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Ohio : a novel book cover
Ohio : a novel book cover

Ohio : a novel

Stephen Markley

FICTION Markley Stephen
Fiction

"On one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rustbelt town they grew up in--a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, losses and love"--

Meredith's picture

It took about 1/3 of the book's pages for me to get into it, but once I did, I could not put it down! Push through -- it's worth it! -Meredith

Shout : a poetry memoir book cover
Shout : a poetry memoir book cover

Shout : a poetry memoir

Laurie Halse Anderson

811.6 /Anderson
Young Adult, Memoir, Poetry

When she was thirteen years old, Anderson was a shy, bookish girl who was raped by a boy she trusted. She has since become known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed in the years since, she has written a poetry memoir that shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. -- adapted from jacket

Morgan's picture

If you read Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak" and were moved, you must check out "Shout." This is not a sequel, instead it is the spiritual successor to "Speak," following Anderson's difficult childhood, her traumatic rape, and her activism for changing the conversation about sexual assault. This book will get readers thinking about generational trauma and censorship, and what they can do to break the cycle of abuse. -Morgan

Proud : living my American dream book cover
Proud : living my American dream book cover

Proud : living my American dream

Ibtihaj Muhammad

796.862092 /Muhammad
Nonfiction, Young Adult, Memoir

Shares the life story of the Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.

Morgan's picture

Fascinating life story of Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medal-winning fencer and Muslim-American role model. I love learning about the experiences of others, and this was a page-turning read. -Morgan

Lupin leaps in : A BREAKING CAT NEWS ON THE SCENE. book cover
Lupin leaps in : A BREAKING CAT NEWS ON THE SCENE. book cover

Lupin leaps in : A BREAKING CAT NEWS ON THE SCENE.

GEORGIA DUNN

ON ORDER BOOK
Kids, Graphic Novels, Humor

Morgan's picture

As a fan of cats and news, I’m highly anticipating this new middle grade collection of comics from Georgia Dunn. -Morgan

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse book cover
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse book cover

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

ON ORDER DVD
Science Fiction, Animation

Brian's picture

Filled with humor and heart, "Into the Spider-Verse" is easily the best Spider-Man movie ever made and definitely one of the best superhero movies of all time. Also, the animation is gorgeous. -Brian

Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist book cover
Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist book cover

Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist

Sylvia Acevedo

jBIOGRAPHY Acevedo, Sylvia
Kids, Biographies

"The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA."--

Morgan's picture

An engrossing read about Sylvia Acevedo who grew from a Girl Scout to a rocket scientist and CEO. Her thirst for knowledge and success allowed her to overcome the challenges of gendered cultural expectations, domestic abuse, and racism. I loved this window into the life of an inspiring woman. -Morgan

Autoboyography book cover
Autoboyography book cover

Autoboyography

Christina Lauren

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Lauren Christin
Young Adult

High school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar Tanner's best friend convinced him to take.

Meredith's picture

Remember your first love? The one who made your pulse race, your cheeks redden and your brain turn to mush? Christina Lauren brings all of those feelings in this sweet LGBTQ love story that does more than scratch the surface of the issues keeping Tanner and Sebastian apart. -Meredith

Once upon a river : a novel book cover
Once upon a river : a novel book cover

Once upon a river : a novel

Diane Setterfield

FICTION Setterfield, Diane
Fiction, Suspense, Historical Fiction

On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, a wounded stranger carries in the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later the girl stirs, and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Magic? As the days pass the child remains mute and unable to answer questions. Three families are keen to claim her: the wealthy mother of a kidnapped daughter missing for two years; a farming family sure it is their son's secret daughter; a parson's housekeeper, reminded of her younger sister. Each family has secrets, must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. -- adapted from jacket

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I loved this book! It has everything I want in a good read: great writing, a crescendo of narrative, interesting characters with intertwined lives, a sense of place, and an absorbing mystery--all wrapped up in historical fiction. This is a story about storytelling--the characters tell stories, the narrator tells stories, so if you like feeling very much the reader--feeling like you are listening to someone tell you a story, this is a good pick for you. It will get you through the last few weeks of winter. -Anne M

The wolves of winter : a novel book cover
The wolves of winter : a novel book cover

The wolves of winter : a novel

Tyrell Johnson

FICTION Johnson Tyrell
Dystopian

"A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path. Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community--most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined. Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant"--

Meredith's picture

I love dystopian fiction and this is an exciting addition to the list of titles about survivors who keep on going when the odds are against them. Plus, a never-ending winter? It's just like us! :) -Meredith

P.S. I like you book cover
P.S. I like you book cover

P.S. I like you

Kasie West

YOUNG ADULT FICTION West Kasie
Young Adult

Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter Lily Abbott is finding notes left to her by a mystery boy, love letters really, and she hopes they are from Lucas, a boy she is attracted to--so when she finds out they are really from, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond.

Meredith's picture

A fun, cute read. No real surprises, but it'll leave you with warm, fuzzy feelings. -Meredith

You're snug with me book cover
You're snug with me book cover

You're snug with me

author Chitra Soundar

jE Chitra Soundar
Picture Books

A mother polar bear answers the questions of her two curious cubs about what lies beyond their cozy winter den as they wait for spring to arrive.

