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Through black spruce book Through black spruce

Boyden, Joseph, 1966-
FIC BOYDEN

A haunting novel about identity, love, and loss. Will Bird is a legendary Cree bush pilot, now lying in a coma in a hospital in his hometown of Moose Factory, Ontario. His niece Annie Bird, beautiful and self-reliant, has returned from her own perilous journey to sit beside his bed. Broken in different ways, the two take silent communion in their unspoken kinship, and the story that unfolds is rife with heartbreak, fierce love, ancient blood feuds, mysterious disappearances, fires, plane crashes, murders, and the bonds that hold a family, and a people, together. Suggested by Stacey




The graveyard book Teen CD Book The graveyard book

Gaiman, Neil.
TEEN CD FIC GAI789

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Narrated by the author. Suggested by Stacey




The heart is a lonely hunter book The heart is a lonely hunter

McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.
FIC MCCULLE

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Suggested by Stacey




Me before you book Me before you

Moyes, Jojo, 1969-
FIC MOYES

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life-who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor who is confined to a wheelchair. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. Suggested by Stacey




Behind the scenes at the museum CD Behind the scenes at the museum

Atkinson, Kate.
CD FIC ATK370

A family saga chronicles a century of life as four generations of Yorkshire women move through two World Wars, coronations, secrets, heartbreak, and happiness, all seen through the eyes of Ruby Lennox. Fun to listen to British accents. Suggested by Stacey




The smart woman's guide to midlife horses : finding meaning, magic and mastery in the second half of life book The smart woman's guide to midlife horses : finding meaning, magic and mastery in the second half of life

Folse, Melinda.
646.7008 FOLSE

The author herself to be just one among millions of Baby Boomer women who once dreamed of horses and are now recapturing that dream, Melinda let her own struggles do the talking in this tongue-in-cheek account that is a little bit memoir, a little more self-help, a whole lot of practical guidebook, and all heart. Suggested by Stacey




Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : [a memoir] book Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : [a memoir]

Chast, Roz, author, illustrator.
BIO CHAST CHAST

Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through a mixture of cartoons, family photos, documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. The themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. Suggested by Stacey




The woods. Vol. 1, The arrow book The woods. Vol. 1, The arrow

Tynion, James, IV, author.
FIC TYNION

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.




Turing's cathedral [the origins of the digital universe] CD Turing's cathedral [the origins of the digital universe]

Dyson, George, 1953-
CD 004.09 DYS3553

Legendary historian and philosopher of science George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution--in other words, computer code.




Games to play with toddlers book Games to play with toddlers

Silberg, Jackie, 1934-
790.1922 SILBERG

At a loss to find new activities to divert your toddler from climbing the bookshelves (again)? Try these fun developmentally-appropriate activites that will work on "language, creativity, coordination, confidence, problem-solving, and gross motor skills."




The best American infographics. book The best American infographics.


001.4226 BEST AM

Showcases top-selected examples of data visualization from the past year representing virtually all print and electronic media, offering insight into the present-day convergence of art and knowledge as it influences politics, culture and other arenas.




Gabi, a girl in pieces Teen Book Gabi, a girl in pieces

Quintero, Isabel.
TEEN QUINTER

Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.




Every grain of rice : simple Chinese home cooking book Every grain of rice : simple Chinese home cooking

Dunlop, Fuchsia.
641.5951 DUNLOP

A culinary reference features southern Chinese recipes, shares a comprehensive introduction to key seasonings and techniques, and offers such options as smoky eggplant with garlic, twice-cooked pork, and emergency midnight noodles.




Breakout Teen Book Breakout

Emerson, Kevin, author.
TEEN EMERSON

Fourteen-year-old eighth-grader Anthony Castillo uses "f-bombs" in the angst-ridden song he writes for his rock band, the Rusty Soles, and while it becomes an instant viral hit, he must decide if being a hero is worth the trouble that singing it on Arts Night would cause.




Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited book Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited

Bordier, Anaïs, 1987- author.
362.734 BORDIER

"Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, 'I think we might be twins--don't freak out.' It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987--the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: could they be twins?"--Amazon.com.

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The good house : a novel book The good house : a novel

Leary, Ann.
FIC LEARY

"The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place--"if they invite you over for dinner, and it's not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life"--and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn't enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There's a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire--and a love story between two craggy sixty-somethings that's as real and sexy as you get. An exceptional novel that is at turns hilarious and sobering, The Good House asks the question: What will it take to keep Hildy Good from drinking? For good"--

Suggested by Ruth




The beautiful mystery CD The beautiful mystery

Penny, Louise.
CD FIC PEN6099

When the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony.

Suggested by Ruth




How to be happy book How to be happy

Davis, Eleanor, 1983-
FIC DAVIS

A collection of literary comics exploring joy, anguish, fear, and loneliness. Named one of NPR's and Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014.

Suggested by Ruth




Run book Run

Patchett, Ann.
FIC PATCHET

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children--all his children--safe. Set over a period of twenty-four hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her bestselling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

Suggested by Ruth




The invention of wings CD The invention of wings

Kidd, Sue Monk.
CD FIC KIDD

On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

suggested by Ruth




The care and handling of roses with thorns book The care and handling of roses with thorns

Dilloway, Margaret.
FIC DILLOWA

Thirty-six-year-old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and her home on a strict schedule. Only at home, in her garden, does Gal come alive. It's here that she experiments with Hulthemia roses, painstakingly cross-pollinating various specimens in the hopes of creating a brand-new variation of spectacular beauty. But even her passion has a highly structured goal: Gal wants to win Queen of Show in a major competition and bring that rose to market. Then one afternoon Gal's teenaged niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives. Unannounced. Neither one of them will ever be the same. Filled with gorgeous details of the art of rose breeding, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is a testament to the redemptive power of love.

suggested by Ruth




The peripheral CD The peripheral

Gibson, William, 1948-
CD FIC GIBSON

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do-a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building.

Suggested by Dawn




The abundance : a novel book The abundance : a novel

Majmudar, Amit.
FIC MAJMUDA

Mala and Ronak are surprisingly less comfortable with their dual Indian and American roots than their parents, part of an immigrant community that has happily embraced the New World. Told that their mother is about to die, they return home to the Midwest, where Mala persuades Ronak that they should immerse themselves in Indian culture by learning to cook their mother's favorite recipes. Then Ronak hits upon the idea of capturing their experience in book and film, and all hell breaks loose.

Suggested by Dawn




Seconds book Seconds

O'Malley, Bryan Lee, author, illustrator.
FIC OMALLEY

Katie's life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all--but they don't come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over: 1. Write your mistake 2. Ingest one mushroom 3. Go to sleep 4. Wake anew. And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She's also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms--and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it's against the rules.

Suggested by Dawn




Underwater puppies book Underwater puppies

Casteel, Seth.
779.3297 CASTEEL

The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel's first book, Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man's best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colorful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.

Suggested by Dawn




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