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A Good Kind Of Trouble
Lisa Moore Ramée
J FIC Ram
Me And White Supremacy : Combat Racism, Change The World, And Become A Good Ancestor
Layla F Saad
305.8 Saa
A Good Time For The Truth : Race In Minnesota
Sun Yung Shin
305.8 Goo
Mindful Of Race : Transforming Racism From The Inside Out
Ruth King
294.35 Kin
A Is For Activist
Innosanto Nagara
BB Nag
Monster
Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers
YA FIC Mye
All American Boys
Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
YA FIC Rey
One Person, No Vote : How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Carol Anderson
324.62 And
All Are Welcome
Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman
E Pen
Open Season : Legalized Genocide Of Colored People
Benjamin Crump
364.0973 Cru
Antiracist Baby
Ibram X Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky
Piecing Me Together
Renée Watson
YA FIC Wat
Black Card : A Novel
Chris L. Terry
FIC Ter
Rosa
Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier
JB Par
Citizen : An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine
814 Ran
Selma
Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo
Drama
Dear Martin
Nic Stone
YA FIC Sto
Sing, Unburied, Sing : A Novel
Jesmyn Ward
FIC War
Dear White Christian : What Every White Christian Needs To Know About How Black Christians See, Think & Experience Racism In America : Respectfully Written By A Black Christian
Aaron J. Layton
277.3083 Lay
Slavery By Another Name : The Re-enslavement Of Black People In America From The Civil War To World War Ii
Douglas A Blackmon
305.8 Bla
Do The Right Thing
Spike Lee, Danny Aiello
Drama
So You Want To Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo
305.8 Olu
Eloquent Rage : A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Brittney C. Cooper
305.488 Coo
Stamped : Racism, Antiracism, And You
Ibram X. Kendi
YA 305.8 Rey
Fatal Invention : How Science, Politics, And Big Business Re-create Race In The Twenty-first Century
Dorothy Roberts
305.8 Rob
Tears We Cannot Stop : A Sermon To White America
Michael Eric Dyson
305.8 Dys
Friday Black
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
FIC Adj
The Black And The Blue : A Cop Reveals The Crimes, Racism, And Injustice In America's Law Enforcement
Matthew Horace, Ron Harris
363.2092 Hor
Fruitvale Station
Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan
Drama
The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin
305.8 Bal
Get Out
Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya
Horror
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho
God Help The Child
Toni Morrison
FIC Mor
The Other Side
Jacqueline Woodson, Earl B. Lewis
E Woo
Hair Love
Matthew A. Cherry, Vashti Harrison
E Che
The Rock And The River
Kekla Magoon
YA FIC Mag
Heavy : An American Memoir
Kiese Laymon
305.896 Lay
The Story Of Ruby Bridges
Robert Coles, George Ford
JB Bri
Hood Feminism : Notes From The Women That A Movement Forgot
Mikki Kendall
305.42 Ken
They Can't Kill Us All : Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America's Racial Justice Movement
Wesley Lowery
305.8 Low
How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
305.8 Ken
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Michael Bennett, Dave Zirin
305.8 Ben
I Am Enough
Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo
E Bye
We Cast A Shadow : A Novel
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
FIC Ruf
I Am Not Your Negro
Samuel L Jackson
323.1196 I am
We Live For The We : The Political Power Of Black Motherhood
Dani McClain
306.8743 McC
I'm Still Here : Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness
Austin Channing Brown
305.896 Bro
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Ashley Bryan
J 305.8 We
If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski
Drama
We've Got A Job : The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
Cynthia Levinson
J 323.11 Lev
Lakewood : A Novel
Megan Giddings
White Fragility : Why It's So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism
Robin J. DiAngelo
305.8 DiA
Let It Shine : Stories Of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Stephen Alcorn
J 920 Pin
White Rage : The Unspoken Truth Of Our Racial Divide
Carol Anderson
305.8 And
March. Book Three
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
J 323.1 Lew Book 3
Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge
305.8 Edd

Lisa Moore Ramée
Description: After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity.
Call Number: J FIC Ram
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Sun Yung Shin
Description: Essays that challenge, discomfort, disorient, galvanize, and inspire all of us to evolve now, for our shared future.
Call Number: 305.8 Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Innosanto Nagara
Description: "A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. This book carries messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: BB Nag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
Description: When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.
Call Number: YA FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman
Description: Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.
Call Number: E Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Ibram X Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky
Description: Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Chris L. Terry
Description: "In an effort to be "black enough," a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call "black stuff." After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life. Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator sings rap songs at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs black pop culture, and attempts to date his black coworker Mona, who is attacked one night. The narrator becomes the prime suspect and earns the attention of John Donahue, a local police officer with a grudge dating back to high school. Forced to face his past, his relationship with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him."--Publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ter
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Claudia Rankine
Description: Claudia Rankine's new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slight, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV--everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named 'post-race' society--Excerpted from publisher's description.
Call Number: 814 Ran
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Nic Stone
Description: Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
Call Number: YA FIC Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Spike Lee, Danny Aiello
Description: Story of the racial tensions that surround a white-owned pizzeria in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer. One of the most controversial and thought-provoking films ever made. Bonus material includes commentary with Director Spike Lee and more.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Brittney C. Cooper
Description: So what if it's true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.--From dust jacket flap.
Call Number: 305.488 Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Dorothy Roberts
Call Number: 305.8 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Description: By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.
Call Number: FIC Adj
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan
Description: Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Based on a true story.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya
Description: A young black man meets his white girlfriend's parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears.
Call Number: Horror
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Toni Morrison
Description: At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Matthew A. Cherry, Vashti Harrison
Description: "A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Call Number: E Che
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Kiese Laymon
Description: "Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate--a mother-child relationship--to the most universal--a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.896 Lay
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Mikki Kendall
Description: "A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.42 Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Ibram X. Kendi
Description: "The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it -- and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America, pointing us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. He weaves ethics, history, law, and science together with a personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo
Description: Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.
Call Number: E Bye
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Samuel L Jackson
Call Number: 323.1196 I am
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Austin Channing Brown
Description: The author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. She grew up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how white middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.
Call Number: 305.896 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski
Description: A timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem involving newly engaged nineteen-year- old Tish and her fiance Fonny who have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Megan Giddings
Description: "A stunning debut novel that delves fearlessly into the taboo subject of modern-day medical experimentation on African Americans"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Andrea Davis Pinkney, Stephen Alcorn
Description: Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters.
Call Number: J 920 Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Call Number: J 323.1 Lew Book 3
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Layla F Saad
Description: Layla Saad began an Instagram that became a cultural movement. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and over 80,000 people downloaded the supporting work Me and White Supremacy. Updated and expanded from the original edition, this book teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Saa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Ruth King
Call Number: 294.35 Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers
Description: While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Call Number: YA FIC Mye
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Carol Anderson
Description: Chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby ruling, which allowed districts to change voting requirments without approval from the Department of Justice.
Call Number: 324.62 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Benjamin Crump
Description: "[Ben Crump] shows that there is a persistent, prevailing, and destructive mindset regarding colored people that is rooted in our history as a slave-owning nation. This biased attitude has given rise to mass incarceration, voter disenfranchisement, unequal educational opportunities, disparate health care practices, job and housing discrimination, police brutality, and an unequal justice system... Open Season is more than Crump's incredible mission to preserve justice, it is a call to action for Americans to begin living up to the promise to protect the rights of its citizens equally and without question."-- Dust jacket flap.
Call Number: 364.0973 Cru
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Renée Watson
Description: Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
Call Number: YA FIC Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier
Description: Retells the story of Rosa Parks, an African American woman who became the center of the battle for civil rights in the 1950s.
Call Number: JB Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Jesmyn Ward
Description: "Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Douglas A Blackmon
Call Number: 305.8 Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Ijeoma Oluo
Description: A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide. Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Olu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Ibram X. Kendi
Description: "The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America's racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited"--Dust jacket flap.
Call Number: YA 305.8 Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Michael Eric Dyson
Description: Fifty years ago, Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, 'Nothing.' Michael Eric Dyson believes he was wrong. Now he responds to that question. If society is to make real racial progress, people must face difficult truths, including being honest about how Black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.
Call Number: 305.8 Dys
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Matthew Horace, Ron Harris
Description: Matthew Horace was an officer at the federal, state, and local level for 28 years working in every state in the country. Yet it was after seven years of service when Horace found himself face-down on the ground with a gun pointed at his head by a white fellow officer, that he fully understood the racism seething within America's police departments. Using gut-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts garnered by interviews with police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider's examination of police tactics, which he concludes is an "archaic system" built on "toxic brotherhood." Horace dissects some of the nation's most highly publicized police shootings and communities highlighted in the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond to explain how these systems and tactics have had detrimental outcomes to the people they serve. Horace provides fresh analysis on communities experiencing the high killing and imprisonment rates due to racist policing such as Ferguson, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Chicago from a law enforcement point of view and uncovers what has sown the seeds of violence. Timely and provocative, The Black and The Blue sheds light on what truly goes on behind the blue line.
Call Number: 363.2092 Hor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
James Baldwin
Description: Contains a letter to Baldwin's nephew on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Also describes his childhood, views on Black Muslims, and his visions.
Call Number: 305.8 Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Angie Thomas
Description: After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Jacqueline Woodson, Earl B. Lewis
Description: Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.
Call Number: E Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Kekla Magoon
Description: In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
Call Number: YA FIC Mag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Robert Coles, George Ford
Description: For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
Call Number: JB Bri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Wesley Lowery
Description: A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.
Call Number: 305.8 Low
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Michael Bennett, Dave Zirin
Call Number: 305.8 Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Description: "In a near-future Southern city, everyone is talking about a new experimental medical procedure that boasts unprecedented success rates. In a society plagued by racism, segregation, and private prisons, this operation saves lives with a controversial method--by turning people white. Like any father, our unnamed narrator just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. But in order to afford Nigel's whiteness operation, our narrator must make partner as one of the few black associates at his law firm, jumping through a series of increasingly absurd hoops--from diversity committees to plantation tours to equality activist groups--in a tragicomic quest to protect his son. This electrifying, suspenseful novel is, at once, a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. In the tradition of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, We Cast a Shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ruf
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Dani McClain
Description: Black mothering is an inherently political act. Black women are more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than women of any other race; black mothers must stand before television cameras reminding the world that their slain children were human beings. The author explores how to ensure her daughter lives with dignity and joy, learning how to parent boldly in uncertain times and cope with the anxieties that sometimes threaten to consume her. McClain spoke with mothers on the frontlines of movements for social, political and cultural change who are grappling with the same questions.
Call Number: 306.8743 McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Ashley Bryan
Description: What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists.
Call Number: J 305.8 We
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Cynthia Levinson
Description: Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.
Call Number: J 323.11 Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Robin J. DiAngelo
Description: Educator Robin DiAngelo illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: 305.8 DiA
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
Carol Anderson
Description: As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as 'black rage,' historian Carol Anderson wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, 'white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,' she writes, 'everyone had ignored the kindling.' Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Reni Eddo-Lodge
Description: In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote on her blog about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge has written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
Call Number: 305.8 Edd
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 3, 2020
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Welcome to our official summer reading program reading list for teens! It's a little different this year, but the great books are still available! Stop by your local library for curbside pickup to get some today!

