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Say nothing : a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland book cover
Say nothing : a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland book cover

Say nothing : a true story of murder and memory in Northern Ireland

Patrick Radden Keefe

941.60824 /Keefe
True Crime, History

"From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as the Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the IRA was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the garments--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children but also IRA members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war but simple murders. From radical and impetuous IRA terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious IRA mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his IRA past--[this book] conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish."--Dust jacket.

Mari's picture

This is a true crime story about a mother of ten's disappearance during the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland, almost three decades in of turmoil between Catholics and Protestants while the IRA recruited young people to plant bombs and carry out murders. While this mystery operates as a frame work, I would say it's more of a modern telling of the history of violence, albeit a chilling nonfiction narrative. There were almost too many characters to keep track of, but I found the story of Dolours Price and her sister Marian to be fascinating. Both were arrested for the car bombing of the Old Bailey in London in the 70's and spent years in prison on hunger strike until they were allowed to finish their prison sentence in Northern Ireland. This story makes you question if there is a difference between political violence and crime. -Mari

The mother-in-law : a novel book cover
The mother-in-law : a novel book cover

The mother-in-law : a novel

Sally Hepworth

FICTION Hepworth Sally
Fiction

"A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death... From the moment Lucy met her husband's mother, Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. That was five years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer. But the autopsy finds no cancer. The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation. Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses? With Lucy's secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans." --

Meredith's picture

This book was not what I expected, but in a good way! Told in alternating chapters, sometimes in the past and other times in the present, The Mother-In-Law manages to be a family drama, love story, tale of female bonding, and mystery in one. Highly enjoyable! -Meredith

Even monsters go to school book cover
Even monsters go to school book cover

Even monsters go to school

Lisa Wheeler

jE Wheeler
Picture Books

"A grown-up monster describes in rhyming verse how monsters of all types go to school, and so must this child monster, no matter how glum about the prospect."--

Mari's picture

I happened upon this book on the bookmobile, and realized it's a sequel to "Even Monsters Need to Sleep" which is also very good. Lisa Wheeler has taken all of the classic pop culture monsters, such as Bigfoot, (the monster of) Frankenstein, the Loch Ness Monster and put them in the universal childhood experience of the first day of school. Chris Van Dusen, illustrator of the Mercy Watson series and one of my all-time faves, fills the pages with bright, bold clear images and clever and subtle bits of humor. And on top it all it rhymes! -Mari

Once upon a goat book cover
Once upon a goat book cover

Once upon a goat

Dan Richards

jE Richards
Picture Books

When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.

Mari's picture

This book is both cute and funny! Goats are my favorite animal so I found the illustration of a baby goat, also called a "kid" but not be mistaken with a "child" adorable, and I definitely LOLed at the twist. I also really enjoyed the title page with a cut-out goat bite! -Mari

Wayward son book cover
Wayward son book cover

Wayward son

Rainbow Rowell

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Rowell Rainbow
Young Adult

"Simon Snow is back and he's coming to America! The story is supposed to be over. Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after... So why can't Simon Snow get off the couch? What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light... That's how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place... With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first. It's another helping of sour cherry scones with an absolutely decadent amount of butter. Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero's journey might be over--but your life has just begun"--

Brian's picture

Rainbow does it again! I know of no other author with such a knack for writing and creating characters to absolutely fall in love with (SHEPARD <3 <3 <3). If you liked "Carry On," you're going to like this--no doubt about it. It ends on a cliffhanger (curses!), but Rainbow has already announced a follow up: "Any Way the Wind Blows." I can't wait! -Brian

Feminist cross-stitch : 40 bold & fierce patterns book cover
Feminist cross-stitch : 40 bold & fierce patterns book cover

Feminist cross-stitch : 40 bold & fierce patterns

Stephanie Rohr

746.443 /Rohr
Crafts

Make a statement and smash the patriarchy, one stitch at a time with these 40 feminist-themed cross-stitching patterns!

Beth's picture

Good introduction to cross stitch for beginners, with lots of easy patterns. The Rosie The Riveter will give you something to shoot for! -Beth

Circe : a novel book cover
Circe : a novel book cover

Circe : a novel

Madeline Miller

FICTION Miller Madeline
Fiction

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

Becky's picture

A great read for those who enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, magic, and adventure! Miller is an intelligent and skillful writer, which made the telling of "Circe" an enjoyable and engaging tale for me! -Becky

DIY for dog lovers : 36 paw-some canine crafts book cover
DIY for dog lovers : 36 paw-some canine crafts book cover

DIY for dog lovers : 36 paw-some canine crafts

Kat Roberts

745.5 /Roberts
Crafts

From a cute Pomeranian mug to a bone-shaped welcome mat, this companion to Crafting for Cat Ladies features 36 charming projects for dog lovers and their four-legged friends. There are irresistibly adorable items to decorate your home, accessorize your outfits, entertain guests, and (of course) pamper your pooch. And they're all easy to make, thanks to plenty of step-by-step photos, templates, and beginner-friendly crafting techniques. Bring whimsy to your wardrobe with Dalmatian-print trousers, customize a leash and collar for your cherished pup, design a dachshund shopping bag, create sweet "paw-ty" favors, and so much more! --Publisher

Beth's picture

Simple fun dog-ish crafts for all ages (with a little help). -Beth

The bromance book club book cover
The bromance book club book cover

The bromance book club

Lyssa Kay Adams

ON ORDER BOOK
Romance

When his wife asks for a divorce, Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Meredith's picture

This book has been getting pre-release hype for several months now and i'm happy to say that it lives up to its early reviews! I thoroughly enjoyed the story of a man fighting to save his marriage with the help of his all male romance book club crew. The first rule of book club is don't talk about book club -- unless you want other people to read it. In that case, request it now because I expect we'll have a difficult time keeping The Bromance Book Club on our shelves! -Meredith

A manual for cleaning women : selected stories book cover
A manual for cleaning women : selected stories book cover

A manual for cleaning women : selected stories

Lucia Berlin

FICTION Berlin Lucia
Short Story

"Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions." --Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"--

Mari's picture

Lately I've been enjoying collections of short stories. Lucia Berlin's stories are about many characters, but all are semi-autobiographical. And though most stories seem to be about ordinary events in ordinary towns with ordinary people, all contain extraordinary insights into the human condition. -Mari

Guts book cover
Guts book cover

Guts

Raina Telgemeier

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Telgemeier
Kids

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

Frannie's picture

I'm always into whatever Raina Telgemeier puts out, and this is not exception. Closer in tone to her more autobiographical works like Sisters or Smile this one deals with how sometimes kids can struggle with putting words on their emotions and inner life. A great title for all ages, and because it took me so little time to read I had the privilege of passing my copy on to my nephew. Win-win! -Frannie

The power of sprinkles : a cake book by the founder of the Flour Shop book cover
The power of sprinkles : a cake book by the founder of the Flour Shop book cover

The power of sprinkles : a cake book by the founder of the Flour Shop

Amirah Kassem

641.8653 /Kassem
Nonfiction, Cookbooks

Amirah Kassem preaches the power of sprinkles in her wildly creative first book. A modern-day Willy Wonka, Kassem reminds readers that joy can be found in creating something delightful and delicious, that baking a cake for someone is the best thing in the world, and that, when it comes to cake decorating, any mistake can be covered in sprinkles (and everyone will love it anyway!). With twenty-nine different cakes--from unicorn cakes and donut cakes to cakes that look like reindeer, popcorn, spaghetti, and avocado toast--and packed with photographs, illustrations, and infinite ideas, The Power of Sprinkles is a book for bakers and cake decorators at every age and level.

Jacy's picture

This has one of my favorite recipes for buttercream ever! I've made the cake featured on the cover and it went surprisingly well. This is a good option for home bakers, although the cake that you make in the first recipe is a little tall and harder to cut into typical cake sized slices. If you're looking for a show stopper for a birthday (or any kind of) party, this book is going to be your best friend. -Jacy

The long call book cover
The long call book cover

The long call

Ann Cleeves

MYSTERY Cleeves Ann
Mystery

From Ann Cleeves--bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows--comes the first in a gripping new series. "Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."--Louise Penny In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide. An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

Heidi L's picture

I took it hard when Ann Cleeves recently announced she would not be writing any more Shetland mysteries. But I am very happy to find that I like the main character in her new series "Two Rivers" just as much. Detective Matthew Venn is a sympathetic character--earnest, introverted, working outside of his comfort zone because he cares about making things right. This first novel is suspenseful and the setting on the Devon coast is interesting and inviting. I look forward to more in this new series. -Heidi L

The regulators book cover
The regulators book cover

The regulators

Richard Bachman

FICTION Bachman, Richard
Fiction, Horror

"There's a place in Wentworth, Ohio, where summer is in full swing. It's called Poplar Street. Up until now it's been a nice place to live. The idling red van around the corner is about to change all that. Let the battle against evil begin. Here come...The Regulators." (Goodreads summary)

Jacy's picture

This book is best read in partnership with Desperation by Stephen King. They aren't in a series together; they are separate stories that use the same pool of characters and the same evil entity. Recently I started to re-read this one; my favorite part that separates it from the other version is how King slows down time to really describe the gory details of the more intense scenes. -Jacy

Desperation book cover
Desperation book cover

Desperation

Stephen King

FICTION King, Stephen
Fiction, Horror

"There's a place along Interstate 50 that some call the loneliest place on Earth. It's known as Desperation, Nevada. It's not a very nice place to live. It's an even worse place to die. Let the battle against evil begin. Welcome to ... Desperation." (Goodreads summary)

Jacy's picture

This book is best read in partnership with The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). They aren't in a series together; they are separate stories that use the same pool of characters and the same evil entity. I haven't read this one in a few years, but I remember the setting vividly. It's in a remote town along the highway, where the evil Tak has essentially taken over, and some truly chilling things happen. -Jacy

The right swipe : a novel book cover
The right swipe : a novel book cover

The right swipe : a novel

Alisha Rai

FICTION Rai Alisha
Romance

"Two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom. Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career-and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules: - Nude pics are by invitation only - If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice - Protect your heart Only there aren't any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night... and disappears. Rhi thought she'd buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful-and in league with a business rival. He says he won't fumble their second chance, but she's wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that's too high a risk..."--Publisher.

Meredith's picture

I so love the enemies-to-lovers trope, though Rhi and Samson had one night together before realizing they were enemies. -Meredith

Thug Kitchen : eat like you give a f*ck : the official cookbook. book cover
Thug Kitchen : eat like you give a f*ck : the official cookbook. book cover

Thug Kitchen : eat like you give a f*ck : the official cookbook.

641.56362 /Thug Kitchen
Cookbooks

"Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow ("This might be my favorite thing ever") and named Saveur's Best New Food blog of 2013--with half a million Facebook fans and counting--Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food. Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell--and most people can't afford the hype. Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they're throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks, and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they're going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real. "--

Frannie's picture

A cookbook with a sense of humor and personality much like mine, Thug Kitchen is a perennial favorite. Nothing difficult, everything's delicious and Thug Kitchen always brings the goods to plant based eating. -Frannie

Isa does it : amazingly easy, wildly delicious vegan recipes for every day of the week book cover
Isa does it : amazingly easy, wildly delicious vegan recipes for every day of the week book cover

Isa does it : amazingly easy, wildly delicious vegan recipes for every day of the week

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

641.56362 /Moskowitz
Cookbooks

Frannie's picture

The cookbook that started it all! While most people turn to Isa Chandra Moskowitz' (and Terry Hope Romero) Veganomicon as the tried and true vegan bible, this one is my jam. From building block seitan recipes, the bestest pesto, and an excellent cookie or 4, I give it 2 enthusiastic thumbs up. -Frannie

Food52 vegan : 60 vegetable-driven recipes for any kitchen book cover
Food52 vegan : 60 vegetable-driven recipes for any kitchen book cover

Food52 vegan : 60 vegetable-driven recipes for any kitchen

Gena Hamshaw

641.56362 /Food
Cookbooks

Frannie's picture

Gena Hamshaw has a great blog and sends out recipes regularly that I am eager to test, and as an RD she knows her stuff and is reflected in this book. Except recipes that aren't difficult, are healthful, and keep you going to your next meal. -Frannie

But I could never go vegan! : 125 recipes that prove you can live without cheese, it's not all rabbit food, and your friends will still come over for dinner book cover
But I could never go vegan! : 125 recipes that prove you can live without cheese, it's not all rabbit food, and your friends will still come over for dinner book cover

But I could never go vegan! : 125 recipes that prove you can live without cheese, it's not all rabbit food, and your friends will still come over for dinner

