There’s a Book for That

There’s a Book for That: College Reading

Students of many ages are heading off to college and trade school, which can be transformative as well as informative. Books are a huge part of that experience. On our Common Reads site, we have lists of college reading titles, including First-Year Experience (FYE) recommendations, as well as discussion and reading guides. Your syllabus awaits:

  You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine LeirisYOU WILL NOT HAVE MY HATE by Antoine Leiris On November 13, 2015, Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène Muyal-Leiris, was killed by terrorists while attending a rock concert at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, in the deadliest attack on France since World War II. Three days later, Leiris wrote an open letter addressed directly to his wife’s killers, which he posted on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his seventeen-month-old son’s life be defined by Hélène’s murder. Now Leiris tells the full story of his grief and struggle. You Will Not Have My Hate is a remarkable, heartbreaking, and, indeed, beautiful memoir of how he and his baby son, Melvil, endured in the days and weeks after Hélène’s murder.   Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club) by Imbolo MbueBEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue Oprah’s Book Club Pick! A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.   Spaceman by Mike MassiminoSPACEMAN by Mike Massimino Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope—which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission—Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible.   Incarceration Nations by Baz DreisingerINCARCERATION NATIONS by Baz Dreisinger In this crucial study, named one of the Washington Post‘s Notable Nonfiction Books of 2016 and now in paperback, Baz Dreisinger goes behind bars in nine countries to investigate the current conditions in prisons worldwide.     Exit West by Mohsin Hamid EXIT WEST by Mosin Hamid Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through… .   Blood and Earth by Kevin BalesBLOOD AND EARTH by Kevin Bales A leading expert on modern-day slavery, Kevin Bales has traveled to some of the world’s most dangerous places documenting and battling human trafficking. In the course of his reporting, Bales began to notice a pattern emerging: Where slavery existed, so did massive, unchecked environmental destruction. But why? Bales set off to find the answer in a fascinating and moving journey that took him into the lives of modern-day slaves and along a supply chain that leads directly to the cellphones in our pockets.   Swing Time by Zadie SmithSWING TIME by Zadie Smith Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.   So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon RonsonSO YOU’VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED by Jon Ronson For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws – and the very scary part we all play in it.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: College Reading

Friday Reads: Surf Lit!

Now that we have a little distance from Shark Week – it’s time to hit the surf! Surfing is much more than a sport, but rather a way of life for those who savor nature and the lull between waves as much as the thrill of the ride. The “endless summer” is an appealing philosophy to surfers who are often globe-trotters and environmentalists. And no wave is the same, much like no book is! We’ve identified a strong set rolling in from authors who are eloquent about their passion, among them a Pulitzer Prize winner and a hot new release…

  SURFING WITH SARTRE: AN AQUATIC INQUIRY INTO A LIFE OF MEANING by Aaron James Released this week from the bestselling author of Assholes: A TheorySurfing with Sartre is in the tradition of Barbarian Days and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  In developing his unique surfer-philosophical worldview, James draws from his own experience of surfing and its culture and lingo. He includes relevant details from the lives of philosophers, from Aristotle to Wittgenstein. In the process, James speaks to readers in search of personal and social meaning in our current anxious moment.   BARBARIAN DAYS: A SURFING LIFE by William Finnegan Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Autobiography! A deeply-rendered self-portrait of a life-long surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker journalist, Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession. Surfing looks like a sport, but that’s only to outsiders. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.   SURF’S UP: THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO SURFING by Louise Southerden For any girl or woman who has wanted to give surfing a try, this book is geared solidly to the young as it delivers The who, what, when, where, why, and how of surfing for women from one of Australia’s leading surfing journalists and a surfer girl herself.   A GOLDEN AGE: SURFING’S REVOLUTIONARY 1960S AND ’70S by John Witzig Chronicling the great creative years in the evolution of surfing, the late 1960s and early ’70s, this engaging volume documents the revolutionary changes of the era—in board length, in surf style and technique—through the images of Australian photographer John Witzig. Witzig not only photographed the scene, he was part of it.   THE DAWN PATROL by Don Winslow As cool as its California surfer heroes, Don Winslow delivers a high velocity, darkly comic, and totally righteous crime novel. Every morning Boone Daniels catches waves with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have “real j-o-b-s”; Boone, however, works as a PI just enough to keep himself afloat.   THE WAVE: IN PURSUIT OF THE ROGUES, FREAKS, AND GIANTS OF THE OCEAN by Susan Casey In her astonishing new book Susan Casey captures colossal, ship-swallowing waves, and the surfers and scientists who seek them out. For legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, hundred foot waves represent the ultimate challenge. As Susan Casey travels the globe, hunting these monsters of the ocean with Hamilton’s crew, she witnesses first-hand the life or death stakes, the glory, and the mystery of impossibly mammoth waves.   FOR YOUNGER READERS INDI SURFS by Chris Gorman; ages 4 to 8 From surfer dad and photographer Chris Gorman comes Indi Surfs, the story of a little girl who braves the ocean to find the perfect wave. Gorman’s evocative images and text capture the essence of beach culture and the surfer’s journey in the story of a young girl who takes to the waves. Challenged by the ever-changing ocean, Indi shows how patience and persistence pay off in pursuit of the ultimate surfing goal.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection surf lit
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There’s a Book for That: Bullying

