King and Kayla: Case of the Missing Dog TreatsMore Staff Picks +
Kayla (human) has wrongly accused King (her dog) of stealing the dog treats she made! Can King prove his innocence? This mystery series-starter is great for kids just beginning to read chapter books and a fun read aloud for those not yet reading but interested in listening to chapter books.
This Little EnvironmentalistMore Staff Picks +
A board book about environmentalists? No way. YES. Colorful, engaging illustrations coupled with simple but informative text will inspire you and your environmentalist-in-training.
The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de BourghMore Staff Picks +
For all BBC Pride and Prejudice fans (and just Pride and Prejudice fans in general)!!! You will recall the sickly Miss Anne de Bourgh that Elizabeth Bennet (played by GODDESS Jennifer Ehle) smirks at as a fitting future mate to Mr. Darcy. Well, this book is HER book, Anne's story, and it is poetic and lovely and beautiful and progressive (YEP!) and you will fall in love with Anne, seeing her in a wonderful and new light. You might even find a smidgeon of pity for Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but only the barest smidgeons. This is fan fiction done in just the best way! Enjoy!
NomadlandMore Staff Picks +
The summary of this movie (based on the book by Jessica Bruder) needs to be given some more love. I really don't think that one can sum up all of the moving parts of this narrative by simply stating it's about van life or being nomadic. Lead actress McDormand crafts an unforgettable character as Fern, who may or may not have been running from things her whole life. Fabulous cinematography and you will recognize some of these places and how important they are for migrant and seasonal labor. Highly recommend.
WinteringMore Staff Picks +
The rituals and celebrations that mark our calendars are often regarded with dread. We see the sun go down earlier, the days get shorter, but wait...there's more to just a season changing than just the daylight. Cozy up with this book when you can't face another holiday season, but need to remember how to mark the days with joy, and also how awe struck one can be when observing what nature does naturally.
The Magic FishMore Staff Picks +
“Real life isn’t a fairytale.” This is one of my favorite graphic novels I’ve read this year! It weaves different versions of familiar fairytales into the lives of a young boy and his mother as they tell their own stories, learning what it means to be a family with love and acceptance. Beautifully illustrated, The Magic Fish tackles complex emotions and tough subjects to show how stories bring us together.
The BearMore Staff Picks +
Trying to get out of my pandemic book-reading slump, I picked up this new paperback by Andrew Krivak. It tells the story of a man and his daughter who are the last of human civilization. A fantasy of the power of nature and our connectedness to it, I am now out of my rut! Finish it in a day.
Paper HeartsMore Staff Picks +
A charming story about love in unexpected places and life's tough choices. I thoroughly enjoyed the well-rounded characters and the believable story line. Perfect for Valentine's day lovers and skeptics alike!
City of GhostsMore Staff Picks +
This fast-paced story perfectly balances mystery, adventure, and horror. Highly recommended for fans of the paranormal.
These Violent DelightsMore Staff Picks +
Nemerever's debut novel, comparable to The Secret History and Call Me by Your Name, is about the relationship of two college students in the early 1970s. Each with their own pasts, the story escalates into a Leopold and Loeb-like style thrill killing. This book has beautifully written prose, and while it did take a bit to get into the plot, you will either hate to love this book, or love to hate it.