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Al Franken : giant of the Senate Al Franken : giant of the Senate / Al Franken

Satirist to Statesman. You'll love this book if you are a fan of Al's satire and comedy. You will also be educated to the ways of Washington, good and bad. Starting with his humble upbringing in a Minneapolis suburb, Franken talks briefly of his family, his early career as a comedian and writer, his partnership with Tom Davis (starting in high school!), and how, in 1975, the writing team of Franken and Davis helped launch Saturday Night Live . After SNL, Al wrote a few humorous/political books, and later hosted a radio show for Air America. After the death of his friend Senator Paul Wellstone, he decided it was time to get serious and ran for Wellstone's seat in 2008 in his home state.

As Senator Franklin, he struggled not to go for the joke (because he now had to be seen as serious). He learned you can't roll your eyes at the Senate Majority Leader's comments (even if it is away from the press' view), and connected with older Senate colleagues through his association with actor Broderick Crawford. His young staff has to run his comments through what he ironically calls "The DeHumorizer™ to ensure appropriateness. This is truly an enlightening book about a savvy outsider coming to Washington, learning to fit in, reaching across the aisle, and working for the American people on all sides.

Recommended by Karen (7/17)

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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. 


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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. 


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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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Astrophysics for people in a hurry Astrophysics for people in a hurry / Neil deGrasse Tyson

"The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe"-- Publisher provided

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Recommended by Meg (7/17)


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Bad feminist Bad feminist / Roxane Gay

In her collection of essays, writer Roxane Gay discusses the issues of feminism and racism in modern America and pop culture. She opens up about her own personal experiences with growing up as a black woman of Haitian descent in the United States, her academic journey to becoming a professor in English, and her relationships with men, family, and friends. Her essays shed light on problematic books such as Fifty Shades of Grey, the misconstrued nature of black roles in Hollywood movies, and the many misconceptions that follow feminism in this day and age. Throughout it, though, Gay reminds the reader that she is a bad feminist- but one who is willing to face the truth about such and continue to fight for the rights of all who find themselves marginalized in this society.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (5/17)


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The baker's secret The baker's secret / Stephen P. Kiernan

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country. In the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves-contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.

But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope-the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

 

Recommended by: Becky (6/17) 


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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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Chief Joseph Chief Joseph / Candy Moulton

Growing up in Montana and only partially aware of the confluence of activity there by Lewis and Clark and later, the Nez Perce band of Wallowa lead by Chief Joseph, I realize to a better extent the "scene" I grew up around. This book by Candy Moulton had me pulling out maps, reading additional facts about the experience of the Nez Perce and getting steamed about the archaic and unfair policy that pushed these people unjustly from their land. Chief Joseph, Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, is a measure of human we might all do well by mimicing. Moulton paints a picture of Joseph's journey and grace in a powerful way. I'm now starting into Merrill Beal's book "I will fight no more forever;  Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War" and have in queue "The earth is weeping : the epic story of the Indian wars for the American West" by Peter Cozzens.

Recommended by Amy (7/17)

 


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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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Cold earth Cold earth / Ann Cleeves

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

Recommended by: Becky (5/17)


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Commonwealth : a novel Commonwealth : a novel / Ann Patchett

Two families, the Cousins and the Keatings, are changed forever when Bret Cousins arrives uninvited to the Keating family's christening of their newest child. Attractions happen, families split, a new family is formed with the unsettled children as fallout. The story covers the next five decades of the two families and those associated with them, culminating with a famous author writing a novel based on the family's story as told to him by one of the daughters (talk about airing your dirty laundry!). This family drama jumps forward and backward, but is logical and most of all, believable.

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Recommended by Karen 6/17


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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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A Darker shade of magic A Darker shade of magic / V. E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers, a magician with the rare ability to travel between parallel universes. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne and people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. In Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. - Publisher provided

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Recommended by Meg (7/17)


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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. 


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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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Faithful Faithful / Alice Hoffman

Shelby Richmond loves Chinese food, bookstores, and cocky, bad-boy types, so maybe her move from Long Island to New York City makes sense. But she's still a lost soul, circling around others like her, because as a teenager she walked away unscathed from an accident that tragically changed the course of her best friend's life. She's since been shaped by survivor's guilt, but perhaps somewhere, somehow, someone is watching over her. - Publisher provided

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Recommended by Meg (7/17)


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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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In Farleigh Field In Farleigh Field / Rhys Bowen

World War II arrives at the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate and MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with investigating at the same time one of the daughters takes a secret job at Bletchley Park.

Hopefully this is the first in a series.

Recommended by: Becky (5/17)


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LaRose LaRose / Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors and her latest novel, LaRose, is nothing less than exceptional. When Landreaux Iron goes hunting one day in North Dakota, he mistakes a young boy for a deer and consequently kills him. He offers the boy's parents his own young son in atonement. The story follows the aftermath of the families affected by this tragedy.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (5/17)


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The Last Days of Jack Sparks The Last Days of Jack Sparks / Jason Arnopp

 This is a rare horror book. The beginning of the book includes dialogue that is truly hilarious - it sets up the character and story so well. However, don't let the humor fool you. This is a chilling story with a pace that could leave you reading it in one sitting. 


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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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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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Magpie murders Magpie murders / Anthony Horowitz

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.
Conway's latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.
Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Recommended by: Becky (7/17)


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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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Mystic river Mystic river / Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is an author I have recently discovered and can't get enough of. In Mystic River, three childhood friends find themselves tangled in each other's lives after the murder of one of their daughters. As the characters struggle to determine who was behind the murder, their own pasts and private secrets come to the surface.

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Recommended by Melissa N. (7/17)


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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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Shutter Island Shutter Island / Dennis Lehane

I recently listened to this on a road trip from Colorado to Wisconsin and was spellbound. The story is complex, thrilling, and full of twists and turns. Protagonist Teddy Daniels is a U.S. Marshall sent to federal institution on an island to investigate the disappearance of one of its prisoners. While there, he discovers that not is all as it seems.

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Recommended by Melissa N.. (7/17)


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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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The twelve tribes of Hattie The twelve tribes of Hattie / Ayana Mathis

The story of an African American family held together with a mother's grit and monumental courage.

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Recommended by Erin (5/17)


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When breath becomes air When breath becomes air / Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese

"At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's health began to falter. He started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed what Paul, deep down, had suspected: he had stage four lung cancer, widely disseminated. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined, the culmination of decades of striving, evaporated. With incredible literary quality, philosophical acuity, and medical authority, When Breath Becomes Air approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living in that liminality. At the base of Paul's inquiry are essential questions, such as: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What happens when the future, instead of being a ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present?  Paul Kalanithi passed away in March 2015, while working on this book"-- From Publisher

From Erin: At the intersection of professional accomplishment and a terminal diagnosis, the author finds himself questioning his profession and life decisions. A compelling, searing, and honest account of one man coming to terms with his cancer as a doctor, a patient, and a father.

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Amazing! 

Recommended by Amy and Erin  (5/17)


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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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