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Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder / Claudia Kalb

 This book sheds light on a myriad of mental issues, and asks great questions about many past lumianries. Did Abraham Lincoln suffer from crippling depression? Was Warhol a severe hoarder? Did Marilyn Monroe's actions show someone suffering from bipolar disorder? The book also provides the reader more insight  on mental health disorders not relatively known to those who don't experience them. 

Recommended by Sara N. (11/17)


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Animals Talking In All Caps (It's Just What It Sounds Like) Animals Talking In All Caps (It's Just What It Sounds Like) / Justin Valmassoi

 This is great read when you just need to escape and laugh. The book has some great animal photography, accompanied by a fictitious conversation or contribution from the animal. Particularly enlightening is the conversation between two seaguls on recycling, and a very skinny snake's desire to take the modeling world by storm. It would also make a great gift or coffee table book. 

Recommended by Sara N. (11/17)


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The art of racing in the rain The art of racing in the rain / Garth Stein

Told from the perspective of a lovable dog named Enzo, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" recounts Enzo's life with his owner and their family. Denny is an aspiring race car driver who adopts Enzo as a puppy. Not long after, Denny falls in love and marries a woman named Eve. Their family grows by one as they welcome their child Zoe into the world. After Eve starts suffering from mysterious migraines and pains, everything changes for Enzo and his human family.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (11/17)


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Before the fall Before the fall / Noah Hawley

Before the Fall tells the story of 11 passengers aboard a mysterious plane crash in the events leading up to and after it. Of the victims, only two survive- middle-aged Scott Burroughs and four year-old JJ. The story is a page-turning thriller that makes one side with Scott despite all the consipracies against him, while wondering who, or what, was responsible for the plane's fall.

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Recommended by Melissa (9/17)


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Choose your own adulthood Choose your own adulthood / Hal Runkel ; foreword by Hannah Runkel

This book provides bite-sized life lessons on how small choices make a big difference. A great read for the high school senior ready to venture into the big wide world.

Recommended by Erin (10/17)


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Crazy U Crazy U / Andrew Ferguson

Andrew Ferguson's widly entertaining memoir of his absurd experience trying to do all the right things to get his son into college.

Recommended by Erin (9/17)


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Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident / Donnie Eichar

 This account of nine Russian hikers who were mysteriously killed while hiking the pass to the Dead Mountain, is a carefully researched and crafted theory on what might have happened to the group. By analyzing decades-old accounts of how the bodies were discovered, weather patterns and human survival tactics, Eichar makes a great guess at what sadly happened to the nine men and women who lost their lives. 

Recommended by Sara N. (11/17)


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Do not become alarmed Do not become alarmed / Maile Meloy

When Liv and Nora decide to take their families on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship's comforts and possibilities seem infinite. The children--two eleven-year-olds, an eight-year-old, and a six-year-old--love the nonstop buffet and the independence they have at the Kids' Club. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor misfortunes leads the families farther and farther from the ship's safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they're gone. What follows is a riveting, revealing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the once-happy parents--now turning on one another and blaming themselves--try to recover their children and their lives.

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Recommended by Erin (9/17)


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The ends of the earth The ends of the earth / Robert Goddard

In the third installment of the James Maxted thriller series, starring a dashing Royal Flying Corps veteran turned secret service operative, the truth about allegiances has never been less certain. The Treaty of Versailles has finally been signed, officially ending the World War I peace negotiations, and the action shifts east, to Tokyo, where a team assembled at Max's behest anxiously awaits his arrival on the docks. Max had arrived in Paris soon after the end of the Great War to investigate the suspicious death of his father, a British diplomat named Sir Henry, and soon plunged into a treacherous game of cat-and-mouse with the people behind his father's death: German spymaster Fritz Lemmer and the dark horse of the Japanese diplomatic contingent, Count Tomura. It is in Japan--where Sir Henry worked as a young government agent--that Max hopes to finally uncover the whole truth behind his father's murder and take down Lemmer's spy network once and for all. But what Max's cohort doesn't know is that his own storyline seems to have come to an end in a villa outside Marseilles. Stuck in limbo, the team decides to pursue their only lead--right into Lemmer's den. Loaded with death threats, knife fights, a kidnapping or two, and a coded list that has the power to dismantle whole governmental hierarchies, The Ends of the Earth is a masterful work of historical cut-and-thrust that tests the bonds of family and country to their very limit.

