A Few of Our Favorite Things – Books

Posted on April 10, 2017. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

National Library Week is April 9th -15th. To celebrate, the library is hosting a variety of workshops.  Additionally, each library will have a display of library employees favorite books and movies. Why not check one out?

Here is a sampling of some of our favorites:

9780060987107_p0_v5_s192x300Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
illustrations by Douglas Smith

“When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780374505929_p0_v1_s192x300In My Father’s Court
by Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Like Isaac Bashevis Singer’s fiction, this poignant memoir of his childhood in the household and rabbinical court of his father is full of spirits and demons, washerwomen and rabbis, beggars and rich men. This remembrance of Singer’s pious father, his rational yet adoring mother, and the never-ending parade of humanity that marched through their home is a portrait of a magnificent writer’s childhood self and of the world, now gone, that formed him” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781570033711_p0_v1_s192x300Before Gatsby: The First Twenty-Six Stories
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“For the first time, all the commercially published short stories F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote before and during his work on what would become his great American novel, The Great Gatsby, have been collected in one volume. Published between 1919 and 1923, these twenty-six stories—most of which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and in two Fitzgerald volumes, Flappers and Philosophers and Tales of the Jazz Age—document the striking development of Fitzgerald’s professionalism and short-story craftsmanship during his twenties.

Edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, the foremost expert on Fitzgerald, the annotated and generously illustrated collection reproduces magazine artwork, manuscripts, advertisements, and photographs that provide a rich contextual backdrop for understanding the ways American life shaped Fitzgerald’s fiction” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780060786502_p0_v3_s192x300The Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver

“In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo—a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture.

Set against one of the most dramatic political events of the twentieth century—the Congo’s fight for independence from Belgium and its devastating consequences—here is New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Kingslover’s beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable epic that chronicles the disintegration of family and a nation (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780451417909_p0_v1_s192x300Written in Red
by Anne Bishop

“As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781533256355_p0_v1_s192x300My Antonia
by Willa Cather

“My Antonia (1918) depicts the pioneering period of European settlement on the tall-grass prairie of the American midwest, with its beautiful yet terrifying landscape, rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans, and communities who share life’s joys and sorrows.

Jim Burden recounts his memories of Antonia Shimerda, whose family settle in Nebraska from Bohemia. Together they share childhoods spent in a new world. Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. Her story is that of the land itself, a moving portrait of endurance and strength” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780316017930_p0_v1_s192x300Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

“There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around themat such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780307396181_p0_v1_s192x300Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s
John Elder Robison

“Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habitsan inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)had earned him the label ‘social deviant.’

It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himselfand the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible accountsometimes alien yet always deeply human” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780143109464_p0_v3_s192x300Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes

“Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

by Leif Enger

“Young Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, suspecting that his own father is touched by God. When his older brother flees a controversial murder charge, Reuben, along with his older sister and father, set off on a journey that will take them to the Badlands and through a landscape more extraordinary than they could have anticipated. Enger’s novel is at once a heroic quest and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780451457813_p0_v1_s192x300Storm Front
by Jim Butcher

“For Harry DresdenChicago’s only professional wizardbusiness, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name…” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780451226259_p0_v1_s192x300Some Girls Bite
by Chloe Neill

“When Merit, a twenty-seven-year-old grad student, accidentally becomes a vampire, she finds herself sucked into a whole new world as she is initiated into Cadogan House, one of the oldest vampire houses in the United States. Unfortunately, Cadogan House is being blamed for some bad behavior with humans and it looks like a war might be on the way” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780441790340_p0_v1_s192x300Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein.
“Valentine Michael Smith is a man raised by Martians. Sent to Earth, he must learn what it is to be human. But his beliefs and his powers far exceed the limits of man, and his arrival leads to a transformation that will alter Earth’s inhabitants forever…” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780345391803_p0_v1_s192x300The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams.
“This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with the words don’t panic written on the front. (‘A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.’) In their travels they meet: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch President of the Galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girl friend, formerly Tricia McMillan, whom Arthur once tried to pick up at a cocktail party; Marvin, a paranoid android, a brilliant but chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780062347268_p0_v3_s192x300America’s First Daughter
by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
“As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, Patsy becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death. She travels with him when he becomes American minister to France. It is in Paris that Patsy learns about her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat.

Her choices will follow her in the years to come, and as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780064400015_p0_v4_s192x300Little House in the Big Woods (coming soon!)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“In 1871, four-year-old Laura Ingalls lives in a log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their lovable dog, Jack.  Pioneer life isn’t easy for the Ingalls family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But they make the best of every tough situation and work hard to build a happy life together.

They celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do their spring planting, bring in the harvest in the fall, and make their first trip into town. And every night, safe and warm in their little house, the sound of Pa’s fiddle lulls Laura and her sisters into sleep” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

by Grady Hendrix
designed by Andie Reid
illustrated by Michael Rogalski
cover photography by Christine Ferrara

“Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780671721046_p0_v2_s192x300Deed of Paksinarrion (coming soon!)
by Elizabeth Moon

Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer’s daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life. Trained as a mercenary she distinguishes herself, but leaves the Dukes service to follow the path of Gird, the soldier’s god. That path leads her on a holy quest for a lost elven prince that brings the gods’ wrath down on her and tests her very limit (Barnes and Noble).

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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