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Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

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Alright folks! We are officially one week away from the biggest film release this year: [http://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-viii-the-last-jedi|Star Wars: The Last Jedi]! To help you prepare for this monumental event, we've pulled together a list of just some of the hundreds of awesome Star Wars items in our collection.

To start with, we have all of the previous movies on DVD: [b:1468991|the original trilogy] (consisting of A New Hope, The Empire Strike Back and Return of the Jedi), [b:1489278|the prequel trilogy] (consisting of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), [b:1491313|The Force Awakens], and [b:1509422|Rogue One]. All of these movies are also available on Blu-Ray.

Kids have lots of movie options as well. First on the list is the [b:1503519|Clone Wars television series] and the [b:1471601|Clone Wars Lost Missions], as well as the stand-alone movie [b:1324346|The Clone Wars]. We also have multiple seasons of the television series [b:1481682|Star Wars Rebels], as well as the stand-alone movie [b:1463334|Rebels: Spark of Rebellion]. The LEGO Star Wars movies are also popular, consisting of [b:1426780|The Empire Strikes Out], the [b:1480189|New Yoda Chronicles], [b:1417145|Padawan Menace], and [b:1489193|Droid Tales]. LEGO Star Wars has a television series as well, called [b:1503952|The Freemaker Adventures].

We have many of the soundtracks from the Star Wars films and television shows, including those for [b:1119927|A New Hope], [b:1120616|The Empire Strikes Back], [b:1217540|Return of the Jedi], [b:1156644|The Phantom Menace], [b:1193688|Attack of the Clones], [b:1253620|Revenge of the Sith], [b:1487570|The Force Awakens], [b:1504338|Rogue One], and [b:1320493|The Clone Wars]. A soundtrack of the original trilogy is available [b:1310936|here], and a CD of instrumental solos is available [b:1381035|here].

We have tons of kids books about Star Wars. For babies, we have board books such as [b:1476236| Epic Yarns: A New Hope] and [b:1487088|Return of the Jedi]. Picture books include [b:1515494|BB-8 on the Run] and [b:1487040|Han and Chewie Return!]. For children just learning to read, we have Readers such as [b:1440877|Are Ewoks Scared of Stormtroopers?], [b:1489356|Death Star Battle], [b:1386989|R2-D2 and Friends], and [b:1422450|Jedi Heroes]. Chapter books for kids include [b:1456181|Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy], [b:1459555|Rise of the Rebels], and [b:1486456|Before the Awakening]. Star Wars comic books are very popular, and include [b:1493337|The Original Trilogy], [b:1360794|Crash Course], [b:1462247|Jedi Academy], and [b:1382779|Star Wars Adventures]. Nonfiction reads include [b:1502201|The Amazing Book of Star Wars], [b:1487717|5 Minute Star Wars Stories], [b:1485617|Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know], [b:1471736|Ultimate Star Wars], [b:1402083|The Star Wars Craft Book], and [b:1486436|Incredible Cross-Sections]. We even have Star Wars books for kids in languages other than English, such as the Spanish language book [b:1328200|La Guerra de los Clones Aventuras].

For a full list of Star Wars children's books, see these public lists: [:user/lists/74958|Star Wars Readers], [:user/lists/74960|Star Wars Chapter Books], [:user/lists/74961|Star Wars Graphic Novels for Kids], [:user/lists/74962|Star Wars Nonfiction for Kids], and [:user/lists/74963|Star Wars Kids Books in World Languages].

Teens have plenty to choose from too. Most take the form of graphic novels, including [b:1365314|The Clone Wars series], [b:1356266|Knights of the Old Republic], [b:1293345|Empire],[b:1408285|Invasion], [b:1489157|Kanan], and [b:1295884|Legacy], although there are novels like [b:1501283|Ahsoka] and [b:1514663|Rebel Rising] as well. For a full list, see the public list [:user/lists/74964|Star Wars Books for Teens].

The adult collection is where you'll find many of the extended universe novels, both new and old. These include novels such as [b:1492133|Bloodline], [b:1475355|Dark Disciple], [b:1230721|Jedi Trial], [b:1465669|Honor Among Thieves], and the [b:1264847|Legacy of the Force series]. The adult collections are where you're likely to find film adaptations, such as [b:1154048|The Phantom Menace] and [b:1503508|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story]. There are a ton of adult graphic novels, such as [b:1448919| From the Ruins of Alderaan] and [b:1504304|Heroes for a New Hope]. Adults also have interesting Star Wars nonfiction to choose from, in books such as [b:1476134|Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy], [b:1259640|Where Science Meets Imagination], [b:1289026|The Making of Star Wars] and [b:1499387|Year by Year: A Visual History]. For a full list of adult Star Wars materials, see the public lists [:user/lists/74965|Star Wars Books for Adults] and [:user/lists/74966|Star Wars Nonfiction for Adults].

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Snow!

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In celebration of this year's [t:First snow, magic snow] here are some books to get you into the snowy spirit that don't necessarily end with you singing along to the [t:Frozen : soundtrack]!

[t:Into the snow], [t:Snow! Snow! Snow!], [t:Splat the Cat : blow, snow, blow], [t:Skippyjon Jones. Snow what], and [t:Pete the Cat : snow daze] are cute books about kids and animals playing in the snow. In case you're looking for more of a classic story, here's a few more children's titles you might be interested in: [t:Clifford's first snow day] where Clifford the puppy, before he grow's up to be The Big Red Dog, encounters snow for the first time; take a trip with Mrs. Frizzle in [t:The Magic school bus lost in the snow]; and who can forget this wonderful classic of a kid enjoying snow in [t:The snowy day].

For Teens, we have [t:After the snow], a futuristic tale about a boy in search of his missing family during a new ice age. There is a retelling of the classic fairytale, [t:Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen], in [t:Winter's child]. Finally, in [t:Snow-walker], we see a group rebelling against an evil ruler trying to control their land.

We even have a couple of cozy books for adults to, so you can warm up by the fires in the branches, or maybe with coffee or hot chocolate from Sweetwaters. First up, [t:Wagging through the snow], a cute mystery where some adorable dogs are discovered at an abandoned house, right next to a dead body! Next we have another mystery, [t:The Snow White Christmas cookie], this time involving a small town and a big cover-up. And finally, [t:Dashing through the snow], a funny love story about a couple who get caught up in some strange scenarios during the holiday season.

Hope you enjoy the snow, because they say there's more to come this weekend! Cozy up in the library, or your favorite chair, with some of these books to warm you up!