101 Organic Gardening Hacks : Eco-friendly Solutions To Improve Any Garden
Shawna Coronado
635 Cor
Into The Planet : My Life As A Cave Diver
Jill Heinerth
796.525 Hei
Beastly Bones
William Ritter
YA FIC Rit
Lockdown
Alexander Gordon Smith
YA FIC Smi
Caves : Exploring Hidden Realms
Michael Ray Taylor
796.525 Tay
Mammoth
Jill Baguchinsky
YA FIC Bag
Dig [Electronic Resource]
A. S. (Amy Sarig) King, A. S. (Amy Sarig) King, Inc OverDrive
Saints And Misfits
S. K. Ali
YA FIC Ali
Enclave
Ann Aguirre
YA FIC Agu
Spin
L. R. (Lamar R.) Giles
YA FIC Gil
Forward Me Back To You
Mitali Perkins
YA FIC Per
Tell Me How You Really Feel
Aminah Mae Safi
YA FIC Saf
Girl At Sea
Maureen Johnson
YA FIC Joh
The Dozier School For Boys : Forensics, Survivors, And A Painful Past
Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Ann) Murray
YA 365.42 Mur
Girls Made Of Snow And Glass
Melissa Bashardoust
YA FIC Bas
The Evolution Underground : Burrows, Bunkers, And The Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath Our Feet
Anthony J. Martin
560.43 Mar
Hearts Unbroken
Cynthia Leitich Smith
YA FIC Smi
The Last Best Story
Maggie Lehrman
YA FIC Leh
How To Catch A Mole : Wisdom From A Life Lived In Nature
Marc Hamer, Joe McLaren
599.335 Ham
The Truth Lies Here
Lindsey Klingele
YA FIC Kli
In The Key Of Nira Ghani
Natasha Deen
YA FIC Dee
Tsubasa Omnibus. 01
CLAMP (Mangaka group), Anthony Gerard, William Flanagan
YA FIC Cla

Shawna Coronado
Description: Create simple solutions for growing organic gardens. The word "hack" has a multitude of meanings these days, but garden author Shawna Coronado will tell you that a hack is really just a great idea that's come to life. In 101 Organic Garden Hacks you'll find the top tips, tricks, and solutions Shawna has dreamed up. Some are practical timesavers; others offer clever ways to "upcycle" everyday items in your garden. Every hack is completely organic and environmentally friendly. Each hack is accompanied by a clear photo that shows you exactly how to complete it so you can improve your garden and promote green living values right at home.
Call Number: 635 Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
William Ritter
Description: When dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind, Abigail and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby, investigators of the supernatural in 1892 New England, find themselves hunting for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.
Call Number: YA FIC Rit
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2020
Michael Ray Taylor
Call Number: 796.525 Tay
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
A. S. (Amy Sarig) King, A. S. (Amy Sarig) King, Inc OverDrive
Description: Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. "Because we want them to thrive," Marla always says. Now the five teenagers are lost in a tangled maze of family secrets. One of the teens sells pot; one has cancer; all are estranged from the family. As they come together for Easter dinner, will they be able to find their ways back to each other? With inimitable surrealism, King explores how a toxic culture of polite, affluent white supremacy tears a family apart and how one determined generation has a shot at digging its way out.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: May 12, 2020
Ann Aguirre
Description: In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong--and dangerous.
Call Number: YA FIC Agu
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Mitali Perkins
Description: Told in separate voices, Kat and Robin leave Boston on a church mission to help combat human trafficking in India while Kat recovers from a sexual assault and Robin seeks his birth mother.
Call Number: YA FIC Per
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Maureen Johnson
Description: High-school junior Clio Ford reluctantly gives up her dream job and a potential first kiss to take a working vacation with her estranged father on a yacht in Italy.
Call Number: YA FIC Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2020
Melissa Bashardoust
Description: "At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone--has never beat at all, in fact, but she'd always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king's heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she'll have to become a stepmother. Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen's image, at her father's order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do--and who to be--to win back the only mother she's ever known...or else defeat her once and for all. Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything--unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Bas
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Description: When Louise Wolfe's boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. She'd rather spend her senior year with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, an ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper's staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director's inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town. As tensions mount at school, so does a romance between Lou and Joey. But 'dating while Native' can be difficult. In trying to protect her own heart, will Lou break Joey's? -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Marc Hamer, Joe McLaren
Description: Marc Hamer, the molecatcher, shares what led him to this strange career: from sleeping among hedges as a homeless teen, to toiling on the railway, to weeding windswept gardens in Wales. Hamer infuses his wanderings with poetry and simple observations on nature's oft-ignored details. He also reveals how to catch a mole--a craft long kept secret by its masters--and burrows into the unusual lives of his muses. Moles, we learn, are colorblind. Their blood holds unusual amounts of carbon dioxide. Their vast tunnel networks are intricate and deceptive. And, like Hamer, they work alone. -- From statement at Amazon.com
Call Number: 599.335 Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Natasha Deen
Description: "Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician. Her Guyanese parents, however, have big plans for her to become a scientist or doctor. Nira's grandmother and her best friend, Emily, are the only people who seem to truly understand her desire to establish an identity outside of the one imposed on Nira by her parents. When auditions for jazz band are announced, Nira realizes it's now or never to convince her parents that she deserves a chance to pursue her passion. As if fighting with her parents weren't bad enough, Nira finds herself navigating a new friendship dynamic when her crush, Noah, and notorious mean-girl, McKenzie "Mac," take a sudden interest in her and Emily, inserting themselves into the fold"-- Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Dee
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Jill Heinerth
Description: A firsthand account of exploring the earth's final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet. Into the Planet blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring readers face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth's remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability. Jill Heinerth--the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations--has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend's body from the confines of a cave. While Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: 796.525 Hei
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Alexander Gordon Smith
Description: When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
Call Number: YA FIC Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Jill Baguchinsky
Description: The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek and plus-size fashion blogger Natalie Page lands a coveted summer internship at an Ice Age dig site, but soon finds that the rockabilly-retro style she developed to shield herself from bullying isn't compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie's spirit. She's exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero--the host of the most popular paleontology podcast in the world. And there's also Chase, the intern, who's seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who'd be even cuter if he were less of a grouch. It's a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths. Until it isn't...
Call Number: YA FIC Bag
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2020
S. K. Ali
Description: Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.
Call Number: YA FIC Ali
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
L. R. (Lamar R.) Giles
Description: When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other--but when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, despite pressure from social media and ParSec's loyal fans, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.
Call Number: YA FIC Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Aminah Mae Safi
Description: Los Angeles. The first time Sana Khan asked out a girl it went so badly that she never did it again. Rachel Recht is a film buff and aspiring director, and was furious that Sana tried to prank her by asking her on a date. But when it comes time for Rachel to cast her senior project, she realizes that there's no more perfect lead than Sana, the girl she's sneered at in the halls for the past three years. Sana never did really get over that first crush, even if Rachel can barely stand to be in the same room as her. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Saf
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Ann) Murray
Description: Some true crimes reveal themselves in bits and pieces over time. One such case is the Florida School for Boys, a.k.a. the Dozier School, a place where--rather than reforming the children in their care--school officials tortured, raped, and killed them. Opened in 1900, the school closed in 2011 after a Department of Justice investigation substantiated allegations of routine beatings and killings made by about 100 survivors. Follow this story of institutional abuse, the brave survivors who spoke their truth, and the scientists and others who brought it to light.
Call Number: YA 365.42 Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2020
Anthony J. Martin
Call Number: 560.43 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Maggie Lehrman
Description: Rose Regnero was a star reporter for her high school paper, destined for a career in journalism, when she abruptly quit two months ago, leaving behind her very-nearly-sort-of-boyfriend and editor-in-chief, Grant Leitch. She going to the prom, with a new boy and new interests. Grant had been planning that they would major in journalism together at Northwestern-- and he is determined to entice Rose back. When an alarm is set off at prom and the school goes on lockdown, Grant discovers that someone is loose in the building with a gun. Rose, caught outside of the gym, knows differently. Will her instincts for a good story win against her resolve to leave Grant and the paper behind? -- adapted from goodreads.com
Call Number: YA FIC Leh
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
Lindsey Klingele
Description: What's going on in Bone Lake, Michigan? Penny Hardjoy's conspiracy theorist father has gone missing-- and other people are turning up dead in the woods. Penny's an aspiring journalist, and the deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of Penny's memory go missing. She teams up with the nerdy boy next door and the town's star quarterback to research the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake's woods. And she might need to reconsider her definition of what 'real' means....
Call Number: YA FIC Kli
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2020
CLAMP (Mangaka group), Anthony Gerard, William Flanagan
Description: Childhood friends Princess Sakura and Syaoran, the son of an archaeologist, become entangled in a series of events that force them to traverse through alternate realities on an action-packed and unforgettable adventure! In the Kingdom of Clow, an archaeological dig unleashes an incredible power, causing Sakura to lose her memories. To save her, Syaoran must follow the orders of the Dimension Witch and travel alongside Kurogane, an unrivaled warrior; Fai, a powerful magician; and Mokona Modoki, a curiously strange creature, to retrieve Sakura's dispersed memories.
Call Number: YA FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: May 12, 2020
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A Confederacy Of Dunces [Electronic Resource]
John Kennedy Toole, Barrett Whitener
Me Talk Pretty One Day [Electronic Resource]
David Sedaris
American Housewife [Electronic Resource]
Helen Ellis, Kathleen (Actress) McInerney, Lisa Cordileone, Rebecca Lowman, Dorothy Dillingham Blue
Npr Funniest Driveway Moments [Electronic Resource] : Radio Stories That Won't Let You Go.
Robert Krulwich, National Public Radio (U.S.)
Bad Monkey [Electronic Resource]
Carl Hiaasen
One More Thing [Electronic Resource] : Stories And Other Stories
B. J. Novak
Confessions Of A Domestic Failure [Electronic Resource] : A Humorous Book About A Not So Perfect Mom
Bunmi Laditan
Remember Me? [Electronic Resource]
Sophie Kinsella
Confessions Of A Shopaholic [Electronic Resource]
Sophie Kinsella
Simple Times [Electronic Resource]
Amy Sedaris
Crazy Rich Asians [Electronic Resource] : Rich Series, Book 1. Kevin Kwan.
Kevin Kwan
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo [Electronic Resource]
Amy Schumer
Dad Is Fat [Electronic Resource]
Jim Gaffigan
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. The Quintessential Phase [Electronic Resource]
Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Stephen Moore, William Franklyn, Mark Wing-Davey
Don't Point That Thing At Me [Electronic Resource]
Kyril Bonfiglioli, Simon Prebble
What Would Macgyver Do? [Electronic Resource] : True Stories Of Improvised Genius In Everyday Life
Brendan Vaughan, Patrick G. (Patrick Girard) Lawlor, Shelly Frasier
Fool [Electronic Resource]
Christopher Moore, Euan Morton
Where'd You Go, Bernadette [Electronic Resource] : A Novel
Maria Semple
Heads In Beds [Electronic Resource] : A Reckless Memoir Of Hotels, Hustles, And So-called Hospitality
Jacob Tomsky
Why Not Me? [Electronic Resource]
Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Greg Daniels
Live Right And Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster) [Electronic Resource] : Life Lessons And Other Ravings From Dave Barry
Dave Barry

John Kennedy Toole, Barrett Whitener
Description: "A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once." So enters one of the most memorable characters in recent American fiction.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Helen Ellis, Kathleen (Actress) McInerney, Lisa Cordileone, Rebecca Lowman, Dorothy Dillingham Blue
Description: A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line. Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Carl Hiaasen
Description: Andrew Yancy, late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police, has a human arm in his freezer. There is a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events, from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island, with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters, including: the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; an avariciously idiotic real estate developer; a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded-unto-death by her particularly peculiar charms; Yancy's new love, a kinky medical examiner; and the eponymous Bad Monkey.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Bunmi Laditan
Description: There are good moms and bad moms, and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, a career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the 'Motherhood Better' bootcamp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she's always wanted to be.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Sophie Kinsella
Description: Becky Bloomwood is bored to death writing for Successful Saving. So, with a handsome credit line from her bank, she liberates herself the best way she knows how -- by shopping! Think of it as an investment, she tells herself. But, soon she is buried in bank notices and cursed VISA bills.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Kevin Kwan
Description: When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor. On Nick's arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Jim Gaffigan
Description: Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who's best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Kyril Bonfiglioli, Simon Prebble
Description: A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don't point that thing at me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai, degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward. With his thuggish manservant, the incomparably named Jock Strapp, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving stolen paintings, a vintage Rolls Royce, secret police, a whirlwind trip to the United States, a dead client, and a ravishing and wealthy young widow, all just to make a dishonest living. He's not one to pass up a drink, and he prides himself on being stylishly dressed for whatever occasion may present itself, no matter how debauched. Don't miss this brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Christopher Moore, Euan Morton
Description: Pocket, King Lear's fool, sets out to straighten out the mess the mad king has made of the kingdom and the royal family, only to discover the truth about his own heritage.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Jacob Tomsky
Description: "A humorous memoir by a veteran hospitality employee that reveals what goes on behind the scenes of the hotel business. Includes tips on how to get the most out of your hotel stay"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Dave Barry
Description: "During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on--to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
David Sedaris
Description: Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. - Overdrive
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Robert Krulwich, National Public Radio (U.S.)
Description: A collection of Driveway Moments - stories that keep you in the car to listen to the end even after you've reached your destination.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
B. J. Novak
Description: A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes--only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins--turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just. down. Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Sophie Kinsella
Description: Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed after a car accident, thinking it's 3 years earlier and she's a twenty-five-year old with crooked teeth and a disastrous love life. But, her teeth are straight, she's the boss of her department and she's married to a good-looking millionaire!
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Amy Sedaris
Description: According to Amy Sedaris, it's often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. But in her new audiobook SIMPLE TIMES she sets the record straight, doing for crafting what she did so brilliantly and successfully for entertaining in her bestseller I Like You...
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Amy Schumer
Description: Amy's got your back. She's in your corner. She's an honesty bomb. And she's coming for you. 7Actress Tilda Swinton and Trainwreck The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend-- an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she's experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor's secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably-- but only because it's over.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Stephen Moore, William Franklyn, Mark Wing-Davey
Description: Panic! It's the last ever instalment of The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, with a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Mostly harmless, the final book in Douglas Adams' famous "trilogy in five parts." While frequent flyer Arthur Dent searches the universe for his lost love, Ford Prefect discovers a disturbing blast from the past at The Hitchhiker's guide HQ. Meanwhile, on one of many versions of Earth, a blonder, more American Trillian gets tangled up with a party of lost aliens having an identity crisis. And just when Arthur thinks he has found his true vocation on the backwater planet of Lamuella, the original Trillian turns up with more than a little spanner in the works. A stolen ship, a dramatic stampede and a new and sinister guide lead to a race to save the Earth ... again. But this time, will they succeed?
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Brendan Vaughan, Patrick G. (Patrick Girard) Lawlor, Shelly Frasier
Description: For anyone who's ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of forty-five true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Inspired by television's Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson), a secret agent who relied on his brains and scientific prowness-not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife-to save the day, the "MacGyverisms" recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide taction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). - Overdrive
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Maria Semple
Description: When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Greg Daniels
Description: In Why Not Me? Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you. In "How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet's Confessions," Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, ("Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn't the land of appropriate--this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman's traditional hair color is honey blonde.") "Player" tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. ("I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.") In "Unlikely Leading Lady," she muses on America's fixation with the weight of actresses, ("Most women we see on screen are either so thin that they're walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.") And in "Soup Snakes," Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak ("I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.") Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who's ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who've never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 21, 2020
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101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make [Electronic Resource]
Stephanie R Mueller, Ann E Wheeler
Minecraft [Electronic Resource] : Top 35 Minecraft Mods You Should Know
Joyner Joseph
A Million Little Bricks [Electronic Resource] : The Unofficial Illustrated History Of The Lego Phenomenon
Sarah Herman
Most Dangerous [Electronic Resource] : Daniel Ellsberg And The Secret History Of The Vietnam War
Steve Sheinkin
America [Electronic Resource] : Three Worlds Meet : Beginnings To 1620
M. J Cosson
Mysterious Messages [Electronic Resource] : A History Of Codes And Ciphers
Gary L Blackwood, Jason Henry
Bones Never Lie [Electronic Resource] : How Forensics Helped Solve History's Mysteries
Elizabeth MacLeod
The Everything Kids' Football Book [Electronic Resource] : The All-time Greats, Legendary Teams, Today's Superstars-- And Tips On Playing Like A Pro
Greg Jacobs, Kurt Dobler, Beth L Blair
Election! [Electronic Resource] : A Kid's Guide To Picking Our President
Dan Gutman
The Omnivore's Dilemma [Electronic Resource] : The Secrets Behind What You Eat
Richie Chevat, Michael Pollan
Examining Pandemics [Electronic Resource]
Nina Rolfes
Tracking An Epidemic [Electronic Resource]
Tamra Orr, Inc OverDrive
Follow Your Money [Electronic Resource] : Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go
Kevin Sylvester, Michael Hlinka
Understanding Viruses With Max Axiom, Super Scientist [Electronic Resource] : 4d An Augmented Reading Science Experience
Agnieszka, Biskup
Germ Free [Electronic Resource] : Keep It Clean
Cecilia Minden
Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg? [Electronic Resource].
Patricia Demuth
Hope For The Elephants [Electronic Resource]
Patricia J. Murphy
Women Aviators [Electronic Resource] : 26 Stories Of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, And Record-setting Journeys
Karen Bush Gibson
Horse Heroes [Electronic Resource]
Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca
Your Respiratory System Works! [Electronic Resource]
Flora Brett
Inca [Electronic Resource] : Discover The Culture And Geography Of A Lost Civilization With 25 Projects
Lawrence Kovacs, Farah Rizvi

