What’s New at the Library?



See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are nine new movies, 13 new children’s books, and three other new books.

The new movies this week include “Early Man [Blu-ray],” “Goodbye Christopher Robin [Blu-ray],” and “The Work.”


Book Review: Killing Time by Della Van Hise

1985_04_lgKirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise have been patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone for weeks. Some of the crew have been reporting insomnia and weird dreams. Then, one morning Kirk wakes up as an ensign instead of a captain, and now Spock is the Captain. The Federation ship Enterprise is now the Alliance ship Shi’Kahr. We learn that the Romulans are responsible for this alternate universe, thanks to a bit of meddling in Earth’s past. Can Kirk and Spock figure out what’s going on and return to the true universe before everyone goes mad?

Internet rumor says that this book had so many homoerotic undertones that Gene Roddenberry had the book edited for its second printing and beyond. (Because the utopian future Roddenberry envisioned still includes homophobia? Okay. Whatever.) Having come across this rumor, I couldn’t help but wonder: Really?? So: when a box of old Star Trek books came in as a donation and this book was among them, I snatched it up to see for myself. And you know what? The undertones are definitely there in a few scenes, particularly one where Spock wrestles Kirk to the ground while they’re in the ship’s garden. Whether the book was really edited in later editions, I have no idea, but I can see where the rumor started. Fans for decades have imaged what if scenarios in which Kirk and Spock are romantically involved. While I don’t particularly subscribe the fan pairing of Spock and Kirk as a romantic couple, I also don’t have any issue with it. It’s fun to imagine what ifs.

Fan fiction and internet rumors aside, this is a really fun book. It’s got time travel, awesome Romulan women, all the requisite McCoyisms, and plenty of intrigue and action. If you like Star Trek: The Original Series, you’ll enjoy reading this book.

Review by Jessica A.

Friday Reads: African American Music Appreciation Month

June is African American Music Appreciation Month, so this week settle back and check out these books about great African American musicians, all available at Danville Public Library.


Day by Day with Beyonce by Tammy Gagne

Traces the life, career, and charity work of the popular singer, from her early career as a member of the group Destiny’s Child to her success as a solo artist, songwriter, and actress.




13595232Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix edited by Steven Roby

In addition to interviews from major mainstream publications, “Hendrix on Hendrix” includes new transcriptions from European papers, the African-American press, and counterculture newspapers; radio and television interviews; and previously unpublished court transcripts — including one of the drug bust that nearly sent him to prison.Though many respected books have been written about Hendrix, none have completely focused on his own words. This book is as close to a Hendrix autobiography as we will ever see.– Publisher Description.

28449249Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff

A revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.




81l4ifxniclGlow: The Autobiography of Rick James by Rick James with David Ritz

“Best known for his song “Super Freak,” hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with music biographer David Ritz in this posthumously published, wildly entertaining, and profound expression of a rock star’s life and soul. He was the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin; a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from underneath cocktail tables at the shows of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and he became a household name in the 1980s with his hit song “Super Freak.” Later in life, he was a bad boy who got caught up in drug smuggling and ended up in prison. But since his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a legendary icon whose name is nearly synonymous with funk music–and who popularized the genre, creating a lasting influence on pop artists from Prince to JayZ to Snoop Dogg, among countless others. In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America’s disco age. It tells of James’s upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, “My journey has taken me through hell and back. It’s all in my music–the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions.” But despite his bad boy behavior, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His “glow” was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him–and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music”– Provided by publisher.

51o4uepld1l-_sx258_bo1204203200_Scit-scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Sean Qualls

Follows the beloved American jazz singer’s rise to fame, describing the difficult historical and cultural factors that she overcame.



71sluue2bhelPops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century and a giant of modern American culture. Offstage he was witty, introspective and unexpectedly complex, a beloved colleague with an explosive temper whose larger-than-life personality was tougher and more sharp-edged than his worshipping fans ever knew. Wall Street Journal arts columnist Terry Teachout has drawn on new sources unavailable to previous biographers, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations, to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of this towering figure that shares, for the first time, full, accurate versions of such storied events as Armstrong‘s quarrel with President Eisenhower and his decision to break up his big band.–From publisher description.

41k0q5o20il-_sx350_bo1204203200_Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom, Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the phenomenon Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sang for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.




Note: All book descriptions are from SHARE and all book covers are from Google Images.

Book Review: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

24653389Nicola is an assistant art dealer in London with a very unusual skill. She can touch an object and know the history of it. Nicola has been told by her grandfather, a Russian immigrant, to never let anyone know about her abilities. So, she keeps it locked away, not using her skills. Until a woman with cancer comes to see them wishing to sell a painting so she can go on a cruise around the world before she dies. The piece of art she wishes to sell has no papers to prove its origins, so they cannot sell it. Nicola’s heart goes out to the woman and she touches the painting and begins a trip of discovery to find the artist and the reason the Russian Tsar’s wife Catherine gave the art to her ancestor. This is a charming story of romance, history, and self-potential.

Review by Leslie B.

What’s New at the Library?



See what’s new this week at the Danville Public Library at:

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There are eight new bestsellers, four new movies, one new music CD, three new children’s books, and eight other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include “The President Is Missing,” “When Life Gives You Lululemons,” and “The Pharaoh Key.” The new movies this week include “A Wrinkle in Time,” “A Wrinkle in Time [Blu-ray],” and “The Hurricane Heist.”

Book Review: America, Volume 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones



517nneXMOJL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_America Chavez, formerly of the Young Avengers, currently leader of the Ultimates, is about to go to college. Of course, this isn’t without its difficulties and drama. Her girlfriend breaks up with her, robots try to steal research from the school, and old flame resurfaces, and a mysterious old woman appears. This volume includes the first six issues of the series and gives a good introduction to America, if you haven’t encountered her before. (You should totally read Young Avengers though.) America Chavez is one of my favorite Marvel characters. She takes no crap from anyone and has the ability to punch portals to other dimensions into existence. Seriously. No one is cooler than America Chavez.

I love this character, so I was already sold on the book before it even released. I especially appreciate the fact that Marvel actually hired a queer Latina woman to write a book starring a queer Latina character. That’s not often how things work out in world of comics. Also, Joe Quinones’ art is beautiful. The story here isn’t terribly deep, but elements of it are definitely satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the parts with Kate Bishop (AKA the best Hawkeye) as Kate and America’s friendship is so much fun to watch play out. Volume 2 came out recently, so I’m definitely going to dive into that shortly.

Review by Jessica A.