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New This Week!

January 11, 2022

This week’s new releases include a debut epic fantasy inspired by Chinese mythology, the long-awaited return of a beloved author, the memoir of an influential journalist, and a critically acclaimed documentary about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – just in time for Martin Luther King Day.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Xingyin has grown up on the moon, hidden from the Celestial Emperor by her mother until she comes into her power and is discovered. This debut epic fantasy, which will finish in a second book in the Fall, was inspired by the Chinese legend of the moon goddess, Chang’e. It should draw in fans of S.A. Chakraborty’s City of Brass books, and anyone who loves emotional stories with a high stakes love triangle. Although the book is being published for an adult audience, there is strong potential for teen readers.

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The Final Case by David Guterson

Author David Guterson won over audiences in the 90s with his bestselling novel Snow Falling on Cedars, and fans have been waiting for more than a decade for a new Guterson book. The wait ends this week with The Final Case, which is his first courtroom drama since the runaway success of Snow Falling on Cedars. The story of the murder of an adopted Ethiopian girl was not only inspired by true events, but is also brought to life by Guterson’s own experiences as the father of an adopted Ethiopian daughter.


Chasing History by Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein, along with his reporting partner Bob Woodward, made history when they broke the Watergate story and set in motion the resignation of a president. They won the Pulitzer Prize for that story, but long before they ever began that investigation Carl Bernstein was a 16-year-old high school student with a talent for writing and a dogged interview style, but who was in danger of not graduating. In Chasing History Bernstein brings us along on his first reporting job at the Washington Star, a first job that would set him on a path to change history.


MLK/FBI directed by Samuel D. Pollard

Today we view Martin Luther King, Jr. as an inspiring visionary, a leader, and the shrewd decision maker at the head of the Civil Rights Movement. In the documentary MLK/FBI, we are shown how United States officials viewed Dr. King with suspicion, overwhelming him with surveillance and often treating him as an enemy of state. This sobering 2020 documentary has been a favorite of both critics and audiences, earning a 99% fresh rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.