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Burnout : the secret to unlocking the stress cycle book cover
Burnout : the secret to unlocking the stress cycle book cover

Burnout : the secret to unlocking the stress cycle

Emily Nagoski

155.9042 /Nagoski
Self Help

"This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men--and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life. The gap between what it's really like to be a woman and what people expect women to be is a primary cause of burnout, because we exhaust ourselves trying to close the space between the two. How can you "love your body" when everything around you tells you you're inadequate? How do you "lean in" at work when you're already giving 110% and aren't recognized for it? How can you live happily and healthily in a world that is constantly telling you you're too fat, too needy, too noisy, and too selfish?"--

Amanda's picture

If you've ever been stressed, this book is for you! It's targeted toward women, but has valuable information for people of all genders. I loved it so much! It's fun and easy to read, but has fantastic advice on how to reduce stress and live better. -Amanda

Hello stranger book cover
Hello stranger book cover

Hello stranger

Lisa Kleypas

eAUDIO
Romance, Fiction

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man--why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again. As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known.

Melody's picture

I never would have picked this book based on it's cover. The heroine is wearing a ball gown--how can she kick butt in that?!? BUT, I found the story and plot so very engaging. Perfect combo of intelligent and capable female lead and mysterious secret agent with a swarthy past. And there are even Hamlet references. I listened to the audiobook version and highly recommend it if you are looking to try something new. -Melody

5 ingredients : quick & easy food book cover
5 ingredients : quick & easy food book cover

5 ingredients : quick & easy food

Jamie Oliver

641.555 /Oliver
Cookbooks

Features 130 recipes focusing on creating incredible combinations of just five ingredients for maximum flavor with minimum fuss.

Anne M's picture

Not much time to cook, but still enjoy putting together pretty delicious meals? Look no further than "5 ingredients." Most recipes take 30 minutes or less. And they are far from complicated. Five ingredients means less chopping and less chopping means more time for whatever else you need to do. -Anne M

Furious hours : murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee book cover
Furious hours : murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee book cover

Furious hours : murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee

Casey N. Cep

364.15232 /Cep
True Crime, Biographies

"'A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she'd spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth.'--David Grann, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more working on her own version of the case. Now Casey Cep brings this nearly inconceivable story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity"--

Mari's picture

"Furious Hours" is the story of a true crime in 1970s Alabama as well as the story of famous writer Harper Lee. Written in three parts, this book details the strange story of a "Voodoo Preacher" who claimed the insurance policies after several sketchy deaths of family members, the larger than life lawyer that defended him, and ironically his killer after he is publicly killed at a funeral, and Harper Lee, who followed the case, but never wrote about it. I most thoroughly enjoyed the section about Harper Lee, but found all of it to be both intriguing and well-documented! -Mari

The seven or eight deaths of Stella Fortuna : a novel book cover
The seven or eight deaths of Stella Fortuna : a novel book cover

The seven or eight deaths of Stella Fortuna : a novel

Juliet Grames

FICTION Grames Juliet
Literary Fiction

Death has always been a part of Stella Fortuna life. Ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. In her Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity-- beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. She uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life's harshest realities. Her father Antonio is a man who demands subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his family is his absence. When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella learns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her independence. -- adapted from jacket

Mari's picture

Mariastella Fortuna's story is told as memoir written by a descendant in the family, from her early life of poverty in an Italian village to her family's immigrant experience adjusting to American life in the 1940's. The title refers to a family curse that leads to several brushes with death over her lifespan, but the story is much more about Stella's complicated relationships with family members and how she is forced into roles of wife and mother. -Mari

To Night Owl from Dogfish book cover
To Night Owl from Dogfish book cover

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Holly Goldberg Sloan

jFICTION Sloan Holly
Early Chapter Books

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, two girls, age eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through letters, emails and text messages.

Mari's picture

This was a great summer read. An epistolary "Parent Trap" story told through the email communication of two 12 year-old girls, adventurous Bett Devlin from California, and neurotic Avery Bloom from New York. After their dads fall in love at a work conference, sisterly friendship is forced upon the girls at a STEM camp in Michigan for the summer while their fathers travel together. I was pleasantly surprised by the twists thrown in and loved the characters! -Mari

Dragons in a bag book cover
Dragons in a bag book cover

Dragons in a bag

Zetta Elliott

jFICTION Elliott Zetta
Fantasy, Adventure

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.--

Casey's picture

Count down to the sequel! Super excited to see what happens in Jax's story next. -Casey

An embroidery book of stitch craft : simple stitches & peculiar patterns book cover
An embroidery book of stitch craft : simple stitches & peculiar patterns book cover

An embroidery book of stitch craft : simple stitches & peculiar patterns

Gayla Partridge

746.44 /Partridge
Crafts

Step inside a world of arcane imagery and rich esoteric symbolism in Stitchcraft: An Embroidery Book of Simple Stitches and Peculiar Patterns. Author Gayla Partridge draws upon her knowledge of phrenology, anatomy, floral design, and Ouija to create deeply imaginative embroidery art. Through extraordinary, stylized photography and detailed close-ups of her designs, readers learn about Partridge's sources of inspiration, technique, and modern twists on an age-old craft. From the anatomy of snakes to bountiful bouquets, from Dia de Los Muertos to a threaded Virgin Mary, readers will be inspired to follow Partridge's exclusive designs, and to create their own. The intricate pieces in Stitchcraft are entirely achievable with basic embroidery stitches and easy-to-follow instructions, enchanting embroidery beginners and experts alike. --from Amazon.

Mari's picture

Creepy and macabre portraits of extremely beautiful and detailed embroidery with phrenology, anatomy, floral design, and Ouija themes. The patterns included are simple but Patridge leaves a lot of room for creativity with suggestions about stitches and techniques to try to recreate her designs with your own twist. -Mari

The girl and the wolf book cover
The girl and the wolf book cover

The girl and the wolf

Katherena Vermette

jE Vermette
Picture Books, Nature, Animals

"A young girl becomes lost in the woods after wandering too far away from her mother. Scared because she is lost, she encounters a large wolf who reminds her of her own ability to survive and find her mother again."--

Casey's picture

A stunning take on the classic "girl meets wolf" tale, just right for sharing! -Casey

The hidden witch book cover
The hidden witch book cover

The hidden witch

Molly Ostertag

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Ostertag
Graphic Novels, Kids

When Aster's non-magical friend Charlie finds herself the target of a curse, Aster and his unconventional talent for witchery must find the source of the curse before more people get hurt.

Angela's picture

As the sequel to The Witch Boy continue so does Aster’s difficulty in breaking out of his gender role so he can train to be a witch, previously a girl’s only role. His willingness to work hard pays off in his ability to help others, making him likable and ambitious. It is a perfect time to read the sequel as the third book in this series comes out in Nov. 2019. -Angela

The poisonwood Bible book cover
The poisonwood Bible book cover

The poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver

FICTION Kingsolver, Barbara
Historical Fiction

"The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it―from garden seeds to Scripture―is calamitously transformed on African soil. This tale of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction, over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa, is set against history's most dramatic political parables." (Amazon Summary)

Becky's picture

This is a difficult, but important story that evaluates multiple post-colonial attitudes through the lenses of a missionary wife and her four daughters. It provides such an interesting portrait of a family and of a village in the Belgian Congo (beginning in 1959), and delves deeply into issues of culture, politics and human experience. -Becky

Where the crawdads sing book cover
Where the crawdads sing book cover

Where the crawdads sing

Delia Owens

FICTION Owens Delia
Fiction, Mystery

"Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps"--

Becky's picture

I love how Delia Owens flawlessly weaves in two timelines for Where the Crawdads Sing. I was constantly trying to figure out how these timelines would merge and would look for clues to help me judge the mindset and capabilities of Kya, the "Marsh Girl." It is a beautiful story about human nature, human experience, and a celebration of nature. One of my favorite reads this year! -Becky

The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals book cover
The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals book cover

The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals

Michael Pollan

641.3 /Pollan
Nonfiction

What should we have for dinner? When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. Pollan follows each of the food chains--industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves--from the source to the final meal, always emphasizing our coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on.

Becky's picture

Such an interesting and well-researched book about America's food culture. It really makes you think about where your meals are coming from and the influences surrounding food creation. -Becky

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell book cover
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell book cover

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Susanna Clarke

SCIENCE FICTION Clarke, Susanna
Fantasy, Historical Fiction

"English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory. But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England's magical past and regained some of the powers of England's magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French. All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington's army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange's heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear." (Goodreads)

Becky's picture

At around 800 pages in length, I was a bit daunted by my choice in reading this novel. But, after watching the BBC series based on Clarke's book and having it recommended to me by my brother, I was determined to give it a try. This story was a great fit for me because it combines my love of fantasy, England and historical fiction. I especially liked the striking differences between Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and enjoyed watching their relationship to one another and magic evolve. -Becky

Spinning silver book cover
Spinning silver book cover

Spinning silver

Naomi Novik

SCIENCE FICTION Novik Naomi
Fantasy

"A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, called "a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices--each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love--into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again"--

Becky's picture

Another great work by Naomi Novik that allowed me to escape into a mystical world rooted in Russian folklore. A powerful story that highlights self-sacrifice, endurance and love. I would probably rate Uprooted (also by Novik) a bit higher, but I still loved this story and would highly recommend it. -Becky

Uprooted book cover
Uprooted book cover

Uprooted

Naomi Novik

SCIENCE FICTION Novik Naomi
Fantasy

"Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows--everyone knows--that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose"--

Becky's picture

I was immediately drawn in to the story of the Dragon, Agnieszka and the mystery surrounding her village. Novik is an excellent storyteller and Uprooted was full of great character development and interesting twists in the plot. Love this book! -Becky

The bear and the nightingale : a novel book cover
The bear and the nightingale : a novel book cover

The bear and the nightingale : a novel

Katherine Arden

SCIENCE FICTION Arden, Katherine
Fantasy

"In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay"--

Becky's picture

I particularly enjoy fantasy stories and I ended up reading Katherine Arden's entire trilogy within a week. The Bear and the Nightingale (first in the series) is a beautiful construction of a Russian fairy tale following young Vasya and the development of her magical abilities. She quickly finds resistance with her power and must navigate a world full of change, evil and influence in order to protect her family, her village, and those unseen. -Becky

The Giver book cover
The Giver book cover

The Giver

Lois Lowry

GRAPHIC NOVEL Lowry
Graphic Novels, Young Adult

Jonas' life assignment is as the Receiver of Memory, where he will apprentice the Giver and become a storehouse of all the things humanity left behind when it entered utopia: color, emotion, and even more complicated secrets.