Melody's picture

Beautiful illustrations! Worth lingering on each page. My 3yo really enjoyed all the hugs he got each time we got to the refrain "You're snug with me!" It is an especially cozy book to read on these brutal late-winter days. -Melody

The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London book cover
The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London book cover

The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London

Christopher Skaife

942.15 /Skaife
Memoir, Animals

"For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Each year they are seen by millions of visitors, and they have become as integral a part of the Tower as its ancient stones. But their role is even more important than that--legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom. One man is personally responsible for ensuring that such a disaster never comes to pass--the Ravenmaster. The current holder of the position is Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife, and in this fascinating, entertaining, and touching book he memorably describes the ravens' formidable intelligence, their idiosyncrasies, and their occasionally wicked sense of humor. Over the years in which he has cared for the physical and mental well-being of these remarkable birds, Christopher Skaife has come to know them like no one else. They are not the easiest of charges--as he reveals, they are much given to mischief, and their escapades have often led him into unlikely, and sometimes even undignified, situations. Now, in the first intimate behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens of the Tower, the Ravenmaster himself shares the folklore, history, and superstitions surrounding both the birds and their home. [This] is a compelling, inspiring, and irreverent story that will delight and surprise anyone with an interest in British history or animal behavior."--Dust jacket.

Heidi L's picture

I liked this book on so many levels: it's well-written and funny in lots of places; many years ago I went to the Tower of London and remember well the ravens there; and I found it interesting to read the author's account of working--and living, 24/7--in such a public place. The best parts, though, are the ravens and their personalities and actions. By the end of the book, I was on a first-name basis with them and I hope that I can return to the Tower someday to see them again. -Heidi L

What if this were enough? : essays book cover
What if this were enough? : essays book cover

What if this were enough? : essays

Heather Havrilesky

152.42 /Havrilesky
Nonfiction

"Heather Havrilesky attempts to disrupt our cultural delusions and false dichotomies, to unearth moralistic interpretations of mundane human behaviors and interrogate so-called mistakes that we've slowly internalized, and to question the glorification of suffering, dishonesty, romantic fantasy, conquest, predation, and perfectionism"--

Meredith's picture

My biggest takeaway from this collection of essays? You don't need more than this. -Meredith

The prince : a devil's Duke novel book cover
The prince : a devil's Duke novel book cover

The prince : a devil's Duke novel

Katharine Ashe

FICTION Ashe Katharin
Romance

Libby Shaw is determined to become a member of Edinburgh's all-male Royal College of Surgeons. Disguising herself as a man, she attends the surgical theater and nearly fools everyone. Forced to leave his home as a boy, famed portraitist Ziyaeddin is secretly the exiled prince of a distant realm. When he first met Libby, he memorized every detail of her face and drew her. But her perfect lips gave him trouble--the same lips he now longs to kiss. When Libby asks his help to hide her feminine identity from the world, Ziyaeddin agrees on one condition: she must sit for him to paint--as a woman. But what begins as a daring scheme could send them both hurtling toward danger...and an unparalleled love.

Amanda's picture

This book was just incredible. It's a beautiful romance, but it's also wonderfully written and has a great story. A woman impersonates a man so that she can attend classes to become a surgeon; she's helped by a mysterious artist. -Amanda

Thunderhead book cover
Thunderhead book cover

Thunderhead

Douglas J Preston

FICTION Preston, Douglas J.
Adventure

The bestselling authors of "The Relic" deliver a "highly readable tale of adventure and long-ago crimes" ("Dallas Morning News"). An archeologist goes in search of the fabled Lost City of Gold, an expedition her father had begun 16 years earlier before he mysteriously vanished in southeast Utah.

Amanda's picture

This book is about an archaeologist who embarks on a dangerous expedition to learn more about her father's disappearance, and to find an ancient, lost city of gold. Fantastic! -Amanda

All the Wild Hungers book cover
All the Wild Hungers book cover

All the Wild Hungers

Karen Babine

616.994 /Babine
Memoir, Literary Nonfiction

“My sister is pregnant with a Lemon this week, Week 14, and this is amusing. My mother’s uterine tumor, the size of a cabbage, is Week 30, and this is terrifying.” When her mother is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Karen Babine—a cook, collector of thrifted vintage cast iron, and fiercely devoted daughter, sister, and aunt—can’t help but wonder: feed a fever, starve a cold, but what do we do for cancer? And so she commits herself to preparing her mother anything she will eat, a vegetarian diving headfirst into the unfamiliar world of bone broth and pot roast. In these essays, Babine ponders the intimate connections between food, family, and illness. What draws us toward food metaphors to describe disease? What is the power of language, of naming, in a medical culture where patients are too often made invisible? How do we seek meaning where none is to be found—and can we create it from scratch? And how, Babine asks as she bakes cookies with her small niece and nephew, does a family create its own food culture across generations? Generous and bittersweet, All the Wild Hungers is an affecting chronicle of one family’s experience of illness and of a writer’s culinary attempt to make sense of the inexplicable.

Melody's picture

Really beautiful language and emotionally gripping. -Melody

My plain Jane book cover
My plain Jane book cover

My plain Jane

Cynthia Hand

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Hand Cynthia
Young Adult

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester--and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Amanda's picture

This book was so good! It was also bizarre, but in a great way. If you love Jane Eyre and YA fiction, give this a try. -Amanda

MISTER MIRACLE. book cover
MISTER MIRACLE. book cover

MISTER MIRACLE.

