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This Week’s Reads at the East End Library

Happy May to everyone in the East End! We’ve got a fully packed month at the East End Library on 25th Street! We had some lovely displays up for Star Wars Day (“May the ‘Fourth’ be with you!”) and Cinco de Mayo – including trivia about what the holiday actually celebrates – and are looking forward to Mother’s Day and Memorial Day later this month.


In addition to our book displays, we’re currently looking for input for our annual YAVA (Young Adult Virginia Authors) awards. This is your chance to vote for your favorite local YA authors! There are 14 authors on our ballot, and we would love to hear from you about which one you think deserves to be chosen as Richmond’s FAVORITE! You have until May 15 to cast your vote, which can be done at any branch of the Richmond Public Library system.


Finally, we’re pleased to announce that we will be getting a bit of a face-lift at the East End Branch later this month. Through the generous support of the Church Hill Association, the Union Hill Civic Association, the East End Library Advisory Council, and private donations, as well as the assistance of representatives from Tricycle Urban Agriculture, we will be installing a new landscape on the 25th Street side of the East End Branch Library. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of native Virginia plants and a splash of color later this month!


And I wouldn’t be doing my job as your librarian if I failed to mention that we received almost 30 new books at the East End Branch this past week! On average, we have been getting about 100 new titles every month, which means we definitely have a little something for everyone. Our new titles this week included:


Adult Fiction

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Adult Fiction)

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Ernest Hemingway. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart, and her own.


Other Adult Fiction

The Lonely Witness by William Boyd

The Streets Call Me Treasure by Nikki Swinson


Adult Non-Fiction

The Story of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less to Eat Around the World by Nancy F. Castaldo (Adult Non-Fiction)

Something as small as a seed can have a world-wide impact. From Iraq to India to an impenetrable seed vault in a Norwegian mountainside, this book speaks to the current ways we think about our food, the more thoughtful and philosophical questions about regulating which crops farmers are allowed to grow, and what consumers are able to eat. Readers will discover just how important seeds are to the functioning of our global economy–and how much power we as a world-wide community have to keep seeds around, because once a seed disappears, it’s gone forever.



Other Adult Non-Fiction

Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna by Edith Sheffer

Beauty for Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing by Joyce Meyer

How to Make Disease Disappear by Rangan Chatterjee

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes by Nathan H. Lents

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay

Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condoleeza Rice

Sheet Pan Magic: One Pan, One Meal, No Fuss! By Sue Quinn
The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch


Young Adult Fiction

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Young Adult Fiction)

National Book Award Finalist! After a tragic accident, Julia is left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that her sister might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home. 



Other Young Adult Books

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins


Juvenile Fiction

Sasha Savvy Loves to Code by Sasha Ariel Alston (Juvenile Fiction)

Sasha Savvy is a super smart 10-year old African-American girl who lives in Washington, DC. Even though she thinks a coding class at summer camp will be boring, she decides to give it a chance and convinces her best friends Gabby and Ashley to attend it with her. Sasha’s mom, a software developer, gives her a unique formula to help her remember how to code, but will it be enough to get her through a challenging first day of camp with (computer) bugs everywhere?




Other Juvenile Books

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

It All Comes Down to this by Karen English

Night of the Ninth Dragon by Mary Pope Osborne

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs by Jill McDonald

Hello, World! Birds by Jill McDonald

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

Fly Guy and the Alienzz by Ted Arnold

I See a Cat by Paul Meisel

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton by Laura Veirs

When I Grow Up: Benjamin Franklin by Ann Marie Anderson

Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai



Remember that a library card with the Richmond Public Library is FREE if you’ve never had one with us before, and only costs a dollar to replace (for those who may have permanently “misplaced” their card). We now also offer an e-card, so you can get access to e-books, e-audiobooks, and stream movies and tv shows through our online resources. You can get the e-card here, and can get a free library card at any location as long as you bring your photo ID that has your current address on it (or proof of your address, like a bill or a lease).



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