Angela's picture

Lois Lowry's classic novel smoothly makes its transition to comics, and fans of and newcomers to the book will be captivated by the visual storytelling. -Angela

The nightingale book cover
The nightingale book cover

The nightingale

Kristin Hannah

FICTION Hannah Kristin
Historical Fiction

"Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sisters' relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Vivid and exquiste in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with great monstrosities, but also great humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah's novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they turn the last page"--

Becky's picture

This is a story that highlights the endurance, courage and strength of women. I worked through the book rather quickly, absorbed in the plot and determined to find out how it would all end. An opening quote in the novel suggests that "In love we find out who we want to be; In war we find out who we are..." this statement was revealed in an interesting development in each of the two sisters. -Becky

A gentleman in Moscow book cover
A gentleman in Moscow book cover

A gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

FICTION Towles Amor
Historical Fiction

"A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose."

Becky's picture

Amor Towles does a fantastic job with character development; I especially enjoyed watching Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov masterly navigate his circumstances with class, wisdom, and a great deal of charm. Such a beautifully written book and satisfying from start to finish. -Becky

Alias Grace book cover
Alias Grace book cover

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood

FICTION Atwood, Margaret
Historical Fiction

"It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers." (Amazon Summary)

Becky's picture

In Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood delivers a fascinating account of the life of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant who settled in Canada as a young child. My initial perception of Grace's character is immediately put into question as the story builds around her possible involvement in the horrific murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his mistress. Based on a true story from the 1840's, Atwood excels in historical storytelling. By weaving in period appropriate views of religion, science and mental illness along with the memories shared by Grace Marks and actual accounts written about the trial, you are constantly left wondering: victim or villain? -Becky

Someone we know book cover
Someone we know book cover

Someone we know

Shari Lapeña

FICTION Lapena Shari
Suspense

Neighbors begin to turn on each other after a series of break-ins is followed by a murder --

Meredith's picture

Do you ever truly know your neighbors? What about your friends? Your spouse? Your own child? Shari Lapena has done it again! -Meredith

Stargazing. book cover
Stargazing. book cover

Stargazing.

Jen Wang

ON ORDER BOOK
Graphic Novels

Casey's picture

I'm so happy it's September! Can hardly wait to get my hands on Jen Wang's latest graphic novel. -Casey

Harold & Hog pretend for real! book cover
Harold & Hog pretend for real! book cover

Harold & Hog pretend for real!

Mo Willems

jREADER Willems Mo
Kids, Early Readers

Can the friendship of best friends Harold and Hog, a carefree elephant and a careful hog, survive a game of pretending to be Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie?

Angela's picture

This meta–early reader begins (between the end pages and the title page) with the famous duo Elephant and Piggie expressing excitement about reading a book about a pig and an elephant who happen to be best friends, just like them. Piggie holds a copy of Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!—which is identical to the book readers are holding, leading them to believe that the characters are reading the same book. Piggie and elephant Gerald then open the cover of the book just as elephant Harold and Hog push it open from the inside, and the story seamlessly shifts to the latter pair’s perspective. Harold and Hog—illustrated with depth and fairly realistically, compared to the cartoonlike Piggie and Gerald—are excited to see the famous duo, and Harold suggests they pretend to be them. Harold then produces round, wire-rimmed glasses for himself and a cartoon pig’s snout for Hog so that they can pretend “for real.” Unfortunately, Hog is “too CAREFUL to be Piggie,” and Harold is “too CAREFREE to be Gerald!” The question then arises: Can Harold and Hog’s friendship survive this game? Building on the popular Elephant and Piggie books and with the frame story contributed by Mo Willems, Santat creates yet another early reader that is at once playful, self-aware, and perceptive in its exploration of the differences of personalities and the complications (or simplicities) of friendship. A hoot for readers who already know Elephant and Piggie. -Kirkus Reviews -Angela

Grandma's purse book cover
Grandma's purse book cover

Grandma's purse

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

jE Brantley-Newton
Kids, Picture Books

"When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse."--

Angela's picture

This is a favorite memory of mine! My grandma always had interesting items in her purse and Grandma Mimi in this story is no different! -Angela

I love my Glam-ma! book cover
I love my Glam-ma! book cover

I love my Glam-ma!

Samantha Berger

je Berger
Kids, Picture Books

Grandmothers go by many different names, but they are all glamorous and special in their own way, so they are all Glam-mas--especially to the children that they love, and who love them.

Angela's picture

Grandmothers go by many different names, but they are all glamorous and special in their own way, so they are all Glam-mas--especially to the children that they love, and who love them. I love to see all the different and unique names grandma's choose! -Angela

The Chelsea girls : a novel book cover
The Chelsea girls : a novel book cover

The Chelsea girls : a novel

Fiona Davis

FICTION Davis Fiona
Historical Fiction

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home-a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine's Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.

Kara's picture

1950's New York comes alive at the Chelsea Hotel when two friends, playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead, try to put on a show on Broadway. They learn their skills and determination are challenged by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare witch hunt for communists. A great book! -Kara

The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story book cover
The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story book cover

The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story

Cara Robertson

364.1523 /Robertson
History

"The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone--rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople--had an opinion about Lizzie Borden's guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties"--

Kara's picture

When I put this on hold, I thought it was Biographical Fiction. I soon realized it is Nonfiction. By then I was hooked. It's a great story that's well researched and compelling. -Kara

The truths we hold : an American journey book cover
The truths we hold : an American journey book cover

The truths we hold : an American journey

Kamala D. Harris

BIOGRAPHY Harris, Kamala D.
Biographies

"From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country. Senator Kamala Harris's commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents--an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India--met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole. Known for bringing a voice to the voiceless, she took on the big banks during the foreclosure crisis, winning a historic settlement for California's working families. Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data-driven approach to many of California's thorniest issues, always eschewing stale "tough on crime" rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices. Neither "tough" nor "soft" but smart on crime became her mantra. Being smart means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might. That has been the pole star that guided Harris to a transformational career as the top law enforcement official in California, and it is guiding her now as a transformational United States Senator, grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality. By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in [this book] a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values. In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come."--Dust jacket.

