play on a local baseball team, even if it means she’s the only girl and the only autistic kid on the team. When her teacher gives her class an assignment to write letters to a personal hero, Vivy writes to VJ Capello, the major league pitcher she idolizes. When VJ starts writing back, his advice helps Vivy deal with sexism, bullying, and boosts her confidence as she chases her dream. (Chapter Book)

Black Brother, Black Brother

August 7, 2021

by Jewell Parker Rhodes begins with the protagonist, Donte Ellison, wishing for invisibility, a nod to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Donte is the only visibly Black student at Middlefield Prep and, unlike his lighter-skinned brother, Trey gets treated unfairly. When the fencing team bully frames Donte for something he’s innocent of, and the police get involved, Donte takes it upon himself to address the injustice he faces and take back his dignity. At the Boys and Girls Club, he meets a former professional fencer who becomes his mentor. As he struggles to speak out against the discrimination he faces at school, Donte also reaches toward a deeper self-discovery. (Chapter Book)

Maria Had a Little Llama/Maria Tenia unia Llamita

August 7, 2021

Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita by Angela Dominguez is a playful revisioning of the classic nursery rhyme: instead of a lamb, Maria has a llama! Set in the Andes mountains and told in both English and Spanish, the tale of Maria and her snow-white pet is illustrated in vibrant illustrations that leap off the page. Readers will delight in the fresh twist on familiar rhymes and the characters, particularly the adorable llama.

Grandfather's Journey

August 7, 2021

by Allen Say is an enduring classic about a Japanese family’s journeys between Japan and America. At the beginning of the 20thcentury, Say’s grandfather set out from Japan for America, fell in love with California, and eventually returned home to Japan as an old man. Say’s poetic words and his stunning watercolors convey the beauty of both Japan and America and show his grandfather’s longing for both countries. This is a beautiful, timeless story.

Faraway Things

August 7, 2021

by Dave Eggers is a fairytale-like story about a young boy who lives with his mother by the sea. The boy loves to collect what his absent father called “faraway things”, the debris of shipwrecks. One day he finds a cutlass ( a type of sword) and lets his imagination run wild. But, when the ship’s captain who owns the cutlass shows up on the boy’s beach, the young boy must make a responsible choice. This is a dreamy book.

Dogs at Work: Good Dogs, Real Jobs

August 7, 2021

Dogs at Work: Good Dogs, Real Jobs by Margaret Cardillo imagines a world in which dogs go to work and their humans stay home and wait for them. “What do they do all day?” the children at a home wonder as their dogs are shown getting on the bus to go off to work. In sweet illustrations by Zachariah Ohora, the book shows dogs diving for lobsters, riding in a fire truck, rounding up sheep, entertaining patients in a hospital, and various other important tasks that keep them very busy!

The Boy Who Loved Everyone

August 7, 2021

by Jane Porter shares the story of Dmitri, a little boy who goes around the world saying, “I love you” to everything and everyone: his classmates at preschool, an old man on a park bench, ants in the schoolyard, trees, and of course, his mom. In a sweet, caring lesson, Dmitri’s mom shows him that even though people might not say “I love you” back to him, there are so many unique ways that humans can show love. The book’s message about kindness, plus the cheerful, color-saturated illustrations, make this a pleasure to read.

A Boy Named Isamu

August 7, 2021

by James Yang captures the wondering imagination of a child who grew up to create art. Inspired by the life and art of Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, A Boy Named Isamu explores the world through the young Isamu’s eyes, tracing his influences in everyday life. “If you are Isamu, you find a secret place so you can look at the ocean and see the shapes of things,” Yang writes. This is a lyrical and inspiring look through the development of creativity, complete with gorgeous illustrations.

It Began with Lemonade

August 7, 2021

by Gideon Sterer and Lian Cho is a whimsical summer story about a young girl who excitedly prepares a lemonade stand for her front stoop--only to find that the rest of the neighborhood kids have the same idea. A few twists of fate take her out of the city to the edge of a wide river, where she finds all sorts of unexpected--and very thirsty--customers. It Began with Lemonade basks in the joys of hot days, cold lemonade, and friendship.

