Book Recommendations Newsletter - January 2010
We have some great book recommendations to kick off the New Year.
January Book Recommendations
Children's Book Recommendations
Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman – This unique and clever alphabet book offers a close-up view of the animal kingdom with breathtaking wildlife photography from award-winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman. Part of our Educational Picture Books Age 2-5 collection.
Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember by Steve Jenkins – This fascinating book from the ever-popular Steve Jenkins educates and amazes as it describes the unusual ways that creatures protect themselves. Part of our Science & Nature Age 5-8 collection.
The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker – Weaving magic tailor-made for each student, Ms. Plum is the type of teacher every child hopes for in this fun chapter book that is reminiscent of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Part of our Favorites for Girls Age 8-10 collection.
The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean – From the award-winning author of Peter Pan in Scarlet this historical fiction tale follows the plucky Pepper Roux on a series of rollicking adventures and daring escapades. Part of our Favorites for Boys Age 10-12 collection.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – With plot twists, mysteries, and adventure, this inventive futuristic fantasy imagines a world frozen in medieval times that has created a vast prison called Incarceron. Part of our Fantasy & Magic Age 12-14 collection.
Teen Book Recommendations
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – With fascinating characters and a southern gothic setting, this hauntingly dark fantasy is the tale of star-crossed teenagers entangled in history and magic. Part of our Fiction for Teen Girls collection.
Candor by Pam Bachorz – Full of suspense, secrets, and forbidden love, this dystopian novel about the model community of Candor where the too-perfectly-mannered teens are carefully controlled by subliminal messages is reminiscent of The Stepford Wives. Part of our Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
The Gates by John Connolly – Flirting with the underworld, the Abernathys unknowingly call forth Satan himself and create a gap in the universe in this imaginative, tongue-in-cheek horror novel that intersects physics and fantasy. Part of our Adult Fiction for Teen Boys collection.
Adult Book Recommendations
Lit by Mary Karr – Told with poetic sensibility from a master storyteller, Karr's long-awaited sequel to The Liars' Club is a brutally candid memoir about her long, self-destructive slide into alcoholism and madness. Part of our Favorites for Women collection.
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed – Now available in paperback, Ahamed's fascinating book lays the blame for the 1929 financial meltdown on a small number of central bankers and is a potent reminder of the enormous impact that an elite few can have. Part of our Nonfiction for Men collection.
The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox – Using seasonal ingredients as inspiration, James Beard award-winning baker DeMasco offers clear instructions, easy techniques and inventive ideas to make desserts that are both simple and elegant. Part of our Cooking & Entertaining collection.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky – From the award-winning translators of War and Peace and Anna Karenina comes a new, beautifully crafted translation of Tolstoy's most important short fiction. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson – Picking up where Three Cups of Tea left off, Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan and shares his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy. Part of our Great New Hardcover Fiction collection.
Family Book Recommendations
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko – Narrated by 12-year-old Moose Flanagan, whose father is a prison guard at Alcatraz in 1935, this stand alone sequel to the Newbery Honor book Al Capone Does My Shirts is a great historical novel to read aloud. Part of our Read Aloud Ages 8-12 collection.
The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason – This clever, literary page-turner re-imagines Homer's classic story of Odysseus in short story-like chapters that consistently surprise and delight. 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.