Peter the Great : His Life and WorldMore Staff Picks +
A fascinating book about a complex figure. This book is as enjoyable as any work of fiction, as it is full of colorful characters and palace intrigue. Peter the Great was obsessive, charming, and bold. His preoccupations with the sea and with the Western world transformed Russia. The author presents Peter as a complex character who could swing from generous to cruel with frightening speed.
How to Grow a DinosaurMore Staff Picks +
Good news: Your mom's hatching a baby! Bad news: Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He's too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn't even know he's a dinosaur! That's where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything--from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you're perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you. With silly kid-humor and sincere, moving moments, this new-sibling book is a perfect combination of funny, reassuring, and truly useful. It captures the excitement and joy of getting to guide a little brother or sister through life, and uses big laughs, great surprises, and gentle lessons to empower kids in how to be a great sibling and role-model to littler ones. Great for family reading and reading aloud.
The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living TogetherMore Staff Picks +
People today are trying to make their marriages work over longer lives than ever before—for their children’s health and well-being, and for their own. Indeed, among the college-educated, divorce rates have declined. But staying married isn’t always easy. In the brilliant, transformative, and optimistic The Rough Patch, clinical psychologist Daphne de Marneffe explores the extraordinary pushes and pulls of midlife marriage, where our need to develop as individuals can crash headlong into the demands of our relationships.
About a DogMore Staff Picks +
Classic Romance -- Feel Good story with a dog in it! Preparing for a wedding -- friends and fun -- and a hot chemistry between the maid of honor and groomsman who also happens to be a veterinarian! In whimpers a lost puppy, and hearts are engaged.
The VegetarianMore Staff Picks +
Horribly vivid blood filled dreams force housewife Yeong-hye to give up eating meat. This change of diet sets off an ultimately catastrophic line of events for both Yeong-hye and those around her.
The Story of Arthur TruluvMore Staff Picks +
Just what the Doctor ordered!!! A story that's sweet, light and entirely free of politics!! How did the author do this, you ask?? Simple!! She manages to get inside her three main characters minds. Minds that are vivid lively and real! Arthur is pining for his Truluv recently deceased. Maddy for a mother she never knew. And Lucille for a Truluv she won long ago then lost then won again recently and finally lost again!!!!! Somehow it all is redemptive without being maudlin. Much like A Man called Ove without the touch of bitterness. Excellent!!!
RestartMore Staff Picks +
Chase's memory just went out the window. He doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is - it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be. This is the story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.
The PowerMore Staff Picks +
In The Power, young women develop the ability to control electricity, shifting the balance of power between the sexes and throwing the world into chaos. A dark, thought-provoking, exploration of power, gender, and religion.
Midnight at the ElectricMore Staff Picks +
Historical Fiction meets the future. Through a visit to a cousin, she doesn't know Adri's life becomes entwined in the roots of Catherine's, and Lenore's, but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lived in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lived in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin, an ancient woman who lives in a farmhouse. When Adri snoops around the old house, she finds letters written from a girl about her age, Lenore to a friend named Beth. Through journals and, later, notes and letters, Catherine, the ancient cousin narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.
Victoria and AbdulMore Staff Picks +
Based upon "mostly" true events, this is the story of Queen Victoria's unlikely friendship with an Indian clerk. Dame Judi Dench should really be all the reason to choose this movie! It is superb! It is funny and poignant and beautiful. It felt like such a beautiful continuation of the film Mrs. Brown....30 some years later. Eddie Izzard is spot on as the future king, and spoiled brat, Bertie. The library also has the book explaining how this friendship was revealed with the discovery of Abdul Karim's diary.