Keeping Faith Season 3 (NR) 365 minutes

August 5, 2021
KEEPING FAITH Season 3 (NR)

In the final season of this “irresistibly wild” (Telegraph) Welsh drama starring Eve Myles, Faith and Evan’s divorce descends into a custody battle, while her new love, Steve, tries to stay out of trouble but is drawn back to crime. And as Faith contends with one of the most complicated legal cases of her career, her mother (Celia Imrie) suddenly arrives, threatening to expose long\-buried secrets. BONUS: Behind the Scenes Part 1, Behind the Scenes Part 2, Welsh Words and Phrases

Brokenwood Season 7 (NR) 576 minutes

August 5, 2021
BROKENWOOD Season 7 (NR)

The small New Zealand town of Brokenwood has charming landscapes, quirky inhabitants – and an alarming murder rate. Eccentric Detective Senior Sargeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) is on the case, along with smart, straitlaced Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) and young, ambitious DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson). They are joined by newcomer DC Daniel Chalmers (Jarod Rawin), who gets a crash course in the town’s lethal idiosyncrasies. 6 new episodes: the murder of a superstar TV host, a death in the sauna at a health retreat, a fatal bank robbery, a stabbing with a pitchfork at a farmers market, a deadly fire at the cinema, and a ‘70’s-themed party gone wrong, all filled with droll humor and intriguing whodunits.

The Sounds Season 1 New (NR) 398 minutes

August 5, 2021
THE SOUNDS Season 1 NEW (NR)

You can bury a secret, but the truth will always surface. Set in New Zealand against the backdrop of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, this twisty thriller follows a married couple yearning to escape their oppressive family and start a new life in the perfect place. Maggie Cabbott (Rachelle Lefevre) flies halfway around the world to join her husband, Tom (Matt Whelan), in the idyllic small town where he has been setting up a business venture. Their reunion is short-lived, however, when Tom goes kayaking and doesn’t return. Local cop Jack (Matt Nable) warns that Tom could not survive long at sea, but Maggie refuses to give up hope, but the deeper she goes, the more she suspects and must plumb the depths of paradise.

Professor T Season 1 New (NR) 275 minutes

August 5, 2021
PROFESSOR T  Season 1 NEW (NR)

Professor Jasper Tempest (Ben Miller) precisely calibrates and structures every aspect of his life. Impeccably dressed and meticulously punctual, he lectures daily at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, teaching students imaginatively, if pedantically, about the science of crime. And each evening, he returns home to his apartment, which is as sterile and systematically ordered as a science lab. With this strictly regimented approach, his OCD and germophobia are under control. But, his buttoned-down world is slowly undone when he is persuaded by one of his former students to assist in investigating a serial rapist. While his encyclopedic knowledge of criminal psychology and his brilliant mind prove invaluable to the team, the cracks in his carefully constructed emotionless exterior begin to show.

Spiral Season 8 Foreign Language Series (NR) 615 minutes

August 5, 2021
SPIRAL Season 8 (NR) In French with English Subtitles FINALE 

In the FINAL season, Laure and Gilou are brought back together by a double homicide in a Chinese restaurant and the tragic loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, Josephine struggles with life in prison as she awaits trial and Judge Roban faces forced retirement. All of them will have to deal with unexpected hurdles and the ultimate dilemma: give up the truth, or betray the institution they have each faithfully served. In the 8thhour, Gilou finds himself on his own, infiltrated into a ruthless criminal gang as Laure’s team is sidelined. Josephine, back on her feet, defends a murder suspect and develops a close bond with him. Complications ensue when Laure and Gilou’s cases turn out to have a connection with Josephine’s client. They join forces again to see their investigations through all kinds of danger in a tense and shocking climax.

