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The White Cat and the Monk is a simple, thoughtful, charming children picture book based on Pangur Ban, the nineteenth century poem by an Irish Benedictine Monk. It tells the story of the simple, shared life of the monk and the white cat with whom he shares a tiny contemplative cell. Award winning author Jo Ellen Bogart's simple, elegant style combines with Sydney Smith's classically inspired illustrations to produce a beautiful children's books that will entertain kids and inspire adults.
It's a mind bending and, at times, whimsical exploration of logic, paradox, truth, proof, and consciousness. Full of intriguing connections between art, music, philosophy, and science, it will make you think a little bit deeper about what it means to think and about what it means to be human.
I read this book when I was but a wee lass myself. Now I run the Young Adult Section and I can say safely that kids are still eating this up. The series re-envisions the baby sitter club of the 90's that my sister was familiar with. This art style seems to be really popular with the youths. If a child asks for Smile, or Sisters, or Braces, this is a good place to start.
Since the release of the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay trailer at last year's E3 I have been on a quest to consume all that which has inspired something of such magnificence. Being well versed in the theatrical history of the genre (Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, Johnny Mnemonic, ect.), I decided to look into the literature that influenced these amazing creations. Having never read one of the most important cult classics of the genre, I was floored when I first began this book and found that it was everything a freelance net-running cowboy could ever want and more! The imagery pulses with fluorescent neon lights and drips with the dystopic dread of a world where humanity is lost in the soul crushing expanse of electronic existence. The story hums along like a generator powering the kaleidoscopic city skyline and the characters are true-to-life beings torn between the draw of digital supremacy and the decay of their outdated mortal coil. For anyone who can't wait for the next chance to dive into the networked world of the cyberpunk genre, this book will be more than enough to get you that next fix of futuristic euphoric escape!
Keri Hulme's The Bone People is a tale subtly wrapped with the more extraordinary aspects of life and thought, while weighing it down with the complexities of the sometimes trivial and other times painful elements of human existence; the struggles of identity, insecurities, and vulnerability that are emphasized when the three main characters of this novel are woven into each others' lives are juxtaposed to their longing for genuine connection and living. Amongst its many themes, including post-colonialism, parenthood, identity, and redemption found, rather than earned, "The Bone People" proves to be a truly unique story which enchants the reader with a hope and belief for something more than the mundane, yet gifts them with a respect for the familiar.
The Bunny Rabbit Show, like most of Sandra Boynton's books, has everything babies and toddlers love in a story. It has rhythm, rhyme, and funny characters. My nine-month-old daughter can not get enough of this book and starts to grin whenever she hears the first line. Those bunnies are good at hopping and jumping, and they show off all their best tricks in The Bunny Rabbit Show.
Amelia Bedelia is not the nanny we once knew her as! Now Amelia charmingly gets up to silly adventures as a little girl, rather than a helpful maid. This box set carries the titles: Amelia Bedelia Means Business, Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, Amelia Bedelia Road Trip and Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild. Amelia Bedelia is reimagined in a fresh way that will keep younger generations interested in what she has going on.
This is one of my favorite cookbooks ever. The stories behind each cake are fascinating. Gingerbread cake being a staple at docks, for example. They would have stalls to sell it to passengers; Thomas Jefferson himself said he would never go on a trip without it. Another story is that Robert E. Lee proposed to his wife over cake. Mahogany cake, which was one of the first chocolate cakes, could only use a little chocolate because it was so expensive at the time. It turned the batter a light brown, like mahogany wood. There are many more wonderful stories about each cake. The recipes are also easy to follow and not hard at all. I would recommend for anyone who likes cakes, food history or just an interesting story about America's history.
This is the third novel by Mystery Grand Master Donald E. Westlake. This book has black humor and violent events in equal measure. The main character, Ray, has just left the United States Air Force and while returning to his hometown with his father, they are attacked. Ray loses both his father, one of this eyes and some of the mobility in his leg. But that doesn't stop him on his corpse-filled ride for revenge. If you want a violent and funny novel this one is a great choice.
This is the third, and widely regarded as the best, novel by John Fante. He was a writer living in California and this is novel is loosely based on his life. It largely concerns being a struggling writer in the late 30s, and the beauty of a newly blooming California. It is also about how complicated romance can be when someone is damaged by an unhappy upbringing. Unlike Catcher in the Rye's Holden Caulfield, the narrator Arturo Bandini is penniless and has no upward mobility, giving his view of the world more weight. I cannot recommend this book more.
