Mixed Ages

The Stardust Road

Composer, singer, lyricist, and actor Hoagy Carmichael (1899–1981) was one of America's most versatile songwriters, crossing the boundaries of jazz, Tin Pan Alley, blues, and film.—Perseus Publishing

"Anyone who loves Bloomington will delight in Hoagy's description of life here in the 1920s."—Bill W., Web Support

The Stardust Road

Hoagy Carmicheal
780.92 Carmichael Car

Composer, singer, lyricist, and actor Hoagy Carmichael (1899–1981) was one of America's most versatile songwriters, crossing the boundaries of jazz, Tin Pan Alley, blues, and film.—Perseus Publishing

"Anyone who loves Bloomington will delight in Hoagy's description of life here in the 1920s."—Bill W., Web Support

Bicentennial Staff Picks

The Goldfinch

The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life.

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt
Tartt

The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art—Provided by publisher.

"The Goldfinch is a modern-day Dickensian epic tale. Donna Tartt's novels are richly woven stories that span years, landscapes, and follow fully developed characters you will fall in love with. I recommend all of her novels, and The Goldfinch is a world you won't want to leave."—Jane C., Associate Director

Bicentennial Staff Picks

The Music Lesson

From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside.—Hal Leonard

The Music Lesson

Victor Wooten
781.1 Woo

From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes The Music Lesson, the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside.—Hal Leonard

"Yes, this book inspired me to learn bass. I've been playing piano and guitar for years and now bass plays a significant role in my life. I was able to meet Victor Wooten at a jazz event in Louisville, KY, as well as see him perform at the Buskirk-Chumley. This book is about a character, Michael, who changes Wooten's life through questions, practicing, and important lessons. It can be read in a day and you will not be able to put it down once you start reading it. 10/10—would read again."—Elias M-S., Materials Handler

Bicentennial Staff Picks

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon
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.

"I read this book for the first time during the summer right before high school started. It was required reading for an English class and I've read the book 5 more times since then. Haddon's descriptive sentences and the perspective he writes in makes this a binge-worthy book. It's a mystery and suitable for a wide variety of ages. I don't want to spoil any of it. You need to read it!"—Elias M-S., Materials Handler

Bicentennial Staff Picks

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