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DOG MAN: BRAWL OF THE WILD 
by Dav Pilkey
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(Releases December 24th, 2018)
DOG MAN: BRAWL OF THE WILD
by Dav Pilkey

From the author of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey delights 
children with his newest release just in time for the holidays!

DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by Val Emmich with 
Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Read the book, then see the hit musical that is coming to Chicago in early 2019.  Evan is a shy and lonely teenager who tells a lie after tragedy strikes one of his classmates; the story that he crafts changes and complicates his own life in untold ways, not to mention the effect it has on his classmate's family as well as his own.  The novelization of the musical brings the story of Evan, Connor, and Zoe to a wider audience who will relate to their desire to connect, be seen and known.  Don't miss!
-Di Grumhaus
THE FALLEN ARCHITECT
by Charles Belfoure

British architect Douglas Layton is held responsible for the balcony collapse of his designed Britannia Theater. The architect is blamed and sent to prison, but he knows he made no errors. Another was responsible for the deaths of many attending the theater that fateful evening. Lots of twists and turns as Layton tries to uncover the mystery behind the balcony collapse. Someone has to take the blame, but who? Two thumbs up from me!
-Ann Patterson
HOMEBODY: A GUIDE TO CREATING SPACES YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE
by Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines, HGTV's star designer, has created a beautiful interior design book which takes the fear away from designing a home. She goes room by room and guides you to trust your instincts and personality to create a beautiful home.  A great gift idea!!  
-Eleanor Thorn
THE WHITE DARKNESS
by David Grann
  

Henry Worsley was only thirteen when he read Ernest Shackleton's
The Heart of the Antarctic but a lifelong fascination with Shackleton and polar exploration was born.
The White Darkness was originally published in the New Yorker and details Worsley's life and desire to follow in his hero's footsteps and attempt to succeed where Shackelton did not.  This lovely book is filled with gorgeous photos of his own, and Shackleton's, Antarctic expeditions.  You will be riveted by Worsley's fortitude and the challenges he faced in attempting the nearly impossible.  A perfectly perfect gift!
-Di Grumhaus


THE ADULTS
by Caroline Hulse

If you think the holidays are stressful with family, add an ex-spouse, both of your new significant others, plus your daughter and her imaginary friend all together at a holiday theme park and see what happens! A perfect, quirky holiday read.
-Maxwell Gregory
A CLOUD IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL
by Jean Thompson

From WWII to the present, Evelyn, Laura and Grace confront their relationships and life decisions in a small midwestern college town. Jean Thompson writes with empathy and insight in this generational family saga. Perfect for any adult reader!
-Diana Wettermann
THE FRIEND
by Sigrid Nunez

This heart-wrenching novel won the National Book Award, and is about a woman whose best friend commits suicide, and leaves her to care for his 180 pound Great Dane.  While there is no obvious plot, the novel is literary and spare, and beautifully guides the reader through grief and the narrator's creative writing process.  The "friend" of the title may be man or dog, but it doesn't matter.  The universality of love, loss, and grieving come to us all, and are tenderly handled.
-Susan Ross
GONE SO LONG
by Andre Dubus III

A favorite novel of mine is House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus. Now, a decade later, I knew I had to read his newest book, Gone So Long. This is the story of a father living a quiet life in a seaside town, estranged from his daughter. Daniel wants to reconnect with Susan, but her grandmother will do whatever she can to prevent that reunion. Life and relationships are tricky. Rarely do we get the clarity we seek after mistakes are made and we are in search of forgiveness. And nobody writes about this and flawed characters like Dubus.
-Molly Forlow
THE POINT OF IT ALL
by Charles Krauthammer

Created by Charles Krauthammer before his death and edited by his son, THE POINT OF IT ALL compiles the work of one of America's preeminent political writers. 
-Staff

FAMILY CELEBRATIONS: POEMS, TOASTS, AND TRADITIONS FOR EVERY OCCASION
by June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling

Gifting made easy! Family Celebrations has a little something for everyone.  Inspirational words of love, encouragement, and daily sentiments for all occasions. A true gem with wonderful "toasts" for your holiday events and beyond.
-Diana Wettermann

SISTER PIE 
by Lisa Ludwinski

Owner and head baker of the Sister Pie shop in Detroit, Lisa Ludwinski shares her sweet and savory pie collection in the namesake cookbook, Sister Pie. Try the Caramelized Onion, Delicata Squash and Sage Hand Pies for a delicious treat, and that's just the start to discovering some new favorite recipes.
-Maxwell Gregory

YOUNG READERS SELECTIONS
MIDDLE SCHOOL:

MONSTROUS DEVICES
by Damien Love

Monstrous Devices is a debut novel (ages 8-12) by Damien Love. In the story, 12-year-old Alex lives a pretty quiet life in an English suburb. Alex, not unlike most of us at one time or another, is bullied. However, after Alex receives an old tin robot from his quirky grandfather, mysterious things start to happen. This is an adventure with narrow escapes, stories of golems, and the allure that power can have in our lives.
-Molly Forlow

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

THE BAD GUYS IN SUPERBAD
by Aaron Blabey

Don't miss the latest book in the series of THE BAD GUYS. 
This illustrated chapter book is a delight and filled with humor for young readers.
-Staff
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