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The care and handling of roses with thorns book The care and handling of roses with thorns

Dilloway, Margaret.
FIC DILLOWA

Thirty-six-year-old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and her home on a strict schedule. Only at home, in her garden, does Gal come alive. It's here that she experiments with Hulthemia roses, painstakingly cross-pollinating various specimens in the hopes of creating a brand-new variation of spectacular beauty. But even her passion has a highly structured goal: Gal wants to win Queen of Show in a major competition and bring that rose to market. Then one afternoon Gal's teenaged niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives. Unannounced. Neither one of them will ever be the same. Filled with gorgeous details of the art of rose breeding, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is a testament to the redemptive power of love.

suggested by Ruth




The peripheral CD The peripheral

Gibson, William, 1948-
CD FIC GIBSON

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran's benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC's elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there's a job he's supposed to do-a job Flynne didn't know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building.

Suggested by Dawn




The abundance : a novel book The abundance : a novel

Majmudar, Amit.
FIC MAJMUDA

Mala and Ronak are surprisingly less comfortable with their dual Indian and American roots than their parents, part of an immigrant community that has happily embraced the New World. Told that their mother is about to die, they return home to the Midwest, where Mala persuades Ronak that they should immerse themselves in Indian culture by learning to cook their mother's favorite recipes. Then Ronak hits upon the idea of capturing their experience in book and film, and all hell breaks loose.

Suggested by Dawn




Seconds book Seconds

O'Malley, Bryan Lee, author, illustrator.
FIC OMALLEY

Katie's life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all--but they don't come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over: 1. Write your mistake 2. Ingest one mushroom 3. Go to sleep 4. Wake anew. And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She's also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms--and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it's against the rules.

Suggested by Dawn




Underwater puppies book Underwater puppies

Casteel, Seth.
779.3297 CASTEEL

The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel's first book, Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man's best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colorful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.

Suggested by Dawn




Garment of shadows book Garment of shadows

King, Laurie R.
FIC KING

The shadows of war are drawing over the ancient city of Fez, and Holmes badly wants the wisdom and courage of his wife, whom he's learned, to his horror, has gone missing. As Holmes searches for her, and Russell, suffering a temporary memory loss, searches for her "self," each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it's too late for them, for Africa, and for the peace of Europe.

Latest book in my favorite mystery series! - Dawn




Meet Paris oyster : a love affair with the perfect food book Meet Paris oyster : a love affair with the perfect food

Guiliano, Mireille, 1946-
641.694 GUILIAN

A engaging exploration of the Parisian love affair with the world's most sensuous shellfish. It centers on Huîtrerie Régis, a tightly packed oyster bar in the heart of the City of Light, with an opinionated owner and a colorful cast of regulars. Part cultural journey, part cookbook, and part slice-of-life play, this book introduces readers to the appetites (gastronomic and otherwise) of Paris and its people.

Suggested by Dawn




Delicious and suspicious book Delicious and suspicious

Adams, Riley.
FIC ADAMS

Welcome to Aunt Pat's barbeque restaurant--family run and located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. Named in honor of Lulu Taylor's great aunt, the restaurant is known for its ribs and spicy corn bread, but now the Taylor family will be known for murder--unless Lulu can clear their name.

If you love BBQ and quirky Southern mysteries, this may be the book for you. - Dawn




Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know book Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know

Horowitz, Alexandra.
636.7 HOROWIT

In Inside of a Dog , Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog-owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs-as seen from the animal's point of view. Inspired by her years of living with her own dog, Pumpernickel, who was a constant source of delight and mystery, Horowitz's mind became filled with questions and ideas. In crisp, clear prose, she draws on her research in the field of dog cognition to give readers a sense of a dog's perceptual and cognitive abilities-and paints a picture of what the canine experience is like.

Suggested by Dawn




Lost girls : an unsolved American mystery book Lost girls : an unsolved American mystery

Kolker, Robert, author.
364.1523 KOLKER

A tragic account of the lives and deaths of five Craigslist prostitutes, whose bodies were found on the same Long Island beach in 2010. Kolker examines the socioeconomic and cultural forces that shaped these women and ultimately led each of them to a life of prostitution.

Suggested by Liz




Death in Salem : the private lives behind the 1692 witch hunt book Death in Salem : the private lives behind the 1692 witch hunt

Foulds, Diane E.
133.4309 FOULDS

During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested, twenty of those arrests ending in execution. This book explores the personal lives of the young "bewitched" women who led Salem's witchcraft frenzy and the tragedies they endured.

