NEW BOOKS to start the NEW YEAR
Start 2019 off with any of these great new reads from authors who want to entertain! Kamala Harris introduces herself to a more national audience with her autobiography, while Jamie Oliver offers new recipes to brighten the kitchen. Treat yourself to the escape of a new mystery with Preston & Child or high fantasy with Terry Goodkind. Sophie Hannah would like to invite us all to view grudges as productive, and the staff pick this week is a title you may have missed in 2018. All this and more can be found in the AFPLS catalog, ready to help you stay educated, amused, and ready to enjoy the new year.
As California's Attorney General, Kamala Harris prosecuted transnational gangs, big banks, Big Oil, for-profit colleges and fought against attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Harris also fought to reduce elementary school truancy and pioneered the nation's first open data initiative to expose racial disparities in the criminal justice system and implemented implicit bias training for police officers. The second black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate, Kamala has worked to reform our criminal justice system, raise the minimum wage, make higher education tuition-free for the majority of Americans, and protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants.

By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Senator Harris offers in The Truths We Hold a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times.

Secretly, we all hold grudges, but most of us probably think we shouldn't, and many of us deny that we do. To bear a grudge is too negative, right? Shouldn't we just forgive and move on? Wrong, says self-appointed grudge guru Sophie Hannah, in her groundbreaking and irreverent self-help guide. Yes, it's essential to think positively if we want to live happy lives, but even more crucial is how we get to the positive. Denying our negative emotions and experiences is likely to lead only to more pain, conflict, and stress.

Practical, compassionate, and downright funny, How to Hold a Grudge reveals everything we need to know about the many different forms of grudge, the difference between a grudge and not-a-grudge (not as obvious as it seems), when we should let a grudge go, and how to honor a grudge and distill lessons from it that will turn us into better, happier people--for our own benefit and for the sake of spreading good and limiting harm in the world.

Preston & Child return with their #1 bestselling series, confronting FBI Special Agent Pendergast with the one challenge he never expected: a partner. 

Pendergast and his new colleague, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to investigate a rash of killings in Miami Beach, where a bloodthirsty psychopath is cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them with cryptic handwritten letters at local gravestones. The graves are unconnected save in one bizarre way: all belong to women who committed suicide. But the seeming lack of connection between the old suicides and the new murders is soon the least of Pendergast's worries.

This book is the eighteenth in the Pendergast series, and you can look up all the titles in order on the author's website . Start these tales with the first volume, Relic , or revisit any of the back catalog at AFPLS before reading the newest adventure.

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With easy, quick, and inexpensive recipes that taste delicious, bestselling author Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients shows how accessible healthy food can be at home and will revolutionize the way readers cook.

Jamie Oliver was born on May 27, 1975. After he graduated from Westminster Catering College, he worked as a pastry chef at Antonio Carluccio's Neal Yard restaurant. He eventually became a sous chef at The River Café, where he was noticed by the BBC. In 1999, his show The Naked Chef debuted and became an international sensation. Since then, he has appeared on numerous cooking shows and has written numerous cookbooks many of which are available from AFPLS, including Jamie Oliver's comfort food : the ultimate weekend cookbook and Everyday Super Food.

Set in the world of the Sword of Truth saga, Terry Goodkind's Nicci Chronicles continue.

The Sorceress Nicci, the Wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon remain in the legendary city of Ildakar after a revolt has freed the slaves and brought down the powerful wizards council. But as he fled the city, capricious Wizard Commander Maxim dissolved the petrification spell that had turned to stone the invading army of General Utros fifteen centuries earlier. Now, hundreds of thousands of half-stone soldiers from the ancient past have awakened, led by one of the greatest enemy commanders in history.

Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon have to help Ildakar survive this unbreakable siege, using all the magical defenses of the legendary city. Even as General Utros holds Ildakar hostage and also unleashes his incredible army on the unsuspecting Old World, an equally powerful threat arises out in the sea.

This is the third volume in the Goodkind's Nicci Chronicles. You can read the first two stories, Death's Mistress , and Shroud of Eternity , or reserve Siege of Stone at AFPLS .
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Andaiye Reeves, Branch Manager of Kirkwood Library

John Woman recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor--while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows. 

At twelve years old, Cornelius, the son of an Italian-American woman and an older black man from Mississippi named Herman, secretly takes over his father's job at a silent film theater in New York's East Village. Five years later, as Herman lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. After his father dies and his mother disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself--as Professor John Woman, a man who will spread Herman's teachings into the classrooms of his unorthodox southwestern university and beyond. But there are other individuals who are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and who might know something about the facts of his hidden past.

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