• Book Corner

    REDSHIRTS [John Scalzi]: self-depricating science fiction’s finest hour »

    Despite my role as a children’s bookseller–and my fondness for all things, for the most part, enjoyed by kids–I do not tend to enjoy funny adult books. My area of “expertise” on the floor is middle reader and young adult literature for a reason–ask for a great title with historical themes, violence, suffering, big philosophical […]

    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente »

    September is a very bored little girl.  Her father has shipped off to war and her mother is raising her alone.  Her mother works all day repairing engines in a factory.  They live in Nebraska, where there is nothing for a little girl like September to do. She wishes endlessly to be taken off to […]

    April Showers and Poetry, Too! »

    Next week brings us April and April showers might bring May flowers, but it also brings Poetry Month! Start it off right with one of these wonderful collections of nature poetry: I’m going to tell you to Bug Off! Or actually pick up Bug Off!: Creepy, Crawly Poems by Jane Yolen. Thirteen poems will have […]

    Spring is Here….soon! »

    I am a Vermont girl and know winter is part of the package. But I also enjoy spring: warmer weather, chickadees doing Phoebe impersonations, plants peeking out of mud, flowers stretch, ready to put on their finery and spring books. Below you can find four books you and your little one can enjoy: Spring is […]

    Cats and Dogs and Books. Oh my! »

    Are you a cat or dog person? If you have to label me, I go with cats and a cat named Serendipity. You can indulge your love of our feline friends with Serendipity and Me by Judith Roth. Sara wants a cat. But her father is set against it. However, he will not say way. […]

    Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk »

    I first heard of Paleofantasy when our rep from WW Norton, David Goldberg, came in to some upcoming releases.  Naturally I snatched up the book as though everyone in the room would immediately lunge for it, but, as usual, my co-workers just stared at me.  It’s no secret that I love science, but this whole […]

    Like This? Try That! »

    If you like Mockingbird by Kathryn Eskine, or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, try Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz! All three share an unusual narrator: a teen that has Asperger’s Syndrome or autism. Caitlin (Mockingbird) might look “normal” but she has Asperger Syndrome. Her […]

    The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond »

    Many people fantasize about a world long gone, where life was less complicated by modern day complexities and technology. Diamond has set out to clarify just what we gave up by moving out of hunter-gatherer bands and into high rises. His latest book compares traditional societies with modern lifestyles without glorifying or vilifying either. Diamond explores […]

    Vermont: A Love Story »

    The Vermont Book Shelf promotes Vermont authors. Recently some have written “a love story” to Vermont.But each has their own reason for loving Vermont. My love of Vermont comes from many factors: such as being born and raised here; most of my family is here; the state is a wonderful collection of people, places and things […]

    Quirky Collections »

    I like short story collections. It is a great way to be introduced to a number of authors all at once. Plus, no handshaking involved! You just have to turn a page. Two new collections that are great page-turners and are as unique as they powerful areLetter Q by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne and […]

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