Between The Covers at the Covered Treasures Bookstore
By the staff at Covered Treasures
Kicking Off the New Year Right
Here are some great books to help you start the New Year with true healthy lifestyle changes.
What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health & Life Through Food
By Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H. (National Geographic Society) $28
What if eating two cups of blueberries a day could prevent cancer? When is the right time of day to eat that chocolate chip cookie? This revolutionary guide by internist Michael Roizen and preventive medicine specialist Michael Crupain reveals how to use food to enhance our personal and professional lives—and increase longevity to boot.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
By Matthew Walker (Scribner) $17
Preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.
Lose Weight with Your Instant Pot: 60 Easy One-Pot Recipes for Fast Weight Loss
By Audrey Johns (William Morrow & Company) $25.99
You can enjoy your favorite food with the speed and ease of the Instant Pot while losing weight. After a lifelong struggle with fad diets and constant weight gain, Audrey Johns changed the way she ate, lost 150 pounds in eleven months, and successfully kept it off. Included are plenty of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the Instant Pot, combining all-new dishes with skinny takes on classic favorites.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
By Brené Brown (Random House) $28
Bestselling author Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No… Worth it? Always.”
The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Great Endeavors
By Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum) $28
Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, this is an intimate collection of the columnist’s most important works. It spans the personal, political, and philosophical, including never-before-published material. This is the most profound book yet by the legendary writer and thinker, and a lasting testament to his belief that anyone with an open and honest mind can grapple deeply with the most urgent questions in politics and life.
Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes
By Danielle Walker (Ten Speed Press) $35
Bestselling author Danielle Walker is back with 125 recipes for the food you want to eat every day, made healthful and delicious with Danielle’s proven techniques for removing allergens without sacrificing flavor. With meal plans and grocery lists, dozens of sheet-pan suppers and one-pot dishes, and an entire chapter devoted to make-ahead and freezer-friendly meals, following a grain-free, paleo, and even GAPS diet just got a little easier.
You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable
By Jen Sincero (Viking) $20
For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing toward badassery, this is the companion to help you power through obstacles, overcome doubts, and keep the fires of determination roaring while you reach your goals. In 100 exercises, reflections, and cues this guide will show you how to keep the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s iconic books You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money going.
Happy New Year! We at Covered Treasures wish each of you a healthy, and interesting, 2019. Until next month, happy reading.
Holiday Magic of Books
“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” J.K. Rowling
The holidays are bursting with exciting new books that make great gifts for the young people in your life.
Genius Lego Inventions with Bricks You Already Have: 40+ New Robots, Vehicles, Contraptions, Gadgets, Games, and Other Fun STEM Creations
By Sarah Dees (Page Street Publishing) $19.99
Use science and engineering to transform your bin of Lego bricks into amazing movable toys, machines, and gadgets. Bestselling author Sarah Dees is back with an all-new collection of projects featuring ingenious designs and simple scientific principles that real engineers use every day. There are step-by-step instructions and photographs.
Red Stocking Society
By Ace Passmore (Changing Lives Press) $16.95
This fast-paced Christmas adventure revives the big-hearted legacy of St. Nicholas. Preteen Bub Olney is disillusioned over Santa and upset his parents can’t afford a coveted bike under the tree. Determined to own it, Bub lands a job at mysterious RSS, Inc. where eccentric workers bustle about on a secret mission called the S-Game. Bub is charged to perform three good deeds before the bike is sold at auction. While playing the S-Game through harrowing twists and turns, can Bub overcome his self-centered nature to reignite his family’s Santa spirit? And if so, might he finally learn the identity of S1, the real Santa? Entertaining and inspiring for ages 9-90, this book also serves as a Santa Manual for grown-ups who face grueling questions from doubters. You’ll believe again!
Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
By Dylan Thomas and Rosemary Mosco (Workman Publishing) $19.95
The team behind the bestselling Atlas Obscura presents a kid’s illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s most mesmerizing and mysterious wonders, both natural and manmade, in 47 countries and on every continent on earth. Travel the world through common points of interest, from sacred skeletons (Trunyan Tree cemetery in Indonesia leads you to India’s Skeleton Lake, for example) to wild waterfalls (while in Zambia visit the Devil’s Swimming Pool—and then move on to Antarctica’s Blood Falls) to ice caves to bioluminescence.
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals
By DK (DK Publishing) $19.99
This animal encyclopedia with a twist showcases more than 100 animals in close-up detail. Arranged from largest to smallest, the wildlife of the world is revealed with stunning photography and illustrations. The storybook descriptions will delight children and let them discover amazing animal facts, such as why the slow-motion sloth is so sluggish and how the plodding pangolin protects itself from predators, as well as some of the stories and myths surrounding their favorite beasts. The index is packed with reference information, including the size and location of each species, and a tree of life shows how the animal groups are connected.
Bridge of Clay
By Markus Zusak (Alfred A. Knopf), $26
From the author who gave us The Book Thief comes this breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.
By Damien Love (Viking Books) $17.99
On a winter’s day in a British town, 12-year-old Alex receives a package in the mail: an old tin robot from his grandfather. “This one is special,” says the enclosed note, and when strange events start occurring around him, Alex suspects this small toy is more than special; it might be deadly. Alex and his grandfather flee across snowy Europe, unraveling the riddle of the little robot while trying to outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind.
“The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.” Harper Lee
We are loving our new completely renovated store. Stop in to see it for yourself and to say hello. You just might stumble upon a great read or game for yourself or for a special gift.
Until next month (and next year!), happy reading.
Fall into Great Books
We just had one of our favorite activities of the year, our annual bookseller’s trade show. We had the opportunity to meet authors and publishers and talk about their new releases. It’s a slice of heaven for us. We always come back with great books. Here is just a sampling… they make great gifts!
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List
By James Mustich (Workman Publishing) $35
The Washington Post calls this book “the ultimate literary bucket list.” Covering fiction, poetry, science, science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, you will find books ranging across cultures and through time. There are classics, unexpected treasures, and lists to help you pick and choose. Add it all up, and there are more than 6,000 titles by nearly 4,000 authors mentioned.
By Barbara Kingsolver (Harper) $29.99
Award-winning, bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. Unsheltered tells the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. Each comes to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of family, friends, and the strength of the human spirit.
By John Grisham (Doubleday Books) $29.95
Pete Banning was Clanton’s favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it was, “I have nothing to say.” In a major novel unlike anything he’s written before, Grisham takes us on a journey from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him.
On Desperate Ground
By Hampton Sides (Doubleday Books) $30
Hampton Sides’ superb account of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage.
The Last Romantics
By Tara Conklin (William Morrow) $26.99
When renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time. This sweeping yet intimate epic about four siblings is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose and sometimes rescue the ones we love. It is also about the power of stories and how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You
By Lin-Manuel Miranda (Random House), $22
From the creator and star of Hamilton, with illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful illustrated collection. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.
Stop in and visit us in our newly reopened and completely renovated store, say hello, and browse through our new selections. Choose some to enjoy yourself during these cool fall nights, and find special gifts for the readers on your list.
Until next month, happy reading.
New Non-Fiction Books
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read.” Groucho Marx
Here are some new non-fiction reads that you might prefer over television:
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies
By Jason Fagone (Dey Street Books) $16.99
This is the never-been-told, incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, Elizebeth and William Friedman. Together they invented the modern science of cryptology and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II. After World War I, Elizebeth accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler’s Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma—and eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life.
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
By Keith O’Brien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), $28
O’Brien weaves together the previously untold stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high-school dropout; Ruth Elder, a divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue-blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young children who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together they would make aviation history, fighting for the chance to race against the men—and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.
By David Sheff (Mariner Books) $16.99
Now a major motion picture, this is an eye-opening memoir of addiction, healing, and family, with a new Afterward by the author. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the journey from the first warning signs. As a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.
Wild Fire: On the Front Lines with Station 8
By Heather Hansen (Mountaineers Books) $24.95
Every year wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives, with only the bravery of dedicated firefighters creating a barrier against even greater destruction. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape, and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency, and costs of conflagrations in the West.
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon
By Robert Kurson (Random House) $28
In a year of historic violence and discord, the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. This insider account puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families. Drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid detail, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took for mankind to leave Earth for the first time.
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
By Caroline Fraser (Picador USA) $22
The true saga of Laura Ingalls’ life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser fills in the gaps. Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to writing children’s books, achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Oscar Wilde
Until next month, happy reading.
Celebrating Women Authors!
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” J.K. Rowling
Dive into these novels by local and international women authors. Some are debut novels that make us look forward to more to come.
Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
By Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books), $26.99
When a body is discovered on Colorado’s Redstone Ridge, Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime, and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man. Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer’s deadly game? This is the third book in the popular K-9 mystery series by Colorado author Mizushima.
Little French Bistro
By Nina George (Broadway Books) $16
Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After 41 years, she leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany. Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals, who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life’s small moments. Marianne learns it’s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.
Remind Me Again What Happened
By Joanna Luloff (Algonquin Books), $26.95
Claire wakes in a hospital room with no idea how she got there or why. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of these fragments. Told from alternating points of view, the story unfolds as Claire’s memory is gradually restored until she can finally understand the why and how of her life. This is local Denver author Joanna Luloff’s debut novel.
Let Me Be Like Water
By S.K. Perry (Melville House Publishing) $16.99
Holly has moved to Brighton to escape. But now that she’s here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway, how is she supposed to fill the void her boyfriend left when he died? She had thought she’d want to be on her own, but when she meets Frank, the tide begins to shift. This debut novel is about the extraordinariness hiding in everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.
Dear Mrs. Bird
By A.J. Pearce (Scribner) $26
This debut novel is a moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times, and is inspired by actual letters in women’s magazines during World War II. Emmeline Lake gets what she thinks is her dream job, but it turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.
By Gwen Florio (Atria Books) $26
This novel set in Afghanistan is about an American aid worker, Liv, and her local interpreter, Farida, who form an unexpected friendship. This complex portrayal of two very different but equally resilient women caught in the conflict of a war that will test them in ways they never imagined. Gwen Florio, a former Denver Post reporter, covered Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Light We Lost
By Jill Santopolo (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) $16
Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. What follows is a 13-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and ultimately, of love. Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts. It’s a debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending.
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Until next month, happy reading.
25 Years and Counting
Covered Treasures opened its doors 25 years ago this month. The staff got together and selected their favorite books from over the course of these 25 years. Perhaps there’s one you haven’t read or a favorite you’d like to revisit.
People of the Book
By Geraldine Brooks (Penguin), $17
Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famous Sarajevo Haggadah, which was rescued during the Bosnian war. When Hanna discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the ancient book’s binding, she begins to unlock its mysteries.
The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion (Simon and Schuster), $15.99
Don Tillman, embarks upon The Wife Project to find himself the perfect wife. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he’s not looking for in a wife. An unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
By Rita Leganski (Harper) $15.99
A novel set in historic New Orleans that follows a mute boy whose gift of magical hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore, and exposes a murder. It’s about the lost art of listening and a wondrous boy who brings healing to the souls of all who love him.
News of the World
By Paulette Jiles (William Morrow) $15.99
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging news reader, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people. Their 400-mile journey proves difficult and at times dangerous. Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors form a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
Astrid & Veronika
By Linda Olsson (Penguin) $16
This well-crafted novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Set against a haunting Swedish landscape, it is a novel of love and loss, and a story that will remain with readers long after the characters’ secrets are revealed.
The Dog Stars
By Peter Heller (Vintage Contemporaries) $16
A riveting novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss, and what he is willing to risk to rediscover love. Hig, and his dog Jasper, survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists.
By Kent Haruf (Vintage Contemporaries) $16
A story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of eastern Colorado. From the unsettled lives of three people emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together.
The Poisonwood Bible
By Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Perennial) $18.99
Kingsolver’s national bestseller paints an intimate portrait of a crisis-ridden family amid the larger backdrop of an African nation in chaos. It is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. It is the story of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
By Ann Patchett (Harper Perennial) $17.99
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held. It is a perfect evening until a band of terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario evolves into something quite different as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds, and people from different continents become compatriots.
The Secret Life of Bees
By Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin) $16
Lily Owens’ life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, they escape to a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.
Until next month, happy reading. And thank you, for 25 Great Years in Monument!
Celebrate Dad this month with some great books!
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” Anonymous
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
By Kirk Wallace Johnson (Viking), $27
This true-crime adventure takes the reader into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers, a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice. The British Museum of Natural History was full of rare bird specimens whose feathers were worth staggering amounts of money. Some of the bird skins were collected 150 years earlier by Alfred Russel Wallace who’d risked everything to gather them. In 2009 these were all stolen. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson’s fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation.
Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
By James Fallows and Deborah Fallows (Pantheon Books), $28.95
For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane, visiting small cities and meeting with the people. Our Towns is the story of their journey, and an account of a country busy remaking itself. It reflects the energy, generosity and compassion, dreams and determination of many who are in the midst of making things better.
Principles: Life and Work
By Ray Dalio (Simon & Schuster) $30
Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of “radical truth” and “radical transparency,” include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams.
Gold Panning Colorado: A Guide to the State’s Best Sites for Gold
By Garret Romaine (Falcon Guides) $25.95
This reference source contains accurate, up-to-date prospecting information for all known panning areas in Colorado. The write-ups for each locale include driving directions, GPS coordinates, historical information, land ownership restrictions, full-color photos, and geological background.
