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Ghost summer : stories

Due, Tananarive, 1966- author.


In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories.

Suggested by KP

The Monstrous


Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, including Peter Straub, Kim Newman, and Caitlín R. Kiernan, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it's a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there--and much closer than it appears.

Also available through Overdrive.

Suggested by KP

Diary of a haunting : possession

Verano, M., author.


"The mixed-media diary of a girl whose strange illness, which doctors cannot seem to crack, may have its origins in something dark and ancient--an entity that takes pleasure in controlling her mind, and her body."

Suggested by KP

The girl from the well

Chupeco, Rin.


Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Also available through Overdrive.

Suggested by KP

The demonists

Sniegoski, Tom, author.


There is more to our world than meets the eye--darker things, crueler things. Exorcist John Fogg and his wife, psychic medium Theodora Knight, know what lurks in the shadows. But even they're not prepared for the worst Hell has to offer... It was supposed to be a simple exorcism, a publicity stunt to firmly establish John and Theodora's thriving paranormal investigation empire in the public eye. But something went wrong, leading to an on-air massacre that unleashed a malicious host of demons and left Theodora catatonic, possessed by countless spirits. John sets out on a desperate quest to find a cure for his wife, but his obsession brings him face-to-face with an even more terrifying problem: Theodora's possession is only one piece of a deadly plot that is threatening the entire world. Because an ancient evil is about to make Earth its battlefield--and without John and Theodora's intervention, there is no chance for salvation...

Also available through Overdrive.

Suggested by KP

Revenge : eleven dark tales

Ogawa, Yōko, 1962-


Sinister forces collide---and unite a host of desperate characters---in this eerie cycle of interwoven tales from Yoko Ogawa, the critically acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon's jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon's neighbor---who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders---their fates converge in an ominous and darkly beautiful web. Yoko Ogawa's Revenge is a master class in the macabre that will haunt you to the last page. An NPR Best Book of 2013.

Also available through Overdrive.

Suggested by KP

Within these walls : a novel

Ahlborn, Ania, author.


With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed-up true-crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback, one more shot at the bestselling success he once enjoyed. His chance comes when he's promised exclusive access to death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the notorious cult leader and mass murderer who's ready to break his silence after 30 years, and who contacted Lucas personally from his maximum-security cell. With nothing less to lose, Lucas leaves New York to live in and work from the scene of the crime: a split-level farmhouse on a gray sanded beach in Washington State whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb's diviners-- runaways who were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love.There, Lucas sets out to capture the real story of the departed faithful. Except that he's not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life and within these walls, they're far from dead.

Suggested by KP

The after party : a novel

DiSclafani, Anton, author.


This is the story of a group of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all. Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1957 Houston social scene. Best friends with Joan since pre-school, Cece Buchanan is either Joan's chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on the night and whom you ask. When Joan starts to drift out of reach and beyond the borders of their confined world the summer they are twenty-five, Cece considers it her responsibility to bring her back to the fold, for better or for worse.

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

Suggested by Liz

All the bright places

Niven, Jennifer.


When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the teetering on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

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

Suggested by Liz

Elizabeth is missing

Healey, Emma, 1985- author.


Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger. Armed with an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to save her friend. The clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished after World War II. Could the mystery of Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?

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

Suggested by Liz

Amazing fantastic incredible : a marvelous memoir

Lee, Stan, 1922-


What is the best way for Stan Lee, comic book legend and co-creator of Spider-Man and the X-Men (and many more!), to share his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be? With a graphic memoir, of course!

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

Suggested my Liz

Almost Live! : the show that wouldn't die

Johnston, Bryan, author.

791.4572 JOHNSTO

The success of Almost Live! is ridiculous. A two-bit comedy show, no budget, dropped into a black hole of a time slot; it loses its host, goes through a schedule and format change, airs sketches that almost get the station sued and the show canceled. Oh, and for good measure a cast member dies on set. In any sane universe these television experiences would be filed under How to ensure unmitigated failure. But in the bizarre world of Almost Live! apparently normal reality doesn't exist. Really a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a true Seattleite!

