Does the thought of eating meat make you feel just awful? Join me in celebrating National Vegetarian Month, going on now in the month of October. We have a wonderful collection of Vegetarian cookbooks that are sure to get your mouth watering. Even if cooked cow does pass your lips sometimes, don't be afraid to try some new, great meatless recipes out. You may be pleasantly surprised.
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author, Mo Yan. As one of mainland China's best known authors, Mo Yan has created over 10 novels and 80 short stories in his 30-year career. According to The Guardian he is "notable not only for his creative engagement with modern Chinese history but also, more simply, for his dedication to the craft of writing." You can check out his prize-winning works in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, or English translation.
Big breasts and wide hips: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt
Life and death are wearing me out: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt
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Mrs. Adams in winter: a journey in the last days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien
Dinosaur thunder by Marion Dane Bauer ; [illustrated by] Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Dinosoaring by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine
The Berenstain Bears dinosaur dig by Jan & Mike Berenstain
On Thursday, October 11 at noon we'll be discussing:
Turn of mind by Alice LaPlante — Dr. Jennifer White is the prime suspect in the murder of her life-long friend and neighbor, Amanda, but as she descends further into the later stages of dementia, it becomes unclear if her shattered memory is preventing her from remembering the truth or helping her hide it. Kirkus Reviews calls this book, "a haunting story masterfully told."
Just in case you're a Junie B. Jones fan, you should be aware of her seasonal titles appropriate for the upcoming holidays as well.
Junie B., first grader: boo!— and I mean it! by Barbara Park
If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli
It's back to school for millions of students this month. What's happening in our classrooms?
Boys and girls learn differently!: a guide for teachers and parents by Michael Gurian
Did you miss these recent Mysteries?
Blues in the night by Dick Lochte
The cold room by Robert Knightly
Never play another man's game by Mike Knowles
Murder in the 11th house: a Starlight Detective Agency mystery by Mitchell Scott Lewis
The Ely testament by Philip Gooden
Astride a pink horse by Robert Greer
The house at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
Has your book group tried any short story collections? You could choose an author to concentrate on or assign a story to each member, or simply assign a collection and let your members report back to the group.
Among the missing by Dan Chaon
Don't tell anyone by Frederick Busch
—William J. Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001
Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.
Celebrate opening night at one of the many concerts offered throughout the month of September.
21st century houses: 150 of the world's best by [editor] Robyn Beaver
The borrower: a novel by Rebecca Makkai
Listen and read along with one of our J Book/CD Kits. You can find them near the music CDs in the Children's Department. Pick some up today for a car trip or for listening at home. Here's a list of some popular choices:
Chrysanthemum [kit] by Kevin Henkes
Amelia Bedelia [kit] by Peggy Parish
A fine, fine school [kit] by Sharon Creech
Is there a new baby in your house? Read some picture books about older siblings and how they adjust to all the changes that a new baby brings.
Sophie and the new baby by Laurence Anholt; illustrated by Catherine Anholt
Hi, new baby! by Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley
Brand-new baby blues by words by Kathi Appelt; illustrations by Kelly Murphy
Take a look at some great books for fifth graders:
The underneath by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by David Small
An unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost by Louise Arnold
Dragon's breath by E.D. Baker
First graders, here are some great books just for you!
Young Cam Jansen and the missing cookie by David A. Adler; illustrated by Susanna Natti
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Inside, outside, upside down by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Mine's the best by Crosby Bonsall
On Thursday, September 13 at Noon we'll be discussing:
Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell — After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo Crane takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices. The New York Times called this book "an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom."