New Books for the Week of 1/23/17

New this week at the MA Library: so many books…like, soooooo many.

 

Comics & Graphic Novels

Archie vol 2 by Mark Waid and Veronica Fish
Rich, elusive Veronica Lodge has taken Riverdale by storm, pitting student against student. With Jughead determined to take her down and Betty pining over her BFF, poor Archie is caught in the middle of it all.

Giant Days vol 1 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

Lumberjanes vol 2: “Friendship to the Max” by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any weird quests or supernatural creepy crawlies get in their way! When they stumble onto a mysterious force wreaking havoc in the camp, it’s a race through the woods as they work together to save their friends.

Lumberjanes vol 3: “A Terrible Plan” by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
Mal and Molly finally get a chance to go on a real date during a quiet spell at the camp, but their blossoming romance is cut short by the sudden arrival of the Bear Woman. Back at camp, Jo, April, and Ripley are hard at work trying to earn every badge possible.

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
By 1963, John Lewis’ group, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. As Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once, it all comes to a head at the historic showdown in Selma, Alabama.

Midnighter vol 2 “Hard” by Steve Orlando and Aco
When the Perdition Pistol, a powerful and mysterious artifact that could put the whole world at the mercy of whoever controls it, is stolen from the high-tech espionage group known as Spyral, Midnighter is sent to retrieve it. The only thing standing in his way is the Suicide Squad, now retrofit with gear to counteract Midnighter’s cybernetic enhancements. He’ll need the help of his superhero ex-boyfriend, the almighty Apollo, if he hopes to foil the sinister schemes of the genius responsible for Stormwatch and the God Garden.

Paper Girls vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
After barely surviving a harrow, bizarre night in their Cleveland suburb, plucky newspaper delivery girls Erin, Mac, and Tiffany are suddenly thrust from 1988 to 2016. Forty-year-old Erin is confronted with her 12-year-old self and neither are happy with what they see.

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! vol 2: “Don’t Stop Me-Ow” by Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams
The fallout from Civil War II hits a little too close to home for Patsy, and she’ll need all her friends to deal with the tragic events. Outside the Avengers mega-crossover, Patsy has to deal with a reunion of her (literally) evil ex-boyfriends, take on Black Cat in a no-holds-barred catfight, and figure out just what teenage mutant vampire Jubilee is up to.

Pretty Deadly vol 1 “The Shrike” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos
A butterfly and the skeleton of a dead rabbit tell each other the stories of several women with intersecting lives: a young girl in a vulture robe traveling with an old blind man who earns money telling a tragic yet fantastical story about a doomed romance, a woman with a skull design on her face and guns at her hips calling herself the daughter of death and her eternal enemy sent to drag her back to hell, and the former slave woman whose family is caught between the forces of evil, chaos, and violence. When their lives collide, all hell breaks loose.

Pretty Deadly vol 2 “The Bear” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos
Now that she’s assumed Death’s mantle, Sissy and Death’s daughter Ginny must seek out the errant Reapers, long since scattered and wild, and bring them back to heel. In the mortal realm, Sarah Fields is dying and her children beg Death for one more year so she might live long enough to see her son once more. Young Cyrus is trapped in the bloody Great War with the Reaper of War threatening to devour the world.

Saga vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
On the run in a living tree rocketship with their newborn baby Hazel, Marko and Alana encounter their greatest challenge yet – their parents. Meanwhile, The Will, Gwendolyn, and Lying Cat set off to rescue Sophie and Prince Robot IV tracks the star-crossed rebels to Oswald’s planet.

Saga vol 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Searching for their literary hero, Marko and Alana travel with their newborn daughter Hazel and her grandmother and ghostly babysitter, to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus. As two plucky reporters and a very grumpy Prince Robot IV close in, this are about to go from bad to worse. On the other side of the galaxy, The Will, Gwendolyn, Sophie, and Lying Cat start seeing things that definitely aren’t there…

The Sheriff of Babylon vol 1: “Bang. Bang. Bang.” by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
It’s 2003 in Baghdad, and the War on Terror has been raging for two years. The devastated capital city of Iraq has no police force to keep its citizens safe, that is until Florida cop-turned-military consultant Chris Henry turns up. Henry is tasked with training new cadets, but when one of his trainees is found dead he is forced to team up with Nassir, the last police officer in Baghdad. The two men investigate the murder only to learn there are forces in the shadows pulling strings that these men don’t even know they’re tied to.

