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Games to play with toddlers book Games to play with toddlers

Silberg, Jackie, 1934-
790.1922 SILBERG

At a loss to find new activities to divert your toddler from climbing the bookshelves (again)? Try these fun developmentally-appropriate activites that will work on "language, creativity, coordination, confidence, problem-solving, and gross motor skills."



The best American infographics. book The best American infographics.


001.4226 BEST AM

Showcases top-selected examples of data visualization from the past year representing virtually all print and electronic media, offering insight into the present-day convergence of art and knowledge as it influences politics, culture and other arenas.



Gabi, a girl in pieces Teen Book Gabi, a girl in pieces

Quintero, Isabel.
TEEN QUINTER

Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.



Every grain of rice : simple Chinese home cooking book Every grain of rice : simple Chinese home cooking

Dunlop, Fuchsia.
641.5951 DUNLOP

A culinary reference features southern Chinese recipes, shares a comprehensive introduction to key seasonings and techniques, and offers such options as smoky eggplant with garlic, twice-cooked pork, and emergency midnight noodles.



Breakout Teen Book Breakout

Emerson, Kevin, author.
TEEN EMERSON

Fourteen-year-old eighth-grader Anthony Castillo uses "f-bombs" in the angst-ridden song he writes for his rock band, the Rusty Soles, and while it becomes an instant viral hit, he must decide if being a hero is worth the trouble that singing it on Arts Night would cause.



Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited book Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited

Bordier, Anaïs, 1987- author.
362.734 BORDIER

"Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, 'I think we might be twins--don't freak out.' It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987--the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: could they be twins?"--Amazon.com.

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The good house : a novel book The good house : a novel

Leary, Ann.
FIC LEARY

"The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place--"if they invite you over for dinner, and it's not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life"--and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn't enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There's a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire--and a love story between two craggy sixty-somethings that's as real and sexy as you get. An exceptional novel that is at turns hilarious and sobering, The Good House asks the question: What will it take to keep Hildy Good from drinking? For good"--

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The beautiful mystery CD The beautiful mystery

Penny, Louise.
CD FIC PEN6099

When the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony.

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How to be happy book How to be happy

Davis, Eleanor, 1983-
FIC DAVIS

A collection of literary comics exploring joy, anguish, fear, and loneliness. Named one of NPR's and Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014.

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Run book Run

Patchett, Ann.
FIC PATCHET

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children--all his children--safe. Set over a period of twenty-four hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her bestselling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

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