The Silence by Don DeLillo. It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them after what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges across many topics. Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed. What follows is a dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human.
1945: The Year that Made Modern Canada by Ken Cuthbertson. It was a watershed year for Canada and the world. The year 1945 set Canada on a bold course into the future. A huge sense of relief marked the ending of hostilities. And yet it was a perilous new world that was unfolding in the wake of the American decision to use the atomic bomb to bring the war in the Pacific to a sudden halt. On the eve of WWII, the Dominion of Canada was a sleepy economic and political backwater still struggling to escape the despair of the Great Depression. After six years of war, this country stepped into the post-1945 era eager to take its place in the world as a modern, truly independent nation that was no longer under the colonial sway of Great Britain.
Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart. In her first collection of poetry, Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper in the tv series Riverdale, explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. Accompanied by striking and evocative illustrations, the poems within reveal the depths of female experience, and are the work of a storyteller who is coming into her own.
Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts. Sofia Valdez always wants to make things better in her community, including in her class where it’s time to vote for a new class pet. The choice is between Bird and Turtle, but when the votes are counted, it’s a tie… and one vote is missing! What happened to the vanishing vote and how will the tie be broken? Sofia and the Questioneers help to restore democracy and save their class election!
Unicorns are the Worst written and illustrated by Alex Willan. Magic is serious business, but all unicorns do is frolic around, have tea parties, and leave glitter all over the place! They’re nothing like practical and hardworking goblins, who put magic to good use! Unicorns aren’t helpful at all. …Or are they?
New books as well from: Robyn Carr, Ian Rankin, Patrick Taylor, Mo Willems, R. L. Stine and The Princess in Black series.