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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover – 7/15/19
Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson – nonfiction
Stephenson, a lawyer and the director of the Equal Justice Initiative, examines various aspects of our criminal Justice system and how it’s failed some of it most vulnerable citizens, particularly children who have been convicted of crimes.
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink – nonfiction
This is a fascinating expose of Memorial Hospital in New Orleans in the 5 days after Hurricane Katrina. It recounts the aftermath and effects of decisions made in the hospital during that time. Sheri Fink gives voice to the victims of this crisis and shows how difficult and complex nursing work is.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson – nonfiction
Wilkerson follows 3 individuals from the Great Migration as they move north and west for better opportunities. It’s the perfect choice for book groups since it touches on various topics for meaningful discussion.
Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia by Henry Jay Przybylo, MD – nonfiction
Doctor Przybylo, a pediatric anesthesiologist who has practiced for more than 30 years, offers readers a peek behind the surgical doors into this often unexplored world. The doctor regales readers with memorable surgeries, while emphasizing the necessary organization and meticulous planning in his role as a pain management specialist. Written with compassion and a passion for the subject matter and his patients, Doctor Przybylo has crafted a riveting page-turner.
Summer Reads That May Have Missed Your Radar – 6/19/19
Ayesha at Last, Uzma Jalaluddin, Romance/Humor Fiction
The River, Peter Heller, Thriller Fiction
Inheritance, Dani Shapiro, Nonfiction
Hope and Other Punch Lines, Julie Buxbaum, Young Adult Fiction
Summer Reads for Kids – Early Chapter and Beginning Readers – 6/5/19
Travel Through the Ages – Historical Fiction – 5/15/19
Novellas – 4/17/19
All Systems Red by Martha Wells – Sci-Fi
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – Fantasy
Mem by Bethany C. Morrow – Historical Sci-Fi
Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark – Sci-Fi
Elevation by Stephen King – Literary Fiction
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – Sci-Fi
Her Story – 4/3/19
First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women by Susan Swain and C-SPAN (adult non-fiction) – This is a companion book to C-SPAN’s history series: First Ladies. From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, the backgrounds of our First Ladies, their decisions, and legacies are thoughtfully explored through the lens of two historians. This title shows that these extraordinary women are and were more than just wives of their Presidential husbands.
More than Petticoats: Remarkable Wisconsin Women by Greta Anderson (adult non-fiction) – Women have long made history in Wisconsin, but their stories aren’t well-known. This title shines a spotlight on 12 of these women and their impact on Wisconsin. The third chapter is dedicated to Cordelia Harvey who was an advocate and nurse for soldiers during the Civil War and was one of Wisconsin’s First Ladies.
Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women’s Landmarks by Lynn Sherr and Jurate Kazickasm (adult non-fiction) – Women have been sidelined throughout much of history, but no more! Multiple listings for each state make this an essential book to page through before a road trip. From gravesites to historic homes, parks, schools and monuments, travelers can honor these historic trailblazers. Wisconsin, for example, has 28 cities featured and lists remarkable women like Appleton’s Edna Ferber – a novelist, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the first female reporter for the Appleton Daily Crescent.
Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad by Julia Pferdehirt (children’s non-fiction) – This title, from the children’s Badger Biography series, details Caroline Quarll’s escape from slavery in Missouri. She landed in Milwaukee but, to evade slave catchers, continued further to Canada through the Underground Railroad network.
Money Smart Week – 3/20/19
Teens and Tweens in the Kitchen – 3/5/19
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs from America’s Test Kitchen
If you’ve seen the show, you know that the goal is to find “recipes that work”, so the recipes in the book are tried and true. This book has it all – breakfasts, meals, sides, desserts – and they’re for foods that kids would want to make. The part I like about this cookbook is it does a great job of explaining HOW to cook. There are sidebars about everything from which knife to use for what (and how to use them) to how to flip a sandwich in a hot pan.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz
Another cookbook that includes everything from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between, this one features foods found in the Harry Potter series. The neat thing is before the recipe, the author reminds the reader which book and scene the recipe is from. It includes traditional British fare like Yorkshire Puddings and Bangers and Mash, as well as recipes for Hagrid’s Rock Cakes, Pumpkin Juice, and Dumbledore’s favorite – Lemon Drops.
