Book Recommendations Newsletter - October 2009
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This month we have some terrific recommendations from award-winning authors to share with you.
October Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon - With stunning illustrations and lyrical text, this gentle picture book celebrates the world and the importance of all things great and small. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
Thanks a Lot Emily Post by Jennifer Larue Huget - This quirky and hilarious picture book has a refreshingly offbeat view of etiquette and turns Emily Post's rules of behavior upside down. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 5-8 collection.
Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes by Kelly Easton - In this whimsical story full of imagination and reminiscent of Roald Dahl, smart and feisty Liberty Aimes escapes from her beastly parents with the help of a magical potion and embarks on a zany adventure. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 8-10 collection.
Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children by Conn Iggulden - With clever characters, inventive storylines and a liberal sprinkling of funny, Conn Iggulden, the creator of the bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys, introduces an explosive and magical new world. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 10-12 collection.
Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey - A monster-hunting doctor and his apprentice face off against a plague of monsters in this dark, gothic tale that just might be the best horror novel of the year. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Going Bovine by Libba Bray - When Cameron Smith contracts mad cow disease he is either persuaded by a punk angel to set off on a surreal road trip, or he is experiencing a disease related hallucination, but either way what ensues is inspired lunacy (with a nod to Don Quixote) and includes talking yard gnomes, quantum physics, Disney World and true love. Part of our Great New Fiction for Teens collection.
Liar by Justine Larbalestier - This bone-chilling thriller will have readers grasping for the truth as they delve into the mind of a pathological liar. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - This gripping and ingenious fantasy adventure is set in an alternate Europe on the edge of World War I, where the British "Darwinists" use advanced biotechnology to fabricate animals as weaponry against the German "Clankers", masters of retro-futuristic mechanical weapons. Part of our Fantasy & Magic for Teens collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger - A story of secrets and sisterhood, this compelling and utterly bewitching tale is about the complications of love and identity and the mysteries of death. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon - From Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon, this entertaining omnibus of essays is an inventive and powerful autobiographical narrative that speaks of what it means to be a man today. Part of our Favorites for Men collection.
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder - This extraordinary true story of a young man, who fled the genocidal civil war in Burundi to make his way in America and eventually return to Burundi to build a clinic, is profoundly gripping, beautifully written and truly inspiring. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
A Gate at the Stairs by Laurie Moore - Set just after the events of 9/11, Moore delivers a textured, beguiling and witty novel that brings readers up against the heart of racism, the shock of war, and the carelessness perpetrated against others in the name of love. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan - This epic tale details the events of the largest forest fire in America and the heroics of the rangers that turned public opinion in favor of national forests and saved the Forest Service from its powerful opponents. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
Family Book Recommendations
The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel - Great for bedtime reading, this warm, compassionate and humorous new collection from the late Caldecott winner Arnold Lobel was discovered by his daughter. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 collection.
City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri - For mystery fans weary of police procedurals or murder in Elizabethan England, this intricate mystery set in 1650 Peru offers something different and works as a political thriller as well as a historical whodunit. 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.