These are the new, recommended books available at your library:
“The Queen of Blood” by Sarah Beth Durst — Durst, an award-winning teen author and three-time Andre Norton Award finalist, presents a thrilling beginning to a sweeping series about searching for sovereignty and truth to save one’s land.
“Mischling” by Affinity Konar — Mischling was a term used by the Third Reich to denote a person of mixed blood. In this beautifully crafted story, we follow 12-year-old twins Pearl and Stasha Zamorski, who are sent to Auschwitz, where they catch the eye of the infamous “Angel of Death,” Josef Mengele. The twins use their private language and closeness of their relationship to survive horrific experiments and evils of their surroundings. When Pearl and Stasha are separated and the camp is liberated, Stasha goes on a journey through devastated Poland to find her sister. The horrors of what people are capable of doing to others are revealed in the most disturbing ways, but the beauty of life and hope shine through this excellent novel.
“The Nix” by Nathan Hill — Offering engrossing prose, multiple interlocking stories, and deftly drawn characters, Hill shows us how the interlinked consequences of our actions can feel like fate.
ARTS & HUMANITIES, DIY, SELF-HELP, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
“The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe” by Anuschka Rees — Fans of the author’s blog, Marie Kondo devotees and anyone who’s tired of having a full closet but “nothing to wear” will treasure this superb resource.
“Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture” by Jace Clayton — Clayton’s progressive yet sensible perspective on music in the digital era is a must for any music lover.
“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday — In this work, chapters teach readers how to be humble in aspirations, gracious in triumph and resilient through failures. This concise package for productive living is for everyone who desires to be “someone.”
“Beyond Human: How Cutting-Edge Science is Extending Our Lives” by Eve Harold — An intriguing projection of the current arc of medical technology, with a rich exploration of potential societal consequences that will inform and provoke readers.
Marie Heath is the Crestview Public Library's director.