Stephanie R Mueller, Ann E Wheeler
Description: Dozens of great gifts for children ages three to eight to create for all the special people in their lives!
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
M. J Cosson
Description: Discusses the three groups of people most impacted by the discovery of America, Europeans, the discoverers; native Americans, the original inhabitants; and the first African slaves, brought to provide the labor to harvest crops.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Elizabeth MacLeod
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Dan Gutman
Description: Dan Gutman takes on his strangest subject ever: the American political system. Reaching through history from the days of the founding fathers to today’s voting system, Gutman tackles complex subjects in a clear, easy-to-understand way. Even grown-ups will find something in here that they’ve never learned before. Politics are a crazy game, and with Dan Gutman teaching you the rules, you’re going to have a blast learning how to play. -- Amazon
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Nina Rolfes
Description: Bad things can happen to people through no fault of their own?as those harmed recently by hurricanes Harvey and Irma know all too well. Whether natural or manmade, disasters have long enthralled young readers. Examining Disasters, a well-reviewed series of eight books from Clara House Books, an imprint of The Oliver Press, explores the science behind disasters. What, for example, causes airplanes to fall from the sky, or bridges to collapse, or ships to sink? For explanations, we must look to physics. It is through the study of geology that we learn how earthquakes occur. Pandemics, such as SARS or the outbreak of Ebola, affect the lives of millions. Biology, and microbiology in particular, holds the answers to how diseases are spread and how they may be prevented. Colorfully illustrated and attractively designed, Examining Disasters will grab the attention of young readers while providing the basis of scientific inquiry that the core curriculum demands.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Kevin Sylvester, Michael Hlinka
Description: You pay for that cool pair of shoes or a new CD. But what happens to that money once it leaves your hands? Who actually pockets it or puts it into the bank? This book answers these questions and more.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Cecilia Minden
Description: Teaches young readers how to prevent the spread of germs by washing hands and the importance of cleanup.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Patricia J. Murphy
Description: David joins his Grandma on a trip to Asia and Africa to study the problems elephants are facing. They spend a week as volunteers at an Asian elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka, caring for the elephants. Then they fly to Kenya to meet the anti-poaching patrol, staff and researchers at a nature reserve. Find out about these amazing creatures, the dangers they face, and by working alongside local people, the ways elephants can have a more hopeful future.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca
Description: Presents a nonfiction companion book to "Stallion by Starlight," discussing the history of domesticating horses and explaining why Alexander the Great's horse was so famous.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Lawrence Kovacs, Farah Rizvi
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Joyner Joseph
Description: This Book presents popular and very exciting mods which you will certainly need if you would like to survive in the world of Minecraft. Minecraft is a creation, development and adventure game that can be whatever you want it to be. And you can make it even better with the use of Minecraft mods. There are thousands of mods online and there are many more in production and development. Using mods is a way to make your Minecraft adventure come to life. There are mods for conjuring new powers, witchcraft, alchemy, engineering, mapping, enhancing mining, gardening, forestry and for so many other wonderful options that you can only do in Minecraft. There is certainly a mod that will get you what you need and what you want to get done in the game. In this book you will find top 35 Minecraft mods. Legal Disclaimer: Author of the book is not associated with the game or its creators. This is an unofficial guide.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Steve Sheinkin
Description: From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Gary L Blackwood, Jason Henry
Description: From the ingenious ciphers of Italian princes to the spy books of the Civil War to the advanced techniques of the CIA, codes and code breaking have played important roles throughout history.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Greg Jacobs, Kurt Dobler, Beth L Blair
Description: Examines the sport of football, including how to play organized tackle football, tips for offensive and defensive schemes, statistics, players, how to set up a fantasy football league, and more. Includes activities.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Richie Chevat, Michael Pollan
Description: In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, this book encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Tamra Orr, Inc OverDrive
Description: The ability to use the scientific method is key to carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks. In this book, readers in real-world situations are tasked with following clues and using the scientific method to find out what happens during the spread of an epidemic. Informational text presents evidence and facts in the form of clues and side-bar details to help children develop critical thinking skills. A summary of the situation is included to show how each chapter contributes to the whole and for a solid understanding of the topic.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Agnieszka, Biskup
Description: Join Max Axiom as he explores the science behind viruses. Max helps young readers understand how virus attack our bodies and what we can do to protect against them. These newly revised editions feature Capstone 4D augmented reading experience, with videos, writing prompts, discussion questions, and a hands-on activity. Fans of augmented reality will love learning beyond the book!
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Patricia Demuth
Description: You've probably seen her on t-shirts, mugs, and even tattoos, well, now that famous face graces the cover of our latest Who Is? title. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is famous for her stylish collars (called jabots) and her commanding dissents. This opera-loving New Yorker has always spoken her mind; as a young lawyer, RBG advocated for gender equality and women's rights when few others did. She gained attention for the cases she won when arguing in front of the Supreme Court, before taking her place on the bench in 1993. Author Patricia Brennan Demuth answers all the question about what makes RBG so notorious and irreplaceable
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Karen Bush Gibson
Description: Detailing the role of women in aviation, from the very first days of flight to the present, this rich exploration of the subject profiles 26 women pilots who sought out and met challenges both in the sky and on the ground. Divided into six chronologically arranged sections, this book composes a minihistory of aviation. Learn about pioneers such as Katherine Wright, called by many the ""Third Wright Brother, "" and Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France, the first woman awarded a license to fly. Read about barnstormers like Bessie Coleman and race.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Flora Brett
Description: The respiratory system is the breathing control center of the body. With engaging text, fun facts, and infographics, learn how oxygen goes from your lungs to your cells.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
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Alvin Ho Allergic To Girls, School, And Other Scary Things [Electronic Resource]
Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham
Peace, Love And Cupcakes [Electronic Resource]
Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk
Because Of Mr. Terupt [Electronic Resource]
Rob Buyea
Pictures Of Hollis Woods [Electronic Resource]
Patricia Reilly Giff
Beezus And Ramona [Electronic Resource]
Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
The Giver [Electronic Resource]
Lois Lowry
Booked [Electronic Resource]
Kwame Alexander
The Ivy + Bean Secret Treasure Box [Electronic Resource]
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Annie. Ivy + Bean and the ghost that had to go, Annie. Ivy + Bean break the fossil record
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid [Electronic Resource] : Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
The Name Of This Book Is Secret [Electronic Resource]
Pseudonymous Bosch, Gilbert Ford
Fablehaven [Electronic Resource]
Brandon Mull
The Sign Of The Beaver [Electronic Resource]
Elizabeth George Speare
Hoot [Electronic Resource]
Carl Hiaasen
Timmy Failure. Mistakes Were Made [Electronic Resource]
Stephan Pastis
I Survived The Shark Attacks Of 1916 [Electronic Resource]
Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson
Ungifted [Electronic Resource]
Gordon Korman
Judy Moody [Electronic Resource]
Megan McDonald, Peter Reynolds
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon [Electronic Resource]
Grace Lin
Look Both Ways [Electronic Resource] : A Tale Told In Ten Blocks. Jason Reynolds.
Jason Reynolds
Wolf Hollow [Electronic Resource] : A Novel
Lauren Wolk
Mary Poppins [Electronic Resource]
P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers, Mary Shepard
Wonder [Electronic Resource]
R. J Palacio

Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham
Description: A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Rob Buyea
Description: Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Description: Beezus' biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Kwame Alexander
Description: Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/ on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't nobody stop you/ can't nobody cop you ... Soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. A novel-in-verse that bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Jeff Kinney
Description: Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Brandon Mull
Description: When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Carl Hiaasen
Description: Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson
Description: In July, 1916, Chet Roscow is fascinated by news accounts of the great white shark said to be attacking people along the New Jersey shore not far from his home, but when he goes swimming in Matawan Creek he discovers the truth of the stories.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Megan McDonald, Peter Reynolds
Description: Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Jason Reynolds
Description: A National Book Award Finalist! From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids ' walks home can take. This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy— Talking about boogers. Stealing pocket change. Skateboarding. Wiping out. Braving up. Executing complicated handshakes. Planning an escape. Making jokes. Lotioning up. Finding comfort. But mostly, too busy walking home. Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers, Mary Shepard
Description: An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk
Description: Kylie will never survive fourth grade in her new school without friends. And starting a cupcake club seems the perfect way to meet other girls. But getting the club up and running is not easy-- especially with trouble spelled M-e-r-e-d-i-t-h trying to ruin them. In taking on the class mean girl, Kylie and her new friends may have just bitten off more than they can chew. The Cupcake Club is the first book in the Peace, Love and Cupcakes series and each book will feature yummy, original cupcake recipes from the story. This fabulous new friendship series is slated to be a sweet success.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Patricia Reilly Giff
Description: "Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. She even runs away from the Regans', the one family who offers her a home. When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they'll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won't let anyone separate them. She's escaped the system before; this time, she plans to take Josie with her. Yet behind all her plans, Hollis longs for her life with the Regans, fixing each moment of her time with them in pictures she'll never forget"--From the Hardcover edition.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Lois Lowry
Description: Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall, Annie. Ivy + Bean and the ghost that had to go, Annie. Ivy + Bean break the fossil record
Description: Ivy + Bean: When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.Ivy + Bean and the ghost that had to go: Second-graders Ivy and Bean set out to expel the ghost who is living in the girls' bathroom at their school.Ivy + Bean break the fossil record: Everyone in second grade seems set on breaking a world record and friends Ivy and Bean are no exception, deciding to become the youngest people ever to discover a dinosaur skeleton.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Pseudonymous Bosch, Gilbert Ford
Description: Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Elizabeth George Speare
Description: Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Stephan Pastis
Description: Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Gordon Korman
Description: Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Grace Lin
Description: Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
Lauren Wolk
Description: "Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
R. J Palacio
Description: Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his clasassmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 15, 2020
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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea [Electronic Resource]
Jules Verne
My Man Jeeves [Electronic Resource]. P. G. Wodehouse.
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court [Electronic Resource]. Mark Twain.
Mark Twain
Oliver Twist [Electronic Resource]
Charles Dickens
A Little Princess [Electronic Resource] : Being The Whole Story Of Sara Crewe Now Told For The First Time
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tess Of The D'urbervilles [Electronic Resource]
Thomas Hardy
Alice In Wonderland [Electronic Resource]
Lewis Carroll
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn [Electronic Resource]
Mark Twain
Black Beauty [Electronic Resource] : The Autobiography Of A Horse. Anna Sewell.
Anna Sewell
The Age Of Innocence [Electronic Resource]
Edith Wharton
Cloudy Jewel [Electronic Resource]. Grace Livingston Hill.
Grace Livingston hill
The Invisible Man [Electronic Resource]
H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Crime And Punishment [Electronic Resource]. Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Jungle Book [Electronic Resource]
Rudyard Kipling
Emma [Electronic Resource]. Jane Austen.
Jane Austen
The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood [Electronic Resource] : Of Great Renown, In Nottinghamshire
Howard Pyle
Frankenstein [Electronic Resource]
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Time Machine [Electronic Resource]
H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone [Electronic Resource]
J. K Rowling, Mary GrandPré
This Side Of Paradise [Electronic Resource]
F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald
Kidnapped [Electronic Resource]
Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne
Description: Jules Verne's classic science fiction story Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea tells the great tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. In 1866 a strange and unknown sea monster is sighted by ships and an ocean liner is attacked. An expedition prepares in New York, to find and destroy the menacing creature. The 20,000 of the title refers to an overall distance traveled under the sea, rather than an impossible measure of descent.
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Mark Twain
Description: Hank Morgan awakes from a blow to the head only to find that he has been mysteriously transported back in time. It is early medieval England, the time of King Arthur and Hank is taken to the Camelot castle by a Knight of the King's. Ridiculed for his funny manner and dress sense, and sentenced to burn at the stake, Hank recovers through an incredible stroke of luck, and in doing so convinces the superstitious King and his subjects that he possesses great powers.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Description: Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's London school, is left in poverty when her father dies but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Lewis Carroll
Description: Alice in Wonderland (also known as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ), from 1865, is the peculiar and imaginative tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit-hole into a bizarre world of eccentric and unusual creatures. Lewis Carroll's prominent example of the genre of "literary nonsense" has endured in popularity with its clever way of playing with logic and a narrative structure that has influence generations of fiction writing.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Anna Sewell
Description: Black Beauty (1877) is the classic children's book by English author Anna Sewell. A cripple for most of her life, Sewell developed an early love of horses, and the story intended to teach her readers about treating horses (and allegorically all living things) with kindness, patience and sympathy. The story is narrated first-person by Black Beauty, recounting his journey from a farm to the hard life pulling cabs in London to his eventual retirement.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Grace Livingston hill
Description: A spinster by the standards of her era, Julia Cloud has agreed to spend the rest of her days engaged in domestic servitude in the household of her sister. Resigned to a lifetime of loneliness, she's all the more surprised when an unlikely attraction begins to blossom. Cloudy Jewel is a treat for fans of uplifting historical romance.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Description: Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is one of the world's first psychological thrillers. A mesmerizing detective story with an intriguing and multifarious central character, Crime and Punishment hinges on the ethical dilemmas and angst of the student Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov who plans and implements the murder of a ruthless pawnbroker. Rodion convinces himself that in killing her he will both solves his financial problems and divests the world of a wicked leech. But can he commit a murder and escape all consequences?
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Jane Austen
Description: Emma stands a little apart from Jane Austen's other novels. It is perhaps the most self-aware, socially critical and ironic of all her works. Her protagonist, Emma Woodhouse, is a beautiful, rich girl who is also spoiled, proud and blinded by her own situation in life. She begins to understand herself and life a little better when her romantic schemes--charitable good works to those around her--become entangled in tensions of class and of the heart. Austen wrote of Emma, "I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like."
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Description: Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering 'the cause of generation and life' and 'bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, ' Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
J. K Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Description: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Robert Louis Stevenson
Description: In 1751 in Scotland, cheated out of his inheritance by a greedy uncle who has him kidnapped and put on a ship to the Carolinas, seventeen-year-old David Balfour escapes to the Highlands with the help of the Jacobite Alan Breck Stewart and there encounters further danger and intrigue as he attempts to clear his name and regain his property.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Description: This is the first of the delightful fictional adventures featuring Bertie Wooster, vacuous young man about town, and his omnipresent butler Jeeves, to whom Bertie must turn to save him from many errors of judgment and understanding.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Charles Dickens
Description: As a young orphan, Oliver is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft. But, Oliver is not content to be a thief for he knows that life holds great joys and that true happiness cannot be stolen, but must be earned.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Thomas Hardy
Description: When the beautiful and innocent Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting the manipulative Alec proves to be her downfall.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Mark Twain
Description: Jim, a runaway slave, joins Huck Finn, who is fleeing from his cruel father, and together, they journey by raft down the Mississippi River.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Edith Wharton
Description: The Age of Innocence is an intimate portrayal of East Coast American society in the 19th century-- and the human lives that came into conflict with it. Newland Archer is heir to one of New York City's first families, and his bride-to-be is everything he ever hoped. Then his fiancee's older cousin leaves her European husband and appears in New York, where she refuses to conform to society and her family's wishes. Archer is at first angered and then intrigued by her. Their passionate relationship challenges everything he believes and ultimately suffers at the hands of society and family obligation. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize; Wharton was the first woman to win it.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Description: On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room? Aroused by trepidation and curiosity, the local villagers bring it upon themselves to find the answers. What they discover is a man trapped in a terror of his own creation, and a chilling reflection of the unsolvable mysteries of their own souls.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Rudyard Kipling
Description: Presents the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves, and the wild animals of the jungle.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
Howard Pyle
Description: The adventures of the outlaw Robin Hood and his merry men as they evade the King and overcome many a foe in Sherwood Forest.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Description: At first, the far future looks like an enchanting place to the Time Traveller. The graceful Eloi appear to embody contentment, beauty and peace, and the Eden they live in seems to be free of suffering. But he soon comes to understand that the Eloi are fragile creatures, desperately afraid of the dark, and with good reason. For the Morlocks live in the dark, and the Morlocks are to be feared. And the Time Traveller must venture in to their subterranean world to find his way back to his own era.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald
Description: The story of Amory Blaine's adolescence and undergraduate days at Princeton, This Side of Paradise captures the essence of an American generation struggling to define itself in the aftermath of World War I and the destruction of "the old order."
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 14, 2020
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101 Ways To Clean Out The Clutter [Electronic Resource]
Emilie Barnes
Gardening Answers [Electronic Resource].
52 Loaves [Electronic Resource] : One Man's Relentless Pursuit Of Truth, Meaning, And A Perfect Crust
William Alexander
Gardening To Attract Birds [Electronic Resource]
Shelby Clark
At Home [Electronic Resource] : A Short History Of Private Life
Bill Bryson
Npr Sound Treks. Birds [Electronic Resource] : Spellbinding Tales Of Flight, Feather, And Song.
Jon Hamilton
Clever Digital Photography Ideas [Electronic Resource] : Starting To Make The Most From Your Camera Or Camera Phone
Peter Cope
Origami Activities For Children [Electronic Resource] : Two Volumes In One.
Chiyo Araki
Fay's Family Food [Electronic Resource] : Delicious Recipes Where One Meal Feeds Everyone. Whatever Age!
Fay Ripley, David Munns
Spark Joy [Electronic Resource] : An Illustrated Master Class On The Art Of Organizing And Tidying Up
Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano, Marie. Jinsei ga tokimeko katazuke no maho 2. English Kondō, Marie. Irasuto de tokimeku katazuke no maho. English Kondō
Fresh & Easy Family Meals [Electronic Resource].
Gooseberry Patch (Firm)
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey [Electronic Resource] : Treats For Kids
Jill O'Connor, Leigh Beisch
From Stuffed To Sorted [Electronic Resource] : Your Essential Guide To Organising, Room By Room
Mary Anne Bennie
The Homegrown Preschooler [Electronic Resource] : Teaching Your Kids In The Places They Live
Kathy H. Lee, Lesli M Richards

Emilie Barnes
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
William Alexander
Description: Charts the author's attempts to bake the perfect loaf of bread, including growing, harvesting, and milling his own wheat.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Bill Bryson
Description: Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Fay Ripley, David Munns
Description: For the past five years, Fay Ripley has been cooking for her growing family. Spurred on by the lack of inspiration out there, she has written this cookbook full of recipes for all the family. The vital ingredient is that you only need to cook one meal. Fay Ripley is an actress on UK TV, from the show Cold Feet.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Gooseberry Patch (Firm)
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Mary Anne Bennie
Description: Follow organisational expert MaryAnne Bennie's in8steps system and organise your entire home without turning it into total chaos in the process. In eight simple steps the system helps you to decide what stays and what goes, and how to store what remains efficiently. Learn how to :reorganise your whole house in a series of eight-minute blitzes, bust your excuses, and find the motivation to start and develop techniques to set yourself up for success.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Shelby Clark
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Jon Hamilton
Description: Stories that feature the delightful and exotic sounds of birds, plus insightful and informative commentary from bird lovers, bird experts, and, in some cases, the birds themselves!
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Chiyo Araki
Description: Ideal for home or school use, these fun projects are organized by seasons and U.S. holidays and offer varying levels of difficulty so that every child--from the beginner to the experienced origami-maker--will find something of interest. There are three types of boats for Columbus Day, cats and jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, and even old Saint Nick.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano, Marie. Jinsei ga tokimeko katazuke no maho 2. English Kondō, Marie. Irasuto de tokimeku katazuke no maho. English Kondō
Description: Tidying expert Marie Kondo offers a follow-up illustrated master manual on her KonMari Method with item-specific guidance and step-by-step folding illustrations. Organizing goes into and beyond drawers and closets, with guidance on kitchens tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos--From statement provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Jill O'Connor, Leigh Beisch
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
Kathy H. Lee, Lesli M Richards
Description: With the accessibility of a parenting how-to book and the thorough educational foundation of an expensive boxed curriculum, this guide will inspire parents to use their homes as classrooms as they take advantage of the naturally rich learning opportunities that occur in everyday home life. Parents will learn how to transform their home into a learning environment that rivals the best preschool classroom by finding exciting learning opportunities in everyday occurrences, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth cycles in the garden. Parents can make easy use of simple-to-start ideas, advice, and activities, as well as organizational tips, recipes, and more than 200 activities that are easy to pull together. In addition, there are convenient charts and checklists to document children's growth, which will help ensure there are no gaps in educational, social, or physical development.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 7, 2020
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At The Mountains Of Madness [Electronic Resource]
H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft
The Girl With The Red Balloon
Katherine Locke
Autumn Light : Season Of Fire And Farewells
Pico Iyer
The Historian [Electronic Resource]
Elizabeth Kostova, Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Between Sisters [Electronic Resource]
Kristin Hannah
The Red Tent [Electronic Resource]
Anita Diamant

H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft
Description: A tale of terror unilke any other. The barren, windswept interior of the Antarctic plateau was lifeless--or so the expedition from Miskatonic University thought. Then they found the strange fossils of unheard-of creatures, and the carved stones tens of millions of years old, and, finally, the mind-blasting terror of the City of the Old Ones.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Mar 24, 2020
Pico Iyer
Description: "From one of our most astute observers of human nature, a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality, and grief. For years, Pico Iyer has split his time between California and Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife Hiroko have a small home. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold onto the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying. In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, this question is more urgent than anywhere else. Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Mar 24, 2020
Kristin Hannah
Description: Meghann Dontess is a woman haunted by heartbreak. Twenty-five years ago she was forced to make a terrible choice, one that cost her everything, including the love of her sister, Claire. Now, Meghann is a hotshot divorce attorney who doesn't believe in intimacy -- until she meets the one man who can change her mind. Claire Cavenaugh has fallen in love for the first time in her life. As her wedding day approaches, she prepares to face her harsh, judgmental older sister and their self-absorbed mother. It is the first time they have been together in more than two decades. Over the course of a hot Pacific Northwest summer, these three women who believe they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were: a family.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Mar 24, 2020
Katherine Locke
Description: Sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum time-travels to 1988 East Berlin, where she meets members of an underground guild who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the wall, and learns that someone is using dark magic to change history.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Mar 24, 2020
Elizabeth Kostova, Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Mar 24, 2020
Anita Diamant
Description: The story of Dinah, a tragic character from the Bible whose great love, a prince, is killed by her brother, leaving her alone and pregnant. The novel traces her life from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Mar 24, 2020
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Most Checked Out Books of 2019

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We'e got your back! Here are the most checked out books at Great River for all of 2019. 

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
YA FIC Col
The 18th Abduction
James Patterson, Maxine. author Paetro
FIC Pat
Children Of Blood And Bone [Audiobook]
Tomi Adeyemi
YA FIC Ade
The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-time Indian
Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney
YA FIC Ale
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : The Getaway
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
The Fall Of Crazy House
James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
YA FIC Pat
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : The Meltdown
Jeff Kinney
J FIC Kin
The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah
FIC Han
Every Breath
Nicholas Sparks
FIC Spa
The Guardians
John Grisham
FIC Gri
Long Road To Mercy
David Baldacci
FIC Bal
The Hate U Give [Audiobook]
Angie Thomas, Bahni Turpin
YA FIC Tho
Look Alive Twenty-five
Janet Evanovich
FIC Eva
The Hunger Games [Audiobook]
Suzanne Collins, Carolyn McCormick
YA FIC Col
Neon Prey
John Sandford
FIC San
The Reckoning
John Grisham
FIC Gri
Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty
FIC Mor
The Selection
Kiera Cass
YA FIC Cas
Past Tense
Lee Child
FIC Chi
Turtles All The Way Down
John Green
YA FIC Gre
Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
YA FIC Ave
Where The Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens
FIC Owe
Redemption
David Baldacci
FIC Bal

Suzanne Collins
Description: By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Call Number: YA FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Tomi Adeyemi
Description: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Call Number: YA FIC Ade
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Jeff Kinney
Description: Greg Heffley and his family escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation, but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Jeff Kinney
Description: When snow closes Greg Heffley's middle school, he and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, face a fight for survival as warring gangs turn the neighborhood into a wintry battlefield.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Nicholas Sparks
Description: Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future. Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.
Call Number: FIC Spa
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
David Baldacci
Description: Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent assigned to the remote wilds of the western United States. Ever since her twin sister was abducted by a notorious serial killer at age five, Atlee has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. And she's the best at it. She could be one of the Bureau's top criminal profilers, if she didn't prefer catching criminals in the vast wilderness of the West to climbing the career ladder in the D.C. office. Her chosen mission is a lonesome one--but that suits her just fine. Now, Atlee is called in to investigate the mutilated carcass of a mule found in the Grand Canyon--and hopefully, solve the disappearance of its rider. But this isn't the only recent disappearance. In fact, it may be just the first clue, the key to unraveling a rash of other similar missing persons cases in the canyon.
Call Number: FIC Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Janet Evanovich
Description: "There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Eva
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
John Sandford
Description: It was a relatively minor criminal matter, but enough that the U.S. Marshals obtained a warrant to enter the home. They didn't expect to unearth trophies from a score of killings. Now Davenport is on the trail of a serial murderer, one who was able to operate for years without notice or suspicion. But there's even more to this killer than meets the eye.
Call Number: FIC San
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Liane Moriarty
Description: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out. Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can't even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She's immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don't look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn't even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer--or should she run while she still can? It's not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Lee Child
Description: "Jack Reacher has extended his thumb and hit the pavement. His plan is to follow the autumn sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road in rural New Hampshire, deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: The town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? and takes the detour. At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to drive to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners almost seem too friendly. It's a strange place, but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He knows his father left and never returned. Now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place? As Reacher explores his father's life, and strands of different stories begin to merge, he makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense and deadly"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Victoria Aveyard
Description: Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
Call Number: YA FIC Ave
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
David Baldacci
Description: Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting Decker's hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by Meryl Hawkins--the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. A dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, but one thing hasn't changed: he maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago? Digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
James Patterson, Maxine. author Paetro
Description: For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue -- until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco's entire school system at stake, Lindsay Boxer has never been under more pressure. To solve the "School Night" case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas, as the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take new approaches, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned.
Call Number: FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney
Description: Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Call Number: YA FIC Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
Description: Eighteen-year-old twins Becca and Cassie, now trained, fearless fighters, hold the key to defeating the despotic United regime and freeing the people of the former United States, but at what cost?
Call Number: YA FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Kristin Hannah
Description: Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.
Call Number: FIC Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
John Grisham
Description: In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues behind. There were no witnesses, no real suspects, no one with a motive. The police soon settled on Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo's. Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence. But no one was listening. He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time. Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated. They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought.
Call Number: FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Angie Thomas, Bahni Turpin
Description: After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Suzanne Collins, Carolyn McCormick
Description: In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Call Number: YA FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
John Grisham
Description: Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.
Call Number: FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Kiera Cass
Description: "Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
John Green
Description: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
Call Number: YA FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
Delia Owens
Description: "For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Owe
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2020
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Best of 2019 (from Publisher's Weekly)

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The good folks at Publisher's Weekly voted, and these are the top books of 2019! 

You can read their complete write-up here: https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2019

A People's Future Of The United States : Speculative Fiction From 25 Extraordinary Writers
Victor D. LaValle, John Joseph Adams
FIC Peo
No Visible Bruises : What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us
Rachel Louise Snyder
362.8292 Sny
A Place To Land : Martin Luther King Jr. And The Speech That Inspired A Nation
Barry Wittenstein, Jerry Pinkney
E Wit
Olive, Again [Large Print]
Elizabeth Strout
LP FIC ordered 081519
A Stone Sat Still
Brendan Wenzel
E Wen
On The Road With Saint Augustine : A Real-world Spirituality For Restless Hearts
James K. A. Smith
248 Smi
Acid For The Children : A Memoir [Audiobook]
Flea
ordered 102419
Optic Nerve
María Gainza, Thomas Bunstead
FIC Gai
Alice's Island : A Novel
Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
FIC San
Our Man [Large Print] : Richard Holbrooke And The End Of The American Century
George Packer
LP B Hol
All The Greys On Greene Street
Laura Tucker, Kelly Murphy
J FIC Tuc
Parisian Lives : Samuel Beckett, Simone De Beauvoir, And Me : A Memoir
Deirdre Bair
ordered 101719
An Orchestra Of Minorities [Audiobook]
Chigozie Obioma, Chukwudi Iwuji
FIC Obi
Pokko And The Drum
Matthew Forsythe
E For
Another
Christian Robinson
E Rob
Red Metal [Large Print]
Mark Greaney, Hunter Ripley Rawlings
LP FIC Gre
Antisocial : Online Extremists, Techno-utopians, And The Hijacking Of The American Conversation
Andrew Marantz
303.484 Mar
Red, White & Royal Blue
Casey McQuiston
FIC McQ
Audience Of One : Donald Trump, Television, And The Fracturing Of America
James Poniewozik
324.73 Pon
Red, White & Royal Blue
Casey McQuiston
FIC McQ
Axiomatic
Maria M. Tumarkin
824 Tum
River
Elisha Cooper
E Coo
Ayesha At Last
Uzma Jalaluddin
FIC Jal
Roar Like A Dandelion
Ruth Krauss, Sergio Ruzzier
E Kra
Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming
László Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet
FIC ordered 092619
Saturday
Oge Mora
E Mor
Birdsong
Julie/ Flett Flett
E ordered 082919
She Said : Breaking The Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite A Movement
Jodi Kantor, Megan. Twohey
305.42 Kan
Bowlaway [Audiobook]
Elizabeth McCracken, Kate Reading
FIC McC
Shoot For The Moon : The Space Race And The Extraordinary Voyage Of Apollo 11
Jim Donovan
629.454 Don
Bringing Down The Duke
Evie Dunmore
FIC Dun
Small In The City
Sydney Smith
E Smi
Charged : The New Movement To Transform American Prosecution And End Mass Incarceration
Emily Bazelon
345.7305 Baz
Solitary : Unbroken By Four Decades In Solitary Confinement : My Story Of Transformation And Hope
Albert Woodfox, Leslie George
365.9763 Woo
Conviction [Audiobook]
Denise Mina, Cathleen McCarron
ordered 102519
South : Essential Recipes And New Explorations
Sean Brock, Lucas Weir, Marion Sullivan, Peter Frank Edwards
641.5975 Bro
Crab Cake : Turning The Tide Together
Andrea Tsurumi
E Tsu
Stalingrad
Vasiliĭ Grossman, Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler
FIC Gro
Daniel's Good Day
Micha Archer
E Arc
The Bone Fire
S. D. Sykes
FIC Syk
Dream Within A Dream
Patricia MacLachlan
J FIC Mac
The British Are Coming : The War For America, Lexington To Princeton, 1775-1777
Rick Atkinson
973.3 Atk
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead
Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones
FIC Tok
The Club : Johnson, Boswell, And The Friends Who Shaped An Age
Leopold Damrosch
941.073 Dam
Ducks, Newburyport
Lucy Ellmann
FIC Ell
The Code : Silicon Valley And The Remaking Of America
Margaret Pugh O'Mara
338.7 OMa
Edison
Edmund Morris
B Edi
The Collected Schizophrenias : Essays
Esmé Weijun Wang
616.898 Wan
Exposed
Jean-Philippe Blondel, Alison Anderson
FIC Blo
The Contender : The Story Of Marlon Brando
William J. Mann
B Bra
Frankissstein : A Love Story
Jeanette Winterson
FIC Win
The Devil In The Saddle
Julia London
FIC ordered 091219
Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story
Kevin Noble/ Martinez-Neal Maillard
E ordered 091919
The Doctor's Secret
Heidi Cullinan
FIC Cul
Furious Hours : Murder, Fraud, And The Last Trial Of Harper Lee
Casey N. Cep
364.15232 Cep
The Education Of An Idealist : A Memoir
Samantha Power
B Pow
Game Of Snipers
Stephen Hunter
FIC Hun
The Ex-princess
Fiona West
FIC Wes
Gene Eating : The Science Of Obesity And The Truth About Dieting
Giles Yeo
613.25 Yeo
The Far Field : A Novel
Madhuri Vijay
FIC Vij
Get A Life, Chloe Brown
Talia Hibbert
FIC ordered 073119
The Impeachers : The Of Trial Of Andrew Johnson And The Dream Of A Just Nation
Brenda Wineapple
973.81 Win
Ghost Wall
Sarah Moss
FIC Mos
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
Mac Barnett, Sarah (Illustrator) Jacoby
E Bar
God Land : A Story Of Faith, Loss, And Renewal In Middle America
Lyz Lenz
322.1 Len
The Institute [Audiobook]
Stephen King, Santino Fontana
FIC Kin
Gods Of The Upper Air : How A Circle Of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, And Gender In The Twentieth Century
Charles King
301.092 Kin
The Institute [Large Print]
Stephen King
LP FIC Kin
Good Girl, Bad Girl [Audiobook]
Michael Robotham, Joe Jameson
FIC Rob
The Lesson : A Novel
Cadwell Turnbull
FIC Tur
Good Talk : A Memoir In Conversations
Mira Jacob
B Jac
The Light Brigade
Kameron Hurley
FIC Hur
Grand Union : Stories
Zadie Smith, Zadie. Dialectic Smith, Zadie. Sentimental education Smith, Zadie. Lazy river Smith, Zadie. Words and music Smith
FIC Smi
The Line Tender
Kate Allen
YA FIC All
Guest House For Young Widows : Among The Women Of Isis
Azadeh Moaveni
306.883 Moa
The Lost Art Of Scripture : Rescuing The Sacred Texts
Karen Armstrong
ordered 073119
Hot Comb
Ebony Flowers
FIC Flo
The Lost Girl
Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire
J FIC Urs
How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
305.8 Ken
The Luminous Dead : A Novel
Caitlin Starling
FIC Sta
How To Hide An Empire : A History Of The Greater United States
Daniel Immerwahr
973 Imm
The Man Who Saw Everything
Deborah Levy
FIC Lev
How We Fight For Our Lives : A Memoir
Saeed Jones
B Jon
The Need [Audiobook]
Helen Phillips, Alexandra Allwine
FIC Phi
In The Dream House : A Memoir.
Carmen Maria Machado
ordered 080819
The Next Great Paulie Fink
Ali Benjamin
J FIC Ben
It's Great To Suck At Something [Audiobook]
Karen Rinaldi
158.1 Rin
The Nickel Boys [Large Print] : A Novel
Colson Whitehead
LP FIC Whi
Janis : Her Life And Music [Audiobook]
Holly/ Arianda George-Warren
ordered 101719
The Octopus Museum : Poems
Brenda Shaughnessy
811 Sha
Lady In The Lake [Large Print] : A Novel
Laura Lippman
LP FIC Lip
The Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides
FIC Mic
Leaving The Witness : Exiting A Religion And Finding A Life
Amber Scorah
289.92 Sco
The Sweetest Fruits
Monique T. D. Truong
FIC Tru
Look Both Ways : A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum
J FIC Rey
The Undefeated
Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
E Ale
Love Thy Neighbor : A Muslim Doctor's Struggle For Home In Rural America
Ayaz Virji, Alan Eisenstock
297 Vir
The World Doesn't Require You [Audiobook] : Stories
Rion Amilcar Scott, JD Jackson, publishing company HighBridge Audio (Firm)
FIC Sco
Making A Life : Working By Hand And Discovering The Life You Are Meant To Live
Melanie Falick, Rinne Allen
ordered 100319
They Called Us Enemy
George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven (Comics author) Scott, Harmony Becker
YA 940.5317 Tak
Mars
Asja Bakić, Jennifer Zoble, Ellen Elias-Bursać
FIC Bak
This Poison Will Remain
Fred Vargas, Sian Reynolds
FIC Var
Meander, Spiral, Explode : Design And Pattern In Narrative
Jane Alison
808.036 Ali
Trust Exercise : A Novel
Susan Choi
FIC Cho
Middlegame
Seanan McGuire
FIC McG
Underland : A Deep Time Journey
Robert Macfarlane
551.447 Mac
Migration : Incredible Animal Journeys
Mike Unwin, Jenni Desmond
J 591.56 Unw
Vroom!
Barbara McClintock
E McC
Mouthful Of Birds : Stories
Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell
FIC Sch
Wanderers
Chuck Wendig
FIC Wen
My Jasper June
Laurel Snyder
J FIC Sny
Who Wet My Pants?
Bob Shea, Zachariah OHora
E She
My Papi Has A Motorcycle
Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña
E Qui
Women Talking : A Novel
Miriam Toews
FIC Toe
New Kid [Audiobook]
Jerry Craft, Robin Miles, Rebecca Soler, Marc Thompson, Dan Bittner
J FIC Cra
Your House Will Pay : A Novel
Steph Cha
FIC Cha

