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Captive prince

Pacat, C. S.

FIC PACAT

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half-brother seizes power, Damien is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else.

This is one of those titles that sucked me in and didn't let go. Pacat has a talent for weaving intricate plots with plenty of twists, turns, and scandal.

Also available in ebook format through Overdrive.

Suggested by Kim


The barrow

Smylie, Mark (Mark S.)

FIC SMYLIE

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

I was unprepared for the gruesomeness of this book. If you can make it past the prologue, you have a strong stomach and, like me, will enjoy the ride.

Also available in ebook format through Overdrive.

Suggested by Kim


The paper menagerie and other stories

Liu, Ken, 1976-

FIC LIU

Presents the author's selection of his best short stories, as well as a new piece, in a collection that includes "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary," "Mono No Aware" and "The Waves."

This is a really fascinating mix of short stories. Liu's ability to bring to life rich and complex societies always amazes me.

Suggested by Kim


Democracy now! : twenty years covering the movements changing America

Goodman, Amy, 1957- author.

320.973 GOODMAN

"A celebration of the acclaimed television and radio news program Democracy Now! and the extraordinary movements and heroes who have moved our democracy forward. This important book looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Goodman takes the reader along as she goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson to Staten Island, Wall Street, South Carolina to East Timor -- and other places where people are rising up to demand justice. Democracy Now! is the modern day underground railroad of information, bringing stories from the grassroots to a global audience."--provided by publisher.

Join Amy Goodman and her Democracy Now! colleague and co-author Denis Moynihan at a talk and book signing May 07, 2016, Saturday 12:00 pm The Lincoln Theatre 712 S 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273.

Suggested by Brian


The silenced majority : stories of uprisings, occupations, resistance, and hope

Goodman, Amy, 1957-

303.484 GOODMAN

""Amy Goodman has taken investigative journalism to new heights of exciting, informative, and probing analysis."-Noam Chomsky. This timely new sequel to Goodman's New York Times bestseller gives voice to the many ordinary people standing up to corporate and government power-and refusing to be silent. The Silenced Majority pulls back the veil of corporate media reporting to dig deep into the politics of "climate apartheid," the implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the movement to halt the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, and the globalization of dissent "From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza." Throughout Goodman and Moynihan show the power of ordinary people to change their media-and change the world.

Suggested by Brian


Saint Mazie : a novel

Attenberg, Jami, author.

FIC ATTENBE

Mazie Phillips, the Truth-telling proprietress of The Venice movie theater, is big-hearted and bawdy. It's the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty, even when Prohibition kicks in, and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. When the Great Depression hits, Mazie opens her theater's doors the addicts and bums that roam the Bowery. If Mazie won't help them, then who?

This title is also available in large-print, and Overdrive eaudio and ebook formats.

Suggested by Liz


The book of speculation

Swyler, Erika.

FIC SWYLER

Simon Watson is a young librarian about to lose his job. His parents are dead, his sister is a traveling tarot card reader, and the family home is about to fall off a cliff. Oh, and he just received a mysterious package in the mail. Erika Swyler's debut is a fascinating tale about the power of books, family and magic.

This title is also available in large-type, audiobook, and Overdrive eaudio and ebook formats.

Suggested by Liz


Fangirl

Rowell, Rainbow.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

This title is also available in print, large-type, Spanish, and Overdrive eaudio and ebook formats.

Suggested by Liz


House of Thurn und Taxis : Princess Mariae Gloria Thurn und Taxis and Todd Eberle

Thurn und Taxis, Gloria von, 1960- author.

728.8209 THURN U

One thousand years of history meets a thoroughly modern family, in these glorious and lush photographs. The Thurn und Taxis family have called the palace of St. Emmeram home for over 200 years. One of Germany’s finest examples of historicist architecture, the Regensburg residence’s myriad rooms trace centuries of distinctive style. From a Romanesque-Gothic cloister built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries to a number of Rococo and neo-Rococo staterooms to a Baroque library frescoed in 1737. Celebrated photographer Todd Eberle a glimpse into the world and glamour of one of the most important dynasties of the European aristocracy.

Suggested by Liz


Scenes from an impending marriage : a prenuptial memoir

Tomine, Adrian, 1974-

646.78 TOMINE

A comic book based on the author's own wedding plans celebrates the absurd aspects of getting married, from taking dance lessons to managing family demands. A warning to those not yet hitched and a trip down memory lane for those who are!

Suggested by Liz


Monkey portraits

Greenberg, Jill.

779.3298 GREENBE

Photographic portraits of monkeys...What more do you need?

Suggested by Liz


Wet dog

Gamand, Sophie.

