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The uncommon reader book The uncommon reader

Bennett, Alan, 1934-

Queen Elizabeth, in pursuit of her wandering corgis, stumbles upon a mobile library she was unaware visited the palace on a regular basis. Feeling a duty to borrow a book, she unwittingly becomes a habitual reader, much to the dismay of her staff and fellow royals. With wit and wisdom, England's best loved author reveals the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.

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Sweet tooth : a novel book Sweet tooth : a novel

McEwan, Ian.

Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge student Serena Frome, is assigned to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of the government, a situation that is compromised when she falls in love with him.

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The sparrow book The sparrow

Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-

A Jesuit priest, the only survivor of an expedition with the mission to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life, returns to earth to be interrogated by his superiors about what happened to the rest of the explorers. What began as a small misunderstanding between cultures turned into a horrible catastrophe, leaving the priest broken, questioning the existence of God and humanity. Psychologically haunting, this intelligent take on the possibilities of a near future will linger in your memory.

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Museum of the missing : a history of art theft book Museum of the missing : a history of art theft

Houpt, Simon.
364.162 HOUPT

More than 20,000 stolen works of art are missing. This books offers you a tour through the world of art theft, featuring the stories and passions of thieves and covert collectors, museums and private hoarders. Explore the history of missing works by Picasso, van Gogh, Renoir and so many others, stolen, found, and, in many cases, lost forever.

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Wicked bugs : the louse that conquered Napoleon's army & other diabolical insects book Wicked bugs : the louse that conquered Napoleon's army & other diabolical insects

Stewart, Amy.

In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs.

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Beatrix Potter : a life in nature book Beatrix Potter : a life in nature

Lear, Linda J., 1940-

Though Beatrix Potter is well known around the world for her charming stories and illustrations, few know about the woman behind Peter Rabbit. Her personal life, and her significant achievements outside of children's literature are explored in this biography, revealing an incredible, funny, and independent woman who was instrumental in bringing the beauty and importance of nature to the forefront at a time when plunder was more popular than preservation.

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The home place book The home place

La Seur, Carrie, author.

"[A] successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family's life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister's death. The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she'd left far behind. Suggested by Stacey

Through black spruce book Through black spruce

Boyden, Joseph, 1966-

A haunting novel about identity, love, and loss. Will Bird is a legendary Cree bush pilot, now lying in a coma in a hospital in his hometown of Moose Factory, Ontario. His niece Annie Bird, beautiful and self-reliant, has returned from her own perilous journey to sit beside his bed. Broken in different ways, the two take silent communion in their unspoken kinship, and the story that unfolds is rife with heartbreak, fierce love, ancient blood feuds, mysterious disappearances, fires, plane crashes, murders, and the bonds that hold a family, and a people, together. Suggested by Stacey

The graveyard book Teen CD Book The graveyard book

Gaiman, Neil.

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Narrated by the author. Suggested by Stacey

The heart is a lonely hunter book The heart is a lonely hunter

McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Suggested by Stacey

Me before you book Me before you

Moyes, Jojo, 1969-

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life-who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor who is confined to a wheelchair. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. Suggested by Stacey

Behind the scenes at the museum CD Behind the scenes at the museum

Atkinson, Kate.

A family saga chronicles a century of life as four generations of Yorkshire women move through two World Wars, coronations, secrets, heartbreak, and happiness, all seen through the eyes of Ruby Lennox. Fun to listen to British accents. Suggested by Stacey

The smart woman's guide to midlife horses : finding meaning, magic and mastery in the second half of life book The smart woman's guide to midlife horses : finding meaning, magic and mastery in the second half of life

Folse, Melinda.
646.7008 FOLSE

The author herself to be just one among millions of Baby Boomer women who once dreamed of horses and are now recapturing that dream, Melinda let her own struggles do the talking in this tongue-in-cheek account that is a little bit memoir, a little more self-help, a whole lot of practical guidebook, and all heart. Suggested by Stacey

Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : [a memoir] book Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : [a memoir]

Chast, Roz, author, illustrator.

Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through a mixture of cartoons, family photos, documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. The themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. Suggested by Stacey

The woods. Vol. 1, The arrow book The woods. Vol. 1, The arrow

Tynion, James, IV, author.

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

Turing's cathedral [the origins of the digital universe] CD Turing's cathedral [the origins of the digital universe]

Dyson, George, 1953-
CD 004.09 DYS3553

Legendary historian and philosopher of science George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution--in other words, computer code.

Games to play with toddlers book Games to play with toddlers

Silberg, Jackie, 1934-
790.1922 SILBERG

At a loss to find new activities to divert your toddler from climbing the bookshelves (again)? Try these fun developmentally-appropriate activites that will work on "language, creativity, coordination, confidence, problem-solving, and gross motor skills."

The best American infographics. book The best American infographics.

001.4226 BEST AM

Showcases top-selected examples of data visualization from the past year representing virtually all print and electronic media, offering insight into the present-day convergence of art and knowledge as it influences politics, culture and other arenas.

Gabi, a girl in pieces Teen Book Gabi, a girl in pieces

Quintero, Isabel.

Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Every grain of rice : simple Chinese home cooking book Every grain of rice : simple Chinese home cooking

Dunlop, Fuchsia.
641.5951 DUNLOP

A culinary reference features southern Chinese recipes, shares a comprehensive introduction to key seasonings and techniques, and offers such options as smoky eggplant with garlic, twice-cooked pork, and emergency midnight noodles.

Breakout Teen Book Breakout

Emerson, Kevin, author.

Fourteen-year-old eighth-grader Anthony Castillo uses "f-bombs" in the angst-ridden song he writes for his rock band, the Rusty Soles, and while it becomes an instant viral hit, he must decide if being a hero is worth the trouble that singing it on Arts Night would cause.

Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited book Separated @ birth : a true love story of twin sisters reunited

Bordier, Anaïs, 1987- author.
362.734 BORDIER

"Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, 'I think we might be twins--don't freak out.' It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987--the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: could they be twins?"--Amazon.com.

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The good house : a novel book The good house : a novel

Leary, Ann.

"The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place--"if they invite you over for dinner, and it's not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life"--and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn't enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There's a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire--and a love story between two craggy sixty-somethings that's as real and sexy as you get. An exceptional novel that is at turns hilarious and sobering, The Good House asks the question: What will it take to keep Hildy Good from drinking? For good"--

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The beautiful mystery CD The beautiful mystery

Penny, Louise.

When the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony.

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How to be happy book How to be happy

Davis, Eleanor, 1983-

A collection of literary comics exploring joy, anguish, fear, and loneliness. Named one of NPR's and Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2014.

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