TOM KING

ON ORDER BOOK
Graphic Novels

Brian's picture

This was easily my favorite comic series that came out last year, and a new high-water mark for comic book storytelling. -Brian

The Paragon Hotel book cover
The Paragon Hotel book cover

The Paragon Hotel

Lyndsay Faye

FICTION Faye Lyndsay
Historical Fiction

Fleeing to Oregon from New York City in 1921, Alice James takes refuge in the city's only black hotel and helps new friends search for a missing child, hide from KKK violence, and navigate painful secrets.

Anne M's picture

Lyndsay Faye writes some really good, suspenseful historical fiction and The Paragon Hotel is no exception. Set during Prohibition, Faye really captures the city of Portland in the early 1920's, the unease of the post-war years, and vividly brings a variety of characters to life. -Anne M

Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine book cover
Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine book cover

Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine

Emily Bernard

305.48896 /Bernard
Memoir, Literary Nonfiction, Biographies

An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten ("A major contribution," Henry Louis Gates; "Magnificent," Washington Post).

Anne M's picture

Emily Bernard’s acclaimed memoir, “Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine,” is a collection of personal essays documenting experiences from her own life. These stories follow her time growing up in the South, getting an education at Yale, and teaching at a college in northern New England. The poetic memoir illustrates how her experiences are formed and framed through the lens of race. She writes, "I am black--and brown, too. Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell." It is incredibly personal and beautifully written. -Anne M

Shades of wicked : A NIght Rebel Novel book cover
Shades of wicked : A NIght Rebel Novel book cover

Shades of wicked : A NIght Rebel Novel

Jeaniene Frost

eAUDIO
Fantasy

In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match! The Rule Breaker... Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless...and every shade of wicked. He's made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian's only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long. The Law Maker... Veritas' normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait...well, all's fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian's carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they're drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.

Melody's picture

Vampires versus demons! What do you get when two lovers fight a demon horde? An epic battle scene! An especially enjoyable one when narrated by Tavia Gilbert. (She is definitely a new go-to audiobook performer for me. Don't know the author? Don't care if Gilbert is reading.) The love scenes in this one are neither vanilla nor tame, so be forewarned if that's not your thing. Now with 10% more demi-gods! -Melody

Stephen King's Pet sematary book cover
Stephen King's Pet sematary book cover

Stephen King's Pet sematary

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Pet
Horror

After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family-- but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle into a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery--built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Their mysterious new neighbor, Jud Crandall, hides the cemetery's darkest secret-- until a family tragedy brings the secret to life. Now, an unthinkable evil is about to be resurrected.

Shawna's picture

The original film adaptation of Stephen King's best selling Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert. With a 2019 adaptation slated for release in the coming months, now is the time to revisit Lambert's 1989 Pet Sematary. -Shawna

Broken monsters book cover
Broken monsters book cover

Broken monsters

Lauren Beukes

MYSTERY Beukes Lauren
Horror

Shawna's picture

Beukes offers a creepy story filled with gruesome imagery in this 2014 book set in Detroit. Mystery and Horror fans will both find appeal in this novel in which detective Gabi Versado is hunting down a murderer/grotesque artist. -Shawna

The dreamers : a novel book cover
The dreamers : a novel book cover

The dreamers : a novel

Karen Thompson Walker

FICTION Walker Karen
Fiction, Science Fiction

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep, and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams, but of what? Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life, if only we are awakened to them.

Anne M's picture

Every page of this book made me uncomfortable and anxious. What book on a contagion wouldn't? The loss of individual control, the breakdown of society, the baffled experts...this is not for pleasure-reading. But I've been thinking about the book a lot after finishing it, particularly the ethics and beliefs the characters subscribe to that are tested when the virus hits. It was worth the quickening pace of my heart. -Anne M

The babadook book cover
The babadook book cover

The babadook

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Babadook
Horror

Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son's deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Shawna's picture

This 2014 Australian Horror film written and directed by Jennifer Kent blends psychological and supernatural horror. The end result is an unnerving a creepy film that will linger in your thoughts. -Shawna

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation book cover
War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation book cover

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation

John Sedgwick

973.4 /Sedgwick
Nonfiction, History

Examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the Founding Father dead and turned a sitting vice-president into a fugitive.

Anne M's picture

In exploring his family's history, author John Sedgwick was shown the last letter Alexander Hamilton ever wrote--to Theodore Sedgwick--his great, great, great (plus more) grandfather, former Speaker of the House and Massachusetts senator. It was written on the eve of the famous duel. The author wanted to explore his ancestor's relationships with both Burr and with Hamilton and why Hamilton would write Sedgwick at that particular time. What the book ended up being is an exploration of two people--Burr and Hamilton--their ambitions, the way those ambitions manifested themselves, and how the feud between the two started. It is a good, accessible read. If you want to know more about these two figures without picking up the Chernow tome, this is your book. -Anne M

Roadmap to hell : sex, drugs and guns on the Mafia coast book cover
Roadmap to hell : sex, drugs and guns on the Mafia coast book cover

Roadmap to hell : sex, drugs and guns on the Mafia coast

Barbie Latza Nadeau

364.106 /Nadeau
Nonfiction, True Crime

From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe's doorstep. Caught between Camorra gunrunners selling to ISIS and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy's picturesque coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their criminal underworld, forced to become sex slaves, drug mules or weapon smugglers. In this powerful exposé, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau follows the weapons trail, meets the Nigerian hair braiders trafficked and trapped by black magic, the brave nuns who try to save them and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.

