Saturday, June 30, 2012

“Marcus Samuelsson has an incomparable story, a quiet bravery, and a lyrical and discreetly glittering style—in the kitchen and on the page. I liked this book so very, very much.”—Gabrielle Hamilton, bestselling author of Blood, Bones, & Butter

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations.   

Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up.

Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of  “chasing flavors,” as he calls it, had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.

With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.

A New Mother/Daughter Writing Team Emerges

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?
Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

TC Tidbit: Crafting With Books

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lynn's All About Food and Community After Reading These Two Books

From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen,  ingredients that inspire, unique recipes, and menus for everyday feasts. 

Marking his 10-year anniversary working to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, Bryant Terry offers more than just a collection of recipes. In the spirit of jazz jam sessions and hip hop ciphers, The Inspired Vegan presents a collage of food, storytelling, music, and art. Bryant shares his favorite preparation / cooking techniques and simple recipes—basics to help strengthen your foundation for home cooking and equip you with tools for culinary improvisation and kitchen creativity. He also invites you to his table to enjoy seasonal menus inspired by family memories, social movements, unsung radical heroes, and visions for the future.

Ultimately, The Inspired Vegan will help you become proficient in creating satisfying meals that use whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients and are nutritionally balanced—and full of surprising, mouthwatering flavor combinations.

A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.

In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health.
 Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

Lynn says:
I'm pretty choosy about cookbooks since I don't have much room for them on my one little cookbook shelf, but this summer I've fallen in love with Bryant Terry's cookbook, The Inspired Vegan, possibly because my garden is so bursting already with greens, which figure prominently in quite a few of his recipes.  Plus I was initially struck by the accolades on its back cover by such food luminaries as Alice Waters and Raj Patel.  The word, 'inspired' definitely belongs in the title because throughout the book, in the sidebar for each recipe, there's a recommended 'soundtrack', and accompanying many others there's also a suggested book and/or film.  For example, the summertime 'Mindful Brunch' menu lists 'A Tribute to the King' by Rev. James Cleveland and 'Black, Brown & Beige' by Duke Ellington with Mahalia Jackson. One of its book inspirations is Thich Nhat Hahn's Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.  Without overdoing it on the spiritual and political threads that weave through Terry's writing about food, neither does he give them short shrift, as they inform the interested cook with historical anecdotes that relate to how it is we most deeply nurture ourselves, steward our little part of this beautiful planet and sustain our culture.  Combined with a heightened awareness concerning the path of food from soil to table, there's a simplicity and sensuality in the affordable and not overly exotic ingredients that one can mix and match to create menus that can be adapted to one's own inspirations, resulting in mouth-watering meals that are not only healthy for body and spirit, but also for the planet and local community. The Thich Nhat Hahn quote on p. 99 says it alll, really: 'I love to sit and eat quietly and enjoy each bite, aware of the presence of my community, aware of all the hard and loving work that has gone into my food.  When I eat in this way, not only am I physically nourished, I am also spiritually nourished.'

Even though I'm not personally a full-time vegan, I've long kept an ear to the ground for books to round out my kitchen/garden library of books dealing with foods that not only please the palate, but that consciously harmonize with social uplift/justice and show a deep respect for the soil and creatures that sustain our species.  So it was perfect synchronicity as I was making my way through The Inspired Vegan that a fellow bookseller pointed out Will Allen's The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.  Yes, THAT talapia-fish-hydroponics- greenhouses Will Allen from Milwaukee who has been teaching workshops in Denver for wannabe urban farmers!

This book (co-written with Charles Wilson, and with a rousing forward by Eric Schlosser) was inspiring enough to read just as memoir, packed as it is with the unique combination of people and events in Allen's life that set him on his path as an innovator in the growing urban homesteading movement.  But it is also packed with great, practical ideas for anyone to modify for small or large-scale growing good food and strengthening community.  Surely even never-ever-beginner gardeners may find here just the jumpstart they need to get busy employing those adorable red wiggler worms, planting some seeds and getting more enthused about composting... and who knows, maybe even getting involved with others to transform a neighborhood food desert into an oasis of healthy veggies and fruits!"

For The Fans--You Know WHO You Are

From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, the legendary "lost" Doctor Who story has been completed at last by Gareth Roberts and narrated by Lalla Ward.

The Doctors old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University—where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs—most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isnt a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artifacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctors mind...

Based on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, Shada retells an adventure that never made it to the screen.

TC Tidbit: Isaac G. Salazar's Book Sculptures

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cathy's Recommending...

