|The Artisan’s Wife, Judith Miller
Ainslee McKay’s world is upended when her twin sister secretly elopes and leaves Ainslee alone to move to Weston, West Virginia, to fulfill their obligation at the McKay family’s new tile works. While her brother, Ewan, agrees to travel with her and help her learn the ropes, she still intends to sell this business she no longer wants if a buyer can be found. When the talented Levi Judson arrives to show Ainslee his designs for new tiles, she’s impressed by his skill and passion for the business but feels she must keep her true plans for the business a secret from him. And though Levi hopes for a long, successful career at McKay Tile Works, he’s hiding his true reason for coming to Weston. Can the growing feelings between them survive if the truth comes to light–or is a future together as uncertain as the future of the tile works itself?
|Over Your Dead Body, Dan Wells
John and Brooke are on their own, hitchhiking from town to town as they hunt the last of the Withered through the Midwest – but the Withered are hunting them back, and the FBI is close behind. With each new town, each new truck stop, each new highway, they get closer to a vicious killer who defies every principle of profiling and prediction John knows how to use. Meanwhile, Brooke’s fractured psyche flips in and out of lucidity, manifesting new names and thoughts and memories every day, until at last the one personality pops up that John never expected, and has no idea how to deal with.
|An Elegant Façade, Kristi Ann Hunter
Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snap the attention of an earl.
|Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth
Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur genius grant recipient Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial, such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments. Drawing on her own story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory. Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers — from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker, to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that — not talent or luck — makes all the difference.
|To Protect and to Serve: How to Fix America’s Police, Norm Stamper
Policing is in crisis. The last decade has witnessed a vast increase in police aggression, misconduct, and militarization, along with a corresponding reduction in transparency and accountability. It is not just noticeable in African American and other minority communities—where there have been a series of high-profile tragedies—but in towns and cities across the country. Racism—from raw, individualized versions to insidious systemic examples—appears to be on the rise in our police departments. Overall, our police officers have grown more and more alienated from the people they’ve been hired to serve.
In To Protect and Serve, Stamper delivers a revolutionary new model for American law enforcement: the community-based police department. It calls for fundamental changes in the federal government’s role in local policing as well as citizen participation in all aspects of police operations: policymaking, program development, crime fighting and service delivery, entry-level and ongoing education and training, oversight of police conduct, and–especially relevant to today’s challenges–joint community-police crisis management. Nothing will ever change until the system itself is radically restructured, and here Stamper shows us how.
|Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War, 808.834.F19
The top voices in historical fiction deliver an intensely moving collection of short stories about loss, longing, and hope in the aftermath of World War I.
|Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration, Joan Baez
On January 27th, 2016, folk icon Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a historic performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event honored her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.
Blink-182’s seventh studio album, featuring vocals and guitars by new band member Matt Skiba.
|Playing with Fire, Jennifer Nettles
Country superstar Jennifer Nettle’s second solo album on Big Machine Records. Her powerhouse vocals and vivacious energy have made her one of the most admired singer-songwriters in music today.