Brand New Books: February

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Here are a few of the Robbins Library’s popular new releases

high mountains


magical new work by the author of Life of Pi, The High Mountains of Portugal is an allegorical tale of love and loss. If you haven’t yet read Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, pick up a copy at the library! 


You can also check it out digitally on OverDrive, and  listen to an audio recording on Hoopla.  




The Vegetarian is an original and strange novel out of South Korea.  Author Han Kang’s  work has been called magnificently death-affirmingprovocative, and violent. Its the story of a woman who stops eating, and her family’s gruesome and disturbing reactions. This one is not for the faint of heart!.







Next up we have Black Deutschland. Darryl Pinckney’s novel of devastating power is told from the perspective of a young man who moves from Chicago to Berlin in the middle of the 1980s.  A  maverick prose stylist, Pinckney’s  most recent nonfiction work is Blackballed: the Black vote and US democracy.






Wreck and Order, a debut by Hannah Tennant-Moore, features another American abroad. The protagonist in this incisiveastute, and restless  novel is constantly on the move, to Paris, California, New York, and Sri Lanka. Where Elise eventually finds peace is no surprise. I’m tempted to call it the millennial Eat, Pray, Love.




in other words


This month’s non-fiction pick is In Other Words. Award winning author Jhumpa Lahiri discusses her love affair with the Italian language. She even wrote this memoir in Italian. Thankfully an English language translation is provided. Want to learn some Italian yourself and can’t afford to move to Rome? Take a look at some Robbins Library digital resources! Have your library card ready for  Rosetta Stone and Mango Languages. Don’t forget to read Lahiri’s acclaimed 2013 novel The Lowland.




Two historical novels,  Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, and Georgia by Dawn Tripp, finish up  this month’s list.


Chee’s first new work since 2001’s Edinburgh, Queen of the Night is a  salute to music and literature of the 19th century. The heroine, opera singer and celebrity Lillet Berne was inspired by real life diva Jenny Lind. Lillet takes the reader on a journey from her beginnings on farm in Minnesota to her triumphs on the the stages of Paris.






Tripp’s erotic and evocative novel takes place firmly in the 20th century. An account of  artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s relationship with photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Want to learn more about O’Keeffe? Listen to the audiobook, Portrait of an Artist: a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe on Hoopla. Or, come to the library, on our 3rd floor we have plenty of books showcasing the paintings of O’Keeffe and the photography of Stieglitz.




That’s it for the February edition! Stay tuned for March!

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