Book Recommendations Newsletter - January 2011
We have some great book recommendations to kick off the New Year and wish all of you a happy and healthy 2011.
January Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers – This enchanting story of a boy and a penguin, combines endearing illustrations with a subtle sensitivity to the nuances of friendship. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
Look! a Book! by Bob Staake – From award-winning artist Bob Staake, this inventive picture book will challenge readers on a crazy seek-and-find adventure as they explore elaborately detailed spreads. Part of our Great New Picture Books Age 5-8 collection.
Jake by Audrey Couloumbis – Ten-year-old Jake tells a straightforward and funny narrative about the meaning of family in this heartwarming winter story from Newbery Honor-winning author Couloumbis. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 8-10 collection.
No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve – Shot through with Reeve's trademark imagination and action, this "realistic" vision of a classic dragon tale thoughtfully explores the cracks between life and lore while delivering a thrilling adventure. Part of our Fantasy & Magic Age 10-12 collection.
Trash by Andy Mulligan – In this compelling novel that explores morality and the path from desperation to possibility, three "dumpsite boys", who make a living picking through garbage on the outskirts of a third world city, discover a mysterious bag and trigger a chain of events that will change their lives. Part of our Multicultural Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell – Taking us into the swamps of the Florida Everglades, this lavishly imagined and spectacularly original debut novel tells a mystical yet rooted tale of a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking. Part of our Adult Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, by Donovan Hohn – Setting out to search for 28,800 rubber bath toys lost at sea in 1992, Hohn's story soon grows into a thoroughly engaging adventure-environmental-travel title that explores the science of ocean currents and the lure of cheap plastic in our global economy. Part of our Adult Nonfiction for Teens collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland – From the bestselling author of The Girl in Hyacinth Blue comes a dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll, the lead designer for Tiffany, that details her struggles for both artistic recognition and romantic companionship. Part of our Fiction for Women collection.
Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James Hornfischer – Working from new interviews with survivors and newly available documents, Hornfischer delivers a riveting, character-focused narrative of the US Navy's most pivotal campaign of World War II. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx – The Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Brokeback Mountain delivers a vivid chronicle of building a house on a spectacularly beautiful piece of land in Wyoming. Part of our Biographies & Memoirs collection.
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore – Based loosely on the true story of a premier Sherlockian who was found dead after claiming he’d discovered Conan Doyle’s lost papers, this inspired historical suspense novel will captivate Holmes fans and anyone who loves a twisty and clever mystery. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan – James Beard award-winning author Greenspan celebrates French home cooking in this noteworthy and visually stunning collection that is a feast for the eyes and palate. Part of our Cooking & Entertaining collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book by Ruth Wickings – A welcome gift for budding paper engineers, this ingenious craft book combines simple instructions with cool components to offer everything you need to build amazing 3D creations like roaring dragons and medieval castles. Part of our Family Activities Ages 3-8 collection.
Manners MASH-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior by Ted Arnold, Adam Rex and others – This hilarious picture book will entertain the entire family as 14 gifted illustrators display their talents by each taking one spread to explain the hows and whys of etiquette. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 4-8 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.