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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 documenting his journey on the International Space Station, 250 miles above the earth.

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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 chronicles the historic and contemporary most important spacecraft. American, Soviet (then Russian), and Chinese rockets, shuttles, satellites, labs, and more are chronicled--

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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
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

You're missing it! book cover
You're missing it! book cover

You're missing it!

Brady Smith

jE Smith
Picture Books

A busy Hollywood couple spins a hilarious cautionary tale about what happens when you are glued to your phone. It's a lively day at the neighborhood park. Birds are singing, squirrels are frolicking, dogs are causing a commotion--and wide-eyed children are enthralled by it all. Too bad the parents are missing everything! It's going to take something really BIG to get them to disengage from their phones . . . This timely story, brought to life with beautiful bold art, is a great reminder to slow down and savor time together.

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I love it when my kid picks out his own books. My 3yo read this one at the library and I just had to check it out for real and bring it home. He couldn't stop laughing at the hilarious adventures the character was having while his dad had his nose in his smartphone. You don't want to "miss" this story! -Melody

The friends we keep book cover
The friends we keep book cover

The friends we keep

Jane Green

FICTION Green Jane
Fiction

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they wanted - the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible. Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man. Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with at university, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause. Topher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy. By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with each other and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness ... until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything. The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we've had or mistakes we've made, it's never too late to find a place to call home.

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This book may make you pick up the phone and call -- not text -- some old friends. -Meredith

I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world book cover
I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world book cover

I love you but I hate your politics : how to protect your intimate relationships in a poisonous partisan world

Jeanne Safer

158.24 /Safer
Nonfiction, Self Help

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Is hyper-partisanship poisoning your relationships? This book can help shed light on managing those conflicts! Dr. Jeanne Safer is a psychotherapist in NYC who has worked with couples to work through their disagreements. -Melody

Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen book cover
Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen book cover

Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen

Mary Norris

BIOGRAPHY Norris, Mary
Memoir, Literary Nonfiction

Presents a chronicle of the author's lifelong love affair with words, filtered through her passion for all things Greek and her solo adventures in Greece.

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This is a fun book on several levels: it's laugh-out-loud funny in places, there's lots about words and what they mean and what their origins are, and it's all about Greece. The author's love of the country is almost palpable, and anyone who has positive memories of a first trip abroad will enjoy her tale. -Heidi L

The reading promise : my father and the books we shared book cover
The reading promise : my father and the books we shared book cover

The reading promise : my father and the books we shared

Alice Ozma

028.9 /Ozma
Nonfiction

Named for two literary characters ("Alice" from Lewis Carroll and "Ozma" from L. Frank Baum), the author is the daughter of a Philadelphia-area elementary school librarian. Father and daughter embarked on a streak of reading-out-loud sessions every night before bed as Ozma was growing up--a "streak" that would continue for eight years straight.

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A heartfelt memoir about the love of literacy between a daughter and her father. -Meredith

Joy for beginners book cover
Joy for beginners book cover

Joy for beginners

Erica Bauermeister

eAUDIO
Fiction

Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer, where she strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her, but if she does, each of them will also do one thing that they'd find difficult.

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"Adults need to have fun so children will want to grow up." That's my takeaway from this lovely story. A great beach read! -Meredith

Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction book cover
Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction book cover

Paperback crush : the totally radical history of '80s and '90s teen fiction

Gabrielle Moss

809.89283 /Moss
Nonfiction

"Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA novels of the 1970s, nor were they the blockbuster books of the Harry Potter and Twilight ilk. They were cheap, short, and utterly beloved. Paperback crush dives in deep to this golden age with affection, history, and a little bit of snark"--

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Reading this book was a step back in time. There were so many titles from my childhood (tweendomhood?) and I was immediately whisked away to my friends' bedrooms, where we would spend hours reading side-by-side, trading books back and forth in a system we developed to get the most use out of our public library checkout limits. I still own some of the books discussed in this book. Others I forgot about but now remember perfectly and long to read them once more. Thank you, Grabrielle Moss, for sharing your obsession with all of us. You are not alone! :) -Meredith

An unlikely journey : waking up from my American dream book cover
An unlikely journey : waking up from my American dream book cover

An unlikely journey : waking up from my American dream

Julián Castro

BIOGRAPHY Castro, Julián
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

In the spirit of a young Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julian Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak. But he and his twin brother Joaquin had something going for them: their mother. A former political activist, she provided the launch pad for what would become an astonishing ascent. Julian and Joaquin would go on to attend Stanford and Harvard before entering politics at the ripe age of 26. Soon after, Joaquin become a state representative and Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio, a city he helped revitalize and transform into one of the country's leading economies. His success in Texas propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC--the same spot President Obama held three conventions prior--and then to Washington D.C. where he served as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After being shortlisted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, he is now seen by many as a future presidential candidate. Julian Castro's story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one's politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.