With the start of a new school year, students, parents, caregivers, and teachers have a lot on their minds. Bullying is, unfortunately, one of those things. It’s a topic now frequently covered in fiction, with a widening focus on bullying that happens at all ages and looks at the causes (some titles include, or are even from, a bully’s perspective). But books on bullying can also

provide new perspectives to educators and to parents, allowing for discussions on empathy, fairness, and understanding. FEATURED TITLES Wonder by R. J. PalacioWONDER by R.J. Palacio; ages 8-12 SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY! Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, it’s also the book that inspired the Choose Kind movement. Take the pledge to Choose Kind here! Learn about the Wonder Certified Kind Classroom Program here.   Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy LudwigCONFESSIONS OF A FORMER BULLY by Trudy Ludwig; ages 8-12 After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she’s told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn’t take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bullied, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tools they can use to identify and stop relational aggression.   Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna DewdneyLLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT by Anna Dewdney; ages 2-5 Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn’t sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?   All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria JamiesonALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL by Victoria Jamieson; ages 8-12 Available September 5, 2017! Calling all Raina Telgemeier fans! The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.   A Friend for Lakota by Jim Dutcher and Jamie DutcherA FRIEND FOR LAKOTA by Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher; ages 4-8 The sweet tale of Lakota, the shy wolf pup, is sure to touch the heart of any animal lover. Readers will marvel at Lakota’s strength growing up as the lowest-ranking and frequently picked-on member of a wolf pack until he finally finds that supportive and nurturing friend he’s always wanted. The book also introduces young readers to the need for conservation awareness: through Lakota’s life story, readers will come to understand the many challenges wolves in the wild face today.   They Don't Like Me by Jane KatchTHEY DON’T LIKE ME: LESSONS ON BULLYING AND TEASING FROM A PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM by Jane Katch  With her acute eye and deft pen, Katch watches her class of four- and five-year-olds begin to form exclusionary groups and tells us what happens as she tries to intervene. Talking with her brother, who teased her as a child; with high school kids; and, as always, with her class, Katch comes to new understandings of why some kids bully and scapegoat, how other kids get through the experience, and how she as a teacher might intervene. They Don’t Like Me is at once a fascinating, absorbing look into the social lives of children and a book for teachers and parents who are trying to understand how to prevent exclusion and how to support children who are being teased and bullied.   Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg MedinaYAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS by Meg Medina; ages 14 & up Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award In Meg Medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had. Also available in a Spanish Edition here.   Find more books on bullying and bullying prevention at the collection on Edelweiss

Friday Reads: Friendship Day

Take a moment to hug your friends on Friendship Day!  In the U.S., Friendship Day is August 6, but any day is a good one to show your friends how much you appreciate them.

Below is a list of books for all ages about friends and friendships, and how they make us better (even if sometimes those friendships don’t stay in tact).

