A New Year Means New Books, Here’s What The Manistee County Library Has To Offer

Poet TS Eliot once said: “For the words of last year belong to the language of last year. And the words of next year await another voice.

The New Year offers opportunities to explore new experiences. Learning something new can bring a sense of wonder and joy into our lives.

The Manistee County Library reminds patrons that it has new authors and titles to push your boundaries a bit, explore new thoughts and challenge yourself.

• New in adult fiction, “Our Country Friends” by Gary Shteyngart, which is set during the pandemic. A group of friends decide to wait until the foreclosure ends together at a country property with mixed results.

• “When we stop understanding the world” by Benjamin Labatut oscillates between fiction and non-fiction, common sense and madness, based on scientific discoveries that have the power to create and destroy.

• “The Cat That Saved The Books” by Sosuke Natsukawa is a fantastic journey where a talking cat and his human friend navigate mazes to save unloved books.

• “A Calling For Charlie Barnes” by Joshua Ferris was on several must-read lists for 2021. Charlie Barnes is not a successful man. He has several failed marriages, no stable job and is diagnosed with cancer. His son wants to write a book about him that helps Charlie find himself in the midst of chaos.

Readers looking for help with a New Year’s resolution might find these headlines useful.

• “Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts” by Kirsten Powers, Senior Policy Analyst at CNN, talks about not compromising your values ​​and getting carried away by issues that divide currently our country. Based on his personal experience, interviews with experts and research, the author suggests an alternative way to live in benevolence.

• “Built By Courage: Face Your Fears To Live The Life You Were Destined To” by David Hollis teaches us how to use our fears to discover our true selves.


• “The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again” by Catherine Price takes us back to the moment before the 24 hour news feeds and the phones that accompany us. Documented research and experience has enabled the author to improve our lives while having fun!

• “Creative Acts For Curious People: How to Think, Create and Lead in Unconventional Ways” by Sarah Stein Greenberg combines research and exercises to motivate people to think outside the box, at home and at work.

• “The Twelve Monotasks: Doing One Thing at a Time to Make Everything Better” by Thatcher Wine emphasizes the importance of putting aside lists and calendars and focusing on each task for its duration instead of multitasking at a time.

• Other new titles include “Patented: 1,000 Design Patents” by Thomas Rinaldi, which tells the story of the birth of everyday objects and historic designs.

• The Beatles’ “Beatles-Get Back” is the compilation of photos and studio transcriptions while the band created the 1970 documentary for their album “Let It Be”. Join the Fab Four in the studio for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation process.

• “Will” by Will Smith is more than a memoir. Follow the author’s journey from West Philadelphia through his music and film career. Its many lessons learned along the way can be applied to anyone.

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