Books

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January 11

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy." Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family is on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

"Mr. Roth was the last of the great white males: the triumvirate of writers — Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others — who towered over American letters in the second half of the 20th century. Outliving both and borne aloft by an extraordinary second wind, Mr. Roth wrote more novels than either of them. In 2005 he became only the third living writer (after Bellow and Eudora Welty) to have his books enshrined in the Library of America." - New York Times

American pastoral by Philip Roth
Also available in: audiobook

Seymour "Swede" Levov, a hard working man who came of age in triumphant postwar America, must give up his dreams of a peaceful life when his daughter grows up to be a 1960s revolutionary terrorist.

Tracing the full span of Philip Roth's career - from the early controversies surrounding the stories in Goodbye, Columbus to his recent assessments of his work and corrections of the record - this retrospective summation of his essays and interviews shows at every turn the vigour, acuity, and persuasive power of our most celebrated living novelist.

Tuesday has a personality that shines. I am not kidding when I say it is common for people to pull out their cell phones and take pictures of and with him. Tuesday is that kind of dog. And then, in passing, they notice me, the big man with the tight haircut. There is nothing about me--even the straight, stiff way I carry myself--that signals disabled. Until people notice the cane in my left hand, that is, and the way I lean on it every few steps. Then they realize my stiff walk and straight posture aren't just pride, and that Tuesday isn't just an ordinary dog. He walks directly beside me, for instance, so that my right leg always bisects his body. He nuzzles me when my breathing changes, and he moves immediately between me and the object--a cat, an overeager child, a suspiciously closed door--any time I feel apprehensive. Because beautiful, happy-go-lucky, favorite-of-the-neighborhood Tuesday isn't my pet; he's my service dog." Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That's when he met Tuesday - his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and dog.

A decade ago, former military counterintelligence officer Terry Henry joined his precocious young daughter, Kyria, on a trip to a nursing home in order to allow its residents to play with their family dog, a golden retriever named Riley. Terry was astounded by the transformations that unfolded before his eyes. Soon after, Terry and Kyria started their service dog organization, paws4people, with the goal of pairing dogs with human beings in need of healing, including traumatized and wounded war veterans and children living with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.In A Dog's Gift, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the story of a year in the life of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends. The book follows the journey of pups bred by the organization from their loving, if rigorous, early training to an emotional event that terry and Kyria have christened "the bump," where each individual service dog chooses its new owner through an almost mystical connection that ignites the healing process. incorporating vivid storytelling, insights into canine wisdom, history, science, and moving tales of personal transformation, A Dog's Gift is a story of miracles bound to be embraced by not only the 60 million Americans who own dogs, but by anyone with a full heart and a loving soul.

Max : best friend, hero, marine by Jennifer Li Shotz

When Justin's family adopts the military canine that was handled by Justin's departed brother, Kyle, Justin helps the troubled dog recover from the trauma it suffered in Afghanistan when Kyle was killed as the two investigate how Kyle died.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Grace Thomas, the American Girl character who visits Paris and wants to start her own bakery, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

The 12 dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

Thirteen-year-old Christa's plans for her favorite holiday are derailed when her parents announce their divorce and Christa spends Christmas in Europe with her mom, but even though her dad remains in Chicago, he sends Christa on a scavenger hunt made up of dares that send her all over Florence, Paris, and London.

"An innovative journalist and novelist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like 'The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,' 'The Right Stuff' and 'Bonfire of the Vanities'..." - New York Times

In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.

Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker in Manhattan, finds himself arrested following a freak accident and becomes involved with prosecutors, politicians, the press, and assorted hustlers..

Celiac disease is a serious condition that's caused when the body's immune system damages the small intestine. Gluten is the trigger. It's a protein found in wheat, rye and barley products. The disease can occur at any age, but it can be treated and managed by sticking to a gluten-free diet. Want to know more? Check out these resources and stayed tuned for a gluten-free program in June!

After being diagnosed with celiac disease, actress Esposito founded Jennifer's Way Bakery in New York City, where she served up delicious gluten and allergen-free delights to customers. (The bakery is currently being relocated to an as-yet undisclosed location.) Now she's sharing her favorite recipes with us. Beginning with helpful tips to living gluten- and allergen-free, like taking a look at beauty and cleaning products, the book then makes its way to the heart of the home: the kitchen. Recipes are broken down into three parts: Pure Recipes for Healing, Clean Recipes for Living, and Indulgent Recipes for Splurging. While the Pure recipes are meant to restore digestive health, and the Clean recipes are meant to maintain it, both sections offer plenty of options for delicious eating. Start your day with a fruity hemp smoothie, have some herb-lemon-honey tuna steaks for dinner, and top it off with apple honey cake. Also including recipes for homemade milks and breads, Jennifer's Way Kitchen will be a welcome addition to the shelves of anyone looking to maintain their digestive and/or autoimmune health.

Nancy Cain came to gluten-free cooking simply enough: Her teenage son was diagnosed with celiac disease. After trying ready-made baking mixes and finding the results rubbery and tasteless, she pioneered gluten-free foods made entirely from natural ingredients--no xanthan or guar gums or other mystery chemical additives allowed. That led her to adapt many of her family's favorite recipes, including their beloved pizzas, pastas, and more, to this real food technique. In Against the Grain, Nancy finally shares 200 groundbreaking recipes for achieving airy, crisp breads, delicious baked goods, and gluten-free main dishes. For any of these cookies, cakes, pies, sandwiches, and casseroles, you use only natural ingredients such as buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, and ripe fruits and vegetables. Whether you're making Potato Rosemary Bread, iced Red Velvet Cupcakes, Lemon-Thyme-Summer Squash Ravioli, or Rainbow Chard and Kalamata Olive Pizza, you'll be able to use ingredients already in your pantry or easily found at your local supermarket. With ample information for gluten-free beginners and 100 colorful photographs, this book is a game changer for gluten-free households everywhere.

In 1992, the month of May was designated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate by reading a YA book by an author of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry this month! Some selections are listed below. 

American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

Ramadan begins this year on Wednesday, May 16th and ends on Thursday, June 18th. Check out a book to learn about this Muslim holiday and its traditions!

Nonfiction

Ramadan by R. J. Bailey

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to celebrate, here is a list of books that contain characters living with neurodiversity and/or mental illnesses. For more information on mental health or to learn how to become an advocate for yourself or others please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at  www.nami.org

Middle schooler Natalie's year-long assignment to answer a question using the scientific process leads to truths about her mother's depression and her own cultural identity.

Finding perfect by Elly D Swartz

"With some help from her siblings and friends, Molly is able to face her OCD and be strong enough to get help for it"--.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the "Oscars" of the comics world. Below is a taste from the long list of categories. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con International website for the complete list of nominees for each category. Check out the award winners at world renound Comic-Con in July.

"Face front, true believers!" - Stan Lee

Best Continuing Series

When a visitor from the outside world arrives on the Farm, looking for the Black Hammer and bringing news of Spiral City to its Golden Age heroes, everything changes. Her arrival stirs up old memories and awakens new hope in the marooned heroes and they make a new attempt to escape their strange prison

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