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CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon Muth

This beautifully written and illustrated book will help young readers through changes in life--both sad endings and exciting new beginnings.
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By Mo Willems, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423103004
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 8th, 2010

In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. "You'll do," Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock.


This is a lucid, refreshing, and surprisingly savory retelling of the stories from the Judeo-Christian scriptures from one of America’s strongest voices for reclaiming the Bible from those who have used it to imprison, enslave, and abuse. Though he condemns a simplistic, literal reading, Spong helps readers recover the Bible’s depth, beauty, and guidance as a sacred book. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780062011282
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Published: HarperOne - November 8th, 2011

For over 200 years, scholars have been debating, analyzing, and exploring one of the most important books ever written - The Bible - and overturning much of what we know about this sacred library of books. This title presents a primer on the history and significance of the Bible.

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott

Celebrated author of OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS, Anne Lamott is a grandmother. Her nineteen-year-old son Sam, who it seems only yesterday she was tempted to put on the front porch until his colic passed, is now a father. This book is structured into several sections: classic hilarious rants from Anne and her "interviews" of and e-mails from Sam, a beleaguered full-time art student, trying to make a relationship work with his son Jax’s mother and being the best dad he can though he still feels like a child himself. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781594486678
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013

Look out for Anne's next book, Hallelujah Anyway, coming April 2017.
"If there is a doyenne of the parenting memoir, it would be Anne Lamott."--Time

WHEN WOMEN WERE BIRDS by Terry Tempest Williams

Now well-known for her break-out memoir about the death of her mother, REFUGE, Tempest Williams returns to the subject of her mother, Mormonism, women, and voice. In this new memoir she writes, "In Mormon culture, women are expected to do two things: keep a journal and bear children." When her mother died, she left Tempest Williams her journals to read. They were indeed where her mother said they would be, but every single one of them was blank. In the more than twenty years since her mother’s death, Tempest Williams has been contemplating her last message to her. This haunting memoir is the result. It’s a beautiful book. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador USA - February 26th, 2013

A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year

"Brilliant, meditative, and full of surprises, wisdom, and wonder."--Ann Lamott, author of Imperfect Birds


The latest novel from Stuart O’Nan is yet another deeply satisfying examination of a strained relationship. Protagonists Art and Marion schedule a second honeymoon on their 30th anniversary, which may very well be their last weekend together. They’re gambling their life-savings and their marriage on this opportunity on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Extreme discomfort and poignancy abound. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780143122272
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

In the new novel from the author of Last Night at the Lobster, a middle-age couple goes all in for love at a Niagara Falls casino
Lokk out for City of Secrets coming from Viking on April 26, 2016

EMILY ALONE by Stuart O’Nan

The sequel to, WISH YOU WERE HERE, Stuart O’Nan’s critically acclaimed novel about a socially disastrous family vacation at a lake cabin, EMILY ALONE is a beautiful and meticulous portrait of the daily life of an older woman in Pittsburgh, PA. Rather than give in to fear when life changes force her to resume driving and take on additional responsibilities, she rises to the occasion.
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ISBN: 9780143120490
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

A bittersweet tale of love and longing from the bestselling author of Last Night at the Lobster.

O'Nan's newest novel, City of Secrets, is now available from Viking.

THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty (Publication date June 2012)

The latest from Lawrence resident and best-selling novelist Laura Moriarty, THE CHAPERONE, takes readers into the diverse worlds of two women on the cusp of finding their authentic selves. One is 15-year-old, soon-to-be stage and silent film star, Louise Brooks, who is making her first trip to New York. The other is Cora, her proper, well-bred Kansas chaperone. The clash of lives and press of secrets throughout creates a truly compelling read. The best of Moriarty’s novels yet! Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781594631436
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2013

Soon to be a feature film from the creators of Downton Abbey starring Elizabeth McGovern, The Chaperone is a New York Times-bestselling novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the 1920s and the summer that would change them both.


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ISBN: 9780802778161
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Published: Walker & Company - May 22nd, 2012

While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult.

MARRIAGE RULES by Harriet Lerner (Publication date January 2012)

Whether you’re married or in a committed partnership, MARRIAGE RULES by nationally renowned psychologist and Lawrence resident Harriet Lerner is an invaluable guide to helping you over the rough patches. We all know that negotiating the intricacies of a relationship takes humor and wisdom, both of which readers will find plenty of in this easy-to-read book. It’s a gem! Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781592407453
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Published: Gotham Books - December 31st, 2012

Coupling up is complicated--Dr. Harriet Lerner's marriage rules are not.

This marriage book provides couple's therapy in a unique format perfect for today's world. The renowned author of The Dance of Anger gives readers more than one hundred rules that cover all the hot spots in long-term relationships.

JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE by Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker

This book answers the need of those for whom traditional Christianity alone is no longer adequate to encompass their sense of the cosmos and the meaning of the human within in. In lucid prose, the authors help readers locate themselves within the larger family of things throughout "deep" geologic time. They tell a big, sacred story for those who find themselves without one. Recommended by Kelly
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ISBN: 9780300171907
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Published: Yale University Press - June 28th, 2011

Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet . . .


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