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In falling snow : a novel

MacColl, Mary-Rose, 1961-


Traveling to France during World War I to bring home her fifteen-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist, Iris, a young Australian nurse, decides to stay in Paris to help establish a field hospital staffed entirely by women.

Also available as Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

Symphony for the city of the dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad

Anderson, M. T., author.


An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.

Suggested by Danielle

The trouble in me

Gantos, Jack, author.


"Fourteen-year-old Jack falls under the spell of a delinquent Florida neighbor and gets way more trouble than he bargained for"--

Suggested by Danielle

Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Brown, Don, 1949- author.

TEEN 363.3492 BROWN

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Suggested by Danielle

Still writing : the pleasures and perils of a creative life

Shapiro, Dani.

808.02 SHAPIRO

Examines the process of creative writing and storytelling through the author's personal stories and experiences of living a writer's life and offers lessons and insights to aspiring authors.

Suggested by Danielle

The reluctant journal of Henry K. Larsen

Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin, 1964-


When thirteen-year-old Henry and his family move to the city to leave behind a secret tragedy, Henry finds a journal is his best friend.

Suggested by Danielle

We were liars

Lockhart, E.


Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Written for teens, the haunting and heartbreaking novel will appeal to adults as well.

This title is also available in audiobook, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Hooper, Emma, author.


Otto wakes to a note: "Otto, I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. Don’t worry, I’ve left you the truck. I can walk. I will try to remember to come back." This begins 82-year-old Etta's 3,200 kilometer journey across Canada. Past and present day are interwoven seamlessly in this tale of love, loyalty, and time.

This title is also available in 3M eBook and OverDrive eBook formats.

Suggested by Liz

Find Momo coast to coast : my dog is taking a road trip : can you find him? : another hide-and-seek photography book

Knapp, Andrew, 1982- photographer, author.

793.73 KNAPP

Travel across the United States and Canada, visiting iconic landmarks and unique off-the-map marvels. Look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, and in the French Quarter of New Orleans . . . as well as at diners, bookstores, museums, and other locales that only a seasoned road-tripper like Andrew could find. It's part game, part photography book, and a whole lot of fun. Dog-lovers will fall more and more in love with Momo with every turn of the page!

Suggested by Liz

Gumption [relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers]

Offerman, Nick, 1970-

CD 973.002 OFFERMA

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure. Now with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-five figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day; Nick's personal pantheon of 'great Americans.' Smart, funny, and thought-provoking, you'll finished inspired to find your own gumption...Use it wisely. Read by the author.

This title is also available in print, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Calling Dr. Laura : a graphic memoir

Georges, Nicole J.


Nicole Georges' father dies when she was two. At least, that is what her family told her. Twenty years later, palm reader tells her differently driving Nicole to seek the truth behind the family secrets and deal with one big secret of her own.

Suggested by Liz

Baked occasions : desserts for leisure activities, holidays, and informal celebrations

Lewis, Matt, author.

641.86 LEWIS

Lewis and Paliafito celebrate a year in desserts. You'll have everything you need to create a wide range of sweet treats for quirky festivities and traditional holidays all year round. Personally, I am looking forward to the chocolate rice crispy "cake" with homemade marshmallow "icing" the most!

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz


King, Stephen, 1947-


Set in a small town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Narrator Michael Kelly effectively draws you into Devin's world of mystery, romance, and murder.

This title is also available in print, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Marriage : illustrated with crappy pictures

Dusick, Amber, author.

818.602 DUSICK

From the author of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures comes a book on a topic that will never cease to prove that human behavior is utterly perplexing: MARRIAGE. From minor pet peeves (leftover toothpaste globs in the sink: why?) to an inability to put dirty clothes into the laundry basket, and instead drop them on the floor RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAUNDRY BASKET, all will be able relate to this love letter to spouses. Weird, annoying, and perfect (simultaneously!) spouses.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz

As the crow flies

Johnson, Craig, 1961-


Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is an older man of few words and dry humor. He works on an Indian reservation alongside a wet-behind-the-ears, brash, and beautiful young police chief Lolo Long, who recently replaced Walt’s best friend, Henry Standing Bear. Walt is scoping out a possible site for his daughter’s upcoming wedding when he witnesses a young Crow woman fall from a cliff and die. Solving the mystery isn’t going to be easy, as Lolo intends to arrest Walt, the FBI want to take over, and someone else is trying to run down Walt with a truck. Walt will even participate in a native spiritual ceremony on the way to solving this mystery. Great on audio-- even includes some Cheyenne dialogue.

