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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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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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Hunger Hunger / Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined," Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.

Recommended by: Melissa (2/18)


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The life-changing magic of tidying up The life-changing magic of tidying up / Marie Kondo

This book was a pleasure to listen to while I cleaned my own home. It is highly insightful and inspiring, providing tips and new perspectives on how to not only transform but keep one's home tidy and peaceful.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (3/18)


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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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Need to know Need to know / Karen Cleveland

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she's developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America's borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her--her job, her husband, even her four children--are threatened. Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she's facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?

Recommended by: Becky (2/18)


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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.

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Recommended by Amy (4/18)


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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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The silver star The silver star / Jeannette Walls

Written in the same vein as Walls' other stories, "The Silver Star" gives an account of the lives of sisters "Bean" and Liz Holladay in the year 1970. Their irresponsible mother has more or less abandoned them once again, and at the ages of 12 and 15, the girls decided to take a train from California to Virginia to crash at their Uncle Tinsley's home for a while. As they adjust to their new lives in the small town of Byler, things become complicated when they seek work from the notorious Jerry Maddox, who has a wary history with their uncle.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (3/18)


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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.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (3/18)


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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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