Far from the tree : parents, children and the search for identity
Jun 26, 2013 - Jun 29, 2013
Solomon's startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. " Far from the Tree " is fundamentally about the bonds and burdens of family, and it's a huge valentine to those who embrace the challenge of raising children who are in some way not what they had hoped for." (Virginia Vitzthu)
Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces Philip Marlowe, a 38-year-old P.I. moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. This classic case involves a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, blackmail, and murder
It's dwarves versus dragons in this origin story for Enge's signature character, Morlock Ambrosius! The weight of guarding the Northhold now rests on the crooked shoulders of a traitor's son. "Providing a back door into the Arthur/Merlin mythos, Enge creates a fascinating counterpoint to the familiar legends." (Library Journal)
Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers--each one themed to a letter of the alphabet. "This high-energy romp invites repeat visits by young browsers--there's plenty to pore over and giggle about. Delicious!" (Kirkus Reviews)
Seventeen-year-old Sadie Allen has spent the last two years pining for her best friend, Garrett, but when he heads off to literary camp for the summer without her, she decides to kick her unrequited crush for good, with the help of her co-workers, another boy, and her own summer twelve-step program.
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.
Just awarded the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel, Kiernan introduces India Morgan Phelps-Imp to her friends- who is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth-or from something far, far stranger... "This novel by dark fantasy's most quixotically brilliant writer blends urban gothic with magical realism. The result is a haunting and eerie tale of ghosts and madness." (Library Journal)
Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples that calls each other good friends. After Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes, the islanders mourn the loss. But nothing can prepare the MacAvoys' closest friends for what will be revealed. "Hilderbrand provides the perfect summer read as she explores love, loss, and, ultimately, absolution." (Booklist)
The girl who fell beneath Fairyland : and led the revels there
Valente, Catherynne M
Jun 20, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013
September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows and their magic to the world of Fairyland Below. "September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente's subversive storytelling is sheer magic." (Tamora Pierce)
The operators : the wild and terrifying inside story of America's war in Afghanistan
Jun 19, 2013 - Jun 22, 2013
"The Operators is a troubling first-person narrative about a bizarre episode in U.S. military history, as well as a trenchant analysis of the disaster in Afghanistan. Hastings ... brings a fresh eye and a brutally authentic voice to America's decade-old misadventure in Afghanistan." (Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times)
"Galilee Garner is as prickly, thorny, and gracefully sweet as one of her prize roses. and her supporting characters bloom with their own quirks and virtues. A fun and uplifting read." (Tiffany Baker) Thirty-six-year-old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and her home on a strict schedule. Only at home, in her garden, does Gal come alive. Then one afternoon Gal's teenaged niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives. Unannounced. Neither one of them will ever be the same.
Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, a Lieutenant Commander must complete one last mission: find the oldest person in the Culture, a man more than 9,000 years old, who holds the truth for the development of civilization.
The patriarch : the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy
Jun 16, 2013 - Jun 19, 2013
The father of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, "Joe" Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. His rags-to-riches story is one of exclusion and quiet discrimination overcome by entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and unshakable endurance.
"Just when you think David Baldacci has a permanent bird's eye view of the Pentagon from Air Force One, he surprises us all with a beautifully told story of the fate of a family devastated by loss and healed by love. One Summer has it all, humor, grace and redemption, delivered with humanity and wisdom in the capable and sure hands of America's great storyteller." (Adriana Trigiani)