Mixed Ages

Feeling Sorry for Celia

A bitter-sweet novel of love, letters, and lemon souffle. Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth. Her best friend, Celia has disappeared, her absent father has reappeared, and her communication with her mother depends entirely on fridge notes. A funny, poignant novel for young adult readers from a major new Australian writer.

"This book has everything I want out of a YA title. A relatable protagonist, rocky friendships, and a secret admirer, all written in epistolary format!"—Aubrey D., Visual Marketing Specialist

Feeling Sorry for Celia

Jaclyn Moriarty
Y Moriart

A bitter-sweet novel of love, letters, and lemon souffle. Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth. Her best friend, Celia has disappeared, her absent father has reappeared, and her communication with her mother depends entirely on fridge notes. A funny, poignant novel for young adult readers from a major new Australian writer.

"This book has everything I want out of a YA title. A relatable protagonist, rocky friendships, and a secret admirer, all written in epistolary format!"—Aubrey D., Visual Marketing Specialist

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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a book that I read for the first time when I was in college and it is one that continues to shape the way I think about a variety of subjects, from art to artificial intelligence, music to philosophy, and most of all humor."—Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Douglas R. Hofstadter
510.1 Hof

Explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a book that I read for the first time when I was in college and it is one that continues to shape the way I think about a variety of subjects, from art to artificial intelligence, music to philosophy, and most of all humor."—Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth - home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people," cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Critic Michael Straight has hailed it as one of the "very few works of genius in recent literature." Middle-earth is a world receptive to poets, scholars, children, and all other people of good will.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

JRR Tolkein
J Tolkien
Series: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth - home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people," cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Critic Michael Straight has hailed it as one of the "very few works of genius in recent literature." Middle-earth is a world receptive to poets, scholars, children, and all other people of good will. Donald Barr has described it as "a scrubbed morning world, and a ringing nightmare world...especially sunlit, and shadowed by perils very fundamental, of a peculiarly uncompounded darkness." The story of ths world is one of high and heroic adventure. Barr compared it to Beowulf, C.S. Lewis to Orlando Furioso, W.H. Auden to The Thirty-nine Steps. In fact the saga is sui generis—a triumph of imagination which springs to life within its own framework and on its own terms.—(Houghton)

"This book creates a diversity of its own. It celebrates life and the 'human' spirit to do good and push oneself to achieve what seems insurmountable, not for fame or personal gain, but in quiet ways for the good of all."—Kari E., Board Member

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Parable of the Sower

Set thirty years in the future, a young woman suffering from hyperempathy, to feel others' pain as well as her own, makes a dangerous journey north from Southern California.

"The Earthseed verses are inspiring and different!"—Thax T., Materials Handler

Parable of the Sower

Octavia Butler
SF Butler

Set thirty years in the future, a young woman suffering from hyperempathy, to feel others' pain as well as her own, makes a dangerous journey north from Southern California.

"The Earthseed verses are inspiring and different!"—Thax T., Materials Handler

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Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art

Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.—HARPERCOLL

Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art

Scott McCloud
GN 741.51 Mcc

Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.—HARPERCOLL

"I've been reading, studying, and making comics since I was a child and every time I return to this work I learn something new or discover a new way to think about something I thought already knew. This book is a must for anyone interested in understanding more about comics and how they work."—Kim B., Community Engagement Librarian

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The New Moosewood Cookbook

Since the original publication of the MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK in 1977, author Mollie Katzen has been leading the revolution in American eating habits. MOOSEWOOD was listed by the New York Times as one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time, and no wonder. With her sophisticated, easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes, charming drawings, and hand lettering, Mollie introduced millions to a more healthful, natural way of cooking.

The New Moosewood Cookbook

Mollie Katzen.
641.5636 Kat

Since the original publication of the MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK in 1977, author Mollie Katzen has been leading the revolution in American eating habits. MOOSEWOOD was listed by the New York Times as one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time, and no wonder. With her sophisticated, easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes, charming drawings, and hand lettering, Mollie introduced millions to a more healthful, natural way of cooking. This new edition--a companion volume to her latest TV series--preserves the major revisions and additions that Mollie made in 1992, accented with new recipes from Mollie’s current repertoire and 16 pages of beautiful full-color food photography. You’ve seen MOOSEWOOD before, but you’ve never seen it quite like this!

"I found this book when learning to cook. Katzen's down to earth and whimsical approach taught me to treat recipes as flexible guideline instead of rigid requirements."—Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

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The blue sword

Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnaped by a native king with mysterious powers.

"I first read this as a young teen, and it started my love of fantasy books with strong female characters. I re-read it almost once a year."—Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

The blue sword

Robin McKinley
J Mckinle

Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnaped by a native king with mysterious powers.

"I first read this as a young teen, and it started my love of fantasy books with strong female characters. I re-read it almost once a year."—Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

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The Pirate Coast

Describes the 1805 secret mission, reluctantly sanctioned by Thomas Jefferson and led by William Eaton, to stop the Barbary pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, revealing how a ragtag group of men, aided by a band of European mercenaries, Arab cavalry, and Bedouin warriors, brought down the government of Tripoli.—Baker & Taylor

The Pirate Coast

Richard Zacks
973.47 Za

Describes the 1805 secret mission, reluctantly sanctioned by Thomas Jefferson and led by William Eaton, to stop the Barbary pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, revealing how a ragtag group of men, aided by a band of European mercenaries, Arab cavalry, and Bedouin warriors, brought down the government of Tripoli.—Baker & Taylor

"Zachs plays out Thomas Jefferson's administration through failed diplomat William Eaton as he navigates the seas to rescue sailors and Marines in 1803. Eaton has to resolve the hostage crisis, he has to manage supplies, communication in a covert operation, sickness, and betrayal. This historical thriller puts you right there. The rabbit holes Zachs takes you down and back with his detailed research is thrilling to lovers of oddball history."—Christine F. Community Librarian

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Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Through characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, a celebrated graphic novelist profiles the lives of formidable female role models—some world famous, some little known—including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker, Naziq al-Abid and many others, in an entertaining, comic-style biography that is sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.—Baker & Taylor

 Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Pénélope Bagieu
GN 920 Bag

Through characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, a celebrated graphic novelist profiles the lives of formidable female role models—some world famous, some little known—including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker, Naziq al-Abid and many others, in an entertaining, comic-style biography that is sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.—Baker & Taylor

"All of these different stories about amazing women from around the world are so inspiring and empowering. I also loved the format of this book: the story of their lives told through a short graphic novel format, followed by a full spread illustration. I would recommend it to everyone!"—Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

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The Time Traveler's Wife

A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love"—Provided by publisher.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger
Niffene

A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love"—Provided by publisher.

"The story of a librarian as he explores love, loss, and relationships while time traveling through his own life. It is simultaneously funny, original, unpredictable, and devastating."—Mandy H., Communications & Marketing Manager

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