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Recently Added Nonfiction

Doppelganger:  A trip into the Mirror World by Naomi Klein

“I’ve been raving about Naomi Klein’s Doppelganger . . . I can’t think of another text that better captures the berserk period we’re living through.” ―Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times

 

The Farmer’s Wife:  My Life in Days by Helen Rebanks

Full of gentle wisdom, this book is an honest portrait of rural life and an authentic exploration of both the hard work and reward of keeping a home and raising a family—even though the job is often thankless and invisible.

Get the Picture: A Mind-bending Journey Among The Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Friends Who Taught me How to See by Bianca Bosker

The New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork takes readers on another fascinating, hilarious, and revelatory journey—this time burrowing deep inside the secretive world of art and artists

The Kingdom The Power, and The Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism by Tim Alberta

Evangelical Christians are perhaps the most polarizing—and least understood—people living in America today. In his seminal new book, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, journalist Tim Alberta, himself a practicing Christian and the son of an evangelical pastor, paints an expansive and profoundly troubling portrait of the American evangelical movement.

Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here: The United States, Central America and the Making of a Crisis  by Jonathan Blitzer

An epic, heartbreaking, and deeply reported history of the disastrous humanitarian crisis at the southern border told through the lives of the migrants forced to risk everything and the policymakers who determine their fate, by New Yorker staff writer Jonathan Blitzer.

 

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A groundbreaking manifesto on living better and longer that challenges the conventional medical thinking on aging and reveals a new approach to preventing chronic disease and extending long-term health, from a visionary physician and leading longevity expert

 

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder David Grann

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • The author of the bestselling phenomenon Quiet explores the power of the bittersweet personality, revealing a misunderstood side of mental health and creativity while offering a roadmap to facing heartbreak in order to live life to the fullest.

Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines, and the Health of Nations by Simon Schama

Foreign Bodies crosses borders between east and west, Asia and Europe, the worlds of rich and poor, politics and science. Its thrilling story carries with it the credo of its author on the interconnectedness of humanity and nature; of the powerful and the people.

 

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk

Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Told from the point of view of Native Americans, challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how the policies against the indigenous peoples were genocidal and imperialist.

Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

 

Stamped from the Beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi

Americans like to insist that we are living in a postracial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and more insidious. And as historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.

Radical American Partisanship: Mapping violent hostility, its causes, and the consequences for democracy by Nathan P. Kalmoe and Lilliana Mason.

Political violence is rising in the United States, with Republicans and Democrats divided along racial and ethnic lines that spurred massive bloodshed and democratic collapse earlier in the nation’s history. The January 6, 2021 insurrection and the partisan responses that ensued are a vivid illustration of how deep these currents run. How did American politics become so divided that we cannot agree on how to categorize an attack on our own Capitol?

On the Origin of Time: Stephen Hawking's Final Theory by Thomas Hertog

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Stephen Hawking’s closest collaborator offers the intellectual superstar’s final thoughts on the cosmos—a dramatic revision of the theory he put forward in A Brief History of Time.

The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean by Susan Casey

An awe-inspiring portrait of the mysterious world beneath the waves, and the men and women who seek to uncover its secrets

The Underworld is Susan Casey’s most beautiful and thrilling book yet, a gorgeous evocation of the natural world and a powerful call to arms.

Heartbreak by Florence Williams

"Heartbreak by Florence Williams is a graceful account of losing a marriage and finding another way of being. With vulnerability and veracity, Williams seeks various modes of understanding the physicality of loss. Whoever has felt the blistering heat of a broken heart will thank Florence Williams for a clear moving river of discoveries" ― Terry Tempest Williams, author of Erosion

"This surprisingly frank and funny book is what happens when a formidable science journalist turns her powers of observation and inquiry on her own broken heart."
― Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim

Fen, Bog & Swamp: A short history of peatland destruction and its role in the climate crisis by Annie Proulx

“Poetic, wide-ranging, and a display of erudition seldom offered. Whatever opinion or attitude the reader brings to this presentation, it is worth reading for its word art alone!” — San Francisco Book Review

“The Pulitzer Prize-winning Proulx (The Shipping News, Barkskins) turns to nonfiction, writing about climate change, the history of wetlands, and what their destruction means for the planet.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Entangled Life: How fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Sheldrake

“Nearly every page of this book contained either an observation so interesting or a turn of phrase so lovely that I was moved to slow down, stop, and reread. . . . This book rocked me into remembering that nature, especially fungal nature, is big and encompassing and creative and destructive. It reminded me that fungi are, like the Universe, sublime.” — Rob Dunn, Science magazine

The Art of Impossible: A peak performance primer by Steven Kotler

“Thoroughly grounded in science, writing of the biological systems that drive fear, anger, grief, lust, and other emotions, all of which can be turned to advantage. . . . [Kotler] offers . . . an entertaining, inspiring approach to life-hacking that begs to be implemented by the willing reader.”  — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Best of Me by David Sedaris

“Sedaris’s brilliant knack for observational humor is on full display in this terrific retrospective essay collection . . . Sedaris can take even the most serious subject and evoke both empathy and laughter. He can also be just plain hilarious . . . [T]he perfect introduction for the uninitiated, while Sedaris’s fans will enjoy rediscovering old favorites.” ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Biographies and Memoirs

In Order to Live:  A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

“Park's remarkable and inspiring story shines a light on a country whose inhabitants live in misery beyond comprehension. Park's important memoir showcases the strength of the human spirit and one young woman's incredible determination to never be hungry again.” —Publishers Weekly

 

 

Mr B:  George Balanchine's 20th Century By Jennifer Homans

George Balanchine was one of the cultural titans of the twentieth century—The New York Times called him “the Shakespeare of dancing.” His radical approach to choreography—and life—reinvented the art of ballet and made him a legend. Written with enormous style and artistry, and based on more than one hundred interviews and research in archives across Russia, Europe, and the Americas, Mr. B carries us through Balanchine’s tumultuous and high-pitched life story and into the making of his extraordinary dances.

The Gambler Wife:  A True Story of Love, Risk, and the Woman Who Saved Dostoyevsky by Andrew D Kaufman

The Gambler Wife offers a fresh and captivating portrait of Anna Dostoyevskaya, who reversed Dostoyevsky's freefall and cleared the way for two of the most notable careers in Russian letters—her husband’s and her own. Drawing on diaries, letters, and other little-known archival sources, Andrew Kaufman reveals how Anna protected her family from creditors, demanding in-laws, and her greatest romantic rival, through years of penury and exile.

 

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

#1 New York Times bestseller

From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era—a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Oh, and took over Twitter

I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

Holding the Line by Geoffrey Beerman

"Throughout my tenure as US attorney, Trump's Justice Department kept demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept declining - in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired. I walked this tightrope for two and a half years. Eventually, the rope snapped." - from Holding the Line

"A cautionary tale about how political forces can undermine the quest for justice." - Barbara McQuade, The Washington Post

The gripping and explosive memoir of serving as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in the face of the Justice Department’s attempts to protect Trump’s friends and punish his enemies.

 

Scoundrel: How a convicted murderer persuaded the women who loved him, the conservative establishment, and the courts to set him free by Sarah Weinman

“Enthralling. . . . The book is a must-read for true crime fans, but it will appeal to nonfiction readers across genres for its thrilling blend of crime, media, and politics in mid-century America. . . . An immediately absorbing story.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Superb. . . . Weinman paints a complete portrait of Smith in all his complexity, with an unsettling ending that left me breathless. A chilling and deeply satisfying read, Scoundrel injects life into a story nearly forgotten by time.” — Bookpage (starred review)

Rough Draft by Katy Tur

"More provocative than Tur's first book . . . a vivid account of how one woman’s inheritance propelled her from a tumultuous childhood to a high-profile perch in television journalism." — The Washington Post   

