Thursday, July 11, 2013

Staff Picks

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

Guide to Summer Fun

This summer, help your kids explore new adventures with Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun. This 350-page resource is filled with activities, including science experiments, crafts, trivia, games and adventures. Encouraging parent participation, the book also helps to create a sense of self-reliance in children who may be used to disappearing behind their electronic toys. With four categories to choose from--You, Home, Society and Adventure--children should have no problem finding something different to do. Parents will enjoy watching as their kids learn to "create instead of consume," while having fun in the process.

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The Aviator's Wife
The Aviator's Wife
By Benjamin, Melanie
2013-01 - Delacorte Press
9780345528674 Check Our Catalog

In the spirit of "Loving Frank" and "The Paris Wife," acclaimed novelist Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America's most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. …More

Bad Monkey
Bad Monkey
By Hiaasen, Carl
2013-06 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307272591 Check Our Catalog

Hiaasen is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida--now, in the Bahamas too--get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion. …More

The Art of Thinking Clearly
The Art of Thinking Clearly
By Dobelli, Rolf
Translator Griffin, Nicky
2013-05 - Harper
9780062219688 Check Our Catalog

In engaging prose and with practical examples and anecdotes, an eye-opening look at human reasoning and essential reading for anyone with important decisions to make. …More

The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal about Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship
The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal about Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship
By Northrup, Chrisanna
Author Schwartz, Pepper
Author Witte, James
2013-02 - Harmony
9780307951632 Check Our Catalog

Based on data obtained from nearly 100,000 respondents, here is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to learn the relationship-tested ways couples can achieve satisfaction and contentment in areas such as communication, sex, affection, and financial cooperation. …More

By Brown, Dan
2013-05 - Doubleday Books
9780385537858 Check Our Catalog

In his international blockbusters "The Da Vinci Code," "Angels & Demons," and "The Lost Symbol," Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, he returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date, featuring the Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon. …More

The Family Fang
The Family Fang
By Wilson, Kevin
2012-04 - Ecco Press
9780061579059 Check Our Catalog

With this novel about an oddball family of performance artists, Wilson comes through in a big way, with a funny, poignant, laugh-and-cry-out-loud novel about the art of surviving a masterpiece of dysfunction. …More