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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -- Harriet Tubman





"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together."   - -Desmond Tutu





"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

       -- Nelson Mandela




Who brought the books?


“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” 

       -- Alice Walker


“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” 

     --  Charles Dickens


“Who, being loved, is poor?” 

-- Oscar Wilde


"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love." 

      -- Leo Tolstoy

February: Celebramos! 

Black History... the Month of Love... 
and Spring on the Horizon!


What a Wonderful World


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Leif Whittaker shares a fresh perspective on his father, legendary mountaineer "Big Jim" Whittaker, and a legacy forged on the icy slopes of Mount Everest. Leif’s book is an engaging story of “growing up Whittaker,” and of taking on the world’s highest mountains on his own terms.


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Favorite author Ana Maria Spagna returns with her fun, fast-paced, and inspiring YA, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about Charlotte, a young snowboarder who learns that even our deepest scars can be lucky ones. 

“Ana Maria Spagna’s novel is filled with adventure, turmoil, hope, and wisdom. Readers learn, along with Spagna’s main character Charlotte, the courage, grace, and humor to accept that, 'Nothing stays like it is.' The Luckiest Scar on Earth is timeless and timely.” –Iris Graville, Bookseller, Lopez Bookshop

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Don't have all summer? Section hike the PCT! 

Tami Asars shares  everything you need to know, including access, camp-to-camp mileage, and best places to stake your tent. Full-color maps and detailed and engaging route descriptions, including history, flora, and fauna.

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Washington breaks down the state’s more than 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail into stunning routes that can be easily knocked off in four days, a week or more. This is boots-on-the-ground trail beta from a veteran hiker and author.

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What a Wonderful World



“I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.”              

                                -- Rosa Parks

ABFAS Recommends: In Celebration of Black History!

-- Stephen's Pick! -- 

The Multi-award-winning and #1 Best Selling graphic memoir of John Lewis, a civil rights leader since the 1960s, member of Congress since the 1980s, and recipient of numerous national and international honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

*  #1 New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller 
*  First graphic novel to receive a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award 
*  Winner of the National Book Award
*  Winner of the Eisner Award 
*  Coretta Scott King Honor Book 
*  Robert F. Sibert Book Award 
*  YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
*  Outstanding Book for the College Bound 
*  One of Reader's Digest's Graphic Novels 
Every Grown-Up Should Read

Congressperson John Lewis is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 
March on Washington, and from receiving 
beatings from state troopers to receiving the 
Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John 
Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. 

ABFAS Recommends: In The Name of Love

-- Jackie's Pick! -- 

Best-selling Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of over 100 books, and recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award. He was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis.

Thich Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity and gentle humor to the thorny question of how to love, with an emphasis on compassion, self-care, and deep listening.

With sections on Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. 

How to Love is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to understanding the many different kinds of love, along with meditative practices that can expand the understanding of and capacity for love. Appropriate for those of any spiritual tradition.

ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

-- Pat's Pick! -- 

A Library Journal Editors' Pick by author Kathleen Rooney, founding editor of Rose Metal Press

Based on the life of Margaret Fishback.

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it. 

Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed and has not. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur.

Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

By Sarah Domet

They come to The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, delivered by their families, each with her own complicated, heartbreaking story that she safeguards. Gwen is all Hollywood glamour and swagger; Ginny is a budding artiste with a sentiment to match; Win's tough bravado isn t even skin deep; and Vere is the only one who seems to be a believer, trying to hold onto her faith that her mother will one day return for her. 

However, the girls are more than the sum of their parts and together they form the all powerful and confident The Guineveres, bound by the extraordinary coincidence of their names and girded against the indignities of their plain, sequestered lives. 

The nuns who raise them teach the Guineveres that faith is about waiting: waiting for the mail, for weekly wash day, for a miracle, or for the day they turn eighteen and are allowed to leave the convent. But the Guineveres grow tired of waiting. And so when four comatose soldiers from the War looming outside arrive at the convent, the girls realize that these men may hold their ticket out.

"This phenomenal, character-driven story is mesmerizing." --Library Journal (starred review)

By John Grisham, NYT #1 best-selling author of three dozen works of fiction and nonfiction.

“Riveting.” — The New York Times Book Review 
“One of Grisham’s best.” — The Washington Post 
“Grisham’s on his game.” — The New York Times

Grisham's latest, the most electrifying novel of the year, is a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State.

