May: Mom's Recommendations

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Our library staff asked their moms for book recommendations, because mom always knows best. Here's their responses! You may also read a book that your own mom recommends.


L. M. Montgomery
Description: Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
Call Number: J FIC Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Joel Osteen
Call Number: 248.4 Ost
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 24, 2017
Anna Quindlen
Description: Skip Cuddy, caretaker of the Blessing estate, finds a baby asleep in a box and decides he wants to keep her. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present are at the center of this work.
Call Number: FIC Qui
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond
Description: The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Call Number: J FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2017
James C. Dobson
Description: Parenting expert and best-selling author Dr. James Dobson discusses how parents can face the challenges of raising daughters to become healthy, happy, and successful women who overcome challenges specific to girls and women today and who ultimately excel in life.
Call Number: 248.845 Dob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Joanne Harris
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 18, 2010
Sonia Purnell
Description: A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities.
Call Number: B Chu
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 23, 2017
Heather Graham
Call Number: LP FIC Gra
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 22, 2017
Rebecca Wells
Description: When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she's directed, her mother gets described as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." As Sidda struggles to analyze her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.
Call Number: FIC Wel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Description: "Boris Pasternak's Widely acclaimed novel comes gloriously to life in a magnificent new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhnosky, the award-winning translators of war and Peace and Anna karenina, and to whom. The New York Review of Books declared. "the English-speaking world is indebted."" "First published in Italy in 1957 amid internatrional controversy---the novel was banned in the Soviet Union Until 1988. and Pasternak declined the Nobel prize a year later under intense pressure from soviet authorities---Doctor Zhiuago is the story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to What he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and Strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara: Pursued, found, and lost again, Lara is the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclymic times." "Stunningly rendered in the spirit of Pasternak's original---resurrecting his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone---and including an Introduction, textual annotations, and a translators' note, this edition of Doctor Zhivago is destined to become the deifinitive English transaltion of our time."--BOOK JACKET.
Call Number: FIC Pas
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2017
Kathleen Dean Moore
Description: "Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise--a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth's fullness of life. Philosopher and nature essayist Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? What are useful answers to the recurring questions of a storm-threatened time? What can anyone do? Is there any hope? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage?"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 179.1 Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Bryan Stevenson
Description: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Call Number: 353.48 Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Anya Seton
Call Number: FIC Set
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2017
Ann Imig
Description: Irreverent, thought-provoking, hilarious, and edgy: a collection of personal stories celebrating motherhood. Listen to Your Mother is an awakening of why our mothers are important, taking readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. Based on the national performance movement, Listen to Your Mother showcases the experiences of ordinary people of all racial, gender, and age backgrounds, from every corner of the country. This collection of essays celebrates and validates what it means to be a mother today, with honesty and candor that is arrestingly stimulating and refreshing. The stories are raw, honest, poignant, ranging from adoption, assimilation to emptying nests; first-time motherhood, foster-parenting, to infertility; single-parenting, LGBTQ parenting, to special-needs parenting; step-mothering; never mothering, to surrogacy; and mothering through illness to mothering through unsolicited advice. These personal stories are the collective voice of mothers among us.--Excerpted from statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 808.8 Lis
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis
Description: Story about the March family of four daughters and a strong mother (Sarandon) who, because her husband is away serving in the Army during the Civil War, must raise her "little women" on her own. The daughters include: spirited Jo (Ryder) who longs for a career as a writer; beautiful and conservative older sister Meg (Alvarado); fragile Beth (Danes); and the romantic Amy (Dunst/Mathis). Through the years, as they become women, the sisters share their most cherished and painful moments of self-discovery as their mother's pride and strength guide them through questions of independence, romance and virtue.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 13, 2017
Robert N. Munsch, Sheila McGraw
Description: A story of how a little boy goes through the stages of childhood and becomes a man and about the enduring nature of parents' love and how it crosses generations.
Call Number: E Mun
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Benedict Freedman, Nancy Mars Freedman
Description: Mrs. Mike is the love story of Katherine Mary O'Fallon, a young Irish girl from Boston, and Sergeant Mike Flannigan of the Canadian Mounted Police, who is priest, doctor, and magistrate to all in the great Canadian wilderness area under his supervision.
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 23, 2017
Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
Description: Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.
