Past Signed First Editions Selections

Although the Signed First Editions Club has ended, the selections represent the best of what was published in Adult Literature, Young Adult Literature, and Children's Picture books from the fall of 2015 through the summer of 2018

Our past selections and special offerings have received recognition including a Caldecott Medal, a Caldecott Honor, The YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, a Story Prize, and many starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the School Library Journal. Whether you're looking for a great read or a great gift, you can't go wrong with one of these! 

July 2018 selections:

Children's Picture Book: How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace by Carole Boston
From Mamie: Accompanied by the sophisticated paintings of Frank Morrison, Weatherford's poetry brings the well-known hymn "Amazing Grace" to life for children. Weatherford takes us from the hymn's creation by the Englishman, Reverend John Newton, to the present day to show how it has been an ever-present part of our history. The book contains resources for those who want to know (and hear) more. 

Young Adult Literature: The Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
From Mamie:  We've got a map thing going with our summer YA reads. In Isle of Blood and Stone, maps provide the way to investigate and solve the mysteries of the past. There's a little of every wonderful thing in Lucier's book: romance, magic, adventure, family intrigue, and politics. The main character, Elias, is the perfect guide for this fascinating story. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly)

Adult Literature: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
From Abbe: Anne Tyler is master of the quiet domestic drama tinged with quirky humor. Clock Dance may be her most amusing novel to date. The cast of ordinary yet oddball characters resides in a borderline sketchy neighborhood, and will charm and delight you. A bittersweet and poignant story of an older woman finally finding her voice in the world. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly)

 

June 2018 selections:

Children's Picture Book: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
From Michelle: Lavish isn't a word we throw around lightly, but WOW! Hello Lighthouse is a timeless book of nautical splendor, as imaginative and informative as it is beautiful. A real heart-squeezer by Caldecott winner Blackall. With five starred reviews, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, we suspect this will be a Caldecott nominee also

Young Adult Literature: The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Keynab Joukhadar
From Broche: Scheherazade's The Thousand and One Nights meets Alan Gratz's Refugee in this important debut novel. A 12th century fable about an apprentice mapmaker is interwoven with a modern-day Syrian refugee's search for a home. The plot follows both girls through the Middle East as they encounter tremendous danger but also immense acts of kindness. A story of family, culture, landscape, and universal hope, this is a must-read for both teens and adults. (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

Adult Literature: Florida by Lauren Groff
From Mamie: I knew Lauren Groff was a fine writer after reading Fates and Furies, so I couldn't wait to dig into this new short story collection. The mostly female protagonists, one of whom appears in several stories, evoked strong feelings of kinship in me. Groff's familiarity with the temperamental Florida landscape and seascape is used to great advantage. A literary summer read! (Starred review in Kirkus and a two-page review in Publishers Weekly)

May 2018 selections:

Children's Picture Book: Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan & Eric Fan
From Erin: The Fan brothers have created a magical dream world that young readers will want to return to again and again. Each page spread invites children to pore over the details and imagine the possibilities such a world could hold. Finn's journey to visit his grandfather is one of the best picture book adventures I've ever been on. (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

Young Adult Literature: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
From Broche: Two days before Jane McKeene was born, the dead in the Civil War battlefields began to walk the earth. Jane's mixed race heritage and dark skin mean she is now training to be an Attendant, a zombie killer whose job it is to protect the white woman she is contracted to. She and her friends become embroiled in the politics and treacherous landscape of post-Reconstruction America in this alternate history. (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal)

Adult Literature: Varina by Charles Frazier
From Sarah: In the elegant and compelling prose that made Cold Mountain an award-winning bestseller, Frazier brings Varina Howell Davis, the wife of Jefferson Davis, to life. The story is told in two voices: Varina's and Jimmie Limber's, the black boy she raised as a son and was forced to abandon when she and the rest of her children fled Richmond. In her review for The Washington Post, Mary Doria Russell calls the novel "an indictment of complicity without ignoring the historical complexity of the great evil at the core of American history."

April 2018 selections:

Children's Picture Book (2 selections): Sleep Train by Jonathan London (author) and Lauren Eldridge (Illustrator)
From Mamie: A brown-skinned boy is lying in bed reading a copy of Sleep Train, and travels in his imagination in this book by Jonathan London. The full-page illustrations by Eldridge use found objects and the diminishing light to create a soothing atmosphere to accompany the relaxing, repetitive sounds of the text. A wonderful bedtime book that will be chosen again and again!