Sweet Revenge by Heather Kim
Has life done you wrong? This dessert cookbook is all about taking your frustrations and baking them away, but you don’t have to be in a bad mood to use it. The recipes have fun names like “You’re Driving Me Bananas” (peanut butter & banana cupcakes) or “Every Day I Regret us S’More” (s’mores brownies). Share them with your enemies and kill ‘em with kindness.
The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino
Maybe you’re comfortable in the kitchen. You can follow a recipe and are just looking to have some fun. This cookbook focused more on decorating and turning a basic recipe into something that looks amazing! It’s divided into chapters based on your nerd-dom (science & math, sci fi, gaming, etc) and has recipes for things like Apple Pi Pie, Robot Brownie Pops, and Emoji Cookies.
Fearless Food by Katrina Jorgensen
Cookbooks are great – unless you can’t eat what’s in them. If you have food allergies, finding recipes can be challenging. This book is part of a series of allergy-friendly cookbooks for kids. It includes a color-coded guide to show at a glance which recipes work with which allergies. Try the wheat-free Asian noodles and the dairy-free hot chocolate with the no-nut brittle for dessert!
Thriller Mysteries You May Not Have Tried – 2/20/19
Marathon – Brian Freeman – Jonathan Stride series
Bad Boy – Peter Robinson – DCI Banks series
Let the Dead Speak – Jane Casey – Maeve Kerrigan series
The Finishing School – Michele Martinez – Melanie Vargas series
It’s Always the Husband – Michele (Martinez) Campbell – new stand-alone books
Galentine’s Day -2/6/19
Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson, Coming of Age
Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan, Contemporary Fiction
When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger, Contemporary Fiction/Humor
The Year We Turned Forty, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, Contemporary Fiction
Genealogy 101: Research, Record, and Preserve Family Histories – 1/16/19
Cookbook Roundup – 1/2/19
Life in a Northern Town: Cooking, Eating, and Other Adventures Along Lake Superior By Mary Dougherty – After moving from the Twin Cities to small-town Bayfield, Wis., Dougherty adapted her cooking to incorporate locally grown food. In this book she regales readers with the outdoor adventures they’ve had in northern Wisconsin as well as their favorite new recipes.
The Cranberry Cookbook: Year-Round Dishes From Bog to Table By Sally Pasley Vargas – Cranberries aren’t just for a side dish during the holidays. Vargas updated traditional food like salads and pancakes with this simple ingredient but also includes some more complex dishes. Recipes includes snacks, entrees and drinks and there’s a photograph for almost every dish.
Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by Films We Love By Tenaya Darlington and Andre Darlington – Thematic food and drink pairings for classic movies will liven up your dinner and a movie nights. Movies include Rocky, Casablanca and Roman Holiday. Perfect for both movie buffs and those who dabble in the kitchen.
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine By Sarah Lohman – Eight spices have taken hold in our food culture and the history of these spices is explored. In addition to historical facts and the influence of these flavors, Lohman includes several recipes for each spice that is sure to entice readers into the kitchen.
Non-Boring Non-Fiction for Teens – 12/19/18
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
Memoir written by a then-8th grade girl who follows the advice from a book written in the 1950’s by a former teen model on how to be popular. Follows her school year to see if the advice still holds. Entertaining and relatable, especially if you’ve felt like you’re not part of the in-crowd.
How they Croaked by Georgia Bragg
Gives the gory details of how 19 famous people throughout history died. Written conversationally, so it’s a fun read. Tells what the CoD at the time was, plus what doctors today think it was if there’s more medical information available. Includes fun (but sometimes kind of gross) facts at the end of each chapter.
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alfirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch
In alternating chapters, tells the story of two pen pals who starting writing to each other in middle school, one from Pennsylvania and one from Zimbabwe. They kept in touch through college and beyond. Emotionally moving and shows how what seem like little things to one person can have a profound impact on another.