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
By Jon Meacham (Random House) $30
Our current climate of partisan fury is not new. In this inspiring and encouraging book, Jon Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Meacham brings turning points in American history vividly to life. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear.
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
By Alan Alda (Random House) $17
This is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alan Alda found new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. He reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through how communication can be improved in all areas, but especially with the hard stuff. Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others.
By John Hart (St. Martin’s Press) $27.99
Johnny Merrimon is 10 years removed from the shattering events which killed his twin sister and tore the rest of his family apart. He has since become a prickly recluse, living in self-imposed isolation in the forbidding swampland of Hush Arbor, 6,000 acres he alone knows how to traverse. His best friend Jack, now a local attorney, is his only invited guest, and others who attempt to conquer the Hush often meet inexplicably violent ends. The property has belonged to the Merrimons for centuries, but is haunted by the souls of the freed slaves who once lived there, and one of the descendants believes the land is rightfully hers.
Until next month, happy reading.
Encourage and Inspire Mom!
“My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” Jodi Picoult
“There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren
Give Mom books to help her age gracefully, stay healthy, and live life to the fullest so you can have her around as long as possible.
So You’re Seventy . . . So What? How to Love the Years You Thought You’d Hate
By Maralys Wills (Lemon Lane Press), $12.95
Seventy can seem younger than middle age with changes to certain habits. This book is filled with tips including better ways to exercise, to enhance your brain, the miracles of vitamin C, and more.
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation
By Ilchi Lee (Best Life Media) $19.95
New York Times bestselling author and renowned meditation teacher, Ilchi Lee challenges you to radically rethink your ideas on aging, health, personal fulfillment, and what’s possible in your lifetime. Through personal experience, compelling stories, the wisdom of an ancient Korean holistic practice, and current research on longevity and fulfillment, Lee lays out a clear path to make the necessary changes that would make a 120-year life full of vitality, passion, and purpose possible.
How to Babysit a Grandma
By Jean Reagan (Alfred A. Knopf) $16.99
Celebrate the special bond between grandmas and grandchildren in this delightful book that puts the kids in charge of taking care of Grandma, if just for one day. When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleepover at her house. And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time.
By Katy Bowman (Propriometrics Press) $16.95
Geared specifically for those 50-plus, biomechanist and movement teacher Katy Bowman details exercises that require no special equipment, and include modifications for readers of all fitness levels, as well as information on moving more in daily life. It is also filled with stories and advice from four septuagenarians who have been doing this program and have avoided surgeries, eliminated pain, and regained freedom and ease in their bodies they thought they had permanently lost to old age. The book’s message: No matter where you are starting, if you change how you move, you can change how you feel.
Sixty: My Year of Aging Semi-Gracefully
By Ian Brown (The Experiment Publishing) $15.95
As acclaimed journalist and author Ian Brown’s sixtieth birthday loomed, every moment seemed to present a choice: Confront, or deny, the biological fact that the end was now closer than the beginning. Brown chose instead to notice every moment and capture what he was experiencing. Sixty is the result: an uncensored, seriocomic report, a slalom of day-to-day dramas (as husband, father, brother, friend, and neighbor), inquisitive reporting, and acute insights from the line between middle-aged and soon-to-be-elderly.
Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy until You’re 80 and Beyond
By Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, M.D. (Workman Publishing) $12.95
This book shows women how to become functionally younger for the next five to ten years, and continue to live thereafter with newfound vitality. It details how to avoid 70 percent of the normal problems of aging, eliminate 50 percent of illness and injury, and how to live brilliantly for the three decades or more after menopause.
You Are My Wish
By Maryann Cusimano Love (Philomel Books) $16.99
This book honors the special bond between grandparent and grandchild, the one of passing along tradition, joyful spoiling, nurturing imagination, and pure adoration. Whether it’s the sharing of stories or romping horsey rides, silly tickle fights or lazy fishing trips, there’s truly nothing like it.
“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington
Until next month, happy reading.
National Poetry Month
“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” T.S. Eliot
April is National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Children and adults are naturally drawn to humor, rhyme, and rhythm, and these are all found in poetry. Poetry can motivate kids to read and be a tool to build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Here are some collections for your consideration for both adults and children:
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
By Mary Oliver (Penguin Press) $30
Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as “far and away, this country’s best selling poet” by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last 50 years. These 200 plus poems, arranged by Oliver herself, feature her work from her very first book of poetry published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection published in 2015.
The Expanse of All Things
By James Scott Smith (Homebound Publications) $16.95
Local author James Scott Smith’s newest book is a collection of poems that runs the seam between culture and nature with an aching hunger for experience transformed. In the spirit of coyote guidance through the borderland of liminal space, Smith offers one exquisite cairn after another to the soul wandering but not lost. The Expanse of All Things is a testament of the journey from form to faith, and of the love for tradition as long as it serves the evolution of consciousness.
By Gary Schroeder (Folded Word Press) $14
This is local author Gary Schroeder’s newest and fifth book of poetry; his second collection of haiku. In translating his observations into sensory-rich poems, Schroeder has granted us access to his private library of the domestic and the wild, the celestial and the terrestrial, the rare and the mundane. To leaf through this subtly elegant collection is to be transported to new microcosms, each with its own sense of time.
By John Blase (Bright Coppers Press) $9.99
John Blase is a pastor’s son, writer, poet, collaborator, and editor. His writing is intensely personal, filtered through a brass-knuckled optimism, the perspective of a first-born, and the gratefulness of a strange thing called grace. The Jubilee is his newest book and debut book of poetry.
A Mother’s Book of Blessings: A Treasury of Wisdom for Life’s Greatest Moments
By Natasha Tabori Fried and Lena Tabori (National Geographic Society) $24.99
Curated especially for mothers, this beautifully illustrated keepsake contains more than 100 blessings from around the world to celebrate life’s special moments and encourage reflection for the whole family. Illustrated with exquisite vintage art, it’s filled with time-honored proverbs, enriching parables, uplifting quotes, and inspiring poetry that encourage readers to contemplate and celebrate life’s milestones.
Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook
By Shel Silverstein (Harper Collins) $19.99
This collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings features the playful Runny Babbit and many other favorite characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. This carefully compiled work from the Silverstein archives is filled with spoonerism poems that are both playful and poignant.
Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
By Kwame Alexander (National Geographic Society) $15.99
A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird; pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature’s markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail. These images are part of Sartore’s lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world.
April 26th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. People celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can find more than 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Academy of American Poets website: www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home.
Until next month, happy reading.
Spring Break Reads and Activity Books
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King
Discover creative ways to help children and teens break away from their screens, whether you are traveling somewhere for spring break or enjoying your time at home.
The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums
By Trenton Lee Stewart (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) $9.99
This exclusive companion book to the bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series is a mind-bending collection that will put you to the test. Featuring full-color artwork throughout, this companion features ingenious new puzzles, riddles, and brainteasers compiled by Mr. Benedict himself, with the help of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, Constance, and other Society associates. Discover if you have what it takes to join the Mysterious Benedict Society.
100 Screen Free Ways to Beat Boredom!
By Kris Hirschmann (Barron’s Educational Series), $8.99
This book will help free you and your kids from the tyranny of the screen with 100 ways to beat the “I’m Bored” monster. Learn how to have an indoor picnic, start an herb garden, go on a car scavenger hunt, build an obstacle course, make an artful sandwich, and much more. Includes step-by-step instructions as well as a list of materials you’ll need to get kids off the couch and thoroughly engaged.
The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists
By Sean Connolly (Workman Publishing) $12.95
What could be more fun for kids than to have the kind of rip-roaring good time that harkens back to pre-video game, pre-computer days? Experiments include matchbox microphones, marshmallows on steroids, home-made lightning, encasing your little brother in a giant soap bubble, launching a rocket made from a film canister, and more. This book awakens curiosity while demonstrating scientific principles like osmosis, air pressure, and Newton’s Third Law of Motion. All experiments use common household ingredients and equipment. Entries are categorized into seven chapters according to scientific theme, with easy to follow instructions.
By Jesse Crock (Colorado Mountain Club Press) $14.95
Jesse Crock is an outdoor enthusiast and elementary art teacher. His coloring book features 34 iconic scenes from around the state highlighting 15 outdoor adventures, including mountain biking through aspen, fly fishing, and backpacking.
Rubik’s Puzzles: 101 Puzzles to Test Your Brain Power
By Tim Dedopulos (Barron’s Educational Series) $12.99
From the makers of Rubik’s Cube comes a book to sharpen your brain power. Discover 101 original, colorful puzzles in varying difficulty levels that test logic, strengthen memory, and sharpen mental prowess.
By Alejandro Algarra and Gustavo Mazali (Barron’s Educational Series) $9.99
In this book, you can discover the answers to questions like: What is thunder? How do plants eat? What’s a fossil? How do crickets chirp? Why do some animals sleep all winter? You will find an abundance of fascinating information along with many full-color illustrations on the climate, the Earth, the sea, plants, and animals. Get ready to discover Nature’s Wonders!
By Simon Ward (Barron’s Educational Series) $7.99
Discover mazes to explore, hidden characters to find, and all sorts of things to color. It features a full cast of characters that offer directions to guide you through a Magic Grotto, Jungle Run, Dragon’s Lair, and more on your amazing adventure. You will encounter everything from dragons and dinosaurs to wizards and werewolves.
Tell Me How?
By Isabelle Fougere (Barron’s Educational Series) $14.99
This fun-filled Q&A book is just one in a series of Tell Me? books. Each book contains more than 200 answers to questions about history, nature, the human body, animals, and more. The book is organized according to different topics and tabbed for easy reference. The last tab includes fun stickers. In Tell Me How?, children can discover the answers to questions like: How do we taste food? Why does tickling make us laugh? How is butter made? How does a submarine go under water? How did knights dress? How is an anthill organized? And many more. A hidden spiral binding makes it easy to flip back and forth, while entertaining illustrations and activities make learning fun. Parents may find the answers as interesting as their kids do.
Enjoy some family time exploring new things, and, until next month, happy reading.
Exciting New Fiction in Paperback
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison
Exercise your mind with exciting new fiction recently out in paperback:
By Peter Heller (Vintage) $16
Local best-selling author Peter Heller has written a book based on his mother, her husband, and their real adventures in tracking down missing persons nobody else can find. Celine is not your typical private eye. Her background and her methods are unconventional but extremely successful. When a young woman employs her expertise, what was meant to be Celine’s last case becomes a scavenger hunt through her own memories, the secrets there, and the surprising redemptions. Celine and her partner follow a twenty-year trail gone cold but soon realize that somebody desperately wants to keep this case closed.
Beneath the Mountain
By Luca D’Andrea (Harper Paperbacks) $16.99
New York City native Jeremiah Salinger was once one half of a hotshot documentary-making team. But now Salinger’s left that all behind to move with his wife and young daughter to the small mountain community in the majestic Italian Dolomites where his wife grew up, a close-knit community that does not take kindly to out-of-towners. As Salinger works to solve a thirty-year-old crime, he unearths the long kept secrets of this small town, and the terrifying truth eventually revealed about the crime that marked an entire village.
The Perfect Nanny
By Leila Slimani (Penguin Books) $16
When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans their chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
By Matthew Sullivan (Scribner Book Company) $17
When bookshop patron Joey Molina kills himself, his favorite store clerk, Lydia, must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia has been bequeathed his worldly possessions. But when Lydia flips through his books they seem to contain a hidden message. As Lydia untangles the mystery, she unearths a long buried memory. Those details begin to circle back. Her distant father returns, along with a local cop, and a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and never completely left.
By J.S. Monroe (Park Row) $15.99
Five years ago, brilliant Cambridge student Rosa jumped off the pier in the dead of night. Her death was ruled a suicide. Rosa’s boyfriend is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email. “Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do …” As Jar digs into the past, he is thrust into the heart of a larger intrigue that may finally shed some light on Rosa’s death, even as it dangerously threatens his own life.
The Girl in Green
By Derek Miller (Mariner Books), $14.99
- One hundred miles from the Kuwaiti border, British journalist Thomas Benton meets American Private Arwood Hobbes. The two become embroiled in a horrific attack in which a young local girl in a green dress is killed as they are trying to protect her. Twenty-two years later, in another place, in another war, they meet again as changed men. Time, politics, or maybe fate is now offering an unlikely opportunity to redeem themselves when that same girl in green is found alive and in need of salvation. Or is she?
Where the Line Bleeds
By Jesmyn Ward (Scribner Book Company) $15
Written by the author of the bestseller Sing, Unburied, Sing, the story centers around twins Joshua and Christophe and the different paths they take as they wrestle with adulthood in a small southern town. Raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family, it is a closely observed portrait of fraternal love and strife, the relentless grind of poverty, the toll of addiction on a family, and the bonds that can sustain or torment us.
“A book is a dream you hold in your hands.” Neil Gaiman
Enjoy some great new fiction, and, until next month, happy reading.
Start the New Year off Right
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” Neil Gaiman
Here are some great books to start the year:
Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp
By John Medina (Pear Press) $27.99
Developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina gives you the facts and the prescription to age well. He has two previous bestsellers. In Brain Rules, Medina showed us how our brains really work, and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match. In Brain Rules for Baby, he gave parents the brain science they need to know to raise happy, smart, moral kids. Now, in Brain Rules for Aging Well, Medina shares how you can make the most of the years you have left. It is organized into four sections, each laying out familiar problems with surprising solutions.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
By Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams (Avery) $26
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In 2015 they spent a week together. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye. We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.
Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self
By Gerald Kite (Harmony Books) $17
Kite reveals ten steps to finding a secret, peaceful, and permanent place inside yourself that you can access at all times. You’ll see that you already have what you need to be happy and well.
Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being
By Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Hay House) $16.99
Blending personal stories and practical exercises with the latest research on health and aging, Dr. Northrup lays out the principles, tools, and inspiration of ageless living. Explaining that the state of our health is dictated far more by our beliefs than by our biology, she brings it all together in a 14-day Ageless Goddess Program.
The Youth Equation: Take 10 Years Off Your Face
By Jeffrey Dover, M.D., Cara Birnbaum (Wiley) $24.95
Renowned dermatologist Jeffrey Dover shares his secrets, offering options to suit a range of skin types and budgets. He walks readers through how to create a customized do-at-home plan anyone at any age can follow simply by picking up a few products at the local drugstore.
The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong and You Can Too!
By Bryant Johnson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), $14.99
One of America’s most admired women is octogenarian Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She stays healthy in part due to workouts with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, whom she’s called “the most important person” in her life. This simple but challenging workout will have you getting fit in no time. It also contains tips from the bench, and sidebars with Bryant’s folksy wisdom on getting fit and staying healthy.
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM)
By Hal Elrod (Hal Elrod) $19.95
Elrod shows how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation, and focus to take your life to the next level. It’s time to wake up to your full potential.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy New Year! And, until next month, happy reading.
Books for the Discerning Reader
“You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.” Zig Ziglar
Here are a few suggestions of some great books for the discerning readers on your holiday list:
Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
By Scott Kelly (Alfred A. Knopf) $29.95
Veteran of four spaceflights and American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight and life in zero-gravity: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk; and being unable to help should tragedy strike at home—an agonizing situation Kelly faced when his twin brother’s wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly’s humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career.
Leonardo Da Vinci
By Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster) $35
Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, Leonardo pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.
Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo Da Vinci
By Mike Lankford (Melville House) $28.99
For a different approach on Da Vinci, this book is unlike anything ever written about the Renaissance genius. Mike Lankford explodes every cliché about Da Vinci and then reconstructs him based on a rich trove of available evidence—bringing to life for the modern reader the man who has been studied by scholars for centuries, yet has remained a mystery. Lankford transports readers back to a world of war, plague, court intrigue, viciously competitive famous artists, and murderous tyrants with exquisite tastes in art.
By Dan Brown (Doubleday Books) $29.95
The fifth book in the Robert Langdon series navigates the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion. Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself and who will stop at nothing to silence billionaire Edmond Kirsch and his discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
By Andy Weir (Crown) $27
Bestselling author of The Martian returns with a near-future thriller, a heist story set on the moon. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as Jazz learns that she’s stepped into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself, and she’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang
By David Philipps (W.W. Norton & Company), $27.95
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Philipps traces the rich history of wild horses in America, investigates the shocking dilemma they face in our own time, and points a way forward that will preserve this icon for future generations. Philipps explores how wild horses became so central to America’s sense of itself, and he delves into the hold that wild horses have had on the American imagination, from the early explorers to the best-selling novels of Zane Grey to Hollywood Westerns.
“There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.” Maurice Sendak
Until next month, and next year, happy reading.
Fall into Great Books
We just had one of our favorite activities of the year, our annual bookseller’s trade show. We have the opportunity to meet authors and publishers and talk about their new releases. It’s a slice of heaven for us. We always come back with great books. Here is just a sampling, and they make great gifts.
Harry Potter: A Journey through a History of Magic
By British Library (Arthur A. Levine Books) $19.99
Carefully curated by the British Library, this is an unmissable journey for Harry Potter fans, exploring the history of the magic at the heart of J.K Rowling’s stories. You will find unseen material and illustrations from artist Jim Kay. Discover the truth behind the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls; examine real-life wands and find out what actually makes a mandrake scream; pore over remarkable pages from daVinci’s notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky.
Turtles All The Way Down
By John Green (Dutton Books) $19.99
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. This is a story about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
By Mark Twain and Philip Stead (Doubleday Books for Young Readers) $24.99
In 1879, Twain began a story for his daughters. He jotted some notes, but never finished the tale. With only Twain’s fragmentary script, Caldecott Medalists Philip and Erin Stead (illustrator) imagine what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work. Johnny meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune, allowing him to speak with animals and sending him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.
Astronaut Scott Kelly: My Journey to the Stars
By Scott Kelly with Emily Easton (Crown Books for Young Readers) $17.99
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was the first to spend an entire year in space. Discover his awe-inspiring journey in this picture book memoir that takes young readers from Scott’s childhood as an average student to his record-breaking year among the stars while in command of the International Space Station. Scott and his brother, Mark, were the first twin astronauts in history.
This story of an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things will inspire children and anyone who has ever tried to defy the odds.
By Martha Brockenbrough (Arthur A. Levine Books) $17.99
Year after year, a young girl writes to Santa and Santa writes back. A heartwarming relationship develops, until one year, the girl writes to her mother instead. This transformative tale spins a universal childhood experience into a story about love, giving, and the spirit of Christmas.
Ghosts of Greenglass House
By Kate Milford (Clarion Books) $17.99
Bestselling author Milford welcomes readers back to the irresistible world of Greenglass House, where 13-year-old Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem.
The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
By J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books), $39.99
The third book of the Harry Potter series is now beautifully reimagined in full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay. During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents’ deaths.
Stop in, say hello, and browse through our new selections. Choose some to enjoy yourself during these cool fall nights, and find special gifts for the readers on your list.
Until next month, happy reading.
New Young Adult and Children’s Books
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” Jacqueline Kennedy
As the seasons change, it’s a wonderful time to settle someplace comfy with a great book or read aloud to your young children. Here’s a selection of new books for children and young adults.
The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey
By Chris Colfer (Little, Brown and Company) $9.99
In this thrilling fifth book in the bestselling series, Alex and Conner realize they may be in possession of the greatest weapon of all: their own imaginations. The twins journey into Conner’s very own stories to gather an army of pirates, cyborgs, superheroes, and mummies as they band together for the ultimate fight against the Masked Man. Meanwhile, an even more dangerous plan is brewing—one that could change the fates of both the fairy-tale world and the Otherworld forever.
By Katherine Applegate (Feiwel & Friends), $16.99
Red is the neighborhood “wishtree.” Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood. When a new family moves in, not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best.
Sarabella’s Thinking Cap
By Judy Schachner (Dial Books) $17.99
Sarabella is always thinking—conjuring, daydreaming, and creating new worlds from her imagination. There is so much going on in her head that it can barely be contained. But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing—like when you’re supposed to be doing multiplication tables. Luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher and with his encouragement she comes up with her own idea to show everyone who she is.
Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship
By David Elliott (Candlewick Press) $16.99
Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit. Wooliam is a sheep who loves to read. It sounds a bit boring, but they like it. Then, quite unexpectedly, a third sheep shows up. A funny-looking sheep who wears a tattered wool coat and has long, dreadfully decaying teeth. Wooliam, being well-read, recognizes their new acquaintance: the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. The wolf is so flattered to discover his literary reputation precedes him that he stops trying to eat Baabwaa and Wooliam. And a discovery by the sheep turns the encounter into an unexpected friendship.
By Mira Bartok (Candlewick Press) $21.99
In this extraordinary debut novel with its nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartok tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny in this high adventure fantasy.
All Rights Reserved
By Gregory Scott Katsoulis (Harlequin Teen) $18.99
In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.
All the Crooked Saints
By Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press) $18.99
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado, is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
By Jessica Townsend (Little, Brown Books for Young Readeers) $17.99
This is the first book in a new series about Morrigan Crow, a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world, but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination. In order to join the Wundrous Society, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart.
Until next month, happy reading.
The Great Outdoors
August is a great time to get outside and enjoy this wonderful state. Here are a few books to delve into about the great outdoors.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.” Charles Dickens
By David Baron (Liveright Publishing Corporation), $27.95
In 1878, the rare event of a total solar eclipse offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system’s enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the Rocky Mountains. In vibrant historical detail, acclaimed science journalist David Baron re-creates this epic tale that reveals as much about the historical trajectory of a striving young nation as it does about the solar eclipse.
Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets
By Tyler Nordgren (Basic Books) $26.99
August 21, 2017 will mark the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. Astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this phenomenon was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses’ cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity.
The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going beyond Limits
By Tommy Caldwell (Viking) $27
On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, and his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history–Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. This engrossing memoir is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.
Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue
By Bree Loewen (Mountaineers Books) $17.95
Bree Loewen has become a wife, a mother, and a leader of Seattle Mountain Rescue (SMR), a volunteer-based search-and-rescue operation. SMR is involved in everything from high profile accidents to rescues that never even make the local news. And since the climbing and outdoor community in Seattle is so close-knit, Loewen often finds herself involved in efforts to rescue friends and acquaintances. Loewen conveys the intensity of rescue and recovery situations as well as the beauty of wilderness landscapes.
How to Die in the Outdoors: 150 Wild Ways to Perish
By Buck Tilton (Falcon) $16.95
Simply by living a normal life, you have an excellent chance of becoming yet another statistic on the list of leading causes of death. But Buck Tilton prefers to ponder the alternatives as he presents 150 more interesting and unique ways to perish, from snake bite, elephant foot, rhino horn, and more. With witty prose, Tilton describes not only the details of how you can die, but also ways to avoid death should a life-threatening situation arise before you’re ready to leave this world.
Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves
By Brenda Peterson (Da Capo Press) $27
Brenda Peterson tells the history of wild wolves in America. The earliest Americans revered them. Settlers zealously exterminated them. Now, scientists, writers, and ordinary citizens are fighting to bring them back to the wild. Peterson makes the powerful case that without wolves, not only will our whole ecology unravel, but we’ll lose much of our national soul.
Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History
By Dan Flores (Basic) $27.50
The coyote is the stuff of legend that has become the wolf in our backyards. This book is an illuminating biography and deeply American tale of this extraordinary animal that has faced challenges and overcome them.
“I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” Frank Lloyd Wright
Find a spot outside that inspires you and open up the adventure of a great book. Until next month, happy reading.
Celebrating the Classics
The Oxford Dictionary defines a classic as: “Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.” Although there may be extensive discussions as to what modern books will become classics, these books top the definitive classics lists of books to read.
The Wind in the Willows: The Centennial Anniversary Edition
By Kenneth Grahame (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) $21.99
Enter the world of the great river and meet the marvelous riverbank animals: the poetic Rat, his friend Mole, and the boastful Toad, as they voyage down the river and into the Wild Wood to great adventures. Originally published in 1908, this enduring children’s classic and memorable characters continue its hold on the public imagination.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass 150th Anniversary Edition
By Lewis Carroll (Penguin), $16
This 150th Anniversary Edition features: illustrations by John Tenniel, who did the original illustrations which persist to this day as the quintessential representations of Carroll’s stories; an introduction by Charlie Lovett, a Lewis Carroll expert who has served as president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America; plus three bonus writings and the introductions originally written by Lewis Carroll. Alice’s unforgettable journeys remain stories to be read and shared across generations.
By Charlotte Bronte (Bantam Classic) $5.95
The love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her employer, the arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester, was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell. The book heralded a new kind of heroine–one whose virtuous integrity, keen intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved. Hailed by William Makepeace Thackeray as “the masterwork of a great genius,” Jane Eyre is still regarded, over a century later, as one of the finest novels in English literature.
The Sun Also Rises
By Ernest Hemingway (Scribner) $16
The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. Capturing the angst of the post-World War I generation, known as the Lost Generation, this poignantly beautiful story is now released in an 80th anniversary edition. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
Brave New World
By Aldous Huxley (Harper Perennial) $15.99
Aldous Huxley’s profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order–all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls. Today it speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment, technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the arts of persuasion, and the hidden influence of elites.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
By Jonathan Safran Foer (Mariner Books) $14.95
Could this book be a modern day classic? Oskar Schell is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen (Bantam Classic) $5.95
For over 150 years, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen herself called this brilliant work her “own darling child.” Austen’s comedy of manners features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of 18th-century drawing-room intrigues.
By Robert Louis Stevenson (Sterling) $9.95
Filled with mystery, murder, mutiny, and the daring bravado of its young hero, Jim Hawkins, Treasure Island has been thrilling readers young and old since it was first published in 1883. Originally intended by the author for the private amusement of his stepson, this gripping story of Jim’s perilous encounters with the treacherous Long John Silver and his fellow pirates has enthralled many generations.
Rediscover a classic yourself or share a beloved classic with a child in your life. Until next month, happy reading.
Great Summer Reads
Summer is finally here. No matter whether you are in the mountains of our glorious state, or on a sunny beach, or traveling by plane, car, or boat, enjoy these great summer reads!
“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” Roald Dahl
“Wherever I am, if I’ve got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy.” J.K. Rowling
The Whip: A Novel
By Karen Kondazian Collier (Hansen Publishing Group), $15
The Whip is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man).
Stalking the Wild Dragonfly
By Nancy Rivest Green (Vishnu Temple Press) $15.95
Nancy Rivest Green describes her personal encounters with wildlife in nature and presents scientific research on each creature for greater understanding. She shares a unique perspective drawn from a lifetime of living in national parks with her ranger husband as well as her travels to wilderness areas all over the planet.