Children's Picture Book: This is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming
From Mamie: Will spring ever come this year? While we wait, This is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming will keep everyone in the forward-looking mood. With rhyming text and bold gorgeous illustrations, Fleming tells us a story of cooperation, as all the animals pitch in to help Robin get ready for her offspring. Publishers Weekly says, "Like a fresh spring breeze, Fleming's cumulative tale celebrates a favorite symbol of the season, a robin's nest."

Young Adult Literature: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
From Michelle: X. R. Pan's astonishing debut novel sensitively deals with fifteen-year-old Leigh's mother's long fight with depression amid a lifetime of heartbreak. The magical elements are both haunting and exhilarating as we follow Leigh's metamorphosis into the strong, resilient, and brilliant artist she was meant to be, reminding us of the power of grief. Not for teens only--adults will also love this book! (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal)

Adult Literature: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
From Mamie: I'm always looking for books for the Signed FirstEditions Club that have a combination of stellar writing, well-developed characters, and a message that has lasting relevance. The Female Persuasion fits the bill. The novel explores what it means to be a feminist in today's world, and provides a history of the women's movement. With this book, Wolitzer earns her place on the shelf with other groundbreaking authors such as Betty Friedan and Virginia Woolf. (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

 

March 2018 selections:

Children's Picture Book (2 selections): Islandborn by Junot Diaz
From Carol in the Children's Department: Junot Diaz has used his considerable talent to pen this charming story of a young girl who has to draw a picture of the place she came from. That poses a problem, since she left the island when she was a baby. An intuitive teacher suggests she ask folks to share their memories of island life. The liveliness and joy of island culture sparkle on each page of this vibrantly illustrated picture book. For children and lucky adults! (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal)

Children's Picture Book: Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon, Author; Lee White, Illustrator
From Carol in the Children's Department: One of my favorite books of the spring! With rhythmical flair, Scanlon describes the wind that blows around the "house on the tip-top of a steep hill" and causes increasing chaos for the gentleman who lives there. Kate, at the bottom, hears him moan, and knows just what to do. Charming, expressive mixed-media illustrations capture the capricious but unrelenting wind and the confident competence of Kate as the she plants trees, the perfect solution. Notes at the end provide information for young naturalists. (Starred reviews in School Library Journal and Kirkus)

Young Adult Literature: What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
From the Broche in the Children's Department: Lyrical, evocative language is the real strength of this book, which is equally a love letter to the influence of music and a holocaust remembrance. The story is poignant, its matter-of-fact details presented so magically that the juxtaposition makes the harsh reality all the clearer. What the Night Sings is exceedingly powerful, and the illustrations provide beautiful garnish for the writing. (Starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly)

Adult Literature: The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat
From Mamie: Nafkote Tamirat was named in this Publishers Weekly article featuring highly anticipated novels by new writers. (Our August author, Tommy Orange, is also featured.) In the larger setting of Boston and the smaller setting of a local parking lot, the unnamed 15-year-old narrator navigates her days both as a precocious young woman full of courage and confidence, and as a typical teenager dealing with her father's protectiveness and her mother's absence. This book reminded me of other favorite coming-of-age stories like Another Brooklyn and The House On Mango Street. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly)

February 2018 selections:

Children's Picture Book: LOVE by Matt de la Pena, Loren Long
From Mamie: It seems there's nothing new under the sun to be said about love, and then I run across a book like this. The lyrical prose poetry of de la Peña and the beautiful drawings by the award-winning Long make this a book to be handed down through the generations. It's not sugar-coated either, but a stirring look at the realities of what it means to love. I can't wait for my grandson to get this in the mail. (I'm getting a copy for my bookshelf too!) (Starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly)

Middle Grade Book: Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
From Michelle: This heart-rending fictionalized account of Betty Shabazz's tween years, co-authored by her daughter, illuminates her admirable responses to hardships and injustice: forgiveness, gratitude, and a yearning to work for a better future. These traits helped Betty bloom into the community leader and civil rights activist who later married Malcolm X. Short, vividly detailed chapters make this an inspiring story sure to resonate with young readers. For ages 10+ (Starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly)

