Just before her 16th birthday, Brie Eagan literally dies of a broken heart after her boyfriend tells her he does not love her. She then must go through the five stages of grief, while watching her friends and family try to cope with her death, before her faith in love is restored and she can move on to the afterlife.
From Anakin Skywalker to Jabba the Hutt, this encyclopedic volume is the definitive illustrated guide to all of the characters in the "Star Wars" galaxy. Includes stat boxes, expert text, movie stills, and more than 200 profiles.
In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda.
Nick and Allie don't survive the accident and find themselves caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It's a magical, yet dangerous place. "Marvelously inventive...and magically beautiful." (Orson Scott Card)
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth. "I was pulled under by this bittersweet, beautiful retelling of the Persephone myth. Ashton's lovely storytelling and strong-on-her-own-terms main character set this one apart. Wonderful!" (Ally Condie, author of the MATCHED trilogy)
Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. "The eloquent dying teen can seem a staple of the YA novel, but this British debut completely breaks the mold. Downham holds nothing back in her wrenching and exceptionally vibrant story." (Publishers Weekly)
Jennifer Dubois was just selected by the National Book Foundation as one of the "5 under 35" honorees. Her fiction debut chronicles how a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, a Russian chess champion challenging Vladimir Putin and a young woman, Irina Ellison, facing the certainty that she has inherited Huntington's disease. "I can't remember reading another novel--at least not recently--that's both incredibly intelligent and also emotionally engaging." (Nancy Pearl, NPR)
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
Oct 3, 2012 - Oct 5, 2012
In January, 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time--a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship to transcend evil.
"The Gilly Salt Sisters captivates from its opening paragraph-a story of rivalry, love, and unredeemable greed set against a Cape Cod salt marsh that demands hard work and gives luck (good and bad) in return. Baker's scenes and characters are rich and compelling, touched with a magical realism." (Alice Hoffman)
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Oct 1, 2012 - Oct 2, 2012
From two Pulitzer Prize winning authors, a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. They show how a little help can transform the lives of third world women and girls and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential. Tune into PBS on October 1st and 2nd to view the documentary inspired by the book.
A vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young seamstress who survives the Titanic disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.
A stunning debut and historical noir novel about a worker in the civil rights movement who became an informant for the FBI during the months leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A "gripping (story), filled with historical detail that puts the reader smack in the middle of the dark days of the fight for civil rights in the '60s. . . memorable characters, most of them morally challenged, pop off the page . . . a tale of intrigue and betrayal will keep you reading, always wanting more."(Charles Salzberg)
Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover-up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington.