It's springtime and a bright green frog leaps out of the tall, tall grass and lands in a small, small pond. Splash! Tadpoles and minnows scatter. Denise Fleming's vibrant art and rhyming text make this frog's eye view of life in a small, small pond irresistible.
Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
Ambrose, Stephen E
May 1, 2014 - May 4, 2014
Ambrose combines his extraordinary writing skill with previously unknown information about weather, terrain, science, native peoples, and the medicine of the time to describe in detail everything the Lewis and Clark expedition encountered in its quest to open the American frontier.
Two star athletes find the courage to confront painful memories in this gritty, realistic tale of friendship and healing. Dillon is living with the painful memory of his brother's suicide -- and the role he played in it. To keep his mind and body occupied, he trains intensely for the Ironman triathlon. But outside of practice, his life seems to be falling apart.
Then Dillon finds a confidante in Jennifer, a star high school basketball player who's hiding her own set of destructive secrets. Together, they must find the courage to confront their demons -- before it's too late.
Anne Lamott meets Elizabeth Gilbert in this inspirational, side-splittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty. "Carry On, Warrior is a fierce, outrageous and laugh-out-loud book about emerging from addiction and living life at full-tilt. (Geneen Roth)
Meet Bingo and J'miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this National Book Award finalist from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt. "In a honeyed dialect, the omnipresent narrator directly engages readers, ricocheting between the hilarious human and critter dramas to a riotous finale. A rollicking, ripping tall tale with ecological subtext." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving the city and taking their lives back to nature (and who hasn't?) will find much to contemplate in this warm and hilarious tale of rural misadventure and small town quirk, even if they have never chased a goat in a bathing suit or called 911 because there were cows in the road. Stimson's voice is endearing: both in its self-deprecation and its rapture, as she sings an only slightly conflicted love song to Vermont." (Pam Houston)
Hardwiring happiness : the new brain science of contentment, calm, and confidence
Apr 23, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014
"Our brains are evolved to be highly focused on threats and setbacks and less focused on the good things in life. . . In a beautifully written and accessible way, with many personal anecdotes, Rick Hanson offers us an inspiring gift of wise insights and compassionate and uplifting practices that will be of enormous benefit." (Paul Gilbert)
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night--dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows her. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. "Green's prose is astounding -- from hilarious, hyperintellectual trash talk and shtick, to complex philosophizing, to devastating observation and truths." (SLJ)
Jeff Bauman was an ordinary twenty-seven year old, with a job, a girlfriend and a love of sports, when a bomb took both his legs near the Boston Marathon finish line. A famous photograph taken at the scene, and his vital role in identifying the bomber from his intensive care hospital bed, made him the face of the tragedy, but it is his determination, humor and positive attitude that has inspired millions.
"Brian Kimberling's debut novel is a loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who, as the book opens, is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive crush on redheaded dream girl Lola." (NPR)
Pogrebin has distilled collective stories and opinions into this wide-ranging compendium of pragmatic guidance in interacting with sick friends. Her advice is always infused with sensitivity, warmth, and humor.