The Mirror & the Light completes Cromwell's journey from self-made man to one of the most feared, influential figures of his time. Portrayed by Mantel with pathos and terrific energy, Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a husband and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age.
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an 'emancipation' bill; but it isn't about freedom--it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal? Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice has no desire to wear herself down on a husband and kids. She works at the factory, earning barely enough to support her mother and brother, and dreams of finding her missing sister.
These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card
Portrait of a family and individuals caught in the sweep of history, slavery, migration, and the more personal dramas of infidelity, lost love, and regret.
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. Antonio grapples with life questions: What do we owe those in crisis in our families? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost?
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Publication Date: available May the 4th
The sudden death of a frenemy, hit by a school bus, knocks widowed Strick family matriarch Astrid's own life slightly off course. Her granddaughter, middle-schooler Cecelia, arrives from Brooklyn, escaping friend drama for a school year in Astrid's small Hudson Valley town. Just in time, it turns out, for Astrid to announce to the whole family that her best friend, Birdie, is much more than that: she is her lover.
The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog named Bob to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. In short order, Missy finds herself in the jarring embrace of an eclectic community that simply won't take no for an answer--including a rambunctious mutt-on-loan whose unconditional love gives Missy a reason to re-enter the world one muddy paw print at a time.
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
An exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human. A blend of cultural criticism, memoir, and history that reveals truths about racialized consciousness in America.
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Discusses London's darkest year during the blitz through the day-to-day experience of Winston Churchill and those closest to him.
Lifting As We Climb by Evette Dionne
Women of color were fighting for their right to vote and to be treated as full, equal citizens of the United States. Their battlefront wasn't just about gender. African American women had to deal with white abolitionist-suffragists who drew the line at sharing power with their black sisters. Learn more about Women like Mary Church Terrell, a founder of the National Association of Colored Women and of the NAACP; or educator-activist Anna Jullia Cooper who championed women getting the vote and a college education; or the crusading journalist Ida B. Wells, a leader in both the suffrage and anti-lynching movements.
Young Adult Fiction
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli; Aisha Saeed
Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman are canvassing for a candidate in the state senate, and fall for each other while working together.
This Train Is Being Held by Ismée Williams
Told in two voices, ballet dancer and private school student Isabelle Warren and poet and baseball star Alex Rosario grow closer after meeting on a subway, bonding over their parents' expectations and their own dreams.
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
As her senior capstone project, Pippa Fitz-Amobi is determined to find the real killer in a closed, local murder case, but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Publication Date: Available May 5th
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people.
Parachutes by Kelly Yang
Publication Date: Available May 26th
Dani De La Cruz, Claire's new host sister, couldn't be less thrilled that her mom rented out a room to Claire. An academic and debate team star, Dani is determined to earn her way into Yale, even if it means competing with privileged kids who are buying their way to the top.
Upper Mid Books
Check out these new releases plus some fantasy favorites from the Upper Mid Book Club!
Bad Best Friend by Rachel Vail
Niki Ames can't wait to start eighth grade, that all-important year before high school. She and her best friend Ava have shared so many plans for the coming year. But then the unthinkable happens: at gym class pair-up, Ava chooses someone else to be her partner. Niki is devastated. It's clear that Ava wants to be part of the popular group, leaving Niki behind. Niki has to decide who her real friends should be, where her real interests lie.
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson; Nina Mata (Illustrator)
Publication Date: Available April 24th
Ryan Hart has a lot on her mind--school, self-image, and especially family. Her dad finally has a new job, but money is tight. That means some changes, like selling their second car and moving into a new (old) house. But Ryan is a girl who knows how to make sunshine out of setbacks.
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
Publication Date: Available April 21, 2020
Ellie's family is forced to leave their home in town and start over in the untamed forests of nearby Echo Mountain. Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world, in her new life on the mountain. But there is little
joy, even for Ellie, as her family struggles with the aftermath of an accident that has left her father in a coma. An accident unfairly blamed on Ellie.
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, half-Chinese Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves.
The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
Bea's family may change, but their love for each other does not in this soon-to-be classic by the Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me
The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn
Midway through seventh grade, Meg grows tired of pressure from her best friend, Beatrix, to take ballet class with her again and to stop using the silly “babyish” goodbye phrases that have been their inside joke since kindergarten. Will Meg be able to step away from her popular bestie and make real friends who care about her?
The Thief Knot (#4) by Kate Milford
Marzana and her best friend are bored. Even though they live in a notorious city where normal rules do not apply, nothing interesting ever happens to them. Nothing, that is, until Marzana's parents are recruited to help solve an odd crime, and she realizes that this could be the excitement she's been waiting for.
On the Horizon by Lois Lowry; Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
On the Horizon tells the story of people whose lives were lost or forever altered by the twin tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Based on the lives of soldiers at Pearl Harbor and civilians in Hiroshima,On the Horizon contemplates humanity and war through verse that sings with pain, truth, and the importance of bridging cultural divides.
Gold Rush Girl by Avi
Victoria Blaisdell longs for independence and adventure, and she yearns to accompany her father as he sails west in search of real gold! But it is 1848, and Tory isn't even allowed to go to school, much less travel all the way from Rhode Island to California. Determined to take control of her own destiny, Tory stows away on the ship.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day.
Everless by Sara Holland
In order to gain more time for her dying father, Jules Ember returns to Everless, where the aristocratic Gerlings tax other people for time itself so they can live longer, which she once escaped from.
DC Icons Series by Matt de la Peña, Marie Lu, Sarah J Maas
These are standalone novels of Superman, Catwoman, Wonderwoman, Batman, as teenagers who are navigating their superhero identities.