If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green…

…then try one of these books!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl / Jesse Andrews

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

 

Thirteen Reasons Why / Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Going Bovine / Libba Bray

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

 

Just One Day / Gayle Forman

Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.

 

Every Day / David Levithan

A (his only name) has a secret. Each morning he wakes up in a different body and life. Sometimes he is a boy, sometimes a girl; sometimes he is gay, sometimes straight; sometimes he is ill, more often well. The only unchanging facts are that he is always 16, and it is a different persona he “borrows” each day. It has always been this way for him, though he doesn’t know why it should be. He does know that it is imperative that he do nothing to change his host’s life, until he meets Rhiannon and, for the first time, falls in love.

Anna and the French Kiss / Stephanie Perkins

Anna Oliphant has big plans for her senior year in Atlanta: hang out with her best friend, Bridgette, and flirt with her coworker at the Royal Midtown 14 multiplex. So she is none too happy when her father sends her off to boarding school in Paris. However, things begin to look up when she meets Ãtienne St. Clair, a gorgeous guy—with a girlfriend. As he and Anna become closer friends, things get infinitely more complicated.

Eleanor & Park / Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

 

The Beginning of Everything / Robyn Schneider

Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner’s life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

 

The Probability of Miracles / Wendy Wunder

Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.

 

Everything, Everything / Nicola Yoon

The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Imagine That by Judy Sierra

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

I can’t tell you how many times I have read The Cat in the Hat in my life time. I love Dr. Seuss books as much for the made up words that meant it was ok that some words were hard to read as for the stories of stubborn Zaxs and Steadfast elephants. The story behind the story of The Cat in the Hat is what this book is about. Theodore Geisel was approached about making beginning reading fun, given a strict word count, a strict list of words, and told he couldn’t do it, which was apparently just the right mix to have the iconic cat pop up and decide he needed his story told!

Located in Children’s Nonfiction (J 921 SEUSS)

Spotlight On: Browsing (Adult)

Browsing (Adult): Our browsing section consists of extra copies of new and popular books. We have both Adult Fiction and Nonfiction. These books cannot be placed on hold, or renewed, but you do get them for 3 weeks. Every browsing book has blue tape on the top of the spine that says “3-Week Browsing.” These books are located on the first shelf in our new book area, with fiction on the main shelves, and nonfiction along the top. We keep books in the browsing section for about one year.

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat / Mark Hyman

In Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? — his most comprehensive book yet — he takes a close look at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. From grains to legumes, meat to dairy, fats to artificial sweeteners, and beyond, Dr. Hyman debunks misconceptions and breaks down the fascinating science in his signature accessible style. (613.2 HYM)

Grant / Ron Chernow

Presents a meticulously researched portrait of the complicated Civil War general and 18th President, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration and the rise and fall of his fortunes. (921 GRANT)

The Deceivers / Alex Berenson

In the wake of a fatal incident in Dallas that may have been staged to look like a terrorist attack, former CIA agent John Wells is dispatched to Colombia to collect information from an old asset, a mission involving an audacious Russian plot that proves to be the most deadly of his career. (FIC BERENSON)

Don’t Let Go / Harlan Coben

When he gets a lead on Maura, an ex who left him without explanation fifteen years earlier, Nap Dumas searches for answers and uncovers dark secrets about the woman he once loved and the real reason behind his twin brother’s death. (FIC COBEN)

 

Into the Water / Paula Hawkins

When a single mom and a teen girl are found murdered at the bottom of a river in a small town weeks apart, an ensuing investigation dredges up a complicated local history involving human instincts and the damage they can inflict. (FIC HAWKINS)

 

An American Marriage / Tayari Jones

Celestial and Roy are newly married professionals leaning in to a bright future when Roy is convicted of a crime he did not commit. This is not a heroes vs. villains tale with a tidy resolution. It is a complicated, messy, moving, and thought-provoking story about love, family, and the wide-reaching effects of incarceration. (FIC JONES)

Fifty Fifty / James Patterson

It’s not easy being a good detective – when your brother’s a serial killer. Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent- his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she’s determined to prove it. Except she’s now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan – the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam’s case wide open. If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage… (FIC PATTERSON)

Dark in Death / J.D. Robb

When a young woman is brutally murdered while attending a screening of “Psycho” at Times Square, Eve Dallas is contacted by a writer of crime fiction who recognizes the case, and other recent killings, from storylines in her books. (FIC ROBB)

 

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories / Curtis Sittenfeld

In her thoroughly satisfying first collection, Sittenfeld (Eligible) spins magic out of the short story form. Bookended by tales concerning the election of Donald Trump, the collection comfortably situates itself in contemporary America, focusing on female protagonists navigating friendships, family, politics, and social media. (FIC SITTENFELD)

