Saturday, January 26, 2013

Staff Picks for January

We like to read, and we like to share what we read! This is a list of recent favorites.
STAFF PICKS



Wintry Reading for Little Ones

Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli chronicles the story of a town as it experiences a long period of cold weather. Filled with Marjorie Priceman's bright illustrations, the book chronicles the effects of a chilly week and the warmth of a community as it comes together around the freezing weather. Spinelli's latest picture book is sure to be a heartwarming addition to family story time this winter season.

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The Imperfectionists
The Imperfectionists
By Rachman, Tom
2011-01 - Dial Press
9780385343671 Check Our Catalog

One of most acclaimed books of the year, ""Tom Rachman's debut novel follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters and editors of an English-language newspaper in Rome. …More


Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
By Sedaris, David
2000-06 - Little Brown and Company
9780316777728 Check Our Catalog 2003 Thurber Prize for American Humor Winner

A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his attempts to learn French. …More


Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth
Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth
By Childs, Craig
2012-10 - Pantheon Books
9780307379092 Check Our Catalog

In a riveting narrative, Childs makes clear the fact that the planet is not stable; that it is prone to sudden, violent natural disasters. He refutes the idea of an apocalyptic end to earth, and finds clues to the more inevitable end in some of the most physically challenging places on earth. …More


Return to Willow Lake
Return to Willow Lake
By Wiggs, Susan
2012-08 - Harlequin Mira
9780778313847 Check Our Catalog

When her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even if that means staying in her hometown and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest mistake in love. Profoundly resonant, this is Wiggs at her finest. …More


Rescue Me
Rescue Me
By Gibson, Rachel
2012-05 - Avon Books
9780062069122 Check Our Catalog

She's 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum-pink bridesmaid dress. And the whole town wants to fix her up with anyone with a dental plan. Who's going to rescue Sadie Hallowell now? Original. …More


To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
By Hochschild, Adam
2011-05 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780618758289 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative, Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. …More


I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
By Marciuliano, Francesco
2012-08 - Chronicle Books (CA)
9781452110585 Check Our Catalog

In this hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip "Sally Forth" helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans. …More


Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats
Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats
By Barey, Patricia
Author Burson, Therese
2012-08 - Abrams Image
9781419702754 Check Our Catalog

The world knows Julia Child as the charismatic woman who brought French cuisine to America and became a TV sensation, but not many know of her lifelong passion for cats. Barey and Burson have gathered fresh stories and images that offer a delightful view of the beloved icon. …More


Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us
Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us
By Salkin, Allen
2008-10 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446540667 Check Our Catalog

A brand-new and revised edition of the hilarious guide to the national anti-holiday made famous by "Seinfeld," complete with never-before-seen material, photos, and illustrations on how to prepare and enjoy your very own Festivus. …More