Kara's picture

I don't know what I think about the next presidential election. What I do know is this was a great book and I enjoyed learning more about someone who has been a leader in problem solving and advocacy for people who need help. -Kara

Becoming Mrs. Lewis : a novel : the improbable love story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis book cover
Becoming Mrs. Lewis : a novel : the improbable love story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis book cover

Becoming Mrs. Lewis : a novel : the improbable love story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis

Patti Callahan Henry

FICTION Henry Patti
Historical Fiction

"The love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable--and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led to some of Lewis's greatest works, yet Joy is most commonly known for how she died. Becoming Mrs. Lewis allows us to see how this brilliant and passionate woman lived--and why she stole Jack's heart"--

Kara's picture

I love books by C.S. Lewis. This book brought back some nostalgia from my childhood and helped me learn more about someone I admire. -Kara

Romancing Mister Bridgerton book cover
Romancing Mister Bridgerton book cover

Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

FICTION Quinn, Julia
Romance

Kara's picture

I really enjoy Julia Quinn books. They are well-written, feature good character development and are just what I need when I have insomnia. The characters all run together for me but I don't care. Quinn's books are entertaining and fun. -Kara

Olive, again book cover
Olive, again book cover

Olive, again

Elizabeth Strout

ON ORDER BOOK
Literary Fiction

"Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return..."* And now, indeed, Olive Kitteridge has returned, as indomitable as ever. "It turns out--I just wasn't done with Olive," said Strout. "It was like she kept poking me in the ribs, so I finally said 'Okay, okay...'" Now Olive returns, this time as a person getting older, navigating her next decade as she comes to terms with the changes--sometimes welcome, sometimes not--in her own life. Here is Olive, strangely content in her second marriage, still in an evolving relationship with her son and his family, encountering a cast of memorable characters in the seaside town of Crosby, Maine. Whether it's a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth at a baby shower, or a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, the irascible Olive improbably touches the lives of others. Elizabeth Strout has achieved greatness by brilliantly laying bare the inner lives of ordinary people, by focusing on the small moments of connection which can dislodge lifelong grief and longing, and unite her characters through moments of transcendent grace. Olive, Again is another lasting work of fiction by this remarkable writer, and a cause for celebration among readers everywhere.

Kara's picture

Olive is back and I was fortunate enough to have an advance reader copy. Elizabeth Strout is a master storyteller and I enjoyed spending more time with Olive Kitteridge. -Kara

The cuckoo's calling book cover
The cuckoo's calling book cover

The cuckoo's calling

Robert Galbraith

FICTION ON DISC Galbraith, Robert
Mystery

"After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man"--Provided by publisher.

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This is the first in a series featuring detective Cormoran Strike and his work partner Robin Ellacott. I came late to the series (the first was published in 2013), but now have raced through the first three titles (#2 is The Silkworm, and #3 is Career of Evil), and cannot wait to begin the fourth (Lethal White). I am listening to the audio versions which have excellent narrations by reader/actor Robert Glenister; we have audio versions on compact disc and as a downloadable eAudio title. Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling, and her writing here is as wonderful as that of the Harry Potter series: great dialog, imperfect characters you'd nevertheless like to know, and a good deal of suspense. And a further bonus: the Library owns on DVD the first season of the BBC television series C. B. Strike, which includes dramatized versions of the first three titles. (As always, read the books first!) -Heidi L

The art of gathering : how we meet and why it matters book cover
The art of gathering : how we meet and why it matters book cover

The art of gathering : how we meet and why it matters

Priya Parker

302 /Parker
Nonfiction

"A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together--at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond. In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play. Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn't, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings--conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp--and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience. The result is a book that's both journey and guide, full of exciting ideas with real-world applications. The Art of Gathering will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue--and how you host and attend them"--

Stacey's picture

We've all been to gatherings that have fallen flat and others that have been memorably transformative. What makes the difference? Priya Parker gives you permission to overthink it and pry deeply into what we need as humans, and then she makes suggestions for how to craft radically effective work meetings, dinner parties, family gatherings, and more. -Stacey

Goodbye, friend! Hello, friend! book cover
Goodbye, friend! Hello, friend! book cover

Goodbye, friend! Hello, friend!

Cori Doerrfeld

jE Doerrfel
Picture Books

Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.

Casey's picture

Lovely, sweet, and perfect for sharing during times of transition! -Casey

Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow book cover
Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow book cover

Carry on : the rise and fall of Simon Snow

Rainbow Rowell

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Rowell Rainbow
Young Adult

"Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up"--

Brian's picture

I'm re-reading this in anticipation of its sequel "Wayward Son." I wasn't wild about this book the first time that I read it, which is shocking since I usually love anything Rainbow writes. I think it was an expectations things, because I'm liking it A LOT more this time. -Brian

The silent patient book cover
The silent patient book cover

The silent patient

Alex Michaelides

FICTION Michaelides, Alex
Suspense

Alicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London's most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia's refusal to talk or give any kind of explanation turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the spotlight of the tabloids at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His search for the truth leads him down a terrifying path and threatens to consume him.