  Swing TimeSWING TIME by Zadie Smith New York Times bestseller * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.   The Joy Luck ClubTHE JOY LUCK CLUB by Amy Tan In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan’s debut novel—now widely regarded as a modern classic—examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between these four women and their American-born daughters.   PIECES OF HAPPINESS by Anne Ostby Just published this month!  A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.   My Brilliant Friend by Elena FerranteMY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its protagonists, the fiery and unforgettable Lila, and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictual friendship. Book one in the series follows Lila and Elena from their first fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence.   The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-ScottTHE FIREBRAND AND THE FIRST LADY by Patricia Bell-Scott A finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and longlisted for the National Book Award, The Firebrand and the First Lady is the riveting history, two decades in the making, of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist and the first lady of the United States forged an enduring friendship that helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.   FOR YOUNGER READERS The Friendship Code #1 by Stacia DeutschTHE FRIENDSHIP CODE #1 by Stacia Deutsch; Ages 8-12 Loops, variables, input/output – Lucy can’t wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she’s really interested in. But Lucy’s excitement turns to disappointment when she’s put into a work group with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her. Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding – and friendship – takes time, dedication, and some laughs!   Bad AppleBAD APPLE by Edward Hemingway; Ages 3-5 When Mac, an apple, meets Will, a worm, they become fast friends, teaching each other games and even finishing each other’s sentences. But apples aren’t supposed to like worms, and Mac gets called “rotten” and “bad apple.” At first, Mac doesn’t know what to do—it’s never easy standing up to bullies–but after a lonely day without Will, Mac decides he’d rather be a bad apple with Will than a sad apple without.   National Geographic Kids Chapters: Together Forever by Mary QuattlebaumTOGETHER FOREVER: TRUE STORIES OF AMAZING ANIMAL FRIENDSHIPS by Mary Quattlebaum; Ages 7-10 A fluffy chicken and a pup on wheels? A goat and a donkey who are inseparable? Puppy and cheetah best friends? This new chapter book features all kinds of heartwarming, awwwww-inspiring—and completely true—stories about animal friendships. It’s so funny, sweet, and filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, that you can’t help but want to cuddle up and read about these unlikely pairings and animal best buddies.   For more books on friends and friendships, from BFFs to frenemies, visit the Friendship Day collection.

There’s a Book for That: Nazi-Looted Art

Nazi- looted art has been in the news of late. Last week, a 26-year court battle ended in Berlin with a settlement that will reimburse a family for the seizure of a masterpiece by Paul Klee. And two exhibits will open this fall displaying several hundred works from the collection found in the Munich apartment of the son of Hildebrand Gurlitt, an art dealer commissioned by Adolf Hitler to sell works looted from private citizens or seized from museums as “degenerate art” – the

term coined by Hitler to describe modernist art that deviated from the traditional forms he liked. With this topic in mind, readers may be interested in the following excellent books: FEATURED TITLES: The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'ConnorTHE LADY IN GOLD: THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF GUSTAV KLIMT’S MASTERPIECE, PORTRAIT OF ADELE BLOCH-BAUER by Anne-Marie O’Connor The riveting story of Gustav Klimt’s most famous painting: how it was created, celebrated, seized by Nazis, and ultimately—after a lengthy and influential court case—restored to its rightful owner. Washington Post journalist Anne-Marie O’Connor tells the galvanizing story of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the dazzling Viennese Jewish socialite immortalized in Klimt’s 1907 portrait. This true story was the inspiration for the film “Woman in Gold” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.   Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Cynthia SaltzmanTHE PORTRAIT OF DR. GACHET: STORY VAN GOGH’S LAST PORTRAIT, MODERNISM, MONEY, POLITICS, COLLECTORS, GREED AND LOSS by Cynthia Saltzman At a star-studded auction in 1990, a painting was sold for the record-breaking price of $82.5 million. That painting, Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet, has seemed to countless admirers to portray our times as “something bright in spite of its inevitable griefs.”  Masterfully evoked are the lives of the thirteen extraordinary people who owned the painting and shaped its history.   The Rape of Europa by Lynn H. NicholasTHE RAPE OF EUROPA : THE FATE OF EUROPE’S TREASURES IN THE THIRD REICH AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR by Lynn H. Nicholas Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award The real story behind the major motion picture The Monuments Men. The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall–not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. And the story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich’s war on European culture and the Allies’ desperate effort to preserve it.   The Life of Objects by Susanna MooreTHE LIFE OF OBJECTS by Susanna Moore In 1938, seventeen-year-old Beatrice, an Irish Protestant lace maker, finds herself at the center of a fairy tale when she is whisked away from her dreary life to join the Berlin household of Felix and Dorothea Metzenburg. Art collectors, and friends to the most fascinating men and women in Europe, the Metzenburgs introduce Beatrice to a world in which she finds more to desire than she ever imagined until Nazi terror begins to threaten their very existence. “I find this book exhilarating—truly exciting, new, everything good—the people, the clothes, the food: every word.” —Joan Didion   The Chrysalis by Heather TerrellTHE CHRYSALIS by Heather Terrell From the underground Catholicism in seventeenth-century Holland to the unspeakable crimes of the Nazis and the repercussions that reverberate to this day throughout the art world, Heather Terrell has created a fascinating story that will entrance readers to the very last page.     For more on these and related titles visit Nazi Looted Art Titles
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Friday Reads: Swimming!

