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438 days 438 days / Jonathan Franklin

The miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history. For fourteen months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks. He learned to catch fish with his bare hands. He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles. Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook. Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes. Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, this is an epic tale of survival.

Recommended by: Monique (5/18)

 


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Blue Horses Blue Horses / Mary Oliver

 In this stunning collection of new poems, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life’s work, describing with wonder both the everyday and the unaffected beauty of nature.

Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming patience of oak trees, or the artworks of Franz Marc, Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments

Recommended by Diane (6/18)


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Camino Island Camino Island / John Grisham
Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much.

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The Chalk Man The Chalk Man / C.J. Tudor

 An assured debut that alternates between 1986 and 2016 with unpredictable twists. The Chalk Man fits well with other stories about troubled childhoods such as Stephen King’s novella ‘Stand by Me’… Tudor never misses a beat in showing each character as both a child and an adult while also exploring the foreboding environs of a small town.

Recommended by Sara (6/18)


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Desperation Desperation / Stephen King

A married couple is traveling cross-country by car when an officer pulls them over just outside a small town in Nevada called Desperation. Others find themselves being pulled over and jailed by the same officer, who manipulates passerby and terrorizes his victims. The fate of the town and its inhabitants will be left to a young boy whose spiritual powers and faith will be tested like no other. Narrated by the excellent Kathy Bates, this stark tale will stick with the reader long after it's over.
 

Recommended by: Melissa (5/18)


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Educated Educated / Tara Westover

Fascinating memoir of a girl with a very non-traditional upbringing. As a child the author,Tara Westover, did not attend school, did not visit the doctor and rarely socialized outside of her small, fundamentalist community. I sometimes cringed while reading this disturbing true account, but I could not put it down! This book is for anyone who is inspired by true survival stories.

Recommended by: Karla (5/18)


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A god in the shed A god in the shed / J-F. Dubeau

"The village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life: farmhouses stretching from one main street, a small police precinct, a few diners and cafes, and a grocery store. Though if an out-of-towner stopped in, they would notice one unusual thing--a cemetery far too large and much too full for such a small town, lined with the victims of the Saint-Ferdinand Killer, who has eluded police for nearly two decades. It's not until after Inspector Stephen Crowley finally catches the killer that the town discovers even darker forces are at play. When a dark spirit reveals itself to Venus McKenzie, one of Saint-Ferdinand's teenage residents, she learns that this creature's power has a long history with her town--and that the serial murders merely scratch the surface of a past burdened by evil secrets."-- Publisher provided

Recommended by Sara (4/18)

 


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Grape, olive, pig Grape, olive, pig / Matt Goulding
Grape, Olive, Pig is a deeply personal exploration of Spain, a country where eating and living are inextricably linked. . . . Matt Goulding introduces you to the sprawling culinary and geographical landscape of his adoptive home, and offers an intimate portrait of this multifaceted country, its remarkable people, and its complex history. Fall in love with Barcelona’s tiny tapas bars and modernist culinary temples. Explore the movable feast of small plates and late nights in Madrid. Join the three-thousand-year-old hunt for Bluefin tuna off the coast of Cadiz, then continue your seafood journey north to meet three sisters who risk their lives foraging the gooseneck barnacle, one of Spain’s most treasured ingredients. Delight in some of the world’s most innovative and avant-garde edible creations in San Sebastian, and then wash them down with cider from neighboring Asturias. Sample the world’s finest acorn-fed ham in Salamanca, share in the traditions of cave-dwelling shepherds in the mountains beyond Granada, and debate what constitutes truly authentic paella in Valencia. Grape, Olive, Pig reveals hidden gems and enduring delicacies from across this extraordinary country, contextualizing each meal with the stories behind the food in a cultural narrative complemented by stunning color photography. Whether you’ve visited Spain or have only dreamed of bellying up to its tapas bars, Grape, Olive, Pig will wake your imagination, rouse your hunger, and capture your heart.

