The Eyes & The Impossible

March 2nd, 2024 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

By Dave Eggers

Year of Publication: 2023

A summary from Goodreads: 

The illustrated story of a dog who unwittingly becomes a hero to a park full of animals.

Johannes, a free dog, lives in an urban park by the sea. His job is to be the Eyes—to see everything that happens within the park and report back to the park’s elders, three ancient Bison. His friends—a seagull, a raccoon, a squirrel, and a pelican—work with him as the Assistant Eyes, observing the humans and other animals who share the park and making sure the Equilibrium is in balance. 

But changes are afoot. More humans, including Trouble Travelers, arrive in the park. A new building, containing mysterious and hypnotic rectangles, goes up. And then there are the goats—an actual boatload of goats—who appear, along with a shocking revelation that changes Johannes’s view of the world.

Goshen Public Library call number: JF EGGERS (BOOK-J)

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow

March 1st, 2024 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

By Zoulfa Katouh

Year of Publication: 2022

A summary from the book flap: 

Salama Kassab was a pharmacy student when the cries for freedom broke out in Syria. She still had her parents and her big brother; she still had her home. She had a normal teenager’s life.

Now Salama volunteers at a hospital in Homs, helping the wounded who flood through the doors daily. Secretly, though, she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe.

But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive. Salama must contend with bullets and bombs, military assaults, and her shifting sense of morality before she might finally breathe free. And when she crosses paths with the boy she was supposed to meet one fateful day, she starts to doubt her resolve in leaving home at all.

Soon, Salama must learn to see the events around her for what they truly are—not a war, but a revolution—and decide how she, too, will cry for Syria’s freedom.

Goshen Public Library call number: YF KATOUH (BOOK-YA)

Computer Science for Curious Kids

February 29th, 2024 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

By Chris Oxlade

Year of Publication: 2023

A summary from Goodreads: 

Children can discover the wonders of computing, from early developments to the latest technologies, in this inspirational and accessible hardback guide, beautifully illustrated in full-color.

Our world is full of computers, from simple calculators to the smartphones that keep the internet at our fingertips. This entertaining guide traces the history of these scientific developments and how modern computer systems function today, covering AI, coding, robotics and much more! Big new concepts pop off the page, thanks to vibrant diagrams and an engaging, energetic prose style. Kids will relish sharing them with friends and family!

• Famous figures such as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing and Bill Gates
• Computer programming and coding principles
• How computing technologies affect healthcare, gaming, space exploration and more
• A glossary of key terms

Supporting STEM learning, this inspiring guide will appeal to any child aged 8+ who wants to take their interest in computing further.

ABOUT THE The Curious Kids series draws together a collection of beautifully illustrated fact books that bring STEM subjects to life with a smart, modern style.

Goshen Public Library call number: J004 OXLADE (BOOK-J)

The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening

February 28th, 2024 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

By Ari Shapiro

Year of Publication: 2023

A summary from Goodreads: 

From the beloved host of NPR’s All Things Considered, a stirring memoir-in-essays that is also a lover letter to journalism. In his first book, broadcaster Ari Shapiro takes us around the globe to reveal the stories behind narratives that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, but always poignant. He details his time traveling on Air Force One with President Obama, or following the path of Syrian refugees fleeing war, or learning from those fighting for social justice both at home and abroad. As the self-reinforcing bubbles we live in become more impenetrable, Ari Shapiro keeps seeking ways to help people listen to one another; to find connection and commonality with those who may seem different; to remind us that, before religion, or nationality, or politics, we are all human. The Best Strangers in the World is a testament to one journalist’s passion for Considering All Things—and sharing what he finds with the rest of us.

Goshen Public Library call number: 92 SHAPIRO (BOOK)

Mad Honey

February 27th, 2024 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

By Jodi Picoult

Year of Publication: 2022

A summary from the book flap: 

A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind.

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.

Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.

And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . .

Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in him, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.

Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.

Goshen Public Library call number: LP PICOULT (BOOK)