Refresh yourselves! There’s no better time for swimming than in Summer so we’ve got some great books to dive into this weekend all about the joys of being a swimmer – the weightless, meditative quality of being in the water. Other than for escaping the heat, swimming is one of the best things you can do for your health and we hope these novels, memoirs and manuals provide inspiration.

  Swimming Home by Mary-Rose MacCollSWIMMING HOME: A NOVEL by Mary-Rose MacColl “The lone swimmer, turning over now to switch to a perfectly executed back crawl, wasn’t Oxford or Cambridge, wasn’t a man. It was a woman, a girl. It was Catherine. Of course it was Catherine.” From the author of the international bestseller In Falling Snow, a beautifully-written, heartwarming novel of a young woman swimmer in 1925.   The Swimmer's Workout Handbook by Terri SchneiderTHE SWIMMER’S WORKOUT HANDBOOK: IMPROVE FITNESS WITH 100 SWIM WORKOUTS AND DRILLS by Terri Schneider Just out in June and with 100 of the best swim workouts for all experience levels, The Swimmer’s Workout Handbook is a complete guide to escaping the routine of pool swimming with varied training workouts to keep you challenged and engaged, and improve your performance.   Swimming by Nicola KeeganSWIMMING by Nicola Keegan Born in a landlocked town in the center of Kansas, Pip is tall, flat, smart, funny, and supernaturally buoyant. On land, she has her share of troubles: an agoraphobic mother, a lost father, and a school full of nuns who just want her to sit still. But in the water, Pip is unstoppable. Swimming her way from a small Midwestern team to the Barcelona Olympics, Pip’s journey is the story of a young girl with an unsinkable spirit, struggling to stay afloat in the only way she can.   Swimming Studies by Leanne ShaptonSWIMMING STUDIES by Leanne Shapton Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Swimming Studies is author and artist Leanne Shapton’s lyrical and revealing illustrated memoir about the competitive pressures and meditative calm found in the sport she trained for as a teenager.     Find a Way by Diana NyadFIND A WAY: THE INSPIRING STORY OF ONE WOMAN’S PURSUIT OF A LIFELONG DREAM by Diana Nyad Legendary athlete Diana Nyad gives us the story of pursuing her dreams, mastering the 111-mile swim from Cuba to Florida at age 64—and demonstrating what is possible when we refuse to give up.     Open Water Swimming Manual by Lynne CoxOPEN WATER SWIMMING MANUAL: AN EXPERT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TRIATHLETES AND OPEN WATER SWIMMERS by Lynne Cox Lynne Cox has set open water swimming records across the world, and now she has focused her decades-long experience and expertise into this definitive guide to swimming. Cox methodically addresses what is needed to succeed at and enjoy open water swimming.     Swimming in the Sink by Lynne Cox SWIMMING IN THE SINK: A MEMOIR by Lynne Cox Also by open-water swimming legend Lynne Cox, this stunning memoir of life after loss tells of facing the one challenge that no amount of training could prepare her for: heartbreak.       Swim to Me by Betsy CarterSWIM TO ME by Betsy Carter At two, Delores’s mother dropped her into the shallow end of a lake, trusting instinct would teach her daughter to swim. From then on, the water is where Delores Walker feels most at home. Now, nearly seventeen, she’s boarding a Greyhound bus leaving the Bronx for sunny Weeki Wachee Springs, a tacky roadside attraction in the shadow of Walt Disney’s new Florida phenomenon.   For more on these and other refreshing titles, visit Swimming.