Spiral Season 7 Foreign Language Series (NR) 615 minutes

August 5, 2021
SPIRAL Season 7 (NR) French with English Subtitles 

Acclaimed Parisian cop thriller about the lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and detectives at the heart of the French judicial system. When the mutilated body of a young woman is found on a disused railway track near La Villette, Captain Laure Berthaud believes the murderer could be a serial killer. Confirmed a few days later, when another woman’s body is found. Time is running out, and Berthaud and her men make mistakes. Losing the confidence of the prestigious Brigade criminelle, led by Commissioner Vincent Brémont, now wants to get back the case. Meanwhile at the Palais de Justice Judge Roban discovers that the mayor may be involved in a bribery scandal. Prosecutor Machard immediately asks Pierre Clément to spy on the judge discreetly, to divert a political scandal: the mayor is a personal friend of the President of France. But Clément refuses, and Machard is determined to get rid of this subordinate. Meanwhile, Joséphine Karlsson and Szabo are shot at in the street by two gangsters.

Balthazar Season 3 Foreing Language Series (NR) 396 minutes

August 5, 2021
BALTHAZAR Season 3 (NR) French with English Subtitles 

Devastated by his friend’s death, Raphael Balthazar (Tomer Sisley) has vowed never to touch a corpse again. But his resolve wavers when he discovers a dead body while sailing, and soon he’s working once more with no-nonsense Chief Inspector Helene Bach (Helene de Fougerolles). Together they face a murder linked to a secret martial arts club, a double homicide committed by a killer clown, and a high-speed chase through a restricted military zone. As Balthazar tries to put his personal life back together after tragedy, Bach is closing in on their most elusive suspect: his wife’s killer!

A Quiet Place (PG-13) 97 minutes

August 5, 2021
A QUIET PLACE– (PG-13)

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path in this “gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller”, written and directed by John Krazinski.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (PG-13) 102 minutes

August 5, 2021

An intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin, Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery, and compassion. Written and directed by Elia Hittman.

The Plague Year

August 4, 2021

The Plague Year by Lawrence Wright is an expansive chronicle of the past year of the Covid-19 pandemic. While we hardly need a reminder of what we all lived through in 2020, Wright delves into the important questions about what went wrong and why. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he captures the scientific, political, economic, social, and cultural forces that are tangled up in the pandemic with journalistic detail and clarity. (Non-Fiction)

The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free

August 4, 2021

by Paulina Bren tells some of the juicy secrets that make up the storied past of the Barbizon Hotel in New York. The female-only hotel opened in the 1920s during Prohibition and by the 1980s its role as the “safe haven” for young women in New York was all but obsolete. But, in between, it was home to ambitious young women like Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Grace Kelly, and Candace Bergen, along with dozens of other aspiring writers, actors, models, and other young professionals. Bren’s account tells stories of the Barbizon’s residents while also charting the way women’s roles in society changed over the decades. A fascinating and fun read. (Non-Fiction)

All That She Carried

August 4, 2021

by Tiya Miles is the account of one Black family’s precious keepsake and the lost history that it represents. In the 1850s in South Carolina, a young enslaved woman named Rose gave her daughter, Ashley, a cotton bag packed with a few items and “my Love always.” When Ashley was forced from her mother and sold, at the age of 9, she took the bag with her and eventually passed it to her granddaughter, Ruth, who later embroidered the cloth with its history. Miles weaves together a moving story of these women’s lives, lives whose traces only appear faintly in the historical record but whose pain and survival is writ large in the story of the United States. This is an essential read. (Non-Fiction)

Razorblade Tears

August 4, 2021

by S.A. Cosby is a gritty thriller about love, loss, and vengeance. Ike Randolph and Buddy Lee Jenkins are both ex-cons, but they have little else in common except for shared disapproval when their sons, Isiah and Derek, fall in love and get married. When Isiah and Derek are murdered on their anniversary, the two fathers are thrown together by their grief and shared determination to find whoever killed their boys. Both men risk returning to jail as they work to unravel the truth behind the killings, which may not have been as random as they first appeared. This is a gripping, poignant mystery.

