Thursday, November 14, 2013

Staff Picks

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





Perfect Holiday Meals

Feeling anxious about your meal plans for the upcoming holidays? Never fear, Ree Drummond is here! Known for her wildly popular blog, the Pioneer Woman, Drummond is also a cookbook author and host of a popular Food Network show. Her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, is filled with 140 recipes and full menus tailored to compliment each major holiday, from a full Thanksgiving turkey feast to Christmas rum cake to New Year's Day healthy resolution smoothies. Drummond can help take some of the stress and guesswork out of holiday meal preparation so you can have more time to sit back and enjoy the occasion.

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The Wedding
The Wedding
By Sparks, Nicholas
2005-07 - Warner Vision
9780446615860 Check Our Catalog


From America's favorite chronicler of love stories continues the legacy of his classic "The Notebook" with the story of an ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to win back the love of his life.
The story flows smoothly and and has a rich ending that takes one by surprise and is pleasant.
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Messy Me!
Messy Me!
By McGee, Marni
Illustrator Biscoe, Cee
2011-05 - Good Books
9781561487165 Check Our Catalog

Bold colors illustrate Little Bear's playful and chaotic life. An ideal storyto share with little ones. Full color. …More


Fifteen Animals!
Fifteen Animals!
By Boynton, Sandra
2008-10 - Workman Publishing
9780761130666 Check Our Catalog

The latest of the Boynton on Board Books, "Fifteen Animals!" is not only a unique counting book--count the Bobs, pets, bunnies, and fish--it also comes with a free song available via download. …More


Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon
By Brown, Margaret Wise
Illustrator Hurd, Clement
1991-08 - HarperFestival
9780694003617 Check Our Catalog

A Children's Bestseller - 2004
A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his room, in this classic story told with gently lulling words and soothing illustrations. 1988 Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children). Full color.
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Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!
Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!
By Dr Seuss
Author Corriher
1996-11 - Random House Children's Books
9780679882817 Check Our Catalog

With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as easy as A, B, C. …More


When I Grow Up (Little Critter)
When I Grow Up (Little Critter)
By Mayer, Mercer
2003-06 - Random House Books for Young Readers
9780375826320 Check Our Catalog

Little Critter considers different occupations. …More


The Path of Names
The Path of Names
By Goelman, Ari
2013-04 - Arthur A. Levine Books
9780545474306 Check Our Catalog

Thirteen-year-old Dahlia's reluctance about attending Camp Arava changes to wonder as strange things begin to happen, and soon she is connecting with David Schank, a student of the kabbala, and the maze he built at the camp in the 1930s. …More


Bo at Ballard Creek
Bo at Ballard Creek
By Hill, Kirkpatrick
Illustrator Pham, LeUyen
2013-06 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805093513 Check Our Catalog

It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village. …More


Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide Between People and the Environment
Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide Between People and the Environment
By Worthy, Kenneth
2013-08 - Prometheus Books
9781616147631 Check Our Catalog

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Fever 1793
Fever 1793
By Anderson, Laurie Halse
2002-03 - Aladdin Paperbacks
9780689848919 Check Our Catalog


In 1793 the Cook Coffeehouse outside of Philadelphia is a haven for those fleeing from the fever sweeping across the mosquito-infested city. Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook loses her childhood playmate to the fever and struggles to keep her family and its business alive.
HPL patron:  In this book the main character, Mattie, has to grow up and learn how to be a woman at an early age while the Yellow Fever creeps closer to her home.  It is a very good book.
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Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool
Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool
By Franquemont, Abby
2009-12 - Interweave Press
9781596681552 Check Our Catalog

With step-by-step instructions, this essential manual details the basic steps of using a hand spindle. Combining fascinating historical narratives with vivid photography, this all-encompassing tour of the spindle affirms the tool's enduring legacy. …More