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Al Franken : giant of the Senate Al Franken : giant of the Senate / Al Franken

 Satirist to Statesman. You'll love this book if you are a fan of Al's satire and comedy. You will also be educated to the ways of Washington, good and bad. Starting with his humble upbringing in a Minneapolis suburb, Franken talks briefly of his family, his early career as a comedian and writer, his partnership with Tom Davis (starting in high school!), and how, in 1975, the writing team of Franken and Davis helped launch Saturday Night Live . After SNL, Al wrote a few humorous/political books, and later hosted a radio show for Air America. After the death of his friend Senator Paul Wellstone, he decided it was time to get serious and ran for Wellstone's seat in 2008 in his home state.

As Senator Franklin, he struggled not to go for the joke (because he now had to be seen as serious). He learned you can't roll your eyes at the Senate Majority Leader's comments (even if it is away from the press' view), and connected with older Senate colleagues through his association with actor Broderick Crawford. His young staff has to run his comments through what he ironically calls "The DeHumorizer™ to ensure appropriateness. This is truly an enlightening book about a savvy outsider coming to Washington, learning to fit in, reaching across the aisle, and working for the American people on all sides.

Recommended by Karen (7/17)

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All the light we cannot see All the light we cannot see / Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This is some of the most exquisite writing I've ever read. Marie-Laure is a 16-year-old blind girl living with her father, a master of locks working at the Paris Museum of Natural History. In his spare time Marie-Laure's father carves an intricate map of the surrounding neighborhood so that she can navigate the streets around her with a measure of independence. In Germany an orphan named Werner and his sister Jutta grow up with nothing to look forward to until a Nazi officer discovers that Werner is a master of wiring and electricity. Werner is sent to a tough military academy and ultimately to the Russian front and lastly to St. Malo, the city where Marie-Laure is living through a horrific bombardment towards the end of World War II in Europe. Doerr has done a brilliant job of re-creating that era in this novel. I couldn't put it down; the imagery was poetic and anything but dull.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (5/17)


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Astrophysics for people in a hurry Astrophysics for people in a hurry / Neil deGrasse Tyson

"The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe"-- Publisher provided

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Recommended by Meg (7/17)


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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.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (5/17)


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The baker's secret The baker's secret / Stephen P. Kiernan

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country. In the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves-contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.

But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope-the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

 

Recommended by: Becky (5/17) 


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Chief Joseph Chief Joseph / Candy Moulton

Growing up in Montana and only partially aware of the confluence of activity there by Lewis and Clark and later, the Nez Perce band of Wallowa lead by Chief Joseph, I realize to a better extent the "scene" I grew up around. This book by Candy Moulton had me pulling out maps, reading additional facts about the experience of the Nez Perce and getting steamed about the archaic and unfair policy that pushed these people unjustly from their land. Chief Joseph, Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, is a measure of human we might all do well by mimicing. Moulton paints a picture of Joseph's journey and grace in a powerful way. I'm now starting into Merrill Beal's book "I will fight no more forever;  Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War" and have in queue "The earth is weeping : the epic story of the Indian wars for the American West" by Peter Cozzens.

Recommended by Amy (7/17)

 


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Cold earth Cold earth / Ann Cleeves

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

Recommended by: Becky (5/17)


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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 6/17


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A Darker shade of magic A Darker shade of magic / V. E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers, a magician with the rare ability to travel between parallel universes. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne and people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. In Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. - Publisher provided

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Recommended by Meg (7/17)


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Faithful Faithful / Alice Hoffman

Shelby Richmond loves Chinese food, bookstores, and cocky, bad-boy types, so maybe her move from Long Island to New York City makes sense. But she's still a lost soul, circling around others like her, because as a teenager she walked away unscathed from an accident that tragically changed the course of her best friend's life. She's since been shaped by survivor's guilt, but perhaps somewhere, somehow, someone is watching over her. - Publisher provided

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Recommended by Meg (7/17)


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The girl on the train The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins

Everyone has a past - and each character in this story will leave the reader guessing about a missing persons investigation. With sharply drawn characters and a plot full of intrigue, this book is a page-turner to the end.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (5/17)


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Hillbilly elegy Hillbilly elegy / J.D. Vance

