On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Nelson's magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike.
It's Llama Llama's first day of preschool, and he's excited. Then it's time for Mama to leave, and suddenly Llama Llama isn't so excited anymore. However, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be.
A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. "Ribald, streetwise, and stunningly moving--a testament, like most of his work, to the yearning, clumsy ways young men come of age." (Vogue)
Heartwarming stories and lovable animals abound in this charming novel about a man who inherits his father's failing veterinary practice and the unlikely friendships, adventures, and second chances that develop as he tries to save it.
Chabon "displays both his sense of ordinary people's inner lives and his rich, freewheeling prose....A dense, flavorful book about race, class, politics, culture and sexuality, as expansive and ambitious as anything Chabon has published to date....An essential, unforgettable read."--(Ben Pfeiffer)
I Spy School Days is filled with glorious, color, two-page photographic spreads which feature brainteasers to solve in a blackboard scene; hundreds of tiny objects to ponder in a classification puzzle; Rube Goldberg contraptions to figure out; and much more.
Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: he fell in love with Pam, Harry's veterinarian. Though Brian's only responsibility used to be his adored Harry, Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor: a home in suburbia, two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a portly, snow white, red-crowned-and-wattled step-rooster named Buddy. "Poignant and funny...McGrory takes the pet memoir to a hilarious new place as a crazed rooster competes with him over who will rule his new family's suburban roost." (Boston Globe)
A stunning first novel, both literary and thriller, about a retired orthopedic surgeon with dementia. As the book opens, Dr. Jennifer White's best friend, Amanda, who lived down the block, has been killed, and four fingers surgically removed from her hand. Dr. White is the prime suspect and she herself doesn't know whether she did it. "An electrifying book, impossible to put down. Gripping, thought-provoking, humane, funny, tragic, it is masterfully done, a tour de force that can't be a first novel--and yet it is." (Ann Packer)
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. "Irresistible...seductive...a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page." (Sara Nelson)
When we were the Kennedys : a memoir from Mexico, Maine
Aug 22, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013
This is the heartbreaking memoir of the season in 1963 Mexico, Maine, when Woods, her mother, and her three sisters healed after the loss of their mill-worker father and then the nation's loss of its handsome young Catholic president. "This is an extraordinarily moving book, so carefully and artfully realized, about loss and life and love. Monica Wood displays all her superb novelistic skills in this breathtaking, evocative new memoir. Wow." (Ken Burns)
"Fascinating and imaginative...It's non-stop action when gamers must navigate clever puzzles and outwit determined enemies in a virtual world in order to save a real one. Readers are in for a wild ride." (Terry Brooks)
This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake: the warden is looking for something.
This love is not for cowards : salvation and soccer in Ciudad Jur̀ez
Powell, Robert Andrew
Aug 19, 2013 - Aug 22, 2013
"Terrific. Fantastic. A hell of a book. In the best tradition of literary journalism, Robert Andrew Powell finds the story we'd missed in our own backyard, using the love of soccer to reveal the humanity that survives in hyper-violent Ciudad Juarez. This is the best sports non-fiction I've read in a long, long time." (Grant Wahl)
In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training. " Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversals." (Wall Street Journal)