Recommended by: Becky (11/17)


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Faller Faller / Will McIntosh

Day one: No one can remember anythingwho they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of an islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricitygone, except for what people can find, and they can't find much. Faller's pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can't remember, a toy solider with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world to find the woman and set things right. He encounters other floating islands, impossible replicas of himself and others, and learns that one man hates him enough to take revenge for actions Faller can't even remember. - Provided by publisher

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Recommended by Erik (11/17)


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The first fifteen lives of Harry August The first fifteen lives of Harry August / Claire North

What would you do if you were forced to relive your life over and over, each time dying and returning to the same point in childhood with the memory of your lives fresh in your mind? This is the reality of Harry August, who feels he is doomed to live and die for eternity.

Then, on his 11th death bed, Harry receives a message from a little girl he's never met before in any previous life: the world is about to end, and he is the only one with enough knowledge to stop it.

Recommended for its fast paced suspense, thought provoking character, and its handling of what it means to live and die. A great read!

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Recommended by Erik (11/17)


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The first wave The first wave / James R. Benn

Lieutenant Billy Boyle reluctantly accompanies Major Samuel Harding, his boss, in the first boat to land on the shores of Algeria during the Allied invasion. Their task is to arrange the surrender of the Vichy French forces. But there is dissension between the regular army, the local militia, and De Gaulle’s Free French. American black marketeers in league with the enemy divert medical supplies to the Casbah, leading to multiple murders that Billy must solve while trying to rescue the girl he loves, a captured British spy.

Recommended by: Becky (9/17)


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The glass castle The glass castle / Jeannette Walls

Equal parts heart-breaking and head-shaking, Jeannette Walls' memoir traces her erratic upbringing from age three through young adulthood. As the second-oldest of four children, she often found herself in the position of having to watch out for her siblings and, as she grew older, managing her family's financial prospects. Despite the raw talent and natural intelligence of her parents, both were deeply flawed and their dysfunctional behaviors and beliefs caused problems for the family on a regular basis. Equipped with her own skills and adult-like maturity, Jeannette finds a way to get through the hardest of times while enduring the plights of her parents.

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Recommended by Melissa and Amy (10/17)


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Glass houses Glass houses / Louise Penny

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment. 

Recommended by: Becky (10/17)

 


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Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains

 "Half Baked Harvest" started out as a cooking blog several years ago for Teighan Gerard, one of seven children who resides in the Colorado mountains with her family. Each and every delicious recipe is accompanied by a mouthwatering photo that takes up an entire page or two. The contents are split up into the usual categories, ranging from breakfast to appeteziers, meaty dishes to "(mostly) meatless meals"- only to end with an array of drool-worthy desserts.

Recommended by Melissa (9/17)


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If Beale Street could talk If Beale Street could talk / James Baldwin

 My next read after this is a "re-read"  of Richard Wrights' "Native Son". Struggling with the news of racial tension in Virginia I want to remind myself to always pay attention and do even the most minute thing I can to change the world for better. To read and inform myself allows me the ability to share with others these stories, although Fiction, that transmit powerful, powerful messages. Being in the West for all of my life, I must continue to enlighten myself of the history not my own and Baldwin does that through this story of loss, but love.

Recommended by Amy (9/17)


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The last Neanderthal The last Neanderthal / Claire Cameron

This is the story of the last living Neanderthal juxtaposed against the archaeologist who finds her remains forty thousand years later.

Poetic, moving, and beautifully illustrative, this novel blurs the lines between what is considered human and what is not, where family, survival, and being rooted to the Earth mean more than DNA ever could.

Recommended by Erik (11/17)


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Lincoln in the bardo Lincoln in the bardo / George Saunders

Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War. But not only that, it follows the ghosts who receive Willie into their cemetery and their conversations as they observe Lincoln visiting the boys body. Poetic, magical, and made me look at reading Fiction in a new way. Saunders is mostly a poet so this was a ride!

