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Did you see the next Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel is out? Chan Chau's Kristy and the Snobs is just waiting for you to pick it up!
Kristy's mom got remarried and their family moved to the ritzy neighborhood across town. The other members of The Baby-sitters Club think it's a good opportunity to get some new business, but the kids who live nearby aren't very friendly. They criticize Kristy's clothes and make fun of the BSC. And, worst of all, they laugh at Louie, Kristy's pet collie, who's getting old and not feeling well. These kids are total snobs! But if anyone can put them in their place, it's The Baby-sitters Club!
How good is your finding skills? Test them out with Will Mabbitt's Lost in the Museum: A Seek-And-Find Adventure in the Met!
Seven-year-old Stevie is lost in the galleries! She needs to locate a series of artworks to find her way out and back to her family. Can you help her?
Follow Stevie as she explores the most exciting and intriguing galleries and exhibitions inside The Met in this beautifully illustrated seek-and-find adventure!
As Stevie moves through The Met's galleries of Greek and Roman art, Ancient Egypt, and Modern and Contemporary art, learn about the rarest and most beautiful objects found in the museum's prestigious galleries. Who can you find? What will you discover?
Cats and Building, what's not to love about Barbara Odanaka's Construction Cat?
Construction cat wakes up at dawn, grabs her boots and tugs them on…
It’s time to build! Tail high, Construction Cat kisses her family goodbye and goes to work with the other cats on a construction site. They lug lumber and pound nails, they saw, sand, and sweep the dust, all to build a truly paw-some park that they can’t wait to share with friends and family!
We have quite a few new titles that arrived this week!
Looking for a new spooky mystery with an animal companion? Then pick up Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry!
Maureen's career as a sportswear buyer hits a snag just before Halloween, when the department store declares bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Finn's lost his way as a guide dog after flunking his test for being too friendly and easily distracted. Sadly, only one of them can earn unemployment, so Maureen's facing a winter of discontent in Boston--when she realizes she can't afford her apartment.
Salvation comes when she receives a mysterious inheritance: an inn in Haven, Florida. A quaint, scenic town on the Gulf of Mexico hidden away from the theme parks, Maureen believes it's a good place to make a fresh start with a new business venture. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a dead body on her property--and meets some of the inn's everlasting tenants in the form of ghosts who offer their otherworldly talents in order to help her solve the mystery...
Want to read the CIA's side of the mission? Then take a look at First Casualty: The UNTOLD Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 by Toby Harnden.
America is reeling; Al-Qaeda has struck and thousands are dead. The country scrambles to respond, but the Pentagon has no plan for Afghanistan—where Osama bin Laden masterminded the attack and is protected by the Taliban. Instead, the CIA steps forward to spearhead the war. Eight CIA officers are dropped into the mountains of northern Afghanistan on October 17, 2001. They are Team Alpha, an eclectic band of linguists, tribal experts, and elite warriors: the first Americans to operate inside Taliban territory. Their covert mission is to track down Al- Qaeda and stop the terrorists from infiltrating the United States again.
First Casualty places you with Team Alpha as the CIA rides into battle on horseback alongside the warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum. In Washington, DC, few trust that the CIA men, the Green Berets, and the Americans’ outnumbered Afghan allies can prevail before winter sets in. On the ground, Team Alpha is undeterred. The Taliban is routed but hatches a plot with Al-Qaeda to hit back. Hundreds of suicidal fighters, many hiding weapons, fake a surrender and are transported to Qala-i Jangi—the “Fort of War.”
Team Alpha’s Mike Spann, an ex-Marine, and David Tyson, a polyglot former Central Asian studies academic, seize America’s initial opportunity to extract intelligence from men trained by bin Laden—among them a young Muslim convert from California. The prisoners revolt and one CIA officer falls—the first casualty in America’s longest war, which will last two decades. The other CIA man shoots dead the Al-Qaeda jihadists attacking his comrade. To survive, he must fight his way out against overwhelming odds.
Award-winning author Toby Harnden gained unprecedented access to all living Team Alpha members and every level of the CIA. Superbly researched, First Casualty draws on extensive interviews, secret documents, and deep reporting inside Afghanistan. As gripping as any adventure novel, yet intimate and profoundly moving, it tells how America found a winning strategy only to abandon it. Harnden reveals that the lessons of early victory and the haunting foretelling it contained—unreliable allies, ethnic rivalries, suicide attacks, and errant US bombs—were ignored, tragically fueling a twenty-year conflict.
Are you dying for a new haunting mystery? Stuart Neville's The House of Ashes is just what you have been looking for!
Sara Keane's husband, Damien, has uprooted them from England and moved them to his native Northern Ireland for a "fresh start" in the wake of her nervous breakdown. Sara, who knows no one in Northern Ireland, is jobless, carless, friendless—all but a prisoner in her own house. When a blood-soaked old woman beats on the door, insisting the house is hers before being bundled back to her care facility, Sara begins to understand the house has a terrible history her husband never intended for her to discover.
Through the counterpoint voices of two women—one modern Englishwoman, one Northern Irish farmgirl speaking from half a century earlier—Stuart Neville offers a chilling and gorgeous portrait of violence and resilience in this truly haunting narrative.
Have you read "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes? It's a pageturner for sure. Goodreads summary says "The Giver of Stars" is a historical fiction story about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky, a group of 5 women who travel through a large region of the mountainous state delivering books to rural residents, through a program inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt that lasted from the mid 1930s to mid 1940s." But have you also read "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek", by Kim Michele Richardson? It's also about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky in the 1930s. Goodreads says this about Richardson's book "In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky." Apparently there is talk of Moyes having plagiarized Richardson's book. If you read both books, tell us what you think about the accusation of plagiarism on Moyes' part.
Do you feel like you've gain a few pounds while you're staying home? Well, we're not here to help you with that. In fact, here's a title that may send you back to the refrigerator. It's a compilation of short stories, each with a recipe.
There are plenty of yummy looking recipes in Eat Joy , but Nick Flynn's recipe is my favorite for simplicity. It's one bag of potato chips and a carton of cottage cheese. Dip chips one by one into cottage cheese until it's all gone.
Have you heard about our new romance book club? It's called the Heartbreak Book Club. Here's what we're reading so far...
Past Second Tuesday Book Club selections We would love to hear your thoughts on any of the selected titles below. Feel free to like, recommend, review, criticize, or compare...
Before we were yours, by Lisa Wyngate
The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel
The Gamut, Helen Reed
Varina, Charles Frazier
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
The Last Boy, Mickey Mantle, by Jane Leavy
Once Upon a River, Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Ezekiel Option, Joel Rosenberg
The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger
Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
The Marsh King's Daughter, Karen Dionn
Brooklyn, Coln Toibin
Evicted, Matthew Desmond
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park
The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman
The Circle, David Eggers
A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
A favorite of the book club members was In Order to Live, by Yeonmi Park. If you wonder what life is really like in North Korea, this book is a must-read. The biography by a young woman who escaped a country whose inhabitants live in misery beyond comprehension only to find her situation possibly even worse in China is inspiring and heart wrenching. Park's story shows the incredible power of human spirit and determination.
The book reminded me of our local author, Bonnie Jo Campbell's book "Once Upon a River". A young girl is on her own to make a life by herself along the water. She is abused by men throughout the story and in the end she finally finds the life she seeks. A good book club discussion would be a comparison of the two stories.
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