"After a brutal attack on his mother, 13-year-old Joe Coutts pursues the truth — and a sense of justice separate from law enforcement. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Louise Erdrich unspools a mystery that has upturned both a North Dakota reservation and the family that Coutts hopes to save." (NPR)
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.
You read to me, I'll read to you : very short fairy tales to read together (in which wolves are tamed, trolls are transformed, and peas are trimphant)
Hoberman, Mary Ann
Sep 24, 2013 - Sep 27, 2013
Designed with budding readers in mind, this collection features eight fairy tales, each given a new twist and set in three columns and three colors as a script for two voices to read separately or together.
On March 18, 1990, 13 works of art now worth more than $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and struggling young artist Claire Roth is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.
Byrne explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.
On the map : a mind-expanding exploration of the way the world looks
Sep 20, 2013 - Sep 23, 2013
From the early explorers' maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history. "A fine, fun presentation of the brand of cartography that continues to whet our imaginations." (KIrkus Reviews)
William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the 19th century, ranging from being a progressive governor to a key advisor during the Civil War. Drawing on hundreds of sources, Stahr sheds new light on this complex figure and the Civil War.
With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays, peppered with Kreider's signature cartoons, leave us with newfound wisdom. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time "A remarkable collection . .. I found myself nodding in agreement and wondering how [Tim Kreider] could so consistently express my feelings, and express them so much better than I ever could." (Nancy Pearl)
Happier at home : kiss more, jump more, abandon a project, read Samuel Johnson, and my other experiments in the practice of everyday life
Rubin, Gretchen Craft
Sep 16, 2013 - Sep 19, 2013
Starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year--September through May--to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.
Mitch Rapp heads to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent. With Afghanistan crumbling around him, Rapp must be as ruthless as his enemies and as deceitful as people in his own government if he has any hopes of completing his mission.
Callie Smith's quest for success far from her Iowa roots has caused a rift with her hardworking family. And with neither her Wall Street career nor her marriage going as planned, she starts to question the choices she's made. But when charismatic network president Jason Kane pursues her to save a failing soap opera, her life is soon full of more twists than a TV story line. "Sherryl Woods gives her characters depth, intensity and the right amount of humor." "(RT Book Reviews)
Odd girl out : the hidden culture of aggression in girls
Sep 13, 2013 - Sep 16, 2013
"Peels away the smiley surfaces of adolescent female society to expose one of girlhood's dark secrets: the vicious psychological warfare waged every day in the halls of our . . . schools." (San Francisco Chronicle )