Chasing American monsters : 251 creatures, cryptids, and hairy beasts book cover

Chasing American monsters : 251 creatures, cryptids, and hairy beasts

Jason Offutt

001.944 /Offutt
Nonfiction, Paranormal

"The Black Dog of Hanging Hills, the Tommyknockers of Pennsylvania, the Banshee of the Badlands--these beasts and hundreds more will hold you spellbound, unable to look away from their frightful features and their extraordinary stories. Come face to face with modern-day dinosaurs, extraterrestrials, dragons, lizard men, giants, and flying humanoids. This illustrated collection includes more than 250 monsters and cryptids that will make your hair stand on end when you hear something go bump in the night."

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An amazingly thorough guide to all the various monsters and half-human beasties you've heard about in spooky campfire tales or stories about weird, small towns. Thoughtfully organized by state, so it would make an interesting sort of travel guide as well! -Candice

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Who are you calling weird?

Marilyn Singer

Kids, Nonfiction, Animals

Delve into the forests, burrow under the ground, and dive into the deep to discover nature's most peculiar creatures and learn about their behavior, diet, and habitat, as well as folk beliefs about each animal. Hidden away in Earth's forests, caves, and oceans, these creatures might look or behave in peculiar ways but, as you will soon find out, every oddity serves a purpose: the long, skeletal finger of an aye-aye, used by this lemur to tap on trees to locate hollow tunnels where delicious insects hide, the barrel-shaped eyes of a Pacific barreleye fish that turn upward to watch for prey above through its transparent head, the big, bulbous nose of a proboscis monkey designed to attract mates, the armor-like scales of a pangolin that are so tough that even lions and tigers can't bite through them. Come face-to-face with the most curious creatures from across the globe, and decide for yourself who's the weirdest of them all.--Amazon

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Trees : a rooted history

Piotr Socha

Kids, Nonfiction, Nature

"Part botany, part history, part cultural anthropology--Trees goes beyond the basics to tell readers everything they might want to know about this particular branch of the plant kingdom. Trees explores the important roles trees play in our ecosystem, takes an up-close-and-personal look at the parts of trees (from roots to stumps to leaves), and unpacks the cultural impact of trees from classification systems (like family trees or data trees) to long-standing myths (like the Tree of Life). Looking forward, Trees also addresses the deforestation crisis. Heavily illustrated in the same style as Bees: A Honeyed History, Trees: A Rooted History serves as a beautifully packaged celebration of trees of all kinds"--

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Proud : living my American dream

Ibtihaj Muhammad

796.862092 /Muhammad
Nonfiction, Young Adult, Memoir

Shares the life story of the Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.

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Fascinating life story of Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medal-winning fencer and Muslim-American role model. I love learning about the experiences of others, and this was a page-turning read. -Morgan

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Outer order, inner calm : declutter and organize to make more room for happiness

Gretchen Rubin

158.1 /Rubin
Nonfiction, Self Help

"With clarity and humor, bestselling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin illuminates one of her key realizations about happiness: For most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. And for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work. In this easy-to-read but hard-to-put-down book, Gretchen Rubin suggests more than 150 short, concrete clutter-clearing ideas so each reader can choose the ones that resonate most."--

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Speaks to my current desire to de-clutter brought on by watching “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” and is also written by one of my favorite author/podcasters Gretchen Rubin. -Morgan

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The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story

Cara Robertson

Nonfiction, True Crime, History

The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history...Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties

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Who hasn't heard the sing-song rhyme that starts with "Lizzie Borden had an axe, gave her father forty whacks..." and assumed that her story was a simple one of a wayward and overly angry daughter? Of course, there is always so much more that has gone on behind the scenes, and Cara Robertson's book takes a hard look at not only Lizzie's family dynamics, but also the social milieu of the time and the sensational reporting and treatment of the case that overshadowed the truth. -Candice

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From the land of nightingales & roses : recipes from the Persian kitchen

Maryam Sinaiee

641.5955 /Sinaiee
Cookbooks, Nonfiction

Blogger Sinaiee's first cookbook, a collection of more than 100 recipes, is suffused with the romance and poetry of her homeland as found in everything from tales of her childhood and food memories to her recipes' ingredients, like barberries and verjuice, which may be hard to get in the U.S. On the other hand, many dishes will be familiar to Mediterranean-cuisine aficionados--"lots of stews, dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves), baklava, and flatbreads, among others. Grouped by seasons (and, therefore, available foodstuffs), the dishes are each accompanied by a story, notes about festivals and celebrations, good color photographs, and step-by-step directions.

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Sinaiee is the creator of the Persian Fusion blog, and this book is similarly a lovely blend of food and reminiscing. In addition to the recipes, she talks about her childhood in Tehran, her family, and the culture of the Persian region. -Candice

What if this were enough? : essays book cover

What if this were enough? : essays

Heather Havrilesky

152.42 /Havrilesky

"Heather Havrilesky attempts to disrupt our cultural delusions and false dichotomies, to unearth moralistic interpretations of mundane human behaviors and interrogate so-called mistakes that we've slowly internalized, and to question the glorification of suffering, dishonesty, romantic fantasy, conquest, predation, and perfectionism"--

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My biggest takeaway from this collection of essays? You don't need more than this. -Meredith

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Shrill : notes from a loud woman

Lindy West

Nonfiction, Memoir

"Presents a series of essays by the American writer and comedian, dealing with issues of body image, popular culture, feminism, and social justice,"--NoveList.

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A six-episode series is coming to Hulu based on Lindy West's feminist memoir of the same name. -Jason

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The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope

William Kamkwamba

BIOGRAPHY Kamkwamba, William

An enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

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A new Netflix movie directed, adapted by, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) based on the true story and book by William Kamkwamba. The story of a boy in Malawi helping his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a library book. -Jason