"If journalism is the 'first rough draft of history' then Tur's memoir is a stunning reminder that journalists are not only providing us with the draft, they are living its revision alongside us." — Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

"Jeannette Walls has carved a story with precision and grace out of one of the most chaotic, heartbreaking childhoods ever to be set down on the page. This deeply affecting memoir is a triumph in every possible way, and it does what all good books should: it affirms our faith in the human spirit." — Dani Shapiro, author of Family History

In Love: A memoir of love and loss by Amy Bloom

“As with all great books about dying, In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss does not terrorize with grim statistics and forewarnings but rather destigmatizes euthanasia and enriches the reader’s life with urgency and gratitude. It renews those joys of being ‘In Love’ with the people around us—despite the numbing effects of routine and familiarity which so often cause happiness to lapse in middle age.” — The Washington Post


Recently Added Fiction

Yellowface A Novel by R.F.Kuang

With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media. R.F. Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable. 

The Postcard by Anne Berest

Winner of the Choix Goncourt Prize, Anne Berest’s The Postcard is a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, an enthralling investigation into family secrets, and poignant tale of a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust and partly restored through the power of storytelling.

Blackouts by Justin Torres

A book about storytelling―its legacies, dangers, delights, and potential for change―and a bold exploration of form, art, and love, Justin Torres’s Blackouts uses fiction to see through the inventions of history and narrative.

 


Absolution by Alice McDermott

A riveting account of women’s lives on the margins of the Vietnam War, from the renowned winner of the National Book Award.


August Blue 
by Deborah Levy

At the height of her career, the piano virtuoso Elsa M. Anderson―former child prodigy, now in her thirties―walks off the stage in Vienna, midperformance.


Twilight Empress:  A Novel of Imperial Rome by Faith L Justice

Twilight Empress is the exciting first novel of the Theodosian Women series by Faith L. Justice featuring the remarkable women who reigned during the Roman Empire’s twilight years. Don’t miss this “addictive read” (Kirkus Reviews); “filled with romance, political intrigue, and drama that will keep you turning the pages.”

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

In this New York Times bestseller and Today show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance, in this “surreal” (People), “remarkable” (Vogue), and “infuriatingly timely” (The New York Times Book Review) debut novel.


A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity and belonging, and a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today. It announces Fatima Farheen Mirza as a major new literary talent.

 


The Paris Assignment by Rhys Bowen

A courageous wife, mother, and resister confronts the devastation of World War II in a heartbreaking and hopeful novel by the bestselling author of The Venice Sketchbook and The Tuscan Child.


Tom Lake 
by Ann Patchett

Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics.


None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), Lisa Jewell returns with a scintillating new psychological thriller about a woman who finds herself the subject of her own popular true crime podcast.

The Fraud by Zadie Smith

“Based on real historical events, The Fraud is a dazzling novel about truth and fiction, Jamaica and Britain, fraudulence and authenticity and the mystery of “other people.”


The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

From one of the most celebrated writers of our time comes an “inventive, effervescent” (Oprah Daily) novel about the memory and quest for authenticity and human connection.

 


All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

Twisty, chilling, and intense, All Good People Here is a searing tale that asks: What are your neighbors capable of when they think no one is watching?


The Breakaway 
by Jennifer Weiner

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a warmhearted and empowering new novel about love, family, friendship, secrets, and a life-changing journey.


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. . . . a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.


The Last White Man by Moshin Hamid

“At its heart, this is a novel about seeing, being seen, loss and letting go. . . . In the hands of such a deft and humane writer as Hamid, a bizarre construct is moved far beyond any mere ‘what if’ . . . . Making strange what we find familiar, he reminds us of our capacity to break beyond our limited visions of each other.” — Guardian


Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

“Fans of family dramas by Ann Patchett, Brit Bennett, and Karen Joy Fowler should take note. Black Cake marks the launch of a writer to watch, one who masterfully plumbs the unexpected depths of the human heart.” — BookPage (starred review)

“Wilkerson uses one Caribbean American family’s extraordinary tale to probe universal issues of identity and how the lives we live and the choices we make leave ‘a trail of potential consequences’ that pass down through generations.” — Booklist (starred review)


The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

“A quick and tender story of a group of swimmers who cope with the disruption of their routines in various ways . . . It’s a brilliant and disarming dive into the characters’ inner worlds.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Award-winning, best-selling Otsuka is averaging one book per decade, making each exquisite title exponentially more precious. Here she creates a stupendous collage of small moments that results in an extraordinary examination of the fragility of quotidian human relationships . . . . [A]n elegiac, devastating masterpiece.” — Booklist (starred review)


The Cartographers 
by Peng Shepherd

The Cartographers is one of those brilliant books you have to read twice.” — Washington Post

“There are echoes of Borges and Bradbury, Pynchon and Finian’s Rainbow, but Ms. Shepherd’s exhilarating and enjoyable work casts a magical glow all its own.” — Wall Street Journal

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Full of the beauty and emotion with which she illuminated the Shakespearean canvas of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell turns her talents to Renaissance Italy in an extraordinary portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

“A compelling portrait of a young woman out of step with her times . . . a vivid portrait of a turbulent age and a vibrant heroine.” — Kirkus Reviews

"Historical-fiction readers will love the cultural details, while Lucrezia’s plight speaks to modern themes of gaslighting and women’s agency . . . The author proves equally skilled at evoking suspense." — Booklist (starred review)

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

“Strout animates the ordinary with an astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air.” — The New Yorker

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

“In Garmus’s debut novel, a frustrated chemist finds herself at the helm of a cooking show that sparks a revolution. Welcome to the 1960s, where a woman’s arsenal of tools was often limited to the kitchen—and where Elizabeth Zott is hellbent on overturning the status quo one meal at a time.” — New York Times

"Strikingly relevant...Darkly funny and poignant...Lessons in Chemistry’s excellent experiment [is] quirky and heartwarming." — The Atlantic

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

“A high-concept mash-up of different genres that transcends its wackadoodle premise with an affecting portrayal of a family careening toward crisi . . . But the science isn’t the point of this twisty book by a writer with a fine grasp of the subtleties of familial dysfunction. The story becomes unexpectedly tender as Jen moves further back in time, in awe of the youth she let slip by so easily, and shocked by how much she did not know.”  — New York Times

Oh William! (Amgash book 3 of 3) by Elizabeth Strout

“So much intimate, fragile, desperate humanness infuses these pages, it’s breathtaking. Almost every declaration carries the force of revelation.” — The Washington Post

“For all the depths of anger and despair they uncover, and the bitterness they attest to, Strout’s works insist on the superabundance of life, the unrealized bliss always immanent in it.” — The New York Review of Books

Mysteries, Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Fantasy, Series

Dream Girl by Laura Lipmann
"With this tip of the hat to Stephen King's MiseryDream Girl is funny and suspenseful, with a dread-worthy final twist." ― People

 

Billy Summers by Stephen King
"The ever prolific King moves from his trademark horror into the realm of the hard-boiled noir thriller . . . Murder most foul and mayhem most entertaining. Another worthy page-turner from a protean master." ― Kirkus, starred

 

Mercy: An Atlee Pine Thriller by David Baldacci
"With an interesting storyline, amazing characters, and packed with action, fans are sure to love Mercy."― Seattle Book Review

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
“Joy Delaney has gone missing ― and her husband, Stan, seems like the most likely suspect. Two of their grown children think he’s probably guilty, two think he’s innocent, and everyone seems to be squaring off against each other in this delicious family drama.” ― New York Post

Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) by Patricia Cornwell
As she investigates the murder of her former deputy chief, Kay Scarpetta finds links to a series of otherwise unrelated killings, and soon finds herself unraveling a global terror conspiracy.

The Woods by Harlan Coben
Grieving over the murder of his sister twenty years earlier and raising his six-year-old daughter alone after losing his wife to cancer, county prosecutor Paul Copeland is inadvertently tied to a murder investigation that he believes may be related to his sister's case, a discovery that threatens to reveal long-buried family secrets.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
“Dave pulls off something that feels both new and familiar: a novel of domestic suspense that unnerves, then reassures. This is the antithesis of the way novels like Gone Girl or My Lovely Wife are constructed; in The Last Thing He Told Me, the surface is ugly, the situation disturbing, but almost everyone involved is basically good underneath it all. Dave has given readers what many people crave right now—a thoroughly engrossing yet comforting distraction.” ― BookPage

Be Careful What You Wish For (book 4 of the Clifton Chronicles) by Jeffrey Archer
“No family saga would be complete without a villain, and this book has a good one, a well-drawn and believable character whose motivations are understandable. This thoroughly engaging old-school, multigenerational saga harks back to the work of Malcolm Macdonald, Belva Plain, and Irwin Shaw.” ―Booklist

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
“A torturous book. Horrifying in small, cutting, personal ways, and in the more classic scare-in-a-dark-room way. But there’s an iron rod of panicked strength that runs through the middle of it.” ― NPR, Jason Sheehan, on The Luminous Dead

 

One Step Too Far (A Frankie Elkin novel) by Lisa Gardner
“It’s not often that a thriller so deeply casts us into the darkness of both nature and the human heart . . . Terrifying, primal, and very, very tense. Read it with your heart in your throat—but read it.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Gargoyle by David Anderson
“A story that sweeps us in with no protest. You want to be lost in its pages. . . . The real tragedy of this book is that it ends.” —Daily News

Tender Is the Bite (a Chet & Bernie mystery, 11) by Spencer Quinn
“Cleverly plotted . . . Chet is a source of wisdom and innate doggie joie de vivre, making this a real pleasure for anyone who has ever looked into a dog’s eyes and asked: who’s a good boy?” ―Publishers Weekly

Quicksilver by Dean Koontz
“Positively twitching with suspense. Another sure-fire hit from a thriller master.” ―Booklist (starred review)

The Red Book (a Billy Harney thriller, 2) by James Patterson and David Ellis
"Crisply written . . . a fine thriller." ―Booklist

 

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander series.

Unfinished Business (Ali Reynolds series, 16) by Judith A. Jance
“Jance has been writing mysteries for more than 35 years, and she’s accumulated a large and enthusiastic fan base, all of whom should be delighted with this new one. Reynolds continues to be an engaging and resolute series lead, and it’s certainly nice to see Beaumont lend a hand.” ―Booklist

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan
“Duncan’s werewolf trilogy is vigorous, funny, sexy and necessary at a time when so much genre fiction is drowning in melancholy vampires and self-serious teen dystopias. The books share a great deal more DNA with James Bond and the John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London.” ― Kirkus Reviews

Deeds of Darkness (Tenth chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon)
“Mel Starr has done it again with another brilliant Sir Hugh de Singleton medieval mystery to keep readers guessing until the very end. . . . Mel always draws you into the experience.” ―Toni Mount, author of the Sebastian Foxley murder mystery series

Moon, Witch, Spider King by Marion James
“A rare sequel that is better than its predecessor. . . . a breathtaking book, one that functions as well as a standalone as it does a sequel. . . . Make no mistake, this series is absolutely a must-read.” ―NPR

 


Recently Added for Younger Readers

 

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, Moon! Earth's Best Friend, and Mars! Earthlings Welcome by Stacy McAnulty (ages 2 to 7)
"Perfect for children―and grown-ups―who have questions about the greater universe." ―Booklist  

Odd Beasts: Meet Nature’s Weirdest Animals by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Gareth Lucas (ages 2 to 4)
Barnyard animals—move over! Odd Beasts introduces babies and toddlers to more unusual species, including the glass frog with transparent skin and the pangolin—the only mammal with scales!

My First Book of Planets: All About the Solar System by Bruce Betts (ages 3 to 6)
“Here’s the perfect book for introducing preschoolers and slightly older kids to the wonders of our solar system. The language is perfect for curious young scientists like my four-year-old grandson. The text is seasoned with many of the author’s trademark Random Space Facts, while the mix of beautiful astrophotography and artists’ drawings make My First Book of Planets a visual delight.” ―Mat Kaplan, Host and Producer of Planetary Radio

Moose’s Book Bus by Inga Moore (ages 3 to 7)
“A story about the joy of sharing stories. . . . Librarians, caregivers, and children will delight in the message: family reading time is family fun.”
Kirkus Reviews

What Should Danny Do? On Vacation by Ganit Levy (ages 3 and up)
Filled with pertinent lessons dealing with personal responsibility, empathy, kindness, and sharing

Milo Imagines the World, by Matt de la Peña (ages 4 to 8)
“Pictures brimming with activity, an endearing main character, and threads for thinking about art, families, and what we see in others make this a book that will hold up to many readings.” School Library Journal

The Rock from the Sky, Klassen, Jon (ages 4 to 8)
Fedoras, berets and unblinking eyes reveal more emotion, action and character than you might think possible. In these 96 pages Klassen writes about hubris, despair, existential angst, envy, inflexibility and friendship. But it's funny! Children will adore these stories. And adults, I suspect, will adore them, too.
The Star Tribune

Clovis Keeps His Cool by Katelyn Aronson, illustrated by Eve Farb (ages 4 to 8)
“Clovis is a bull who shows that far older hero, Ferdinand, what provocation and pacifism look like, in a charmingly teachable story of stress.” —Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal

The Longest Storm by Dan Yaccarino (ages 4 to 8)
“At once timely and timeless. . . . This book will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.” —
School Library Journal, starred review
"Feels emotionally true to the process of going through any profound crisis. . . . Resonant and reassuring.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, Joanna Ho and Dung Ho (ages 4 to 8)
A New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller · A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021 · Included in NPR’s 2021 Books We Love List · Featured in Forbes, Oprah Daily, The Cut, and Book Riot · Golden Poppy Book Award Winner · Featured in Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2021 · 2021 Nerdie Award Winner · A Kirkus Children's Best Book of 2021

I Don’t Want to Read This Book by Max Greenfield (ages 6 to 8)
“Silly, funny, and visually appealing, this work will appeal to reluctant and avid readers . . . A great classroom read-aloud bound to make listeners join in the fun.” —School Library Journal

Books 1 through 4 in the Amelia Bedelia & Friends chapter book series, by Herman Parish (ages 6 to 10)
This funny chapter book series about friendship includes "Two Ways to Say It," Amelia Bedelia’s guide to the idioms used in the story, and instructions on how to make your own reusable tote bag. Illustrated in black-and-white throughout by Lynne Avril.

The Fascinating Ocean Book by Bethanie and Josh Hestermann
From anemones to zooplankton―500 awesome ocean facts for kids 8 to 12

Jellyfish! by Ginjer L Clarke (8 to 9)
With simple language and vivid photographs, Jellyfish! is perfect for emerging readers curious about the natural world.

For Teens and Middle Graders

Gilded by Marissa Meyer (12 to 18)
"Meyer explores the power of fiction in this inventive Rumpelstiltskin reimagining. Intricate worldbuilding and star-crossed romance help temper the Erlking’s brutality, and . . . well-drawn characters will leave readers craving a sequel." ―Publishers Weekly

The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, 2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (12 and up)
"Part The Westing Game, part We Were Liars, completely entertaining."―Kirkus, starred review
"This strong, Knives Out-esque series opener...provides ample enjoyment."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (12 to 17)
"A harrowing page-turner." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A gripping story." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"Sepetys' flowing prose gently carries readers." ―Kirkus, starred review
"Beautifully written and deeply felt." ―Booklist, starred review

 

The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor (10 to 14)
Part historical fiction, part fable, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine while she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885. (A National Book Award finalist)

