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De Radiguè€s, Max.


Joe is a shy high school student who is relentlessly bullied, and must find comfort in the natural world. Soon however, the story twists into a tale of power and fear complete with visual symbolism and beautiful cartooning. The morally ambiguous ending will keep you thinking long after you close the covers.

Suggested by Danielle

My feelings : poems

Flynn, Nick, 1960- author.

811.6 FLYNN

Suggested by Danielle

The last girlfriend on earth : and other love stories

Rich, Simon.


A collection of humorous short stories about love and romance, including the tale of a besotted Sherlock Holmes ignoring all the clues that his girlfriend's been cheating on him.

Suggested by Danielle

The ugly animals : we can't all be pandas

Watt, Simon, author.

590 WATT

'The Ugly Animals' is a collection of 60 of the world's most ugly (and endangered) animals, featuring rare imagery and explanatory text.

Suggested by Danielle

Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Brown, Don, 1949- author.

TEEN 363.3492 BROWN

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Suggested by Danielle


Robinson, Kim Stanley.


"A saga of life thirty thousand years ago during the Ice Age depicts the lives of the shaman Thorn, an outsider named Elga, and Loon, the next shaman, who is struggling to find his own path in a treacherous and uncertain world." (--Syndetics Solutions)

Listened to this on downloadable audio because it's an Audie Award Finalist for 2014. Great narration, wonderfully immersive escape to a completely different way of life.

Suggested by Ruth

Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead

Sandberg, Sheryl.

658.4092 SANDBER

In "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg -- Facebook COO and one of "Fortune" magazine's most powerful women in business -- looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.

Suggested by Ruth

Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything

Ehrenreich, Barbara.


"In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." Certain to be a classic, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement"--

Suggested by Ruth

My crochet doll : a fabulous crochet doll pattern with over 50 cute crochet doll's clothes and accessories

Kessedjian, Isabelle, author.

745.5922 KESSEDJ

Instagram sensation Isabelle Kessedjian has created this adorable doll with her own very stylish wardrobe in crochet! Using Isabelle's easy patterns discover how to crochet your doll and then personalize her with your choice of hair, clothing and accessories for home and abroad. Each project is presented as a mini story to bring your crochet doll to life with a whole heap of extras to complete each scene, including: At the Beach with a bucket, paddling pool and air bed, Good Night! with bed linen, a pillow and cuddly teddy for sweet dreams! At the North Pole with a camera, penguin and a fish! The cute mini suitcase pattern is perfect for storing all your doll's belongings and doubles up as a bed too! Create the doll of your dreams for a little girl you love or the little girl inside!

Suggested by Ruth

Lucky us : a novel

Bloom, Amy, 1953-


Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-twentieth-century Long Island.

Suggested by Ruth

The boy who killed demons : a novel

Zeltserman, Dave, 1959- author.


"My name's Henry Dudlow. I'm fifteen and a half. And I'm cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons." So begins the latest novel by horror master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, Massachusetts, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow's 13th birthday, when his neighbor, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look . . . different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon.

Suggested by Ruth

As you wish : inconceivable tales from the making of the Princess Bride

Elwes, Cary, 1962- author, narrator.

CD 791.4372 ELWES

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with co-stars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

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

Suggested by Liz

The homesman

Swarthout, Glendon, 1918-1992.


Devastating tale of four women who go mad after an isolating winter in the American West. It is up to the unlikely combination of homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy and ne'er-do-well Briggs to escort them east to safety.

Recently made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

Suggested by Liz

Paddle your own canoe : one man's fundamentals for delicious living

Offerman, Nick, 1970-


The actor known for roles in such productions as Parks and Recreation shares whimsical musings on a range of topics from love and manliness to grooming and eating meat, offering additional discussions of his life before fame and his courtship of his wife, Megan Mullally.

This title is also available in ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Texts from Jane Eyre : and other conversations with your favorite literary characters

Ortberg, Mallory.

818.602 ORTBERG

A whimsical collection of text conversations in the styles of favorite literary characters imagines what Scarlett O'Hara might say to tempt Ashley away from Melanie, Mr. Rochester's passionate all-cap missives to Jane Eyre, and Daisy Buchanan's orders while driving.

Suggested by Liz

How to build a girl

Moran, Caitlin, 1975- author.


After she shames herself on local television, Johanna Morgan reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde-- a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero-- until two years later, while eviscerating bands as a music critic, she realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw.

This title is also available in ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

The complete book of retro crafts : collecting, displaying & making crafts of the past

Millions, Suzie, 1958-


Baby boomers feeling nostalgic, hipsters longing for the handmade, and anyone interested in going retro can stop right here! Forty retro-inspired projects run the gamut from glitter frames and matchbox purses to bottlecap men and teacup ladies. And don't forget the Reinbeer!

Suggested by Liz

PetCam : the world through the lens of our four-legged friends

Keeney, Chris.

778.932 KEENEY

Ever wonder what your cat does all day? Or what the world looks like from a chicken's perspective? PetCam provides the answers!

Suggested by Liz


Eggers, Dave.

CD 976.335 EGG5279

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family's unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. With this natural disaster just 10 years in the past the story is still very current with rebuilding still in progress in New Orleans. Heartstrings will be pulled and emotions will rise in this tense tale of survival.

This title is also available as an ebook.

Suggested by Marina


Cullen, David, 1961-

CD 373.7888 CUL5319

Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, "Columbine" is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history. A superbly narrated audio book. The research involved and the information imparted will definitely stay with you long after you finish.

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

Suggested by Marina

Milk cow kitchen :

Butters, MaryJane, 1953-

636.2142 BUTTERS

MaryJane Butters wants YOU to have a cow -- that "pet" cow you've always dreamed about. You know, that gorgeous beau-vine you've seen grazing outside your "cow"girl kitchen window. Of course, you've wondered what it would feel like to bring a bucket of fresh milk into your kitchen and turn it into butter, your own yogurt, sour cream, and artisan cheeses like Manchego and Brie. One part milk cow how-to, one part cookbook, and three parts play! Plenty of photographs illustrate a comprehensive and entertaining guide to owning a dairy cow. A fun read for the serious or simply curious cow girl in all of us.

Suggested by Marina

The Scorpio Races

Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-


Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. A unique fantasy tale from a fairly obscure folk story. For readers that enjoy folk-tale retellings.

This title is also available in audio CD, ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Marina

The lost

Durst, Sarah Beth, author.


It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing--and what she's running from--before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found... The story was different and interesting and ended in a cliffhanger. The worst part being the publishing deal fell through and the next two books have no expected publication date. But the initial story will still please those interested in the light-ish side of dystopian novels.

This title is also available as an ebook.

Suggested by Marina

The know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-


33,000 pages 44 million words 10 billion years of history 1 obsessed man Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z. To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. For readers that want to become smarter and have a laugh or two along the way.

This title is also available as an audio CD and eaudio.

Suggested by Marina

Beach house happy : the joy of living by the water

Van der Meer, Antonia, author.

747.8872 VAN DER

Explore ideas and furnishings that will inspire you to create your personal variation of beach house happy in Puget Sound.

Suggested by Jane

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