New Mexico: A Novel of the Old West
By Bert Entwistle (Black Mule Press) $16
The late 19th century in the New Mexico Territory was a haven for outlaws who were being pushed out of their territory as civilization continued to move west. Jose Taylor was one of the last of the old-time man hunters tracking down the murderers, robbers, and rustlers working in the territory. His last warrant was for his long-time nemesis and cold blooded murderer. Their final showdown will cost the life of one and scar the other for life. New Mexico is Entwistle’s fifth novel based in the west.
Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship
By Isabel Vincent (Algonquin Books) $14.95
When Isabel, a hard-working journalist going through a divorce, meets Edward, an indomitable 93-year-old widower who has just lost his wife, she has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life. As these two unlikely dinner companions meet weekly for the glorious meals that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes.
As Good As Gone
By Larry Watson (Algonquin Books) $15.95
It’s 1963, and Calvin Sidey has long ago left his family to live a life of self-reliance out on the prairie. He’s been a mostly absentee father and grandfather until his estranged son asks him to stay with his grandchildren for a week while he and his wife are away. Calvin agrees to return to the small town where he once was a mythic figure, and soon enough, problems arise. Calvin knows only one way to solve a problem: the Old West way, in which scores are settled, ultimatums are issued, and your gun is always loaded.
Like Water for Chocolate
By Laura Esquivel (Anchor Books) $15
Like Water for Chocolate is the All Pikes Peak Reads 2017 adult selection. Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.
Under A Painted Sky
By Stacey Lee (Speak) $10.99
The All Pikes Peak Reads 2017 teen/young adult selection. All Samantha wanted was to move back to New York and pursue her music, which was difficult enough, being a Chinese girl in Missouri, 1849. Then her fate takes a turn for the worse after a tragic accident leaves her with nothing and she breaks the law in self-defense. With help from Annamae, a runaway slave, the two flee town, disguising themselves as boys, traveling the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King
Spend some time with a good book this summer and, until next month, happy reading.
Celebrate Dads and Grads!
Celebrate Dads and Grads this month with some great books!
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” Anne Geddes
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.” Mark Twain
The Great Outdoors: A User’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before Heading into the Wild (And How to Get Back in One Piece)
By Brendan Leonard (Scribner), $24.95
A thorough guide to your next adventure, covering everything from mountain climbing to skiing, sledding, and sailing. Organized thematically and written in short takeaway entries with line drawings, it provides quick access to the information before and during your adventure. And if the reader does find himself at the point of man vs. nature, Leonard shares survival skills from how to bandage a wound and read a topographical map, to how to drive on sand and remove a tick.
The Tug is The Drug
By Chris Santella (Stackpole Books) $24.95
These 37 inspirational stories take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with the very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana . . . and even offers an unauthorized (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan’s 1970’s obsession with fishing.
My Dad Had That Car: A Nostalgic Look at the American Automobile 1920-1990
By Tad Burness (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers) $35
Burness provides a unique look at 70 years of automotive ingenuity, with more than 1,300 pages and 12,500 illustrations covering more than 10,000 American automobiles and more than 250 manufacturers. You will find information about original prices, engine sizes, horsepower, and other specifications, including unusual options and differences found within a model.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
By Adam Grant (Penguin) $17
Adam Grant explores how individuals can recognize good ideas and speak up without getting silenced, parents can raise creative children, and leaders can build cultures that fight groupthink and promote innovation. Using remarkable studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, this book offers groundbreaking insights about how we can all become more successful in championing our best ideas.
You Are a Badass at Making Money
By Jen Sincero (Viking) $25
Sincero breaks down life-changing concepts into bite-size, ready-to-implement advice and exercises that give you the tools to make the kind of money you’ve never made before and to live the life that’s always seemed to be beyond your reach.
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life And Maybe The World
By Admiral William H. McRaven (Grand Central Publishing) $18
Admiral McRaven shares the ten principles he learned during Navy SEAL training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explains how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves and the world for the better. This timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.
Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity
By Charles Duhigg (Random House) $17
Duhigg provides eight key concepts, cutting-edge research, and case studies from the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, Broadway songwriters, and more, that can help us become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By David Grann (Doubleday) $28.95
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were also themselves murdered. It was one of the FBI’s first major homicide cases, but the bureau badly bungled the investigation. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to former Texas Ranger Tom White, who put together an undercover team. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Until next month, happy reading.
Mom Would Love a Book!
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln
Don’t give Mom another scarf… Give her some quiet time and a cup of tea to relax and enjoy a great book! Here are some new titles to consider:
By Peter Heller (Alfred A. Knopf) $25.95
From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, comes a luminous, masterly novel of suspense, inspired by Heller’s own mother. This is the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families while trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
By Lisa See (Scribner), $27
A powerful story about two women separated by circumstance, culture, and distance, and the enduring connection between mothers and daughters. In their remote Chinese mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. Life goes on as it has for generations until a stranger arrives and marks the entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Lisa See has crafted an unforgettable portrait of a little-known region and its people and a celebration of the bonds of family.
By Margot Lee Shetterly (William Morrow) $15.99
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven true accounts of four African-American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
By Anne Lamott (Riverhead Books) $20
With sensitivity, wisdom, and humor, Anne Lamott explains the importance of mercy in our lives, the extraordinary power it can have if we welcome it, and the unexpected value of sharing it with others and with ourselves.
Girl in Disguise
By Greer Macallister (Sourcebooks Landmark) $25.99
For America’s first female detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger is not. Set in 1856 Chicago and inspired by the real story of Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective’s rise during a time of crisis in the nation, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
By Phaedra Patrick (Mira Books) $15.99
Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life, just as he did when his wife was alive. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, while sorting through her possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a an odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris to India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in unexpected places.
By Diane Les Becquets (Penguin Random House) $16
Diane Les Becquets tells the story of one woman missing in the Colorado wilderness, and another bent on discovering her whereabouts. Following them in alternating threads, Breaking Wild assumes the pace of a thriller, laying bare Amy Raye’s ultimate reckoning with the secrets of her life and Pru’s dogged pursuit of the woman who she believes she can find.
A New Way to Bake
From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter Publishers) $26
Here is the go-to, next generation home-baking bible, with 130 foolproof recipes that takes us beyond white flour and sugar to include better-for-you and delicious ingredients—superfoods, coconut oil, farro flour, quinoa, and more. With a DIY section for making your own nut butter, yogurt, coconut milk, and other basics, and more than 150 photographs.
“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou
Until next month, happy reading.
Books Taking to the Silver Screen
Several popular books of recent years will be made into major motion pictures in 2017. Read the book….. See the movie!
The Glass Castle
By Jeannette Walls, (Scribner Book Company) $17
Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family. This is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. The Glass Castle is a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
By Dave Eggers (Vintage Books) $16
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
By Kristin Hannah, (St. Martin’s Press) $27.99
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experiences, by ideals, passion, and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.
The Goldfinch: A Novel
By Donna Tartt (Back Bay Books) $20
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue and tormented with longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
Looking for Alaska
By John Green (Penguin Books) $9.99
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. In boarding school he becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is a razor-sharp, sexy and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, Miles discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
The Devil in the White City
By Erik Larson (Random House) $16.95
The story of two men’s obsessions with the Chicago World’s Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others.
Rules of Civility
By Amor Towles (Penguin Books) $17
This novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own cool nerve. Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns an eye on how spur-of-the-moment decisions can define life for decades to come.
A New Year, a New You?
By the staff at Covered Treasures
Want to make 2017 the best year ever? Here are some great reads to get you started, from exploring our world to living well.
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders
By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton (Workman Publishing) $35
Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. It revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden, and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, and maps for every region of the world, it is a book you can open anywhere.
Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids
By Asha Dornfest (Workman Publishing ) $12.95
Here’s an indispensable collection of 134 simple, unexpected solutions to kid-related problems. Drawn from a community of real-life MacGyvers—fellow parents who share their flashes of problem-solving genius—these inspired hacks cover all phases of life with kids, including pregnancy, sleep, eating, bath time, travel, and more.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. (Random House) $16
Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring success—but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising our children’s intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to improve in school, as well as reach our own goals, personal and professional.
Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear
By Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead Books) $16
Sharing her unique perspective on creativity, the author offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the talents that are hidden within each of us.
Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, The Uses of Boredom, & and The Secret of Games
By Ian Bogost (Hachette Books) $26.99
Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we’d ever call fun. But what if we’ve gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety: by transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities.
Younger Next Year for Women and Younger Next Year for Men
By Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. (Workman Publishing) $12.95
Bestselling references for over 15 years, each edition addresses the specific aging issues of men and women. Menopause, cardiac disease, osteoporosis, prostate issues, sexuality, and many other topics are covered. These books are bibles of information on aging. “A must-read for anyone interested in being active and living well when they are seventy, eighty, and ninety-plus.”
Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Our Edible World
By Julia Rothman (Storey Publishing) $16.95
Get your daily allowance of recommended facts and fun with Rothman’s third installment of her best-selling Anatomy series. Delve into the culinary world with this delightful visual tour of cookery and international cuisine. Histories and curiosities of food around the world are illustrated and explained with Rothman’s uniquely charming style.
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
By Thomas Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) $28
Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. His thesis: to understand the 21st century you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.
We at Covered Treasures wish each of you a healthy, and interesting, 2017. Until next month, happy reading.
A book is a gift that you open again and again
By the staff at Covered Treasures
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”– Charles Dickens
By Claudia Rueda (Chronicle Books) $15.99
In this interactive picture book, the reader must help Bunny stay on course as he skies down the slopes. Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda’s innovative book as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.
The Christmas Story
By Robert Sabuda (Candlewick Press) $35.00
The wonder- and awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master paper pop-up engineer Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined pop-up paper sculptures. Each scene is accompanied by a paragraph that’s carefully integrated into the background, making the text a natural partner to the exquisite art. The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared year after year with the whole family.
The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
By J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books) $39.99
J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books are being lavishly illustrated into full-color editions with ribbon bookmarks. Illustrations are done by award-winning artist Jim Kay, with another book in the series added each year; Books 1 and 2 are currently available. As Rowling says, “Seeing Jim Kay’s illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter’s world, and I feel honored and grateful that he has lent his talent to it.”
Walk this World at Christmastime
By Debbie Powell (Big Picture Press) $17.99
It’s a book. It’s an advent calendar. Take a colorful, lyrical journey around the world at Christmas. Lift the numbered flaps to discover how different cultures and countries celebrate Christmas in this dazzling, festive quest. Designed in a fun format to be read again and again.
The Way Things Work, Revised and Updated
By David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $35.00
This newly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3-D printers. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained with the help of a charming woolly mammoth. An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all.
Upstream: Selected Essays
By Mary Oliver (Penguin Press) $26
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she believes has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully and intelligently, to observe with passion. Oliver positions not just herself upstream, but us as well, as she encourages us to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.
Born to Run
By Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster) $32.50
Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Over the past 7 years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to the writing of the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor and originality found in his songs. Like many of his songs, his autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
Map Stories: The Art of Discovery
By Francisca Matteoli (Ilex Press) $29.99
Through this magnificent collection of historical maps, travel writer Francisca Matteoli takes us on a geographical adventure, telling the stories of twenty places and voyages that inspired her and the creation of these fascinating charts.
Some of the best memories are made relaxing with a mug of hot chocolate and reading with a child. We wish all of you the happiest of holidays, the Merriest Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy new year.
Until next month, happy reading.
New and Exciting Titles from Our Regional Trade Show
By the staff at Covered Treasures
Every year we look forward to the fall and winter new releases at the Mountains and Plains Booksellers trade show. We meet authors, talk with both publishers and authors about their new releases, and we select those that might be of interest to our customers. We’re excited to share some of our discoveries with you.
First, the three winners of the Reading the West Book Awards:
Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest
By Lesley Poling-Kempes (The University of Arizona Press) $24.95
The true story of a group of remarkable women whose lives were transformed by the people and landscape of the American southwest in the first decades of the twentieth century. They share their adventures with the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Lummis, Chief Tawakwaptiwa of the Hopi, and Hostiin Klah of the Navajo. It’s the story of the personal challenges experienced by women and men during the emergence of the Modern Age.
A Series of Small Maneuvers
By Eliot Treichel (Ooligan Press at Portland State University) $14.95
For 15-year-old Emma Wilson, everything is changing. Uncomfortable at home and in school, Emma’s growing up, and feels isolated from her friends and family. Things go from bad to worse when Emma inadvertently causes an accident that kills her father on a spring break canoe trip meant to bring them closer together. Suddenly, Emma’s efforts to reconcile must happen without him, and she must confront her guilt and her grief to begin moving forward
By S.M. Hulse (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $14.95
Wes Carver returns to his hometown—Black River, Montana—with two things: his wife’s ashes and a letter from the parole board. The convict who once held him hostage during a prison riot is up for release. For years, Wes earned his living as a corrections officer and found his joy playing the fiddle. But the riot shook Wes’s faith and robbed him of his music; now he must decide if his attacker should walk free. S.M. Hulse shows us the heart and darkness of an American town, and one man’s struggle to find forgiveness in the wake of evil.
My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as A Beer Master in Training
By Lucy Burningham (Roost Books) $16.95
As a journalist spurred by curiosity and thirst, Lucy Burningham made it her career to write about craft beer, visiting as many taprooms, breweries, and festivals as possible. She decided to make it her goal to become a certified beer expert. As Lucy studies and sips her way to becoming a Certified Cicerone, she meets an eclectic cast of characters, including brewers, hop farmers, beer sommeliers, pub owners, and fanatical beer drinkers. Her journey into the world of beer is by turns educational, social, and personal—just as enjoying a good beer should be.
Rich People Behaving Badly
By Dick Kreck (Fulcrum Publishing) $16.95
Take a trip back in time to revel in the scandal, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain bad behavior from Colorado’s past. Former Denver Post reporter Dick Kreck looks back at Colorado’s history and shows that the foibles of people—rich or poor—remain the same. Included are socialites such as Louise Sneed Hill, who created and ruled over Denver’s “Sacred 36” Circle of society; Jane Tomberlin, who met and fell in love with a “prince” in an elevator at the Brown Palace Hotel; Irene Nolan, who cavorted late into the night with her family priest; and prominent Denver clubman Courtland Dines, who was wounded during a frolic with two silent-screen stars in his Hollywood apartment.
I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids
By Kyle Schwartz (Da Capo Lifelong Books) $19.99
Kyle’s book tells the story of the I Wish My Teacher Knew movement, with dozens of students’ handwritten emotional and insightful responses throughout. Kyle shares real stories from students, teachers, and family members that shed light on how we can all help students tackle challenges and grow as individuals. She shares strategies that can work in classrooms across America, presenting a practical guide to adapt the I Wish My Teacher Knew exercise to suit any classroom’s needs or educator’s teaching style.
Stop by and browse through our new selections. Choose some to enjoy yourself during these cool fall nights, or find some special gifts for the readers on your list.
Until next month, happy reading.
Calling All Teens and Pre-Teens!
By the staff at Covered Treasures
This fall’s book offerings for 10- to 20-year-olds include some real-life adventures, as well as those that feed the imagination. Following are some titles that may make you laugh, cry, smile, or escape to another world.
By Ally Condie (Dutton Children’s Books.) $17.99
Cedar and her family are spending the summer in her mother’s hometown, trying to recover after a tragic car accident left them in broken pieces. Everything about Cedar’s summer changes when she lands a job at the renowned Summerlost theater festival and enjoys a growing friendship with Leo, as they piece together clues about the tragic life of one of Iron Creek’s most famous residents. This story explores the strength of family and the transformative power of friendship in the face of tragedy.
By Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press) $19.99
In exquisitely rendered black-and-white paintings, the tale of Lucy, a small homeless dog; Eleanor, the girl who loves her; and Eleanor’s father, a would-be vaudevillian with stage fright, unfolds in four acts. Cecil’s cinematic styling and gentle humor combine to make a reading—and viewing—experience sure to become a classic.
Moo: A Novel
By Sharon Creech (Harper Collins) $16.99
When Reena and her brother Luke move to rural Maine, they are completely caught off guard by the natural world. Soon they are enlisted by their parents to help an elderly neighbor with her farm chores. They are at first wary of grouchy Mrs. Falala and her equally grouchy cow, Zora, but soon, Luke is teaching Mrs. Falala to draw, and Reena is preparing Zora for the state fair. With a mix of joy and sadness, this tale is perfect for readers of all ages.
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
By Megan Shepherd (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) $16.99
Little Emmaline sees winged horses in the mirrors at Briar Hill, a children’s hospital in rural England during World War II. Whether the horses are real or just her imagination, the hope and solace they provide are very real. This is a moving and magical story, transporting readers to another time and place.
By Kate Milford (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $17.99
Greenglass House, is always quiet during the winter season, and Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night, the guest bell rings, again and again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests with strange stories connected to the rambling old house. Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about the house—and themselves. Lovers of the Harry Potter books will find this fantasy appealing.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
By E. Lockhart (Hyperion) $9.99
Frankie is not the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer, especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Frankie is the kind of girl who might pull a few pranks to show that she’s smarter than any of them. This is the story of how a Bunny Rabbit brought down the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.
I’ll Give You the Sun
By Jandy Nelson (Penguin) $10.99
At first, artists Jude and her twin brother, are inseparable. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different, yet equally devastating ways…but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. If she and Noah can find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. This is a story of first love, family loss, and betrayal, told from different points in time and by separate voices.
Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
By James Patterson (Little Brown and Company) $8
It’s Rafe Khatchadorian’s first day at Hills Village Middle School, and it’s shaping up to be the worst year ever. He has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix, but luckily he’s got an ace plan for the best year ever–if he can pull it off.
It’s time to turn off the TV and the video games and curl up with a good book. You may be surprised at the adventures that await.
Until next month, happy reading.
September is National Literacy Month!
By the staff at Covered Treasures
September is a month for reading: most children are back in school, and it is National Literacy Month, with September 8th marking National Literacy Day. September 17th is Curiosity Day, celebrating the 75th birthday of that inquisitive monkey, Curious George. With 133 titles available in 26 languages, and 75 million books currently in print, Curious George has never been out of print, and tales of his mishaps continue to grow in popularity. Here are a few other great books for our younger readers.
Curious Young Minds Series: Why Are Animals Different Colors?
What Causes Weather and Seasons?
By Alejandro Algarra/Rocio Bonilla (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.) $7.99
Children are full of questions, and this series addresses many of them. How do animals use color to camouflage themselves? Why do some have such bright colors? Why are there seasons? Kate and her brother Jack are very curious. Join them in their adventures to discover the answers to lots of fascinating questions. Each book comes with a parent guide.
A Peek-Through Story: Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker
By Jessica Ahlberg (Candlewick Press) $15.99
Ages 2-5 will enjoy this interactive “peek-through” story. Lucy tries to tell a story to her dog, but he has other ideas. With each “peek-through” scene, Lucy and Mr. Barker bring along Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs, Jack, and Sleeping Beauty. See what happens on this fairy-tale adventure!
Gorilla Loves Vanilla
By Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.) $11.99
Jam is the best at serving up sundaes to all the animals who come in his shop. He delivers special tasty treats for each animal: blue cheese ice cream for the mouse, fish finger ice cream for the cat, wormy ice cream for the chicken. But everyone changes their minds when Gorilla orders the tastiest treat of all! This silly book will have kids laughing and thinking up their own flavors.
Hoot and Peep
By Lita Judge (Dial Books for Young Readers) $17.99
Hoot the owl is very wise. He’s excited to teach his younger sister, Peep, all of his big brother knowledge. But as whimsical Peep explores the breathtaking Parisian cityscape, she comes up with a song of her own—one that breaks all of her brother’s “owly” rules. Hoot doesn’t understand why Peep won’t follow his advice, until he pauses to listen and realizes that you’re never too old to learn something new. This gorgeous read-aloud celebrates the wonder found in little things—and in the hearts of dreamers; young and old.
By Danny Parker and Matt Ottley (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers) $16
In this encouraging and heartfelt story about facing your fears, Toby, who is afraid of heights, always has his parachute with him. But one day, his cat Henry gets stuck in a tree. It’s up to Toby to rescue Henry, but that leaves him stuck without his parachute in the treehouse. He must conquer his fears. The illustrations are great at showing height from a child’s perspective. Toby gradually takes more chances and needs his parachute less and less.
My New Friend is So Fun! An Elephant and Piggie Book
By Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children) $9.99
In this story from Willems’ award-winning series, Gerald Elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends. This multi-book early reader series addresses many childhood fears and issues with gentle humor.
Giraffes Ruin Everything
By Heidi Schulz and Chris Robertson (Bloomsbury Children’s Books) $16.99
Friends come in all shapes and sizes. In case you were wondering, here’s an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin: birthday parties, going to the movies, playing at the park, hide-and-seek, everything else. Yes, that’s right… giraffes ruin everything. But what happens when our narrator gets into a tricky situation? Perhaps he’ll find giraffes aren’t so bad after all.
The ability to read at grade level by the end of third grade is the most reliable predictor of success in completing high school; make it a point to sit down and read with a young person.
Until next month, happy reading.
August is the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday!
By the staff at Covered Treasures
The National Parks Service turns 100 on August 25th. Here are some great books to help you celebrate with adventures at any of the 59 National Parks.
Backpacker; The National Parks Coast to Coast; 100 Best Hikes
By Ted Alvarez (Falcon Guides) $26
Choose an adventure from any of the 44 national parks profiled throughout this gorgeous book. With jaw-dropping photos, detailed hike descriptions and maps, ranger profiles, and more, this book is an intimate look at the best our national parks have to offer.
National Parks of America: Experience America’s 59 National Parks
(Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd.) $29.99
From Acadia to Zion, this beautiful introduction to all 59 parks is packed with panoramic photography, original illustrations, practical information, and inspiring tips on what to do and see in each. You’ll have all the tools to plan many exciting trips. Contains illustrations of wildlife to watch for in each park, activities for every season, suggested itineraries, the best places to stay, and more.
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
By Erik Stensland (Skyline Press) $9.95
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is home to 60 peaks over 12,000 feet, nearly 150 lakes, a diverse and abundant wildlife population and 450 miles of streams and rivers, including the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River. Photographer Erik Stensland takes you on a journey to some of its most familiar places, as well as some of its most remote. Through the seasons, Erik captures the many moods of the park, emphasizing the beauty of its most dynamic and fleeting moments.
Roosevelt the Explorer; Teddy Roosevelt’s Amazing Adventures as a Naturalist, Conservationist, and Explorer
By H. Paul Jeffers (Taylor Trade Publishing) $18.94
No American president has been more enthusiastic in appreciating the wilderness and in conserving our nation’s natural treasures than Theodore Roosevelt. In the book Jeffers describes T.R.’s efforts, against fierce opposition, to establish an unprecedented system of national parks and to ensure the safety of America’s vast federal forests and wetlands.
See America; A Celebrtion of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites
Illustrated by the Artists of Creative*Action*Network (Chronicle Books) $19.95
To coincide with the anniversary of the National Parks Service, the Creative Action Network has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to revive and reimagine the legacy of WPA travel posters. Artists from all over the world have participated in the creation of this new collection of See America posters for a modern era. Featuring artwork for 75 national parks and monuments across all 50 states, this engaging keepsake volume celebrates the full range of our nation’s landmarks and treasured wilderness.
National Geographic Kids: National Parks Guide USA Centennial Edition: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, & Cool Activities from Coast to Coast (National Geographic Society) $14.99
From Acadia to Zion you’ll discover the wonder and amazement of our country’s majestic national parks in this fun, informative, and adventure-filled guide. Fully revised and updated, it has all you need to make your visit to these treasured parks an unforgettable experience. Features include vibrant photographs and maps, lively text and fun facts, checklists of “must-do” activities, cool excursions and best views, animals you might see, park ranger tips, and more.
Rocky Mountain National Park: Peril on Longs Peak
By Mike Graf (Falcon Guides) $12.95
Join the Parkers, an intrepid family of four, as they head to Colorado to visit the stunning, high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. The family plans to hike up Longs Peak, but afternoon thundershowers and hailstorms pelt them during their training hikes. Will injuries, exhaustion, and dangerous weather take their toll? Each book in the exciting Adventures with the Parkers series for kids ages 8-13 explores a popular national park and is packed with adventure as well as engaging and educational facts about nature, outdoor safety, and much more.
Living in Colorado, you don’t have to go far to celebrate our national parks. We’re home to Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks, and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. All four feature activities and programs year-round, and many are organizing special events to recognize the centennial.
Until next month, happy reading.
Travel Season is in High Gear!
We’re in the middle of summer and family travel time. Paperback books travel well, and here are a few that will entertain you and the kids.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
By Jill LePore (Vintage Books), $16.95
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism. Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also had a secret history.
By Erik Larson (Broadway Books), $17.00
A master of narrative nonfiction brings us the compelling and riveting story of the sinking of the Lusitania, a story many of us think we know but don’t. Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. Did the Lusitania cause the U.S. to enter WWI or was there more to the story?
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By Bill Bryson (Broadway Books), $15.99
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparkling lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably a good place to go, and Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least for a comfortable chair to sit and read in).
The Friends We Keep
By Susan Mallery (Mira Books), $15.99
In this insightful and compelling story from book club favorite Susan Mallery, three close friends test the boundaries of how much a woman can give before she has nothing left. Mallery draws you into the lives of Gabby, Hayley, and Nicole and the various crossroads of their lives. As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, they will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life’s toughest changes.
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine
By Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor Books), $15.00
Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets Samuel, a young troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Ultimately, Mma Ramotswe will need to draw upon her kindness, generosity, and good sense, and will serve to remind everyone that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.
Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries
By Elizabeth Macleod (Annick Press), $14.95
Thanks to forensics, we now know that King Tut died of malaria. We also know that stomach cancer, and not arsenic as suspected, killed Napoleon. Seven intriguing stories about historical royal figures whose demise was suspicious, and hard scientific facts about crime-solving techniques make each event seem like an episode of CSI rather than a history lesson. Kids will be fascinated to find out how scientists use autopsy results, DNA testing, bone fragments, and even insects to determine the cause of death. This book will be hard to put down for kids who love mysteries.
DK Eyewitness Books: Space Exploration
(DK Publishing), $9.99
Space Exploration takes young readers on a journey through the solar system and highlights advancements in space technology. Discover how satellites help us forecast the weather, how the Large Space Simulator is used to test spacecraft, and how the landing craft probes and explores planets. Learn how a special sleeping bag helps astronauts sleep in weightless conditions, how astronauts repair an orbiting spacecraft from the outside, and how an astronaut’s body is affected upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere in this updated edition of a best-selling title from the Eyewitness series.
