Biography

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by ckopacek

We celebrate President’s Day in the month of February. This is a perfect time to browse our biography section and select a book about your favorite President or choose one of our other biographies about accomplished and interesting people!

Born With Teeth

Born with Teeth

By Kate Mulgrew
Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew “how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil,” Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: “Use it,” Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work. We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she’s played. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself.

Dreams from my fatherDreams From My Father

By Barack Obama
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father₇a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man₇has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey₇first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother₂s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father₂s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

Faith of Our Founding Fathers

Faith of Our Founding Father

By Janice T. Connell
Connell presents a revealing look at the spiritual life of George Washington, including his private prayer book.

 

 

 

Family

The Family

By Kitty Kelley
The Family is rich in texture, probing in its psychological insight, revealing in its political and financial detail, and stunning in the patterns that emerge and expose the Bush dynasty as it has never before been exposed. Ms. Kelley takes us back to the origins of the family fortune in the Ohio steel industry at the turn of the last century, through the oil deals and international business associations that have maintained and increased their wealth over the past hundred years. The book leads us through Prescott Bush’s first entrée into government at the state level in 1950s’ Connecticut, to George Herbert Walker Bush’s long and winding road to the White House, to his son’s quick sweep into the same office. Along the way, we see the complex relationships the Bushes have had with the giants of the century–Eisenhower, Nixon, Joseph McCarthy, Kissinger, Reagan, Clinton–as well as the often ruthless methods used to realize their goals.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

By Alan Brinkley
This compact biography chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government’s role in global and domestic policy. Brinkley…provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt’s sphinx-like character and remarkable achievements. In a vivid narrative packed with telling anecdotes, the book moves swiftly from Roosevelt’s youth in upstate New York–characterized by an aristocratic lifestyle of trips to Europe and private tutoring–to his schooling at Harvard, his brief law career, and his initial entry into politics. From there, Brinkley chronicles Roosevelt’s rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three-plus terms in office. Throughout the book, Brinkley elegantly blends FDR’s personal life with his professional one, providing a lens into the President’s struggles with polio and his somewhat distant relationship with the first lady. Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the United States through the worst economic crisis in the nation’s history and through the greatest and most terrible war ever recorded. His extraordinary legacy remains alive in our own troubled new century as a reminder of what bravery and strong leadership can accomplish.

Intimate World Of Abraham Lincoln

The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln

By C. A. Tripp
Drawn from his meticulous and sometimes startling research, world-renowned psychologist and sex researcher C.A. Tripp presents an all-new argument that will forever change the debate over the private life of one of America’s most revered presidents.

 

 

It’s a long story

It’s a Long Story:  My Life

By Willie Nelson
I say this is the story of my life, told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it. It’s a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right. Of my childhood in Abbott, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest, from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again. Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song, hoping to strike gold. It’s a story of true love, wild times, best friends, and barrooms, with a musical sound track ripping right through it. My life gets lived on the road, at home, and on the road again, tried and true, and I’ve written it all down from my heart to yours. Signed, Willie Nelson.

Light of the World

The Light of the World

By Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander–poet, mother, and wife–finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 49. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance.

 

My Father My President

My Father, My President

By Doro Bush Koch
‘My Father, My President’ takes a fascinating look at the life of former United States President George Bush. The book, written by his only daughter, Doro Bush Koch, is filled with personal stories, family memories and never-before-seen photos.

 

 

My Life

My Life

By Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who, through his own enormous energies and efforts, made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House–a journey fueled by an impassioned interest in the political process which manifested itself at every stage of his life: in college, working as an intern for Senator William Fulbright; at Oxford, becoming part of the Vietnam War protest movement; at Yale Law School, campaigning on the grassroots level for Democratic candidates; back in Arkansas, running for Congress, attorney general, and governor. We see his career shaped by his resolute determination to improve the life of his fellow citizens, an unfaltering commitment to civil rights, and an exceptional understanding of the practicalities of political life.

 

Grammy Nominated Artists

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by ckopacek

Grammy nominations are out for 2016!  Here are some musical CD’s featuring nominated artists or songs – enjoy!

Beauty Behind the Madness

Beauty Behind the Madness

By Weeknd
Contents: Real life — Losers (featuring Labrinth) — Tell your friends — Often — The hills — Acquainted — Can’t feel my face — Shameless — Earned it (Fifty shades of grey) — In the night — As you are — Dark times (featuring Ed Sheeran) — Prisoner (featuring Lana Del Rey) — Angel.

