Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.
If you have any requests for recommendations, send Paul an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 8, 2015 - 2:43pm
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
Lauren Redniss writes wonderful books, so wonderful, so different that you’d hardly call them books. Filled with multi-paletted illustrations in many styles, punctuated with perfectly chosen period photographs, her works are more like museum exhibitions than books you’d find in a library. Take my word for it, though, the literary world takes these lovely books very seriously as books. Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout was a finalist for last year’s National Book Award for Biography. Ms. Redniss is a marvelous writer and diligent researcher as well as an artist of rare talent. This is not what is called a “graphic novel.” This is not like anything else at all. The paperback arrived the other day and has begun to sell at the ridiculously low price of $21.99. Come down. You need to see it.
“Absolutely dazzling. Radioactive is both vibrant history and a work of art.” — Richard Rhodes
Preview some of Radioactive’s luminous pages at the author’s website here: http://www.laurenredniss.com/radioactive/pages/
August 8, 2015 - 1:43pm
Do the Windows Open?
Paul's Corner is back in action with his book club pick for August, Julie Hecht's hilarious collection of short stories, Do the Windows Open?:
"When people ask me what I did for the holidays I tell them the truth, but they don’t believe it. Because in the weeks before Christmas I go to the Discount Drugs store to look at the decorations and products necessary to celebrate the holidays, and I go to the East Hampton A&P to hear Christmas carols piped through the store on their loudspeakers. I feel lucky that I have these two places to go. When we lived in New York City, there were no places to go for this sort of celebration."
—from 'Were the Ornaments Lovely?' by Julie Hecht
For a page or two you wonder what’s going on, then you suspect you might know, then without really knowing what’s going on you start to laugh and you laugh for the rest of the book. Julie Hecht’s marvelous stories do this to you. All of them star Julie Hecht, photographer, macrobiotic obsessive, multi-phobic dweller on American popular culture, and endless searcher for Dr. Arnold Loquesto, renowned reproductive surgeon. In Do the Windows Open?, nearly everything that comes out of her mouth is funny and not in any regular way. She’s written only a few books, which is sad indeed. Do the Windows Open? is still in print, which bodes well for our August 19 Book Club. 7 PM at Prairie Lights. Enjoy the book.
May 2, 2015 - 5:41pm
NEW CHILDREN'S BOOKS TOO GOOD TO MISS!
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Coat, Janik. RHYMOCEROS. Abrams Appleseed, 2015.
Murphy, Mary. ARE YOU MY MOMMY? Candlewick, 2015.
Walsh, Ellen. BALANCING ACT. Little Simon, 2015.
Janeczko, Paul B. sel., THE DEATH OF THE HAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF POETRY IN 50 OBJECTS. Candlewick, 2015.
Lauer, Brett Fletcher. PLEASE EXCUSE THIS POEM: 100 NEW POETS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. Viking, 2015.
Yoon, Joohee. BEASTLY VERSE. Enchanted Lion Books, 2015.
Pinkney, Jerry. THE GRASSHOPPER & THE ANTS. Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Barnett, Mac. THE SKUNK. Roaring Book Press, 2015.
Child, Lauren. THE NEW SMALL PERSON. Candlewick, 2015.
Cronin, Doreen and Betsy Lewin. CLICK, CLACK, PEEP! Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Dyckman, Ame. WOLFIE THE BUNNY. Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Hancocks, Helen. WILLIAM & THE MISSING MASTERPIECE. Templar Books, 2015.
Hood, Sussan. MISSION: NEW BABY. Random House, 2015.
Kimura, Ken. 999 FROGS AND A LITTLE BROTHER. North South, 2015.
Korda, Lerryn. SO COZY. Candlewick, 2015.
McClure, Nikki. IN. Abrams Appleseed, 2015.
Nelson, Kadir. IF YOU PLANT A SEED. Balzer & Bray, 2015.
Newman, Leslea. HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Candlewick, 2015.
Perkins, Maripat. RODEO RED. Peachtree, 2015.
Ray, Mary Lyn. A VIOLIN FOR ELVA. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Teckentrup, Britta. WHERE’S THE PAIR? A SPOTTING BOOK. Candlewick, 2015.
Viva, Frank. OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN. Little Brown, 2015.
Wells, Rosemary. USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE! Viking, 2015.
Yolen, Jane and Heidi E.Y. Stemple. YOU NEST HERE WITH ME. Boyds Mills Press, 2015.
TRANSITIONAL CHAPTER BOOKS:
Cheng, Andrea. THE YEAR OF THE THREE SISTERS. Houghton Mifflin, 2015.
