On his first day at Brooklyn's P.S. 858, fifth-grader Michael K. is teamed with two very strange students, and while he gradually comes to believe they are aliens who need his help, he has trouble convincing anyone else of the truth. Weird humor and zany illustrations complete Scieska's entertaining book.
Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression through World War II to the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
Michael Hingson; Susy Flory (As told to)
Jun 27, 2012 - Jun 30, 2012
Blind since birth, Michael couldn't see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle on 9/11. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle's judgment and not to panic. They are a team. "Thunder Dog" allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog.
Returning to Folly Beach, her childhood home, newly widowed Cate Cooper, whose late husband's financial exploits have left her homeless and broke, discovers that it is possible to go home again and discover the person she was meant to become.
In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness
Jun 25, 2012 - Jun 29, 2012
CBS News White House chief correspondent Axelrod chronicles how, when at a crossroads in his life at age 45, his loving--and deceased--father threw him a lifeline. "The elder Axelrod charms and torments his son from the grave; Jim's decision to run a marathon is largely a competitive one, but it becomes something far loftier by the time he crosses the finish line in Central Park." (NPR)
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
Jun 25, 2012 - Jun 28, 2012
Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth.
Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
Jun 24, 2012 - Jun 28, 2012
In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of man's relationship with the natural world, Stewart tracks down more than 100 of the worst entomological foes--creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs.
A single mom and her seventeen-year-old daughter learn how to let go in that precarious moment before the latter goes off to college. "Writing so sharp, smart, funny, and "addictive, "it's as if Molly Ivins had given birth to a novelist daughter." (Z.Z. Packe)
Moving from her career as a successful Washington attorney back to her native Tennessee, Jourdan recognizes her father (a rural doctor) to be more heroic and devoted than any politician she'd ever met. With lavish affection, genuine respect, and exuberant humor, Jourdan offers a zestfully compassionate portrait of a poor community rich in the ways of humanity."(Booklist)
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter
Jun 21, 2012 - Jun 24, 2012
The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she'd wed a Rockefeller. "A tailor-made riveting read.... Forget fiction. Pop this jaw-dropper in your beach bag." (USA Today)
Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who's fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that.
Parker has created a wholly original world from two known facts: (1) Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of the controversial vice president Aaron Burr, disappeared in 1813 while en route by schooner from South Carolina to New York; and (2) in 1970, two elderly white women and one black man were the last townspeople to leave a small barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. It's a tale of pirates and slaves, treason and treasures, madness and devotion, that takes place on a tiny island battered by storms and cut off from the world.