New Books for the Week of 3/6/17

New this week at the MA Library: the disfunctional families of Wonder Woman and Spider-Woman, teenage slayers, and PoC revisionist histories.

 

Comics

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
Offers an illustrated guide to the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action. Characters from pop culture guide the reader through a journey of ideas, people, and events that have shaped queer theory. Explores identity politics, gender roles, privilege, exclusion and other concepts that shape how we view sex, gender, and sexuality.

Saga vol 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Alana, Marko, and the rest of their fugitive family have settled into new lives on new world. Hazel is growing up and testing the patience of her stressed parents. Things aren’t going well for the star-crossed lovers and their relationship will be put to the test.

Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears vol 1: “Baby Talk” by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez
Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, has been an Avenger, an agent of Hydra, and a super-spy for the government, but now she just wants to be normal. With a baby on the way and the help of her friends Ben Urich and Roger Gocking, aka Porcupine, saving the day got a whole lot more complicated. She’s in the fight of her life when she’s captured by the Skrulls and taken to a hospital in the center of a black hole filled with other pregnant aliens.

Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears vol 2: “Civil War II” by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez
After having her baby under harrowing circumstances, Jessica Drew just wants to take a break. But even with the help of babysitter Porcupine, her superheroics always manage to get in the way. When Civil War II breaks out, Jessica doesn’t sit on the sidelines for long. A new case pushes her into a confrontation with her best friend Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers.

Wonder Woman vol 1: “Blood” by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
Sun god Apollo is making a move for his absent father Zeus’ throne. Both vengeful gods and innocent humans are caught in the crosshairs, and only Diana, aka Wonder Woman, can set things right. But even she gets swept up in the conflict when a secret shatters everything she thought she knew. Wonder Woman is about to learn the truth about her origin.

 

Fiction

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the giant, genetically engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cass first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cass dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup and teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
When convalescing, Aerin, the only child of Damar’s king, and best friends with heir Tor, reads about fighting dragons, experiments with kenet herbal dragonfire-proof burn ointment, and learns to ride her father’s old wounded warhorse Talat. After Tor gives her lessons and a sword, her opponents, though small and almost fatal from the first, increase in size and danger. Immortal mage Luthe gives her the Blue Sword Gonturan, relates her true history, and prepares her for a huge battle with evil, but not the discovery of her country’s lost Crown.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit – the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time. Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. Worse, the school is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. When a student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie and Charlotte are framed for his murder,. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe – and the only people they can trust are each other.

 

Non-Fiction

Black Skin White Masks by Frantz Fanon
Presents a critique of the African American and black identity, and the influence of white oppression and racism as a result.

Chinese Mythology A to Z by Jeremy Roberts
Presents an introduction to Chinese mythology.

Federico Garcia Lorca, 1898-1936 by Christopher Maurer
Presents a biography of Federico Garcia Lorca in both English and Spanish.

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Reexamines the history of the United States from an Indigenous perspective from prehistoric settlement to present day. Includes information on African Americans, slavery, the Cherokee, colonization and the colonial period, genocide, Andrew Jackson, Mexico, militias, reservations, sovereignty, treaties, and warfare and civilian attacks against Indigenous people.

Jesus and the Cherries by Jessica Backhaus
Presents a collection of photographs from rural Poland, showing how life there in the early 21st century resists the forces of globalization and consumer culture, and how the traditions of family remain important.

We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler
Discusses the evolution of feminism as a means of social progress to a brand identity and what that means for tangible, transformational change. Examines the pop culture embrace of feminism through Hollywood, movies, television, celebrity feminism, empowerment, beauty, advertising, fashion, gender equality, marketplace feminism, postfeminism, and the workplace.


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