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Broken open : how difficult times can help us grow book Broken open : how difficult times can help us grow

Lesser, Elizabeth.
204.42 LESSER

"If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us--secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us." --ELIZABETH LESSER During times of transition, amid everyday stress, and even when we face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it; to shut down or to be broken open and transformed.

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Mister Owita's guide to gardening : how I learned the unexpected joy of a green thumb and an open heart book Mister Owita's guide to gardening : how I learned the unexpected joy of a green thumb and an open heart

Wall, Carol, 1951-
635 WALL

Describes how a period of transition in the journalist author's life marked by her empty nest, a recent illness and her aging parents led her to forge a deep friendship with a gifted Kenyan gardener with whom she transformed her yard and shared long-buried secrets.

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The good luck of right now book The good luck of right now

Quick, Matthew, 1973-

When his mother dies, thirty-eight-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn't know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother's underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.

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The memory garden book The memory garden

Rickert, M. (Mary), 1959- author.

Bay Singer has bigger secrets than most. Not that she knows about them. Her mother, Nan, is sure that the burden of those secrets would be too much, and that s why she never told anyone the truth not even Bay. There s a lot that Nan has kept quiet over the years, especially those times with Mavis and Ruthie times that were dark and full of guilt. But some secrets have a power all their own, and Nan realizes she needs Mavis and Ruthie now more than ever. When the three meet again in Nan s garden, their reunion has spellbinding effects that none of them could have imagined, least of all Bay.

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Remember me like this : a novel book Remember me like this : a novel

Johnston, Bret Anthony, 1971-

Four years after Justin Campbell's disappearance left his family in a state of perpetual denial and sent them to their own personal dream worlds to cope with the loss, Justin's return and the aftermath of the horrors he endured shake him and his family to their very core as they struggle to find the happy ending they all thought Justin's return might give them.

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Memoirs of an imaginary friend book Memoirs of an imaginary friend

Dicks, Matthew.

Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination. Budo thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger's Syndrome, but most just say he's "on the spectrum." None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can't protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy...

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Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory book Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory

Doughty, Caitlin, author.
363.7509 DOUGHTY

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.

This title is also available in Large Print.

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Blue plate special : an autobiography of my appetites book Blue plate special : an autobiography of my appetites

Christensen, Kate, 1962-

Christensen explores her history of hunger--not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging--with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists.

This title is also available in eBook and eAudio.

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Seventies glamour book Seventies glamour

Wills, David, 1969- author.
779.2 WILLS

In Seventies Glamour, the acclaimed Hollywood photo historian David Wills showcases the freewheeling, explosive parade that was the 1970s, highlighting its aesthetic of liberation, sexual freedom and defiant indulgence. Gorgeously reproduced, wittily curated, the photos in Seventies Glamour are as diverse as the decade they celebrate.

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This is not a photo opportunity : the street art of Banksy book This is not a photo opportunity : the street art of Banksy

759.2 BANKSY

Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Once viewed as vandalism, Banksy's work is now venerated, collected, and preserved. Over the course of a decade, Martin Bull has documented dozens of the most important and impressive works by the legendary political artist, most of which are no longer in existence.

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Metal cats Teen Book Metal cats

Crockett, Alexandra, photographer.

The metal scene is known for its love of dark, depressing and disturbing imagery and ideas, and its fans are often mischaracterised as violent, hateful and misanthropic. Metal Cats is hard evidence that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like everyone else.

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Faux taxidermy knits : 15 wild animal knitting patterns book Faux taxidermy knits : 15 wild animal knitting patterns

Walker, Louise (Designer), author.
746.432 WALKER

Faux Taxidermy Knits offers you 15 fabulously quirky and fun knitting patterns that tap into the massive trend for taxidermy inspired craft projects with an ironic twist!

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Big art, small art book Big art, small art

Manco, Tristan.
700.4112 MANCO

Scale is being taken to new extremes in art: big and bold on the one hand, intricate and intimate on the other. This book is divided into two sections big art and small art and includes profiles of forty-five contemporary artists who are revolutionizing our approach to scale with works that provoke questions, arouse emotions and offer fresh perspectives.

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Displacement book Displacement

Knisley, Lucy, author, illustrator.
741.5973 KNISLEY

In the newest installment of her graphic memoir series, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

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The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates book The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates

Moore, Wes, 1978-

Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Fascinating true story of two boys and their journey to adulthood.

