Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Naughty or Nice, A List of Books that Make Great Gifts

"A book is a gift you can open again and again" - Garrison Keillor
Sisters, best friends, and husbands may be easy to shop for, but a vegan cousin-once-removed is a different story. Thankfully, there is a book for almost everyone on your list. Here are several suggestions—from culinary to historical and more. 

If you're shopping for a... 

Books that Cook: the making of a literary meal Edited by Jennifer Cognard-Black

Music aficionado:
A View from a Broad by Bette Midler
Dylan: the biography by Dennis McDougal

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Dog lover:
Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis


Thinking Through Landscape by Augustin Berque

History buff:
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward, based on a film by Ken Burns
The Little Rock Nine by Rachel Tisdale

Jewelry collector:

Film connoisseur:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Revolution by Deborah Wiles 495 pages

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Revolution is the second installment in a trilogy set in the 1960s. (First: Countdown, set during the Cuban Missile Crisis). Revolution, a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, takes place in Greenwood, Mississippi during the summer of 1964. 12 year old Sunny is looking forward to a summer of swimming and playing, but adults talking about “invaders” coming from the North make her worried. As she listens more, she learns that people from the North are coming to help people in Greenwood register to vote. She can’t figure out why people are upset. And she’s got invaders in her own house, with a new step mother, brother and sister.

In alternating chapters, readers learn the story of Raymond, an African American boy, who is becoming aware of all the places he can’t go this summer—the swimming pool, the baseball park, the movie theater, just to name a few, due to the Jim Crow laws.  And he’s restless. He doesn’t want to settle anymore.

As the novel progresses, Sunny’s and Raymond’s stories intersect and both of their worlds expand. Interspersed throughout the book are images and articles from 1964 that make the story come alive. This is a moving book that I thought about long after I finished. While it’s cataloged as an older juvenile book, adults would find it fascinating as well.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Biggest Books of 2014

     Books That Were Bestsellers, Won Awards, Or We Just Loved












Science Fiction/Fantasy






Kids and Teens










National Book Award Winners





Young People's Lit

Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters