D.W.’s library card

By Marc Brown

After finally getting her first library card, Arthur’s little sister D.W. tries to check out her favorite book, with humorous results

A Million Little Pieces

By James Frey

A memoir of drug and alcohol abuse and the rehabilitation experience examines addiction and recovery through the eyes of a man who had taken his addictions to deadly extremes, describing the battle to confront the consequences of his life.

La Hojarasca

By Gabriel GarcÍa Màrquez

These are a series of interlocking stories, written by Garcia Marquez in the fifties of the last century.

on La hojarasca nació Macondo, esa población cercana a la costa atlántica colombiana que se ha convertido en uno de los grandes mitos de la literatura universal. En él transcurre la historia de un entierro imposible. Ha muerto un personaje extraño, un antiguo médico odiado por el pueblo. Un viejo coronel retirado, para cumplir una promesa, se ha empeñado en enterrarle frente a la oposición de todo el poblado y sus autoridades. Como en una tragedia griega, el viejo coronel, su hija y su nieto van a cumplir la ominosa tarea. La acción, compuesta por la descripción de los preparativos para el entierro —una media hora— y los recuerdos de un cuarto de siglo de la historia de Macondo, se narra a través de los pensamientos de estos tres personajes.

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Don’t Know Much About History

By Kenneth C. Davis

As bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis knows, history can be fun, fascinating, and memorable. Davis now does for young people what his earlier book did for adults. In his trademark question-and-answer style–peppered with surprising facts and historic reproductions–Davis introduces our ancestors who settled the East and expanded the West, as well as those who had been living here all along. His sure touch brings the drama and excitement of the American story vividly to life.

The Man from the Wilderness

By Max Brand

Swearing revenge, Winsor Glanvil retreats to the mountain wilderness after being brutally ambushed, tames a huge, black wolf, and–after struggling for months to survive–leaves for a series of unexpected confrontations at the scene of his defeat

Palaces for the People: how social infrastructure can help fight inequality, polarization, and the decline of civic life.

By Eric Klinenberg

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done? In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.

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