January book recommendations
The Key from Spain by Debbie Levy — When Flory's ancestors are forced to leave Spain during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, they take with them their two most precious possessions ‚¬• the key to their old house and the Ladino language.
Fern and Horn by Marie-Louise Gay — Fern and Horn try to outdo each other with imagination and improvisation, using crayons and pencils, ripped-up paper and cardboard boxes.
Rabbit and the Motorbike by Kate Hoefler — A touching tale for those who are confronting loss and those who are eager to explore and experience the world around them.
Everything Awesome about Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts! by Mike Lowery — The Boys' Book of Survival meets Dav Pilkey with a prehistoric twist, in this definitive, go-to book about everything awesome you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs.
True or False? Pirates by World Book — Did you know that pirates rarely buried treasure? This book reveals this — and more — surprising truths behind common misconceptions.
Just Breathe by Mallika Chopra — A fun and accessible fully illustrated go-to meditation guide written by none other than Mallika Chopra, wellness expert and the daughter of Deepak Chopra. For kids ages 8 to 12, this book is full of specific exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and tips to lead a healthier, happier and more connected life.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney — When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights.
Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark by Katie and Kevin Tsang — Sam Wu is not afraid of the dark, but proving how brave you are is hard work — especially when Sam's about to face his greatest challenge yet: a camping trip in the woods with his best friend.
Astro-Nuts Mission One: The Plant Planet by Jon Scieszka — This is an outer space adventure that allows young readers to learn about our planet and environment while laughing and having fun.
The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in our Food and Drugs by Gail Jarrow — Revolting and riveting in turns, Jarrow's masterfully crafted narrative will fundamentally alter how readers view their food. Though laced with toxins, this is anything but toxic.
Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee — Before his days of going to battle with the Avengers, a young Loki is desperate to prove himself a hero. Everyone on Asgard suspects him of villainy, except Amora, a sorceress-in-training, who sees the best in him. Loki and Amora destroy one of Asgard's most prized possessions, and Amora is banished to Earth as punishment. Soon, Loki is sent to Earth to investigate a series of murders. There, in 19th century London, Loki embarks on a journey that will lead him to the source of his power.
Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach — Football saved Isaiah's life, giving him something to cling to after the death of his sister. During a game, Isaiah is knocked out and suffers a concussion. Suddenly, everything is on the line; his team cannot win without him, and a scholarship to Cornell is in jeopardy. He must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice for the sport.
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake — As children, Violet and her brother Sam, dreamed of discovering the lost shipwreck their great-great-great-grandmother traveled to the coast of Maine aboard. She was the only survivor, swimming to shore, and founding the town of Lyric. Violet teams up with Liv Stone, a local fellow shipwreck hunter, who makes her ache in an exhilarating new way. What secrets will they uncover about Lyric and her family?
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston — Sophie's long-term boyfriend, Griffin, breaks up with her during Christmas. Heartbroken, Sophie spends the holidays at her grandparents' house with extended family. Her nonna devises a plan that, over the next 10 days, Sophie will be set upon by 10 different blind dates by different family members. Griffin unexpectedly begs for a second chance, but Sophie is confused. Does she have feelings for someone else?
Angel Mage by Garth Nix — Liliath, emerging from a magical sleep still beautiful and looking no more than 19 years old, renews her quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel. Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic, summoning four young people to do her bidding. None know of Liliath's plans to use them as pawns in her plan — no matter the cost.
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett — At the age of 16, all girls are banished so that they can release their magic, which is said to lure men from beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive wives mad with jealousy. If they return, they will be married. Tierney dreads the "grace year," but leaves with the rest of the girls. They must survive dangerous poachers and also the other girls themselves as they struggle to survive.
Under Pressure: The Science of Stress by Tanya Lloyd Kyi — Adolescents are no strangers to stress. The science behind that their reactions are explored, as well as how people cope with chronic stress, trauma, and its effect on the brain, and new treatments scientists have found for everyday life stressors.
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger — FBI agent Nell Flynn hasn't been home in years. She's never had much of a relationship with her father, and being home just brings back memories of her mother's brutal murder when Nell was only seven. When she receives news that her father has died in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns home for the first time in a decade to close her father's estate. At the request of her father's partner, Detective Davis, Nell begins looking into the murders of two young women in the area. Still, the more she digs, the more it appears that her father is the prime suspect in this suspenseful thriller by the author of The Banker's Wife.