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The bookish life of Nina Hill book cover
The bookish life of Nina Hill book cover

The bookish life of Nina Hill

Abbi Waxman

FICTION Waxman Abbi
Fiction

Raised by a single mother, Nina Hill has a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. Then the father she never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews. They all live close by! They're all excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. And now Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. -- adapted from back cover

Meredith's picture

Book lovers rejoice -- Nina Hill is the bookworm we've been waiting for! Between her cat (Phil), her crazy co-workers at the book store, her love of random facts and the family she never knew she had, Nina's life has gone from quiet and organized to super crowded. She's not sure she likes it, but maybe change isn't all that bad and maybe her new life has some room left for her trivia pub quiz nemesis, Tom. A super cute read with a very relatable heroine. -Meredith

Sweet little lies : a novel book cover
Sweet little lies : a novel book cover

Sweet little lies : a novel

Caz Frear

MYSTERY Frear Caz
Mystery

"Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a detective constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she's never been able to banish the ghosts of her past or reconcile with her estranged father. Work provides a refuge from her family dysfunction, but she relies on a caustic wit to hide her vulnerability from her colleagues. When a mysterious phone call links a recent strangling victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier, the news is discomfiting for Cat. Though she was only a child when her family met Maryanne on a family vacation, right before she vanished, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn't telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about the girl's disappearance. Did he do something to Maryanne all those years ago? Could he have something to do with her current case? Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But the deeper she digs, the darker the secrets she may uncover... Narrated by the unforgettable Cat, Sweet Little Lies is both a compelling police procedural and a look at how we grapple with the shadows of our pasts"--Dust jacket.

Candice's picture

Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is investigating the murder of a woman who turns out to have given herself a new identity years before. Cat realizes that she not only knew the victim--as a young but mature teenager who abruptly left the town they grew up in--but that she's always suspected her own father of having something to do with her disappearance. A slow boil of a mystery with well-developed characters. -Candice

Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive book cover
Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive book cover

Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive

Stephanie Land

331.481 /Land
Memoir

A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.

Meredith's picture

This isn’t an easy book to read, but it is an important one. It helps describe and explain what life is like for poor people in this country. Government programs that are put in place to help people in poverty often, as Land describes and explains, punishes those working to get out of poverty. For every step forward, you lose a service that could keep you moving forward. I’m glad Land was able to beat the odds and share her story. -Meredith

There's something about Sweetie book cover
There's something about Sweetie book cover

There's something about Sweetie

Sandhya Menon

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Menon Sandhya
Young Adult

"The irresistible companion novel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi's brother, Ashish, and a confident, self-proclaimed fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them. Ashish Patel didn't know love could be so... sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up. The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl -- under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he'll be taking his date on "fun" excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work? Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she's also fat. To Sweetie's traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death. Sweetie loves her parents, but she's so tired of being told she's lacking because she's fat. She decides it's time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she'll show the world (and herself) what she's really made of. Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there's an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?" --

Amanda's picture

This book is adorable! Two Indian-American kids date against their parents' wishes. Plus, this book has a good dose of body positivity! -Amanda

The lady's guide to petticoats and piracy book cover
The lady's guide to petticoats and piracy book cover

The lady's guide to petticoats and piracy

Mackenzi Lee

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Lee Mackenzi
Young Adult

A year after a whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind: avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. But the administrators, see men as the sole guardians of science. When a doctor she idolizes marries an friend of hers in Germany, Felicity believes he could change her future. A mysterious young woman will pay Felicity’s way, if Felicity will let her travel along-- as her maid. Soon they're on a perilous quest that leads them across the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic. -- adapted from jacket

Amanda's picture

This is the sequel to The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and it was such a great addition to the series. Again, the book featured a diverse group of people and tons of swashbuckling adventure. -Amanda

Shutter Island book cover
Shutter Island book cover

Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane

MYSTERY Lehane, Dennis
Suspense

Amanda's picture

I read this book in one sitting because it was so compelling. It explores eugenics and the ugly history of psychiatric care. I was completely shocked by the twist at the end! -Amanda

Case histories book cover
Case histories book cover

Case histories

Kate Atkinson

FICTION Atkinson, Kate
Mystery

Heidi K's picture

This year Kate Atkinson came out with her 5th book in her Jackson Brodie series, "Big Sky." I was once again reminded that I had never read a single book by Ms. Atkinson, despite constantly adding her books to my Goodreads "to read" list and hearing good things about her writing. I decided to read the first Jackson Brodie book, "Case Histories." I loved it! What I was most struck by was the sense of humor in her storytelling, even while dealing with tough subjects. The Jackson Brodie books (so far) are a blend of literary fiction and mystery - we shelve them in the regular fiction section. If you, like me, have been "meaning to" read Atkinson for years and keep putting it off, do yourself a favor and start one of her books. She also has many stand-alone novels which I look forward to reading. -Heidi K

Classic book cover
Classic book cover

Classic

Mary Berry

641.5 /Berry
Cookbooks, Nonfiction

These are my wonderful brand-new recipes - timeless classics, simple British dishes and delicious, modern favourites to tempt family and friends. With my trusted tips and techniques for quick, easy and foolproof cooking, in Classic I'll show you how to make the very best food in my own special, no-fuss way.

