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BookCulture: Norway

BookCulture Club

All ages are welcome, with five different reading level choices all set in the same country each week. At the meetings, we'll discuss culture, history, and language while eating food popular in the featured country.

This week's destination: NORWAY

 

 

Slush Mountain Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781927018828
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Published: Simply Read Books - February 19th, 2016

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Snowy Wishes (Magic Puppy) Cover Image
By Sue Bentley, Angela Swan (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448467375
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - October 17th, 2013

Early Reader


Snowy Wishes Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780698159655
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - October 16th, 2013

Early Reader eBook


Outrunning the Nazis: The Brave Escape of Resistance Fighter Sven Somme (Great Escapes of World War II) Cover Image
By Matt Chandler, Daniele Nicotra (Illustrator), Douglas a. Sirois (Illustrator)
$8.75
ISBN: 9781515735342
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Published: Capstone Press - January 2017

Middle Grade


Almost Autumn Cover Image
By Marianne Kaurin, Rosie Hedger (Translated by)
$19.79
ISBN: 9780545889650
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 3rd, 2017

Young Adult


Almost Autumn Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545889667
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 2nd, 2017

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Encircling: A Novel Cover Image
$17.60
ISBN: 9781555977627
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 21st, 2017

Adult


Encircling Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781555979577
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 20th, 2017

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Tickle My Fantasy Book Club

Tickle My Fantasy

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 

 

*Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.

 

Stranger in a Strange Land Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781984802781
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Published: Ace - July 31st, 2018

Robert Heinlein's Hugo Award-winning all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a science fiction classic.

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own beliefs and his powers far exceed the limits of humankind, and as he teaches them about grokking and water-sharing, he also inspires a transformation that will alter Earth’s inhabitants forever...


Stranger in a Strange Land Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101208960
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Published: Ace - May 14th, 1987

Tickle My Fantasy Book Club

Tickle My Fantasy

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 

 

*The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

 

We request that those participating in our book clubs purchase the book from KBB.

The Girl from Everywhere Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062380760
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 7th, 2017

From modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend, sixteen-year-old Nix has swept across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. Rae Carson meets Outlander in this epic debut, which School Library Journal's starred review called “a must-have fantasy adventure.”

 

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. But since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. If there is a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, there. But now that he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, the year before Nix’s mother died in childbirth—Nix’s life, her entire existence, is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance. Publishers Weekly said, “Heilig’s writing is richly immersive, and a mature exploration of complicated love, both familial and romantic, underlies the story. A riveting and far-reaching fantasy that crosses seamlessly across the centuries.” Includes maps.


The Girl from Everywhere Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062380777
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 15th, 2016

Mommy Book Club

Mommy Book Club meets every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

 

November Selection: Letters to My Ex, by Nikita Singh.

 

We'll discuss the first half on November 6th and the second half on November 20th.

 

Letters to My Ex Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9789352776580
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Published: HarperCollins India - September 25th, 2018

From the bestselling author of Like a Love Song and Every Time It Rains, a story of heartbreak and things left unsaid…

 

‘It feels like I’m on autopilot; I have no control over anything. The pain of losing you is so crippling that I can barely hold pieces of myself together. The slightest nudge could break me. But somehow, my possessed brain knows what I need. It’s telling me to stick to my choice, to stay away from you, to open a Word document and bleed on paper, try to throw up all my jumbled thoughts in form of words, collect all disconnected facts, try to make sense of it all.’


Letters to My Ex Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9789352776597
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Published: HarperCollins India - February 13th, 2018

Print books aren't working in your busy mom life? You can get the eBook instead.


Mommy Book Club

Mommy Book Club meets every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

 

November Selection: Letters to My Ex, by Nikita Singh.

 

We'll discuss the first half on November 6th and the second half on November 20th.

Letters to My Ex Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9789352776580
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Published: HarperCollins India - September 25th, 2018

From the bestselling author of Like a Love Song and Every Time It Rains, a story of heartbreak and things left unsaid…

 

‘It feels like I’m on autopilot; I have no control over anything. The pain of losing you is so crippling that I can barely hold pieces of myself together. The slightest nudge could break me. But somehow, my possessed brain knows what I need. It’s telling me to stick to my choice, to stay away from you, to open a Word document and bleed on paper, try to throw up all my jumbled thoughts in form of words, collect all disconnected facts, try to make sense of it all.’


