Winter Reading Program 2020 - Snow Better Time to Read!

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Winter reading program is upon us! And with it comes recommendations to keep you warm on these snowy nights, because of course 'snow better time to read than winter!


Chigozie Obioma
Description: "A contemporary twist on the Odyssey, An Orchestra of Minorities is narrated by the chi, or spirit of a young poultry farmer named Chinonso. His life is set off course when he sees a woman who is about to jump off a bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, he hurls two of his prized chickens off the bridge. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks. Chinonso and Ndali fall in love but she is from an educated and wealthy family. When her family objects to the union on the grounds that he is not her social equal, he sells most of his possessions to attend college in Cyprus. But when he arrives in Cyprus, he discovers that he has been utterly duped by the young Nigerian who has made the arrangements for him. Penniless, homeless, we watch as he gets further and further away from his dream and from home."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Obi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Renée. Half a Moon Watson, Varian. Black enough Johnson, Leah. Warning Henderson, L. R. (Lamar R.). Black. Nerd. Problems Giles
Description: A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person's experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than someone else.
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau
Description: "Baked with love! Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band--if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom...that is, if Ari doesn't ruin everything."--Page [2] of cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Pan
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Jeremy N. Smith
Description: "This taut, true thriller takes a deep dive into a dark world that touches us all, as seen through the brilliant, breakneck career of an extraordinary hacker--a woman known only as Alien"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 005.8 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Robin LaFevers
Description: When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn't expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she's supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.
Call Number: YA FIC LaF
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Jasper Fforde
Description: "Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Nightwalkers whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger; he's been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters--but he is in no way prepared for what awaits him in Sector Twelve. There are no heroes in Winter, Worthing has been told. And he's about to find out why."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Ffo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Stefan Ahnhem, Rachel Willson-Broyles
Description: "The police chase a speeding car through the streets of Helsingborg. When they reach the bridge, the driver keeps going straight into the cold, dark waters of the Öresund strait. The body recovered from the wreck is that of Peter Brise, one of the city's richest tech entrepreneurs. Fabian Risk and his team are confident this is suicide. Young, rich, successful--Brise just didn't know how to ask for help. But then the autopsy reveals something unexpected. Brise was already dead when his car crashed. He'd been brutally murdered two months ago. His body frozen in perfect condition, at eighteen degrees below zero...Something doesn't match up. And when a string of other odd murders and unusual behavior come to light in the area, Fabian Risk takes the case.
Call Number: FIC Ahn
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Emma Mills
Description: For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. With her four best friends, she can weather any storm. But when Sophie's beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it's her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town's only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival. The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return. What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.
Call Number: YA FIC Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Anna Burns, Brid Brennan
Description: In Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s, an unnamed narrator finds herself targeted by a high-ranking dissident known as Milkman.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Diane Setterfield
Description: "On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, the regulars are telling stories when a wounded stranger enters carrying the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Many secrets must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Set
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Boris Fishman
Description: The author shares the story of his family, their immigration, and the challenges of navigating two cultures.
Call Number: 973.0491 Fis
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Nicolás Obregón
Description: "After a brutal murder investigation ripped apart his life, Kosuke Iwata quit both his job as a detective with the Tokyo Police Department and his country, leaving Japan for the hopefully sunnier shores of Los Angeles, California. But even though he's left his old life behind, he still has to make a living and Iwata sets up shop as a private investigator. But murder still follows him. Approached by an old contact whose daughter has been murdered and the case laid to rest--unsolved--Iwata agrees to take on the case out of loyalty. But what seems initially like a cold-blooded murder takes a different turn when a homeless witness recalls the murderer's parting words: "I'm sorry." From the depths of Skid Row to the fatal expanse of the Sonoran Desert, Iwata tracks the disparate pieces of a mysterious and heartbreaking puzzle." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Obr
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Whitney Scharer
Description: The story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse. "I'd rather take a photograph than be one," she declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. But Man Ray turns out to be an egotistical, charismatic force, and as they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee's life forever. Lee's journey takes us from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, from discovering radical new photography techniques to documenting the liberation of the concentration camps as one of the first female war correspondents. Through it all, Lee must grapple with the question of whether it's possible to reconcile romantic desire with artistic ambition-and what she will have to sacrifice to do so.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Scholastique Mukasonga, Jordan Stump
Description: "A moving, unforgettable tribute to a Tutsi woman who did everything to protect her children from the Rwandan genocide, by the daughter who refuses to let her family's story be forgotten. The story of the author's mother, a fierce, loving woman who for years protected her family from the violence encroaching upon them in pre-genocide Rwanda. Recording her memories of their life together in spare, wrenching prose, Mukasonga preserves her mother's voice in a haunting work of art."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 967.571 Muk
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Ian S. Port
Call Number: 787.87 Por
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Dana Czapnik
Description: New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family who insists he wishes to resist upper crust fate. As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life, one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men. A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York's bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks. Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer provides a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes.