Young Adult Literature: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
From Michelle: According to Promethean legend, the God of the Sky fell in love with the Goddess of Beauty, but grew jealous when she paid too much attention to their children, the first humans. He cursed their offspring by making them gray and ugly. But Beauty created the Belles, women who can transform humans to make them beautiful--for a price. I couldn't put this compelling examination of body power and identity down.  (Starred review in Kirkus)

Adult Literature: White Houses by Amy Bloom
From my staff pick: I love everything Amy Bloom writes, and White Houses is no exception. This fictional account of the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickock is fascinating. From Hickock's point of view, we learn about her childhood, growing up in near poverty, to her rise as a journalist during the Roosevelt presidency. After FDR's death, the two women reunite, and Bloom illuminates their unique companionship. This is an intimate look at this controversial relationship between the two very different women, and the period of history in which they experienced it. It is set in the past, but very much a story for the present. (Starred review in Kirkus)

January 2018 selections:

Children's Picture Book: Grandma's Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
From Mamie: In Grandma's Purse, Brantley-Newton brought me back to the day when I could be endlessly entertained by the tissues and lipstick and mysterious things in my grandmother's pocketbook. And now I'm a grandmother myself, digging deep to keep my restless grandson busy. Kirkus says it best: "This book is an excellent treat for grandkids to share with their own grandmas and grandpas, or the other way around." (Vanessa will be reading from Grandma's Purse at QRB on January 27, 2018, at 2 pm.)

Young Adult Literature: Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely
From Broche: Watch out, Annie Oakley! Serendipity (Pity) Jones has come to Cessation, and she's making her (expert) mark on this city of sin. When Pity finds herself at the center of a plot to overthrow Cessation's ruler, she must decide what is more important: the lives of her new friends, her new love, or her freedom. A fast-paced, riveting debut novel featuring a cast of strong women. Make sure you don't miss the mark by overlooking this fantastic read! (Lyndsay will be reading from Gunslinger Girl at QRB January 19, 2018, at 7 pm.)

Adult Literature: A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee
From Mamie: Neel Mukherjee's novel, A State of Freedom, has just won the Mamie Potter Best Book Read in 2017 Award! This book left me stunned (this is not hyperbole). When I finished the last powerful, one-sentence chapter, I went back and read the first chapter again. I realized how skillfully Mukherjee laid the groundwork for the novel and its intricate story of five people whose lives butt up against each other in startling ways. (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

December 2017 selections:

Children's Picture Book: Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares
From Michelle in the Children's Department: A pair of cardinals love their shady home in a tall evergreen, but they become separated when the tree is cut down and hauled away to New York City to become a Christmas tree. A poignant and extraordinary tale about miracles, illustrated with dazzling watercolor perspectives. A new holiday classic! (Starred reviews in School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly)

Young Adult Literature: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
From Michelle in the Children's Department: Fifteen-year-old Will's older brother, Shawn, has just been murdered. Will hops on an elevator bent on revenge. But on each floor, a new passenger gets on, a passenger who is in some way connected to Shawn. Seven floors with six visitors. Brilliant free-verse story. Each word is precisely chosen to grab your heart and mess with your head. (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

Adult Literature: In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
From Mamie's staff pick: I felt as though I had had a "south of the border" history lesson at the end of Isabel Allende's new novel, In the Midst of Winter. The Albert Camus quote from which the title comes takes on many meanings in the story. Two NYU professors, Richard Bowmaster and his tenant, Lucía Maraz, both in their sixties, have each resigned themselves to a ho-hum existence. When a snowstorm brings Evelyn Ortega, a housekeeper for a wealthy family, into the picture, the three lives become horribly entangled and anything but boring. The story took me from Brooklyn to Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, and Brazil as the three brought their unique histories to the story. It is a love story and a story of the plight of the immigrant, a page turner. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly)

November 2017 selections:

Children's Picture BookBaabwaa & Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship by David Elliott, illus. by Melissa Sweet
From Michelle in the Children's Department: Two meek and quiet sheep seeking adventure encounter a third sheep. But this one has a long snout and disgusting, sharp teeth. Wait a minute, that's no sheep! Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet's expressive characters and quirky artistic details add a charming dimension to David Elliot's clever and hilarious story about unlikely friendships. A joy to read aloud. (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

Young Adult Literature: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
From the Children's Department: Nyxia is a substance that can be made into almost anything, but it's only found on a planet similar to earth. A group of teens, including Emmett Atwater, compete to see who will be sent to mine the valuable substance. For Emmett, winning would mean an end to his family's poverty and medical care for his ailing mother. The stakes are high, the competition fierce. Beautiful debut novel!