Before this World

Before this World

By James Taylor
Contents: Today today today — You and I again — Angels of Fenway — Stretch of the highway — Montana — Watchin’ over me — Snowtime — Before this world ; a Jolly springtime — Far Afghanistan — Wild mountain thyme.

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

By Kelly Clarkson
Contents: Heartbeat song — Invincible — Someone — Take you high — Piece by piece — Run run run / (feat. John Legend) — I had a dream — Let your tears fall — Tightrope — War paint — Dance with me — Nostalgic — Good goes the bye.

Shadows in the Night

Shadows in the Night

By Bob Dylan
Contents: I’m a fool to want you / Sinatra ; Wolf ; Herron (4:51) — The night we called it a day / Dennis ; Adair (3:24) — Stay with me / Leigh ; Moross (2:56) — Autumn leaves / Kosma ; Mercer ; Prévert (3:02) — Why try to change me now / Coleman ; McCarthy (3:38) — Some enchanted evening / Rodgers ; Hammerstein II (3:28) — Full moon and empty arms / Kaye ; Mossman (3:26) — Where are you? / McHugh ; Adamson (3:37) — What’ll I do / Berlin (3:21) — That lucky old sun / Smith ; Gillespie (3:39).

Silver Lining

Silver Lining

By Jerome Kern
Contents: All the things you are — Pick yourself up — The last time I saw Paris — I won’t dance — Long ago and far away — Dearly beloved — The song is you — They didn’t believe me — I’m old fashioned — The way you look tonight — Yesterdays — Make believe — Nobody else but me — Look for the silver lining.

Stages

Stages

By Josh Groban
Contents: Pure imagination : from Charlie and the chocolate factory — What I did for love : from A chorus line — Bring him home : from Les misérables — Les temps des cathédrales : from Notre-Dame de Paris — All I ask of you : from The phantom of the Opera (duet with Kelly Clarkson) — Try to remember : from The fantasticks — Over the rainbow : from The wizard of Oz — Children will listen : from Into the woods ; Not while I’m around : from Sweeney Todd — You’ll never walk alone : from Carousel — Old devil moon : from Finian’s rainbow (featuring Chris Botti) — Finishing the hat : from Sunday in the park with George — If I loved you : from Carousel (duet with Audra McDonald) — Anthem : from Chess — Bonus tracks. Gold can turn to sand : from Kristina ; Empty chairs at empty tables : from Les misérables.

Title

Title

By Meghan Trainor
Contents: All about that bass — Title — Dear future husband — Close your eyes.

 

 

Unbreakable Smile

Unbreakable Smile

By Tori Kelly
Contents: Where I belong (intro) — Unbreakable smile — Nobody love — Expensive / feat. Daye Jack — Should’ve been us — First heartbreak — I was made for loving you / feat. Ed Sheeran — City dove — Talk — Funny (live) — Art of letting you go — California lovers / feat. LL Cool J — Falling slow — Anyway.

Uptown Special

Uptown Special

By Mark Ronson
Contents: Uptown’s first finale (1:38) — Summer breaking (3:07) — Feel right (3:43) — Uptown Funk (4:30) — I can’t lose (3:16) — Daffodils (4:58) — Crack in the pearl (2:26) — In case of fire (4:34) — Leaving Los Feliz (4:18) — Heavy and rolling (3:58) — Crack in the pearl pt. II (2:16).

V

V

By Maroon 5
Contents: Maps — Animals — It was always you — Unkiss me — Sugar — Leaving California — In your pocket — New love — Coming back for you — Feelings — My heart is open (featuring Gwen Stefani).

 

 

Newly Added Titles

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by ckopacek

We add movies to our collection on a regular basis; some older ones and many newer ones. Here are some recently added titles.

American Heist

American Heist

Two brothers, both with troubled pasts, find themselves in the middle of one last bank job.

 

 

 

Brave Heart

A Brave Heart: the Lizzie Velasquez Story

A documentary following the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman.’

 

Eastern Boys

Eastern Boys

Arriving from all over Eastern Europe, the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris are scraping by however they can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of being caught by the police and deported. When the middle-aged, bourgeois Daniel approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian who calls himself Marek for a date, he learns the young man is willing to do anything for some cash.

 

 

Good People

Good People

A young American couple falls into severe debt while renovating a home in London. When they discover that the tenant in the apartment below them was murdered and left $400,000 cash stashed in the ceiling, the couple thinks all of their problems are solved, but that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.

 

 

Green Inferno

The Green Inferno

A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon realize that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

 

 

 

Paranormal Activity The ghost dimension

Paranormal Activity: the Ghost Dimension

When a new family moves into Katie and Kristi’s former house, they discover a mysterious video camera that reveals the presence an ancient evil that begins to terrorize their lives. Now, with their young daughter’s soul in danger, they must fight back against this demonic threat before becoming its next victims.

 

 

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

A powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

 

Trucks

Trucks

In the infamous Area 51 zone, renowned for its UFO sightings, residents of a small town are cut off from civilization and held hostage when a convoy of driverless trucks goes on the rampage.

 

 

 

Undercover Brother

Undercover Brother

Undercover Brother uses gadgets and disguises to steal from the rich and give to the poor. His activities are discovered by the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., a spy organization devoted to subverting The Man and his henchman, Mr. Feather, who use their power over the media to demean black people and destroy racial unity. The spy organization is run by The Chief. When a popular black political figure calls a press conference, presumably to announce his presidential candidacy, he instead announces that he’s opening a chain of fried chicken restaurants. The agency rightly suspects foul play.

 

What About Bob

What about Bob?

Bob Wiley, a troubled but lovable therapy patient, seeks help from noted psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin. When the doctor leaves town to go on a quiet family vacation, Bob, afraid of being alone, follows–showing up unexpectedly at the therapist’s lakeside retreat. Bob becomes the houseguest that just won’t leave.

 

 

What We Did on Our Holiday

What We Did on Our Holiday

Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

 

 

 

 

American Presidents

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 by ckopacek

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays are in February; we celebrate Presidents’ Day February 15 this year. Brush up on presidential history by listening to an audio book about American presidents.

The American Presidency

The American Presidency

by Robert Dallek
Looks at the strengths and weaknesses of each president as well as at the times in which they served. Examines the office of the president, how it has developed, and how it has shaped the America and the modern world.

Beyond the White House

Beyond the White House

by Jimmy Carter
This is the story of President Jimmy Carter’s post-presidency, the most admired and productive in the nation’s history. Through The Carter Center, which he and Rosalynn Carter founded in 1982, he has fought neglected diseases, waged peace in war zones, and built hope among some of the most forgotten and needy people in the world. Serving in more than seventy nations, Carter has led peacekeeping efforts for Ethiopia, North Korea, Haiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uganda, and Sudan. With his colleagues from The Carter Center, he has monitored more than sixty-five elections in troubled nations, from Palestine to Indonesia. Carter’s bold initiatives, undertaken with dedicated colleagues, have eliminated, prevented, or cured an array of diseases that have been characterized as “neglected” by the World Health Organization and that afflict tens of millions of people unnecessarily.

Did Lincoln Own Slaves

Did Lincoln Own Slaves?

by Gerald j. Prokopowicz
Answers the most unusual, provocative, and frequently asked questions about Abraham Lincoln.

 

Harry S. Truman the 33rd President

Harry S. Truman the 33rd President

by Robert Dallek
Robert Dallek chronicles the presidency of one of the nation’s most respected and accomplished leaders. Harry Truman led the country into the nuclear age and paved the road for civil rights in America.

His Excellency George Washington

His Excellency George Washington

by Joseph J. Ellis
From the French and Indian War to Mount Vernon, from the American Revolution to the presidency, Ellis delivers what will stand the test of time as the definitive biography of the greatest American icon.

John Adams

John Adams

by David G. McCullough
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history. This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents from Wilson to Obama

The Politically Incorrect  Guide to the Presidents

by Steven F. Hayward
Argues that the United States presidents of the past one hundred years have actively sought to undermine the Constitution and their constitutional responsibilities, and analyzes each presidency based on their adherence to the Constitution.

Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because hepossessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war.

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

by Edmund Morris
This book tells the story of TR’s irresistible rise to power. (He himself compared his trajectory to that of a rocket.) It is, in effect, the biography of seven men–a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician–who merged at age forty-two to become the youngest President in our history. Rarely has any public figure exercised such a charismatic hold on the popular imagination.

