Shelf Life: What’s new at Jacksonville Public Library

“Gilt” by Jamie Brenner: The Pavlin family built an empire on love. As the first jewlers to sell diamond engagement rings, they started a tradition that has defined the industry ever since. But when an ill-fated publicity stunt pits the three Pavlin sisters against one another for a famous family jewel, their bond is broken. One perfect diamond is all it takes to divide a family. Could one summer be enough to fix it?

Adult Non-Fiction

“The Dakota” by Andrew Alpern: Home to the famous and the successful, The Dakota is a tourist shrine and a landmark in every sense of the word. The first truly luxury apartment house in New York, 130 years later it still is the gold standard against which the others are measured. Noted architectural historian Andrew Alpern tells the fascinating story of how The Dakota came to be, including rare historical photographs and redrawn plans of the entire building to provide a reference library of The Dakota and some of its most famous residents.


“Dog”: Army Ranger Briggs and Belgian Malinois Lulu buckle up for a road trip down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they’ll drive each other crazy, break a handful of laws, narrowly escape death and learn to let down their guards to have a fighting chance at happiness.

Young Adult Fiction

“The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea” by Axie Oh: Mina’s homeland has been ravaged for generations by devastating storms, floods and endless wars over resources. Her people, once the beloved of the Sea God, believe they have fallen into disgrace and these disasters are part of their god’s curse. In an attempt to appease him, each year a maiden is thrown into the sea. This year’s sacrifice is Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village and the beloved of Mina’s brother, Joon. Despite knowing the danger of interfering, Joon follows Cheong out to the sea and, to save her brother, takes Cheong’s place. In the Spirit Realm, Mina discovers the Sea God is deep in an enchanted sleep. She sets out to wake him and rescue her homeland from further devastation, but she’s on borrowed time — humans cannot live long in the land of the spirits, and others would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking.

Did you know?

The west entrance to the library will be closed starting Monday for construction and repairs. Please call the library if you need more information.

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2022-08-12 22:50:22

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