BONUS BOOKS OF THE MONTH
An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief.
Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith in a most unusual and epic novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt.
Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. But there’s one angel that would be the last they’d ever need to steal; an angel, carved by a slave, with one hand open and one hand closed. If only Cade could find it…
Zorra, a young ocelot, watches the bayou rush past her yearningly. The poacher who captured and caged her has long since lost her, and Zorra is getting hungrier and thirstier by the day. Trapped, she only has the sounds of the bayou for comfort—but it tells her help will come soon.
Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed…
In a masterful feat, National Book Award Honoree Kathi Appelt weaves together stories across time, connected by the bayou, an angel, and the universal desire to be free.
by Author Kathi Appelt
Back Home: A Vietnam Veteran’s Wife’s Short Memoir About a Long War
A military wife for twenty-two years, Bev Marshall, a Vietnam veteran’s wife writes a deeply personal story of her struggles during the chaotic years of the war. As we travel with her through the turbulent years, of body counts and protests, the story expands to include other young wives and their stories. Back Home is a panoramic view of those women who served back home, some of them with astonishing resilience, others who fail to endure the hardships of separations. Marshall allows the readers an intimate glimpse into the fluctuating relationship of her marriage as she navigates the ebb and flow of her husband’s military career. Through numerous uprooting’s, disappointments, and emotional upheavals, the memoir nears conclusion when Marshall’s husband is assigned to an isolated base on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Here she writes of her neighbors whose damaged lives devolve into unexpected behaviors. There’s humor along the way but, as the war ends, there’s one more battle to fight. Finally, Back Home is a paean to the thousands of military wives both past and present whose sacrifices and service to our country is invaluable.
by Author Bev Marshall
In 1957 jobs are scarce in rural Ashland, Alabama. Bobby Higgins is facing life decisions; his family’s farm struggles and threat of the draft hangs over 18-year-old males as the Cold War rumbles in the distance. Bobby heads off to boot camp, vowing to provide for his family from his pay. Between shore and sea duty, Bobby leaves broken hearts in every port. When his own heart is stolen by Rose, he’s shocked to learn that she comes with four daughters, a package deal he’s unsure he wants. But when Rose disappears, Bobby finds her and persuades her to marry him. Somehow they navigate their way through the trials of marriage and parenting as he fulfills his patriotic career and his promise to raise four willful daughters. In the spring of 2004, his daughters are brought together by grief. They forge new bonds, sharing their joys, losses, regrets, and ultimately family secrets that will seal all their fates…if they can summon the courage to report for duty.
by Author Kathleen Varn
Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice
Who doesn’t want another shot at childhood? The key to opening that door is your grandchildren.
Co-authors Siegel and Zinberg provide a concise, down-to-earth guide for both grandparents and parents. Each of the 52 straight forward nourishing practices provide methods of mindfulness, along with endearing real-life stories that grandparents can identify with. These bite-sized stories offer a rich assortment of simple ways to be present in our fast-paced lives and not miss the richness of time spent with grandchildren.
by Authors Pam Siegel and Leslie Zinberg
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller!
“…a hauntingly atmospheric love letter to the first mobile library in Kentucky and the fierce, brave packhorse librarians who wove their way from shack to shack dispensing literacy, hope, and — just as importantly — a compassionate human connection.”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.
Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.
Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.
Additional Praise for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek:
“A unique story about Appalachia and the healing power of the written word.”—Kirkus
“A timeless and significant tale about poverty, intolerance and how books can bring hope and light to even the darkest pocket of history.”—Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy
“Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Almost Sisters
by Author Kim Michele Richardson
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