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I am half-sick of shadows book I am half-sick of shadows

Bradley, C. Alan, 1938-

Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw over to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the stately manse. The famous star turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies. With the snow raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to solve the wintry country-house murder. She'll have to be quick-witted, though, to negotiate the volatile chemicals of a cast and crew starting to crack--and locked in a house with a murderer. This is the fourth title in the Flavia de Luce mysteries.

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

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Blackberry winter : a novel book Blackberry winter : a novel

Jio, Sarah.

Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. In the morning--even though it's the second of May--a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel's unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth--only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways. Jio is a Seattle author.

This title is also available in audiobook, large print and Overdrive ebook

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Thereby hangs a tail book Thereby hangs a tail

Quinn, Spencer.

In the second installment of the Chet and Bernie mystery series Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly. What first seems like a walk in the park to wise and lovable canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie—to investigate threats made against a pretty, pampered show dog—turns into a serious case when Princess and her owner are abducted. To make matters worse, Bernie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, reporter Susie Sanchez, disappears too.

This title is also available in audiobook, large print, and Overdrive ebook.

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel book The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel

Hoffman, Alice.

The daughter of a Coney Island boardwalk curiosities museum's front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The Dreamland of Coney Island and it's famous fire adds to the drama.

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

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Here book Here

McGuire, Richard.

Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and the events that happened in that space while moving forward and backward in time. Hundreds of thousands of years become interwoven. A dinosaur from 100,000,000 BCE lumbers by, while a child is playing with a plastic toy that resembles the same dinosaur in the year 1999. Meanwhile, the attention is focused on the most ordinary moments and appreciating them as the most transcendent.

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Mara book Mara

Wood, Brian, 1972- author.

Mara, famous volley ball player, beloved world wide suddenly develops super powers that turns the world against her, and puts her into the hands of a goverment who want to use her as a weapon. It's "A coming-of-rage story."

Roller girl Juvenile Book Roller girl

Jamieson, Victoria, author.

Astrid has always done everything with her best friend, Nicole, but when Nicole would rather attend ballet camp than roller derby camp, a chasm drops between them. An almost sure hit for fans of Raina Telgemeier.

Courting Greta book Courting Greta

Hootman, Ramsey.

The relationship between former computer programmer Samuel Cooke and tough-as-nails gym coach Greta Cassamajor has a chance of succeeding, but only if the two of them can stop keeping the past secret and finally be honest with each other.

Black Dove, White Raven Teen Book Black Dove, White Raven

Wein, Elizabeth, author.

Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.

Classic sourdoughs : a home baker's handbook book Classic sourdoughs : a home baker's handbook

Wood, Ed, 1926-
641.815 WOOD

"This authoritative sourdough baking classic is updated with new recipes and the authors' recent discovery of a technique that allows the baker to control sourness while ensuring consistently leavened loaves. Renowned sourdough authority Ed Wood has traveled the world capturing wild sourdough cultures and experimenting with baking methods. This new edition of his baking tome reveals his latest discovery: proofing the sourdough culture before use gives the baker control over the leavening and taste. Wood builds on this technique with 100 recipes featuring rustic grains and modern flavors, including Herb Spelt Bread, No-Knead Kamut Bread, and Malt Beer Bread, along with recipes for pancakes, bagels, English muffins, breadsticks, and more"--

The Queen of the Tearling : a novel book The Queen of the Tearling : a novel

Johansen, Erika.

A princess smuggled out of the palace as a small child is raised in secret seclusion to be a better ruler than her forebearers. Her first act upon returning? To incite a war with the Red Queen. It's admittedly a justified war, but before she can beat the enemies outside her kingdom, she must conquer the ones in her own castle.

The summer prince Teen Book The summer prince

Johnson, Alaya Dawn, 1982-

Set 400 years after apocalypse, in a city run by women isolated somewhere in the Amazon Rainforest, a tradition of human sacrifice has emerged. Every 5 years a Summer King is elected by the people, and sacrificed at the end of winter. This year, June Costa is determined to meet the enigmatic Summer King - she does, they become close friends - and now she can't bear to see him die. She wants to save him, but when 200 year old elders are watching your every move it's difficult to fool those who have seen everything before.

Claire DeWitt and the city of the dead book Claire DeWitt and the city of the dead

Gran, Sara.

