Rowayton Library Recommends

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)

DaVinci's Cat

July 3, 2021

Da Vinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a richly imagined novel that travels between Renaissance Italy and present-day New Jersey as two clever children try to solve an art mystery. In 16th century Rome, Federico is an 11-year-old political prisoner of the Pope and witness to the artistic rivalry between Raphael and Michelangelo. In the 21st century, lonely child Bee reluctantly moves to New Jersey, where a neighbor discovers a beautiful sketch that looks eerily like Bee. This artwork, along with a magical cabinet and time-traveling cat, will link Federico and Bee together as they slip through time. The relationship between these two mismatched friends has genuine humor and warmth and fantastical elements of the story are compelling and wonderful. (Chapter Books)

BigFoot and Little Foot: The Bog Beast

July 3, 2021

Bigfoot and Littlefoot: The Bog Beast by Ellen Potter is the newest installment in the series about Hugo, a friendly Sasquatch, and his human friend, Boone. Hugo and Boone are excited to receive their Bimbling Badge, meaning they are allowed to venture out on their own in the North Woods. But, there are dangers lurking in the woods, including the legend of a swamp monster, to contend with. As they set out into the wilderness, along with their friend, Gigi, Hugo and Boone are in for quite an adventure. (Chapter Books)

Toasty

July 3, 2021

Toasty by Sarah Hwang is a cute, cheerful story about a plucky little piece of toast who loves dogs so much that he wants to be one. The anthropomorphic Toasty practices barking like a dog, tossing around a big red ball, and even tries to join a group of dogs to play--but the dogs only see Toasty as lunch! Luckily, a rescue and a chance meeting with a little girl who has always wanted a dog, but is allergic, gives Toasty the perfect home. Hwang’s playful humor and sweet illustrations will charm both adults and children.

The One and Only Sparkella

July 3, 2021

by Channing Tatum is a sweet story about a girl who loves to sparkle and her dad, who encourages her to be her true self. When she starts at a new school, Ella--who likes to be known as Sparkella, because of her penchant for shiny things--dresses in her glittery best, but only gets mean giggles and taunts from the other kids. The next day, she dresses in plain old clothes, eats her lunch without sprinkles, and doesn’t behave like her usual self. No one laughs at her this time, but Sparkella only feels worse. Luckily, Dad steps in with a pep talk and a tiny dance party and soon, Sparkella is shining once again.

One Big Pair of Underwear

July 3, 2021

by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld is a book of silly counting rhymes that also teaches the value of sharing. Two bears are perplexed by what to do with just one pair of underwear, three yaks squabble over two bags of salty snacks, five goats fight over four jars of candy bars…and so on until animals of all kinds learn to share! The goofiness, repetition, and bright colors will make learning how to count extra fun.

Now that Night is Near

July 3, 2021

by Astrid Lindgren, the classic children’s author known for Pippi Longstocking is a soothing bedtime story about the world slowly settling down to sleep. A black cat wanders through the house, then the countryside, as one by one, all the animals settle down to rest, “even cats.” The repetition of the title refrain, along with fluid watercolor illustrations by Marit Törnqvist, gives the book a dreamy twilight feeling. A beautiful addition to the bedtime repertoire.

The Museum of Everything

July 3, 2021

by Lynne Rae Perkins is a thoughtful trip through a child’s wondering imagination. The narrator is a child who notices everything in the world and wants to store the most memorable things in “a quiet place”, or museums of the mind. Perkins’s whimsical three-dimensional art shows us what these imaginary museums might look like: a Museum of Shadows, a Museum of Islands, or a Museum of Little Things. This is a visually engaging, eye-opening book.