Thomas Jefferson the art of Power

 

Thomas Jefferson the art of Power

by Jon Meacham
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” gives readers Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting him into becoming the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.

Washington

Washington

by Ron Chernow
In “Washington : a Life” celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.

 

 

 

Iowa High School Book Award Nominees

Posted on: January 6th, 2016 by ckopacek

Have you read the 2015-2016 nominees for the Iowa High School Book Award? Teens vote for the winner in March of 2016. For more information, visit the Iowa Association of School Librarians web site, (http://www.iasl-ia.org/p/iowa-high-school-book-award.html).

 

5th Wave

The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Butter

Butter

by Erin Lange
A lonely obese boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn’t go through with his plans?

 

Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

by Trent Reedy
Danny Wright never thought he’d be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the governor’s orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission … but then Danny’s gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

 

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

by Stephen King
On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.  Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds

by James Dashner
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?  But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific–the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom–and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

by Matthew Quick
In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was–that I couldn’t stick around–and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault. Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.  Maybe one day he’ll believe that being different is okay, important even. But not today.

Full Ride

Full Ride

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Becca’s claim to fame is one she’s been hiding from for the past three years: Her father is a notorious embezzler, and when he was caught, his excuse was, “How else is a guy like me supposed to put his kid through college?”  Three years after the trial and imprisonment that destroyed Becca’s life, she and her mother have started over again and are living in a town where no one knows their secret. But as college-and its cost-looms large, Becca begins to wonder how they’ll afford it. And how she can apply for financial aid without divulging her secret? A local scholarship opportunity seems like a dream come true, but as the application process commences, Becca uncovers a chain of secrets that could destroy everything she’s worked so hard to build. But the truth could also lead her toward the future she’s always dreamed of…

Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?

Moon and More

The Moon and More

by Sarah Dessen
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.  Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

 

 

Selection

The Selection

by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Storyteller

The Storyteller

by Jodi Picoult
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret-one that nobody else in town would ever suspect-and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy.

 

Music

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by ckopacek

Tired of listening to the same music over and over again with your kids? Check out these tried and true children’s musicians from the Library.

 

Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes

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Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell

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Hap PalmerHap Palmer

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Jim GillJim Gill

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Justin Roberts

Justin Roberts

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Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner

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Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton

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They Might Be Giants

They Might be Giants

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Have a Resolution?

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by ckopacek

It’s the New Year; here are some audiobooks to help kickstart your resolutions!

Anti Aging Cures

Anti-aging Cures

by James Forsythe
A doctor best known for being the inspiration behind TV personality and author Suzanne Somers’ dramatically healthy lifestyle offers his own overview of the anti-aging cures he has championed.

Eat That Frog

Eat That Frog!

by Brian Tracy
The legendary Eat That Frog! (more than 450,000 copies sold and translated into 23 languages) provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more. This new edition is revised and updated throughout, and includes brand new information on how to keep technology from dominating our time.

How to Create Chemistry with Anyone

How to Create Chemistry with Anyone

by Leil Lowndes
Offers strategies and techniques for igniting and sustaining the elusive quality known as chemistry and describes how a spark between people can be sustained and taken to the next level in romantic relationships.

Idea Hunter

The Idea Hunter

by  Andrew C. Boynton
People often struggle for ideas because they are under the impression that a good idea has to be original. To the contrary, many of the world’s great innovators learned their ideas elsewhere. Here, listeners will discover how to cultivate ideas fromothers and make them their own, just as many others, including Thomas Edison, Mary Kay Ash, Twitter, Pixar Animation Studios, and the Boston Beer Company, have done before them.

Its All Too Much

It’s All Too Much

by Peter Walsh
Outlines a program for home organization and clutter elimination as a means of reducing stress, in a guide that makes step-by-step recommendations for addressing related psychological obstacles.

Liespotting

Liespotting

by Pamela Meyer
Meyer links three disciplines–facial recognition training, interrogation training, and a comprehensive survey of research in the field–into a specialized body of information developed specifically to help business leaders detect deception and get the information they need to successfully conduct their most important interactions and transactions.

