October's Books of the Month

Children's Book

The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair: The Girl with Curl

Description:

The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair - The Girl with Curl was inspired by our beautiful niece Vivian - our very own Little Miss Crazy Hair. The book chronicles a week in the life of Little Miss Crazy Hair who along with her best friend, her dog Duke, escape on wild and wonderful daily adventures resulting from the decision of how she will wear her wonderful, curly hair. She serves tea as a Princess. She refines her poise and grace as a Prima ballerina. She bravely sails the Nile. She explores the depths of the jungle. She even ventures into the skies to pilot her friends and fly over her home town.

But the daily adventures are not just about hairstyles, thrills and excitement.

Accompanying LMCH and Duke, is a group of their BEE Buddies who are embedded in the illustration and point to key learnings resulting from their adventure. Among the learnings highlighted are: BEE Polite, BEE Determined, BEE Yourself and BEE Brave. Together they create Little Miss Crazy Hair's 7 BEEs.

The BEEs are not called out in the book's manuscript. Instead, the BEEs are a discovery for both the child and the reader. The depth of discussion regarding each BEE is left to the audience as it relates to each child's personal journey.

BEE Prepared to BEE Captivated.

About the Author:

Chris and Alex were married in May, 2012.

Less than three months later, their first son, Xander, was born in Sacramento, CA. The road to Xander was a pretty easy one. They worked with one the nation's top surrogacy agencies and were matched with the world's best surro-mom.

Today, Chris and Alex are the very proud parents of two sons, Xander and Max. What makes Chris and Alex different from many parents of families with small children is they started their family later in life. When Xander was born Chris was 50 years old and Alex 40. Max arrived with Chris at 55 and Alex at 45 years of age.

Chris and Alex are at an age when many of their friends with children are first acknowledging, and many times embracing, the 'empty nest' parental stage. Frequent questions and comments are: "Do you really want to deal with the 3:00 am feedings?"; "Oh man, you are brave"; "Don't you want to retire?"; "Better you than me".

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Daniel Boone Regional Library

Young Adult Book

Sawkill Girls

Description:

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.

About the Author:

Claire Legrand is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Empirium Trilogy, as well as the young adult horror novel SAWKILL GIRLS and the Edgar Award finalist SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS. Her other novels include THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, WINTERSPELL, and FOXHEART. She is one of the four authors behind THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark middle grade fiction. She lives in New Jersey. Visit her at claire-legrand.com.

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Daniel Boone Regional Library

Adult Book

The Gilda Stories

Description:

"The Gilda Stories is groundbreaking not just for the wild lives it portrays, but for how it portrays them--communally, unapologetically, roaming fiercely over space and time."--Emma Donoghue, author of Room

"Jewelle Gomez sees right into the heart. This is a book to give to those you want most to find their own strength."—Dorothy Allison

 

This remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who "shares the blood" by two women there, Gilda spends the next two hundred years searching for a place to call home. An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991, The Gilda Stories has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, re-definitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story.

Jewelle Gomez is a writer, activist, and the author of many books including Forty-Three Septembers, Don't Explain, The Lipstick Papers, Flamingoes and Bears, and Oral Tradition. The Gilda Stories was the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards, and was adapted for the stage by the Urban Bush Women theater company in thirteen United States cities.

About the Author:

Jewelle Gomez is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Literary Award winning vampire novel, THE GILDA STORIES, currently celebrating its 25th year in print. She's also a playwright. Her most recent work is WATING FOR GIOVANNI, which explores an imagined moment in the life of author/activist James Baldwin.

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Daniel Boone Regional Library

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