by Javaka Steptoe
by Carson Ellis
by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
by Vera Brosgol
by Brendan Wenzel
by Matthew Cordell
by Elisha Cooper
by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James
by Jason Chin
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell
by Louise O'Neill
by Julie Berry
by Neal Shusterman
by Nicola Yoon
By Kelly Regan Barnhill
by Ashley Bryan
by Adam Gidwitz; illuminated by Hatem Aly
by Lauren Wolk
by Erin Entrada Kelly
by Jason Reynolds
by Renée Watson
by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohman
by Caren B. Stelson
by Albert Marrin
by Russell Freedman
by Larry Dane Brimner
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin & June Jo Lee; illustrated by Man One
by Shane Burcaw; photographs by Matt Carr
by Patricia Newman
by Jeff Zentner
by M-E Girard
by Sonia Patel
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
by Calla Devlin
by Karen Blumenthal
by Kenneth C. Davis
by Pamela S. Turner; illustrated by Gareth Hinds
by Linda Barrett Osborne
by Nicole Chung
Chung investigates the mysteries and complexities of her transracial adoption in this chronicle of unexpected family for anyone who has struggled to figure out where they belong.
by Brit Bennett
This dazzling debut novel tells a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community — and the things that ultimately haunt us most.
by Michael Chabon
A man bears witness to his grandfather's deathbed confessions, which reveal his family's long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.
by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
After neurosurgeon Eitan Green hits and kills an African migrant while driving on a deserted road late at night, the victim's wife tracks him down and confronts him, and her price for silence shatters his safe existence.
by Jill Lepore
This cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
by Nina Stibbe
When her charmed life is shattered by her father's abandonment, young Lizzie is forced to move to a gossipy, disapproving village where her sister and she resolve to find a new man for their dysfunctional mother.
by Helen Simonson
Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew.
by Ann Beattie
An award-winning short story master presents a collection of new, linked tales that impart the diverse perspectives of women orbiting around a disaffected teen who is staying with relatives while attending summer school.
by Alice Hoffman
Dreaming of an exotic life in Paris while coming of age in a St. Thomas refugee community, young Rachel is forced to marry a widower before falling scandalously in love and becoming the mother of Impressionist master Camille Pissarro.
by Kate Andersen Brower
An intimate account of White House life from the perspectives of the service staff from the Kennedys through the Obamas details their friendships, marriages, everyday activities, and elaborate state dinners.
by Lee Smith
In her first work of nonfiction, an author recounts her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia — and beyond.
by Lily King
Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them.
by Assaf Gavron
Life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel's most acclaimed young novelists, skewering the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel, the West Bank settlers, and the nation's relationship to the United States.
by Jane Smiley
An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s.
by Peter Wohlleben
A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other.
by Bryan Stevenson
The executive director of a social advocacy group for prisoners tells the story of Walter McMillian, a man condemned to death row for a murder he didn't commit — and explains why justice and mercy must go hand-in-hand.
by Gail Caldwell
In this moving memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gail Caldwell reflects on her own coming-of-age in midlife, as she learns to open herself to the power and healing of sharing her life with a best friend.
by J. Courtney Sullivan
A sweeping novel about two sisters — one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family, the other a cloistered nun, hidden from the world — and the secret that drove them apart.
by Polly Longsworth
The romance between Mabel Loomis Todd and Austin Dickinson, the brother of the poet Emily Dickinson, is portrayed in a selection of letters.
by Daniel Tammet
An autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents describes how he was shunned by his classmates in spite of his super-human capacity for math and language and offers insight into how he experiences the world.
by Kristin Hannah
Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.
by Lauren Groff
An exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.
by Anthony Doerr
A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
directed by John Madden
When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to 'outsource' their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.
directed by Cynthia Scott
Seven elderly women and their bus driver band together to survive when their bus breaks down in the Quebec countryside. As they draw closer, the women begin to share stories from their pasts.
by Jim Butcher
A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.
