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A Bali conspiracy most foul A Bali conspiracy most foul / Shamini Flint
Flint tell the stories of Inspector Singh, a sweating, wheezing, disheveled Sikh, Singaporean murder investigator, with a track record in catching killers. He does not fit into the Singapore police force culture, so he gets sent by his superiors on investigations anywhere but Singapore. The aim is to keep him as far from Singapore as possible and hopefully to keep him away from trouble, which is always nearby when Inspector Singh is involved. Each of the seven novels is a thoughtful exploration of racial and religious tensions in its respective country. Recommended by: Anne (1/19)

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Beartown Beartown / Fredrick Backman

 This is the story not just of hockey, but of a 15-year-old named Maya Andersson, whose father, Peter, the general manager of the hockey club, loves hockey, but loves his family more. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Erdahl is the star of Beartown, with a chance to go professional. One night, after a huge win, Maya goes to a raucous party at Kevin's house and is thrilled at his attention, but things get out of hand, and what takes place changes Beartown forever.
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Recommended by Karla (12/18)


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Between The World And Me Between The World And Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates

 A compelling examination of one African-American's childhood on the streets of Baltimore and experiences at the historically-black Howard University and the wider world. The author shares his experience as a person of color and offers heartfelt advice to his son navigating a world of racial violence.

Recommended by Erin (12/18)


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Braiding sweetgrass Braiding sweetgrass / Robin Wall Kimmerer
As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation." As she explores these themes she circles toward a central argument: the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return. Recommended by: Alice(12/18)

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A curious beginning A curious beginning / Deanna Raybourn
London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry--and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker--a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth. Recommended by: Tova (12/18)

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The devouring The devouring / James R. Benn
The allies have landed in France when Capt. Billy Boyle and his good friend Kaz are sent to neutral Switzerland to investigate the murder of a Swiss banking official with ties to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, which are aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, halting the laundering of looted gold, and preventing the postwar use of Nazi wealth to start another war. With the talks about to begin, the OSS wants their involvement in the murder cleared up, as well as to protect the participants from any threat of violence. The plans go wrong from the beginning, as they always do, when Billy and Kaz crash-land in France. (Publishers summary) The historical details of "neutral" Switzerland are fascinating. A must read series for anyone interested in WWII. Recommended by: Becky (1/19)

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Gilded cage Gilded cage / Vic James
Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved. Our world belongs to the Equals--aristocrats with magical gifts--and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty--but will her heart pay the price? A boy dreams of revolution. Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts. He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate--or destroy? Recommended by: Tova (1/19)

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The Good Neighbor The Good Neighbor / Maxwell King

 In this comprehensive biography, Maxwell King provides an excellent account of the life and works of Fred Rogers. Although famous for his role on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred Rogers was the exact same person on the television screen as he was in real life. His ministry, endless love for children, and passion for music and broadcasting have inspired and touched many during his own life and well after. LeVar Burton, of Reading Rainbow fame, narrates the audio version of this story.

Recommended by Melissa (12/18)


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I'll be gone in the dark I'll be gone in the dark / Michelle McNamara
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. I'll Be Gone in the Dark -the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death- offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman's obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic-one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer. Recommended by: Sarah (12/18)

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In Pieces: A Memoir In Pieces: A Memoir / Sally Field

 Arresting in its dark disclosures, vitality, humor, and grace, Field's deeply felt and beautifully written memoir illuminates the experiences and emotions on which she draws as an exceptionally charismatic, empathic, and powerful artist. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Sally Field is beloved, which is pull enough, but the struggles she reveals, especially in light of the #MeToo movement, are galvanizing and will be avidly discussed on every form of media. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Recommended by Karla (12/18)


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In The House In The Dark of The Woods In The House In The Dark of The Woods / Laird Hunt

This is an incredibly clever take on "Little Red Riding Hood." Instead of small girl getting lost, a wife and mother of two lost in the woods becomes socially tangled with two women who come to her aid, and attempt to help her get home. The vivid writing captures this woman's Puritanical beliefs of her day, and tells a story that's both haunting and exhilarating. 

Recommended by Sara (12/18)


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Kingdom of the blind Kingdom of the blind / Louise Penny
Still coping with the events that led to his suspension, Armand Gamache is curious when he discovers that an elderly woman who was a complete stranger to him has named him as one of the executors of her will. Gamache soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But when a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. Recommended by: Alice(1/19)

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The last black unicorn The last black unicorn / Tiffany Haddish

In her rags-to-riches memoir, comedian Tiffany Haddish gives an unapologetic account of her life that is both real and heart-breaking. Despite the roughness of her childhood and early adulthood, Haddish uses humor as an effective way to tell her story.

Recommended by Melissa (12/18)


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The library book The library book / Susan Orlean
In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present-from Mary Foy, who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as "The Human Encyclopedia" who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves. Recommended by: Becky (12/18) -- My favorite book of 2018!

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The Meaning of Matthew The Meaning of Matthew / Judy Shepard

 An extremely powerful and honest sharing of Judy Shepard's experience and growth as an activist as the mother of Matthew Shepard and the aftermath of his murder. A complicated and stirring and deeply meaningful read of a local story with worldwide effect. Matthew's strong spirit, love of life and curiosity is exponentially more important than the chaos of his senseless murder. I thank Judy for writing this painful story.

Recommended by Amy (12/18)


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My brilliant friend My brilliant friend / Elena Ferrante
The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila. Recommended by: Sylvia (12/18)

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My cousin Rachel My cousin Rachel / Daphne Du Maurier
Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man he loved died far from home. He is also suspicious. While in Italy, Ambrose fell in love with Rachel, a beautiful English/Italian woman. But the final, brief letters Ambrose wrote hint that his love had turned to paranoia and fear. Now Rachel has arrived at Philip's newly inherited estate. Could this exquisite woman, who seems to genuinely share Philip's grief at Ambrose's death, really be as cruel as Philip imagined? Or is she the kind, passionate woman with whom Ambrose fell in love? Philip struggles to answer this question, knowing Ambrose's estate, and his own future, will be destroyed if his answer is wrong. Recommended by: Anne (1/19)

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Plaid and plagiarism Plaid and plagiarism / Molly MacRae
When the murder of a surprisingly hated local reporter disrupts preparations for the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, the four owners of a new bookshop comb through the victim's hate mail for clues about the killer. First in a new series. Recommended by: Tova (1/19)

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Revival Revival / Stephen King

 Jamie is a young boy living in New England when a new minister and his family move into town. Everyone adores the new clergy but things take a turn for the worst when Reverend Jacobs' wife and young boy are killed in a car crash. Not long after Jacobs is banished after giving a blasphemous sermon. Decades later, the lives of Jamie and Jacobs intertwine in supernatural ways for better or worse.

Recommended by Melissa (12/18)


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Small fry Small fry / Lisa Brennan-Jobs
A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents--artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs--Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa's father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he'd become the parent she'd always wanted him to be. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs's poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice. Recommended by: Sarah (1/19)

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Station eleven Station eleven / Emily St. John Mandel
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. Recommended by: Molly (1/19)

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The story of a marriage The story of a marriage / Andrew Sean Greer
We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect, and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship--how we can ever truly know another person.

It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health, but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep, and everything changes. Lyrical, surprising.

Recommended by Erin (10/18)


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The summer before the war The summer before the war / Helen Simonson
It's the summer of 1914 and life in the sleepy village of Rye, England is about to take an interesting turn. Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good breeding in search of a position after the death of her father, arrives to be the school's first female Latin teacher. Agatha Kent has staked her considerable reputation to sponsor Beatrice to take the place of the old Latin master. Her nephews, meanwhile, have come to spend the summer months, as always, both with dreams of their own. When Hugh is sent to pick up Beatrice from the train station - life, of course, changes as the shadow of the Great War looms ever closer to home. Recommended by: Sylvia (12/18)

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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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What I talk about when I talk about running What I talk about when I talk about running / Haruki Murakami ; translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel
In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and--even more important--on his writing. Recommended by: Molly (12/18)

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When The Lights Go Out When The Lights Go Out / Mary Kubica

 Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Recommended by Melissa


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White houses White houses / Amy Bloom
Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, “Hick,” as she’s known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as "first friend" is an open secret, as are FDR’s own lovers. After she takes a job in the Roosevelt administration, promoting and protecting both Roosevelts, she comes to know Franklin not only as a great president but as a complicated rival and an irresistible friend, capable of changing lives even after his death. Through it all, even as Hick’s bond with Eleanor is tested by forces both extraordinary and common, and as she grows as a woman and a writer, she never loses sight of the love of her life. Recommended by: Sylvia (1/19)
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