December 2017 Picks
Part space adventure, part exhilarating heist tale, Artemis follows young smuggler Jazz Bashara as she lands in the middle of conspiracy on the first and only city on the moon. I love this book more than I loved The Martian and that’s saying a lot.
Please see Dan’s review for this month here
Yes! We have board games!
An exciting cooperative board game that requires you and your team to find cures for four different diseases that have broken out all over the world! Work together to keep the outbreaks under control.
Invisible Emmie is a funny, sweet, and surprising graphic novel about finding your true self in middle school. Recommended especially for girls ten and older, although boys and grown-ups will enjoy it, too.
During the holidays, you should always remember—your family may be jacked-up, but it will NEVER be “Torrance family” jacked-up.
November 2017 Picks
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe lying on their backs in the bed of a pick-up truck, looking up at the Texas stars. This is a memorable coming of age and coming out novel where two friends– Dante and Ari–talk, fight, combat family secrets and deal with reversals in their friendship–leading to an amazing resolution. Ari is a lovable anti-hero whose journey toward self-confidence is full of humor and angst. It’s the central characters and plain-spoken poetry that have earned this novel a permanent place in YA literature. Learn more about the author, Benjamin Alire Saenz, at Goodreads.com.
People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann (currently available as an eBook, soon to be available in paperback)
From the politics of joining a playgroup to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do?
This author is my hero.
“David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives – a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.”
What they said.
Being a member of the Elite Hunter Command imperils Joy in more ways than one. In their latest clash with Othersiders, the army of monsters nearly wiped them out. Apex City is safe for now. But within the city barriers, Joy must wage a different kind of war. The corrupt and powerful PsiCorps is determined to usurp the Hunters as chief defenders of Apex City and Joy is now squarely in their crosshairs. This is the third book in this tale and the story is just getting very interesting.
The historian provides a kid-friendly look at the presidents, each one getting two pages (well, four for Grover Cleveland). Burns discusses important events of each administration and gives the names of siblings, wives, children, and pets. The book is serious when it needs to be but with a funny, positive approach overall. Most recommended for grades 3 to 5.
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation. Sometimes even grumpy bears can make good mamas.
A fourteen-year-old girl raised off the grid with a harsh, abusive survivalist father, struggles for the survival of her very soul in this gripping, disturbing narrative set in our own backyard. This book is not for the purists or the squeamish. But if you go into it knowing the world harbors many a dark place then you’ll love this book.
Known for her funny memoir books, Jen Lancaster has written an amazing YA book that delves into the world of suicide in a privileged community. Well written, this book keeps you hooked.
I listened to the audio version which was extremely well done. Very funny and new twist to the story of a middle-aged woman who is told by her business partner to lose weight. The main character, Janey, explores all the new approaches to losing weight among the rich and famous and discovers some insights into her own self along the way.
In this book Salvo’s girlfriend, Livia is subtly redirected from cooking because of her inability to make pasta al dente. Trust me, it’s funny. The mystery of a loan shark murdered twice is unusual.
Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, and this book is his enthralling account of how he built his case from what a defense attorney dismissed as only “two fingerprints and Vince Bugliosi.”
What I enjoyed about this book was the deep look into th