While we are all waiting out this pandemic at home, the library keeps on keeping on with exciting new books. In fact, there were so many great additions to the NLB catalogue this month that I decided to showcase 12 new books instead of ten. From nonfiction books about space to Singlit titles, here are 12 new ebooks in the library in April 2020.
Cosmos by Ann Druyan
Non-fiction about space.
From the emergence of life at deep-sea vents to solar-powered starships sailing through the galaxy, from the Big Bang to the intricacies of intelligence in many life forms, acclaimed author Ann Druyan documents where humanity has been and where it is going, using her unique gift of bringing complex scientific concepts to life. (Goodreads)
This Is What Inequality Looks Like by You Yenn Teo
Essay collection about poverty in Singapore.
This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee. (Goodreads)
Loss Adjustment by Linda Collins
Memoir about grief after a suicide.
Loss Adjustment is a mother’s recount of her 17-year-old daughter’s suicide. In the wake of Victoria McLeod’s passing, she left behind a remarkable journal in her laptop of the final four months of her life. Linda Collins, her mother, has woven these into her memoir, which is at once cohesive, yet fragmented, reflecting a survivor’s state of mind after devastating loss. (Goodreads)
A Place For Us by Cassandra Chiu
Memoir about blindness and guide dogs in Singapore.
Part autobiography, part reflections of social advocate Cassandra Chiu’s experiences as a person living with visual impairment, A Place For Us is the story of the first woman to be a guide dog handler in Singapore. (Goodreads)
Weather by Jenny Offill
Literary fiction with climate change themes.
Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls. (Goodreads)
Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo
Alternate historical fiction about slavery.
What if the history of the transatlantic slave trade had been reversed and Africans had enslaved Europeans? How would that have changed the ways that people justified their inhuman behavior? How would it inform our cultural attitudes and the insidious racism that still lingers today? We see this tragicomic world turned upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman enslaved and taken to the New World. (Goodreads)
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
Queer adult fantasy featuring orcs.
What if you knew how and when you will die? Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power. (Goodreads)
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Historical fiction about a fictional shooting.
In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong. (Goodreads)
The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan
Queer literary fiction set on a magical island.
Mara’s island is one of stories and magic. She knows she’ll eventually end her days atop the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the villagers that went before her, drawn by the otherworldly call of the sea. Her whole family will be there too, even her brother Bee and her sister Islay. But the island and the sea do what they want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara’s world changes forever. (Goodreads)
Things We Say In The Dark by Kirsty Logan
Queer short-story collection with a focus on darkness.
These dark tales explore women’s fears with electrifying honesty and invention and speak to one another about female bodies, domestic claustrophobia, desire and violence. (Goodreads)
The New Ocean by Bryn Barnard
Non-fiction about the future of ocean creatures.
Global warming, pollution, and overfishing are creating a New Ocean, in which life is changing drastically. This book tells the stories of the probable fates of six sea dwellers: jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae. What becomes of them may help you understand what becomes of us. (Goodreads)
Air-Conditioned Nation Revisited by Cherian George
Essay collection about Singaporean politics.
Think of Singapore instead as the Air-Conditioned Nation—a society with a unique blend of comfort and central control, where people have mastered their environment, but at the cost of individual autonomy, and at the risk of unsustainability. (Goodreads)
Looking for more library ebooks? Check out these ten ebooks that were added to the library last month.
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