Kaleidoscope by Brian Seznick (10 and up)
". . . a collection of magical, weird and mysterious stories . . .  accompanied by art, which, as we've come to expect from Selznick, is stunning . . . While each tale seems like a sliver of a larger story we'll never learn, we get the impression that we're hearing the best part.”―Adam Gidwitz, The New York Times Book Review

Pony by R. J. Palacio (10 and up)
“A mystery, a frontier adventure, a ghost story: Pony tells the tale of a child ‘with fire in his mind,’ and it will light a fire in yours. R. J. Palacio’s most ambitious book yet, it is as compelling as it is satisfying.” —Adam Gidwitz, Newbery Honor–winning author of The Inquisitor’s Tale

Daughter of the Deep, Riordan, Rick (10 to 14)
"If you have ever craved a story that will leave your heart racing, your lungs gasping from the numerous twists and turns, your soul heaving from the effort of now carrying an ensemble cast, you will find all that and more in these pages."―New York Times best-selling author Roshani Chokshi

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo (10 and up)
“It deals with the tough issues of death, grieving, and the great accompanying sadness, and has enough layers to embrace any reader. —School Library Journal, starred review

The Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird, illus. by David Small (10 to 12)
“This unconventional tale is a hoot and an encouraging call to live an adventurous life on one’s own terms.” —Booklist

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo (9 to 12)
“The story is told in language as clear and beautiful as an illuminated manuscript, with characters who spring instantly to life. The fairy-tale conventions give it a sense of timelessness and omnipresence . . . A book with an angelic soul: large, sharp, and uncompromising.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred

Blancaflor, The Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America: A TOON Graphic (Toon Books) by Nadja Spiegelman (8 to 12)
"Spiegelman’s retelling is a fresh take on the classic story, with contemporary and effortless language that will resonate with modern audiences. Sánchez’s energetic illustrations are a visual delight." The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty (8 to 12)
"Unique and utterly satisfying."—Kirkus Reviews, starred
"Prepare to fall in love."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Lucy’s journey is beautifully authentic in this debut brimming with warmth, wisdom, and math."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Well-rounded and believable characters and a convincing and appealing story. . . . Adds a useful STEM component as well.” —Booklist

Children of the Fox (Thieves of Shadow book 1 of 2) by Kevin Sands (9 to 12)
"This stunning tale of betrayal, trickery, and friendship takes the reader on a wild ride." —School Library Journal

Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches, volume 1, by Michel Guyon (9 to 12)
“For kids on the literary prowl for the fantastic, there’s a new book and a new kid-hero you should meet. His name is Archibald Finch.” —New York Lifestyles Magazine

Amari and the Night Brothers by B B Alston (8 to 12)
“In this thrilling debut, Alston thrusts his intrepid heroine into a setting packed with magic, mythical creatures, and danger. Amari, a Black girl with limited means, confronts privilege and prejudice even while delving into a world of wonder, humor, and adventure, making this a sure-to-please winner.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (8 to 12)
"Roars to life with just a touch of magic.” Kirkus Reviews, starred
“A heartfelt reminder of the wonder and beauty in our everyday lives.” Booklist, starred review

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Steed (8 to 12)
"Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'" —The Washington Post

Pax Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker (8 to 12)
“Pennypacker brilliantly walks this tightrope of evoking the power and pain of love. The end result is a story about healing and forgiveness: healing from war, from poisons in the environment, from pain and loss, from the ways people disappoint those they love.” —New York Journal of Books

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly (8 to 12)
“From the author of the Newbery Award–winning Hello, Universe, this perceptive story focuses on Marisol, an imaginative Filipina American girl . . . The first volume in the Maybe Marisol series is an immediately engaging and ultimately rewarding choice for readers moving up to chapter books.” – Booklist, starred review

The Hidden Kingdom (book 3)

The Dark Secret (book 4)

About the Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland (8 to 12):
*"Dazzling; a must-read for any dragon fan." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred

The Brightest Night (book 5)