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In honor of the holidays, we suggest the hilarious Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror.  Our staffer can’t recommend this enough, read it now.

‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 


The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

Christopher Moore

Published: Oct 20, 2005 by William Morrow
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Join us on Saturday, January 9th for a discussion of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

After four har13158800rowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.  To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.  Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind.  A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately.  But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God,’ and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy.  When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world.  Their choice has devastated one of them. (Publisher’s Description)

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan is our staff pick this week.  This is a super quick read (less than a day, no problem), but if you’ve ever been in a relationship or want to be in one this should be required reading.  It tells the story of one relationship in the form of journal-like dictionary entries, and is honest, true even though it’s fiction, funny, and sad – like all relationships.

“A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.“–Taken from Goodreads.com


The Lover's Dictionary

David Levithan

Published: Jan 04, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Join us on Saturday, January 10th for a discussion of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

After four har13158800rowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.  To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.  Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind.  A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately.  But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God,’ and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy.  When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world.  Their choice has devastated one of them. (Publisher’s Description)

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

 

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It’s the end of the year, which means there are tons and tons of “Best Book” list variations coming out for 2014.  You’ve probably heard of some of the top picks this year like Station Eleven, Everything I Never Told You, All The Light I Cannot See, Redeployment… but it is hard to keep up when there are literally dozens, if not hundreds of lists.

Luckily, Penguin House Publishers has made it extremely easy to find all the top lists in one place: The Best of the Book Lists.  They’ll be continuously updating it, which makes it even better!

Check out some of 2014’s best today!

 

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