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Staff Picks

Toy Stories

ISBN-13: 9781419711749
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Published: Abrams Image, 3/2014

This book is delightful and thought provoking.  What toys would have been in my picture when I was a kid?  Are the adults that these kids will become somehow pictured here as well?  What do our toys say about us?  Make sure to take note of the author photo which shows him with his "toys".


Under the Egg

Under the Egg (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780803740013
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Published: Dial, 3/2014

Theodora’s late grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When she discovers a valuable painting in the old town house she maintains, there are more questions than answers. A wonderful friendship begins, the Monuments Men play a role and old New York comes to life. A delightful read for anyone interested in art, history or just a great story with very real characters.



New Life, New Instructions

ISBN-13: 9781400069545
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Published: Random House, 4/2014

Caldwell gives us another installment of memoir, here confronting her physical deterioration resulting from her childhood polio and the grief of yet another personal loss, this time the death of her mother. But passage through these crises brings unexpected transformations. What makes her prose so compelling is the depth of feeling she brings to her clear-eyed observations of self.


Plato at the Googleplex

ISBN-13: 9780307378194
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Published: Pantheon, 3/2014

This book deals with the heavy-duty subject of Greek philosophy - specifically, Plato - yet manages to be incredibly readable, accessible and entertaining. Goldstein places Plato in a variety of modern day situations (a visit to Google, authors' book tour, cable talk show and others) and has him engage in dialogues with people around him. Her point is to show that the questions he wrestled with are still the important questions, and that this stuff still matters. And is cool.


The Lost Sun

ISBN-13: 9780307977465
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 5/2013

In the United States of Asgard, Norse gods walk among presidents, and Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the long shadow of his warrior father's battle-frenzied death. But when the popular god Baldur (son of Odin) disappears, Soren is thrust into a quest that may prove his berserker inheritance inescapable. Perfect for fans of Norse mythology, The Lost Sun is Percy Jackson for the teenage reader.


The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

ISBN-13: 9780316043915
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Published: Orbit, 2/2010

Yeine Darr wants only to mourn her mother's death, but her estranged grandfather Dekarta, ruler of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, has other plans. Summoned to the city of Sky and named one of Dekarta's heirs, Yeine must master the politics of the cruel Arameri society if she is to have any chance of winning the throne...and staying alive. Read if you like your fantasy non-Euro-centric, dark, and sexy.


The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

ISBN-13: 9780735841635
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Published: Northsouth, 4/2014

First-time author and illustrator Gemma Mernio makes it hard to decide which is more charming, her drawings or her text.  This book is fun right from the start, and ends with a delightful surprise!


The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

ISBN-13: 9780156033671
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Published: Mariner Books, 6/2008

This is one of the best books I read all winter. A haunting tale of family secrets, it will keep you up nights, and stay with you long after you’ve finished.


Stones for Ibarra

Stones for Ibarra (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780140075625
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Published: Penguin Books, 1/1985

Reminiscent of Jeanette Haien’s The All of It in its simple beauty and lasing power, Stones for Ibarra is a portrait gallery of the inhabitants of an isolated Mexican town named Ibarra. Sara and Richard Everton have left behind established lives in California to reopen an abandoned copper mine in Ibarra, a place they have never been and about which they know very little.  Initially the villagers seem as remote and foreign as the landscape, but as the mine prospers and Richard’s health fails, Sara comes to appreciate the bonds she has forged and the ways in which even the most trivial seeming incidents are imbued with the extraordinary.

Kate, PSB Book Club Leader

Twisters – Colors and Opposites

ISBN-13: 9780764166884
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Published: Barron's Educational Series, 4/2014

Colorful, fun, educational and made of tough stuff for the less careful little hands. Adorable too.



ISBN-13: 9780764166877
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Published: Barron's Educational Series, 4/2014

Dr. Bird's Advice For Sad Poets

ISBN-13: 9780547928531
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 3/2013

16-year-old James hugs trees, YAWPs like Walt Whitman, and talks to an imaginary pigeon in order to cope with chronic depression and a tough situation at home. Equally heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Susannah B

In New York

In New York (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780375864544
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 3/2014

A history book, travel guide, and boyhood memoir all crafted into a beautifully drawn book from our favorite aardvark artist.

Susannah B


Equilateral (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781620400166
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 3/2014

Equilateral is a strange and beautiful book. It’s the late 19th century; life has been discovered on Mars and an astronomer is building a monument on the Egyptian desert to signal the presence of intelligent life here on Earth. It's part historical fiction, part science fiction, and part mathematical puzzle, a literary treat for the reader who likes slow-moving, meticulously written and very unusual books. Its dry tone belies the slow build of suspense driving up the stakes little by little. And the ending will knock your socks off.


Tin Star

Tin Star (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781596437753
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 8/2013

Being beaten up and kicked off the spaceship by the head of your colony is bad enough. But now Tula's stuck on a space station out in the galactic boondocks. As a human, she's only a minor species there, practically below notice. She knows how to survive, and that means she's ready to take her revenge.


The Confidence Code

ISBN-13: 9780062230621
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Published: HarperBusiness, 4/2014

An even-handed look at the way social norms, and biology combine to limit women's confidence, especially in the workplace. The authors know the world isn't going to change overnight, so the book is full of strategies for developing confidence and -- even more important, according to studies -- making other people think you're confident.


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