Fresh off the Press: Anna and the Swallow Man

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There’s been a lot of positive buzz for new Young Adult book, Anna and the Swallow Man! We love it too, but see what others have to say:

“Though this is technically a book for young adults, the message of the story is powerful enough to resonate with all ages….Savit’s novel, though a quick read, is a powerful one. And just like the child it follows, it has a deeper poignancy masked by its seemingly simple surface.” Mashable

“The third-person narrative – lyrical, fluid, with a pervasive shadow of menace – lands a folkloric feel to a graceful story steeped in history, magic, myth, and archetype; comparisons to The Book Thief… are apt regarding writing style, themes, and intended audience beyond the protagonist’s years.” -The Horn Book, Starred

“Like the characters in his debut novel, author Gavriel Savit has harnessed the power of language. He’s a talented wordsmith, wielding words and sentences with a precision that allows them to wriggle deep into his reader’s heart, leaving me both enchanted and heartbroken.” Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf

“Savit’s economical prose beautifully capture’s a child’s loss of innocence and the spiritual challenges that emerge when a safe world suddenly becomes threatening.” Publisher’s Weekly, Starred

“As of right now, I’ve read 335 books this year. This one is my favorite.” –Chew & Digest Books

“Just go and read it – it is impossible not to love.” The Guardian

We have a bunch of copies on the shelf waiting for you to come take a peek!

 

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Tom’s Staff Pick – “The Road to Little Dribbling”

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The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

In The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson combines a travel guide and history lesson with wry, biting commentary on modern society. As a follow-up to his earlier Notes from a Small Island, once again we find him meandering through his adopted home country of England, finding unique places, interesting people, and good pubs (lots of good pubs). Bryson’s insistence on taking the road less traveled (by foot for the most part!) is a great antidote to our constantly connected, instant-on society.

February Calendar

 

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

 

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Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, February 9 – 7:00pm

Nom Yourself by Mary Mattern – “A beautiful cookbook for the next generation of newly vegan and vegan-curious, from the creator of the popular website and Instagram Nom Yourself.”

All are invited!   Choose a recipe out of Nom Yourself, please let us know what recipe you will be bringing and to get on our cookbook club contact list.

 

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, February 11 – 6:30-7:30pm

Please join us and our new Poetry Group!

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

All are invited and welcome to join us!

 

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Daytime Book Club

Thursday, February 18 – 11:15am

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Helene’s staff pick for Everything I Never Told You: “The plot centers around a family’s struggle to come to grips with the death of 16-year-old Lydia, middle and most favored child of a Caucasian mother and Asian father. Her parents live their lives through Lydia as a means of compensating for their unfulfilled dreams. Lydia’s death shatters this family which already suffered from dysfunctionality. Lack of communication between family members, long-held secrets, and self-imposed isolation from the community tear them apart and cause family dynamics to spin out of control with tragic circumstances.

This is a well-written story with excellent character development. Aside from the plot, some of today’s issues, such as racism and women’s roles in society, are explored.”

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Author Visit – Christina Duminiak

Saturday, February 20 – 1pm

Please join us as we welcome Author, Christine Duminiak to the Newtown Bookshop!  Christine is the author of “Grammy Visits From Heaven”.

“Grammy Visits From Heaven” is an inspirational and uplifting story about a little girl Jamie and her grandmother who are BFF until they are suddenly separated when her Grammy unexpectedly dies. However, something astounding and wonderful happens after Jamie prays and asks God if her Grammy can come back and play with her again.

 

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Evening Book Club

Tuesday, February 23 – 7:00pm

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents association to their very foundations.

Author Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, The Island of Dr. Libris) visits Newtown & Richboro Elementary Schools!

“Who Was…?” Insanely Awesome Trivia Show comes to Goodnoe and Richboro Elementary Schools

 

 

Kathy’s Staff Pick – “And Again”

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Loved this character-based debut novel with a sci-fi feel from Jessica Chiarella. Four patients who are either terminally ill or paralyzed receive a genetically perfect body from cloning. These four people then must learn to live with their now perfect body and assimilate back into their world with their family and friends. Have their friends and family moved on? Where is the real connection between us: is it between our physical beings or between our heart and soul?

January Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

 

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Daytime Book Club

Thursday, January 21 – 11:15am

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Marianne’s staff pick for The Night Circus: “This is one of the most darkly enchanting books I have ever read. I am happy to suspend disbelief and travel to far-away worlds, but it is a different journey when our known world is infused with magic by a masterful author. As talented as the magicians she creates, Morgenstern uses the night as the backdrop for a fantastical black and white circus that appears unannounced in towns across the globe. Continue reading