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Ohio : a novel book cover
Ohio : a novel book cover

Ohio : a novel

Stephen Markley

FICTION Markley Stephen
Fiction

"On one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rustbelt town they grew up in--a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, losses and love"--

Meredith's picture

It took about 1/3 of the book's pages for me to get into it, but once I did, I could not put it down! Push through -- it's worth it! -Meredith

Shout : a poetry memoir book cover
Shout : a poetry memoir book cover

Shout : a poetry memoir

Laurie Halse Anderson

811.6 /Anderson
Young Adult, Memoir, Poetry

When she was thirteen years old, Anderson was a shy, bookish girl who was raped by a boy she trusted. She has since become known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed in the years since, she has written a poetry memoir that shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. -- adapted from jacket

Morgan's picture

If you read Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak" and were moved, you must check out "Shout." This is not a sequel, instead it is the spiritual successor to "Speak," following Anderson's difficult childhood, her traumatic rape, and her activism for changing the conversation about sexual assault. This book will get readers thinking about generational trauma and censorship, and what they can do to break the cycle of abuse. -Morgan

Lupin leaps in : A BREAKING CAT NEWS ON THE SCENE. book cover
Lupin leaps in : A BREAKING CAT NEWS ON THE SCENE. book cover

Lupin leaps in : A BREAKING CAT NEWS ON THE SCENE.

GEORGIA DUNN

ON ORDER BOOK
Kids, Graphic Novels, Humor

Morgan's picture

As a fan of cats and news, I’m highly anticipating this new middle grade collection of comics from Georgia Dunn. -Morgan

Proud : living my American dream book cover
Proud : living my American dream book cover

Proud : living my American dream

Ibtihaj Muhammad

796.862092 /Muhammad
Nonfiction, Young Adult, Memoir

Shares the life story of the Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.

Morgan's picture

Fascinating life story of Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medal-winning fencer and Muslim-American role model. I love learning about the experiences of others, and this was a page-turning read. -Morgan

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse book cover
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse book cover

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

ON ORDER DVD
Science Fiction, Animation

Brian's picture

Filled with humor and heart, "Into the Spider-Verse" is easily the best Spider-Man movie ever made and definitely one of the best superhero movies of all time. Also, the animation is gorgeous. -Brian

Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist book cover
Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist book cover

Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist

Sylvia Acevedo

jBIOGRAPHY Acevedo, Sylvia
Kids, Biographies

"The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA."--

Morgan's picture

An engrossing read about Sylvia Acevedo who grew from a Girl Scout to a rocket scientist and CEO. Her thirst for knowledge and success allowed her to overcome the challenges of gendered cultural expectations, domestic abuse, and racism. I loved this window into the life of an inspiring woman. -Morgan

Autoboyography book cover
Autoboyography book cover

Autoboyography

Christina Lauren

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Lauren Christin
Young Adult

High school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar Tanner's best friend convinced him to take.

Meredith's picture

Remember your first love? The one who made your pulse race, your cheeks redden and your brain turn to mush? Christina Lauren brings all of those feelings in this sweet LGBTQ love story that does more than scratch the surface of the issues keeping Tanner and Sebastian apart. -Meredith

Once upon a river : a novel book cover
Once upon a river : a novel book cover

Once upon a river : a novel

Diane Setterfield

FICTION Setterfield, Diane
Fiction, Suspense, Historical Fiction

On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, a wounded stranger carries in the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later the girl stirs, and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Magic? As the days pass the child remains mute and unable to answer questions. Three families are keen to claim her: the wealthy mother of a kidnapped daughter missing for two years; a farming family sure it is their son's secret daughter; a parson's housekeeper, reminded of her younger sister. Each family has secrets, must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. -- adapted from jacket

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I loved this book! It has everything I want in a good read: great writing, a crescendo of narrative, interesting characters with intertwined lives, a sense of place, and an absorbing mystery--all wrapped up in historical fiction. This is a story about storytelling--the characters tell stories, the narrator tells stories, so if you like feeling very much the reader--feeling like you are listening to someone tell you a story, this is a good pick for you. It will get you through the last few weeks of winter. -Anne M