Letters to My Ex Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9789352776597
Availability: Available Now
Published: HarperCollins India - February 13th, 2018

Print books aren't working in your busy mom life? You can get the eBook instead.


Mommy Book Club

Mommy Book Club meets every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

 

October Selection: My Real Name Is Hanna, by Tara Lynn Misih.

 

My Real Name Is Hanna Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781942134510
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Published: Mandel Vilar Press - September 18th, 2018

Inspired by the story of Esther Stermer and her family who escaped the Nazi's and survived underground for 511 days.

1941, Hitler's army crosses into Soviet-ruled Ukraine in a secret mission titled "Operation Barbarossa. A young Jewish girl, Hanna Slivka is fourteen when German soldiers arrive in her small village of Kwasova. Until their arrival, Hanna has split her time between playing with her younger siblings, sharing drawings with the sweet shy Leon Stadnick, and assisting her neighbor, Mrs. Petrovich, with her annual dyeing and selling of psyanky, decorative eggs. But now, she, Leon and their families are forced into hiding, first in the woods outside of their town and then into caverns beneath it. They battle sickness and starvation, and the local peasants who join the Nazis in hunting Jews through the ravaged countryside, but at no time are they more tested than when Hanna's father – briefly above ground to scavenge for food – goes missing, and suddenly, it's on Hanna to find him, and to find a way to keep her mother, brother and sister alive. This novel is inspired by the true story of Esther Stermer and her family, who survived underground for 511 days. Less than 5% of the Jewish population in Ukraine survived these Holocaust "Actions."

 

“Tara Masih’s lovely, lyrical My Real Name is Hanna made me feel like I was reading a part of my parents’ story that I’d neglected to write. Filled with breathtaking you-are-there historical detail, filigreed with touches of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, Masih’s tale of a young Jewish girl hiding out in the caves and forests of the Ukraine is a worthy addition to the canon of Holocaust literature for young readers. As fine, delicate, and artful as a painted pysanka egg.”–Helen Maryles Shankman, They Were Like Family to Me, finalist for The 2016 Story Prize

 

“It’s said the Holocaust defies imagination. Tara L. Masih defies that notion. My Real Name is Hanna is a powerful, revelatory leap of imagination, taking readers on a journey with 14-year-old Hanna from the slowly enveloping horror of the Holocaust, to the literal and spiritual depths of being buried alive, and finally a salvation of ineffable joy and sadness—emerging from a premature grave into sunlight like a defiant young phoenix. An unforgettable odyssey.”–Greg Dawson, Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival

 

My Real name is Hanna is a beautifully told and deeply moving novel. Masih is to be commended for shining light on a little-known piece of Ukrainian history and for portraying a Jewish family determined to survive the Second World War. This novel is about the stories that surround and sustain us in the darkest times—from the histories in the trees and in the ground beneath us to the words that feed us.”–New York Times Bestselling Author Tilar J. Mazzeo, Irena’s Children, a New York Post Best Book of 2016

 

“From the very first lines, this is a beautiful, compelling story. I was moved again and again by Hanna’s courage. It takes a strong imagination and a great heart to bring to life a Jewish family’s struggle to survive in such a dark time as World War II. In bringing light to the caves of memory, Tara Masih gives us the redeeming power of storytelling in this extraordinary story.”–PEN/Hemingway Award winner Bobbie Ann Mason, The Girl in the Blue Beret and In Country


Mommy Book Club

Mommy Book Club meets every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

 

October Selection: My Real Name Is Hanna, by Tara Lynn Masih.

 

My Real Name Is Hanna Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781942134510
Availability: In Stock at Our Warehouse - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mandel Vilar Press - September 18th, 2018

Inspired by the story of Esther Stermer and her family who escaped the Nazi's and survived underground for 511 days.

1941, Hitler's army crosses into Soviet-ruled Ukraine in a secret mission titled "Operation Barbarossa. A young Jewish girl, Hanna Slivka is fourteen when German soldiers arrive in her small village of Kwasova. Until their arrival, Hanna has split her time between playing with her younger siblings, sharing drawings with the sweet shy Leon Stadnick, and assisting her neighbor, Mrs. Petrovich, with her annual dyeing and selling of psyanky, decorative eggs. But now, she, Leon and their families are forced into hiding, first in the woods outside of their town and then into caverns beneath it. They battle sickness and starvation, and the local peasants who join the Nazis in hunting Jews through the ravaged countryside, but at no time are they more tested than when Hanna's father – briefly above ground to scavenge for food – goes missing, and suddenly, it's on Hanna to find him, and to find a way to keep her mother, brother and sister alive. This novel is inspired by the true story of Esther Stermer and her family, who survived underground for 511 days. Less than 5% of the Jewish population in Ukraine survived these Holocaust "Actions."

