Grendel by John Gardner
The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf , tells his own side of the story in this frequently banned book. This classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf follows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center of the Anglo Saxon classic epic. This is the book William Gass called “one of the finest of our contemporary fictions.
Recommended By: Morgan B.
Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
It is the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming–a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France’s will to defend herself. For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him.
Recommended By: Sandy S.
The Devious Book for Cats by Fluffy and Bonkers
The Devious Book for Cats offers today’s discerning kitties words of wisdom and advice on everything they need to know, from in-depth guides on cardboard boxes and catnip to a brief history of the Felinism movement. It provides fail-safe tips on waking a human when you want to get fed, choosing the purr-fect gift, staring like a pro, and making the most of superstitions.
Recommended By: Donna B.
The Story of Roberto Clemente: A Graphic Novel by Wilfred Santiago
A graphic biography of baseball star Roberto Clemente and chronicles the star’s early days growing up in rural Puerto Rico, the highlights of his career, the prejudice he faced, and his humanitarian mission.
Recommended By: Jeff P.
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.
Recommended By: Amber S.