The wolves of winter : a novel book cover
The wolves of winter : a novel book cover

The wolves of winter : a novel

Tyrell Johnson

FICTION Johnson Tyrell
Dystopian

"A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path. Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community--most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined. Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant"--

Meredith's picture

I love dystopian fiction and this is an exciting addition to the list of titles about survivors who keep on going when the odds are against them. Plus, a never-ending winter? It's just like us! :) -Meredith

P.S. I like you book cover
P.S. I like you book cover

P.S. I like you

Kasie West

YOUNG ADULT FICTION West Kasie
Young Adult

Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter Lily Abbott is finding notes left to her by a mystery boy, love letters really, and she hopes they are from Lucas, a boy she is attracted to--so when she finds out they are really from, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond.

Meredith's picture

A fun, cute read. No real surprises, but it'll leave you with warm, fuzzy feelings. -Meredith

You're snug with me book cover
You're snug with me book cover

You're snug with me

author Chitra Soundar

jE Chitra Soundar
Picture Books

A mother polar bear answers the questions of her two curious cubs about what lies beyond their cozy winter den as they wait for spring to arrive.

Melody's picture

Beautiful illustrations! Worth lingering on each page. My 3yo really enjoyed all the hugs he got each time we got to the refrain "You're snug with me!" It is an especially cozy book to read on these brutal late-winter days. -Melody

The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London book cover
The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London book cover

The Ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London

Christopher Skaife

942.15 /Skaife
Memoir, Animals

"For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Each year they are seen by millions of visitors, and they have become as integral a part of the Tower as its ancient stones. But their role is even more important than that--legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom. One man is personally responsible for ensuring that such a disaster never comes to pass--the Ravenmaster. The current holder of the position is Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife, and in this fascinating, entertaining, and touching book he memorably describes the ravens' formidable intelligence, their idiosyncrasies, and their occasionally wicked sense of humor. Over the years in which he has cared for the physical and mental well-being of these remarkable birds, Christopher Skaife has come to know them like no one else. They are not the easiest of charges--as he reveals, they are much given to mischief, and their escapades have often led him into unlikely, and sometimes even undignified, situations. Now, in the first intimate behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens of the Tower, the Ravenmaster himself shares the folklore, history, and superstitions surrounding both the birds and their home. [This] is a compelling, inspiring, and irreverent story that will delight and surprise anyone with an interest in British history or animal behavior."--Dust jacket.

Heidi L's picture

I liked this book on so many levels: it's well-written and funny in lots of places; many years ago I went to the Tower of London and remember well the ravens there; and I found it interesting to read the author's account of working--and living, 24/7--in such a public place. The best parts, though, are the ravens and their personalities and actions. By the end of the book, I was on a first-name basis with them and I hope that I can return to the Tower someday to see them again. -Heidi L

What if this were enough? : essays book cover
What if this were enough? : essays book cover

What if this were enough? : essays

Heather Havrilesky

152.42 /Havrilesky
Nonfiction

"Heather Havrilesky attempts to disrupt our cultural delusions and false dichotomies, to unearth moralistic interpretations of mundane human behaviors and interrogate so-called mistakes that we've slowly internalized, and to question the glorification of suffering, dishonesty, romantic fantasy, conquest, predation, and perfectionism"--

Meredith's picture

My biggest takeaway from this collection of essays? You don't need more than this. -Meredith

The prince : a devil's Duke novel book cover
The prince : a devil's Duke novel book cover

The prince : a devil's Duke novel

Katharine Ashe

FICTION Ashe Katharin
Romance

Libby Shaw is determined to become a member of Edinburgh's all-male Royal College of Surgeons. Disguising herself as a man, she attends the surgical theater and nearly fools everyone. Forced to leave his home as a boy, famed portraitist Ziyaeddin is secretly the exiled prince of a distant realm. When he first met Libby, he memorized every detail of her face and drew her. But her perfect lips gave him trouble--the same lips he now longs to kiss. When Libby asks his help to hide her feminine identity from the world, Ziyaeddin agrees on one condition: she must sit for him to paint--as a woman. But what begins as a daring scheme could send them both hurtling toward danger...and an unparalleled love.

