Friday, July 19, 2024

Massachusetts Permit Practice Test

Need to pass a written learner’s permit exam for passenger vehicles, motor cycles, or commercial vehicles (CDL)? Try the Massachusetts Permit Practice Test on our website! You'll find hundreds of practice questions here based on the RMV manuals that resemble those on the official learner’s permit exams. 

The practice test includes:

  • Ability to get voice over assistance, check answer popularity and test progress.     
             
  • Interactive handbook: Read/listen to it or download for offline use.

  • Some tests available in Spanish and/or Russian.

To access this helpful resource from the comforts of your home, go to Online Databases and click on Home, under Massachusetts Permit Practice Test. 

Friday, June 28, 2024

New Releases - July Edition

Check out these highly anticipated new releases featuring fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on the title to request a copy or get your name on the waitlist. Don’t forget to watch for more featured releases next month!

FICTION

The Lion Women of Tehran by Marjan Kamali.  Best seller Kamali (The Stationery Shop) offers a story of friendship and redemption set against three decades in Tehran, beginning in the 1950s when seven-year-old Ellie meets Homa. The girls bond over their shared interests and their desire to grow up to be "lion women." Class and opportunity divide them, but fate brings them together repeatedly, testing and forging—and breaking—bonds. Copyright 2024 Library Journal.






Sweetmint is invisible, just like 40 percent of the population. They are oppressed by the Dominant Population at every turn. When her brother is falsely accused of murder to cover up a political assassination, Sweetmint is forced to run for her life, sending her straight into the arms of a revolution that may, or may not, be capable of dismantling all of the levers of power that have been engineered to keep her people down. . . Sweetmint's quest for justice is juxtaposed with the real assassin's revenge motives even as the villainous plots of those in power are set against the rhetoric of the revolutionary underground.—Marlene Harris Copyright 2024 LJExpress.


The Same Bright Stars:  A Novel by Ethan Joella.  The colorful latest from Joella (A Quiet Life) finds 52-year-old Jack Schmidt at a crossroads in his diligent management of his family’s restaurant in Rehobeth Beach, Del., which he took over from his father decades earlier. When corporate bully DelDine, which has been scooping up dining establishments up and down the Delaware coast, approaches Jack with a lucrative offer, he’s tempted to take it. . . Meanwhile, he rekindles his romance with former fiancé Kitty, and the narrative flashes back to the 1980s, when the pair fell in love as teens. Eventually, Jack enters into negotiations with DelDine, but revelations about the developer’s true intentions complicate matters. . . Joella adds in meaty themes of gentrification, corporate greed, and the burdens and privileges of family tradition. Those in search of a feel-good summer tale will find what they’re looking for. Agent: Madeleine Milburn. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.

NONFICTION

The Secret Lives of Numbers: A Hidden History of Math's Unsung Trailblazers by Kate Kitagawa and Timothy Revell.  Leading historian of mathematics Kitagawa and science journalist Revell move from the great female mathematician Hypatia to Arabic and Indian mathematicians to numerous Black mathematicians who challenged data-based methods of racial discrimination during the civil rights era to offer a new history of mathematics emphasizing marginalized voices. Copyright 2023 Library Journal
The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum by Margalit Fox.  Journalist Fox (The Confidence Men) pieces together a captivating biography of Fredericka Mandelbaum (1825–1894), who oversaw one of America’s first large-scale criminal enterprises. Fox’s detailed descriptions of intricate heists make for a transfixing tale. Readers will be swept up. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.






A Hunger to Kill by Kim Mager with Lisa Pulitzer.
Ohio police detective Mager’s chilling true crime debut recounts her 2016 interrogation of serial killer Shawn Grate. Arrested after a woman escaped from his home in Ashland, Ohio, Grate was initially booked for rape and kidnapping. But as the hours ticked by and Mager began to question Grate, she realized she might have stumbled on the most consequential case of her career… Drawing on her interviews with Grate, his escaped victim, and his half-sister, Mager delivers an unflinching study of a killer. This hums with the intensity of a real-life Silence of the Lambs. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.


Monday, June 24, 2024

Connect to online resources from the catalog

Connect to your favorite online resource directly from the library catalog! The new Aspen Discovery layer on our catalog allows us to highlight databases using placards. For example, if you type “product reviews” into the catalog, the below Consumer Reports placard will pop up along with books related to the keyword.

While this feature allows us to highlight specific resources, it enables you to locate them easily and also find related resources. Check the placards below for some keywords you can use to pull these up in the catalog.

Consumer Reports, Product Reviews and Product Comparison.

Craft, Hobby, Hobbies, Crafts, Tutorials, Exercise, Fitness, Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Cake Decorating, Woodworking, Photography, painting, Drawing, Classes, Needlecraft, Handicraft, Quilting and Wildlife Photography.


Business, Products, Manufacturing and Consumer Data.


Teen, Tween, YA, Young Adult, Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Common Core, AP Classes, AP English, Classics, Middle School, Enhanced Book and Audio Enhanced Book.


At this time, resources owned by WPL are the ones with placards in the catalog and require a Worcester Public Library card for remote access. Check our databases page for a complete list of online resources available through the Worcester Public Library, Massachusetts Library System and C/WMars. 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Commemorate Juneteenth

Learn about Juneteenth with the Worcester Public Library! Juneteenth, a federal holiday, is a portmanteau of June nineteenth, and commemorates the emancipation of African Americans after the Civil War. Below are a variety of resources and events to help us learn about this important day.

WPL JUNETEENTH RESOURCES

Reads for Juneteenth - Titles to help everyone learn about the significance of Juneteenth and the Black American experience.

Kanopy Watch List - Kanopy, streaming service that is free to use with your WPL card, has assembled a collection of films to honor Juneteenth.  If you do not have a Kanopy account, create one here

Visit our display on the 1st floor of the Main Library to check out books and other resources related to this important holiday.

LOCAL EVENTS:  

Worcester City Hall: 2024 Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony, Friday, June 14, 5:00 PM

Institute Park: Annual Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival, Saturday, June 15, 12 - 8 PM

Fitchburg Abolitionist Park: Juneteenth Celebration, Wednesday, June 19, 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Discover Central Mass

Boston Events

OTHER RESOURCES:

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Library of Congress

Monday, June 3, 2024

Events Calendar and Study Room Bookings

We’re excited to share we’ve switched to a new system for our events calendar and study room bookings.

Attend – Events calendar

Key Features:

Listing page 

The main listing page provides you with the option to search by keyword, or filter by branch, age, and event type. Use an easy calendar picker, with day, week, and month views. Events are color coded by age group for ease.

Library card
You have the option to sign up for an event using your library card. If you choose to do so, the system will auto populate the name, email and phone number fields from the information on your library record. If you do not know your card number, you can fill out these fields manually.

Custom events brochure

Interested in specific events only? Need a print out of everything happening at your favorite branch during a specific month ? You can now generate a personalized, printable pdf version of events to download or to your email. Find your favorite events and register at your convenience.


To get to events, go to mywpl.org -- Classes & Events -- Online Calendar.

Key Features:

Library Card
Just like with events, you can reserve a study room using your library card number or choose to sign up manually by filling out all fields.

Multiple bookings 
The shopping cart feature allows you to make multiple bookings at once. While the new layout looks different, all policies remain the same. Study rooms can be booked up to a week in advance with a limit of one reservation per day.

Notifications 
You will receive an email notification after making a booking. You can now view the status of your booking at any time or cancel your reservation online using either your library card number or reference number.

To go to study room bookings, go to mywpl.org -- About -- Meeting & Study Rooms

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New Releases: June 2024 Edition

Check out these highly anticipated new releases featuring fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on the title to request a copy or get your name on the waitlist. Don’t forget to watch for more featured releases next month!