Cars, Trains and Planes Creativity Book and The Monster Creativity Book
By Anna Bowles and Penny Worms (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.), $12.99 ea
Whether it’s big diggers, zooming trains, and high flying planes, or wacky aliens, wild monsters, and mythical beasts, these activity books will keep kids occupied. Featuring games, puzzles, stencils and stickers, no additional supplies are needed, and will help stave off the dreaded “are we there yet?” questions.
June is Busting Out All Over with Good Books!
By the staff at Covered Treasures
As you pack for a trip to the mountains, a family visit, or a faraway beach, don’t forget to include a paperback book. In fact, you may want to keep one handy to read in the security line at the airport these days.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
By Fredrik Backman (Washington Square Press), $16
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories about places where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of misfits, monsters and old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
The Wright Brothers
By David McCullough (Simon & Schuster) $17
On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers– one unquestionably a genius, and the other with mechanical ingenuity few have ever seen– changed history. Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination. With only a public high school education and very little money, they forged ahead, knowing that every time they took off, they risked being killed. This fast-paced, enjoyable tale by noted historian David McCullough shows how two Ohio boys taught the world to fly in what could be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished.
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
By Rinker Buck (Simon & Schuster) $16.99
Traveling from Missouri to Oregon over the course of 4 months, Buck is accompanied by 3 cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother Nick, and a dog named Olive Oyl. They dodge thunderstorms, chase runaway mules, cross the Rockies, and make desperate 50-mile forced marches for water. A majestic, uniquely American journey of a lifetime, this is a tale of brotherhood, persistence and history, a tear-jerker at times, while also being a laugh-out-loud delight.
My Sunshine Away
By M.O. Walsh (Penguin Putnam) $16
In an idyllic stretch of suburban Baton Rouge, 15-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—is attacked near her home, and it becomes apparent there’s also a dark side of this neighborhood of glorious crepe myrtle blossoms and passionate football fandom. The suspects are numerous, and through the eyes of one of them many years later, we see how a life can be irreversibly transformed by heartbreak, by guilt, and by love.
The Last Bookaneer
By Matthew Pearl (Penguin Putnam) $16
In 1890, Bookaneers, or literary pirates, thrived, and Pen Davenport was the most infamous one in Europe. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws allowed books to be easily published abroad without an author’s permission. Yet a new international treaty was about to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The astonishing story of the literary thieves’ final heist on the island of Samoa, involves a dying Robert Louis Stevenson laboring over one last novel. Stevenson’s assistant Fergins, bookaneer Davenport, and his longtime adversary, Belia, soon find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself.
The Good Girl
By Mary Kubica (Mira Books) $14.95
When Mia Dennett’s on-again, off-again boyfriend doesn’t show up for their meeting at a bar, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. Following Colin Thatcher home turns out to be the worst mistake of her life. When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause the family’s world to shatter in this suspenseful thriller.
The titles listed are only a sampling of the many captivating new fiction and non-fiction paperbacks just waiting to delight readers. Why not add one to your summertime relaxation and enjoyment?
Until next month, happy reading.
Gift Books for Moms, Grads, and Other Special People
May is the time when we remember special people in our lives–and an appropriate book is the perfect companion to a thoughtful card. One of the following titles may be just right for someone on your list.
Gift from the Sea
By Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Pantheon Books) $16.00 & $9.95
In this graceful, lucid and lyrical classic, Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life. A ground-breaking work when it was originally published in 1955, this book continues to be discovered by new generations of readers. It is available in both hard cover and paperback.
She Taught Me to Eat Artichokes: The Discovery of the Heart of Friendship
By Mary Kay Shanley (Sta-Kris, Inc.) $13.95
Sometimes we must wait patiently for the treasures of life. Just as a shared artichoke slowly reveals its heart, time and effort turn acquaintaceships into friendships. You make time—and take time– to peel the layers off one by one, all the while working toward a goal you didn’t know was there. This tender story, combined with rich illustrations, portrays those day to day events that, slowly and patiently, transform two neighbors into friends.
The Same Sweet Girls’ Guide to Life
By Cassandra King (Maiden Lane Press) $15
Originally delivered as a commencement address, this volume offers inspiration and practical advice that will sustain new graduates through life’s ups and downs and that will only grow in meaning throughout the years. This small book for thoughtful people of all ages can—and should—be read again and again, as King presents readers with the sort of hard-earned wisdom that will enlighten both young and old.
By Kahlil Gibran (Alfred A. Knopf), $15
One of the beloved classics of our time, Gibran considered this book his greatest achievement. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies. Musical and vibrant with feeling, this book reminds one of the majestic rhythms of Ecclesiastes, covering everything from love and marriage to buying and selling, crime and punishment.
It’s The Little Things
By Amy Collins (Adams Media Corporation) $9.95
If you feel overworked and underappreciated—or know someone who is—this book offers the perfect rewards for surviving today’s stressed-out world. You may find yourself saner and happier enjoying such simple pleasures as: Taking one item off your weekly to-do list, or, Using your good china and crystal often. This is the ideal gift for that overwhelmed friend, sister, or mother. It’s like having a day spa in book form.
The Importance of Living
By Lin Yutang (Harper) $16.99
Intended as an antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world, Yutang’s prescription is the classic distillation of ancient Chinese wisdom: revere inaction as much as action, involve humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence. Now, more than six decades later, with our lives accelerated to unbelievable levels, this wise and timeless book is more pertinent than ever before.
1,000 Places to See before You Die
By Patricia Schultz (Workman Publishing) $19.95
Covering the U.S.A. and Canada, 1,000 spectacular, compelling, offbeat, utterly unforgettable places are presented, including pristine beaches, world-class museums, mountain resorts, salmon-rich rivers, scenic byways, and the country’s best taco. Over 150 places of special interest to families are included with the nuts and bolts of how and when to visit.
If you need a gift for someone special, or would like a new addition to your bedside table, take a look at some of these inspirational books.
Until next month, happy reading.
THE MAGIC OF POETRY
”Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” Rita Dove
April is National Poetry month, so why not take a fresh look at some of this powerful language, whether in the simple verse of a children’s book, or in a more subtle, but beautiful, adult volume?
What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings
By Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99
In this inspiring book, a Newbery Honor-winning poet calls up ancient forms of the spoken word and translates them into the twenty-first century. Included are chants to summon happiness, invocations to ask for forgiveness, and charms to face a hostile crowd. Perceptively illustrated, this book of hope and wisdom offers strength for all kinds of moments.
The Trouble with Poetry
By Billy Collins (Penguin Random House) $15
Collins shows that good poetry doesn’t have to be obscure or incomprehensible—which is perhaps the real trouble with most “serious” poetry. This dazzling collection explores boyhood, jazz, love, the passage of time, and, of course, writing. Funny and empathetic, we recognize our own lives through Collins’ poetry.
Journey On: Beauty and Grit along the Way
By Anna Blake Godbout (Mountain Tapestry Press), $12.95
The journeys described in this touching volume are landmarks from the life of a daughter, granddaughter, wife, mother, teacher and writer. As Godbout (aka local resident Nancy Jurka) travels from winter to autumn, she takes us through the beautiful, the sad, and the soulful places in our own hearts.
The Selected Poems of Donald Hall
By Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $22
Now in his eighties, Hall, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, has taken stock of his body of work and presented us with a handpicked, concise selection, showcasing engaging work, rich with humor and simplicity. For the first-time reader or an old friend, these are, above all others, the poems to read, reread, and remember.
Daniel Finds a Poem By Micha Archer (Penguin Random House) $16.99
Rich, multilayered collage illustrations offer early readers an introduction to poetry through the warmhearted relationships between a young boy and the friendly animals in his local park. The liveliness of the language discloses early poetic mechanics, such as alliteration (sun-warmed sand) and onomatopoeia (crisp leaves crunch) and makes it a favorite for teachers and families alike.
Echo Echo: Reverse Poems about Greek Myths
By Marylin Singer (Penguin Random House) $16.99
This is a unique book of reversible poems based on Greek myths. Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar myth; but when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view. Readers will uncover the dual points of view in well-known legends, such as Pandora’s Box and King Midas and his golden touch. The great art also mirrors the spirit of the poems.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
By Julie Fogliano (Henry Holt & Co) $16.99
Using a diary-like approach, this book takes a different look at poetry for the seasons. Beginning and ending with the spring equinox, it offers poems for different days throughout the year. A blue bird’s song starts off, “poking a tiny hole through the edge of winter and landing carefully, balancing gently on the tip of spring.” Double-page gouache and pencil crayon illustrations range from effectively simple to tantalizingly detailed.
A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young
By Michael Rosen (Candlewick Press $19.99)
This joyful new collection of poems bounces right off the page and into your heart, making it the perfect read aloud for both boisterous celebration and cozy cuddling up. These exuberant poems, paired with vibrant illustrations, will delight little ones over and over again.
“In the end, the poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see—and when what we see is life.”—Robert Penn Warren
Maybe it’s time to pick up the poetry books we put aside after high school and college—and see life through a magical lens.
April 21, 2016 is “National Poem in Your Pocket Day.”
Until next month, happy reading.
Small Press Month
Small presses are usually considered those publishing fewer than 10 titles per year, with annual sales below $50,000. Many of them specialize in genre fiction or poetry, limited edition books or magazines, while others focus on non-fiction markets. Following are some of the gems that come from these publishers—intriguing volumes that may never have had a chance with the large companies.
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region
By John Wesley Anderson (Old Colorado City Historical Society) $39.99
Ute Tribal Elders say that at the beginning of time the Creator placed the Ute in the Shining Mountains. They knew Pikes Peak by the name Tava, the Sun Mountain. This is a story about the Ute, the People of Sun Mountain and their sacred prayer trees, many of which can be found in the Tri-Lakes area.
Rocky Mountain Getting Started Garden Guide
By John Cretti (Cool Spring Press) $24.99
Whether you are a beginning gardener, a newcomer to the area, or an old hand who is looking for some new ideas, this guide covers over 180 of the top plants recommended for the Rocky Mountains, including every type of plant from flowers and groundcovers to trees and shrubs. Cretti also gives design tips, advice on planting, growing and care, and includes a large color photographs of each plant.
Cooking for the Birds
By Adele Porter (AdventureKeen Publications) $9.95
Why not invite “everybirdy” to your yard with a banquet of nutritious, home-cooked foods? This colorfully illustrated little book features 26 simple recipes, perfect to tackle alone or with the whole family. These fun-to-make treats will attract 74 backyard birds, including orioles, hummingbirds and more.
Make: Making Simple Robots
By Kathy Ceceri (MakerMedia), $24.99
Written in language that non-engineers can understand, this book helps beginners move beyond basic craft skills and materials to the latest products and tools being used by artists and inventors. Find out how to animate folded paper origami, design a versatile robot wheel-leg for 3D printing, or program a rag doll to blink its cyborg eye. Each project includes step-by-step directions as well as clear diagrams and photographs. These are robots for anyone, made from anything.
The Common Thread Of Overcoming Adversity & Living Your Dreams By Jerry Gladstone (Morgan James) $16.95
This book gives you instant access to insights, wisdom and proven strategies from Academy Award winners, Super Bowl and World Series champions, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends, Olympians, UFC world class fighters, and even billionaires. Not based on theory, these stories prove there is indeed a Common Thread of how celebrities, such as Sylvester Stallone, Muhammad Ali, Ringo Starr, and Bill O’Reilly, reached the pinnacle of success.
Nothing Here but Stones
By Nancy Oswald (Filter Press, LLC) $8.95
Based on the Russian Jewish colony that settled in Cotopaxi, Colorado, in 1882, this story features Emma, a middle child, outsider, dreamer, and risk taker. Her adventures based on the struggles of an actual colony of pioneers should capture the attention of “10 and up” readers.
Howl: Of Woman and Wolf
By Susan Imhoff Bird (Torrey House Press) $15.95
Drawn to wolves’ inherent resilience, Bird sets out to understand the ecology and politics that drive wolf management and to get to know the people who love or hate the wolf. She traveled the Northern Rockies interviewing ranchers and hunters, wolf watchers and biologists and uncovered reactions, ranging from admiration and reverence to vitriol and anxiety. While also dealing with her own self-doubt and loss, Bird discovers that wolves, wild places, and a willingness to listen may lead, finally, to healing.
By Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press) $15.95
Clara is excited to be taking the bus to her grandmother’s house today. It’s the first time she’s going on her own, and little does she know that there will be a whole cast of interesting animal characters keeping her company. The ride just might be more of an adventure than she imagined!
Why not celebrate Small Press Month by picking up a unique book that may never make the bestseller list but could be the most interesting and/or thought-provoking book you’ve ever read?
Until next month, happy reading.
The Love Affair of Children and Books
One of the greatest gifts you can give to the children in your life is to teach them to love books. Research shows that to succeed in school and in life, children need to read on grade level by the third grade, so start early with read-aloud books. Children who associate books and reading with the soothing voice and warm lap of a caring adult are likely to continue enjoying books as they learn to read.
Penguin and Pinecone: a friendship story
By Salina Yoon (Walker and Company), $15.89
When curious little Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary. But when Grandpa tells Penguin it’s too cold for Pinecone to live with them, Penguin has a tough decision to make.
