Best Books for Preschoolers

The _Best Books for Preschool Children_ is a recommended reading list compiled by the Darien Library Children's Librarians and made possible by the Phil A. Petit Memorial Fund. Phil Petit was a great storyteller as well as a man of indomitable spirt whose love of life was felt by all who knew him. The collection is dedicated to his grandchildren: * Samantha, Lizzie, and Davy Choos * Alessan ...

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The African American Experience

This is a booklist which evolved from our Fifty/Fifty Book Group reading of Ta-nehisi Coates' _Between the World and Me_.

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Nordic Crime Starter Kit

Looking to dive into some Scandinavian mysteries (aka Nordic Noir or Scandi Crime)? Here's a good starting point. I highly recommend starting with the excellent Martin Beck series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.

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It's the Tax Day Edition

Welcome to the Tax Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. I know, I know. Not even the fact that it’s on a Friday and we really have until Monday to write the check dulls that blow. This week’s Housekeeping includes a special thanks to Map M (not her real name) for the offering of tea and cookies to the You Are What You Read Gods! Thanks Map. You rock! And my low 3:00 blood sugar and work- mates ...

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It's the Disappointment Issue

Greetings and welcome to the Disappointment Edition of _You Are What You Read_. The Full Pink Moon, which shall grace our skies this evening is named as such because this is the time that wild phlox begins to bloom. The moon will not actually be pink. So don’t be disappointed by that. It is also known as the sprouting grass moon (yup, have sprouting grass), the egg moon (nope, no eggs), and the f ...

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Good Listening Memoirs

You never know where the road will lead when you get to listen to the memoir of a person of interest!

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It's the Arbor Day Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Arbor Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. Today is, indeed, Arbor Day for those keeping score. Originally begun in Nebraska in 1872 by settlers who missed their trees, it became official in 1907 with a proclamation by Theodore Roosevelt. It is in fact, tree pollen making some of us so miserable with grass a close second. I think that if my eyes and throat are to be ...

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It's The Mother's Day Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Mother’s Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. We will be taking a break next week, as I will be finishing up 4 days in The Windy City at Book Expo America aka Jen’s Idea of Heaven, where I will have been living, breathing and eating what’s coming up for the next year in Publishing. And you know I’ll share what I learn. With you. When? When I am damn good and ready, ...

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Classic Crime Novels

Check out the foundation of the modern mystery novel with these classics.

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Memorable Memoirs

Here are some wonderful memoirs I enjoy recommending to patrons.

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Kids Adventure Booklist

These action-packed stories will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. If you happen to love books that feature characters racing against time, or around the globe, then these book selections are just what the doctor ordered!

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Kids Animal Adventures Booklist

Books about mice lost at sea or dueling cats can be both adventurous and heartwarming. These titles include stories about the bond between humans and animals, and may include tales told by animal characters.

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Kids e-Books Booklist

Looking for your favorite book for an eReader? The Children's Library is highlighting some of the digital books we've added to the collection. Do you have an eReader at home? Find out how to check out titles from [Darien Library's Overdrive](http://darien.lib.overdrive.com/3B93EA0A-4C5B-4042-B99D-4B11F3D441F0/10/50/en/youth "OverDrive") collections. You can also make an appointment with one ...

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Kids Fantasy Booklist

Whether you've raced through Harry Potter or haven't yet taken Platform 9 3/4 to Hogwarts, there is a wide world of fantasy waiting to be explored. We have inventive fairy tale retellings from Merrie Haskell and Anne Ursu, funny tales of princes tired of being "charming," epic quests a la Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, funny magic, scary magic, evil, truth, and power. Journey through a new ...

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Kids Graphic Novels Booklist

These picturesque novels boast stories full of adventure, magic, and real life friendships. Graphic novels can be a new and sophisticated way of diving into a story! Are you also a Comics fan? See the Children's Library's new array of comics in the GN section. Don't forget to check out these suggestions for great graphic novels from the Association for Library Service to Children!

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Kids Historical Fiction Booklist

Ready to take a journey to another time? Check out a historical fiction book and go on adventure in the past! From the 1300's to the 1960's, from a girl who was Queen of England for 9 days to pioneers crossing the American West, from mysteries to train robberies to fighting for freedoms, there's a historical fiction book to fit every reader. Check one out today!

