History & Biography (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to read or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to History & Biography books.

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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
A gifted biographer, Chernow offers a vivid and humanized portrait of George Washington. This is a sweeping story by a fine storyteller. Given the nature of politics in recent years, it would be fair to suggest that many Americans should read this book.

 The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. Per his wishes, the first of three volumes of his autobiography has just been published. This is an uncensored self portrait, meandering from past to present, full of devilish humor and caustic wit. There are wonderful reminiscences of youth, travel stories and bold sketches of the enemies, friends and scoundrels in Twain’s life.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Cleopatra is perhaps the most beguiling woman ever to have walked this earth. Her short life was marked with sexual and political scandal, and she notoriously reshaped the ancient world. This intriguing biography is a great choice for the powerful women in your life, or for any reader who appreciates deep, detailed, and riveting storytelling.

The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin
This is the story of a small team of men whose single mission was to protect John F. Kennedy. Amid the hope and tumult of the campaign trail, on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, their failure to do so changed history. Drawing on the memories of fellow special agents, Blaine offers an extraordinary insider’s view of the job. He captures the stress of the mission and the heartbreaking feelings of failure and loss that would forever linger.

The Man Who Invented the Computer by Jane Smiley
Novelist Jane Smiley takes a turn at non-fiction with the story of John Atanasoff, a young physics professor who wanted to improve the speed and accuracy of research calculations. One winter evening in 1937 he sketched a design using binary switches and an array of capacitors to do the computing. Though he never bothered to patent the invention, he changed history. 

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
In this lighthearted and eclectic book, Bryson takes readers on a journey through his house in order to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” It is an entertaining journey.

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Tweens & Teens (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

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Non-Fiction
Consider selecting non-fiction books that teens wouldn’t buy for themselves and ones that they can enjoy for many years to come. Books that can be browsed by flipping through pages are excellent choices and help to pass away the rainy winter days. Don’t forget the cool factor. These books are sure to impress their friends as well.

The ABCs of Rock by Melissa Duke Mooney
A picture book for punk and rock fans of all ages. Featuring bands from AC/DC to ZZ Top, this mini rock-n-roll tutorial will help your kids become the coolest music geeks in school.

Danger! by DK Publishing
This book is bursting with facts about dangerous animals, plants, microbes, and amazing and bizarre scientific information. Photographs and illustrations on each page make this book an exciting visual journey through our wonderfully weird world.

DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-up Book by Matthew Reinhart
Watch out, lest Superman punch you in the arm or Wonder Woman kick you in the chin as you lean in close to explore pop-ups nestled within pop-ups. The Bat Signal on page 4 even lights up. Need we say more?

Guinness World Records 2011
Get lost browsing the glossy, full-color, eye-catching pages of this newly redesigned perennial favorite. Appeals to a wide range of ages (even adults) and lures in the most reluctant reader.

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder
As the reader turns each page, an iconic scene from one of the Star Wars films magically comes to life. From the author of the bestselling Scanimation books Gallop! and Waddle!


Fiction
2010 was an outstanding year in young adult fiction publishing. If your avid teen reader can’t decide what to read next, these titles are perfect escapist picks for winter break. They are guaranteed to be 100% vampire-free.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
The first book in a new fantasy-romance series for older teens. Jacinda is a 16 year-old draki, a descendant of dragons who looks human but can transform into a dragon. She and her family escape from their pride of drakis to live among humans. There, Jacinda is drawn to a handsome young man named Will, who also leads a secret double-life.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Oliver Watson is the most unpopular boy in his 7th grade class. Everyone, even his parents, believes he is stupid and lazy. But, that’s what Oliver wants you to think. Find out how he secretly became one of the richest and most powerful people in the world. Full of dark and twisted humor, and authored by one of the comedy writers for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a not-so-distant future on Earth, breakers work to strip copper and metals from wrecked ships along the shore. When teenaged Nailer discovers a new shipwreck, it contains riches beyond his wildest dreams. He suddenly sees the huge disparity between the lives of the ship breakers, who live like slaves, and the owners of the corporations, who buy the salvage his friends risk their lives for every day.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
Seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton doesn’t let the fact she’s living in a school bus with an alcoholic mother stand in the way of her Ivy League dreams. Buoyed by her faith and persistent optimism, Amber constantly volunteers to help others, who join her quirky cast of friends. When tragedy strikes, they all put on an unforgettable show of support for their beloved Amber Appleton.