Victor D. LaValle, John Joseph Adams
Description: "For many Americans, imagining a bright future has always been an act of resistance. A People's Future of the United States presents twenty never-before-published stories by a diverse group of writers, featuring voices both new and well-established. These stories imagine their characters fighting everything from government surveillance, to corporate cities, to climate change disasters, to nuclear wars. But fear not: A People's Future also invites readers into visionary futures in which the country is shaped by justice, equity, and joy. Edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams, this collection features a glittering landscape of moving, visionary stories written from the perspective of people of color, indigenous writers, women, queer & trans people, Muslims and other people whose lives are often at risk." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Peo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Barry Wittenstein, Jerry Pinkney
Description: "The true story behind the writing of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Wit
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Brendan Wenzel
Description: Told in rhyming verse, a stone is considered from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives, as it sits where it is, surrounded by grass, dirt, and water, an unchanging certainty in the world.
Call Number: E Wen
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Flea
Call Number: ordered 102419
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
Description: "Alice Dupont's perfect marriage was a perfect lie. When her husband, Chris, dies in a car accident, far from where he should have been, Alice's life falls apart. After the police close the case, she is left with more questions than answers. While learning to cope with her loss and her new identity as a single mother of two, Alice becomes obsessed with unraveling the mystery surrounding her husband's death and decides to start her own investigation. Retracing her husband's last known whereabouts, she soon discovers clues that lead her to a small island near Nantucket. As she insinuates herself into the lives of the island's inhabitants in an effort to discover what they knew about her husband, Alice finds herself increasingly involved in their private lives and comes to a disturbing realization: she has been transformed into a person she no longer recognizes. In seeking an answer to what her husband was doing before he died, Alice discovers not only a side of him she never knew, but sides of her own character she has never explored"--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC San
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Laura Tucker, Kelly Murphy
Description: SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist -- and in her neighborhood, that's normal. Her dad and his business partner Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother makes intricate sculptures in a corner of their loft, leaving Ollie to roam the streets of New York with her best friends Richard and Alex, drawing everything that catches her eye. Then everything falls apart. Ollie's dad disappears in the middle of the night, leaving her only a cryptic note and instructions to destroy it. Her mom has gone to bed, and she's not getting up. Apollo is hiding something, Alex is acting strange, and Richard has questions about the mysterious stranger he saw outside. And someone keeps calling, looking for a missing piece of art.... Olympia knows her dad is the key -- but first, she has to find him, and time is running out.-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: J FIC Tuc
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Chigozie Obioma, Chukwudi Iwuji
Description: Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, this novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria, it tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, who is separated from his love, Ndali.
Call Number: FIC Obi
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Christian Robinson
Description: "A young girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Andrew Marantz
Description: For several years, Andrew Marantz, a New Yorker staff writer, has been embedded in two worlds. The first is the world of social-media entrepreneurs, who upended all traditional means of receiving and transmitting information. The second is the world of the people he calls "the gate crashers"--the conspiracists, white supremacists, and nihilist trolls who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. Antisocial ranges broadly--from the first mass-printed books to the trending hashtags of the present; from secret gatherings of neo-Fascists to the White House press briefing room--and traces how the unthinkable becomes thinkable, and then how it becomes reality. Marantz reveals how the boundaries between technology, media, and politics have been erased, resulting in a deeply broken informational landscape. He shows how alienated young people are led down the rabbit hole of online radicalization, and how fringe ideas spread--from anonymous corners of social media to cable TV to the President's Twitter feed. Marantz also sits with the creators of social media as they start to reckon with the forces they've unleashed.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 303.484 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
James Poniewozik
Description: James Poniewozik traces the history of television and mass media from the early 1980s to today, and demonstrates how a "volcanic, camera- hogging antihero" merged with America's most powerful medium to become our forty-fifth president. Audience of One weaves together two compelling stories. The first charts the seismic evolution of television from a monolithic mass medium, with three mainstream networks, into today's fractious confederation of "spite-and-insult" media subcultures. The second examines Donald Trump himself, who took advantage of these historic changes to constantly reinvent himself: from boastful cartoon zillionaire; to 1990s self-parodic sitcom fixture; to The Apprentice-reality-TV star; and, finally, to Twitter-mad, culture-warring demagogue. An eye-opening history of American media and a sobering reflection of the raucous culture we've now become.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 324.73 Pon
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Maria M. Tumarkin
Description: Axiomatic explores the ways we understand the traumas we inherit and the systems that sustain them. In five sections--each one built on an axiom about how the past affects the present--Tumarkin weaves together true and intimate stories of a community dealing with the extended aftermath of a suicide, a grandmother's quest to kidnap her grandson to keep him safe, one community lawyer's struggle inside and against the criminal justice system, a larger-than-life Holocaust survivor, and the history of the author's longest friendship. Tumarkin asks questions about loss, grief, and how our particular histories inform the people we become in the world.--From back cover.
Call Number: 824 Tum
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Uzma Jalaluddin
Description: Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. When his engagement to Hafsa is announced, Ayesha must deal with the truth about Khalid, her family... and herself.
Call Number: FIC Jal
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
László Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet
Description: "Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin-like figure, Baron Bela Wenckheim, who decides to return at the end of his life to the provincial Hungarian town of his birth. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Buenos Aires, where he was living in exile, he wishes to be reunited with his high school sweetheart Marika. What follows is an endless storm of gossip, con men, and local politicians, vividly evoking the small town's alternately drab and absurd existence. All along, the Professor-a world-famous natural scientist who studies mosses and inhabits a bizarre Zen-like shack in a desolate area outside of town-offers long rants and disquisitions on his own attempts to immunize himself from thought. Spectacular actions are staged, death and the abyss loom, until finally doom is brought down on the unsuspecting residents of the town"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC ordered 092619
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Julie/ Flett Flett
Call Number: E ordered 082919
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Elizabeth McCracken, Kate Reading
Description: Bertha Truitt has always been an enigma to people in Salford, Massachusetts. She was discovered unconscious in a cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century--nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person. She marries and starts a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. The bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford's most defining landmark. When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her heretofore-unheard-of son arrives, claiming Truitt Alleys. This begins generations of inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills.
Call Number: FIC McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Evie Dunmore
Description: England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women's suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain's politics at the Queen's command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.
Call Number: FIC Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Emily Bazelon
Description: The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. But in fact, it is prosecutors who have the upper hand, in a contest that is far from equal. More than anyone else, prosecutors decide who goes free and who goes to prison, and even who lives and who dies. This kind of unchecked power is an underreported cause of enormous injustice--and the missing piece in the mass incarceration puzzle. The power of prosecutors makes them the actors in the system--the only actors--who can fix what's broken without changing a single law. They can end mass incarceration, protect against coercive plea bargains and convicting the innocent, and tackle racial bias. In almost every state we, the people, elect prosecutors, so it is within our power to reshape the choices they make. In the last few years, a wave of reform-minded prosecutors has taken office in major cities throughout the country. Bazelon shows the difference they make for people caught in the system and how they are coming together as a new kind of lobby for justice and mercy.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 345.7305 Baz
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Denise Mina, Cathleen McCarron
Description: A breathtaking thriller about a wealthy housewife who successfully conceals her dark past until a true-crime podcast and a photo posted on social media send her running across Europe, with a faded rock star by her side and extremely dangerous enemies on her trail. Anna McLean loves to revel in life's unsavory details. When she's keeping up appearances as an upper-class Edinburgh housewife, there's no better escape than other people's sordid stories retold in true-crime podcasts. Until the day it all falls apart.
Call Number: ordered 102519
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Andrea Tsurumi
Description: "Under the sea, a crab follows its heart and its calling, bringing everyone together in the wake of a disaster"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Tsu
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Micha Archer
Description: When his neighbors give a variety of answers to the question "What is a good day?" Daniel writes a poem about the everyday activities that give them joy.
Call Number: E Arc
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Patricia MacLachlan
Description: Eleven-year-old aspiring writer Louisa considers traveling the world with her globetrotting parents, but friendship with George helps her to see her grandparents' farm on Deer Island in a new light.
Call Number: J FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Description: A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, and autonomy and fate. In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .
Call Number: FIC Tok
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Lucy Ellmann
Description: "Peeling apples for tartes tatin, an Ohio mother wonders how to exist in a world of distraction and fake facts, besieged by a tweet-happy president and trigger-happy neighbors, all of them oblivious to what Dupont has dumped into the rivers and what's happening at the factory farm down the interstate--not to mention what was done to the land's first inhabitants. A torrent of consciousness, narrated in a single sentence by a woman whose wandering thoughts are as comfortably familiar as they are heartrendingly honest, Ducks, Newburyport is a fearless indictment of our contemporary moment."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Edmund Morris
Description: Thomas Alva Edison's invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. This near-deaf genius patented 1,093 inventions, not including those he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. Edmund Morris portrays the unknown Edison-- philosopher, futurist, chemist, botanist, wartime defense adviser, founder of nearly 250 companies-- while deconstructing the Edison of mythological memory. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Edi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Jean-Philippe Blondel, Alison Anderson
Description: "A French teacher on the verge of retirement is invited to a glittering opening that showcases the artwork of his former student, who has since become a celebrated painter. This unexpected encounter leads to the older man posing for his portrait. Possibly in the nude. Such personal exposure at close range entails a strange and troubling pact between artist and sitter that prompts both to reevaluate their lives"--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Blo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Jeanette Winterson
Description: "Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Kevin Noble/ Martinez-Neal Maillard
Call Number: E ordered 091919
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Casey N. Cep
Description: "The stunning true story of an Alabama serial killer, and the trial that obsessed the author of To Kill a Mockingbird in the years after the publication of her classic novel--a complicated and difficult time in her life that, until now, has been very little examined. Willie Maxwell was a Baptist reverend in Alabama; he also happened to be a serial killer. Between 1970 and 1977, his two wives and brother all died under suspicious circumstances -- each with hefty life insurance policies taken out by none other than the Reverend himself. With the help of a savvy lawyer, Maxwell escaped justice for years. Then, the teenage daughter of his third wife perished. At the funeral, the victim's uncle shot the Reverend dead in a church full of witnesses--and was subsequently acquitted of the murder, thanks to the same savvy lawyer who had represented the Reverend for all those years. Sitting in the audience during the trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York to her native Alabama with an idea of writing a book about the case. Now, Casey Cep brings this nearly inconceivable, gripping story to life on the page: from the shocking murders to the chicanery of insurance fraud to the courtroom drama. At the same time, it is a vividly told, elegiac account of Harper Lee's quest to write a second book after To Kill a Mockingbird, and a deeply moving portrait of this beloved writer's struggle with fame, success, and the mysteries of artistic creativity"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.15232 Cep
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Stephen Hunter
Description: When Bob Lee Swagger is approached by a woman who lost a son to war and has spent the years since risking all that she has to find the sniper who pulled the trigger, he knows right away he'll do everything in his power to help her. But what begins as a favor becomes an obsession, and soon Swagger is back in the action, teaming up with the Mossad, the FBI, and local American law enforcement, as he tracks a sniper who is his own equal...and attempts to decipher that assassin's ultimate target before it's too late.
Call Number: FIC Hun
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Giles Yeo
Call Number: 613.25 Yeo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Talia Hibbert
Call Number: FIC ordered 073119
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Sarah Moss
Description: The light blinds you; there's a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside. In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age. For two weeks, the length of her father's vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie's father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs--particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind. The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?
Call Number: FIC Mos
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Lyz Lenz
Description: In the wake of the 2016 election, Lenz watched as her country and her marriage were torn apart by the competing forces of faith and politics. She was bewildered by the pain and loss around her and questioned: What was happening to faith in the heartland? Lenz set out to discover the changing forces of faith and tradition in God's country. In examining the effects of faith and religion on our lives, our relationships, and our country, Lenz asks whether our divides can ever be bridged-- and if America can ever come together. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: 322.1 Len
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Charles King
Description: A group portrait of Franz Boas, the founder of cultural anthropology, and his circle of women scientists, who upended American notions of race, gender, and sexuality in the 1920s and 1930s--a chronicle of how our society began to question the basic ways we understand other cultures and ourselves.--From publisher's description.
Call Number: 301.092 Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Michael Robotham, Joe Jameson
Description: A girl is found hiding in a secret room in a house being renovated after a terrible crime. She won't tell anyone her name, her age, or where she came from. Six years later, still unidentified, the same girl is living in a secure children's home with a new name, Evie Cormac, when she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult. Psychologist Cyrus Haven is sent to interview Evie, but she's unlike anyone he's ever met. Soon he is embroiled in her unique and dangerous world, his life in utmost peril.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Mira Jacob
Description: "Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob's half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation--and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions" -- publisher's description.
Call Number: B Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Zadie Smith, Zadie. Dialectic Smith, Zadie. Sentimental education Smith, Zadie. Lazy river Smith, Zadie. Words and music Smith
Description: Grand Union explores a wide range of subjects, from first loves to cultural despair, as well as the desire to be the subject of your own experience. In captivating prose, she contends with race, class, relationships, and gender roles in a world that feels increasingly divided.
Call Number: FIC Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Azadeh Moaveni
Description: In early 2014, the Islamic State clinched its control of Raqqa in Syria. Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, urged Muslims around the world to come join the caliphate, and moved to fight for justice, thousands of men and women heeded his call. At the heart of this story is a cast of unforgettable young women who responded. From Germany, from Bethnal Green, London, from Tunis: these were women--some still in high school--from urban families, some with university degrees, and many with cosmopolitan dreams of travel and adventure. Instead of finding a land of justice and piety, they found themselves trapped within this brutal terrorist regime, a world of chaos and upheaval and violence. How do we judge these women who both suffered and inflicted intense pain? What role is there for Muslim women in the West? Moaveni takes us into the school hallways of London, kitchen tables in Germany, the coffee shops in Tunis, the caliphate's OB/GYN and its "Guest House for Young Widows"--where wives of the fallen waited to be remarried--to demonstrate that the problem called terrorism is a far more complex, political, and deeply relatable one than we generally admit-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.883 Moa
