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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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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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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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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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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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Apollo's legacy : perspectives on the Moon landings 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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

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

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

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

Interests: Suspense, Thriller, Humor, True Crime, Picture Books
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Brent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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