Suggested by Ruth

Also available in book and ebook formats.

Love Minus Eighty

McIntosh, Will.


Imagine social media “trending,” reality TV, and lopsided distribution of wealth on steroids. Set it in a future world in which beautiful women who die young are frozen as “bridesicles” for the mega-rich. Fringe-dweller Rob accidentally hits and kills Winter; his guilt-driven visits to the cryogenic dating center lead to falling in love with a woman he can never have. Multiple storylines weave through the plot. Un-put-downable--I lost sleep because of this book!

Suggested by Ruth

Also available in ebook from OverDrive and 3M

Inside a silver box

Mosley, Walter, author.


What if there were a new Adam and Eve—-thrown together by chance? Eve-- make that Lorraine--is a brainy white college girl majoring in philosophy, and Adam (or Ronnie) is the black man who attacks her in Central Park. Not the most promising start to a relationship, but only these 2 can save humanity from destruction. I’m not a scific reader, so the plot framework made me work, but I couldn’t put this book down and miss Mosley’s musings on race, gender, black incarceration, the meaning of love, and even the nature of God. Wonderful dialogue, interesting characters, soul-satisfying food for thought.

Suggested by Ruth

Also available in ebook from OverDrive

Disgruntled : a novel

Solomon, Asali, author.


Lured in by great reviews, I picked up this book and laughed out loud on the first page, then again on the next. Main character Kenya is instantly lovable and relatable, and manages to survive her idealistic, philosophical and impractical father’s rules (we do Kwanzaa, not Christmas; no black sitcoms showing black people acting the fool; no bologna, because white people forced slaves to eat pig guts). Kenya is too weird to have friends in her mostly black elementary school: what will happen when her parents send her to the white private school? Hilarious, poignant, and exceptionally well written.

Suggested by Ruth

Midnight crossroad

Harris, Charlaine.


"FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale-populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth... "-- Provided by publisher. A fun read for Halloween time, complete with a witch, vampires, and talking cat.

Suggested by Ruth

also available in ebook, audio CD, and Large Print.

Bent Road

Roy, Lori.


Talk about “American Gothic” – this sinister tale set in remote farmland is perfect for late October. Arthur Scott & his family return to his rural Kansas hometown after 20 years away. What made Arthur cut ties so abruptly, around the time of his sister Eve’s mysterious death at such a young age, just when she was preparing to marry? And how creepy for Arthur’s daughter to find an old photo of the deceased aunt and see that she is a dead ringer for Eve. When a local girl disappears, buried secrets begin to surface. I enjoyed this on eAudio from OverDrive.

Suggested by Ruth

also available in book, CD, and ebook formats.

Wickedly dangerous

Blake, Deborah, 1960-


Posing as an herbalist and researcher, Barbara Yager travels the country with her sometimes faithful dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as Baba Yaga and avoiding human attachments--until she meets a charming sheriff.

Also available as an Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

My real children

Walton, Jo.


It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know-what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War, those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not?

Also available as an Overdrive ebook

Suggested by Becky

The house of owls

Angell, Tony, author.

598.9709 ANGELL

For a quarter of a century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside the window of their forest home. The journals in which the author recorded his observations, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book—a personal account of an artist-naturalist’s life with owls. Angell’s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do—hunting, courting, raising families, and exercising their inquisitive natures—and reveal his immeasurable respect for their secret lives and daunting challenges.

Also available as an eaudio and an Overdrive ebook

Suggested by Becky

Painted horses

Brooks, Malcolm (Novelist), author.


Catherine Lemay, a young archaeologist surveying a Montana canyon in the 1950s ahead of the planned construction of a major dam, meets a former mounted cavalryman who shows her the beauty in the stark landscape around her.

Also available as a talking book and in eaudio.

Suggested by Becky

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