There’s a Book for That: Sharks!

The phenomenon continues! In its 29th year, The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is making a splash this week, but also received viewer backlash because Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps didn’t race a real Great White shark in its “Phelps Vs. Shark” episode. The network responded saying, “In Phelps Vs Shark we enlisted world class scientists to take

up the challenge of making the world’s greatest swimmer competitive with a Great White… all the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side by side race.” Here at There’s a Book for That, we have some side-by-side competition for television: shark books! The fascination with sharks will last beyond the final episode on Sunday. Our catch showcases novels, graphic memoirs, photography, historic shark attacks and books for kids. And there’s no danger dipping into their pages…   FEATURED TITLES The Shark Club by Ann Kidd TaylorTHE SHARK CLUB by Ann Kidd Taylor A debut novel about love, loss, and sharks by the New York Times bestselling co-author of the memoir Traveling with Pomegranates. On a summer day on the Gulf of Mexico in 1988, two extraordinary things happen to twelve-year-old Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is attacked by a Black Tip shark. Eighteen years later, Maeve is a world-traveling marine biologist studying and swimming with the very animals that once threatened …   Everything Is Teeth by Evie WyldEVERYTHING IS TEETH by Evie Wyld, Joe Sumner When she was a little girl, passing her summers in the heat of coastal Australia, Evie Wyld was captivated by sharks—by their innate ruthlessness, stealth, and immeasurable power—and they have never released their hold on her imagination. From the award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing, here is a deeply moving graphic memoir about family, love, loss, and the irresistible forces that, like sharks, course through life unseen, ready to emerge at any moment.   Shark Drunk by Morten StroksnesSHARK DRUNK: THE ART OF CATCHING A LARGE SHARK FROM A TINY RUBBER DINGHY IN A BIG OCEAN by Morten A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty—the skyline spikes with dramatic peaks; the radiant greens and purples of the Northern Lights follow summers where the sun never sets. It’s a place of small villages, where the art of fishing, though evolving, is still practiced in traditional ways.   Shark by SHARK by Brian Skerry Get closer to the beauty and power of sharks with award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry as he illustrates their remarkable evolutionary adaptations and their huge importance to marine ecosystems around the world.   Close To Shore by Michael CapuzzoCLOSE TO SHORE: THE TERRIFYING SHARK ATTACKS OF 1916 by Michael Capuzzo Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history.   FOR YOUNGER READERS Sharks and Other Sea Creatures by DKSHARKS AND OTHER SEA CREATURES by DK; Ages 2 to 5 A book filled with craft activities and amazing facts about the colorful creatures from under the sea, perfect for fostering kids’ creativity and learning.   Shark Girl by Kelly BinghamSHARK GIRL by Kelly Bingham; Ages 12 And Up On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything — absolutely everything — changed. Now she’s counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, “That’s her — that’s Shark Girl,” as she passes.   Slickety Quick: Poems about Sharks by Skila BrownSLICKETY QUICK: POEMS ABOUT SHARKS by Skila Brown; illustrated by Bob Kolar; Ages 6 – 9 years Fourteen shark species, from the utterly terrifying to the surprisingly docile, glide through the pages of this vibrantly illustrated, poetic picture book. Sneaky shark facts ripple through each spread to further inform the brave and curious young reader intrigued by the power — and danger — of these amazing creatures.   Shark Life by Peter BenchleySHARK LIFE: TRUE STORIES ABOUT SHARKS & THE SEA by Peter Benchley, Karen Wojtyla; Ages 8 to 12 In this riveting true adventure tale and informative guide to the sea, master storyteller Peter Benchley drew on more than four decades of diving experience to bring us face-to-face with the array of sharks and other marine animals he and his family encountered, almost always on purpose—but sometimes by accident.   For more on these and other toothy titles, visit the collection Sharks

Friday Reads: Summer Camp!

Are you sending your kids to summer camp? Do you have fond memories of bygone summer adventures yourself? July is a big month for camps – whether it be themed day camps or the excitement of sleep-away camp. Deep and lasting friendships, as well as milestones of independence, are often formed at camp and the following books (for children and adults) take us there without the bug bites!