edited by Gardner Dozois
A selection of thirty-six of the best science fiction stories of the year from such authors as Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, Ian McDonald, Lauren Beukes, Michael Stanwick, Peter Watts, Alastair Reynolds, and Ken Liu.
by Arthur C. Clarke
A breakthrough in quantum physics allows all human beings to spy on each other and to look back into the past, but the human race may not be ready to handle all the ramifications of the scientific innovation.
by Margaret Atwood
Offred, a Handmaid, describes life in what was once the United States, now the Republic of Gilead, a shockingly repressive and intolerant monotheocracy, in this dystopian tour de force set in the near future.
by Maria V. Snyder
After she is given a reprieve from her death sentence, Yelena faces mounting disasters as rebels plot to seize Ixia, her life is once again threatened, and the chief of security is attempting to poison her.
by Robert A. Heinlein
A one-armed computer technician, a radical blonde bombshell, an aging academic, and a sentient all-knowing computer lead the lunar population in a revolution against Earth's colonial rule.
by Robin Hobb
Expecting to inherit her family's Liveship, Althea Vestrit now must defend this animate, intelligent treasure from both her scheming brother-in-law, who plans to use it as a slave ship, and a nation of ruthless pirates led by Captain Kennit.
by Alistair Reynolds
In a future where crime, war, and disease have been eradicated, Geoffrey Akinya must travel to the Moon in an attempt to protect his family's name and businesses from dangerous secrets his late grandmother left behind.
by Ursula K. Le Guin
A collection of stories that are filled with love, lust, sex, marriage, gender, and other annoying problems that people must deal with no matter where they reside in the universe.
by Tad Williams
Bobby Dollar, an angel who has taken part in the long battle between Heaven and Hell, must figure out why there are suddenly an unprecedented number of souls missing from both sides and who summoned a Babylonian demon to kill him.
by Joe Abercrombie
Heir to the throne Yarvi, prompted by the murder of his father, embarks on a kingdom-transforming journey to regain the throne, even though having only one good hand means he cannot wield a weapon.
by Ray Bradbury
The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.
by David Hair
The first book in an epic fantasy quartet about the struggle for mastery in a world ruled by magic.
by Kurt Vonnegut
A collection of twenty-five short works written between 1950 and 1968 and originally printed in a wide range of publications including The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, and Ladies’ Home Journal.
by Mary Roach
The author of Stiff and Gulp explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity.
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
by Carl Sagan
Astrophysicist Dr. Rebecca Blake deciphers a message from outer space and finds that it contains directions for the construction of a complicated machine.
with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem
This collection of stories by the master of science fiction includes "The Minority Report," about the creator of an innovative crime prevention system who himself falls victim to his own invention.
by Zen Cho
While trying to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, meets an unusual woman whose power could alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain.
by C. J. Cherryh
Two hundred years after a group of humans had lost a war to the atevi, Bren Cameron, the only human allowed into the atevi society, realizes he must forge a bond between the two seemingly incompatible species.
by Michael J. Sullivani
Two thieves in the wrong place at the wrong time are on the run in this fast-paced adventure fantasy.
by Stephen Kuusisto
A blind poet describes his relationship with his first guide dog and how it changed his life and gave him a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.
by Zora Neale Hurston
When Janie Starks returns to her rural Florida home, her small black community is overwhelmed with curiosity about her relationship with a younger man.
A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance-tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist, designed to crush the original inhabitants.
by Sandra Cisneros
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.
by Kay Redfield Jamison
The personal story of a manic depressive and a world-renowned authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.
by Oliver Sacks
Recounts the author's life and career, sharing his experiences as a neurologist in the early 1960s, his obsession with motorcycles and speed, and finding a long-forgotten illness in the wards of a New York chronic hospital.
by Alan Cumming
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.
by James Baldwin
An American, separated from his fiancee, becomes involved in an intense relationship with a young Italian bartender while in Paris.
by Baratunde Thurston
An editor at The Onion presents a tongue-in-cheek guide to being black that pokes fun at the so-called experts, purists, and racists who think they know what black people believe, do, stand for, and like.
directed by Lucy Walker
The gripping true-life adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers on a climbing expedition up formidable Mount Everest.
by Alfred Lubrano
In Limbo, award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies and describes an overlooked cultural phenomenon: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives.
by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
by John Hockenberry
A memoir that is both funny and furious from a nationally known radio and TV reporter who is paralyzed from the chest down.
by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
In this accessible and groundbreaking look at the science of prejudice, Banaji and Greenwald show that prejudice and unconscious biases toward others are a fundamental part of the human psyche.
by Francesca Zappia
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.
by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, which was designed by his hero: the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello. When morning comes, he and his friends must solve puzzles in order to escape.
by Adam Silvera
Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.
Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.
by Aaron Starmer
A darkly funny and spectacularly original exploration of friendship, goodbyes – and spontaneous combustion.
by Mark Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
by Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
by Sherman AlexieBudding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
by Laurie Halse AndersonA traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
by Adi AlsaidA love-seeking mechanic, a dramatic petty thief, a disappointed planner and a broken-hearted teen all find their lives transformed as each shares whirlwind adventures with a girl in an insanely red car....read more...
by Madeleine L'EngleMeg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
by David LevithanA modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.
by S. E. HintonA revealing account of the tensions, fears, and frustrations of gang life from a teenage boy's point of view.
The November issue of Oprah Magazine includes a very sweet valentine to the Jones Library written by local author Catherine Newman. You can read "Dear Public Library" at www.oprahmag.com or here (PDF). Thank you, Catherine!
Compiled and published by Carpenter & Morehouse in 1896. Digitized by UMass Amherst Libraries. Hosted by Archive.org.
Fourth edition. Created by the Amherst Conversation Department and the Amherst Area Trails Committee in 2004. Hosted by Amherstma.gov.
By Alice M. Walker. Published under the auspices of the Amherst Historical Society in 1905. Digitized by UMass Amherst Libraries. Hosted by Archive.org.
This encyclopedia provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. It features revised and expanded coverage to reflect the most current small business topics.
Free access with a Jones Library card
This book is designed to facilitate the start-up, development, and growth of specific small businesses. Listings for general small business topics and relevant state and federal government agencies are also included.
Explores the issues surrounding career and technical education.
Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies.
Guide to thousands of 2-year and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers the expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.
This encyclopedia provides information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions.
This encyclopedia provides in-depth coverage of various issues related to skin, hair, and nails – including dermatological diagnoses and procedures, treatment options, and medications.
This encyclopedia provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, along with issues related to physical, cognitive, and behavioral development.
This encyclopedia covers various issues related to one’s aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications.
This encyclopedia provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. It also features entries for prescription, alternative, and over-the-counter drugs, as well as various therapies.Free access with a Jones Library card
This three-volume reference traces the roots and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and issues in the United States from the pre-colonial period to the present day.
How is race defined and perceived in America today, and how do these definitions and perceptions compare to attitudes 100 years ago, or 200 years ago? This four-volume set addresses many topics related to race in the United States.
The Lucent Library of Black History places important topics in context so that readers will understand the connection between black history and the sweep of America's story. This volume covers African American women civil rights workers. Search the index
This encyclopedia helps students and general readers understand the economic, social, and environmental issues humans face today. It addresses sustainability challenges and opportunities – from air pollution to natural resources to zero waste.
by David Litt
Reviewed by Linda:A sometimes very funny, sometimes bittersweet memoir by Obama's youngest speechwriter and the president's go-to writer for comedy.
by Anita Brookner
Recounts the holiday of Edith Hope, meek, unmarried, and thirty-nine, who, on the mend from a disastrous love affair, becomes intimately involved with her fellow guests at the Swiss Hotel du Lac.
by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Boris Makaver, a wealthy Jewish businessman living in New York City after the Holocaust, endures the tribulations of his daughter, Anna, as she makes many unfortunate decisions in her love life.
