What Are Your Librarians Reading?

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We don't just work in libraries because we love books, but it's certainly a big plus!

Here's a sneak peek at what some of your librarians are reading this month.


William Bryant Logan
Description: Examines the science of the air we breathe and how the smallest molecular changes in composition can make the difference between life and death.
Call Number: 551.5 Log
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Tess Diamond
Description: When she discovers that the man believed responsible for murdering her best friend fifteen years earlier is innocent, investigative journalist Abigail Winthrop teams up with Special Agent Paul Harrison to find the real killer.
Call Number: FIC Dia
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Ngozi Ukazu
Description: "Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There's checking (anything that hinders the player with possession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jack-- his very attractive but moody captain"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Uka
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Maeve. 1940-2012 Binchy
Description: Just around the corner from St. Jarlath's Crescent is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.
Call Number: FIC Bin
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Lori Foster, Will Damron, Blackstone Audio, Harlequin Enterprises, Recorded Books
Description: Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements--between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story. And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself.Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it--even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can't seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm--or keep his heart from landing at her feet.
Call Number: FIC Fos
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Ryan North
Description: What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity's original timeline? With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles. This illustrated manual contains all the science, engineering, art, philosophy, facts, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. How to Invent Everything will make you smarter, more competent, and completely prepared to become the most important and influential person ever. You're about to make history. . . better.
Call Number: 609 Nor
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Jean Craighead George, John Hendrix
Description: In 1848, ten-year-old Toozak, a Yupik Eskimo, sees a whale being born and is told by a shaman that he and his descendants must protect that whale, which Toozak names Siku, as long as it lives.
Call Number: J FIC Geo
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson
Description: "From Cecile Richards--the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the heroine of the resistance" (Vogue)--comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice. Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal's office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary girlhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her hell-raising parents--her civil rights attorney father and political activist mother--taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the "dinner table was never for eating--it was for sorting precinct lists." She watched her mother, Ann, transform herself from a housewife to a force in American politics who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women, and the constant struggle to protect and expand equal rights--both exemplified by her marathon congressional testimony, where she held her own against hostile questions for five hours. As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning a minimum wage, and learned that those in power don't give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time--from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time. She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.42 Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Kat Cantrell
Description: "Investigative reporter Laurel Dixon wants to save the world. And she'll do it by exposing fraud at LeBlanc Charities, by playing the man in charge. Yet smart, sexy, caring Xavier LeBlanc is unexpected. Going undercover allows her to be the bold woman she's always wanted to be. But when she ends up under his covers, will she choose the story of a lifetime...or a life with Mr. Right?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Can
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Leigh Bardugo
Description: "Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Paula Chase
Description: "When best friends Metai and Jamila are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust from the pressure of secrets, middle school, and looming auditions for a potentially life-changing new talented-and-gifted program"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Sylvia Plath, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Description: Beautiful and gifted, with a bright future, Esther Greenwood descends into depression, suicidal thoughts, and madness while interning at a New York City magazine.
Call Number: FIC Pla
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Erika Swyler
Description: "Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home--a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards, and seldom calls. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious package from an antiquarian bookseller. The book tells the story of Amos and Evangeline, doomed lovers who lived and worked in a traveling circus more than two hundred years ago. The paper crackles with age as Simon turns the yellowed pages filled with notes, sketches, and whimsical flourishes; and his best friend and fellow librarian, Alice, looks on in increasing alarm. Why does his grandmother's name, Verona Bonn, appear in this book? Why do so many women in his family drown on July 24? Could there possibly be some kind of curse on his family--and could Enola, who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in six years, risk the same fate in just a few weeks? In order to save her--and perhaps himself--Simon must try urgently to decode his family history while moving on from the past"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Swy
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Lynn Povich