Adult Literature: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
From Mamie: "Thank you for this rainy day," is all I could say as I plowed through Jennifer Egan's new novel, Manhattan Beach. From the first few pages, where Anna Kerrigan goes with her father to meet Dexter Styles for business, I was hooked. With more twists than a mountain road and shocking revelations, the story of the Anna, her father, and the business partner sped downhill to an explosive ending. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly and KirkusUnfortunately, when the signed copies of Manhattan Beach arrived at the store, we found that they are not first editions. Please email if you would still like to receive a copy, and we will give you a 20% discount. If you choose not to take the book, it will not count against your two refusals per year.

 

October 2017 selections:

Children's Picture BookMiguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote by Margarita Engle (Author), Raul Colón (Illustrator)
From Michelle in the Children's Department: Through Engle's masterful free verse, we learn about the difficult life of Miguel Cervantes, father of the modern novel, whose vivid daydreams of daring knights provided refuge from his family's troubles and inspired one of the world's most influential books, Don Quixote. Gorgeous pen and ink illustrations perfectly contrast Miguel's dreams with his reality, speaking to the power of story in our lives. A beautiful and engaging book to treasure. (Starred reviews in School Library Journaland Kirkus)
 

Young Adult Literature: Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart
From Broche in the Children's Department: In this second thriller by beloved YA author, e. lockhart (known for her Printz Award-winning book, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks), the reader must decide which story relayed by which character is the truth. We know Jule is a liar. We know Imogen is a cheater. Which one is the murderess? Which one is still alive? The flashback structure of the tale makes you flip faster and faster through the pages to discover (what may or may not be) the truth. (Starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly)
 

Adult Literature: Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
From Mamie: Helprin's books take up an inordinate amount of space on my "favorites" bookshelf. A Soldier of the Great Warand In Sunlight and In Shadow are on my top ten list of favorite books. This new novel has earned a prominent place on the shelf too. I am always taken by Helprin's gorgeous, dense writing, and the way he weaves a compelling story; but one of the things I love most about him is the way he talks about the attraction that men have for women in ways that are fresh and alluring. I raced almost to the end of this 400-page book, captivated by the story, and then crept through the final pages, reluctant to be finished. (Starred review in Kirkus)

 

September 2017 selections:

Children's Picture Book: How to Be An Elephant by Katherine Roy
From Children's Department: I fell in love with the beautiful illustrations in this picture book inspired by the life of Flannery O'Connor. A young girl brings home a peacock to be the king of her fowl collection, but he refuses to show off his colorful tail. The girl tries everything to get the peacock to display his plumage. When she adds the queen of the birds, a peahen, to her collection, the peacock immediately spreads his glorious tail. From Kirkus: "Feathered friends of many varieties adorn this charming volume that evokes bygone times of unfettered outdoor play and highlights a little-known episode in the life of a remarkable woman." 

Young Adult Literature: Warcross by Marie Lu
From the Children's Department: The first of two novels, Warcross (Warcross #1), has all the elements of an article in the tech magazine, Wired: teen hackers, viral video games, international internet spies. It's obvious that Marie Lu knows the video game industry inside and out as she takes the main character, Emika Chen, from a simple hacker trying to make ends meet to the top of the industry while trying to solve a more sinister plot to sabotage the game. We couldn't put this one down! (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

Adult Literature: Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

From Mamie: Sometimes, after I've read a great book by an author, I judge! When I picked up a copy of James McBride's new collection of stories, Five-Carat Soul, I was prepared to be disappointed. How could he possibly top The Good Lord Bird? Was I ever surprised in the best way possible! These stories have all the magnificent qualities of the National Book Award-winning novel: quirky and poignant and hilarious characters amid life in myriad situations, humanity at its most human presented in beautiful writing. A couple of multi-story combinations read like novellas, and satisfied my need to know more about the most interesting of those characters. McBride has set the bar high once again. 

(Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

 


August 2017 selections:

Children's Picture Book: The King of the Birds by Acree Graham Macam, author; Natalie Nelson, illustrator (signed by both)

From Mamie: I fell in love with the beautiful illustrations in this picture book inspired by the life of Flannery O'Connor. A young girl brings home a peacock to be the king of her fowl collection, but he refuses to show off his colorful tail. The girl tries everything to get the peacock to display his plumage. When she adds the queen of the birds, a peahen, to her collection, the peacock immediately spreads his glorious tail. From Kirkus: "Feathered friends of many varieties adorn this charming volume that evokes bygone times of unfettered outdoor play and highlights a little-known episode in the life of a remarkable woman." 

Young Adult Literature: Refugee by Alan Gratz
From Cindy in the Children's Department: A superbly written, historically-based account of three children and their families who face continuing threats to their lives as they leave their homes in search of safety, freedom, and hope for the future. With stories from 1939, 1994, and 2015, Refugeetells the horrific struggles of those who flee areas where oppression, hunger, and violence reign, for the chance to have the lives so many of us take for granted. (Starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly)

Adult Literature: We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy
From our store manager, Sarah: I was completely immersed in Estep Nagy's debut novel, We Shall Not All Sleep, a perfectly constructed story of two families vacationing on an island in Maine during the Cold War summer of 1964. Nagy contrasts the warm, idyllic, beautifully rendered setting with the chill of manipulations and deceptions both personal and political. The family dynamics could best be summed up by the father, who explains to his young son how important it is to "learn when to lie, to whom, and to do it well." (You can read Sarah's Q&A with Estep Nagy here.)

July 2017 selections:
Adult Literature: House of Names by Colm Tóibín

This re-telling of the story of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon and their children—the ill-fated Iphigeneia, vengeful Electra, and the ineffectual son Orestes—reads like a fast-paced novel. Exploring the themes of revenge, lust (both sexual and wander-), wars and the depths to which men will go to win them, and questions of faith in the gods, House of Names is full of intrigue and surprises. If you’re familiar with this story, the book will still be a great read, because Tóibín’s writing is wonderful, and he detours from the original story in places to make it fresh. (Starred review in Publisher’s Weekly)

Young Adult Literature: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Former store owner, Nancy Olson, loved Sarah Dessen from the first book she wrote. In Dessen’s newest novel, the main character, Louna, is jaded about romance because of the death of her first love and dealing with difficult brides through her family’s wedding business. Her disillusionment is challenged when the brother of one of the brides, Ambrose, enters the picture. From Kirkus: “Romance, humor, kindhearted characters, and a touch of painful reality make this another sure bet for Dessen fans.”

Children's Picture Book: Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin (author), Daniel Salmieri (illustrator) (signed by the author)

What do you get when you put dragons in a time machine looking for taco seeds? Lots of laughs. Things quickly get out of hand as they try to calibrate the time machine and get to the right time in history. In the end, dragons and figures from the past meet for a big taco celebration. From The Children’s Book Review: “If you thought that Dragons Love Tacos was as satisfyingly ludicrous as we did, then you and your fellow dragon/taco lovers are going to devour Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel with relish (or guacamole and mild salsa).”

 

June 2017 selections:
Adult Literature: Signals: New and Selected Stories, Tim Gatreaux
From Mamie's staff pick review: If you want to develop empathy for the marginalized among us, read these stories. Gautreaux is to the Louisiana bayou what Ron Rash is to the Appalachians: a master at bringing out the flavor of the region. Through his delightful characterization and dark comedy, I came to an understanding with thieves, kidnappers, and those who reach out to help others without a thought to the consequences. He's mostly known for his novels, but Gautreaux can tell a story short with the best of them! (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

Young Adult Literature: Beyond the Bright Sea, Lauren Wolk
From Cindy in the Children's Department: I adored Lauren Wolk's Newbery Honor book, Wolf Hollow, and thought it would be very difficult for her to write another story with the same depth of character and emotion. Amazingly, this author has met and surpassed this challenge with Beyond the Bright Sea. Twelve-year-old Crow loves Osh, the independent island man who rescued her from a rickety skiff when she was hours old, but she now yearns to know the truth of her birth parents. Set in 1925 on the Elizabeth Islands off Massachusetts, Beyond the Bright Sea is an exposition of family and personal identity that you will not soon forget. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)

