July 29, 2021 - Harry Potter
There are two day's left in the month of July and we all know what that means, don't we? It means that the Harry Potter Birthday Party is only two days away. This year the Harry Potter Birthday Party will be held outside. There will be quidditch. Hagrid's hut and the forbidden forest will be featured. Honeydukes will be there. Refreshments will be provided by The Three Broomsticks. It should be great fun especially if the weather cooperates. If it doesn't we will try again on August 1st. Having only two days left in the month also means that with the Summer Reading Program ending on August 6th and those 2 days left in July you have a mere eight days to get all those books you read this summer recorded to help push out community read over it's next two challenge goals. It also means that the back-to-school sales are in full force. Below you will find a selection of some of the new books which recently arrived at the library.
The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID by Lawrence Wright. Honoring to the medical professionals around the country who’ve risked their lives to fight the virus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author provides essential information—and fascinating historical parallels—examining the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain—and How They Guide You by Rebecca Schwarzlose. A path-breaking journey into the brain shows how perception, thought and action are products of “maps” etched into your gray matter—and how technology can use them to read your mind.
Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland. Offers a deep dive into the alcohol-soaked origins of civilization—and the evolutionary roots of humanity’s appetite for intoxication.
Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo. Building on the groundwork laid in the "New York Times" best-seller White Fragility, the author explores how a culture of niceness inadvertently promotes racism.
The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson. A new teacher in a remote Icelandic village investigates after she is plagued by nightmares of a white-clad little girl in her rented attic apartment that happens to be the site of a local legendary haunting.
Little Black Book, No. 15 (Bibliophile Mysteries) by Kate Carlisle. When her friend Claire shows up on their doorstep, in disguise and fearing for life, book-restoration expert Brooklyn and her husband must revisit an event in Claire’s past, linked to a rare edition of “Rebecca”, before it destroys all of their futures.
Pup Fiction, No. 27 (Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson. Sending her kids to the Graceland School’s summer camp, Melanie discovers that murder is on the schedule when she is thrown into a mystery involving the owner’s dead estranged husband and three prize-winning Dalmatians.
A Rogue’s Company, No. 3 (Sparks & Bainbridge) by Allison Montclair. Lord Bainbridge, Gwendolyn's father in law, returns from a business trip in 1946 and threatens to undo her stake in the Right Sort Marriage Bureau in the third novel of the series following A Royal Affair.
Notorious by Diana Palmer. To escape from family members who are after her inheritance, Texas heiress Gaby Dupont, assuming a new identity, starts working for a powerful Chicago lawyer who comes to her aid when her greedy relatives track her down.
When Stars Collide (Chicago Stars) by Susan Phillips. Opera diva Olivia Shore and Chicago Stars quarterback Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand and must find a way to get along when they are plagued by a series of dangerous encounters with an overzealous fan.
Black Ice (Scot Harvath) by Brad Thor. When a man he killed years ago shows up in Norway, Scot Harvath, America’s top spy, is tested in ways he has never imagined as he races against time to stop one of world’s most dangerous actors from taking down the United States and its allies.
The Black Order (Tom Clancy’s Op-Center) by Jeff Rovin. When the Black Order, a group of Military veterans and high-tech specialists, start publicly assassinating politicians and celebrities, Op-Center’s Black Wasp are the only ones who can defeat these domestic terrorists who possess a weapon of mass destruction.
Dream Girl by Laura Lippman. Bedridden after a freak accident, a novelist begins to question his own sanity as he moves through dreamlike memories of his own fictional characters in the follow-up to the “New York Times” best-selling Lady in the Lake.