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The last unicorn

Beagle, Peter S.

FIC BEAGLE

The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns.

Suggested by Lindsey

A true fantasy classic and one of my favorite books of all time. I wish I could live in this world.

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Interview with the vampire

Rice, Anne, 1941-

FIC RICE

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force -- a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

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Suggested by Lindsey

My love for the Vampire Chronicles will never fade. This is the first book in the series and it is gold. I also highly recommend the audiobook narration by Simon Vance.

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The buried giant

Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-

FIC ISHIGUR

An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day. "You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

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Suggested by Lindsey

Part-historical fiction, part-fantasy, this story stars an older couple in an early medieval setting - a rare pairing!

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Illuminations

Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891.

841.8 RIMBAUD

First published in 1886, Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations, the work of a poet who had abandoned poetry before the age of twenty-one, changed the language of poetry. Hallucinatory and feverishly hermetic, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature, still unrivaled for its haunting blend of sensuous detail and otherworldly astonishment. In Ashbery's translation of this notoriously elusive text, the acclaimed poet and translator lends his inimitable voice to a venerated classic.

Suggested by Lindsey

I am as fascinated by Rimbaud himself as I am by his poetry. If you're interested in his work, this is a good place to begin.

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Let the right one in

Ajvide Lindqvist, John, 1968-

FIC AJVIDE

Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl from next door. She's a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook

Suggested by Lindsey

One of the most unique takes on the vampire genre that I've read, and the setting of early 1980s Sweden is perfection.

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Classic Penguin : cover to cover : a visual celebration of Penguin Classics

741.6407 CLASSIC

From Drop Caps to Deluxes, Penguin Creative Director Paul Buckley presents a visual overview of the innovative covers that have put Penguin Classics at the forefront of the book design world. In Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, Paul Buckley showcases more than ten years of stunning cover designs from Penguin Classics. This curated tour begins with the now-iconic redesign of the signature Penguin Classics black-spine series in 2003 and moves through award-winning series like the Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Editions, Penguin Drop Caps, and Penguin Horror. Exhibiting a mesmerizing array of front covers and full cover layouts, Paul Buckley illuminates the unique and inventive approaches to typography, image, and design that grace Penguin's covers of the best works in literature. Throughout the book, the artists and designers including Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, Jillian Tamaki, Jessica Hische, and Ruben Toledo who have collaborated with Penguin Classics offer commentary on the design process. For lovers of classic literature, book design, and all things Penguin, Classic Penguin has you covered.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook

Suggested by Lindsey

I'm a sucker for a gorgeous book, especially one with deckle edges, French flaps, and stunning artwork. Some of my most beautiful books are Penguin publications.

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Swing time

Smith, Zadie, author.

FIC SMITH

Suggested by Brian

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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

Hyman, Miles, illustrator.

FIC HYMAN

This graphic adaptation, published in time for Shirley Jackson's centennial, allows readers to experience "The Lottery" as never before, or discover it anew. The visual artist, and Jackson's grandson, Miles Hyman has crafted an eerie vision of the hamlet where the tale unfolds, its inhabitants, and the unforgettable ritual they set into motion.

Suggested by Liz

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Lily and the octopus

Rowley, Steven, 1971- author.

CD FIC ROWLEY

This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

This title is also available in print, large-print, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

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Unabrow : misadventures of a late bloomer

LaMarche, Una, author.

306.8743 LAMARCH

Una LaMarche has written a hilarious take on coming of age by doling out all the advice she wishes her own mother had given her about everything, from how to take care of her unibrow to how to avoid the most common faux pas in the Facebook age.

This title is also available to download as an OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Liz

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The song is you

Abbott, Megan E., 1971-

FIC ABBOTT

This dark and gritty tale was based on the still unsolved case of murdered Hollywood starlet Jean Spangler.

Suggested by Liz

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Somebody owes me money

Westlake, Donald E.

CD FIC WES319

Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings, Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it, but just try explaining that to everyone else! The cops, the mobsters, the dead man's beautiful sister...no one believes him and someone still owes him $800!

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Suggested by Liz

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Lick dogs

Davidson, Carli.

636.7002 DAVIDSO

A collection of pictures of dogs with their tongues out. What's not to love?!

Suggested by Liz

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Lady cop makes trouble

Stewart, Amy, author.

CD FIC STEWART

The Kopp sisters are back! Now working for the sheriff, Constance is set loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey, tracking down victims, trailing leads, and making friends with girl reporters and lawyers at a hotel for women. Cheering her on, and goading her, are her sisters Norma and Fleurette, that is, when they aren't training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage.