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The war on normal people : the truth about America's disappearing jobs and why universal basic income is our future book cover
The war on normal people : the truth about America's disappearing jobs and why universal basic income is our future book cover

The war on normal people : the truth about America's disappearing jobs and why universal basic income is our future

Andrew (Entrepreneur) Yang

362.582 /Yang
Nonfiction, Business

From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy.

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The opposite of woe : my life in beer and politics book cover
The opposite of woe : my life in beer and politics book cover

The opposite of woe : my life in beer and politics

John W. (John Wright) Hickenlooper

BIOGRAPHY Hickenlooper, John W.
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

"The governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to business and political success"--

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Shortest way home : one mayor's challenge and a model for America's future book cover
Shortest way home : one mayor's challenge and a model for America's future book cover

Shortest way home : one mayor's challenge and a model for America's future

Pete Buttigieg

BIOGRAPHY Buttigieg, Pete
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

"A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal. Once described by the Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of," Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city," because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention. While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America's so-called flyover country."--Provided by publisher.

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This fight is our fight : the battle to save America's middle class book cover
This fight is our fight : the battle to save America's middle class book cover

This fight is our fight : the battle to save America's middle class

Elizabeth Warren

305.55 /Warren
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

"Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action."--Jacket.

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United : thoughts on finding common ground and advancing the common good book cover
United : thoughts on finding common ground and advancing the common good book cover

United : thoughts on finding common ground and advancing the common good

Cory Booker

328.73 /Booker
Nonfiction, Political

An energetic new voice in American politics, United States Senator Cory Booker sounds a stirring call to reorient our civic discourse around the principles of empathy and solidarity. Telling candid, inspiring stories from his life and career, and imparting lessons learned from people who motivated him to serve, he speaks of rising above discord, tending to our shared resources, and embracing our common destiny. --Publisher.

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Off the sidelines : raise your voice, change the world book cover
Off the sidelines : raise your voice, change the world book cover

Off the sidelines : raise your voice, change the world

Kirsten Gillibrand

BIOGRAPHY Gillibrand, Kirsten
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

United States Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to make a meaningful difference in the world around them.

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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.
Nonfiction, Biographies, Political

"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.

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Bernie Sanders guide to political revolution book cover
Bernie Sanders guide to political revolution book cover

Bernie Sanders guide to political revolution

Bernard Sanders

328.73 /Sanders
Nonfiction, Political

In the Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, Independent congressman, presidential candidate and activist Bernie Sanders continues his fight against the imbalances in the nation’s status quo, and shows you how to make a difference to effect the changes America―and the world―need to create a better tomorrow.

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The storyteller book cover
The storyteller book cover

The storyteller

Jodi Picoult

FICTION Picoult Jodi
Fiction

Some stories live forever . . . Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

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Excellent storytelling (pun not intended), weaving multiple plot lines and perspectives. -Meredith

Still Alice book cover
Still Alice book cover

Still Alice

Lisa Genova

FICTION Genova, Lisa
Fiction

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind.

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Heart-wrenching but beautiful. -Meredith

Dragon night book cover
Dragon night book cover

Dragon night

J. R. Krause

jE Krause
Kids, Picture Books

Georgie is afraid of the dark, but after an adventure with a dragon that is afraid of the knight in the book where he normally dwells, both are ready to sleep.

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Georgie is afraid of the night, and Dragon is afraid of the knight. Get it? Clever wordplay aside, this darling story of two friends helping each other overcome their fears is sure to be a new favorite in your house, especially if you have a little one trying to conquer their own fears. -Angela

Bedtime for Yeti book cover
Bedtime for Yeti book cover

Bedtime for Yeti

Vin Vogel

jE Vogel
Kids, Picture Books

"Yeti loves playing with his stuffed toy, but when it goes missing he has to find the courage to brave bedtime alone"--

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Yeti is a very big guy, as yetis usually are. But he’s also a big softie at heart, and more than a little scared of the dark. When he needs to find his favorite toy, Yeti manages to face his fear and bring his toy home again. -Angela

Nine months : before a baby is born book cover
Nine months : before a baby is born book cover

Nine months : before a baby is born

Miranda Paul

jE Paul
Picture Books, Nonfiction, Science

"As a baby grows in her mother's tummy, a soon-to-be big sister and her family spend nine months preparing for the newest member of the family to arrive."--

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A beautifully written story following a family of three as they prepare for another child, featuring life-size illustrations that highlight fetal development through each month of pregnancy. Backmatter includes tons of information for older readers to peruse, making this a perfect book for sharing with siblings awaiting a familial addition or children curoius about where babies come from. -Casey

Beyond the Point : a novel book cover
Beyond the Point : a novel book cover

Beyond the Point : a novel

Claire Gibson

FICTION Gibson Claire
Fiction

Duty. Honor. Country. That's West Point's motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they'll only survive if they do it together. Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point's predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends. Hannah's grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned. Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn't mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can't outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path. The world--of business, of love, and of war--awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true--for their future, or their friendship. As they're pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter? Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform --

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This is Claire Gibson's debut novel and I can't wait to read more of her work! I was sucked into the story from page 1 and had a hard time putting it down to do other things. -Meredith

The flatshare : a novel book cover
The flatshare : a novel book cover

The flatshare : a novel

Beth O'Leary

FICTION Oleary Beth
Fiction

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met. After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art. Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you've never met.

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Take one quirky guy and match him with an equally quirky girl and you have sparks! Leon and Tiffy are perfect for each other. They even share a flat, yet have never met. The premise of this novel made me pick it up and I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint! An ideal summer read. -Meredith

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
Kids, Fiction

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.

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I love this updated take on "The Parent Trap" because Bett and Avery, the two girls at the heart of the story, don't want to become sisters, but find that the family you choose is just as important as the family you're born into. -Morgan

Howl, and other poems book cover
Howl, and other poems book cover

Howl, and other poems

Allen Ginsberg

811.54 /Ginsberg
LGBTQ+, Poetry

The prophetic poem that launched a generation when it was first published in 1956 is here presented in a commemorative fortieth Anniversary Edition. When the book arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with City Lights Bookstore manager Shigeyoshi Murao. The two of them were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case went to trial in the municipal court of Judge Clayton Horn. A parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses persuaded the judge that the title poem was indeed not obscene and that it had “redeeming social significance.”

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Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century book cover
Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century book cover

Sex and the constitution : sex, religion, and law from America's origins to the twenty-first century

Geoffrey R. Stone

306.709 /Stone
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

A constitutional scholar traces the evolution of legal and moral codes that have attempted to legislate sexual behavior from the ancient world to today, citing the agitators, moralists, lawmakers, and Supreme Court justices who have shaped some of the most divisive sexual debates.

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Stonewall uprising book cover
Stonewall uprising book cover

Stonewall uprising

DVD 306.766 Stonewall
Documentary

Explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

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Stand by me : the forgotten history of gay liberation book cover
Stand by me : the forgotten history of gay liberation book cover

Stand by me : the forgotten history of gay liberation

Jim Downs

306.766 /Downs
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

Despite the tremendous gains of the LGBT movement in recent years, the history of gay life in this country remains poorly understood. According to conventional wisdom, gay liberation started with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969. The 1970s represented a moment of triumph--both political and sexual--before the AIDS crisis in the subsequent decade, which, in the view of many, exposed the problems inherent in the so-called "gay lifestyle". In Stand by Me, the acclaimed historian Jim Downs rewrites the history of gay life in the 1970s, arguing that the decade was about much more than sex and marching in the streets. Drawing on a vast trove of untapped records at LGBT community centers in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, Downs tells moving, revelatory stories of gay people who stood together--as friends, fellow believers, and colleagues--to create a sense of community among people who felt alienated from mainstream American life.

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Love wins : the lovers and lawyers who fought the landmark case for marriage equality book cover
Love wins : the lovers and lawyers who fought the landmark case for marriage equality book cover

Love wins : the lovers and lawyers who fought the landmark case for marriage equality

Debbie Cenziper

306.848 /Cenziper
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

"The inspiring true story of the lovers and lawyers behind one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades- the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states"--

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A chronicle of the fight for marriage equality of Ohio couple Jim Obergefell and John Arthur with civil rights attorney Al Gerhardstein. -Maeve

Law and the gay rights story : the long search for equal justice in a divided democracy book cover
Law and the gay rights story : the long search for equal justice in a divided democracy book cover

Law and the gay rights story : the long search for equal justice in a divided democracy

