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December Staff Recommendations
- Robert B. Parker’s Kickback, by Ace Atkins. “Spenser and Hawk are back in the latest in the Robert B. Parker ‘Spenser’ series” ~John
- Breaking Point, by Dana Haynes. “Sequel to ‘Crashers’; even more outrageous plot twists than the original!” ~John
Young Adult Fiction
- Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn. “A fun adventure in the art of chasing love!” ~Priscilla
- Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. “Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, and every title in the series is an absolute page-turner! It’s a blend of future dystopia sci-fi, steampunk, action, even some romance! Each novel is loosely based on a classic fairy tale. Check out the whole series!” ~Julia
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. “The story of the main character, and his struggle to come to grips with a reality that is either beyond the supernatural or exists only in his mind as he descends into mental illness, will stay with you long after you close the book!” ~Elizabeth
- A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. “This book is best read on chilly winter afternoons. It is one of my absolute favorites since I was young; the story of a young girl whose father must go off to war who goes to a fancy boarding school far from her home. She suffers a great loss but her beautiful imagination and kindness to others helps her to endure many hardships. It is the classic and well-loved story of many.” ~Jacqui
- The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy. “A story about how the Princes Charming became heroes and save their kingdoms… and yes I meant Princes in the plural form, because there are four of them in this story. Confused? Intrigued? I was too, this adventure was filled with thrills and spills, including trolls, giants, dragons, two sets of octuplets brothers, bards and an evil witch, too. WHAT????” ~Rolando
- The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare. “This children’s novel is the winner of the 1983 Newbery Honor and many other awards for outstanding historical fiction. Set in 18th-century North American during the pioneering era, 12-year-old Matt Halloway must maintain the family’s log cabin for two months alone. Loneliness, fear, perseverance, friendship, and trust abound in this novel.” ~Rolando
- Star Wars, the Old Republic: Deceived, by Paul S. Kemp. “It is a good Star Wars novel and with the new movie coming out this month, maybe it is a good time for a Star Wars novel. Also I like the author’s other works.” ~Sean
- Star Man’s Son, by Andre Norton. “An adventure novel that works well for a young adult audience, it is one of the very first post-nuclear-apocalypse stories ever told and established many of the later genre tropes.” ~Robert B.
- Tales of the Dying Earth, by Jack Vance. “Vance has an excellent prose style, and these stories of a far future earth at a time when the sun is almost completely burned out have a tone that is melancholy, adventurous and sometimes comedic.” ~Robert B.
- The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler. “Raymond Chandler’s writing style oozes style and the adventures of his detective character Philip Marlowe are always entertaining to read.” ~Robert B.
- Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers, edited by R. Kent Rasmussen. “He was more than the author of those books we were required to read in school. His intelligence and wit came through in his responses to these remarkable letters from readers.” ~Beverly
- Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings, by L. B. Cowman. [242.2 Str] “This daily devotional (a short, daily scripture with brief commentary) is a great way to start, or end your day. Full of wisdom and encouragement, this classic is still relevant and enjoyable to read today.” ~Jacqui
- Butterfly Gardening for Texas, by Geyata Ajilvsgi. [638.5789 Aji] “This book is the best for detailed information on plants and the butterflies they attract. Because of it, I’ve had very good results with my own attempts at gardening.” ~Beverly
- Better Homes and Gardens, the Ultimate Soups and Stews Book, by Better Homes and Gardens. [641.813 Bet] “It’s that time of year, time to stay home and warm up with a bowl of yummy homemade goodness. This book has so many options, you are sure to find something you will thoroughly enjoy.” ~Beverly
- Animal Architecture, by Ingo Arndt. [720.105 Arn] “When we hear the word “architecture” we think of cities and skylines, or wonders like the Pyramids or the samurai-era castles of Japan. Instead, this book shows some of the incredible structures and habitats built by animals – and the mind-boggling skill and creativity that goes into each design.” ~Elizabeth
- The Fall, directed by Tarsem Singh. [DVD 791.43 Fal] “A deeply moving film whose plot is presented in two parts; A young girl’s friendship with a young man within a small hospital ward and the epic tale of adventure that he shares with her. Breathtaking visuals and exotic scenery filmed in 65 unique locations around the world paired with two unique stories that merge into one creates an unforgettable masterpiece in cinematic storytelling. ” ~Robert M.
- The Holiday, directed by Nancy Meyers. [DVD 791.43 Hol] “Perfect movie to watch curled up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa. It’s funny, romantic, and will having you swooning by midnight.” ~April
- Mother, directed by Bong Joon-Ho. [DVD 791.43 Mot c1] “A Korean film about a mother trying to prove her son’s innocence. Much less serious than it sounds, but still has a few gut-punch moments.” ~Dylan
- Ex Machina, directed by Alex Garland. [DVD 791.4372 Ex] “A gorgeous, unsettling movie about a young man testing an artificial intelligence.” ~Dylan
- Home Alone, directed by Chris Columbus. [J DVD 791.4372 Hom ] “Funny, smart, and a perfect movie to watch with the family.” ~April
- Roman Holiday, directed by William Wyler. [DVD 791.4372 Rom] “In a world full of Kardashians, it’s refreshing to remember an icon like Audrey Hepburn in her first Oscar-winning role as, fittingly, a princess. ” ~Sara