by A. B. Yehoshua
As Yohanan Rivlin, a professor at Haifa University, embarks on research into recent Algerian history with the help of a student, a young Arab bride from a Galilee village, he becomes obsessed with his son's failed marriage.
by Rebecca Lee
Reviewed by Matt:
Sharply-observed short stories about heartbreak, dinner parties, plagiarism, and other topics. They pack a punch, they're funny, and they're full of incredible sentences.
by Peter Reynolds
Jerome enjoys collecting and using words that he hears, reads, or sees, and then decides to share his collection with others.
by Joseph Kuefler
When Digger discovers a flower growing in the center of the town being built, his entire perspective changes.
by Eleanor Estes; illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.
by Francisco Alarcón; illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
A bilingual collection of poetry by the late Francisco X. Alarcón, acclaimed Chicano poet celebrating the days of the week and everyday childhood experiences.
by Kate Coombs; illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen
This collection of poems paired with imagery of the natural world reminds readers about the importance of staying calm, soothing emotions, and appreciating the world around them.
by Sook Nyul Choi; illustrated by Karen Milone
A Korean American girl's third grade class helps her newly arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United States.
by Rachel Rodriguez; illustrated by Julie Paschkis
This book explores the influence of nature and color on the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and how she demonstrated these influences through her paintings.
by Uma Krishnaswami; pictures by Julianna Swaney
When the mayor tries to shut down Book Uncle's free library on the street corner, Yasmin and her friends decide to take action, even though they are not old enough to vote in the upcoming local election.
by Kate Messner
Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing... in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom.
by Munro Leaf; illustrated by Robert Lawson
Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.
by Antoinette Portis
Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.
by Marilyn Singer; pictures by Julia Cairns
A collection of poems about the full moon, with introductory pages containing lunar facts and a map pinpointing the locations in which the poems are set.
by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
A collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.
by Dianna Aston ; illustrated by Sylvia Long
This introduction to eggs in nature details the variety of their sizes, shapes, and colors, and includes such examples as the eggs of birds, frogs, snakes, ostriches, and dinosuars.
by Juana Medina
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.
by Else Holmelund Minarik; illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.
by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen
Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.
by Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
by Kenneth Grahame; paintings by Mary Jane Begin
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside – Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
by Paul Fleischman
Reviewed by Clare:This short and poignant middle-grade read depicts the stories of inner-city community members as they transform an abandoned parking lot into a garden. This book will reignite your faith in the good of humanity.
by Drew Weing
After moving to Echo City, Charles finds himself at the mercy of the town's monsters, but lucky for him there is Margo Maloo, monster mediator.
by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead; illustrated by Nicholas Gannon
Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.
by Michelle Edwards; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Sophia knits a special hat for her elderly neighbor and knitting teacher, Mrs. Goldman.
by Lynn Plourde; illustrated by Susan Gal
A story about Bella, a little girl who has outgrown but does not want to give up her favorite coat made by her grandmother, and how she deals with the inevitable change to something new.
by Kazuno Kohara
Once there was a library that only opened at night. Step inside and meet the little librarian and her three assistant owls.
by Philip Christian Stead; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
by Angela McAllister; illustrated by Christopher Corr
This treasury of 52 stories collects together a rich resource of myths, fairy tales, and legends from around the world, with a story for every week of the year.
by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Preston McDaniels
Pandora the cat becomes a lighthouse keeper and saves the life of Seabold the dog, and together the two of them create a family with three young mice rescued from the sea.
by Sandra Markle; illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
On a rainy day, Ally's mom asks her to come outside where, amidst the oil slicks, dripping awnings, and splashing cars, they find a toad migration taking place.
by Dianna Hutts Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long
An informative and beautiful introduction to seeds.
by Kate Messner; art by Christopher Silas Neal
This book celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.
by Anne Isaacs; illustrated by Mark Teague
In the backwoods of New England, a young girl cleverly fends off the threats of wild animals by trading her clothes for her safety.
