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Retronaut : the photographic time machine book Retronaut : the photographic time machine

Wild, Chris, 1970-
779 WILD

This quirky blast to the past is a page-turner of some of the world's most jaw-dropping photographs, based on the wildly popular Retronaut.com, and Chris Wild's unique wit and oddball knowledge.

Suggested by Dawn



The oldest living things in the world book The oldest living things in the world

Sussman, Rachel, 1975- photographer, author.
571.879 SUSSMAN

The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space.

Suggested by Dawn



Shoplifter book Shoplifter

Cho, Michael (Illustrator), author, artist.
FIC CHO

Corinna Parks used to have big plans. While studying English Literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the ideal life of an author. After graduation, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency--just to pay off her student loans--but now she's worked in the same office for five years and the only thing she's written is ... copy. She longs for companionship (other than her cat), receives no satisfaction from her job, and feels numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. But whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment, she feels a little, what? A little more alive. Yet Corinna knows there must be something more to life, as she faces the question everyone of her generation is right now: how to find it?"

Suggested by Dawn



The twelve clues of Christmas book The twelve clues of Christmas

Bowen, Rhys.
FIC BOWEN

While serving as an assistant to the hostess of a large Christmas house party in Tiddleton-under-Lovey, Georgie gets the attention of her retired detective grandfather after dead bodies begin showing up.

Suggested by Ruth



Elizabeth is missing book Elizabeth is missing

Healey, Emma, 1985-
FIC HEALEY

In a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging, an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. Convinced Elizabeth is missing and in terrible danger, Maud's search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences. As this singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present, the clues she discovers seem to lead to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.

Suggested by Ruth



Elegy for Eddie book Elegy for Eddie

Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955-
FIC WINSPEA

Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London's highest circles of power. Set in London between the two world wars.

Suggested by Ruth



The uncommon reader book The uncommon reader

Bennett, Alan, 1934-
FIC BENNETT

From the author of The History Boys and The Clothes They Stood Up In A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys , England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.

Suggested by Ruth



The night train : a novel book The night train : a novel

Edgerton, Clyde, 1944-
FIC EDGERTO

In 1963, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry, aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk, apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. A mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams.

Suggested by Ruth



Killing Cupid book Killing Cupid

Levine, Laura, 1943- author.
FIC LEVINE

When Jaine lands a job writing web copy and brochures for matchmaker Joy Amoroso, shes excited for a chance to help the lovelorn just in time for Valentines Day until she realizes what Dates of Joy is really all about. Joy is a ruthless taskmaster who screams at her employees for the smallest infractions, pads her website with pictures of professional models posing as clients, and offers up convincing but empty promises of love in exchange for inordinate sums of money. And woe betide anyone who lays a finger on her heavily guarded stash of chocolates. So its no surprise when the chiseling cupid turns up dead at a Valentines Day mixer. Aghast to find herself on the cops suspect list, Jaine sets out to track down the killer. Who could it be? Joy's harried assistants, whose lives she made a living hell? Her younger lover? The handsome hunk of a client with a secret in his past? Or the furious Beverly Hills widow who forked over the last of her savings for a Prince Charming who never materialized? Joy left behind a slew of enemies struck by her deviant arrows, so finding the culprit may prove harder than spotting that elusive caramel praline in a box of chocolates, and Jaine will have to flirt with danger to get to the truth.

Suggested by Ruth



Me talk pretty one day book Me talk pretty one day

Sedaris, David.
814.54 SEDARIS

A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including "Me Talk Pretty One Day, " about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. "You Can't Kill the Rooster" is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hiphop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors. Sedaris's essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest he's ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French!

Suggested by Amy



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