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What a Wonderful World


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Welcome to Icicle Falls, a little town nestled in Icicle Valley... as lovely a town as any you'd find in the Alps. From Blackberry Lane to Apple Blossom Road, Sheila Roberts chronicles many romantic adventures here. Celebrate the magic of Christmas, and a sprinkling of fairy dust. 

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Love, Santa

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When five-year-old Lucy writes her first letter to Santa, she receives a friendly reply—and a cozy red coat—on Christmas morning. Similar letters (contained in envelopes throughout the book) are exchanged each year until, at age eight, Lucy writes to her mother, instead: “Dear Mom, Are you Santa?” 

Her mother’s thoughtful, heartfelt response, which Brokenbrough wrote to her own daughter and published in the New York Times in 2009, is its own bit of Christmas magic. 

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Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn't mean they can't work together to make the perfect snow day A heartwarming sibling story--illustrated by the illustrator of That's Me Loving You

The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently--until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion.


 A Nicer Kind of Murder

Fri Jan 19   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
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Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, speaks on “A Nicer Kind of Murder: Shifting Roles in Today’s Crime Fiction.” This will be a crash course in the history and evolution of crime fiction. Sullivan will discuss how the role of the victim in detective stories has changed since the era of Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe, especially in contemporary literary mysteries



What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends:Truth and Beauty

By National Geographic, with forewords by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel.

Celebrate the beauty of the world after dark--from starlit skies and glowing city streets to exquisite nocturnal creatures --with this magnificent new photography collection from National Geographic. 

The world is a different place after dark, and this breathtaking book illuminates the mesmerizing realm of all things nocturnal, with more than 250 glorious images. 

The range of images in these pages is breathtaking: A smoky jazz club. Flowers that bloom only at night. Phosphorescent fish. Lions photographed with infrared cameras. The Eiffel Tower, all lit up. Faces around a campfire. A stadium lit by floodlights. Earth from space. Elegant, sexy, and a little mysterious, this richly illustrated book is a stunning pathway to some of the world's most captivating sights. 

By The Editors of Outside Magazine.

Photos and stories that will stop you in your tracks.

Created in partnership with Outside Magazine for its 40th anniversary -- the gripping stories behind more than 140 of Outside's most iconic images. 

With a foreword by world-renowned photographer Jimmy Chin and an introduction by Christopher Keyes, A View from the Edge of the World is a stunning collection of the best photography ever published by a leader in outdoor adventure photography and journalism.

ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose , The Round House, and a dozen other award-winning works.

A startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event. 

The world as we know it is ending. Science cannot help as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. 

Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. 

Cedar seeks out her birth mother, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby's origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic. There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe. 

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights.

By Tom Hanks, award-winning actor, screenwriter, and director.

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. 

"Wow! ...funny... moving, and really, really good... 'Welcome to Mars' is perhaps my favorite. It's Kirk's 19th birthday, and he joins his father to go surfing on what turns out to be a defining day in his life. And then there's 'Alan Bean Plus Four,' which is a hilarious telling of four friends' journey to the moon..." --  Left Bank Books

Surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, hilarious.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Milk and Honey.

Kaur's long-awaited second collection of poetry. 

A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one's roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. 

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. 

people too 
must wilt 
in order to bloom.

From Helen Benedict, award-winning author of seven novels, including Sand Queen and The Lonely Soldier.

"No one writes with more authority or cool-eyed compassion about the experience of women in war both on and off the battlefield than Helen Benedict. In Wolf Season, she shows us the complicated ways in which the lives of those who serve and those who don't intertwine and how--regardless of whether you are a soldier, the family of a soldier, or a refugee--the war follows you and your children for generations. Wolf Season is more than a novel for our times; it should be required reading." --Elissa Schappell

"Fierce and vivid and full of hope...To read these pages is to be transported...This is not a novel that allows you to walk away unchanged." --Cara Hoffman

After a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, the lives of three women and their young children are irrevocably changed. Rin, an Iraq War veteran, tries to protect her blind daughter and the three wolves under her care. Naema, a widowed doctor who fled Iraq with her wounded son, faces life-threatening injuries. Beth, who is raising a troubled son, waits out her Marine husband's deployment in Afghanistan, equally afraid of him coming home and of him never returning at all. 

