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One evening in Paris book One evening in Paris
Alain Bonnard, the owner of a small art cinema in Paris, is a dyed-in-the-wool nostalgic. He wants to show films that create dreams, and he likes most of the people that come to his cinema. Particularly the enchanting, shy woman in the red coat who turns up every Wednesday in row 17. What could her story be? One evening, Alain plucks up courage and invites the unknown beauty to dinner. The most tender of love stories is just getting under way when something incredible happens: The Cinéma Paradis is going to be the location of Allan Woods’ new film Tender Memories of Paris. Suddenly, the little cinema and its owner are the focus of public attention, and the red-plush seats are sold out every evening. But the mystery woman Alain has just fallen in love with seems suddenly to have vanished. Is this just coincidence? In One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau, Alain sets off in search of her and becomes part of a story more delightful than anything the cinema has to offer.

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Barreau, Nicolas, 1980-
FIC BARREAU

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club book The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
When her husband dies in a car crash--not long after announcing he wants a divorce--Jo Mackenzie packs up her two rowdy boys and moves from London to a dilapidated villa in her seaside hometown where she takes over her beloved Gran's knitting shop. After a rough beginning, Jo soon finds comfort in a "Stitch and Bitch" group--a collection of quirky, lively women who share their stories, and their addiction to cake, with warmth and humor.

Suggested by Amy

McNeil, Gil, 1959-
FIC MCNEIL

Dress your family in corduroy and denim book Dress your family in corduroy and denim
In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives -- a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

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Sedaris, David.
814.54 SEDARIS

Half broke horses : a true-life novel book Half broke horses : a true-life novel
A true-life novel about Lily Casey Smith (the author's grandmother) who at age six helped her father break horses, at age fifteen left home to teach in a frontier town, and later as a wife and mother runs a vast ranch in Arizona where she survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy--but despite a life of hardscrabble drudgery still remains a woman of indomitable spirit.

Suggested by Amy

Walls, Jeannette.
FIC WALLS

Chateau of secrets : a novel book Chateau of secrets : a novel
Gisele Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family's medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler's army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France. But when German soldiers take over the family's chateau, Gisele is forced to host them as well--while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend's baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child. A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Salvare, Gisele's granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler's army. Riley wants to research Chloe's family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored--her family isn't Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn't know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover.

Suggested by Amy

Dobson, Melanie B.
FIC DOBSON

National Geographic guide to national parks of the United States. book National Geographic guide to national parks of the United States.
Offers descriptions, road maps, itineraries, travel tips, costs, and contact information for national parks ranging from Maine's Acadia to Hawaii's Haleakalā.

Suggested by Terry


917.3049 NATIONA

Abundance of valor : resistance, survival, and liberation, 1944-45 book Abundance of valor : resistance, survival, and liberation, 1944-45
The operation known as “Market Garden”—made famous in the book and film A Bridge Too Far—was the largest airborne assault in history up to that time, a high-risk Allied invasion of enemy territory that has become a legend of World War II, even as it still invites criticism from historians. Now a thrilling and revelatory new book re-creates the operation as never before, revealing for the first time the full adventures of the bold “Jedburgh” paratroopers whose exploits were almost unimaginably risky and heroic.

Suggested by Terry

Irwin, Will, 1950-
940.5421 IRWIN

The Lake Shore Limited book The Lake Shore Limited
"The Lake Shore Limited" is the story of how Wilhelmina "Billy" Gertz has come to create the title's play out of emotions surrounding an imagined terrorist bombing of a Chicago train, how the play is then created anew on the stage, and how the play's performance touches and changes the lives that intersect and interweave with Billy's.

Suggested by Terry

Miller, Sue, 1943-
FIC MILLER

The buzzard table book The buzzard table
A mysterious ornithologist staying at Mrs. Lattimore's Victorian home and doing research on Southern vultures seems familiar to Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, especially after a murderer strikes.

Suggested by Terry

Maron, Margaret.
FIC MARON

Soup night : recipes for creating community around a pot of soup book Soup night : recipes for creating community around a pot of soup
Soup nights are popping up all around the United States as a stress-free way to bring neighbors together. The host provides two or three pots of soup, and the guests bring their own dishes and silverware, and perhaps a salad or some bread. Neighbors get to know each other by name, people of all ages connect and socialize, and the neighborhood becomes friendlier and safer.

Suggested by Terry

Stuckey, Maggie.
641.813 STUCKEY

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