Melody's picture

GBBO lovers, take heed! The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has a cookbook that was just released in the States. So start calling those shrimp "prawn" and set your kitchen scales to metric. On your marks..get set...bake! -Melody

The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue book cover
The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue book cover

The gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

Mackenzi Lee

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Lee Mackenzi
Young Adult

Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Amanda's picture

This book is delightful! A sweet love story, plus a diverse cast of characters set during a tumultuous time in history. Crazy adventures ensue! -Amanda

Evvie Drake starts over : a novel book cover
Evvie Drake starts over : a novel book cover

Evvie Drake starts over : a novel

Linda (Radio talk show host) Holmes

FICTION Holmes Linda
Fiction

"In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth "Evvie" Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn't correct them. In New York, Dean Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy's childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the "yips": he can't throw straight anymore, and he can't figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button. When Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie's house, the two make a deal: Dean won't ask about Evvie's late husband, and Evvie won't ask about Dean's baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken--and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. But before they can find out what might lie ahead, they'll have to wrestle a few demons: the bonds they've broken, the plans they've changed, and the secrets they've kept. They'll need a lot of help, but in life, as in baseball, there's always a chance--right up until the last out"--

Meredith's picture

This sweet story was EXACTLY what I needed after reading several psychological thrillers. I love Evvie. I love Dean. I love Andy and his daughters. -Meredith

Romancing Mister Bridgerton book cover
Romancing Mister Bridgerton book cover

Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

FICTION Quinn, Julia
Romance

Amanda's picture

I started reading the Bridgerton series when I found out there was going to be a Netflix adaptation. This one is my favorite so far! You might need to read the first books in the series, as there's a lot of background to understanding this book. However, this book is adorable and would make a great standalone! -Amanda

Her pretty face book cover
Her pretty face book cover

Her pretty face

Robyn Harding

FICTION Harding Robyn
Suspense

"The author of the bestselling novel The Party--lauded as "tense and riveting" by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda--returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets"--

Meredith's picture

There's a great lead up to the book's big secret. Harding makes you care about all of the characters even though you're not quite sure what's going on. The story cools down a bit after the reveal, but there was another twist that made me super happy I plucked this book from the shelf. -Meredith

Star Wars. Alphabet Squadron book cover
Star Wars. Alphabet Squadron book cover

Star Wars. Alphabet Squadron

Alexander Freed

SCIENCE FICTION Star Wars
Science Fiction

The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters' shantytown. Then she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron, cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters. The five members of Alphabet, each a talented pilot, have one mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign. -- adapted from jacket

Brian's picture

I read "Master and Apprentice" a couple months ago and was very impressed by it. So, I made it a point to check out more new Star Wars books. "Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron" was EXCELLENT. It reminded me of the Rogue Squadron books that I read in middle school (in a good way). It married one of my favorite parts of Star Wars--space ship battles--with spot-on character work. -Brian

The lager queen of Minnesota book cover
The lager queen of Minnesota book cover

The lager queen of Minnesota

J. Ryan Stradal

FICTION Stradal J. Ryan
Fiction

"A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest"--

Meredith's picture

Warning: You will crave pie and beer while we devour this wonderful story. -Meredith

We don't eat our classmates! book cover
We don't eat our classmates! book cover

We don't eat our classmates!

Ryan T. Higgins

jE Higgins
Kids

When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

Meredith's picture

Laugh out loud funny! Parents won't tire of reading Penelope's antics over and over again, and little ones nervous about starting school will delight in her story, too. -Meredith

Ballpark : baseball in the American city book cover
Ballpark : baseball in the American city book cover

Ballpark : baseball in the American city

Paul Goldberger

796.35709 /Goldberger
Nonfiction, History, Sports

"An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, entirely new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic. From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a 'saloon in the open air'), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit's Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati's Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America's favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked the Victorian age in their accommodations--bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the 'concrete donuts' of the 1950s and 60s made plain television's grip on the public's attention; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore's Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball's role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the way in which baseball's history is concurrent with our cultural history: the rise of urban parks and public transportation; the development of new building materials and engineering and design skills. And how the site details and the requirements of the game--the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands--shaped our most beloved ballparks. A fascinating, exuberant ode to the Edens at the heart of our cities--where dreams are as limitless as the outfields"--

Anne M's picture

This is more of an architectural history book than a sports book. Goldberger focuses on the relationship between the major league ballpark and the city it serves, discussing the different trends of stadium architectural history. This is more than just for baseball fans. If you are interested in urban development and renewal, I highly recommend it. -Anne M

The friend zone book cover
The friend zone book cover

The friend zone

Abby Jimenez

FICTION Jimenez Abby
Romance

"Kristen Peterson doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children. Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen--especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length."--Page 4 of cover

Meredith's picture

A great end-of-summer read that's exactly what you expect, but also not -- in a good way. -Meredith

On democracy book cover
On democracy book cover

On democracy

E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

320.973 /White
Nonfiction, Political

"Anchored by an introduction by Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country's most eminent literary voices sheds much-needed historical context on the state of the nation and offers a ray of hope for the future of our society; for "as long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman...the scene is not desolate.""--

Anne M's picture

This collection of essays, letters, and poetry brings together E.B. White's thoughts on the politics of his day, mostly from the 1930's to the 1970's. All are very relevant to our own time--the role of the free press, freedom of speech, and what democracy means in America. It is a great read. -Anne M

Queen of the sea book cover
Queen of the sea book cover

Queen of the sea

Dylan Meconis

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Meconis
Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Kids

"When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island's sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor's life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself."--Provided by publisher.

Casey's picture

Inspired by Queen Elizabeth I's time in exile, Queen of the Sea is beautiful and fun! Don't miss out on this fantastic piece of historical fiction. -Casey

Han Solo : Imperial cadet book cover
Han Solo : Imperial cadet book cover

Han Solo : Imperial cadet

Robbie Thompson

COMIC Star Wars Han
Graphic Novels

Untold adventures of a young Han Solo! You've seen Han escape the mean streets of Corellia by joining the Imperial Navy. But how does a thief used to the chaos of back alley brawls adjust to the order and discipline of the military? Not very well! And Han's dream of becoming a pilot is quickly grounded as he realizes he may not even survive basic training. After a wild sequence of events lands him in the brig overnight, Han is given one last shot at fl ight school. Will Han be top gun - or will he crash and burn? And who is his mysterious rival, ripped from the pages of classic Star Wars comics?! COLLECTING: STAR WARS : HAN SOLO - IMPERIAL CADET 1-5 and STAR WARS: BECKETT.

