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All quiet on the western front All quiet on the western front / Erich Maria Remarque ; translated from the German by A. W. Wheen

 An important one to re-read if the last time you did so was in high school or college! Somehow our human species keeps repeating history and wars arrive with different decades and centuries but the names and weapons are the only thing that seems to change. The thing that remains is the experience of horrors and essential comraderie of the frontline soldier, many who too soon move from childhood to adulthood on the battlefield. So meaningful and always timely to read of Remarque's fictional World War I  and 19 year old German soldier, Paul.

Try "Sunrise Over Fallujah" by Walter Dean Myers for a similar read in a modern day setting. A teen read.

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Recommended by Amy (4/17)


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Bad feminist Bad feminist / Roxane Gay

In her collection of essays, writer Roxane Gay discusses the issues of feminism and racism in modern America and pop culture. She opens up about her own personal experiences with growing up as a black woman of Haitian descent in the United States, her academic journey to becoming a professor in English, and her relationships with men, family, and friends. Her essays shed light on problematic books such as Fifty Shades of Grey, the misconstrued nature of black roles in Hollywood movies, and the many misconceptions that follow feminism in this day and age. Throughout it, though, Gay reminds the reader that she is a bad feminist- but one who is willing to face the truth about such and continue to fight for the rights of all who find themselves marginalized in this society.

eAudiobook

Recommended by Melissa N. (4/17)


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Buckleitner's guide to using tablets with young children Buckleitner's guide to using tablets with young children / Warren Buckleitner, PhD

An expert in the field of young children and digital media use, Warren Buckleitner gives great, practical advice on devices and apps for parents of young children.

Recommended by Vicky (3/17)


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Catherine the Great Catherine the Great / Robert K. Massie

Nobody writes about Russian history and royalty more compellingly than Robert Massie; his biographies of "Nicholas and Alexandra" and "Peter the Great" are exceptional. He may have outdone himself with this biography of Catherine of Russia, an obscure German princess who eventually wielded absolute power as the longest-ruling female monarch of Russia. Massie creates a riveting picture of the intricacies of the Russian court as well as an engrossing glimpse into the way Catherine ruled. She wore the role of an amiable despot and depended heavily on her favorites like Orlov and Potemkin. Massie deftly reveals the real woman behind the façade. This is one of the best biographies I've ever read.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (4/17)


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Commonwealth : a novel Commonwealth : a novel / Ann Patchett

Two families, the Cousins and the Keatings, are changed forever when Bret Cousins arrives uninvited to the Keating family's christening of their newest child. Attractions happen, families split, a new family is formed with the unsettled children as fallout. The story covers the next five decades of the two families and those associated with them, culminating with a famous author writing a novel based on the family's story as told to him by one of the daughters (talk about airing your dirty laundry!). This family drama jumps forward and backward, but is logical and most of all, believable.

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Recommended by Karen 4/17


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Dark road home Dark road home / Anna Carlisle

The summer after Gin Sullivan graduated from high school, her sister Lily disappeared. In the ensuing twenty years, Gin has become an accomplished medical examiner in Chicago, Illinois. Then she gets a phone call from her former boyfriend, Jake. Some hikers have discovered a body and the police think it is Lily. Gin has carefully distanced herself from everyone in her hometown but now she returns and immerses herself into discovering the truth behind Lily's death. Anna Carlisle's debut novel maintains a fine edge of suspense and her characters instantly involve the reader's sympathy and interest. Expertly written.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (4/17)


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The dead zone The dead zone / Stephen King

Twenty-something Johnny Smith is a popular high school teacher who finds himself on an unusual date with the love of his life. Hours later, he becomes the victim of a horrific car accident and wakes up from a coma four to five years later. Johnny soon discovers that much has changed, including his new-found ability to predict future events and to see into other's minds by way of touch. Despite wanting to return to a "normal" life, evil forces are among local and political events that soon beckon Johnny to their side.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (4/17)


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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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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.