Walter M. Frank

342.087 /Frank
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

For much of the 20th century, American gays and lesbians lived in fear that public exposure might cause them to be fired, blackmailed, or even arrested. Today, they are enjoying an unprecedented number of legal rights and protections. Clearly, the tides have shifted, but what caused this enormous sea change? Here, Walter Frank offers an in-depth look at the court cases that were pivotal in establishing gay rights. But he also tells the story of those individuals who were willing to make waves by fighting for those rights, taking enormous personal risks at a time when the tide of public opinion was against them. Frank's accessible style brings complex legal issues down to earth but, as a former litigator, never loses sight of the law's human dimension and the context of the events occurring outside the courtroom. He pays special attention to the constitutional issues surrounding same-sex marriage and closely analyzes the two recent Supreme Court cases addressing the issue. While a strong advocate for gay rights, Frank also examines critiques of the movement, including some coming from the gay community itself. Comprehensive in coverage, the book explains the legal and constitutional issues involved in each of the major goals of the gay rights movement: a safe and healthy school environment, workplace equality, an end to anti-gay violence, relationship recognition, and full integration into all the institutions of the larger society, including marriage and military service. Drawing from extensive archival research and from decades of experience as a practicing litigator, Frank not only provides a vivid history, but also shows where the battle for gay rights might go from here.--From publisher description.

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Frank offers the history of forty years of the gay rights movement in an easily accessible read. -Maeve

Love unites us : winning the freedom to marry in America book cover
Love unites us : winning the freedom to marry in America book cover

Love unites us : winning the freedom to marry in America

346.0168 /Cathcart
Nonfiction, LGBTQ+

"Victory may sometimes look like a sudden revolution when, in truth, it rests on years of struggle. The June 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a sweeping victory for the freedom to marry, but it was one step in a long process. Love Unites Us is the history of activists' passion and persistence in the struggle for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United States, told in the words of those who waged the battle. Launching the fight for the freedom to marry was neither an obvious nor an uncontested strategy. To many activists, achieving marriage equality seemed far-fetched, but the skeptics were proved wrong. Proactive arguments in favor of love, family, and commitment were more effective than arguments that focused on rights and the goal of equality at work. Telling the stories of people who loved and cared for one another, in sickness and in health, cut through the antigay noise and moved people-not without backlash and not overnight, but faster than most activists and observers had ever imagined. With compelling stories from leading attorneys and activists including Evan Wolfson, Mary L. Bonauto, Jon W. Davidson, and Paul M. Smith, Love Unites Us explains how gay and lesbian couples achieved the right to marry"--

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An excellent overview on the history of fight for same-sex marriage frights in the United States. -Maeve

The lost girls of Paris book cover
The lost girls of Paris book cover

The lost girls of Paris

Pam Jenoff

FICTION ON DISC Jenoff, Pam
Historical Fiction

Inspired by true events, this novel tells a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.

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This is a wonderful book for summer listening based on true events. Eleanor Trigg recruits, trains and deploys a group of female secret agents during WWII to help with the French Resistance. The story is engaging, the plot moves quickly and there's excellent character development. Plus the narration is very good. It reminded me of The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. -Kara

The life list : a novel book cover
The life list : a novel book cover

The life list : a novel

Lori Nelson Spielman

FICTION Spielman Lori
Fiction

In this utterly charming debut—perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern’s P.S., I Love You and Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life—one woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects. 1. Go to Paris 2. Have a baby, maybe two 3. Fall in love Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft, an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. All in all, a charmed life. That is, until her beloved mother passes away, leaving behind a will with one big stipulation: In order to receive her inheritance, Brett must first complete the life list of goals she’d written when she was a naïve girl of fourteen. Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision—her childhood dreams don’t resemble her ambitions at age thirty-four in the slightest. Some seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other goals (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.

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Mom knows best in this sweet story. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I did, I couldn't put it down! -Meredith

Orange world and other stories book cover
Orange world and other stories book cover

Orange world and other stories

Karen Russell

FICTION Russell Karen
Fiction

From the Pulitzer finalist and universally beloved author of the New York Times best sellers Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a stunning new collection of short fiction that showcases her extraordinary gifts of language and imagination

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Just started this new short story collection, I loved her earlier books! -Jason

Little known facts : a novel book cover
Little known facts : a novel book cover

Little known facts : a novel

Christine Sneed

FICTION Sneed Christin
Fiction

The people who orbit around Renn Ivins, an actor of Harrison Ford-like stature--his girlfriends, his children, his ex-wives, those on the periphery--long to experience the glow of his flame. Anna and Will are Renn's grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them. Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects--the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst. With Little Known Facts, Christine Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass; the question being, if we could have anything on earth, would we choose correctly?