Call Number: 331.481 Pov
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Skip Hollandsworth
Description: "In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders. Along the way, the murders would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." And yes, when Jack the Ripper began his attacks in 1888, London police investigators did wonder if the killer from Austin had crossed the ocean to terrorize their own city."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Elizabeth Acevedo, Harper Audio (Firm), Inc Blackstone Audio
Description: Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
Call Number: YA FIC Ace
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
HelenKay Dimon
Description: Searching for her sister's killer, Cate Pendleton must infiltrate a commune in Salvation, Pennsylvania with the help of DC fixer Damon Knox, a man with a dangerous past whom she is greatly attracted to, which could jeopardize her mission.
Call Number: FIC Dim
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Holly Goddard Jones
Description: "In an unspecified future, the United States' borders have receded behind a salt line--a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife. Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks--and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Anne Fadiman
Description: Discusses a sick child of Laotian immigrants whose beliefs conflict with Western medicine.
Call Number: 306.461 Fad
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Jessica Townsend, Jim Madsen
Description: "A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Tow
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Beth Lewis
Description: Taught to hunt, shoot, and survive in the remote wilds of a ravaged land by the man who adopted her after finding her wandering in the woods as a young child, Elka reflects on the catastrophic events that destroyed civilization more than a century earlier before gradually realizing that her father may be a serial killer.
Call Number: FIC Lew
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Jillian Medoff, Andrea Gallo (Narrator), Nick Podehl, Saskia Maarleveld, Sean Crisden
Description: Against all odds, Rosa Guerrero became a high-ranking executive. By wielding power with grace and compassion, the longtime chief of human resources at Ellery Consumer Research has earned the devotion and loyalty of her senior staff. With the economy in the tank and unemployment on the rise, Ellery's future looks grim. While Rosa fights to insulate her people from the harsh realities of business, they're facing crises of their own. Unlike Leo Smalls, who has no life outside of Ellery (or Rosa), Rob Hirsch's existential dread pushes him closer to his "work wife," Lucy Bender--a brainy, ambitious VP who is desperate to find meaning in her life. For Kenny Verville, a Wharton MBA, Ellery is merely a stepping-stone to better things--that is, if he can get out of his own way. Day after day, these heartbreakingly flawed coworkers scheme and dream, fall in and out of love, and chase ideas big and small. But when Rosa, their guiding light, begins to unravel, Leo, Rob, Lucy, and Kenny find themselves challenged in ways beyond their reckoning.
Call Number: FIC Med
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
Michael Crichton
Description: Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. When Michael Crichton -- a Harvard-trained physician, bestselling novelist, and successful movie director -- began to feel isolated in his own life, he decided to widen his horizons. He tracked wild animals in the jungles of Rwanda. He climbed Kilimanjaro and Mayan pyramids. He trekked across a landslide in Pakistan. He swam amid sharks in Tahiti. Fueled by a powerful curiosity and the need to see, feel, and hear firsthand and close up, bestselling author Michael Crichton has experienced adventures as compelling as those he created in his books and films. These adventures--both physical and spiritual--are recorded in "Travels", Crichton's most astonishing and personal work.
Call Number: B Cri 2002
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 28, 2018
R. J Palacio, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Diana Steele
Description: Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school, until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and is nervous about being the new kid at school. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
Call Number: J FIC Pal
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 9, 2018
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Air: The Restless Shaper Of The World
William Bryant Logan
551.5 Log
The Book Of Speculation
Erika Swyler
FIC Swy
Be A Good Girl
Tess Diamond
FIC Dia
The Good Girls Revolt: How The Women Of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses And Changed The Workplace
Lynn Povich
331.481 Pov
Check, Please!. Book 1, #Hockey!
Ngozi Ukazu
YA FIC Uka
The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, And The Hunt For America's First Serial Killer
Skip Hollandsworth
364.1523 Hol
Chestnut Street
Maeve. 1940-2012 Binchy
FIC Bin
The Poet X [Audiobook]
Elizabeth Acevedo, Harper Audio (Firm), Inc Blackstone Audio
YA FIC Ace
Don't Tempt Me [Audiobook]
Lori Foster, Will Damron, Blackstone Audio, Harlequin Enterprises, Recorded Books
FIC Fos
The Protector
HelenKay Dimon
FIC Dim
How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide For The Stranded Time Traveler
Ryan North
609 Nor
The Salt Line
Holly Goddard Jones
FIC Jon
Ice Whale
Jean Craighead George, John Hendrix
J FIC Geo
The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, And The Collision Of Two Cultures
Anne Fadiman
306.461 Fad
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, And Finding The Courage To Lead
Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson
305.42 Ric
The Trials Of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend, Jim Madsen
J FIC Tow
Playing Mr. Right
Kat Cantrell
FIC Can
The Wolf Road: A Novel
Beth Lewis
FIC Lew
Six Of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
YA FIC Bar
This Could Hurt: A Novel [Audiobook]
Jillian Medoff, Andrea Gallo (Narrator), Nick Podehl, Saskia Maarleveld, Sean Crisden
FIC Med
So Done
Paula Chase
J FIC Cha
Travels
Michael Crichton
B Cri 2002
The Bell Jar [Audiobook]
Sylvia Plath, Maggie Gyllenhaal
FIC Pla
Wonder [Audiobook]
R. J Palacio, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Diana Steele
J FIC Pal