All the Beautiful Lies / Peter Swanson

Harry Ackerson rushes to his childhood home in Kennewick, Maine, after learning that his father has died from a fall off of his favorite cliff walk. In Kennewick, Harry becomes the crutch for his femme-fatale stepmother, Alice, whose grief takes the uncomfortable form of sexual attraction toward Harry. When Bill Ackerson’s autopsy reveals the death was a homicide, Alice insists that Bill was killed by a woman she’s certain was Bill’s mistress. But Harry questions her story after meeting Grace, a mysterious young woman from New York who reveals that she and Bill were in love. (FIC SWANSON)

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Reviewed by Amanda K (Library Staff)

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, is a lighthearted and very silly historical romance that will keep you laughing. This is a retelling of story of Jane Grey, often called the nine day queen. However in this version, the kingdom is made of people who are EDians (those that can shift into an animal form) and Verities (those who can’t shift into animal form). Jane is a book-loving, smart and snarky protagonist who is thrust into intrigue when Edward (King of England) is discovered to be dying and she made next in line for the throne. This book is fast paced and filled with funny dialogue. If you are looking for something light and humorous this is the book for you. It’s a quick read, but super enjoyable.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC HAND)

2 by Mac Demarco

Reviewed by Zach S (Library Staff)

2, the debut full length album from Canadian musician Mac Demarco, offers it’s listener a kind of music that is both refreshingly new yet fittingly retro throughout it’s 31 minutes and 27 second run time. It’s on this album that Demarco solidifies his now trademark style of carefree slacker rock. The album offers variety from track to track, starting with the lighthearted and easygoing “cooking up something good”, to the hauntingly calm and smooth “ode to Viceroy”, and finally ending with the enduring and surprisingly tender “still together.” 2 as an album is the personification of an old soul in a young body, capturing the spirit of the past whilst embracing the future.

Currently unavailable in the system, but try other CDs by Mac Demarco including Salad Days, Another One, and This Old Dog.

If you liked Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand…

…then try one of these similar books!

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story / Diane Ackerman

Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

 

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage / James Bradley

Relates the story of eight American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima during World War II, one of whom was rescued and later became president of the United States, and the other seven who were captured by Japanese troops.

 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics / Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat describes how a group of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team emerged from obscurity to defeat a field of elite international rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal / James D. Hornfischer

Draws on interviews with veterans and primary sources to present a narrative account of the pivotal World War II campaign, chronicling the three-month effort to gain control of Guadalcanal as a battle that taught the U.S. Navy and Marines new approaches to warfare.

 

The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II / Alex Kershaw

In the waning months of World War II, SS Colonel Adolf Eichmann sent over half a million Hungarians to their deaths at Auschwitz. But one Jewish ghetto remained, and only one man–a Swedish diplomat named Raoul Wallenberg–could stop Eichmann.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin / Erik Larson

Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory / Ben Macintyre

Chronicles World War II’s pivotal deception by two British naval officers who successfully fed false intelligence to the Nazis about where Allied forces were planning an attack in southern Europe.

 

The Johnstown Flood / David McCullough

In the spring of 1889, Johnstown, Pennsylvania was a booming coal-and-steel town. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for a summer resort patronized by the likes of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Warnings of possible danger were ignored, and on May 31, the dam burst, sending a wall of water through the town and killing more than 2,000 people.

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission / Hampton Sides

Chronicles the daring mission of the elite U.S. Army Sixth Ranger Battalion to slip behind enemy lines in the Philippines and rescue the 513 American and British POWs who had spent over three years in a hellish, Japanese-run camp near Cabanatuan.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II / Mitchell Zuckoff

Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.

 

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

I’m still on a bit of a Jason Reynolds kick, and decided to read an earlier one, written in 2016. As Brave as You is the story of two brothers, Ernie and Genie (Ernest and Eugene) who are staying at their grandparents’ house in Virginia for a few week while their parents go to Jamaica for a little R&R and to see if their marriage is savable. Genie is a questioning kid, who keeps his queries in a notebook, and Googles the answers when he can. He has a lot of questions, many of them about his family, and the many things he feels he doesn’t know about them. Not surprisingly, things are different at Grandma and Grandpop’s home in the country (It’s certainly not Brooklyn!) The boys have chores, Grandpop is blind, and there are hidden family secrets, all of which add to Genie’s list of questions. Needless to say, I really liked this book. It’s filled with questions, difficulties, family, and humor… with a little soul searching and a lot of heart thrown in. You can’t do better than Jason Reynolds when it comes to a middle grade story. In my book, he’s the best.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC REYNOLDS)

Spotlight On: Parent Collection

Parent Collection: This is a collection that is all for parents to help them raise their children. From newborn care, to dealing with potty training, and even helping with reading or discipline, these books are great resources for parents. These books are located on a small bookshelf in the Children’s area, tucked on the right hand side by the board books and Vroom/Princess/Dinosaur.