Project Hail Mary

August 4, 2021

by Andy Weir opens with a classic science-fiction scenario: our hero wakes up in a blank hospital room surrounded by machines, and he has no idea who he is or what he’s doing there. It turns out that figuring out these existential black holes in his memory is key to his mission to save Earth from alien microbes that are dimming the sun. The book is a sci-fi puzzle, and, like Weir’s predecessor The Martian, is tailor-made for a big-screen adaptation. Word has it that the movie is already on the way!

One Last Stop

August 4, 2021

by Casey McQuiston is a swoony, time-traveling romance that’s kickstarted by a meet-cute on the Q train. At 23, August moves from New Orleans to Brooklyn in hopes that a change of city will jumpstart her life. On her daily commute from her job at an all-night pancake diner to Brooklyn College, August meets Jane, the mysterious, sexy girl of her dreams in ripped jeans and a leather jacket. August soon realizes, however, that Jane’s punk rock aesthetic is more than just a style choice: Jane is actually a punk rocker from the 1970s who has been trapped on an eternal loop on the Q train. As August tries to free Jane from her time warp, the book flashes back to Jane’s memories of New York, a fun juxtaposition of the city’s past and present. This is a breezy, evocative read.

Northern Spy

August 4, 2021

by Flynn Berry is an emotional thriller about the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. Tess, the narrator of Northern  Spy, grew up in the violent shadow of the Troubles. But, it’s been two decades since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, and Tess is now a new mother, relishing time with her family and hoping the tensions that have simmered in her homeland won’t boil over. Working at the BBC News bureau in Belfast, Tess sees footage of her sister Marian participating in an armed IRA robbery and is suddenly drawn into the role of an IRA double agent to protect her sister. This suspenseful novel examines the loyalty toward family, toward country, and what the price of peace truly is.

Moon Lake

August 4, 2021

by Joe R. Lansdale is a mystery steeped in the heart of Texas. In 1968, Daniel Russell survives the unthinkable: his father intentionally drives his car into a lake, with 13-year-old Daniel in it. A decade after the crash, which killed his father, Daniel returns to his racially divided hometown to try and finally come to terms with the trauma of the past. But, the discovery of another body in the trunk of his father’s sunken car reopens the mystery and old wounds. Daniel teams up with his childhood sweetheart, Ronnie, who is the only Black female police officer in town, to uncover the truth of his painful past.

Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft

August 4, 2021

by Samantha Silva recounts the brief but monumental life of Mary Wollstonecraft, the writer, early feminist, and brilliant intellectual. Wollstonecraft died in 1797 of agonizing complications from giving birth to the daughter who would become Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. In Silva’s novel, the dying Wollstonecraft tells the story of her life, from a harrowing childhood, through failed love affairs to a true partnership of equal minds with William Godwin. This is a wonderfully fictionalized account of one of history’s most unusual women.

Leaving Coy's Hill

August 4, 2021

by Katherine, Sherbrooke is a fictionalized portrait of Lucy Stone, a lesser-known but galvanizing figure in both the 19thcentury abolitionist and feminist movements. Born in 1818, Lucy grows up with independent and highly unconventional ideas: she pursues an education, dedicates herself to the fight for justice, and decides to never marry. When she meets the freethinking and dynamic Henry Blackwell, however, she wonders if a relationship of true equals is possible. The details of Lucy’s life are captivating to read and her struggle to balance being a woman with what she wants to achieve in life is still relevant.

Kindred

August 4, 2021

by Octavia Butler is a modern classic, a powerful science-fiction parable of the way that the trauma of slavery in American history remains painfully present. Dana, a Black woman living in Los Angeles in the 1970s, is transported back through time to the antebellum South, to a plantation in Maryland. Her repeated journeys into the past occur whenever her white, slave-owning ancestor, Rufus, is in danger--and thus her own existence in the future is at stake. The novel is raw and at times uncomfortable to read, but the themes and ideas are searing and indelible.