Suggested by Liz

Advanced style : older & wiser

Cohen, Ari Seth.

746.9208 COHEN

This follow-up to the bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. Similar in format to the original, with dozens of portraits from cities all over the world, this book also features 22 short essays by some of the portrait subjects, distilling the wisdom and lifestyle secrets of some of Cohen's favorite Advanced Style ladies.

Suggested by Liz

American housewife : stories

Ellis, Helen, author.


Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, the twelve irresistible stories in American Housewife are an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.

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

Suggested by Liz


Rowell, Rainbow.


Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. Or is it? This story is about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself, even it is someone you have never met.

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Liz

The gods of Gotham

Faye, Lyndsay.


Local author Lyndsay Faye immerses us in the world of Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant who has just joined the newly formed NYPD. His first big case: investigating the murder of a 12-year-old Irish boy. This is the first in the Gods of Gotham series.

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

Suggested by Liz

Lily and the octopus

Rowley, Steven, 1971- author.


Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has debates with his dachshund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with the "octopus" attached to Lily's head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily's lethal cranial tumor. As Lily's condition worsens, Teddy faces off with the "octopus", engaging it in a battle of wills that takes on epic proportions. An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, funny and ardent tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.

Suggested by Lindsey

Requiem of the rose king. 1

Kanno, Aya, 1980-


In medieval England, during the age of the Wars of the Roses, a fierce battle rages between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Young Richard of teh House of York is determined that his family will ascend the throne...but he's hiding a secret that could destroy everything he desires.

Suggested by Lindsey

The mysteries of Pittsburgh : a novel

Chabon, Michael.


The enthralling debut from bestselling novelist Michael Chabon is a penetrating narrative of complex friendships, father-son conflicts, and the awakening of a young man’s sexual identity. Chabon masterfully renders the funny, tender, and captivating first-person narrative of Art Bechstein, whose confusion and heartache echo the tones of literary forebears like The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield and The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway.

Suggested by Lindsey

Fresh romance. Volume 1


Fresh Romance is an exciting collection of romance comics from some of comics’ most talented creators, including Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, and Trungles. From unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances, there’s something for everyone in Fresh Romance. Includes some sexual situations.

Suggested by Lindsey

Mr. Impossible

Chase, Loretta Lynda, 1949-


While stranded in a Cairo prison, Rupert Carsington gets a chance for freedom when a lovely widow, who, needing him to rescue her brother who has been kidnapped, makes him an offer he cannot refuse.

Suggested by Lindsey

First position

Brayden, Melissa, author.


Anastasia Mikhelson is the rising star of the NY City Ballet. Though at the peak of her career, competition from a new and noteworthy dancer puts all she's worked for in jeopardy.

Suggested by Lindsey

Wild babies : photographs of baby animals from giraffes to hummingbirds

Scott, Traer.

779.32 SCOTT

Bestselling author and photographer Traer Scott captures the magic and wonder of a young animal's first weeks of life in this heartwarming collection of photographs. Featuring portraits of more than 30 baby animals, Wild Babies provides a glimpse into the rarely seen world of newborn creatures. From rambunctious little kangaroos and fluffy fox cubs to a wide-eyed elephant seal pup and a tiny painted turtle, these playful images are paired with engaging text that highlights the remarkable moments in wild infants' first days as they learn to eat, walk, swim, and fly. Animal lovers will delight in these close-up shots and fun trivia celebrating the unique personalities of irresistibly cute creatures navigating their way out into the world for the very first time.

Suggested by Lindsey

Pit bull : the battle over an American icon

Dickey, Bronwen, author.

636.7559 DICKEY

The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized, and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation.

Suggested by Marina

The dog merchants : inside the big business of breeders, pet stores, and rescuers

Kavin, Kim, author.

636.7006 KAVIN

Reveals the complex network behind the $11 billion-a-year business of selling dogs; discusses how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters; and shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of canines everywhere.

Suggested by Marina

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