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Ebony Flowers
Description: "Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story 'Hot Comb' is about a young girl's first perm--a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming 'too white' in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In 'Virgin Hair', taunts of 'tender-headed' sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Flo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Ibram X. Kendi
Description: "The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it -- and then dismantle it." Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America, pointing us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. He weaves ethics, history, law, and science together with a personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Daniel Immerwahr
Description: Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. He reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light. We travel to the Guano Islands, where prospectors collected one of the nineteenth century's most valuable commodities, and the Philippines, site of the most destructive event on U.S. soil. In Puerto Rico, Immerwahr shows how U.S. doctors conducted grisly experiments they would never have conducted on the mainland and charts the emergence of independence fighters who would shoot up the U.S. Congress. In the years after World War II, Immerwahr notes, the United States moved away from colonialism. Instead, it put innovations in electronics, transportation, and culture to use, devising a new sort of influence that did not require the control of colonies.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973 Imm
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Saeed Jones
Description: Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.
Call Number: B Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Carmen Maria Machado
Description: A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of <i>Her Body and Other Parties<i>. "...full of repressed physical energy and the raw juice of annihilating female fury."--Louise Erdrich, <i>The Millions<i>.s<i>.
Call Number: ordered 080819
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Karen Rinaldi
Description: From flawless social media feeds to airbrushed celebrities who are seemingly perfect, society constantly tells people that they're falling short in countless ways and they feel terrible about it. But with this this funny, frank, and witty book, Karen explains the many positive results of sucking at something. Inspired by her personal story, and drawing from the teachings of great philosophers, leading psychologists, and bestselling authors, Rinaldi explains how sucking at something can help listeners learn to live in the moment, confront and shed doubt, develop deeper self-love, and so much more.
Call Number: 158.1 Rin
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Holly/ Arianda George-Warren
Call Number: ordered 101719
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Laura Lippman
Description: "In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl--assistance that leads to a job at the city's afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake. Cleo Sherwood was a young African-American woman who liked to have a good time. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie--and the dead woman herself. Maddie's going to find the truth about Cleo's life and death. Cleo's ghost, privy to Maddie's poking and prying, wants to be left alone. Maddie's investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life--a jewelery store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people--including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Lip
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Amber Scorah
Description: Amber Scorah, creator of the "Dear Amber" podcast, describes her strict upbringing as a third-generation Jehovah's Witness and her efforts to find her true place in the world apart from the edicts of her family and faith.
Call Number: 289.92 Sco
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum
Description: "A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Ayaz Virji, Alan Eisenstock
Description: A true story about a Muslim doctor's service to Dawson, Minnesota and the hope of overcoming our country's climate of hostility and fear. In 2013, Dr. Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to Dawson, a town of 1,400, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the reliably blue, working-class county swung for Donald Trump. Virji watched in horror as his children faced anti-Muslim remarks at school and some of his most loyal patients began questioning whether he belonged in the community. Virji wanted out. Just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, a local pastor invited him to speak at her church and address misconceptions about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a well-attended lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state, while giving Virji a new vocation that he never would have expected. This is his story, told in a gripping, unforgettable narrative that shows the human consequences of our toxic politics, the power of faith and personal conviction, and the potential for a renewal of understanding in America's heartland.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 297 Vir
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Melanie Falick, Rinne Allen
Description: By profiling 30 creatives, the author explores how making by hand is the key to discovering one's passion--whether that means spinning natural fibers, carving a wooden bowl, or creating elaborate papercuts.
Call Number: ordered 100319
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Asja Bakić, Jennifer Zoble, Ellen Elias-Bursać
Call Number: FIC Bak
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Jane Alison
Description: Jane Alison writes an insightful and appealing book about the craft of writing. For centuries there's been one path through fiction we're most likely to travel--the dramatic arc: a situation arises, grows tense, reaches a peak, subsides. So many other patterns run through nature, tracing other deep motions in life. Why not draw on them, too? W. G. Sebald's Emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc-- or, in nature, wave. Other writers of nonlinear prose include Nicholson Baker, Anne Carson, Marguerite Duras, Gabriel García Márquez, Jamaica Kincaid, Clarice Lispector, Susan Minot, David Mitchell, Caryl Phillips, and Mary Robison. Jane Alison offers a liberating manifesto that says, Let's leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 808.036 Ali
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Seanan McGuire
Description: "Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He's not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own. Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn't attained." -- Goodreads.com
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Mike Unwin, Jenni Desmond
Description: Provides descriptions of the migratory behavior of a variety of animals around the world, including caribou, monarch butterflies, the barn swallow, hummingbirds, Christmas Island red crabs, and the great white shark.
Call Number: J 591.56 Unw
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell
Description: Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary collection featuring women on the edge, men turned upside down, the natural world at odds with reality. We think life is one way, but often, it's not -- our expectations for how people act, love, fear can all be upended. Each character in Mouthful of Birds must contend with the unexpected, whether a family coming apart at the seams or a child transforming or a ghostly hellscape or a murder. Schweblin's stories have the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark take on huge implications; they leave your pulse racing and the line between the real and the strange blurring. This selection, chosen by the author, is an indispensible piece of contemporary Argentine literature.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Laurel Snyder
Description: The school year is over, and it is summer in Atlanta. The sky is blue, the sun is blazing, and the days brim with possibility. But Leah feels lost. She has been this way since one terrible afternoon a year ago when everything changed. Since that day, her parents have become distant, her friends have fallen away, and Leah's been adrift and alone. Then she meets Jasper, a girl unlike anyone she has ever known. There's something mysterious about Jasper, almost magical. And Jasper, Leah discovers, is also lost. Together, the two girls carve out a place for themselves, a hideaway in the overgrown spaces of Atlanta, away from their parents and their hardships, somewhere only they can find. But as the days of this magical June start to draw to a close, and the darker realities of their lives intrude once more, Leah and Jasper have to decide how real their friendship is, and whether it can be enough to save them both.-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: J FIC Sny
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña
Description: "When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Qui
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Jerry Craft, Robin Miles, Rebecca Soler, Marc Thompson, Dan Bittner
Description: Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds-- and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
Call Number: J FIC Cra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Rachel Louise Snyder
Description: An investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, revealing how the roots of America's most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors. We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us. In America, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime, and yet it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues, from our economy to our education system, from mass shootings to mass incarceration to #MeToo. Rachel Louise Snyder gives context for what we don't know we're seeing. She frames this urgent account of the scale of domestic violence in our country around key stories that explode common myths. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it. --From dust jacket.
Call Number: 362.8292 Sny
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Elizabeth Strout
Call Number: LP FIC ordered 081519
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
James K. A. Smith
Description: James K. A. Smith invites readers to meet the ancient African thinker who can help us find ourselves and a faith that speaks to our deepest hungers and hopes.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 248 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
María Gainza, Thomas Bunstead
Description: The narrator of Optic Nerve is an Argentinian woman whose obsession is art. The story of her life is the story of the paintings, and painters, who matter to her. Her intimate, digressive voice guides us through a gallery of moments that have touched her. In these pages, El Greco visits the Sistine Chapel and is appalled by Michelangelo's bodies. The mystery of Rothko's refusal to finish murals for the Seagram Building in New York is blended with the story of a hospital in which a prostitute walks the halls while the narrator's husband receives chemotherapy. Episodes in art history interact with the narrator's life in Buenos Aires - her family and work; her loves and losses; her infatuations and disappointments.
Call Number: FIC Gai
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
George Packer
Description: "Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, wholly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man, and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited" -- Back cover
Call Number: LP B Hol
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Deirdre Bair
Description: "National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art. In 1971Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. He agreed that she could write his biography despite never having written--or even read--a biography herself. The next sevenyears of intimate conversations, intercontinental research, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography, which went on to win the National Book Award and propel Deirdre to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir. The catch? De Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other--and lived essentially on the same street. While quite literally dodging one subject or the other, and sometimes hiding out in the backrooms of the great cafes of Paris, Bair learned that what works in terms of process for one biography rarely applies to the next. Her seven-year relationship with the domineering and difficult de Beauvoir required a radical change in approach, yielding another groundbreaking literary profile. Drawing on Bair's extensive notes from the period, including never-before-told anecdotes and details that were considered impossible to publish at the time, Parisian Lives is full of personality and warmth and give us an entirely new window on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers"-- Provided by publisher."A memoir of the author's experience writing biographies of Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 101719
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Matthew Forsythe
Description: When Pokko plays her drum in the forest she suddenly finds herself surrounded by an entire band of animal musicians.
Call Number: E For
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Mark Greaney, Hunter Ripley Rawlings
Description: A desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to occupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the world's hi-tech sector. Pitted against the Russians are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy job at the Pentagon and thrown into the fray in Africa, a French Special Forces captain and his intelligence operative father, a young Polish female partisan fighter, an A-10 Warthog pilot, and the commander of an American tank platoon who, along with his German counterpart, fight from behind enemy lines in Germany all the way into Russia. From a daring MiG attack on American satellites, through land and air battles in all theaters, naval battles in the Arabian sea, and small unit fighting down to the hand-to-hand level in the jungle, Russia's forces battle to either take the mines or detonate a nuclear device to prevent the West from exploiting them.
Call Number: LP FIC Gre
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Casey McQuiston
Description: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, with his sister and the Veep's genius granddaughter, are the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. Then photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids. The plan for damage control: stage a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex soon discovers that beneath Henry's Prince Charming veneer, there's a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. As President Claremont kicks off her re-election bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC McQ
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Casey McQuiston
Description: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, with his sister and the Veep's genius granddaughter, are the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. Then photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids. The plan for damage control: stage a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex soon discovers that beneath Henry's Prince Charming veneer, there's a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. As President Claremont kicks off her re-election bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC McQ
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Elisha Cooper
Description: A woman in a canoe takes the reader on a journey down the Hudson River, from its source, a lake in the Adirondack Mountains, to the point where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at New York City. Includes a note on the history of the Hudson River.
Call Number: E Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Ruth Krauss, Sergio Ruzzier
Description: Dance with a leaf. Jump like a raindrop. Sit in the sun and shine.
Call Number: E Kra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Oge Mora
Description: When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.
Call Number: E Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Jodi Kantor, Megan. Twohey
Description: From Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse, comes the untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.
Call Number: 305.42 Kan
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Jim Donovan
Description: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. One of the world's greatest technological achievements--and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity--the Apollo 11 mission was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to winning the space race against the Soviets. Set amid the tensions of the Cold War and the upheavals of the sixties, and filled with behind-the-scenes details, this is an account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it--and James Donovan tells the whole story.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 629.454 Don
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Sydney Smith
Description: A little boy offers advice to his cat, which is lost in the city, from taking shortcuts through safe alleys to finding a friend in the park.
Call Number: E Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Albert Woodfox, Leslie George
Description: Nearly forty years in solitary confinement in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell for 23 hours a day for a crime he did not commit, Albert Woodfox survived and emerged with his humanity and sense of hope for the future intact.Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, inspired behind bars in his early twenties to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living, Woodfox was serving a 50-year sentence in Angola for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were accused of the crime and put in solitary confinement without a shred of actual evidence against them. Released in February 2016, Woodfox turned his anger into activism and resistance. This is his chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 365.9763 Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Sean Brock, Lucas Weir, Marion Sullivan, Peter Frank Edwards
Description: Southern food is one of the most beloved and delicious cuisines in America. Sean Brock shares his recipes for key components of the cuisine, from grits and fried chicken to collard greens and corn bread. Recipes can be mixed and matched to make a meal or eaten on their own. Taken together, they make up the essential elements of Southern cuisine, from fried green tomatoes to smoked baby back ribs and from tomato okra stew to biscuits, along with regional differences are highlighted in recipes. Includes key Southern knowledge too: how to fry, how to care for cast iron, and how to cook over a hearth.
Call Number: 641.5975 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Vasiliĭ Grossman, Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler
Description: "In April 1942, Hitler and Mussolini plan the huge offensive on the Eastern Front that will culminate in the greatest battle in human history. Hundreds of miles away, Pyotr Vavilov receives his call-up papers and spends a final night with his wife and children in the hut that is his home. As war approaches, the Shaposhnikov family gathers for a meal: despite her age, Alexandra will soon become a refugee; Tolya will enlist in the reserves; Vera, a nurse, will fall in love with a wounded pilot; and Viktor Shtrum will receive a letter from his doomed mother which will haunt him forever."
Call Number: FIC Gro
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
S. D. Sykes