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Kids Mystery Booklist

Calling all amateur sleuths! If you love solving mysteries, slinking down dark hallways, tallying clues, following trails, and saving the day, then you'll love these books. Check out the list below!

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Kids Non-Fiction Booklist

With the increasing focus on reading non-fiction at all grade levels in school, the Darien Children's Librarians put together recommendations of some of their all-time favorite non-fiction books for kids of all ages!

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Kids Realistic Fiction Booklist

Do like reading books about kids just like you? What about kids fighting against all odds? Whether a fan of school stories, sports dramas, or friendship tales, these novels will help readers empathize with some of the most unforgettable characters.

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New Children's Books: May 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the fifth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [_Publisher's Weekly_ on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-t ...

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Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Where Did Jen Go

At The Top Of The Hour with ..... .....Laura (!) as Jen is experiencing "book crazy" in Chicago at the Annual Book Expo. She is meeting and talking with publishers, authors and other librarians about what will be the best in new books. Can't wait to hear about her travels next week. We welcomed Jimmy..... ......our Darien High School intern for the next five weeks. He is helping out ...

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Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Kids Classics

The books you loved growing up are the ones your parents loved and your child will love them too.

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Kids Books by or About Refugees and Immigrants

You can find these titles on both the F5 and the Kids Side of the Children's Library.

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Kids Books by or About Muslims

You can find these books on both the F5 and the Kids side of the Children's Library.

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Kids Books by or About Native Americans

You can find these books by or About Native Americans on both the F5 and the Kids Side of the Children's Library.

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Kids Books by or About LGBT

You can find these books on both the F5 and the Kids side of the Children's Library

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British Library Crime Classics

British Library Crime Classics is a wonderful series of old time mysteries that have been popular at the library. If you're looking for gentle intrigue at a British country home, or perhaps a locked room mystery, try this series.

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Thrill Ride

For those readers who enjoy psychological thrillers that keep you guessing to the end.

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Girls Night Out

Books that you want to share with your girlfriends.

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New Children's Books: June 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the fifth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-top ...

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Scientology: Stories From the Front Lines

Curious about the inner workings of Scientology? Here are some books and films from folks who left the group, or did deep investigation into the secretive organization.

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Abby Raises Eyebrows

**At The Top Of The Hour with Jen** Happy Days Are Here Again.... ...the New York Times recently printed a good, (....a great!) review by Sarah Lyall on Curtis Sittenfeld's **_Eligible_**. So the vapors have lifted from Jen and Stephanie as the NY Times Book Review crushed the one nitty nay-sayer from weeks passed (whose name will not be revealed). "Many readers, and twitterverse, came to ...

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Amanda's Favorites

Amanda enjoys reading young adult novels with fiercely independent and whip-smart heroines. The best fantasy novel she has read in years is _[Uprooted](/catalog/work/60172 "Uprooted")_ by Naomi Novik. Otherwise, she likes to read non-fiction titles and pretend to read productivity books cover to cover. She's also one of our romance readers (Regency era only, please).

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New Children's Books: July 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the sixth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-top ...

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New Children's Books: August 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the seventh month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-t ...

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Youth Fantasy Books

In these books you expect to find everything from dragons to gargoyles.

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Youth Must-Read Mysteries

A collection of Must-Read Mysteries written specifically for teens.

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Youth Books Written in Journal Format

Craving a book written in a Diary or Journal Format? Check out some of the books listed here!

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Light, Feel-Good Books

Books that are Light-hearted and leave a warm feeling in your tummy when reading.

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Youth Books About Friends and Friendship

Books written dealing with the subject of friends and friendship written for teens.

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Youth Printz award Winners and Honor Books

These are books from 2009-2007 that were either nominated or won "The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature."

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Julia Rae's Favorites

I am constantly trolling shelves and online resources for something interesting with particular enjoyment for both long, dramatic novels and short, read-in-one-sitting stories...what I pay attention to is the quality of writing and movement of plot. I am currently studying English, French, Creative Writing, and dabbling in African Studies, so a lot of what I read is centered on those subjects. My ...

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Mallory's Favorites

I dabble here and there, but you can usually find me buried in business or cultural non-fiction. Power Women as protagonists keeps me turning pages and I usually read a graphic novel or something YA in between the heavy-hitters. Hand me anything set in Korea and I’m a happy gal.

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Laura's Favorites

These are a list of titles that have surprised me this year. Not best sellers, but ones I love to recommend.

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Pat T's favorites

I enjoy novels that have strong character development with good plots, as well as non-fiction books-history,cooking/baking/self-help and memoirs. I always like to read in the evening before bed, as well as listen to audio books throughout the day as I drive and walk around town!

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Jo Selling Us Dreams

Jen went renegade again..... to New York City (and who can blame her, it was a beautiful day) So I pulled the POPULAR and NEW titles from the Wonderwall: **_32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working The Line_** a memoir; **_Becoming Grandma: The Joys And Science of The New Grandparenting_** by tv journalist Leslie Stahl; **_The Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance_** proof that an iv ...

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Barbara M's Favorites

This is a partial list of books I have enjoyed. I will read any book that is well-written but I am especially passionate about other cultures, history, word etymology, and France (especially Paris). Therefore, I read mainly (but not limited to) historical fiction and non-fiction.

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Virginia's Favorites

When it comes to books, I am an enthusiast of almost every genre. On any given day, there will always be a thriller/suspense, general fiction(ehm, chick lit), detective mystery, and some kind of self improvement book (for those aspirational days), sitting on my nightstand. Although, I do love to mix it up with fantasy, YA dystopian novels and historical fiction. Here are some of my favorites ...

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John's 2016 Spring Picks

It's been a long winter, but I managed to keep warm with a little help from some high-grade reading material. Enjoy!

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Manhattanhenge -- It's real

Welcome to the Memorial Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. We made it **People**. Break out the coolers, the Solo cups and the white pants! Commence the rejoicing! Here’s wishing you all a lovely long weekend that involves a healthy dose of whatever makes you happy come the Summer. As for **The Traveling Companion** and **myself**, we will be found at our favorite beach one of these weekend ...

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New Books for the Week of May 30th

Here is where you can find on the shelves that is new this week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up. Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk. Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

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Clear post-apocalyptic thriller winner

Jen didn't have actual books in hand to talk about but..... .... instead told us that next week she is having dinner with Maria Semple (**_Where'd You Go Bernadette_**) at Semple's editor's NYC apartment. Wow, what a dish event!! And then she has another author event, meeting with Amor Towles, (**_Rules of Civility_**) for the launch of his latest book **_A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel_** whi ...

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Tried and True Summer Reads

It was our last meeting of the year. So in tribute to our love for books, the group created a list of our favorite summer reads of the past. A little bit of something for all interests: breezy easy reads to deep thought-provoking books. A little bit of everything for many reading interests: **Historic Fiction:** _A Beautiful Place To Die_ and _Lonesome Dove_. **Mystery:** _The Coroner's ...

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Persons of Interest

Overcoming life's difficulties makes for an interesting life.

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Top Chef

Behind every good meal is a dedicated and creative chef! Have you ever thought about how a good chef comes into being? Well, with these good books, you will not only be entertained but you will come to appreciate all the hard work, grueling hours, failures, success and rewards of those with a passion for creating and serving that which sustains us...food!

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New Children's Books: September 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eighth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-t ...

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War

Can we measure the human cost?

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Women of Means

What financial independence can really buy for women.

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The Martin Beck Series

The Martin Beck series consists of 10 books. The first title, Roseanna was released in 1965, and the first english translation was in 1967. Fans of Nordic crime or series readers may see the influence this series had on later works by other Scandinavian crime writers. If you're looking to get into Nordic Noir, start with Martin Beck. The books explore Swedish culture of the time along with deep ch ...

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Written by Women, Solved By Women

From cozy to creepy, these female crime writers and their fictional creations use their own particular skills to see that justice is done. I have listed the first in series where possible. I've offered a mix of British, Nordic, and US authors for you to try out.

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READ-STRICTED

"Any book worth banning, is a book worth reading." Isaac Asimov A collection of some of our favorite banned/challenge books in honor of National Banned Book Week happening September 25th through October 1st.

