March 2019 Prime Picks
Unearthed: Drawings, Sculpture, Installations
Stephen Talasnik's works from the last decade, adding essays by art and
architecture critics which compliment his different works.
a range of themes, from representations of nature to high technology,
pushes the boundaries of sculpture and art by creating installations as
multifaceted in their mediums as they are in their messages.
double-page spreads that capture the feel of his larger works with
features and black and white as well as color photos create a powerful
gathering that illustrates the heights and breadth of Talasnik's
challenge to represent the art and nature of sweeping, expansive
book format; but Unearthed achieves
not just superior representation, but adds the philosophical and
discussions so necessary to understanding the artist's intentions,
Novel New Novels
Eternal Life reveals Rachel's dilemma: she cannot die, and lives an eternal life. When her latest family inquires about her will, she can't discuss it, because her death will never happen. She's been married and given birth to many children over the past 2,000 years, and has tried to die; to no avail.
abilities subject her to constantly-revised lives and many generations
relationships. As Dara Horn explores these in a similar manner to Kate
Atkinson's Life After Life, readers
receive a powerful story not just of the perils and challenges of
but what happens when an immortal stalker who also can never die and
of new technology begins to change her condition and its potentials.
relationships, and eternal dilemmas coalesce in a powerful story that
many unexpected twists and an engaging, literary style that makes it
The Girl at
of the World
978-1491276938 $12.99 Paper/$3.99 Kindle
The Girl at the End of the World tells of
Scarlett Fisher, a
California teen who lives an ordinary life until one day a plague wipes
everyone around her, leaving her alone and lacking the skills to
special about Scarlett...nothing except a newfound strength that
its roots in anything but circumstance.
A number of
chronicle teen survival after disaster; but this story holds many
place it above and beyond its competitors. One notable feature is that
focuses not just on the mechanics of gaining new skills, but on the
viewing other survivors in a different light.
is to be
considered an ally simply because they've also lived, as Scarlett
Not every survivor deserves trust, support, or even assistance. And
on her own to make these determinations without any support from an
The Girl at the End of the World excels in crafting a riveting story of a very ordinary girl's sudden injection into an impossible, much-changed world. It's a solid, highly recommended read that stands out from any similar-sounding survival or plague story: one that teen to adult audiences will find especially compelling, driven by the character and learning process of a typical California teen forced to become savvy and creative in order to remain alive.
Sizzling Social Issues
Why I'm No
Talking About Race
Why I'm No Longer Talking About Race
began as a blog post about why
most white people refuse to think about the legitimacy of structural
Reni Eddo-Lodge was prepared for controversy over her contention; but
surprise lay in its popularity and the comments it gained from readers
sides; from white folk to people of color.
translation of her
viral blog into book form holds even more impact and the promise of
wider audiences involved in social and racial issues in America and
nations. It offers a synthesis of the blog's focus and comments
its readers, provoking discussions centered on such diverse topics as
blinding comfort afforded by white privilege, the face and message of
feminist movements, and structural racism's impact on other societies
racial debate would be complete without this hard-hitting examination
invites its readers to think, debate, and focus on the issues
structural racism in white societies.
James C. Moore with Steve Charles, MD
Greenleaf Book Group Press
Give Back the Light: A Doctor's Relentless Struggle
to End Blindness
comes from an author who was faced with potential blindness from a
retina. James Moore searched for a miracle that could save his vision
one in Dr. Steve Charles, a physician who invented techniques that
retinal surgery and offered new hope to those who may otherwise have
that his doctor had quietly and single-handedly revolutionized the
opthalmological surgery, he decided to write this book to document both
struggle to save his eyesight and the work of Dr. Charles.
interested in a combination of autobiography and medical transformation
find Give Back the Light an
accessible, involving story that deserves attention from readers
the progress and processes of ocular surgery and sight.
Wilma Melville with Paul Lobo
St. Martins Press
Hero Dogs: How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and
Strays Became America's
Greatest Disaster-Search Partners covers the origin of the
Foundation and tells how a retired schoolteacher and grandmother's
rescue of a
puppy led to her training to become a canine search-and-rescue handler.
Wilma's story alone: it's the saga of rescued animals that became key
survival during the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and tells how a
organization arose from the ashes with no funding to become a prominent
former misfits turned field service dogs.
stories of dedication and determination will find Hero
Dogs a moving true-life tale.
