Top 10 Books 2015

2015 was a great year for publishing and a big year for the Santa Ana Public Library in the advancement of technology and eResources. At the library we are thrilled to see that books are as popular as ever! Here is a look at the TOP 10 most checked out items per popular section in the library collection. We hope you will check them out and keep making the library a leading hub for reading and literacy in the community.

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Top 10 Book Sections

 

E-Books

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

Summary

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


Paper Towns

Paper Towns

by John Green

Summary

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q ... until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q.


The Heir

The Heir

by Kiera Cass

Summary

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story ... but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.


Outlander

Outlander

by Diana Gabaldon

Summary

Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord ... 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.


The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Summary

Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.


The Selection

The Selection

by Kiera Cass

Summary

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Summary

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.


Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Darker

by E.L. James

Summary

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.


Christmas Bliss

Christmas Bliss

by Mary Kay Andrews

Summary

Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy. But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie. Seems BeBe's been holding a big secret back that would make Santa's reindeer stop dead in their tracks. Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists?Will they do it in time to ensure CHRISTMAS BLISS?


Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman

by Harper Lee

Summary

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six- year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.

 

Adult Biographies

A Child Called

A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive

by David J. Pelzer

Summary

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.


The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family

by David J. Pelzer

Summary

Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just beginning -- he has no place to call home.

This is Dave Pelzer's long-awaited sequel to A Child Called "It". In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a "real" family.

Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing -- the love of a family.


Forgiveness

Forgiveness: A Memoir

by Chiquis Rivera

Summary

Chiquis Rivera is a singer and the daughter of the late music superstar Jenni Rivera. In "Forgiveness," her memoir, Chiquis bravely reveals the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father during her childhood and the difficulties she's faced in her personal life as a result. Despite growing up marked by the wounds of abuse, she eventually conquered her fear of love and intimacy.

The story within these pages also recounts what caused the distance between her and her mother toward the end of Jenni's life. In "Forgiveness," Chiquis brings to light truths that she wishes she had been able to reveal to Jenni.

Two years after her mother's death, Chiquis answers the most difficult questions: Was she able to make peace with Jenni? And in this story of triumph and tragedy, who is most in need of forgiveness?


A Brother's Journey

A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

by Richard B. Pelzer

Summary

In A Child Called It, Dave Pelzer shocked the world with the horrifying tale of the abuse and neglect he suffered at the hands of his mother and his brother, Richard. Fortunately for Dave, he was removed from the household at 12. Richard was not so lucky. Needing a new scapegoat for her alcoholic rages, Richard became Mrs. Pelzers new It. He began receiving nocturnal beatings and the denial of clothing and food. He had Tabasco sauce poured down his throat, and was kicked, slapped, and punched to the point of hospitalization. By now she'd learned how to hit so his wounds didn't show she wasn't about to let Richard leave, too. This is the story of how one little boy found the courage to survive years of physical abuse and how the human spirit can triumph over even the most severe circumstances.


A Man Named Dave

A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness

by David J. Pelzer

Summary

"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzers declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to--and nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzers "New York Times" and international bestselling memoirs know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.


Always Running

Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.

by Luis J. Rodriguez

Summary

The award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles, now featuring a new cover.

Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times notable book, and read by hundreds of thousands, Always Running is the searing true story of one man’s life in a Chicano gang—and his heroic struggle to free himself from its grip.

By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation.

Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more—until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story inAlways Running,a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participants.

At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.


American Sniper

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

by Chris Kyle

Summary

A member of Navy SEAL Team 3 describes his life as a father and husband, and as the serviceman with the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the United States military while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Night

Night

by Elie Wiesel

Summary

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.


The Privilege of Youth

The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager's Story

by David J. Pelzer

Summary

From A Child Called “It” to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer’s inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth, he shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends—some of whom he still shares close relationships with today. He writes about the simple pleasures of exploring his neighborhood, while trying to forget the hell waiting for him at home.

From high school to a world beyond the four walls that were his prison for so many years, The Privilege of Youth bravely and compassionately charts this crucial turning point in Dave Pelzer’s life and will inspire a whole new generation of readers.


Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

by Hal Marcovitz

Summary

Chavez won the first contract for migrant farm workers in American history, an accomplishment that upheld the dignity of Mexican Americans, who had traditionally been treated as second class citizens.

 

Adult Fiction

Allegiant

Allegiant

by Veronica Roth

Summary

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


The Best of Me

The Best of Me

by Nicholas Sparks

Summary

Two former high school sweethearts return to their hometown for the funeral of a mentor and confront the choices they have made since they last met.


Gone Girl

Gone Girl: A Novel

by Gillian Flynn

Summary

Amy disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, and while Nick has not been a model husband, could he -really have killed her? Its soon evident that if Amy is dead, thats the least of the readers worries. Flynns last novel, Dark Objects, was a New York Times best seller, but this one is expected to break her out.


Insurgent

Insurgent

by Veronica Roth

Summary

As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.


The Nightingale

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Summary

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.


The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

Summary

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.


Gray Mountain

Gray Mountain

by John Grisham

Summary

When Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, law firms went down, too, and third-year law associate Samantha Kofer loses her job and her dreams. She ends up as an unpaid intern at a legal aid clinic in Appalachia, where the problems are as troubling as the dangerous secret she discovers.


All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

by Anthony Doerr

Summary

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Lauree’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerre’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.


Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed

by E.L. James

Summary

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.


Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

by E.L. James

Summary

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

 

Adult Nonfiction

DemoCRIPS and reBloodlicans

DemoCRIPS and reBloodlicans : No More Gangs in Government

by Jesse Ventura

Summary

Ventura exposes how the two major parties have allowed corporations, businesses, and politically motivated wealthy individuals to manipulate elections, bribe elected officials, and silence the average American voter.


Demystifying Economics

Demystifying Economics : The Book That Makes Economics Accessible to Everyone

by Allen W. Smith

Summary

DEMYSTIFYING ECONOMICS: EXPANDED SECOND EDITION is a survey of basic economics written in simple language with the use of concrete examples that relate economics to ordinary daily life. The book is designed to make economics accessible to everyone regardless of educational background. The book provides substantial coverage of federal budget deficits and the more than five-fold increase in the national debt just during the past 20 years. The book also deals with such important topics as, "Unemployment and Inflation," "Money and Banking and the Federal Reserve System," "International Trade and Finance," and "Unions and Collective Bargaining."