As they struggle to maintain their humanity and find hope, their war-torn lives collide in a way that will affect their entire community.

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

By Lonely Planet

Don't just walk on the wild side -- hike, climb, cycle, surf and even parachute. 

Lonely Planet's Atlas of Adventure is an encyclopedia for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, featuring the best outdoor experiences, country-by-country, across the world - making it the ultimate introduction to an exciting new world of adventure. 

There are numerous ways to explore our planet and the Atlas of Adventure showcases as many of them as possible in over 150 countries. We tracked down our adventure-loving gurus and asked them to share their tips on where to go and what to do. Colorful, awe-inspiring images are accompanied by authoritative text from Lonely Planet's travel experts. 

Interviews by the best-selling team of Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday; with photography by acclaimed Kieran Scott.

Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. 
Interviewees include: 
- Jane Goodall, conservation activist 
- Margaret Atwood, Booker Prize winner
- Roxane Gay, author and feminist 
- Renee Montagne, former NPR host
- Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter 
- Alfre Woodard, award-winning actor and activist 
- Marian Wright Edelman, head of the Children's Defense Fund 
- Lydia Ko, professional golfer and Olympian 
- Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the Nat. Farm Workers Assoc.
- Alice Waters, chef, author, and advocate 
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and Macarthur fellow 

Each woman shares her unique reply to the same five questions: What really matters to you?, What brings you happiness?, What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?, What would you change if you could?, and Which single word do you most identify with? 

These 200 women offer gifts of empowerment and strength--inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality. Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image--and global in its scope and resonance.

A #1 NYT bestseller from Walter Isaacson, internationally best-selling author of Steve Jobs, Einstein, Kissinger, and numerous other acclaimed biographies. 

He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? 

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. 

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. 

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper.  

Leonardo's delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life reminds us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it--to be imaginative.

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback

A National Book Award-winner by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.

Racist thought is alive and well in America. Award-winning historian Kendi argues that our best hope of grappling with this stark reality is to first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. 

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles anti-black racist ideas over the course of American history.  

Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. As Kendi demonstrates, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. 

Kendi explores five life stories -- Thomas Jefferson, Puritan minister Cotton Mather, fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, and anti-prison activist Angela Davis --to show how intellectuals have rationalized deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. 

While racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, builds a strong foundation of hope.

ABFAS Recommends Non Fiction for Young Adults, Middle Grades and Young Ones

By Linda Skeers, award-winning author of Tutus Aren't My Style and The Impossible Patriotism Project. Illustrated by Livi Gosling.

Recommended for ages 8 and up

Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they're rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. 

This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure--many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you'll WANT to know, such as: - Annie Edson Taylor, the first person who dared to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel - Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman who dared to fly in space - Helen Gibson, the first woman who dared to be a professional stunt person - And many more.

This is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know what it means to explore, discover, play, climb, and fight like a girl. 

By Dugald A. Steer

Recommended for ages 10 and up

A lavish, interactive, treat for the senses that answers: What does it really take to be a knight? 

Explore the mythical occupation of knighthood -- its history, mysterious quests, and puzzles. 

Inspired by the life of a most exemplary knight, this fascinating book explores the art of mastering sword and lance, the essential (and prohibitively expensive) war-horse, the ins and outs of a castle that a knight might defend, and the skills needed to prevail in a jousting tournament, with all its pageantry. 

No investigation of knighthood would be complete without a celebration of legendary knights such as King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Gawain, plus vaunted icons such as Excalibur and the Holy Grail. 

In true 'Ology fashion, this tip of the lance to a noble (and misunderstood) profession offers a variety of interactive flaps and other novelties to keep young squires fully entertained. 

Written by acclaimed children's author Kate Baker, author of Highest Mountain, Deepest Ocean and Walk This Wild World. Illustrated by award-winning Eleanor Taylor

Can be read by ages 8 and up and enjoyed by younger listeners.

A stunning look at some of the most extraordinary and rarely seen creatures from under the sea. 

This book takes you on a journey to discover an incredible and rarely seen world. From the rock pools along the shoreline to the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean, breathtaking illustrations reveal the sea's creatures--from the microscopic and the bizarre to the fragile and the deadly--in all their startling beauty. 