J.D. Vance narrates Hillbilly Elegy; he does a creditable job of reading his own work. Vance details his experiences growing up as a member of the working class poor in Kentucky and Middletown, Ohio. His self-described hillbilly childhood was horrific at times: his mother consistently cycled through drugs, men, and homes. Vance was fortunate because his grandparents loved him and showed him the value of education. Vance served a tour of duty as a Marine and afterwards attended college at Ohio State University and then completed law school at Yale. Vance is at his best when describing the events of his childhood, what he learned from them, and how they impact his adult life. This is one of the most interesting audiobooks I've listened to this year.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (5/17)


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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 (5/17)


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The kept woman The kept woman / Karin Slaughter

Slaughter returns to her Georgia Bureau of Investigation series and once again focuses on detective Will Trent. Will is called to the scene of a bloody murder at an Atlanta warehouse; the victim is a bent ex-cop. The amount of blood suggests another victim at the scene who has lost so much blood that s/he won't survive for long. Then a clue appears that will prove devastating to the entire structure of Will's life. Slaughter keeps the suspense--and pace--ratcheted up in this engrossing thriller.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (5/17)


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LaRose LaRose / Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors and her latest novel, LaRose, is nothing less than exceptional. When Landreaux Iron goes hunting one day in North Dakota, he mistakes a young boy for a deer and consequently kills him. He offers the boy's parents his own young son in atonement. The story follows the aftermath of the families affected by this tragedy.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (5/17)


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Magpie murders Magpie murders / Anthony Horowitz

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.
Conway's latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.
Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Recommended by: Becky (7/17)


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Manitou Canyon Manitou Canyon / William Kent Krueger

Cork O'Connor hates the month of November: his wife, father, and best friend all died violent deaths during November. Just days before his daughter's wedding, Cork is asked to re-investigate the strange disappearance of a wealthy tycoon by his grandchildren. He accepts, knowing it will be a quick trip. Unfortunately people responsible for the man's disappearance have other ideas. This is the 15th book in this series and Edgar Award winner Krueger creates a fascinating, seamless blend of Native American mysticism and suspense played out against the allure of Minnesota's boundary waters.

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Recommended by Sue-Ellen (5/17)


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Mystic river Mystic river / Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is an author I have recently discovered and can't get enough of. In Mystic River, three childhood friends find themselves tangled in each other's lives after the murder of one of their daughters. As the characters struggle to determine who was behind the murder, their own pasts and private secrets come to the surface.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (7/17)


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The Nix The Nix / Nathan Hill

 You'll find three-stories-in-one in this great debut novel, with grandfather, daughter, and grandson. It opens with a mother abandoning her 11-year-old child. She resurfaces over twenty years later when she "assaults" a presidential candidate. Her son, Samuel, who is now an unsuccessful author and unhappy English professor, is enlisted by his publisher to write a book to expose her radical past. The scope is broad; covering the years between World War II and contemporary times, the story comes full circle and ends believably. This novel is character-driven but with heavy doses of historical events, politics, and generational differences. Hill is satirical like T.C. Boyle, but he aims for the heart, so you feel for his characters. Forgiveness is one of the main themes that the reader doesn't fully realize until the very end.

And what is a Nix? It is the German name for a mythical Norse house spirit or elf (Nisse). If it is treated well, it will protect your household from misfortune, but if you insult it or don't take care of its needs, it will haunt you forever.

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Recommended by Karen (7/17)


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Shutter Island Shutter Island / Dennis Lehane

I recently listened to this on a road trip from Colorado to Wisconsin and was spellbound. The story is complex, thrilling, and full of twists and turns. Protagonist Teddy Daniels is a U.S. Marshall sent to federal institution on an island to investigate the disappearance of one of its prisoners. While there, he discovers that not is all as it seems.

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Recommended by Melissa N.. (7/17)


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The twelve tribes of Hattie The twelve tribes of Hattie / Ayana Mathis

The story of an African American family held together with a mother's grit and monumental courage.

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Recommended by Erin (5/17)


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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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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

From Erin: At the intersection of professional accomplishment and a terminal diagnosis, the author finds himself questioning his profession and life decisions. A compelling, searing, and honest account of one man coming to terms with his cancer as a doctor, a patient, and a father.

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Amazing! 

Recommended by Amy and Erin  (5/17)


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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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