Amanda's picture

This book was just incredible. It's a beautiful romance, but it's also wonderfully written and has a great story. A woman impersonates a man so that she can attend classes to become a surgeon; she's helped by a mysterious artist. -Amanda

Thunderhead book cover
Thunderhead book cover

Thunderhead

Douglas J Preston

FICTION Preston, Douglas J.
Adventure

The bestselling authors of "The Relic" deliver a "highly readable tale of adventure and long-ago crimes" ("Dallas Morning News"). An archeologist goes in search of the fabled Lost City of Gold, an expedition her father had begun 16 years earlier before he mysteriously vanished in southeast Utah.

Amanda's picture

This book is about an archaeologist who embarks on a dangerous expedition to learn more about her father's disappearance, and to find an ancient, lost city of gold. Fantastic! -Amanda

All the Wild Hungers book cover
All the Wild Hungers book cover

All the Wild Hungers

Karen Babine

616.994 /Babine
Memoir, Literary Nonfiction

“My sister is pregnant with a Lemon this week, Week 14, and this is amusing. My mother’s uterine tumor, the size of a cabbage, is Week 30, and this is terrifying.” When her mother is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Karen Babine—a cook, collector of thrifted vintage cast iron, and fiercely devoted daughter, sister, and aunt—can’t help but wonder: feed a fever, starve a cold, but what do we do for cancer? And so she commits herself to preparing her mother anything she will eat, a vegetarian diving headfirst into the unfamiliar world of bone broth and pot roast. In these essays, Babine ponders the intimate connections between food, family, and illness. What draws us toward food metaphors to describe disease? What is the power of language, of naming, in a medical culture where patients are too often made invisible? How do we seek meaning where none is to be found—and can we create it from scratch? And how, Babine asks as she bakes cookies with her small niece and nephew, does a family create its own food culture across generations? Generous and bittersweet, All the Wild Hungers is an affecting chronicle of one family’s experience of illness and of a writer’s culinary attempt to make sense of the inexplicable.

Melody's picture

Really beautiful language and emotionally gripping. -Melody

My plain Jane book cover
My plain Jane book cover

My plain Jane

Cynthia Hand

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Hand Cynthia
Young Adult

You may think you know the story. Penniless orphan Jane Eyre begins a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester--and, Reader, she marries him. Or does she? Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Bronte, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Amanda's picture

This book was so good! It was also bizarre, but in a great way. If you love Jane Eyre and YA fiction, give this a try. -Amanda

MISTER MIRACLE. book cover
MISTER MIRACLE. book cover

MISTER MIRACLE.

TOM KING

ON ORDER BOOK
Graphic Novels

Brian's picture

This was easily my favorite comic series that came out last year, and a new high-water mark for comic book storytelling. -Brian

The Paragon Hotel book cover
The Paragon Hotel book cover

The Paragon Hotel

Lyndsay Faye

FICTION Faye Lyndsay
Historical Fiction

Fleeing to Oregon from New York City in 1921, Alice James takes refuge in the city's only black hotel and helps new friends search for a missing child, hide from KKK violence, and navigate painful secrets.

Anne M's picture

Lyndsay Faye writes some really good, suspenseful historical fiction and The Paragon Hotel is no exception. Set during Prohibition, Faye really captures the city of Portland in the early 1920's, the unease of the post-war years, and vividly brings a variety of characters to life. -Anne M

Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine book cover
Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine book cover

Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine

Emily Bernard

305.48896 /Bernard
Memoir, Literary Nonfiction, Biographies

An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten ("A major contribution," Henry Louis Gates; "Magnificent," Washington Post).

