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The summer prince

Johnson, Alaya Dawn, 1982-


Set 400 years after apocalypse, in a city run by women isolated somewhere in the Amazon Rainforest, a tradition of human sacrifice has emerged. Every 5 years a Summer King is elected by the people, and sacrificed at the end of winter. This year, June Costa is determined to meet the enigmatic Summer King - she does, they become close friends - and now she can't bear to see him die. She wants to save him, but when 200 year old elders are watching your every move it's difficult to fool those who have seen everything before.

Claire DeWitt and the city of the dead

Gran, Sara.


Augmenting her brilliant deductive skills with dream analysis, marijuana, and the written work of a mysterious French detective, private investigator Claire DeWitt reluctantly returns to post-Katrina New Orleans to solve the disappearance of an unpopular prosecutor.

Bellweather rhapsody

Racculia, Kate, author.


A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.

Brown girl dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline.

J 811.54 WOODSON

Though Jacqueline Woodson struggled with reading in her youth, she persevered to become a beloved award-winning author. In her most-hailed book yet, she recounts growing up in New York and South Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement and never feeling like she belongs.

Broken for you

Kallos, Stephanie.


Septuagenarian Margaret Hughes lives alone in a Seattle mansion with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Wanda Schultz is needing somewhere to stay while she puts her life back together. Both women guard dark secrets but as their friendship develops, their armor falls away and they each begin to heal. Funny, heartbreaking, and full of eccentric characters, "Broken for You" is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families.

This title is also available in electronic format in Overdrive, 3M, and Overdrive Audio.

Suggested by Jane

Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II

Croke, Vicki.

940.5425 CROKE

Billy Williams always had an affinity for animals but he found his calling with the elephants of India. Billy and his elephants became war heroes. At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees. He became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, this is an utterly engaging, little-known piece of history.

Suggested by Jane

Landscaping for privacy : innovative ways to turn your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat

Wingate, Marty.


Create your own secret garden and create a buffer between your home and the rest of the world, allowing for a soothing escape into the greenery of your creation. Featuring private gardens, big and small, this book will give you ideas and inspire long days spent in your personal idea of the perfect garden.

Suggested by Jane


Nicholls, David, 1966- author.


When Connie tells Douglas she thinks she wants a divorce, Douglas is shocked. After all, Connie has just planned a month-long family tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family. When Connie decides not to cancel the trip, Douglas is privately convinced that he will use the summer tour to find a way to save their marriage. Witty and endearing, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves while learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger.

Suggested by Jane

Gardening in miniature : create your own tiny living world

Calvo, Janit.

635.9 CALVO

Would you like to create the perfect landscape but don't have the space or time to maintain your world-class dream garden? Here is a solution... This complete guide to creating small-scale gardens in a pot - a miniature world of your own design - will allow anyone and everyone to become a master gardener. Let your green thumb and imagination take flight!

Suggested by Jane

Picnic in Provence : a memoir with recipes

Bard, Elizabeth, author.

944.9084 BARD

Elizabeth Bard, author of "Lunch in Paris", continues her account of life in France, this time in rural Provence. She and her husband move from their Paris apartment to the village of CĂ©reste with their young young son and jump into a new culinary adventure. Recipes are included!

Suggested by Jane

Improbable libraries : a visual journey to the world's most unusual libraries

Johnson, Alex, 1969- author.


Whether on the back of an elephant, in a tree or in the architectural wonder of a carefully crafted room, libraries impact lives and reflect the cultures that use and revere them. Explore the art and usage of unique libraries from around the world in this gem of a book.

Suggested by Jane

Girl in Dior

Goetzinger, Annie, 1951- author, illustrator.


Fans of fashion and vintage design will enjoy this unique bio-graphic novel showcasing the life and collections of Christian Dior, spanning from 1947 until the date of his death in 1957. A feast for the eye and an entertaining glimpse at an iconic moment in haute couture history, this is an irresistible reading pleasure.

