It’s a busy time of year here at the library, but we’re still making time to read. Here’s a handful of our current favorites:
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morganstern. The Night Circus arrives unexpectedly and without warning, full of magic and all manner of imaginative delights… just like this book.
- Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Jacob always thought his grandfather’s tales of his childhood were nothing but stories. But the photographs he discovers began to suggest otherwise – could the dangers his grandfather told him about also be true?
- Maphead, by Ken Jennings. The former Jeopardy! champion takes a look at maps – why we love them, why some people can’t read them, why Kids These Days Aren’t Learning Geography Like They Used To, and the addictive world of geocashing.
Check out these and many more at the library!
Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure
by Matthew Algeo
I bet you didn’t know this about Harry Truman: In 1953, after the end of his presidency, he and his wife Bess took a road trip. No entourage, no secret service, no press – just a former president and his wife in a shiny new Chrysler, with 2,500 miles of road to cover.
During their three week roadtrip, they visited friends, celebrated their wedding anniversary, went to a Broadway play, ate at roadside diners … everything that an average couple in the 1950s might do. What they didn’t count on was the attention. Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s grandson, said, “The thing that always amazed me was that my grandfather, having run the country, thought he could just get in his car and drive across it.”
In this engaging history, the author retraces the Truman’s footsteps, gathering anecdotes and memories along the way. It was picked as one of the Washington Post’s “Best Books of the Year” and after reading it, I can see why.
Twelve Little Cakes
by Dominika Dery
Dominika Dery has a surprisingly charming way of writing about the difficult subject of growing up in communist Czechoslovakia. Life wasn’t easy under the oppressive government – especially if your parents were dissidents – but each tale of Dery’s childhood is presented with such love and humor that her book escapes the gloom and despair of other books about the time period.
From her father’s misadventures in construction to her debut with the Czech ballet, Dery provides a unique view of life behind the Iron Curtain.
My Year With Eleanor
by Noelle Hancock
When entertainment blogger Noelle Hancock was abruptly laid off, she had to face her fears in a very real way. She quickly realized that she’d traded in her confidence for anxiety and her ambition for passiveness. Then a quote chalked on a blackboard in a coffee shop changed everything:
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
With the help of her boyfriend and a few close friends (real friends are the ones who will go skydiving with you!) Noelle embarks on a project: a vow to do at least one thing that scares her every day for a year.
Weaving in plenty of facts about Eleanor’s life and a lot of inspiration, Noelle faces her fears, including those of flying, falling, karaoke, and stand up comedy. Along the way she finds her fearless self again, even finding that she enjoys some of the things she feared most.
Luckily for her readers, it’s a ride that’s easy to enjoy – and definitely not a book to be afraid of!
Five of our newest adult non-fiction titles:
- Your Brain At Work, by David Rock: Have you ever wondered about how our brains process and analyze information? This book shows you how to understand your brain and use that knowlege to work smarter and better, not harder.
- The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries, by Marilyn Johnson: Ms. Johnson has a gift for making a specialized subject interesting to a wide audience. She discusses her favorite obituaries and obituary writers, old and new, sharing plenty of excerpts along the way.
- Knuckler, by Tim Wakefield with Tony Massarotti: Although as the title suggests, this book is about how Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield learned to pitch a perfect knuckleball, it’s also about a lot more than that – like how he went from being a young Florida boy who had a hard time getting on any team to a hardworking baseball player and all-around nice guy.
- Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days, by Jessica Wu, M.D.: Become beautiful from the inside out! What you put into your body is every bit as important as what you put onto it. Here you’ll find testimonals, menu plans, before-and-after photos, and realistic, practical advice on using what you eat to help you look your best.
- Fallin’ Up: My Story, by Taboo: from the streets of LA to the biggest concert stages in the world, Taboo, founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, has an honest and inspiring story to tell.
The Wilder Life
by Wendy McClure
Like many children, Wendy McClure grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. But unlike many of those children, her interest in the world of Laura never really went away, and as an adult she found herself revisiting the books with new interest. It started small: she ground her own wheat berries to make bread like they did in The Long Winter. She learned to churn butter. She started a Twitter account called @halfpintingalls. But before long she was visiting historical sites relating to the series, ranging from Pepin, Wisconson to Springfield, Missouri – at least seven in all.
With equal parts humor and introspection, The Wilder Life explores the uneasy relationship between the real Ingalls family history, the book series, and the television show … and why we still are enchanted by the Ingalls family after all of these years.