Beat Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Seven Simple Steps

Beat Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Seven Simple Steps

by Paul Jenner

Summary

If you suffer from, or think you might be suffering from, IBS, this book will give you the solutions you need to regain your life. Not only does it explain all the worthwhile therapies, it helps you to identify which one will work for you. By showing you how to work with your doctor, and what the first steps are to beating this distressing condition, it will work through all the areas of your lifestyle which might be contributing, including diet and stress management, as well as making sure you have exactly the right clinical support. It will give you strategies for immediate relief, along with showing how the latest research findings can offer long-term solutions, and explains the benefits of both well-known and less well-known therapies, including:

  • Exercise
  • Relaxation and hypnotherapy
  • Understanding the importance of balance in the gut


Practical English Usage

Practical English Usage

by Michael Swan

Summary

This unique reference guide addresses problem points in the language as encountered by learners and their teachers. It gives information and advice that is practical, clear, reliable, and easy to find. Most of the book is about grammar, but it also covers selected points of vocabulary, idioms, style, pronunciation, and spelling.


Don't Eat This Book

Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America

by Morgan Spurlock

Summary

This story goes far beyond Morgan Spurlock's good-humored "Mc-Sickness." In Don't Eat This Book, he examines what's happening across the country - in schools, hospitals, and homes and explores school lunch programs, the marketing of fast food, and the sharp decline in emphasis on physical education. Spurlock looks at why fast food is so tasty, cheap, and ultimately seductive, and what Americans can do to turn the rising tide of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes that have accompanied its ever-growing popularity. He interviewed experts in twenty U.S. cities - from surgeon generals and kids to lawmakers and marketing gurus - who share their research, opinions, and "gut feelings" on our expanding girth and what we can all do to offset a health crisis of supersized proportions.


The Black Hand

The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, A Mexican Mob Killer

by Chris Blatchford

Summary

An astonishing and ground breaking look at the Mexican Mafia, The Black Hand is an unprecedented story of depravity, violence, and redemption. Rene "Boxer" Enriquez grew up on the violent streets of East L.A., where gang fights, robberies, and drive-by shootings were fueled by rage, drugs, and alcohol. When he finally landed in prison-at the age of nineteen-Enriquez found an organization that brought him the respect he always wanted: the near-mythic and widely feared Mexican Mafia, La Eme.What it saw in Enriquez was a young man who knew no fear and would kill anyone-justifiably or not-in the blink of an eye. That loyalty and iron will drove him up the ranks as a mob enforcer and ultimately to the upper echelons, where he would help rule for nearly two decades. He helped La Eme become the powerful and violent organization that it is now, with a base army of approximately sixty thousand heavily armed gang members who control the prison system and a large part of California crime. Arguably the most dangerous gang in American history, its reach is growing. And now award-winning investigative journalist Chris Blatchford, with the unprecedented cooperation of Rene Enriquez, reveals the inner workings, secret meetings, and elaborate murder plots that make up the daily routine of the Mafia brothers. It is an intense, never-before-told story of a man who devoted his life to a bloody cause only to find betrayal and disillusionment. After years of research and investigation, Blatchford has delivered a historic narrative of a nefarious organization that will go down as a classic in mob literature.


All About Techniques in Drawing for Animation Production

All About Techniques in Drawing for Animation Production

by Sergi Cámara

Summary

Titles in Barron's popular and growing "All About Techniques" series are written especially for advanced art students and experienced amateurs. They explain aspects of art theory, then provide step-by-step advice on methods for creating professional-looking art. This title covers every aspect of cartoon animation art in traditional media, starting with descriptions of tools and materials. Following chapters instruct in the creation of storyboards, then show how to render facial expressions, clothing, props, and body postures to give characters individuality and help tell their stories. Concluding chapters show how to create action animation for films. Students will also find instruction in rendering background landscapes, as well as a brief history of modern cartoon animation.


Crochet

Crochet: Get Started

by Susie Johns

Summary

Teaches beginners basic stitches and shows how to start crocheting with 20 easy projects, including hats, blankets, and baby clothes.


Crochet

Crochet: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

by DK Publishing, Inc.

Summary

"Crochet: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide" features a mix of classic and modern crochet projects, including things to wear, items for the home, decorative pieces, and cute gifts.

Packed with 101 inspirational projects for crocheters of all levels of skill, "Crochet: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide" walks readers through the basic techniques -- with useful practice projects -- before embarking on more adventurous crochet patterns.

"Crochet: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide" uses step-by-step techniques and photography to make crocheting as easy as can be.


Collected Poems

Collected poems, 1922-1938

by E.E. Cummings

Summary

Collection of 315 poems.

 

Young Adult Fiction

Lucy in the Sky

Lucy in the sky

by Anonymous

Summary

The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad, and Berkeley-bound older brother. She was a good girl, living a good life...but one party changed everything. One party, where she took one taste—and liked it. Really liked it.

Social drinking and drugging lead to more, faster, harder... She convinced herself that she was no different from anyone else who liked to party. But the evidence indicates otherwise: Soon she was she hanging out with an edgy crowd, blowing off school and everything she used to care about, all to find her next high.

But what goes up must come down, and everything—from her first swig, to her last breath—is chronicled in the diary she left behind.


Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect

by Brian Katcher

Summary

With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.


Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince

by Cassandra Clare

Summary

As the Council attempts to strip Charlotte of her power, sixteen-year-old orphaned shapechanger Tessa Gray works with the London Shadowhunters to find the Magister and destroy his clockwork army, learning the secret of her own identity while investigating his past.


A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water

by Linda Sue Park

Summary

From Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park, an emotional novel based on a true story. Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a lost boy refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. Two young people ... two stories. One country: Sudan. This mesmerizing dual narrative follows two threads-one unfolding in 2008 and one in 1985-with one hopeful message: that even in a troubled country, determined survivors may find the future they are hoping for.


Sometimes it Happens

Sometimes it Happens

by Lauren Barnholdt

Summary

This novel opens on the first day of Hannah’s senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That’s when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Ryan, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava’s boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around—and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends….and one night, to something more.

Now it’s back to school, where Hannah will see Ryan, Ava, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, Hannah will learn a lot about love, friendship…and herself.


