New books and DVDs at NPL

Exciting new book and DVD titles arrive at Newton Public Library almost every week. Here are a few that are being processed and will hit our shelves soon. Click the titles to be linked directly to their entries in our online catalog, where you can see availability and/or place a hold. You can also stop in, or give us a call at 316-283-2890.

Cover of Animalia, with painting of a pig.

Del Amo, Jean-Baptiste. Animalia. This epic novel retraces the history of a modest French peasant family over the 20th century as they develop their small plot of land into an industrial pig farm. New Fiction

Forbes, Curdella. A Tall History of Sugar. Mosher Fisher is a man who was “born without skin,” so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to. Arrienne Christie makes it her duty in life to protect him from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance. New Fiction

Cover of Doctor Dogs, with photo of golden retriever wearing stethoscope.

Goodavage, Maria. Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine. Dogs who detect cancer and Parkinson’s. Dogs who anticipate seizures and diabetic lows and highs. Dogs who help treat autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and PTSD. With all the amazing technology available to today’s medical doctors, one of the most promising tools is surprisingly familiar: a dog’s nose. New Nonfiction

Hodgman, John. Medallion Status. A thoughtful examination of fame and identity—and of the way we all deal with those moments when we realize we aren’t Platinum anymore and will have to get comfortable in that middle seat again. New Nonfiction

Huebner, Dawn. Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety. Huebner teaches nine- to 13-year-olds and the adults who care about them specific skills that make it easier to face, and overcome, worries and fears. Smart, practical, proven techniques are presented in language immediately accessible to children. New Nonfiction

I Am the NightThis miniseries tells the story of Fauna Hodel, a teenage girl who was given away at birth. As Fauna begins to investigate the secrets of her past, she meets a ruined reporter. Together, they follow a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Los Angeles gynecologist. DVD

Insecure, Season 1. This comedy series follows best friends Issa and Molly as they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles. Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” DVD

Lea, Caroline. The Glass Woman. A marriage of convenience. A mysterious husband. A cursed house. When her new home in the treacherous Icelandic countryside reveals dangerous secrets, a naïve young bride must choose between obedience and defiance to determine her fate. New Fiction

Venkataraman, Bina. The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age. With examples from ancient Pompeii to modern-day Fukushima, Venkataraman dispels the myth that human nature is impossibly reckless and highlights the surprising practices each of us can adopt in our own lives—and the ones we must fight for as a society. New Nonfiction

Vercher, John. Three-Fifths. A biracial man who has always passed as white is forced to confront the lies of his past, while facing the hard truths of his present, when his best friend, just released from prison, involves him in a hate crime. New Fiction