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The Empathy Exams

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Leslie Jamison gets a job as a medical actor. She plays complex characters, women who are shy or embarrassed, or women who distrust doctors. Leslie assesses the medical students who interact with her. Do they wash their hands before the exam? Do the students ask important questions? Do they have empathy for their patients? The first essay of [a:Leslie Jamison]'s book, The [t:Empathy Exams], offers a view into a hidden world. How are doctors trained to empathize with patients? What does empathy mean to doctors? What does empathy mean to patients?

In her other essays, Jamison explores the idea of pain. How do people deal with chronic pain? Do people believe one another about their pain? How do doctors respond to pain? What kind of pain is "most important" or most recognized by society?

Jamison writes with tenderness and empathy about people in distress. The [t:Empathy Exams] is a beautiful portrait of agony in America that will keep you awake at night pondering the philosophy of pain.

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Margaret Atwood on the small screen

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[a:Atwood, Margaret|Margaret Atwood’s] 1996 novel, [b:1114181|Alias Grace], discloses the inner musings of a true-to-life Irish immigrant, Grace Marks, who was accused with and locked up in a Canadian penitentiary for killing her employer and his housekeeper. Grace’s story is given to us mostly through the interviews she has with Dr. Simon Jordan, a psychiatrist who has arrived at the penitentiary to determine Grace’s guilt or innocence. From [a:Atwood, Margaret|Margaret Atwood’s] able hands, we receive intricately drawn out details of the drudgery of a servant’s day, peppered with profound and beautiful observations about nature, God, men, and women. Born to serve, first her father, than various other households, Grace continues to serve through her crime. Her accusers, her co-conspirators, her defender, her jury, and the journalists who tell her story are all male. The action in Grace’s story belongs to the men who want to convey it. In order to own her narrative, Grace must rely on creating misconceptions, fugues, hallucinations, and evasions.
There are two threads running through this story at all times. The actual answers Grace gives to Simon’s many questions are interwoven with the answers she richly imagines providing. For his own part, Simon envisions a Grace different from the one who sits before him. “Grace’s will is of the negative female variety - she can deny and reject much more easily than she can affirm or accept. Somewhere within herself - he’s seen it, if only for a moment, that conscious, even cunning look in the corner of her eye - she knows she’s concealing something from him. As she stitches away at her sewing, outwardly calm as a marble Madonna, she is all the while exerting her passive stubborn strength against him. A prison does not only lock its inmates inside, it keeps all others out. Her strongest prison is of her own construction.”
Simon is excited by the possibility of Grace being a murderess. Though he is there to support her innocence, he can’t remove his own fantasies from Grace’s tale and therefore is unable to ascertain whether Grace is guilty of the crimes she has been charged with or not. “Murderess, murderess, he whispers to himself. It has an allure, a scent almost. Hot house gardenias. Lurid, but almost furtive. He imagines himself breathing it as he draws Grace toward him…”
[b:1114181|Alias Grace] has recently been made into a mini-series on [https://www.netflix.com/title/80119411|Netflix]. Showrunner [a:Polley, Sarah|Sarah Polley’s] outstanding adaptation sticks closely to Atwood’s story (Atwood was a producer and has a small role in it). If you have a chance to watch it, I highly recommend it. What you won’t get from either [a:Polley, Sarah|Polley] or [a:Atwood,Margaret|Atwood] are definitive answers as to the question of Grace’s guilt, but both work to convey the timeless struggle faced by women of how to have a voice.

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New from Celeste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere

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By now you've probably heard that Celeste Ng, author of [:http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1446471|Everything I Never Told You], has published her second novel, [:http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1516115|Little Fires Everywhere]. Like Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere is focused on family intricacies. However, while her first book centered upon one family, Ng's latest work explores how two families become intertwined. Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio (an idyllic community that got its start as an envisioned utopia by its creator) in the 1990s, the book masterfully weaves together several storylines full of moral ambiguities.

Single mother Mia and her daughter Pearl arrive in Shaker Heights in the summer, looking for a place to rent. Although most spaces are out of their price range, local landlady and prominent Shaker Heights resident Elena Richardson takes a liking to them and rents them the upper half of a duplex that she owns. Pearl quickly befriends the Richardson children, who are all about her age, and Mia, an artist, begins working as a housekeeper for the Richardsons to help make rent money. Readers know from the very beginning that this close relationship between landlords and tenants is a ticking time bomb; the book opens with the Richardsons' house in flames and Mia and Pearl leaving town in the dead of night. Still, we can't help but cheer for all of the characters in the book who--although all flawed in their own ways--are mostly kind-hearted. As the book goes on, Mrs. Richardson begins to dig into Mia and Pearl's past and all of the characters become involved in a local scandal--some intentionally and others by accident.

Little Fires Everywhere, like Everything I Never Told You, showcases Ng's ability to create amazingly nuanced characters that tell a story that is thought-provoking in part because of its shocking believability. I did feel that this story wasn't quite as gut-wrenching as her first, mostly because the number of players in Little Fires Everywhere makes it so that readers cannot really get to know and understand any single one. Without a doubt, however, if you liked Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere is a must-read. And, if you're unfamiliar with Celeste Ng, now is the time to play catch up! I am already eagerly anticipating her third work.

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A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother

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The end of pregnancy is a strange time. You wait for the biggest change that can happen to a person other than death and yet, for most, you don’t know when the change will happen. When will the baby be born? When will a woman become a mother? When I was pregnant with my son, I read the title essay of [b:1519570|A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother] by [a:Prushinskaya, Anna|Anna Prushinskaya] probably 15 times. It became almost a talisman to me, a promise that he would eventually be born, that I would be able to cross over to motherhood.

In [b:1519570|A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother], Prushinskaya writes beautifully about her experience balancing between places, between states: between pregnancy and motherhood, and between her Soviet homeland and her current home of Ann Arbor. Her essays range from parenthood to identifying local woody plants, and they are all gorgeous- sparse and lyrical.

I spoke with Prushinskaya about her experience writing the book, how motherhood has changed her as a writer, and the birth of her second son. Find our conversation [http://pulp.aadl.org/node/369881|on Pulp!]

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The Making of Jane Austen

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At the time of Jane Austen’s death in 1817, no one but close family and friends knew that she was a published author. Fast forward to 1995: a wet-shirted Colin Firth, starring in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice miniseries, seemingly launches Austen into pop culture superstardom and initiates an Austen craze that has continued ever since.

We are now used to Jane Austen cosplay conventions, spin-off novels, and countless Austen-themed tchotchkes. But it’s worth asking the question: How did Austen go from complete anonymity to a cultural institution?

The answer to that question, Devoney Looser argues, starts long before Colin Firth. And, she continues, it often has less to do with Jane Austen herself than with how Austen has been interpreted—and invented—by readers, illustrators, playwrights, screenwriters, actors, activists, and teachers.