Lighten UpLighten Up

by Peter Walsh
Peter Walsh explores what happens when the clutter is finally gone and shows listeners how to let go of wanting more and learn to live a richer, fuller life with what they already own.

 

Never Make the First Offer

Never Make the First Offer

by Donald L. Dell
Having dealt with the likes of Michael Jordan, Andy Roddick, and Patrick Ewing, premier sports agent Donald Dell has had a lifetime to amass a plethora of crucial negotiating skills. Here, Dell reveals what sets a world-class negotiator apart from deal chasers, exposing the techniques that only the insiders know about.

The Now Habit

The Now Habit

by Neil A. Fiore
“The now habit” offers the first comprehensive strategic system for overcoming the causes and eliminating the effects of procrastination. Its techniques will help any busy person get more things done more quickly, without the anxiety and stress brought on by delay and pressing deadlines. This book is for every professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer or homemaker. It will help them achieve their goals more rapidly–whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work.

Reality Is Broken

Reality is Broken

by Jane McGonigal
A visionary game designer explains how video games are increasingly fulfilling genuine human needs, revealing how to use the lessons of game design to address pressing real-world issues, from mental illness to social disparities.

Rising Strong

Rising Strong

by Brene Brown
The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of the Number One New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending.

Squawk

Squawk!

by Travis Bradberry
Unfortunately, we’ve all been there. You and your team are facing a problem. Yet rather than working with you to come up with a solution, your manager swoops in squawking like a seagull, dumps orders riddled with formulaic advice, then takes off, leaving everyone else to clean up the mess. Or–let’s be honest–there’s been a time (or two) when all of us have been guilty of this very behavior. The truth is, seagull managers live in every workplace–but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Squawk! Travis Bradberry, Ph.D., reveals the three virtues that will help listeners deal with seagull managers in the workplace and, more important, avoid becoming seagulls themselves. Told through the story of Charlie, a well-intentioned seagull manager who doesn’t understand how his actions hold back his flock, this entertaining and illuminating fable will help make us all less prone to depositing messes on the heads of those around us.

You Are Now Less Dumb

You are Now Less Dumb

by  David McRaney
You Are Now Less Dumb is grounded in the idea that we all believe ourselves to be objective observers of reality-except we’re not. But that’s okay, because our delusions keep us sane. Expanding on this premise, the author provides eye-opening analyses of fifteen more ways we fool ourselves every day.

 

 

Fantasy Movies

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by ckopacek

Escape the winter doldrums for a little while with a fantasy movie!

Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China

Jack Burton is a big-talking, wisecracking trucker who goes beneath the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown to battle an army of spirits when his friend’s fiancee is kidnapped.

 

 

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Roy Neary is a cable worker who, along with several others, become stunned bystanders who have experienced a close encounter of the first kind – witnessing UFOs soar across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of a second kind – discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind – contact.

Forbidden kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom

Jason is an American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics. He makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China. He meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan; an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk; and the vengeance-bent Golden Sparrow. Jason is lead on a quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King, who has been imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of killers, Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship and the true meaning of kungfu.

Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

In a wondrous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. When Lyra Belacqua becomes the keeper of the Golden Compass, she discovers that her world and all those beyond are threatened by the secret plans of Ms. Coulter. With the help of Lord Asriel and a group of unlikely allies ready to stand at her side, Lyra embarks on an extraordinary quest that celebrates friendship and courage against all odds.

 

Gremlins

Gremlins

When a young bank teller inadvertently breaks the rules of Mogwai care, his new pet Gizmo multiplies into a bevy of mischievous brothers, who soon morph into malevolent scaly creatures.

 

 

 

I Robot

I, Robot

In the year 2035, robots are a common, trusted part of life. But that trust is broken when a scientist is found dead, and a skeptical Chicago police detective investigating the murder believes that a robot is responsible. It seems impossible for a robot to break the Three Laws of Robotics, for if that were to happen there would be nothing to stop them from taking over the world. Aiding the detective in his investigation is a psychologist who specializes in the psyches of robots. Will technology ultimately lead to mankind’s salvation or annihilation?

 

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

Scientist Bruce Banner has been living in the shadows, scouring the earth for an antidote. Warmongers dream of abusing his powers and won’t leave Bruce alone. He suffers from his constant need to be with the only woman he has ever love, Betty Ross, and Bruce knows that he must return to civilization. The brilliant doctor is ruthlessly pursued by a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression called The Abomination whose powers match that of the Hulk. Now, a fight of epic proportions ensues as Bruce must call upon the hero within to rescue New York City from total destruction.

