New Books for the Week of 2/6/17

New this week at the MA Library: novels about target groups in WWII, teenage Chosen Ones saving the world, and Japanese art books.

Fiction

Allegiance by Kermit Roosevelt
When the news broke about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Caswell “Cash” Harrison was all set to drop out of law school and join the army…until he flunked the physical. Instead, he’s given the opportunity to serve as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. He and another clerk stumble onto a potentially huge conspiracy aimed at guiding the court’s interests, and the cases dealing with the constitutionality of the prison camps created to detain Japanese-Americans seem to play a key part. Then Cash’s colleague dies under mysterious circumstances, and the young, idealistic lawyer is determined to get at the truth. His investigation will take him from the office of J. Edgar Hoover to an internment camp in California, where he directly confronts the consequences of America’s wartime policies.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Ever since she was little, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s unique retelling of the Briar Rose fairytale. Becca long believed the stories to be made up, but after Gemma’s death she discovers secret treasures that hint to a buried truth. Her quest takes her to the old country where Gemma lived as a Jewish child and nearly died in the Holocaust. Gemma’s past meets Becca’s future as she encounters the real-world parallels to Briar Rose’s castle, prince, and spellmaker.

Mistborn by Brian Sanderson
A thousand years ago, a brave young man rose from obscurity, a hero to challenge the greatest evil his world has ever faced. He failed. The immortal Lord Ruler has reigned over his land with an iron fist and turned a fertile world into a wasteland of ash and mist. Now an uprising is beginning again and a young thief named Vin gets tangled up in it. In order to pull off a desperate caper with a brilliant criminal mastermind bent on taking down the emperor, she must learn to master her magical abilities to manipulate metals, known as Allomancy, to become a Mistborn.

Prophecy by Ellen Oh
As the only girl in the king’s army and the prince’s bodyguard, Kira is an outcast. The demon slayer is hated by nearly everyone in her hometown of Hansong, but she’s also their only hope. When traitors are discovered and kings turn up dead, Kira goes on the run with the young prince. Everyone believes him to be the chosen one, the Dragon King of the prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth holds the truth. Kira battles demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Sierra Santiago’s summer was going to be chill, nothing but making art and hanging out with her friends. That was the plan at least until a corpse crashes the first party of the season and her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears, well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on. With the help of a mysterious artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers she has the ability to do magic called shadowshaping which infuses ancestral spirits with art. Now that someone is killing shadowshapers, Sierra becomes the next target.

 

Non-Fiction

The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric R. Kandel
This Nobel Prize-winning book seeks to explain how the intellectual ferment present in Vienna in 1900 came to influence how the modern understanding of everything from art to the subconscious.

Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows by Amanda Maddox
Presents a retrospective of the work that noted Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako created between 1977 and 2014. Includes essays about the importance of her work, which includes photography of postwar Japan, bodily scars, hands, feet, clothing left over from the Hiroshima bombing and more.

Seduction: Japan’s Floating World published by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Presents the catalog of the 2015 Asian Art Museum exhibition about the pleasure districts of key Japanese cities. Known as the “Floating World,” these districts attracted men looking for both entertainment and sexual encounters. This catalog provides a social history of Japan in the Tokugawa period.


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