Winter Reading Program: Light Up The Mind

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The time has come for our favorite Winter Reading Program 2021! 

January 2 - February 27, 2021
for adults and teens (6th grade and up)

You can sign up here: https://griver.beanstack.org/reader365

Or stop by your favorite library branch!

 


Rachel Fordham
Description: "Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory, where she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid. But the past has a way of catching up with people. When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie's pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves--but he is the one person who can never know. In the shadows of the Black Hills, can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can't seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC For
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Kristen Proby
Description: When Carter Shaw's wife died five years ago, he was left to pick up the pieces not only of his own broken heart but also that of his devastated eight-year-old daughter, Gabby--But recently, Carter has noticed women again and soon even begins dating. No one has stuck around for long, mostly thanks to one very angry Gabby. Nora Hayes has worked as Carter's assistant for years. Recently divorced herself, Nora spends many hours at the office and helping Carter with his daughter whom she adores. Despite loving her job and being wrapped up in the Shaw family, Nora's never given her handsome, kind workaholic boss a second thought, especially in the romance department. But, then the snowstorm of the century hits, and Nora finds herself stranded at work with Carter overnight. And suddenly, she sees Carter in a whole new, sexy light. The sadness that's lived in his eyes for so long has now been replaced with pure, unadulterated lust--and Nora isn't quite sure what to do about it. For after the pain of her divorce, she never thought she would give love a second chance.-- Provided by Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pro
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Kristin Chang
Description: "One evening, Ma tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman's body, named Hu Gu Po. She hungered to eat children, especially their toes. Soon afterwards, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. And more mysterious events follow: Holes in the backyard spit up letters penned by her grandmother; a visiting aunt leaves red on everything she touches; another aunt arrives with eels in her belly. All the while, Daughter is falling for her neighbor, a girl named Ben with mysterious powers of her own. As the two young lovers translate the grandmother's letters, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies an old Taiwanese myth--and that she will have to bring her family's secrets to light in order to change their destiny. "-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Jennifer De Leon
Description: "Liliana Cruz is a hitting a wall—or rather, walls. There’s the wall her mom has put up ever since Liliana’s dad left—again. There’s the wall that delineates Liliana’s diverse inner-city Boston neighborhood from Westburg, the wealthy—and white—suburban high school she’s just been accepted into. And there’s the wall Liliana creates within herself, because to survive at Westburg, she can’t just lighten up, she has to whiten up. So what if she changes her name? So what if she changes the way she talks? So what if she’s seeing her neighborhood in a different way? But then light is shed on some hard truths: It isn’t that her father doesn’t want to come home—he can’t...and her whole family is in jeopardy. And when racial tensions at school reach a fever pitch, the walls that divide feel insurmountable. But a wall isn’t always a barrier. It can be a foundation for something better. And Liliana must choose: Use this foundation as a platform to speak her truth, or risk crumbling under its weight" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC De L
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
author Desus Nice, author Kid Mero
Description: "Desus & Mero have turned their Bronx-born friendship into a growing brand. And it's no surprise--tuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they've written the most entertaining guide to life you'll ever read, in which all the important questions are asked: How do I talk to my kids about drugs if I do them too? How do I bet on sports? How should I behave in jail? How much is too much to spend on sneakers? Is porn really that bad for me? With a lifetime spent building up a plethora of information from trials and tribulations and a handful of misdemeanors, the pair decided to write this book.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 818 Des
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Leigh Bale
Description: "For Englischer Julia Rose, starting her first handmade-soap store almost makes up for her lost dreams of marriage and children. With patience and care, Amish carpenter Martin Hostetler renovates the dilapidated building Julia inherited--and sparks her interest in his community's peaceful ways. But their families' objections make romance between them impossible...unless faith and love can light their holiday way home."--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Melissa Cynova
Description: A collection of folk magic practices for love, luck, prosperity, protection, blessings, and healing, and goal-setting.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 133.43 Cyn
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Kekla Magoon
Description: A girl walks home from school. She's tall for her age. She's wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She never makes it home. In the aftermath, while law enforcement tries to justify the response, one fact remains: a police officer has shot and killed Shea Tatum, an unarmed thirteen-year-old black girl. The community is thrown into upheaval, leading to unrest, a growing movement to protest the senseless taking of black lives, and the arrival of white supremacist counter demonstrators. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Mag
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
M. L. (Matthew Lieber) Buchman
Description: When hotshot SOAR helicopter pilot Trisha O'Malley rescues Navy SEAL Bill Bruce from his undercover mission in Somalia, it ignites his fury. Everything about Trisha triggers his mistrust: her elusive past, her wild energy, and her proclivity for flying past safety's edge. Even as the heat between them turns into passion's fire, Bill and Trisha must team up to confront their pasts and survive Somalia's pirate lords.
Call Number: FIC Buc
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Joseph S Renzulli, Sally M Reis, Andrea (Andrea B.) Thompson
Call Number: 371.95 Ren
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Annelise Ryan
Description: "Motivated by her own difficult past, Hildy has an unparalleled commitment to supporting troubled clients through grief and addiction in Sorenson, Wisconsin. But when a distraught group therapy member reveals disturbing details about her late son's potential murder, Hildy goes from dedicated mental health professional to in-over-her-head amateur sleuth. Alongside her loyal therapy Golden Retriever, Hildy stumbles through incriminating clues--and an unlikely partnership with Detective Bob Richmond, the irresistibly headstrong cop who shares her passion for helping others. With signs of foul play surfacing all over town, can Hildy and Detective Richmond pinpoint the deadly traits of a sharp-witted killer before another seat gets filled at grief therapy?"--Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Rya
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Marge Pellegrino, Kay Sather
Description: Neon Words is a book that will illuminate the writer in you. By using the tools and activities here, you'll connect the word-organizing part of your brain with your free-ranging imagination--and you'll love what you've captured on the page! It's an exciting, confidence-boosting, and deeply satisfying experience. Whether you want to be a writer, or just want to explore what it's like to create with language, you'll discover that playing with words can help you be more present in your life and, have lots of fun.
Call Number: YA 808.02 Pel
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Jessica Simpson, Kevin Carr O'Leary
Description: Jessica Simpson reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, Open Book is inspiring and entertaining. America's Sweetheart, preacher's daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and fashion mogul invites readers on a journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Jessica Simpson is using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she's never shared before. First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. Now in her book she shares the wisdom and inspirations she's learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichés.-- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Sim
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Rebecca Elliott
Description: "Haylah Swinton is an ace best friend, a loving daughter, and an incredibly patient sister to a four-year-old nutcase of a brother. Best of all, she's pretty confident she's mastered making light of every situation--from her mom's new boyfriend to unsolicited remarks on her plus-sized figure. Haylah's learning to embrace all of her curvy parts and, besides, she has a secret: one day, she'll be a stand-up comedian star. So when impossibly cool and thirstalicious Leo reveals he's also into comedy, Haylah jumps at the chance to ghost-write his sets. But is Leo as interested in returning the favor? Even though her friends warn her of Leo's intentions, Haylah's not ready to listen--and she might just be digging herself deeper toward heartbreak. If Haylah's ever going to step into the spotlight, first she'll need to find the confidence to put herself out there and strut like the boss she really is" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
April Genevieve Tucholke
Description: In this stand-alone companion novel to The Boneless Mercies, the Cut-Queen and her band of shaven-skulled witches, The Hounds, are using their dark magic in an attempt to kill or convert everyone in Vorseland. Well, almost everyone. Seventeen-year-old Torvi and her younger sister, Frigga, are still fighting for goodness and light in a land covered in snow. But when the Cut-Queen captures Frigga, Torvi teams up with a band of new characters to rescue her sister or die trying. In this gender-bent retelling of King Arthur, April Tucholke showcases more fierce girl heroes, bloodlust, and quests for power in another darkly elegant tale.
Call Number: YA FIC Tuc
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
David Platt
Description: "In these pages, Platt shares how he found a deeper, fuller hope on the other side of foundation-shaking questions like, 'Is Jesus really the hope of the world after all?' Platt realized that soul-piercing questions don't just demand answers. They require action. And that action, as we change our lives to resemble the way of Jesus, brings hope, light, and life to the world. This is your call to risk more, to let what breaks God's heart break yours, and to take action where God has placed you."--Dust jacket flap