Anne M's picture

Emily Bernard’s acclaimed memoir, “Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine,” is a collection of personal essays documenting experiences from her own life. These stories follow her time growing up in the South, getting an education at Yale, and teaching at a college in northern New England. The poetic memoir illustrates how her experiences are formed and framed through the lens of race. She writes, "I am black--and brown, too. Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell." It is incredibly personal and beautifully written. -Anne M

Shades of wicked : A NIght Rebel Novel book cover
Shades of wicked : A NIght Rebel Novel book cover

Shades of wicked : A NIght Rebel Novel

Jeaniene Frost

eAUDIO
Fantasy

In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match! The Rule Breaker... Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless...and every shade of wicked. He's made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian's only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long. The Law Maker... Veritas' normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait...well, all's fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian's carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they're drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.

Melody's picture

Vampires versus demons! What do you get when two lovers fight a demon horde? An epic battle scene! An especially enjoyable one when narrated by Tavia Gilbert. (She is definitely a new go-to audiobook performer for me. Don't know the author? Don't care if Gilbert is reading.) The love scenes in this one are neither vanilla nor tame, so be forewarned if that's not your thing. Now with 10% more demi-gods! -Melody

Stephen King's Pet sematary book cover
Stephen King's Pet sematary book cover

Stephen King's Pet sematary

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Pet
Horror

After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family-- but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle into a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery--built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Their mysterious new neighbor, Jud Crandall, hides the cemetery's darkest secret-- until a family tragedy brings the secret to life. Now, an unthinkable evil is about to be resurrected.

Shawna's picture

The original film adaptation of Stephen King's best selling Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert. With a 2019 adaptation slated for release in the coming months, now is the time to revisit Lambert's 1989 Pet Sematary. -Shawna

Broken monsters book cover
Broken monsters book cover

Broken monsters

Lauren Beukes

MYSTERY Beukes Lauren
Horror

Shawna's picture

Beukes offers a creepy story filled with gruesome imagery in this 2014 book set in Detroit. Mystery and Horror fans will both find appeal in this novel in which detective Gabi Versado is hunting down a murderer/grotesque artist. -Shawna

The dreamers : a novel book cover
The dreamers : a novel book cover

The dreamers : a novel

Karen Thompson Walker

FICTION Walker Karen
Fiction, Science Fiction

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep, and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams, but of what? Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life, if only we are awakened to them.

Anne M's picture

Every page of this book made me uncomfortable and anxious. What book on a contagion wouldn't? The loss of individual control, the breakdown of society, the baffled experts...this is not for pleasure-reading. But I've been thinking about the book a lot after finishing it, particularly the ethics and beliefs the characters subscribe to that are tested when the virus hits. It was worth the quickening pace of my heart. -Anne M

The babadook book cover
The babadook book cover

The babadook

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Babadook
Horror

Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son's deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Shawna's picture

This 2014 Australian Horror film written and directed by Jennifer Kent blends psychological and supernatural horror. The end result is an unnerving a creepy film that will linger in your thoughts. -Shawna

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation book cover
War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation book cover

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation

John Sedgwick

973.4 /Sedgwick
Nonfiction, History

Examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the Founding Father dead and turned a sitting vice-president into a fugitive.

Anne M's picture

In exploring his family's history, author John Sedgwick was shown the last letter Alexander Hamilton ever wrote--to Theodore Sedgwick--his great, great, great (plus more) grandfather, former Speaker of the House and Massachusetts senator. It was written on the eve of the famous duel. The author wanted to explore his ancestor's relationships with both Burr and with Hamilton and why Hamilton would write Sedgwick at that particular time. What the book ended up being is an exploration of two people--Burr and Hamilton--their ambitions, the way those ambitions manifested themselves, and how the feud between the two started. It is a good, accessible read. If you want to know more about these two figures without picking up the Chernow tome, this is your book. -Anne M

Roadmap to hell : sex, drugs and guns on the Mafia coast book cover
Roadmap to hell : sex, drugs and guns on the Mafia coast book cover

Roadmap to hell : sex, drugs and guns on the Mafia coast

Barbie Latza Nadeau

364.106 /Nadeau
Nonfiction, True Crime

From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe's doorstep. Caught between Camorra gunrunners selling to ISIS and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy's picturesque coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their criminal underworld, forced to become sex slaves, drug mules or weapon smugglers. In this powerful exposé, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau follows the weapons trail, meets the Nigerian hair braiders trafficked and trapped by black magic, the brave nuns who try to save them and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.

