We’re pleased to announce the following are our January selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
“President James Garfield did not see his administration through to completion. He had been in office only four months when, in July 1881, he was shot by a deranged office seeker; in September, he died. This is a splendidly insightful, three-way biography of the President; Charles Guiteau, who was Garfield’s assassin; and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, whose part in the story was an unsuccessful deathbed attempt to locate the bullet lodged somewhere in the President’s body. Millard’s book stands securely at the crossroads of popular and professional history.”
— Booklist Reviews
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
“A near-future America allows for unwanted teenagers to be “unwound,” or retroactively aborted, their body parts used for transplants, as part of the compromise that ended the Second Civil War. Life is sacred from the moment of conception until age 13, at which time one’s legal guardian holds the ultimate power. Three teens marked for unwinding narrowly escape this fate and search for a safe haven. Connor is condemned by his parents for poor anger management and general unruliness. Risa, a ward of the state, is a play-by-the-rules pianist who isn’t quite talented enough. And Lev is a tithe, part of a religious family who raised him to be a willing sacrifice to the cause. The substantial array of issues is precisely and provocatively conveyed, offering plenty for readers to contemplate in this nail-biting, character-driven thriller.”
— Hornbook Magazine Reviews
Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck
“Newbery Medalist Peck’s dry wit and gentle jabs at social mannerisms appear in full force in this charming tale of a 19th-century mouse family traveling abroad. The story begins when house-mouse Helena and her younger siblings get wind that the human residents upstairs, the Cranstons, are planning to go to Europe to find a proper husband for elder daughter Olive. Not wanting to be left behind in an empty, crumb-free abode, the mice sneak onto the ship, despite their fear of water. While trying to avoid the ship’s one-eyed “kill-crazy” cat, they scurry from one adventure to the next, rubbing elbows with aristocracy and finding unexpected romance. Readers will revel in the detailed descriptions of mouse-sized joys, woes, and love connections, all beautifully depicted in Kelly Murphy’s soft pencil illustrations.”
— Publishers Weekly
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!