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I don't watch a lot of TV or go to a lot of movies, but celebrity gossip blogs are my favorite. I may not always known who the stars are in these blogs, but that doesn't matter when the dirt is good. :) This book was like reading a particularly juicy tidbit. Little Known Facts is a fictional look at the celebrity lifestyle through Renn Ivins. He's in his 50s, has two kids in their 20s and two ex-wives, but Hollywood still loves him. That's great for his career, but what about his life? Or the lives of those close to him? This book shows the ups and downs of fame through several characters. I'm not saying being a rich movie star sounds terrible, but you really do give up a lot to have it all. -Meredith

Kitchens of the great Midwest book cover
Kitchens of the great Midwest book cover

Kitchens of the great Midwest

J. Ryan Stradal

FICTION Stradal J. Ryan
Fiction

When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine--and a dashing sommelier--he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter--starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that's a testament to her spirit and resilience. Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal's startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life--its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

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Recommended to me by a friend, this is an amazing story about one woman's history with food, and how it shapes her past, present and future, as well as those around her. -Meredith

Little victories : perfect rules for imperfect living book cover
Little victories : perfect rules for imperfect living book cover

Little victories : perfect rules for imperfect living

Jason (Newspaper columnist) Gay

158.1 /Gay
Nonfiction

"The Wall Street Journal's popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living. Four times a week, millions of men and women turn to Jason Gay's column in The Wall Street Journal. Why is Gay so celebrated? It starts with his amusing, fan's-eye-view of the sports world, which he loves but doesn't take too seriously. But his most celebrated features are his "Rules" columns, which provide untraditional, highly amusing but useful advice for navigating the minefields of everyday life. In this, his first book, Gay provides witty and wise advice on the Big Questions. Such as how to behave at work: "If you are excited about the company holiday party, this is likely an early-warning signal from the lighthouse to cancel, because you may fit the profile of the person who winds up kissing four co-workers, then stands on the coach at 2:00 a.m. railing against the company healthcare plan before passing out, then waking up twenty minutes later and demanding everyone take a taxi to Atlantic City for breakfast." Gay makes the case that it is not the grand accomplishments like climbing Mt. Everest (which, as he points out, is expensive and stressful) that make life sweet but conquering the small everyday challenges, like putting pants on before 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday. Little Victories is a life guide for people who hate life guides. Whether the subject is rules for raising the perfect child without infuriating all of your friends, rules for how to be cool (related: Why do you want to be cool?) or rules of thumb to tell the difference between real depression and just eating five cupcakes in a row, Gay's essays--whimsical, practical, and occasionally poignant--will make you laugh and then think, "You know, he's kind of right.""--

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This book was funny and insightful, which isn't easy to do. It seemed to lose this balance towards the end, but maybe that was me, ready to move on the something new. It's a good reminder that nothing is as it seems, we're all moving through life the best we can and sometimes the little things mean the most. Give yourself a break, OK? -Meredith

Red, white & royal blue : a novel book cover
Red, white & royal blue : a novel book cover

Red, white & royal blue : a novel

Casey McQuiston

FICTION Mcquisto Casey
Romance

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius―his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic.

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and proclaim Red, White & Royal Blue my favorite book of 2019! I was immediately captivated by the world newcomer Casey McQuiston created and loved all of her characters, Alex and Henry especially, but also the supporting cast of equally great people. For as long as I can remember, my parenting goals were Myron and Katherine Krupnik (from the Anastasia Krupnik series by Lois Lowry), but now I want to be a mom like President Ellen Claremont. The perfect summer read! -Meredith