Kristy Turner

641.56362 /Turner
Cookbooks

Frannie's picture

A common misconception of plant based eating is that you'll be hungry an hour later. This, and the other books on this list, de-bunk that. The recipe for savory oatmeal is a perfect fall breakfast and a great way to use end of season tomatoes and some kale. -Frannie

Oh she glows every day: quick and simply satisfying plant-based recipes book cover
Oh she glows every day: quick and simply satisfying plant-based recipes book cover

Oh she glows every day: quick and simply satisfying plant-based recipes

Angela Liddon

641.56362 /Liddon
Cookbooks

Frannie's picture

While this book does have some corny recipe names, the content is unmatched. Some of my best smoothies are based on one's in this book, and the lentil fusilli bolognese is a Sunday evening favorite. -Frannie

Red at the bone book cover
Red at the bone book cover

Red at the bone

Jacqueline Woodson

FICTION Woodson, Jacqueline
Fiction

"Two familes from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place"--Adapted from jacket.

Becky's picture

Jacqueline Woodson writes in such a beautiful, poetic narrative. Red at the Bone is a story about choices and consequences. It examines how individuals within two families view and handle the circumstances that they are dealt by weaving together fragmented memories and moments experienced by these individuals. -Becky

Grace : the Jeff Buckley story book cover
Grace : the Jeff Buckley story book cover

Grace : the Jeff Buckley story

Tiffanie DeBartolo

781.66092 /Buckley
Nonfiction, Biographies

"California, 1991. All his life, people have told Jeff Buckley how much he looks like his father, the famous '60s folksinger he barely knew. But Jeff believes he has gifts of his own: a rare, octave-spanning voice and a songwriting genius that has only started to show itself. After he falls in love with a mysterious girl in New York, he sets out to make a name for himself outside his father's shadow. What follows are six turbulent years of music, heartbreak, hope, and daring--culminating in a tragedy that's still reverberating in the music world today. Written by Tiffanie DeBartolo and with art by Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist, this graphic novel biography uses archival material provided by Jeff's mother, Mary Guibert, to reveal the young songwriter in the process of becoming a legend."--Amazon.com.

Melody's picture

Jeff Buckley is the perfect subject for a graphic biography. Can't wait to read the whole thing! -Melody

A woman's place : the inventors, rumrunners, lawbreakers, scientists & single moms who changed the world with food book cover
A woman's place : the inventors, rumrunners, lawbreakers, scientists & single moms who changed the world with food book cover

A woman's place : the inventors, rumrunners, lawbreakers, scientists & single moms who changed the world with food

Deepi Ahluwalia

641.50922 /Ahluwalia
Nonfiction

Discover the hidden figures of food, the women who changed the way we eat. From Julia Child to the inventor of the dishwasher to the suffragette who published cookbooks to finance their fight for justice, these trailblazers used the power of food to break barriers and change the world. Includes 10 recipes.

Meredith's picture

Hooray for women's history and books like this that celebrate their accomplishments. Of course the dishwasher was invented by a woman. Why would I ever think otherwise? A great book for foodies! -Meredith

Who wet my pants? book cover
Who wet my pants? book cover

Who wet my pants?

Bob Shea

jE Shea
Kids, Picture Books

When Reuben the bear brings doughnuts to his forest friends, they discover that his pants are wet and he angrily accuses them of the dirty deed.

Angie's picture

Try not to wet your pants as you make your way through this hilarious take on a common childhood mishap. Reuben the bear has a problem. His pants are wet. In, you know, the front and center zone. Reuben is seemingly dumbfounded. Who wet his pants? Let the wild accusations begin. Reuben throws everyone under the bus before coming to terms with the true identity of the culprit. Who Wet My Pants? is a book for us all. It’s sure to be one of the funniest of 2019. -Angie

Smart homes in easy steps book cover
Smart homes in easy steps book cover

Smart homes in easy steps

Nick Vandome

643.6 /Vandome
Home

"Smart Homes in easy steps takes the mystery out of all of the elements that are required to set up a smart home: it defines a smart home and shows what is needed to make a home smart: digital voice assistants, devices and apps."--

Kara's picture

I'm hoping to make my home smart ... but not so smart that I get frustrated with the technology. This books seems like it can help. -Kara