Call Number: 261.8325 Pla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Christian Wiman
Description: A new collection of verse on religious and personal themes from poet Christian Wiman.-- ǂc Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Wim
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Jo Marchant
Description: For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are--our art, religious beliefs, social status, scientific advances, and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. Our relationship to the stars and planets has moved from one of awe, wonder and superstition to one where technology is king--the cosmos is now explored through data on our screens, not by the naked eye observing the natural world. Jo Marchant's parade of the ways different cultures celebrated the majesty and mysteries of the night sky is a journey to the most awe inspiring view you can ever see--looking up on a clear dark night. That experience and the thoughts it has engendered have radically shaped human civilization across millennia. The cosmos is the source of our greatest creativity in art, in science, in life. Marchant takes us to the Hall of the Bulls in the caves at Lascaux in France, and to the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at New Grange in England. We discover Chumash cosmology and visit medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extraterrestrial life. The cosmically liberating, summary revelation is that star-gazing made us human.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 523.1 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
R. W. W. Greene
Description: "Before Hisako Saski is even born, her parents make a deal on her behalf. In exchange for a first-class education and a boost out of poverty, Hisako will marry Adem Sadiq, a maintenance engineer and self-styled musician who works the trade lanes aboard his family's sub-light starship, the Hajj. Hisako is not happy when she finds out about the plan. She has little interest in the broken branch of physics the deal requires her to study, and is not keen on the idea of giving up her home and everything she knows to marry a stranger. Sparks fly when Adem and Hisako meet, but their personal issues are overshadowed by the discovery of long-held secrets and a chance at faster-than-light travel." --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Rebecca Raisin
Description: When bookshop owner Sarah Smith is offered the opportunity for a job exchange with her Parisian friend Sophie, saying yes is a no-brainer--after all, what kind of romantic would turn down six months in Paris? Sarah is sure she's in for the experience of a lifetime--days spent surrounded by literature in a gorgeous bookshop, and the chance to watch the snow fall on the Eiffel Tower. Plus, now she can meet up with her journalist boyfriend, Ridge, when his job takes him around the globe. But her expectations cool faster than her café au lait soon after she lands in the City of Light--she's a fish out of water in Paris. The customers are rude, her new coworkers suspicious and her relationship with Ridge has been reduced to a long-distance game of phone tag, leaving Sarah to wonder if he'll ever put her first over his busy career. As Christmas approaches, Sarah is determined to get the shop--and her life--back in order ... and make her dreams of a Parisian happily-ever-after come true.
Call Number: FIC Rai
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Radhika Jones, David Friend
Description: This volume collects 30 of the best profiles, essays, and columns on female subjects written by female contributors to the magazine over the past 35 years.
Call Number: 920.72 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Jennifer Longo
Description: "Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she's learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase. Toothbrush? Yes. Socks? Yes. Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope! There's no room for any additional baggage. Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she's free. One year to avoid anything--or anyone--that could get in her way. Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean. And everything changes." --Amazon.com.
Call Number: YA FIC Lon
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2020
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: Winter Reading Program: Light Up The Mind
A Life Once Dreamed
Rachel Fordham
FIC For
Neon Words : 10 Brilliant Ways To Light Up Your Writing
Marge Pellegrino, Kay Sather
YA 808.02 Pel
After All
Kristen Proby
FIC Pro
Open Book
Jessica Simpson, Kevin Carr O'Leary
B Sim
Bestiary
Kristin Chang
FIC Cha
Pretty Funny For A Girl
Rebecca Elliott
YA FIC Ell
Don't Ask Me Where I'm From
Jennifer De Leon
YA FIC De L
Seven Endless Forests
April Genevieve Tucholke
YA FIC Tuc
God-level Knowledge Darts : Life Lessons From The Bronx
author Desus Nice, author Kid Mero
818 Des
Something Needs To Change : A Call To Make Your Life Count In A World Of Urgent Need
David Platt
261.8325 Pla
Her Amish Christmas Choice
Leigh Bale
FIC Bal
Survival Is A Style
Christian Wiman
811 Wim
Kitchen Table Magic : Pull Up A Chair, Light A Candle & Let's Talk Magic
Melissa Cynova
133.43 Cyn
The Human Cosmos : Civilization And The Stars
Jo Marchant
523.1 Mar
Light It Up
Kekla Magoon
YA FIC Mag
The Light Years
R. W. W. Greene
FIC Gre
Light Up The Night
M. L. (Matthew Lieber) Buchman
FIC Buc
The Little Bookshop On The Seine
Rebecca Raisin
FIC Rai
Light Up Your Child's Mind : Finding A Unique Pathway To Happiness And Success
Joseph S Renzulli, Sally M Reis, Andrea (Andrea B.) Thompson
371.95 Ren
Vanity Fair's Women On Women
Radhika Jones, David Friend
920.72 Van
Needled To Death
Annelise Ryan
FIC Rya
What I Carry
Jennifer Longo
YA FIC Lon