“It has been said that The Carpenter is the Avett Brothers' album about death. Death is there in the first song, there in the last, and wheedling all in between. The brothers, actual and nominal, aren't the raggedy kids they were when they started out a decade ago; they've married, started families, settled down. The band's last record, 2009's I and Love and You, offered a tamer version of Seth and Scott Avett's splintered yawps and shredded banjo strings, and their live show has tempered as their catalog has filled out and fanbase expanded from regional devotees to national masses. It's tempting to peg the Avetts' story as one of a little-band-that-could selling out and smoothing over when a major label and bigger stages come calling, but I'm not sure it's that simple; for an act in it for the long haul, a certain rounding of the edges seems not only inevitable, but natural– healthy, even. Growing up is hard to do, but outright refusing can be trickier.” (Pitchfork)
- Right Rose, Right Place by Peter Schneider
- "Born to run" By Christopher McDougall
- Picture Book Selection: Is Everyone Ready For Fun?
- Adventure Pick for Teens: In Too Deep
- Picture Book Selection: Apple Pie ABC
- Juvenile Fiction Selection: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
- Picture Book Selection: It's a Tiger!
- Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness
- Dreaming Spies, by Laurie King
- Sophie's Squash
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Teen Horror Fiction: The Girl From the Well
- City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett
- Picture Book Selection: Caterina and the Perfect Party
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