Fabulous February Fables and more

"Otto the Book Bear," by Katie Cleminson

In this charming picture book, Otto is a bear that lives in a book, but when no one is looking, he secretly escapes the pages of his book.

"Stay Awake," by Dan Chaon

One of our greatest contemporary short story writers returns with a collection of 12 character-driven stories. Chaon is a National Book Award finalist.


"No One is Here Except All of Us," by Ramona Ausubel

Debut novelist Ausubel has written a wonderful fabulist tale about what one small Romanian village in 1939 tries to do to combat the specter of the coming war.

"Home Baked Comfort," by Kim Laidlaw

Bake yourself through the remaining days of winter with this delightful, colorful baking book. Recipes range from the typical pies and cakes to the more fanciful home-baked pop tarts and whoopie pies.


Top Ten Titles

Following are the top ten titles in fiction and nonfiction at Baltimore County Public libraries for the month of January.


1. "Sleepwalker" - Karen Robards

2. "77 Shadow Street: A Novel" - Dean R. Koontz

3. "The Help" - Kathryn Stockett

4. "Kill Me if You Can" - James Patterson

5. "Hotel Vendome: A Novel" - Danielle Steel

6. "Lethal" - Sandra Brown

7. "Zero Day" - David Baldacii

8. "V is for Vengeance" - Sue Grafton

9. "Micro: A Novel" - Michael Crichton

10. "The Next Always" - Nora Roberts


1. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" - Rebecca Skloot

2. "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" - Erik Larson

3. "Seriously-I'm Kidding" - Ellen DeGeneres

4. "A Stolen Life: A Memoir" - Jaycee Dugard

5. "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever" - Bill O'Reilly

6. "That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back" - Thomas L. Friedman

7. "The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters" - Jeffrey Zaslow

8. "Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" - Todd Burpo

9. "Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World" - Michael Lewis

10. "Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week" - Joel Osteen

- Baltimore County Public Library

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