Fiction I'm not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she's a shoo-in for a scholarship to MIT, and she's got a new boyfriend she's crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends, Spencer and Gabe, have been the targets of horrific bullying. So Bea uses her math skills to come up with the Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming student body president, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use the Formula for herself. She'll be reinvented as eccentric and lovable Trixie - a quintessential manic pixie dream girl - in order to win her boyfriend back to beat Toile at her own game. Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and "Trixie" is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As the Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she's messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?
Nonfiction Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef In 1907, when the artist Frida Kahlo was born, her future husband, Diego Rivera, was already well on his way to becoming the most famous painter in Mexico. Their first encounter took place when Frida was a mischievous schoolgirl, playing pranks on the illustrious painter working on a mural at her school. They met again years later, and were married soon thereafter. What followed was one of the most tumultuous and notorious marriages of the twentieth century - filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution, and, above all, art that helped define an era. Nontraditional, controversial, rebellious, and politically volatile, Frida and Diego are remembered for their provocative paintings as well as for their deep love for each other. Award-winning author Catherine Reef explores the lives and work of both painters in this lush and inspiring dual biography, lavishly illustrated with numerous archival photos and full-color reproductions of the artists' work.