 

Children's Picture Book: Take Your Time: A Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise, by Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli, Illustrated by Laurel Molk
From Cindy in the Children's Department: The whimsical joy on Harriet's face reflects her inner understanding that each day and every journey should be savored for what is encountered along the way. Despite being urged to move quickly and get to her destination in record time, Harriet takes her time, relishing each moment. A delightfully illustrated nature tale for children, and a reminder for all that life in the slow lane is where you get the best view.

 

A note about our July selections: Both the adult book (House of Names by Colm Toibin) and the YA novel (Once and For All by Sarah Dessen) can be shipped along with the June books. If we don't hear from you, we'll ship the books monthly as usual. (Sarah Dessen will read from Once and For All at the store Saturday, June 10, at 2 pm. This is a signing line ticket event.)

PAST SELECTIONS (Some may still be available signed; let us know if you are interested in a previous selection):

2017

Adult Literature:
January: Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson

February: A Separation, Katie Kitamura
March: Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
April: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
May: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Young Adult Literature:
January: Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, Steve Sheinkin

February: The Ethan I Was Before, Ali Standish
March: Caraval, Stephanie Garber
April: Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
May: The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

Children's Picture Book:
January: The Tree in the Courtyard, Jeff Gottesfeld (Author), Peter McCarty (Illustrator). - Signed by the illustrator

February: Robins! How They Grow Up, Eileen Christelow (author and illustrator).
March: Noisy Night, Mac Barnett (Author) and Brian Biggs (Illustrator) .
April: A Cat Named Swan by Holly Hobbie (author and illustrator)
May: The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano by Elizabeth Rusch (Author), Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator) - signed by the illustrator

2016

Adult Literature:
January: My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
February: None
March: Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, Lee Smith
April: Chasing the North Star, Robert Morgan
May: Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett
June: Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave
July: Miss Jane, Brad Watson
August: Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson
September Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer
October Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
November The Wonder, Emma Donogue
December No selection

 

 

Young Adult Literature:
January: Anna and the Swallow Man, Gavriel Savit
February: Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys
March:  The Serpent King, Jeff Zentner
April: Raymie Nightingale, Kate DiCamillo
May: Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk
June: Steeplejack, A J Hartley
July: And I Darken, Kiersten White
August: The Left-Handed Fate, Kate Milford
September Kids of Appetite, David Arnold
October When the Sea Turned to Silver, Grace Lin
November The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
December What Light, Jay Asher

 

Children’s Picture Book:
January: Little Tree, Loren Long
February: Surf's Up, Kwame Alexander
March: One More Dino on the Floor, Kelly Lyons
April: Waiting for High Tide, Nikki McClure
May: Flying Frogs and Walking Fish, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
There is a Tribe of Kids, Lane Smith
June:  Nobody Likes a Goblin, Ben Hatke
July: City Shapes, Diana Murray  (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
School’s First Day of School, Adam Rex (Author) and Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
August: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, Kenard Pak
September My Washington, DC, Kathy Jakobsen
October Before Morning, Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommer
November A Small Thing... But Big, Tony Johnston (Author) and Hadley Hooper (Illustrator) (signed by the illustrator)
December Waiting for Snow, Marsha Diane Arnold (Author) and Renata Liwska (Illustrator) (signed by the author)

2015

Adult Literature:
September: Sweet Caress, William Boyd
October: The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks
November: God’s Kingdom, Howard Frank Mosher
December: 13 Ways of Looking, Colum McCann

Young Adult Literature:
September: Trouble in Me, Jack Gantos
October: Zeroes, Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti     
November: Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
December: Not If I See You First, Eric Lindstrom

Children’s Picture Book:
September: Dewey Bob, Judy Schachner
October: Waiting, Kevin Henkes
November: Finding Winnie, Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall 
December: Oskar & the Eight Blessings, Tanya & Richard Simon (Authors); Mark Siegal, (Illustrator)

Special Offerings:
The Marvels, Brian Selznick
Fortune Smiles, Adam Johnson