Melody's picture

Holy moly! Imagine trying to migrate out of your gang lord-run country just to be picked up by a mafia and sex-trafficked in your new land. Harrowing and tragic, this is an under-the-radar humanitarian crisis that more people need to know is happening! -Melody

Bad times at the El Royale book cover
Bad times at the El Royale book cover

Bad times at the El Royale

DVD MOVIE DRAMA Bad
Thriller

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption; before everything goes to hell.

Brian's picture

With sharp writing and great performances throughout (except Chris Hemsworth's accent!), Bad Times at the El Royale is a surprising and dark treat. -Brian

The accidental beauty queen book cover
The accidental beauty queen book cover

The accidental beauty queen

Teri Wilson

FICTION Wilson Teri
Romance

Bookish Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, while her twin Ginny is an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant. Ginny is not giving up the circuit until she's crowned Miss American Treasure, and drags Charlotte to the pageant for good luck. When Ginny has a severe allergic reaction to dinner the night before the competition, she won't be back in beauty queen form for at least three days. After a few tears and a whole lot of begging, Charlotte agrees to take her sister's place in the pageant-- and comes to realize that there might be more to it than just a sparkly crown. -- adapted from back cover.

Meredith's picture

So cute! If you liked Miss Congeniality, you'll love this! -Meredith

The truth as told by Mason Buttle book cover
The truth as told by Mason Buttle book cover

The truth as told by Mason Buttle

Leslie Connor

jFICTION Connor Leslie
Kids, Fiction

As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.

Morgan's picture

Coming to terms with the death of his best friend is hard enough for Mason Buttle, but his discovery that the police and townspeople think he had something to do with the death rocks him to his core. He is unerringly honest, but his learning disabilities make it hard for him to understand the truth of what others think of him. My favorite piece of Mason's story is the bond between him and the dog owned by his bullying neighbor. -Morgan

Just like Jackie book cover
Just like Jackie book cover

Just like Jackie

Lindsey Stoddard

jFICTION Stoddard Lindsey
Kids, Fiction

For as long as fifth-grade Robinson Hart can remember, it's just been her and Grandpa. Robbie wishes Grandpa would tell her more about the rest of her family, she's learned over the years that he doesn't like to talk about the past. She's determined to stay out of trouble so that she does not worry her grandfather and to make sure that she and her grandfather stay together as he is the only family she has left. But Grandpa's memory is starting to get bad, and Robbie's worried that soon he won't remember their family including her at all.

Morgan's picture

A nuanced look at bullying accompanies this heartfelt story of Robbie, a girl struggling to deal with secrets too heavy to hold alone. This story accurately captures the fear and confusion experienced by a child grappling with an Alzheimer's diagnoses of a loved one. -Morgan

Meet me at the museum book cover
Meet me at the museum book cover

Meet me at the museum

Anne Youngson

FICTION Youngson Anne
Fiction

In Denmark, Professor Anders Larsen has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesn't remember choosing. Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney's famous poem, they begin writing letters to one another. From their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined, and an unexpected friendship blooms. When Tina's letters stop coming, Anders is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves? -- adapted from jacket

Heidi L's picture

My favorite book of 2018. An epistolary novel that is full of awakenings, tenderness, and hope. This is the author's first novel; I hope for more. -Heidi L

Beastie Boys book book cover
Beastie Boys book book cover

Beastie Boys book

1965- author Mike D

781.649092 /Beastie
Memoir

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys followed a path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond reveal their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers through their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of their albums; and more. The band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture, and their book exhibits a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album. -- adapted from information supplied

Meredith's picture

Mike D and Ad-Rock’s essays are more than the story of how they became the Beastie Boys. They’re a love letter to punk, early rap, NYC in the 80s, livin' large in LA and band mate Adam Yauch. They drop names like Run-DMC, Madonna and Russell Simmons, and seem just as in awe as the reader that they get to do that. They don’t take themselves too seriously, remind the reader often that they were 3 white boys blessed with teenagers’ lack of sense and self awareness which is the only explanation for why they did what they did, and give each other a hard time for inside jokes that started 30+ years ago. The story of Adam Yauch basically chasing Joe Perry backwards around a stage during his and Steven Tyler’s performance with Run-DMC makes me wish YouTube existed in 1986. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the scrapbook that is the print version. They got people like Maya Rudolph, LL Cool J, Rosie Perez, Wanda Sykes, Tim Meadows, Spike Jonze and Amy Poehler to read on the audio, and it’s delightful. You can tell how much the guys loved each other then and still do now, and how much they miss MCA. The Beastie Boys Book is totally worth the 550+ print pages/12+ hours audio commitment. -Meredith

Love, Z book cover
Love, Z book cover

Love, Z

Jessie Sima

jE Sima
Picture Books, Fantasy, Travel, Adventure, Philosophy, LGBTQ+

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

Casey's picture

Z sets out on a quest to find out what "love" is. On the journey Z might just find a place in your heart. -Casey

Stop that yawn! book cover
Stop that yawn! book cover

Stop that yawn!

Caron Levis

jE Levis
Picture Books, Fantasy, Adventure

Gabby convinces Granny to leave Sleepytown and stay up all night in a new place, but before long, a contagious yawn takes control.