  Perennials by Mandy BermanPERENNIALS: A NOVEL by Mandy Berman The quintessential summer read: a darkly poignant coming-of-age novel about the magic of camp and the enduring power of female friendship. Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Now that they are reunited as counselors, after their first year of college, their relationship is more complicated. Through them, as well as from the perspectives of their fellow counselors, their campers, and their mothers, we witness the tensions of the turbulent summer build to a tragic event, which forces Rachel and Fiona to confront their pasts—and the adults they’re becoming.   The Interestings by Meg WolitzerTHE INTERESTINGS: A NOVEL by Meg Wolitzer The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.   Honor GirlHONOR GIRL: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR by Maggie Thrash; Young Adult Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding.     Sports Camp by Rich WallaceSPORTS CAMP by Rich Wallace; Ages 9 to 12 Riley feels like the smallest kid at sports camp. In fact, he is. He just turned eleven in April, but most kids here are twelve, and a few are even thirteen—and gigantic. It’s hard enough for a shrimp like Riley to fit in. He just doesn’t want to be the weak link as his bunk competes for the Camp Olympia Trophy.   Roller Girl by Victoria JamiesonROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson; Ages 8-12 For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship.   Summer Ball by Mike LupicaSUMMER BALL by Mike Lupica; Ages 8-12 Danny Walker is heading to Right Way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country’s best players in attendance, he’s going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up. But it won’t be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really does have what it takes to stand tall.   For more on these and related titles, visit Summer Camp Friday Reads  

There’s a Book for That: Man on the Moon

July 20 marks the anniversary of the first moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11.  On this day in 1969, 530 million people (according to NASA) watched a live global broadcast!

To honor the first moon landing, we’ve collected titles on this historic event which expanded our

knowledge, inspired national pride and captured the imagination of young and old forevermore.  Buzz Aldrin, at 87 years old, is now working to send people to Mars! (Time ).   FEATURED TITLES A Man on the Moon by Andrew ChaikinA MAN ON THE MOON by Andrew Chaikin; Tom Hanks (foreword) On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions.   Rocket Men by Craig NelsonROCKET MEN: THE EPIC STORY OF THE FIRST MEN ON THE MOON by Craig Nelson Restoring the drama, majesty, and sheer improbability of an American triumph, this is award-winning historian Craig Nelson’s definitive and thrilling story of man’s first trip to the moon.     Voices from the Moon by Andrew ChaikinVOICES FROM THE MOON: APOLLO ASTRONAUTS DESCRIBE THEIR LUNAR EXPERIENCES by Andrew Chaikin The epic of the Apollo missions told in the astronauts’ own words and gorgeously illustrated with their photographs from twenty-three of the twenty-four Apollo lunar astronauts.   No Dream Is Too High by Buzz Aldrin and Ken AbrahamNO DREAM IS TOO HIGH by Buzz Aldrin Beloved American hero Buzz Aldrin reflects on the wisdom, guiding principles, and irreverent anecdotes he’s gathered through his event-filled life—both in outer space and on earth—in this inspiring guide-to-life for the next generation.   Of a Fire on the Moon by Norman MailerOF A FIRE ON THE MOON  by Normal Mailer Literary provocateur Norman Mailer wrote the most wide-ranging, far-seeing chronicle of the Apollo 11 mission. A classic chronicle of America’s reach for greatness in the midst of the Cold War, Of a Fire on the Moon compiles the reportage Mailer published between 1969 and 1970 in Life magazine: gripping firsthand dispatches from inside NASA’s clandestine operations in Houston and Cape Kennedy. FOR YOUNGER READERS Margaret and the Moon by Dean RobbinsMARGARET AND THE MOON by Dean Robins; illustrated by Lucy Knisley; Ages 4-7 Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl.  Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.   A Man on the Moon by Anastasia SuenA MAN ON THE MOON by Anastasia Suen; Ages 3-7 Here in picture book format is the amazing true story of the first moon landing, when a man set foot on an unexplored world and showed us that the boundaries of our world were limitless.     Look to the Stars by Buzz AldrinLOOK TO THE STARS by Buzz Aldrin, illustrated by Wendell Minor; Ages 6 to 8 As one of a handful of astronauts to have walked on the moon, Buzz Aldrin has a unique perspective of space. And he serves as an amazing guide as he introduces us to the pioneers of space. From Copernicus to the Wright brothers, from the Apollo program to dreams of future travel, he reminds us that mankind has always looked to the stars with beautiful illustrations by the renowned artist, Wendell Minor.   Who Is Neil Armstrong? by Roberta EdwardsWHO WAS NEIL ARMSTRONG? By Roberta Edwards, Nancy Harrison, Stephen Marchesi; Ages 8 to 12, Grades On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million people, proclaimed his step a “giant leap for mankind.”  This Eagle Scout built his own model planes as a little boy and then grew up to be a test pilot for experimental aircraft before becoming an astronaut.   Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds EIGHT DAYS GONE by Linda McReynolds, Ryan O’Rourke; Ages 5 to 8 Snappy verse and retro art recount Apollo 11′s historic, eight-day mission to the moon in 1969. Young readers learn the basics about the gear, equipment, and spaceship used by the astronauts, as well as the history of NASA’s moon mission.   For more on these and related titles visit, Apollo 11 and beyond

