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The kept : a novel

Scott, James, 1977 February 3- author.


After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, twelve-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible for shattering their family.

Suggested by Jane

Under the wide and starry sky : a novel

Horan, Nancy.


Local author, Nancy Horan, of "Loving Frank" fame, turns her talents to the unconventional love affair between Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They first meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny has run away from her philandering Californian husband in the hopes of pursuing an artistic life and the much younger Stevenson is escaping family pressure to become a lawyer. So begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world. An engaging historical read to entertain you on crisp Autumn evenings.

Suggested by Jane

Duct tape : 101 adventurous ideas for art, jewelry, flowers, wallets, and more

Davis, Forest Walker.

745.59 DAVIS

A collection of fun and fanciful duct tape projects that will inspire creativity in even the most reluctant crafters.

Suggested by Jane

Colorful crochet lace : 22 chic garments & accessories

Hall, Mary Jane. author.

746.434 HALL

Colorful, modern designs that will make you rethink the concept of "crocheted lace" as being something old-fashioned.

Suggested by Jane

Comfort me with apples : more adventures at the table

Reichl, Ruth.


In this sequel to "Tender at the Bone", Ruth Reichl serves up more tales of love, life, and marvelous meals. "Comfort Me with Apples" picks up Reichl's story in 1978, when she embarks on her career as a restaurant critic. Her pursuit of good food and good company leads her to New York, China, France and Los Angeles, and her stories of cooking and dining with world-famous chefs range from the madcap to the sublime.

Suggested by Jane

The fishing fleet : husband-hunting in the Raj

De Courcy, Anne, author.

305.4095 DE COUR

Fascinating and entertaining true stories of the young Victorian women on the hunt for husbands among the businessmen and bureaucrats in the Raj during the colonial period.

Suggested by Jane

We are not ourselves

Thomas, Matthew, 1975-


When Eileen meets Ed Leary, an educated scientist, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. Once married, she quickly discovers Ed doesn't aspire to her ever bigger American Dream. Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper shift - early onset Alzheimer's. Eileen, Ed and their son, Connell, try to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known and preserve an idea they have cherished of the future.

Suggested by Jane

Only in Spain : a foot-stomping, firecracker of a memoir about food, Flamenco, and falling in love

Bennett, Nellie.


A peek at Spanish culture and the inner world of flamenco dance training, this thoroughly enjoyable memoir of an Australian girl who fell in love with flamenco, Sevilla, Madrid and enigmatic Spanish men will leave you wanting to run away to sunnier, more romantic lands.

Suggested by Jane

The viscount who loved me

Quinn, Julia.


When notorious rake Anthony Bridgerton announces that he has chosen a prospective bride, he faces unexpected opposition when his intended's meddlesome sister Kate decides to protect her innocent sister from the wicked aristocrat.

Suggested by Jackie

Shutter. Volume one, Wanderlost

Keatinge, Joe.


"Kate Kristopher was a globally renowned explorer on an Earth far more fantastic than our own. Then she wasn't. Ten years later, a family secret shatters the quiet life she built, forcing her back into the role of adventurer in a world that's both marvelous...and frightening."

Suggested by Jackie

Vanessa and her sister : a novel

Parmar, Priya, 1974- author.


"A captivating novel that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer."

Suggested by Jackie


Grant, Mira.


"The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives--the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them."

This title is also available as ebooks in Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library

Suggested by Jackie


Okorafor, Nnedi, author.


"A biologist, a famous rapper, and a rogue soldier become the honor guard and interpreter of humanity's first contact with an alien ambassador in this thriller that combines magician realism and seemingly end-of-the-world high tension"

Suggested by Jackie

The sparrow

Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-


The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.

This title is also available in print and ebook

Suggested by Jackie

Glory O'Brien's history of the future

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-


As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide.

Suggested by Danielle


De Radiguè€s, Max.


Joe is a shy high school student who is relentlessly bullied, and must find comfort in the natural world. Soon however, the story twists into a tale of power and fear complete with visual symbolism and beautiful cartooning. The morally ambiguous ending will keep you thinking long after you close the covers.

Suggested by Danielle

My feelings : poems

Flynn, Nick, 1960- author.

811.6 FLYNN

Suggested by Danielle

The last girlfriend on earth : and other love stories

Rich, Simon.


A collection of humorous short stories about love and romance, including the tale of a besotted Sherlock Holmes ignoring all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him.

Suggested by Danielle

The ugly animals : we can't all be pandas

Watt, Simon, author.

590 WATT

'The Ugly Animals' is a collection of 60 of the world's most ugly (and endangered) animals, featuring rare imagery and explanatory text.

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


Robinson, Kim Stanley.


"A saga of life thirty thousand years ago during the Ice Age depicts the lives of the shaman Thorn, an outsider named Elga, and Loon, the next shaman, who is struggling to find his own path in a treacherous and uncertain world." (--Syndetics Solutions)

Listened to this on downloadable audio because it's an Audie Award Finalist for 2014. Great narration, wonderfully immersive escape to a completely different way of life.

Suggested by Ruth

Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead

Sandberg, Sheryl.

658.4092 SANDBER

In "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg -- Facebook COO and one of "Fortune" magazine's most powerful women in business -- looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.

Suggested by Ruth

Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything

Ehrenreich, Barbara.


"In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." Certain to be a classic, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement"--

Suggested by Ruth

My crochet doll : a fabulous crochet doll pattern with over 50 cute crochet doll's clothes and accessories

Kessedjian, Isabelle, author.

745.5922 KESSEDJ

Instagram sensation Isabelle Kessedjian has created this adorable doll with her own very stylish wardrobe in crochet! Using Isabelle's easy patterns discover how to crochet your doll and then personalize her with your choice of hair, clothing and accessories for home and abroad. Each project is presented as a mini story to bring your crochet doll to life with a whole heap of extras to complete each scene, including: At the Beach with a bucket, paddling pool and air bed, Good Night! with bed linen, a pillow and cuddly teddy for sweet dreams! At the North Pole with a camera, penguin and a fish! The cute mini suitcase pattern is perfect for storing all your doll's belongings and doubles up as a bed too! Create the doll of your dreams for a little girl you love or the little girl inside!

Suggested by Ruth

Lucky us : a novel

Bloom, Amy, 1953-


Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-twentieth-century Long Island.

Suggested by Ruth

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