June 2013

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

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

Adult Title

Whered You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
“Semple pieces together a modern-day comic caper full of heart and ingenuity. Eighth-grader Bee is the daughter of Microsoft genius Elgin Branch and Bernadette Fox, a once-famous architect who has become a recluse in her Seattle home. Bee has a simple request: a family cruise to Antarctica as a reward for her good grades. Her parents acquiesce, but not without trepidation. Bernadette’s social anxiety has become so overwhelming that she’s employed a personal assistant from Delhi Virtual Assistants International in India for tasks as simple as making dinner reservations. How will she survive three weeks on a boat with other live human beings? Maybe she won’t; a day before the trip, Bernadette disappears, and Bee gathers her mother’s invoices, e-mail correspondence, and emergency room bills in the hopes of finding clues as to where she went. The result is a compelling composite of a woman’s life and the way she’s viewed by the many people who share it.”
Publishers Weekly

An Abundance of Katherines

Teen Title

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
“When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.”

Because of Winn-Dixie

Children’s Title

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
“When Opal, who has just moved to Naomi, Florida, takes in a stray dog named Winn-Dixie, he immediately begins easing her troubles and helping her make friends, who in turn help her come to terms with the fact that her mother abandoned her and probably won’t be back. A gentle book about good people coming together to combat loneliness and heartache—with a little canine assistance.”
Hornbook Guide Reviews

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