Melody's picture

Holy moly! Imagine trying to migrate out of your gang lord-run country just to be picked up by a mafia and sex-trafficked in your new land. Harrowing and tragic, this is an under-the-radar humanitarian crisis that more people need to know is happening! -Melody

Bad times at the El Royale book cover
Bad times at the El Royale book cover

Bad times at the El Royale

DVD MOVIE DRAMA Bad
Thriller

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption; before everything goes to hell.

Brian's picture

With sharp writing and great performances throughout (except Chris Hemsworth's accent!), Bad Times at the El Royale is a surprising and dark treat. -Brian

The accidental beauty queen book cover
The accidental beauty queen book cover

The accidental beauty queen

Teri Wilson

FICTION Wilson Teri
Romance

Bookish Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, while her twin Ginny is an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant. Ginny is not giving up the circuit until she's crowned Miss American Treasure, and drags Charlotte to the pageant for good luck. When Ginny has a severe allergic reaction to dinner the night before the competition, she won't be back in beauty queen form for at least three days. After a few tears and a whole lot of begging, Charlotte agrees to take her sister's place in the pageant-- and comes to realize that there might be more to it than just a sparkly crown. -- adapted from back cover.

Meredith's picture

So cute! If you liked Miss Congeniality, you'll love this! -Meredith

The truth as told by Mason Buttle book cover
The truth as told by Mason Buttle book cover

The truth as told by Mason Buttle

Leslie Connor

jFICTION Connor Leslie
Kids, Fiction

As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.

Morgan's picture

Coming to terms with the death of his best friend is hard enough for Mason Buttle, but his discovery that the police and townspeople think he had something to do with the death rocks him to his core. He is unerringly honest, but his learning disabilities make it hard for him to understand the truth of what others think of him. My favorite piece of Mason's story is the bond between him and the dog owned by his bullying neighbor. -Morgan

Just like Jackie book cover
Just like Jackie book cover

Just like Jackie

Lindsey Stoddard

jFICTION Stoddard Lindsey
Kids, Fiction

For as long as fifth-grade Robinson Hart can remember, it's just been her and Grandpa. Robbie wishes Grandpa would tell her more about the rest of her family, she's learned over the years that he doesn't like to talk about the past. She's determined to stay out of trouble so that she does not worry her grandfather and to make sure that she and her grandfather stay together as he is the only family she has left. But Grandpa's memory is starting to get bad, and Robbie's worried that soon he won't remember their family including her at all.

Morgan's picture

A nuanced look at bullying accompanies this heartfelt story of Robbie, a girl struggling to deal with secrets too heavy to hold alone. This story accurately captures the fear and confusion experienced by a child grappling with an Alzheimer's diagnoses of a loved one. -Morgan

Meet me at the museum book cover
Meet me at the museum book cover

Meet me at the museum

Anne Youngson

FICTION Youngson Anne
Fiction

In Denmark, Professor Anders Larsen has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesn't remember choosing. Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney's famous poem, they begin writing letters to one another. From their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined, and an unexpected friendship blooms. When Tina's letters stop coming, Anders is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves? -- adapted from jacket

Heidi L's picture

My favorite book of 2018. An epistolary novel that is full of awakenings, tenderness, and hope. This is the author's first novel; I hope for more. -Heidi L

Beastie Boys book book cover
Beastie Boys book book cover

Beastie Boys book

1965- author Mike D

781.649092 /Beastie
Memoir

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys followed a path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond reveal their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers through their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of their albums; and more. The band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture, and their book exhibits a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album. -- adapted from information supplied