Casey's picture

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Artificial condition book cover
Artificial condition book cover

Artificial condition

Martha Wells

SCIENCE FICTION Wells Martha
Science Fiction

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself Murderbot. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a research transport vessal named ART (you don't want to know what the A stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks ...

Brian's picture

This series continues to entertain! It's an easy recommendation for fans of Sci-Fi. -Brian

The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row book cover
The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row book cover

The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row

Anthony Ray Hinton

364.66 /Hinton
Memoir

"A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit"--

Meredith's picture

I recently read Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and had The Sun Does Shine on my TBR list not knowing it was written by one of the innocent people Stevenson and his Equal Justice Initiative fought to free. Hinton was wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit and was sentenced to death. The evidence proving his innocence was overwhelming, but a racist system paid no attention and an innocent man spent years waiting for death. Hinton's inner strength is incredible. He has every right to be angry, to be bitter. He has every right to hate the people who did this to him. And yet he remained hopeful, never giving in despite a system that looks at color before facts. To read his story in his own words is so amazingly heart-breaking and frustrating, and so incredibly difficult at times. I wanted to stop, but I couldn't. Closing our eyes to reality doesn't make the injustice go away. There are more people like Hinton than we want to believe and they deserve the fairness we've been told our justice system is built upon. Unfortunately, reality paints a different picture. -Meredith

The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs book cover
The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs book cover

The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs

Elaine Sciolino

944.361 /Sciolino
Nonfiction, Memoir

Rue des Martyrs is more than just a street, it's an enchanting and bustling community in Paris. At just over half a mile long, spanning between the Ninth and 18th arrondissements, this street is filled with four- and five-story buildings of varying architectural designs, with picturesque wrought-iron balconies and shuttered windows and small businesses at street level. As the author (La Seduction), a former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, explores her neighborhood, she describes its fascinating history, from ancient churches and the saints and martyrs the street may be named after to the 19th-century Cirque Medrano. The quaint cafés and shops remain locally owned, per Paris law, and their merchants and artisans are the leading characters of the book--and of the street. There's Roger Henri, who pushes a cart with a bell offering his knife-sharpening services; Michou, the owner and creator of the transvestite cabaret at No. 80; and Laurence Gillery, the woman who restores antique barometers, the last of her kind. The atmosphere on rue des Martyrs is refreshing and enticing in our modern world.

Candice's picture

Elaine Sciolino's book is a lovely paean to the Rue des Martrys, a street that runs north-south through the 9th arrondisement of Paris, and into the village of Montmartre. She chronicles the lives and activities of the storefronts and shopkeepers who live and work there, as well as the life and changing nature of the street itself. The assortment of shops--many of them providing fresh foods and personal services--help to create a sense of community among the residents that seems uniquely Parisian, and possibly of a bygone era. -Candice

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland book cover
The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland book cover

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Jim DeFede

971.804 /DeFede
History

After thirty-eight jetliners were rerouted to Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 because the United States' airspace was closing, the townspeople of Gander came to the aid of six thousand travelers, offering food, lodging, and other comforts.

Heidi L's picture

I checked this out because I noticed that our patrons kept putting holds on it, despite it being an older title (published in 2002). And now I understand why it's been so popular. If you lived through the events of September 11, 2001, this story provides another perspective on that horrific day. The residents of Gander, Newfoundland embraced (figuratively and sometimes literally) the more than 6,000 air passengers that were diverted to their small town when the United States closed its airspace. The book follows the stories of several of the passengers, one of the airline pilots, and several Gander citizens who helped. You will learn a little bit about air traffic control, the pets who were on those planes, and how many small acts of kindness can have a tremendous impact. -Heidi L

The legend of Zelda. Breath of the wild. book cover
The legend of Zelda. Breath of the wild. book cover

The legend of Zelda. Breath of the wild.

VIDEO GAME Switch Legend

Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning Open-Air Adventure.

Jason's picture

I haven't owned a video game console since the original Nintendo, seeing clips of Breath of the Wild online made me think it was time to explore the Nintendo Switch. It didn't take long to understand how to manipulate the controller (so many more buttons!) and the game does a great job introducing you to game mechanics and trains you as you play. It's fun to battle monsters but just as enjoyable is wandering around the fantasy landscape climbing trees, foraging mushrooms, and picking up rocks to see what's underneath. -Jason

Imagine! book cover
Imagine! book cover

Imagine!

Raúl Colón

jE Colon
Picture Books, Art / Art History, Fantasy

"When a boy visits an art museum and one of the paintings comes to life, he has an afternoon of adventure and discovery [that] changes how he sees the world ever after"--

Casey's picture

Colón’s wordless narrative highlights imaginative play utilizing and in response to art, showcasing the way art can affect our creative processes. -Casey

When you disappeared book cover
When you disappeared book cover

When you disappeared

John (Freelance journalist) Marrs

FICTION Marrs John
Suspense

"Catherine's cosy life as a housewife and mum-of-three is quickly thrown into disarray when husband Simon disappears without explanation. She is convinced he hasn't left by choice as confusion and spiraling debts threaten to tear her family apart. Meanwhile Simon has begun a carefree new life travelling the world. And he's determined not to disclose his past to all he meets, even if it means resorting to extreme and violent measures. But why did he leave? Catherine only gets her answer 25 years later when Simon suddenly reappears on her doorstep. During their furious final confrontation, they discover the secrets, lies and misunderstandings that tore them apart, then brought them face-to-face one last time"--Publisher's description.