In her new book, The Making of Jane Austen, Looser sets out uncover the little-known parts of Austen’s legacy in British and American culture. She focuses on five areas: how Austen has been illustrated, adapted for the stage, adapted for the screen, politicized, and taught in schools.

Looser turns away from literary histories of Austen and instead focuses on equally important but long-neglected appearances of Austen in popular culture. What makes her book so enjoyable is that she strolls down the byways of history, tracking down obscure figures like the young women (yes, women) who played Mr. Darcy in early stage adaptations of Pride and Prejudice or the author of the first Jane Austen dissertation, who was supposedly channeled by a spirit medium after his untimely death. (You can’t make this stuff up, folks!)

If The Making of Jane Austen piques your interest, be sure to mark your calendar for Anne-Charlotte Mecklenburg’s talk, “Lights, Camera, Austen: the screen adaptations of Jane Austen” at Westgate Branch from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday, December 13th. And stay tuned for info about all our upcoming Jane Austen events this winter in partnership with the University of Michigan—Austen Trivia! Embroidery! English Country Dancing! Everything to satisfy the Austenian heart.

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PreK Bits - "P" is for PERFECT PLANs

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Ms Rachel brought African tales to Storytime.
Following troubles ... Each tale ended with a PERFECT PLAN.
[b:1193664|HEAD, BODY, LEGS] is a tale from Liberia. Head makes a perfect plan that gets all the body parts working together.
[b:1080440|WOODY'S 20 Grow Big Songs] has a recorded version of the song/game “Pick It Up”. We dropped our noses (and other parts) by accident. How embarrassing !! But we put othings back together. Knowing how to fix things is a good plan too!
[b:1112532|LEOPARD’S DRUM] is an Asanti Tale from West Africa. Tiny Turtle was the one who made a PERFECT PLAN.

For more tales with PERFECT PLANS try these favorites;
[b:1350422|DOG And BEAR: Three To Get Ready] … three plans that make good friends.
[b:1354904|The SECRET PLAN] … for bedtime.
[b:1447204|SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN!] … sometimes they work and sometimes you need to revise.
[b:1406819|OH NO GEORGE!] … sometimes it’s a poor plan.
[b:1052993|JETHRO And JOEL WERE A TROLL] … a Troll with two heads? Hoo boy! Who’s in charge? They need to make a better plan ….
[b:1504741|The CARPENTER] ... what do you do with a measuring tape? Make plans !!
[b:1429821|OLLIE And CLAIRE] ... hohum turns into fun when Claire makes a new plan.

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Out in the Open

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Jesús Carrasco's debut novel Out in the Open, offers a fresh take on primal survival.

Carrasco's novel opens with an unnamed boy hiding in a hole. If the boy is found, the hole could become his grave. We follow the boy as he runs from malignant forces. At first, the reader is not sure who the boy is running from, or why.

The boy travels through a desolate and unforgiving expanse; he struggles to find food and water. Eventually the boy meets a goat herder who helps him. The characters develop a relationship, and a ray of hope sprouts from Carrasco's somber story. The connection between the goat herder and the boy is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the novel. However, it is memorizing to follow the characters on their daily struggle to survive; it certainly makes our lives seem effortless in comparison.

Jesús Carrasco is from Spain. Out in the Open was originally written in Spanish. Margaret Jull Costa translated the text into English. Carrasco's novel has now been published in more than twenty countries and has received many accolades. Out in the Open won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016, as well as an English PEN award.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #660

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Reviewers are calling [b:1518519|The Last Mrs. Parrish * * *] by [a:Constantine, Liv|Liv Constantine] (pen name of sisters Lynne and Valerie Constantine) a "devilishly ingenious debut thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

Amber Patterson deserves more, definitely more than her impoverished upbringing, her dead-end jobs and the constant worry about money. She set her sights on Daphne and Jackson Parrish, a wealthy “golden couple” from Connecticut who is living the privileged life she wants.

Meticulously clever and ruthlessly manipulative, Amber moves to Bishops Harbor, and plots to insinuate herself into Daphne's life, and through her, to Jackson, the handsome, powerful real estate mogul. Before long, Amber is traveling to Europe with the Parrish family; and when she finds out Daphne’s failure to give Jackson a male heir is the main source of tension in the marriage, she knows what she needs to do to become the next Mrs. Parrish, that is as long as the skeleton in her closet does not lay waste to all that scheming.

Halfway through, the narrative is picked up by Daphne, and the readers will get a surprisingly different take on the story. Well, let's just say some women get everything and some women get everything they deserve.

"With a plot equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as [a:Flynn, Gillian, 1971-|Gillian Flynn's] [b:1407981|Gone Girl] or [a:Hawkins, Paula.|Paula Hawkins's] [b:/1463701|The Girl on the Train], this is sure to be a hit with suspense fans."(Library Journal)

* * * = 3 starred reviews

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From Costume Contest to Island Adventure

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This new book by Peter Sís is another dreamy and beautiful childhood recollection, featuring a fantastical trip to the world of Robinson Crusoe. Sís recalls a touching story of dressing up like the shipwrecked hero, falling sick, and journeying to a deserted island. There, as depicted in page after page of Sís’s detailed illustrations and rich watercolors, young Peter lives a peaceful and quiet life with his animal friends. Did he imagine the whole thing or did he really journey there and discover a new land?

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PreK Bits - "Q" is for Quiet

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This week Ms. Rachel presented stories that needed quiet.
[b:1456704|SLEEPYHEADS] ... where every quiet creature lays their sleepy head. Wait! One little sleepyhead is not in their bed!
Ms. Betsy played guitar and Ms. Rachel led the Quiet/Loud action song "Wake Up You Sleepy Heads".
You can hear the "Sleepy Heads" song on the recording [b:1192201|SING IT! SAY IT! STAMP IT! SWAY IT!] ... along with more favorite childhood songs!
[b:1308490|The SQUEAKY DOOR] had a Grandma putting her Grand-children to bed in the big double bed. It was time for quiet.

For more books that find "quiet" try the following favorites:
[b:1380329|QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS] ... find them in the garden.
[b:1362723|The QUIET BOOK] ... very thoughtful, lovely prose, and beautiful gentle illustrations.
[b:1447204|SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN] ... who needs to be quiet?
[b:1428078|TIPTOE JOE] ... tiptoe to be quiet.
[b:1445465|HANK FINDS AN EGG] ... on a quiet walk in the woods. What shall he do?
[b:1442167|The FAMILY BEDTIME TREASURY: Tales For Sleepy Times and Sweet Dreams] ... a treasure trove in one book!
[b:1371980|BEDTIME FOR BEAR] ... with a "small but effervescent" overnight guest. Delightful storytelling and illustrations!
Find a cozy space.
Good Night!
Sleep Tight.

When you wake up the next day .... sing along with Joanie Bartels and [b:1263534|MORNING MAGIC] songs.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #659

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[b:1516596|Seven Days of Us * *] by [a:Hornak, Francesca|Francesca Hornak], is a sharply observed and ultimately satisfying holiday story.

For the first time in years the entire Birch family will be spending Christmas together under one roof, no thanks to elder daughter, 32-year old Olivia, a disaster-relief physician who just spent 6 weeks in Liberia fighting an Ebola-like Haag epidemic. The family decides to ride out the one-week quarantine at Weyfield Hall, their dilapidated country estate.

Thrown together with little to occupy themselves, and cut off from the outside world (even their Wi-Fi is spotty at best), all their disagreements, resentments, and secrets, both old and new, come bubbling up.

Father Andrew, a restaurant critic secretly hates food, and longs for the glory days as a globe-trotting war correspondent. Mother Emma is trying to shield her family from the cancer diagnosis so they could enjoy their time together. Olivia's secret relationship with a fellow doctor could potentially be dire for the whole household. Younger, and unabashedly frivolous, Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding while secretly having second thoughts about her fiance George. None of them are prepared for the charming stranger who turns up at the door - Andrew's son from a one-night stand while on assignment in the Middle East.

"Hornak writes with a sense of irony and an eye on today's social issues... Fans of contemporary English stories such as those by [a:Green, Jane, 1968-|Jane Green] or [a:Colgan, Jenny.|Jenny Colgan] will enjoy this novel about the shaky recovery of family bonds." (Library Journal)

* * = 2 starred reviews

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An unusual debut

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In a literary world full of “5 under 35 lists” and authors publishing first novels in their 20s, [a:Weiss, Leah|Leah Weiss] is something of an anomaly. Her debut novel, [b:1515683|If The Creek Don’t Rise] was written after her retirement from a 24 year career as the executive assistant to the headmaster at [https://www.ves.org/page|Virginia Episcopal School]. In it she introduces us to the harsh and difficult life in a small town in Appalachia in the 1970s. This can be a dangerous place, a world of violence and cruelty, especially for women. [a:Weiss, Leah|Weiss] presents this community through a profuse range of voices, voices with their own dialect, particular to these mountain ranges.

The chapters in Weiss’ book, each narrated by a different individual, read like a collection of connected stories, offering a unique and varied glimpse of Baines Creek, a remote haven in an unspecified state. As a newcomer to Baines Creek, teacher Kate Shaw, one of Weiss’ strongest characters, describes it as “barely a crossroad, a dot on a map. It’s remote, embraced by natural beauty, and riddled with hardships,” with “poverty the likes of which I’ve never imagined except in the books of Dickens and Brontë sisters.”

The cast of players in this secluded town represents all facets of personality and morality, and an internal view of even the most vile characters unveils some vulnerability. We are able to see why Prudence Perkins, the reverend’s spiteful, spinster sister, is so mean spirited, and to learn from where intense cruelty is born in the heart of an abusive bully, Roy Tupkin.

If there is a main character in [b:1515683|If The Creek Don’t Rise], she is Sadie Blue, the wife of Roy. Her voice provides bookends, she starts the first and last chapters with the same sentence, within which she demonstrates one woman’s path to a better place in a town that so often resists change. Ultimately this is Sadie Blue’s story, provided to us by a chorus of voices from those who know her, but we get to experience so many other memorable folks from Baines Creek along the way.

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Thor: Ragnarok!

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[http://marvel.com/movies/movie/222/thor_ragnarok|Thor: Ragnarok] arrives in theaters today, making now the perfect time to revisit your favorite Thor materials! The movie is already generating quite a buzz and has received rave reviews (with a 93% rating, it's currently Rotten Tomatoes' best reviewed comic book film ever!).

A great place to start are the previous Thor movies, including [b:1391048|Thor] and [b:1444349|Thor: The Dark World], as well as his appearances in [b:1413450|The Avengers] and [b:1480915|The Avengers: Age of Ultron]. For younger kids who aren't quite ready for the Marvel movies, Thor is featured in [b:1426761|The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes] (there are multiple volumes of this series, including [b:1426765|Vol. 5] and [b:1426766|Vol. 6]).

For adult readers, some of the original Thor comics are included in the anthology series [b:1384483|The Essential Thor Vol. 1], [b:1347731|Vol. 2], [b:1347732|Vol. 3] and [b:1347733|Vol. 4]. Many of these original stories also appear in [b:1384487|The Mighty Thor: Omnibus] collection. More recent additions to the Thor universe include [b:1453423|God of Thunder Vol. 1] ([b:1453424|Vol. 2] and [b:1453425|Vol. 3] are also available), [b:1386302|Lord of Asgard], [b:1384485|Bringers of the Storm], [b:1384488|Godstorm], and [b:1323510|Thor Vol. 1] ([b:1355645|Vol. 3] is also available). Currently, a woman has taken on the title of Thor in [b:1494462|The Mighty Thor: Thunder in her Veins].

There are awesome Thor graphic novels in the Teen section, including [b:1386303|Wolves of the North] and [b:1384530|The Lost Gods]. A mysterious female Thor has also taken the lead in [b: 1473236|The Goddess of Thunder] and [b:1493654|Who Holds the Hammer?].

Kids have a variety of Thor books to choose from as well. Younger children will like gentler Readers such as [b:1445055|The Trouble with Thor] and [b:1413713|These are the Avengers]. Older kids can enjoy comic books like [b:1402461|Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 1] and [b:1402462|Vol. 2], and [b:1472815|Mini Marvels: The Complete Collection]. Books for kids about the Avengers include [b:1408492|The Avengers: The Ultimate Guide] and [b:1408491|The Avengers: The Movie Storybook]. We also have several comic books based on Norse mythology, such as [b:1511898|Thor and the Giants] and [b:1511885|Thor and Loki] (also available [b:1361665|in Spanish]).

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Franklin's Flying Bookshop

[cover_image]|b15157167[/cover_image][b:1515716|Franklin's Flying Bookshop] by Jen Campbell reminds you that every once in a while it's nice to read a book about reading. A book that makes you want to shout from the rooftops: HEY EVERYONE, BOOKS ARE SO MAGICAL AND FUN AND AMAZING!

