Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Kara recommends "When Cloud Became a Cloud"

With both facts and humor, this non-fiction book about Cloud provides a wonderful explanation of the water cycle for children as young as 3.




Amy recommends "Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six"


Finally! A thriller with a twisty ending that didn’t seem outlandish! For the longest time I could not figure out how the two parallel stories being told related to each other. The reveal was worth the wait. This novel has everything you’d expect from a can’t-put-down-thriller: a creepy cabin, a creepier caretaker, lingering doubt as to who can be trusted, and a back story (or two) that keeps everything moving at a relentless pace.

This book is intended for adults.

Justine recommends "Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds"

Billy Collins, the editor of this tome, joined with David Allen Sibley, America's foremost bird illustrator, to celebrate our favorite angry little creatures. Over one hundred poems are joined with approximately sixty original illustrations for a delightful combination of art book, poetry collection, and field guide. Famous poets in the collection include Chaucer, Catullus, Robert Browning, and James Wright.

In one of the coldest times of the year, it's hard to go bird watching. However, this book can help alleviate your winter blues by reminding you of what's to come in the spring months ahead.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Gretchen recommends "Ms. Demeanor"

Are you tired of the gray days of January and need a pick-me-up? Elinor Lipman’s latest novel is a delightful rom-com that starts with a rooftop dalliance that lands the heroine with an indecent exposure charge, a suspended law license, and a court-ordered lock down. Two worlds unexpectedly collide when she meets a fellow condo dweller in her building in similar straits. Throw in a caring but competitive twin sister, some TikTok cooking videos to pass the time, and some sideways sleuthing to expose her mysterious accuser. The result is a funny and sweet story of how you never know things can take an unexpected turn for the best.  For adults.




Thursday, January 19, 2023

Katie recommends "What Moves the Dead"


“The dead don’t walk. Except, sometimes, when they do.”
T. Kingfisher, What Moves the Dead 

This is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and as a Poe fan, that was enough of a selling point for me. Kingfisher does a great job of telling this creepy, ominous story in a fresh way. Everyone and everything feels like a threat, justifying the paranoia and fear the characters are feeling. It’s a wonderfully weird mix of gothic horror and sci-fi, with a dash of humor as well. And it’s short – less than 200 pages!

You definitely don’t have to be familiar with Poe’s original work to enjoy this new take. Highly recommend if you’re into weird and quirky dark stories like I am.

This is an adult novel.



Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Justine recommends "Black Girl, Call Home" by Jasmine Mans

Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans is an incredible poetry collection focusing on blackness, womanhood, and queerness in the 21st century.  Mans is typically a competitive spoken-word poet who draws large crowds of people.  What's neat about this collection is that it's divided into six sections, each with a working telephone number where she has recorded excerpts of her poems.  Just dial to listen now!  

Friday, January 13, 2023

Marnie recommends "Just Jerry-How Drawing Shaped My Life"


Complete with sketches by the artist, this memoir creates a picture of the life of Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney, author and illustrator of several beloved books for children. In this book, he tells stories of his early years growing up in Philadelphia, describing his experiences as the lone artist of his family, and as a young student learning to live with dyslexia. This project was a labor of love for Mr. Pinkney, who, sadly, passed away in 2021 before completing its final artwork. As Mr. Pinkney hoped, this book is designed to be friendly to readers with dyslexia, printed with a font that is easy to read. Be sure to read the Editor’s Note to learn more about how this book came to be. I loved the richness of Mr. Pinkney’s storytelling and cheered as he found his calling!

This book is for children (and their adults.)