Meredith's picture

Mike D and Ad-Rock’s essays are more than the story of how they became the Beastie Boys. They’re a love letter to punk, early rap, NYC in the 80s, livin' large in LA and band mate Adam Yauch. They drop names like Run-DMC, Madonna and Russell Simmons, and seem just as in awe as the reader that they get to do that. They don’t take themselves too seriously, remind the reader often that they were 3 white boys blessed with teenagers’ lack of sense and self awareness which is the only explanation for why they did what they did, and give each other a hard time for inside jokes that started 30+ years ago. The story of Adam Yauch basically chasing Joe Perry backwards around a stage during his and Steven Tyler’s performance with Run-DMC makes me wish YouTube existed in 1986. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the scrapbook that is the print version. They got people like Maya Rudolph, LL Cool J, Rosie Perez, Wanda Sykes, Tim Meadows, Spike Jonze and Amy Poehler to read on the audio, and it’s delightful. You can tell how much the guys loved each other then and still do now, and how much they miss MCA. The Beastie Boys Book is totally worth the 550+ print pages/12+ hours audio commitment. -Meredith

Love, Z book cover
Love, Z book cover

Love, Z

Jessie Sima

jE Sima
Picture Books, Fantasy, Travel, Adventure, Philosophy, LGBTQ+

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

Casey's picture

Z sets out on a quest to find out what "love" is. On the journey Z might just find a place in your heart. -Casey

Stop that yawn! book cover
Stop that yawn! book cover

Stop that yawn!

Caron Levis

jE Levis
Picture Books, Fantasy, Adventure

Gabby convinces Granny to leave Sleepytown and stay up all night in a new place, but before long, a contagious yawn takes control.

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Artificial condition book cover
Artificial condition book cover

Artificial condition

Martha Wells

SCIENCE FICTION Wells Martha
Science Fiction

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself Murderbot. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a research transport vessal named ART (you don't want to know what the A stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks ...

Brian's picture

This series continues to entertain! It's an easy recommendation for fans of Sci-Fi. -Brian

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Amanda

Interests: Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Memoir, Self Help, Poetry
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Angela

Interests: Kids, Fiction, Early Readers, Picture Books, Board Books, Early Chapter Books, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Chick Lit, True Crime, Cookbooks
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Anne M

Interests: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classics, Mystery, Nonfiction, History, Cookbooks, Crafts, Biographies, Gardening
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Anne W

Interests: Fiction, Kids, Adventure, Dystopian, Historical Fiction, Early Chapter Books, Picture Books, Memoir, Self Help
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Beth

Interests: Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Crafts, Gardening, Young Adult
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Brent

Interests: Humor, Mystery, Science, Nature, Science Fiction
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Brian

Interests: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, LGBTQ+, Graphic Novels, Religion, Humor, Young Adult, Science
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Candice

Interests: History, Travel, Science, Nature, Cookbooks, Thriller, Suspense
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Casey

Interests: Picture Books, Board Books, Early Readers, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Classics, Fantasy, Nature, LGBTQ+, Memoir, Humor, Horror, Crafts, Cookbooks, Gardening
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Heidi K

Interests: Fiction, Memoir, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Short Story, History, Biographies, Philosophy, Poetry, Gardening, Graphic Novels
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Heidi L

Interests: Classics, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Biographies, History, Travel
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Jason

Interests: Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, Nonfiction, Science, Short Story
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Kara

Interests: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Memoir, Travel
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Karen

Interests: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Memoir, Health, Nature, Gardening, Cookbooks, Crafts, Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+
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Lyndey

Interests: Science Fiction, Technology, Dystopian, History, Humor, Art / Art History, LGBTQ+, Science, Graphic Novels, Crafts, Historical Fiction, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Short Story
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Maeve

Interests: Biographies, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Nature, Travel, Memoir, Science, Animals
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Melody

Interests: Fiction, Fantasy, Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Health, Poetry
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Meredith

Interests: Fiction, Dystopian, Humor, Romance, Suspense, Graphic Novels, Biographies, Cookbooks, Memoir, Self Help, Young Adult
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Morgan

Interests: Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels, Kids, Early Chapter Books, Picture Books, Biographies, History, Memoir, Travel, Young Adult
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Shawna

Interests: Horror, Suspense, Thriller, True Crime, Crafts, Cookbooks, Gardening, History, Biographies
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Stacey

Interests: Humor, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Crafts, Philosophy, Poetry, Nonfiction
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Susan C

Interests: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Crafts, Cookbooks, Gardening
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Tom

Interests: Humor, Health, History, Philosophy, Science, Sports