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Two sisters book Two sisters
One family, two sisters, a lifetime of secrets . . . The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been an outsider. Short, dark-haired, and round, she worships her beautiful blond sister, Pia, and envies the close bond she shares with their mother, Lidia. Growing up in their shadow, Muriel believes that if she keeps all their secrets--and she knows plenty, outsiders always do--they will love her, too. But that was a long time ago. Now an adult, Muriel has accepted the disappointments in her life. With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, she never will measure up to Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. Muriel would like nothing better than to avoid her judgmental family altogether. One thing she does quite well. Until the day Pia shows up to visit and share devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell--a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways. Two Sisters is a powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters--opposites in every way--as well as their mother and the secrets and lies that define them all. Suggested by Jocelyn.

Hogan, Mary, 1957-, author.
FIC HOGAN
Unlikely loves : 43 heartwarming stories from the animal kingdom book Unlikely loves : 43 heartwarming stories from the animal kingdom
Unlikely Loves is a celebration of love between species. Here are stories of parental love, like the Dalmatian who mothers a newborn lamb—a lamb that just happens to be white with black spots! Stories of playful love, including the fox and the hound who become inseparable. And stories of orphaned animals who have found family-like ties in unexpected combinations, like the elephant who’s bonded with sea lions, goats, and other animals in her walks around the Oregon Zoo.

Suggested by Becky

Holland, Jennifer S.
591.5 HOLLAND

Shake book Shake
Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one beguiling dogs caught in the most candid of moments: mid-shake. Man's best friend is caught in contortion: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way.

Suggested by Becky

Davidson, Carli, photographer.
636.7 DAVIDSO

The best of all possible worlds : a novel book The best of all possible worlds : a novel
A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies and a force that transcends all.

Suggested by Becky

Lord, Karen, 1968-
FIC LORD

Across a star-swept sea Teen Book Across a star-swept sea
Sixteen-year-old Persis Blake struggles to balance her life as a socialite and a secret spy in a future where Regs, or regular people, have power over the Reduced--those genetically engineered or drugged into physical and mental impairments. In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

Suggested by Becky

Peterfreund, Diana.
TEEN PETERFR

Mara book Mara
Acclaimed creator Brian Wood and newcomer Ming Doyle bring you Mara, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports- and war-obsessed future. When she starts manifesting strange superpowers, the world that once embraced her turns against her, and for this young woman who once had it all, it's almost too much to bear

Suggested by Becky

Wood, Brian, 1972- author.
FIC WOOD

Porch talk : stories of decency, common sense, and other endangered species book Porch talk : stories of decency, common sense, and other endangered species
Beloved American storyteller Philip Gulley evokes a time when life revolved around the front porch, where friends gathered, stories were told, and small moments took on large meaning. In today's hurry-up world, Gulley's observations are frank and funny, reminding us of the world we once shared, and can again. With poignancy and humor, Gulley writes about small-town life, things he thinks about while sitting in his Quaker meeting, and why Donald Trump should pay more taxes. Porch Talk is a tribute to common folk, including Charlie the hardware priest, the Bettys at the newspaper, and other paragons of decency not many people know, but should.

suggested by Ruth

Gulley, Philip.
242 GULLEY

The wordy shipmates book The wordy shipmates
From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Assassination Vacation" comes an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, deep-rooted idealism, political and cultural relevance, and their myriad oddities.

Suggested by Ruth

Vowell, Sarah, 1969-
974.0882 VOWELL

The light between oceans : a novel book The light between oceans : a novel
"A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore"--

Suggested by Ruth

Stedman, M. L.
FIC STEDMAN

Blue remembered Earth book Blue remembered Earth
One-hundred-and-fifty years from now, the moon and Mars are settled, and colonies stretch all the way out to the edge of the solar system. But something has come to light on the Moon--secrets that could change everything--or tear this near utopia apart.

Suggested by Ruth

Reynolds, Alastair, 1966-
FIC REYNOLD

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