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Central Piedmont Library - New Titles: May 2023

A list of new materials - books, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks - added to the library collection each month. Click the title to see more information about it, to place a request, or begin using it.

Leisure Books

Social Engagement by Avery Carpenter Forrey

In an opulent honeymoon suite in Watch Hill, Rhode Island’s most desirable wedding venue, 29-year-old Callie Holt is spending her wedding night lying in a bathtub shoveling down a pizza; her expensive white dress now splattered with sauce and her groom passed out in the next room. With her seven-hour-old marriage already imploded, Callie turns to the place of record – her phone – sifting through the photographic evidence of the past year to pinpoint where it all went wrong.

Could it have started when Callie moved in with her best friend, Virginia Murphy, in the swanky Upper East Side pied-à-terre for which Virginia’s parents foot the bill? Or when Virginia’s irritatingly attractive cousin (and Callie’s secret ex) Ollie returned from pursuing his photography career abroad, throwing a wrench in Callie’s relationship with her kind (if a bit dim) finance bro boyfriend, Whit? Or was the true turning point when Callie stumbled upon a dark secret lurking in the Murphys’ well-heeled past, one with the potential to upend everything Callie knows about the people she considers her second family?

Over the course of one wedding-filled year, all these long-simmering secrets and resentments will come bubbling to the surface, leading to a reckoning that will strip Callie and everyone around her down to their most gruesomely real, filter-free selves. As Callie attends wedding after wedding, getting tagged in post after post, she begins to contemplate—and actualize through her own art—the gulf between the true selves of the people around her and the selves they present on their screens.


The Guest by Emma Cline

“Alex drained her wineglass, then her water glass. The ocean looked calm, a black darker than the sky. A ripple of anxiety made her palms go damp. It seemed suddenly very tenuous to believe that anything would stay hidden, that she could successfully pass from one world to another.”

Summer is coming to a close on the East End of Long Island, and Alex is no longer welcome.

A misstep at a dinner party, and the older man she’s been staying with dismisses her with a ride to the train station and a ticket back to the city.

With few resources and a waterlogged phone, but gifted with an ability to navigate the desires of others, Alex stays on Long Island and drifts like a ghost through the hedged lanes, gated driveways, and sun-blasted dunes of a rarefied world that is, at first, closed to her. Propelled by desperation and a mutable sense of morality, she spends the week leading up to Labor Day moving from one place to the next, a cipher leaving destruction in her wake.


The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

Founded by the mysterious genius known as the Designer, the archipelago of Prospera lies hidden from the horrors of a deteriorating outside world. In this island paradise, Prospera’s lucky citizens enjoy long, fulfilling lives until the monitors embedded in their forearms, meant to measure their physical health and psychological well-being, fall below 10 percent. Then they retire themselves, embarking on a ferry ride to the island known as the Nursery, where their failing bodies are renewed, their memories are wiped clean, and they are readied to restart life afresh. 

Proctor Bennett, of the Department of Social Contracts, has a satisfying career as a ferryman, gently shepherding people through the retirement process—and, when necessary, enforcing it. But all is not well with Proctor. For one thing, he’s been dreaming—which is supposed to be impossible in Prospera. For another, his monitor percentage has begun to drop alarmingly fast. And then comes the day he is summoned to retire his own father, who gives him a disturbing and cryptic message before being wrestled onto the ferry.

Meanwhile, something is stirring. The Support Staff, ordinary men and women who provide the labor to keep Prospera running, have begun to question their place in the social order. Unrest is building, and there are rumors spreading of a resistance group—known as “Arrivalists”—who may be fomenting revolution. 

Soon Proctor finds himself questioning everything he once believed, entangled with a much bigger cause than he realized—and on a desperate mission to uncover the truth.


The Nightingale Affair by Timothy Mason

Who is stalking Florence Nightingale and her nurses? Is it the legendary Beast of the Crimean, or someone closer to home? In 1855, Britain and France are fighting to keep the Russians from snatching the Crimean Peninsula from the Ottoman Empire, and Nightingale, a wealthy young society woman, has made it her mission to improve the wretched conditions in the British military hospitals in Turkey—despite fierce objections from the male doctors around her. When young women start turning up dead, their mouths sewn shut with embroidered fabric roses, Inspector Charles Field (the real-life inspiration for Charles Dickens’s Inspector Bucket in Bleak House) is sent from England to find the killer among the doctors, military men, journalists, and others swarming Turkey’s famous Barrack Hospital. Here Field meets both the famous Nightingale as well as Nurse Jane Rolly, the woman who will become his wife, and as he races to protect them, the prime suspect takes his own life.

Case closed. Or is it?

