New Book Arrivals at ESU’s Library

Screengrab via Penguin Random House Marlon James' "Black Leopard, Red Wolf."

Yaasmeen Piper 


On the main floor of the Kemp library, you can find a collection of current and former New York Times bestselling books. This semester, the library added a handful of books to their collection for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy. Here are a few books they’ve added this semester.

“Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by Marlon James  

In the first novel of the Dark Star Trilogy, James writes about a tracker who is hired to find a missing boy. The tracker is known for his hunting skills and working alone. Yet, he finds himself becoming a part of a group whose goal is to find the missing child. The group is full of unusual characters, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as the Leopard.

“The Flight Attendant” by Chris Bohjalian  

Cassandra Bowden frequently finds herself hungover with no recollection of the night before, so when she wakes up in someone else’s hotel room she is not surprised. What does surprise her is the pool of wet blood on the sheets and the lifeless body beside her.

Afraid to call the police Cassandra begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened to the man in the hotel room. 

“Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in Amerca” by Kyle Swenson 

In the early 1970s, three black men, Wiley Bridgeman, Kwame Ajamu, and Rickey Jackson, were convicted of the brutal robbery and murder of a man outside of a convenience store in Cleveland, Ohio. The men were sentenced to a combination of 106 years in prison based on the questionable testimony of pre-teen Ed Vernon.

Almost four decades later, Vernon recanted his testimony, and Wiley, Kwame, and Rickey were released even though the true murderer was never found. However, while these three may have been exonerated, Swenson discusses the corruption and decay of Cleveland that has gone on for years.

“Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

In this novel, Reid crafts a unique, fictional narrative about one of the biggest bands in the 1970s. Daisy Jones is your typical sex, drugs and rock and roll kind of girl, with a voice that demands attention. Billy Dunne runs a band with his brother and four others who are having a hard time making it to the top.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legends. 

“On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and become one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood. But now her mother has lost her job and the bills started piling up, so Bri no longer wants to make it. She has to.

“In Pieces” by Sally Field

One of the most beloved actors Sally Field brings readers behind the scenes of the highs and lows of her life as an actress starting at just 17 years old. 

“I’ll Be Gone Before Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” 

by Michelle McNamara and Gillian Flynn

For over 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator eventually nicknamed the Golden State Killer, committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south where he committed 10 sadistic murders then disappeared.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist, was determined to find the Golden State Killer. She poured over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

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