The Simple Joys of Grandparenting / Abigail R. Gehring

In these pages you’ll find classic stories and poems from Rudyard Kipling and Lewis Carroll, as well as the most important recipes (perfect chocolate chip cookies, amazing mac ’n cheese, and the world’s cutest cupcakes), crafts that will entertain boys and girls on a rainy day, and words of wisdom from grandparents through the centuries. With illustrations from artists including Kate Greenaway and Beatrix Potter, this is a keepsake book that will be a boon to any grandparent. (PARENT 306.8745 GEH)

The Read-Aloud Handbook / Jim Trelease

The Read-Aloud Handbook discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including the good and bad news on digital learning), The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers. (PARENT 372.6 TRE)

Infant Massage / Vimala McClure

For generations, mothers around the world have known that the soft touch of their hands soothes, calms, and communicates their love to their babies. The latest scientific research confirms that physical affection is vital to the development and wellness of children—easing discomfort, releasing tension, improving sleep, helping premature infants gain weight, even aiding asthmatic children to improve their breathing. (PARENT 618.92 MCC)

Eat This, Not That! For Kids / David Zinczenko

This must-have guide for concerned parents offers detailed analysis and nutritional tips on thousands of the most popular food choices for kids. Covering the best and worst options available at the most popular restaurants in the country as well as the healthiest and most harmful foods in the supermarket aisles, if kids are eating it, this book is probably analyzing it. (PARENT 318.92 ZIN)

What to Expect: The First Year / Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

Keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time, First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever—packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before. Illustrations are new, too. (PARENT 649.122 MUR)

The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess / Devorah Blachor

Blachor offers insight, advice, and plenty of humor and personal anecdotes for other mothers who cringe each morning when their daughter refuses to wear anything that isn’t pink. Her story of how she surrendered control and opened up—to her Princess Toddler, to pink, and to life—is a universal tale of modern parenting. She addresses important issues such as how to raise a daughter in a society that pressures girls and women to bury their own needs, conform to a beauty standard and sacrifice their own passions. (PARENT 649.133 BLA)

Born Reading / Jason Boog

A program for parents and professionals on how to raise kids who love to read, featuring interviews with childhood development experts, advice from librarians, tips from authors and children’s book publishers, and reading recommendations for kids from birth up to age five. (PARENT 649.58 BOO)

Mommy, I Have to Go Potty / Jan Faull

Parent educator and columnist Jan Faull helps parents determine when it’s time to start potty training and walks them through the process, including such problems as bed-wetting and constipation. She also suggests when to switch toilet-training methods. (PARENT 649.62 FAU)

 

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 / Thomas Phelan

This revised edition of the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight, and proven experience. The technique offers a foolproof method of disciplining children ages two through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking. (PARENT 649.64 PHE)

“The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense.” ~J.A. Langford

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Reviewed by Zach S (Library Staff)

The grisly and deplorable crimes of serial killer Jeffery Dahmer have equally repulsed and fascinated the general public for almost 30 years. But, it is in cartoonist John Bacderf’s autobiographical graphic novel “My Friend Dahmer”, that gives the most intimate deception of Dahmer and his tortured adolescent as well as the closest we may ever come to an explanation as to why his horrid crimes were committed. The novel chronicles the lives of a young Backderf (known as simply “Derf”) and his group of friends as they navigate through high school in the late 70’s. Their paths soon cross with the mysteriously quiet loner of the school, Jeff Dahmer, who’s odd outburst and strange demeanor captivate Derf and his friends. The book gives the perspective of the only group of people who could genuinely, for a time, have called Dahmer their friend, and that’s what makes it such an engaging read. Derf has compiled information from just about everyone who came in contact with Dahmer at this time to paint a well rounded factual depiction of what transpired over the course of their time in school together; it is as interesting as it is tragic. We’re not shown a monster, but a young man who struggled with demons of an unspeakable nature that occupied his every waking moment. Although the book does take a clear stance, no one was more responsible for the crimes of Jeffery Dahmer than Jeffery Dahmer. He and he alone made the choice to give into his demons. This book is the tail end of one boys desperate fight to retain his humanity. A fight that he wouldn’t, or ultimately couldn’t, win.

Located in Graphic Novels (GRAPHIC 921 DAHMER)

Murder on the Orient Express Soundtrack

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

I listen to movie scores more than any other type of music and this recent release is a cut above. I was already familiar with Patrick Doyle (as he composed one of my other favorites, Nanny McPhee) so I was eager to explore his take on another movie that I adored.

Doyle’s score straddles my favorite line between playful and dramatic, eliciting emotion while making you smile. The only drawback to this beautiful album is the credits track performed by Michelle Pfeiffer. I always skip that breathy, melodramatic yawner.

Available through the BRIDGES Library System

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