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch

August 4, 2021

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen is a clever novel about moral panic and suspicion, about science and superstition, that has eerie resonance today. Set in 17th century Europe, as plague and the Hundred Year’s War sweep through the continent, the book chronicles the life of Katharina Kepler, an illiterate widow, and herbalist, who is accused of being a witch. Katharina protests, but the charges stick, and she faces scandal, ruin, and even the possibility of execution. Based on real events--Katharina’s son is Johannes Kepler, the scientist behind the laws of planetary motion--Galchen’s novel examines notions of truth and doubts with wit, biting humor, and intelligence. This is a real treat for lovers of historical fiction.

The South Westerlies Season 1 (NR) 297 minutes

July 17, 2021

Little lies lead to bigger truths in this charming Irish dramedy. Environmental consultant Kate Ryan goes undercover in a small town to quell objections to a Norwegian corporation wind farm. But Kate has a complicated history with Carrigeen. Soon after arriving with her son, she runs into an ex-friend and an old flame and realizes her task won't be a breeze.

Masterpiece: Flesh and Blood (PG-13) 180 minutes

July 17, 2021
MASTERPIECE: FLESH AND BLOOD NEW MINI-SERIES (NR)

Helen, Jake, and Natalie are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother announces her love for a new man. Their suspicion of the newcomer triggers events in the siblings' own love lives, which begin to spiral out of control. Can the family pull together, or will old rifts and new conflicts push them apart even to the point of violence? Producer: Letitia Knight. Author: Sarah Williams.

Martha's Vineyard Mysteries Season 1 (NR) 270 minutes

July 17, 2021

MARTHA VINEYARD MYSTERIES, Season 1 NEW (NR) Hallmark Mystery Series A beautiful place to die: After being forced into early retirement, former detective Jeff Jackson returns to a quiet life on Martha’s Vineyard. Quiet, at least, until a body washes up and he’s drawn back into crime-solving.  Episodes: A beautiful place to die -- Riddled with deceit -- Ships in the night.

Inspector Winter Season 1 (NR) 460 minutes

July 17, 2021
INSPECTOR WINTER, Season 1  – NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE (NR) Swedish with English Subtitles 

Magnus Krepper stars as Inspector Erik Winter in this Scandi Noir based on author Åke Edwardson´s bestselling novels about the dedicated, yet tormented Swedish investigator. Winter and his wife, Angela, both juggle demanding careers as they face the challenge of raising two young daughters. Family provides a refuge for him, away from work where he is constantly faced with the darkest secrets of the human psyche. Never satisfied with just solving crimes, Erik Winters's motivation goes much deeper he wants to understand. But sometimes solving a mystery leads to more unanswered questions.

Dead Still Season 1 (NR) 302 minutes

July 17, 2021
DEAD STILL, Season 1 – NEW (NR)

Set within the fascinating historical period of postmortem photography, this darkly comic series blends murder with delightfully macabre humor. Memorial Photographer Brock Blennerhasset (Michael Smiley) makes a living photographing the dead in Victorian Ireland. With the help of his sharp-witted niece, Nancy (Eileen O’Higgins), and eager new assistant, Conall Molloy (Kerr Logan), Blennerhasset commemorates the recently deceased for grieving families. But when a series of murders threatens to sully his reputation, tenacious detective Frederick Regan (Aidan O’Hare) drags him into an investigation of Dublin’s criminal underbelly. With a killer on the loose and a black-market trade of illicit pictures growing ever more dangerous, will Blennerhasset save his job or end up as dead as one of his subjects?

Cobra Season 1 (PG-13) 360 minutes

July 17, 2021
COBRA, Season 1NEW SERIES (NR)

In times of national emergency, a team of Britain’s crisis contingency planners and the most senior politicians assemble under the name COBRA to form the committee entrusted to protect and steer the nation through the storm.  Set in the heart of government during a major crisis, we are hurled both into the corridors of power in Westminster and the center of disaster in the crisis zone. We follow PM Robert Sutherland (Robert Carlyle); his Chief of Staff, and his team amongst other key advisers and apparatchiks. Forced to quickly contend with impossible political decisions and their ferociously pressured personal lives…while being mindful of political opponents who will use any sign of weakness and any failure within the handling of the crisis as an opportunity to strike.