 

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the center of the Earth

Science professor Trevor Anderson’s radical theories have tarnished his reputation. While backpacking across Iceland with his nephew Sean, the two find a cave that leads them deep down into the bowels of the planet. They go on a quest to find out what has happened to Trevor’s missing brother, also a scientist. Trevor, Sean and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth. There, they discover a bizarre landscape filled with terrifying creatures.

 

Promise

The promise

Follow the journey and battle between a powerful duke, a military general, and a slave who fall in love with the same woman.

 

 

 

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

After sixteen years of working a thankless job at Life magazine, Walter Mitty is assigned to travel the world to track down the quintessential cover image from their star photographer for the magazine’s final issue.

 

 

 

Super 8

Super 8

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witnesses a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon they suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth, something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

 

 

 

Classical Music

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by ckopacek

Classical music is a tricky genre, mainly because to the uninformed everything before jazz sounds like it! Here are some classical music cd’s to enjoy – listen to how the use of orchestras helps produce distinctive sounds.

Awakening

Awakening

by Jackie Evancho
Contents: Think of me : from The phantom of the Opera (4:06) — Your love (3:42) — Je t’aime (4:55) — Take me there (4:15) — Open fields of grace (3:38) — Ave Maria / Giulio Caccini (4:50) — Memories (3:55) — The rains of Castamere : from Game of thrones (3:36) — Dormi Jesu (3:25) — Vocalise / Sergei Rachmaninoff (5:06) — With or without you (4:23) — Made to dream (3:48).

Chopin Album

The Chopin Album

by Frederic Chopin
Contents: Etudes, op. 25. No. 1 in A-flat major ; No. 2 in F minor ; No. 3 in F major ; No. 4 in A minor — No. 5 in E minor ; No. 6 in G-sharp minor ; No. 7 in C-sharp minor ; No. 8 in D-flat major ; No. 9 in G-flat major ; No. 10 in B minor ; No. 11 in A minor ; No. 12 in C minor — Nocturne in E-flat major, op. 55, no. 2 — Nocturne in F major, op. 15, no. 1 — Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, op. 18 — Andante spianato & grand polonaise, op. 22: Andante spianto ; Polonaise — Nocturne in C-sharp minor, op. posth. — Waltz in D-flat major, op 64, no. 1 “Minute” — Tristesse (feat. Oh Land).

Classic Quadrphenia

Classic Quadrophenia

by Pete Townshend
Contents: I am the sea — The real me — Quadrophenia — Cut my hair — The punk and the Godfather — I’m one — The dirty jobs — Helpless dancer — Is it in my head? — I’ve had enough — 5:15 — Sea and sand — Drowned — Bell boy — Doctor Jimmy — The rock — Love reign o’er me.

Discoveries

Discoveries

by Gustavo Dudamel
Contents: Symphony no. 5 in C minor op. 67. 1. Allegro con brio / Ludwig van Beethoven (7:24) — Symphony no. 5 in E minor op. 64. 3. Valse (allegro moderato) (6:22) ; Nutcracker suite op. 71a. 2c. Danse russe trepak (tempo di trepak, molto vivace) / Peter Tchaikovsky (1:12) — Symphony no. 9 in D minor. 2. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft – Trio. Schnell / Anton Bruckner (10:38) — Festive overture in A major, op. 96 / Dmitri Shostakovich (5:57) — Samson et Dalila. Ballet. Bacchanale (Act III) / Camille Saint-Saëns (6:44) — Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor. 4. Adagietto (sehr langsam) / Gustav Mahler (10:51) — Symphony no. 3 in A minor, op. 56 “Scottish”. 2. Vivace non troppo / Felix Mendelssohn (4:32) — Danzón no. 2 / Arturo Márquez (9:46) — La noche de los mayas. 2. Noche de jaranas = Night of revelry (allegro (tempo di son)) / Silvestre Revueltas (5:07) — Le sacre du printemps. Danse sacrale (l’élue) / Igor Stravinsky (4:28) — Conga del fuego nuevo / Arturo Márquez (4:54) — West Side story. Mambo / Leonard Bernstein (2:33).