by Jorey Hurley
This book describes how to make a colorful, delicious vegetable soup — and includes a recipe.
by Jory John; illustrations by Pete Oswald
The bad seed changes his mind about being bad and decides that he wants to be happy.
by Ulf Nilsson; illustrated by Gitte Spee
When Vladimir the squirrel's stockpile of nuts disappears, the portly Detective Gordon deputizes his young, enthusiastic friend Buffy the mouse to help him discover the identity of the thieves.
by Edith Pattou
A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.
by Kate Banks; illustrated by Naoko Stoop
A stranded wolf cub is rescued and raised by a loving polar bear, and years later when he is grown into a wolf and on his own, he comes upon a lost polar bear cub, and the cycle begins again.
by Jill Barklem
The mice of Brambly Hedge have been delighting adults and children alike for more than thirty years. All eight of the classic picture books are brought together in this volume.
adapted by Astrid Lindgren from a poem by Viktor Rydberg; illustrated by Harald Wiberg
The story of a Swedish troll who protects farm animals from a hungry fox.
by Erica Silverman; illustrated by Susan Gaber
A Jewish version of the Cinderella story, in which a poor but educated young women captivates her "Prince Charming" — a rabbi's son — at a Purim ball.
by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Marla Frazee
Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother.
by Lane Smith
A donkey with a laptop computer and a gorilla with a printed book discuss the merits of their preferred formats.
by Sara O'Leary; illustrated by Julie Morstad
Henry's mother tells him a story about when she was small.
by Bonny Becker; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.
by Arnold Lobel
Tales recounting the adventures of two best friends — Frog and Toad.
by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Arthur Howard
After a small setback, Mr. Putter and his favorite companions enjoy the best train ride of their lives.
by Robert McCloskey
Further adventures of Homer Price, including those in which a jukebox sets the whole town singing against its will and in which a mad scientist develops weeds that overrun the town.
by Astrid Lindgren
Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey — but without any parents — at the edge of a Swedish village.
by Antonia Barber; illustrated by P.J. Lynch
When a tiny, magical cat carelessly allows a young girl to be captured by the Little People, he must confront her captors and solve three cunning riddles in order to rescue her.
by Chris Cleave
A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers – one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.
by Truman Capote
An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.
by David Mitchell
Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalayptic world.
by Junot Díaz
Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.
by Beverly Cleary
The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.
by Sarvinder Naberhaus; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America's symbols, history, and landscape.
by Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
A young girl befriends a squash.
by Peggy Rathmann
A boy follows fives babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.
by Cori Doerrfeld
When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.
by Kadir Nelson
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.
by David A. Adler; illustrated by Sam Ricks
Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?
by Christina Björk; drawings by Lena Anderson
A little girl visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France, and learns about the artist's paintings and his life.
by Kathy Willis; illustrated by Katie Scott
This book showcases dozens of full-color plants from around the world in a gallery format, complemented by identification information and brief descriptions.
by Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Inga Wilmink
Martina's always struggled to carve out her place at school, but she finds tremendous excitement in a treasure all her own: a sticker collection that comes to life!
by Jim Averbeck; illustrated by Trica Tusa
Alice wants everything in her bedroom to be blue before she falls asleep.
by Kate Alizadeh
A child experiences all the sounds in her house throughout the day.
by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee
Pictures and rhyming text celebrate a family's day spent going to the beach, shopping at the market, eating at a restaurant and spending the evening with the rest of the extended family.
by Maurice Sendak
With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.
by Shaun Tan
Awakening one day to a dark and somber mood, a little girl faces a day where everything goes very badly, and seeks hope amid her sadness.
by Faith D'Aluisio; photographed by Peter Menzel
A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week's worth of food.
by Robert C. O'Brien; illustrated by Zena Bernstein
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.
by Betsy Byars; illustrated by Sue Truesdell
In continued adventures, May-May and Rose take their traveling road show to more audiences.
by Jan Thomas
Reviewed by Mia: This book is a quirky introduction to rhyming sounds for readers getting ready for the more complicated rhythms of Dr. Seuss. Beware the broom!
by Sheila Turnage
Reviewed by Mia: A plucky heroine with a hilarious gift for storytelling and a real sense of place in a small Southern town make this mystery just the right combination of funny and suspenseful.
by Una LaMarche
Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they possibly go? Just how much are they willing to give up?