FICTION

Little Library of Banned Books by Kirsten Miller.  Lula Dean, a restless empty nester who’s starved for attention, finds purpose by banning books she deems inappropriate for children, among them Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Furthering her crusade, Lula stocks a makeshift lending library in front of her house with “appropriate” titles like The Southern Belle’s Guide to Etiquette. Lindsay Underwood, a lesbian teen, takes action by sneaking banned books into the lending library under the cover of dust jackets belonging to Lula’s approved books. As various townspeople read the works Lula meant to ban, they start changing their lives and the town for the better (a formerly subservient woman outs her husband for secretly collecting Nazi memorabilia; a high school football star comes to accept his gay older brother; and a group of teens rally against the town’s Confederate monuments). The story climaxes with a heated race for town mayor between Lindsay’s mother, Beverly, who vehemently opposes the book bans, and Lula. WME. (June)  Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.

The Ballard of Jacquotte Delahaye by Briony Cameron.  Cameron debuts with an exciting and multidimensional story inspired by the women pirates who sailed the Caribbean in the 17th century. Jacquotte Delahaye, who is of Haitian and French descent, defies societal gender norms by learning to become a skilled shipwright in Yaquimo, Santo Domingo. Her occupation nurtures her soul as she copes with an alcoholic father, who has been thrown out of the French aristocracy, and cares for her disabled younger brother, who has trouble sleeping through the night . . . Jacquotte flees with a group of refugees but they are captured at sea by the loathsome Captain Blackhand, who makes them indentured servants aboard his pirate ship The Marauder. Though Jacquotte didn’t choose the life of a pirate, she embraces it as a path toward regaining her freedom. . . This fiery feminist adventure shows what legends are made of.  Agent: Rebecca Wearmouth, PFD. (June) Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.


The Road to the Country by Chigozie Obioma.  Set in Nigeria in the late 1960s, The Road to the Country is the epic story of a shy, bookish student haunted by long-held guilt who must go to war to free himself. When his younger brother disappears as the country explodes in civil war, Kunle must set out on an impossible rescue mission. Kunle’s search for his brother becomes a journey of atonement that will see him conscripted into the breakaway Biafran army and forced to fight a war he hardly understands, all while navigating the prophecies of a local Seer, he who marks Kunle as an abami eda—one who will die and return to life.  The story of a young man seeking redemption in a country on fire, Chigozie Obioma’s novel is an odyssey of brotherhood, love, and unimaginable courage set during one of the most devastating conflicts in the history of Africa. Intertwining myth and realism into a thrilling, inspired, and emotionally powerful novel. From the publisher.

NONFICTION

I've Tried Being Nice: Essays by Ann Leary.  This winning essay collection from novelist Leary (The Foundling) riffs on the trifles and tribulations of her life. The title essay describes her efforts to stop being a people pleaser, offering a comical account of how she worked up the gumption to confront a woman whose off-leash dogs habitually agitated Leary’s. Self-deprecating humor is a near constant throughout, as in “Coming of Age,” where Leary recounts how she temporarily stopped dyeing her gray hair when she was in her early 50s… Leary discusses her alcoholism and discovering as an adult her uncle and grandmother’s troubled pasts, but lighthearted commentary predominates…The humor lands and the lithe prose elevates Leary’s musings on life’s mundanities. This is a gem. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.


A Gentleman and a Thief:The Daring Jewel Heists of a Jazz Age Rogue by Dean Job.  Jobb follows up The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream with a top-shelf work of true crime focused on lovestruck “gentleman thief” Arthur Barry (1896–1981). A con artist since his teens, Barry returned to New York City after serving in WWI and used the city’s Social Register to identify targets for a spate of jewel thefts from 1920 to 1927. During the same period that he was slipping in and out of second-story windows belonging to Manhattan’s rich and famous, Barry met and fell in love with young widow Anna Blake. After the two were married, Blake began assisting Barry in his criminal activities. When authorities finally caught Barry in 1927, he confessed to several crimes Blake had committed in order to spare her jail time. While Barry was incarcerated, Blake was diagnosed with cancer, and he staged a prison riot to escape and be with her until she died. After his subsequent arrest, return to prison, and parole, Barry became a minor celebrity. Jobb tells Barry’s tale with both rigor and pathos, painting a tender portrait of a crook who was never fearsome (one victim described him as “charming”). This is liable to steal readers’ hearts. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.