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Shaken, Not Stirred: The Spy Edition

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to read all of the spy novels on this list.

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New Children's Books: October 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the ninth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-to ...

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Branch Books: Mystery and Sci-Fi

High Quality Stories on a Lower Reading Level (Hi-Lo). Great for children ages 9-12 who struggle with reading "at-level books" due to a reading disability.

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Branch Books: Adventure

High Quality Stories on a Lower Reading Level (Hi-Lo). Great for children ages 9-12 who struggle with reading "at-level books" due to a reading disability.

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Branch Books: Realistic Fiction

High Quality Stories on a Lower Reading Level (Hi-Lo). Great for children ages 9-12 who struggle with reading "at-level books" due to a reading disability.

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Virginia's 2016 Fall Favorites

Here are a few of books I am looking forward to reading over the next few months!

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October is Soup Month

The chill is in the air and the pantry is stocked with just canned, just picked fresh harvests from the garden. It is a perfect month for soup.

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Miss Anna's Fall 2016 Favorites

Some of my most anticipated and favorite book releases this fall!

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John's Ying and Yang Ideas

John came to visit today and presented two of his favorite titles -- the authors who he says are the ying and the yang of the literary world: Lauren Groff's **_Arcadia_** and Jonathan Franzen's _**Purity**_. And for those in the Halloween mood a quick, fun and dark read is _**Black Rabbit Hall**_ -- John says it is a "gothic Downton Abbey in decay" kind of story. And for the dog lovers out there, ...

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Deceptions, Manipulations, and Lies

These books are page-turners, filled with intrigue and suspense, to keep you reading into the wee hours of the night!

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12 Days Before Halloween

12 Days till Halloween and I gathered a few murder mysteries for the group to savor. A Louise Penny, Margaret Atwood and a collection of the best mystery short stories of 2016 plus others. Our visiting librarian today was Sally and she was breathless discussing Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger -- the pilot who safely landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River. "Great page turner, and such ...

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New Children's Books: November 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the tenth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-top ...

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Texas Westerns and Funny Stories

Texas westerns and funny novels visited the group this morning. Some "you just fall off your chair laughing" kind of stories, says Pat who presented with Marianne today. Jen visited as well, in hand with the newest titles from the Library's Wonder Wall. Her favorite book, set on the open ranges of the Long Star State, is **_News of The World_** by Paulette Jiles. "The best book I have read in thre ...

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Remembrance of Foods Past

Food memoirs combine the best of two worlds; biographies and cook books.

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Fantastical, Escapist Reads and a Bit of Royalty To Boot

Anna and Elisabeth from the Children's Library presented today. Elisabeth, who is a bit of a "queenafile" (and loving the new streaming TV series **_The Crown_** -- she highly recommends it) presented **_Game of Crowns_** to the group today, raving about the explosive tattle tale tidbit kind of House of Windsor news that they, the Royals, never wanted to be revealed. Fun, interesting and entertain ...

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A Visit from James

At the top of the hour Jen surprised us with "travel ease!" Also known in librarian language as Simultaneous Lonely Planet Travel Guide Downloads from OverDrive! (She also brought along the first three books in the list below, two good reads and one very fine cook book.) But her raison d'etre at the meeting this morning was travel. So Go! And no longer look like the tourist with paperback tra ...

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Business Book Group Selections

Every other month, the Library hosts a Business Book Group meeting. We gather to discuss a chosen title, talk about our real-world experiences with the ideas the books suggest, and network. Here are the titles we've discussed since the launch of the group in 2014!

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Rory and Lorelai's Reading List

Finish your binge of _Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life_? Still yearning for Stars Hollow and the fast-talking antics of your favorite mother and daughter duo? We've got you covered with some of Rory's favorite reads and some books we think the Gilmore ladies would love. _Image courtesy of [jeffmason](https://www.flickr.com/photos/23412868@N03/5341066529/) on Flickr._

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A Visit From Stephanie

Today everyone met Virginia who introduced the group to the library's latest innovation, "**The Book Matchmaker Station**" which can be found by the Welcome Desk on Main Street. The "**Matchmaker,**" for short, helps take the guess work out of book selections, by actually pairing “read-alikes” to the books, or authors, you have enjoyed in the past. Just a few clicks of the mouse and you have a l ...

