Book Recommendations -- August 2015

It's time again to share some book suggestions. Here we go...

Alert by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Detective Michael Bennett teams up with FBI Agent Emily Parker to track down whoever is responsible for high-tech attacks and an assassination that have put New York on edge for an even worse threat to come.

Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
Here are three prequel stories to the bestselling book Wonder, this time seeing Auggie Pullman, a boy with a facial anomalies, through the eyes of a bully, a best friend, and a new friend at school.

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung and Don Clark
The Bible is retold in a marvelous new way with amazing illustrations.

Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
Six students at Oxford University play a game of dares that starts off seemingly innocent enough but grows ever more intense over the years.

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot by Dav Pilkey
This is the 12th adventure (not counting the three spin-offs) of that superhero created by two Ohio fourth graders. In this one, the enemy is the mean, mind-controlling gym teacher.

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
In this sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit, little Duncan has to rescue lost coloring crayons.

Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties by Elijah Wald
The music critic reflects on the moment during the Newport Folk Festival when Bob Dylan marked the switch from acoustic to rock.

The End of All Things by John Scalzi
The universe-spanning saga of the Old Man's War continues.

Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imaged by Steve McDonald
The adult coloring trend continues.

Football Outsiders Almanac 2015: The Essential Guide to the 2015 NFL and College Football Seasons edited by Aaron Schatz
I'm enjoying baseball season, but I know many of you are football fans, so this should tide you over as the new pigskin season is about to begin, on the pro level and in colleges everywhere.

Friction by Sandra Brown
A Texas Ranger, trying to win custody of his daughter, tries to defend the life of the judge handling the case who is targeted by an assassin.

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
I've heard a lot of buzz about this book, which argues that the best way to teach our kids about success is to allow them to learn from mistakes.

The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age by Al Hirschfeld, Edited by David Leopald
Here's a remarkable retrospective look at the work of the famed Broadway and Hollywood caricaturist.

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
In this mystery, a reclusive crime writer wakes up injured in a hospital bed, trying to unravel what transpired during the past weekend that has left someone dead.

I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshin
Here's the next part of the historical fiction series aimed at young readers. Previous books have been set in the destruction of Pompeii, the battle of Gettysburg, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the Great Chicago Fire, the sinking of the Titanic, the shark attacks of 1916, the Hindenburg disaster, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Nazi invasion, Hurricane Katrina, the attacks of 9/11, and the Japanese Tsunami.

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Gamache of Quebec must solve the mystery of a missing boy.

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman, foreward by Oliver Sacks
The author suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people diagnosed with autism.

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan and John Rocco
Told in the voice of the young monster fighter, this is an entertaining look at the characters from Greek mythology.

Really Professional Internet Person by Jenn McAllister
Better known as JennXPenn. Ms. McAllister has become an online video-making celebrity, and here offers advice on how to create a successful YouTube channel.

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
People are dying in San Francisco, but their souls aren't being collected. A motley crew of heroes band together to get to the bottom of it.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2016 by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa
If you're planning a trip to the greatest amusement park in the world, or if you want some enticement to schedule a vacation there, this is the unfiltered guide for you.

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey
Read about the author's two year quest to learn about the nature of dolphins.

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami, translated by Ted Goossen
Two early short novels by the acclaimed author are collected here.

X by Sue Grafton
Kinsey Millhone battles a remorseless serial killer.

Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of Wrestlemania by Daniel Bryan and Craig Tello
The underdog WWE wrestler reveals his struggles to make it to the top.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day
The actress from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, as well as the hit Web series The Guild, gives us her memoir.

Happy reading as always!