The beautifully illustrated pages and delicate language tell the tale of Franklin, a dragon who loved to read inside his cave. He reads about everything! Stories about electricity, baking, kung fu, vikings, music, and spiders - by firefly light while sipping on tea. One day he ventures out to read stories to others, without much luck - until he happens upon a young girl named Luna who loves dragons and books. They are two peas in a pod who both feel they are "made out of stories."

The story takes a twist, they do some building, and decide to bring their wonderful books to the masses via a flying bookshop perched upon a dragon. It's a great little picture book to read with the kiddos.

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Celebrating the AACM

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The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an iconic collective of musicians based in Chicago. Founded in 1965 through the vision of composer Muhal Richard Abrams, they have spent over five decades pushing the boundaries of jazz and music as an art form, incorporating theatrical performance, costuming, visual art, and unusual instruments into their work. AACM members are active around the country and abroad as performers, teachers, and activists.

In honor of Muhal Richard Abrams' passing this week, here are some AACM-related books and recordings from the AADL collection.

[b:1312299|A Power Stronger Than Itself], scholar and trombonist George Lewis' incredible and readable history of the AACM.

[b:1247342|Urban Bushmen] by the Art Ensemble of Chicago

[b:1150518|Coming Home Jamaica] by the Art Ensemble of Chicago

[b:1251371|Sound] by Roscoe Mitchell

[b:1478310|Sonic Rivers] by Wadada Leo Smith

[b:1494319|In for a Penny, In for a Pound] by Henry Threadgill

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"F" is for FOX

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Ms Rachel brought FOX tales to Storytime.
In [b:1046530|FLOSSIE And The FOX] ... Flossie has to get her basket of eggs safely to Ms. Viola’s house.
Flossie doesn’t know what a fox looks like but she figures it out.
During “A-Hunting We Will Go” we found many rhyming things ... "And We Always Let Them Go!"
Finally .... we sang along with the [b:1310318|GINGERBREAD GIRL] … as she planned a more successful ending to the classic story of the [b:1109454|GINGERBREAD BOY].

For more FOXES and more fun tales try these favorites:
[b:1500338|HOW TO FIND A FOX] ... can she do it?
[b:1504755|LITTLE FOX In The FOREST] ... a book without words. You use your own to describe the "magical world" the fox leads you to.
[b:1513368|APPLES For LITTLE FOX] ... This little fox's first mystery!
[b:1509008|MY LITTLE FOX] ... little fox's first year in the woods.
[b:1035243|ROSIE'S WALK] ... a classic. Watch the pictures as you read the story....
[b:1042525|The TOMTEN And The FOX] ... another classic. The little gnome-like Tomten is there to protect the hen house.
[b:1515534|SHELTER] ... a proverb, as well as a "fox story".
[b:1507129|PANDORA] ... an imaginary world grows around Pandora the fox, and Pandora gently tends to it.

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Rereading the Classics: To Kill a Mockingbird

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I first read [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1432245|To Kill a Mockingbird] something like 45 years ago, and I thought recently it was time to revisit it. How long has it been since you read it? Have you ever read it? It is one of the finest works of literature I know of, universal in its themes, distinctly American in its details, and a novel of such astounding excellence and rare insight that it shouldn’t be missed. Its message is never old.

Even if you haven’t read it before, I would guess you still know the story. The [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1259209|film version of the book], starring the incomparable Gregory Peck as the compassionate and principled lawyer, Atticus Finch, has assured that the plot line is familiar. But there are so many reasons to read this book (again) besides remembering what happens next.

Besides an engaging story, the book offers much more: a dead-on picture of small-town, Depression-era, Southern life; enduring insights into childhood games, insecurities, and fantasies; a view of the bond of love between family members, and neighbors, that is both uplifting and heartbreaking; characters so finely-wrought that they endure in your mind long after you put down the book; a subtle and effective examination of the themes of injustice, small-minded prejudice, making moral choices in the face of hatred and ignorance, accepting the ‘other’.

Harper Lee writes the book from the viewpoint of a young Scout Finch, and captures her seven-year-old voice with pitch-perfect accuracy. She effectively uses Scout’s immature perspective to explore the serious events which unfold in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout’s unassuming observances of the big and small events swirling around her; her feistiness, humor, and fears; her striving to understand her relationship to her family, her school-mates and neighbors who are different from her, and to the wider world; her innocence and wisdom; are all used to unfold the memorable story.

Who is the hero of To Kill A Mockingbird? One of the beautiful things about the book to me is that you could make a case for any number of people having that honor. Atticus is the epitome of the literary hero, quietly dignified, moral, and unpretentious, standing alone, if need be, to do what is right. But what about Scout and Jem? Calpurnia, Tom, Heck? The judge, the doctor, the nosey neighbors who look out for each other and the children? What about Boo? Each of them carries some of the light of the story forward and they create, collectively, the full complement of the heroic impulse and the human response to the world.

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #658 “There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.” ~ Sophie Kinsella

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[b:1516484|The Readymade Thief] by [a:Rose, Augustus|Augustus Rose] is an unputdownable literary puzzler set in contemporary Philadelphia. Its title - an obvious homage to [http://www.theartstory.org/artist-duchamp-marcel.htm|Marcel Duchamp's] [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readymades_of_Marcel_Duchamp|famous creations] that rocked the art world a century ago.

After years of shoplifting and dealing drugs at her high school, 17 year-old Lee Cuddy finally got sent to juvie taking a fall for a friend in a drug bust. A lucky escape means living rough, until she finds refuge in the Crystal Castle - a derelict building where homeless kids squat, under the control of a mysterious figure known as the Station Master. Not one to follow rules, Lee wonders around the restricted area of the Castle, and quickly discovers why homeless kids are disappearing from the streets in suspicious numbers. She manages to steal a strange object from the Station Master that turns out to be a work of art ([https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/51541.html|With Hidden Noise], 1916) by Marcel Duchamp, recently stolen from the [https://www.philamuseum.org/|Philadelphia Museum of Art], one that holds special significance to members of a twisted reincarnation of the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soci%C3%A9t%C3%A9_Anonyme_(art)|Société Anonyme].

With a young artist/hacker Tomi as ally, Lee tries to elude her pursuers who believe Duchamp left clues in his art that reveal the key to immortality, and that Lee holds the key to it all.