By Jenny Offill & Chris Appelhan
(Schwartz & Wade Books) $16.99
Sparky, the sloth, seemed like the perfect pet, because he didn’t need to be walked, or bathed, or fed. But teaching him tricks was another story when all he wanted to do was sleep.
Use Your Imagination (But be careful what you wish for!)
By Nicola O’Byrne (Harper Collins) $17.99
One day when Rabbit was bored, Wolf offered to help him create a story using his imagination. But when the story turned into Wolf chasing Rabbit through the trees, it was time for Rabbit to think quickly. He discovered that using your imagination is a wonderful thing, and you never know where it might lead you.
The Nonsense Show
By Eric Carle (Philomel Books), $18.99
Nonsense lies at the heart of many beloved nursery rhymes. Children readily accept odd statements like “the cow jumped over the moon.” In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. What’s true? What’s impossible? What’s absolutely absurd?
Nancy Clancy: Secret of the Silver Key
By Jane O’Connor; Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Harper) $4.99
In this fourth book of the Nancy Clancy series, Nancy and her best friend are off to solve another mystery—but this time it involves going back in time! When the girls set of to unlock the secret of the silver key found in an old desk, they learn there are some things that remain timeless forever.
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!
By Jeff Brown (Harper) $4.99
Stanley was an ordinary boy until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. All of a sudden, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite! But flatness has its serious side, too, and Stanley ends up being the only one who can try to stop thieves from stealing paintings from the museum. Will he succeed?
DK Adventures: Antarctic Expedition
By Katy Lennon (Penguin Random House) $5.99
Discover what it takes to be a scientist on an expedition to Antarctica to drill ice cores for research. Experience the harsh conditions of this polar landscape, learn how to survive, and find out about the intrepid explorers from the past who set out to reach the South Pole.
By Katie Cotton; illustrated by Stephen Walton (Candlewick Press) $22.00
Exquisite charcoal drawings introduce ten threatened species—lions, gorillas, giraffes, tigers, elephants, wolves, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras in astonishing detail. Poetic text notes each creature’s particular qualities and behavior, while providing a quiet counting exercise. Further notes about the animals and suggestions for additional reading put the finishing touches on a volume that will be cherished by the entire family for years to come.
Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight
By Mary Pope Osborne (Random House) $4.99
Jack and Annie must find four secrets of greatness for Merlin the magician. To start, they travel back in time to meet Alexander the Great. But young Alexander is bossy, vain, and not great at all! How can they learn from him? It’s going to take a wild black stallion, magic from Merlin, and a lot of bravery to succeed. Are Jack and Annie clever and bold enough to complete their mission?
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”—Emilie Buchwald
Until next month, happy reading.
New Ideas for a New Year
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience—Izaak Walton
If 2016 is the year you’d like to improve your health, physically or mentally, there are some books to help you along the way–and some of them are just plain fun.
Eating on the Wild Side
By Jo Robinson (Little, Brown and Company) $16
For four hundred generations, we’ve unwittingly been selecting plants that are high in starch and sugar and low in many essential nutrients. Robinson shows how to regain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants by choosing modern varieties that approach the nutritional content of wild plants but also please the modern palate. She tells how to select these new varieties and includes recipes, as well as tips on food handling, and gardening. Based on years of scientific research, this book will forever change the way we think about food.
The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
By Marie Kondo (Ten Speed Press) $16.99
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Maybe the KonMari Method is the answer for you. With its revolutionary category-by-category system, it leads to lasting results. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy”—and which don’t—this book will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
Healing Ways: An Integrative Health Sourcebook
By Matilde Parente, M.D.,F.C.A.P. (Barron’s) $14.99
Massage or pills? Acupuncture or surgery? Prescription drugs or nutritional therapy? It doesn’t have to be an either/or scenario. Learn how to use conventional medical therapies in combination with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for the best of both worlds. Discover how to be a better health consumer; how to decide which CAM methods are right for you and how to talk to your doctor about them. Take charge of your life—and your health—with this new approach to wellness.
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
By Jen Sincero (Running Press) $16
In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice and easy exercises to help you identify beliefs and behaviors that stop you from creating a life you totally love. By the end of the book, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, and how to change what you don’t love.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
By Shonda Rhimes (Simon & Schuster) $24.99
With three hit shows on television and three children at home, Rhimes, an introvert at heart, had lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. When Shonda began her “Year of Yes” project, there were terrifying public “Yeses”—giving the commencement address at Dartmouth, and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. There were excruciating private “Yeses”— start taking her health seriously, and force herself to have difficult conversations about relationships and situations. Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny, this book reveals how saying YES changed—and saved—Rhimes’s life, and inspires readers to change their own lives with one little word: Yes.
The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life
By Janice Kaplan (Dutton) $26.95
On New Year’s Eve, Kaplan makes a promise to be grateful and look on the right side of whatever happens, realizing that how she feels over the next twelve months will have less to do with the events that occur than with her own attitude and perspective. Getting advice at every turn from psychologists, academics, doctors, and philosophers, she brings readers on a smart and witty journey to discover the value of appreciating what you have.
Until next month, happy reading.
Make use of time if thou lovest eternity; yesterday cannot be recalled; tomorrow cannot be assured; only today is thine.—Francis Quarles
Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore
Banner Books for Curious Kids
By the staff at Covered Treasures
Even reluctant readers will be entranced by some of these new fiction and nonfiction books, ranging from moose to machines and from pirates to Star Wars.
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
By A. Bray, K. Dougherty, C. Horton & M. Kogge (Dorling Kindersley) $19.99
Excitement for the new Star Wars movie is building, and everything Star Wars is popular. These fast facts and strange revelations are attractively arranged on colorful pages combining photographs from the movie with clever drawings. Crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating “Did you know?” Q&As, this book is sure to satisfy and get the avid fan ready for the awakening of The Force!
How Machines Work: Zoo Break!”
By David Macaulay (Dorling Kindersley) $19.99
Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces readers to the concept of simple machines through his new creations, Sloth and Sengi, in this clever book. Follow their mad antics as they try to escape from the zoo with the help of machines. Their efforts are brought to life through pop-ups, pull-outs, and lift-the-flaps, allowing readers to explore in greater depth how and why machines work. Models and illustrations demonstrate the technology of six simple machines: levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges, and wheels. Illustrations highlight the use of simple machines in everyday objects, such as scissors and clocks, mixers and whisks, bikes and brakes, while the story contains clear and simple text to engage the reader.
The Ghastly McNastys Series: The Lost Treasure of Little Snoring and Raiders of the Lost Shark
By Lyn Gardner & Ros Asquith (Kids Can Press) $8.95 each
The Ghastly McNastys are the ghastliest, nastiest pirates ever to sail the seven seas. The only thing they love more than making people walk the plank into shark-infested waters is Treasure. And they love treasure as much as they hate children. But Tat and Hetty, two clever local kids, have a trick or twenty up their sleeves, and they’re ready for a swashbuckling fight.
By Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press) $32.99
This collector’s volume is a magnificent telling of two stand-alone stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle. The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1776 with a boy named Billy Marvel, who finds work in a London theatre after a shipwreck. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Based loosely on the lives of two real people, The Marvels is an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect, and is a loving tribute to the power of story.
Up The Creek (Life in the Wild series)
By Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press) $16.95
There once was a bear, a moose, and a beaver that were the best of friends, though they often disagreed. When they decide to go canoeing, it’s one disagreement after another until they veer into raging rapids and find themselves up the creek. With a charming cast of characters, Oldland’s light-hearted, contemporary fable highlights the importance of working together and keeping friendships afloat.
There are two more books in the series: Making the Moose out of Life and The Big Bear Hug, $7.59 each.
The Tea Party in the Woods
By Akiko Miyukoshi (Kids Can Press) $16.95
On a snowy winter’s day, Kikko sets out to bring a pie to Grandma. When she happens upon a strange house in the woods, the most surprising guests invite her inside for a tea party. Kikko can hardly believe her eyes, and she wonders what all the animals think of her. The author’s beautiful illustrations—mostly black and white with just the right splashes of color—add to this delightful story
After all the gifts are open and the excitement and noise have died down, sit down in a quiet corner with a child and read a book; those are the moments you’ll remember.
We wish all of you the happiest of holidays, the Merriest Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy new year.
Until next month, happy reading.
Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore
Book Buzz from the Trade Show
By the staff at Covered Treasures
Excitement was in the air as Mountains and Plains Booksellers descended upon Denver in October for our annual trade show. This is where authors and publishers showcase their new and noteworthy publications, and we select those that might be of interest to our customers. We’re eager to share a sampling of our discoveries with you.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
By Jenny Lawson (Flatiron Books) $26.99
A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety sounds like a terrible idea, but as Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness, this becomes a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are—the beautiful and the flawed—and finding joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. As Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.
The National Parks: An Illustrated History
By Kim Heacox (National Geographic) $50
This stunning book is a lavish celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The very best of National Geographic’s iconic photographs, combined with an illuminating history, presents a panorama of diverse properties from the multihued layers of the Grand Canyon to the verdigris flame of the Statue of Liberty. Former Denali National Park ranger Kim Heacox traces the evolution of the Park Service’s mission from protecting “scenery” to advocating for cultural and natural preservation and conservation, weaving in dozens of fascinating stories and personalities.
Bats of the Republic
By Zachary Thomas Dodson (Doubleday Books) $27.95
This is a book that instantly transfixes, even before you start reading. The author is a book designer who co-founded Featherproof Books out of Chicago, and his debut novel is a glorious demonstration of what old-fashioned paper can still do in the hands of a creative genius. Bats of the Republic cumulatively is a book about the way books are made and the way stories work. Novels, Dodson suggests, are contraptions, jury rigged together with parts of other novels, archived letters, remembered conversations, maps, scraps of info, imagined journeys, and creatures real and strange. Dodson has quite brilliantly exposed the gears and cogs whirring in the novelist’s imagination.
The Art of Memoir
By Mary Karr (Harper Collins) $24.99
Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club, offers a master class in the essential elements of great memoir—delivered with her signature humor, insight, and candor. Synthesizing her experiences as a writer, reader, and renowned professor, Karr provides a unique window into the mechanics and art of memoir that is both irreverent and entertaining. “In some ways,” she says, “writing a memoir is knocking yourself out with your own fist, if it’s done right.”
Quick and Easy Italian Recipes
By The Silver Spoon Kitchen (Phaidon) $29.95
The 10th anniversary edition of this trusted and bestselling Italian cookbook presents over 100 simple, fast, and delicious recipes to help the busy cook embrace the flavors and spirit of Italian cuisine at home with minimal fuss. With full color photographs and recipes that cooks of all levels can master, the book includes Italian classics such as spaghetti alle vongole, risotto Milanese, fritto misto, and tiramisu.
The Ultimate Alphabet; Complete Edition
By Mike Wilks (Pomegranate) $50
Artist Mike Wilks set out in the 1980s to depict as many words as possible in twenty-six images corresponding to the alphabet. His four-year painting odyssey resulted in a suite of magnificent compilations, all minutely detailed, masterfully rendered, and slightly surreal. Each picture contains hundreds of items all starting with the same letter. The images were first published in a book in 1986 in the best-selling The Ultimate Alphabet, and later in The Annotated Ultimate Alphabet, in which keys to the images were included. Now, The Ultimate Alphabet: Complete Edition brings these two volumes together in one deluxe slipcase edition; one volume presents the paintings with introductory text by the artist; the other offers the keyed drawings and alphabetical lists of words… all 7,825 of them!
Stop by and browse through some of our new selections. Choose some to enjoy yourself during these cool fall nights, or find some special gifts for the readers on your list.
Until next month, happy reading.
Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore
Books You’ll Want to Talk About
By the staff at Covered Treasures
If you’re in a book club, these titles may be intriguing to you. These selections are book club favorites for their many facets and issues ripe for discussion.
By Brian Doyle (Picador US) $16
Declan O’Donnell has sailed deep into the vast, wild ocean, having finally had “enough” of other people and their problems. He will go it alone. He will be beholden to and beloved of no one. But fate soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. The Plover is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of them calls “Pacifica.” Hounded by a mysterious enemy, Declan’s lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, argument, tension, and a resident herring gull. This is a sea novel, a maritime adventure, the story of a cold man melting, a compendium of small miracles, an elegy to Edmund Burke—and a heartfelt celebration of life’s surprising paths, planned and unplanned.
All the Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, Inc.) $27
Marie-Laure is a young blind girl living in France during World War II, and Werner is a German orphan who serves as a Nazi radio specialist. On a special assignment to track the resistance, Werner passes through Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the way, against all odds, people try to be good to one another, in this deeply moving and beautifully written novel.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
By Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) $14.95
A.J. Fikry’s life is not what he expected it to be. He lives alone and his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history. But when a mysterious, unexpected arrival appears at the bookstore, it gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. This novel references fine literature, with an excerpt from one of Fikry’s favorite works at the beginning of each chapter. His love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity, comes through in this endearing story of redemption and transformation.
Our Souls at Night
By Kent Haruf (Alfred A. Knopf) $24
Kent Haruf’s latest—and last—novel is a spare, yet eloquent, bittersweet, yet inspiring, story that reveals quiet, often heartbreaking truths about regret and growing old; and it is the way this short book ends that has many Haruf fans debating whether or not this was his preferred ending. In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, Louis and Addie, both widowed, familiar to each other, yet not close enough to be considered friends—meet each evening at her house. Their brave adventures—their pleasures and their difficulties—are hugely involving and truly resonant, making this the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.