Sing Like Fish: How SoundRules Life Under Water by Amorina Kingdon.  “The ocean is not and has never been a silent place,” ... Delving into the anatomy of underwater hearing… Kingdon’s descriptions are as edifying as they are evocative, as when she writes of her attempts to record the hubbub of Cape Cod’s Bass River: “The cusk-eel chorus rises highest, each voice chattering over another, accompanied by a gentle chorus of toadfish boops, layered like synthesizer notes.” Nature enthusiasts will be troubled by her discussion of how shipping, sonar, and powerful undersea air guns used to search for oil and gas reserves are dramatically disrupting marine life. This will open readers’ eyes, and ears, to a heretofore hidden world. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.


Saturday, April 27, 2024

New Releases: May 2024 Edition

Check out these highly anticipated new releases featuring fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on the title to request a copy or get your name on the waitlist. Don’t forget to watch for more featured releases next month!

FICTION

The Ministry of Time by Kalaine Bradley. In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and is, shortly afterward, told what project she’ll be working on. A recently established government ministry is gathering “expats” from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible—for the body, but also for the fabric of space-time. She is tasked with working as a “bridge”: living with, assisting, and monitoring the expat known as “1847” or Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic, so he’s a little disoriented to be living with an unmarried woman who regularly shows her calves, surrounded by outlandish concepts such as “washing machines,” “Spotify,” and “the collapse of the British Empire.” But with an appetite for discovery, a seven-a-day cigarette habit, and the support of a charming and chaotic cast of fellow expats, he soon adjusts. .  . By the time the true shape of the Ministry’s project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined.. .what she does next can change the future. An exquisitely original and feverishly fun fusion of genres and ideas, The Ministry of Time asks: What does it mean to defy history, when history is living in your house? — From the publisher. 


Oye, by Melissa Mogollon. Mogollon debuts with a coming-of-age comedy, told as a series of one-sided telephone conversations between Luciana, a struggling Colombian American high school senior, and her older sister Mari, who shines academically. Luciana's family finds themselves in the path of Hurricane Irma and are unable to convince Luciana's wildly independent grandmother Abue to evacuate, so they reluctantly leave without her. The storm changes course, leaving Abue safe, but when they return from their road trip they discover that she is seriously ill with cancer. At the hospital, Luciana is called upon to act as translator/referee between the medical staff and her family. At home, the need to keep Abue in check often requires Luciana to be the adult in the room. In the hours they spend together, she learns about her grandmother's traumatic childhood and the reasons for her fierce need for independence. Through this experience, Luciana learns to be herself and to see death as new beginning. . .  The unique structure of the novel and its emotional and often hilarious dialogue will appeal to all audiences.—Joanna M. Burkhardt. Copyright 2024 Library Journal. 


Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie by Jackie Lau.  Lau tells the captivating story of Emily Hung and Mark Chan. Emily, pressured by her mother's matchmaking attempts, proposes a fake relationship with Mark to keep their parents at bay. As their pretend romance deepens, however, their feelings become real. Alongside this blossoming love, Emily's strained relationship with her family, especially her older sister, takes center stage. A last-minute family trip opens up an opportunity for Emily to face her feelings for Mark and a much-needed conversation with her estranged family. Lau skillfully explores themes of family dynamics, personal growth, and defying societal expectations. . . This story invites readers to reflect on generational communication and the pressures of living up to familial expectations. VERDICT An inspiring romance for those seeking a story of personal growth, familial reconciliation, and true love.—Michelle Mistalski. Copyright 2024 Library Journal.

NONFICTION

The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis by George Stephanopoulos & Lisa Dickey.  Journalist Stephanopoulos (All Too Human), who was senior advisor to the president for policy and strategy during the Clinton administration, has collaborated with Lisa…to pen a history of the White House Situation Room… Note that the book does not analyze the actual decision-making. VERDICT Personal accounts drive this highly recommended book's powerful accounts of the crises handled over 60 years in the Situation Room.— Zachary Irwin Copyright 2024 Library Journal.



Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on theEdge of Space by Adam Higginbotham.  In this gripping history, bestseller Higginbotham (Midnight in Chernobyl) recaps the Jan. 28, 1986, explosion that destroyed the space shuttle Challenger soon after liftoff, killing all seven crew members, and the tragedy’s roots in a culture of negligence and recklessness at NASA… Higginbotham’s colorful narrative contrasts the eager idealism of Challenger’s crew, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, with the arrogance of NASA honchos who dismissed warnings and casually gambled with the astronauts’ lives. His account of the engineering issues is lucid and meticulous, and his evocative prose conveys both the extraordinary achievement of rocket scientists in harnessing colossal energies with delicate mechanisms and the sudden cataclysms that erupt when the machinery fails. The result is a beguiling saga of the peril and promise of spaceflight. (May) Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly. 


The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth by Zoe Schlanger.  Schlanger, a staff writer at the Atlantic, debuts with an astounding exploration of the remarkable abilities of plants and fungi… Investigating whether plants can be said to have personalities, Schlanger describes ecologist Richard Karban’s ongoing research into whether differences in how strongly individual sagebrush plants respond to internal and external distress signals are consistent over time… There are mind-bending revelations on every page, and Schlanger combines robust intellectual curiosity with delicate lyricism… Science writing doesn’t get better than this. (May) Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.


Saturday, March 30, 2024

New Releases: April 2024 Edition

Check out these highly anticipated new releases featuring fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on the title to request a copy or get your name on the waitlist. Don’t forget to watch for more featured releases next month!

FICTION

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo.  In Madrid, under the reigns of the king and the Catholic Church, during the time of the Inquisition, lives a scullion maid named Luzia who is hiding her ability to create little miracles such as restoring burned bread to new and stitching torn dresses. Luzia is hiding not only her abilities but also her Jewish lineage, both of which could get her executed for heresy. When Luzia's mistress discovers the scullion maid's abilities, she uses them to gain social power, only to have Luzia discovered by the wealthy Víctor de Paredes. Víctor is looking for someone to submit into a tournament for the king's holy champion . . .Víctor provides Luzia with a mentor—his immortal familiar, Guillén Santángel—to improve her chances of winning the tournament . . .Soon, Santángel's feelings for Luzia complicate things. . .Bardugo masterfully weaves magical realism with historical fiction and romance, which makes this book impossible to put down. Copyright 2024 Library Journal.


Real Americans by Rachel Khong.  Real Americans begins on the precipice of Y2K in New York City, when twenty-two-year-old Lily Chen, an unpaid intern at a slick media company, meets Matthew. Matthew is everything Lily is not: easygoing and effortlessly attractive, a native East Coaster and, most notably, heir to a vast pharmaceutical empire. Lily couldn't be more different: flat-broke, raised in Tampa, the only child of scientists who fled Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Despite all this, Lily and Matthew fall in love. In 2021, fifteen-year-old Nick Chen has never felt like he belonged on the isolated Washington island where he lives with his single mother, Lily. He can't shake the sense she's hiding something. When Nick sets out to find his biological father, the journey threatens to raise more questions than answers. In immersive, moving prose, Rachel Khong weaves a profound tale of class and striving, race and visibility, and family and inheritance—a story of trust, forgiveness, and finally coming home. From the publisher.

The North Line by Matt Riordan.  Everyone believes Adam to be something he’s not. Sometimes that’s because he’s told them a story. Sometimes he’s told himself one. But when Adam joins an Alaskan fishing crew that’s promising quick money, the dangerous work and harsh lifestyle strip away all fabrications and force a dark-hearted exploration of who he really is.  On the unforgiving Bering Sea, Adam finds the adventure and authenticity of a fisherman’s life revelatory. . .But when a strike threatens the entire season and violence stalks the waves, Adam is thrust into a struggle for survival at the edge of the world, where evolutionary and social forces collide for outcomes beyond anyone’s control. In his riveting debut novel, Matt Riordan pairs personal experiences with a master storyteller’s eye in a piercing examination of the quest for identity in the face of tempests within and without. From the publisher.