What Comes After

What Comes After

by Steve Watkins

Summary

The author of "Down Sand Mountain" paints a gripping portrait of a teen's struggles through grief and abuse--and the miraculous power of animals to heal us.


After

After

by Amy Efaw

Summary

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant ...

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made?Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible? she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.


Alice in Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland

by Gena Showalter

Summary

She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.


Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

by Cassandra Clare

Summary

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length ... everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world ... and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


Flawless

Flawless

by Sara Shepard

Summary

Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.

And why shouldn't I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.

 

Young Adult Biographics

Malcolm X

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

by Walter Dean Myers

Summary

As a kid he was in a street gang. As a young man he was in jail. But Malcolm X changed his life & became a powerful civil rights leader.


Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop

by Jan Greenberg

Summary

The Campbell’s Soup Cans. The Marilyns. The Electric Chairs. The Flowers. The work created by Andy Warhol elevated everyday images to art, ensuring Warhol a fame that has far outlasted the 15 minutes he predicted for everyone else. His very name is synonymous with the 1960s American art movement known as Pop.

But Warhol’s oeuvre was the sum of many parts. He not only produced iconic art that blended high and popular culture; he also made controversial films, starring his entourage of the beautiful and outrageous; he launched Interview, a slick magazine that continues to sell today; and he reveled in leading the vanguard of New York’s hipster lifestyle. The Factory, Warhol’s studio and den of social happenings, was the place to be.

Who would have predicted that this eccentric boy, the Pittsburgh-bred son of Eastern European immigrants, would catapult himself into media superstardom? Warhol’s rise, from poverty to wealth, from obscurity to status as a Pop icon, is an absorbing tale—one in which the American dream of fame and fortune is played out in all of its success and its excess. No artist of the late 20th century took the pulse of his time—and ours—better than Andy Warhol.


Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini

by Jeremy Roberts

Summary

The making of a dictator -- Fascism's beginnings -- Il Duce -- Power and aggression -- The bitter end.


Malcolm

Malcolm: A Life of the Man Who Changed Black America

by Bruce Perry

Summary

This fascinating psychological portrait, strikingly different from the one given in the Autobiography, is of a man who was abused by both his parents, who never shook off the conflicts of his troubled youth, and whose internalized messages of racial ambivalence continued to plague him throughout his brilliant career. As no other book has done, Malcolm traces the entire life of this heroic figure, from his birth in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925, his youthful struggles with deprivation and drug addiction, his life-threatening prison experience and conversion to Islam, through his emergence as a Muslim leader and spokesman for a restless America, and finally to his death by assassination.


Rigoberta Menchu Tum

Rigoberta Menchu Tum: Activist for Indigenous Rights in Guatemala

by Heather Lehr Wagner

Summary

Describes the life and work of Rigoberta Menchu Tum, a Mayan from Guatemala who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.


Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution

by Natalie Bober

Summary

The wife of one president and the mother of another, Abigail Adams was an extraordinary woman in her own right. She experienced the gathering storm of the Revolutionary War and saw the battle of Bunker Hill from a hilltop near her home. The letters written by Abigail Adams to her friends and family bring the Revolutionary period alive, mingling details of everyday life with the momentous events of her time. Abigail Adams is given her own place in history in this award-winning biography, which captures the personality of its subject and the time in which she lived.


Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee: The Tao of the Dragon Warrior

by Louis Chunovic

Summary

Although he's been dead for more than 20 years, Bruce Lee remains a source of fascination for fans the world over. Known to the world as the master fighter in countless kung-fu movies, Lee was more than just an actor going through the motions; he lived the disciplined, fierce life he depicted on the screen. This compact, detailed volume includes over 600 photos from the Bruce Lee estate, plus diary entries, martial arts techniques, and more.


The Burn Journals

The Burn Journals

by Brent Runyon

Summary

In The Burn Journals, Runyon describes that devastating suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year. He takes us into the Burn Unit in a children’s hospital and through painful burn care and skin-grafting procedures. Then to a rehabilitation hospital, for intensive physical, occupational, and psychological therapy. And then finally back home, to the frightening prospect of entering high school.

But more importantly, Runyon takes us into his own mind. He shares his thoughts and hopes and fears with such unflinching honesty that we understand—with a terrible clarity—what it means to want to kill yourself and how it feels to struggle back toward normality.

Intense, exposed, insightful,The Burn Journalsis a deeply personal story with universal reach. It is impossible to look away. Impossible to remain unmoved.


Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh

by Blythe Randolph

Summary

Presents a biography of Charles Lindbergh, from his early years as an aviator to his controversial later life.


Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe: A Biography

by Milton Meltzer

Summary

Millions of students have read, recited, and often memorized the opening line from Edgar Allan Poe's dark poem, The Raven. But Poe is remembered not only for his poetry. He also wrote about seventy short stories and was the creator of two literary forms that readers everywhere enjoy -- the detective story and the horror thriller. Poe's life was short, and painful. He struggled with alcohol, poverty, personal tragedy, and professional failure, yet is remembered as one of America's literary giants. Milton Meltzer explores that conundrum as he examines who Poe was, what he sprang from, why and how he wrote, the troubled life he led as one of the first American writers to try to make a living solely by their pen, and why his appeal is so enduring. Book jacket.

 

Children's Fiction

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

by Dav Pilkey

Summary

George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two amazing kids. Not only did they create Captain Underpants, but they've saved the world five times! Now George and Harold bring you an all-new superhero who's faster than a speeding stroller, more powerful than diaper rash, and able to leap tall buildings without making poopy-stinkers. Meet Super Diaper Baby - the most powerful peewee to ever pack a punch.


Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All

by Rachel Renee Russell

Summary

Nikki Maxwell authors an advice column for the school newspaper in this fifth book of the "New York Times" - bestselling Dork Diaries series. When Miss Know-It-All's inbox is overflowing with pleas for guidance, she feels in need of some help herself.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

by Jeff Kinney

Summary

Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.

An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

by Jeff Kinney

Summary

Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

by Jeff Kinney

Summary

Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father's attempts to change Greg's wimpy ways until his father threatens to send him to military school.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

by Jeff Kinney

Summary

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it's cracked up to be?

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older-all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the "ugly truth"?


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

by Jeff Kinney

Summary

Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?


Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

by Rachel Renee Russell

Summary

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.


Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After

by Rachel Renee Russell

Summary

A bump on the head suffered during gym class causes middle school drama queen Nikki Maxwell to have a crazy dream where all of her acquaintances assume the roles of familiar fairy tale characters.


Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries: Takes from a Not-So-Glam TV Star

by Rachel Renee Russell

Summary

The "New York Times"-bestselling series continues! A reality TV crew is going to follow Nikki Maxwell and her friends for a whole month as they record their song together. But will the excitement also cause unexpected problems?

 

Children's Biographies

Who was Dr. Seuss?

Who was Dr. Seuss?

by Janet B. Pascal

Summary

Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books-?like his classic The Cat in the Hat. This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings an amazingly gifted author/illustrator to life.


Who was Nelson Mandela?

Who was Nelson Mandela?

by Pam Pollack

Summary

As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world. Nelson Mandela spent his life battling apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution. He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa. He became the country’s first black president and went on to live his dream of change. This is an important and exciting addition to the Who Was...' series.


Smile

Smile

by Raina Telgemeier

Summary

Eleven-year-old Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after a trip-and-fall mishap, she injures her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, corrective surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have had a bit of their own dental drama.


Who was Anne Frank?

Who was Anne Frank?

by Ann Abramson

Summary

In her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. But Hitler brought her childhood to an end and forced her and her family into hiding. Who Was Anne Frank? looks closely at Anne’s life before the secret annex, what life was like in hiding, and the legacy of her diary. Black-and-white illustrations including maps and diagrams provide historical and visual reference in an easy-to-read biography written in a way that is appropriate and accessible for younger readers.


Who was Milton Hershey?

Who was Milton Hershey?

by James Buckley, Jr.

Summary

Discover the man behind the chocolate bar! Milton Hershey’s life was filled with invention and innovation. As a young man, he was not afraid to dream big and work hard. Eventually, he learned the secret to mass-producing milk chocolate and the recipe that gave it a longer, more stable shelf life. He founded a school for those who didn’t have access to a good education and an entire town for his employees. Both his chocolate empire and his great personal legacy live on today.


I Am Malala

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

by Malala Yousafzai

Summary

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond.


Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

by Sarah Tieck

Summary

Introduces readers to Taylor Swift's background, claim to fame, and dreams for her future.


Who is Steven Spielberg?

Who is Steven Spielberg?

by Stephanie Spinner

Summary

"While other kids played sports, Steven Spielberg was writing scripts and figuring out camera angles. He went from entertaining his Boy Scout troop with home movies to amazing audiences around the world with epic blockbusters. He has directed four of the most successful films of all time and has won two Academy Awards for Best Director. From Jaws to Lincoln, young readers and aspiring filmmakers will be fascinated by the life of this famous director"-- Provided by publisher.


Who was Abraham Lincoln?

Who was Abraham Lincoln?

by Janet B. Pascal

Summary

As the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically the first President to be assassinated.


Who was Leonardo da Vinci?

Who was Leonardo da Vinci?

by Roberta Edwards

Summary

Leonardo da Vinci was a gifted painter, talented musician, and dedicated scientist and inventor, designing flying machines, submarines, and even helicopters. Yet he had a hard time finishing things, a problem anyone can relate to. Only thirteen paintings are known to be his; as for the illustrated encyclopedia he intended to create, all that he left were thousands of disorganized notebook pages. Here is an accessible portrait of a fascinating man who lived at a fascinating time—Italy during the Renaissance.

 

Children's Nonfiction

Minecraft

Minecraft: Essential Handbook

by Stephanie Milton

Summary

Learn how to find resources, make a shelter, craft tools, armor and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters in the world of Minecraft

You're alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do?

The official Minecraft Beginner's Handbook might just save your life. Learn how to find resources, make a shelter, craft tools, armor and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. With tips from Minecraft experts, inclduing developer Jeb and creator Notch himself, this is the definitive guide to surviving your first few days.


Minecraft

Minecraft: Redstone Handbook

by Nick Farwell

Summary

Power up with this OFFICIAL Redstone handbook--it's electrifying

It's time to wire up and get connected to one of the most complex areas of Minecraft--Redstone. Redstone experts guide you through all aspects of working with Redstone including mining, smelting, using repeaters, circuit components and circuit designs. This handbook also includes exclusive tips from game creator Notch himself and some of the most extraordinary Redstone creations ever made. So power up and get switched on to Redstone--it's electrifying


Once Upon a Mastadon

Once Upon a Mastadon

by Bonnie Worth

Summary

The Cat in the Hat visits with Ice Age mammals on a whirlwind tour of the Pleistocene! From ground sloths as big as elephants to bears as heavy as Volkswagens, the Cat introduces young readers to mastodons, mammoths, woolly rhinos, saber-toothed cats, giant horses, and lots more--including humans! In addition, young readers will learn basic facts about the Great Ice Age and early human life, the characteristics of mammals, and the study of fossils. Ideal for supporting the Common Core State Standards and a natural for fans of the hit PBS Kids show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, this is a great way to introduce beginning readers to science!


The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs

The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs

by Robert T. Bakker

Summary

Renowned paleontologist Robert T. Bakker and award-winning paleoartist Luis V. Rey combine forces in this oversized picture book about the evolution of dinosaurs. From the conquest of land by dino ancestor, Acanthostega, during the Devonian Period, through the mass die-off of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period, Bakker and Rey take readers on a safari through time while paying subtle homage to the 1960 Giant Golden Book, Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Reptiles, that inspired them both as young dinophiles. With stops along the way to look at monster bugs, ferocious fin-backs, fluffy dinosaurs, sea monsters and the 12-year-old girl who discovered them, dinosaur orchestras, tickling tyrannosaurs, and much, much more, this is a journey readers will never forget. It's a perfect gift for young dinosaur lovers—as well as adult fans of Dr. Bakker and Luis Rey!


First Big Book of the Ocean

First Big Book of the Ocean

by Catherine D. Hughes

Summary

"National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean" is an adorable animal reference that includes the seas high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.


The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood

by Jeff Kinney

Summary

Go behind the scenes with Jeff Kinney and the making of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie! If you've ever wondered how a movie gets made, you're not alone. Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney didn't know either, but when his bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was turned into a live-action movie by 20th Century Fox, he learned how a book gets adapted into a major motion picture. Complete with photographs, script pages, storyboard sketches, costume designs, and original art by Jeff Kinney, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary is the perfect companion to the bestselling series.


