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The world played chess : a novel book cover
The world played chess : a novel book cover

The world played chess : a novel

Robert Dugoni

FICTION Dugoni Robert

"In 1979, Vincent Bianco has just graduated high school. His only desire: collect a little beer money and enjoy his final summer before college. So he lands a job as a laborer on a construction crew. Working alongside two Vietnam vets, one suffering from PTSD, Vincent gets the education of a lifetime. Now forty years later, with his own son leaving for college, the lessons of that summer--Vincent's last taste of innocence and first taste of real life--dramatically unfold in a novel about breaking away, shaping a life, and seeking one's own destiny"--

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Otto : a palindrama book cover
Otto : a palindrama book cover

Otto : a palindrama

Jon Agee


"A graphic novel told entirely in palindromes about a young boy named Otto who goes on a strange and fantastical adventure while searching for his dog, Pip"--

Readers of all ages will enjoy this book for different reasons. Honestly, have never laughed so hard while reading. Jon Agee is a genius. -Raquel

Nobody book cover
Nobody book cover



Hutch Mansell is an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life's indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake, is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca, seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch's long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary, and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.

Have you ever wanted to see Bob Odenkirk beat the living daylights out of someone? How about see Christopher Lloyd with a sawed-off shotgun? Then do I have a movie for you! I was completely surprised by this fun and violent movie. Warning: if you're squeamish, like me, then there will be a lot of cringing and covering your face. -Brian

No One Goes Alone: A Novel book cover
No One Goes Alone: A Novel book cover

No One Goes Alone: A Novel

Erik Larson

OverDrive Audiobook
Suspense, Fiction, Historical Fiction

A group of researchers sets sail for the Isle of Dorn in the North Atlantic in 1905 to explore the cause of several mysterious disappearances, most notably a family of four who vanished without a trace after a week-long holiday on the island. Led by Professor James, a prominent member of the Society for Psychical Research, they begin to explore the island’s sole cottage and surrounding landscape in search of a logical explanation. The idyllic setting belies an undercurrent of danger and treachery, with raging storms and unnerving discoveries adding to the sense of menace. As increasingly unexplainable events unfold, the now-stranded investigators are unsure whether they can trust their own eyes, their instincts, one another—or even themselves. Erik Larson has written a terrifying tale of suspense, underpinned with actual people and events. Created specifically to entertain audio listeners, this eerie blend of the ghostly and the real will keep listeners captivated till the blood-chilling end.

Need a good story for a dark winter's night? Here is one. Erik Larson's latest, only available in audiobook is worth the listen. The premise is familiar, a group of individuals stay at an old manor in an isolated place. Strange events occur, suspicions arise, and everyone is afraid. However, this group of individuals expected came here for exactly this purpose. They are a group of 19th century scientists, experts, and scholars there to prove--or more likely disprove--that the house is haunted. But can they? I love Erik Larson's histories. All of his skills as a writer: ability to tell a story, have you deeply care about the individual's involved, and keep you rapt as the events unfold, translated easily to fiction. -Anne M

Wishes book cover
Wishes book cover


Muon Van

jE Van
Picture Books

"In this spare, poetic picture book based on author Muon Van's family history and told through a series of wishes, a family packs up everything they own and embarks on a perilous oceanic voyage toward a better life"--

This is a simple but absolutely stunning little story about leaving your motherland and hoping for a brighter future. The text, though sparse soundly resonates and aligns perfectly with the richly detailed and beautiful illustrations. -Victoria

The dictionary of obscure sorrows book cover
The dictionary of obscure sorrows book cover

The dictionary of obscure sorrows

John Koenig

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Poetically defining emotions we all feel but don't have the words to express, the creator of the popular online project of the same name invites readers on his epic quest to fill the gaps in the language of emotion.

Way back before being swamped with work and life, I loved getting emails from sites that would teach me a new word each day. This books takes that curiosity for language to new heights. After all, words enter language when enough members of a group recognize its meaning as true. What is the meaning of "jouska?" According to The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, it means "a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head." And to be "looseleft" is to have that "sense of loss upon finishing a good book." But you know the great thing about creative reference books like this one? Once finished, you can always open a random page and savor a definition again. Truly enjoyable! -Melody


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