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The best of all possible worlds The best of all possible worlds / Karen Lord

A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. A stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story.

Recommended by Tova (1/17)


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Born to run Born to run / Bruce Springsteen

Traces the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life from his childhood in a Catholic New Jersey family and the musical experiences that prompted his career to the rise of the E Street Band and the stories behind some of his most famous songs. (Publisher) This is a wonderfully woven story written over a 7 year period and The Boss sensitively shares his pain, joy, love of life, and musical journey in a down to earth way. Always one of my favorites!

Large Type, Audio Book/CD 

Recommended by Amy (12/16)


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The coffee trader The coffee trader / David Liss

On the world's first commodities exchange in Amsterdam, 1659 - a mysterious world of trade populated by schemes and rogues, where deception rules the day, Miguel Lienzo has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. He enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who pitches the newest commodity: coffee.

Audiobook.

Recommended by: Becky (10/16)


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David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants / Malcolm Gladwell

This book uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty and the powerful and the dispossessed. In it the author challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. He begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy (David and Goliath) those many years ago. From there, the book examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms, all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

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Recommended by Erin (10/16)


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Death is not the end Death is not the end / Ian Rankin

 A great intro to an accomplished mystery writer and his main character, Inspector John Rebus. Skillfully written, full of intriguing and complicated characters, and a quick read. This novella is a good way to try a new mystery author and see what intricate and definitively Scottish tales he can spin. Check out the full-length Inspector Rebus stories available for the whole series.

Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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Disaster Falls Disaster Falls / Stéphane Gerson

"A haunting chronicle of what endures when the world we know is swept away. On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah's Green River, Stephane Gerson's eight-year-old son, Owen, drowned in a spot known as Disaster Falls. That same night, as darkness fell, Stephane huddled in a tent with his wife, Alison, and their older son, Julian, trying to understand what seemed inconceivable. 'It's just the three of us now,' Alison said over the sounds of a light rain and, nearby, the rushing river. 'We cannot do it alone. We have to stick together.' Disaster Falls chronicles the aftermath of that day and their shared determination to stay true to Alison's resolution. . . . Disaster Falls is a powerful account of a life cleaved in two--raw, truthful, and unexpectedly consoling"--

Recommended by Erin (3/17)


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Family tree Family tree / Susan Wiggs

Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she's pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a year-long coma, she discovers that time isn't the only thing she's lost. Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Audio Book CD, Large Type

Recommended by Elaine (11/16)


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Fantastic beasts and where to find them Fantastic beasts and where to find them / Dermot Power ; foreword by Stuart Craig

Great illustrations in this book show how buildings and scenery were made for the film. This book pairs well with Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them Character Guide by Michael Kogge.

Recommended by Vicky (12/16)


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First star I see tonight First star I see tonight / Susan Elizabeth Phillips

A fun and light-hearted romp full of mystery and romance. Piper is a newly-minted detective assigned to follow Cooper, a football icon. Through many adventures and will-they won't-they scenarios, rest assured there is a happy ending.

Audiobook/CD

Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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Game of queens Game of queens / Sarah Gristwood

When the game of chess first made its appearance on the European scene, the queen piece did not even exist. It took the consummate chess-playing skills of Queen Isabella of Spain and other sixteenth-century queens to introduce the queen to the game of chess where the queen became the most powerful piece in the game. Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. Large swathes of the continent were under the firm hand of a dozen reigning women as queens, regents, mothers, wives, or counselors. From Isabella of Castile, her daughter Katherine of Aragon, and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor; from England and France to the Netherlands, and across the Holy Roman Empire, these women wielded enormous power over their territories, shaping the course of European history for over a century. This book is fascinating and well-researched; it covers some very influential female rulers who are not well-known historically.

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (2/17)


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Ghostly Ghostly / edited, illustrated and introduced by Audrey Niffenegger

This collection of ghost stories, from classic to contemporary, is perfect for slightly spooky bedtime reading. Author Audrey Niffenegger has not only hand-picked these stories, but has introduced and illustrated them as well. Works by the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Neil Gaiman, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, and Niffenegger herself worm their way throughout in this hauntingly good read.

Recommended by Melissa (1/17)


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The girl with the lower back tattoo The girl with the lower back tattoo / Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer, Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star, mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationship, and sex, and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is--a woman with the courage to bare her soul and stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. 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 you wish could last forever. (Provided by publisher)

Audiobook/CD, eAudiobook, eBook

Recommended by Melissa (1/17)


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The glass castle The glass castle / Jeannette Walls

 Other than losing my patience with the parents, this memoir stretched my conventionalities and even made me think I should move beyond many of those conventionalities! Although heartbreaking and thoroughly entertaining at the same time, the childhood Walls survives is exactly what propelled her to seek stability, predictability, and discipline. Her ability to think outside of the box and embrace what can't be changed is a complicated gift found through her dynamic and eccentric upbringing.

