MAY Titles for Adults
Get to Know Someone New
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah
Noah recounts his childhood under apartheid to create a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time. Also available as an audiobook on CD.
Meet not just one but numerous new people in this documentary, which discusses and uncovers the rare book world in New York City. Although at times the sheer amount of books in scenes can feel overwhelming, the appreciation for vintage and rare works shown by the individuals highlighted in the work is extremely interesting.
A moving, biographical film on the iconic Freddy Mercury, lead singer of revolutionary rock band, Queen.
Riverman: An American Odyssey
by Ben McGrath
Meet Dicky Conant, long-distance solo canoer, and be charmed by this brilliant, authentic character and sometime folk hero. After decades and thousands of miles of canoe journeys on U.S. rivers, Conant disappeared in 2014 near the Outer Banks while attempting to canoe from New York to Florida. Part Into the Wild, and part Where the Crawdads Sing, Ben McGrath has crafted an engrossing and entertaining read.
The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots: Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival
by Kate Williams
Williams’ is a worthy addition to the extensive body of scholarship on the iconic monarchs. This is an engaging biography that views Mary’s life through the lens of her relationship with Elizabeth, from dear friends to bitter rivals. Also available as downloadable eAudiobook on hoopla and OverDrive.
Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life
by Maria Hesse
This beautiful biography depicts the fascinating and at times tragic life of one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century. Presented in the style of a graphic novel, Hesse's work includes several interpretations of some of Kahlo's most famous pieces.
The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman is inspired by the life of a famous showman and entertainer known as P.T. Barnum. The musical follows his creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus as well the lives of its star attractions. This biopic will tug at your heartstrings and have you on your feet singing with its infectious show-stopping performances!