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Seabiscuit : an American legend

Hillenbrand, Laura.


Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

This book is also available in OverDrive and 3M eBooks.

Suggested by Marina

The guinea pig diaries [my life as an experiment]

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-

CD 814.54 JAC8743

In The Guinea Pig Diaries, Jacobs goes undercover as a beautiful woman. He outsources everything in his life to India, from answering his emails to arguing with his wife. He spends two months saying whatever is on his mind. He lives like George Washington. Plus several other life-changing experiments-one of which involves public nudity.

This title is also available in regular and large type.

Suggested by Marina

Caramelo : or pure cuento : a novel

Cisneros, Sandra.


a multi-generational story of a Mexican-American family on an annual car trip caravan, overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrels, from Chicago to "the other side": Mexico City. Family history is woven into the story, featuring a grandmother descended from a family of renowned rebozo makers, secretive aunts and uncles and irrepressible Lala, whose voice tells the story, separating the truth from the "healthy lies" that have ricocheted from one generation to the next.

Suggested by Jane

The housekeeper and the professor

Ogawa, Yōko, 1962-


When a shy, single mother is engaged to assist an aging mathematical genius who has suffered an accident that renders him incapable of remembering anything for more than eighty minutes, she finds an unexpected ally in helping to raise her young son and a teacher who inspires her to have better expectations for herself. An intricate story from Japan exploring math, baseball, memory, and relationships.

Suggested by Jane

Eating up the West Coast : the best road trips, restaurants, and recipes from California to Washington

Binns, Brigit Legere, author.

641.5978 BINNS

Sunset Magazine blogger Brigit Binns takes readers on a mouthwatering tour of scenic highways and back roads of the Pacific coast, mapping out road trips in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Local attractions, eateries, dives, and cafes are suggested for each region, accompanied by more than 125 recipes. Use this guide as an inspiration for your next trip or create a culinary journey in your kitchen.

Suggested by Jane

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. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin Doughty navigates the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Suggested by Jane

The kept : a novel

Scott, James, 1977 February 3- author.


After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, twelve-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible for shattering their family.

Suggested by Jane

Under the wide and starry sky : a novel

Horan, Nancy.


Local author, Nancy Horan, of "Loving Frank" fame, turns her talents to the unconventional love affair between Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They first meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny has run away from her philandering Californian husband in the hopes of pursuing an artistic life and the much younger Stevenson is escaping family pressure to become a lawyer. So begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world. An engaging historical read to entertain you on crisp Autumn evenings.

Suggested by Jane

Duct tape : 101 adventurous ideas for art, jewelry, flowers, wallets, and more

Davis, Forest Walker.

745.59 DAVIS

A collection of fun and fanciful duct tape projects that will inspire creativity in even the most reluctant crafters.

Suggested by Jane

Colorful crochet lace : 22 chic garments & accessories

Hall, Mary Jane. author.

746.434 HALL

Colorful, modern designs that will make you rethink the concept of "crocheted lace" as being something old-fashioned.

Suggested by Jane

Comfort me with apples : more adventures at the table

Reichl, Ruth.


In this sequel to "Tender at the Bone", Ruth Reichl serves up more tales of love, life, and marvelous meals. "Comfort Me with Apples" picks up Reichl's story in 1978, when she embarks on her career as a restaurant critic. Her pursuit of good food and good company leads her to New York, China, France and Los Angeles, and her stories of cooking and dining with world-famous chefs range from the madcap to the sublime.

Suggested by Jane

The fishing fleet : husband-hunting in the Raj

De Courcy, Anne, author.

305.4095 DE COUR

Fascinating and entertaining true stories of the young Victorian women on the hunt for husbands among the businessmen and bureaucrats in the Raj during the colonial period.

Suggested by Jane

We are not ourselves

Thomas, Matthew, 1975-


When Eileen meets Ed Leary, an educated scientist, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. Once married, she quickly discovers Ed doesn't aspire to her ever bigger American Dream. Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper shift - early onset Alzheimer's. Eileen, Ed and their son, Connell, try to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known and preserve an idea they have cherished of the future.

Suggested by Jane

Only in Spain : a foot-stomping, firecracker of a memoir about food, Flamenco, and falling in love

Bennett, Nellie.


A peek at Spanish culture and the inner world of flamenco dance training, this thoroughly enjoyable memoir of an Australian girl who fell in love with flamenco, Sevilla, Madrid and enigmatic Spanish men will leave you wanting to run away to sunnier, more romantic lands.

Suggested by Jane

The viscount who loved me

Quinn, Julia.


When notorious rake Anthony Bridgerton announces that he has chosen a prospective bride, he faces unexpected opposition when his intended's meddlesome sister Kate decides to protect her innocent sister from the wicked aristocrat.

Suggested by Jackie

Shutter. Volume one, Wanderlost

Keatinge, Joe.


"Kate Kristopher was a globally renowned explorer on an Earth far more fantastic than our own. Then she wasn't. Ten years later, a family secret shatters the quiet life she built, forcing her back into the role of adventurer in a world that's both marvelous...and frightening."

Suggested by Jackie

Vanessa and her sister : a novel

Parmar, Priya, 1974- author.


"A captivating novel that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer."

Suggested by Jackie


Grant, Mira.


"The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives--the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them."

This title is also available as ebooks in Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library

Suggested by Jackie


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 Jackie

The sparrow

Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-


The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.

This title is also available in print and ebook

Suggested by Jackie

Glory O'Brien's history of the future

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-


As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide.

Suggested by Danielle


De Radiguès, 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

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