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Love. Volume 1, The tiger

Brémaud, Frédéric, author.


A lush paradise when viewed from a distance, the jungle provides camouflage to a daily Hell of trials and survival for those who live there. Portrayed as a day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their own territory.

Suggested by Becky

Lending a paw

Cass, Laurie.


With the help of her rescue cat Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she'd better keep both hands on the wheel, because its going to be a bumpy ride.

This title is also available as a Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel

Joyce, Rachel.


Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. One morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

This title is also available in large print, eaudio, and Overdrive and 3m ebooks.

Suggested by Becky

America again : re-becoming the greatness we never weren't

Colbert, Stephen, 1964-

818.607 COLBERT

Covering subjects ranging from healthcare to the economy to food, Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

Suggested by Danielle

My drunk kitchen : a guide to eating, drinking & going with your gut

Hart, Hannah, author.

641.5 HART

One day Hart, a bored New York City transplant, decided to make a fake cooking show for a friend back in California. In her book, she presents a collection of stories, drawings, drink recommendations, cooking tips, and recipes to make and enjoy between drinks. The result is a hilarious-- and surprisingly useful-- reminder to enjoy life, and that together we can make it through.

Suggested by Danielle

New German cooking : recipes for classics revisited

Nolen, Jeremy, author.

641.5943 NOLEN

Suggested by Danielle

Laughing at my nightmare

Burcaw, Shane, author.


"With acerbic wit ... Shane Burcaw describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a 'you-only-live-once' perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life-threatening disease"--

Suggested by Danielle

Maddie on things : a super serious project about dogs and physics

Humphrey, Theron.

636.753 HUMPHRE

Suggested by Danielle

Gone crazy in Alabama

Williams-Garcia, Rita, author.


"Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible" --

Suggested by Danielle

Dreaming spies

King, Laurie R.


Laurie R. King offers us yet another satisfying glimpse of Sherlock Holmes and his resourceful wife in the latest installment of the Mary Russell series. This time, Holmes and Russell are aboard an ocean liner headed for Japan when they meet a young Japanese tutor who is much more dangerous than she appears... Ninjas, mysterious documents and international intrigue abound!

Suggested by Jane

Shed decor : how to decorate & furnish your favorite garden room

Coulthard, Sally, author.

747.791 COULTHA

In need of a place to work, play, or relax? If you are lucky enough to have a shed in your backyard, it may become your new, favorite stay-cation spot! This inspirational design guide shows you how to take your grubby potting shed or eyesore single garage from frumpy to fabulous. Whether you want a rustic hideaway or an urban den, a "salvage chic" office or a quirky, creative studio, you'll find hundreds of clever ideas to inspire your shed makeover.

Suggested by Jane

The sacred lies of Minnow Bly

Oakes, Stephanie (Young adult author)


This book will keep you reading all night long! Seventeen year old Minnow Bly is imprisoned for committing a violent crime. Is she also responsible for murdering the Prophet, the enigmatic leader of the Kevinian cult where Minnow grew up? Did she burn the Community to the ground, killing and injuring other members of the cult? No one would blame Minnow for wanting revenge. After all, when she was arrested, the only objects in the pockets of her blue, long-skirted dress were the remains of her two amputated hands, chopped off by the Kevinian Community as a punishment for not conforming to the rules. But how could a girl without hands have committed the crimes she is accused of? And, how do you separate the lies from the truth?

Suggested by Jane

The final silence

Neville, Stuart, 1972-


Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. While clearing out the house, she discovers that one of the upstairs rooms is stubbornly locked. After forcing it open, she discovers a chair, a table, and a leather-bound book filled with chilling mementos: locks of hair, fingernails, and a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea turns to disgraced Belfast police inspector Jack Lennon for help. Lennon becomes the primary murder suspect when Rea turns up dead. Running out of time, Lennon has to find answers before he is imprisoned or becomes the target of a maniacal and ruthless killer. This mystery will keep you on your toes!

Suggested by Jane


Vann, David, author.


Twelve-year old Caitlin lives alone with her mother in subsidized housing next to Boeing Field in South Seattle. Each day, Caitlin walks alone after school to the Seattle Aquarium to study the fish while she waits for her mother to get off work and pick her up. Gazing at the fish, Caitlin immerses herself in a shimmering universe outside her own reality. When she befriends an older man at the tanks who seems as fascinated by the fish as she is, Caitlin begins to share her personal "aquarium", cracking open a dark family secret with the potential for terrifying consequences.

Suggested by Jane

The organic artist : make your own paint, paper, pens, pigments, prints, and more from nature

Neddo, Nick.

702.84 NEDDO

It's time to go back to basics! If you're interested in art, but find that it's becoming an increasingly expensive hobby, The Organic Artist is just the book for you! It encourages us all to return to those days when art was made with all-natural materials, such as charcoal and birch bark. Immersing you in the natural world.

Suggested by Jane

The weight of blood : a novel

McHugh, Laura.


When one of Lucy's school friends is found brutally murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the memory of another missing woman - her mother. It seems to her that everyone in Henbane is keeping something awful hidden that involves her family. In the Ozarks, a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie and whether she can live with the consequences of the truth.

Suggested by Jane

The last days of Ptolemy Grey

Mosley, Walter.


"Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. Then Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that restores his mind, and he uses his last days--shortened now by the medical experiment--to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie." (--Syndetic Solutions)

Suggested by Ruth

Help, thanks, wow : the three essential prayers

Lamott, Anne.

242.4 LAMOTT

"Lamott has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to three simple fundamentals. Asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us-- that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas." (--Syndetic Solutions)

Lamott's observations resonate across many faiths (she counsels, "Therefore make peace with your god, whatever you conceive him to be - Hairy Thunderer, or cosmic muffin"). Sense of humor and open mind are required.

Suggested by Ruth

Steal the north

Bergstrom, Heather Brittain.


"Emmy is a shy, sheltered sixteen-year-old when her mom, Kate, sends her to eastern Washington to an aunt and uncle she never knew she had. Fifteen years earlier, Kate had abandoned her sister, Beth, when she fled her painful past and their fundamentalist church. And now, Beth believes Emmy's participation in a faith healing is her last hope for having a child. Emmy goes reluctantly, but before long she knows she has come home. She feels tied to the rugged landscape of coulees and scablands. And she meets Reuben, the Native American boy next door. In a part of the country where the age-old tensions of cowboys versus Indians still play out, theirs is the kind of magical, fraught love that can only survive with the passion and resilience of youth. Their story is mirrored by the generation before them, who fears that their mistakes are doomed to repeat themselves in Emmy and Reuben" (--Syndetic Solutions)

Suggested by Ruth

Make me a mother : a memoir

Antonetta, Susanne, 1956-

362.734 ANTONET

"Relates how the author and her husband adopted a six-month-old boy from South Korea and the lessons they had to learn as parents, including how to incorporate aspects of another culture and how to discuss birth parents with their son." (--Syndetics Solutions) My boss passed this along to me, thinking I could relate to this author's experience. I couldn't believe when I flipped to the author photo on the jacket-- "I know her! I know her son! They live in Bellingham! He is the greatest kid." Small world...

Suggested by Ruth

The handmaid's tale

Atwood, Margaret, author.


"Margaret Atwood presents a chilling dystopic novel set in the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, after a radical theocratic revolution. In a time of declining birthrates, fertile women are dispersed to high-ranking white men as baby-making handmaids. If a handmaid cannot reproduce, she is exiled to the Colonies, an uber-polluted wasteland. One of these handmaids, Offred, not only remembers her life before the revolution, but is determined to reclaim it." (--Syndetic Solutions)

Have always meant to read this, and when I heard that Claire Danes had narrated an Audie Award winning recording, I knew the time had come. Really worth your time.

Suggested by Ruth

Pioneer girl

Nguyen, Bich Minh.


Discovering a family heirloom that her mother may have received from Laura Ingalls Wilder, PhD graduate Lee Lien explores the tenuous connection between her ancestors and the famous pioneer author only to discover a trail of clues that lead to fateful encounters. (--Syndetic Solutions)

As someone who loved the Little House books, is fascinated by the immigrant journey, and intrigued by mother-daughter dynamics, I found a lot to enjoy in this book.

Suggested by Ruth

Crap at my parents' house

Dovev, Joel.


Picked this up at random based on the cover. Staff couldn't look at it while they were on the public service desks because they would laugh too loud. Originally a blog, now a book, this features pictures of bizarre, or useless, or hideous, or hilarious stuff people have photographed in their parents' homes, such as crocheted teddy bear fly swatter, soccer-playing-Jesus statue, an ancient can of Crisco with a label that proclaims, "It's Digestible", and a fireplace mantel decorated in a style that can only be called Jewish-Pirate.

Suggested by Ruth

Devil in a blue dress

Mosley, Walter.


In a Los Angeles bar, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job, wonders how he'll pay his mortgage. DeWitt Albright, a quietly vicious white man, walks in and offers Easy a job. Good money too. All Easy has to do is locate Daphne Monet, a beautiful French woman running around town with $30,000 that doesn't belong to her. Suggested by Liz


Waters, John, 1946-


John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Suggested by Liz

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