Mar 182013

March is Women’s History Month, and readers can mark the occasion by learning about two of America’s most adventurous women. In 1889 after Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days became popular, two publications sent female reporters on their own race around the world to beat the fictional record. In Eighty Days, Matthew Goodman recounts the frenzied journeys of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland and offers a fascinating look at life during the late 19th century. On a personal level, Bly and Bisland were a study in contrasts, but both were pioneering journalists who challenged gender stereotypes in the Victorian era.

Feb 252013

In Help, Thanks, Wow, popular novelist and spiritual writer Anne Lamott offers three simple prayers that can make a world of difference in the life of a believer. In this slim volume (just over 100 pages) Lamott includes personal reflections and amusing anecdotes to illustrate her insights, celebrating the divine and explaining our need for a higher power. Her three “essential prayers”–seeking help and offering thanks and praise–will resonate with many readers during the Easter season.

Beautiful Creatures

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Feb 152013

A family secret, a teenage romance and the battle between good and evil converge in Beautiful Creatures, the YA crossover hit by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  The film adaptation opened February 14. Ethan Wate is counting down the days until he can leave the small Southern town of Gatlin–but he has a change of heart when Lena Duchannes, literally the girl of his dreams, arrives. Lena, a witch, or castor, as she calls herself, is counting down the days until her 16th birthday, when her soul will forever be claimed for evil or good. Before you see the film, check out the book and get the scoop on these Beautiful Creatures.

Time for Romance

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Feb 052013

Who needs a real-life Valentine when Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly have provided readers with a fictional one in their new novel The Husband List? This historical romance, set in New York City during the Gilded Age of the 1890s, follows American heiress Caroline Maxwell’s quest to find a husband. Caroline can’t seem to resolve her desire for love and adventure with her mother’s hope that her daughter will land a titled husband. When handsome Irish-American Jack Culhane returns to town, Caroline decides that Jack is the man she must marry–no matter what her mother does to oppose the match.

Jan 312013

This Is Not My Hat

The 2013 Caldecott Award winner is This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. The medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Five honor books were also named.