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John & all Dieselfolk
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff is a novel in verse, but do not be put off by that! It is the last book Rakoff wrote before he passed in 2012. One of the characters in the book also dies in his 40s and describes the ignominious nature of being cared for by paid employees instead of loves, friends, or family. The chapters remind me of interconnected short stories with characters that affect or are related to others, like Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge. Funny, dark, and direct, this is a beautiful swan song from a talented writer who will be missed. -- Mia Wigmore
From fabled Atlantis to the Antipodes of a flat Earth, Umberto Eco takes us on a mesmerizing, informative, and most of all enchanting tour of lands of myth and imagination. But more than simply made-up places, these are the magical locales that have conjured wonder, incited desire or fear, and called brave travelers and explorers to futile pursuit. Eco's beautiful volume is replete with gorgeous maps, paintings, and drawings, as well as passages from relevant texts and historical works, and it reads almost as a catalog of very real, very reachable places. -- Chris Phipps
Who of us hasn't been on vacation at some beautiful location and thought "Gee, I sure would love to live here!"? Well, that's exactly what Ellen Stimson, author of the memoir Mud Season, said to herself and the rest of her family when they returned home to St. Louis from vacationing in New England. Only it wasn't just a passing fancy for her. She immediately began planning how they could make this dream a reality by selling the family home in the city, and flinging themselves with gusto into the slow-paced country life of rural Vermont.
Stimson and her family learn first-hand about how having bats fly into your house is nearly an everyday occurrence; oh, and watch out for the bears that are everywhere at certain times of the year. However, the thing that probably made the biggest impression on them was their dogs' encounters with the local skunk population! You'll laugh with them as they try their hand at raising chickens, lambs, and a goat, and see fish fall from the sky for the first time. Then you'll ache with them as their efforts to run a small, local store begin to fail miserably.
Through it all, Stimson has a way of laughing with us at her family's embarrassing mishaps with nature. When away from Ellen, her husband, their three kids, and their pets, I couldn't wait to get back to reading to see what would befall them next. From the filth and the fright, to the stench and inconvenience of the various varmints that live in their world, this family of newcomers from the city, who were once uneducated in the ways of rural New England life, now can look back and tell their story in a way that makes this a laugh-out-loud, thoroughly enjoyable read! -- Linda Grana
In depression-era Chicago, a very bad man stumbles upon an abandoned house that spits him out into a different time period every time he sets foot out the door. He picks them young, his "shining girls," leaves them with a souvenir, and returns to kill them when they've grown into young women. Only one escapes and her efforts to stay alive drive the plot to a riveting conclusion. A thrilling page-turner that reads like a puzzle and will stay with you long after the cover is closed. -- Riley
Wonderbook is a guide to writing imaginative fiction like no other. Chock full of bright illustrations that help illustrate methods and techniques, it's an inviting and exciting way to learn how to write your stories. Wonderbook also includes interviews with (and tips from) some of the biggest names in the business, including Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and George R. R. Martin. A perfect gift for the adult who's always wanted to write a science fiction epic, or the teen who wants to write the next big YA fantasy. Even if you don't want to be a writer yourself, Wonderbook can offer you some wonderful insight into favorite fantastical novels. -- Will Kaufman
This book is not your typical mac and cheese book. The authors have combined their love of the old-school dish with healthy, high-quality ingredients to produce recipes that are "classic and chic." Featuring such unexpected and delicious combinations as Beecher's Flagship Cheddar with Avocado, Lime, and Shell Pasta; Drunken Goat, Fennel, Edamame, Mint, and Rotini; and Pumpkin Stuffed with Fontina, Italian Sausage and Macaroni, Melt takes mac and cheese out of the box and elevates it to a level that will delight even the most sophisticated palates. (Who knew that there is such a thing as chocolate pasta and that it pairs well with Bucherondin!) -- Rod Froke
From author and illustrator Dan Santat comes this fun and exciting graphic novel about Captain Amazing's pets -- Metal Mutt, Static Cat, Fluffy the hamster, and Shifty the chameleon. Things are tense as they compete for the Captain's attention, and for a job as his sidekick, but when their owner gets in trouble it's up to the sidekicks to save the day. A great choice for the superhero-obsessed, and aren't we all? -- Alex Melnick