ENGLISH. Nicole Chung investigates the mysteries and complexities of her transracial adoption.
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez
WORLD LANGUAGES. The Garcia sisters arrive in NYC from the Dominican Republic in the 1960s adjust to their new life in the United States.
The Female Gaze
by Alicia Malone
TECHNOLOGY. Women filmmakers―both world-renowned and obscure―who have shaped the film industry in ways rarely acknowledged. Learn about the hidden figures of filmmaking and about the acclaimed luminaries of the past and present.
Coming About: Life in the Balance
by Mario Dell'Olio
RELIGIOUS STUDIES. A mid-life crisis, a sailing adventure, and a rescue at sea. Coming About tells a story of survival and inner-strength through a foundational loving relationship.
Design Is Storytelling
by Ellen Lupton
VISUAL ARTS. Explores the psychology of visual perception from a narrative point of view. Presenting dozens of tools and concepts in a lively, visual manner, this book will help amplify the narrative power of their work.
by Randall Munroe
SCIENCE. From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to hypothetical scientific questions.
by Kristin Hannah
HISTORY. Vianne and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Vianne and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope.
by Tara Westover
HEALTH & WELLNESS. A memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
by Hans Rosling; Ola Rosling; Anna Rosling Rönnlund
MATHEMATICS. When asked simple questions about worldwide issues like poverty, education, population, health, and the environment, we systematically get the answers wrong. Using simple charts and lively anecdotes, this book aims to empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J. K. Rowling
PERFORMING ARTS. As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.
The Beautiful Game
by Jonathan Littman
PHYSICAL EDUCATION. Explains how rookie coach Emiria Salzmann helped change the fledgling Santa Rosa soccer team into champions, while teaching the girls on the team how to do their best, how to learn from their mistakes, and how to work together as a team.
These books were added to the US collection this past year.
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
by Sabina Khan
17-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.
Little and Lion
by Brandy Colbert
Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons.
What If It's Us
by Becky Albertalli; Adam Silvera
Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.
All Out: the No-Longer-Secret Stories of Kick-Ass Queer Teens
by Saundra Mitchell
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.
by Ngozi Ukazu
Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur patisser, but being a freshman on the college hockey team is a whole new challenge: dealing with the attractive but moody captain.
by Robin Talley
In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It's not easy being gay in Washington, DC. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself and Marie to a danger all too real.
Five Feet Apart
by Rachael Lippincott; Mikki Daughtry; Tobias Iaconis
Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety. Major motion-picture released March 15th.
On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas
16 year-old Bri hopes to become a great rapper, and after her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, must decide whether to sell out or face eviction with her widowed mother.
Opposite of Always
by Justin A. Reynolds
When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he's falling--hard.
April is National Poetry Month
If They Come for Us
by Fatimah Asghar
Presents a collection of poems by Pakistani-Kashmiri-American poet, Fatimah Asghar.
Selected Poems, 1950-2012
by Adrienne Rich; Albert Gelpi; Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi; Brett C. Millier
Poem collection with focus on gender and class.
by Lisa Damour
Damour addresses the facts about the psychological pressure of girls and explains the under-appreciated value of stress and anxiety--that stress can stretch us beyond our comfort zones and anxiety can play a key role in keeping us safe.
by Paula Blank
He may have written in Elizabethan English, but when we read him, we can't help but understand his words, metaphors, and syntax in relation to our own.
Brave, Not Perfect
by Reshma Saujani
Women have been taught from an early age to play it safe and not take risks making them afraid to fail. This book discusses practices that can help to override this ingrained training and be more brave.
by Benjamin Dreyer
Random House copy chief explains how to navigate written communication through examples from years spent buried in unpublished manuscripts. While the manual is invaluable for the author-to-be, it’s also an advantageous read for anyone looking to avoid sounding like an idiot in any official document.
by Pamela D. Toler
From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and World War II Russian fighter pilots, this volume profiles women who were influential in battles around the world.
The Lost Girls of Paris
by Pam Jenoff
The story of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery.
by Karen Thompson Walker
One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep--and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town.
An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial, an artist on the brink of an exciting career, and Roy, a young executive, as they settle into the routine of their life together, are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crim Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercly independent, Celstial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturn ed, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.