Ben’s Finds

Ben is a man of scifi, fantasy, sports, and humor. Sometimes fantasy sports. Sometimes humorous scifi. Sometimes sporty fantasy. He recommends

1. The Ender Quartet Box Set:  Ender’s GameSpeaker for the DeadXenocideChildren of the Mind by Orson Scott Card

2. The Ecstasy of Defeat: Sports Reporting at its Finest by the Editors of the Onion

3. Dark Towers Boxed Set by Stephen King

Great Scott! Gladin’s Finds

From Across The Pond
  • The Sense Of An Ending  by Julian Barnes  – The Booker Award-winning novel follows a middle aged man through a journey of discovery and examination of his past.
  •  The Stranger’s Child  by Alan Hollinghurst  –  Master storyteller Hollinghurst spins yet another tale of love, class, and the passage of time in this extraordinary work.
  • The Impossible Dead  by Ian Rankin  –  Rankin’s latest crime thriller features Inspector Malcolm Fox investigating accusations against a fellow officer that will take Fox and his team back to the 1980’s and secrets that have been long buried.
Closer To Home

  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach    –   A baseball prodigy comes of age at a small Midwestern college as heexperiences life’s lessons on and off the field.
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles   –  A young woman comes under the spell of  ambition, wealth and social status in the New York of the 1930’s
  • The Drop  by Michael Connelly   –   Harry Bosch is back, uncovering corruption and tracking killers in Los Angeles. Connelly’s latest work with fiction’s best-loved cop does not disappoint.
Here In New Orleans
  • New Orleans Observed  by Errol Barron – Architect Barron’s book of beautiful drawings of historic New Orleans buildings is a perfect gift for locals or visitors.
  • Higher Ground  by James Nolan –  A darkly comic novel set in a ravished city after an unnamed storm.

Maureen’s Finds

Prue’s baby brother is kidnapped by crows, so she and her friend Curtis journey into the Impassable Wilderness to save him. Too bad what they find is a world in upheaval–Wildwood is mid civil war. Too good all the warriors are coyotes and bandits and birds and forest creatures, and everyone is wearing monocles and too many buttons. Lessons learned: Prue is a better sister than I am, and Carson Ellis (illustrator also of Trenton Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society) has a way with watercolors. Good for: sisters and brothers and anyone who owns a pair of suspenders (girls and boys, ages 08-27)

Two boys named Will Grayson, one great story. If you love snarky, intelligent writing, musical theater, and the agony of being a teenager, you’ll love this book. You’ll love these characters. Good for: anyone named Will Grayson, but more especially for everyone who is not  (girls and boys, ages 14-17)

N.D. Wilson wanted you to know that you don’t have to live in a creaky old English mansion and have access to a wardrobe to have an adventure. America is magic too. We have Waffle House. Good for: explorers (boys, ages 10-16)
  • Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (LEMONY SNICKET!) and illustrated by Maira Kalman


Sometimes people shop for holiday gifts after the holidays because they run out of time. Other times, people shop late because this book doesn’t come out until December 27th. This year make them wait, but do it on purpose. Min Green knows what she likes, and what she deserves, and it is better than Ed Slattery. Here, she recounts all the ways he tricked her into loving him, and just why it is that she knew they wouldn’t have worked out anyway.  Good for: the heartbreakers and the heartbroken (girls, ages 14-18)


  • Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver and illustrated by Kei Acedera
Show me a book about a plucky orphan, and I will add it to my holiday pick list. Who doesn’t love plucky orphans? Good for: Doesn’t everyone love plucky orphans? Okay, fine. This is for girls, ages 08-13.
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