Birdsong

July 3, 2021

by Julie Flett are a bittersweet but hopeful book about an intergenerational friendship and the passage of time. Young Katherena is sad to move away from her home by sea to a new house, far away in the countryside. But, she finds a new friend in Agnes, the older lady who lives next door and has a passion for working with clay, just as Katherena has a talent for drawing. As the season's pass, Agnes is no longer able to go outside, but Katherena uses her art to bring birds, and the outdoors, inside for Agnes to enjoy. Flett, a Cree-Métis author, and illustrator combines a moving story with breathtaking artwork.

Atticus Caticus

July 3, 2021

by Sarah, Maizes is an adorable ode to a beloved family pet that’s just perfect for reading aloud. Atticus jumps, stretches, eats breakfast, suns himself, plays with string, waits for birds at the window, then gets into bed. His actions are narrated by the little boy he lives with, who keeps up an energetic beat that riffs playfully on Atticus’s name: “Atticus Caticus, ears like a bat-tat-ticus!” The rhythm of the story will encourage listening to children to clap along in time, or to make up rhymes about their own furry friends!

Who Was Jackie Robinson? Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsberg? Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Who is Jane Goodall?

June 6, 2021

Who Was Jackie Robinson? Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsberg? Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Who Is Jane Goodall? by Lisbeth Kaiser is the first in a new series of books adapted from the popular Who Was…? biographies for younger readers. Now available in board book form, these stories introduce little ones to iconic figures in American culture, illustrating key moments in their lives that shaped their achievements. An excellent way to introduce children to history! (Non-Fiction)

A Shot in the Arm!

June 6, 2021

A Shot in the Arm! by Don Brown is a riveting addition to the Big Ideas That Changed the World series. This graphic novel charts the history of vaccination and its scientific progression through time, taking care to focus on the innovations made outside of Europe. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, an early proponent of immunization in 18thcentury England, narrates this lively and informative journey through the ages, from smallpox all the way to the Covid-19. This is perfectly timed to put the Covid-19 vaccine into the context of history and to interest kids (and adults!) in the marvels of science. (Non-Fiction)

My Tiny Life by Ruby T. Humingbird

June 6, 2021

My Tiny Life by Ruby T. Hummingbird by Paul Meisel is a charming account of a hummingbird’s first year of life and all the adventures it brings. Written in diary form, readers watch the birds test their wings for the first time, chase other birds away from their delicious flowers, and prepare for their first long winter journey to Mexico. This is a beautifully illustrated appreciation of a fascinating bird and an opportunity to learn new facts about hummingbirds for all ages. (Non-Fiction)

War and Millie McGonigle

June 6, 2021

War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman are set in San Diego during World War II. It’s 1941 and Millie’s world is changing, for the worse: her beloved grandmother dies, her best friend moves away, her obnoxious cousin Edna moves in with them and her little sister, Lily, is sick and getting all the attention. Worse still, war is declared and there are blackouts and the ugliness of anti-Japanese sentiment and the terrible news from overseas. In the midst of a difficult time, Millie becomes good at remembering and documenting things, writing a journal, sketching the dead sea life on the beach, using her imagination and books as an escape. There’s also Rocky, a handsome surfer boy, to distract her. Cushman’s writing picks out rich historical details that make the time period come alive, but Millie’s struggles to live through difficult and unprecedented times are universal and resonant.

The House That Wasn't There

June 6, 2021

The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold, set in a sunny Los Angeles suburb, starts with a beloved walnut tree being cut down to make room for a new family to move in--a development that worries 11-year-old Alder. Things get even worse when an annoying new girl, Oak, moves into the house next door. Oak doesn’t much like her new neighborhood, either, but a series of puzzling occurrences leads Oak and Alder to team up together to unravel the mysteries--like why isn’t there a house at Number 13 on their block. Certain coincidences, like the fact that they adopt sibling cats without realizing it, begin to suggest that Oak and Alder’s lives are connected in ways that they never expected.  This sweet book incorporates elements of nature and fantasy to tell a unique story of friendship.