Making space, clutter free : the last book on decluttering you'll ever need book cover
Making space, clutter free : the last book on decluttering you'll ever need book cover

Making space, clutter free : the last book on decluttering you'll ever need

Tracy McCubbin

648.5 /McCubbin
Home

Many have repeatedly tried to break their clutter's mysterious hold, only to fail. McCubbin explains what she calls the "7 Emotional Clutter Blocks," unconscious obstacles that stand between you and financial freedom, healthy relationships, and positive outlooks. She then offers a realistic approach to managing your belongings, and helps you create an individual strategy that helps you attain your life goals. -- adapted from back cover

Kara's picture

At first I thought this book was too many photos and not enough pictures. Then I dove into it a bit more and came to appreciate the lists and checklists. Chapter 10 - Downsizing: the purge of a lifetime - is something I wish I would have seen before our move started. -Kara

Debbie Shore's sewing room secrets. Machine sewing : top tips and techniques for successful sewing book cover
Debbie Shore's sewing room secrets. Machine sewing : top tips and techniques for successful sewing book cover

Debbie Shore's sewing room secrets. Machine sewing : top tips and techniques for successful sewing

Debbie (Writer on sewing) Shore

646.2044 /Shore
Home

"Jam-packed with friendly advice and helpful tips, Debbie walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, including deciding which machine to buy, inserting a zip, making bias binding and free-motion embroidery. She guides you through the wonderful array of fabrics, threads, wadding and interfacing available and builds your confidence and skills as you progress through the book with ten gorgeous step-by-step projects. You will turn to this book again and again!"--Page [4] of cover.

Kara's picture

I'm excited about creating a new space for sewing. This book has a lot of great ideas. -Kara

The home edit : a guide to organizing and realizing your house goals book cover
The home edit : a guide to organizing and realizing your house goals book cover

The home edit : a guide to organizing and realizing your house goals

Clea Shearer

648.8 /Shearer
Home

A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there's nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe the soul). Above all, it's like having your best friends at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.

Kara's picture

This book is full of great pictures and ideas that provide inspiration for getting your home organized and keeping it that way. I especially liked the ideas share through photographs. -Kara

Love & lemons every day : more than 100 bright, plant-forward recipes for every meal book cover
Love & lemons every day : more than 100 bright, plant-forward recipes for every meal book cover

Love & lemons every day : more than 100 bright, plant-forward recipes for every meal

Jeanine Donofrio

641.5636 /Donofrio
Cookbooks

Known for her insanely flavorful vegetable recipes and stunning photography, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates plants at the center of the plate with more than 100 new vegetarian recipes in Love & Lemons Every Day. In this book, Jeanine shows you how to make any meal, from breakfast to dessert, where produce is the star. Butternut squash becomes the best creamy queso you've ever eaten, broccoli transforms into a zesty green "rice" burrito filling, and sweet potato blends into a smooth chocolate frosting. These exciting and approachable recipes will become instant additions to your family's regular meal rotation. This book is a resource, filled with smart tips for happier, healthier eating. You'll find inspiration from Jeanine's signature colorful infographics - such as a giant matrix of five-ingredient salad dressings, a guide to quick weeknight pastas, and a grid to show you how to roast any vegetable. There are also plenty of practical charts, such as a template to make versatile vegetable broth, seasonal produce guides, and clever ideas to use commonly tossed vegetable parts -- you'll never toss those cauliflower cores, corn cobs, or broccoli stalks again! Packed with imaginative every day meals, go-to cooking tips, alternatives for dietary restrictions, and guides for mastering produce-based kitchen staples, Love & Lemons Every Day is a must-have for herbivores and omnivores alike.

Kara's picture

I know this isn't a home book ... but I keep picking it up and browsing through it. The photos are great, I dream about the recipes, and love the formatting and all the helpful ideas. -Kara

The DIY style finder book cover
The DIY style finder book cover

The DIY style finder

KariAnne Wood

747 /Wood
Home

Wood helps you find the colors, textures, and patterns that make your heart sing. She shares creative ideas you can't wait to try in your own home. And she encourages you to find your one-of-a-kind style and then just go for it. From the entryway to the living room to the kitchen to outdoor spaces, you'll find tips and decorating inspiration for five different styles: Farmhouse, Traditional, Coastal, Transitional, and Contemporary. -- adapted from back cover