Meredith's picture

A great story that kept me on my toes from start to finish! You’ll have questions and it may seem like things move slowly in your quest for answers, but don’t give up! It’s worth reading until the end. -Meredith

Heavy : an American memoir book cover
Heavy : an American memoir book cover

Heavy : an American memoir

Kiese Laymon

BIOGRAPHY Laymon, Kiese
Memoir

"Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate--a mother-child relationship--to the most universal--a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries"--

Meredith's picture

The honesty in Kiese Laymon's writing is powerful. It will make you uncomfortable, but it will also make you think. -Meredith

The winter soldier book cover
The winter soldier book cover

The winter soldier

Daniel (Daniel Philippe) Mason

FICTION Mason Daniel
Historical Fiction, Fiction

"Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever"--Provided by publisher.

Anne M's picture

Someone told me to read this book several times and I am glad I listened to them. For a 300 page book, Mason really threads this story together with well-executed plot and thorough character development, as well as an ending that is fitting, yet surprising. If you like historical fiction, really exploring a place and time, I highly recommend "The Winter Soldier." -Anne M

Gender : your guide : a gender-friendly primer on what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture book cover
Gender : your guide : a gender-friendly primer on what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture book cover

Gender : your guide : a gender-friendly primer on what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture

Lee Airton

305.3 /Airton
Nonfiction

"The days of two genders--male, female; boy, girl; blue, pink--are over, if they ever existed at all. Gender is now a global conversation, and one that is constantly evolving. From the differences among gender identity, gender expression, and sex, to the use of gender-neutral pronouns like singular they/them, to thinking about your own participation in gender, Gender: Your Guide serves as a complete primer to all things gender. You will learn how gender works in everyday life, how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals, and how to ask when you aren't sure what to do or say. It provides you with the information you need to talk confidently and compassionately about gender diversity, whether simply having a conversation or going to bat as an advocate"--

Melody's picture

ICPL staffers have had various conversations about how to navigate pronouns and respecting all patrons' identities in these changing social times. This new book provides some in-depth guidance on modifying one's language and perspective to be more welcoming to all. Recommended for parents of GLBTQ+ youth, public service workers, and just the curious in general! -Melody

Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt book cover
Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt book cover

Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt

Hayley Smith

746.46 /Smith
Crafts

Transform fat quarters and fabric scraps into adorable projects for your home. Use templates of your favorite animals to piece shapes in tessellating designs, so the shapes fit together without gaps. There is no stressing over the math--it's all done for you--and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with accompanying photographs ensure success.

Kara's picture

I love the patterns in this book. They are fun and projects can be adapted depending on the animal pattern selected. I especially like the cats, dogs and owls. -Kara

Utility-style : quilts for everyday living book cover
Utility-style : quilts for everyday living book cover

Utility-style : quilts for everyday living

Sharon Holland

746.46 /Holland
Crafts

This book includes tweleve well illustrated projects, ranging from table runners to a queen-sized quilts. Each fast-pieced project is great for beginners, with skill-building design tips and suggestions throughout. These lovely patterns are a reason to dig into your stash and make a quilt that will be used and loved for years to come.

Kara's picture

The quilts I typically piece together are for every day living. I like the simple lines in the patterns in this book and the helpful hints for cutting and piecing. -Kara

FreeSpirit block party : 40 quilt blocks, 5 samplers, 20 modern designers book cover
FreeSpirit block party : 40 quilt blocks, 5 samplers, 20 modern designers book cover

FreeSpirit block party : 40 quilt blocks, 5 samplers, 20 modern designers

746.46 /Free
Crafts

"Modern quilting meets traditional thanks to FreeSpirit designers. Tula Pink, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Kathy Doughty, and more, rose to the occasion when presented with the challenge to put a modern spin on classic blocks. You won't believe what they made! With 40 inspiring quilt blocks from 20 designers working in their own fabrics, this mix-and-match block collection comes with 5 sampler-quilt projects. Sew patchwork, appliqué, and paper-pieced blocks" -- Amazon.com.

Kara's picture

I would like to complete a 2019 block challenge - make a quilt block once a week. This book offers a lot of great ideas as well as techniques that I am not familiar with. -Kara

The handmade quilt : a skill-building sampler book cover
The handmade quilt : a skill-building sampler book cover

The handmade quilt : a skill-building sampler

Carolyn Forster

746.46 /Forster
Crafts

Skill-building: The handmade quilt features a 21-block sampler that starts with the easiest techniques and progresses to more challenging skills--with no need for a sewing machine! Comprehensive: the book is a complete learning experience for a new quilter and a stunning sampler project for experienced stitchers. Unique: no other book available today covers the how-to of hand-stitching blocks in such a thorough manner. Portable: you can hand-stitch anywhere! Carolyn even shows you color options and how to re-arrange blocks to make the quilt your own. [The book includes]: 21 block designs; templates for every block; how-to finish the sampler from beginning to binding; learn to stitch set-in seams and curves; step-by-step photographs and illustrations; gallery of block color options.