The LEGO Adventure Book

The LEGO Adventure Book. Volume 2, Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More!

by Megan Rothrock

Summary

Join Megs on a tour through the wide-ranging world of LEGO building in the second volume of The LEGO Adventure Book. As she battles the evil villain Destructor, you'll travel through time and space to meet some of the world's best builders. Learn to build sleek spaceships, fearsome pirate galleys, fire-breathing dragons, fast cars, and much more.

Full of bright visuals, step-by-step breakdowns of more than 25 models, and nearly 200 example models, The LEGO Adventure Book will inspire you to new heights of LEGO building. Whether you're brand-new to LEGO or have been building for years, this book is sure to spark your imagination and motivate you to keep creating!


Frozen

Frozen: The Essential Guide

by Barbara Bazaldua

Summary

From the studio behind 2010's Tangled and this year's Wreck-It Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios presents Frozen, the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Aspiring princesses everywhere are sure to love the new Ultimate Sticker Book: Frozen from DK. Packed with more than 60 exciting reusable stickers featuring beloved characters and icons from Frozen, kids will be able re-create their favorite scenes from the movie while learning fun and interesting movie facts along the way.


LEGO Friends Character Encyclopedia

LEGO Friends Character Encyclopedia

by Catherine Saunders

Summary

A fan's reference to LEGO friends sets and mini-dolls profiles such favorites as Mia, Stephanie, and Andrea, revealing their likes and dislikes, cool outfits, pets, hobbies, vehicles, activities, and secrets.


The Bull Shark

The Bull Shark

by Sara Green

Summary

Many experts call the bull shark the most dangerous shark around. This ill-tempered aggressor swims the same shallow waters as humans. It can even travel up rivers for hundreds of miles. Discover the head-butting rage of the bull shark in this informative title.

 

Adult Biographies (Spanish)

Inquebrantable

Inquebrantable: Mi Historia, A Mi Manera

by Jenni Rivera

Summary

Jenni Rivera fue madre de cinco hijos, abuela de dos nietos, cantante, compositora, actriz, productora de televisión, protagonista del show de televisión I Love Jenny y empresaria. Su vida estuvo llena de tragedias, problemas personales, perseverancia y éxito. Se convirtió en la cantante de música en español de mayor éxito en Estados Unidos con ventas récord de más de 15 millones de CDs. La vida personal de Jenni siempre estuvo en el centro de muchas historias en los medios de comunicación que expusieron su vida no tan perfecta. A Jenni la caracterizó la franqueza con la que hablaba de sus problemas personales y que la ayudó a formar un vínculo inquebrantable de confianza con sus fans. Como consecuencia, Jenni se convirtió en una figura de fortaleza y una fuente de inspiración para todas las mujeres.

Inquebrantable es la única autobiografía autorizada por la familia de la cantante. En ella Jenni revive los momentos más cruciales de su vida y dificultades que nunca discutió públicamente. Jenni habla sobre sus experiencia de violencia doméstica, abuso sexual, sus divorcios, problemas de imagen personal por su peso, sus triunfos en una industria dominada por los hombres y cómo crió a sus cinco hijos como una madre soltera. En su libro, Jenni nos demuestra que nunca dejó de ser la Rivera rebelde de Long Beach, la joven que nunca perdía su sentido del humor, su positivismo y su espíritu luchador. “Son cosas muy fuertes las que han pasado en mi vida. No puedo enfocarme en lo negativo; eso te derrota, te destruye. Soy una mujer como cualquier otra. Las veces que me he caído me he levantado”. --Jenni Rivera


Perdón

Perdón

by Chiquis Rivera

Summary

Chiquis Rivera es la cantante y celebridad de television que salto a la fama de la mano de su madre, la popular Diva de la Banda, Jenni Rivera. En Perdon, su primer libro autobiografico, narra con detalle estremecedor el abuso al que fue sometida por su propio padre durante su infancia, y explica como logran sobrevivir las victimas a tan corta edad. A la vez nos revela su tortuosa vida sexual, al crecer marcada por las heridas del abuso, y comparte como logro vencer sus miedos al amor y a la intimidad. La joven cantante tambien se atreve por primera vez a confesar otro gran secreto que llego incluso a ocultarle a su madre en vida.

Estas paginas tambien plasman la conversacion que quedo pendiente entre Jenni y Chiquis, despues de que se distanciaran. En Perdon salen a la luz verdades desgarradoras entre madre e hija que ya nunca podran contarse frente a frente.

A dos anos de la muerte de su madre, Chiquis contesta las preguntas mas dificiles: Pudieron madre e hija hacer las paces? Quien ha perdonado a quien en esta historia de grandes exitos y de grandes tropiezos?


El Niño Sin Nombre

El Niño Sin Nombre: La Lucha de Un Niño por Sobrevivir

by David J. Pelzer

Summary

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.


El Chapo

El Chapo: Entrega y Traición

by José Reveles

Summary

Examines the capture and imprisonment of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera--"El Chapo"--and argues that he may have been betrayed by his own men or that his surrender may have been orchestrated by United States authorities.


En la Profundidad del Abismo

En la Profundidad del Abismo

by Robert Rogers

Summary

In an instant, everything was swept away. On August 30, 2003, Robert Rogers, his wife, Melissa, and their four children were driving home from a wedding when they were caught in a flash flood. As Robert was swept away by the strong current, he could only hope his family would survive. Into the Deep is the true story of what happened to the Rogers family on that fateful night in August and how, through it all, God's amazing grace sustained a father left to grieve the family he loved. Robert's moving story will challenge you to live a life of 'no regrets,' to cherish your loved ones, and to live life to the fullest.


El Niño Perdido

El Niño Perdido: Un Pequeño en Búsqueda del Amor de una Familia

by David J. Pelzer

Summary

Imagínese un muchacho que nunca ha tenido un hogar. Sus únicas posesiones son las viejas y gastadas prendas de vestir que lleva en una bolsa de papel. Su único mundo es el aislamiento y el miedo. Aunque este muchacho ha sido rescatado de su madre alcohólica, el verdadero calvario acaba de comenzar para él: no tiene un lugar al que pueda llamar hogar.