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The Italians The Italians / John Hooper
"How can a nation that spawned the Renaissance have produced the Mafia? How could people concerned with bella figura (keeping up appearances) have elected Silvio Berlusconi as their leader-not once, but three times? Sublime and maddening, fascinating yet baffling, Italy is a country of seemingly unsolvable riddles. John Hooper's entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Digging deep into their history, culture, and religion, Hooper offers keys to understanding everything from their bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Looking at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, he sheds new light on many aspects of Italian life: football and Freemasonry, sex, symbolism, and the reason why Italian has twelve words for a coat hanger, yet none for a hangover. Even readers who think they know Italy well will be surprised, challenged, and delighted by The Italians."--

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Lincoln In The Barado Lincoln In The Barado / George Saunders

 A fantastic imagining of the days surrounding Willie Lincoln's death told in prose that contains everything from actual excerpts of historical documents, to conversations of surreal ghost forms haining on in the cemetery. 

Recommended by Cindy (6/18)


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Listen Liberal Listen Liberal / Thomas Frank

 A history and critique of the Democrats' transformation from the party of the working class to a second party of the monied class, all the way from the 1970s to Trump's election. 

Recommended by Cindy (6/18) 


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Little fires everywhere Little fires everywhere / Celeste Ng

When single mother Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl, find rent in the upper part of a house owned by the Richardsons, both families lives become tangled in ways that cannot be undone. Pearl soon befriends all four of the Richardsons teenage children, while Mia is offered a housekeeping position with Mrs. Richardson. Things become complicated when a local couple try to adopt a baby whose estranged mother wants her back. As the Richardsons and the Warrens take different sides to this legal battle, Mrs. Richardson learns about Mia's controversial past while making false assumptions Pearl and her own children.

Recommended by: Melissa N. (5/18)


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The Moor's account The Moor's account / Laila Lalami

Brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés. But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril--navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition's treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes's Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.

Recommended by: Linda B (5/18)


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Out stealing horses Out stealing horses / Per Petterson ; translated by Anne Born

An early morning adventure out stealing horses leads to the tragic death of one boy and a resulting lifetime of guilt and isolation for his friend, in this moving tale about the painful loss of innocence and of traditional ways of life that are gone forever.

Audio book/CD, Kit, eAudiobook 

Recommended by Amy (4/18)


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The Power of Habit The Power of Habit / Charles Duhigg

 This is by far the best audio book I've listened to in the last year. Duhigg provides an insightful and scientific look into the effect that habits have on the human brain. With true-life stories woven throughout to highlight this new information, Duhigg takes the reader on an engrossing journey that truly has the power to not only inspire, but to transform our own lives.

Recommended by Melissa (6/18)


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The Radium Girls The Radium Girls / Kate Moore

 The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

Recommended by Diane (6/18)


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The reluctant matador The reluctant matador / Mark Pryor
A nineteen-year-old aspiring model has disappeared in Paris. Her father, Bart Denum, turns to his old friend Hugo Marston for help. Marston, makes some inquiries and quickly realizes Bart's daughter was not a model, but rather a dancer at a seedy strip club. And she headed to Barcelona with some guy she met at the club. With his friend and former CIA agent, Tom Green, Marston heads for Barcelona. The two sleuths identify the man last seen with the girl, break into his house, and encounter a shocking scene: Bart Denum, standing over the dead and battered body of their mysterious stranger. Though Bart protests his innocence, under the damning circumstances, Spanish authorities arrest him for murder. The two American investigators are faced with their biggest challenge ever: find the real killer, prove Bart's innocence, and locate his missing daughter—without getting killed along the way.

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Still me Still me / Jojo Moyes

In this third installment of Louisa Clark's adult life, Louisa finds herself in the hustle and bustle of New York City life. Her plans of starting a brand new job, while holding down a long-distance relationship back in Great Britain, are put into jeopardy a few months into her stay in America. Despite it all, Louisa pushes forth as she always does, never knowing just which way life will take her.

Large Type, Audiobook/CD

Recommended by Melissa N. (3/18)


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The Vacationers The Vacationers / Emma Straub

 A light-hearted summer read that highlights the dysfunction in everyone's family. A high-powered NYC family goes on a two-week vacation and have to grapple with mistakes they've made with each other to find a way back to a happy ending.

Recommended by Erin L.


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You are a bad ass You are a bad ass / Jen Sincero

In this inspiring self-help read, author Jen Sincero tells it like it is and tells the reader just what they need to do to start living the life of their dreams. Her own stories, wake-up calls, and advice are both animated and humorous.

Recommended by: Melissa N. (5/18)

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