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GRRL's top 20 of 2020: adult nonfiction

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Michelle Obama
Description: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.
Call Number: B Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Tara Westover
Description: A memoir about a young girl who, raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and forbidden to go to school, defies her family, educates herself, and earns degrees including a PhD from Cambridge University.
Call Number: 270.092 Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Malcolm Gladwell
Description: In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
Call Number: 302 Gla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Erik Larson
Description: Erik Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally--and willing to fight to the end. Larson shows how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." He provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their daughter, Mary, their son, Randolph, and his wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle." In the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5421 Lar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Ronan Farrow
Description: In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain--until now. A trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. It's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.
Call Number: 331.4133 Far
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Glennon Doyle
Description: There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We hide our simmering discontent--even from ourselves. Four years ago, Glennon Doyle was speaking at a conference when a woman entered the room. Glennon looked at her and fell instantly in love. Glennon was finally hearing her own voice--the voice that had been silenced by decades of cultural conditioning, numbing addictions, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl Glennon had been before the world told her who to be. She decided to build a life of her own--one based on her individual desire, intuition, and imagination, reclaiming her true, untamed self. She offers here an examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world's expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at our lives and recognize what we are to see.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.89 Doy
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Mary L. Trump
Description: "In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald's only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security, and social fabric."--Amazon.com
Call Number: B Tru
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Bill Bryson
Description: Bill Bryson takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the human body--how it functions, its ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 612 Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Lori Gottlieb
Description: Lori Gottlieb, a therapist with a Los Angeles practice, faced a crisis that caused her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist. Now Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 616.8914 Got
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Susan Orlean
Description: "Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 027.4794 Orl
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
James Clear
Description: James Clear reveals practical strategies that will teach you how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. He draws on proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible.
Call Number: 155.24 Cle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Rachel (Event planner) Hollis
Call Number: 248.843 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Mark Manson
Description: In this generation-defining self-help guide, Mark Mason shows us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Mason doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is--a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. HIs books is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. We need to figure out which things really matter. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 158.1 Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
J. D. Vance
Description: Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
Call Number: 306.5 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Ali Wong
Description: Ali Wong offers sharp insights and humor are quite personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and disgusting) for all.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Won
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
Call Number: 648 Kon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
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: Jan 27, 2021
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: Jan 27, 2021
Trevor Noah
Description: Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.
Call Number: B Noa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge, Ethan Van Scriver
Description: Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 170.44 Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
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Becoming
Michelle Obama
B Oba
Atomic Habits : Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results : An Easy & Proven Way To Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
James Clear
155.24 Cle
Educated : A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
Girl, Wash Your Face : Stop Believing The Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be
Rachel (Event planner) Hollis
248.843 Hol
Talking To Strangers : What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know
Malcolm Gladwell
302 Gla
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck : A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life
Mark Manson
158.1 Man
The Splendid And The Vile : A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz
Erik Larson
940.5421 Lar
Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis
J. D. Vance
306.5 Van
Catch And Kill : Lies, Spies, And A Conspiracy To Protect Predators
Ronan Farrow
331.4133 Far
Dear Girls : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice For Living Your Best Life
Ali Wong
B Won
Untamed
Glennon Doyle
306.89 Doy
The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing
Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano
648 Kon
Too Much And Never Enough : How My Family Created The World's Most Dangerous Man
Mary L. Trump
B Tru
How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
305.8 Ken
The Body : A Guide For Occupants
Bill Bryson
612 Bry
White Fragility : Why It's So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism
Robin J. DiAngelo
305.8 DiA
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone : A Therapist, Her Therapist, And Our Lives Revealed
Lori Gottlieb
616.8914 Got
Born A Crime : Stories From A South African Childhood
Trevor Noah
B Noa
The Library Book
Susan Orlean
027.4794 Orl
12 Rules For Life : An Antidote To Chaos
Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge, Ethan Van Scriver
170.44 Pet

GRRL's top 20 of 2020: adult fiction

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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: Jan 19, 2021
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: Jan 27, 2021
Lee Child
Description: "Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right. An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks, the thugs, and the assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she's letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It's a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice...the kind that comes along once in a blue moon."--provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jojo Moyes
Description: "Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job--bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at other"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Moy
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
David Baldacci
Description: 'My sister was abducted from here nearly thirty years ago. The person who took her was never found. And neither was she. Her abductor nearly killed me. So I'm back here now trying to find the truth.' Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia. Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee was left for dead while their parents were apparently partying downstairs. One person who continues to haunt her is notorious serial killer, Daniel James Tor, confined to a Colorado maximum security prison. Does he really know what happened to Mercy? The family moved away. The parents divorced. And Atlee chose a career with the FBI dedicating her life to catching those who hurt others. When she oversteps the mark on the arrest of a dangerous criminal, she's given a leave of absence offering the perfect opportunity to return to where it all began, and find some answers. But the trip to Andersonville turns into a roller-coaster ride of murder, long-buried secrets and lies. And a revelation so personal that everything she once believed to be true is fast turning to dust.
