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02/24/2016 - 2:55pm
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman & Rick Allen

Joyce Sidman’s and Rick Allen’s Winter Bees & Other Poems expresses in verse the wonders of wintertime while teaching about what is going on while the world is frozen. The poems themselves are delightful for young readers as they look out at the forest through the animals’ eyes:

02/02/2016 - 2:03am
Gift From the Sea

In 1955, Anne Morrow Lindbergh penned what has become one of the most inspirational books in the 20th century, Gift from the Sea. Drawing from her years of marriage and motherhood, as well as her work as a writer, Mrs. Lindbergh writes of the various stages of a woman’s life, comparing them to the different seashells she finds on the beach of her vacation cottage. Each shell, each stage, has its assets and drawbacks, but the thread of continuity is what it means to be a woman and how to approach each stage without losing one’s self.  

04/25/2016 - 2:08pm
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

When a blizzard buries her hometown of Geoppolis, it’s up to tough tractor Katy to switch from pushing a bulldozer to pushing a snowplow.

01/26/2016 - 9:45am
The Atlas of Mysterious Places edited by Jennifer Westwood

The Atlas of Mysterious Places is filled with wonder, adventure, and amazing photographs. A perfect book for an armchair explorer and dreamer, especially during these winter nights, it conjures landscapes of civilizations waiting to be rediscovered.

01/22/2016 - 10:52am
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson: "Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?" (Book summary)


If you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, you may also like these titles for the wit, beauty of the language, and the great characters:

An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
A sixty-ish widower misses the companionship of a wife, but has absolutely no desire for dating.

Cutting For Stone by A. Verghese
An Indian nun has an affair with a British surgeon.  Their twin sons grow up in Ethiopia, and fall in love with the same woman.

01/21/2016 - 8:44am
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Carter and Sadie Kane are brother and sister, but since they barely get to see each other, it’s awkward every time they do. It’s been years since their mom’s tragic, mysterious death, and now 12-year-old Sadie lives with her grandparents in England and goes to private school while 14-year-old Carter travels the world with his dad, a famous Egyptologist.

Sadie’s a rebel, and Carter’s the grounded one, and each one thinks the other has it easier. But this winter visit is beyond awkward. It’s downright dangerous. The Kane family’s troubles are far from over, and Carter and Sadie will have to learn to rely on each other as their magical legacies are revealed.

01/20/2016 - 11:21am
The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater is used to being the smartest person in the room. Some would even call him a genius. Even in the world of elite private schools, Quentin is bored out of his mind, finding his only escape in the fictional world of Fillory. Fillory is a fantasy realm existing in a series of books from his childhood, books which years later still resonate with him as a young adult. Quentin’s ho-hum existence is interrupted and forever changed when he is spontaneously transported to Brakebills University, a school for people like Quentin who have the potential to perform magic, real magic.

01/14/2016 - 12:13am
Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love by Kimberly & James Dean

Have you ever considered taking love advice from a cat? A cat who wears cool sneakers, perhaps? Seek no further because Kimberly & James Dean’s new installment in their “Pete the Cat” series includes tips from the cool cat himself!

01/12/2016 - 11:38am
We Are All Made of Molecules book cover

“My dad works at an advertising agency and my mom anchors the local evening news. They are both very good-looking for old people, and I’m not being arrogant but just stating a fact when I say I inherited the best from both of them.” – Ashley, We Are All Made of Molecules

Ashley is the best-looking and most popular person in high school. Stewart, not so much. Stewart is a certifiable genius. Ashley? Well, let’s just say she’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

01/08/2016 - 9:38am
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

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.

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux: Dougless Montgomery tried to be the ultimate American woman--but somehow she always ended up the victim of family jokes. On what was supposed to be a romantic vacation for herself and her lover, Dougless finds instead disappointment, heartbreak and abandonment. What she needed now was a knight in shining armor.

If you like Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor, you may also like these books.  All have romance, and some have a touch of time travel.

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