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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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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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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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Everything I never told you Everything I never told you / Celeste Ng

A family is torn apart by the loss of their teenage daughter. The loss lays bare their relationships with each other and the outside world. This story explores how racism and gender inequity can impact lives for generations.

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Recommended by Erin (1/18)


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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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Future home of the living god Future home of the living god / Louise Erdrich

In this dystopian story, 26-year-old Cedar finds herself pregnant during a time when evolution is heading backwards and the government is capturing pregnant women. With the aid of her adoptive parents and recently connected Ojibwe family, Cedar strives to keep her pregnancy secret. However, when the father of her baby steps back into the picture, things become more complicated for her.

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Recommended by Melissa (1/18)


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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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Hillbilly elegy Hillbilly elegy / J.D. Vance

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past. (Publisher)

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Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Hunger Hunger / Roxane Gay

In this memoir, critic and feminist Roxane Gay writes about the way she has had to experience life as someone with a bigger body. She gives an honest and painful account of the challenges and injustices that she has had to deal with for the majority of her life- from rape to emotional abuse and prejudice to public humiliation. Her writing is candid, raw, and unapologetic.

Recommended by Melissa (2/18)


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In the bleak midwinter In the bleak midwinter / Julia Spencer-Fleming

Clare Fergusson, the first female priest of an Episcopal church in Millers Kill, New York, finds herself immersed in murder when a newbown baby is abandoned and a young mother is brutally slain, forcing her to dig deeply into the town's secrets.

Recommended by: Becky (2/18) I started to re-read this series and was surprised because sometimes the first book in a series doesn't compare well to the later, more mature, titles. This book won the Agatha Award in 2002 for a good reason. 


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John dies at the end John dies at the end / David Wong

I listened to the audio version of this book while road tripping from Colorado to Wisconsin and back. Since the recorded version is fourteen hours long, it was a great length for me. Although set in the "real world", this story follows the plights of David and his partner in crime, John. They are some of the few privy to knowledge of otherworldly beings and events affecting Earth. All of the absurdities and off-the-wall humor make for a crazy adventure that never seems to really end.

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Recommended by Melissa (1/18)


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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 boy's 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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Lincoln's melancholy Lincoln's melancholy / Joshua Wolf Shenk

My favorite reference in this amazing exploration is that life is not simply sustained by sunshine and growth but it is also necessary to embrace the death and decay in the process that actually brings about a more enriched existence. One cannot happen without the other. It is how Lincoln harnessed his challenges and funneled them forward in productivity that amazes me. It was a very inspiring read. (Amy)

Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies. With empathy and authority gained from his own experience with depression, Shenk crafts a nuanced, revelatory account of Lincoln and his legacy, and in the process unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatest president guided America through its greatest turmoil. (Publisher)

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Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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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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The locals : a novel The locals : a novel / Jonathan Dee

Beginning post 9/11, this novel winds through the lives of people who reside in the small summer resort town of Howland, Massachusetts. This is the hometown of the Firth family, the main characters where much of the story lies, and the invasion of Phil Hadi, a billionaire outsider from New York City. This wealthy hedge fund investor, who wants to live in a safer environment with his privileged family, already owns a vacation home in Howland but hires local contractor, Mark Firth, to make his "cottage" safer with various security components. Hadi eventually sinks his tendrils in Howland everywhere and is soon controlling the town. The novel transitions from character to character in the town, but always comes back to the Firth family as it outlines this story of social class, politics and small town government, the power of blogs, and the struggles of everyday working people up against big money.

Recommended by Karen (1/18)


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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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Mind over meds : know when drugs are necessary, when alternatives are better-- and when to let your body heal on its own Mind over meds : know when drugs are necessary, when alternatives are better-- and when to let your body heal on its own / Andrew Weil, M.D

The recent spotlight on the Opioid epidemic brings up the question whether pharmaceutical drugs are always necessary. While some illnesses and ailments require drugs, some do not; non-lethal, non-addictive alternatives are available for a variety of conditions, not to mention nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Andrew Weil is an accredited physician and is the director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, so his knowledge of accepted medical practices and alternatives is thorough. Dr. Weil explains when it is important to use pharmaceutical drugs and when you have the option of trying other solutions as outlined in this book.

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Recommended by Karen (1/18)


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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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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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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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Two kinds of truth Two kinds of truth / Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren't keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison. The two unrelated cases wind across each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

Recommended by: Becky (1/18)


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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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The western star The western star / Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt.45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them. The photograph--along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement--hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

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Recommended by: Becky (1/18)


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What happened What happened / Hillary Rodham Clinton

Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a personal account of the events leading up to and after the 2016 presidential race. She discusses in great detail the factors, influences, and occurrences that ultimately shaped the outcome of that year's election.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (1/18)


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Where you once belonged Where you once belonged / Kent Haruf

 Set in a small rural Colorado town, this story follows the never-do-well character of Jack Burdette. His actions reverberate though the whole town, eventually impacting every one. A sparse character-driven story.

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Recommended by Erin (1/18)


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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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