Families

The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco

The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco

The Blessing Cup, by Patricia Polacco, is a wonderful story for anytime, but especially during the holidays when family gathers close for this is a family story. Patricia Polacco’s great-grandmother Anna and her family came to America from Russia after the Czar ordered all the Jews to leave the country. Just like that, they had to leave behind everything they couldn’t carry. Momma and Papa packed the sewing machine, their menorah, the shofar, his tallis, and holy books. But also precious to them was the tea set they were given when they were married.

Uncle Andy's by James Warhola

Uncle Andy's by James Warhola

Ah, the wacky uncle. He is an institution as old as the concept of family itself. Many can claim to have one, but few can say that his uncle is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. That's where Uncle Andy's, by James Warhola, figures in.

Before Warhol was a painter, a filmmaker, and a celebrity, he was Andrew Warhola. After college, he shortened his name and left his home in Pittsburgh to start an art career in Manhattan. But back in Steel City was Andy's older brother Paul, who worked in a junkyard and was father to seven children, one of whom was our author/illustrator James. Paul used a lot of the trash he found to make sculptures, and if he found something particularly unusual, he would bring it to Andy.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

By Dave Eggers

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"The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together."

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Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family

By Art Smith

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Art Smith is Oprah Winfrey's personal chef. Smith provides readers with an array of mouth-watering recipes that represent the very best of home cooking. He also discusses how to set the table in a way that gives reverence to the food and the guests; how various cultures give blessings before a meal; how different kinds of foods and dishes can contribute to an atmosphere of family unity; and so much more! Back to the Table is illustrated throughout with stunning photos of the food and of people sharing their tables, and their lives. He has cooked professionally for the families of celebrities and heads-of-state for almost 20 years.

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Watch Out for Wolfgang

By By Paul Carrick

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In this robotic riff on The Three Little Pigs, an old mother robot sends her three sons out into the world. When Wolfgang the Recycler comes to call on the three robots, though, its Dudley who saves the day with quick thinking, ingenuity, and a little bit of mud. JE Fic Car
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Uncle Andy's

By James Warhola

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The author describes a trip to see his uncle, the soon-to-be-famous artist Andy Warhol. We suspect that you will learn a few things about Warhol that you might never have suspected. Fascinating!

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Struts & Frets

By Jon Skovron

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Sammy Bojar is in a band with a lame name and a scary, talentless lead singer. As he struggles to gain control of his own songwriting career, he is helped by his neurotic jazz pianist grandfather and his old best friend/new girlfriend. Struts & Frets manages to be authentic while suggesting many real life rock and jazz artists.
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If I Stay

By Gayle Foreman

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Mia, the daughter of a former punk rock drummer, doesn’t necessarily “rock” per se. She plays the cello instead, but her boyfriend, the lead singer of a band on the rise, thinks that Mia is punk for that reason. When a serious car accident kills her parents and throws Mia into a coma, she finds herself in limbo. While witnessing her friends’ and family’s reaction to the accident, Mia weighs the pros and cons of life and death...deciding whether or not she should stay.
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Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron

Sammy Bojar plays guitar in Tragedy of Wisdom with a frightening and talentless lead singer (guess which member chose the name). Most of their practices end in a ragin' tantrum. It looks like a dead-end situation for Sammy and his crew, until a battle of the bands competition gives them a possible chance to record a song for radio play. As Sammy struggles to gain control of his songwriting career, he is helped by his paranoid jazz pianist grandfather and his old best friend/new girlfriend, Jen5. 

Jon Skovron’s debut novel Struts & Frets manages to be authentic in its language and characterization every step of the way. The book is littered with the sort of phrases and people that I can swear I heard and met in high school and at local concerts when I was a teen, right down to the friend who can play video game theme songs with his sweaty, sweaty hand-farts.

The Family Storytelling Handbook

By Anne Pellowski

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This book encourages you to begin a warm family tradition of stories, rhymes, and anecdotes.

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