These three stories explore how we lose and find what matters most to us, as a girl finds a bright spot in a dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders.
by Kelly Link
Weirdly wonderful and a touch macabre, the nine short stories take readers into worlds with elements of reality but also supply a fantastic twist.
by M.T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
by Laini Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters – the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
by Steve Sheinkin
Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.
by Patrick Ness
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
by Liane Moriarty
Reviewed by Amy
Sucks you in from the first chapter, making it very hard to put down. Liane Moriarty is a master at creating compelling and complex characters.
by Curtis Sittenfeld
Reviewed by Ellen
This was a light, fun read - a modern telling of Pride & Prejudice. I then read Pride & Prejudice after finishing Eligible and really enjoyed comparing the two versions.
by Nancy Goldstone
Reviewed by Bonnie
You though you had a difficult relationship with your mother? Catherine de Medici controlled everything about her daughter Marguerite's life, until Marguerite became Queen of Navarre.
Reviewed by GF
I can't remember the last time I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish a book! A wonderfully light read with a set of characters worth being invested in!
by Leslie Jamison
Reviewed by LPB
Jamison is talented in her ability to capture emotions, even when in real life, they eclipse before we can make meaning out of them. A must read for anyone going into the medical field.
by Carla Power
Reviewed by VIS
Carla Power, an American, studies the Quran with a madrasa-trained sheikh, Mohammad Akram Nadwi. The sheikh preaches the Quran's message of peace, respect for women, and religious tolerance.
by Pierce Brown
Reviewed by HD
This first book had a really interesting premise. Unfortunately, by the third (and final) volume, it had too much unbelievable fighting (like an action movie script). But I did enjoy books 1 and 2!
by Joseph Ellis
Reviewed by PL
A well written book that details the military and political events between May and October 1776, the connection between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army.
by Michael Robotham
Reviewed by JL
Another fine psychological thriller featuring Joe O'Laughlin. Dark & scary with unexpected twists.
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Reviewed by JD
Revisiting the Anne of Green Gables series for the first time since childhood was a real treat. The Anne books are truly timeless.
by Emma Cline
Reviewed by Leanna
A readable, subtly spooky book, recommended if you're feeling angsty, cynical, and rebellious.
by Ann Martin
This was one of the best books I have ever read. I listened to it, which made the characters really come alive. It was very moving without being sentimental.
by Nancy Thayer
Reviewed by Sandra
A perfect summer beach read, especially while on Cape Cod. It needs a sequel. I became attached to the characters and want to know what happens to them.
by Joe Nocera
Reviewed by MJ
A great read that exposes the NCAA's practices and how athletes are pushing back against a powerhouse.
by Rabindranath Tagore
Reviewed by DK
Collection of poems on love, religion, nature, and life. This book provides a refreshing world view.
by J.K. Rowling
Reviewed by FS
A great road trip read for adults and kids alike! Kept everyone's attention.
by Julie Halpern
Reviewed by LS
This book hit motherhood head on! Nothing like your first baby at home to turn your life upside down. Lighthearted but hits on some serious issues too.
by Jon Loomis
Reviewed by Rebecca
Murder mystery set on Cape Cod. Former police detective from Baltimore arrives back in Provincetown and has various people turn up dead. He needs to find the connection in order to stay alive.
by Rob Schmitz
Reviewed by UP
A great look at contemporary urban China through the eyes of an American journalist and the people who live on his street in Shanghai.
by Jennifer Mason-Black
Reviewed by Saadia
An intriguing tale that twists an old story, providing a strong female protagonist, rich characters, and a hauntingly mysterious atmosphere, right from the very first page.