"The novel is complex on many intellectual levels, drawing heavily on theories of art history and physics, and the mystery is deep and satisfying in both its unpredictability and its culmination." (Kirkus Reviews)

"With dynamic characters and unforgettable scenes, including after-hours museum sex, mysterious pursuers, and wondrous evasions, Rose’s captivating, art-anchored pager-turner reads like a mashup of [b:1348485|Home Alone] and [b:1200193|The Da Vinci Code]." (Booklist)

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PreK Bits - "T" is for TOOLS

[img_assist|nid=368317|title=tools6|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]Ms Rachel and Banjo Betsy worked with TOOLS today.
[b:1346890|OLD MacDONALD HAD A WOODSHOP] ... and she built a toy farm for the animals to play with!
"Camille (and Johnny) Worked With One Hammer" ... and then they worked with more ... until they went to sleep.
[b:1090632|THREE LITTLE PIGS] ... each little pig built their own house ... with TOOLS of course!
"Screw it down. Hammer it tight. Built it up. Make it right!"

For more stories with TOOLS try these favorites:
[b:1513658|GOODNIGHT LAB: a Scientific Parody] ... if you know [b:1012831|GOODNIGHT MOON] you can love this too.
[b:1515777|MY FRIEND ROBOT]
[b:448625|TOOLS RULE]
[b:1313642|MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT]
[b:1417823|FROGGY BUILDS A TREE HOUSE]
[b:1468067|STANLEY The BUILDER]
[b:1515715|FORT-BUILDING TIME]

There are so many parodies of [b:1090632|The THREE LITTLE PIGS] ... you might like to compare the stories:
[b:1118644|THREE LITTLE JAVELINAS] ... a bilingual story.
[b:1428984|THREE LITTLE PIGS And The SOMEWHAT BAD WOLF].
[b:371976|The THREE LITTLE DASSIES].
[b:1446657|Richard Scarry's BEST NURSERY TALES EVER] ... and "Three Little Pigs" is one fo the tales.
[b:1078596|THREE LITTLE PIGS: An Old Story].
[b:1479724|THREE LITTLE PIGS COUNT TO 100].
[b:1245641|The THREE LITTLE RIGS].
[b:1045214|The THREE LITTLE PIGS] ... a turned story by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/marshall%2C%20james?age=youth|James Marshall].
[b:1059980|The TRUE STORY Of The THREE LITTLE PIGS] ... from the Wolf's point-of-view.
Who's afraid? Not ME !!

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Sometimes Amazing Things Happen

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“And when an incarcerated person with a mental illness is too ill to be cared for at Rikers they go, the men that is, to the "prison ward" on the 19th floor of New York's storied Bellevue Hospital, where they remain in custody while doctors, nurses, social workers and counselors treat them, under the watchful eyes of correctional officers, until they are well enough to return to jail.”
From [https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/therapy-it-s-more-just-talk/201706/sometimes-amazing-things-happen|Psychology Today]

In her author’s note, [a:Ford, Elizabeth|Elizabeth Ford] tells us that she measures her “success as a doctor not by how well I treat mental illness but how well I respect and honor my patients’ humanity, no matter where they are or what they have done.” Her book, [b:1508643|Sometimes amazing things happen : heartbreak and hope on the Bellevue Hospital psychiatric prison ward], chronicles the ways in which she does exactly that, sometimes with a personal struggle, though most often intuitively. [a:Ford, Elizabeth|Dr. Ford] begins her story at the outset of her career at Bellevue Hospital in New York. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NYC_Health_%2B_Hospitals/Bellevue|Bellevue], the oldest public hospital in the country, houses, on its top floors, “one of the most famous psychiatric wards in the world,” including the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward. The patients here are inmates of the New York City jail system, headquartered on Rikers Island. This is where [a:Ford, Elizabeth|Dr. Ford] works for most of this memoir, and these inmates people her stories from that time. [a:Ford, Elizabeth|Dr. Ford] details her interactions with her patients, providing them with humanity and respect. She is skilled at turning even her most extreme outrage to empathy, aided by her capacity to listen well. “If you listen to the story long enough, you can figure out why these patients behave so badly. Then you can try to fix it.”

Ford has two young children, and like many parents, she struggles with a work-life balance, and at times finds herself unable to leave her patients’ suffering behind. Her own unraveling during her second pregnancy causes her to scale back on her work and leave Bellevue for a period of time. When she returns in 2009, it is to become the first female Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at Bellevue. She is continually challenged by the caring of her patients, by episodes of violence, by her frustration with the criminal justice system, but she faces these crises with boundless compassion and determination. Today, [a:Ford, Elizabeth|Dr. Ford] is the Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City’s Health and Hospitals.

Similar medical memoirs include, [b:1512129|No apparent distress : a doctor's coming-of-age on the front lines of American medicine] by [a:Pearson, Rachel|Rachel Pearson], and [b:1517189|Admissions: life as a brain surgeon] by [a:Marsh, Henry|Henry Marsh].

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Stinky Swamp Adventures

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[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1516624|I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas] by [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/author/Atteberry%2C%20Kevan.|Kevan Atteberry] is an adorably creepy story of a parent monster and their kiddo chasing a wild skink through the swamp at midnight. As they chase the critter deeper into the swamp, the pair encounters ominous odors, treacherous terrain, and a hodgepodge of curiously spooky creatures - from blood sucking ducks to toe-biting stones, and moonstruck raccoons. With each encounter the baby monster asks its guardian if they love them as much as they love the new animal they come across, or if they find them as fun as the trouble they’re getting into. The guardian always responds with affirmations of love, using a new ghoulish term of endearment to reassure the child. While the theme of the book has the sweetness of [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1100536|Guess How Much I Love You], it also brings a fun, spooky twist, delighting the reader with its sense of adventure and wild imagination. A must read for ghosts and ghouls this Halloween!

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #657

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[b:1516469|Gone to Dust *] is playwright and Emmy Award-winning television ([http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/series/%22Seinfeld%2B%2528Television%2Bprogram%2529%22|Seinfeld], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/series/%22Ellen%2B%2528Television%2Bprogram%2529%22|Ellen], [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/series/New%20Adventures%20of%20Old%20Christine|The New Adventures of Old Christine]) writer [a:Goldman, Matt, 1962-|Matt Goldman's] mystery debut.

18" of snow fell overnight. Minneapolis PI Nils “Shap” Shapiro was planning to take the day-off when former colleague Anders Ellegaard at the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edina,_Minnesota|Edina] Police Dept. called for assistance at a crime scene. Divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, rendering all potential DNA evidence unusable.

After checking the alibis and possible motives of the usual suspects (hippy organic sheep-farmer ex-husband, billionaire ex-boyfriend), Shap focuses on a mysterious young woman with no past history; a cache of anonymous love letters to Maggie; and a shadowy figure known only as Slim. Out of nowhere, the FBI demands that they drop the case, forcing Shap and Ellegaard to take their investigation underground, where the case grows increasingly bizarre and twisted.