NONFICTION

Puppy Brain: How Our Dogs Learn, Think, and Love by Kerry Nichols & Randi Kramer. Puppy Brain will show you how to create a harmonious, fulfilling relationship with your pet, from Kerry Nichols, founder of Nicholberry Goldens… With guidance about everything from crate training to spaying and neutering, Puppy Brain distills the latest insights and breakthroughs from canine research into practical, actionable, evidence-based guidance… With irresistible photos, clear guidance, and engaging humor, Puppy Brain reveals the best training practices based on how your dog’s mind works. As her hundreds of thousands of followers can attest, Kerry’s guidance will help you raise dogs who are confident, loving, and happy. The perfect gift for dog lovers and psychology enthusiasts alike, Puppy Brain is the definitive resource for anyone looking to raise their puppy with respect and love.


Alien Earths: The New Science of Planet Hunting in theCosmos by Lisa Kaltenegger.  Kaltenegger, director of the Carl Sagan Institute to Search for Life in the Cosmos at Cornell University, debuts with a stellar exploration of how she and other astronomers are searching for extraterrestrial life… Kaltenegger notes, recounting how she’s made lava strips and grown microorganisms in her lab so she can study their light signatures and be able to recognize them if scientists spot similar ones in space. Highlighting discoveries that changed astronomers’ understanding of alien life, Kaltenegger points out that in 2020 a space telescope found a gas giant orbiting a dead star, raising the possibility that planets, and any life-forms they contain, may be able to “survive the demise of their stars.” The breezy prose makes the sophisticated science accessible, and armchair astronomers will be entranced by the descriptions of remarkable exoplanets, including one “so hot that rocks melt, evaporate, then rain down again.” Readers will be riveted. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.


The Wives by Simone Gorrindo.  Years into their relationship, journalist Gorrindo's boyfriend Andrew vocalizes a desire to join the U.S. Army. They know that his enlistment might destabilize their relationship, but they reach an agreement, marry, and move from New York City to Columbus, GA, where Gorrindo first realizes the realities of being a military spouse… A fearless, engaging, and important memoir about how one person's decision to serve in the military affects their entire family. Readers will learn the true meaning of military service through the wider lens of its impact on families and communities. Copyright 2024 Library Journal.

 

  

Monday, March 4, 2024

New Electronic Resources @ WPL

 CRAFT & HOBBY

An online platform that caters to a wide range of interests to fun and creative educational resources.  One can explore in-depth instructional videos and classes to learn a new hobby or improve existing skills. Sewing, fitness, cake decorating, woodworking, crochet, painting, knitting, photography and many more activities are available. Some content is also available in Spanish. Classes cater to both beginners and advanced learners, and individuals can learn at their own pace. Some content is also available in Spanish.


PRESSREADER

A digital newsstand featuring more than 7,000 of the world's popular newspapers and magazines in many languages. Enjoy instant access to news and articles from thousands of miles away in full-color, full-page format. It includes advertisements, classifieds and everything else you would see on the paper format. it's just like reading the print edition! Download the app for use with a mobile device.


LOTE4KIDS

A storybook read along platform for young children, where you can read and listen to books in more than 60 languages. Families who want to teach their children another language from the comforts of their home will find this resource very helpful. Every title is fully animated with English translations to help kids learn languages and develop reading and listening skills. Parents and caregivers may also find access to American Sign Language very useful. Download the app for use with a mobile device.


All resources are available from our database pages for both in-library and remote use. A WPL card is required for remote access. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

New Releases: March 2024 Edition

Check out these highly anticipated new releases featuring fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on the title to request a copy or get your name on the waitlist. Don’t forget to watch for more featured releases next month!

FICTION

A Great Country by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Having arrived in the United States from India, the Shahs have achieved success after 20 years of hard work; they live in a gated community in California with spectacular ocean views. But success doesn't mean the same thing to their children, which is made clear on the night their 12-year-old son is arrested. The fallout from that event will shake each family member’s perception of themselves as individuals, as community members, as Americans, and will lead each to consider: how do we define success? At what cost comes ambition? And what is our role and responsibility in the cultural mosaic of modern America?  A Great Country explores themes of immigration, generational conflict, social class and privilege as it reconsiders the myth of the model minority and questions the price of the American dream. Copyright 2023 Library Journal

