November 2013

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

Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
“The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is now disenchanted. Anne has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. While the discarded Catherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head? ”
Publishers Weekly

Its Kind of a Funny Story

Teen Title

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzinie
“Though Craig Gilner was elated when he passed the entry exam for Manhattan’s highly competitive Executive Pre-Professional High School, during his first year there he grows increasingly overwhelmed. He can’t deal with his grades, keep food in his stomach or prevent himself from feeling disconnected from his friends and family. Finally, the urge to kill himself eats into his psyche, and he calls a suicide hotline that quickly recommends that he contact a nearby psychiatric hospital. Craig follows orders, checks himself in and thus begins a humorously poignant journey to recovery, love and self-worth. Vizzini’s witty, self-deprecating sense of humor keeps this winding yet entertaining novel about recovery and understanding afloat.”

Children’s Title

The Lions of Little Rock

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
“In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, 12-year-old Marlee doesn’t have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is bold and brave, and always knows the right thing to say, especially to Sally, the resident mean girl. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her greatest fear–speaking–which Marlee never does outside her own family. But then Liz is gone, replaced by the rumor that she was a Negro girl passing as white. Marlee decides that doesn’t matter. Liz is her best friend. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are willing to take on integration and the dangers their friendship could bring to both families.”

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