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Pit bull : the battle over an American icon

Dickey, Bronwen, author.

636.7559 DICKEY

The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized, and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation.

Suggested by Marina


The dog merchants : inside the big business of breeders, pet stores, and rescuers

Kavin, Kim, author.

636.7006 KAVIN

Reveals the complex network behind the $11 billion-a-year business of selling dogs; discusses how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters; and shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of canines everywhere.

Suggested by Marina


The inside of out

Thorne, Jenn Marie, author.

TEEN THORNE

When her best friend comes out as a lesbian, Daisy leads the charge to end their school's ban on same-sex dates for the homecoming dance, but a local story goes viral and now everyone--including a cute college journalist--believes Daisy is gay, too.

Suggested by Marina


Maphead [charting the wide, weird world of geography wonks]

Jennings, Ken.

CD 912 JEN4371

Traces the history of mapmaking while offering insight into the role of cartography in human civilization and sharing anecdotes about the cultural arenas frequented by map enthusiasts.

Suggested by Marina


Lord and Lady spy

Galen, Shana.

FIC GALEN

No man can outsmart him... Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England's most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn?t the only one with secrets... She's been outsmarting him for years... Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he's not who she thinks he is after all...

Suggested by Marina


Summer of supernovas

Woods, Darcy, author.

TEEN WOODS

As the daughter of an astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows the truth lies within the stars, so when she discovers a rare planetary alignment she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear-- The Fifth House of Relationships and Love-- but Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother's legacy when she falls for a sensitive guitar player.

Suggested by Marina


Binti

Okorafor, Nnedi, author.

FIC OKORAFO

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by KP.


The ballad of Black Tom

LaValle, Victor D., 1972- author.

FIC LAVALLE

"People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping. A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?"--provided from Amazon.com.

Also available as an Overdrive eAudiobook.

Suggested by KP.


Indian giver / Poems

Smelcer, John E., 1963- author.

811.54 SMELCER

"Poetry at its most satirical and courageous. A tremendous book."-Seamus Heaney"Few voices in American literature are so honest and daring."-Mark Strand"One of our most brilliant poets."-Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz"I feel the primal grain and temper of the genuine here."-William Heyen "A lament, a protest, an inextinguishable song."-Sherod Santos "Among the best and most original poets in America."-Stanley Kunitz "Nothing short of splendid."-Robert Nazarene"The kind of energy found in the poems of William Carlos Williams and Gary Snyder."-Joseph BruchacThese poems tell harsh truths of hopelessness and genocide. The confusion of children whose religion is forbidden; the ironic poverty of a lottery winner; an alternate American history in which Columbus turns and sails away-in deceptively simple language, we hear the protest of survivors. "'Indian' is not a derogatory word. It's what we call ourselves."AFTER A SERMON AT THE CHURCH OF INFINITE CONFUSION. At ten, Mary Caught-in-Between came home from sunday school, told every animal and bird and fish they couldn't talk anymore, told her drum it couldn't sing anymore, told her feet they couldn't dance anymore, told her words they weren't words anymore, told Raven and Coyote they weren't gods anymore, said god was a starving white man with long hair and blue eyes and a beard who no one loved enough to save when they nailed him to a totem pole. John Smelcer has written over forty books of poetry and prose. He is a member of the Alaskan Ahtna tribe.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by KP.


My love story!!. 1

Kawahara, Kazune, author.

TEEN KAWAHAR

Giant Takeo Goda's love life takes a surprising turn when he saves a girl named Yamato, but will she be drawn instead to Takeo's handsome best friend, Sunakawa?

Suggested by KP.


The men with the golden cuffs

Blake, Lexi.

FIC BLAKE

A woman in danger... Serena Brooks is a bestselling author of erotic fiction. She knows how to write a happy ending but hasn't managed to find one of her own. Divorced and alone, she has no one to turn to when a stalker begins to threaten her life. The cops don't believe her. Her ex-husband thinks she's making the whole story up. She has no one left to turn to except a pair of hired bodyguards. They promise to guard her body, but no one can protect her heart. Two men in search of love... Adam Miles and Jacob Dean are halves of a whole. They've spent their entire adult lives searching for the one woman who can handle them both. Adam is the playful, indulgent lover, while Jacob is the possessive, loving Dom. When Serena comes into their lives, Adam is certain that she's the one. But Jacob's past comes back to haunt them all. He is suspicious of Serena's story, and his concerns are driving a wedge between him and Adam. But when the stalker strikes, they will have to come together or lose each other forever...

Suggested by KP


River of ink

Cooper, Paul M. M.

FIC COOPER

"In thirteenth-century Sri Lanka, Asanka, poet to the king, lives a life of luxury, enjoying courtly life and a sweet, furtive love affair with a palace servant, a village girl he is teaching to write. But when Magha, a prince from the mainland, usurps the throne, Asanka's role as court poet dramatically alters. Magha is a cruel and calculating king--and yet, a lover of poetry--and he commissions Asanka to translate a holy Sanskrit epic into the Tamil language spoken by his recently acquired subjects. The poem will be an olive branch--a symbol of unity between the two cultures. But in different languages, in different contexts, meaning can become slippery"--Amazon.com.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by KP.


Burial rites : a novel

Kent, Hannah, 1985-

FIC KENT

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. . . . BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by KP.


It happened in Washington : remarkable events that shaped history

Crutchfield, James A., 1938- author.

979.7 CRUTCHF

From early explorers to modern-day entrepreneurs, Washington continues to draw people to discover and develop its rich resources and take advantage of its accessible seaports. It Happened In Washington goes behind the scenes to tell its story in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Evergreen State. Read why British sea caption George Vancouver sailed right past the Columbia River in his search for a North American waterway that emptied into the Pacific Ocean. Relive the treacherous expeditions led by explorers Charles Wilkes, John Parke, Edmond Meany, and others as they sailed the rugged coastline, trekked through dense forests, and hiked snow capped peaks to map previously uncharted territory. Discover what led Edward Curtis to dedicate three decades of his life to photographically documenting the American Indians' way of life before the tribes were assimilated into the encroaching western culture. Find out what motivated visionary William Boeing to make the leap from selling timber to manufacturing aircraft despite the overwhelming public sentiment that large-scale flying had no future.

Suggested by KP.


Uptown thief

De León, Aya, author.

FIC DE LEON

Marisol Rivera uses her escort service business as a cover to rob New York City's rich and powerful.

suggested by Danielle


Spoiled brats : stories

Rich, Simon.

FIC RICH

"A collection of stories culled from the front lines of the millennial culture wars. Rife with failing rock bands, student loans, and participation trophies, [this book] is about a generation of narcissists--and the well-meaning boomers who made them that way"-- Amazon.com.

suggested by Danielle


Trouble when you walked in

Kramer, Kieran, author.

FIC KRAMER

Cissie Rogers likes to do everything by the book. Literally. The town librarian in Kettle Knob, North Carolina, she's determined to preserve the future of literature--and the library's romantic legend--for her patrons. It's not easy when the mayor himself, Boone Braddock, wants to close the library down. There's only one way for Cissie to put a stop to him: by running for mayor herself! Boone is Kettle Knob's favorite son, a champion athlete and stellar football coach with deep local roots. Cissie will need more than a savvy slogan and a pair of three-inch high heels to stand a chance at the polls. But what about the campaign that's underway in her own heart? What began as professional rivalry has transformed into a simmering attraction that neither contender can ignore. Could it be that the keeper of the town's card catalog and the legendary football hero are ready to team up...and write their own storybook romance?

suggested by Danielle


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 book], 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 Danielle


Beloved dog

Kalman, Maira, artist.

636.7 KALMAN

"Dogs have lessons for us all. In Beloved Dog, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman illuminates our cherished companions as only she can. From the dogs lovingly illustrated in her acclaimed children's books to the real-life pets who inspire her still, Kalman's Beloved Dog is joyful, beautifully illustrated, and, as always, deeply philosophical."-- Provided by publisher.

suggested by Danielle


Someday, someday, maybe : a novel

Graham, Lauren, 1967-

FIC GRAHAM

The hilarious story of a struggling young actress trying to get ahead--and keep it together--in New York City.

suggested by Danielle


Back to before

Solheim, Tracy, author.

FIC SOLHEIM

Agreeing to star in a home restoration TV show to save his family's construction business, architect Gavin McAlister finds his life forever changed after a one-night stand with make-up artist and former soap star Ginger Walsh.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by Jocelyn.


The geek feminist revolution

Hurley, Kameron, author.

814.6 HURLEY

"The book collects dozens of Hurley's essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including "We Have Always Fought," which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume."--Amazon.com.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by Jocelyn.


Wife 22 : a novel

Gideon, Melanie, 1963-

FIC GIDEON

Baring her soul in an anonymous survey for a marital happiness study, Alice catalogues her stale marriage, unsatisfying job and unfavorable prospects and begins to question virtually every aspect of her life.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook and Overdrive eAudio.

Suggested by Jocelyn.


Fowl language : welcome to parenting

Gordon, Brian, author, artist.

741.5973 GORDON

"Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting is here to let you know that you're not alone. Parenting is hard and often gross. Laughing about it helps. Parenting can be a magical journey full of bliss and wonder...if you're on the right meds. For the rest of us, it's another thing altogether. Fowl Language Comics takes an unvarnished look at the tedium and aggravation of parenting, while never forgetting that the reason we put up with those little jerks is that we love them so damn much. By poking fun at the daily struggles parents face, these cartoons help all of us feel less alone in our continual struggle to stay sane."--provided by Amazon.com.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by Jocelyn.


End time

Korman, Keith.

FIC KORMAN

"What is happening to the country--and the planet? A government bio-lab experiment goes hideously wrong, infecting people with scientifically-programmed madness. Random kidnappings of women and girls proliferate throughout the land. Some people suddenly succumb to horrifically virulent viruses while others become able to read minds. Mysteriously summoned to confront these frightening questions, three people are thrown together on a bizarre cross-country quest: Cheryl Gibson, an LA cop; Billy Howahkan, a Lakota Sioux with seeming supernatural gifts; and Bhakti Singh, a distinguished space scientist. This unlikely group must track down a pair of children with extraordinary powers, children who will determine humanity's fate--obliteration or salvation. As the three set out across America, a blood-dimmed tide is unleashed. Anarchy, terror, and death stalk the land in Keith Korman's End Time"--

Suggested by Jocelyn.


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