Kara's picture

I enjoyed this book because of the beautiful photographs and the great ideas it gave me. -Kara

Shrill Dusk book cover
Shrill Dusk book cover

Shrill Dusk

Harper, Helen

eAUDIO
Fiction, Fantasy

Charley is a cleaner by day and a professional gambler by night. She might be haunted by her tragic past but she's never thought of herself as anything or anyone special. Until, that is, things start to go terribly wrong all across the city of Manchester. Between plagues of rats, firestorms and the gleaming blue eyes of a sexy Scottish werewolf, she might just have landed herself in the middle of a magical apocalypse. She might also be the only person who has the ability to bring order to an utterly chaotic new world

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I was thrilled to see another Helen Harper audiobook on Libby. I love that our heroine for the series is a gambler, which means she is going to take calculated risks. This is Book 1 of the City of Magic series. The setting is an apocalyptic Manchester--think: rats, plagues, storms. The series is a spin-off of the Fractured Faery series from 2018. I recommend them both! -Melody

M is for monster : a fantastic creatures alphabet book cover
M is for monster : a fantastic creatures alphabet book cover

M is for monster : a fantastic creatures alphabet

J. Patrick Lewis

jE Lewis
Picture Books

An alphabetical examination of creatures of popular legend is presented by an award-winning children's book author and former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate.

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We're ready for October at our house! We would have read this monster book even if it were Valentines Day. It was fun learning about new mythical creatures for each letter of the alphabet. My favorite is H is for Hippogriff! Little kids can learn about new monsters. Older kids can dive deeper with the context next to each mini-poem. Did you know Hippogriffs are really fast and can fly around the world? I didn't! -Melody

Bring your brain to work : using cognitive science to get a job, do it well, and advance your career book cover
Bring your brain to work : using cognitive science to get a job, do it well, and advance your career book cover

Bring your brain to work : using cognitive science to get a job, do it well, and advance your career

Arthur B. Markman

650.1 /Markman
Nonfiction, Business

Few people really understand their own minds or the minds of others. Over the past decade, there has been increasing attention to what psychology can teach us about work. Research has focused on improving decision-making practices, influencing colleagues, and effective thinking. The problem is, general-interest books on these topics typically include only a smattering of business and career examples, tantalizing readers without providing real, constructive help. Bring Your Brain to Work changes all that, bringing current cognitive science insight to specific workplace challenges. The book focuses on three elements of success: getting a job, excelling at work, and finding your next position. Professor, author, and popular radio host Art Markman expertly illustrates how cognitive science brings important perspective and insight to each of these elements. Integrating the latest research with engaging stories and examples from across the professional spectrum, Bring Your Brain to Work will help readers understand themselves and the people around them, providing evidence-based insight and advice on three crucial aspects of success--

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Lately I have been enjoying books about professional development and improvement. This one has very practical advice about managing your work and time. It reads quickly and doesn't feel like a slog to get through. -Melody

The testaments book cover
The testaments book cover

The testaments

Margaret Atwood

SCIENCE FICTION Atwood Margaret
Dystopian

The theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. Each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes. -- adapted from jacket

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I would recommend The Testaments to all fans of Atwood's 1986 work, The Handmaid's Tale, and/or to all those who have enjoyed the Hulu original series. As a sequel to the original work, I think it is important to have read (or at least watched) The Handmaid's Tale in order to fully appreciate and understand the testimonies given about the world of Gilead in this latest work. This story is narrated by three individuals with very different perspectives and experiences in/surrounding Gilead, fifteen years after the original story takes place. Another great work by Atwood! -Becky

Freedom fire book cover
Freedom fire book cover

Freedom fire

Daniel José Older

jFICTION Older Daniel
Kids, Fiction, Fantasy, Early Chapter Books

Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are heading southwest on the back of Stella, the giant pteranodon, to find Montez, her brother, wounded during the siege of Vicksburg; now they are heading into the heart of the fighting, depending on Magdalys' ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs--but one of the companions is not quite what she seems, and Magdalys's talent could make her a target for both sides.

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Fans of the acclaimed first Dactyl Hill chapter book will rejoice for the thrilling second book in the series! Background notes elaborate on the story’s elements. Intelligent, rousing, and abundantly diverse, this is every bit as satisfying as the first installment. Ages 8–12. -Angie

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