Looking for some new fiction or nonfiction?  Here are some titles recently added to the Curtis collection.  Click on title to check availability.

Fiction

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls

In 1997, Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well. If he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread. Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.

First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

A devastating act of betrayal catapults a young woman onto an obsessive path to justice that embroils a glamorous manipulative wannabe, an in-too-deep reporter and a grieving widow into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse.

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Gathering to help renovate a late friend’s memory-filled home, Jude, Wendy and Adele ponder a collective lifetime of loves, grievances, disappointments and successes over the course of a transformative weekend.

Luster by Raven Leilani

A young black artist falls into an affair with a man in an open marriage before gradually befriending his wife and adopted daughter against a backdrop of dynamic racial politics.

The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

Reuniting in the aftermath of a devastating loss, two single moms, lifelong best friends, create a list of challenges, from skydiving to getting tattoos, before their prospects and perspectives are transformed by unexpected love. (Also available in Large Print.)

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Ready for an adventure in the months after her husband of 60 years departs, a woman from a picture-postcard Yorkshire village offers to swap places with her burned-out adult granddaughter to pursue romance in bustling London.

Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

In the wake of a southeastern Nigerian mother’s discovery of her son’s body on her doorstep, a family struggles to understand the enigmatic nature of a youth shaped by disorienting blackouts, diverse friendships and a cousin’s worldly influence.

Under Pressure by Robert Pobi

A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the F.B.I. turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page. Page, an astrophysicist, university professor, and former FBI agent, is uniquely gifted for the task at hand-he can visualize a crime scene as if he was a bystander and can break down any set of data at a glance.

Nonfiction

Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns identifies the qualifying characteristics of historical caste systems to reveal how a rigid hierarchy of human rankings, enforced by religious views, heritage and stigma, impact everyday American lives.

Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy by Edward Ball

An examination of the history of the author’s family and its ties to white supremacist movements.

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

The former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard shares a chillingly personal memoir about the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather . 

A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees by Helen Jukes

Jukes writes about what it means to “keep” wild creatures and on how to live alongside beings whose laws and logic are so different from our own. She delves in the history of beekeeping and writes about discovering the relationship between keeper and bee.

The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times by Anthony DePalma

Modern Cuba comes alive in a vibrant portrait of a group of families’ varied journeys in one community over the last twenty years.

 

Cottage Gardens: A Celebration of Britain’s Most Beautiful Cottage Gardens, with Advice on Making Your Own by Claire Masset

With climbing roses, bright hollyhocks, pathways edged with honeysuckle, blossom-filled orchards, and wildflower meadows, this is the perfect book to capture the idyllic British country garden and a wonderful companion for all cottage-garden enthusiasts”

Begin Again:  James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Mixing biography–drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews–with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude’s attempt, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today.

A Most Wicked Conspiracy: The Last Great Swindle of the Gilded Age by Paul Starobin

A tale of Gilded Age corruption — gold-looting, court-buying, and good old fashioned venality — that extended from the new frontier of Alaska to the Oval Office.

Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time by Ben Ehrenreich

Layering climate science, mythologies, nature writing, and personal experiences, author presents a stunning reckoning with our current moment and with the literal and figurative end of time.

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