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Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

Peggy Vincent spent 15 years as a nurse-midwife, delivering babies in hospitals, birth centers, homes, and sometimes in elevators and boats.  This heart-warming and empowering book is a well-written adventure that lets readers experience the wonder of birth, the love of babies, and the power of women.  A strong advocate for the healthy-until-proven-otherwise approach to pregnancy and childbirth, Peggy tirelessly advocated for affordable insurance, midwife privileges at hospitals, and fought years of ostracism and unprofessionalism from the obstetricians on hospital staffs.  <

The Cry of the Dove

This is the heartbreaking story of Salma, aka Sally, a Bedouin Arab forced to flee her village of Hima to escape an honor killing.  "I used to be a shepherdess, who under a barefaced sun guided her goats to the scarce green pastures with her reed pipe.  But I saw the moon at night, and prayed, Forgive me, Allah, for I have sinned.  The heat of passion had made me bend."  Consumed by shame, obsessed by her daughter's cries, and lost in the drastic change of culture, Sally tries to make a life for herself as a seamstress, while bussing tables at night and tak

A Model Summer

Anyone who remembers the first generation of supermodels from the 80's will recall the name Paulina Porizkova, who was the sophisticated grin of Estee Lauder's cosmetic line for many years.  In her fiction debut, Porizkova writes a semi-autobiographical novel about a 15-year-old girl who leaves Sweden and the dysfunctional relationship with her family for the opportunity to model in Paris for the summer.  Predictably tall, skinny, and painfully insecure, Jirina attempts to compete in the world of high fashion, in turns both discovering herself and losing all sense of integ

Northline

Allison Johnson drinks too much.  She drinks to escape her panic and anxiety, her abusive boyfriend, her past mistakes, and her intense self-hatred.  Her only moments of peace come from self-cutting and imaginary conversations with Paul Newman, who provides the only source of hope in her life.  Finally fed up with the cruelty of her boyfriend, Allison runs off to Reno in a sad and futile attempt to build a life for herself, but Allison can never outrun her vicious self-loathing.  Set in the harsh and inhospitable desert, Vlautin's spot-on dialogue captures the futili

Sultry Moon

Lovers of literary form and accomplishment, those with an existentialist bent, or anyone still haunted by Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, will devour Sultry Moon, a near-perfect example The Novella.  Concentra

Wee-phabet Songs With a Fun Twist

“Wee-phabet Songs With a Fun Twist” is an educational teaching tool that helps children learn the alphabet and vowel sounds in a fun and engaging way. Children can hear and sing familiar songs such as “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “When the Saints go Marching In” and then use the same melodies to sing the ABCs. Eleven suggested hands-on activities that help build alphabet recognition are included in the CD booklet. Check out this CD if you and your family enjoy singing, dancing, and wiggling!

Dancing at the Rascal Fair

Doig opens this fine tale with two 19-year-old men, Angus McCaskill and Rob Barclay, as they stand on a dock in Scotland in 1889 about to step onto a ship that will carry them to America. They make their way to Montana, planning to join Rob’s uncle Lucas, a miner, but things are not as they expect and the two Scotsmen take up homesteading and sheep ranching instead. The book follows their lives over the next 30 years as they marry, raise families, take part in various joint ventures, battle the harsh Montana winters, and live within sight of the unparalleled beauty of the Rockies.

Whose body

 If you’re looking for a quintessential detective novel in the style of Sherlock Holmes, check out Whose Body?   Lord Peter Wimsey solves crimes as a hobby.  A body in a bathtub appears to be missing financier Sir Reuben Levy-or is it?  Follow Lord Peter as he unravels clues, solves a murder, and tracks down a killer.  This is the first book in a series of mysteries that feature Lord Peter, his man Bunter, Detective Parker, and other characters.  If you like British mysteries, titles that feature British aristocrats, and are not fond of blood

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Michael Scott’s fantasy series that begins with The Alchemyst is a strong, well-written story full of action and mystery, about an ancient alchemist who is even mentioned in the first of J. K.

Multiplication Mountain

Multiplication Mountain” helps listeners practice the multiplication tables while singing the thirteen catchy tunes. The CD starts with the ones, fives, tens, and elevens and as children climb up the imaginary mountain, they are introduced to the other facts. Each tune is repeated twice, once with the answers and then without the answers. This allows children to learn and memorize the multiplication tables.  Various music genres are included:  jazz, reggae, rock and roll, country and classical and there is a backup chorus.

A Touch of Dead:Sookie Stackhouse:the complete stories

The author of the best-selling Southern Vampire mystery series has put all of the short stories featuring her series heroine, telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse, in one volume. You’ll enjoy these short fantasy/mystery stories set in mythical Bon Temps, LA. Where else can you read adventures about a woman who dates vampires, has a shape shifter for a boss, and a witch for a boarder?  Good fun that goes down easy!  For anyone who enjoys the Southern Vampire series, vampires, supernatural creatures, or light mysteries with a touch of fantasy.  

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

This cross-genre listing of musical recordings is a great resource for music recommendations and commentary. I love that it jumps from Chicago to the Chieftans, Queen to Rachmaninoff. Each album writeup also includes listings of key tracks and more suggested listening. The author, Tom Moon, is a frequent contributor to NPR's All Things Considered.

Zeitoun

Abdulrahman Zeitoun decided to ride it out as Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-born building contractor wanted to protect his home and his properties, so he stayed while his family fled the city. After the levees broke he grabbed his garage sale canoe and paddled through the city, rescuing neighbors trapped in their homes and feeding the trapped neighborhood dogs. He thought that it was God’s plan to stay and help those in need. And then he disappeared.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, meet will grayson. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the product of two fabulous YA storytellers, John Green and David Levithan, who write in alternating chapters about 2 non-related characters with the same name. Will Grayson has 2 rules in life: don’t care too much and shut up. His best friend is Tiny Cooper ("He may be the world's largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world's gayest person who is really, really large."), my favorite character, and the moral compass of this book. And he is one large, entertaining, big-hearted dude.

Soul of Rock and Roll

The music, the voice, the sunglasses, the unassuming appearance, the standing stock still on stage, and oh, that marvelous quavering warble. Roy Orbison’s career spanned over 40 years and this set highlights songs from the beginning of his career to his live performance 2 days before his voice gave out. You can hear Orbison develop his fantastic voice over the years with early recordings like “Mean Little Mama” and on to sweeping ballads like “Crying”, “Only the Lonely” and the gorgeous “Blue Bayou”.

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
b
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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Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award