Heroines book cover
Heroines book cover

Heroines

Kate Zambreno

809.89287 /Zambreno
Literary Nonfiction, Nonfiction

I am beginning to realize that taking the self out of our essays is a form of repression. Taking the self out feels like obeying a gag order—pretending an objectivity where there is nothing objective about the experience of confronting and engaging with and swooning over literature.”—from Heroines On the last day of December, 2009 Kate Zambreno began a blog called Frances Farmer Is My Sister, arising from her obsession with the female modernists and her recent transplantation to Akron, Ohio, where her husband held a university job. Widely reposted, Zambreno's blog became an outlet for her highly informed and passionate rants about the fates of the modernist “wives and mistresses.” In her blog entries, Zambreno reclaimed the traditionally pathologized biographies of Vivienne Eliot, Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, and Zelda Fitzgerald: writers and artists themselves who served as male writers' muses only to end their lives silenced, erased, and institutionalized. Over the course of two years, Frances Farmer Is My Sister helped create a community where today's “toxic girls” could devise a new feminist discourse, writing in the margins and developing an alternative canon. In Heroines, Zambreno extends the polemic begun on her blog into a dazzling, original work of literary scholarship. Combing theories that have dictated what literature should be and who is allowed to write it—from T. S. Eliot's New Criticism to the writings of such mid-century intellectuals as Elizabeth Hardwick and Mary McCarthy to the occasional “girl-on-girl crime” of the Second Wave of feminism—she traces the genesis of a cultural template that consistently exiles female experience to the realm of the “minor,” and diagnoses women for transgressing social bounds. “ANXIETY: When she experiences it, it's pathological,” writes Zambreno. “When he does, it's existential.” By advancing the Girl-As-Philosopher, Zambreno reinvents feminism for her generation while providing a model for a newly subjectivized criticism.

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If you have any interest in the lives and work of Modernist female authors (Virginia Woolf, Zelda Fitzgerald, Jean Rhys, Anais Nin...) do yourself a favor and pick up this book! Kate Zambreno, author of the novel Green Girl, creates a fascinating work of nonfiction by braiding personal narrative and historical research. She offers fascinating analysis on how feminine creativity has been conflated with mental illness both historically and today. -Heidi K

My sister, the serial killer : a novel book cover
My sister, the serial killer : a novel book cover

My sister, the serial killer : a novel

Oyinkan Braithwaite

FICTION Braithwaite, Oyinkan
Horror, Humor

"Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--

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I was tickled by this darkly comic quick read! Even if you are put off by horror/murder as a plot element, as I usually am, check this book out - it's very funny and the narrator's voice is wonderful. -Heidi K

Hakumei & Mikochi : tiny little life in the woods book cover
Hakumei & Mikochi : tiny little life in the woods book cover

Hakumei & Mikochi : tiny little life in the woods

Takuto Kashiki‏

MANGA Kashiki Hakumei
Graphic Novels, Nature, Fantasy, Humor, Short Story

"Deep within a lush, green forest live Hakumei and Mikochi. Making their home in trees, using leaves for umbrellas, and riding bugs for transportation is just part of everyday life for these tiny pals!"--

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Nonstop cuteness from start to finish--a sweet slice of teeny tiny life! -Casey

The library book book cover
The library book book cover

The library book

Susan Orlean

COMPACT DISC 027.4794 Orlean
Nonfiction

Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to the beloved institution of libraries.

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean weaves the story of a catastrophic fire at the Los Angeles Public Library with a narrative about the history and purpose of libraries. Orlean reads the audiobook and her narration is perfect. Orlean’s book is a testament to the importance of libraries and their service to communities. -Kara

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

Where the crawdads sing

Delia Owens

FICTION ON DISC Owens, Delia
Fiction

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.

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Where the Crawdads Sing is a lyrical, coming of age story by Delia Owens about a girl who lives on the North Carolina coast and, as a young child, is abandoned by her family. I listened to the last chapter twice and enjoyed the book so much I wanted to start again at the beginning. Cassandra Campbell’s narration is excellent. -Kara

The Island of sea women book cover
The Island of sea women book cover

The Island of sea women

Lisa See

eAUDIO
Historical Fiction

"A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island"--

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Island of Sea Women is a coming of age novel by Lisa See, who continues her tradition of telling compelling stories about women, relationships, family and home. The story is set in a matriarchal society on a Korean island, beginning in the 1930’s, and covers many decades. Jennifer Lim’s narration is excellent. -Kara

The American agent : a Maisie Dobbs novel book cover
The American agent : a Maisie Dobbs novel book cover

The American agent : a Maisie Dobbs novel

Jacqueline Winspear

FICTION ON DISC Winspear, Jacqueline
Historical Fiction

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice--Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler's Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon's death. As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend--and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.