 

“Tara Masih’s lovely, lyrical My Real Name is Hanna made me feel like I was reading a part of my parents’ story that I’d neglected to write. Filled with breathtaking you-are-there historical detail, filigreed with touches of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, Masih’s tale of a young Jewish girl hiding out in the caves and forests of the Ukraine is a worthy addition to the canon of Holocaust literature for young readers. As fine, delicate, and artful as a painted pysanka egg.”–Helen Maryles Shankman, They Were Like Family to Me, finalist for The 2016 Story Prize

 

“It’s said the Holocaust defies imagination. Tara L. Masih defies that notion. My Real Name is Hanna is a powerful, revelatory leap of imagination, taking readers on a journey with 14-year-old Hanna from the slowly enveloping horror of the Holocaust, to the literal and spiritual depths of being buried alive, and finally a salvation of ineffable joy and sadness—emerging from a premature grave into sunlight like a defiant young phoenix. An unforgettable odyssey.”–Greg Dawson, Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival

 

My Real name is Hanna is a beautifully told and deeply moving novel. Masih is to be commended for shining light on a little-known piece of Ukrainian history and for portraying a Jewish family determined to survive the Second World War. This novel is about the stories that surround and sustain us in the darkest times—from the histories in the trees and in the ground beneath us to the words that feed us.”–New York Times Bestselling Author Tilar J. Mazzeo, Irena’s Children, a New York Post Best Book of 2016

 

“From the very first lines, this is a beautiful, compelling story. I was moved again and again by Hanna’s courage. It takes a strong imagination and a great heart to bring to life a Jewish family’s struggle to survive in such a dark time as World War II. In bringing light to the caves of memory, Tara Masih gives us the redeeming power of storytelling in this extraordinary story.”–PEN/Hemingway Award winner Bobbie Ann Mason, The Girl in the Blue Beret and In Country


BookCulture: Cuba

BookCulture Club

All ages are welcome, with five different reading level choices all set in the same country each week. At the meetings, we'll discuss culture, history, and language while eating food popular in the featured country.

This week's destination: CUBA

 

 

All the Way to Havana Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627796422
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 29th, 2017

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All the Way to Havana Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250184566
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 28th, 2017

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My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763643058
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Published: Candlewick - August 10th, 2010

Early Reader


Forest World Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481490580
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2018

Middle Grade


Forest World Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481490597
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2017

Middle Grade eBook


Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250129819
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Published: Square Fish - December 12th, 2017

Young Adult


Tropical Secrets Cover Image
$7.09
ISBN: 9781429919814
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 30th, 2009

Young Adult eBook


Next Year in Havana Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780399586682
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Published: Berkley - February 6th, 2018

Adult


Next Year in Havana Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780399586699
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Published: Berkley - February 5th, 2018

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Tickle My Fantasy Book Club

Tickle My Fantasy

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

NOTE: The date has been changed this month due to Thanksgiving.

 

*Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor.

 

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Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary's Book One Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781597808682
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Published: Night Shade - June 7th, 2016

The first book in the USA Today bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone’s cup of tea.
 

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary’s is that one wrong move and history will fight back—sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Chief Leon Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary’s go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake.

 

“A carnival ride through laughter and tears with a bit of time travel thrown in for spice . . . readers will be impatient for later installments.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Taylor does a great job of setting up an appealing cast of characters in this new series opener, most especially the intrepid Max. There is plenty of humor, lots of action, and even a touch of romance.”
Library Journal


Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary's Book One Cover Image
$3.99
ISBN: 9781681468822
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Published: Accent Press - September 11th, 2013

Tickle My Fantasy Book Club

Tickle My Fantasy

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 

*A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

 

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143119685
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

 

“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight. . . . An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love.”
People

“Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful . . . Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

A thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match. . . . Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Harkness conjures up a scintillating paranormal story. . . . Discover why everyone’s talking about this magical book.”
USA Today

“Delightfully well-crafted and enchantingly imaginative . . . It has some of the same ineluctable atmosphere that made Anne Rice’s vampire books such a popular success.”
Miami Herald


A Discovery of Witches Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101475690
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2011

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