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Unbroken a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

Hillenbrand, Laura.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Suggested by Marina


The rose & the dagger

Ahdieh, Renée, author.

TEEN CD FIC AHDIEH

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse--one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

An exhilarating conclusion to The Wrath and the Dawn.

Suggested by Marina


Dan versus nature

Calame, Don, author.

TEEN CALAME

Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she's sending her "two favorite men" on a survivalist camping trip to "bond." Determined to trick Hank into showing his true -- flawed -- colors on the trip, Dan and his nerdy germaphobe best friend, Charlie, prepare a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks. But the boys hadn't counted on a hot girl joining their trip or on getting separated from their wilderness guide--not to mention the humiliating injuries Dan suffers in the course of terrorizing his stepdad-to-be. With a man-hungry bear on their trail, no supplies, and a lot of unpleasant itching going on, can Dan see his plan through now that his very survival depends on Hank?

Laugh-out-loud funny as a result of failed pranks and over-the-top wilderness creatures.

Suggested by Marina


Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking

Cain, Susan.

155.232 CAIN

Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

Suggested by Marina


Black Widow : forever red

Stohl, Margaret, author.

FIC STOHL

Natasha Romanov, called the Black Widow, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, rescues a young girl from Ivan, the man who once trained her as an assassin--and eight years later she is called upon to protect the teenager Ava has become from a threat from the past--and possibly from S.H.I.E.L.D itself.

Suggested by Marina


When a Scot ties the knot

Dare, Tessa, author.

FIC DARE

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart. A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter . . . and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep--handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He's wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters . . . and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

Suggested by Marina


Little victories : perfect rules for imperfect living

Gay, Jason (Newspaper columnist), author.

158.1 GAY

Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living. Here, he provides witty and wise advice on the Big Questions such as how to behave at work, and rules of thumb to tell the difference between real depression and just eating five cupcakes in a row.

Suggested by Marina


An unreliable history of tattoos

Thomas, Paul.

828.9207 THOMAS

A healthy dose of fiction with a dash of fact make this re-imagining of the history of the tattoo quite entertaining!

Suggested by Liz


Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie

Martinetti, Anne.

BIO CHRISTI MARTINE

The life of Agatha Christie was as mysterious and eventful as her fiction. This beautifully illustrated graphic novel traces the life of the Queen of Whodunnit from her childhood in Torquay, England, through a career filled with success, mischief, and adventure, to her later years as Dame Agatha.

Suggested by Liz


My Elizabeth

Zahedi, Firooz, photographer.

791.4302 ZAHEDI

Befriended by Elizabeth Taylor as a young man, photographer Firooz Zahedi shares his unforgettable photographs of Taylor.

Suggested by Liz


Death without company

Johnson, Craig, 1961-

CD FIC JOH84

With help from Deputy Victoria, Mr. Santiago, and his friend Henry Standing Bear, Sherrif Walt Longmire investigates the poisioning death of an elderly local woman. As Sheriff enters the outermost edge of her web, he sets in motion a string of disturbing occurrences involving members of the isolated community.

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

Suggested by Liz


The cold dish

Johnson, Craig, 1961-

FIC JOHNSON

When a local boy is found dead near the North Cheyenne reservation, most people assume it was an isolated incident. But when Sheriff Walt Longmire launches an investigation, he discovers that two years earlier, the dead boy and three other high school boys had been given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Soon, a second boy is gunned down, and only Sheriff Longmire can keep the other two safe.

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

Suggested by Liz


The Royal We

Cocks, Heather, author.

FIC COCKS

A story of romance and rivalries inspired by today's most talked-about royal couple: Will and Kate. American Rebecca Porter attending Oxford University. Never the romantice, Bex finds herself falling madly in love with the dreamy guy across the hall. Turns out Nick is Prince Nicholas, heir to the British throne. Dealing with sibling antics, the media, and Nick's royal-sized baggage Bex if she'll get her fairy tale ending after all.

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

Suggested by Liz


A husband and three lovers

Israel, Understanding, author.

BIO ISRAEL ISRAEL

This memoir is both a humorous and a biting look at the influences of a religious commune on its children and the author. Local ties make this an interesting read for anyone who has heard accounts of the Love Israel commune and it's residents.

Suggested by Liz


For love : 25 heartwarming celebrations of humanity

770.92 FOR LOV

Curated by Alice Yoo and Eugene Kim, founders of the leading art and culture blog My Modern Met, this collection of highly creative and incredibly moving visual stories from 25 contemporary photographers captures magnificent displays of ordinary people—parents and children, husbands and wives, grandparents, friends, siblings, and pet owners—doing extraordinary things for love.

Suggested by Liz


The demonologist : the extraordinary career of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Brittle, Gerald, author.

133.4209 BRITTLE

For over five decades Ed and Lorraine Warren have been known as the world's most renowned paranormal investigators. Lorraine is a gifted clairvoyant, while Ed is the only non-ordained demonologist recognized by the Catholic Church. Together they have investigated thousands of hauntings in their career. Suggested by Kim


The girl with ghost eyes

Boroson, M. H.

FIC BOROSON

It's the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco's Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes--the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring great shame to Li-lin and her father. When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer's ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground. With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young woman searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.

Suggested by Kim


The best of all possible worlds : a novel

Lord, Karen, 1968-

FIC LORD

When their homeland is destroyed, the survivors of a proud and aloof alien society struggle to reach out to the rest of the galaxy for aid and understanding while striving to preserve their cherished way of life.

Suggested by Kim


Who fears death

Okorafor, Nnedi.

FIC OKORAFO

Born into post-apocalyptic Africa to a mother who was raped after the slaughter of her entire tribe, Onyesonwu is tutored by a shaman and discovers that her magical destiny is to end the genocide of her people.

Suggested by Kim


A poet of the invisible world

Golding, Michael.

FIC GOLDING

"A Poet of the Invisible World is the story of a boy born in thirteenth-century Persia with four ears instead of two. Orphaned as an infant, he's taken into a Sufi order, where he meets an assortment of dervishes and is placed upon a path towards spiritual awakening. He studies the Koran and the principles of Sufism. He meets his first love, a handsome youth named Vishpar. When marauders attack the lodge, however, he's swept off to a series of grueling adventures and an assortment of shifting roles: tea boy in the court of a Spanish sultan, shepherd on a barren farm in the mountains, sybarite in a bustling city on the north coast of Africa. As he stumbles from one painful experience to the next, he grows into manhood. And when fate leads him to a Sufi order perched high in the mountains, he's ready to begin the true work of spiritual development. Now the tests are more subtle: the animosity of a fellow Sufi who has dogged him since childhood, a love affair with an acolyte who's been brought under his wing. But each trial shatters another obstacle within--and leads him on toward transcendence. - A beautiful gift package, with french flaps and deckle edge - For readers of Herman Hesse's Siddhartha, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, and Paolo Coelho"

Suggested by Kim


Nonviolence : the history of a dangerous idea

Kurlansky, Mark.

303.66 KURLANS

In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power. Nonviolence is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present-day conflicts raging in the Middle East and elsewhere. Kurlansky also brings into focus just why nonviolence is a "dangerous" idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a "just war"? Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history? Kurlansky draws from history twenty-five provocative lessons on the subject that we can use to effect change today. He shows how, time and again, violence is used to suppress nonviolence and its practitioners--Gandhi and Martin Luther King, for example--that the stated deterrence value of standing national armies and huge weapons arsenals is, at best, negligible and, encouragingly, that much of the hard work necessary to begin a movement to end war is already complete. It simply needs to be embraced and accelerated.Engaging, scholarly, and brilliantly reasoned, Nonviolence is a work that compels readers to look at history in an entirely new way. This is not just a manifesto for our times but a trailblazing book whose time has come.--From the Hardcover edition.

Suggested by Kim


The Geeky Chef cookbook : unofficial recipes from Doctor Who, Game of thrones, Harry Potter, and more : real-life recipes for your favorite fantasy foods

Reeder, Cassandra, author.

641.5 REEDER

Designed to replicate foods mentioned in some of a geek's favorites shows, this collection features delectable-- and some just plain odd-- recipes that you can recreate in your home.

Suggested by Kim


The collector : a Dante Walker novel

Scott, Victoria (Young adult author), author.

TEEN SCOTT

Dante Walker is flippin' awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of Hell's best -- a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante's an equal opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he'll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment: Collect Charlie Cooper's soul within 10 days.Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that's a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he's come to collect--he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions long ago buried.

Suggested by Kim


The demonologist : the extraordinary career of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Brittle, Gerald, author.

133.4209 BRITTLE

For over five decades Ed and Lorraine Warren have been known as the world's most renowned paranormal investigators. Lorraine is a gifted clairvoyant, while Ed is the only non-ordained demonologist recognized by the Catholic Church. Together they have investigated thousands of hauntings in their career.

Suggested by Kim


Luck in the shadows

Flewelling, Lynn.

FIC FLEWELL

Seregil -- thief, con artist, and spy in the employ of the queen's wizard -- takes an apprentice in his struggle against a surreal world of intrigue, magic, and politics engineered by Plenimar, the queen's ancient foe.

Suggested by Lindsey


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