Wonder Walkers

June 6, 2021

Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer is a celebration of adventure. Two children set out for a “wonder walk”, an exploratory exercise in which they marvel at the natural world. Asking sweet, poetic questions like “Is the wind the world breathing?” the children invite readers to join in a whimsical appreciation of nature and the world around us. Archer’s collage-style illustrations are also stunning, with patchwork greens, cheerful yellows, and swirling blues.

Watercress

June 6, 2021

by Andrea Wang is a beautifully written story about how one immigrant family’s history is poignantly celebrated through sharing a love of food. During a drive through rural Ohio, a young girl and her family stop suddenly by the side of the road so her parents can forage for watercress, something that brings back bittersweet memories of their lives in China. At first, the girl is embarrassed, but when her parents share stories of their past, and what sharing food as a family means to them, the girl gains a new appreciation of her family’s cultural history, and of the “spicy, peppery” taste of watercress. This is a gem of a book, with gorgeous watercolors by Jason Chin to illustrate Wang’s story.

No Pants!

June 6, 2021

No Pants! by Jacob Grant is a cute and funny story about a boy, Pablo, who can’t wait to go with his dad to a party--until his dad tells him he has to put on pants. And Pablo is decidedly against wearing pants! Readers will giggle as Dad patiently explains that everyone wears pants when they go outside (even Grandpa). Finally, Pablo agrees to put on his pants, but the surprise twist at the end is just perfect. Kids will love the humor and the brightly colored pictures; adults will chuckle with recognition at Pablo’s antics.

Fred Gets Dressed

June 6, 2021

Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown is the delightful story of an imaginative boy who prefers to explore his house in the nude. When he comes across Mom and Dad’s closet, he tries to don Dad’s shirts and ties but finds them boring and difficult to put on. Mom’s clothes, on the other hand, are so much more fun: there are bright colored dresses and high-heeled shoes, with glittery makeup and jewelry to match. When Fred’s parents discover his dress-up game, they decide to join the fun! Mom gives makeup lessons to Fred, Dad puts on jewelry and blush, and Fred revels in the fun of the shared activity. This is a lovely book with a wonderful, inclusive message.

Blue Floats Away

June 6, 2021

by Travis Jonker is a playful introduction to the science of the water cycle and an appreciation of embracing change. Blue is an iceberg that drifts away from his Arctic home, getting warmer and warmer until suddenly he’s not an iceberg anymore! His transformation from iceberg to cloud brings a new perspective on the world and when Blue returns home, he’s both different and still the same. Grant Snider’s striking illustrations, with deeply saturated colors, bring Blue’s surroundings to life.

Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus

June 5, 2021
Ripe Figs: recipes and stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus

by Yasmin Khan is an ode to the Eastern Mediterranean region and its food. Khan shares luminous photos, stories of her travels, and the ways in which the history of the cuisine is tied to the history of the region. Plus, the recipes are absolutely mouthwatering, like Cardamom Egg Toast and Spinach, Herb, and Feta pie. As summer approaches, diving into Mediterranean cuisine feels just right. (Cookbook)

Greenfeast: Spring, Summer

June 5, 2021

Greenfeast: Spring, Summer by Nigel Slater is the latest in the British cookbook author’s series of books celebrating seasonal eating. Based on Slater’s daily practice of writing down every one of his meals, the book offers vegetable-focused meals that make the most of spring and summer’s bounty. Slater’s recipes are simple but innovative, like a refreshing salad of halloumi, melon, and chili or a savory toast with mushrooms and spring peas. (Cookbook)

The Secret to Superhuman Strength

June 5, 2021

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel is a graphic novel memoir that uses Bechdel’s lifelong fascination with exercise as a lens to view her life and her identity. Writing with intelligence and humor, Bechdel delves into weighty philosophical subjects, from body image to sexuality to transcendentalism, but remains highly entertaining company for the reader. With cameos writers like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Jack Kerouac, Adrienne Rich, and Margaret Fuller, as well as frequent appearances from her cat, Bechdel’s book is a meditative treat. (Non-Fiction)

