Charlotte Today: New year, new you!

Library Branch Channel Leader and Interim Director of Libraries, Dana Eure, shares six titles on the concept of "New year, new you."

Library Branch Channel Leader and Interim Director of Libraries, Dana Eure, made a guest appearance on WCNC's Charlotte Today on Thursday, January 9, 2020 and shared six titles on the concept of "New year, new you."


Adult fiction: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

A young man named Little Dog writes a letter to his mother, who cannot read, investigating a family history begun in Vietnam and addressing stark issues of race, class, and masculinity. 

In his prose debut, T.S. Eliot-prized, Whiting-awarded Vuong mines his memories, his traumas, his triumphs to create an epistolary masterpiece addressed to his mother—who can't read.

Adult nonfiction: Happy go Money: Spend Smart, Save Right &Enjoy Life, by Melissa Leong

The Social's finance expert connects money and happiness in this fresh, feel-good guide to financial well-being.  Frank, funny, and empowering, this primer challenges everyone to revamp their relationship with their money so they can dial down their worries and supersize their joy.

Teens: New Kid, by Jerry Craft 

Jordan Banks takes readers down the rabbit hole and into his mostly white prep school in this heartbreakingly accurate middle-grade tale of race, class, microaggressions, and the quest for self-identity.  

Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

All ages: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, by Fred Rogers

Lyrics to seventy-five songs from the children's television programs Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and The Children's Corner, collected and presented as an illustrated treasury of poems. Lyrics explore topics such as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, and imagination.  Poems encouraging a strong sense of self abound, as do those that reassure young children that they can manage their emotions as they continue to learn and grow. 

Picture books: I am Pefectly Designed, by Karamo Brown with Jason "Rachel" Brown

Written in the tradition of African American picture-book titles such as Jeannette Caine’s Just Us Women (1982) and Will Smith’s Just the Two of Us (2001), this father-son story provides another beautiful narrative of what it means to be connected to the unconditional love of a parent. 

Sulwe, by Lupiya Nyongo

When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.