Twelve years later, back in London, amid the turmoil surrounding the expansion of voting rights, women again start turning up dead, their mouths covered by that telltale embroidered rose. Did Field suspect the wrong man before, or is he dealing with a deviant copycat? Either way, he must race against time to stop the killer before more bodies are discovered, and before his own family gets pulled into danger. Populated by real figures of the day, from Benjamin Disraeli to novelist Wilkie Collins to, of course, Florence Nightingale herself, and steeped in historical details of 1860s London, The Nightingale Affair plays out against a backdrop of a rapidly changing society. Most of all, it is a pure reading delight, offering shocks, unforgettably vivid scenes, and surprising twists.


Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge

As Paris rediscovers its joie de vivre, Tabitha Knight, recently arrived from Detroit for an extended stay with her French grandfather, is on her own journey of discovery. Paris isn’t just the City of Light; it’s the city of history, romance, stunning architecture . . . and food. Thanks to her neighbor and friend Julia Child, another ex-pat who’s fallen head over heels for Paris, Tabitha is learning how to cook for her Grandpère and Oncle Rafe.
Between tutoring Americans in French, visiting the market, and eagerly sampling the results of Julia’s studies at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, Tabitha’s sojourn is proving thoroughly delightful. That is, until the cold December day they return to Julia’s building and learn that a body has been found in the cellar. Tabitha recognizes the victim as a woman she’d met only the night before, at a party given by Julia’s sister, Dort. The murder weapon found nearby is recognizable too—a knife from Julia’s kitchen.
Tabitha is eager to help the investigation, but is shocked when Inspector Merveille reveals that a note, in Tabitha’s handwriting, was found in the dead woman’s pocket. Is this murder a case of international intrigue, or something far more personal? From the shadows of the Tour Eiffel at midnight, to the tiny third-floor Child kitchen, to the grungy streets of Montmartre, Tabitha navigates through the city hoping to find the real killer before she or one of her friends ends up in prison . . . or worse.

B: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Ethics

B3279.H48 S43 2008  Being and time / Martin Heidegger 




B358 .R69 2010  The last days of Socrates 




B616.D452 E5 2018  On the shortness of life / by Seneca




BD236 .B3813 1994  Simulacra and simulation / by Jean Baudrillard





BF109.A1 S66 2022  What the children told us : the untold story of the famous doll test and the Black psychologists who changed the world / Tim Spofford



Free speech : a history from Socrates to social media / Jacob Mchangama  online

D: World History

DS559.5 .K68 2016  Born on the Fourth of July / Ron Kovic  print and online




Harlem nights : the secret history of Australia's Jazz Age / Deirdre O'Connell  online




African Europeans : An Untold History / Olivette Otele  online

G: Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

GE195.5 .B87 2020  Sustainable living : going green to protect the planet / Juliana Burkhart




GV1749.5 .T83 2021  And the category is... : inside New York's vogue, house, and ballroom community / Ricky Tucker

H: Social Sciences: Business, Economics, Sociology

K: Law

KF8965 .B757 2022  Testifying in court : guidelines and maxims for the expert witness / Stanley L. Brodsky




KZ7155 .U38 2022  Sex trafficking of children online : modern slavery in cyberspace / Beatriz Susana Uitts

L: Education

LB1139.23 .E73 2020  Trauma & young children : teaching strategies to support & empower / Sarah Erdman & Laura J. Colker with Elizabeth C. Winter



LB1139.5.L35 W74 2022  Literacy learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers : key practices for educators / Tanya S. Wright, Sonia Q. Cabell, Nell K. Duke, Mariana Souto-Manning



LC1099.3 .D46 2020  Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves / Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards

M: Music

ML3524 .G64 2022  Queer country / Shana Goldin-Perschbacher




ML82 .S615 2021  Shine bright : a very personal history of black women in pop / Danyel Smith




The N-word in music : an American history / Todd M. Mealy  online

N: Fine Arts

N7380 .B66 2022  African art now : 50 pioneers defining African art for the twenty-first century / Osei Bonsu



NA2542.36 .T46 2022  Towards an architecture of responsibility / Marc Thorpe




NA2543.S6 H685 2022  Architects of an American landscape : Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the reimagining of America's public and private spaces / Hugh Howard



NA9345 .B48 2022  Monumental lies : culture wars and the truth about the past / Robert Bevan




NK2004.2 .D43 2022  The women who professionalized interior design / Peter B. Dedek




NK2004.3.G35 A4 2019  Magical rooms : elements of interior design / Fawn Galli, Molly Fitzsimons



Footnotes : the Black artists who rewrote the rules of the Great White Way / Caseen Gaines  online




