Carl Sagan (right) is the wisest chicken we know. While she enjoys books for children, she prefers reading books appropriate to her age. Especially those regarding the cosmos. 


Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311115
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 6th, 2015

Cape Ann is one of my favorite novels of all time; this is a prequel to that story. Both are set in the fictitious small town of Harvester, MN. Faith Sullivan’s newest book is about friendship, family, and the day to day challenges everyone faces. The central character, Nell Stillman, turns to P.G. Wodehouse at the many crossroads of her life. Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse is a tribute to reading as a means of dealing with sad times, happy times, and all the times in-between. Now to reread Cape Ann and a little Wodehouse. 


The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures Cover Image
By Alexandria Redgrave (Editor), Jessica Hunley (Editor), Jessica Hundley (Editor)
ISBN: 9781616893996
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 6th, 2015

This book brings to mind one thing: Quality. Starting with the design itself, with its reassuring heft and clean, uncomplicated layout, The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide is focused on the art of simple things done well. If you’re looking to learn how to fight off a crocodile or jump from a burning building, this is not the guide for you. But if you want to correctly fold a pocket square, grow a tomato, or make a perfectly poached egg, pick up a copy and master a new skill today! 



The Truth According to Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385342940
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Published: Dial Press - June 9th, 2015

In 1938, a U.S. Senator’s daughter is expected to swoon over her father’s choice of future husband, not sass back that she ‘could never respect a man who didn’t work’. That kind of talk infuriates the Senator, and quicker than she can spell proletariat, Miss Layla Beck is forced to accept a job with the Federal Writers’ Project in small town Macedonia, West Virginia! Annie Barrows is brilliant at writing about characters in this town riddled with secrets and lies. With heart and humor, Macedonia and all of its inhabitants become larger than life. Some of them are still gossiping quietly in my living room; I don’t want them to leave anytime soon. 


100 Years of the Best American Short Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547485850
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 6th, 2015

 The hundredth anniversary of The Best American Short Stories collection offers the opportunity for a victory lap, and a chance to remark upon the rude health of the short story in the US. This best-of-the-best anthology collects big hitters—Cheever, Paley, O’Connor and Hemingway (the selection here his first published story); oft-overlooked gems—Tillie Olsen’s ‘I Stand Here Ironing,’ and Donald Barthelme’s ‘The School’; and the work of those currently pushing the form forward—George Saunders and ZZ Packer, among others. Short essays from co-editor Heidi Pitlor put the selections in context, and an introduction from Lorrie Moore sets everything rolling. 


The Museum of Extraordinary Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451693577
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 30th, 2014

Coralie and Eddie live in NYC in the early 1900’s however their lives couldn’t be more different. Coralie’s father owns a Coney Island museum where he amazes the public with his weird exhibits. Eddie has run away from his Jewish Orthodox upbringing and picks up a camera to photograph the streets of the city. As he accidentally captures the horrible Triangle Shirtwaist fire, Eddie becomes embroiled in the mystery of a missing young women. At the same time, Coralie is being transformed into a mermaid for exhibition. Coralie and Eddie’s lives run parallel until fate takes over. I loved these two characters and love Alice Hoffman for writing their stories.


The Language of Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345525550
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012

Victoria has aged out of the foster care system and is out on her own. Life is precarious at best, but her love of flowers gives her a starting point to start anew. At first she finds herself homeless and sleeping in a park, but soon an interested florist takes her under her wing and Victoria feels she might have a future after all. However there are several secrets from her past that just might keep her from finding peace. Diffenbaugh has given us characters that break our hearts and make us smile. I think that is a rare thing. 


Orphan Train Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061950728
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 2nd, 2013

For seventy-five years starting in 1854, orphans were placed on trains from the East Coast and sent to the Midwest. Along the way, people met the trains at various stations and chose the children they wanted to bring into their homes. Some were adopted by loving families and others were taken into homes to become unpaid labor. Orphan Train is the story of Vivian Daly whose life is remembered in modern times as Molly, a young woman doing community service, helps Vivian clean out her attic. This is an unforgettable work of historical fiction.


Lost and Found, Volume 3 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545229241
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 2011

One book, and three haunting tales of seeking and finding, losing and forgetting. Shaun Tan addresses themes of depression, not belonging anywhere, as well the gradual violence of colonization in these three uncanny and beautifully illustrated yarns.


The Arrival Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books -

Most every family has experienced immigration. But for those who haven’t had that experience - what is it like? Shaun Tan’s The Arrival is a beautiful silent graphic novel that took over four years to complete, with intricate charcoal drawings depicting the everyday challenges a new immigrant might experience. Tan has invented his own world where readers of any cultural background can grasp the many feeling and struggles of beginning a life far from home.