eBook, eAudiobook,  Playaway

Recommended by Amy (2/17)


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The haunting of Hill House The haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson

 Four people arrive at a notorious mansion known as Hill House for an experiment into the occult. Dr. Montague is a scholar looking for solid evidence of a haunting; Theodora is a winsome young woman who scored high on tests documenting her ESP capabilities; Eleanor is a lonely young woman who cared for her overbearing, ill mother for years, and Luke is the future heir of Hill House. It doesn't take long until they realize that something is indeed haunting Hill House but the truly frightening thing is that nobody can determine who--or what--is haunting the house. Don't read this book late at night or you'll never get to sleep.

eAudiobook, eBook

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (11/16)


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Hero of the empire Hero of the empire / Candice Millard

At age 24, Winston Churchill had already fought in two wars in India and the Sudan and served as a war correspondent in Cuba. He became a war correspondent when Britain went to war with The Boers in South Africa; he had just been defeated in his bid for a seat in Parliament. Churchill was certain he was destined to become Prime Minister. Two weeks after his arrival in South Africa, he was captured by the Boers during an attack on an armored train. He made a daring escape and traveled hundreds of miles with only four bars of chocolate and his wits to out-maneuver the enemy. He later returned to free his captured comrades. This is biography at its best: the research is impeccable but Millard makes Churchill come alive and you can see the seeds of the remarkable individual he became. This is an absolutely superb biography!

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (12/16)


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In the heart of the sea In the heart of the sea / Nathaniel Philbrick

I now know the route from Nantucket to the Galapagos but certainly wouldn't have wanted to join the crew of the whale ship Essex. They battled storms, ramming from an 85 foot bull Sperm whale, but not all of them survived the cannibalism! The experiences had on this ship are what inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick and Philbrick's writing style is enthralling. Better to read the story then to have been a crew member.

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Recommended by Amy (1/17)


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Interpreter of maladies Interpreter of maladies / Jhumpa Lahiri

 Bite-sized stories of characters dealing with loss, change, and identity. It highlights the circumstances of immigration, with storylines set in both India and the United States. The writing is poignant and full of quiet commentary on the inequities of poverty and class privilege.

eAudiobook 

Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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The invisible library The invisible library / Genevieve Cogman

Irene is a junior librarian working as a spy for the Library. She is sent to an alternate London filled with chaos, supernatural creatures and strange magic to retrieve a dangerous book. When she arrives, the book has already been stolen. For fans of humorous steampunk mysteries – a really enjoyable fantasy with intriguing characters in a spellbinding, well-built world.

Recommended by Tova (12/16)


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A life in parts A life in parts / Bryan Cranston

Born in Hollywood, California, the heart of the acting industry, Bryan Cranston was the son of a radio actress and an unsuccessful actor whose stardom only went as high as B-grade movies. His journey takes us from meager beginnings to award-winning, mega-stardom as Walter White on TV's "Breaking Bad," and recently to an impressing portrayal of 36th president, LBJ, on Broadway and in the HBO docudrama "All the Way." The book is not broken into chapters, but into the many "roles" he has lived including the multiple jobs he held (working at a chicken farm as a kid) and those he worked while grooming his acting skills (security guard, dating consultant), as well as those of a son, sibling, husband, and father. He was even an ordained minister for the Universal Life Church! As cliché as it sound, he attributes his success to the love of the craft, and his willingness to do whatever it takes to create a believable character. Great book if you are a fan.

Recommended by Karen (11/16)


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Life of Pi Life of Pi / Yann Martel

 This fantasy adventure tells the tale of a young Indian boy who is shipwrecked at sea. Written with grace and skill, it provides a reminder on the power of stories to give our lives meaning despite terrible circumstances.

eBook, eAudiobook, Audio book/CD, Video

Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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Love medicine Love medicine / Louise Erdrich

 The stunning first novel in Louise Erdrich’s Native American series, Love Medicine tells the story of two families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. Written in Erdrich’s uniquely poetic, powerful style, it is a multigenerational portrait of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and the healing power that is love medicine. (Provided by publisher)

Recommended by Melissa (12/16)


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A man called Ove A man called Ove / Fredrik Backman
At 59, Ove is a grumble Gus of the first degree. Rules are made to be followed, signs are meant to be obeyed, and don't even get him started about computers and mobile phones. In truth, Ove has been this way his whole life, but he's gotten worse in the last four years since his wife, Sonia, died, taking with her all the color in a world Ove sees as black-and-white. Ove has decided life without Sonia is not worth living and plans to join her in the next world. But a young couple and their two children (a third is on the way) move in next door, his oldest friend and most feared enemy is about to be forcibly removed to a nursing home, and a street-scarred cat insinuates itself into his life. Suddenly, Ove's suicide plans get delayed as he helps solve neighborly crises large and small. Though Ove's dark mission mitigates any treacly upstaging by animals and small children, readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for Most Charming Book of the Year, this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down. (Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews)

Recommended by Kristen (1/17)


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Miss Fortune Miss Fortune / Sara Mills

 In 1947, Allie Fortune is the only female private investigator in new Your City. This was a good mystery read, without lots of graphic murder details.