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Season 4 (NR) 270 minutes

July 17, 2021

AUROROA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES Season 4 (NR) Twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure) is a professional librarian at the Lawrenceton Public Library who also belongs to the Real Murders Club, a group of “True Crime“ enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous crimes from the history of their Georgia town. Three episodes: Heist and Seek; Reunited and It Feels so Deadly; How to Con a Con. 

The World To Come (R) 105 minutes

July 17, 2021
THE WORLD TO COME – MOVIE (R)

In this powerful 19th century romance set in the American Northeast, Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (Academy Award Nominee Vanessa Kirby) find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. A grieving Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) as free spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney (Christopher Abbott). Together, their intimacy begins to fill a void in each other's lives they never knew existed.

The Unholy (R) 99 minutes

July 17, 2021
THE UNHOLY – MOVIE (R)

The Unholy, based on James Herbert's best-selling book Shrine, follows a young hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak, and heal the sick. As people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits a small New England town to investigate. When terrifying events begin to happen all around him, he starts questioning if these miracles are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister.

No Man's Land (PG-13) 115 minutes

July 17, 2021
NO MAN’S LAND – MOVIE (PG-13)

On a Texas ranch sharing a border with Mexico, two families are about to collide. While out on a border patrol, rancher's son Jackson Greer accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant boy. When his father tries taking the blame, Jackson flees south on horseback, becoming a gringo "illegal alien" in Mexico. Pursued by both Texas Rangers and Mexican Federales, he journeys across Mexico to seek forgiveness from the dead boy's father…only to fall in love with the land he was taught to hate. Inspired by the real-life "no man's land" along the Texas-Mexico border, this thoughtful modern Western explores an engrossing and potent new twist on a hot-button issue.

Nobody (R) 91 minutes

July 17, 2021
NOBODY – MOVIE (R) 

Sometimes the man you don't notice is the most dangerous of all. Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life's indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen), seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch's long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. From the writer of John Wick.

Mr. Jones (NR) 119 minutes

July 17, 2021
MR JONES – MOVIE (NR)

Agnieszka Holland s thriller, set on the eve of world WWII, sees Hitler s rise to power and Stalin s Soviet propaganda machine pushing their utopia to the Western world. Meanwhile, an ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones (Norton) travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda, but then gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, one that could cost him and his informant their lives. Jones goes on a life-or-death journey to uncover the truth behind the façade that would later inspire George Orwell s seminal book Animal Farm.

The Lovebirds (R) 86 minutes

July 17, 2021
THE LOVEBIRDS – MOVIE (R)

A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they become mixed up in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme--and hilarious--a circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

The Courier (PG-13) 111 minutes

July 17, 2021
THE COURIER – MOVIE (PG-13)

In this cold-war true-life spy thriller, unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history, recruited by MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brusnahan, and at the behest of the UK's MI-6 and the CIA, he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Boogie (R) 90 minutes

July 17, 2021

BOOGIE – MOVIE (R)  This is Eddie Huang’s directorial debut about Alfred "Boogie" Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, N.Y., who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals, and the burden of expectation.

We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto

July 5, 2021

We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto by Alice Waters is an ode to mindfulness about what we eat, how we eat it, and where it comes from. The legendary chef and owner of the restaurant Chez Panisse shares her philosophy about eating and why she feels it’s important to reject the fast-food mentality that characterizes so much about daily eating in the U.S. “How did we get here?” she asks in the book. “How did so much of our food system and culture become so vulnerable to the pressures of speed--and so defined by them?” Waters’ book is a thought-provoking and important read. (Non-Fiction)

While Justice Sleeps

July 5, 2021

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams is a fast-paced political thriller that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court. Abrams, as a former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and onetime candidate for Governor, translates her insider knowledge into an intricate plot. When legendary Supreme Court Justice Howard Wynn goes into a coma, he names his young clerk Avery Keene as his legal guardian and power of attorney, leaving both his life and his crucial place as the swing vote on the Supreme Court in her hands. Anyone looking for a plot-driven page-turner for hot summer days should give this a try.