Brian's picture

This was a fun comic that filled in a gap during the movie Solo, showing Han at the Imperial Academy to learning how to be a pilot. The author nailed Han's voice. That's the hardest thing to do with these characters that are near and dear to so many people's hearts. -Brian

Tell me everything : a novel book cover
Tell me everything : a novel book cover

Tell me everything : a novel

Cambria Brockman

FICTION Brockman Cambria
Fiction

"In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up into a tight-knit circle that will stick together through all four years. There's Gemma, an insecure theater major from London; John, a tall, handsome, and wealthy New Englander; Max, John's cousin and a shy pre-med major; Khaled, a wise-cracking prince from Abu Dhabi; and Ruby, a beautiful art history major. But Malin isn't quite like the rest of her friends. She's an expert at hiding her troubling past. She acts as if she is concerned with the preoccupations of those around her -- boys, partying -- all while using her extraordinary insight to detect their deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses. By Senior Day, on the cusp of graduation, Malin's secrets -- and those of her friends -- are revealed. While she scrambles to maintain her artfully curated image, her missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that ends in a murder. And as their fragile relationships hang in the balance and close alliances start shifting, Malin will test the limits of what she's capable of to stop the truth from coming out. In a mesmerizing novel that peels back the innumerable layers of a seductive protagonist, debut author Cambria Brockman brings to life an entrancing setting through a story of friendship, heartbreak, and betrayal"--

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I grabbed this book off the new shelf, then kept setting it aside for others for nearly two weeks. When I finally sat down to read it, I was hooked by the first chapter and didn't stop until the last page! An amazing debut from Cambria Brockman! I can't wait to read more from her in the future. -Meredith

Anima  book cover
Anima  book cover

Anima

Thom Yorke

COMPACT DISC PO Yorke Anima
Electronic

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This isn't the sunniest of albums but I'm loving it from start to finish! -Jason

Ask again yes : a novel book cover
Ask again yes : a novel book cover

Ask again yes : a novel

Mary Beth Keane

FICTION Keane Mary
Fiction

"A family saga about two Irish American families in a New York suburb, the love between two of their children, and the tragedies that threaten to tear them apart and destroy their futures"--

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The incident that defines the characters and the stories didn't happen right away, but the book is beautifully written that it doesn't matter. I was drawn into the words. The amazing story was a bonus. -Meredith

Fly away book cover
Fly away book cover

Fly away

Kristin Hannah

FICTION Hannah Kristin
Fiction

Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don't they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . . Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate---to be there for Kate's children---but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people. Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother's death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world. Dorothy Hart---the woman who once called herself Cloud---is at the center of Tully's tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter's side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs. A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another---and maybe a miracle---to transform their lives. An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark powerful storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

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The sequel to Firefly Lane, I was concerned it wouldn't have the same magic as the first book, but I was happily proved wrong! -Meredith

Firefly Lane book cover
Firefly Lane book cover

Firefly Lane

Kristin Hannah

FICTION Hannah, Kristin
Fiction

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable. So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives. From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness. Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn't know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she'll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she'll envy her famous best friend. . . . For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test. Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget . . . one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.

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A beautiful story about everlasting friendship. This is the second book I've read by Kristin Hannah and I can see why readers love her so much. I'm glad she has more titles for me to enjoy! -Meredith

How to live in space : everything you need to know for the not-so-distant future book cover
How to live in space : everything you need to know for the not-so-distant future book cover

How to live in space : everything you need to know for the not-so-distant future

Colin (Science writer) Stuart

629.45 /Stuart
Science

"An amusing and informative illustrated guide to life beyond our own planet that covers everything from training for and living in space to the future of space travel and tourism. Now that suborbital space tourism is predicted to become a billion-dollar industry in the next ten years and NASA has announced its plans for landing humans on Mars in the 2030s, the dream of traveling and living in space is taking on new reality. But given that life on Earth can be complicated enough, how can we survive and thrive in the zero-gravity, absolute-zero far reaches of space? Look no further: How to Live in Space is chock-full of all the essential information you need to equip yourself for life beyond our blue planet. Grounded in space science, planetary biology, and rocket science, this accessible guide propels readers through takeoff, life in orbit, terraforming, and the long-term effects of space on the human body. Infographics and full-color illustrations help How to Live in Space to answer your burning questions, including: How do you sleep in microgravity? How do you grow food without water? Will your muscles waste away out there? How do you protect yourself from radiation? This is a light-hearted yet informative guide to a life far from terra firma"--

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Spaceflight : the complete story, from Sputnik to Curiosity book cover
Spaceflight : the complete story, from Sputnik to Curiosity book cover

Spaceflight : the complete story, from Sputnik to Curiosity

Giles Sparrow

629.45 /Sparrow
Science

This compelling story of exploration charts and celebrates humankind in space, from Sputnik's launch in 1957 through the Apollo Moon landings and the International Space Station to future missions to Mars and beyond. Spaceflight chronicles how, in the half-century that followed Sputnik, the world was revolutionized by space travel and exploration. The opening up of Earth's orbit to satellites led to a revolution in communications, monitoring of the environment, and materials science. For the human imagination, the impact has been even greater: the voyages of robotic space probes have transformed our view of the Solar System, while Earth-orbiting satellites and missions to the Moon have forever changed our view of ourselves. This book is a celebration of human ingenuity and imagination. From the work of pioneers like Wernher von Braun, Yuri Gagarin, and Neil Armstrong to the triumphs and tragedies that followed, it reveals the people, science, and technology that have propelled us into the Space Age.