Esta es la muy esperada continuación de El niño sin nombre de Dave Pelzer. Sus nuevas aventuras, y las respuestas que encontró, son reveladas en esta conmovedora historia de su vida como adolescente. Discriminado ahora como “niño acogido”, el joven David experimenta la inestabilidad de pasar por cinco hogares de acogida diferentes. Aquellos que consideran que todos los niños acogidos son buscapleitos -y que no merecen ser amados sólo por no ser parte de una familia real- resienten su presencia y le hacen sufrir vergüenza. Lágrimas y risas, devastación y esperanza van forjando la vida de este niño perdido que busca desesperadamente el amor de una familia.

Aunque muchos en nuestra sociedad ridiculizan el sistema de hogares de acogida y el campo de los servicios sociales, Dave Pelzer es un ejemplo vivo de la necesidad de su existencia. Sea usted un admirador del autor o un lector que toma un libro suyo por primera vez, El niño perdido es una historia que le conmoverá y que sobresale como brillante inspiración para todos.

Dave Pelzer viaja por todo el país dando charlas sobre inspiración y fuerza moral interior. Sus logros únicos le gan ganado alabanzas de los presidentes Reagan, Bush padre y Clinton. En 1994 fue el único estadounidense premiado entre los Jóvenes Más Destacados del Mundo. Dave también fue portador de la Antorcha Olímpica del Centenario.


El Secreto de Selena

El Secreto de Selena: La Reveladora Historia Detras de su Trágica Muerte

by Maria Celeste Arraras

Summary

Un retrato intimo e investigativo del asesinato de la querida reina de la musica Tejana Selena Quintanilla Perez, escrito por la galardonada periodista Maria Celeste Arraras. Ahora, con un nuevo prologo y epilogo por la vigesima edicion de aniversario.

No hay duda de que Yolanda Saldivar disparo la bala que mato a Selena el 31 de Marzo de 1995, pero alguien sabe lo que realmente sucedio en la habitacion 158 del hotel Days Inn, momentos antes de que el crimen se llevara a cabo? Maria Celeste Arraras tiene muchas respuestas. Su cobertura de la muerte, el juicio, y el drama detras de la tragedia la convirtio en la experta indiscutible del caso de Selena. Arraras comparte detalles de primera mano sobre el crimen y las personas involucradas. Incluyendo la polemica entrevista en la carcel con Yolanda, que en repetidas ocasiones hablo sobre " el secreto de Selena," una insolita información que Saldivar mantuvo oculta durante y despues del juicio pero que si le revelo a Arraras. Muchas preguntas quedaron sin respuesta hasta la publicacion de la citada entrevista. Por que hubo una maleta llena de ropa de Selena en la escena del crimen? Cual fue el significado del anillo de piedras preciosas, adornado con la "S" inicial que cayo del puno ensangrentado de Selena? Quien era el medico de Monterrey que se hacia llamar asesor de Selena? Maria Celeste le ha seguido la pista al caso durante dos decadas y logro encajar las piezas de este rompecabezas. El Secreto de Selena revela lo que realmente sucedio aquel lluvioso dia de marzo.


El Sicario

El Sicario: Autobiografía de un Asesino a Sueldo

by Sicario

Summary

Editado por dos de los más respetados escritores sobre el crimen y la violencia en México,El sicarioes el testimonio de un asesino a sueldo que, afincado en el sangriento teatro del narcotráfico mexicano, secuestró, torturó y asesinó durante más de veinte años. Después de alejarse de tan terrible oficio y de entregarse a la religión, decidió contar su historia. El monólogo que emerge en estas páginas, estremecedor y sin precedentes, da voz a la violenta realidad que consume al país.

Esta confesión está motivada sólo por su negación a convertirse en una estadística más en el fracaso de México. En este libro, el sicario no sólo describe la tortura y el asesinato: deja al descubierto la corrupción total del Estado mexicano. En su mundo, el terror y la masacre son simples herramientas tanto para los cárteles como para la policía mexicana.

Hoy vive en Estados Unidos como fugitivo. Un cártel ofrece 250 mil dólares por su cabeza. Otro lo busca incesantemente para reclutarlo. Habla como hombre libre y por voluntad propia: no existen cargos contra él ni en Estados Unidos ni en México. Es una voz solitaria. Hay miles como él en México y habrá más en otros lugares, pero nadie con sus antecedentes ha dado hasta ahora un paso al frente para contarlo todo. Él es la verdad que nadie quiere oír, la cara escondida de la guerra contra el narcotráfico.


El Ultimo Narco

El Ultimo Narco

by Malcolm Beith

Summary

El sábado 11 de julio de 2015, poco antes de las nueve de la noche, Joaquín Loera Guzmán, mejor conocido como el Chapo, escapó por segunda vez de una prisión de máxima seguridad mexicana. El narcotraficante huyó por un túnel de 1.5 km presuntamente construido al poco tiempo de ser capturado. "El último narco, La fuga", del periodista británico-estadounidense Malcolm Beith, revela información sobre la última hazaña del líder del cártel de Sinaloa, además de trazar un perfil de quien vuelve a ser el hombre más buscado del mundo.

A courageous young journalist takes his readers deep inside the hunt for the most powerful, feared, and charismatic drug lord in the world--Mexico's Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman--and tells the full story of the drug trade over the past thirty years.


Yo Soy Malala

Yo Soy Malala: La Joven que Defendió el Derecho a la Educación y fue Tiroteada Por Los Talibanes

by Malala Yousafzai

Summary

Cuando los talibanes tomaron el control del valle de Swat en Pakistán, una niña alzó su voz. Malala Yousafzai se negó a ser silenciada y luchó por su derecho a la educación. El martes 9 de octubre de 2012, con quince años de edad, estuvo a punto de pagar el gesto con su vida. Le dispararon en la cabeza a quemarropa mientras volvía a casa de la escuela en autobús, y pocos pensaron que fuera a sobrevivir. Sin embargo, la milagrosa recuperación de Malala la ha llevado en un extraordinario periplo desde un remoto valle en el norte de Pakistán hasta las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York. A los dieciséis años se ha convertido en un símbolo global de la protesta pacífica, y es la nominada más joven de la historia para el Premio Nobel de la Paz. " Yo soy Malala " es el excepcional relato de una familia desterrada por el terrorismo global, de la lucha por la educación de las niñas, de un padre que, él mismo propietario de una escuela, apoyó a su hija y la alentó a escribir y a ir al colegio, y de unos padres valientes que quieren a su hija por encima de todo en una sociedad que privilegia a los hijos varones. " Yo soy Malala " nos hace creer en el poder de la voz de una persona para cambiar el mundo.

