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Nonfiction Book Group December 2017

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Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to sixteenth-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work celebrates the ordinary lives of those who labored through the era. From sounding the "hue and cry" to alert a village to danger to malting grain for homemade ale, from the gruesome sport of bear-baiting to cuckolding and cross-dressing the madcap habits and revealing intimacies of life in the time of Shakespeare are vividly rendered.

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January 12

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Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story.

Winter is officially here. What better way to enjoy it than to bundle up in some nice warm mittens or a scarf. Thursday's Knitting Themed Storytime celebrated hats, scarves, mittens and more. Enjoy these fun knitting reads while you bundle up with a lovely knitted blanket in your living room.

Books Read in Storytime

Classics and new titles alike will be adapted for the big screen in 2018. Read the book before you watch the movie!

The death cure by James Dashner

Release date: January 26, 2018

In a final effort to complete the blueprint for the cure, Thomas must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, but Thomas does not trust Wicked and he remembers much more than they realize.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Release date: February 23, 2018

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers--they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding--but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins

When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers knows better than to trust a rich boy. But then she meets the richest guy of all, who proves money might not matter after all.

My life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

When Samantha, the seventeen-year-old daugher of a wealthy, perfectionistic, Republican state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.

As we come to the end of the year, things can get busy. Maybe you don't have time to concentrate on longer books, but you don't want to sacrifice your reading time, or high-quality content. The following picture books are all intended for children, but hold appeal for adult readers as well. They won't take you as long to get through, but still offer some laughs or plenty to think about.

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds. Beautiful illustrations and inspiring message.

The book of mistakes by Corinna Luyken
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As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which 'mistakes' can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress. We could all use this refreshing take on mistakes.

For children, reading level and experience level are not always the same. Eager readers are often interested in ideas and topics that seem advanced, but situations and subjects that sixth graders can handle with aplomb may be emotionally confusing for a younger child. Early and eager readers deserve stories they can get into, information that's challenging and up-to-date, and ideas that are new and stimulating, all while remaining age appropriate. Here, children's lit expert Isaacs offers 300 book recommendations for early able readers ages 4-10, honing in on writing that will challenge but not frustrate young readers. 

Teach your baby how to sign. Children can look at the picture, feel the touches, and learn to sign! The book features 25 signs and first words that your child should be using by age two. And all of this is provided in a sturdy, lightweight board book with touch and feels on every spread that's just right for little fingers to handle on their own!.

Bestselling author Eric Rosswood covers every aspect of fatherhood for gay men in this essential guide to growing your family in the post-DOMA era. Unlike other parenting books that have whole chapters focusing on things specifically related to mothers (such as how to get the perfect latch when breastfeeding), this parenting book replaces those sections with things relevant to gay dads. It covers topics like how to find LGBT friendly pediatricians, how to find LGBT friendly schools, how to childproof your home with style, how to answer awkward and prying questions about your family from strangers, examples for what two-dad families can do on Mother's Day, and much more.

Down in the ocean live all sorts of creatures. If you missed our Ocean themed storytime, have no fear! Swimmy fins and goggles are on their way--along with a peek at the stories we read and the fun flannel activity we did. Have fun having your own ocean party at home!

Stories from Storytime

Did you miss our Houses and Homes Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Home by Carson Ellis

A whimsical tribute to the myriad possibilities of home depicts homes in different real-world environments as well as fantastical settings.

With Prince Harry's engagement to actress Meghan Markle, an American will join the British family for the first time since King Edward abdicated the throne and married Wallis Simpson in 1937. We've put together this book list (in reverse-chronological order) on British kings and queens, princes and princesses, to satisfy all your royal history and gossip needs. Check the end of the list for films and tv shows. 

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A royal duty by Paul Burrell

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