Now that we’re in mid-January, you’ve probably wrapped up all of your holiday parties and visits. And if, like me, you don’t live with your family, you are probably feeling sad that it’s all over. Maybe even a little lonely. Or maybe you’re relieved, I don’t judge! Either way, these new selections from our library will help you rekindle that family spirit:
Big Russ and Me by Tim Russert
The late Tim Russert’s autobiography centers around the strong and enduring relationship he had with his father, and the many life lessons he learned from him. And while you may think that you’ve learned enough Very Important Lessons from your own father, it’s never a bad idea to see what someone else has picked up from his. (For example, I think my father knows more about bread than yours…)
Cantarella by Yuu Higuri
Second on the list is a graphic novel about one of history’s most famous families – the Borgias! They may have a shadowed and scandalous history, but this manga is often unexpectedly sweet, and worth a read. Just don’t take it as a user manual for functional family relationships…
Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is another historical fiction piece, this time set in Revolutionary War era America. Isabel is struggling to balance her personality loyalties against the promise of freedom for herself and her sister, Rachel.
Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
A mother returns to the place her son disappears, hoping that her handful of clues, and a mysterious letter she received, will be enough to find out once and for all what happened to him. This may not be the happiest family story ever, but it’s a must read for fans of mystery and suspense.
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
Kathleen Kent tells the moving story of her own family’s history in this audiobook. Through the voice of her 9 (0r 10?) times great-grandmother, Sarah Carrier, Kent shares a personal story about persecution and the love between a mother and daughter during the Salem witch trials.
Homeboyz by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
When his sister is gunned down by gang members, Teddy’s family collapses in on itself. And when his plan for revenge goes wrong, Teddy finds himself tutoring a young orphan, Micah, as part of his mandatory community service hours. But while Micah might just be able to teach Teddy how to save his family, he might not be enough to pull him back from his plans for MOAR REVENGE!
This movie brings new meaning to the phrase “Who’s your daddy?” Based on the musical, this movie tells the story of a woman who desperately wants her father to come to her wedding – but isn’t sure who he actually is. So she invites the three most likely candidates…
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
When Caelum moves back to his family’s home in the hope of allowing his wife to heal from a painful trauma, he gets caught up in the historical records and memories of his family that he finds in an old, unused bedroom.
The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story by Marian Henley
Going on 50, Marian Henley decides that it’s now or never if she wants a child. As she goes through the adoption process, and learns how to become a mother, she reflects back on her relationship with her father, and finally begins to understand him.
Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way
In case “comic book by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way” is not enough of a hook for you, here’s the summary: A disbanded group of brother and sister superheroes reunite when their adoptive father/trainer passes away. Features include music as a metaphor, aliens, really strange humor, violence, and… you know, Gerard Way.
Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley
How would a romance with a single parent/vampire work? Journalist Libby Monroe feels up to the task of investigating when she meets handsome, if undead, Ralph Genessa.