 

Adult Fiction (Spanish)

Cien Años de Soledad

Cien Años de Soledad

by Gabriel García Márquez

Summary

“Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de fusilamiento, el coronel Aureliano Buendía había de recordar aquella tarde remota en que su padre lo llevó a conocer el hielo”. Con estas palabras empieza una novela ya legendaria en los anales de la literatura universal, una de las aventuras literarias más fascinantes del siglo xx. Millones de ejemplares deCien años de soledadleídos en todas las lenguas y el Premio Nobel de Literatura coronando una obra que se había abierto paso a “boca a boca” —como gusta decir el escritor— son la más palpable demostración de que la aventura fabulosa de la familia Buendía-Iguarán, con sus milagros, fantasías, obsesiones, tragedias, incestos, adulterios, rebeldías, descubrimientos y condenas, representaba al mismo tiempo el mito y la historia, la tragedia y el amor del mundo entero.


Cincuenta Sombras de Grey

Cincuenta Sombras de Grey

by E.L. James

Summary

Cuando la estudiante de literatura Anastasia Steele acude para hacerle una entrevista al joven y exitoso empresario Christian Grey para el periódico universitario en el que colabora, se encuentra con un hombre que le resulta atractivo, enigmático y tremendamente intimidante. Completamente convencida de que su encuentro ha sido todo un fracaso, intenta olvidarse de Grey... hasta que a él se le ocurre aparecer por la ferreteria en la que Ana trabaja a tiempo parcial. La idealista e inocente Ana se queda asombrada cuando se da cuenta de que desea con todas sus fuerzas a ese hombre, y el que él la advierta de que se mantenga alejada sólo hace que su desesperación por estar con él aumente. Incapaz de resistirse a la inteligencia y serena belleza de Ana y a su espíritu independiente, Grey termina por admitir que también la desea... pero con sus propias condiciones. Consternada, aunque excitada, por las preferencias sexuales de Grey, Ana duda sobre si entablar con él una relación o no. A pesar de todos su éxitos -tanto en el ámbito profesional como en el familiar-, Grey es un hombre lleno de demonios interiores, dominado por la necesidad de tomar el control. Y cuando ambos se embarcan en una apasionada relación física, Ana se da cuenta de que está aprendiendo más sobre sus propias y secretas necesidades de lo que se imaginaba. ¿Podrá esa relación trascender de la pasión física? ¿Podrá Ana someterse a un Amo como Christian? Y, si lo hace, ¿le gustará?


El Feo

El Feo: Una Novela Sobre Personalidad e Imagen

by Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sánchez

Summary

Durante un campamento universitario en medio de la selva, se reúnen para compartir la misma cabaña cinco personas vinculadas con un reciente asesinato. Todos están profundamente lastimados y esconden secretos que los llevarán a vivir aventuras espeluznantes.

Para escribir el Feo me transformé en él. Por semanas enteras estuve encerrado, escatimando el baño, el rastrillo de afeitar y los cuidados elementales que todo ser social debería darse. Pero no sólo me transfiguré físicamente, también me zambullí en la psicología de mis personajes, sufrí con ellos cada una de sus trágicas experiencias y viví la metamorfosis de su personalidad “de adentro hacia fuera”. Eso afectó mi vida de manera radical. Soy una persona diferente, antes y después de El feo.


El Señor de los Cielos

El Señor de los Cielos

by Andrés López López

Summary

A novel based on the life of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, once the most powerful drug lord in Mexico, reveals the secrets no one dared discuss before his death while undergoing plastic surgery to disguise his appearance and avoid arrest.


La Quinta Montaña

La Quinta Montaña

by Paulo Coelho

Summary

Inspirado en un breve pasaje de la Biblia ( I Reyes 18, 8-24 ), La Qunita Monta_a cuneta la historia de un hombre, el profeta Elías, que recibe de Dios la orden de abandonar Israel. En un mundo regido por supersticiones, conflictos religiosos y tradiciones profundamente arraigadas, el joven profeta deberf enfrentarse a una avalancha de acontecimientos que le conduciran a una definitivo cara a cara con Dios. La historia del profeta Elías se convierte así en una valiosa leccion de esperanza para el hombre contemporaneo. )Hasta qu_ punto podemos determinar nuestro destino? Ésta es la pregunta que lanza al aire La Quinta Monta_a para que cada uno de nosotros encuentre su propia respuesta. Reafirmando una vez mf su talento literario, Paulo Coelho, el escritor brasile_o mas vendido de nuestros dias, vuelve a sorprendernos con una novela tan fascinante como inolvidable.


Adulterio

Adulterio

by Paulo Coelho

Summary

"Adulterio," la provocativa nueva novela de Paulo Coelho, explora el verdadero significado de como llevar una vida plena y feliz. Como podemos equilibrar lo cotidiano con el deseo de algo nuevo?

Para todos los que la conocen, Linda lleva una vida sacada de un cuento de hadas: un marido que la ama, unos hijos adorables, una exitosa carrera como periodista y una hermosa casa. Viste la mejor ropa, y cada ano viaja con su familia a los lugares mas exoticos. Su vida privilegiada es la envidia de muchos.

Pero un dia, una entrevista con un famoso escritor lo cambia todo. "No tengo el menor interes en ser feliz. Prefiero vivir enamorado, lo cual es un peligro, pues nunca sabes que vas a encontrar mas adelante."

Impresionada por los comentarios del autor, Linda empieza a reevaluar su vida y se sorprende al descubrir una profunda tristeza detras de su impecable fachada. A pesar de todo lo que tiene, a Linda la atormentan los riesgos. Anestesiada por la rutina, al orden de sus dias y a su matrimonio de diez anos les falta pasion. Cuando la depresion la consume, nada la ayuda - ni el yoga, ni libros de autoayuda, ni los viajes de fin de semana. Nada hasta que un encuentro casual con un ex novio enciende la llama que le da un nuevo sentido a su vida.

Jacob Konig es un hombre con una prometedora carrera politica, pero quien tambien lucha en secreto contra la infelicidad. Mientras Linda y Jacob reinician su pasion, Linda se vuelve adicta a lo prohibido, a la emocion de vivir sus fantasias en una relacion ilicita. Pero cuando esa adiccion amenaza con consumir toda su vida, Linda tendra que enfrentarse a sus mas profundas emociones y tomar una decision final.