The Venice Sketchbook

July 5, 2021

by Rhys Bowen is about forbidden love and family secrets, played out across several generations. In 1928, 18-year-old English art student Juliet Browning travels to Venice with her aunt for an eye-opening trip that awakens her, like an E.M. Forster heroine, to life’s passions. In 1938, she returns to her beloved city but the onset of war, along with secrets and intrigue, keep her away from home. Decades later, Juliet’s great-niece Caroline receives a deathbed bequest from her “Aunt Lettie”: a sketchbook, three keys, and the whispered word Venice. Readers will be swept up in the evocative setting and the unraveling family saga.

A Study in Crimson

July 5, 2021

A Study in Crimson by Robert J. Harris is the perfect mystery for fans of Basil Rathbone’s onscreen portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Just as the classic movies did, A Study in Crimson sets Holmes and Watson in 1940s London, this time on the trail of a Jack the Ripper-inspired killer who uses the nightly wartime blackouts to terrorize London. Scotland Yard needs Holmes to sift through the aura of legend that surrounds this latest killer and find out if he is in fact a descendant of the notorious Ripper, or simply a gruesome copycat.

The Other Black Girl

July 5, 2021

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris is a razor-sharp comedy that tips the balance into horror, focusing its satire on the overwhelming whiteness of the publishing industry. Nella Rogers is an editorial assistant at esteemed publishing house Wagner Books--and also the only Black person on staff. When Wagner hires Hazel-May McCall, another young Black woman, Nella is thrilled. But, when soon becomes clear that someone on staff is trying to oust Nella from the company, events take a surprising turn.

Lizzie & Dante

July 5, 2021

by Mary Bly explores love, loss, and second chances, set on the picturesque island of Elba, off the coast of Italy. Shakespearean scholar Lizzie Delford has Stage 3 cancer and has decided to forgo her last treatment. To distract herself, she embarks on a working vacation in Elba, advising her friend’s actor boyfriend on his latest movie, while she figures out what to do with the time she has left. When she meets Dante, an Italian chef with a charming 12-year-old daughter, Etta, Lizzie faces a poignant moral quandary: is it wrong to fall in love when you know you’re running out of time?

Double Blind

July 5, 2021

Double Blind by Edward St. Aubyn is a novel of ideas, steeped in science: the title refers to a type of research study in which both the participants and the scientists are unaware of who has received a placebo and who has received the real thing. The novel is also a kind of thought experiment, dealing with abstract and deep concepts like morality, nature, and the theory of relativity. The story centers around a circle of young professionals--a botanist, a biology professor, a venture capitalist, and a corporate consultant--and the ways in which their loves and professional lives intertwine. Fans of St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels will find this a slight change of pace, but with the same elegance of style and rigorous intelligence.

Dead Dead Girls

July 5, 2021

by Nekesa Afia is a gritty mystery set in Harlem during the Jazz Age. Louise Lloyd is known for her tough resourcefulness, having survived a terrifying kidnapping attempt at 16. Now, ten years later, she’s trying to keep one step ahead of her past, spending her evenings at the hottest speakeasy in Harlem, the Zodiac. When a young Black woman is murdered in front of the café where Louise works, she’s pulled into the ensuing police investigation, teaming up with detective Theodore Gilbert to track down a serial killer. This is a rich, atmospheric thriller, with the promise of sequels to come.

City on the Edge

July 5, 2021

City on the Edge by David Swinson is an international espionage mystery seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old American boy. In 1972, Graham arrives in Beirut with his family, fresh from Mexico City, in the wake of a family tragedy. His father works for the State Department, but it seems like there is more to his job than he’d like to say. Graham soon gets caught up in trouble that’s over his head: sandstorms, murder, and the slow uncovering of who his father really is. As the city descends into upheaval, tensions start to break his parents’ marriage apart. Graham’s curious, observant nature is filtered through the world-weary narration of his older self, which makes for riveting reading.