French Impressions

French Impressions

by Joshua Bell
Contents: Sonata no. 1 for violin and piano in D minor, op. 75 / Camille Saint-Saëns (23:00) — Sonata for violin and piano in A major / César Franck (28:00) — Sonata for violin and piano / Maurice Ravel (18:00).

Horowitz plays Scriabin rca

Horowitz Plays Scriabin

by Aleksandr N. Scriabin
Contents: disc 1. The RCA Victor studio recordings. Piano sonata no. 3 in F-sharp minor ; Prélude in C major, op. 11, no. 1 ; Prélude in C-sharp minor, op. 11, no. 10 ; Prélude in E major, op. 11, no. 9 ; Prélude in G major, op. 11, no. 3 ; Prélude in B-flat minor, op. 11, no. 16 ; Prélude in G-flat major, op. 11, no. 13 ; Prélude in E-flat minor, op. 11, no. 14 ; Prélude in F-sharp minor, op. 15, no. 2 ; Prélude in B major, op. 16, no. 1 ; Prélude in B minor, op. 13, no. 6 ; Prélude in E-flat minor, op. 16, no. 4 ; Prélude in G minor, op. 27, no. 1 ; Prélude in A minor, op. 51, no. 2 ; Prélude in D-flat major, op. 48, no. 3 ; Prélude, op. 67, no. 1 ; Prélude, op. 59, no. 2 ; Prélude in D major, op. 11, no. 5 ; Prélude in G-sharp minor, op. 22, no. 1 ; Étude in C-sharp minor, op. 2, no. 1 — disc 2. The Columbia studio recordings. Poème in F-sharp major, op. 32, no. 1 ; Étude in C-sharp minor, op. 2, no. 1 ; Étude in D-sharp minor, op. 8, no. 12 ; Feuillet d’album in E-flat major, op. 45, no. 1 ; Étude in F-sharp minor, op. 9, no. 2 ; Étude in B-flat minor, op. 8, no. 11 ; Étude in D-flat major, op. 8, no. 10 ; Étude in A-flat major, op. 8, no. 8 ; Étude in F-sharp major, op. 42, no. 3 ; Étude in F-sharp major, op. 42, no. 4 ; Étude in C-sharp minor, op. 42, no. 5 ; Poème, op. 69, no. 1 ; Poème, op. 69, no. 2 ; Vers la flamme : poème, op. 72 ; Feuillet d’album, op. 58 ; Étude, op. 65, no. 3 — disc 3. Live recordings. Piano sonata no. 9, op. 68 ; Poème in F-sharp major, op. 32, no. 1 ; Étude in C-sharp minor op. 2, no. 1 ; Piano sonata no. 10, op. 70 ; Piano sonata no. 5, op. 53 ; Étude in D-sharp minor op. 8, no. 12 ; Étude in B-flat minor, op. 8, no. 11 ; Étude in C-sharp minor, op. 42, no. 5 ; Piano sonata no. 9, op. 68.

Mozarts Instrumental Oratorium the Last Symphonies

Mozart’s Instrumental Oratorium:  the last symphonies

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Contents: Symphony no. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543 — Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K. 550 — Symphony no. 41 in C major.

 

Neujahrskonzert 2015 New Year’s Concert

Neujahrskonzert 2015=New Year’s Concert

by Zubin Mehta
Contents: disc 1. Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien / von Suppé (7:59) ; Märchen aus dem Orient, op. 444 / J. Strauss, Jr. (6:10) ; Wiener Leben, op. 218 / Josef Strauss (3:10) ; Wo man lacht und lebt, op. 108 / Eduard Strauss (2:15) ; Dorfschwalben aud Österreich, op. 164 / Josef Strauss (8:12) ; Vom Donaustrande, op. 356 / J. Strauss, Jr. (4:38) ; Perpetuum mobile, op. 257 / J. Strauss, Jr. (2:34) ; Accelerationen Walzer, op. 234 / J. Strauss, Jr. (8:37) ; Elektro-magnetische Polka, op. 110 / J. Strauss, Jr. (2:05) ; Mit Dampf, op. 70 / Eduard Strauss (2:18) — disc 2. An der Elbe op. 477 / J. Strauss, Jr. (8:48) ; Champagner-Galopp / Lumbye (1:53) ; Studenten-Polka, op. 263 (3:39) / J. Strauss, Jr. ; Freiheits-Marsch, op. 226 / J. Strauss, Jr. (2:42) ; Wein, Weib und Gesang, op. 333 / Johann Strauss, Jr. (4:03) ; Mit Chic, op. 221 / Eduard Strauss (2:09) ; Explosions-Polka, op. 43 (3:11) / J. Strauss, Jr. ; Neujahrsgruß (:44) ; An der schönen blauen Donau, op. 314 (10:05) / J. Strauss, Jr. (10:05) ; Radetzky-Marsch, op. 228 (3:51) / J. Strauss.