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Whit and his sister Wisty are kidnapped in the middle of the night and arrested for being something they didn’t even know they were. All their attempts to escape are repeatedly thwarted. The reader is left wanting more in one of the most thrilling cliffhangers in literary history. The sequel, Witch and Wizard: The Gift, comes out Dec. 2010.

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Sorry, we couldn’t resist just one little vampire book.

Dick and Jane and Vampires by Laura Marchesani
Don’t let the easy phonics-reader format fool you; this book is not for kindergartners. This satirical homage to the beloved Dick and Jane books, with a creepy twist, is sure to delight readers who appreciate a good parody and who think the vampire craze has gone too far.

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Kids Grades 3 & Up (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to read or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to books for older kids.

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Older kids enjoy discovering facts about the world through non-fiction books, and they love to laugh along with humorous books and to explore the world of fantasy.

Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce
For the legions of boys who loved the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate will get them laughing again as he groans through this goofy look at school and friendships. Nate survives by drawing his own “true life comix,” that just may inspire boys to draw their own too!

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Four kids compete in a candy-making contest. This is a delightful adventure and mystery story, with cool candy-making details and a group of kids who are all very different in how they compete and work together. How about some chocolate pizza for lunch?

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein
For kids who enjoy animal stories and magical fantasy, this book begins a series about “familiars,” the animal assistants to young wizards-in-training. A stray cat who longs for magical powers joins up with a boy wizard and his other magical animals—a blue jay and a tree frog. Soon the animals must confront an evil sorceress and the adventure begins.

Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book by Ruth Wickings
This easy guide and kit includes the makings to create a pop-up dragon, castle, jungle scene, monster and robot. Kids do not need scissors or glue since all the pieces are press-out and pre-scored with peel-off sticky backs.

That’s Awesome!: the World’s Most Amazing Facts and Records! by Time for Kids Magazine
A wonder-filled trip through our “awesome” world, with hundreds of photos, charts and unusual records that will fascinate kids.

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At Home: Crafts, Gardens & Cookbooks (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to read or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to Crafts, Gardening & Cookbooks.

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Toe-up Socks for Every Body by Wendy D. Johnson
For the knitter in your life, novice or expert. Johnson provides detailed instructions for knitting toe-up socks and 21 delightful patterns, with something for all ages. Maybe the recipient will knit you a pair of socks!

 Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move by Keisuke Saka
Saka’s fun mechanical paper creations will be an inspiration for anyone who enjoys crafts. It’s a better gift book than library book because it comes complete with color patterns. Now, should I make the flying fish or the space traveler bicycle?

 Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham
This fresh and modern craft book is for the entire family and might also appeal to adults without kids. Each chapter features projects inspired by some of the best-known designers of the mid-20th century. Most of the items are both functional and beautiful, designed to enhance your home décor or wardrobe.

 From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design by W. Gary Smith
Lovely and inspiring, Smith’s book will thrill both novice and experienced garden designers. Exploring various artistic means and processes used in drawings, paintings, sculpture and dance and how they can translate to landscape design, Smith provides encouraging insight as well as practical advice for the reader.

Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy
First published in 1982, this newly revised edition highlights the beauty and functionality of landscaping your yard entirely with edible plants. Wonderfully illustrated, Creasy’s book is one of the season’s best “how to” books for planning, maintaining and harvesting a self-sufficient garden.

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From Seed to Skillet: a Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Share with People you Love by Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger
Taking you from planting to preparing your own healthy, home-grown meals, Williams learned to garden from his Gullah grandmother. Filled with pragmatic ideas, beautiful illustrations and inspiring recipes, this book is sure to enchant both gardeners and locavore enthusiasts.

 The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser
This is a superb compendium of timeless recipes published in the Times since the 1850s. Hesser’s chronologically arranged collection of over 1600 tested and updated recipes provides both a narrative of American culinary history and a valuable cookbook of old standards and new trends. Sure to delight the cooks in your life.

 Sarabeth’s Bakery: from My Hands to Yours by Sarabeth Levine and Rick Rodgers
Filled with decadent treats, Levine’s beautifulbook will inspire beginning and experienced cooks alike. Clear instructions, often accompanied by step-by-step photos, make even complicated baking creations approachable. A tremendous gift book for the baker in your life, Levine’s book is both lovely and practical.

 Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
More a family cookbook inspired by contemporary French cooking rather than a traditional French cooking book, Greenspan’s collection is overall neither labor-intensive nor requires hard-to-attain ingredients. It is a gorgeous book seemingly written by a good friend who loves food preparation and sharing her knowledge with you.

Fannie’s Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Cookbook by Christopher Kimball
Kimball researched and planned a dinnerfor over two years, ultimately hosting a foodie’s 12-course dream dinner party, complete with Victorian dinner settings and an all-star guest list of celebrity chefs and epicures. A companion to a holiday season PBS special, Kimball’s work is  great entertainment for armchair chefs and history buffs.

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Kids Pre-K to Grade 2 (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to read or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to children’s books for kids pre-k to second grade.

Giving books to young children can bring them an ongoing sense of wonder and delight. As they struggle to become readers on their own, they will also discover that books can be joyful, comforting and playful.

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Animal Pop! by the National Geographic Society
A new pop-up format book shows amazing super-large photographs of a variety of wild animals. Kids will be fascinated by the construction of the book and the lives of these creatures.

 A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More by Doreen Cronin
Three favorite picture storybooks are included in this gift volume that includes the Caldecott Honor-winning book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type and two other hilarious animal tales, as well as a collection of stickers.

Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex by Lisa McClatchy
A friendly tyrannosaurus shows up at a children’s birthday party and enjoys the cake, presents and games while making a lot of mess and fun in this imaginative and humorous tale.

 The Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base
A lavish fantasy book about a boy who pilots a golden sailing ship through a magical ocean filled with creatures, pirates and adventures. The richly detailed artwork includes a “snail and crossbones” image to search for on each page, a folded mini-book bound inside and a link to a special website.

Mary Engelbreit’s Fairy Tales: Twelve Timeless Treasures by Mary Engelbreit
This book features a winning combination of lushly colored illustrations and retellings of favorite fairy-tale classic stories. The detail and style of Mary Engelbreit’s artwork makes the book a classic to treasure for generations to come.

 Pinkalicious: The Perfectly Pink Collection by Victoria Kann
An imaginative, brave little girl creates her own fantasy adventures as Princess “Pinkalicious” with a golden unicorn as her companion. This is a boxed set of three books, with a poster, stickers and double-sided crayons.

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Music (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please the readers and music lovers on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to view or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to music.

There are so many different styles of music and people who like them. Picking the right CD for the right person can be tricky. This guide has a little something for every music lover on your list.

Pop Sensations
album coverTeenage Dream by Katy Perry
Can’t Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus
A Year Without Rain by Selena Gomez and the Scene
Animal by Ke$ha
My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber
Aphrodite by Kylie Minogue

Urban Sounds
album coverLove King by Dream
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty by Big Boi
The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part Two by Raekwon
Rokstarr by Taio Cruz
Versus by Usher

New Country
album coverYou Get What You Give by Zac Brown Band
Hemingway’s Whiskey Kenny Chesney
Court Yard Hounds by Court Yard Hounds
Up on the Ridge by Dierks Bentley
Speak Now by Taylor Swift
Play On by Carrie Underwood
The List by Rosanne Cash

Underground Sounds
album coverThe Suburbs by Arcade Fire
Lisbon by The Walkmen
Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter
Crazy for You by Best Coast
Teen Dream by Beach House
High Violet by The National
King of the Beach by Wavves
Before Today by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
This is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
IRM by Charlotte Gainsbourg

Adult Fiction (2010 Gift Guide)

The staff of the Everett Public Library has put together a fabulous gift guide of books and music in a variety of subjects. You’re sure to find something to please every reader on your list. Why not give yourself a gift and check one out today?

Click here to view or print the complete list. Read on for our guide to adult fiction.

Debut Fiction
2010 was a stellar year for first-time novelists. Surprise the fiction readers on your list with these exceptional new titles.

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Model Home by Eric Puchner
Domestic dysfunction is the name of the game in this hilarious and harrowing tale. A catastrophe-prone real estate speculator, his sex-ed video-producing wife and their kids head to California to develop desert property slated to be a toxic sludge site. The misadventures of this engaging cast are presented with pitch-perfect timing and psychological insight. Puchner has created a fast-paced, funny and uplifting story of a modern American family.

