Mixed Ages

Unterzakhn

A mesmerizing heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.—Austin American-Statesman

"This graphic novel is dazzling, dramatic, and devastating."—Submitted by Annise B Librarian

Unterzakhn

Leela Corman
GN Corman Unterzakhn

A mesmerizing heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.—Austin American-Statesman

"This graphic novel is dazzling, dramatic, and devastating."—Submitted by Annise B Librarian

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A Little Princess

When kindhearted Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's boarding school, she seems just like a teal little princess. Then a sudden misfortune turns her life upside down, and Sara is banished to the school's dreary attic and must work for her living. It takes all of Sara's imagination and a little bit of magic to turn her misfortune around and prove she is, at heart, a little princess.—HarperCollins

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett
J Burnett

When kindhearted Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's boarding school, she seems just like a teal little princess. Then a sudden misfortune turns her life upside down, and Sara is banished to the school's dreary attic and must work for her living. It takes all of Sara's imagination and a little bit of magic to turn her misfortune around and prove she is, at heart, a little princess.—HarperCollins

"I read this book over and over when I was in elementary school. The story's main character was a girl that kept going no matter how her life changed. It taught me the importance of perseverance and treating everyone kindly."—Submitted by Paula G-O, Web Administrator

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Mouse Guard: Fall 1152

The adventures of Lieam, Saxon, and Kenzie, three mice who are part of the Mouse Guard—soldiers and guides for common mice looking to journey from one hidden mouse village to another—and their quest to uncover a traitorous plot against the Guard.—Baker & Taylor

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152

David Petersen
Ebook, Electronic Resources, Book
Series: Mouse Guard

The adventures of Lieam, Saxon, and Kenzie, three mice who are part of the Mouse Guard—soldiers and guides for common mice looking to journey from one hidden mouse village to another—and their quest to uncover a traitorous plot against the Guard.—Baker & Taylor

"I fell in love with this series the first time I flipped through the pages. The beautiful artwork is meticulously detailed and the story of tiny mice roaming the pathways of the forest to keep their brethren safe is very adorable. A story for all that I find myself revisiting whenever I want a little adventure."—Submitted by Paula GO, Web Administrator

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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Grappling with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for—identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopias—Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is both a rollicking chase story and a meditation on reality. Jason Taverner—talk show host and man-about-town—wakes one day to find that no one knows who he is. In a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner must evade the secret police while trying to unravel the mystery of why no one remembers him.—Baker & Taylor

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Philip K. Dick
Ebook

Grappling with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for—identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopias—Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is both a rollicking chase story and a meditation on reality. Jason Taverner—talk show host and man-about-town—wakes one day to find that no one knows who he is. In a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner must evade the secret police while trying to unravel the mystery of why no one remembers him.—Baker & Taylor

"It's impossible to choose any one Philip K. Dick book, rather. it would be easier to pick 20 of his books for this list. If you want a true flight of imagination, this is the best guy to start with.—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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The Murderer's Ape

When her best friend, the sailor Henry Koskela, is falsely accused of murder, a gorilla named Sally Jones visits the run-down docks of Lisbon, embarks on a dizzying journey across the seven seas, and calls on the Maharaja of Bhapur's magnificent court—all in an attempt to clear Henry's name.—Baker & Taylor

The Murderer's Ape

Jakob Wegelius
Y Wegeliu

When her best friend, the sailor Henry Koskela, is falsely accused of murder, a gorilla named Sally Jones visits the run-down docks of Lisbon, embarks on a dizzying journey across the seven seas, and calls on the Maharaja of Bhapur's magnificent court—all in an attempt to clear Henry's name.—Baker & Taylor

"I've read this book three times in a row! It is so much fun—like an Indiana Jones sweeping adventure, with a Gorilla as lead character! Main setting is Portugal, not quite 100 years ago—listen to traditional Fado music while reading!"—Submitted by Kevin M., TDC Strategist

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The Friend

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez
Nunez

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.—Penguin Putnam

"A poignant novel about a woman who adopts her longtime friend's Great Dane following his sudden death. Nunez deftly explores friendship, love, and loss in this National Book Award winning book."—Submitted by Jen H., Community Engagement Librarian

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My Name is Asher Lev

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.—Random House, Inc.

My Name is Asher Lev

Chaim Potok
Po

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.—Random House, Inc.

"As a young man, I was particularly excited to read this book about a daring young artist breaking from tradition."—Submitted by Kevin M., TDC Strategist

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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky's crowning achievement, is a tale of patricide & family rivalry that embodies the moral & spiritual dissolution of an entire society (Russia in the 1870s). It created a national furor comparable only to the excitement stirred by the publication, in 1866, of Crime & Punishment. To Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov captured the quintessence of Russian character in all its exaltation, compassion, & profligacy. Significantly, the book was on Tolstoy's bedside table when he died.

The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Dostoye

The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky's crowning achievement, is a tale of patricide & family rivalry that embodies the moral & spiritual dissolution of an entire society (Russia in the 1870s). It created a national furor comparable only to the excitement stirred by the publication, in 1866, of Crime & Punishment. To Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov captured the quintessence of Russian character in all its exaltation, compassion, & profligacy. Significantly, the book was on Tolstoy's bedside table when he died. Readers in every language have since accepted Dostoevsky's own evaluation of this work & have gone further by proclaiming it one of the few great novels of all ages & countries.—Random House, Inc.

Submitted by Karen S., Materials Handler

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The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins's classic thriller took the world by storm on its first appearance in 1859, with everything from dances to perfumes to dresses named in honor of the "woman in white." The novel's continuing fascination stems in part from a distinctive blend of melodrama, comedy, and realism; and in part from the power of its story.—Random House, Inc.

The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins
Collins

Wilkie Collins's classic thriller took the world by storm on its first appearance in 1859, with everything from dances to perfumes to dresses named in honor of the "woman in white." The novel's continuing fascination stems in part from a distinctive blend of melodrama, comedy, and realism; and in part from the power of its story.—Random House, Inc.

"An absolute classic, featuring among its characters the only heroine in all of literature to have a mustache. A chance encounter with the titular woman leads 3 friends into a dangerous plot to defraud one of them of her inheritance. So good. A forerunner of the whole 'thriller' genre."—Submitted by Mike B., Bookstore

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Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

Chronicles the exploits of Becky Sharp, an unscrupulous young woman who is determined to achieve wealth and social success, and her sentimental companion, Amelia, who has fallen for a caddish soldier, in the classic novel set against the backdrop of English society in the early 1800s.—Baker & Taylor

Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

William Makepeace Thackeray
Thacker

Chronicles the exploits of Becky Sharp, an unscrupulous young woman who is determined to achieve wealth and social success, and her sentimental companion, Amelia, who has fallen for a caddish soldier, in the classic novel set against the backdrop of English society in the early 1800s.—Baker & Taylor

"It is, as they say, a book without a hero. Set in England in the run-up to the Battle of Waterloo, it is the story of two girls, one who seems to have everything handed to her, and her best frenemy, who wants what her friend has and doesn't care how she gets it. I particularly love that one chapter is entitled: 'How to Live Well on Nothing a Year.' The book has all of life in it."—Submitted by Mike B., Bookstore

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