This book has earned a very special place in my heart. A Little Life is filled with complex and loveable characters and consists of a plot that is well in depth and will urge you to keep flipping forward. I've never read a book that does such a good job at displaying the way we think and the existence of our being staying constant as we age. My only concern is with the beginning, for it does move a bit slowly. However, the plot twists and conclusion make it worth the wait. A Little Life is a wonderful story about friendship and love and should be on everyone's TBR.
Paul Goldberger give an excellent study on the evolution of the ballpark. From the early days of the game, to the wooden ballparks and the steel and concrete structures that replaced them, to the new "retro" parks, Mr. Goldberger covers them all. A fascinating read for both fans of baseball and architecture. A must read for those intrigued with the history of the game.
This book will warm your heart with the representation it brings to the world, specifically the LGBTQ+ community. The story is inspiring and a reminder to all that love is love and will find a way. Highly enjoyable and complete with beautiful artwork. I wish that I'd had this book as a kid.
The Scoobies return to Sunnydale High in a modern reimagining of the cult classic television series. Beautifully illustrated and vibrantly colored, this graphic novel revives our old favorites with a fresh new twist. This first volume rewrites Buffy's initial days at Sunnydale High, with a new first adventure for Giles, Willow, Xander, and Buffy. While starting over, in many ways the series also picks up where creator Joss Whedon left off, as a platform for both feminism and LGBTQ+ rights. We see a higher volume of leading females right off the bat. Other than Buffy and Willow, we meet the series' first Big Bad: a posh, pant-suit-wearing Drusilla. We also see Anya already the owner and proprietor of the magic shop, and Cordelia, forever her strong and dominant self. This arc also introduces Rose, Willow's current girlfriend. Meet your favorite characters all over again! Long-time BtVS fans will find this a fun new interpretation of the classic. Those new to the Hellmouth will find this graphic novel witty and addictive.
It's just another day at Fujima High School when an infection makes its way into the academy and spreads like wildfire. A mismatched handful of survivors must escape the walls of their daily lives. These high school students turn into anti-hero zombie killers and are faced with hard decisions; beheading your best friend isn't easy, whereas for some, it is.
Social media is an amazing thing - it connects the world, brings friends together, allows the spread of ideas and innovations...and leaves you exposed to the toxic dregs of anonymous commentators who want you and people like you to shut up and disappear. Lindy West's memoir shows the consequences. Straightforward and unapologetic, she reveals a life of humor and empathy (even towards those whose world view hurts her), and makes it clear how important it is to stand up, in public, on the side of justice and kindness, especially when it's hard. Tremendously relatable to the modern woman, and probably illuminating to the men in her life who just never considered what it was like being a woman in the public sphere.
The acclaimed team behind crime comic classic Criminal are back at it with what I would classify as their best collaborative project to date, Kill Or Be Killed. Kill or Be Killed follows Dylan, a New Yorker in his mid twenties who has faced issues with mental health his entire life. After an attempt at taking his own life he was spared by none other than the devil himself and given the proposition of either have his life come to an end, or do the devil's work and murder those who have committed crimes for him. The question is though, are these events actually happening or is this just a product of Dylan's fracture psychosis.
This series by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett is the horror twist on the Hulk. Bruce Banner is back from the Dead and on the run again with a new secret. He's being haunted by people from his past and the Hulk itself. Every night when the sun goes down the Hulk comes out and Banner disappears. This book has great mystery and a fresh take on the Hulk that is fantastic. It's a must read of Marvel right now. I can't wait to read volume 2!
Imagine this: in a world somewhat like ours, but slightly different, there's a country much like England after World War I. The difference being, in this version, they have magic. And there's also the Solace: an otherworldly underworld that is more parallel to our own and under the care of faerie-like beings. That's just the beginning in this amazing gaslamp fantasy which puts a whole new spin on the idea of a world with magic. Focusing on Miles, a war veteran who's faked his death to flee a rich family threatening his with a life of servitude, the story starts with a murder and takes more twists and turns from there. Who is the beautiful Mr. Tristan Hunter that's oh so interested in the murder and in helping Miles solve it? What sort of family did Miles really run away from? And most intriguing of all-what sort of lengths would a world of magic go to in order to keep that magic in the hands of only the chosen few? Whether you like mystery, fantasy or even romance-this story has it all and will keep you guessing until the last page.
Le Guin is an unparalleled original. Her world and it's inhabitants are as complex as her writing is concise. As she rows and sails the reader through Earthsea, the reader is taken on a journey of extraordinary growth for the main character, Ged. This short novel is a perfect fantasy read for those of us feeling bogged down with the expansive fantasy novels that have been the trend in recent years, but also for anyone looking for a lighter introduction to the genre.