The Hill We Climb

June 5, 2021

by Amanda Gorman is the printed edition of the stunning Inaugural Poem that Gorman, the youngest poet to appear at a Presidential Inauguration, performed to great acclaim on January 20, 2021. Gorman’s words were brought to life by her performance that day, but they also radiate off the page with gorgeous clarity: “The hill we climb, if only we dare it: Because being American is more than a pride we inherit--It’s the past we step into, and how we repair it. (Non-Fiction)

Empire of Pain

June 5, 2021

by Patrick Radden Keefe is the highly anticipated book about the Sackler family and their role, as heads of the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, in the opioid crisis that has swept the country. The book grew out of a memorable article Keefe wrote about the Sacklers in the New Yorker magazine in 2017 and is a meticulously researched chronicle of the family and how much they knew about the drug OxyContin’s devastating effects. This is a compelling and important read. (Non-Fiction)

Crying in H Mart

June 5, 2021

by Michelle Zauner is an honest, funny, aching memoir of grief, love, loss, and a search for identity. Zauner, a Korean American musician who fronts the band Japanese Breakfast, lost her mother to cancer seven years ago and felt suddenly adrift and cut off from her Korean heritage. She found solace by teaching herself to cook the Korean dishes that she and her mother enjoyed together. The book is an account of Zauner’s occasionally fraught relationship with her mother, but also a loving portrait of the way they bonded over shared meals and the way that food can be a cultural touchstone and an expression of love. Zauner’s writing is beautifully evocative and captivating to read. (Non-Fiction)

Unsettled Ground

June 5, 2021

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller is set in an English village and centers around the lives of two twins who have led a highly unusual life on the fringes of society. Jeanie and Julius, at 51 years old, have lived their whole lives in a mysteriously rent-free cottage with their mother, Dot, in contended isolation, making music and reveling in the beauty of nature. When Dot dies, however, the twins are faced with the loss of the life they have known, the confusion of the modern world, and confronted with a series of puzzling secrets that their mother withheld from them. The story is quiet but thrilling and Fuller’s writing is lyrical and lovely.

The Underground Railroad

June 5, 2021

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead has been recently adapted into a TV series, streaming on Amazon Prime, so if you haven’t yet picked up the book, this is the perfect time to do so. Whitehead’s novel is set in the pre-Civil War South and follows the journey of a young enslaved woman, Cora, as she strikes out for freedom. The brilliance of the novel is in Whitehead’s reimagining of the Underground Railroad as a literal railroad, with physical tracks and corporeal stations, ferrying enslaved people out of bondage. The book paints a searing historical portrait and also asks the question: what does true freedom look like? This is a modern classic.

Second Place

June 5, 2021

Second Place by Rachel Cusk is thought-provoking and wide-ranging psychological drama, an examination of artistic freedom, relationships, gender roles, and morality. The premise is quiet and simple: a woman who feels lost in her life invites an artist to stay in her guesthouse. She feels that his work speaks to something that has been missing for her, but when he arrives, the reality of his presence in her family’s life becomes murkier. Rachel Cusk is known for her cool, sophisticated style and her ability to mine the depths of gender and identity with her novels.

The Plot

June 5, 2021

by Jean Hanff Korelitz is a dark, funny psychological thriller that deals with writers, jealousy, and the ownership of ideas. Jacob Finch Bonner used to be an up-and-coming young novelist with a promising career--now he’s stuck teaching at a boring MFA program and struggling to live up to his earlier potential. It doesn’t help matters when one of his students, the arrogant young Evan Parker, comes to a workshop with a brilliant plot for a novel, a plot so good that it will, as Evan boasts, win all the awards, top the bestseller lists, and “be read by everybody.” But, when Evan Parker dies unexpectedly, with his masterpiece novel still unwritten, Jacob Bonner makes a decision that will come back to haunt him.

