Library Recommendations: August 7

Aug. 4, 2014

The following books are recommended by the librarians at the Brookfield Public Library. Get additional book suggestions emailed to you every month by signing up for "BookNews"on the library's website,

Ages 3-5

"Extraordinary Jane," by Hannah E Harrison. Jane is an ordinary dog in an extraordinary circus. She isn't strong, graceful or brave like her family. When she tries to be those things, Jane just doesn't feel like herself, but she also doesn't feel special. Is she really meant for this kind of life? Her ringmaster thinks so, but not for the reasons Jane believes. Ordinary can be extraordinary!

Ages 7 and up

"Fly Away," by Patricia Mac-Lachlan. Everyone in Lucy's family sings — opera, rap, lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can't sing; her voice just won't come out. Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition — even if Frankie doesn't want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives, danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy's family, and Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.

Adult fiction

"Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady," by Sally O'Reilly. The daughter of a Venetian musician, Aemilia Bassano came of age in Queen Elizabeth's royal court. The queen's favorite, she develops a love of poetry and learning, maturing into a young woman known not only for her beauty but also her sharp mind and quick tongue. Aemilia becomes the mistress of Lord Hunsdon, but her position is precarious. Then she crosses paths with an impetuous playwright named William Shakespeare and begins an impassioned but ill-fated affair. A decade later, the queen is dead, and Aemilia Bassano is now Aemilia Lanyer, fallen from favor and married to a fool. Like the rest of London, she fears the plague. And when her young son Henry takes ill, Aemilia resolves to do anything to save him, even if it means seeking help from her estranged lover, Will — or worse, making a pact with the devil himself.

Adult nonfiction

"Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line," by Barbara Annis. "Gender Intelligence" exposes common false assumptions that prevent men and women from successfully performing together at work — myths exacerbated by worn-out theories of gender blindness and sameness thinking. It shows how a small but growing number of courageous, leading-edge companies have broken through the barriers to successfully advance women.

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