Augmenting her brilliant deductive skills with dream analysis, marijuana, and the written work of a mysterious French detective, private investigator Claire DeWitt reluctantly returns to post-Katrina New Orleans to solve the disappearance of an unpopular prosecutor.

Bellweather rhapsody book Bellweather rhapsody

Racculia, Kate, author.

A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.

Brown girl dreaming Juvenile Book Brown girl dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline.
J 811.54 WOODSON

Though Jacqueline Woodson struggled with reading in her youth, she persevered to become a beloved award-winning author. In her most-hailed book yet, she recounts growing up in New York and South Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement and never feeling like she belongs.

Broken for you book Broken for you

Kallos, Stephanie.

Septuagenarian Margaret Hughes lives alone in a Seattle mansion with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Wanda Schultz is needing somewhere to stay while she puts her life back together. Both women guard dark secrets but as their friendship develops, their armor falls away and they each begin to heal. Funny, heartbreaking, and full of eccentric characters, "Broken for You" is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families.

This title is also available in electronic format in Overdrive, 3M, and Overdrive Audio.

Suggested by Jane

Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II book Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II

Croke, Vicki.
940.5425 CROKE

Billy Williams always had an affinity for animals but he found his calling with the elephants of India. Billy and his elephants became war heroes. At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees. He became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, this is an utterly engaging, little-known piece of history.

Suggested by Jane

Landscaping for privacy : innovative ways to turn your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat book Landscaping for privacy : innovative ways to turn your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat

Wingate, Marty.

Create your own secret garden and create a buffer between your home and the rest of the world, allowing for a soothing escape into the greenery of your creation. Featuring private gardens, big and small, this book will give you ideas and inspire long days spent in your personal idea of the perfect garden.

Suggested by Jane

Us book Us

Nicholls, David, 1966- author.

When Connie tells Douglas she thinks she wants a divorce, Douglas is shocked. After all, Connie has just planned a month-long family tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family. When Connie decides not to cancel the trip, Douglas is privately convinced that he will use the summer tour to find a way to save their marriage. Witty and endearing, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves while learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger.

Suggested by Jane

Gardening in miniature : create your own tiny living world book Gardening in miniature : create your own tiny living world

Calvo, Janit.
635.9 CALVO

Would you like to create the perfect landscape but don't have the space or time to maintain your world-class dream garden? Here is a solution... This complete guide to creating small-scale gardens in a pot - a miniature world of your own design - will allow anyone and everyone to become a master gardener. Let your green thumb and imagination take flight!

Suggested by Jane

Picnic in Provence : a memoir with recipes book Picnic in Provence : a memoir with recipes

Bard, Elizabeth, author.
944.9084 BARD

Elizabeth Bard, author of "Lunch in Paris", continues her account of life in France, this time in rural Provence. She and her husband move from their Paris apartment to the village of Céreste with their young young son and jump into a new culinary adventure. Recipes are included!

Suggested by Jane

Improbable libraries : a visual journey to the world's most unusual libraries book Improbable libraries : a visual journey to the world's most unusual libraries

Johnson, Alex, 1969- author.

Whether on the back of an elephant, in a tree or in the architectural wonder of a carefully crafted room, libraries impact lives and reflect the cultures that use and revere them. Explore the art and usage of unique libraries from around the world in this gem of a book.

Suggested by Jane

Girl in Dior book Girl in Dior

Goetzinger, Annie, 1951- author, illustrator.

Fans of fashion and vintage design will enjoy this unique bio-graphic novel showcasing the life and collections of Christian Dior, spanning from 1947 until the date of his death in 1957. A feast for the eye and an entertaining glimpse at an iconic moment in haute couture history, this is an irresistible reading pleasure.

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We are not ourselves book We are not ourselves

Thomas, Matthew, 1975-

An epic tale about an Irish American couple and the constraints of the American dream. Spanning the length of a marriage, this story of family and the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer's will resonate with readers looking for a strong yet sensitive portrait of everyday struggles that shape and change personal priorities and relationships over time.

Suggested by Jane

The table comes first : family, France, and the meaning of food book The table comes first : family, France, and the meaning of food

Gopnik, Adam.
394.1209 GOPNIK

This is the story of one man's quest for the meaning of food in a time obsessed with what to eat and how to eat it. Adam Gopnik traces our rapid evolution from awareness to manic compulsion over food and how we lost sight of a timeless truth: what goes on around the table--families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest dining experience is always more important than what we put on the table.

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