Light Perpetual

June 5, 2021

by Francis, Spufford is a deep, gorgeously written meditation on the nature of time and chance. On a Saturday in 1944, five children are killed instantly when a bomb falls on shoppers in South London. The novel takes each of these children’s lives and examines them intimately, jumping ahead in time to imagine the individual futures they lost in an instant. Spufford’s novel is experimental yet character-driven and depicts the beautiful, ordinary preciousness of life at every moment.

Heaven's a Lie

June 5, 2021

by  Wallace, Stroby asks a tantalizing question: if you found an abandoned suitcase full of money, would you take it? When Joette Harper witnesses a car go up in flames, the only thing left in the wreckage is a suitcase with about $300,000 in it. Struggling to pay her bills and drowning in her mother’s medical expenses, Joette’s impulse is to take it. But, whoever owned the money certainly didn’t forget about it, as Joette will find out to her peril. This is a hard-boiled thriller featuring a tough lead character.

The Guncle

June 5, 2021

The Guncle by Steven Rowley is funny and sweet, a lighthearted story with genuine warmth. Patrick is the former TV star of a beloved sitcom who has retreated from his fame to Palm Springs, where he grapples with grief from the loss of his partner, Joe, and his waning stardom. When his sister-in-law dies after a long illness and his brother goes into rehab for drug addiction, Patrick gets unexpected custody of his niece and nephew, Maisie and Grant, ages 9 and 6, for the summer. The kids lovingly dub him their “Gay Uncle Patrick”, or “Guncle”, but not all runs smoothly as Patrick grapples with his responsibility and learns from the children to stop hiding his emotions behind his razor-sharp wit and to take back his life. This is a perfect summer read.

Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me

June 5, 2021

by Julia Quinn is the second of the Bridgerton novels, following the exploits of the confirmed rake, the Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, as he sets out to choose a wife and keep the gossip of Lady Whistledown at bay. His intended is the lovely Edwina, the diamond of the season, but he’s not in love with her; in fact, he’s taken pains to avoid marrying for love. But, it’s Edwina’s older sister Kate--spirited, determined, and opinionated--who might be the one to put his heart in some danger. Fans of last year’s Netflix series based on Quinn’s first Bridgerton novel will be happy to know that The Viscount Who Loved Me will be adapted for the show’s upcoming second season.

The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Season 1 (NR) 500 minutes

May 28, 2021

Twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure) is a professional librarian and belongs to the Real Murders club a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes..... This six DVD collection features six movies based on the bestselling mystery novel series from author Charlaine Harris, and 2 of the episodes our Rowayton collection was missing: Dead Over Heels and A Bundle of Trouble. Enjoy this family-friendly murder mystery series.

Tom and Jerry (PG) 101 minutes

May 28, 2021
TOM AND JERRY – (PG) This film is located in the adult section

A legendary rivalry reemerges when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of the wedding of the century, forcing the desperate event planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. As mayhem ensues, the escalating cat-and-mouse battle soon threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself.

Supernova (R) 95 minutes

May 28, 2021
SUPERNOVA – (R) OSCAR NOMINEE  

Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are traveling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family, and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.

Senior Moment (PG-13) 96 minutes

May 28, 2021
SENIOR MOMENT – (PG-13)

A retired NASA test pilot Victor Martin (William Shatner) loses his license after drag racing his vintage Porche convertible around Palm Springs with his best friend Sal (Christopher Lloyd). With his car impounded he is forced to take public transportation and that is how he meets Caroline (Jean Smart) and learns to navigate love and life again as he goes up against the state’s new DA to get back his license and car.

Pixie (R) 93 minutes

May 28, 2021
PIXIE – (R)

This action-packed crime story set in Ireland. On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Olivia Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small-town life behind. When the plan goes horribly wrong she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads. On the run from an organized gang--criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Alec Baldwin)--the trio will scheme and swindle anyone they come across in this hilarious and thrilling adventure.

