December 2012

What’s New · Featured Book of the Month Program: December

We’re pleased to announce the following are our December selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!

Adult Title

Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub
“Prolific historian Weintraub (Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce) again ties an epic piece of history to its holiday season. The period immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when the country was still in shock, has not been well covered. The primary story here is of Prime Minister Churchill sailing across the U-boat-infested North Atlantic to confer with President Roosevelt to map out the general strategy that would win the war. Americans were finding it hard to transition to a wartime status: there were still traditional celebrations, such as the lighting of the national Christmas tree, despite new blackout regulations. This is a more human World War II book, not of policy details, but of people trying to figure out how to proceed, with the focus on two titans of the Western Alliance. This stirring book is recommended for all history buffs and general readers interested in this human—and holiday—take on the war.”
Library Journal

Teen Title

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
“When a killer murders his family, a baby pulls himself out of his crib and toddles out of the house and into the night. This is most unfortunate for the killer, since the baby was his prime target. Finding his way through the barred fence of an ancient graveyard, the baby is discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Owens, a stable and caring couple with no children of their own and who just happen to be dead. After much debate with the graveyard’s rather opinionated denizens, it is decided that the Owenses will take in the child. Under their care and the sponsorship of the mysterious Silas, the baby is named Nobody (or Bod for short) and raised among the dead to protect him from the killer, who relentlessly pursues him. This is an utterly captivating tale that is cleverly told through an entertaining cast of ghostly characters. There is plenty of darkness, but the novel’s ultimate message is strong and life affirming.”
Booklist Reviews

Children’s Title

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
“When a mysterious old man gives James Trotter some magical, tiny green things, he certainly never imagines they will grow into an enormous peach. Come celebrate with James and his friends—Grasshopper, Earthworm, and Miss Spider—on an adventure inside the giant, magical peach.”

Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!