The Vision vol 2: “Little Better than a Beast” by Tom King
Every family has metaphorical skeletons in their closet, but the Visions have literal ones. The family’s facade of normalcy is crumbling and the Avengers know that Virginia has killed and that Vision lied to protect her. Tragedy is coming and it will pit android against Avenger.

 

Fiction

Crooked Kingdom book 2 of the “Six of Crows Duology” by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals, and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
After the events of the previous book, Jacob Portman and his nine peculiar friends flee an army of deadly monsters. The only person who can help them is trapped in the body of a bird. The children end up in London seeking a cure for Miss Peregrine, but the city, devastated by World War II, has terrible surprising lurking around every corner. Before Jacob can deliver his friends to safety, he must make a crucial decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

The Raven King book 4 of “The Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Shortly after 10am after a school assembly, someone starts shooting. Told from the perspectives of four different teenagers, the story of a tragic, terrifying school shooting takes on new meaning. Each student has their own deeply personal reason to fear the shooter, and being trapped in a locked auditorium with the killer is their worst nightmare.

 

Short Story Collections

Axiomatic: Short Stories of Science Fiction by Greg Egan
A collection of short science fiction stories which range from bio-engineering to physics, and from cyberpunk to the electronic frontier.

 

Non-Fiction

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick
Traces the rise of the Muslim fundamentalist organization ISIS from its origins to its establishment as a de facto independent state.

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath by Ben S. Bernanke
Presents the memoir of the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, during the fall 2008 economic crisis.

Dutch Painting by Marjorie Wieseman
Presents an introduction to the works of 17th century Dutch artists in the collection of the National Gallery, London.

First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
Offers a look at the lives of several First Ladies and how each defined and redefined their role. Includes sections on Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.

Frans Hals: A Phenomenon by Antoon Erftemeijer
Presents a detailed account of the life, influence and work of Dutch artist Frans Hals. Also includes information on Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement by Premilla Nadasen
Presents a history of role black domestic workers (maids) played in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, as well as the activist work they did independently of that movement, in an effort to secure higher wages and better working conditions.

Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II by Geoffrey Parker
Presents an authoritative biography of Spain’s Philip II, offering insight into the monarch’s personality, family relations, interests, governmental style, and more.

Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America by Calvin Trillin
Offers previously uncollected essays, originally published in “The New Yorker,” reflects the work of the eminent journalist’s early career and traces his witness to the fledgling years of desegregation in Georgia.

Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer by Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Quentin Buvelot
Presents the catalog of the 2015 exhibition of 17th century Dutch paintings belonging to the British royal family that focused upon scenes of everyday life.

Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition by Nisid Hajari
Reveals the history of the liberation of India and the birth of Pakistan and the violence that erupted after the British left between Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. Includes information on the partition, Louis Mountbatten, Kashmir, Hastings Lionel Ismay, and colonial Great Britain.

Mughal Warfare: Indian Frontiers and High Roads to Empire, 1500-1700 by Jos Gommans
Presents a military history of the Mughal Empire and includes information on Akbar, armor, Afghans, Aurangzeb, Babur, Bengal, camels, cannon, court ritual, elephants, forts and fortification, the frontier, gunpowder, horses, horse-archers, Iran, logistics, the Marathas, mercenaries, muskets, nomads, ships and shipping, sieges, trade, and more.

Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks by Ronin Ro
Presents a biography of Prince, charting his rise from obscurity to international fame. Includes a new introduction and a new afterward, both written after Prince’s death in 2016.

Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run Over by Caroline Fredrickson
Examines the various ways in which women are being discriminated against in the American workplace.


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