The Nest (R) 107 minutes

May 28, 2021

From director Sean Durkin, comes this powerful and dark drama. Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England. Sensing an opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor with grounds for Allison's horses and plans to build a stable. Soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, and the couple must face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage.

Minari (PG-13) 115 minutes

May 28, 2021
MINARI – (PG-13) Oscar Nominee 

A tender and a sweeping story about what roots people, Following a Korean-American family that moves from California to a 40 acre Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family dynamic changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Yuh-Jung Youn). Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, this film shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

The Mauritanian (R) 129 minutes

May 28, 2021
THE MAURITANIAN – (R) Oscar Nominee  

Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the inspiring true story of Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.

The Last Vermeer (R) 118 minutes

May 28, 2021

While Joseph Piller (Claes Bang), a Dutch Jew, was fighting in the Resistance during WWII, the witty, debonair art connoisseur Han van Meegeren (Guy Pearce) was hosting hedonistic soirées and selling Dutch art treasures to Hermann Göring and other top Nazis. Following the war, Piller becomes an investigator assigned the task of identifying and redistributing stolen art, resulting in the flamboyant van Meegeren being accused of collaboration--a crime punishable by death. But, despite mounting evidence, Piller, with the aid of his assistant (Vicky Krieps), becomes increasingly convinced of Han's innocence and finds himself in the unlikely position of fighting to save his life. Loosely based on the book “The Forgers Spell”.

Land (PG-13) 90 minutes

May 28, 2021
LAND – (PG-13)

From acclaimed actress Robin Wright comes her feature film directorial debut, Land, the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Robin Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew, and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.

The Father (PG-13) 97 minutes

May 28, 2021
THE FATHER – (PG-13) OSCAR-WINNER

Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the caregivers that his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can't make daily visits anymore and Anthony's grip on reality is unraveling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? This film warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant--a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.

Chaos Walking (PG-13) 110 minutes

May 28, 2021
CHAOS WALKING – (PG-13)

In the not-too-distant future, Todd Hewitt discovers a mysterious woman who crash-landed on his planet. It's a dystopian world where all the females have disappeared, and all the men are afflicted by a force that puts their thoughts on display. Vowing to protect her, the duo must navigate dangerous terrain as Todd discovers his inner power and unlocks the planet's dark secrets.

Above Suspicion (R) 104 minutes

May 28, 2021

Based on the true story of one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history, this gritty crime-thriller stars Emilia Clarke as Susan Smith, a young woman desperate to escape a seedy life of crime and drugs in a Kentucky coal-mining town. When a newly minted FBI agent named Mark Putnam (Jack Huston) recruits Susan as his informant for a high-profile case, she believes her bad luck may finally be changing. But as Susan and Putnam's relationship deepens, so does the danger, setting them both on a collision course with deadly consequences.

Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal Children's Movie (PG) 75 minutes

May 9, 2021
SHEEP AND WOLVES: PIG DEAL – (PG)

The united village of sheep and wolves leads its stead and peaceful life when two unexpected guests suddenly arrive--a Polar fox and a small ewe, who bring mortal danger with their arrival. Grey, the new leader of the untied tribe, must convince the sheep and wolves that unity is the only solution to any obstacle.

Earwig and the Witch Children's Movie (PG) 82 minutes

May 9, 2021

Don’t miss a bewitching new film for the entire family. Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 3 (NR) 450 minutes

May 9, 2021

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY: Private Investigators, Season 3 (NR) Combining corpses, comedy, and cracking mysteries, this quirky crime drama has won the hearts of over 200 countries. Now that Lu has passed her private investigator exams and Frank's tidied himself up a bit, there's no stopping them. But murder, kidnap, blackmail and infidelity still abound in the pretty tourist town of Stratford-upon-Avon. An aging heavy metal star with a pact with the devil. A Shakespeare museum is full of deadly secrets. A King Lear story set in a carpet warehouse. Welcome to the birthplace of the Bard, where low-life criminals get caught up in the deliciously high drama.

The Crown Season 4 (NR) 547 minutes

May 9, 2021

Whatever historical liberties THE CROWN takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances--particularly Gillian Anderson’s imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin’s embodiment of a young Princess Diana

Masterpiece: Atlantic Crossing (PG-13) 470 minutes

May 9, 2021

Inspired by true events in 1940 Nazi Germany occupied Norway, with the Crown Princess, Martha (Sofia Helin) becoming an influential figure in world politics during World War II, and depicting the tragic events of the war from a unique and unseen perspective. Kyle MacLachlan as FDR. Author: Alexander Eik, Linda May Kallestein. Producer: Moa Westeson, Silje Hopland Eik.

Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (G) 420 minutes

May 9, 2021

HEMINGWAY examines the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers Ernest Hemingway. Intimate and insightful, the series weaves together Hemingway’s biography with excerpts from his work. The film penetrates the myth of Hemingway to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure. Narrator: Peter Coyote.

Wonder Woman 1984 (PG-13) 151 minutes

May 9, 2021

WONDER WOMAN 1984 – (PG 13) Immortal Amazon Warrior Princess, Diana Prince (Gai Gadot), lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s --an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts at the Smithsonian Museum and only performing heroic acts incognito. A ruthless businessman, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) has his eye on an ancient artifact, a transparent, golden-yellow citrine gemstone with special properties. Soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

Vanquish (R) 94 minutes

May 9, 2021
VANQUISH – (R) 

Victoria, A mother, (Ruby Rose) is trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her, but retired cop Damon (Morgan Freeman) forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her daughter hostage. Now, Victoria must use guns, guts, and a motorcycle to take out a series of violent gangsters, or she may never see her child again.

Pinocchio (PG-13) 125 minutes

May 9, 2021
PINOCCHIO – (PG-13)

Shot in stunning Italian locations,  Matteo Garrone's rich world of mystery and wonder stars Academy Award® winning actor Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, the old woodcarver whose puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi) tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped, and chased by bandits through a wonderful world full of imaginative creatures--from the belly of a giant fish to the Land Of Toys and the Field Of Miracles.

Our Friend (R) 127 minutes

May 9, 2021

Based on a true story about the inspiring and extraordinary Teague family--journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson), and their two young daughters--and how their lives are upended by Nicole's heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt's responsibilities as a caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple's best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life-altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.

The Little Things (R) 127 minutes

May 9, 2021

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to L A for what should have been quick evidence‐-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Rami Malik), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.

Judas and the Black Messiah (R) 120 minutes

May 9, 2021
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH – (R) 

FBI informant William O'Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daneil Kaluuyah). A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights Mediterranean

May 2, 2021
by Christopher Kimball

offers Mediterranean recipes that can come together in less than an hour, designed to make weeknight cooking quicker and healthier. Divided into “Fast”, “Faster” and “Fastest”, the book’s recipes are easy to plan and mouthwatering, like the Red Wine Risotto with Beans and Capicola --ready in just 30 minutes! This is a great addition to Kimball’s repertoire of cookbooks. (Cookbook)

Cook this Book

May 2, 2021
Cook This Book by Molly Baz

is a “foundational cookbook” for all levels of kitchen proficiency, from the beginner to the confident home cook. Alongside delicious recipes – like Pastrami Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Onions & Dill or Chorizo and Chickpea Carbonara--Baz has also sprinkled the book with QR codes that, with the few taps of your phone, link directly to videos illustrating tried and true techniques. This is a fun and helpful innovation that will likely become a staple in modern cookbooks. Plus, Baz’s effervescent personality translates well on the page. (Cookbook)

