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Give Books! 2013

Hear about this year's best books and get ideas for holiday gift giving. Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Central Library.

LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life by Daniel Lipkowitz. Featuring more than 200 different LEGO builds, this fun guide encourages readers to use their imagination and play in new ways, creating amazing LEGO models of their very own. Dorling Kindersley Pub Children's – Ages 7-12

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. A new school year can be rough, especially when know-it-all Emma Sparks is your desk mate. Follow Billy Miller through the challenges and triumphs of second grade in this funny and relatable early chapter book. Children's – Ages 6-9

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt; pictures by Oliver Jeffers. Duncan’s crayons are bored and unhappy with their life in his desk until he devises a plan to use them in vibrant and interesting illustrations. Children's – Ages 3-7

Who's Hiding? by Sebastien Braun. Children will enjoy finding out who is hiding in the garden by lifting the flaps in this charmingly illustrated board book. Children's – Ages 0-3

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. A captivating story of two young women, spy and pilot, during World War II.

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro. Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. Pulitzer Prize –winning journalist LeDuff (Work and Other Sins) delivers an edgy portrait of the decline, destruction, and possible redemption of his hometown.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. Harper Curtis is a time travelling serial killer who commits crimes to satisfy the bloodthirsty cravings of a Chicago bungalow. Yep, the house makes him kill people, ‘shiny young girls’. This supernatural thriller is a game of cat and mouse that readers of urban fantasy won’t want to miss.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King; a sequel to The Shining, featuring a middle-aged Danny Torrance. Dan is haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel but must face his demons to protect his new friend Abra Stone from a tribe of people called The True Knot.

Salinger by David Shields & Shane Salerno; A companion to an international release of a major documentary film draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews in an oral biography that shares previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; Paige Mahoney is a 19-year-old clairvoyant whose specialty is dreamwalking; sending her spirit through the atmosphere and into someone else’s dreams. It is 2059 and though it’s illegal to use her powers, she is helping a criminal syndicate in London when she is captured and sent away to a hidden penal colony. There she is trained to be a weapon and works tirelessly to escape.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; This tale reminds us how we’re shaped by childhood experiences and how they can haunt us forever. To attend a funeral, a man returns home and is drawn to the place he grew up without knowing why. Once again a frightened 7 year old, he’s propelled to experience adventures he can hardly comprehend.

The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes by Amy Thielen. Thielen applies her professionally honed cooking skills to the classic Midwestern dishes she grew up with in northern Minnesota while also unearthing local gems across the region.

The Lowland: a Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri; Pulitzer Prize winning Lahiri’s second novel tells the story of two brothers in Calcutta, Subhash and Udayan. They each choose different paths for their lives; Subhash flies to the United States for graduate school while Udayan remains in Calcutta to pursue a more controversial and political calling by becoming involved with the communist Naxalite movement.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khald Hosseini; Siblings are separated at childhood, a mother abandons her disfigured daughter, a doctor travels the world to avoid his sick mother at home, a poet reinvents herself; on and on the stories are told. Spanning six decades, this family saga allows readers to travel from Afghanistan to France, Greece and the U. S. while Hosseini spins the tales of all the characters together.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. We’re more than a decade into the 21st century and women are still underrepresented in leadership roles. Sandberg, a Fortune top-ranked businesswoman, shares experiences from the trenches in a conversational tone. She offers ways for women to improve their situation, to take risks and to find work they love. Well researched and relevant to all working women as well as the men they work with (and for).

Night Film by Marisha Pessl; Ready for a wild ride? The daughter of Stanislas Cordova, a reclusive horror film maker with a cult following, is found dead, possibly by suicide. The cause of death is questioned by a reporter who’s been researching Cordova for years. From rumors of black magic to child abuse, endless and fascinating twists are explored as truth becomes illusion and the dark side of Manhattan and the world of filmmaking are revealed.

Inferno by Dan Brown; In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces--Dante's "Inferno"--as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris; Sedaris's latest essay collection possesses all of the wit, charm, and poignancy his readers have come to expect. His usual cast of delightful characters returns; including a flashback of his father in his underpants berating a schoolboy or, more recently, hounding David into getting a colonoscopy.

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison; Told in alternating voices, this novel follows the events leading up to the violent dissolution of Jodi and Todd's marriage, a union steeped in lies, infidelity, jealousy, and denial.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith; Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel's suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits.

Hear about this year's best books and get ideas for holiday gift giving. Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Central Library.