by Carole O'Malley Gaunt
Reviewed by Marie
Vivid account of a family who lost first one parent to cancer, then one to alcoholism, yet managed to keep going.
by Patrick Süskind
Reviewed by NM
A truly unique story, sensually focused on the themes of scent and identity. The book highlights the power and danger of envy, desire, and all-consuming love. A unique read.
by Sophie Kinsella
Reviewed by MEA
Classic, fun chick-lit! Sophie Kinsella again gets me to care deeply about one of her somewhat ditzy, but surprisingly resourceful, heroines.
by Irma S. Rombauer
Reviewed by anonymous
Great for trying new recipes. My favorite is the strawberry shortcake!
by Janet Benton
Reviewed by Gail
This first book from UMass MFA grad is historical, touching, and also heartbreaking while being uplifting.
by W.G. Sebald
Reviewed by Donny
This is a great book and I'm so glad the Jones has it. I was totally absorbed. It's a book to re-read. Very layered reading.
by Catherynne M. Valente
Reviewed by Amy S
Really fun and different read. These are the stories of the "damsels in distress" from superhero stories, told from their perspective. Very funny and also kind of raw.
by Susan Morgan
Reviewed by Marie
A fascinating tale of Anna Leonowens, carefully researched to dispel misconceptions from The King and I and falsehoods from Anna herself.
by Jenna Blum
Reviewed by MA
Very well-written book about the Holocaust and its affect on one mother and daughter. Themes of family secrets, love, and forgiveness. Excellent.
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Reviewed by Frank S.
The story that inspired Moby Dick. The real tale is after they sink!
by Tatiana de Rosnay
Reviewed by Valerie
De Rosnay has written Manderley Forever in the emotional and literary spirit of Daphne Du Maurier. This book reads like a page-turning novel, unraveling the mysteries of this very popular writer.
by Jane Austen
Reviewed by Amy
I love all of Jane Austen's books, but Emma is a difficult character to like. The movie adaption Clueless captured Emma, who is blithely unaware of everyone around her.
by Susan Branch
Reviewed by CH
A charming diary of a 2 month journey around lovely England - historical sites and walking paths. Wonderful!
by Patricia Wells
Reviewed by MDS
Well organized cookbook with good recipes and great tips.
by Eric Hinderaker
Reviewed by Becky
Hinderaker tells history like a true storyteller (in the manner of David McCullough). A significant investigation into the use of violence by police, applicable to the present day.
by Anu Partanen
Reviewed by Ella
This book outlines how unjust and unequal childcare, education, and healthcare policies are in the US. It offers wonderful and hopeful prescriptions for fixing these problems in America. A must read!
by Nigel Cliff
Reviewed by Anonymous
Van Cliburn was a true American hero, albeit by accident. His talents were undeniable. The book was a well-documented life of the pianist.
by Julian Fellowes
Reviewed by Rebecca
For fans of Downton Abbey, this period drama set in the mid-19th century has many twists and turns that make it an enjoyable read. Lovers of English aristocracy will find this a treat!
by Donna Andrews
Reviewed by Mandi
Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy this first book in the series. Great character development that really makes you root for the whole family. A wonderful summer read.
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Reviewed by DR
A relatable book about immigration and assimiliation to the US from India. The hardships Ashima endures as a wife and mother are captured beautifully.
by Vic James
Reviewed by Helena
Interesting premise - 10 years of slavery - that is believable within the story. I got caught up in the characters and cared what happened to them. Looking forward to the next volume.
by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Reviewed by Naya
Such a magical mix of memoir and biography, with plenty of ecology and natural history. I was surpised at how engaging the story was, and it made for a quick, unique read.
by Cahterine Burns, editor
Reviewed by Lucy P.
This is a collection of presentations on The Moth Radio Hour. Every one is a gem.
by Erika Johansen
Reviewed by Kaitlin
The conclusion to the Tearling series was an intricately woven story , where every detail seemed carefully positioned. A wonderful read!