"I enjoyed this book because it was a quick read, similar to that of a graphic novel. The story was a nice subversive of a classic fairy tale and the illustrations were beautifully and morbidly unique."
Not Now, Cow by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Troy Cummings
"This super funny concept book has rooster, goat, and a few other barnyard friends ready to play during the seasons, while Cow is just always a season off. Ski-pants and wool scarf in the hot summer sun, and floaties and a bathing suit in the winter are just some of Cow's fun outfits. Kids will really laugh and enjoy repeating, Not now, cow!, as they learn and see seasons change!"
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
"This beautiful novel deals with some of the challenges of growing up in Dakota; America. The author uses one woman's story to weave together the stories of the woman's ancestors, of her community, and of a person's and a community's relationship to the earth, seeds, and food."
Lie With Me by Philippe Besson
Translated by Molly Ringwald
"A moving story of memory. Philippe Besson is able to share the experience of first love in a small town, the desire to leave and become something more, and how that first encounter with love affected his life."
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
"Sometimes you have to get really lost in order to find who you really are and what you really want in life. "The Other Side of Lost" by Jessi Kirby is a powerful story about grief and self-discovery. It is a tale of seeking where Mari, the main character, hits the trail and faces difficult terrain and in doing so finds the strength to face up to her own inner wilderness. Definitely recommended to those who may have a love/hate relationship with social media, who's interested in hiking, the wilderness, and the idea of getting lost to find themselves."
City Spies by James Ponti
"This juvenile fiction book is a great story about a team of spies that are working to save the head of a global climate summit from a nefarious agency named "The Purple Thumb". Brooklyn is recruited from juvenile court after she is caught hacking into the courts and the bank to prove the horrid conditions of her current foster home. When "Mother" appears, Brooklyn is given a choice, either go to juvie or help him save the world as a member of one of the world's most secret spy teams training in Scotland as part of the British Secret Service. I would recommend letting yourself get swept away in the first book of the City Spies series by James Ponti."
3D Printing Failures by Sean Aranda
"It helped me solve some problems I was having in 3D printing, It might do the same for others."
The Unwritten Book by Samantha Hunt
"After her father's death, Samantha Hunt finds his unfinished manuscript. The Unwritten Book includes this manuscript along with Samantha's sometimes biographical, sometimes philosophical footnotes. Interspersed throughout the manuscript are essays about the nature of life, death, memory, and a general exploration of how we exist in this world. Somehow, all these disparate parts come together beautifully to create a book that affirms life and love, even in the face of loss."
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals For Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
"An entertaining memoir about a Nick Offerman's life, who, prior to reading about him was most notable for his gruff, stubborn character Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec. Getting to know the details of his early career in acting, woodworking, his lovely relationship with his wife Megan Mullaly, and all of his hilariously-narrated experiences along the way were a delight. Bonus---if you listen to this as an audiobook, Nick narrates it himself, and infectiously laughs at himself and his antics as he reads, making for a more relatable and captivating experience."
Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything by Kelly Weill
"I recommend this book because it does a good job of pointing out that we showed not believe in everything we read on the internet and instead learn to recognize what is fact from fiction based on scientific evidence."
My Name is Bana by Bana al-Abed
"My Name is Bana is a touching picture biography about a young refugee girl feelings dealing with the war in Syria and having to leave her homeland. Treat yourself to beautifully illustrated picture books and learn about amazing people by checking out this book and other juvenile picture book biographies at your local library."
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
"It is a very timely look at how geography affects politics. As the subtitle says, "Ten maps that explain everything about the world."
Metropolis: A Novel
"A fun, yet moody book with some interesting characters and setting."
An Eternal Lei by Naomi Hirahara
"This cozy mystery takes place in Kauai, Hawaii. I feel I am visiting Kauai with the author's loving descriptions of the island and interesting dialogue using both Hawaiian words and slang intermixed with Japanese. The author includes a dictionary at the back of the book for readers to use as a reference. I call reading this book a bookcation and I enjoyed it. This is Naomi Hirahara's second Leilani Santiago Hawai'i Mystery. The first book in the series is Iced in Paradise. I am eagerly awaiting Ms. Hirahara's next Leilani Santiago Hawai'i Mystery."
God Country by Donny Cates
"Donny Cates is one of the single most amazing writers I have ever seen in my many years at both libraries and in the comic book industry - His graphic novel God Country tackles the tragic truth of dementia and loss while mixing in epic fantasy scenes that leave readers in awe (and in my case tears!). Readers who enjoy beautifully written world-building, and a raw look at the effects of loss on a family will adore this book, and might find they love more of Cates's work!"
El Deafo by Cece Bell
"Cece Bell tells the story of her upbringing as a child with hearing loss in this amazing graphic novel that explores all the challenges the author faced from attending school with hearing classmates, navigating friendships, emotions and even first crushes. A wonderful middle grade book. "
Fly by Night by Tara O'Connor
"It explores a diverse, dysfunctional family who suffered a tragic loss. The book uses dark supernatural imagery to contrast the horrors of the real world. It leaves you contemplating who the real villains in society are and to pay close attention to the truth. "
Confession by Saint Agustine
A fantastic novel that speaks of a famous philosopher during the early Medieval Ages, Augustine of Hippo. Throughout this autobiography, Augustine begins understanding the world around him and his own action, and how it has been affecting his life. He also dives into the idea of theology and philosophy, and St. Augustine, which is his title in present-day, explains how he detaches himself from his idols. This novel and autobiography is a classic and enjoyable read for those who prefer philosophy and theology genres.
Who Is the Beast by Keith Baker
"Librarian Barbie turned me on to this Picture Book. Without giving too much away the book asks the reader, "who really IS the beast"? The obvious answer may be the Tiger in the story. However, with further reading we find ourselves asking, "is he really the beast"? Perhaps we are more alike than we are different. There is a lot to think about and much to learn from this book. An added plus, the artwork in itself is something to relish over."
Avocado Asks: What Am I? by Momoko Abe
"It is so cute and really funny, my little one loved it."
The Ballerinas: A Novel
"I enjoyed the exploration of the world of ballet from a performer's perspective. The characters were captivating!"
Sherman: A Soldier's Life by Lee Kennett
"This biography gives a sense of all the struggles Sherman had in his personal and professional life while giving multiple viewpoints over historical events."