A Trio of Recommended Books

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
Fiction
The belief in psychic powers is sometimes all that distinguishes the genuine from the fake, and the Telemachus family has its share of both. In Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory, Teddy, the patriarch of the family, is a charlatan, but his deceased wife was the real thing and had worked for the CIA using her extrasensory perception powers to aid the government. Now the Telemachus kids and grandkids are exploring their own abilities and trying to understand how to cash in on them. The characters are a bit crazy as they deal with some trying circumstances, but I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this quirky novel.

Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
Nonfiction
And staying with the wacky theme, upon turning 52, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley decided to climb out of her rut by creating a 52/52 challenge, in which she planned weekly adventures to push her boundaries. Her book Finding My Badass Self: a Year of Truths and Dares chronicles the author stepping outside her comfort zone to take a belly dancing class, keep bees, crash a wedding, become a mime and visit a nude beach with her mother. Stanfa-Stanley’s style is irreverent, sassy and thoroughly delightful!
 
Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli and Mariachiara Di Giorgio
Picture book
Next time you’re at the library look for the children’s picture book Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli and Mariachiara Di Giorgio. It’s a book with no words, but the charming illustrations are filled with clever irony enjoyed by all ages with a marvelous conclusion. I can’t stop delighting in this book!

—Julie Sedlak, Linden Hills Librarian