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The American Agent, the newest in Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series, finds Maisie traveling between London and her country home during the blitzkrieg of WWII. When an American correspondent is murdered and British authorities are concealing the crime, Scotland Yard asks Maisie to investigate. -Kara

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

The Chelsea girls : a novel

Fiona Davis

eAUDIO
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. Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel"--

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Fiona Davis is known for her historical fiction stories that tell the story of iconic buildings and the people who live there. This story focuses on the Chelsea Hotel, Broadway and the age of McCarthyism. -Kara

Mistress of the Ritz book cover
Mistress of the Ritz book cover

Mistress of the Ritz

Melanie Benjamin

FICTION ON DISC/Benjamin, Melanie
Historical Fiction

In March 1940, the Nazis sweep Paris and immediately take up residence in one of the city's most iconic sites: The Hotel Ritz. There, under a roof legendary for its unprecedented luxury and for its fabled residents--including Coco Chanel, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Cole Porter, Hemingway, Balanchine, Doris Duke, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and now Hermann Göering--the Nazis rule over a paralyzed city. But two residents of the Ritz refuse to be defeated: its director, Claude Auzello, and his beautiful American actress wife, Blanche. They not only oversee the smooth workings of the hotel, but both Blanche and Claude throw themselves fearlessly into the dangerous and clandestine workings of the French Resistance. This is a true-to-life novel of a courageous woman and her husband who put their marriage--and ultimately their lives--in jeopardy to fight for freedom. Intimate, fearless, and moving, it spins a brilliantly and unforgettably vivid human portrait at a time of unimaginable crisis and sacrifice.

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Another historical fiction story with a hotel as a backdrop that brings the story of the 1940 Nazi sweep of Paris and the French Resistance to life. -Kara

Hounded book cover
Hounded book cover

Hounded

Kevin Hearne

SCIENCE FICTION Hearne, Kevin
Fantasy

Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, finds his peaceful life in Arizona shattered by the arrival of an angry Celtic god who wants Atticus's magical sword, forcing Atticus to call upon some unlikely allies for help.

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I'm ready for some light, fun reading now that it's almost summer - this series is just the ticket! The protagonist is a 2,000 year old + ancient Druid hiding in a 21 year old's body in modern day Arizona. There are goddesses, witches, werewolves, and all manner of magical fun. I look forward to continuing the series! -Heidi K

History of wolves : a novel book cover
History of wolves : a novel book cover

History of wolves : a novel

Emily Fridlund

FICTION Fridlund Emily
Literary Fiction

""So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth this provides!"-Aimee Bender. Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn't understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do-and fail to do-for the people they love. Winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie award for its first chapter, Emily Fridlund's propulsive and gorgeously written History of Wolves introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent"--

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This novel reverberates beyond the page. This had been on my to-read list since it came out, and I'm glad I finally got around to it. I loved the portrayal of the rural Minnesota landscape. I was haunted by the ending. I can't wait to read future books by Emily Fridlund! -Heidi K

The undefeated book cover
The undefeated book cover

The undefeated

Kwame Alexander

jE Alexander
Picture Books, Poetry

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"--

Casey's picture

"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." --Maya Angelou -Casey

With the fire on high book cover
With the fire on high book cover

With the fire on high

Elizabeth Acevedo

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Acevedo Elizabe
Young Adult

"Teen mother Emoni Santiago struggles with the challenges of finishing high school and her dream of working as a chef." --

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A beautiful story. The writing was so descriptive, I felt like I could taste every dish. "Trust, okay? Trust. Yourself mainly, but the world, too. There is magic working in your favor." -Meredith

Meat Puppets II. book cover
Meat Puppets II. book cover

Meat Puppets II.

Meat Puppets (Musical group)

COMPACT DISC PO Meat Meat
Alternative Rock

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I first heard of this band while watching the famous Nirvana "Unplugged" session as a teen. I really enjoyed the three songs they performed, somehow I never sought out the original material. This year I've been making an effort to find bands/albums from past decades that I'm unfamiliar with and stumbled across Meat Puppets II on a list. Such a great album! An interesting mix of psych-punk and country twang sounds with spacey/jokey philosophical lyrics delivered in a quivering slacker voice. -Jason

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur book cover
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur book cover

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Brandon Montclare

jCOMIC Moon Girl 2015
Graphic Novels, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

"Lunella Lafayette is an inhuman preteen genius who wants to change the world! THAT JOB would be a lot easier if she wasn't living in mortal fear of her latent inhuman gene. There's no telling what she'll turn into -- but Luna's got a plan. All she needs is an Omni-Wave Projector. Easy, right? That is, until a red-scaled beast is teleported from the prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call ... today! Together they're the most Marvelous Team-Up of all -- the Inhuman Moon Girl and time-tossed Devil Dinosaur! But will they be BFFs forever, or just until DD's dinner time? And Lunella soon learns that there are other problems with having a titanic T. Rex as a pet in the modern-day Marvel Universe. School, for one. Monster hunters are another -- especially when they're the Totally Awesome Hulk! Then there's the fact that everyone's favorite dino didn't journey through time alone. Beware the prehistoric savages known as the Killer-Folk -- New York City's deadliest tourists! Can Lunella handle all this turmoil ... and keep herself from transforming into an inhuman monster?"--Page 4 of cover.

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All the action and adventure of the Avengers, but with a younger audience in mind. Moon Girl is super smart but still has plenty to learn about the super hero life. Devil Dinosaur doesn't have much in the way of brains, but has plenty of brawn and a bit of heart to balance out Moon Girl's intellect. With the help of some familiar super faces, this duo is on their way up. -Morgan

She's beautiful when she's angry book cover
She's beautiful when she's angry book cover

She's beautiful when she's angry

DVD 305.4209 She's
Documentary

A provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women's liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millenium, direct from the women who lived it.

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Amy book cover
Amy book cover

Amy

STREAMING VIDEO KANOPY
Documentary

An **Oscar-winner** for Best Feature Documentary, AMY is a deeply moving portrait of 6-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse using powerful first-hand footage to bring her story to life, showcasing both her incredible talent and her tragic demise from the dual forces of addiction and celebrity. **BAFTA**-winner for Best Documentary. **Grammy**-winner for Best Music Film. Nominated for a Golden Eye at the **Cannes Film Festival**. "*Stunningly moving and Powerful. A Masterpiece.*" ***The Guardian*** "*A highly absorbing, sensitively told and ultimately devastating documentary directed by Asif Kapadia.*"- ***RogerEbert.com***

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Documenting hate : Charlottesville & New American Nazis book cover
Documenting hate : Charlottesville & New American Nazis book cover

Documenting hate : Charlottesville & New American Nazis

DVD 322.42 Documenting
Documentary

Exposing the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville rally and exposing a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the US military, an investigation with ProPublica shows the group's terrorist objectives and how it gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally. In the wake of the 2018 deadly anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, FRONTLINE and ProPublica present a new investigation into white supremacist groups in America - in particular, a neo-Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division, that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military. This joint investigation shows the group's terrorist objectives, examines how civilian and military authorities have responded, and how it gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally.

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Hamilton : the revolution book cover
Hamilton : the revolution book cover

Hamilton : the revolution

Lin-Manuel Miranda

COMPACT DISC 782.140268 Hamilton
History

From Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda comes a backstage pass to his groundbreaking hit musical.

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This book piqued my interest about all things Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda reads part of this book - a backstage pass to the creation of the hit musical. -Kara

My dear Hamilton : a novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton book cover
My dear Hamilton : a novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton book cover

My dear Hamilton : a novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

Stephanie Dray

eAUDIO
Historical Fiction

"A general's daughter... Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington's penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she's captivated by the young officer's charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton's bastard birth and the uncertainties of war. A Founding Father's wife... But the union they create--in their marriage and the new nation--is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all--including the political treachery of America's first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness. The last surviving light of the Revolution... When a duel destroys Eliza's hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband's enemies to preserve Alexander's legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she's left with one last battle--to understand the flawed man she married and the imperfect union he could never have created without her..."--Dust jacket.

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This is the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton who is a dedicated revolutionist and wife of Alexander Hamilton. This biographical fiction novel brings Eliza's story to life. -Kara

Alex & Eliza : a love story book cover
Alex & Eliza : a love story book cover

Alex & Eliza : a love story

Melissa De la Cruz

eAUDIO
Historical Fiction

"Before the world knew them as Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, young Alex and Eliza fell in love amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution"--

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This fun story, the first of a trilogy and written for young adults, explores the courtship of Eliza Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton with the American Revolution as a backdrop. -Kara

Love & war : an Alex & Eliza story book cover
Love & war : an Alex & Eliza story book cover

Love & war : an Alex & Eliza story

Melissa De la Cruz

eAUDIO
Historical Fiction

"As the end of the American Revolution nears, newlyweds Alex and Eliza are faced with new trials and temptations"--

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This is the second book in a trilogy about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton. This book is set at the beginning of their marriage. -Kara

All for one book cover
All for one book cover

All for one

Melissa De la Cruz

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Delacruz Melissa
Historical Fiction

"Alex & Eliza's household continues to expand as they prepare for an arrival of their own, but new developments in their lives bring unforeseen consequences"--

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I'm looking forward to reading this final book in the Alex & Eliza biographical fiction trilogy in the Young Adult collection. In this book, Eliza and Alex prepare for their first child with the backdrop of the American Revolution. -Kara