Last Train to Paris
By Michele Zackheim (Europa Editions) $16
This historical novel set in the 1930s, centers on Rose Manon, a small-town girl who spent her youth dreaming of a more exciting life. When she learns of an opening for a staff reporter in New York City, she heads east to pursue her dreams. Rose’s ambitions take her to Paris and Berlin where she leads a charmed life until the Third Reich gains momentum and influence. Rose finds herself caught in an inescapable web of terror, and decades later, she must come to terms with the consequences of a heart-wrenching decision that changes the course of her life.
The Children Act
By Ian McEwan (Anchor Books) $15
Fiona Maye is a leading English High Court judge who presides over cases in the family division and is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. At the same time she is dealing with regrets and a crisis in her personal life, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
Some books, like these, beg to be discussed… enjoy the reading, as well as the ensuing conversation!
Until next month, happy reading.
Between the Covers at Covered Treasures Bookstore
Read Aloud for Success
By the staff at Covered Treasures
“Reading to children even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection.” (Apples to teacher.com) Reading aloud to children from birth to school age is a win-win situation. These children are more likely to succeed in school and in life, and there’s nothing quite like the bond a caring adult forms while sharing a book with a child. From old favorites to some inviting new offerings, there are many “read aloud” books to choose from.
Green Eggs and Ham
By Dr. Seuss (Random House) $8.99
As Sam I Am tries to convince a grouchy character that green eggs and ham are a real delicacy, children will delight in the repetition and the exciting places– from a box to a car to train and a tree and a boat. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book, and read to a child.” (Dr. Seuss)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
By Laura Numeroff; Illustrated by Felicia Bond (Harper Collins) $16.99
The consequences of giving a cookie to an energetic mouse can run a boy ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book. The mouse will ask for a glass of milk to go with the cookie, and then he’ll ask for a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim………..and on and on it goes.
Are You Ready to Play Outside?
By Mo Willems (Hyperion) $8.99
When Piggie and Gerald the Elephant get ready to play outside, rain threatens to spoil their fun. But the friends soon discover that running and jumping and skipping and splashing in the rain can be delightful. (This is one of a series of Elephant and Piggie books, all of which use humor and friendship to address the many moral issues of growing up.)
By Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster) $17.99
It was nearly Cedric’s bedtime. He’d had his cookie and milk, brushed his teeth, had a bath and was ready for his mom to read his favorite book. It was about a dragon so much like him that he wanted the book read again…and again…and again. Delightful illustrations make this a fun read-aloud for adults and children alike.
The Little Engine That Could
By Watty Piper; art by Loren Long (Penguin) $17.99
“I think I can. I think I can,” said the Little Blue Engine, and she hitched herself to the little train.” In one of the most popular picture books of all time, the happy little train breaks down, and the clown and the elephant are in despair—until the littlest engine of all decides to give them a hand. Over the years, the book’s title and refrain of “I think I can” have become a permanent part of the American vernacular.
Dig Dig Digging
By Margaret Mayo; illustrated by Alex Ayliffe
Trucks and tractors, fire engines and helicopters—they all like to work hard. But after a long, happy day of beep-beeping and vroom-vrooming, even the busiest engines need to rest. This bright, bouncy, noise-filled book brings together the vehicles that children adore and will have the child “reading” the last line of each page with you… “they can work all day!”
Otis and the Scarecrow
By Loren Long (Penguin) $17.99
On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, the farmer has introduced someone new—a scarecrow to shoo away the pesky crows. But when Otis and the animals greet the scarecrow with friendly smiles, the scarecrow’s frown never leaves his face. Day after day, alone, he stares out into the cornfield. But then one cold, rainy day, Otis can’t seem to take his eyes off the lonely scarecrow. This is a deeply resonant book about subtle acts of kindness, compassion, friendship, and standing up for others.
Until next month, happy reading.
Did you know? – Children read to 3-4 times a week at home show a marked difference in skills compared to those who are not read to: 26% recognize letters vs. 14% of those not read to; 60% count to 20 or higher vs. 44%; 54% write their own names vs. 40%, and 77% read or pretend to read vs. 57% (National Education Association)
August Reading for Toddlers to Teens
By the staff at Covered Treasures
As summer winds down and children get bored, good books are a wonderful way to brighten the days and gear up for school. There are many eye-catching picture books for toddlers as well as entertaining selections for middle readers and teens.
Ice Cream Summer
By Peter Sis (Scholastic) $17.99
Did you know that the first ice cream appeared 2,000 years ago in China? In this delightfully illustrated book, Joe writes to his Grandpa about his summer, using ice cream to show how he studied reading, history, math, and much more. Sis uses documented facts to spin a colorful story for young readers. All in all, it was a delicious summer.
By Fran Preston-Gannon (Sterling Publishing) $14.95
What is it like working on a dinosaur farm? You must get up early, feed the animals, keep everything clean, and water the plants. When the sun sets, you can go home after a busy day. Just make sure you didn’t forget anything. Colorful illustrations of friendly dinosaurs show exactly what happens if the farmer forgets something.
Ginny Louise and The School Showdown
By Tammi Sauer (Disney-Hyperion) $16.99
The Truman Elementary Troublemakers are a bad bunch, especially Cap’n Catastrophe, Destructo Dude, and Make-My-Day May. This scowly, growly trio rules the school until Ginny Louise, the new hedgehog in town, shows up. When Make-My-Day May challenges the ever-cheerful Ginny Louise to a showdown, does Ginny Louise have what it takes to turn this wild situation around? These animal characters will come alive for young readers.
Monkey and the Elephant
By Carole Lexa Schaefer (Random House) $3.99
Monkey and Elephant are very good friends. They live in the jungle, which is sometimes very hot. When the two friends set out in search of shade, Monkey complains that Elephant is walking too bumpity, too ziggy and zaggy, and Elephant complains that Monkey is too bossy and too sassy. Will these very good friends find shade before they become very bad friends?
Ranger in Time
By Kate Messner (Scholastic) $5.99
Ranger, a golden retriever trained as a search-and-rescue dog, travels to the Colosseum in ancient Rome where there are gladiator fights and wild animal hunts. Ranger saves Marcus from a runaway lion, and befriends Quintus, a new gladiator who must prove himself in the arena. Can Ranger help Marcus and Quintus escape the brutal world of the Coliseum?
Horses of the Dawn Series
By Kathryn Lasky (Scholastic) $6.99
A horse is born in the middle of the ocean on a galleon sailed by men seeking gold in the New World. When the men decide that the weight of the horses is slowing their ship, they throw the weakest and the oldest into the water. The horses believe they are doomed, but over the salt air, Estrella picks up the scent of a wild land of sweet grass. Can one young horse lead a herd across thousands of miles, through jungle and desert, facing down predators? This is the story of the rise of the horses of the dawn.
The Rapscott’s Girls
By Elise Primavera (Penguin Putnam) $16.99
Ms. Rapscott, the headmistress of a school for daughters of the busiest parents in the world, is delighted when five special boxes, containing her new students, land on her porch. Bea, Mildred, Fay, and Annabelle don’t know anything parents usually teach their children, but poor Dahlia has the worst fate of all. Her parents are so busy they forgot to close her box, and she’s fallen out. Ms. Rapscott has a lot to teach her girls and has many adventures planned for them. But first, they must find Dahlia, which turns out to be the greatest adventure of all.
By Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan Publishing) $17.99
Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled Cruise to Lose is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. Laybourne takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.
Until next month, happy reading.
Did you know? – Studies show that children who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are 6 times more likely to drop out of high school. (U.S. Department of Education)
Satisfying Summer Reads
by the Staff of Covered Treasures Bookstore
It’s summertime, and the reading is easy. Why not take a look at some packable paperbacks for the airplane, the beach, or the backyard hammock?
By Ruth Reichl (Random House) $16
Billie Breslin travels across the country from California to New York to take a job at Delicious, the city’s most iconic food magazine. When an unexpected turn of events leads Billie to the discovery of a hidden room in the magazine’s library, she finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history and inspire her to come to terms with her fears and her ability to open her heart to love.
A Man Called Ove
By Fredik Backman (Simon & Schuster) $16
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. People think him bitter, and he thinks himself surrounded by idiots. Ove’s well-ordered, solitary world gets a shake-up with the appearance of new neighbors, a chatty young couple and their two boisterous daughters. What follows is a heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unlikely friendships, and a community’s unexpected reassessment of the one person they thought they had all figured out. Backman’s story is an uplifting exploration of the unreliability of first impressions, and a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared with other people.
The Glass Kitchen
By Linda Francis Lee (St. Martin’s Griffin) $15.99
Portia Cuthcart always intended to run The Glass Kitchen restaurant she inherited from her grandmother, but a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, force her to leave Texas to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan. Soon, she finds herself back in a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. Portia discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love and the power of forgiveness and accept the complications of what it means to be family.
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
By Sam Kean (Little Brown & Co.) $17
After patients suffered strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, and horrendous accidents, scientists were amazed at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Parents suddenly didn’t recognize their children. Some people couldn’t speak but could still sing. With lucidity and razor-sharp wit, Kean unearths the stories behind such neurological curiosities as phantom limbs, viruses that eat patients’ memories and blind people who see with their tongues. He illuminates the brain’s secret passageways as he tells tales of ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.
Close Your Eyes and Hold Hands
By Chris Bohjalian (Random House) $15.95
Emily Shepard is on the run. The nuclear plant where her father worked has suffered a cataclysmic meltdown and all fingers point to him. Now orphaned, homeless, and certain that she’s a pariah, Emily hides out on the frigid streets of Burlington, Vermont, creating a new identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When she meets Cameron, a nine-year- old with a string of foster families behind him, she protects him with a fierceness she didn’t know she possessed. But when an emergency threatens the fledgling home she’s created, Emily realizes that she can’t hide forever.
All Fall Down
By Jennifer Weiner (Simon & Schuster) $16
Allison Weiss’s husband has been sleeping in the guest bedroom. Her five-year-old daughter is having meltdowns. Her father’s early Alzheimer’s has him thinking that Allison is still in college, while her once-distant mother cannot stop calling for help. Her big suburban house sits unfurnished, and the stress from her dream job is unbearable. When she happens upon a magazine article about addiction, she wonders if her use of prescription drugs is becoming an issue. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, Weiner turns one woman’s slide into addiction and her struggle to find her way back up into an unforgettable tale of empowerment and redemption.
Welcome to the Wonders of Nature
By the staff at Covered Treasures
When the May showers end, June is a good time to get out and enjoy Colorful Colorado at its freshest and finest. The following books are a sample of the many ways to browse through the beautiful bounty surrounding us.
By Todd Caudle (Skyline Press) $19.99 H/C, $14.95 P/B
Available in hardcover and softcover editions, this beautiful new book features 120 pages and over 130 photos of Colorado’s bountiful wildflower displays. From the prairies in the east to the canyons in the west, and throughout the many mountains in-between, the book celebrates the unparalleled beauty and diversity of the state’s spring and summer blooms. (Release date: June 18)
Best Hikes near Colorado Springs
By Stewart Green (Globe-Pequot Press) $19.95
It’s not necessary to travel far from home for a great hike. This information-packed guide covers everything from an easy nature walk to a multiday backpacking trip. For each hike, the guide includes the location, length, hiking time, and level of difficulty, and tells if dogs are allowed. Other features include: Trail finder chart that categorizes each hike (e.g., for particular attractions such as waterfalls and if it’s suitable for families with kids); Full-color photos; Information on the area’s history, geology, flora, and fauna; and Full-color maps of each trail.
Pikes Peak above the Clouds
By Todd Caudle (Skyline Press) $9.95
This photographic portfolio highlights “America’s Mountain” in all its splendor. Caudle’s breathtaking views of the Peak from different angles in various seasons make this a perfect coffee table or gift book. (Note: available June 18.)
How to Raise a Wild Child
By Scott D. Sampson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $25
Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Yet, the average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured outdoor play, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Using the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature—enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a deep sense of place along the way.
H is For Hawk
By Helen Macdonald (Grove Press) $26
Training a goshawk, one of the most vicious predators, was Macdonald’s way of coping with the loss of her father, who died suddenly on a London street. Although she was an experienced falconer, this endeavor tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life. Heart-wrenching and humorous, this blend of nature writing and memoir is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast.
Such a Little Mouse
By Alice Schertle (Scholastic) $16.99
In the middle of a meadow, under a clump of dandelions, lives a curious and adventurous mouse—such a little mouse. Every morning in spring, summer, fall, and winter, one, two, three! He pops out of his hole, and off he goes exploring the many surprises in the wide world. Delightful color illustrations lead the young reader through the year with the little mouse.
If You Plant a Seed
By Kadir Nelson (Harper Collins) $18.99
If you plant a carrot seed, a carrot will grow. If you plant a cabbage seed, cabbage will grow. But what happens if you plant a seed of kindness, or selfishness? This gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity is beautifully illustrated with paintings of a rabbit, a mouse, and their neighbors.
The Stokes Essential Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
By Donald & Lillian Stokes (Little, Brown, and Company) $15
Covering more than 250 species with 580 stunning color photographs, America’s foremost authorities on birds and nature have compiled a “must-have” companion for any bird watcher. Separated into water birds and land birds, color tabs help distinguish between sub-categories within these groups. Also included are key identification clues for each species, descriptions of songs and calls, up-to-date range maps, information on nesting and feeding, and advice on selecting bird feeders and binoculars.