Call Number: FIC Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Michael Connelly
Description: Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals. Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point. The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?
Call Number: FIC Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Jeanine Cummins
Description: "Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they'll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy--two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride La Bestia--trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier's reach doesn't extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cum
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
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: Jan 27, 2021
Ann Patchett
Description: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril's son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
Call Number: FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Celeste Ng
Description: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Call Number: FIC Ng
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
John Grisham
Description: "Just as Bruce Cable's Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for the island. Florida's governor orders a mandatory evacuation, and most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm. The hurricane is devastating: homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded, and a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce's and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson's injuries suggests that the storm wasn't the cause of his death: He has suffered several suspicious blows to the head. Who would want Nelson dead? The local police are overwhelmed in the aftermath of the storm and ill equipped to handle the case. Bruce begins to wonder if the shady characters in Nelson's novels might be more real than fictional. And somewhere on Nelson's computer is the manuscript of his new novel. Could the key to the case be right there - in black and white? As Bruce starts to investigate, what he discovers between the lines is more shocking than any of Nelson's plot twists - and far more dangerous. -- provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Description: "As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women's Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner's office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco. Then a fearsome criminal known only as "Loman" seizes control of the headlines. He is planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning. And he has commissioned dozens of criminal colleagues to take actions that will mask his plans. All that Lindsay and the SFPD can figure out is that Loman's greed -- for riches, for bloodshed, for attention -- is limitless. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women's Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek." -- amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
David Baldacci
Description: It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of do's and a much longer list of don'ts: do report regularly to his parole officer, don't go to bars, certainly don't drink alcohol, do get a job -- and don't ever associate with loose women. The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment -- and a stiff drink -- leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman. Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him. When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison... if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.
Call Number: FIC Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Elizabeth Gilbert
Description: Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves--and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life--and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is."
Call Number: FIC Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Margaret Atwood, Margaret Atwood
Description: "More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes." -- amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Atw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Kiley Reid
Description: Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
Call Number: FIC Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
David Baldacci
Description: "Amos Decker, the FBI consultant with a perfect memory, and Alex Jamison FBI. Return to solve a gruesome murder of a young woman named Irene Cramer, in a booming North Dakota oil fracking town. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, bringing with them problems, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution and now a gruesome murder."--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
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: FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Description: "Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Coa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
Elizabeth Strout
Description: Olive Kitteridge returns, this time as a person getting older, navigating her next decade as she comes to terms with the changes--sometimes welcome, sometimes not--in her own life. Here is Olive, strangely content in her second marriage, still in an evolving relationship with her son and his family, encountering a cast of memorable characters in the seaside town of Crosby, Maine. Whether it's a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth at a baby shower, or a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, the irascible Olive improbably touches the lives of others. Elizabeth Strout has achieved greatness by brilliantly laying bare the inner lives of ordinary people, by focusing on the small moments of connection which can dislodge lifelong grief and longing, and unite her characters through moments of transcendent grace. -- adapted from jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 27, 2021
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Where The Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens
FIC Owe
Camino Winds
John Grisham
FIC Gri
The Guardians
John Grisham
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The 19th Christmas
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
FIC Pat
Blue Moon
Lee Child
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One Good Deed
David Baldacci
FIC Bal
The Giver Of Stars
Jojo Moyes
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City Of Girls
Elizabeth Gilbert
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David Baldacci
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Michael Connelly
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American Dirt
Jeanine Cummins
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Walk The Wire
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Ann Patchett
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Celeste Ng
FIC Ng
Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout
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Daina Ramey Berry, Kali N. Gross
Description: "A Black Women's History of the United States is a critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Víctor del Árbol, Lisa Dillman
Description: "Gonzalo Gil is a lawyer stuck in a disaffected life, in a failed career, trying to dodge the constant manipulation of his powerful father. This monotonous existence is shaken up when he learns, after years without news of his estranged sister, Laura, that she has committed suicide in dramatic circumstances. Her death pushes the fragile balance of Gonzalo's life as both a father and husband to the limit"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Arb
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
Description: "A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns."--Amazon.
Call Number: 306.768 Bon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Ma-Nee Chacaby, Mary Louisa Plummer
Description: A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby's account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby's story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism. As a child, she learned spiritual and cultural traditions from her Cree grandmother and trapping, hunting, and bush survival skills from her Ojibwa stepfather. She also suffered physical and sexual abuse by different adults, and in her teen years became alcoholic herself. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay with her children to escape an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by racism, continued, but Chacaby found supports to help herself and others. Over the following decades, she achieved sobriety; trained and worked as an alcoholism counsellor; raised her children and fostered many others; learned to live with visual impairment; and came out as a lesbian. Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hardship grounded in faith, compassion, humor, and resilience. Her memoir provides insights into the challenges still faced by many Indigenous people.
