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Judith disappears from her village and returns a couple of years later, unwilling and seemingly unable to speak. As she gains the courage and confidence to begin to communicate, her story is slowly revealed, one bit at a time. This is an intricately crafted, well written and intriguing novel for kids 12 and up that totally immerses the reader. And PLEASE, disregard the cover, if you can.
As a fan of The Jolly Postman growing up, I have a soft spot for books-within-books. This one is a super fun construction of many nesting books, each with their own design and story! If you're of the age having graduated from board books, and are ready for picture books with simple, fun, layered stories, you should dive right into Open This Little Book. There's a ton of details to find and a great ending to satisfy.Jill
Fans of Harry Potter, especially the rabid ones back in the day, will recognize this ode to fangirls of all types. This highly believable love story stars a fanfic-writing, glass-half-empty Cass as she struggles to adjust to life in college. Great characters, perfectly observed details, fab read!
For fans of the wildly popular blog of the same name, this book needs no introduction. For ones that haven't heard of it, take notice! Alie Brosh combines naive art with an expert eye for perspective and expression, with hilarious, hyper-personal observations. There may be many blogs-cum-books out there, but this is certainly the most successful this year.
The first German word I learned was "feurzeug" ("fire" + "thing"). Keeping in this vein, Scottenfreude combines real German words to artfully create a dictionary of heretofore inexpressable feelings and experiences in English. The perfect gift for language lovers, trivia buffs, design nerds, and even Deutschsprachiger.
If you don’t know Little Feat you should. If you do know Little Feat, you know that they are a band that mixes rock, R&B, soul, jazz, blues, and funk into a groove-filled gumbo of thoughtful lyrics and foot stompin’ rock & roll “some contend is bad for the body and bad for the soul.“ Here is the story of a peerless band whose contagious and unique sound is sure to be appreciated by all who are “Willin’” to Rock & Roll all night.
During the Nazi siege of Leningrad, an unlikely duo have one chance to save themselves from execution - find a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. City of Thieves is a gripping adventure and coming of age story that ricochets between comedy and tragedy on a single page.
This book had me at the introduction and never let me down. A delightful memoir of Menaker's years fact checking at The New Yorker and as an editor at Random House, this book could let you check off a lot of names on your gift giving list. Honest, self-effacing and humorous-a great read!
Let's face it, we're all sick of vampires. But there are vampires, and then there are vampires. The vampires in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, for example, are twisted in the best of ways. Holly Black serves up one girl's quest for survival in the depths of a hedonistic world where the only thing worse than dying is going cold...and liking it. Rich language, morally ambigious characters, vampires who'd sooner slit your throat than have a conversation with you... What more could you want for your holiday season?
Turn your home into a cozy burrow with these woodsy-inspired DIY projects. My favorites are the hedgehog pin cushion, acorn book band, and silver leaf garland but there's plenty more! A great new addition to anyone's craft collection.
Think Pride and Prejudice. Now cross it with Downton Abbey, and you'll have an idea of what you're getting into when you step inside the world of the servants who run the Bennet household. Baker's evocative prose introduces Sarah, a housemaid used to minding her own affairs -- that is, until a mysterious new footman arrives at Longbourn. Sarah's story is expertly interwoven with the affairs of Pride and Prejudice, but readers unfamiliar with Austen's original will still find a lush, captivating tale that stands on its own."
Take Julia Child add Paul Child, M. F. K. Fisher, and Richard Olnay, mix in Simone Beck and James Beard and you have a recipe for a fascinating book on how these authors/cooks/chefs came together in Provence, 1970 and changed the American gastronomical world. A perfect gift for the Foodie in the family.
An almost unbearably gorgeous book full of almost impossibly glamorous people. One of the ancillary art forms spawned by Hollywood in the studio era was the studio star portrait, and probably the master of them all was George Hurrell. Lighting, makeup and wardrobe helped, but look at what there was to work with (see freckled Joan Crawford's before-and-after portraits)!
From the authors of Plenty and Jerusalem just in time for the cook on your gift list. What i love about Ottolenghi's recipes is that they always turn out as hoped and usually look just as good as the photos. Page 126 is really good and p122 was excellent. The soups are delicious and p46 would be great for a holiday accompaniment. And there is a baking chapter too - p224 I'm coming for you! Enjoy.Susannah V.
Intrigued by the description, I borrowed this from the library. Als’ essays tear right through you. Intelligent, honest, and unflinching explorations of love, race, music, culture, and literature. I thought immediately of James Baldwin, Joan Didion, and Hunter S. Thompson. (Imagine that dinner party.) It’s the first essay collection I’ve ever been compelled to charge through cover to cover. I returned the library copy and bought my own.Josh