Recommended by Linda (1/17)


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Mohawk Mohawk / Richard Russo

Tells the stories of the regulars at the Mohawk Grill and a secret from the past that leads to murder. (Publisher) This is a typical Russo story with good characters but a little too realistic and needs a happy ending. (Gayle)

Recommended by Gayle (11/16)


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Precious and Grace Precious and Grace / Alexander McCall Smith

 McCall Smith does it again with the 17th book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Set in Botswana, the relationships and predicaments of these two characters: Precious and Grace are delightful and entertaining reading. I only have on beef with this series; I have to wait for the next one to be published! Read them all ... In order!

Audio Book, eAudiobook, eBook

Recommended by Bonnie (11/16)


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Racing the devil Racing the devil / Charles Todd

Just before the horrific Somme offensive of World War One, a group of English officers are sharing a makeshift meal and drinks at the front before going into action the next day. None of them know one another but they discover a shared passion for motorcars. Even though none of them expect to survive, they promise that any survivors will meet each other a year after the fighting stops and race their motorcars from Paris to Nice. But one person has a secret and starts killing off the other men. This is some of the finest writing in this 19 book series by the mother-son team of Charles Todd and it's top-notch suspense.

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (3/17)


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Red lightning Red lightning / Laura Pritchett

Tess Cross left her home, a place she calls NoWhere, Colorado, more than ten years ago. She also abandoned her baby daughter, hoping that her sister Libby would raise her. Tess has been running drugs and undocumented immigrants but now she returns home hoping to make amends. She once saved the life of a young Mexican girl but her last trip was fraught with peril and she has had enough of it. Pritchett is a writer who captures the grit and subtle nuances in her characters' lives. Even the landscape is so beautifully described that it becomes an integral part of this fluid, stark, and ultimately beautifully constructed story. This is a book you won't forget.

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (10/16)


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Shotgun lovesongs Shotgun lovesongs / Nickolas Butler

Shotgun Lovesongs tells the tale of four men who have been friends since their days of youth. When they reunite for an upcoming wedding, things start to change as secrets emerge and relationships and friendships are put to the test. Having grown up in the story's setting, I was delighted to read about the natural Wisconsin landscape and Midwestern small-town culture. I look forward to more works by Nickolas Butler.

Audiobook/CD

Recommended by Melissa N. (2/17)


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This boy's life This boy's life / Tobias Wolff

A poignant story of a young man's life in the 1950s. Overcoming an abusive stepfather and poverty, the author tells of his misadventures and boyhood with piercing honesty and no sentimentalism. The reader for this audio book adds gravitas and authenticity to the story.

Audiobook CD, eAudiobook, eBook

Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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Uprooted Uprooted / Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her valley home surrounded by its quiet village. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, a place full of evil. Agnieszka's people rely on a wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years. The next choosing is approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid the Dragon will take beautiful, brave Kasia, her dearest friend. But when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose. This is an engrossing fantasy by the author of the Temeraire novels.

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (12/16)

 


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Waves of mercy Waves of mercy / Lynn Austin

Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctantly at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love. At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort, 23-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to recover from a broken engagement. She begins having nightmares of being aboard a steamship during a violent storm, and begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her privileged life in Chicago. Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering revelations awaiting them before the summer ends. -- Publisher

Recommended by Linda (11/16)


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The ways of the world The ways of the world / Robert Goddard

Four years of horrific fighting have finally ended on the battlefield, but in the spring of 1919, Paris is filled with delegates from around the world who are still trying to hammer out the terms of peace. One such delegate is British diplomat Sir Henry Maxted, in charge of liaising with the Brazilians regarding seized ships. But before a deal is reached, Sir Henry turns up dead outside a Montparnasse apartment building, apparently having fallen from the roof. His sons Max and Ashley are sent to Paris to collect the body, and it quickly becomes clear that the theory the French police have put forward is flawed. But since the murder of a diplomat could be disastrous for the peace conference, no one is keen to ask questions--except Max.

Recommended by: Becky (11/16)


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When breath becomes air When breath becomes air / Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese

"At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's health began to falter. He started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed what Paul, deep down, had suspected: he had stage four lung cancer, widely disseminated. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined, the culmination of decades of striving, evaporated. With incredible literary quality, philosophical acuity, and medical authority, When Breath Becomes Air approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living in that liminality. At the base of Paul's inquiry are essential questions, such as: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What happens when the future, instead of being a ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present?  Paul Kalanithi passed away in March 2015, while working on this book"-- From Publisher

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Recommended by Amy (2/17)

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