Cheat Day

July 5, 2021

by Liv Stratman is a novel about appetites and the extent to which we try to control them. Kit is in her 30s, living in her childhood neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and feeling unfulfilled by her marriage to her successful college sweetheart, David. She’s also burying her professional ambitions by staying trapped working at her sister’s bakery, while still mourning the loss of the beloved grandmother who raised them. Rather than deal with all this emotional turmoil, Kit turns her energy into a familiar channel: an unhealthy cycle of fad dieting. Yet, as she embarks on a punishing 75-day cleanse to whittle down her cravings for food, she finds herself indulging in an affair with a handsome carpenter, Matt. Cheat Day explores the limits of monogamy, and the wellness industry, with honesty and humor.

Basil's War

July 5, 2021

Basil’s War by Stephen Hunter introduces us to Basil St. Florian, an accomplished spy, noted wit, and the sort of man who can casually date famous film stars like Vivien Leigh. The year is 1943 and Basil is reluctantly dragged away from Vivien’s bed to go on an undercover mission in occupied France, where he must find and photograph a rare 18th-century manuscript and use it to crack a secret code without tipping off the Nazis. The book is action-packed, the tone is breezy, and Basil, with his fondness for whisky and adventure, is very entertaining company. An excellent summer mystery.

Stamped (For Kids)

July 3, 2021

Stamped (For Kids) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul, condenses the antiracism work Stamped for a younger audience, reaching into history to examine where racist ideas, attitudes, stereotypes, and language come from. Beginning in 1415, examining the origins of the European rationale for slavery, the book travels through history to talk about some of the ugliest moments as well as some of the triumphs against injustice, and to discuss ways that we can all work for change. The book ends will a rousing call to create an antiracist future. (Non-Fiction)

The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastic

July 3, 2021
The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastic

by Susan Hood uses poetry to discuss the role of plastic in our lives. “Is plastic fantastic?”, the book begins, talking about some of the benefits of plastic-like sterile medical instruments--while also showing the downsides of its ubiquity in our world. Kids are introduced to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the impact of plastic on wildlife, and the journey of a single plastic fork “that broke into bits, to never decay/that fish swallowed up themselves yummy prey.” The poetry is punctuated by prose blurbs with fascinating and important facts about plastic pollution. (Non-Fiction)

Take Me Home Tonight

July 3, 2021

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson chronicles the adventures of two high school seniors and best friends, Kat and Stevie, as they sneak away from their Connecticut homes for a night out in the big city. Both theater nerds, Kat and Stevie plan to see a show, get dinner at a trendy restaurant, and have the best night of their lives. Naturally, nothing goes according to plan, especially when the two friends lose their phones as soon as they get to the city. Over the course of the night, they’ll crash parties, explore museums, deal with unwanted exes, kiss some cute boys, and have a few other madcap adventures. Will they make it to Grand Central in time to get home? (Young Adults)

Instructions for Dancing

July 3, 2021

by Nicola Yoon is about a high school senior, Evie Thomas, who has given up on love. Since she caught her father having an affair, Evie has been having doomed visions of how relationships will end: she sees a couple together and somehow knows instantly how their love will fail. When she finds a dance studio run by an older couple, she’s intrigued and motivated to begin practicing, especially when she starts dancing with the couple’s grandson, Xavier. But, as she and Xavier spend more and more time together both on the dance floor and off, Evie has to reckon with what falling in love, and taking risks, really means to her. (Young Adults)

McTavish Takes the Cake

July 3, 2021

by Meg Rosoff is another episode in the saga of the lovable Peachey family and their pup McTavish, who is usually on hand to save the day. This time around, Pa Peachey takes up baking and gets it into his head that he will win the local baking competition’s top prize with his culinary masterpiece, a palace made out of gingerbread. There’s just one problem: Pa is a terrible baker! Should his family tell him the truth? Will McTavish the dog come to the rescue again? (Chapter Books)

As of September 7, 2021, Rowayton Library is in Phase 5 of Reopening!