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

What if the earth stopped spinning? Or you pitched a baseball at ninety percent the speed of light? And for those days when you're just too lazy to cook, what height do you have to drop a steak from in order for it to be cooked when it reaches the ground? Randall Munroe has answers. Featuring the best of his popular webcomic xkcd, plus 51%(!) totally new content, this mind-bending volume is a must-read for inquiring minds everywhere. And, FYI: make sure you drop that steak from a suborbital rocket. You're welcome. 


Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385539128
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 16th, 2014

These short stories by Margaret Atwood are like the bedtime stories you'd wish to read about the stranger you pass on the street. The warm but still distant characters are woven together in fantastical ways. The sharp and peculiar wit of Atwood touches on the theme of aging, and the trail left behind from a person's actions in their world. The stories are written like tales, and most of the characters have wicked tendencies that are reminiscent of a Grimm's fairytale. If you enjoy the thrill of danger and sweetness, this collection could be the perfect before bed escape.  


By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the New York Times Book Review Cover Image
By Pamela Paul (Editor), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Scott Turow (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781627791458
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 28th, 2014

Sixty five authors, celebrities, musicians and scholars answer questions like: what book is on your night stand now?; what were your favorite books as a child?; if you could require the president to read one book, what would it be? Very interesting and revealing—people who I didn’t think read at all have inspired me to read their favorites and I’ve discovered several new authors! Put David Sedaris and Dave Eggers in the same book with John Grisham, and you’ve got an education! Required reading for anyone who loves books and people. And that’s all of us, right? 


The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible... on Schindler's List Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442497818
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2013

It was autumn of 1965 when Leon was reunited with Oskar Schindler. This was the man who thought Leon's life mattered and gave him a chance. It would take a wooden box for little Leyson to stand on in order to reach the machine he was assigned to operate. But this box and Schindler's heart allowed Leon to stay safe from the gas chambers. Mr. Leyson died January 2013. By sharing the burden of his memories,Leon gives credit to his hero Oskar Schindler,and to those who do 'the best of things in the worst of times'.This is Leon's legacy of FREEDOM! It is a most beautiful read.


Blue Moon Soup: A Family Cookbook Cover Image
By Gary Goss, Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620879900
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Published: Sky Pony Press - October 2013

Soup recipes for every season doesn’t even begin to describe this beautiful new book. There are recipes and lots of them with hints and suggestions for making them easy to follow and appealing to try. Families will enjoy all the different soups; some hot and some cold, some meat-filled and some for vegetarians. NOW let’s talk about the illustrations! Gorgeous, whimsical, colorful, humorous, and framable. One of my favorite illustrators of all times, Jane Dyer, makes this cookbook a must have for chefs and for folks who never step into the kitchen. Why are you looking at me?


Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World [With 2 CDs] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770495715
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - October 8th, 2013

Legends, Icons, and Rebels is one of the best introductory books about the roots of Rock and Roll. Through quotations, facts, brief musical biographies of each of the twenty-seven featured artists, exploration of diverse musical genres, bright page layouts, beautiful and occasionally humorous illustrations, and readers gain a clear understanding and appreciation of each artist’s impact on contemporary music history. This book perfectly complements the two CDs that come with; a track dedicated to each artist blends a playlist of hits and deep cuts that are a wonderful starting point for any music lover.


Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307977618
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Published: Golden Books - September 24th, 2013

A perfect gift for anyone who remembers the iconic Little Golden Books that have been popular since the 1940’s. Words of wisdom and encouragement are paired with pages from those beloved children’s books that were read to us and are that we now read to our children and grandchildren. Saggy Baggy Elephant, Poky Little Puppy, Little Red Hen, and Tawny Scrawny Lion; who didn’t love those guys? I think you’ll love turning the pages and reacquainting yourself with pictures from those little golden treasures.


Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son Cover Image
By Lori Duron, Neil Patrick Harris (Foreword by), David Burtka (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780770437725
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Published: Broadway Books - September 3rd, 2013

An Orange County mom recounts the trials and triumphs of raising a gender nonconforming son, who moves fluidly on a gender spectrum between Superman underoos and princess-themed birthday parties. Her vignettes are witty and self-deprecating, told with all the warmth, hope, doubt, and unconditional love of a mother who is doing her best to raise a unique child in a society that is often anything but open and accepting. A powerful read.



God Got a Dog Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442465183
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 29th, 2013

With headings like: God went to beauty school; God made spaghetti; God got cable; each poem covers a seemingly mundane event viewed through the eyes of omniscience. Marla Frazee's illustrations portray God as male, female, old, young, tattooed and homeless, clearly recognizing the divine in everyone. Brilliant.




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