March (Books 1, 2, & 3) by John Lewis
Congressman John Lewis’s own account of the fight for civil rights in the 1960s, told in graphic novel format. The black and white illustrations are powerful visuals that help the story come to life. Format makes it a unique read.
Google It by Anna Crowley Redding
Broken down into short chapters with entertaining and engaging titles, tells the story of Google and how it started as a project for a college class. Easy to read, and doesn’t bog down with technical jargon. Touches on all things Google – maps, translate, google glass, x– but glosses over some of the negatives.
Joseph Bruchac and Roshani Chokshi: Diverse Perspectives Author Series – 11/21/18
Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac (Realistic Fiction)
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac (Historical Fiction)
Crazy Horse’s Vision by Joseph Bruchac (Historical picture book)
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Fantasy)
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Fantasy)
Reader & Author Fair – Real Life Meets Fiction – 11/8/18
Offbeat Spooky Reads – 10/24/18
Pablo Cartaya: Diverse Perspectives Author Series – 10/3/18
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – 9/5/18
Lake Michigan – 8/15/18
Adult Summer Camp – 8/1/18
Great Audio Books – 7/18/18
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, audiobook, Suspense/Thriller
Who Do You Love, Jennifer Weiner, audiobook, Contemporary Fiction
The Woman in the Window, AJ Finn, audiobook, Suspense/Thriller
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, audiobook, Young Adult Fiction
Sycamore Row, John Grisham, audiobook, Contemporary Fiction
“Most Asked-For” Books in the Children’s Dept. – 6/20/18
Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willem – and a newer, spin-off series by various authors called “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading”
Fly Guy books, by Tedd Arnold – and his nonfiction “Fly Guy Presents…” series (an example of a nonfiction line of books developed from popular fiction books to help kids get interested in informational books – publishers have also done this with Magic Tree House, Cat in the Hat, Curious George, I Survived, etc.)
Toon Books by various authors (graphic novels a.k.a. comics for beginning readers – yes, graphic novels a.k.a. comics help build reading skills!)
Graphic novels for middle grades:
Books written and/or illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Smile (graphic novel nonfiction, biographical)
Graphic novel versions of Babysitter’s Club books
Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants books)
Dork Diaries series, by Rachel Renee Russell
Big Nate books, by Lincoln Pierce
“I Survived” series of fiction and some nonfiction, by Lauren Tarshis
Isle of the Lost and other Descendants novels, by Melissa de la Cruz (stand-alone novels with Disney movie tie in, featuring the children of Disney movie villains)
Wings of Fire series, by Tui T. Sutherland (fantasy)
Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokschi (part of Rick Riordan Presents series highlighting mythology of other cultures, in this case Indian)
“Who would have guessed?” category:
“Who Was…” biography series by various authors (who knew biographies could be so popular?)
Perennial favorites — great for reluctant readers :
Guinness World Records (large format illustrated editions)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Garfield comic strip books, by Jim Davis
Dairy Month – 6/6/18
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree, Gemma Merino, Picture Book
Dairy, Victoria Parker, Children’s Nonfiction
Moo, Sharon Creech, Children’s Chapter Book
Dairy Queen, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Books Inspired by Shakespeare – 5/16/18
The Chosen Prince by Diane Stanley (based on The Tempest) – Young Adult Fiction
The Taming of the Drew (based on The Taming of the Shrew) – Young Adult Fiction
We Were Liars by e. lockhart (based on King Lear) – Young Adult Fiction
To Be or Not to Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North (based on Hamlet) – Young Adult Fiction
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher – Adult Fiction
Mixed Bag – 5/2/18
Leisure and Entertainment in America – 4/4/18
New Books for Book Clubs – 3/7/18
Teen Romance – 2/7/18
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral – Contemporary Romance/Mystery
Every Day by David Levithan – Supernatural
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Contemporary Romance
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – Historical Romance/Adventure
Geekerella by Ashley Poston – Contemporary Romance/Fairytale Retelling
Winter Reading Adventure – Books for Kids – 1/17/18
Genealogy 101: Research, Record & Preserve Family Histories – 1/3/18