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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

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 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

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

Mistress of the Ritz

Melanie Benjamin

ON ORDER AUDIO DISC
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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Jason's picture

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

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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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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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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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

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.

Kara's picture

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

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

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"--

Kara's picture

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

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"--

Kara's picture

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

Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded book cover
Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded book cover

Buffering : unshared tales of a life fully loaded

Hannah Hart

eAUDIO
Memoir

"Hello, my darlings! I am incredibly pleased to present Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded! As a big fan of memoirs, I wanted to try my hand at writing about the events of my life that deserve a little more consideration than can be accomplished in 140-characters or a 6-minute vlog. Now on the cusp of turning 30, I'm ready to expose some parts of my life that I haven't shared before. Before, it was all about privacy, process and time. And now the time has come! I'm ready to put myself out there, for you. I'm a little nervous about all these vulnerable words going into the world, these tales about my love life, the wrestling I've done with faith, how I feel about sex and my family and myself. I've had a lot of trials, a lot of errors, but also a lot of passion. Here's the thing -- I've always found comfort in the stories shared by others, so I hope my stories, now that I feel ready to tell them, will bring you some comfort too. And when you read this book please remember: Buffering is just the time it takes to process. Enjoy!"

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I didn't know who Hannah Hart was when I downloaded the audio version of this book onto my smartphone (Yay Overdrive!). What intrigued me was the description of exploring her past through journal entries. As a journal keeper myself, I was all "Heck yes!" I wasn't disappointed. Hannah is articulate, personable, entertaining -- everything a successful YouTube star needs. She's also the daughter of a woman who suffers from schizophrenia. Her mother's mental illness was untreated throughout her childhood. Statistically, Hannah shouldn't be as successful as she is. Human strength is incredible. This is a wonderful memoir. It's funny. It's heartbreaking. It's entertaining. It's tear-jerking. It's a story of ones personal journey, but also a commentary on our completely broken mental health system. I was left feeling more than I expected when I started this book. I'm glad I gave it a chance. You should, too. -Meredith

You're never weird on the internet (almost) : a memoir book cover
You're never weird on the internet (almost) : a memoir book cover

You're never weird on the internet (almost) : a memoir

Felicia Day

eAUDIO
Memoir

The entertainment artist best known for her web videos shares stories of her homeschooled childhood, her rags-to-riches professional successes, and her thoughts on such topics as creativity, video games, and feminism.

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Confession: I did not know who Felicia Day was when I started her book. At least, I didn't think I did. As it turns out, I was wrong. She played Vi on Buffy and I love Buffy. Yeah, I had to Google her to remind myself who Vi was, but OK! She was on an awesome show. It turns out, that was just a small part of her awesome life. I listened to the audio version of Day's memoir and was captivated from the start. She's funny, sarcastic, creative, talented, and awkward. Adorably awkward. You can't be intimidated by her success because of that. Instead, you want to give her a hug, say great job and wish her the best in her future endeavors. I'm not a gamer, but it was interesting to get a peek into that world, as well as see how creative people carve a life for themselves. I hope more people follow Day's path, especially girls who worry their interests make them weird. Weird is awesome. -Meredith

We should all be feminists book cover
We should all be feminists book cover

We should all be feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

eAUDIO
Nonfiction

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

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I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author, and then I watched the TED Talk. It was amazing! -Meredith

I don't know what you know me from : confessions of a co-star book cover
I don't know what you know me from : confessions of a co-star book cover

I don't know what you know me from : confessions of a co-star

Judy Greer

eAUDIO
Memoir

The prolific actress best known for her appearances in such productions as the Oscar-winning The Descendants presents a collection of comedic essays on topics ranging from stepmotherhood to midnight shopping trips at the pharmacy.

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Judy Greer. If the name isn’t familiar, I’m sure it will be after you Google it. With more than 18 working years in Hollywood, and 90+ film and TV credits to her name, she’s one of those actors who seems to be in everything. She’s a star, yet she isn’t. She’s worked with George Clooney and Paul Rudd and Jennifer Lopez, but can still run to a 24-hour drug store without fear of being recognized. In fact, if/when she is recognized, the people who stop her aren’t sure why they’ve stopped her. Best of both worlds? The work, some fame, but no paparazzi? (If you aren’t going to Google Judy Greer, she played Lucy in 13 Going on 30; Maggie Lang in Ant-Man; Karen Mitchell in Jurassic World; and Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development.) This is an entertaining memoir. Judy Greer is funny, honest – some might think she’s too honest, but I loved it – and anyone who’s curious about what happens behind-the-scenes in Hollywood will get a little bit of gossip. Not dirt – she’s not stupid; she still has to make a living – but the next time you see a celebrity looking like they wish they were anywhere else on the red carpet or at a press junket, Greer’s book will explain why both aren’t fun. -Meredith

Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel book cover
Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel book cover

Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel

Maria Semple

eAUDIO
Fiction

Bernadette Fox has vanished. When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces--which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where'd You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter's love for her mother.