Call Number: 306.766 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Traci Sorell, Weshoyot Alvitre
Description: "At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return from war."--Amazon.
Call Number: E Sor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince, Frank Morrison
Description: "At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of the dancer she once saw, and quickly decided to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: JB DeP
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Shonda Buchanan
Description: Beautifully rendered and rippling with family dysfunction, secrets, deaths, alcoholism, and old resentments, Shonda Buchanan's memoir is a story that explores her family's legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with society's ostracization and the consequences of this dual inheritance. Buchanan was raised as a Black woman, who grew up hearing stories of her multi-racial heritage, while simultaneously suffering from everything she (and the rest of her family) didn't know. Tracing the arduous migration of Mixed Bloods, or Free People of Color, from the Southeast to the Midwest, Buchanan tells the story of her Michigan tribe--a comedic yet manically depressed family of fierce women, who were everything from caretakers and cornbread makers to poets and witches, and men who were either ignored, protected, imprisoned, or maimed--and how their lives collided over love, failure, fights, and prayer despite a stacked deck of challenges, including addiction and abuse. Ultimately, Buchanan's nomadic people endured a collective identity crisis after years of constantly straddling two, then three, races. The physical, spiritual, and emotional displacement of American Indians who met and married Mixed or Black slaves and indentured servants at America's early crossroads is where this journey begins. Black Indian digs as far down into this one family's history as it can go--sometimes, with a bit of discomfort. But every family has its own truth, and Buchanan's search for hers will resonate with anyone who has wondered "maybe there's more than what I'm being told."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Buc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Pénélope Bagieu, Montana Kane
Description: With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Call Number: YA 920 Bag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Haohui Zhou, Zac Haluza
Description: "The brutal murder of respected police officer Sergeant Zheng Haoming sends shockwaves through Chengdu, a modern metropolis in the heart of China's stunning Sichuan Province. He had been obsessed by an unsolved, eighteen-year-old murder case, until an entity calling themselves Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution) releases a terrifying manifesto. Is the manifesto a sick joke, or something more sinister? Soon, the public starts 'nominating' worthy targets for Eumenides to kill, and two days later, Sergeant Zheng is dead. Eumenides' cunning game is only getting started. The police receive a "death notice," a chilling note announcing the killer's next target, the crimes they have committed, and the date of their execution. The note is both a challenge and a taunt to the police. When the first victim dies in public, under their complete protection, the police are left stunned. More death notices are coming. The chase is on."-- Provided by publisher."An elite police squad hunts a manipulative mastermind out to publically execute criminals the law cannot reach"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Zho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Daisy Johnson, Esther Wane
Description: The dictionary doesn't contain every word. Gretel, a lexicographer by trade, knows this better than most. She grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when Gretel was a teen, abandoning her to foster care, and Gretel has tried to move on, spending her days updating dictionary entries. One phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back. To find her, Gretel will have to recover buried memories of her final, fateful winter on the canals. A runaway boy had found community and shelter with them, and all three were haunted by their past and stalked by an ominous creature lurking in the canal: the bonak. Everything and nothing at once, the bonak was Gretel's name for the thing she feared most. And now that she's searching for her mother, she'll have to face it.
Call Number: FIC Joh
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Talia Hibbert, Adjoa Andoh
Description: Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal. After almost dying, she's determined to spice up her life and finally fit in with her glamorous family. To that end, she recruits the mysterious, sexy neighbor she's been spying on to help her get a life. But she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her, like what really lies beneath his rough exterior.
Call Number: FIC Hib
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Theresa Thorn, Noah Grigni
Description: Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.
Call Number: E Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Bryan Stevenson
Description: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Call Number: YA 353.48 Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Suzanne (Suzanne Wakeen) Walker, Wendy Xu, Joamette Gil
Description: Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers' bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
Call Number: YA FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Ellen Hart
Description: Receiving an urgent message from hospitalized partner Andy Nolan's nephew, who is killed minutes later, restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless embarks on a solo quest to identify the culprit and the victim's link to other killings.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Iris Gottlieb
Description: An investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today. Researched and illustrated, this book demystifies a personal--yet universal--facet of humanity. Illustrating a different concept on each spread, Iris Gottlieb touches on history, science, sociology, and her own experience. This book is a tool for understanding and contributing to a necessary cultural conversation, bringing clarity and reassurance to the sometimes confusing process of navigating ones' identity. Whether LGBTQ+, cisgender, or nonbinary, Seeing Gender is for intelligent, curious, want-to-be woke people who care about how we see and talk about gender and sexuality in the 21st century.