Kara's picture

This book offers 21 block designs as well as instructions for curves in patterns. I like the step-by-step instructions and helpful hints. -Kara

Small art quilts : explorations in paint & stitch book cover
Small art quilts : explorations in paint & stitch book cover

Small art quilts : explorations in paint & stitch

Deborah O'Hare

746.46 /O'Hare
Crafts

"Using colour and an intriguing mix of surface techniques, layers, piecing and simple stitching, Deborah O'Hare's beautiful small art quilts capture the magic of her themes and subjects. In her unusual, whimsical interpretations of nature and the landscape, she builds up torn and cut layers of coloured cloth with stitch to create beautiful works of textile art. With her fresh, innovative approach, Deborah provides inspiration and step-by-step instruction on all the techniques she uses and shows the reader how to create moonlit scenes, seas, flowers, meadows, mountains, moors, animals and birds. Using up fabric scraps and threads is an important aspect of the author's work, and throughout the book there are tips on incorporating treasures from your stash into your pieces. From an original idea through to finishing and embellishing - this book will offer a rich source of ideas for experienced art quilters as well as those setting out on their creative journey who are inspired to start small."--Publisher's description.

Kara's picture

This book introduces many techniques I am not familiar with. One chapter addresses adapting photos into quilt designs. I am excited to give it a try. -Kara

Quick & easy quilts : 20 machine quilting projects book cover
Quick & easy quilts : 20 machine quilting projects book cover

Quick & easy quilts : 20 machine quilting projects

Lynne Goldsworthy

746.46 /Goldsworthy
Crafts

"Quick & Easy Quilts is a collection of 20 simple and colorful quilt projects perfect for beginners or quilters who want to start and finish a project in a weekend. The 20 projects include 12 quilts and 8 smaller projects, all featuring straightforward designs focused on time- and money-saving techniques, including working with bundles and precuts, strip piecing, and quilt as you go."--

Kara's picture

This book shares ideas for machine quilting projects. I like the bright patterns and information about supplies needed. -Kara

The art of mixing textiles in quilts : 14 projects using wool, silk, cotton & home decor fabrics book cover
The art of mixing textiles in quilts : 14 projects using wool, silk, cotton & home decor fabrics book cover

The art of mixing textiles in quilts : 14 projects using wool, silk, cotton & home decor fabrics

Lynn Schmitt

746.46 /Schmitt
Crafts

Kara's picture

The patterns in this book are really complex. I'm not sure if I'm up for tackling these projects but it is fun to look at the photos! -Kara

Dreamers book cover
Dreamers book cover

Dreamers

Yuyi Morales

jE Morales
Picture Books

"An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story"--

Casey's picture

In telling us her own immigration story, Morales reveals the power that stories, libraries as institutions, and librarians as people have to impact our communities and the world in meaningful ways. And she does so resplendently. -Casey

The day you begin book cover
The day you begin book cover

The day you begin

Jacqueline Woodson

jE Woodson
Kids, Fiction, Picture Books

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Morgan's picture

This beautiful picture book speaks to the difficulty and delight of being different. Woodson's narrative poetry addresses children from different cultures, with different physical abilities, and different economic backgrounds. Her narrative poetry shows their feelings of loneliness and shame stemming from their differences transform into feelings of connection and being special through small acts of bravery and kindness. -Morgan

Be prepared book cover
Be prepared book cover

Be prepared

Vera Brosgol

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Brosgol
Kids, Graphic Novels, Fiction

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.

Morgan's picture

This fun graphic novel is the story of a Russian immigrant and general misfit who goes to camp hoping to find acceptance. Vera's earnest struggle to make friends in all the wrong ways, and her grudging eventual enjoyment of camp will keep readers turning the pages to find out how she survives it all. -Morgan

Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood book cover
Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood book cover

Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

Karina Longworth

791.43 /Longworth
Nonfiction, Biographies, History

An exploration of "Hollywood's glamorous golden age via the cinematic life of Howard Hughes and the women who encountered him--sometimes at the expense of their minds and souls"--Dust jacket flap.

Anne M's picture

If you are a fan of Karina Longworth's "You Must Remember This" podcast, this is the book for you. Longworth sorta, kinda started this book through her podcast--some of her earlier episodes make up the chapters describing Hughes' time in the 1930's. But this is a much deeper dive. So much so, that I think I now know too much about Howard Hughes' love life. -Anne M

The stuff of stars book cover
The stuff of stars book cover

The stuff of stars

Marion Dane Bauer

jE Bauer
Picture Books, Science, Nature

Explores the formation of the universe.

Casey's picture

An intersection of art and science, breathtaking, highly abstract, and yet tangible--don't miss this one! -Casey

Krampus book cover
Krampus book cover

Krampus

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Krampus
Horror

This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. The horror-comedy tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus, an ancient entity from European folklore, all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own.

Shawna's picture

A modern movie sure to become a holiday classic. With plenty of laughs, scares, and a few sweet moments this movie perfectly blends the genres for a unique viewing experience. -Shawna

Gremlins book cover
Gremlins book cover

Gremlins

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Gremlins
Horror

Billy Peltzer's father buys him a new cuddly pet. But heed these three warnings: Don't ever get him wet. Keep him away from bright light. And the most important thing, the one thing you must never forget: no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs ... never, never feed him after midnight.

Shawna's picture

With an adorable, mysterious creature, romance, family fun, and moments of terror tinged with hilarity, this movie has so much going on I find something new about it to love year after year. -Shawna

The shining book cover
The shining book cover

The shining

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Shining
Horror

A young boy and his parents spend the winter in a resort hotel which is possessed by ghosts.