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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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Glow of death Glow of death / Jane K. Cleland

For antique lovers and readers who love a well-written cozy mystery, there is no more engaging writer than Jane Cleland. Josie Prescott owns a thriving antique and appraisal business. She visits the house of a wealthy couple to appraise a Tiffany lamp. Ava Towson seems excited to learn that Josie believes the lamp to be genuine since it will fetch at least a million dollars at auction. After Josie completes her appraisal and returns the lamp, she is stunned to learn a few days later that Ava has been murdered. She is even more aghast when she sees Ava at the crime scene because this Ava is not the person she met and the Tiffany lamp is not the same one she appraised. This series features enormously appealing characters with a lot of interesting information about antiques, appraisals, and auctions. Irresistible.

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (4/17)


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The hearts of men The hearts of men / Nickolas Butler

"The Hearts of Men" chronicles the times of several different characters' experiences at Camp Chippewa in Wisconsin from 1962 to 2019. Thirteen year-old Nelson Doughty is the prominent character, whose boyhood promptly ends one summer with a series of eye-opening events during camp and at home. From there, the story looks at the lives of others that are deeply influenced by Nelson on and off of the campgrounds.

Recommended by Melissa N (4/17)


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In Farleigh Field In Farleigh Field / Rhys Bowen

World War II arrives at the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate and MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with investigating at the same time one of the daughters takes a secret job at Bletchley Park.

Hopefully this is the first in a series.

Recommended by: Becky (4/17)


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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.

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Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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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.

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Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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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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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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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.

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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.

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Recommended by Erin (1/17)


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The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave who works on a large plantation in Georgia. When one of the owners decides to make her his mistress, she flees with another slave, Caesar. Unfortunately they encounter slave hunters and in the ensuing melee, Cora kills a young white boy. Whitehead writes about an actual underground railroad complete with tracks and engineers. No matter where Cora and Caesar stop, they encounter brutality and myriad dangers; one of the most feared slave hunters in the South is hot on their heels. Bahti Turpin narrates this audiobook and she does a spectacular job. The language glistens but this is a tough book to listen to because of its frank descriptions of violence. It is extremely well-written and deserves all its accolades.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (4/17)


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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.

Recommended by Linda (1/17)


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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 (1/17)


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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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Amazing! 

Recommended by Amy (2/17)


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When the music's over When the music's over / Peter Robinson

DCI Alan Banks is now Supterintendent Banks and he is put in charge of a high-profile rape investigation that is decades old. One of the victims in the case is now a well-known poet and her rapist was a popular celebrity from the 1960s. DS Annie Cabot is investigating the murder of a young teenager left to die in a remote area. Both Banks and Cabot find their investigations hampered by misdirection and cover-ups from people with more authority. Peter Robinson's books are strongly plotted and character-driven while his use of language is complex and descriptive. This is one of my favorite police procedural series because of its excellent, absorbing writing and high quality.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (4/17)


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Where the dead lie Where the dead lie / C.S. Harris

London, 1813. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is no stranger to the dark side of the city, but he’s never seen anything like this: the brutalized body of a fifteen- year-old boy dumped into a makeshift grave on the grounds of an abandoned factory. One of London’s many homeless children, Benji Thatcher was abducted and tortured before his murder—and his younger sister is still missing. Few in authority care about a street urchin’s fate, but Sebastian refuses to let this killer go unpunished. Uncovering a disturbing pattern of missing children, Sebastian is drawn into a shadowy, sadistic world.

Recommended by: Becky (4/17) 


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The widow's house The widow's house / Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman doesn't have many equals when it comes to creating richly atmospheric, suspenseful novels. Novelist Jess Martin and his wife Clare have moved from New York City to Clare's hometown in upper state New York. Clare hopes the move will renew Jess's fading writing career and their troubled marriage. A local real estate agent tells them that Clare's former professor is looking for a caretaker for his crumbling mansion, River House. There is something wrong with the house; it oozes disquiet and Clare hears the cries of a baby in the dead of night. A woman once killed herself here and left her baby to freeze to death. Clare is obsessed with finding out the truth but now the ghost has targeted her as its next victim.

Recommended by Sue-Ellen (4/17)

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