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NEW BOOKS 2019! - Jill Haile + Alison McCarty

 

We love books around here, especially new books. Our resident Librarian Ninjas are telling us what's hot in 2019, and how the library decides which books to buy.

Is there a new book you're dying to read that we don't have in our catalog? Fill out this form to suggest that we purchase it!

Inevitable bestsellers in 2019:

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Connections in Death by J.D. Robb

A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

Silent Night by Danielle Steel

Run Away by Harlan Coben

Books to watch out for in 2019:

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

White by Bret Easton Ellis

Here's what Jenna and Hurley are reading right now.

Cover of The Greatest Love Story Ever ToldThe Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal she surveyed her fellow cast members, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning the thought struck her: no dice. Moving on.

Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher . . . that fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once ignited, was... epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.

How did they do it? They came from completely different families, ignored a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.

Eighteen years later, they're still very much in love and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they've learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they've completed. Presented as an oral history in a series of conversations between the couple, the book features anecdotes, hijinks, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery. This is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally's and Offerman's fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.

Cover of And We're OffAnd We're Off by Dana Schwartz 

Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured Nora's talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history's most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It's a no-brainer: Nora is in! 

Unfortunately, Nora's mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter—and her opinions haven't gone unnoticed. Nora couldn't feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they've ever been. But seconds after saying goodbye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: "Wait! Stop! I'm coming with you!"

And... they’re off.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Jacksonville Public Library