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The German Girl

"The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, is at its core a story about families. An epic that transcends time and space, the narrative alternates between Hannah, a Jewish 12-year-old fleeing Nazi Germany with her parents, and Anna, a 12-year-old living in present day America, who is just discovering not only her great Aunt Hannah's story, but the histories of her own grandfather and father, as well. Beautifully written, Correa's tale connects tragic events across time and place, as well, and brings to light little known bits of history. Work camps in Cuba for "undesirables" like Jehovah's Witnesses mirror camps in Europe during WWII, and the plight of the 900 asylum seekers aboard the SS St. Louis, turned away from port after port, is all too resonant with events of today. Readers of historical fiction, and those with interest in WWII, Cuban history, or even current events will find this book engaging, heart-rending, and yet still at times light hearted thanks to the youthfulness and strength of the protagonists.  And everyone else would do well to read it too. Highly recommended for all collections." Jean Ward, Reviewer, Ingram Library Services


New Wisconsin's Digital Library Site

Wisconsin's Digital Library

Preview the new and improved Wisconsin's Digital Library Site!  Better and easier browsing.
Some of the new features are:

  • Spotlight collections such as "Heard on NPR", "I Read a Latte: Food Cozy Mysteries"
  • Banners on each book will tell you if it's available, wait list, or coming soon
  • Some titles will have reviews
  • You can change the loan period for an individual title.  Your default loan period setting won't change.
  • A link to an explanation on how to return a book is located right under the book cover on your Loans page
  • Filter a search by availablity (all, available now, coming soon) and subject (fiction or nonfiction)

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyHidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
In the early days of the space program, complex calculations were completed by a pool of “human computers,” research mathematicians who did the math by hand. Few people realize that those jobs were filled by women, including a small group of pioneering African American women who worked at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. There were few opportunities available for these brilliant women, and their accomplishments have remained largely overlooked until now. Shetterly uses information gathered from archival documents, correspondence, and interviews to bring this little-known piece of history to life as a compelling narrative. Buzz is already building for the movie adaptation ( starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, which will be in theaters in January 2017. Highly recommended.  From Ingram Library Services (Beth Reinker, MSLS, Collection Development Librarian)

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena"The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a strange little book full of twists and turns. At its core a thriller about young parents who make a terrible decision with dire consequences, this story will leave readers guessing until the unnerving end. Anne Conti was a different person before giving birth to her first child. Now almost crippled by post-partum depression, she allows her husband Marco to persuade her to leave their infant daughter home alone while they go next door for a dinner party, taking along a baby monitor and agreeing to take turns checking on the child every couple of hours. But when they finally come home for the night, the baby is gone. What follows is the unraveling of a mystery, the unraveling of relationships, and the unraveling of Anne’s mind. Although the publisher description and title are a bit misleading—the story having little to do with the mysterious next door neighbors unless “the couple next door” actually refers to the protagonist and her husband—readers who enjoy thrillers will devour this book anyway, for its intriguing storyline and sudden, unexpected twists and turns."  From Ingram Library Services.

Modern Lovecraft Tales

Modern H.P. Lovecraft fans are usually placed in an uncomfortable positon when talking about the influential pulp writer: love the atmosphere, comsic terror, and cephalodic monsters; bummed about the often overt racism and xenaphobia. Here are some modern takes on Lovecraft's mythos while also addressing some of the racial issues underlying the author's works. 

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