Iceland: A Visual Tour combines nature
photography instruction with
a travel guide that captures Iceland in two ways: via specifics on how
capture images of the country's beautiful landscapes; and through
capture top tourist attractions and geological features.
waterfalls and lagoons, these color images especially excel when
with author notes about how he shot each image, from angle challenges
technical details on camera specs and settings to taking advantage of
sunlight and allowing 2-minute exposures to gain the most from
might appeal to travelers or photographers alone, Tony Sweet's
holds equal value for both audiences, and is very highly recommended.
Lost America: Vanished Civilizations, Abandoned
Towns, and Roadside
Attractions provides a highly illustrated, inviting
examination of places
that have been abandoned or which have existed only in American legends.
have heard of the vanished people of Roanoke or the tragedy of Love
the inclusion of California's ghost town Bodie; hurricane-erased
Napton, and Frenier, Louisiana; or Oregon's second-largest city of
washed away entirely, in one day, by a flood; makes for enlightening
about those vanished places that often miss popular American regional
timelines, black and white vintage photos and newspaper headlines,
illustrations, and lively surveys, Lost
America will captivate leisure readers and American history
from Disney offer engrossing stories for picture book to middle grade
readers, and are highly recommended as standouts above others.
Charlie & Frog: A Mystery
$16.99) follows Charlie Tickler's latest mystery, which evolves when
globe-trotting parents leave him with his grandparents. An old woman
him a message then vanishes, and Charlie is determined to find the
the help of Francine "Frog" Castle, a deaf girl with a passion for
solving crimes. The team embarks on a passionate search for answers in
involving read, which is recommended for advanced elementary to early
grades, and which comes studded with black and white illustrations for
Kir Fox and
Shelley Coats's Secrets of Topsea: A
Friendly Town That's Almost Always By the Ocean!
is a Junior Literary Guild selection telling of new boy Davy, who
new home, Topsea, is quite strange. It's a town where dogs are myths
mermaids exist, and where a zany set of rules governs its very strange
Middle grade readers who like odd situations and settings will find
absorbing and hard to put down.
Super Saurus and the Egg (9781423175698,
$16.99) is a picture book illustrated by Ned Young and tells of
parents, who bring home the egg of doom, containing a supervillain. But
supervillain really about to hatch? A very colorful story of a Super
faces family changes invites young readers to analyze their own
and perceptions of a changing family.
Pizzoli's This Story is For You
$16.99) is from a Geisel Award-Winning author and illustrator, and
kindness and friendship in a story of what makes individuals unique and
know. A very simple format creates a story line inviting the very young
book reader to reflect on the real nature of interpersonal
Mike Wu's Henri's Hats (9781484709030, $16.95)
comes from the Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase and tells of
knows his grandfather as an elderly old man who lives far away and
quiet life. What he doesn't know is that this old man has had many
in his youth: a fact which emerges when he uncovers a trunk filled with
hats from different expeditions.
hat to a diving helmet and an aviator's cap, fun adventures are
chronicled in a
story that will appeal to young picture book readers and read-aloud
Penguin Flies Home by Lita Judge
(9781534414419, $17.99) is a new Flight
School story about a little penguin who wants to soar with eagles even
he once could not fly. Lessons have helped him master the art, and now
ready to fly home to teach his friends the skill he loves most in life.
problem: his friends don't share his passion. How can he reconcile his
driving force with friends who don't share it? The gorgeous and fun
accent Penguin's dilemma and support Judge's underlying messages.
Day's Found. (9781534410060,
the fine wordless picture book story of a young girl who finds a lost
takes him in, and integrates him into her life. She's just come to love
when she spots a sign on a telephone pole with his real owner's
And if she does the right thing, how will she overcome her heartbreak?
to life and needs no words to help youngsters appreciate its warm
This Little Piggy is about a child who
will eat only cereal. The
kid's voracious appetite results in a big cereal mess and requires
which the kid promises to perform.
though, and hungry cereal-gobbling animals seem the quickest way of
the giant mess. But the dog fills up too quickly, the goat is too small
tackle the pileup of cereal, bowls, and boxes, and the cat just wants
What kind of animal could succeed in cleaning up such a big mess?
This Little Piggy's help from the book's give-away title, but will
delight in the
unexpected series of animal encounters that results in the perfect
the job–even if the results are just a little too perfect.
Fun drawings enhance a zany tale of a mess and its aftermath.