El Alquimista

El Alquimista

by Paulo Coelho

Summary

La mágica historia de Paulo Coelho, que trata sobre Santiago, un niño pastor andaluz que viaja en busca de un tesoro material, nos enseña la importancia que tiene el saber eschuchar lo que nos dice el corazón, a aprender a leer los presagios dispersados por el camino de nuestras vidas y, sobre todo, a seguir nuestros sueños.

El Alquimista, ahora por primera vez disponible en España en Norte America, ha sido aclamado en España y en America Latina como una de las novelas mas importantes de la década.


El Amor en los Tiempos de Cólera

El Amor en los Tiempos de Cólera

by Gabriel García Márquez

Summary

De jóvenes, Florentino Ariza y Fermina Daza se enamoran apasionadamente, pero Fermina eventualmente decide casarse con un médico rico y de muy buena familia. Florentino está anonadado, pero es un romántico. Su carrera en los negocios florece, y aunque sostiene 622 pequeños romances, su corazón todavía pertenece a Fermina. Cuando al fin el esposo de ella muere, Florentino acude al funeral con toda intención. A los cincuenta años, nueve meses y cuatro días de haberle profesado amor a Fermina, lo hará una vez más.


Cincuenta Sombras Liberadas

Cincuenta Sombras Liberadas

by E.L. James

Summary

Cuando la inexperta estudiante Anastasia Steele conoció al joven, seductor y exitoso empresario Christian Grey, nació entre ellos una sensual relación que cambió sus vidas para siempre. Sin embargo, desconcertada y llevada al límite por las peculiares prácticas eróticas de Christian, Ana lucha por conseguir un mayor compromiso por parte de él. Y Christian accede con tal de no perderla.

Ahora, Ana y Christian lo tienen todo: amor, pasión y un mundo de infinitas posibilidades por delante. Pero Ana sabe que amar a su Cincuenta Sombras, como ella le llama, no es tarea fácil, y que estar juntos plantea un desafío que ninguno de los dos podía prever. Ana debe aprender a compartir el opulento estilo de vida de Grey sin sacrificar su propia identidad. Y Christian tiene que sobreponerse a su obsesión compulsiva por el control mientras lucha contra los demonios de su atormentado pasado.

Pero cuando parece que la fuerza de su relación puede superar cualquier obstáculo, la fatalidad, el rencor y el destino se conjuran para hacer realidad los peores temores de Ana.


Los Fantasmas del Espejo

Los Fantasmas del Espejo

by Carlos Cuauhtemoc Sánchez

Summary

Bibiana es una joven normal, inmersa en una sociedad obsesionada con la apariencia física. Como les sucede a muchas personas, ella cae en una trampa que pone en peligro su vida.

 

Adult Nonfiction (Spanish)

Una Buena Forma Para Decir Adios

Una Buena Forma Para Decir Adios: Palabras que te ayudarán a sobrellevar el duelo por la muerte, la rupture amorosa y los malos hábitos

by Cesar Lozano

Summary

Dr. Lozano helps us face the painful process of saying goodbye by providing tools that guide us through all kinds of farewells: the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or friendship, and even the end of habits that are detrimental to our health. Una buena forma de decir adiós lights our way during a process that profoundly marks our lives.


Amor, libertad y soledad

Amor, libertad y soledad: una nueva vision de las relaciones

by Osho

Summary

Nos guste o no, en el mundo moderno la libertad es nuestra condicion basica, y mientras no aprendamos a vivir por y con nosotros mismos, nos estaremos vetando la posibilidad de encontrar el amor y la felicidad junto con otra persona.


Los cuatro acuerdos

Los cuatro acuerdos: una guía práctica para la libertad personal

by Miguel Ruiz

Summary

In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors. Full of grace and simple truth, this handsomely designed book makes a lovely gift for anyone making an elementary change in life, and it reads in a voice that you would expect from an indigenous shaman.


Destellos

Destellos: reflexiones que darán más luz a tu vida

by Cesar Lozano

Summary

This book provides helpful tools and useful techniques to improve interpersonal relationships and overcome daily obstacles and adversities. Filled with bright thoughts and messages of hope to lift your self esteem and your love for life, this book will help you give a deeper meaning to your actions and decisions.


Los alimentos que curan

Los alimentos que curan

by Patricia Hausman

Summary

Certain foods have always had the reputation of being good for us. But are there some that can actually heal? The authors of this authoritative resource answer with a resounding yes--there are dozens of foods that prevent or ease ailments from arthritis and high blood pressure to allergies and diabetes, to angina and even cancer.


Cuerpazo a cualquier edad

Cuerpazo a cualquier edad: descúbrelo

by Luz María Briseño

Summary

Es tiempo de reemplazar... las grasas saturadas por aceites saludables... lo refinado por lo entero... lo sintético por lo natural y las porciones gigantes por porciones apropiadas. Y ese es el propósito de mi libro. El que aprendas a comer sano en lugar de dejar de comer. Pon a prueba tu cuerpo y descubre ESE CUERPAZO. El cuerpo perfecto, para tu tipo de cuerpo... a cualquier edad. Luz María Briseño, CNC


Las frases matonas

Las frases matonas

by Cesar Lozano

Summary

The Mexican television and radio personality presents sayings on love, breakups, interpersonal relations, well-being, the future, and related topics previously shared with his Facebook and Twitter audience, and offers further explanations.


El lado fácil de la gente difícil

El lado fácil de la gente difícil: que la gente conflictive no te amargue la vida

by Cesar Lozano

Summary

Provides advice on dealing with partners, family members, co-workers, and other relationships that may cause conflict, both for those facing conflicts, and for those who find themselves being difficult and want to improve their dealings with others.


La ley de la atracción

La ley de la atracción: mitos y verdades sobre el secreto más extraño del mundo

by Camilo F. Cruz

Summary

Los tres principios más importantes revelados por la ley de atracción: Somos, literalmente, lo que pensamos! ... Lo que tú deseas te desea! ... La acción es clavé!


Por el placer de vivir

Por el placer de vivir

by Cesar Lozano

Summary

Examines the causes and effects of happiness and suggests strategies for achieving happiness by eliminating routine, controlling anger, granting forgiveness, avoiding worry about what cannot be changed, and handling other situations.