Cook, Eat, Repeat

May 2, 2021

Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson is the latest cookbook by the British food writer of “Domestic Goddess” fame. Here, she shares narrative essays about food and recipes that speak to her philosophy about cooking: “Food, for me, is a constant pleasure”. Whether it’s recalling her mother’s method of cooking cabbage or waxing lyrical about Blood Orange and Passionfruit Pavlova, Lawson’s recipes combine elegance with comfort. (Cookbook)

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

May 2, 2021
by Judy Batalion

is an extraordinary historical account of the young women who fought against the Nazis in occupied Poland during WWII. In this intense, riveting narrative, Batalion tells the story of these fiercely brave women who risked their lives working as intelligence agents, saboteurs, couriers, armed resistance fighters, and assassins; many didn’t live to see liberation. Theirs is an incredibly important story to tell. (Non-fiction)

Beautiful Things: A Memoir

May 2, 2021

shares deeply personal reflections from the President’s son, who became a contentious target of attention during the 2020 campaign. In this memoir, Hunter Biden writes about the childhood car accident that killed his mother and sister, his struggles with addiction, and his troubled first marriage. Biden writes with a clear, forthright style about some of the most painful moments of his life, but also about the dream he long-held of seeing his father as President one day. (Non-Fiction)

When a Stranger Comes to Town

May 2, 2021
When a Stranger Comes to Town edited by Michael Koryta

is a mystery lovers’ dream: a collection of stories from the Mystery Writers of America where each story begins with the same premise--the arrival of a stranger--and then branches into wildly different endings. It also showcases the work of some of the most popular authors in the genre: Michael Connelly, Lisa Unger, Joe Hill, and Koryta himself. These stories are a treat to delve into.

What the Devil Knows

May 2, 2021
What the Devil Knows by C.S. Harris

is the latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery, set against the historical backdrop of post-Napoleonic Europe. Aristocratic sleuth Sebastian investigates a brutal killing in the East End of London that could be a copycat of a three-year-old case--or could mean that an innocent man was punished, while the guilty party still walks free. This is an atmospheric thriller: fans of historical fiction will feel right at home.

Libertie

May 2, 2021
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

is the intimate story of women’s lives and an eloquent examination of what freedom truly means. Growing up in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson knows that her mother, a skilled Black physician, expects her to go into practice with her one day, but Libertie’s passion lies in music rather than medicine. When she marries a young Haitian man and follows him back to his home, she must also contend with the unequal role he expects from a wife. This beautifully written novel, inspired by the true story of one of the first Black female doctors, follows Libertie as she tries to carve out an independent path for herself.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev

May 2, 2021

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton uses multiple voices and perspectives to bring to life the music scene of the 1970s. Opal is a Black punk musician who teams with British musician Nev Charles to form a dynamic rock duo. However, Opal & Nev’s budding career is derailed when Opal’s protest to white supremacy triggers violence at one of her concerts. Years later, music writer S. Sunny Shelton, the daughter of a man killed at that event, decides to chronicle Opal and Nev’s story, an endeavor that might uncover more about the past than anyone bargained for. These characters are deftly drawn and the story is a timely comment on society, both past, and present.

The Elephant of Belfast

May 2, 2021

The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh opens with an extraordinary sight: a young Indian elephant being airlifted above the docks of Belfast, destined for the zoo. Violet, the orphaned elephant, soon meets her new caretaker, Hettie, and an immediate bond is formed. But, it’s 1940 and Northern Ireland is embroiled in political turmoil, while war draws ever closer. As the city crumbles under German bombs, Hettie must find a way to keep Violet and the other animals safe. Based on true events, this book sheds light on an untold story of WWII.

The Drowning Kind

May 2, 2021
The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

is a surreal, suspenseful story that shifts between past and present, between the real and the supernatural. Social worker Jax is trying to come to terms with the death of her sister, Lexie, who was found drowned in their grandmother’s pool, a place haunted with family trauma. As she tries to plumb into the depths of their complicated relationship, Jax also finds that her sister might have uncovered a deep family secret.

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