Call Number: FIC Cza
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Roshani Chokshi
Description: Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
Call Number: YA FIC Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Mimi Yu
Description: Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father's heir and become the dynasty's first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names a male cousin as his new heir, and Lu must go on the run to reclaim her birthright, leaving her younger, timid sister, Min, to discover her own hidden power -- Adapted from jacket.
Call Number: YA FIC Yu
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Sophie Hannah, Julia Barrie
Description: For months, a psychopathic killer has eluded detectives. Then a woman comes forward, and what she reveals shocks the investigators and adds another troubling layer to an already complex case.
Call Number: FIC Han
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Roni Loren
Description: "Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life's work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan... Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother's horrific actions. After losing everything--his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity--he's changed his name, his look, and he's finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right?"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Lor
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Lyndsay Faye
Description: 1921. "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Her sights are set on Oregon: the end of the line. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter, who leads her to Portland's Paragon Hotel. It's the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. She meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine. But the Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland, burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only the residents of the Paragon are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who vanished into the Oregon woods. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Fay
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Ann Leckie, Adjoa Andoh
Description: For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. But the power of the Raven is weakening. It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo arrives, seeking to reclaim his city. He discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself and set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.
Call Number: FIC Lec
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
author Hanna Alkaf
Description: Melati Ahmad believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother's death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated. With the city in flames and a curfew in effect, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati's arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn's surging power, if she wants to make it back to the one person she can't risk losing. -- Adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Priscilla Oliveras
Description: Inspired by Chicago police officer Diego Reyes's passion for music, life, family--and her--Lili Maria Fernandez, haunted by tragedy and loss, learns to embrace her wild side once more in his arms.
Call Number: FIC Oli
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Joshua D. Mezrich
Description: A transplant surgeon discusses the pioneers, science, and ethical challenges of organ transplantation as well as the ways that organ transplants have revolutionized medical care, and offers illuminating stories of his own patients.
Call Number: 617.954 Mez
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
Kristen Roupenian
Description: A couple becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex...until they can't have sex without him; a ten-year-old's birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes for "something mean"; a woman finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and summons her heart's desire: a nameless, naked man; and a self-proclaimed "biter" dreams of sneaking up behind and sinking her teeth into a green-eyed, long-haired, pink-cheeked coworker.
Call Number: FIC Rou
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 26, 2019
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An Orchestra Of Minorities : A Novel
Chigozie Obioma
FIC Obi
The Barefoot Woman
Scholastique Mukasonga, Jordan Stump
967.571 Muk
Black Enough : Stories Of Being Young & Black In America
Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Renée. Half a Moon Watson, Varian. Black enough Johnson, Leah. Warning Henderson, L. R. (Lamar R.). Black. Nerd. Problems Giles
YA FIC Bla
The Birth Of Loud : Leo Fender, Les Paul, And The Guitar-pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'N' Roll
Ian S. Port
787.87 Por
Bloom
Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau
YA FIC Pan
The Falconer : A Novel
Dana Czapnik
FIC Cza
Breaking And Entering : The Extraordinary Story Of A Hacker Called "Alien"
Jeremy N. Smith
005.8 Smi
The Gilded Wolves
Roshani Chokshi
YA FIC Cho
Courting Darkness
Robin LaFevers
YA FIC LaF
The Girl King
Mimi Yu
YA FIC Yu
Early Riser
Jasper Fforde
FIC Ffo
The Next To Die [Audiobook]
Sophie Hannah, Julia Barrie
FIC Han
Eighteen Below
Stefan Ahnhem, Rachel Willson-Broyles
FIC Ahn
The One You Fight For
Roni Loren
FIC Lor
Famous In A Small Town
Emma Mills
YA FIC Mil
The Paragon Hotel
Lyndsay Faye
FIC Fay
Milkman [Audiobook]
Anna Burns, Brid Brennan
FIC Bur
The Raven Tower [Audiobook]
Ann Leckie, Adjoa Andoh
FIC Lec
Once Upon A River [Large Print]
Diane Setterfield
LP FIC Set
The Weight Of Our Sky
author Hanna Alkaf
YA FIC Han
Savage Feast : Three Generations, Two Continents, And A Dinner Table (A Memoir With Recipes)
Boris Fishman
973.0491 Fis
Their Perfect Melody
Priscilla Oliveras
FIC Oli
Sins As Scarlet
Nicolás Obregón
FIC Obr
When Death Becomes Life : Notes From A Transplant Surgeon
Joshua D. Mezrich
617.954 Mez
The Age Of Light : A Novel
Whitney Scharer
FIC Sch
You Know You Want This : Cat Person And Other Stories
Kristen Roupenian
FIC Rou