Milady by Laura L. Sullivan — Milady de Winter is so much more than a villain in the lives of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers, and in this lush historical novel, she finally gets a chance to speak for herself. Because, in her own words: "We all know history was written by men, and they so often get things wrong." This book details Milady's life before her meeting the Three Musketeers, and provides character development to explain her actions in the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. A wonderful retelling of The Three Musketeers from a fresh perspective, full of romance and adventure.
Second Sight by Aoife Clifford — When Eliza Carmody returns to her hometown in the country to work the biggest law case of her career, she's on the "wrong side," defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action suit by her hometown. She also witnesses her old friend Luke Tyrell commit a lethal act of violence. Shaken, as she becomes more deeply entangled in the investigation and the hunt for Luke, she begins to question what she once thought was true in this mystery novel that uses flashbacks to tell two intertwining stories from the past and present.
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb — This glamorous work of historical fiction takes the reader along on the events of Grace Kelly's romance and wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco and tells the story of two unlikely side players to the famous romance: Sophie Duval, a perfume shop owner, and James Henderson, a British press photographer. Much like Princess Grace, Sophie and James must decide what they are prepared to give up for love in this story of friendship, love, and tragedy that stretches across thirty years and features exotic locales like Cannes and the CÃ´te d'Azur.
Chances Are ... by Richard Russo — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russo's first stand-alone novel in a decade features the complicated friendship between three men: a commercial real estate broker, a small press publisher, and a musician. They met in college circa the sixties, and now in their own sixties, they are determined to solve a mystery that has plagued them since a Memorial Day weekend on Martha's Vineyard in 1971. Featuring Russo's trademarked comedy and humanity, this work of literary fiction features a suspenseful mystery and a story of alternating chapters set in the present and the past.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware — Live-in nanny Rowan Caine is smitten with the luxurious "smart" home in the Scottish Highlands that she will be inhabiting as she cares for three children while their architect parents are away. But nothing goes quite according to plan, and she soon finds herself in prison awaiting trial for murder after one of her charges dies. Told in the form of letters written to a lawyer from prison, Rowan struggles to explain what happened at Heatherbrae House in this fifth psychological thriller and mystery by Ruth Ware.
The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O'Mara — Acclaimed historian of the digital revolution Margaret O'Mara has written the definitive history of Silicon Valley. This work features not only the big names that everyone has heard but also doesn't neglect the institutions that helped build the framework for today's high-tech companies, from the Pentagon to Stanford University. Following four generations of growth in the Valley, O'Mara explores the key tech companies, political ties, and cultural narratives of the time in this wide-reaching and well-researched work of non-fiction.
Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest by David Roberts — In July of 1776, two Franciscan fathers set out from Santa Fe to chart a route to the new Spanish missions in California. Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Francisco Vélez de Escalante were tasked with scouting for mineral wealth and locating native tribes to convert. By the time they had reached present-day Utah, however, they were forced to turn back due to the dangers of starvation and hypothermia. By November, they had to kill their horses for food. Roberts uses Escalante's first-person report as a guide to trace the adventurous but largely forgotten route in this fascinating work combining personal and historical narratives in the southwest.
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott — Before there was Al Capone, there was George Remus, whose traffic in whiskey during Prohibition made him a multimillionaire within two years. Prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt was determined to bring Remus down, despite the previously cozy relationship Remus and the U.S. Attorney's office had shared up to that point. After Remus was thrown into prison, his second wife and Willebrandt's best investigator begin an affair that eventually ends in murder in this shocking work of true crime non-fiction that reads like a movie script.
So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen by Kristen Meinzer — Podcasts are one of the fastest-growing forms of media, but they are incredibly difficult to both create and sustain. Kristen Meinzer, a commentator, producer, and host of three podcasts that reach more than ten million listeners, shares her expertise and knowledge with aspiring podcasters in this how-to guide. Encouraging everyone to develop their unique voice and work smarter, not harder, she asks a series of questions such as, "Why do you want to start a podcast?" and "How is your show going to be structured?" After they finish with this book, aspiring podcasters will have a step-by-step plan for their show, considering essential aspects like length, interviews, news reads, and how to produce and promote a thriving show.
Beautiful Wreaths: 40 Handmade Creations Throughout the Year by Melissa Skidmore — Christmas might be over, but that doesn't mean that you have to wait another year before hanging a wreath up in your home! Melissa Skidmore has created forty wreaths appropriate for every season: spring flowers, summer greenery, fall branches, and winter evergreens mean your front door will never be bare again. Including non-traditional materials like old rakes, vintage picture frames, chalkboard, and burlap bags, and with plenty of tips for tying the perfect bow, there's something for every season in this fun craft book.
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