This title is also available in print and OverDrive eBook formats.

Suggested by Liz

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Never missing, never found

Panitch, Amanda, author.

TEEN PANITCH

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett is now moving on from the past and starting her summer job at Adventure Time amusement park. When a girl goes missing from the park, it's clear that the past is not done with Scarlett.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz

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Glory over everything : beyond the Kitchen house

Grissom, Kathleen, author.

FIC GRISSOM

The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

This title is also available in large-print, audiobook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

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A Scot in the dark

MacLean, Sarah, author.

FIC MACLEAN

When the Scottish Duke of Warnick must find a husband for his young English ward, Lillian Harwood, he does not welcome the task, until they begin to have mutual feelings for each other.

This title is also available in these formats: OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

One of the better romances I've read lately, I felt these characters actually had obstacles to overcome and that they truly did have more than just insta-love. And they had the best repartee (plus big dogs!).

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Troublemaker : surviving Hollywood and Scientology

Remini, Leah, 1970- author narrator.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

The former "King of Queens" star recounts her life, her success in Hollywood, and her time with the Church of Scientology.

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Suggested by Marina

A very frank memoir about her life in Scientology and working in Hollywood. A compelling and passionate narration by the author.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda

Albertalli, Becky, author.

TEEN ALBERTA

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.

This title is also available in these formats: audio CD, Spanish language and OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

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Eruption the untold story of Mount St. Helens

Olson, Steve, 1956-

CD 363.3495 OLSON

For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, and ordinary people listened anxiously to rumblings in the long quiescent volcano Mount St. Helens. Still, when a massive explosion took the top off the mountain, no one was prepared. Fifty-seven people died, including newlywed logger John Killian (for years afterward, his father searched for him in the ash), scientist Dave Johnston, and celebrated local curmudgeon Harry Truman. The lives of many others were forever changed.

This title is also available in these formats: print and OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

The first part is a lot of local natural history and about the Weyerhauser company. Living in the area, and enjoying history in general, that appealed to me. I also was impressed with the narrator that got all the place name pronunciations correct!

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Grimm's fairy tales

J CD 398.2109 GRIMMS

This collection contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm as read by a cast of award-winning narrators.

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Suggested by Marina

I went into this one specifically for the full cast audio. I guess I was used to the Disneyfied versions of the fairy tales because I was not expecting some of the things I heard. These were full of eye-peckings, body part removals, mute and cursed younger sisters, and of course the evil stepmothers (which seemed to be the one thing that transferred from Grimm to Disney).

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Live fast, die hot

Mollen, Jenny, 1979- author.

818.602 MOLLEN

Until two years ago, her life was exciting, sexy, a little eccentric, and one hundred percent impulsive. She had a husband who embraced her crazy--who understood her need to occasionally stalk around the house in his ex-girlfriend's old beach caftans, or to invite their drug dealer to Passover Seder (so he wouldn't feel like they were only using him for drugs). Then they had their son, Sid, and overnight, Jenny was forced to grow up: to be responsible, to brush her hair, to listen to her voicemail. Live Fast Die Hot is a collection of stories about what happens when you realize that some things are more important than crafting the perfect tweet.

This title is also available in these formats: OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

Another funny Jenny! I would put her on par with Jenny Lawson-type humor. Very good--I also appreciated her husband and son playing their parts in the audio.

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Hold me closer, necromancer

McBride, Lish.

TEEN MCBRIDE

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

This title is also available in these formats: audio CD and OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Reminiscent of the television show Reaper it is funny and goofy and a little bit creepy.

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Star wars. Aftermath

Wendig, Chuck, author.

FIC WENDIG

As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance -- now a fledgling New Republic -- presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he's taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders. Meanwhile, on the planet's surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world -- war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles's urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn't know is just how close the enemy is -- or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be. Determined to preserve the Empire's power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top secret emergency summit -- to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven't reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies -- her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector -- who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire's oppressive reign once and for all.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook and OverDrive eAudio

Suggested by Lindsey

If you've seen Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, this first book in a series helps fill in some of the gaps between those films. I love the characters introduced in Aftermath, and I highly recommend the audiobook!

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The Danish girl : a novel

Ebershoff, David.

FIC EBERSHO

A novel set in Copenhagen, Paris, and Dresden in the 1920s, introduces a man who discovers he is a woman, and the woman who will do anything for him, in a tale of love and marriage in the midst of fundamental crisis.

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Suggested by Lindsey

Many have seen the award-winning film, but the book is equally beautiful. And tragic, which I happen to enjoy.

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