Suggested by Liz

I like you just the way I am : stories about me and some other people book I like you just the way I am : stories about me and some other people

Mollen, Jenny, 1979-
792.028 MOLLEN

Collection of essays by actress and writer Jenny Mollen. She doesn't want much from life. Just to be loved by everybody: her parents, her dogs, her ex-boyfriends, her ex-boyfriend's dogs, her husband, her husband's ex-girlfriends, her husband's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriends, etc. Oh, and she's married to a famous guy.

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How to mulch : save water, feed the soil, and suppress weeds book How to mulch : save water, feed the soil, and suppress weeds

Campbell, Stu, author.
635.04 CAMPBEL

Quick answers to all your mulching questions!

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Baker Towers book Baker Towers

Haigh, Jennifer, 1968-

The decade following World War II becomes one of tragedy, excitement, and unexpected change for the five Novak children and the residents of their western Pennsylvania mining town.

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A Dirty Job book A Dirty Job

Moore, Christopher, 1957-

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death. A great read for those who enjoy dark and offbeat humor.

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The President and the assassin : McKinley, terror, and empire at the dawn of the American century book The President and the assassin : McKinley, terror, and empire at the dawn of the American century

Miller, Scott, 1960-
973.88 MILLER

An account of the 25th President's assassination places events against a backdrop of a rapidly changing, newly industrial nation that President William McKinley regarded as increasingly great while his assassin, Leon Czolgosz, became obsessed with his views on poverty, injustice and social revolution. Though a century has past, the parallels to our current political landscape are hard to ignore.

Suggested by Liz

The tin horse : a novel book The tin horse : a novel

Steinberg, Janice, 1950-

A rich multigenerational story about the intense, often fraught bond sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience. Sixty years ago Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away, cutting off contact with her family forever. While preparing to move to a retirement home, Elaine is stunned to find a possible hint to Barbara's whereabouts.

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The genius of dogs : how dogs are smarter than you think book The genius of dogs : how dogs are smarter than you think

Hare, Brian, 1976-
636.7083 HARE

Breakthroughs in cognitive science, pioneered by Brian Hare have proven dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom. Brian Hare's stunning discovery is that when dogs domesticated themselves around 40,000 years ago they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors. Domestication gave dogs a whole new kind of social intelligence. This finding will change the way we think about dogs and dog training--indeed, the revolution has already begun. This is a fascinating exploration into the human/dog relationship and the trial results from the Duke Dog Cognition Center had some really interesting findings and made my look differently at my relationship with my dogs.

Suggested by Marina

Evolution, me, & other freaks of nature Teen Book Evolution, me, & other freaks of nature

Brande, Robin.

Following her conscience leads high school freshman Mena to clash with her parents and former friends from their conservative Christian church, but might result in better things when she stands up for a teacher who refuses to include "Intelligent Design" in lessons on evolution. Still as topical as when it was published, almost 10 years ago, this book explores the decisions students have to make with scientific fact and religious beliefs and does a good job of portraying both sides and how they can (or sometimes can't) work together.

Suggested by Marina

The great American slow cooker book : 500 easy recipes for every day and every size machine book The great American slow cooker book : 500 easy recipes for every day and every size machine

Weinstein, Bruce, 1960-
641.5884 WEINSTE

The ultimate in slow-cooker books--with 500 recipes, each adapted for three sizes of appliance. From breakfast to soups, mains to grains, vegetables to desserts, this guide is the only book you'll ever need to master your slow cooker or crockpot. Each recipe is labeled for its level of difficulty and nutritional value, and they cover every kind of dish imaginable: delicious breakfast oatmeals, slow-braised meats, succulent vegetables, sweet jams and savory sauces, decadent desserts. This is the slow cooker book to end them all. The lack of photos don't detract from this cookbook and the best thing is the recipes created for different sized slow cookers depending on how many servings you need.

Suggested by Marina

Unremembered Teen Book Unremembered

Brody, Jessica.

A girl, estimated to be sixteen, awakens with amnesia in the wreckage of a plane crash she should not have survived and taken into foster care, and the only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was part of a top-secret science experiment. The unraveling of the story of Seraphina has a hint of mystery, intrigue and science fiction and should appeal to readers of all genres.

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