"(Goldman's) tough yet vulnerable PI, evocative Minneapolis setting, and clever plot, which features a distinctive crime scene and multiple red herrings, will engage and intrigue." (Library Journal)

"With his wry, observant eye and quick wit, plus a pressing need to follow the truth into dark, uncharted places, Shap is a more optimistic version of [a:Macdonald, Ross, 1915-1983.|Ross MacDonald’s] [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/subject/%2522Archer%252C%2BLew%2B%2528Fictitious%2Bcharacter%2529%2522|Lew Archer.]" (Publishers Weekly)

The second of the Nils Shapiro mystery [https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Ice-Matt-Goldman/dp/0765391317|Broken Ice] will be released in 2018.

* = Starred review

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Fantastic Children's Non-Fiction

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When Planet Earth Was New - by James Gladstone & Katherine Diemert -
This starkly beautiful picture book introduces very young readers to the geological history of planet Earth. Beginning with the very early development of the solar system, billions and billions of years ago, 'When Planet Earth Was New' shows the earth as it passes through various geological epochs, through the beginnings and the evolution of organic life, and into the human-dominated present. You'll find a great appendix at the end, giving a wealth of additional details. This little gem is a great way to show your child the basics of geological and biological history, years before they will first learn it in the classroom.

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Pocket Full of Colors: the magical world of Mary Blair, Disney artist extraordinaire -by Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville-
The authors chart the course of the life of Mary Blair, the creative talent behind Disney classics like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. Mary's creative instincts and professional ambitions collide with gender discrimination in the highly male-dominated work-spaces of mid-century America. Mary perseveres though, and single-handedly drags the Disney Studios from it's black and white past, and into the lush colors of it's storied golden age.

While there is much to love in this slender book, as and adult, my favorite part of 'A Pocket Full of Colors' is how carefully the illustrator captured the various incarnations of Mary's personal style, from Betty Page bangs, to late 50's June Cleaver pearls, and finally into ultra-trendy 60's Mod. This beautifully illustrated, audaciously colorful picture book is a great way to introduce your little one to biographies.

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Yum! MmMm! Qué rico! : Americas' sproutings - by Pat Mora -
Featuring vibrant, warm colors and a playful style, Pat Mora manages to pack an enormous amount of quality content into a tiny little picture book. 'Written as a series of haiku, Yum! MmMm! Qué rico!' teaches kids about the history of many of the great foods that originated in the Americas (chocolate, corn, peanuts, potatoes, and many more). Be sure to check out the fun and informative histories of each food item, always in small print on the left-hand side of every page. Your child will be both educated and entertained.

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Poison : deadly deeds, perilous professions, and murderous medicines - by Sarah Albee -
Written for more advanced readers, this book is sure to satisfy kids with a passion for chemistry, history, spy-craft, or maybe just anything morbid. While the author is careful to state that 'Poison' is not an exhaustive index of poisonous materials, at nearly 200 pages, Sarah Albee manages to cover an enormous amount of ground. Your child will learn about how humans have wrangled with chemistry throughout history, focusing on the where, when, and why of how people have come into contact with dangerous chemical compounds. Be sure to check it out!

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i carry your heart with me

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[http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/ee%20cummings|E.E. Cummings], (Edward Estlin, for those wondering) beloved American poet, was born on this day in 1894. Cummings is most well known for his unique style of poetry, recognizable by his sparing use of words, and his experimentation with form, grammar, and spelling. Often he wrote about love, and arguably his most well known poem is [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1449914|i carry your heart with me]. Cummings started writing at a young age, and was quite prolific, having written thousands of poems. For a quick intro, here are [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1094698|100 selected poems] to give you a taste of his distinguished work. For a deeper dive, be sure to check out a copy of the [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1438929|Complete Collected poems]. In addition to writing poetry, Cummings wrote multiple non-fiction books including [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1018976|The Enormous Room] and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1230074|Fairytales], as well as a handful of plays, which are available for check out [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1422074|here].

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #656, Women's Fiction Debuts

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[b:1514725|Something Like Happy] is UK novelist [a:Woods, Eva|Eva Wood's] North American debut.

Annie Hebden could really use a break. Thirty-five, divorced, flat-sharing with a messy roommate who parties all night, feeling isolated at a boring desk job and now, she is dealing with her mother Maureen's early-onset dementia. Then, she meets Polly Leonard.

Witnessing Annie's meltdown with the bureaucratic hospital administrator over her mother's care, the bubbly, outlandishly-dressed Polly is determined to take Annie in hand, never mind she has precious little time left with terminal brain cancer. At first reluctant, Annie allows Polly to talk her into joining her mission - instead of counting the days, they will make the next 100 days count.

"Delightful page-turning awaits readers, even with Polly’s inevitable finale. Polly is a wonderful character with a positively infectious attitude—memorable and magnetic, with a healthy dose of gallows humor... [a:Moyes, Jojo, 1969-|Jojo Moyes] meets [a:Giffin, Emily.|Emily Giffin] in this poignant, uplifting tale of the power of friendship and the importance of making the most of each day." (Publishers Weekly)

[b:1516501|How to Find Love in a Bookshop] by former scriptwriter [a:Henry, Veronica|Veronica Henry] is set in the fictional village of Peasebrook, nestled in the [https://www.cotswolds.com/|Cotswolds].

Emilia Nightingale had no idea what she was in for when she promised her father Julius at his deathbed that she would keep Nightingale Books open. A beloved fixture of the community, Julius was no businessman and it appeared that Nightingale Books has been operating in the red for quite some time. Selling to the eager property developers might be Emilia's only option.

As she struggles with financial woes and tries to find new ways to revitalize the business, Emilia also sees how integral the bookshop is in facilitating relationships throughout the town. Six different love stories emerge - Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor uses the book shop as an escape and to meet her secret lover; shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section; a single-father is trying to connect with his son through reading; and Emilia finds herself attracted to the unavailable Marlowe as she takes her father's place in the town’s string quartet.

"A light romantic comedy well-suited for bibliophiles and Anglophiles alike... (that) explores deeper questions of personal choice and the different forms in which love manifests. " (Kirkus Reviews)

For fans of [a:Fforde, Katie|Katie Fforde]; [a:Keyes, Marian|Marian Keyes]; and [a:Mansell, Jill.|Jill Mansell].

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Three brilliant wordsmiths

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As presented in delightfully rendered, craftily composed biographies of wordsmiths for children (of all ages).