Petrouchka Le sacre du printemps

Petrouchka Le sacre du printemps

by Igor Stravinsky
Contents: Pétrouchka : burlesque in 4 scenes : revised 1947 version (27:38) — Le sacre du printemps : revised 1947 version (31:17).

 

Songs Fom the Arc of Live

Songs from the Arc of Life

by Yo-Yo Ma
Contents: Ave Maria / Johann Sebestian Bach, Charles Gounod (2:43) — Lullaby : op. 49, no. 4 / Johannes Brahms (1:50) — Gypsy songs : op. 55, no. 4. Songs my mother taught me / Antonín Dvořák (1:57) — Papillon : op. 77 / Gabriel Fauré (2:49) — Tango jalousie / Jacob Gade (3:42) — Five pieces in the popular style : op. 102. Vanitas vanitatum / Robert Schumann (3:03) — Was it a dream? : op. 37, no. 4 / Jean Sibelius (2:17) — Après un rêve : op. 7, no. 1 / Gabriel Fauré (2:40) — Salut d’amour : op. 12 / Edward Elgar (2:45) — Three preludes. Prelude no. 1 / George Gershwin (1:51) — Romance for cello and piano / Frederick Delius (6:25) — La gitana / Fritz Kreisler (3:33) — Il bell’Antonio. Tema III / Giovanni Sollima (7:35) — Carnival of the animals. The swan / Camille Saint-Saëns) (2:54) — Elegiac melodies : op. 34, no. 1. The wounded heart / Edvard Grieg (2:30) — Valse sentimentale : op. 51, no. 6 / Peter Tchaikovsky (2:17) — Quartet for the end of time. Louange à l’éternité de Jésus / Olivier Messiaen (10:18) — Beau soir / Claude Debussy (2:31) — Ave Maria : op. 52, no. 6 / Franz Schubert (4:15) — bonus tracks: Romance : op. 69 / Gabriel Fauré (3:34) ; Melodie : op. 42, no. 3 / Peter Tchaikovsky (3:18) ; Siete canciones populares españolas. Nana / Manuel de Falla (1:4).

 

Books Made into Movies

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by ckopacek

Here are some books that have been made into movies.  If you like the book, you may want to see the movie – but I bet you like the book better!

Atonement

Atonement

by Ian McEwan
On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister, Cecilia, strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed forever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl’s imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries and committed a crime that creates in her a sense of guilt that will color her entire life.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring

by Tracy Chevalier
Griet, the young daughter of a tilemaker in 17th century Holland, obtains her first job as a servant in Vermeer’s household. She loves being drawn into his artistic life, but the cost to her own survival may be high.

 

 

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

by Yann Martel
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?

Martian

The Martian

by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro
As a child, Kathy-now thirty-one years old-lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory. And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed-even comforted-by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood-and about their lives now.

Room

 

Room

by Emma Donoghue
Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper’s yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful–and attempts a nail-biting escape.

Still Alice

Still Alice

by Lisa Genova
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and terrifying, “Still Alice “captures in remarkable detail what it’s like to literally lose your mind…

This is Where I Leave You

This is Where I Leave You

by Jonathan Tropper
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family–including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister–have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.  Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.  As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk about Kevin

by Lionel Shriver
Two years before the opening of the novel, Eva Khatchadourian’s son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and the much-beloved teacher who had tried to befriend him. Because his sixteenth birthday arrived two days after the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is currently in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York. In relating the story of Kevin’s upbringing, Eva addresses her estranged husband, Frank, through a series of startlingly direct letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son became, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault?

Winters Tale

Winter’s Tale

by Mark Helprin
One winter night, Peter Lake–master mechanic and second-story man–attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead.

 

 

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