Call Number: 305.3 Got
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Zetta Elliott, Geneva B
Description: Told in two voices, Jax and Kavita, Kavita's brother Vik, and new friend Kenny try to return the baby dragon to the realm of magic before anything else goes wrong.
Call Number: J FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Douglas Murray
Description: Douglas Murray interrogates the vicious new culture wars playing out in our media, universities, homes and perhaps the most violent place of all: online. The Madness of Crowds is a demand for a return to free speech in an age of mass hysteria and political correctness. The global conversations around sexuality, race, mental health and gender are heavily policed by the loud and frequently anonymous voices on social media and in the press. Once conceived as forums for open speech, social media and online networks have emboldened the mob and exacerbated groupthink-self-censorship and public shaming have become rife. As a result, we have become paralyzed by the fear of being criticized and have unlearned the ability to speak frankly about some of the most important issues affecting society. Murray walks against the tide of censorship. He asks us to think more openly about what we're afraid to say; to think outside of the mob and the psychology of the crowd.
Call Number: 323.443 Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Evan Winter
Description: The Omehi society has been built around war and only war. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine. Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in an endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan: get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. But when those closest to him are brutally murdered, his grief swiftly fixates on revenge. Now Tau plans to become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him. -- adapted from jacket.
Call Number: FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Mohsin Hamid
Call Number: FIC Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Katy Rose Pool
Description: "For generations the Seven Prophets guided humanity with their visions, ending wars and uniting nations--until the day they vanished, leaving behind the promise of a looming Age of Darkness and the birth of a Prophet who could be the world's salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course: A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them--or all of them-could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Poo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Roberta Edwards, John O'Brien
Description: Highlights the life and accomplishments of the Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, and civil rights lawyer who became the forty-fourth president of the United States.
Call Number: JB Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Chris Barton, Don Tate
Description: Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.
Call Number: J 609.2 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
Kristen J. Sollée, Coz Conover
Description: "Witch, Slut, Feminist: these contested identities are informing millennial women as they counter a torturous history of misogyny with empowerment. This innovative primer highlights sexual liberation as it traces the lineage of 'witch feminism.' Juxtaposing scholarly research on the demonization of women and female sexuality that has continued since the witch hunts of the early modern era with pop occulture analyses and interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and practitioners of witchcraft, this book greatly enriches our current conversations about reproductive rights, sexual pleasure, queer identity, pornography, sex work, and more."--Back cover.
Call Number: 305.42 Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2020
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A Black Women's History Of The United States
Daina Ramey Berry, Kali N. Gross
Just Mercy : A True Story Of The Fight For Justice : Adapted For Young People
Bryan Stevenson
YA 353.48 Ste
A Million Drops
Víctor del Árbol, Lisa Dillman
FIC Arb
Mooncakes
Suzanne (Suzanne Wakeen) Walker, Wendy Xu, Joamette Gil
YA FIC Wal
A Quick & Easy Guide To They/them Pronouns
Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson
306.768 Bon
Rest For The Wicked
Ellen Hart
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A Two-spirit Journey : The Autobiography Of A Lesbian Ojibwa-cree Elder
Ma-Nee Chacaby, Mary Louisa Plummer
306.766 Cha
Seeing Gender : An Illustrated Guide To Identity And Expression
Iris Gottlieb
305.3 Got
At The Mountain's Base
Traci Sorell, Weshoyot Alvitre
E Sor
The Dragon Thief
Zetta Elliott, Geneva B
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Ballerina Dreams : From Orphan To Dancer
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince, Frank Morrison
JB DeP
The Madness Of Crowds : Gender, Race And Identity
Douglas Murray
323.443 Mur
Black Indian
Shonda Buchanan
B Buc
The Rage Of Dragons
Evan Winter
FIC Win
Brazen : Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World
Pénélope Bagieu, Montana Kane
YA 920 Bag
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mohsin Hamid
FIC Ham
Death Notice : A Novel
Haohui Zhou, Zac Haluza
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There Will Come A Darkness : An Age Of Darkness Novel
Katy Rose Pool
YA FIC Poo
Everything Under [Audiobook] : A Novel
Daisy Johnson, Esther Wane
FIC Joh
Who Is Barack Obama?
Roberta Edwards, John O'Brien
JB Oba
Get A Life, Chloe Brown [Audiobook] : A Novel
Talia Hibbert, Adjoa Andoh
FIC Hib
Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream Of Inventions
Chris Barton, Don Tate
J 609.2 Bar
It Feels Good To Be Yourself : A Book About Gender Identity
Theresa Thorn, Noah Grigni
E Tho
Witches, Sluts, Feminists : Conjuring The Sex Positive
Kristen J. Sollée, Coz Conover
305.42 Sol