Everyone knows the old fable, The Tortoise and the Hare; slow and steady wins the race. In Hare and Tortoise you get to meet Hare and Tortoise in a completely new and exciting way! The moral stays the same, but the creative new illustrations bring new life to the story.
A young girl and her cat move into a new house that turns out to be haunted by ghosts. Luckily she is a witch and knows just what to do!
There are no words in this book, just a picture puzzle. Can you find the one thing that is almost like the others? This is a good exercise in how things can be put into categories, and also a little tricky because some of the “almosts” are cleverly disguised. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Twinkie lovers’ have no fear – you can make your own at home, and guess what? You’ll know exactly what’s in them. This cookbook includes recipes for all kinds of “junk food” of your youth, made with healthier ingredients. There are gluten and dairy free options too.
Do Equal Opportunity Employers really hire without discrimination? Is Twitter destroying our capacity to write, or improving it? Can Facebook predict if your marriage will last? How is Google fighting the flu?
Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OkCupid, leverages the company’s massive collection of data as a starting point for this examination of human nature. Rudder keeps the text light and readable, skipping wonky details while being sure to note when his conclusions are limited by his data. His insights range from quirky factoids—white men are most likely to read Robert Heinlein while drinking a home-brewed beer, while Asian women would rather snack on macarons and read Norwegian Wood—to sobering insights about racism, sexism, and homophobia. A must-read for anyone interested in social media and what it reveals about our personalities and communities.
This is the time of year when I start lamenting the fact that I didn't get to go on an extravagant trip to an exotic location, leading me to find books that allow me to escape (even if just for a little bit!). Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett helped me to do just that. Bonnett visited floating islands, hidden cities, and places not recorded on maps, reminding readers that there are still uncharted territories out there. Even if you don't get to travel outside of your hometown this summer, this book is a great reminder to put down distractions and realize that there is so much more to be seen and learned in our world.
Tanya Pitts Dubois’ marriage to Frank ends when he lies dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home. This is also when Tanya Pitts Dubois ceases to exist and becomes Amelia Keen—after placing a phone call to a mysterious Mr. Oliver. With $5,000 and a new identification as Amelia from Mr. Oliver, the former Tanya Pitts begins her off-the-grid journey from Wisconsin to Austin, Texas, where she meets a bartender named Blue (Debra Maze). Blue recognizes the look of a fellow fugitive, offers her a place to stay, and switches identities with her. The hunted/haunted Tanya-turned-Amelia-turned-Debra leaves town and ping-pongs from one location to another, trying on and discarding one identity after another—sometimes in the matter of minutes—with a terrified intensity. Added to this fascinating scramble to fly below the radar are some old emails between “Ryan” and “Jo” that begin to create a picture—but a picture of what? All is revealed by the end of this satisfying, intense, and intriguing psychological thriller.
Welcome to Victorian England and all that comes with it. In the third and final book of the Thomas De Quincey series, David Morrell brings together murder, political unrest, and ethnic prejudices with the new experience of train travel. With the help of Dr. De Quincey and his daughter, the detectives must find the suspect who boarded a train, stabbed the victim, and was able to escape from a locked train car. And if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the Irish detective from Scotland Yard faces constant discrimination while trying to uncover clues. As this story unfolds, the author describes train travel and its growing pains, the first train passenger murder, social and political upheaval concerning the Crimean War, and “new” medical treatments for the wealthy that are loosely based on real events. Morrell does a masterful job describing London society and tying all the elements together into a well-written, fast-paced mystery.
In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd.
Three very excited cows are ready for fun in chicken's home. It's time to jump, dance, and wiggle all on an unhappy chicken's tiny couch. The fun ends with a quiet and cozy nap. F-U-N for ages 3 and up.