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Staff picks September 2017

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Eileen

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Meredith Martin Delinn needs a place to hide. Her husband was convicted of a Madoff-scale swindle and her world is crashing around her. Connie Flute needs to recover from the stunning death of her brilliant husband and the resulting estrangement from her daughter. Where better than beautiful Nantucket? Lifelong friends find that their retreat may offer second chances.

For fans of: Contemporary fiction featuring women’s lives and relationships.

Already read it? Try: Mary Kay Andrews, Jennifer Weiner, Barbara Delinsky, Nancy Thayer, or Anne Rivers Siddons.

 

Sarah

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

Leaving the comforts of home, Tilly Harper accepts a job as assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. Tilly’s chief duty is in minding and caring for the disabled girls and women who have accepted work assembling artificial flowers and are living in the company boarding house. As Tilly settles into her new home, she happens upon an abandoned diary leading her into the long forgotten lives of Florrie and Rosie, sisters separated during childhood. This novel is set in 1912 Victorian London and explores the lives of the wealthy and the destitute and is rich in period detail.

For fans of: Lush, atmospheric historical fiction.

Already read it? Try: Kate Morton, Diane Setterfield, The Cottingley Secret, Lauren Willig

Katherine

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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

Amazing and worthwhile, but not particularly easy to get through. There’s a lot going on here. It’s not the kind of book I’d think I’d like – technical, difficult, political. I don’t think you’d have much luck with this unless you’re internet/tech savvy. A lot of philosophizing, particularly of the social anarchist variety. His view of the potential world is so detailed, and so intricate, and so full of ideas. Very alt-2017; the diversity is diverse – ethnicity, sexuality, ideologies, theories, subcultures, you name it, it’s (probably) in here. The plot spans many years, and there’s a lot of main characters, but they are fully developed. Mind-expanding and inspiring.
For fans of: Margaret Atwood, Neal Stephenson, Ursula K. LeGuin, and hard science fiction
Already read it? Try Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Crosstalk by Connie Willis, or The Circle by Dave Eggers

Kelly

 

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This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt LaMothe

This story takes an innocent approach to the world around us. The cast of characters includes 7 young children from all across the world. These kids give a view into their day-to-day as they talk about what they eat, wear, do for fun, and more. This innocent description of life in other countries helps to break away from stereotypes on the people and conditions in different countries. Every child’s story is based on the lives of real children in India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Peru, Russia, and Uganda. This short read shines a light on the differences and similarities that these seemingly foreign nations have to the United States and other nations. This true to life children’s book shows that life doesn’t have to be fabulous or exciting in order to be important and influential.

 

For fans of: Cross-cultural studies, Sociology, Children’s non-fiction topics including world cultures, world religions, and multicultural literature.

Already read it? Try: Food Like Mine by Carrie LoveThe kids’ multicultural cookbook : food & fun around the world by Deanna F. CookCelebrate Diwali : with sweets, lights and fireworks by Deborah Heiligman and Vasudha NarayananGrowing up Muslim : understanding Islamic beliefs and practices / Sumbul Ali-KaramaliMeatless? : a fresh look at what you eat by Sarah Elton , Celebrations by Anabel Kindersley

Ann

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Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom by Suzi Eszterhas

Moto and Me is a  beautifully tender story of a year in a woman’s life fostering a serval. A wonderful story of friendship between species with breathtaking pictures!

For fans of: Both fiction and non-fiction featuring heart-warming stories of animal companions, animal rescue, and wildlife rehabilitation.

Already read it? Try: A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. ArnoldDog finds lost dolphins : and more true stories of amazing animal heroes by Elizabeth CarneyChaser : unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words by John W. Pilley with Hilary HinzmannThe good good pig : the extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

 

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Staff Picks August 2017

 

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Eileen

By Any Name by Cynthia Voigt

An unconventional woman in the second half of the 20th century wins the love of an upper crust Naval Officer but not the respect and admiration of his family – to the frustration of her four daughters.

For fans of: Judy Blume, Emily Giffin, Elizabeth Strout, Lorna Landvik
Already read it? Try Fannie Flagg’s The All Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion

 

 

Sarah

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Mae, a young 20-something, fresh out of college gets the opportunity of a lifetime to leave her less than thrilling job at the local utility company for an entry-level position in Customer Experience at a large social media company (which is a merged version of Facebook, Google, and Twitter). Newly empowered by the luxuries of working for a tech giant she is able to lift her parents out of medical debt and health burdens and is on an ever-improving career track. She makes lots of connections with people and becomes increasingly connected with the best and the brightest minds in the industry. Everything is going really great! Or is it?

A thought-provoking, morally-challenging take on what the balance is between bettering society, protecting privacy, and what constitutes real human connection.

For fans of: George Orwell, Cory Doctorow
Already read it? Try Purity by Jonathan Franzen or 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

 

Ann

Blankets by Craig Thompson

A beautiful story of growing up and all of the issues that entails. A moving, coming of age memoir.
For fans of: John Green, Nina LaCour, Gayle Forman
Already read it? Try: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi or This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

 

 

 

 

The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Katherine

This is a strong, powerful book, and the writing is excellent. The writing style and the emotional punch reminds me of The Book Thief, although unlike The Book Thief it didn’t make me cry and feel sad. Is it about sad, heavy stuff? Yes, but along with heartbreak, The Hate U Give is also empowering and hopeful. Also this is an important book, and more than just “timely.” I’ve seen this stuff on the news, I’ve read about the Black Lives Matter movement… but nothing else I’ve seen has brought the understanding and emotional connection that reading this book does. This really just puts you there, puts you in her shoes, and lets you understand in a very personal, visceral way.
For fans of: Markus Zusak, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds
Already read it? Try: March by John Lewis or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 

Kelly (our new library page!)

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

This book is an enthralling continuation of the story of Percy Jackson. A newer cast of characters is introduced; Jason the boy who awoke with no memories, Piper his thieving girlfriend, and Leo their best friend and mechanical genius. These kids use their demigod powers to go on a quest to save the world from semi-immortal giants. Riordan’s sense of detail brings realism to every battle and step of their journey. As the first of the Heroes Of Olympus series, this story gives a powerful introduction to the rest of the books by switching the character’s perspective to a different character in every chapter.

For fans of: Fantasy adventure that is action-packed, fast-paced, and full of wit.
Already read it? Try: The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage or Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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July Staff Picks

Intrigued by any of these?

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Eileen

Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith:

The author of the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency moves Jane Austen’s Emma to the present day, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the beloved classic. Much stays the same — Emma is still sure her understanding of any situation is far superior– while the details change– she’s home from university to launch her interior design business. McCall Smith does wonders fulling out the backstory and motivations of the characters while working within Austen’s plot. A substantial retelling: if you like this, try The Austen Project by Cathleen Flynn or Emma Approved, a YouTube series. There’s also the other books in the Austen tribute series: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield, Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, and Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid.

Ann

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki:

This was my first foray into graphic novels! This One Summer uses subtle details to tell a story about two adolescent girls over the span of a summer as they encounter some of the more complicated realities of life. This one will appeal to older Teens (and nostalgic adults) who enjoyed Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels (Smile, Sisters, & Drama).

Sarah

The Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde:

This book is for fans of Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and anyone who loves British humor. An unlikely orphan, who runs an employment agency for magicians in a land where magic is fading, finds out she plays a powerful role in the future of the last remaining Dragon and the undeveloped Dragonlands. Hi-jinx, quirky characters, and an obsidian-toothed Quarkbeast who eats everything, (including curried pancakes and the tableware they are served on), will take you on a wild romp through the UnUnited Kingdom, (strikingly similar to the United Kingdom), where magic is fading. The last Dragon is penned up on acres of land awaiting his death foretold by unreliable clairvoyants. Meanwhile, as the locals tailgate outside the border of the Dragonlands waiting to stake their land claims,  a battle for the Dragonlands is being prepared for by an unscrupulous King, Duke, a Superstar,  and a large corporation.

Katherine

Looking for Alaska by John Green:
An award-winning young adult novel of danger, vice, and first love, set at a boarding school.

Elizabeth

Les Misérables (DVD):

Les Misérables is a spectacularly beautiful movie adaptation of the epic musical that takes viewers on an inspiring journey with a man named Jean Valjean, or prisoner #24601, as he tries to make something out of himself after being imprisoned and escaping parole. The musical also captures the stories of the people around him and how their lives intertwine in 19th century France. The songs in this musical are award-winning and rightfully so because they are so moving and perfect. Even if almost every line in the movie being sung might seem to be a bit of an overkill, it’s still a gorgeous piece of cinema. Whether it makes you laugh, cry, or just feel inspired this is a movie that every person should have the good fortune of beholding.

 

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June 2017 Staff Picks

 

Eileen

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A Painted House by John Grisham:
It’s John Grisham, but it’s NOT a legal thriller. Luke Chandler, at seven, lives with his parents and grandparents in a little house that’s never been painted. In the fall of 1952, the backbreaking drudgery of cotton picking takes second place to strife among the sharecroppers – unexpected pregnancies and more than one violent death.
For fans of: Historical fiction, Southern fiction, Coming of age stories, and stories set in rural settings.

