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Ages 2-5

'Happy in Our Skin,' by Fran Manushkin. Is there anything more splendid than a baby's skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique and what holds us together.

Ages 6-9

'Absolutely Lucy #7: Lucy's Holiday Surprise,' by Ilene Cooper. Bobby is excited to have two adopted baby sisters, but he's also excited for Christmas. While his parents take care of the babies, Bobby and his beagle, Lucy, play in the snow and even build a snow beagle! But as Christmas gets closer, Bobby starts to worry. His parents haven't had time to decorate the house, or get a tree, or bake cookies. Will the Quinn family be able to get ready for Christmas before it's too late? With a little help from friends, family, and one special beagle, they just might!

Adult nonfiction

'Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both,' by Adam D Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer. What does it take to succeed? This question has fueled a long-running debate. Some have argued that humans are fundamentally competitive, and that pursuing self-interest is the best way to get ahead. Others claim that humans are born to cooperate and that we are most successful when we collaborate with others. Researchers Galinsky and Schweitzer explain why this debate misses the mark. Rather than being hardwired to compete or cooperate, we have evolved to do both. In every relationship, from co-workers to friends to spouses to siblings we are both friends and foes. It is only by learning how to strike the right balance between these two forces that we can improve our long-term relationships and get more of what we want.

Adult fiction

'Shock of Night (First book in the Darkwater Saga series),' by Patrick W Carr. When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word. Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it's as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he's been passed the rarest gift of all; a gift that's not supposed to exist. Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he's pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world — a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

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