Suggested by Liz




Sisterland : a novel book Sisterland : a novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis.
FIC SITTENF

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar 'senses,' innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people's secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. A compelling read for those who enjoy examining familial bonds between sisters, spouses, and parents.

Suggested by Liz




The kitchen house book The kitchen house

Grissom, Kathleen.
FIC GRISSOM

Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland to America, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work. As a white servant girl, Lavinia perilously straddles two very different worlds, bonding both with the kitchen slaves and the plantation's opium addicted mistress. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

Suggested by Liz




Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life CD Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life

Robbins, Tom, 1932- author.
CD BIO ROBBINS ROBBINS

Fans of Tom Robbins will love this unconventional autobiography. From his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures, his unique voice combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

Suggested by Liz




Lucky us : a novel book Lucky us : a novel

Bloom, Amy, 1953-
FIC BLOOM

Set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany, half sisters Eva and Iris journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune.

Suggested by Liz




Natural born charmer book Natural born charmer

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth.
FIC PHILLIP

NFL quarterback Dean Robillard has set off on a cross-country trip and when he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit. Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Full of Phillips' brand of witty banter and cast of crazy characters this book combines heart with a dash of humor to create a unique tale of personal and emotional discovery.

Suggested by Marina




Anansi boys book Anansi boys

Gaiman, Neil.
FIC GAIMAN

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life. Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad, he was Anansi, the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself. With legends included alongside the main story this book will appeal to those that enjoy folk tales, fairy tales and legends re-imagined.

Suggested by Marina




Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor book Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor

Wolk, Josh, 1969-
796.54 WOLK

Three months before getting married at age thirty-four, Josh Wolk decides to treat himself to a "farewell to childhood" extravaganza: one last summer working at the beloved Maine boys' camp where he spent most of the eighties. And there he finds out that there's no better way to see how much you've changed than to revisit a place that hasn't changed at all. This is a book for anybody who has gone to summer camp and yearned to go back--and why you can't (or shouldn't).

Suggested by Marina




I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High book I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High

Danza, Tony.
371.1009 DANZA

Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony Danza found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack. They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat. This was an extremely honest and poignant account of Danza's period as a first time teacher. He wasn't afraid to share his emotions (good or bad) with either the students he was teaching or the audience he was relating his experiences to.

Suggested by Marina




One summer [America, 1927] CD One summer [America, 1927]

Bryson, Bill.
CD 973.91 BRYSON

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country; a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such out-sized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). With this engrossing compilation of characters that shaped much of what happened in the summer of 1927 I was endlessly amused, astonished, aghast and awed by true tales narrated by Bryson himself. A book for history buffs.

Suggested by Marina




Breathe, Annie, breathe Teen Book Breathe, Annie, breathe

Kenneally, Miranda.
TEEN KENNEAL

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. Full of emotional highs and lows this story of overcoming heartache and physical pain is story about bridging the gap between being a teenager and becoming an adult and the decisions and perseverance that requires. I enjoyed the realistic way that the alternating internal turmoil and peace that Annie had while moving forward in her life was dealt with.

Suggested by Marina




Sports from hell : my search for the world's dumbest competition book Sports from hell : my search for the world's dumbest competition

Reilly, Rick.
796 REILLY

What is the stupidest sport in the world? From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing to the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship, to the underground world of illegal jart throwing, to several competitions that involve nudity, sports columnist Rick Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both). For the sports enthusiast that is looking for something "outside the box."

Suggested by Marina




La's orchestra saves the world book La's orchestra saves the world

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
FIC MCCALL

La decides to leave London and escape the memories of her shattered marriage while avoiding the bombings of World War II. The country house and small-town life she longed for become a bit confining until she decides to form an orchestra of misfits and damaged individuals. A moving story that celebrates the healing powers of friendship and music.

Suggested by Jane




I wear the black hat : grappling with villains (real and imagined) book I wear the black hat : grappling with villains (real and imagined)

Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-
306.4 KLOSTER

The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes.

Suggested by Jane




The barbarian nurseries book The barbarian nurseries

Tobar, Héctor, 1963-
FIC TOBAR

After the husband and wife that she works for disappear, live-in maid Araceli takes their two boys on a journey through sprawling Los Angeles to locate their grandfather and is then accused of kidnapping, triggering racial tensions and a legal battle. An engrossing read and a realistic portrait of the complexities of legal and social issues for immigrants in the U.S.

Suggested by Jane




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