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Where is Bear - Lesléa Newman

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Where Is Bear? (padded board book) Cover Image
By Lesléa Newman, Valeri Gorbachev (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781328918918
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Normally I wouldn't have paid much attention to this cute little story about a game of hide and seek. Here's why I point it out to customers: a) the story specifically refers to three animals as "she" even as b) the illustrations are 100% ungendered. 

This makes this book unique in my experience. What -- female animals exist? But no pink, no bows, no lipstick, no long eyelashes?? Just a bunch of (anthropomorphized) animals playing together? Yes, please! 

Where is Bear is high-quality in every aspect, even its binding and materials. The rhyming story is simple and appealing to young children. And the illustrations are really great. 

Healing the Divide - James Crews

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Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection Cover Image
By James Crews (Editor), Ted Kooser (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781732743458
Availability: Backordered
Published: Green Writers Press - April 9th, 2019

If you give Healing the Divide a chance -- if you hold it with purpose in your hands -- then it will hold you back. The poems in this varied collection hold space for reflection and meaning-making. Read in the morning as part of your meditation practice.

Megan Price

Celebrate the release of the latest volume of  Vermont Wild !

Join us for a meet and greet and book signing with Megan Price, the author of the phenomenally popular Vermont Wild series featuring tales from our state's fish and game wardens. Come and get an update on the Vermont Wild books becoming a TV series, learn the very funny story (is there any other kind in Megan's world???) behind Hollywood finding Vermont Wild, and get any or all seven of her books signed as gifts for the holidays!

Sheila Moeschen

Join Sheila Moeschen for a talk on The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women, a celebration of the most groundbreaking women in comedy who used humor to shake up the status quo and change perceptions of gender and comedy forever.

The League of Extraordinarily Funny Women: 50 Trailblazers of Comedy Cover Image
By Sheila Moeschen, Anne Bentley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780762466641
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Published: Running Press Adult - April 16th, 2019

Joseph A. Citro

Join Joseph A. Citro, the Vermont author and folklorist who has been referred to as the "Bard of the Bizarre" and "the Ghost-Master General," for insight into the folklore, hauntings, ghost stories, paranormal activity and occult happenings of New England.

Poetry Open Mic

Join us for an afternoon of poetry hosted by Phoenix Books Rutland’s own Bianca Amira Zanella. Come to read, come to listen, or come for both! Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

Cheshire Crossing - Andy Weir

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Cheshire Crossing: [A Graphic Novel] Cover Image
By Andy Weir, Sarah Andersen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399582073
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 9th, 2019

I have always been a fan of team-ups. As a kid reading comics I could take or leave Iron Man and Thor but put them in an Avengers book with a handful of other heroes and I’d gladly part with my allowance money every month. This book teams up classic children’s book characters Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), Wendy Darling (Peter Pan), and Alice (Alice in Wonderland), bringing them together in a school for gifted youngsters like a 1910 era X-Men.

This is a fun, rollicking, world hopping adventure. Some liberties are taken with the characters – Wendy Darling looks like she would be more at home handing out Riot Grrl fanzines in Portland than traipsing about turn of the century England – but I’m a firm believer that if you want classic characters to live on you need to allow them to evolve with the times.

The action and drama come quick, making the book feel a bit rushed at times, but overall this is an enjoyable all-ages read, easily finished in one sitting. If it makes any young (or old) readers seek out these characters in their original books that would be an excellent bonus.

I especially enjoyed the girls’ nanny, an unnamed (because still under copyright) but startlingly creepy take on Mary Poppins. And Peter Pan’s reactions after being aged by eating Wonderland berries and thrust into puberty after centuries as a boy added a good dose of humor to the tale.

Overall I’d recommend this as an all-ages option for readers looking for further adventures of these classic characters or just in search of a fun standalone adventure. Some parents might not want to give it to very young readers – violence is depicted and profanity (in the form of grawlixes) is used for humorous effect – but that is a matter of personal preference. I have no qualms about reading this with my seven-year-old daughter and think it will make a good introduction for her to these characters. 



Becoming Superman - Joe Straczynski

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Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood Cover Image
By J. Michael Straczynski, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780062857842
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 23rd, 2019

I love this memoir because it is so much more than "How I survived my horrific childhood." While the evil and depravity of Joe Straczynski's father and other family members curdles the blood, that isn't the point of his book. Instead, Straczynski fearlessly and clearly examines the course of his incredible life and how he became a writer. Here is a boy whose only positive role model was Superman, who grows up to write Superman comics and create multiple groundbreaking TV series (among other accomplishments). This is a many-layered, riveting, inspiring read, told in a straightforward and relatable style devoid of melodrama, about the life-saving craft that is writing.


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