Shawna's picture

Though this movie is not specifically a holiday movie, it is best experienced on a snowy winter day, several of which often occur around winter holidays. The opening sequence of this film perfectly sets the stage for this ominous movie that builds to a notably climactic end. -Shawna

The shining book cover
The shining book cover

The shining

Stephen King

FICTION King, Stephen
Horror

Shawna's picture

People often say a movie can't stand up to a book. In this case, the book and the movie are both amazing works in their own right. -Shawna

NOS4A2 : a novel book cover
NOS4A2 : a novel book cover

NOS4A2 : a novel

Joe Hill

FICTION Hill Joe
Horror

Shawna's picture

As the son of Stephen King it is no wonder Joe Hill has written some marvelously creepy novels. Hill's truly horrifying depiction of a Christmas wonderland leaves haunting imagery and weaves a story that keeps readers wanting more. -Shawna

Wraith book cover
Wraith book cover

Wraith

COMIC/Wraith
Graphic Novels

Joe Hill's New York Times Bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland, and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Manx. Now, in an original new comic mini-series, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers, and sure to delight fans of the novel where he explored Charlie's twisted beginnings, introduces a new and depraved cast of characters to Christmasland, and takes readers on a 100 mph ride down a nightmare road in a car with no brakes.

Shawna's picture

Joe Hill explores the past of the main villain of his novel, NOS4A2 in this graphic novel. -Shawna

Hark! the herald angels scream book cover
Hark! the herald angels scream book cover

Hark! the herald angels scream

808.83873 /Hark
Horror

Shawna's picture

For the Holiday Horror reader on-the-go, this recently published book of short stories is a great option. With stories ranging from shockingly terrifying to mildly disquieting, this collection keeps readers entertained and wanting more. -Shawna

A big mooncake for little star book cover
A big mooncake for little star book cover

A big mooncake for little star

Grace Lin

jE Lin
Picture Books, Fantasy, Nature

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

Casey's picture

Grace Lin has created a truly distinguished, female-centric, and empowering original folktale. -Casey

The great alone book cover
The great alone book cover

The great alone

Kristin Hannah

FICTION Hannah Kristin
Fiction

Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.

Meredith's picture

I've never been to Alaska, but Kristin Hannah paints such a vivid picture, I felt like I was there while reading this amazing book of love, loss and survival. -Meredith

The biggest smallest Christmas present book cover
The biggest smallest Christmas present book cover

The biggest smallest Christmas present

Harriet Muncaster

jHOLIDAY E Muncaster
Picture Books

Clementine's life is ordinary in every way except that she is very tiny--a fact that Santa Claus does not seem to understand.

Melody's picture

I love the perspective of the fairy-sized kid getting presents that weren't quite right for her, and how creative she was in finding new ways to play with things she didn't know how to at first. My kid loved it too! Who wouldn't love a book about presents?? -Melody

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption book cover
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption book cover

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption

Bryan Stevenson

340.092 /Stevenson
Nonfiction

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

Meredith's picture

The 2015 One Community, One Book selection, Just Mercy is a powerful story about everything wrong with our judicial system, and the people working to make things right. Both inspirational and horrifying, this is an important book I think everything should read. The film adaptation, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, is slated for a 2020 release. -Meredith

All systems red book cover
All systems red book cover

All systems red

Martha Wells

SCIENCE FICTION Wells Martha
Science Fiction

A murderous android discovers itself in "All Systems Red", a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial intelligence. In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid -- a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

Brian's picture

I'm going to be honest with you--most of the books I read come from recommendations by my favorite authors. Patrick Rothfuss was gushing about this title on Goodreads, so here we are. "All Systems Red" is a quick, Sci-Fi read. It introduces us to characters who I want to know more about. Good thing it's a series! -Brian

Heartbeat book cover
Heartbeat book cover

Heartbeat

Evan Turk

jE Turk
Picture Books

Separated from her mother, a young whale swims the oceans for decades until she finds a young girl who shares her vision of one planet for which all are responsible.

Casey's picture

Heartbeat follows a whale calf, orphaned by the early commercial whaling industry, through two hundred years of human development. Evan Turk highlights the ways in which we have used these creatures to advance ourselves, and the shifting attitudes toward whales of more recent history with thoughtfulness. A unique and timely look at human history through the lens of the animals we impact, make sure to read Turk's author's note at the end for more information. -Casey

The Parker inheritance book cover
The Parker inheritance book cover

The Parker inheritance

Varian Johnson

jFICTION Johnson Varian
Kids, Fiction, Mystery

Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

Morgan's picture

I love this book about seeking truth and acceptance. With the help of her friend Brandon, Candice searches for the truth about her grandmother’s failed tenure as city manager. Following clues her grandmother left her, their search for treasure instead leads to a decades old cover up of racial injustice, the truth of which was ignored by the city for years. The modern-day story is the main focus, with historical vignettes providing the backstory for the mystery. Readers will be just as invested as Candice and Brandon in solving the mystery of the letter writer and finding out what happened to the Washington family. -Morgan

The book of Boy book cover
The book of Boy book cover

The book of Boy

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

jFICTION Murdock Catherin
Kids, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.--Provided by Publisher.

Morgan's picture

Acceptance and truth are key components in this Medieval quest story. Hunchbacked Boy seeks acceptance for his appearance and enigmatic Secundus seeks acceptance into Heaven. They both reject and hide the truth of their natures, Boy is an angel hiding his wings as a hunchback and Secundus is a condemned father escaped from Hell pretending to be a religious pilgrim. It is only after they each embrace their true selves that they find what they are looking for. -Morgan