Click on the covers to learn more about each book.

The Wait Is Over, Talulla Is Rising On Our Shelves Now

When I change I change fast. The moon drags the whatever-it-is up from the earth and it goes through me with crazy wriggling impatience . . . I’m twisted, torn, churned, throttled—then rushed through a blind chicane into ludicrous power . . . A heel settles. A last canine hurries through. A shoulder blade pops. The woman is a werewolf.

The woman is Talulla Demetriou.

She’s grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organization for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake’s child in secret.
The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over—until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun . . .
What follows throws Talulla into a race against time to save both herself and her child as she faces down the new, psychotic leader of WOCOP, a cabal of blood-drinking religious fanatics, and (rumor has it) the oldest living vampire.

Harnessing the same audacious imagination and dark humor, the same depths of horror and sympathy, the same full-tilt narrative energy with which he crafted his acclaimed novel The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan now gives us a heroine like no other, the definitive twenty-first-century female of the species.

Read an excerpt HERE.

TC Tidbit: A Peek at the Cover of Ruta Sepetys Second Novel

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"This is a debut novel you don't want to miss" says Jackie

Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb, a confessed murderer, she knows skill alone will not sustain her. Willa is thrown back into the past, surfacing memories of a childhood full of intense love, desperate mistakes, and gentle remorse.

Trekking through exquisite New Mexico and Colorado landscapes, with Zeb two steps ahead and the police two steps behind, Willa must wrangle her desire to reunite with her brother and her own guilt about their violent past.

In this remarkable debut, Loren’s lyrical prose gives voice to the wildlife and land surrounding these beautifully flawed characters, breathing life into the southwestern terrain. Within this treacherous and mesmerizing landscape, Theft illustrates the struggle to piece together the fragile traces of what has been left behind, allowing for new choices to take shape. This is a story about family, about loss, and about a search for answers.

Here are some pictures from BK's very first time reading her novel to an audience (she did great).

 Jackie says:
"This is an intense novel about what the past made us, and how we go about making our own futures. It's the story a family--a distant father, an ailing mother, a teenage boy with a dark side, and a young girl trying to keep everything together. We move with them through time and events, and learn that the Colorado setting is as much of a character as any of the human players. A dramatic climax comes to the family, and we jump forward 15 or so years to the brother and sister, grown up and away, making up new lives for themselves. But the past isn't finished with them yet, and one must literally track the other in order to at last put the past to rest. Running along side the first family narrative is another family's drama, one of a father who made some bad mistakes but who now risks his life to correct them, fighting to keep a beautiful and nearly extinct animal, Mexican wolves, alive and in their rightful place on the earth. These two stories weave together into a nuanced cultural drama, written with a western backdrop of howling coyotes, smuggled wolves and silently watching mountain lions, poignant and memorable and the kind of book that, especially toward the end, you slow down reading because every word must be savored. This is a truly remarkable debut novel."

Two Memoir Writing Workshops At Tattered Cover This Summer

My family was sitting around the table after a wonderful holiday meal a few months ago, and my parents started to tell us a story of how they took off one afternoon in my grandpa’s car. They were supposed to be going on a date to a local restaurant, but instead they headed south from their little town of Ashtabula, Ohio to see their hero John Glenn in a parade in Columbus. This was shortly after John Glenn returned from his space mission, where he became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth.

My parents—then just teenage sweethearts—got in big trouble for putting so many miles on Grandpa’s Oldsmobile, but it was worth it. They were part of history.

As I listened to their story, I felt panic rising in my throat. Someone should be writing this down! How will I ever remember the rich details of this story so that I can pass it on to the next generation?

That experience around the dinner table inspired me to develop this workshop. We all have hilarious, compelling, poignant, soulful stories to tell, and they’re not going to write themselves. The time is now to Get In Gear and get the job done. Within 8 weeks, everyone in the class will have a printed memoir in their hands—a keepsake to hold those precious family memories.

I hope you will join me on this exciting journey! --Kelly Jo Eldredge, Author, Writer, Editor, 4 Cats, Ink

We are certain that if you spend two hours a week in this workshop and commit to writing five days a week, you will walk away with a book that you and your family will cherish forever.  The beauty of the digital age is that the book you have at the end of the 8 weeks doesn’t have to be static. You can append and update as often as you like.

