Book Recommendations Newsletter - August 2010
Update your summer reading list with these new recommendations that are perfect for the lazy, hot days of August. Browse our subscriptions for couples and families to find fun and unique summer hostess gifts.
August Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Little Black Crow by Chris Raschka – Impressionistic watercolor landscapes complement this gentle, rhyming story, and inspire a sense of awe as a curious child wonders where a little black crow is going. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall – Brimming with wit and whimsy, this charming picture book from the award-winning author of The Penderwicks, tells an imaginative story of a sister who comes to appreciate her irritating little brother. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 5-8 collection.
The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone – This exciting art adventure mixes magic, mystery, and history when six-graders Ruthie and Jack visit Chicago’s Art Institute and find a magical key that allows them to shrink and explore the famous Thorne Rooms - incredible miniature rooms of different time periods. Part of our Great New Releases Age 8-10 collection.
Scumble by Ingrid Law – This stand-alone companion to Law's Newbery Honor Book Savvy blends a satisfying plot, delightful characters, and rich imagery with the legendary Wild West. Part of our Great New Releases Age 10-12 collection.
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus – Fast-paced and full of adventure, this captivating tale is based on the true story of a Japanese boy who was shipwrecked in 1841 and saved by an American whaling vessel. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Clockwork Angel ( Infernal Devices (Cloth) #01 ) by Cassandra Clare – Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound in this new series from bestseller Cassandra Clare that is set in London during the reign of Queen Victoria and follows three teens as they explore London's Downworld of secret organizations and supernatural creates to avert a plot to conquer Britain. Part of our Fantasy for Teens collection.
Juliet by Anne Fortier – With a heady mix of romance, intrigue, history, and Shakespeare, Fortier weaves a tale full of false clues and clever twists as Julie Jacobs travels to Siena to unravel the mystery of her parents' deaths and is thrust into a centuries-old feud when she learns she is a descendant of Giulietta Tolomei, whose romance with Romeo Salimbenis inspired the famous Shakespeare play. Part of our Adult Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman – Goodman, who has been labeled a contemporary Jane Austen, weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley start-ups and rare-book collecting in this dazzling tale of ambition, trust, and imperiled love. Part of our Favorites for Women collection.
Work Song by Ivan Doig – The award-winning novelist of The Whistling Season delivers an insightful and compelling human drama set in Butte, Montana during it's heyday of 1919 when it was the copper-mining capital of the world and a kaleidoscope of culture and commerce. Part of our Fiction for Men collection.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore – When Wes Moore, a Rhodes scholar and White House Fellow, learns of another Wes Moore who is serving a life sentence in prison, he discovers their similar beginnings as young, inner-city black men raised by poor, single mothers and explores the choices they each made that led to such starkly different destinies. Part of our Great New Hardcover Nonfiction collection.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell – Two time Booker finalist Mitchell explores the search for identity and love in a changing world in this beautifully written historical novel set in 1799 in the quarantined Dutch outpost Dejima, Japan's single port and sole window to the world. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne – Meticulously researched and thrillingly told, this vivid historical account chronicles the rise and fall of the Comanche, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of all. Part of our History collection.
Family Book Recommendations
The Storyteller's Secrets by Tony Mitton – This handsome volume illuminated with black silhouettes and line drawings makes a wonderful read-aloud with well-crafted verse renditions of old European tales and legends. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 collection.
Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith – From the beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency comes a new series set in London's lively Pimlico neighborhood with a wonderful cast of characters including one incredibly clever, vegetarian canine. Part of our Parent & Teen Hardcover Fiction collection.
We hope you share our love of literature and passion to inspire people of all ages to read and will consider GiftLit for your next gift purchase.