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Very funny, sometimes sad and a good reminder that ignoring what you're supposed to do and who you're supposed to be has consequences. Playing it safe blows up in your face eventually. -Meredith

Scrappy little nobody book cover
Scrappy little nobody book cover

Scrappy little nobody

Anna Kendrick

eAUDIO
Memoir

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect. Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.” At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations. With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.” Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

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Hands down one of my favorite celebrity memoirs! Anna Kendrick's memoir doesn't break the mold. It follows the same pattern as most celebrity memoirs of a moment that sparks the book's idea, a look back on childhood, first acting gig (or gigs), etc., but she writes in such a way that you don't care. It's entertaining. She's funny. She swears just as much as you do in ordinary conversations and she doesn't apologize for it, dammit! Kendrick covers a variety of topics, from sex and dating to walking the red carpet and stylists. Again, there are no new revelations if you've read celebrity memoirs, but it was interesting to learn about how she was still struggling to make ends meet when the industry was celebrating her breakout performance and Oscar nomination for Up in the Air. (She stole toilet paper from one of the hotels she slept in during the press tour. How's that for glamour?) I've loved Kendrick's performances in Pitch Perfect and Up in the Air, and I love whenever she appears on James Corden's show. She's funny, doesn't take herself too seriously, works hard but at the same time understands the craziness that is Hollywood, and plans amazing fake parties. -Meredith

Cribsheet : a data-driven guide to better, more relaxed parenting, from birth to preschool book cover
Cribsheet : a data-driven guide to better, more relaxed parenting, from birth to preschool book cover

Cribsheet : a data-driven guide to better, more relaxed parenting, from birth to preschool

Emily Oster

649.122 /Oster
Nonfiction

"From the author of EXPECTING BETTER, an economist's guide to the early years of parenting With Expecting Better, award-winning economist Emily Oster spotted a need in the pregnancy market for advice that gave women the information they needed to make the best decision for their own pregnancies. By digging into the data, Oster found that much of the conventional pregnancy wisdom was wrong. In Cribsheet, she now tackles an even great challenge: decision making in the early years of parenting. As any new parent knows, there is an abundance of often-conflicting advice hurled at you from doctors, family, friends, and the internet. From the earliest days, parents get the message that they must make certain choices around feeding, sleep, and schedule or all will be lost. There's a rule--or three--for everything. But the benefits of these choices can be overstated, and the tradeoffs can be profound. How do you make your own best decision? Armed with the data, Oster finds that the conventional wisdom doesn't always hold up. She debunks myths around breastfeeding (not a panacea), sleep training (not so bad!), potty training (wait until they're ready or possibly bribe with M&Ms), language acquisition (early talkers aren't necessarily geniuses), and many other topics. She also shows parents how to think through freighted questions like if and how to go back to work, how to think about toddler discipline, and how to have a relationship and parent at the same time. Economics is the science of decision-making, and CRIBSHEET is a thinking parent's guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the early years. Emily Oster is a trained expert--and mom of two--who can empower us to make better, less fraught decisions--and stay sane in the years before preschool"--

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Being a parent is incredibly rewarding. But with most rewarding things, it also means it is hard. There are also a lot (A LOT) of opinions on how to be a good parent; it is hard to know what to do and easy to second-guess yourself. Emily Oster's Cribsheet addresses this by going through what has been studied and what the data means. From potty training to child care, this book is a tool to help you make decisions. More or less, you have to find what works for you, your child, and your family--which isn't bad advice. -Anne M

Master & apprentice book cover
Master & apprentice book cover

Master & apprentice

Claudia Gray

SCIENCE FICTION Star Wars
Science Fiction

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.

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I haven't read a Star Wars book in over 10 years, but I've always loved Qui-Gon Jinn. This book did not disappoint, and I wonder how many other great Star Wars books I've been missing! -Brian

An inconvenient alphabet : Ben Franklin and Noah Webster's spelling revolution book cover
An inconvenient alphabet : Ben Franklin and Noah Webster's spelling revolution book cover

An inconvenient alphabet : Ben Franklin and Noah Webster's spelling revolution

Beth Anderson

j428.1 Anderson
Kids, Picture Books, Nonfiction, History

Details the origins of Noah Webster's first American English dictionary and the struggles of Webster and Ben Franklin to help unify the new country through language in the 1780s.

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The differences between American English and British English have always fascinated me. Why did all the "u"s disappear from words like favo(u)rite and colo(u)r; why is it theater and not theatre; who decided music(k) didn't need a "k"? The answers can be found in this fun romp through the linguistic pursuits of Ben Franklin and Noah Webster. -Morgan

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