Welcome to the secrets of the sea.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

A New York Times bestseller by Philip Pullman, one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials (Golden Compass) trilogy, which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal; the Whitbread (now Costa) Award;  Parents' Choice Gold Awards; and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work.

Recommended for ages 14 and up

"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." --The Washington Post 

Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters." --The New York Times Magazine

Malcolm is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy.... 

Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors.  During a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust--and the spy it was intended for finds him. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl--just a baby--named Lyra. 

Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm. 

"The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling." --The New York Times

A debut novel from Steve Schafer -- called "thrilling" and "brilliant" by Kirkus Review.

Recommended for ages 14 and up

A gripping drama about four teens, forced to flee home after a deadly cartel rips apart their families. They must now face life-threatening danger and unimaginable sacrifice as they attempt to cross the U.S. border.

One moment changed their lives forever. 

A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them. Crack. Crack. Crack. Not fireworks--gunshots.  And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them. 

Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families' murders have put out a reward for the teens' capture. 

Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape..

New! A teen title from #1 New York Times-bestselling  Annie Barrows, author of the award-winning Ivy & Bean series, and of the bestselling Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Recommended for ages 14 and up

The story of Charlotte and Frankie, two high school students and best friends who don't have magical powers, fight aliens, crash their cars, get pierced, or discover they are royal.

Nothing ever happens to Charlotte and Frankie. Their lives are nothing like the lives of the girls they read about in their YA novels. They don't have flowing red hair, and hot romantic encounters never happen--let alone meeting a true soul mate. They just go to high school and live at home with their parents, who are pretty normal, all things considered. 

But when Charlotte decides to write down everything that happens during their sophomore year--to prove that nothing happens and there is no plot or character development in real life--she's surprised to find that being fifteen isn't as boring as she thought. 

It's weird, heartbreaking, silly, and complicated. And maybe, just perfect.

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

An Indies Next Pick by Dusti Bowling, author of The Day We Met.

Recommended for ages 8 to 13.

"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." --School Library Journal (Starred review) 

 Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. 

When her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. 

It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms. 

By New York Times bestselling Bill Nye (the science guy) and Gregory Mone. Illustrated by Nicholas Iluzada.

Recommended for ages 8 to 13.

In the second installment, Jack, his genius siblings Ava and Matt, and inventor Dr. Hank Witherspoon travel to the Hawaiian island home of Ashley Hawking, a technology billionaire. Hawking and engineer Rosa Morris have built a revolutionary electricity plant that harvests energy from the deep ocean, but someone has been sabotaging the project. 

In his search for the culprit, Jack ventures 2,000 feet below the surface of the ocean in a homemade submarine. Readers will learn about the mysteries of the deep ocean, the scientific process, and the potential of green energy as Jack and his brilliant siblings use all their brainpower to survive. Integrating real science facts with humor and suspense, this engaging series is an irresistible combination for middle-grade readers. 

A magnificently illustrated new edition of Jonathan Swift's classic novel--created just for children. Illustrated by acclaimed Francesca Rossi.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Since its appearance in 1726, Gulliver's Travels has never ceased to fascinate readers. Designed for the early school years, this enchanting illustrated version takes the form of a travel journal, and features stunning large color illustrations and drawings. 

Kids will enjoy following Gulliver's adventures as he visits the land of Lilliput, inhabited by tiny people; Brobdingnag, where he encounters a race of giants; and other imaginary worlds. 

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

Written and illustrated by acclaimed Eric Carle, whose Very Hungry Caterpillar alone has been translated into more than 62 languages and sold over 40 million copies.

A treasury tailor-made for the holidays, perfect for the whole family to share.

Featuring The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, this collection of Eric Carle stories offers readers four complete "Very" books in one gorgeous package. 

Along the with stories, The Very Eric Carle Treasury will include recipes, family projects, and activities for each book, as well as a letter from Eric Carle himself.

From Judy Schachner, the bestselling creator of Skippyjon Jones.

A heartwarming story about the importance of imagination and creativity. 

Sarabella is always thinking--conjuring, daydreaming, and creating new worlds from her imagination. There is so much going on in her head that it can barely be contained. But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing--like when you're supposed to be doing multiplication tables. 

Luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher and with his encouragement she comes up with her own idea to show everyone who she is. 


What a Wonderful World


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In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. 

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