The Black experience in design : identity, expression & reflection / Anne H. Berry, Kareem Collie, Penina Acayo Laker, Lesley-Ann Noel, Jennifer Rittner, Kelly Walters  online

P: Language, Literature

PL2869.O128 L5613 2001  Ling shan / Xingjian Gao




PN1995.9.W6 W46 2023  American women's history on film / Rosanne Welch and Peg A. Lamphier




PN6727 .T358 2019  Tales of the mighty code talkers / edited by Arigon Starr et al




PN6728.B8525 J33 2022  Bungleton Green and the Mystic Commandos / by Jay Jackson




PN6733.D43 B57 2022  Birds of Maine / Michael DeForge



PN6790.J34 S5334 2022  Attack on Titan omnibus. Vols. 19-20-21 / Hajime Isayama 




PQ2605.A3734 M913 2018  The myth of Sisyphus / Albert Camus




PS3048 .A1 2008  Thoreau at Walden / by John Porcellino




PS3561.E25243 Z83 2016  A poem for Peter : the story of Ezra Jack Keats and the creation of The snowy day / Andrea Davis Pinkney


PS3603.L37 A89 2008  An arsonist's guide to writers' homes in New England : a novel / by Brock Clarke




PS3608.O85523 L43 2021  Leaving isn't the hardest thing : essays / Lauren Hough




PS3623.I55933 L68 2021  A lowcountry bride : a novel / Preslaysa Williams

PZ7.C4523 Fh 2019  Five little monkeys shopping for school / Eileen Christelow



PZ7.L13577 Mam 2022  Mama and Mommy and me in the middle / Nina LaCour 



PZ7.M84696 Fri 2019  A friendship yarn / Lisa Moser




PZ8.3.G74238 My 2022  My fade is fresh / by Shauntay Grant



PZ8.3.M459574 Bat 2021  Bathe the cat / written by Alice B. McGinty



Black women's yoga history : memoirs of inner peace / Stephanie Y. Evans ; foreword by Jana Long  online



Shirley Chisholm : the last interview and other conversations / with an introduction by Representative Barbara Lee  online




The Art of Verbal Warfare  online

Q: Mathematics, Computer Science, Sciences

QE746 .G35 2020  A beachcomber's guide to fossils / Bob Gale, Pam Gale, Ashby Gale




QP34.5 .P43 2022  Anatomy and physiology for nursing and healthcare students at a glance / Ian Peate

R: Medicine, Nursing

RA644.C67 A46 2020  Alone together : love, grief, and comfort in the time of COVID-19 / edited by Jennifer Haupt




RC425 E64 2019  Us two together / Ephameron




RS57 .M67 2022  Calculate with confidence / Deborah C. Morris




RT55 .S55 2023  Strategies for student success on the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) test items / Linda Anne Silvestri et al




RT98 .H423 2023  Health visiting : specialist community public health nursing




Bioinformatics, medical informatics and the law / edited by Jorge L. Contreras, A. James Cuticchia, Gregory J. Kirsch online




Addictions nursing : scope and standards of practice / edited by, Katherine S. Fornili and Susanne Fogger  online & print




American Sirens : The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America's First Paramedics online




Code of medical ethics of the American Medical Association  online




Digital health care : perspectives, applications, and cases / Phillip Olla, Joseph Tan  online



Fast Facts: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia / Toby A. Eyre, Parag Jasani, Lindsey E. Roeker  online




Fundamentals of pharmacology for paramedics / edited by Ian Peate, Suzanne Evans, Lisa Clegg  online & print




Hale's medications & mothers' milk 2023 a manual of lactational pharmacology /Thomas W. Hale, Kaytlin Krutsch  online




Myelofibrosis / Donal McLornan, Claire N. Harrison ; Reviewed by Professor Ruben A. Mesa  online




Nurses and COVID-19 : ethical considerations in pandemic care / Connie M. Ulrich, Christine Grady, editors  online




Physical therapy clinical handbook for PTAs / Frances M. Wedge  online



S: Agriculture

S521.5.A67 K56 2017  Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life / Barbara Kingsolver

T: Technology, Culinary

TL220 .E74 2023  Hybrid, electric and fuel-cell vehicles




TP983.A55 M53 2015  Milady skin care and cosmetic ingredients dictionary / M. Varinia Michalun and Joseph C. Dinardo




TT778.C76 R64 2019  Self-care cross-stitch : 40 uplifting & irreverent patterns / Stephanie Rohr



TX763 .S424 2022  Grain and fire : a history of baking in the American South / Rebecca Sharpless

Z: Publishing, Library Science, Information Resources

Z325.N53 M37 2017  Balderdash! : John Newbery and the boisterous birth of children's books / written by Michelle Markel