Katherine

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris:
I read this for a reading challenge item, “book by a celebrity.” I had been concerned whether I was going to come up with something good, but I wound up enjoying this a lot more than I expected to. It was a lot of fun. Neil Patrick Harris clearly really enjoys life. In fact, he enjoys it with gusto!
For fans of: Humorous non-fiction, celebrity memoirs, People magazine, Amy Poehler, and Amy Schumer.

Sarah

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden:
The Bear and the Nightingale is a take on an old Russian fairy-tale set in 14th century Russia featuring Vasilisa the Brave. Vasilisa protects her village, and the tradition of honoring the spirits of hearth and home,  against an oppressive religious and political regime. As the spirits realize the old ways are under threat they start to retaliate. I loved this book for its old world flavor, the artfully depicted strong sense of place, and the enchanting story of a girl who stays true to what she believes is right and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to defend it.
This is a great cross-over book and would appeal to older teens even though it was written for an adult audience.
For fans of lush, atmospheric historical fantasy, fairy-tales for adults, literary fiction, and mythology.

Ann

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Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

A great on the edge of your seat story. This book will leave you in suspense until the end!

A fast-paced, suspenseful thriller for fans of JD Robb, Catherine Coulter, and Alex Kava.

 

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May 2017 Staff Picks

May Staff Picks
Check out our recommended reads for this month!

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Eileen

            
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny:
March’s book group reacquainted me with Chief Inspector Gamache. Louise Penny’s series could be described as mysteries, but that would not do credit to her focus on developing complicated, realistic, sympathetic (or not) characters. This installment is set on Easter weekend in the village of Three Pines, Quebec. Some friends decide to hold a séance, and one ends up dead. Add in some complexities on the job, and Armand Gamache faces a web of motivations, jealousy, and tangled relationships.

North of Boston by Robert Frost: 
I’ve found myself going back to Robert Frost’s poems a lot recently. The quintessential New England poet’s turns of phrase and home truths resonate,
“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…”
“Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor…” “Every child should have the memory of at least one long-after-bedtime walk…”

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty:
Watched HBO’s Big Little Lies? The latest from that author, this book follows life-long friends Clementine and Erika and their husbands, who accept a last minute invitation to a Sunday afternoon barbecue in Sydney, Australia from neighbors Tiffany and Vid. Two months later, all anyone can ask is “What if we hadn’t gone?”

Katherine

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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier: 
This is a graphic novel memoir, a companion to Smile (which was hugely popular), but definitely stands alone. Despite a target audience of girls 10-13, this is a quality book that is enjoyable by anyone.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan:
This is a great fantasy/adventure book, a fast read, and suitable for virtually all ages. It’s just a lot of fun, and there’s a long series that follows it.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith:
A hard-boiled detective story from the author of Harry Potter, (Robert Galbraith is actually J. K. Rowling). Very well written and entertaining, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Harry Potter, but it’s a very different book.

Sarah

    

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot:
This true story was mind-blowing and should be on your radar, especially because the movie is out on HBO and has been receiving a lot of publicity. Henrietta lived in poverty farming tobacco on her beloved ancestral land and died very young leaving behind 4 little children. Henrietta lived a tumultuous life which ended after a brutal fight with cervical cancer before treatments were fully developed. Doctors took advantage of her terminal condition and harvested and kept her cancer cells without permission, all while she suffered through what were then experimental treatments. Her cancer cells were her key to immortality as doctors grew 50 million metric tons of them for sale and study. Thanks to her cells the polio vaccine was discovered, the effects of the atom bomb were studied, and advances in cancer research, in-vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping were made. This journalistic narrative traces Henrietta’s history, the history of her family, and the legacy of her cells.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders:
*We do not own this book but can obtain it via inter-library loan if you are interested in reading it. It is also available as an eBook and audiobook on NH Overdrive.
The structure of this book completely threw me at first but once I started reading it the way I would a play it evened out. The author successfully melds historical fiction, historical accounts, excerpts from media and other nonfiction sources, with subtle satire and keen insight to create an emotionally moving portrait of the profound grief that comes with child loss. In this case it is President Lincoln’s loss of his son Willy to typhoid. The author uses Buddhist and Christian thought, subtly, to examine the human reckoning with loss, impermanence, the afterlife, and the implications of our choices. The characters that are stuck in Bardo (a Tibetan term to describe a place where souls rest before moving on) in the graveyard are reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s graveyard characters in The Graveyard Book. They come to care for Willie as he deals with his transition while also ruminating on their former lives. This book hits you with gut punches but the gallows humor and satire break up the heaviness. The characters were extremely memorable. Most importantly, the ending delivered that elusive closure we seek when dealing with loss.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova:
I loved this book for the sense of place it imparted, I felt that I could see, smell, and taste everything the Kostova was describing. Elizabeth Kostova is a master of the historical fiction genre and has a new release out, The Shadow Land (which we have and is receiving excellent reviews)! The Historian follows two narrators, one of a woman (who is never named) in search of her the history of her parents, and the other of her Father’s search for his beloved professor. The story weaves together the history of Dracula, supernatural intrigue successfully paired with history, and delectable descriptions of the voyages through Eastern Europe amid the political turmoil that has been commonplace for much of that area throughout history. The tone is moody and atmospheric and the writing is reminiscent of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The atmosphere was so rich, immersive, and vivid that despite it being lengthy it was compelling enough to keep going. For fans of Dracula, Historical Thrillers, and Gothic Literature.

Ann

    

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer: 
This is book 3 of The Last Survivors series. Miranda and Alex meet when her dad returns to her house. They both experience a lot of life-changing events. Heart-wrenching, riveting, and absorbing.

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer: 
We do not own this book but can obtain it via inter-library loan if you are interested in reading it. The final book in the Last Survivors series is told from Jon’s point of view. He has become very content in his position but everyone else has not and this causes conflict and changes.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop: 
We do not own this book but can obtain it via inter-library loan if you are interested in reading it. It is also available as an eBook on NH Overdrive.
A unique story about shape shifters that are in charge of a world where humans are food. A fast-paced action filled story. Can’t wait to read the next one.

Elizabeth

    

Snow White by Matt Phelan:
This is a wonderful version of the classic tale of Snow White. If you thought there was no new and original way to retell this story then Matt Phelan will definitely prove you wrong. This image-based retelling takes you back to Depression-era New York and with a new twist that will keep you interested with every page.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien:
The Hobbit is a beautiful classic that you absolutely need to read if you haven’t, (and maybe even re-read if you’ve already had the pleasure). You will accompany the original Hobbit on his long and twisty journey out of the Shire while meeting different people and creatures along the way. An incredible story!

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson:
A well-written short story that will really get you thinking about the traditions we practice and the way we live our lives. This is for anyone interested in a short dystopian story with a twisted surprise ending.

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Books that your neighbors recommend – Coffee and Convo Meet-up 4/17

Were you unable to make it to the library for the Coffee and Conversation Meet-up last Friday? We are meeting again on Tuesday 4/25 at 10:30 to talk more. 
Curious to know what your neighbors have been reading or watching and recommending? 
Check out a few recommendations below! There are tons more if you click the link below.
Running themes at this book chat were small town romance and life (Susan Mallery), beach reads featuring women’s issues (Elin Hilderbrand), Young Adult Romance (Sarah Dessen, John Green), and classics such as Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan is a new historical fiction book with rave reviews and multiple votes for it being both delightful and heartbreaking. The story is set in a small town during the onset of WWII. It is written from the varying perspectives of the resident’s of the town and is an epistolary (written in letters) book. Lots of drama, small town gossip, emotion, and memorable characters!
For fans of: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth is a new Young Adult (YA)* novel that is both thrilling, complex, and features multiple perspectives. It starts out on a violent planet where each person is given a unique ability that will ultimately influence the future. 
For fans of: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Lois Lowry, Paolo Bacigalupi, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Marie Lu.
*(If you haven’t tried YA yet, don’t let the label fool you! YA books deal with the same issues as general adult fiction but typically features protagonists in their teens through twenties who are just as likeable and intriguing as the ones you meet in the adult fiction section. If you want to try some YA but don’t know where to start just ask any of us at the library since we read it often!)
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April 2017 Staff Picks

April 2017 Staff Picks
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Eileen

     

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: For those who love A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Mysterious Benedict Society offers a similar delicious mix of seriousness, clever wordplay, and idiosyncratic characters. Five children take a special test and form an alliance with the mysterious but kindly Mr. Benedict against a treacherous and powerful villain. 

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis: We see history as inevitable, but, in the moment, it’s much less clear what will happen. Read this book to appreciate how unique the United States is in world history – and how close it came to not being at all. By the Pulitzer Prize winning Joseph J. Ellis author of Founding Brothers. 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: One of my old favorites, Pride and Prejudice is a classic for many reasons. From the flowing language to the relatable characters to the sly humor and understanding, Jane Austen is hard to beat. 