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Recommended by Amy (11/17)


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Lisey's story Lisey's story / Stephen King

 In the aftermath of her husband's untimely death, widow Lisey Landon must face the demons from her husband's past and her own present. Her 25-year marriage to Scott, a renowned and prize-winning author, was a one-of-a-kind romance occasionally plagued by Scott's haunting past. Now on her own, Lisey must take matters into her own hands when an obsessed fan of Scott's literature threatens harm on her.

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Recommended by Melissa (9/17)


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Little children Little children / Tom Perrotta

 A contemporary slice-of-life story about characters who are dealing with the consequences of their actions; infidelity, anger, crime, betrayal. No happy endings in this story, but the slowly-building awareness of character shortcomings.

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Recommended by Erin (10/17)


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Midnight riot Midnight riot / Ben Aaronovitch

Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic. Tova (10/17)


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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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The public library The public library / a photographic essay by Robert Dawson ; foreword by Bill Moyers ; afterword by Ann Patchett ; with

"Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to the public library: the unmistakable, slightly musty scent, the excitement of checking out a stack of newly-discovered books. Today's libraries also function as de facto community centers, and offer free access to the Internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter along with the endless possibilities that spark your imagination the moment you open the cover of a book. There are more than 17,000 public libraries in America. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert Dawson has traveled the nation, documenting hundreds of these institutions--from Alaska to Florida, New England to the West Coast. The Public Library presents a wide selection of Dawson's photographs, revealing a vibrant, essential, yet seriously threatened system. Essays, letters, and poetry by a collection of America's most celebrated writers--(Publisher provided)

Recommended by Amy (9/17)


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Since we fell Since we fell / Dennis Lehane

Rachel Childs is a gifted journalist whose past, present, and future have been greatly influenced by those closest to and furthest from her. After her televised meltdown, she turns reclusive and becomes ridden with anxiety. Ironically, it is during this trying time of her life that she meets her next husband- who may or may not be the man of her dreams...

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Recommended by Melissa (10/17)


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Something like happy Something like happy / Eva Woods

Annie's life is falling apart - and a new friend pulls her into the 100 days happy challenge. A story about friendship, adversity, and figuring out how to go forward even when you are heartbroken.

Recommended by Erin (10/17)


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Sycamore: a novel Sycamore: a novel / Bryn Chancellor

Constructed in the style and spirit of Olive Kitteridge, this debut novel tells the story of a missing teenage girl and the inhabitants of Sycamore, a small college town in Northern Arizona. Told through dual timelines, the present and 20 years ago, we learn of Jess Winter's troubled year that led to her disappearance and to the present day discovery of human remains in the wall of a desert ravine. Beautifully written, with fleshed-out characters and descriptive settings of the rugged, red-rock country, this suspenseful story holds readers to the end.

Recommended by Karen 10/17


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Tattoos on the heart Tattoos on the heart / Gregory Boyle

In this artful, disquieting, yet surprisingly jubilant memoir, Jesuit priest Boyle recounts his two decades of working with "homies" in Los Angeles County, which contains 1,100 gangs with nearly 86,000 members. Boyle's Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the country, offering job training, tattoo removal, and employment to members of enemy gangs. Effectively straddling the debate regarding where the responsibility for urban violence lies, Boyle both recounts the despair of watching "the kids you love cooperate in their own demise" and levels the challenge to readers to "stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it." (Publishers Weekly Reviews)

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Recommended by Linda B. (11/17)


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The things they carried The things they carried / Tim O'Brien

This work depicts the heroic young men of Alpha Company as the carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have.

Recommended by: Sarah (9/17)


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Very good lives Very good lives / J. K. Rowling

This book is subtitled the The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. In her graduation address to Harvard, Rowling does a superb job of writing about how those of us with education/privilege/economic success have a responsibility to act for others and to speak up with moral conviction.

Recommended by Erin (12/17)


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Who fears death Who fears death / Nnedi Okorafor
Born into post-apocalyptic Africa to a mother who was raped after the slaughter of her entire tribe, Onyesonwu is tutored by a shaman and discovers that her magical destiny is to end the genocide of her people. Tova (10/17)

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The wrong side of goodbye The wrong side of goodbye / Michael Connelly

Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he's seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story--and finds uncanny links to his own past--he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth. 

Recommended by: Becky (11/17) 

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