The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Beth says:
A heartwarming story, narrated with humor and compassion unexpectedly. A young girl, living in Nazi Germany during WWII, discovers a book and the power of words.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Raychel says:
The Outsiders is the first assigned book I read in high school that I absolutely loved. Ponyboy, his brothers, and his best friend Johnny show how hard it can be to survive when you have very little.

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Chris says:
An incredibly powerful story. Emotional as it is insightful, this memoir takes a look at the intersection between food and trauma.

The Patriot

Cheryl says:
This movie is filled with action, history, and excitement. Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger are great. The movie takes you along for an incredible, heartbreaking ride through the American Revolution.

Best of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Lindsay says:
I loved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up, and now my son absolutely loves Daniel Tiger. Daniel will teach your little one how to do things from sharing, to even using the potty.

Southernmost by Silas House

Donna says:
Local author, Silas House, makes you feel as if he is a family member. I have read all five of his books, with Southernmost being the newest. Like the rest of his books, once you pick it up, you cannot put it down. Southernmost is a novel regarding a contemporary issue from a “backhome” point of view.

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Beth says:
Another post-apocalyptic masterpiece!! If you liked The Stand, you will like this book—great character development, the struggle to survive, and good vs. evil will draw you in and keep you reading until the epic battle is fought and won. But won by whom?

 

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

Shelby says:
When you read this book, you feel as though you were there as events were unwinding. From the day the 101st division was created to the capturing of the Kehlsteinhaus, you’ll want to read until the very end.

Not Too Late by Norah Jones

Donna says:
I love Norah Jones’s voice. Her range is tremendous. I have seen her in concert, and her personality is such that you feel like she is in your living room singing. This same concept comes across on her CDs. Her songs are all about life and love, and living them.

 

After Laughter by Paramore

Jill says:
Paramore’s music has taken a huge step forward with their latest album. There is a strong ’80s influence, and I love the juxtaposition of upbeat melodies with melancholy lyrics.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Raychel says:
Photojournalist Will Navidson discovers that somehow his house is bigger on the inside than the outside…and it’s growing larger. Told from different points of view that add to and detract from the story, House of Leaves is unlike any other book.

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Raychel says:
Dolores Claiborne is my all-time favorite King book. All the characters are incredible. This is one of King’s best works to show that the real monsters aren’t always supernatural—sometimes they’re people.

Legend

Lindsay says:
Excellent movie. You really can’t beat Tom Hardy’s way of bringing his characters to life.