New Books: Your Spring Cultural Passport

17 Mar New Books: Your Spring Cultural Passport

Spring break is right around the corner. Do you have plans to travel? Or are you taking a relaxing “staycation”? No matter…the Library has some great 2016 releases this spring to help you “travel” and experience different cultures from around the world.

Get ready now and check out some of the following titles. Or visit our Great Picks page to find more new arrivals.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

In this story inspired by one of the single greatest tragedies in maritime history, thousands of refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance. Here, four teenagers with four secrets meet as they board a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

In Trail of Broken Wings three sisters and their mother reveal the burden of shame and secrets after their father falls into a coma. With their father thus silenced, each of these women struggles with memories of their lives in India and the determined-to-survive lives they have endured and then created in California. With forceful honesty they find liberating power in speaking and owning truth.



Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

Wake up with Furo Wariboko in Lagos, Nigeria, the very day he has turned into a white man. Here is a funny, fierce, and daring modern satire inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis.


ways to disappearWays to Disappear by Idra Novey

Follow Emma, an American translator, to Brazil as she and her children conspire to solve the mystery of a famous Brazilian novelist’s disappearance.



Tender by Belinda McKeon

Spend time in Ireland with Catherine and James, friends since the late nineties. Their friendship evolves to grow closer then in different directions, revealing an exploration of the depths of human relationships from innocence to discovery to betrayal.

what lies between usWhat Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

In Munaweera’s new novel a young girl emerges from the shadows of Sri Lanka to the safety of America as her past collides with the present. In the end she is left with no other choice than to commit an unforgivable act. This is her confession.



La Rose by Louise Erdrich

Travel to North Dakota with LaRose to experience rich culture in Erdrich’s powerful novel. After a tragic accident there is demand for justice that can only be filled by a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. Unforgettable and inspiring.