 The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
An English-language newspaper in Rome struggles against insolvency in this captivating exploration of the personal and professional lives of some of the most vividly realized characters to ever inhabit a newsroom. This timely view into the collapse of a newspaper in the internet era is handled with vitality and compassion by Rachman, a former editor at the International Herald Tribune.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
This feel-good novel is set in a changing English country village where estates are parceled out to developers and Pakistanis run the local market. Stately retiree and widower Major Ernest Pettigrew’s interest in reuniting two heirloom firearms alienates him from his materialistic son and his brother’s widow, while a shared love of literature brings him together with shopkeeper Jasmina Ali.

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
The body of famous Filipino author, Crispin Salvador, is found floating in the Hudson River. His protégé and fellow member of the Filipino intelligentsia returns to Manila to search for clues regarding his death and to find Salvador’s missing manuscript about corruption in the Philippines. This ambitious novel about a literary friendship and the postwar history of the Philippines won the Man Asian Literary Award and the Palanca Grand Prize.

The Rhetoric of Death by Judith Rock
Set in 17th century France, this excellent historical mystery is loaded with interesting characters, intrigue, heresy, murder and more. An ex-soldier and Jesuit has been helping heretics escape until his bishop uncle sends him off to teach college theatre, dance and rhetoric. As his students begin to disappear then turn up dead, Charles falls under suspicion and feels a personal need to find the killer. 

The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
Episodes from Homer’s classic are completely recast in this wildly inventive and imaginative reappraisal of The Odyssey. Readers familiar with Homer’s work will benefit the most, but Mason provides enough backstory to situate these brief tales before turning them on their heads.

 Literary and Genre Fiction
These outstanding books by established authors are sure to be a hit.

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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The big American novel of the year, Freedom, follows the Berglund family over 30 years. Its major concerns are the personal choices they make regarding family, love, friendship, infidelity and work, as well as the threats of overpopulation and environmental degradation. Franzen’s richly imagined and guilt-wracked characters make many mistakes and find freedom to be laced with disappointment and regret.

Nowhere to Run by C.J. Box
Joe Pickett works as a game warden in Wyoming’s high country. When he tickets angry anti-government twins for fishing without a license, he receives a beating that leaves him barely alive. Pickett retreats but returns to confront the twins and to find a missing Olympic runner. Nowhere to Run offers loads of suspense while exploring the tensions between governmental rules and individual rights.

Agents of Treachery: Never Before Published Spy Fiction from Today’s Most Exciting Writers by Otto Penzler (ed.)
This one-of-a-kind collection of short spy fiction by contemporary writers is not to be missed. Fourteen acclaimed novelists including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, David Morrell, Stella Rimington and Charles McCarry contribute powerfully gripping stories of international espionage.

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
In honor of his dead father, Shen Tai has spent years burying the dead from both sides of a battle on the empire’s border, thereby giving rest to their ghosts. When his efforts attract the attention of his enemy’s court, Shen Tai is surprised by a gift of 250 coveted horses – bestowing power upon him but also great danger. Kay delivers realistic characters and historical details in a fascinating story based on Tang-dynasty China.

The Passage by Justin Cronin
A government experiment to create a super-soldier leads to the discovery of a South American jungle virus that gives humans superhero abilities and healing powers. The downside? Those with the virus are turned into blood-craving monsters known as “virals” or “dracs.” The race is on to defeat them, and the fate of the human race as we know it hangs in the balance.  

Revived Classics
Lovers of classic literature will want to own these standard-setting new translations.

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (translated by Lydia Davis)
Emma Bovary is a bored housewife who loses herself in romantic novels which feed her unrealistic dreams, leading to foolish infatuations and reckless decisions. In composing this masterpiece of literary realism, Flaubert famously obsessed over finding precisely the right words. This new translation by Lydia Davis gives us an English version that lives up to his ambition.

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
In 1958, an English translation of Doctor Zhivago was rushed out when Pasternak received the Nobel Prize. This is the first English translation published since then. Based on the authentic text, this new translation captures the style and nuances of Pasternak’s story of love and war during the tumultuous Russian Revolution.