Thursday, February 7, 2019

Homebody

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A removable design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in Homebody will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.

Nonfiction. Call number: 747 Gai. View in our catalog

Bitterroot

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

Susan Devan Harness

In Bitterroot Susan Devan Harness traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive father about her "real" parents. He replied that they had died in a car accident not long after she was born--except they hadn't, as Harness would learn in a conversation with a social worker a few years later.

Harness's search for answers revolved around her need to ascertain why she was the target of racist remarks and why she seemed always to be on the outside looking in. New questions followed her through college and into her twenties when she started her own family. Meeting her biological family in her early thirties generated even more questions. In her forties Harness decided to get serious about finding answers when, conducting oral histories, she talked with other transracial adoptees. In her fifties she realized that the concept of "home" she had attributed to the reservation existed only in her imagination.

Making sense of her family, the American Indian history of assimilation, and the very real--but culturally constructed--concept of race helped Harness answer the often puzzling questions of stereotypes, a sense of nonbelonging, the meaning of family, and the importance of forgiveness and self-acceptance. In the process Bitterroot also provides a deep and rich context in which to experience life.

Memoir. Call number: BIOG Harness. View in our catalog

Dear Libby

Dear Libby: Will You Answer My Questions about Friendship?

Libby Kiszner

Deep and lasting friendships are essential to our psychological and physical well-being. According to recent studies, they even lower blood pressure and improve brain function. Teens, in particular, benefit greatly from a network of friends they can trust. Unfortunately, between bullying, teen violence, social anxiety, online gaming, and other issues, many teens feel isolated. In Dear Libby, trusted columnist Libby Kiszner answers real questions from real teens about friendship: What should I do when people who are supposed to be my friends call me names or embarrass me? What should do I do if I'm being ignored at school? What is the best way to handle loneliness? Someone just stole my friend. What can I do? What can I do when my friends get together and "forget" to invite me? Dear Libby imparts wisdom without judgment and advice with anonymity. The book includes quizzes, tips, activities, and teaching strategies, plus techniques for improving communication skills, building confidence, managing stress, and more.

Teen nonfiction. Call number: YA 158.25 Kis. View in our catalog

Dragon Pearl

Dragon Pearl

Yoon Ha Lee

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min's quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams. This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

Youth fiction. Call number: J FIC Lee. View in our catalog

An Unlikely Ballerina

An Unlikely Ballerina

Krystyna Poray Goddu, illustrations by Cosei Kawa

Young Lily Marks loves to stand on her tiptoes. When her parents notice weakness in her legs, her doctor suggests dancing lessons to strengthen them. Lily falls in love with ballet—but can this fragile girl ever become a serious dancer? When the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova comes to town, Lily just has to meet her. Maybe Pavlova—small, delicate, and Jewish like Lily—hold the key to Lily's future.

Youth easy book. Call number: J EASY God. View in our catalog

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