Investigator Lacy Stolz is not one to back down... but she has never gone up against a game like this. At first glance... potential graft and skimming... then throw into the mix "a Florida gal who just happens to be the most corrupt judge in the history of America," a beer-and-Jimmy-Buffett ex-con, the Tappacola tribe, a mysterious "whistler" and a Mafia kingpin -- and suddenly the suspense tightens like a noose.

Lacy Stoltz never guessed the stakes would be this high. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

By "The man who makes physics sexy " (Times Magazine): NYT bestselling theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, an international bestseller translated into over 40 languages.

What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? 

Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions.  In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. 

Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode--a vast universe still largely undiscovered.

A #1 NYT bestseller from Douglas Preston, author of several acclaimed nonfiction books including The Monster of Florence, and writer for the American Museum of Natural History, National Geographic, and others.

A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle. 

Since the days of the conquistadors, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior. 

In 1940, swashbuckling Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God--but then committed suicide without revealing its location. Three quarters of a century later new technology reveals, in an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, tantalizing evidence of  a lost civilization. 

Doug Preston joins a team of scientists venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness. Preston and the team battle torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it isn't until they return that tragedy strikes.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, The Lost City of the Monkey God  is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

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ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 

By best-selling Bill Bryson, whose Notes from a Small Island was voted by the British public "the book that best represents Britain." Bryson's A Walk in the Woods has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.  Bryson's acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award.

Two decades after his first visit to England, and Notes From a Small Island, Bryson--now a British citizen--sets out once again to rediscover his adopted country. 

In these pages, he follows a straight line through the island--from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath--and shows us every pub, stone village, and human foible along the way. Whether he is dodging cow attacks in Torcross, getting lost in the H&M on Kensington High Street, or--more seriously--contemplating the future of the nation's natural wonders in the face of aggressive development, Bryson guides us through the old and the new with vivid detail and laugh-out-loud humor. 

Irreverent, endearing, and always hilarious, The Road to Little Dribbling is filled with Bill Bryson's deep knowledge and love of his chosen home.

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ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

By Natalie C. Anderson

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. 

After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother found work as a maid for the Greyhill family: prominent, respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who's behind it. 

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City's local gang. It's a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she's been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she's overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother--and why--keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller

Author Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional who spent the last decade working with NGOs and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa.

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ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

-- This year's Newbery Medal Winner! -- 

From NYT bestselling, Parent's Gold Choice Award winning Kelly Barnhill, winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal.

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Newbery Medal winner
New York Times Bestseller 
New York Public Library Best Book 
Publishers Weekly Best Book 
School Library Journal Best Book
Kirkus Reviews Best Books 
Booklist Editors Choice

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. 

But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. 

Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman with the Tiger's heart is on the prowl . . . an epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to be a modern classic.

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A 2017 Newbery Honor Book by award-winning poet, artist, and author Lauren Wolk.

"When reviewers draw a parallel between Mockingbird and Lauren Wolk's Wolf Hollow, they are being neither hyperbolic, nor lazy. They are merely doing justice to Wolk's beautiful story." -- NPR, Best Books of 2016

★ An NPR Best Book
★ A Wall Street Journal Best  Book 
★ A Booklist Best Book 
★ An Entertainment Weekly Best Book  
★ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book
★ A Shelf Awareness Best Book 
★ A School Library Journal Best Book

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. 

Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl's resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.

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ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

-- #4 Just Out!-- 
-- #3 In Paper!-- 

Written by Newbery Honor winning and NYT bestselling team Shannon and Dean Hale. Illustrated by acclaimed LeUyen Pham.

After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. She rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a "ROAR." Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible. Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?

The Princess in Black is on her way to brunch -- just when she can smell the freshly baked bread and the heaping platters of sugar-dusted doughnuts,her glitter-stone ring rings. The monster alarm. But when she gets to the goat pasture, all she can see is a field full of darling little bunnies. Where are the monsters? Are these bunnies as innocent as they appear?

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Written by Carole Boston Weatherford, recipient of a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Award, and other awards. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and winner of the Geisel Award and other awards.

Coretta Scott King Award Winner
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book 
A School Library Journal Best Book

Mondays, there were hogs to slop, 
mules to train, and logs to chop. 
Slavery was no ways fair. 
Six more days to Congo Square. 

As slaves relentlessly toiled in 19th century Louisiana, they counted down the days until Sunday, when for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. 

This poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures our human capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances, and demonstrates how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom's heart. 

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