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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


A memory of violets : a novel of London's flower sellers

Gaynor, Hazel.

FIC GAYNOR

Step into the world of Victorian London, where the wealth and poverty exist side by side. This is the story of two long-lost sisters, whose lives take different paths, and the young woman who will be transformed by their experiences. In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw's Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London's flower girls -- orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie -- a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie's pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.

Suggested by Lindsey


Shadowheart

Kinsale, Laura.

FIC KINSALE

A fatally dangerous man -- and the woman who stands in the way of all he has ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena -- the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed. Even as he forces her to bend to his will, in the heat of desire and fury Elena finds the hidden power in her own soul, a merciless passion and command that will bring her dark lover to his knees.

Suggested by Lindsey


Never let me go

Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-

FIC ISHIGUR

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Suggested by Lindsey


The birth of Venus : a novel

Dunant, Sarah.

FIC DUNANT

From its first arresting sentence, Sarah Dunant's magnificent novel embroils the reader in the coming-of-age story of Alessandra Cecchi, a fourteen-year-old girl with a strong will and a passion for painting. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense. Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra's married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.

Suggested by Lindsey


Yé-Yé girls of '60s French pop

Deluxe, Jean-Emmanuel, 1970-, author.

782.4216 DELUXE

Ye-Ye is a delightful style of pop music featuring young female singers that influenced France and many other countries, as says Susan Sontag, with its particular "camp" style throughout the 1960s. Ye-Ye pop had secondary explosions in the 1970s and 1990s in Japan and Europe through the likes of Lio (who provides this book's foreword), and in the United States through singers like April March, whose Ye-Ye number "Chick Habit" was heard in the Quentin Tarantino film Death Proof. Interest in Ye-Ye revived again recently during the fifth season of the mega-popular television series Mad Men, when Don Draper's young, sexy wife sang the Ye-Ye number "Zou Bisou Bisou," originally made famous in the 1960s by blonde actress Gillian Hills. The most famous Ye-Ye practitioners include the glamorous Sylvie Vartan (married to rock star Johnny Hallyday), French lolita France Gall, beautiful actresses Brigitte Bardot and Chantal Goya, and the statuesque Françoise Hardy. This collection by French pop music expert Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe includes many interviews with the original singers and producers, visual excerpts of record covers, both 45s and LPs, and remarkable excerpts from a children's fan diary of the period. Ye-Ye means "Yeah Yeah" and many music lovers are ready for an immersion in this beloved but little-known genre.

Suggested by Lindsey


How to love

Nhất Hạnh, Thích, author.

294.3567 NHAT HA

The third title in Parallax's "Mindfulness Essentials Series" of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, "How to Love" introduces beginners and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love and distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; and deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love. Featuring original illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, "How to Love" shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. With sections on Love vs. Need, Being in Love, Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, "How to Love" includes meditations readers can do alone or with a partner to expand their capacity to love. This comprehensive guide to understanding the many different kinds of love also includes meditative practices that expand the understanding of and capacity for love, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditation.

Suggested by Lindsey


A path appears : transforming lives, creating opportunity

Kristof, Nicholas D., 1959-

361 KRISTOF

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world -- a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from the acclaimed husband and wife team is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them, whether with a donation of five dollars or five million, an inkling to help or a useful skill to deploy. With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving -- determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives (on issues from education to inner-city violence to disease prevention), evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fundraising. Most compellingly, perhaps, they show us how particular people have made a difference, and offer practical advice on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so.

Suggested by Lindsey


The road

McCarthy, Cormac, 1933-

FIC MCCARTH


A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

Suggested by Michelle C.


We have always lived in the castle.

Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965.

JACKSON

Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic, burying talismanic objects beneath the family estate, nailing them to trees, and ritualistically revisiting them. She has created a protective web to guard against the distrust and hostility of neighboring villagers. Or so she believes. But at last the magic fails. A stranger arrives-cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune. He disturbs the sisters' careful habits, installing himself at the head of the family table, unearthing Merricat's treasures, talking privately to Constance about "normal lives" and "boy friends." Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods. The result is crisis and tragedy, the revelation of a terrible secret, the convergence of the villagers upon the house, and a spectacular unleashing of collective spite.

Suggested by Michelle C.


Wake

McMann, Lisa.

TEEN MCMANN

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

Suggested by Michelle C.


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