Shelf Life

Our Shelf Life Blog features the latest recommendations chosen by library staff and volunteers.
Wed, 12/20/2017 - 2:22am
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?

On Christmas Eve, does a dinosaur sleep? Does he go up to bed without making a peep?

Christmas is almost here, and Jane Yolen's favorite dinosaurs are up to no good. Are they sneaking a peek at the brightly wrapped gifts and picking off ornaments, angels and all? Do they eat the cookies left out for Saint Nick or lick all the candy canes? 

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 2:21am
Cover to A Christmas Return by Anne Perry

When readers of Anne Perry’s Charlotte & Thomas Pitt mystery series first met Charlotte’s grandmother, Mariah Ellison, in The Cater Street Hangman, she was an embittered shrew. She certainly disapproved of her headstrong granddaughter marrying a mere policeman, an occupation considered quite below her well-heeled family’s Victorian-era standards.

But time and some enlightening experiences, including those events taking place in another year’s Christmas novella (A Christmas Guest), have left Mariah finally coming to terms with the damage done by her extremely regrettable marriage. Alone at Christmas, she feels she is strong enough to make A Christmas Return to right an old wrong that threatens people she cares about very much.

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 3:09pm
Cover to River of Teeth

Have you met Fiona, the baby hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo on January 24? She was six weeks premature, and her survival was uncertain.  She has quickly grown from an adorable pink blob to a big, healthy teenager. Her father Henry sadly passed away in October. Watching the zoo's regular video updates has kept me glued to my computer. Who knew I could love a baby hippo?  

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 2:18am
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.
 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways. Upon her death, Holly discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past. Every year Project Scrooge saves another miserly grouch, and Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. But this year, everything is about to change . . . (catalog summary)
 

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:17am
Cover to Oskar and the Eight Blessings

It’s 1938. After the Night of Broken Glass, Oskar’s parents feel they must send him to America, so he can be safe. Traveling all alone, Oskar arrives in New York City on the seventh day of Hanukkah, which also happens to be Christmas Eve. He must walk a long way across the city to reach his Aunt Esther, hoping to reach her house before she lights the menorah at sunset.

Aunt Esther does not know he is coming, so he must navigate the cold streets by himself, over 100 blocks on the big street called Broadway. It is rather daunting for a small boy, but Oskar is comforted by his father’s last words to him: “Oskar, even in bad times, people can be good. You have to look for the blessings.”

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:16am
Cover to Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Georgie has had enough of being under her stepsister’s thumb. Binky’s wife Fig is determined to keep the castle colder than even its normal drafty self by not lighting rather necessary fires, and what food there is seems to be doled out in ever diminishing quantities. To top it off, Fig has found a way to save even more money with a scheme to use Georgie as an unpaid governess for years to come.

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