Books about Engaging

  1. Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography

    by David Michaelis
    A comprehensive biography of Charles Schulz, the creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts, exploring his life and creative process.

    Charles M. Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the least understood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. Outliers: The Story of Success

    by Malcolm Gladwell
    Examining the keys to success, exploring the cultural, family, and psychological factors that drive achievement.

    Learn what sets high achievers apart – from Bill Gates to the Beatles -- in this #1 bestseller from "a singular talent" (,New York Times Book Review,). In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes ... (Goodreads)

  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    by Mary Ann Shaffer
    A journey through the aftermath of World War II in the company of a unique and inspiring cast of characters.

    In January 1946, 32-year-old Juliet Ashton embarks on a cross-country tour across England to promote her latest book. Written under her pen-name Izzy Bickerstaff , the book is a compilation of ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Americanah

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    An exploration of race, identity, and belonging as two Nigerian immigrants experience life in America and beyond.

    Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to ... (Goodreads)

  5. The Cider House Rules

    by John Irving
    A moral journey through the rural landscape of 1940s Maine, exploring issues of responsibility, family, and love.

    Homer Wells grows up in an orphanage where he spends his childhood trying to be "of use" as a medical assistant to the director, Dr. Wilbur Larch, whose history is told in flashbacks : After a ... (Wikipedia)

  6. Working for Bigfoot

    by Jim Butcher
    Three short stories about Harry Dresden, a wizard detective, taking on cases involving Bigfoot.

    "B is for Bigfoot" takes place between Fool Moon and Grave Peril . "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot" takes place circa Deadbeat . "Bigfoot on Campus" takes place between Turn Coat and Changes . Chicago ... (Goodreads)

  7. The Darkest Secret

    by Gena Showalter
    A young woman with a dark past is forced to confront her secrets when a dangerous man from her past resurfaces.

    Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly,seductive—and unimaginably powerful… Don't miss a single book in this stunning paranormal,series from New York Times ... (Barnes & Noble)

  8. The Read-Aloud Handbook

    by Jim Trelease
    A guide to the benefits and techniques of reading aloud to children, with book recommendations and research-based evidence.

    A, New York Times, and million copy bestseller, the classic handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated, Recommended by “Dear Abby”, The New York Times and The Washington Post , for ... (Goodreads)

  9. The Everlasting Man

    by G.K. Chesterton
    A philosophical exploration of the history of humanity and the role of Christianity in shaping it.

    What, if anything, is it that makes the human uniquely human? This, in part, is the question that G.K. Chesterton starts with in this classic exploration of human history. Responding to the ... (Goodreads)

  10. How to Be a Woman

    by Caitlin Moran
    A humorous exploration of modern femininity and fighting for women's rights.

    Caitlin Moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of women’s issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious How to Be a Woman. “Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely ... (Goodreads)

  11. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    by John Medina
    A comprehensive look at the science of brain development, exploring how to maximize its potential.

    Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity ... (Goodreads)

  12. The Ballad of Black Tom

    by Victor LaValle
    A retelling of Lovecraft's "The Horror at Red Hook" from the perspective of a black man in 1920s New York City.

    People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Talisman Ring

    by Georgette Heyer
    A witty and charming Regency romance, featuring a stolen ring, a hidden heir, and a daring adventure.

    On his deathbed, Baron Lavenham arranges a marriage between his great-nephew, Sir Tristram Shield, and his young French granddaughter, Eustacie de Vauban. His grandson and heir, Ludovic, is on the ... (Wikipedia)

  14. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

    by Carmine Gallo
    An exploration of the habits and techniques of successful public speakers.

    Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish ... (Goodreads)

  15. Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

    by Stephen Fry
    Reimagining of classic Greek myths, with a modern twist.

    Mythos is a modern collection of Greek myths, stylishly retold by legendary writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry. Fry transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant ... (Goodreads)

  16. Bag of Bones

    by Stephen King
    A grieving novelist's haunted journey to uncover the secrets of a small New England town.

    The narrator, Mike Noonan, a bestselling novelist, suffers severe writer's block after his pregnant wife Jo suddenly dies due to a brain aneurysm. Four years later, Mike, still grieving, is plagued ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

    by Melissa Sweet
    A biography of E.B. White, the beloved author of "Charlotte's Web" and "Stuart Little".

    “SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web . In Some Writer! , the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet ... (Goodreads)

  18. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    by Bill Martin Jr.
    A colorful children's book that introduces animals and colors through repetitive phrases and illustrations.

    A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly ... (Goodreads)

  19. The 6th Target

    by James Patterson
    A serial killer targets mothers and their children in San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer races against time to stop the killer before it's too late.

    When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt. Lindsay Boxer and ... (Wikipedia)

  20. Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

    by Anne Lamott
    An exploration of how to use prayer and faith to create meaningful connections with God.

    A, New York Times, bestseller from the author of, Hallelujah Anyway,, Bird by Bird, and, Almost Everything,Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough ... (Goodreads)

  21. French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

    by Peter Mayle
    A humorous and informative memoir of a man's culinary adventures in France, exploring the country's food, wine, and culture.

    A delightful, delicious, and best-selling account of the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France, from the beloved author of A Year in Provence . The French celebrate food and drink more ... (Goodreads)

  22. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

    by William Dalrymple
    Exploration of Delhi's vibrant culture, history and people over the course of a year.

    Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of ... (Goodreads)

  23. The Game of Kings

    by Dorothy Dunnett
    Set in 16th century Scotland, a tale of political intrigue, betrayal, and love. Follows the story of Francis Crawford of Lymond.

    Dunnett introduces her irresistible hero Francis Crawford of Lymond, a scapegrace nobleman of elastic morals and dangerous talents whose tongue is as sharp as his rapier. In 1547 Lymond is returning ... (Goodreads)

  24. Rumors

    by Anna Godbersen
    In a wealthy Long Island town, rumors spread like wildfire, revealing secrets and scandals that threaten to destroy the lives of the elite.

    The book begins with Elizabeth Holland in California with her runaway love, Will Keller. While Elizabeth is having a good time in California, her sister Diana is anything but happy. Diana is stuck in ... (Wikipedia)

  25. Countdown

    by Deborah Wiles
    Set in the 1960s, a young girl navigates the Cuban Missile Crisis and her own family's struggles.

    The story of a formative year in 12-year-old Franny Chapman's life, and the life of a nation facing the threat of nuclear war. Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her ... (Goodreads)

  26. Cause Celeb

    by Helen Fielding
    A London PR girl flees to Africa to escape a failed romance and finds herself running a refugee camp.

    Rosie Richardson works in marketing at a publisher , when she starts dating Oliver Merchant, and falls in love with him. Oliver is the host of the TV show called SoftFocus where they tackle mostly ... (Wikipedia)

  27. Winter Moon

    by Dean Koontz
    A former cop and a psychic team up to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing a small town during a snowy winter.

    The story begins with a thirty-two-year-old Los Angeles police officer named Jack McGarvey. Jack is caught in a shootout at a gas station. He kills the gunman but is badly injured and spends months ... (Wikipedia)

  28. Public Speaking for Success

    by Dale Carnegie
    A guide to improve public speaking skills, with practical tips and techniques to engage and persuade audiences.

    Business, social and personal satisfaction depend heavily upon a person's ability to communicate clearly. Public speaking is an important skill which anyone can acquire and develop. It is also the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  29. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

    by Alan Alda
    Alan Alda shares his life experiences, from his childhood to his acting career, and the lessons he learned along the way.

    He's one of America's most recognizable and acclaimed actors-a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his ... (Goodreads)

  30. Revelation

    by C.J. Sansom
    A gripping tale of betrayal and conspiracy set in Tudor England.

    The plot centres around the challenges of Reformation England , and draws on the prophesies of the Book of Revelation and features Archbishop Cranmer . , Revelation was short listed for the Books ... (Wikipedia)

  31. Holding

    by Graham Norton
    A small Irish town is rocked by a shocking crime, and the lives of its inhabitants are forever changed.

    From Graham Norton—the BAFTA-award-winning and hugely popular BBC America television host—comes a charming debut novel set in an idyllic Irish village where a bumbling investigator has to sort ... (Goodreads)

  32. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

    by Balli Kaur Jaswal
    An unlikely group of women come together to embrace their freedom and explore their sexuality.

    Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages—a spicy and alluring mix of, Together Tea, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  33. Family

    by Karen Kingsbury
    A heart-wrenching story of a family's struggles to overcome loss and reunite.

    A Sensational Trial When Katy Hart travels to Los Angeles to testify against the knife-wielding fan who tried to kill her, she is hunted by paparazzi who quickly realize she is the mystery woman ... (Goodreads)

  34. A Good Yarn

    by Debbie Macomber
    A heartwarming tale of friendship, love, and knitting. Set in a yarn store, it weaves together the lives of women and their struggles.

    A place of welcome and warmth, of friends old and new. Watch three women discover how knitting can change their lives! Lydia Hoffman owns a knitting shop on Seattle's Blossom Street. In the year ... (Barnes & Noble)

  35. Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    by Charles Wheelan
    Practical guide to understanding statistics, illuminating how vital it is to everyday life.

    Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” From batting averages and political polls to ... (Goodreads)

  36. The Sandman: King of Dreams

    by Alisa Kwitney
    A graphic novel about the mythical Sandman, who rules over the realm of dreams and nightmares, and his journey to reclaim his power.

    The first and only comic book to receive the World Fantasy Award, The Sandman continues to break new ground in the comic book medium and beyond. Author Alisa Kwitney explores its beginnings and ... (Goodreads)

  37. When Crickets Cry

    by Charles Martin
    A man's journey of redemption, reconciling his past and finding hope for his future.

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts. It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited ... (Goodreads)

  38. Little Red Riding Hood

    by Trina Schart Hyman
    A fairy tale classic of a young girl outwitting a sly wolf.

    On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf. Book Details: Format: Library Binding Publication Date: 6/1/1982 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 5 and Up ... (Goodreads)

  39. Faefever

    by Karen Marie Moning
    MacKayla Lane continues her quest to find her sister's murderer in a world of faeries and dark magic.

    The New York Times bestselling author of Darkfever and Bloodfever returns to Dublin’s Fae-infested shores in a bold, sensual new novel. Hurtling us into a realm of seduction and shadows, Karen Marie ... (Goodreads)

  40. Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

    by Meg Cabot
    Lizzie Nichols navigates the ups and downs of planning her dream wedding in France.

    Big Mouth, Big Heart, Big City . . . Big Problems, Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of ... (Barnes & Noble)

  41. Long Time Coming

    by Edie Claire
    A woman returns to her hometown to confront her past and solve a mystery that has haunted her family for generations.

    Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her... Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a ... (Goodreads)

  42. Earthly Joys

    by Philippa Gregory
    John Tradescant, a gardener, navigates the political and social upheavals of 17th century England while creating magnificent gardens for royalty.

    #1 New York Times bestselling author and "queen of royal fiction" ( USA TODAY ) Philippa Gregory brings to life the passionate, turbulent times of seventeenth-century England as seen through the eyes ... (Goodreads)

  43. Under the Dome: Part 1

    by Stephen King
    A small town is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome, causing chaos and revealing dark secrets.

    At 11:44 a.m. on October 21, 2017, the small Maine town of Chester's Mill is abruptly and gruesomely separated from the outside world by an invisible, semipermeable barrier of unknown origin. The ... (Wikipedia)

  44. زغازيغ

    by أحمد خالد توفيق

    من متجر علاج الاكتئاب، أردنا أن نأتيك بدعابات ظريفة .. أو نكات مضحكة .. أو طرائف مسلية .. أو مٌَلح مقرظة، فلم نجد للأسف .. لهذا ابتعنا لك نصف كيلو زغازيغ... ... (Goodreads)

  45. Bittersweet

    by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
    A young woman's summer at a wealthy family's estate uncovers dark secrets and forbidden love.

    Suspenseful and cinematic, Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider’s hunger to belong. On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary ... (Goodreads)

  46. The Mother-Daughter Book Club

    by Heather Vogel Frederick
    Four girls and their mothers form a book club, navigating friendship, family, and growing up together.

    In the first book in the series, The Mother-Daughter Book Club, the book club is formed by the mothers while all of the girls are in sixth grade. They become friends over the course of it and help ... (Wikipedia)

  47. Triple

    by Ken Follett
    A thrilling story of espionage, love, and betrayal set during the Cold War. Three people's lives become intertwined in a dangerous game of secrets and lies.

    The book's prologue describes a chance meeting of several people in Oxford in the year 1947. The main character is Nathaniel "Nat" Dickstein, a victim of experimentation in the Nazi concentration ... (Wikipedia)

  48. The Target

    by David Baldacci
    A government assassin is framed for murder and must clear his name while being pursued by a ruthless team of killers.

    The President knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain ... (Goodreads)

  49. The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    by Olivia Fox Cabane
    A guide to developing charisma, with practical tips and exercises to improve communication skills and personal presence.

    What if charisma, could, be taught? The charisma myth is the idea that charisma is a fundamental, inborn quality—you either have it (Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs, Oprah) or you don’t. But that’s simply ... (Barnes & Noble)

  50. Kristy's Great Idea

    by Raina Telgemeier
    Kristy and her friends start a babysitting club, but things get complicated when they face competition and personal conflicts.

    This graphic novel adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the #1, New York Times, bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of, Smile, is now available in full color! Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and ... (Barnes & Noble)

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