Edward Estlin Cummings was born on October 14, 1894 and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts by two supportive and creative parents, who introduced Estlin to the wonderful world of words and provided him with the space to use them magically. Estlin’s love of words was illuminated by his passion for drawing and painting, so that the poems he created used words for language and illustration. This very unique style of poetry is well known to any who are familiar with the works of [a:cummings, e.e.|e.e. cummings]. In [b:1469730|enormous smallness : a story of e.e. cummings], [a:Burgess, Matthew|Matthew Burgess] details [a:cummings, e.e.|cummings’] childhood and his journey to becoming a poetry pioneer. [a:Di Giamomo, Kris|Kris Di Giamomo’s] illustrations are the perfect match to both Burgess’s and cummings’ words. Words appear as pictorial representations of leaves on trees, clouds, the night sky.

[a:cummings, e.e.|cummings] was greatly inspired by the outside world that he noticed as a child. So was [a:Williams, William Carlos|William Carlos Williams], born in 1883 in Rutherford, New Jersey. [a:Bryant, Jen|Jen Bryant] gives us Williams’ story in [b:1323360|A river of words: the story of William Carlos Williams]. As Williams grew older and had less time for outdoor pursuits, he realized that poetry instilled in him the same feeling as the sounds of the natural world. Unlike cummings, Williams did not find the poetry bursting out of him. He first tried his hand at writing like the famous English poets he had read in school, but found that this style could not convey the images he was seeing in his mind. He put aside rhyme and rhythm and “let each poem find its own special shape on the page.” Williams became a doctor to pay the bills, but often used his prescription pads for jotting down the lines in his head. After each day of work, he wrote to create the poems that are so well known and well loved today, poems about plums and wheelbarrows. Like Di Giamomo, illustrator [a:Sweet, Melissa|Melissa Sweet] demonstrates that pictures can be made with words.

Bryant and Sweet team up again in [b:1460390|The right word : Roget and his thesaurus] to give us the story of another great wordsmith. Born in London in 1779, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Mark_Roget|Peter Mark Roget] was a collector of words, and because of his accumulation, we have one of the most amazing, breathtaking books there is. The Greek translation of thesaurus is “treasure house,” and there is not a better word within it to describe it. As a child, Roget didn’t have many friends, but he had books, and reading them inspired him to make his own. He organized his words differently from cummings and Williams: he created lists. As he grew older he realized that there was always an ideal word to describe anything and that if those perfect words could all be found in one place, a book sure to provide the best word, than the world would be improved for it. Like Williams, Roget also became a doctor, but it was ultimately his wondrous compendium of words, the “Collections of English Synonyms Classified and Arranged,” that created his legacy. Bryant tells Roget's story in way that exhibits her own admiration for the thesaurus, and Sweet has once again used words as active, cheerful illustrations to show how letters can convey meaning on many levels.

The stories of these three scribes will appeal to word-lovers of any age, even help to create some new ones. And yes, I used a thesaurus to write this. I always do, regularly, repeatedly, and evermore.

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Grasping for that Grassy Green Cover...

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But then, lo and behold, there was ANOTHER time at the library...with that book you saw on a shelf, with a GREEN cover, that drew you in - but, of course, you had to pass it by in that moment for some unbeknownst reason. Now, if you should find yourself green with envy for that grassy-colored cover, I may have the book for you! I've recently created a [:user/lists/71952|list of books] that have, or have had, green covers - whether or not their most recent editions have that gorgeous emerald hue, they did at some point! Plus, this list is welcome to all kinds of green covered books...

Whether it be a marshy green of the novel [:catalog/record/1509939|The Marsh King's Daughter], a gawky bright green like [:catalog/record/1509883|The Awkward Age], or perhaps the olive green of [:catalog/record/1511479|Behind the Mask], all green covers are welcome on this compilation list. But this list isn't just for the adults! There's also a wide age range available for the younger reader greedy for the green...

Whether it's from the teen section like [:catalog/record/1298140|Fablehaven], maybe Gary Paulsen's [:catalog/record/1052717|The River], or even [:catalog/record/1406702|Insurgent] from Veronica Roth's best-selling Divergent series, this list has a generous collection of green covered pages that you might have left on the shelf. Even the youth may have glazed over a glorious green book resting on it's display, such as [:catalog/record/1013930|The Secret Garden] or [:catalog/record/1515713|Evermore Dragon]. This list also gives a gateway to the many genres that glisten with glittering green covers at the library...

Maybe you were gleefully grasping through science fiction and found [:catalog/record/1516158|The Best of Ian McDonald] or David Hutchinson's [:catalog/record/1516030|Acadie]? Could you have gone gallivanting through the Express Shelf and seen [:catalog/record/1514707|My Absolute Darling] or found [:catalog/record/1508225|The Essex Serpent]? What about the non-fiction readers, who may have glanced through the graceful stacks, gazing at gripping covers glorifying [:catalog/record/1515923|goodly grub for the growing kids] or [:catalog/record/1515962|great grammatical rhymes]?

This list has ALL THE THINGS (or would like to have) and is growing each day! Please feel free to take a gander, and graciously grumble or gab about other green-covered books you think others may be searching for, so the list gets gargantuan. Just think: someone out there could be looking for a leafy-green book jacket that you've read before - maybe you've got the answer they've been grieving for as they search the grand volumes we have here at AADL. Or perhaps you yourself have getting grumpy in the search, and the book is in this list already!!! Only one way to find out...

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We were eight years in power : an American tragedy

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Released earlier this week is a new book by [a:Coates, Ta-Nehisi|Ta-Nehisi Coates] entitled [t:We were eight years in power : an American tragedy]

Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American author, journalist, comic book writer, and educator. Coates is a national correspondent for [https://www.theatlantic.com/author/ta-nehisi-coates/|The Atlantic] where he writes about cultural, social and political issues, particularly as they regard African-Americans. Since his first published book in 2008, Mr. Coates is now considered one of the most influential black intellectuals of his generation. Many will be familiar with his bestseller, [t:Between the World and Me], which won the National Book Awards' top prize for nonfiction in 2015.

His most recent book is a memoir based within a collection of eight essays written during the time of the Obama administration. Mr. Coates weaves a personal history touching on the influence of hip-hop, books he read, and the blog he maintained. Interspersed within the collection of articles are autobiographical essays reflecting on his approach at the time of writing and the optimism felt when Obama began his presidency. New introductions lend insight to his process of writing and further reviewing those ideas once shared with the rest of the world.

The selections include "The Case for Reparations" and "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” an article which further established Coates as a leading writer on the topic of race in America. While the essays draw from a certain period of time, Coates has broadened these ideas with added reflection and insight. Hindsight lends an introspection to where his ideas were coming from and have since grown.

Audio versions of his work are available. Between the World and Me is especially enjoyable as read by the author. His new book is read by [http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/narrator/155526/beresford-bennett/|Bennett Beresford], narrator of many audiobooks of varied genres, actor of the stage and screen, and is also an award-winning screenwriter.