This Little Light of MIne

The award winning illustrator, E.B. Lewis brings this old negro spiritual to life with illustrations of a boy who spreads his own light by helping others.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother

Award winning author Walter Dean Myer’s new book, Autobiography of My Dead Brother, is a realistic, gritty, look at how even the smallest events and situations can have huge impacts. This book, which has already won the National Book Award for Young Adult Literature, combines elements of street lit, sketch book illustrations, and graphic novels, to create an accurate and compelling look into the lives of some of Harlem’s residents.
*Special Note – If you have read Adam Mansbach’s Angry Black White Boy, or met Mansbach at the Neutral Zone, check this book out! Different topics, same way of sticking with you days after you have finished.

Where I want to be by Adele Griffin

Adele Griffin tells a compelling story about two sisters, Jane and Lily. In alternating chapters, from Jane's, then Lily's point of view, it gradually becomes clear that Jane is telling the story after her death in a car accident. Lilly is telling hers from the present. Jane had struggled most of her life with mental illness, often having difficulty separating the real from the unreal and only found solace with her loving grandparents. Lilly is attractive and popular but with her loss, tightens her grip on Caleb, her understanding boyfriend.

Just Like That

Just Like That is the eighth novel by award-winning author Marsha Qualey. Hanna, 18, is opinionated, independent, and finds refuge with her artistic talents. One night she happens upon a scene by a frozen lake that turns tragic and challenges her integrity and character. Hanna meets Will; there is a strong attraction. They realize they both have a connection to the tragedy on the lake. There's an interview with the author and interesting background to this book at her website

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (10/23/05)

Five authors with previous appearances on the list return this week with their latest releases.

At #1 is The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly: taking a break from Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch, Connelly has created a new unforgetable character with this slightly shady lawyer who takes a case and finds himself quickly in over his head.

At #2 is Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts: an arson investigator finds herself threatened by a sociopath in the latest romantic thriller by this prolific author.

Great Apes

As heard on Talk of the Nation Science Fridays on NPR, primatologist Frans de Waal has a brand new book entitled Our Inner Ape. De Waal is part scientist and part philosopher when he urges us to reflect on non-human animals' ability to analyze, feel, and communicate.

Kate DiCamillo Coming to A2!

If you have never met Kate DiCamillo it will be worth the wait at Nicola's Books on Friday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. We are all excited about Kate's new novel, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane which is coming out in 2006.

Lickety-Split Meals

Registered Dietician and Certified Fitness instructor Zonya Foco will speak at the Head-to-Toe Women's Expo in Ypsilanti this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Foco, a former dietician with St. Joseph's hospital in Ypsilanti and more recently the host of PBS' "Zonya's Health Bites", spoke about her 1998 book Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go! this morning on 107one f.m.

The Minister's Daughter by Julie Hearn

The story of The Minister's Daughter is not what you may think. Grace, the beautiful daughter, plays a major part in the story but the main character is Nell, granddaughter of the local cunning woman, a healer and midwife who is passing on her lore to Nell. It is the time of civil war in England between the Royalists and the Puritans. Grace's father, the minister, is one of many rabid witch hunters. When Grace becomes pregnant, she blames Nell who she says practiced witchcraft on her. Caught up in the hysterical frenzy, the townspeople hunt down Nell. Patience, Grace's sister, tells the same story in alternating chapters from the stand of the Salem Witch trials in 1645.


As part of our on-going partnership with The Neutral Zone here's your chance to meet TEEN author and editor, David Levithan. David will be appearing for FREE at the Neutral Zone (637 S. Main) Tuesday, October 18 @ 7:00PM. He will be talking about his books ( Boy Meets Boy, Realm of Possibility and the NEW Are We There Yet? ), writing and his experiences as an editor at Scholastic Books and more! Hope we see you there...

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