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Headley, Maria Dahvana, 1977- author.


Aza Ray Boyle's life has been defined by her friendship with Jason and her multiple hospitalizations and ongoing medical care due to a rare lung disease. Just before her sixteenth birthday, in the moment of dying, she is swept up into the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity as a sky pirate who is prophesied to change the fate of her people. This is a unique and intriguing fantasy crafted by a masterful writer.

Suggested by Jane

Carrying Albert home : the somewhat true story of a man, his wife, and her alligator

Hickam, Homer H., 1943- author.


Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). When Buddy headed for New York, Elsie eventually found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert that she raised in the only bathroom in the house. This fictional story based on actual events will have you laughing late into the night.

Suggested by Jane

Jimmy Bluefeather : a novel

Heacox, Kim, author.


Old Keb Wisting is around ninety-five years old and in constant pain. He wants to die. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native, he is the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident, he tells Old Keb that he has nothing left to live for. Old Keb comes invites the young man to help finish his last canoe. Together, they embark on a great canoe journey full of adventure, reconciliation and love.

Suggested by Jane

Twain & Stanley enter paradise

Hijuelos, Oscar, author.


Gifted author, Oscar Hijuelos, imagines the historic sojourn of journalist-explorer Henry Stanley, his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant, and Mark Twain, Stanley's longtime friend, as they head for Cuba in search of Stanley's father.

Suggested by Jane

Wine folly : the essential guide to wine

Puckette, Madeline, author.

641.22 PUCKETT

A graphically pleasing, hip guide to wine for aspiring wine drinkers, from the sommelier creators of the award-wining site WineFolly.com. This book provides an appealing introduction to selecting wines for every occasion.

Suggested by Jane

2,100 Asanas : the complete yoga poses

Lacerda, Daniel (Yoga teacher).

613.7046 LACERDA

This beautifully designed book is a must-read for yoga enthusiasts of all levels and every practice. It features the most complete collection of yoga Asanas ever photographed, meticulously organized, from easiest to most difficult. Every pose is accompanied by the name of the pose in English and Sanskrit, a description of the modification, the Drishti point (eye gaze), the chakras affected and its benefits.

Suggested by Jane


Okorafor, Nnedi, author.


A biologist, a famous rapper, and a rogue soldier become the honor guard and interpreter of humanity's first contact with an alien ambassador in this thriller that combines magician realism and seemingly end-of-the-world high tension.

Suggested by Dawn

Little century : [a novel]

Keesey, Anna, 1962-


In the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, Esther Chamber is met by her distant cousin, a laconic cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. But this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a very real range war in a story of dispossession, greed, and ecstatic visions of America.

Suggested by Dawn

Oyster war

Towle, Ben, author, illustrator.


In the coastal town of Blood's Haven, the economy runs on oysters. Oyster farming is one of the most lucrative professions, but also the most dangerous. Not just from the unforgiving ocean and its watery depths-there are also oyster pirates to worry about! Commander Davidson Bulloch and his motley crew are tasked with capturing these ne'er-do-wells-but they don't know that Treacher Fink, the pirates' leader, possesses a magical artifact that can call forth a legendary spirit with the power to control the sea and everything in it!

Suggested by Dawn

Unabrow : misadventures of a late bloomer

LaMarche, Una, author.

306.8743 LAMARCH

Una LaMarche has written a hilarious take on coming of age by doling out all the advice she wishes her own mother had given her about everything, from how to take care of her unibrow to how to avoid the most common faux pas in the Facebook age.

Suggested by Dawn

Secondhand souls

Moore, Christopher, 1957- author.


Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone, or something, is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat puppet" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.

Suggested by Dawn

The fifth season

Jemisin, N. K.


Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

Suggested by Dawn

Girl walks into a bar-- : comedy calamities, dating disasters, and a midlife miracle

Dratch, Rachel.


The former Saturday Night Live comedienne recounts her midlife career slump, long-distance relationship, and unplanned motherhood, which culminated in uproarious childcare activities and the bewilderment of friends and family members.

This title is also available in OverDrive eAudio and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Heroes are my weakness

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth, author.


A down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows finds herself trapped on a remote island off the coast of Maine with a sexy horror novelist who knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. The formula of Phillips' novels--quirky heroine meets up with brooding/reclusive/seemingly-emotionally-distant hero and quippy banter follows--feels as fresh and fun as the first one and always entertains.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eAudio and OverDrive and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina

The start of me and you

Lord, Emery, author.


Paige Hancock starts junior year with a list of ways to take back her life, rather than spending another year as "The Girl Whose Boyfriend Drowned," and finding out that Ryan Chase, her long-term crush, is available again might be the key. This book is full of realistic characters and friendships plus a really neat teacher.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Egg & spoon : a novel

Maguire, Gregory, author.


In 1905 czarist Russia, an impoverished country girl Elena and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga. This one was of interest to me after growing up hearing these similar tales but would also be of interest to somebody looking to step away from the typical fairy tale story.

This title is also available in audio CD and OverDrive and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina


Hendrix, Grady, author.


Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds--clearly someone, or something, is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift and encounter horrors that defy imagination. With dark humor and a gradually building sense of horror the audio provides a tension that creeps up on you. Your next trip to IKEA will definitely be different.

This title is also available in print, OverDrive eAudio and OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)

Vanderbilt, Tom.

629.283 VANDERB

Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the everyday activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological, and technical factors that explain how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving says about us. Even though it's a bit on the dated side a lot of the statistics are from Washington state so it will be of interest to anybody that drives around here.

This title is also available in OverDive eBook and OverDrive eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

The sculptor

McCloud, Scott, 1960- author.


David Smith is giving his life for his art--literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier.

Suggested by Becky

Monster. Volume 1

Urasawa, Naoki, 1960- author.


Kenzo Tenma, surgeon, could not have known that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples' lives would result in the birth of an abomination. The questions of good and evil now take on a terrifyingly real dimension. Years later, in Germany during the tumultuous post-reunification period, middle-aged childless couples are being killed one after another. Tenma is the suspect but he knows the real killer. Tenma sets out on a journey to find the killer's twin sister, who may hold some clues to solving the enigma of the "Monster." This is a reissue of a major manga series with a larger format and some colored illustrations.

Suggested by Becky

Cat out of hell

Truss, Lynne.


Alec Charlesworth, a librarian suddenly facing the loss of his job, the death of his wife, and his sister's disappearance, hears a shocking tale of dark forces from his sister's cat, Roger, who is the only witness to what happened to her. By the author of Eats, shoots, and leaves.

Also available as 3m and Overdrive ebooks

Suggested by Becky

Our souls at night

Haruf, Kent, author.


In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness. They are soon exchanging the confidences and memories of lives now empty of family, and their hopes for the imminent future. This is the final novel by Haruf.

Also available in audiobook, large print, 3m and overdrive ebooks.

Suggested by Becky

In falling snow : a novel

MacColl, Mary-Rose, 1961-


Traveling to France during World War I to bring home her fifteen-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist, Iris, a young Australian nurse, decides to stay in Paris to help establish a field hospital staffed entirely by women.

Also available as Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

Symphony for the city of the dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad

Anderson, M. T., author.


An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.

Suggested by Danielle

The trouble in me

Gantos, Jack, author.


"Fourteen-year-old Jack falls under the spell of a delinquent Florida neighbor and gets way more trouble than he bargained for"--

Suggested by Danielle

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