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New Children's Books: December 2016

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eleventh month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by- ...

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A Visit from Mallory

Mallory visited the BBTF group today and brought a selection of Young Adult novels that the Library's "Forever Young" reading group has enjoyed. "Our book discussions are very engaging," said Mallory, "there is a connection the adult members have -- from their former childhood growing years to the parental roles they now face with their own children today." "Kill The Boy Band" focuses on teen age ...

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Darien Library Best Books of 2016

Every December, our librarians vote on their favorite books of the year. The ten books that get the most votes have the honor of being our Best Books! This year, the Best Books of 2016 are:

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New Children's Books: January 2017

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the twelfth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-t ...

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Dysfunctional Family Survivor Tales

So you think you are the only one with a dysfunctional family? Don't despair, you are in good company. Dysfunctional families prove to be a source of great inspiration for authors. Trust me this booklist will make you feel better about the antics of your own family.

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Best Books of 2016

The votes are in! This is a list of books our staff voted for as the BEST books of 2016. Have you read any of these titles?

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Books Make the Best Movies

I honestly don't know what Hollywood would do without the imagination of authors. Here are some incredible books to read before they hit the big screen in 2017.

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Dreamy Rooms

Library books that bring a sense of style to your home.

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Valentine's Day Books

Books to LOVE this Valentine's Day!

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New Children's Books: February 2017

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the first month of 2017. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit **[Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by- ...

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Celebrating Black Voices

Celebrate Black History Month with some of our favorite reads, inspired by some of the most revolutionary voices of our time. You'll find classics alongside some of our newest favorites.

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New Children's Books: March 2017

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the second month of 2017. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-to ...

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If you like HBO's Big Little Lies Then Read These Books

If you are already obsessed with HBO's series "Big Little Lies," based on the novel by Lianne Moriarty, then you will love the books on this list.

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Books that are Better than a Pot of Gold

In honor of St. Patrick's Day these books will have you thinking everything Irish. As they say in Gaelic..."Léitheoireacht Shona" or Happy Reading!

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Children's Easter Books

Hop into Spring with these Easter tales for the whole family!

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Favorite Children's Poetry Books

Some of our favorite children's poetry books include works from beloved poets such as Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Marilyn Singer.

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Books for fans of S-Town

If you loved the podcast S-Town, here are some books to add to your nightstand.

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Connecticut: A Very Talented State

Connecticut serves as home to a whole slew of literary talent. Why not try one of these books by authors who have ties to our beautiful state.

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Little But Mighty

Short and sweet. These books make a big impact in 200 pages or less.

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Young at Heart

In the world of books, everyone is young at heart. Here is a great starter list of YA crossover fiction.

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Audiobooks

Are you commuting? Do you want to get lost in a book while doing chores? Borrow an audiobook for hands-free listening!

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Second Look Books

We think these books are so good that they deserve a second look.

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Novel Novels

Why not stretch your reading boundaries and try a new genre!

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First In Series Across Genres

You might be surprised to learn just how many folks love to go deep with a character by reading a series. We've offered up a list of first in series titles that should contain something for anyone and everyone.

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Read Your Way Around The World

Discover new places through the written word. All of the books on this list take place outside of the U.S.

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Modern Versions of Classic Tales

Ever curious how Mr. Darcy would act in 2017? These authors have adapted our favorite classic tales into modern settings. Which do you prefer?

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International Authors

Great books from international authors!

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Celebrity Memoirs

Surprisingly good celebrity memoirs you won't want to miss!

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Science Fiction

Will science outpace humanity? Time will only tell.

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Books Set in the Future

Wondering what the future will look like?

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By The Numbers

Generally, I like words more than numbers, but I will make an exception for books that feature a number in their title.

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Short Stories

These bite-size stories pack a powerful punch!

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Get in the Game

From reality to fiction...sports often provides the perfect backdrop for inspiring tales of perseverance, hard work and triumph.

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Cackle, Hoot, Holler

Laughing has been proven to help heart health so lets make a scene on the quiet car!