The Heart and Soul Workshop Includes:

--8 two-hour writing workshops utilizing  the GIG (Get In Gear) Method developed by Kelly Jo Eldredge
--Essential coaching on the craft of memoir writing
--Tips on collecting and preserving your family history
--Prompts to get you and keep you engaged (you’ll never run out of ideas!)
--One-on-one support from Kelly Jo Eldredge
--Opportunity in every class to share excerpts, progress, and pitfalls
--Formatting and design support for publication
--A finished book printed on Tattered Cover’s Espresso Print on Demand Machine plus a waiver of the setup fees ($99 value)
There are two sessions:
Wednesdays, July 11 through August 29, 4:00 to 6:00 pm at our Highlands Ranch Store AND

Saturdays, July 14 through September 1, 10 am to 12 noon at our Historic Lodo Store.

Tickets are $250.00 per person for the series.

Order Tickets for Highlands Ranch HERE.

Order Tickets for Historic LoDo HERE.

TC Tidbit: Jasper Fforde's Top 10 Bedtime Stories

Read The Guardian article HERE.

He's got his own book coming our for younger readers coming out in September 2012:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Heather's a Fan of This Debut Novel

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Read an excerpt HERE.

Check out the timeline of  "the slowing" HERE.

Heather says:
"The Age of Miracles is a quiet book with a staggering tale to tell. It is the coming-of-age story of Julia, a young girl -- struggling with parents, friends, and first love --set against the backdrop of a completely unique, and possibly final, disaster for the human race. Walker, in her first novel, is able to create compelling characters that act in understandable and familiar ways, even when faced with the slowing of the Earth's rotation,  a catastrophe whose consequences are unpredictable and terrifying. I was dazzled by Julia and her world both before and after the 'slowing'. What a great book."

Meet Ridley Pearson and Learn About His New Series

A Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight.  His one-man security detail goes missing as well.

Rutherford Risk is a firm specializing in extraction: the negotiation for, and the recovery of hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today's China. Operating within her borders will be difficult at best.The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do their bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and culture. Grace’s top-notch American education and Chinese military service make her an unassuming, but effective, operative, while Knox’s take-no-prisoners attitude brings them perilously close to harm. Following the money leads to more complex – and dangerous – consequences than either anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? And more important, can Knox and Grace locate the two hostages ahead of the deadline?

Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and crackling with tension-filled suspense, Pearson's latest introduces two compelling new characters—and heralds in the start of a brilliant new series.

Ridley Pearson will be reading from and signing his book Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 7:30 pm at our Highland's Ranch store.

TC Tidbit: The Globe and Mail asks, "Where are the stay-at-home dads in children’s books?"

Monday, June 25, 2012

Eric B.'s Summer Reads Recommendations

Lucy Hull, a children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Ian needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes. Desperate to save him from the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian when she finds him camped out in the library after hours, and the odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip. But is it just Ian who is running away? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?
Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken when she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will miss seeing Alice blossom into a full-blown teenager: she'll learn to drive, join the track team, go to her first dance, and fall in love—all while trying to be strong for her mother, Angie, and her precocious little sister. But the phone calls from her father are never long enough. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving story about those who are left at home during wartime and a small-town teenage girl bravely facing the future.

In a small town in northern India, a house still smolders from a devastating fire. Inside a young girl is found severely beaten and barely alive, along with the lifeless bodies of thirteen people. Inexplicably, the local police accuse the girl of the murders. But Simran Singh, an independent-minded, unconventional social worker, is convinced of the girl's innocence. As Simran goes against the authorities to seek out the truth, she discovers a terrifying web of deceit that will change her forever. Seamlessly weaving themes of sexism, police corruption, and infanticide, this captivating mystery plunges readers into the thrilling heart of modern India.

 For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn’t realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever… 

For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia. But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place—or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply "B," from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.

An erotic tale of passion and power and their dangerous consequences

In 1978, Dawit, a young, beautiful, and educated Ethiopian refugee, roams the streets of Paris. By chance, he spots the famous French author M., who at sixty is at the height of her fame. Seduced by Dawit's grace and his moving story, M. invites him to live with her. He makes himself indispensable, or so he thinks. When M. brings him to her Sardinian villa, beside the Bay of Foxes, Dawit finds love and temptation—and perfects the art of deception.

Meet the Author Tomorrow Night!

From the bestselling author of Push, a story of survival and awakening—and one young man’s remarkable strength

The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire’s unforgettable heroine, Precious. Left alone by his mother’s death to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday, from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artists’ lofts, The Kid is a soaring tale of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul.