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Infinite wonder : an astronaut's photographs from a year in space book cover
Infinite wonder : an astronaut's photographs from a year in space book cover

Infinite wonder : an astronaut's photographs from a year in space

Scott Kelly

629.4092 /Kelly
Science

A collection of photographs taken by Commander Scott Kelly, record-breaking astronaut, national hero, and best-selling author of Endurance. His breathtaking collection of photos documenting his journey on the International Space Station, the vastness of space, and the unparalleled beauty of our own home planet.

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The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future book cover
The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future book cover

The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future

Roger D. Launius

629.409 /Launius
Science

The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration is a comprehensive history of international space exploration paired with photographs, illustrations, graphics, and sidebars on key scientific and technological developments, influential figures, and pioneering spacecraft. Former NASA and Smithsonian space curator and historian Roger D. Launius presents human's endeavors to understand the universe, honoring millennia of human curiosity, ingenuity, and achievement.

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Spacecraft : 100 iconic rockets, shuttles, and satellites that put us into space book cover
Spacecraft : 100 iconic rockets, shuttles, and satellites that put us into space book cover

Spacecraft : 100 iconic rockets, shuttles, and satellites that put us into space

Michael H. Gorn

629.47 /Gorn
Science

Spacecraft takes a long look at humankind's attempts and advances in leaving Earth through incredible illustrations and authoritatively written profiles on Sputnik, the International Space Station, and beyond.

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Apollo to the moon : a history in 50 objects book cover
Apollo to the moon : a history in 50 objects book cover

Apollo to the moon : a history in 50 objects

Teasel E. Muir-Harmony

629.454 /Muir-Harmony
Science

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon, this narrative uses key artifacts from the Smithsonian archives to tell the story of the groundbreaking space exploration program. Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate NASA's Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and an emergency oxygen mask to space food and moon rocks, each article is accompanied by intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants. Throughout, Muir-Harmony tells the story of people who made the journey possible: the heroic astronauts as well as newspeople, NASA scientists, President John F. Kennedy, and many more. -- adapted from publisher's info

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Apollo's legacy : perspectives on the Moon landings book cover

Apollo's legacy : perspectives on the Moon landings

Roger D. Launius

629.454 /Launius
Science

In Apollo's Legacy, space historian Roger D. Launius explores the many-faceted stories told about the meaning of the Apollo program and how it forever altered American society. The Apollo missions marked the first time human beings left Earth's orbit and visited another world, and thus they loom large in our collective memory. Many have detailed the exciting events of the Apollo program, but Launius offers unique insight into its legacy as seen through multiple perspectives. He surveys a wide range of viewpoints and narratives, both positive and negative, surrounding the program. These include the argument that Apollo epitomizes American technological--and political--progress; technological and scientific advances garnered from the program; critiques from both sides of the political spectrum about the program's expenses; and even conspiracy theories and denials of the program's very existence. Throughout the book, Launius weaves in stories from important moments in Apollo's history to draw readers into his analysis. Apollo's Legacy is a must-read for space buffs interested in new angles on a beloved cultural moment and those seeking a historic perspective on the Apollo program.

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Shoot for the moon : the space race and the extraordinary voyage of Apollo 11 book cover
Shoot for the moon : the space race and the extraordinary voyage of Apollo 11 book cover

Shoot for the moon : the space race and the extraordinary voyage of Apollo 11

Jim Donovan

629.454 /Donovan
Science

"When the alarm went off forty thousand feet above the moon's surface, both astronauts looked down at me computer to see 1202 flashing on the readout. Neither of them knew what it meant, and time was running out... On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. One of the world's greatest technological achievements--and a triumph of American spirit and ingenuity--the Apollo 11 mission was a mammoth undertaking involving more than 410,000 men and women dedicated to winning the space race against the Soviets. Set amid the tensions of the Cold War and the upheavals of the sixties, and filled with first-person, behind-the-scenes details, [this] is a gripping account of the dangers, the challenges, and the sheer determination that defined not only Apollo 11, but also the Mercury and Gemini missions that came before it. From the shock of Sputnik and the heart-stopping final minutes of John Glenn's Mercury flight to the deadly whirligig of Gemini 8, the doomed Apollo 1 mission, and that perilous landing on the Sea of Tranquility--when the entire world held its breath while Armstrong and Aldrin battled computer alarms, low fuel, and other problems--James Donovan tells the whole story. Both sweeping and intimate, Shoot for the Moon is 'a powerfully written and irresistible celebration' (Booklist, starred review) of one of humankind's most extraordinary feats of exploration."--Dust jacket.

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Sorry I'm late, I didn't want to come : one introvert's year of saying yes book cover
Sorry I'm late, I didn't want to come : one introvert's year of saying yes book cover

Sorry I'm late, I didn't want to come : one introvert's year of saying yes

Jessica Pan

155.232 /Pan
Nonfiction, Humor

"What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she'd normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. Chronicling the author's hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver."--Provided by publisher.

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Love the title of this book. I know a lot of people who can relate to this! -Melody

Rumple Buttercup : a story of bananas, belonging, and being yourself book cover
Rumple Buttercup : a story of bananas, belonging, and being yourself book cover

Rumple Buttercup : a story of bananas, belonging, and being yourself

Matthew Gray Gubler

jFICTION Gubler Matthew
Kids

"Rumple Buttercup has 5 crooked teeth, 3 strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right. He is weird. Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging."--

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As far as i'm concerned, there will never be enough books about celebrating your unique self. This is a great addition to that collection. -Meredith