Description: "When the Black Death reappears in England in 1361, Oswald de Lacy knows that the safest place for his wife and young son is the island-fortress of Eden, where his eccentrically pious friend Godfrey has invited the family to stay to wait out the plague during the long, dark winter. But Oswald has barely had time to settle in when a brutal murder shocks the household and it soon becomes clear that the castle is not the stronghold of security that they were so desperately looking for. Oswald knows the castle isn't safe, but neither is the plague-infested countryside outside its walls. His only hope is to solve the mystery of the murder before the killer strikes again."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Syk
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Rick Atkinson
Description: From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, the ragtag Continental Army took on the world's most formidable fighting force. Atkinson introduces us to the war for America, and shows it is populated by astonishing characters who were heroes and knaves, who made sacrifices and blunders. He shows us the war through British eyes-- and gunsights-- too, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 973.3 Atk
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Leopold Damrosch
Description: In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk's Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as "the Club." Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. With the friendship of the "odd couple" Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late eighteenth-century Britain. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, and our own.
Call Number: 941.073 Dam
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Margaret Pugh O'Mara
Description: The epic human story of how, out of a small patch of land in Northern California, high tech re-created America in its image, for good and for ill. When Margaret O'Mara worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government--and always had been--and how shallow the common understanding of the secrets of the Valley's success actually was. Now, O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley, the story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation, from the Pentagon to Stanford University. It is also a story of a community that started off remarkably homogeneous and tight-knit and stayed that way. O'Mara is on the ground with all of the key tech companies, chronicling the evolution in their offerings through each successive era, and she has a fingertip feel for the politics of the sector and its relation to the larger cultural narrative about tech as it has evolved over the years. She has penetrated the inner kingdom of tech venture capital firms, the insular and still old-boy world that became the cockpit of American capitalism and the crucible for bringing technological innovation to market, or not.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 338.7 OMa
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Esmé Weijun Wang
Description: Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community's own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang's analytical eye allows her to balance research with personal narrative.-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: 616.898 Wan
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
William J. Mann
Description: William J. Mann presents a deeply-textured, ambitious, and definitive portrait of this great movie actor, the elusive Marlon Brando, bringing his complex life into view as never before. -- from statement at Amazon.com
Call Number: B Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Julia London
Call Number: FIC ordered 091219
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Heidi Cullinan
Description: "Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they've done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don't include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane. Simon wasn't ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There's no question--Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann's has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table, unless they bend the rules. But a romance that keeps them --literally-- in the closet can't lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn't want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn't want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they'll have to change the administration's mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point...and about each other?"-- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Cul
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Samantha Power
Description: "In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?"--and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power's distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official." -- From Amazon.com summary.
Call Number: B Pow
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Fiona West
Call Number: FIC Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Madhuri Vijay
Description: "In the wake of her mother's death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Kalyani is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Kalyani finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Vij
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Brenda Wineapple
Description: "When Lincoln was assassinated and Andrew Johnson became President, a fraught time in America became perilous. Congress was divided over how Reconstruction should be accomplished and the question of black suffrage. The South roiled with violence, lawlessness, and efforts to preserve the pre-Civil War society. Andrew Johnson--chosen as Vice President for electability, because he was a Southern Democrat--had no interest in following Lincoln's agenda. With the unchecked power of executive orders, Johnson pardoned the rebel states and their leaders, opposed black suffrage, and called Reconstruction unnecessary. Congress decided to take action against a President who acted like a king. Brenda Wineapple makes this overlooked historical period come alive with important new insights. The impeachment--the first in American history--was the last-ditch, patriotic effort make the goals of the Civil War a reality, and to make the Union one again.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.81 Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Mac Barnett, Sarah (Illustrator) Jacoby
Description: A picture book biography of the children's book author shares insights into her life and enduring literary influence.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Stephen King, Santino Fontana
Description: In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents, telekinesis, and telepathy, who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, 'like the roach motel,' Kalisha says. 'You check in, but you don't check out.' In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts.
Call Number: FIC Kin
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Stephen King
Description: In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents--telekinesis and telepathy--who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out." In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don't, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
Call Number: LP FIC Kin
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Cadwell Turnbull
Description: An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last. A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witnesses and victims to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.
Call Number: FIC Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Kameron Hurley
Description: "'The war has turned us into light. Transforming us into light is the fastest way to travel from one front to another, and there are many fronts, now. I always wanted to be a hero. I always wanted to be on the side of light. It's funny how things work out.' Soldiers in the war against Mars, The Light Brigade, live brief lives, but the veterans are starting to be affected by changes in their bodies and minds, slipping in and out of time, or are they simply going mad?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hur
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Kate Allen
Description: "Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC All
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Karen Armstrong
Description: "Today the Quran is used by some to justify war and acts of terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The significance of Scripture--the holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions--may not be immediately obvious in our secular world but its misunderstanding is perhaps the root cause of most of today's controversies over religion. In this timely and important book, one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs examines the meaning of Scripture. Today holy texts are not only used selectively to underwrite sometimes arbitrary and subjective views: they are seen to prescribe ethical norms and codes of behaviour that are divinely ordained--they are believed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong shows in this fascinating trawl through millennia of religious history, this peculiar reading of Scripture is a relatively recent, modern phenomenon--and in many ways, a reaction to a hostile secular world. For most of their history, the world's religious traditions have regarded these texts as tools for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness that helped them to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways. Scripture was not a 'truth' that had to be 'believed.' Armstrong argues that only if the world's religious faiths rediscover such an open and spiritual engagement with their holy texts can they curtail the arrogance, intolerance and violence that flows from a narrow reading of Scripture as truth."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 073119
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire
Description: When you're an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant--and from their first moments in the world together, they've never left each other's side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together. When fifth grade arrives, however, it's decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both. Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herself as she deals with challenges at school. And at the same time, something strange is happening in the city around them, things both great and small going missing without a trace. As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye, she decides it's up to her to find a way to keep her sister safe.
Call Number: J FIC Urs
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Caitlin Starling
Description: A caver who takes a dangerous job to make enough money to escape her hardscrabble planet begins to doubt her handler's motivations.
Call Number: FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Deborah Levy
Description: It is 1988 and Saul Adler, a narcissistic young historian, has been invited to Communist East Berlin to do research; in exchange, he must publish a favorable essay about the German Democratic Republic. As a gift for his translator's sister, a Beatles fanatic who will be his host, Saul's girlfriend will shoot a photograph of him standing in the crosswalk on Abbey Road, an homage to the famous album cover. As he waits for her to arrive, he is grazed by an oncoming car, which changes the trajectory of his life.
Call Number: FIC Lev
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Helen Phillips, Alexandra Allwine
Description: When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it's the sleep deprivation. She's been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It's what mothers do, she knows. But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement. Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.
Call Number: FIC Phi
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Ali Benjamin
Description: Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink.
Call Number: J FIC Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Colson Whitehead
Description: "As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers."-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: LP FIC Whi
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Brenda Shaughnessy
Description: This collection of feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics. In these pages, we see that what was once a generalized fear for our children (car accidents, falling from a tree) is now hyper-reasonable, specific, and multiple: school shootings, nuclear attack, loss of health care, a polluted planet. As Brenda Shaughnessy conjures our potential future, she envisions an age where cephalopods might rule over humankind, a fate she suggests we may just deserve after destroying their oceans. These heartbreaking, terrified poems are the battle cry of a woman who is fighting for the survival of the world she loves, and a stirring exhibition of who we are as a civilization.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Alex Michaelides
Description: Alicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London's most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia's refusal to talk or give any kind of explanation turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the spotlight of the tabloids at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His search for the truth leads him down a terrifying path and threatens to consume him.
Call Number: FIC Mic
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Monique T. D. Truong
Description: A Greek woman tells of how she willed herself out of her father's cloistered house, married an Irish officer in the British Army, and came to Ireland with her two-year-old son in 1852, only to be forced to leave without him soon after. An African American woman, born into slavery on a Kentucky plantation, makes her way to Cincinnati after the Civil War to work as a boarding house cook, where in 1872 she meets and marries an up-and-coming newspaper reporter. In Matsue, Japan, in 1891, a former samurai's daughter is introduced to a newly arrived English teacher, and becomes the mother of his four children and his unsung literary collaborator. These three women tell the story of their time with Lafcadio Hearn, a globetrotting writer best known for his books about Meiji-era Japan. Their accounts witness Hearn's remarkable life but also seek to witness their own existence and luminous will to live unbounded by gender, race, and the mores of their time.
Call Number: FIC Tru
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
Description: "Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Rion Amilcar Scott, JD Jackson, publishing company HighBridge Audio (Firm)
Description: "Established by the leaders of the country's only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, Cross River still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. In lyrical prose and singular dialect, a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations--like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet deaths. Among its residents--wildly spanning decades, perspectives, and species--are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God's last son; Tyrone, a ruthless PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who serves his Master. As the book builds to its finish with Special Topics in Loneliness Studies, a fully-realized novella, two unhinged professors grapple with hugely different ambitions, and the reader comes to appreciate the intricacy of the world Scott has created--one where fantasy and reality are eternally at war"--Container cover.
Call Number: FIC Sco
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven (Comics author) Scott, Harmony Becker
Description: A graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon--and America itself--in this tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love. George Takei woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," far from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard. This is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his future.
Call Number: YA 940.5317 Tak
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Fred Vargas, Sian Reynolds
Description: "A murder in Paris brings Commissaire Adamsberg out of the Icelandic mists of his previous investigation and unexpectedly into the region of Nîmes, where three old men have died of spider bites. The recluse has a sneaky attack, but is that enough to explain the deaths of these men, all killed by the same venom? At the National Museum of Natural History, Adamsberg meets a pensioner who tells him that two of the three octogenarians have known each other since childhood, when they lived in a local orphanage called The Mercy. There, they had belonged to a small group of violent young boys known as the "band of recluses." Adamsberg faces two obstacles: the third man killed by the same venom was not part of the "band of recluses," and the amount of spider venom necessary to kill doesn't add up.Yet after the Nîmes deaths, more members of the old band succumb to recluse bites, leading the commissaire to uncover the tragedy hidden behind the walls of the orphanage."--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Var
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Susan Choi
Description: In 1982 in a southern city, David and Sarah, two freshmen at a highly competitive performing arts high school, thrive alongside their school peers in a rarified bubble, ambitiously devoting themselves to their studies--to music, to movement, to Shakespeare and, particularly, to classes taught by the magnetic acting teacher Mr. Kingsley. It is here in these halls that David and Sarah fall innocently and powerfully into first love. And also where, as this class of students rises through the ranks of high school, the outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and the future, does not affect them--until it does--in a sudden spiral of events that brings a startling close to the first part of this novel.
Call Number: FIC Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Robert Macfarlane
Description: In Underland, Macfarland delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. He takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time" - the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present - he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come.
Call Number: 551.447 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Barbara McClintock
Description: Follows a young girl's imaginary journey as she zooms in a race car past fields and forests to faraway lands before returning home to her own safe bed.
Call Number: E McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Chuck Wendig
Description: A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival. Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other "shepherds" who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them--and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them--the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart--or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.
Call Number: FIC Wen
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Bob Shea, Zachariah OHora
Description: When Reuben the bear brings doughnuts to his forest friends, they discover that his pants are wet and he angrily accuses them of the dirty deed.
Call Number: E She
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 31, 2019
Miriam Toews
Description: One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm. While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women--all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in--have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape? Based on real events and told through the "minutes" of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Toe
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
Steph Cha
Description: "In the wake of the police shooting of a black teenager, Los Angeles is as tense as it's been since the unrest of the early 1990s. But Grace Park and Shawn Matthews have their own problems. Grace is sheltered and largely oblivious, living in the Valley with her Korean-immigrant parents, working long hours at the family pharmacy. She's distraught that her sister hasn't spoken to their mother in two years, for reasons beyond Grace's understanding. Shawn has already had enough of politics and protest after an act of violence shattered his family years ago. He just wants to be left alone to enjoy his quiet life in Palmdale. But when another shocking crime hits LA, both the Park and Matthews families are forced to face down their history while navigating the tumult of a city on the brink of more violence"-- Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 28, 2019
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