Suggested by Jane

We are not ourselves

Thomas, Matthew, 1975-


An epic tale about an Irish American couple and the constraints of the American dream. Spanning the length of a marriage, this story of family and the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer's will resonate with readers looking for a strong yet sensitive portrait of everyday struggles that shape and change personal priorities and relationships over time.

Suggested by Jane

The table comes first : family, France, and the meaning of food

Gopnik, Adam.

394.1209 GOPNIK

This is the story of one man's quest for the meaning of food in a time obsessed with what to eat and how to eat it. Adam Gopnik traces our rapid evolution from awareness to manic compulsion over food and how we lost sight of a timeless truth: what goes on around the table--families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest dining experience is always more important than what we put on the table.

Suggested by Jane

Broken open : how difficult times can help us grow

Lesser, Elizabeth.

204.42 LESSER

"If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us--secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us." --ELIZABETH LESSER During times of transition, amid everyday stress, and even when we face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it; to shut down or to be broken open and transformed.

Suggested by Ruth

Mister Owita's guide to gardening : how I learned the unexpected joy of a green thumb and an open heart

Wall, Carol, 1951-

635 WALL

Describes how a period of transition in the journalist author's life marked by her empty nest, a recent illness and her aging parents led her to forge a deep friendship with a gifted Kenyan gardener with whom she transformed her yard and shared long-buried secrets.

Suggested by Ruth

The good luck of right now

Quick, Matthew, 1973-


When his mother dies, thirty-eight-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn't know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother's underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.

Suggested by Ruth

The memory garden

Rickert, M. (Mary), 1959- author.


Bay Singer has bigger secrets than most. Not that she knows about them. Her mother, Nan, is sure that the burden of those secrets would be too much, and that s why she never told anyone the truth not even Bay. There s a lot that Nan has kept quiet over the years, especially those times with Mavis and Ruthie times that were dark and full of guilt. But some secrets have a power all their own, and Nan realizes she needs Mavis and Ruthie now more than ever. When the three meet again in Nan s garden, their reunion has spellbinding effects that none of them could have imagined, least of all Bay.

Suggested by Ruth

Remember me like this : a novel

Johnston, Bret Anthony, 1971-


Four years after Justin Campbell's disappearance left his family in a state of perpetual denial and sent them to their own personal dream worlds to cope with the loss, Justin's return and the aftermath of the horrors he endured shake him and his family to their very core as they struggle to find the happy ending they all thought Justin's return might give them.

Suggested by Ruth

Memoirs of an imaginary friend

Dicks, Matthew.


Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination. Budo thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger's Syndrome, but most just say he's "on the spectrum." None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can't protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy...

Suggested by Ruth

Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory

Doughty, Caitlin, author.

363.7509 DOUGHTY

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.

This title is also available in Large Print.

Suggested by Dawn

Blue plate special : an autobiography of my appetites

Christensen, Kate, 1962-


Christensen explores her history of hunger--not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging--with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists.

This title is also available in eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Dawn

Seventies glamour

Wills, David, 1969- author.

779.2 WILLS

In Seventies Glamour, the acclaimed Hollywood photo historian David Wills showcases the freewheeling, explosive parade that was the 1970s, highlighting its aesthetic of liberation, sexual freedom and defiant indulgence. Gorgeously reproduced, wittily curated, the photos in Seventies Glamour are as diverse as the decade they celebrate.

Suggested by Dawn

This is not a photo opportunity : the street art of Banksy


759.2 BANKSY

Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Once viewed as vandalism, Banksy's work is now venerated, collected, and preserved. Over the course of a decade, Martin Bull has documented dozens of the most important and impressive works by the legendary political artist, most of which are no longer in existence.

Suggested by Dawn

Metal cats

Crockett, Alexandra, photographer.


The metal scene is known for its love of dark, depressing and disturbing imagery and ideas, and its fans are often mischaracterised as violent, hateful and misanthropic. Metal Cats is hard evidence that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like everyone else.

Suggested by Dawn

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