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The master of disguise : my secret life in the CIA

Mendez, Antonio J.

327.1273 MENDEZ

A top CIA operative offers an authorized account of his double life as a Department of Defense bureaucrat and a globe-trotting spy.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library

Donner dinner party

Hale, Nathan, 1976-


The Reed family struggles to survive the wagon train journey from Illinois to California as members of the ill-fated Donner Party.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Sheff, Nic, author.


A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library

A bad day for voodoo

Strand, Jeff.


When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, "Trust me. This is gonna be awesome." Of course, you probably wouldn't believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone's leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I've seen it. It can happen. And when there's suddenly a doll of YOU floating around out there - a doll that could be snatched by a Rottweiler and torn to shreds, or a gang of thugs ready to torch it, or any random family of cannibals - really, do you need the danger here spelled out for you? - well, you know that's just gonna be a really bad day...

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library

The graveyard book

Gaiman, Neil.


Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library

Startalk : everything you ever need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe, and beyond


Tyson looks at the most confounding mysteries of Earth, space, and what it means to be human. He attempts to answer all of your most pressing questions, from how the brain works to the physics of comic book superheroes.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library

Doctor Strange. The oath

Vaughan, Brian K.


Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder - his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death's door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally. Eisner Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Runaways, Y: The Last Man) and red-hot artist Marcos Martin (Captain America, Batgirl: Year One) join forces for an adventure that will take the Sorcerer Supreme from the underworld of New York City to the deadliest dimensions on the outskirts of reality - while firmly establishing him in the current Marvel Universe and setting him up to join a surprising new team! Collects Doctor Strange: The Oath #1-5.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library

Beauty queens

Bray, Libba.


When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Harmon, Michael B., author.


Stick, a star football player who's become disenchanted with the game, becomes friends with Preston, a nerdy kid who fights crime by night.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

A study in Charlotte

Cavallaro, Brittany. author.


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

The skeleton tree

Lawrence, Iain, 1955- author.


Chris and Frank's sailing vessel sinks and they are stranded alone in the wilds of Alaska. They don't like each other at all, but to survive they must build a relationship.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

Vargic's miscellany of curious maps : mapping the modern world

Vargic, Martin, 1998- author.

912.09 VARGIC

Beautiful, unique, and packed with intricate and brilliant details, Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps showcases this visual artist's rare talent as never before in a gorgeous edition sure to be treasured by fans. Along with eight exquisite and unexpected conceptual atlases, he has imagined The Music Map, The Map of YouTube, The Corporate World Map, and many more. An additional fifty mini-maps of the world display a diverse list of data, such as the number of heavy metal bands per capita, the probability of getting struck by lightning, average penis length, NSA surveillance rate, and number of tractors per 1,000 inhabitants.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

The selection

Cass, Kiera.


America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library


Alexander, Kwame, author.


Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

Alamo all-stars

Hale, Nathan, 1976- author, illustrator.


Shares the Lone Star State's bloody fight for independence from the Mexican government and features the exploits of historical legends, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

The smell of other people's houses

Hitchcock, Bonnie-Sue.


Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn't like growing up anywhere else: Don't think life is going to be easy. Know your place. And never talk about yourself. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library

Atlas of lost cities : a travel guide to abandoned and forsaken destinations

Grouard de Tocqueville, Aude, author.


Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In Atlas of Lost Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor. She also details the less well known places, including Centralia, an abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores were built for 500,000 people who never came; and Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina that was swallowed up by water. Beautiful, original artwork shows the location of the lost cities and depicts how they looked when they thrived.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library

Between the world and me

Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.

305.8009 COATES

For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear ... In this, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library

Your presidential fantasy dream team

O'Brien, Daniel.


Draft your own presidential fantasy team, based on these hilarious-but-true profiles of our past leaders. What if a zombie apocalypse or a robot uprising threatened the nation and you had the power to recruit some of the nation's finest presidents to help save the day? By studying the most successful squads in history, Daniel O'Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team. Which president would you choose for: the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt? Choose wisely--the fate of the world is in your hands!

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library

The hidden life of trees : what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world

Wohlleben, Peter, 1964- author.

582.16 WOHLLEB

A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library

My Lady Jane

Hand, Cynthia, 1978- author.


Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse. That is, he an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated) who becomes a chestnut steed every morning, but wakes as a man at dusk, with a mouthful of hay. Very undignified. The plot thickens as the three are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, and have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library

The way I used to be

Smith, Amber, 1982-


After fourteen-year-old Eden is raped by her brother's best friend, she knows she'll never be the way she used to be.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Harmon, Michael B., author.


Stick, a star football player who's become disenchanted with the game, becomes friends with Preston, a nerdy kid who fights crime by night.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library

Movie title typos : making movies better by subtracting one letter

Light, Austin, author, illustrator.

818.602 LIGHT

In Movie Title Typos, artist Austin Light removes just one letter from a well-known movie title to inspire a surprising and hilarious visual scenario. There's Obocop (a robotic police officer works through his PTSD by playing smooth jazz), T. (a boy meets a jewelry-clad alien who pities fools), Harry Otter, The Princess and the Fro, Finding Emo, Pup Fiction, and many more. A massive viral hit when he first posted sketches of the work online (1.2 million hits in the first 6 hours), Light has created new full-color illustrations for all, with the majority of the book's content never before seen on the Web. Here is a parallel universe glimpse at could-have-been films possibly better--definitely funnier--than the originals.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish lieutenant

Cliff, Tony (Comic book author)


Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library

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