Katherine

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If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison:  Chick lit with well developed, likable main character. While ultimately unsurprising, this book was sweet, uplifting, and an enjoyable read.The moral of the story: It’s not too late. Quote: “…but did I smile like a Disney princess when I woke in the morning and have a nice big stretch, smiling at the world for the chance to do another day?”

How to Be a Grown-up by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus: Funny, light novel about a middle-aged woman who has to go back to work… for young women half her age. This book was a lot of fun, a quick read, and very relatable despite characters whose lives were very different from mine.
       
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon: Juvenile fantasy with witches and castles and magic! Funny, charming, and very enjoyable.

Sarah

  
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: A beautiful and intriguing tale of a woman who finds a lunchbox washed up on the shore on an island off the coast of Canada. Inside of the lunchbox she finds a journal written by Nao, a Japanese teenager, letters from the Nao’s Uncle, who was a Kamikaze pilot in WWII, and writing recounting Nao’s relationship with her Great-Grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun. The author deftly ties together the threads of all of their lives while reflecting on theories of time, the importance of love, living a fulfilling life, and finding meaning in death, all using themes of Buddhism, Quantum Theory, and Philosophy. The story alternates between the lives of Ruth, the woman on the island, and Nao, the Japanese girl.The story was so utterly compelling, and the characters lovable, that I got hooked and was swept up in their lives! Additionally, the entire story is also a subtle play on the thought-enigma of Schrodinger’s Cat and is filled with tidbits of intriguing science and Zen Koans. The story will stick with you for some time.

This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson: Selected because this is National Library Month! This book delves into the bizarre experiences of Cybrarianship (being a librarian in a virtual environment) and the least explored corners of Librarianship. It reads like a spy’s muckraking account of librarianship, but it is also funny, quirky, and insightful. I listened to this on NH OverDrive as part of my 2017 Reading Challenge, but BPL has a physical copy of the book. This book celebrates National Library Month with a jump into the deep end of the zany world of library culture, cybrarianship, and quirky information specialists with interesting careers! Somewhat shocking, sometimes frivolous, but nevertheless intriguing. 

March, Book One by John Lewis: This book (and series) is sweeping the awards in after its release in 2013. Written by Congressman John Lewis, this book documents his youth and formative experiences as he advocated for civil rights. It is in graphic novel format so it’s a quick read and easy to understand while still capturing the spirit, struggle, and important history of the Civil Rights Movement. Book one tells the personal story of John Lewis’ childhood through young adult years, his meeting of Martin Luther King Jr., and his work towards peace in the face of violence and adversity. Edcuational, courageous and inspiring!

Ann

  

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino:  An upbeat story about Chip and Joanna Gaines that focuses on the ups and downs of their life together as they buy and remodel homes in a poorer section of town to rent to college students. Through all of it they are funny and thankful just as they are on their TV show “Fixer Upper.”

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: The story of a family trying to survive after an asteroid hits the moon and pushes it closer to Earth. Natural disasters happen all over the world changing life as they knew it. A story of loss, love, and determination. This is the first book in a series of four.

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer:  Book 2 of the “Life As We Knew It” series. The story of Alex and his sisters trying to survive in New York City without adults after the moon collision. Life becomes very difficult for a teenager that had his life planned. Food and safety are now his priority instead of grades and college. Will they survive?

Elizabeth

  

The Road by Cormac McCarthy: 
The Road is an absolutely excellent book on so many levels. It is terrifying, heart-wrenching, and completely beautiful at the same time. Because the book is written as a sort of love letter from the author McCarthy to his son, this book will strike a chord in your heart as you follow a man and his son traveling south in a post-apocalyptic setting. The delicate balance of emotionally harrowing moments and uplifting aspects make this book truly wonderful.
  
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan:  
A beautiful new book in Riordan’s classic Greek series, this new story continues the journey. Each chapter is written in a different person’s point of view and captures the friendships and tribulations which will give you an interesting reading experience as it each character relates to the plot.This adventurous tale is filled with enough wit, action, and heart to make it a favorite for anyone and a push to read the rest of the series as soon as you can get your hands on them!
  
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: 
A wonderful classic that you’ll be sure to enjoy even as an adult. Since it’s not that similar to the classic 1939 movie, with some cruel and disturbing twists, it’s sure to keep you interested and invested in the story with every turn of the page. This timeless tale is an absolute must read no matter who you are!