Call Number: FIC Fer
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Carrie Young
Call Number: LP 978.4 You
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Mar 27, 2017
Mary Oliver
Call Number: 811 Oli
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2017
Nathan Hill
Description: It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson -- college professor, stalled writer -- hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she's facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel's help. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye's losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.
Call Number: LP FIC Hil
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Meryl Gordon
Call Number: B Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 22, 2017
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Description: Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Call Number: JLP FIC Bur
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Colleen McCullough, Davina Porter, LLC Recorded Books
Description: Moving from the wild splendor of a sheep farm in Australia, to the opulent corridors of the Vatican, this compelling epic spans nearly 75 years in the lives of two brilliant lovers. The first time young Meggie sees Father Ralph, something electric passes between them. She is destined for a place in society; he has pledged himself to the Church. But their passion, despite all efforts to deny it, will mold and transform their lives like an immutable, irrefutable force of nature.
Call Number: FIC McC
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 21, 2017
Danielle Steel
Call Number: FIC Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 21, 2017
Clyde Edgerton
Description: 78-year-old Mattie Rigsby tries to keep her life orderly. When she meets Wesley Benfield, she has to make a choice - between friendship and order.
Call Number: FIC
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Peter Hedges
Call Number: FIC Hed
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
David Maraniss
Call Number: B Lom
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
Maria Semple
Description: When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
Call Number: FIC Sem
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2017
Robert M Pirsig, Michael Kramer (Narrator)
Description: "The story is disarmingly simple: the author and his young son take a motorcycle trip across America. Their experiences become the springboard from which Robert Pirsig dives into his brilliant, often beautiful meditations on the concept of value -- and finally, on the author's own troubled past. Few books invite comparison with Moby Dick, but since Mr. Pirsig's book appeared nearly 20 years ago, critics have found the analogy unavoidable. Like Ishmael's voyage aboard the Pequot, Robert Pirsig's journey is both an exciting physical excursion and, more important, an intriguing exploration of the soul."--Container.
Call Number: B Pir
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 11, 2017
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Anne Of Green Gables
L. M. Montgomery
J FIC Mon
Love You Forever
Robert N. Munsch, Sheila McGraw
E Mun
Become A Better You : 7 Keys To Improving Your Life Every Day
Joel Osteen
248.4 Ost
Mrs. Mike, The Story Of Katherine Mary Flannigan
Benedict Freedman, Nancy Mars Freedman
FIC Fre
Blessings : A Novel
Anna Quindlen
FIC Qui
My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
FIC Fer
Bridge To Terabithia
Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond
J FIC Pat
Nothing To Do But Stay: My Pioneer Mother [Large Print]
Carrie Young
LP 978.4 You
Bringing Up Girls
James C. Dobson
248.845 Dob
Owls And Other Fantasies : Poems And Essays
Mary Oliver
811 Oli
Chocolat : A Novel
Joanne Harris
FIC Har
The Nix [Large Print]
Nathan Hill
LP FIC Hil
Clementine : The Life Of Mrs. Winston Churchill
Sonia Purnell
B Chu
The Phantom Of Fifth Avenue : The Mysterious Life And Scandalous Death Of Heiress Huguette Clark
Meryl Gordon
B Cla
Devil's Mistress [Large Print]
Heather Graham
LP FIC Gra
The Secret Garden [Large Print]
Frances Hodgson Burnett
JLP FIC Bur
Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Rebecca Wells
FIC Wel
The Thorn Birds [Audiobook]
Colleen McCullough, Davina Porter, LLC Recorded Books
FIC McC
Doctor Zhivago
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
FIC Pas
Thurston House
Danielle Steel
FIC Ste
Great Tide Rising
Kathleen Dean Moore
179.1 Moo
Walking Across Egypt
Clyde Edgerton
FIC
Just Mercy : A Story Of Justice And Redemption
Bryan Stevenson
353.48 Ste
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Peter Hedges
FIC Hed
Katherine.
Anya Seton
FIC Set
When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi
David Maraniss
B Lom
Listen To Your Mother : What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now
Ann Imig
808.8 Lis
Where'd You Go, Bernadette : A Novel
Maria Semple
FIC Sem
Little Women
Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis
Drama
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance [Audiobook]
Robert M Pirsig, Michael Kramer (Narrator)
B Pir