TC Tidbit: The Official Anna Karenina Trailer

More about the book it's based on:
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

"I was fascinated by the idea of American businesspeople coming to these nascent cities in the desert, trying to get in on the ground floor. That was the start of it at least." -- Dave Eggers

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment—and a moving story of how we got here.

Read Egger's interview on The Rumpus.

"...An intriguing thrill ride...a combination of the secrets and symbols of Dan Brown with the adventures of Jules Verne...unlike anything else you'll read this year." --AP

A corpse discovered in a flooded mine shaft. A secret organization with mysterious links to Nazi Germany. A fatal nineteenth–century polar expedition. These are the foundations for Jan Wallentin’s thrilling debut novel, Strindberg’s Star, a masterful blend of history, mythology, and adventure. Already an international bestseller, the book crosses all genres, weaving a multilayered story that will leave readers breathless.

During a lonely cave dive, Erik Hall finds a dead body floating in a flooded mine; clutched tightly in the corpse’s hands is an ankh, an ancient Egyptian symbol of life and mythological key to the underworld. Religious symbol expert Don Titelman reluctantly agrees to examine the artifact but before Erik can provide any more information, he’s killed—and Don becomes the prime suspect. A loner haunted by his grandmother’s stories of her gruesome torture at the hands of the Nazis during World War II, Don is dependent on a cocktail of medications to keep his demons at bay, yet now finds himself at the center of a rapidly expanding international mystery—what is the ankh and who does it belong to?

With a sharp ear for dialogue and a keen sense of detail, Wallentin has created a broad cast of unique and memorable characters, and he deftly teases out their complicated relationships. After a threatening conversation with a shadowy figure named Eberlein, Don joins forces with Eva, a Swedish attorney, in order to track down the ankh’s companion piece—a five–pointed star procured by Arctic explorer Nils Strindberg. A faded postcard stolen from Erik’s home reveals an illicit affair nearly a century old and in the process provides the shocking location of the star, bringing Don and Eva one step closer to solving the mystery. But Don and Eva must still unravel the purpose of the ankh and star before the artifacts fall into the hands of a malicious secret society, and finally reveal an interconnected web of mythology, science, and power.

Strindberg’s Star is crisply written and lavishly detailed, and the book is a literary novel as much as it is an adventure story. Wallentin’s work is built on careful research and an uncanny talent for intrigue, and he has crafted a plot that is intricate and precise yet moves with exhilarating speed. As the novel builds toward its astonishing conclusion, a series of twists, false leads, and surprises defy readers’ expectations, taking them on an international thrill ride.

TC Tidbit: Listen in on Christopher Moore's Latest Visit to Tattered Cover

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Jennifer S. Recommends:

A charming, colorful book about a bunch of barnyard animals playing the classic a game of “telephone” with hilarious results.  A great story-time read aloud for the youngest book fans from the author of such charmers as Cat Secrets and Hip & Hop, Don't Stop!

A lovely and lively story from the author of the beloved Jamberry books.   Charlie is the kid with a pencil perpetually in his hand, the one who simply NEEDS to draw, a born artist.  You know the one.  Perhaps you were the one.   There’s at least one in every Kindergarten class.  Your mission (should you choose to accept it), is to find these magical children and turn them (and their parents),on to this light-hearted and imminently relatable picture book.

In an alternate-reality present, the president was killed during the attacks of September 11, 2001, and fear and hatred have raised their horrible heads.  When Skye Brightens learns that one of her classmates, Kareem, is in grave danger, she knows she must stand up for what’s right.

I still think about Saving Sky, the strong plot, compelling characters and amazing message about courage and the true meaning of patriotism.
When sixteen year olds April and Vi decide to deceive their parents into letting them spend a year without adult supervision, they have a blast, and learn a bunch of important life lessons.  Told in a fresh and fun voice that teens will enjoy in paperback this summer.  Please note, while not over the top explicit, there is reference to premarital sex and some wild parties are depicted here.

“Outstanding…With a complicated romance, intriguing suspense, a dashing hero, a feisty heroine, and a fantastic but plausible time-travel explanation, this book will hit the mark for readers wanting something exceptional for their summer reading." —Library Journal

A passionate, sweeping novel of a love that transcends time.

When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

The answer is beyond imagining . . . at least at first. Kate and Julian’s story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty-first-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.

Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space.

Take a look, and listen, to Kate and Julian's Playlist, created by the author.

TC Tidbit: The Best Places for Bookstore Browsing

From  We didn't make the list, but he sure did find some amazing bookstores!