779.3297 GAMAND

Super cute photographs of dog at bath time. I want to squeeze them all!

Suggested by Liz


Dear Mr. You

Parker, Mary-Louise, author.

791.4302 PARKER

"A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker. An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Readers will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught"-- Easily read one letter at a time. Read all the letters or just the ones that appeal.

Suggested by Brian


The wind is not a river

Payton, Brian, 1966- author.

eBOOK OVERDRI

Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss, to document some part of the growing war that claimed his own flesh and blood. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government. While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as "the Birthplace of Winds." There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese.

Always available for checkout from Overdrive during the month of April.

Suggested by Brian


The happiness advantage : the seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work

Achor, Shawn.

158.7 ACHOR

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we'll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn't only about how to become happier at work. It's about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.

Suggested by Brian


SuperBetter : a revolutionary approach to getting stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient*

McGonigal, Jane, author.

794.8 MCGONIG

Jane McGonigal writes: “Most people see games as nothing more than a pleasant distraction--or worse, as an addicting waste of time. But I see them differently….” She continues… “Games are not just a source of entertainment. They are a model for how to become the best version of ourselves.” Who doesn’t want to become the best version of ourselves? A happier version of ourselves? This book, "Super Better a revolutionary approach to getting stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient", promises to do just that. The author’s main goal is to help you be gameful in your everyday life and bring out a super better you through playing games . Intrigued? I was.

Suggested by Brian


A full life : reflections at ninety

Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.

BIO CARTER CARTER

In "A Full Life," Carter puts the long arc of his story together the way he sees it. The book includes his accomplishments as a negotiator and peacemaker in the humblest way — as a man who was at work on a larger project, something he continues to be. A primer for the generations who don't know his work and a personal retelling for those who do, "A Full Life" may herald the reappraisal he deserves. Carolyn Kellogg LA Times

Suggested by Brian


The silver swan

Delbanco, Elena, author.

FIC DELBANC

A novel about a daughter grappling with the legacy of her famous and imposing cellist father, the secrets he has hidden from her, and the fate of his great Stradivarius cello. This story was written by the daughter of the cellist from the Beaux Art Trio, the renowned Bernard Greenhouse owned the Countess of Stainlein ex-Paganini Stradivarius violoncello of 1707. The imagined fate of that instrument, upon her father’s death, inspired The Silver Swan, Delbanco's first novel.

Suggested by Brian


Motorcycles I've loved

Brooks-Dalton, Lily.

796.7509 BROOKS

At twenty-one-years-old, Lily Brooks-Dalton is feeling lost; returning to New England after three and a half years traveling overseas, she finds herself unsettled, unattached, and without the drive to move forward. When a friend mentions buying a motorcycle, Brooks-Dalton is intrigued and inspired. Before long she is diving headlong into the world of gearheads, reconsidering her surroundings through the visor of a motorcycle helmet, and beginning a study of motion that will help her understand her own trajectory. Her love for these powerful machines starts as a diversion, but as she continues riding and maintaining her own motorcycles, she rediscovers herself, her history, and her momentum.

Suggested by Brian


Knitless : 50 no-knit, stash-busting yarn projects

McFadden, Laura, author.

746.4 MCFADDE

Are you a knitter, crocheter, crafter, or none of the above? This clever book gives yarn lovers--both knitters and non-knitters alike--50 fun ways to use their stashes without taking out their knitting needles.

Suggested by Marina


The one thing

Curtis, Marci Lyn.

TEEN CURTIS

After losing her sight--and the future she dreamed of--seventeen-year-old Maggie meets the one person with the ability to help her see all the possibilities life still holds.

Suggested by Marina


Frozen in time [an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II]

Zuckoff, Mitchell.

CD 998.2 ZUC6017

On November 5, 1942 a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the plane sent to find the men flew into a severe storm and vanished. This account details the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors.

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

Suggested by Marina


iZombie. [1], Dead to the world

Roberson, Chris.

FIC ROBERSO

Every time Gwen, a zombie, eats someone's brains she also inherits some of their memories and the latest morsel she devoured gives her memories of a murder she and her friends need to solve.

I picked this up because I'm a fan of the television show that is based on it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, considering how much different it is from the show. If only the were-terrier had also been written into an episode or two.

Suggested by Marina


The sleeper and the spindle

Gaiman, Neil, author.

TEEN GAIMAN

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina


Food : a love story

Gaffigan, Jim.

818.602 GAFFIGA

Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Insights include why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?

I guarantee that once you read his insight into how oysters came to be eaten you will either not stop laughing or never eat oysters again. Or both.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Marina


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