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Binge Worthy Series

Who needs Netflix when the library has so many good series available for people to binge watch for free.

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Banned Books Bucket List

Join us in celebrating National Banned Books Week by reading a banned book during the week of September 24th through 30th. In fact, read a whole slew of banned books whenever you want. Here is a bucket list of banned books spanning everything from children books to YA novels to literary classics. Remember, words have power.

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Books to Help Your Writing

Do you need help to craft your novel? These books look at world building, the craft of writing, and how to cross that finish line to becoming a published author.

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A Moment in History, The Vietnam War

Here is a list of great books, both fiction and non-fiction, to learn more about the Vietnam War and this time in history.

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Darien Library Best Books of 2017

Every December, our librarians vote on their favorite books of the year. The five books that get the most votes have the honor of being our Best Books! This year, the Best Books of 2017 are:

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Read It Before You See It

Here is a list of books being made into movies in 2018. Don't miss your chance to read the book before the movie is released.

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Essential Reads for Women's History

Some essential reads for Women's History Month.

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The Go To Books For Planning A Wedding

Are you planning a wedding or like me helping your daughter plan a wedding? Here are the books that helped during this wonderful, beautiful time.

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Crime from Down Under

Here are a few titles by Australian crime fiction writers.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was started in 1977 via Congressman Representative Frank Horton. In 1992, Congress formally designated May as [Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month](https://dar.to/2IGid51 "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month"). President Barack Obama issued a [proclamation](https://dar.to/2kgB9bM "proclamation") in 2009 which included the new name Asian American and Pacifi ...

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Debuting Authors

These are debuting novels but boy are they good. This is a category in our Adult Summer Reading Challenge!

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It's a Mystery

Add a shiver to your summer with these thrilling mysteries! This is a category for our adult summer reading challenge!

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Staff Favorites

These are what the staff is currently obsessing over! This is also a category for our Adult Summer Reading challenge!

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One Word Title

Sparse titles, rich stories. This is also a category for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge!

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Inspirational Reads

These books will inspire, enrich, and enthrall you! This is also a category in our Adult Summer Reading challenge!

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Young Adult Novels

These fresh reads are for all ages! This is also a category in our Adult Summer Reading Challenge

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Great American Reads for June

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human ...

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International Reads

Travel to distant lands through Airline Darien Library. This is also a category for our Adult Summer Reading!

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Staff Favorites of July

This is what we're LOVING this month! Also, this is a category for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge!

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Memoirs

Written by the author, about the author. This is also a category for our Adult Summer Reading Challenge!

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Great American Reads for July

We're participating in PBS's challenge to find The Great American Read! From the list we thought these were the best to read in the month of July. Click [here](http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/) to cast your vote! This is also a category for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge.

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Great Listening Ahead

As the summer kicks into gear, pack an audio book or two, for your family road trip!

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Read Along With Scholars

Phi Beta Kappa, the worlds oldest Academic Honor Society, just released their Summer Reading List. Join in on the fun!

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Summer Blooms

Books filled with inspiration!

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For The Empty Nesters

Its back-to-school time and for many that means it is time to celebrate and/or mourn having an empty nest at home. Whether you are looking for guidance or just a novel to make you laugh, here is a list for all of you empty nesters!

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Cozy Mysteries

Cozy up this fall with some fluffy mysteries!

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Heartwarming Reads

Caught a fall cold? Warm yourself up with one of these stories!

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Julia Rae's Need to Reads List

Enjoy them or your money back!

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Fall into Fiction

As the air gets crisp and the days get short there is nothing better than a good book.

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Books That Will Scare the Pants Off of You

Gear up for Halloween with these dark, creepy, and down right TERRIFYING books!

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Graphic Memoirs

Whereas the traditional memoir format leaves it to the reader's imagination to construct a visual for the story, graphic memoirs feature a comic format, most often drawn by the author, to allow you to _see_ what life is like through their own lens. It's a deeper, and often more visceral, reading experience than you'll find with text-only narratives.

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Staff Favorites of 2018

Cue the drum roll. It is time for the most anticipated booklist of the year: Darien Library staff's favorite books of 2018! So without further ado, here are the top thirteen titles we loved this year.

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