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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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