There’s a Book for That: Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

On July 1st Canadians celebrated Canada Day: The year 2017 marks 150 years since Canada’s Confederation. Of the sesquicentennial, and Canada Day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau writes:

“We come together as Canadians to celebrate

the achievements of our great country, reflect on our past and present, and look boldly toward our future. On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we celebrate the millions of Canadians who make our country the strong, prosperous, and open place it is today.” Read the entire statement on Canada’s 150th website here. Here at There’s a Book for That!, we invite you to read (or reread) some of Canada’s greatest authors and their famous novels alongside popular nonfiction – all of which make terrific reads for Canadian travel. FICTION The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in) by Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood: THE HANDMAID’S TALE Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force. This seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author, now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood. Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.   Anne of Green Gables by L. M. MontgomeryL.M. Montgomery: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. Hot off the Press! – the Puffin  + Pantone edition of Anne of Green Gables is here.   The English Patient by Michael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatje: THE ENGLISH PATIENT Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize–winning best seller lyrically portrays the convergence of four damaged lives in a bomb-riddled Italian villa in the last days of the war.     The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson DaviesRobertson Davies: THE DEPTFORD TRILOGY (Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders) Luring the reader down labyrinthine tunnels of myth, history and magic, THE DEPTFORD TRILOGY provides an exhilarating antidote to a world from where ‘the fear and dread and splendour of wonder have been banished’.   The Stone Diaries by Carol ShieldsCarol Shields: THE STONE DIARIES One of the most successful and acclaimed novels of our time, this fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a subtle but affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional life. What transforms this seemingly ordinary tale is the richness of Daisy’s vividly described inner life–from her earliest memories of her adoptive mother to her awareness of impending death.   Vintage Munro by Alice MunroAlice Munro: VINTAGE MUNRO This classic collection is the perfect introduction to Nobel Laureate Alice Munro’s brilliant, revelatory short stories, in which she unfolds the wordless secrets that lie at the center of human experience.     Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLeanSECRETS FROM THE VINYL CAFE by Stuart McLean Here, the international bestselling author and hit radio personality explores the misdemeanors and transgressions, as well as clandestine matters of the heart, concerning the variety of characters (and their secrets) who populate the Vinyl Cafe.   NONFICTION    Canada by Mike MyersCANADA by Mike Myers In this instant national bestseller, comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada.     National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada, 2nd Edition by National GeographicNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS OF CANADA This completely updated guidebook shows you how to make the most out of your visit to Canada’s 47 gorgeous national parks, just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday.     Feast by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVellerFEAST by Lindsay Anderson and Dana Vanveller Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast and the Great White North.     FOR YOUNG READERS Carson Crosses Canada by Linda BaileyCARSON CROSSES CANADA by Linda Bailey; Illustrated by Kass Reich; Ages 4-8 In their little rattlebang car, packed with Carson’s favorite toy, Squeaky Chicken, and plenty of baloney sandwiches, Annie and Carson hit the road! They travel province by province, taking in each unique landscape and experiencing something special to that particular part of this vast, grand country.   For more Canadian titles visit the collection Canada!