News from Mardigian Library: Summer reading 2017

Summer is just around the corner: Time to stock up on some good reading and DVDs from the library’s browsing collection

Whether it’s taking a book to the beach, listening to an audiobook as you travel to your vacation destination, or staying in and watching a great movie on a rainy day, the library’s browsing collection has got you covered. Below is a list of some recent books, audiobooks and DVDs added to the collection. Come in and browse, as this is just a sample of recent additions.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (Spiegel & Grau, ©2016)
With a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah’s birth was a criminal act in apartheid South Africa. Noah provides a moving, funny portrait of his life, and his mother’s attempts to free him from the cycle of poverty and keep him safe during dangerous times.

Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein (Picador, ©2016)
A collection of stories (some previously published) about a future world and where technology could take us. While some characters live in a world of constant gratification and connection, others live in a more post-apocalyptic environment.

Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond edited by M.L. Liebler (Painted Turtle/Wayne State University Press, ©2016)
Provides a history of Detroit popular music (rock, jazz, hip-hop, and more) from the early 1900s to the present. New and classic essays by respected music writers, critics, and recording artists share their experiences in the Detroit music scene.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, ©2015)
Private Detective Cormoran Strike takes on more than he bargained for when investigating the disappearance of novelist Owen Quine. The case takes a turn for the worse when Strike finds out that Quine just completed a novel revealing sordid details of almost everyone he knows. Someone might want him silenced. When Quine is found brutally murdered, Strike races against time to find the killer.

Walking To Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel (Bloomsbury, ©2017)
A memoir of a young man, ready to begin his adult life after finishing college, who embarks on a journey across America in search of guidance. Everyone he meets along the way would be his guide.

Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman (Random House Audio, ©2016)
As one actress after another is found dead without a scratch, detective and psychologist Alex Delaware calls on police lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help him solve the mystery.

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer (Simon and Schuster Audio, ©2016)
Need a good laugh? Comedian, actress, writer, and Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer provides listeners with an entertaining collection of stories about her teenage years, family, relationships, and sex.

The Daily Show (the Audiobook): An Oral History as Told by John Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests, by Chris Smith (Hachette Audio, ©2016)
The history of the show that broke ground in comedy by combining opinionated news coverage with comedy. In its 16-year history it won 18 Emmy Awards. A bonus disc also includes a PDF of photos.

Hidden Figures (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2017)
The story of how a group of African American female mathematicians became American heroes for their role in helping the United States in the race against Russia to put a man in space.

Manchester by the Sea (LionsGate, ©2017)
A small town janitor’s life is transformed when he is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

Mars (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2017)
This drama (that includes documentary sequences), is set in the year 2033. Two female astronauts are on a mission to colonize Mars. Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, NASA astronauts, and others share their thoughts on the future of space exploration.

Nocturnal Animals (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2017)
A woman in an unfulfilling marriage receives a package from her ex-husband. It was a manuscript he was working on. Though the novel was dedicated to her, it was very violent and seemed to her to be a story about revenge. She begins to reminisce about her past relationship with the author and reevaluate her life.

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