Becoming Madam Secretary by Stephanie Dray.  Frances Perkins, born to well-off parents, arrives at the turn of the 20th century in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood with a fellowship to investigate childhood malnutrition. Enraged at the deplorable living and working conditions she encounters, she is soon ensconced with other powerful women, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, who are equally socially conscious. Shortly after she witnesses women falling to their deaths during the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, Frances is recommended by former president Theodore Roosevelt to a committee on safety in New York State seeking to prevent future workplace tragedies. . . She fights for workers' rights, meets and becomes enthralled with a young lawyer named Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and forms a partnership with him that will carry them all the way to the White House.  Dray introduces readers to this real-life trailblazing woman who is the mother of Social Security and became the first woman appointed to a United States presidential cabinet. A fictionalized portrayal of a phenomenal woman who has largely been lost to history.  Copyright 2024 Library Journal.


Pride and Joy by Louisa Onomé.  Onome blends humor and pathos in her captivating adult debut which finds a Nigerian Canadian woman attempting to find redemption by hosting her mother’s 70th birthday party. Joy Okafor Bianchi, a mental health counselor and recently divorced single mother, has taken on the task of hosting her mother Mary Okafor’s weekend celebration in the suburbs of Toronto, and she invites family and friends from across Canada and the U.S. to share in the festivities. The morning of the party, however, Joy’s 12-year-old son, Jamil, discovers that his grandmother has died peacefully in her sleep. The day also happens to be Good Friday, and Mama Mary’s sister, Nancy Akintola, comes to believe—after a premonition involving a brown cow on the side of the road—that her dear sister will rejoin them in the land of the living in an Easter miracle. Joy, despite her skepticism, finds some parts of herself wanting to believe her mother will walk through the door on Easter Sunday. Onome’s rich storytelling is enhanced by authentic descriptions of traditional Nigerian music and foods, such as Egosi soup and chin chin, as her characters come together amid great loss. Readers will savor Onome’s vibrant portrait of a family. Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly.

NONFICTION

The Autoimmune Cure: Healing the Trauma and Other Triggers That Have Turned Your Body Against You by Sara Szal Gottfried
New York Times bestselling author Dr. Sara Gottfried reveals how trauma can rewire your body to trigger autoimmune diseases—and provides a comprehensive plan to reset your immune system and finally heal. Emerging research shows that up to 80% of patients with autoimmune disease experienced significant emotional distress before getting sick… Dr. Gottfried has created a powerful program designed to break the vicious cycle of autoimmune disease, reset your immune system, and restore your health, with advice on: diet, sleep, supplements, breathwork, microbiome restoration, somatic therapy, ketamine-assisted treatment, microdosing psilocybin, MDMA-assisted therapy. The Autoimmune Cure offers a roadmap to lasting relief from autoimmune disease by addressing the root cause of the condition and healing the body, mind, and spirit. Publisher: HarperCollins, Copyright 2024


Rabbit Heart: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Story by Kristine Ervin.  In 1986, when Ervin was eight years old, her mother, Kathy, was kidnapped from an Oklahoma shopping mall. Days later, her body was found in an oil field, but it would be years before the details of her rape and murder were revealed, and decades before a suspect was identified. Ervin writes candidly of the ways her mother’s absence and the lack of closure around the case left her ill-equipped to handle hardships… Then, in 2008, long after Ervin had given up hope for a conviction, a DNA match turned up the name of one of the men who abducted her mother… This will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the last page. Agent: Mary Krienke, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.) Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly




Waiting for the Monsoon by Rod Nordland.  Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Nordland (The Lovers) details the fallout from being diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor… In 2019, when Nordland was in India reporting on New Delhi’s monsoon season, he was incapacitated by a seizure. Medical tests revealed that the culprit was a stage four glioblastoma multiforme… Nordland came to consider the news “the best thing that ever happened to me—maybe even if I don’t survive it, but especially if I do.”… Years into his diagnosis, with no new cancer and occasional, manageable seizures, Nordland writes with palpable gratitude for whatever time he has remaining and provides a stirringly clear-eyed perspective on his own mortality. Readers are sure to be moved by this openhearted account. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME. (Jan.) Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly.