Henry Shackleford, a slave boy from the Kansas Territory, is caught up in John Brown's crusade for freedom of slaves and when he escapes from his master's home, he must disguise himself as a girl in order to stay safe and is nicknamed Onion by John. **Now a series on Showtime**
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life. **Now a Broadway play**
Emma by Jane Austen
A novel of Regency England that centers upon a self-assured young lady who is determined to arrange her life and the lives of those around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy. **Theatrical release Feb 21st**
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren't. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean's feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? **Netflix release Feb. 12th**
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
When Californian family dog Buck is kidnapped from his family home and sent to Alaska as a sled dog, he encounters incredible brutalities at the hands of men. **Theatrical release Feb 21st**
Black History Month
These books were added to the Upper School Library this past year.
Black Refractions by Connie H. Choi; Thelma Golden; Kellie Jones
Renowned collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem, highlights exhibitions, public programs, artist residencies, and bold acquisitions. This pioneering institution has served as a nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally since its founding in 1968. Black Refractions emphasizes a plurality of narratives and approaches, traced through 125 works in all media from the 1930s to the present.
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston
A collection of stories, including eight "lost" Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.
Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne; Jess X. Snow (Illustrator)
A poem that looks at a journey of a girl from girlhood to womanhood.
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Collins provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. Drawing from fiction, poetry, music and oral history, is a synthesis on Black feminist thought and its canon.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her--but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known.
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
Contains nineteen short stories, some pre-published, some new, from Zadie Smith.
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents, and the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. The novel examines the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
Slay by Brittney Morris
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, who shuns the violence of video games.
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker
Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventeen-year-old Morgan knows why she's in therapy. She can't count the number of times she's been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her "weird" outfits, and been told she's not "really" black. Also, she's spent most of her summer crying in bed. So there's that, too. But when she meets David, he gets it.
YA Love Stories
In the mood for romance?
Check out these books that were added to the collection in the past 6 months.
19 Love Songs by David Levithan
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he's forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don't leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs.
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
When Kimi arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto's outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival--and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me by Mariko Tamaki; Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (Illustrator)
Graphic Novel. Freddy finds herself in an on-again, off-again relationship with the impossibly cool Laura Dean. Freddy feels invincible in Laura’s orbit, and even when Laura kisses with other girls, Freddy’s inexorably lured back in. Freddy is determined to gain self-respect, but can't shake off Laura's toxic magnetism.
User Friendly by Cliff Kuang; Robert Fabricant
Spanning over a century of sweeping changes, from women's rights to the Great Depression to World War II to the rise of the digital era, this book unpacks the ways in which the world has been remade according to the principles of user-experience design.
Volume Control by David Owen
Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss and faced with the cost and stigma of hearing aids, along with a huge social cost. The author demystifies the science of hearing while encouraging readers to get the treatment they need for hearing loss and protect the hearing they still have.
Seeing Gender by Iris Gottlieb
Illustrating a different concept on each spread, queer author and artist Iris Gottlieb touches on history, science, sociology, and her own experience about the process of navigating ones' identity.