Colossal, Eric. RUTABAGA: THE ADVENTURE CHEF. Amulet Books, 2015.
Friedman, Laurie. GAME TIME, MALLORY! Darby Creek, 2015.
Gay, Marie-Louise. THE TRAVELING CIRCUS. Groundwood Books, 2015.
Himmelman, John. TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY. Henry Holt, 2015.
Mass, Wendy. SPACE TAXI: ARCHIE’S ALIEN DISGUISE. Little Brown, 2015.
McKay, Hilary. LULU AND THE HAMSTER IN THE NIGHT. Albert Whitman and Company, 2015.
Myracle, Lauren. THE LIFE OF TY: FRIENDS OF A FEATHER. Dutton Children’s Books, 2015.
Newman, Robin. THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE. Creston, 2015.
Pennypacker, Sara. COMPLETELY CLEMENTINE. Disney Hyperion, 2015.
Rylant, Cynthia. GOOSEBERRY PARK AND THE MASTER PLAN. Beach Lane Books, 2015.
Benson, Kathleen. DRAW WHAT YOU SEE: THE LIFE AND ART OF BENNY ANDREWS. Clarion Books, 2015.
Burgess, Matthew. ENORMOUS SMALLNESS: A STORY OF E. E. CUMMINGS. Enchanted Lion Books, 2015.
Danneberg, Julile. JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL. Charlesbridge, 2015.
Deans, Karen. SWING SISTERS: THE STORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM. Holiday House, 2015.
Kamkwamba, William. THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Kugler, Tina. IN MARY’S GARDEN. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Prévot, Franck. WANGARI MAATHAI: THE WOMAN WHO PLANTED MILLIONS OF TREES. Charlesbridge, 2015.
Thompson, Laurie. EMMANUEL’S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH. Schwartz & Wade, 2015.
Weatherford, Carole. GORDON PARKS: HOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURED BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA. Albert Whitman, 2015.
Aston, Dianna Hutts. A NEST IS NOISY. Chronicle Books, 2015.
Clark, Stacy. WHEN THE WIND BLOWS. Holiday House, 2015.
Goodall, Jane. CHIMPANZEE CHILDREN OF GOMBE. Minedition, 2015.
Harris, Robie. WHAT’S SO YUMMY? ALL ABOUT EATING WELL AND FEELING GOOD. Candlewick, 2014.
Jenkins, Steve. EGG: NATURE’S PERFECT PACKAGE. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
McGehee, Claudia. MY WILDERNESS: AN ALASKAN ADVENTURE. Little Bigfoot, 2015.
Sawyer, Jonathon. NOODLE KIDS: AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 FUN… RECIPES... Quarry Books, 2015.
Birdsall, Jeanne. THE PENDERWICKS IN SPRING. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Bradley, Kimberly Bradley. THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Coville, Katherine. THE COTTAGE IN THE WOODS. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Draper, Sharon. STELLA BY STARLIGHT. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Goldblatt, Mark. FINDING THE WORM. Random House, 2015.
Gutman, Dan. WILLIE & ME. Harper, 2015.
Hannigan, Kate. THE DETECTIVE’S ASSISTANT. Little, Brown, 2015.
Jamieson, Victoria. ROLLER GIRL. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015.
John, Jory and Mac Barnett. THE TERRIBLE TWO. Amulet Books, 2015.
Kelly, Erin Entrada. BLACKBIRD FLY. Greenwillow Books, 2015.
Korman, Gordon. MASTERMINDS. Balzer & Bray, 2015.
Patterson, James. PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO. Little Brown, 2015.
Primavera, Elise. MS. RAPSCOTT’S GIRLS. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Ryan, Pam Munoz, ECHO. Scholastic, 2015.
Scieszka, Jon. FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE ELECTRO-FINGER. Amulet Books, 2015.
Stephens, John. THE BLACK RECKONING: BOOKS OF BEGINNING. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Almond, David. THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS. Candlewick, 2015.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. SHERLOCK HOLMES IN A STUDY IN SCARLET. Balzer & Bray, 2015.
Hellison, Cat. BEASTKEEPER. Henry Holt, 2015.
Lee, Stacey. UNDER A PAINTED SKY. G. P. Putnam’s, 2015.
Levithan, David. HOLD ME CLOSER: THE TINY COOPER STORY. Dutton Books, 2015.
Niven, Jennifer. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Shusterman, Neal. CHALLENGER DEEP. Harperteen, 2015.
Smith, Andrew. THE ALEX CROW. Dutton Books, 2015.
Volponi, Paul. GAME SEVEN. Viking, 2015.