I enjoyed this book immensely. If you do anything moderately creative, from amateur hobbyist to laser-focused builder, you'll find yourself in this book. Have dreams of doing something crafty but lack the confidence to start? This book is for you too. I love that Savage explains his processes, how they've adapted over time and experience, but doesn't say "this is the right way." In fact, I think the key point he makes is that everyone is... (read more)Recommended by Lesley A.
This book is so lovely, and makes me long for warm summer days in the mountains. The Golden Glow is a beautiful, whimsical way to introduce a child to the adage "take only memories, leave only footprints."Recommended by Lesley A.
As a mom of a transracial adoptee, this book jumped out at me. You don't have to have a personal connection to Nicole's experiences to find common ground. Her openness and honesty light the way to universal themes of self-doubt, otherness, family, and belonging. A moving read!Recommended by Lesley A.
What a way to look at the world! Lands of Lost Borders spoke to me so deeply I was near tears as I finished it. We follow Kate Harris on her journeys, and discover not just what it means to explore, but what it means to live beyond borders, to live as a human on this small planet. Thought-provoking and funny, introspective and full of adventure. A really fantastic read!Recommended by Lesley A.
You do not want to miss out on this book! New Kid is a delight — really smart and so, so funny. Being the new kid at school is always rough. Jordan has been sent to an elite private academy, when really he'd rather go to art school. The story is peppered with Jordan's own drawings of his trials and tribulations. He is a great, relatable main character! In New Kid, Craft navigates middle school angst while cleverly and... (read more)Recommended by Lesley A.
As I read this book, a line from the cartoon movie Robots kept coming to mind: "See a need, fill a need." Chef Andrés flew to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to help feed residents for a few days. He ended up staying for weeks and eventually coordinated over two million meals across the island. We Fed an Island is an uplifting tale of community action. Andrés wears his heart on his sleeve, and his tenacity and compassion in... (read more)Recommended by Lesley A.
I could not put this book down, and I was so sad when it was over! These gals were amazing. Mundy's storytelling is so engaging, I was absorbed not just in their fascinating crypt-analytic work, but their remarkable friendships as well.Recommended by Lesley A.
I really can't sum it up better than Ann Patchett: "I recommend it with my whole heart." Arthur Less is the most endearing character I've read in ages. Less somehow manages to be poignant, sweet, smart, and sharp, while also causing me to snort-laugh multiple times. The novel feels lighthearted and fun on the surface, but I found myself thinking about the themes and deeper meanings for a long time after I was finished.Recommended by Lesley A.
Full disclosure: I was "that horse girl" as a kid. Did you have that beautiful, brown Arabian Breyer horse figure, like I did? That toy was modeled after Witez, the "Prince of Poland." Learn his tale and that of other priceless horses stolen by the Nazis. Letts shows that the spirit and camaraderie of those who love horses transcends borders and politics. A gripping and heart-wrenching tale!Recommended by Lesley A.