Woman: an Intimate Geography

I really loved this book.  It was funny, witty and informative.  This writer brought up ideas I had never thought of before concerning my body (or any woman's body for that matter).  You will laugh at her metaphors and informal discourses and smile at how true her perceptions are.  Occasionally I love reading nonfiction instead of fiction; this book is as fast-paced as any novel I've encountered.  It's not like any other book I've read on the subject, but being a woman isn't like being anything else, especially in this culture.  Amaze yourse

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Zoey Elias's dreams of playing concert piano at Carnegie Hall are crushed when her dad signs her up for lessons with Lester Rennet, music teacher and motivational speaker who teaches on paper keyboards. After several attempts to convince her dad that she needs a real piano, her confused father, who once bought 432 rolls of toliet paper at one time, purchases a Perfectone D-60 organ.

Hate List

This riveting debut novel tells the story of Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick instigates a school shooting, which results in his death and the death of classmates and teachers. Valerie feels a tremendous amount of guilt because she assisted in creating what ultimately became Nick's hit list. However, she was also a contributing factor in stopping the shooting and saving some a classmate's life. Alternately hailed as a hero and a terror, Valerie must wade through this complicated mess while still attending the school where all this happened.

So You Want to Be a Wizard

This series has been out since 1998, way before J. K.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler/E. L. Konigsburg

What a delightful story this is!  From the start you'll find our spunky heroine, Claudia, planning an adventure for herself.  Because of the injustices she feels she's suffered at home, she's decided to run away.  Thinking that her second youngest brother Jamie would be a good companion to take along because he's quiet and occasionally good for a laugh, Claudia decides that they're not just going to run away from home but they are going to run to somewhere:  the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Claudia is a mastermind when it comes t

Angle of Repose

It's no wonder that this book won the Pulitzer Prize.  I chose it for our couples book group, and everyone liked it.  It reads like a historical novel about the West and how man's engineering eventually subdued its wild landscape.  However, it's really the portrait of a marriage between two completely different individuals whose love for each other and passion for their vocations nearly destroy them.  She's a sophisticated writer from the East and he's a taciturn Midwesterner who tries to conquer the Wild West with engineering skills far advanced for

Valleys of Neptune

Twelve previously unreleased studio recordings post -Elecric Ladyland (1969-1970) provide fans deeper insight into Hendrix's creative genius, with excellent quality and fresh mixes missing from other posthumous efforts.  Highlights include "Crying Blue Rain", "Ships Passing Through the Night", "Lullaby for Summer" and an instrumental "Sunshine of Your Love".

The Masterharper of Pern

If you have read Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, you'll love this one!  It's the story of their masterharper, Robinton, who appears in most of the stories as Pern's political and artistic sage.  We meet him most of the time in the middle of his life, but here, McCaffrey tells us about his birth and early life and how he came to be the Masterharper.  His life is as full of ups and downs as any dragonrider's, but his unique blend of wisdom, humility, and talent allows him to face the challenges found on the planet Pern.  If you've also read th


Singer-songwriter Larkin collects 25 of her best songs from 10 previous albums and re-records them with a host of guest artists such as Suzanne Vega, Rosanne Cash, Dar Williams, David Wilcox, and Chris Smithers. Larkin’s exceptional song writing and guitar playing shines in this retrospective for new and old fans alike.

Get Out of My Life (A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager)

In this book the sense of humor and great advice that Dr.

My Life in Dog Years

Meet Cookie, Josh, Fred, Dirk and other friends of Gary Paulsen.  They have four legs each, fur and come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.  But one fact is true for all of them:  They occupied an important place in Paulsen's life.  My Life in Dog Years tells the stories of these dogs that Gary loved from the age of seven when he rescued Snowball from being eaten to today's old friend, Josh, who just might be more human than animal.  Some of the tales are laugh-out-loud funny and others will cause a tear or two to fall, but all of them are satis

At Home in Mitford

Let me introduce you to Father Tim, an Episcopal Priest who presides over a flock of quirky parishioners in a small make-believe town called Mitford, South Carolina.  Father Tim's faith is often challenged by his congregation and by the vicissitudes of life.  Remarkably, he always manages to find an answer and comes back to his beliefs stronger than ever.  Many of the stories reflect his faith in the goodness of life, whether he is managing an errant dog who responds only when he recites aphorisms from scripture or a young orphaned boy whom he adopts to save him from a ha

The Pushcart War

Here is a classic that will interest and amaze you.  The story is about the war between the pushcarts and the big trucks that plague New York City.  What a war it is!  You'll be entertained by the inventive and clever ways the pushcart owners fight against the drivers of the mega trucks that are becoming just too pushy and too numerous in the city.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how the "little guys" fight to hold their place in a large metropolitan city, and how the "big guys" eventually understand why they have to share space even though th

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Are you looking for a wonderful adventure?  Here is a story that will appeal to all ages, but especially to young adults who are looking for role models and want to read about strong women characters.  Sybel is a young woman with the incredible power to call ancient and mythic beasts to her side.  How she deals with  power and the consequences of her choices when using this power over others forms the core of this story.  She's fascinating, mysterious, and powerful.  I guarantee you'll be thrilled to m

A time for dancing : a novel

Although this book is not new, it's one of those classic stories that everyone should read.  It is a tender portrayal of two young friends on the brink of starting college.  Having been best friends forever, Samantha and Julianna or as everyone calls them, Sam and Jules are seldom apart.  When you see one, you know the other is not far behind.  During the summer before their last year of high school, they are looking forward to choosing between either college or a dancing career!  Both are excited and anticipate that whatever they decide to do they will be doing

Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


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Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

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Newbery Medal

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