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The Girl with All the Gifts

Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Only a small group of children seem to be immune to its effects. At an army base, these unique children are being studied and subjected to experiments. This movie is based on the book with the same title by M.R. Carey. Be sure to read the book, and it's sequel/prequel The Boy on the Bridge!

Mindy M.
Reference Assistant

Horror

Science Fiction

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Crenshaw

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. Back into Jackson's head comes Crenshaw, the imaginary cat, who helps him and his family through the difficult times.

Christine
Youth Services Assistant

Chapter Book

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Sunshine

Rae Seddon bakes in her family's diner surrounded by eggs, flour...and vampires? Tired of her routine, Rae drives out to the lake-a known no-go zone since the catastrophic Voodoo Wars, in which malignant forces attacked humanity. That night, she never even heard them coming. Now trapped in a nightmare, she must do the unimaginable: wield long-buried power and forge an unnatural bond with a predator to combat an even greater evil. But will it be enough? And what, if anything, will remain of Rae once it's begun? My adoration of this book comes with a word of warning: these vampires are not misunderstood hotties; read at your own risk. Come for the artless world-building and sympathetic characters. Stay for the scrumptious-sounding baked goods. I'd risk vampire exsanguination for the Lemon Lechery alone. I'd be perpetually terrified and much too well-fed to do more than waddle away from any undead, but I'd die happy.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Horror

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Going Postal : A Novel of Discworld

Moist von Lipwig, coward and career con-man, was sentenced to death and hanged for his crimes. Then he got a government job. Given an offer he can't refuse, he's installed as the Postmaster General of the city of Ankh-Morpork. He's completely unqualified. The backlog of undelivered letters goes back centuries. The remaining staff are crazier than overheated bedbugs. The mail sorter might destroy the universe. Oh, and nefarious forces want him dead. For real. But he may be just what the post office needs.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Fantasy

Humor

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

This Scottish author's debut novel is part comic novel, part emotional thriller and part love story! Those who loved A Man Called Ove will recognize a similar deadpan, cranky, hilarious but irresistible character. A mysterious event from childhood has left her both physically and emotionally scarred. Ray, a gentle co-worker slowly draws her out of her shell. Eleanor's story will move readers.

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Literary Ficiton

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein knows how a dog thinks! He knows how a race car handles in the rain. He knows grief. And he very skillfully blends the three topics together in this warm-hearted story told by Enzo, the "mutt." And by the way, Garth will be speaking here at the library on October 3!

Marlys
Adult Programming Librarian

Literary Ficiton

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The Vision

Easily the best comic series of last year. This book imagines Vision – the A.I. robot of Marvel’s Avengers fame – taking a break from saving the world, and trying to live a “normal” life. This series reinvents Vision as a conflicted, deeply tragic character… A superhero story less about being a superhero, and more about family, reality, disappointment, and humanity.

Ben
Adult Services Manager

Graphic Novel

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The Pizza Diet: How I Lost 100 Pounds Eating My Favorite Food — and You Can, Too!

This book tells the story of Pasquale Cozzolino, a chef from Naples, Italy, who moved to New York City and became obese eating the typical American diet. In four years, he went from 254 pounds to 370 pounds, and even at 6'6," his doctor warned he could die of a heart attack if he didn't alter his eating habits. As someone who LOVES pizza, I devoured this book with gusto, and it did not disappoint. Not only did I learn a lot, it was a very entertaining read, as well. For all you chefs out there, there are also plenty of heart-healthy recipes included.

Lee DeWald
Library Assistant

Food & Cooking

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The Sympathizer

Delve into the mind of a communist double agent during the turbulent times of the Vietnam War. Sent to America to resettle with other Vietnamese refugees, our narrator keeps in contact with the Viet Cong still battling in the homeland, giving them information on their displaced enemy. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, The Sympathizer will shed new light on the human condition, of love and betrayal, and the devastating cost of idealism gone too far.

Nathan Mahlberg
Teen Services Assistant

Historical Fiction

Thriller

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The Replacement Crush

This was a fun romance with lots of awesome star trek quotes and references. The characters were realistic (except for maybe how awesome Dallas is at everything) and well balanced. I laughed at the inner monologues and could feel the hurt when Vivian felt hurt. The romance scenes were not too vulgar and there was minimal swearing. Witty and endearing.

Caroline Simons
Page

Romance

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Frogkisser!

A delightful and fun fantasy romp. Fun infusions of classic fairy tales into an entertaining story.

Caroline Simons
Page

Adventure

Fairy Tale

Fantasy

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Ghostland : An American History in Haunted Places

America is the land of opportunity. Even for the dead. This sense of endless possibility means that American cities grow into unique spaces, each with their own personality and culture. The remnants of each city's past- architectural, human, or tragic-do likewise, steeping into each citizen's sense of self. But why do dome spirits refuse to leave these places? And why do we refuse to let them? This book delights in delivering ghost stories, but doesn't quibble about whether or not they're true. Dickey brings together bits of history, folklore, and psychology to examine why people keep these tales alive long after their characters are dead, skeptic and believer alike. His conclusion is unnerving: as long as American individuals are haunted, the spaces they inhabit will be, too.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assitant

History

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The Roanoke Girls

A somewhat dark tale of a 15 year old girl who discovers her family isn't at all what she thought.

Kathy R.
Library Director

Literary Ficiton

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Elantris

This debut novel by Brandon Sanderson delves into a magical city where the magic has somehow broken, leaving the citizens infected and suffering, and anyone outside the city walls showing the symptoms of the magical plague cast into the city and mourned as dead. Weaving together three points of view, this standalone fantasy novel is a breath of fresh air for readers who don’t want to commit to a never-ending series.

C.C.
Ref. Staff

Fantasy

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Confessions of a Domestic Failure

In the style of the "shopaholic" books, this book tells the story of a new mom trying to take on the role of a 'stay-at-home mom' with varying degrees of success. I laughed out loud at the craziness of her trials and tribulations!

Kathy R.
Library Director

Humor

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Kiss Carlo

Adriana Trigiani is at her best when she draws deep from the well of her own experiences as part of a large loving Italian family. It's 1949 in South Philly. The post World War II boom is in full swing. Nicky Castone , a war veteran, drives for his Uncle Dominic's successful cab company. But he feels he needs more---something that is truly his. Acting calls him--and the adventures from following his heart are dazzling and enthralling!!!

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Historical Fiction

Romance

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Alright...who really ate that sandwich? Follow the bear's adventurous quest throughout the city. Readers will discover a silly surprise at the ending that shows that the truth can easily be stretched!

Ashleigh Tiemann
Youth Services Assistant

Humor

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7 Ate 9: the Untold Story

We all know that rumor about how the number 7 tragically ate 9, in which the number 6 now realizes that 7 is after him. Worried that his days may be numbered, he seeks a detective, Private "I", to help discover the truth of the missing number 9. With so many puns and jokes scattered throughout the story, "7 Ate 9" can easily be read many times in order to catch them all. This book is great for readers who would like to improve their math skills, but also have a "punny" sense of humor.

Ashleigh Tiemann
Youth Services Assistant

Humor

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Short

Julia, a girl who happens to be short for her age, discovers that she is cast as a munchkin for an upcoming production of "Wizard of Oz." As she experiences theatre life for the first time, Julia realizes that she wants to stand out in the crowd. Luckily, Julia's height is helping her highlight her talents, in which she learns that it's okay to be different. "Short" is an enjoyable book for readers who have an interest of what goes on behind-the-scenes in drama/theatre, but the story shows that there's so much to learn than just your lines when taking on a new role for a performance.

Ashleigh Tiemann
Youth Services Assistant

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, And Jazz Chickens

Eddie Izzard writes with the same candor and insight that make his stand up comedy shine! His singular life was impacted forever by the death of his mother when he was only 6 years old. What began as a belief that doing enough interesting things would bring her back morphed into a way of life. His surreal stream of consciousness comedy infused with intelligence are his hallmark, referring to himself as an action transvestite with style and wit that diffuse any negativity. Well worth a read that will captivate as well as entertain!

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Memoir

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Good Clean Fun

You know him as Ron Swanson from the television series Parks and Recreation and now you can know him as Nick Offerman the woodworker and craftsmen. This book showcases projects that he and his staff have designed and handcrafted with helpful step-by-step directions for any DIYer. Tools not included.

Daley
Reference Assistant

Humor

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Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan

I love a good post-apocalyptic tale, but it's getting harder and harder to find the good ones under the mountain of titles that are coming out every month. And, it's getting increasingly difficult to find a new hook to grab me in these types of stories...but this dinosaur tale fit the bill. I loved the idea of dinosaurs being cloned, reintroduced to the world...and then a dinosaur disease strikes, killing off 99% of the population. That is a fresh idea I've never heard of before as it relates to dinosaurs and cloning: the fact that we could be bringing back their bacteria and diseases along with their serrated teeth and bony armored plates. This is an excellent adventure for children who love a mix of dinosaurs, action and mystery.

Lee DeWald
Library Assistant

Adventure

Chapter Book

Mystery

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The Dorito Effect: The surprising new truth about food and flavor

This book should change the way you eat! Schatzker gives many reasons as to why we eat the way we do, and many more reasons as why we should change our ways.

Kathy R.
Library Director

Food & Cooking

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The Identicals

Another Hilderbrand beach hit!!! After more than a decade apart identical twins Harper and Tabitha switch lives--and islands to save what is left of their estranged family.

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Romance

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Once and For All

Louna is the 17-year-old daughter of famed wedding planner, Natalie Barrett. Her summer job is the family business, helping brides plan their perfect day. She plays her part in preparing brides for their happily ever after, even though she doesn't believe in it herself. However, when easy-going and women-charmer Ambrose is hired by Natalie to help out for the summer, Louna finds her world turned upside down.

Lee DeWald
Library Assistant

Humor

Romance

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Garfield Cooks Up Trouble: His 63rd Book

The famous foodie is back with a banquet of all-new strips to satisfy your comic cravings. Whether he’s toasting a whole loaf of bread because Jon’s butter expires at midnight, fixing a taste-bud melting liverwurst, horseradish, and anchovy paste sandwich, or preparing Grandma’s special soup (hold the coyote!), Garfield makes sure fun is always on the menu!

Lee DeWald
Library Assistant

Comedy

Humor

Picture Book

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Earthly Remains

Donna Leon's novels about Venetian Detective Guido Brunetti never disappoint!! Her 26th entry for the series is a gentle melancholy tale.

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Mystery

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Survivor’s Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz

In 1945, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. For a very long time, Michael didn't talk about what happened to him during the war. One day, Michael discovered his image from the Soviet soldier's footage was being used by a website dedicated to claims that the Holocaust was a lie. Michael realized that, as a survivor, he could not remain silent. His story must be told. With the help of his daughter, Michael Bornstein tells the unforgettable story of how a father’s courage, a mother’s love, and one perfectly timed illness saved his life. Working from his own recollections as well as extensive interviews with relatives and survivors who knew the family, Michael's story depicts what happened to one Polish village in the wake of the Nazi invasion. It is shocking, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting.

Theresa
Youth Services Assistant

Biography

History

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The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read

Readers will cheer for Nick as he patiently teaches his reluctant and grumpy cats about the joys of reading.

Julianne
Youth Services Assistant

Picture Book

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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken has finally let his comedy loose again! He has more than proven as a sitting Senator that he is so much more than just a Comedian--tho that in itself is gigantic!!!! The book recounts graphically why so many comedians do not run for office!!!!

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Biography

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Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders takes its title from the book within the book, the ninth and final installment in author Alan Conway’s internationally best-selling Atticus Pünd mystery series, which captures something of ‘the golden age’ of British whodunits with a country house setting, a complicated murder, a cast of suitably eccentric characters and a detective who arrives as an outsider.

Mindy M.
Reference Assistant

Adventure

Mystery

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Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel

Sherlockian detective of the supernatural R.F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook, search for their ghostly landlady Jenny Cavanaugh's murderer and fight their most fearsome foe yet in the third volume of this paranormal mystery series. Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail and Jackaby attempt to solve a decade-old murder.

Mindy M.
Reference Assistant

Adventure

Fantasy

Mystery

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Audacity Jones to the Rescue

Audacity pines for adventure, something to break up the monotony of her days at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls.

Christine
Youth Services Assistant

Humor

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Celine

Celine is a detective that specializes in missing person cases and reuniting families. Her latest case, investigating a man assumed to have died in a grizzly attack, helps to heal her own past as much as her clients. Full of love, loss, secrets and a few surprises. Highly recommended.

Mary
Manager

Mystery

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fallout

Outstanding! Legendary author Sara Paretsky at the top of her form. P.I. V.I. Warshawski on a road trip for the first time on a case outside Chicago in the more than three decades of the series. Pulls you in for a roller coaster ride of intrigue and excitement.

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Mystery

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Saints

Set in China, 1898. Fourth Children in China had no place. Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her name and identity in Christianity. Facing death due to her newfound faith forces her to choose between her heritage and her faith. Should she keep silent about her convictions in the face of the opposition? Meeting Bao turns her world upside down. "Boxers" and companion book "Saints" tell the story of the Boxer Rebellion from both sides of the historic struggle in China.

Jamie
Teen Services Librarian

Adventure

Graphic Novel

Historical Fiction

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Defy the Stars

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet, Genesis. Earth's artificially intelligent beings are the new Earth army threatening the very existence of Genesis. Noemi meets Abel, a sophisticated mech prototype she can command. Noemi and Able unite to battle Earth's Army. Noemi questions herself and Abel's "humanity."

Jamie
Teen Services Librarian

Fantasy

Science Fiction

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Stoner

This is my favorite book. I have read it countless times, and every time it feels more poignant than the last. Stoner is a remarkable novel about an unremarkable guy. Like the title character, the book is simple and serious. And like the title character, the book contains a moving inner beauty that belies its unassuming exterior.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Classic

Literary Ficiton

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Women In The Castle

Fabulous!! A truly important book that everyone should read!! Vivid tale of endurance in the wake of World War II. Definitely a fresh look at what it is to be a woman in wartime!!!!

S. HOLMES
LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Historical Fiction

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Smile (Smile, #1)

Raina's middle school experience turns traumatic after an accident causes her to be fitted into awkward (and painful) braces. Of course, this misfortune occurs when Raina is trying to be accepted by her classmates, along with looking cool and mature at her school. Follow Raina as she discovers what it's like to grow up and make choices for herself, rather than what her classmates think. I wish this book was around when I was a middle school student, especially when I experienced my own orthodontic woes. This graphic novel is perfect for students who not only have braces, but also find that growing up isn't always easy.

Ashleigh Tiemann
Youth Services Assistant

Graphic Novel

Humor

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The Hunger Games

This book is still popular for a good reason. It is action packed! In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. I loved this book so much that I even named one of our pets after a character! The movie is great, too!

Trish
Teen Assistant

Adventure

Fantasy

Science Fiction

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The Help

One of my favorite books! Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town... I loved the unabridged audio book even more so because of the various narrators! Read or listen to this book, then watch the movie! You won't be disappointed!

Trish
Teen Assistant

Historical Fiction

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Interstellar Cinderella

An independent Cinderella stars in this fun twist on an old classic.

Julianne
Youth Services Assistant

Fairy Tale

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Wolf in White Van

Sean Phillips leads players through a strange world by way of letters delivered through the mail. But when two players die after attempting a mission in the real world, Sean begins questioning his motives for creating the game in the first place.

Nathan Mahlberg
Assistant to the Teen Librarian

Science Fiction

Thriller

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The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

Ariel Levy has written a powerful memoir about love, loss, and finding one’s way. She shows both her vulnerability and resilience while being brutally honest about the twists and turns her life has taken.

Kathy R.
Library Director

Memoir

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It Had to be You

It's a romance in Minnesota, centered around hockey. No hockey is not my sport of choice though I was born in MN. Romance is, and the message that this author brings into the "Christiansen family" relationships of supporting each other, but not controlling each other's lives is great. God gives us opportunities to help each other, and helps us cross paths with those that we can help or that can help us in surprising ways. Warren has the ability to write a great book full of character, as well as plot twists.

Marlys
Adult Programming Librarian

Romance

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Ten Days That Shook the World

A first-hand account of the Russian Revolution of 1917 written by the American journalist, John Reed. Throughout the chronicle, Reed is in close contact with the major players involved and he even received a glowing review of his work from Lenin himself. A must read for anyone interested in the "transfer" of power from the czar to the Bolsheviks.

Daley
Reference Assistant

History

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Haggis and Tank Unleashed: Digging for Dinos

Haggis and Tank are two laugh-out-loud funny pals. In this adventure they find a bone in their backyard and decide to go for a dinosaur hunt filled with grand games and great danger! This is a wonderful transitional chapter book for your early elementary reader.

Anna Hartmann
Youth Services Manager

Adventure

Chapter Book

Comedy

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Black Jack Volume 1

A doctor with near-magical skills with a scalpel and a bedside manner to match Dr. House makes for some interesting tales in this classic graphic novel series. Whether giving a parasitic twin a new life or letting a sushi master practice his craft after losing his arms in an accident, the fantastic mixes with reality in a masterful display of storytelling.

C. C.
Reference Assistant

Graphic Novel

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Ever wonder what a twentysomething's love life would look like if it took place inside a retro video game? Whaa? Just go with me here. Scott Pilgrim is pleasant but aimless, dating smitten Knives Chau and playing bass in the band Sex Bob-Omb. Then the colorfully-coiffed Ramona Flowers walks straight out of Scott's dreams (literally). But Ramona comes with some seriously piqued baggage. In order to win her Scott must battle each of her Seven Evil Exes, as well as deal with some pitfalls of his own. This film, based on the series of Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, is absurd in the best possible way. Boss fight sequences based on classic video game tropes would be magnificent enough. But, because Edgar Wright is at the helm (the game console?) you're also hit with high-speed humor from the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, and many more.  (See if you can spot the two superheroes!) Be advised that 1. You may have to watch this twice to catch every gag, and 2. Pausing the film while partaking of beverage may be the only way not to actually die laughing.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Humor

Romance

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Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

The embodiment of Christian salvation sucked on dead lizards as a kid. Who knew? In present day the best friend of Jesus, loyal but less-than-angelic Biff, is resurrected to write a new gospel detailing the missing years between the messiah's birth and his death. Appalled by his absence from the record and eager to fill in the gaps while his (literal) guardian angel binge watches soap operas, Biff's story begins with his meeting with Joshua (his name prior to the whole savior gig) when they were both six. Josh attempts to teach Biff the ways of his holy father; Biff attempts to teach Josh how to wriggle out of all the trouble his divine nature seems to get him into. When it becomes clear that Josh needs to know of the world in order to save it, he and Biff set out to find the three wise men. In a years-long journey, Josh soaks up the spiritual disciplines that will form his message of peace. This leaves Biff, the flawed realist, to deal with the statue circumcision, warbling yetis (yep), and his own fight to circumvent Josh's heartbreaking destiny (managing to invent sarcasm and cappuccino along the way, bless him). This goofy, affectionate, sharp parable will make you laugh out loud, and prove that love and loyalty are the bedrock of belief.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Historical Fiction

Humor

Religion

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Shaun of the Dead

His job is a dead end. His best friend is a deadbeat. His romance is a dead loss. On this day, flesh-craving zombie hordes are the least of Shaun's problems. But arrive they do, forcing him into a perilous-though shambling-trek to the sanctum of the local pub, friends and family in tow. "Damage control" doesn't even begin to cover it. Gut-busting and gleefully gory, the movie is smarter than it has any right to be. Until I saw this film I'd never been elated and slightly queasy at the same time. Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy, AND a zombie battle choreographed to Queen? What are you waiting for?!

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Comedy

Horror

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The Story of a New Name

Elena Ferrante’s four book series is about two girls growing up together, growing apart, and growing old in Italy. While the characters live simple lives, and while the author focuses on the minutia of everyday living, the writing is so visceral that a dispute over shoes feels like a Shakespearean tragedy.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Literary Ficiton

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A Canticle for Leibowitz

Post-apocalyptic sci-fi about an order of Catholic monks attempting to preserve scientific knowledge that they do not understand. This is a novel about war, science, religion, regression, recurrence, and redemption. It is said that the work was inspired by the author’s participation in the Allied bombing of a monastery during World War II.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Science Fiction

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Belleville Rendez-vous

It's animated. It's French. It's nearly dialogue-free. It defies description. And, somehow, it's magical. A sad young boy comes to live with his grandmother. To connect with the youngster. she gives him two gifts: a puppy and a tricycle. Fast forward twenty years. Now a competitive cyclist, the young man falls victim to nefarious forces. It's up to grandma and his loyal pooch to rescue him. With the help of a decrepit trio of singing sisters still clinging to their Roaring Twenties glory days. Who play music with bicycle spokes, refrigerator shelving, and vacuum cleaners. And fish for frogs with depth charges. The style of animation is far from Disney, but gorgeous nonetheless. By turns Gothic, gaudy, and genuinely odd (this film contains the most novel way to fix a flat ever put on film) this strange creation will leave you contemplating-bemused and chuckling-for a very long time.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Humor

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Miss Julia weathers the storm

Miss Julia and her husband organize a trip to the beach with family and friends. While there they face dire threats from the weather and strangers; they think they are free and clear when they go back home but, most of the trouble follows them home. Why were they followed home and how can Miss Julia keep her friends and family safe? Written with southern charm and phrases.

Patti
Reference Assistant

Mystery

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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements

Get the real story on one of the 80's most underrated and self-destructive bands, the Replacements. Written with the cooperation of key band members and others close to the group, Trouble Boys dives deep into the rise and rapid fall of an indie rock stalwart.

Nathan Mahlberg
Assistant Teen Librarian

Biography

Music

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Red Dwarf Series I-X

Dave Lister is an affable, dedicated deadbeat who only signed on to the Jupiter mining ship Red Dwarf to swing a ride back to Earth. After deliberately bringing a contraband cat on board, Lister is content to spend the journey in stasis-not existing-cleverly saving himself years of living with his bunkmate, Arnold Rimmer, a whiny self-martyr punctilious in his incompetence. Lister's plan hits a snag, however, when a disaster on board forces the ship's computer, Holly, to keep him on ice until the atmosphere is safe again. Hey, it only took three million years. Now plodding back to Earth from the most literal "middle of nowhere" ever, Lister must navigate a lifetime in the void with the only companions available: Holly, who's circuits may have gone a bit wonky flying solo for the last 3,000 millennia, Cat, a creature who's ancestors were feline but who himself is...decidedly not, and Rimmer, who is technically dead but still manages to be the most exasperating smeghead in the history of the universe. Strap in. It's gonna be a long ride, but you'll titter all the way.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Comedy

Science Fiction

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Hot Fuzz

British police officer Nicholas Angel is the best London has; he's also so by the book that he corrects the book's grammatical errors. His brilliance makes his superiors look bad, so Nicholas is banished to a small, catatonic country village and assigned a partner, Danny Butterman, who is deep into an unrequited bromance with police antics from action movies. But Angel's ability once again alienates his colleagues, and when people start dying in grisly (and hilarious) ways all refuse to believe it's murder except the hero-worshiping Danny. Much to Angel's surprise, the key to bringing justice to this this horror hamlet may lie in the wisdom of Bruce Willis, Keanu Reeves, and the Bad Boys. Have you ever seen someone laugh so hard that he/she literally fell out of his/her seat at the movie theater? I have. During this movie. The genius of Edgar Wright is his ability to deliver a genuine Brit-flavored buddy cop flick and a whip-smart, affectionate parody of the genre at the same time. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are unbeatable as always, the supporting players (even a former Bond) are gleefully ridiculous, and the film's go-for-broke crescendo needs to be seen to be believed (two words: killer swan). One word of warning: viewers are advised that this film will inflate any existing Simon Pegg crush to destabilizing proportions.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Comedy

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One Summer [America, 1927]

America in 1927 is a very interesting place. Bill Bryson, using the backdrop of Charles Lindbergh's solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, weaves the history of the summer of 1927 into our present-day America like no one else can. It's chock full of interesting history, culture, and famous people that will make you want to read this book at least twice, if not more!

Kathy R.
Library Director

History

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The Road to little Dribbling: adventures of an American in Britain

Author Bill Bryson wrote his first book about traipsing around Great Britain "Notes from a Small Island," soon after he moved there from his home state of Iowa. He retraced his trip with this book. In his humorous, yet serious way, he keeps the reader enthralled while he notes the many changes, along with new discoveries as he walks around Great Britain as an older man with a lot more life experience.

Kathy R.
Library Director

Adventure

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The Bookshop on the Corner

What do you do when your library closes it's doors and you are out of work? You love books, and matching books with readers! Well, how about opening a bookstore on wheels? So you have to go north from London, into the hills of Scotland to find said van. So you don't know much about the business of being a business owner. So you don't have a place to live. "Windows open, when doors close." Life takes new paths, and this librarian finds herself in Scotland on a new adventure!

Marlys
Adult Programming Librarian

Adventure

Romance

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Peanut Butter & Cupcake

Join Peanut Butter on his hilarious quest to find a BFF.

Theresa
Youth Services Assistant

Picture Book

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Annika Riz, Math Whiz

Annika loves math more than anything. She is determined to win the Sudoku contest at the local library and show her friends just how cool math is.

Christine
Youth Services Assistant

Chapter Book

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Grim Death and the Electrocuted Criminal

A 1930's pulp-style novel featuring a detective/superhero endowed with paranormal powers by Death itself. Advised by a raven and armed with his pistols, Bentley becomes the avatar of Death, dispensing justice to avenge those who've died untimely.

Mindy
Reference Assistant

Adventure

Fantasy

Mystery

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The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

A lovely and heartbreaking story! The food description is amazing! I love how the author changes viewpoint and goes back and forth through time in the story! I wanted to start reading it again as soon as I finished it!!

Tracy S.
Library Assistant

Adventure

Food & Cooking

Romance

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Whoever You Are

If you're looking for ways to show even the littlest kids that we are all the same under our skin, this is a lovely little book. "Little one, whoever you are, wherever you are, there are little ones just like you all over the world."

Anna Hartmann
Teen Services Manager

Picture Book

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Hyperion

Like a Sci-fi Canterbury Tales, Hyperion tells the stories of seven space pilgrims traveling to the mysterious world of Hyperion. Their reasons for making the voyage are very different; the one thing they have in common is that they are all seeking answers. The stories of the travelers are, individually, great works of science fiction – in concert, they rise to the level of a classic.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Science Fiction

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In Order to Live

This book was a real eye-opener to the happenings in North Korea, China, and surrounding countries. It gave me a female perspective on living as a North Korean in North Korea and after escaping. Yeonmi Park is a very inspirational and courageous young lady! I can't imagine going through what she has and many others like her. I was very motivated to try and find ways to make a difference for those less fortunate than I!

Caroline Simons
Library Page

Biography

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Once a Rancher: The Carson’s of Mustang Creek Series

A Cowboy Romance -- great characters, mountain setting, and a bit of danger -- well written, and humorous too! Number 1 in the series, focused on three brothers.

Marlys
Adult Programming Librarian

Romance

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Going Bovine

This may be the most unique road trip ever. After being diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease Cameron finds himself on a wild road trip, and last ditch effort to find a cure. As everything, including reality, falls down around him, Cameron must discover what it means to be alive and come to grips with what it means to die. With the help of his dwarf best friend, a talking garden gnome, and a punk-rock angel, this will be the adventure of a lifetime. One of my favorite books of all time, Going Bovine is a great read for teens and adults. The struggles that Cameron goes through, from relationship troubles to embracing his own mortality, this book will help you embrace the same.

Sam Emerine
Teen Services Assistant

Adventure

Science Fiction

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Summerlost

This is a great book about friendship. I love how it didn't turn into anything romantic between these two kiddos (I mean they're only 12 years old).

Justine
Library Assistant

Adventure

Chapter Book

Mystery

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Moving original father-son story featuring Abraham Lincoln with a memorable cast of characters (with a capitol C) both living and dead. Reminds one of Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology.

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Historical Fiction

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Let’s Get Invisible!

If not for R. L. Stine, and his "Goosebumps" series, I never would have developed a life-long love of reading; nor would I have ever become a librarian. The series came out 25 years ago, and I still look forward to each new book in much the same enthusiasm as I did when I was in grade school. "Let's Get Invisible!" is the sixth book in the original series, but it was the first one I ever read...and my life was irrevocably changed. Stine has written almost 200 books in the various "Goosebumps" series that have been published over the decades, and our library has a healthy selection of them. Reader beware...you're in for a SCARE!

Lee DeWald
Library Assistant

Chapter Book

Fantasy

Horror

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Darkfever

MacKayla Lane's life was frivolous but fun. Then her older sister Alina, who was studying abroad in Ireland, is murdered. Right after leaving a terrified message on Mac's phone. Shadowed by guilt, MacKayla travels to Ireland determined to find the truth. She does. It was far, far more than she bargained for. Discovering she and her sister have a centuries-old connection to the magical, terrifying world of the Sidhe, Mac must master her new reality, wherein magic makes enemies infinitely more lethal. Being a marked target forces MacKayla to rely on Jericho Barrons, who ruthlessly exploits her abilities and has wicked secrets of his own. This is the first in Moning's best-selling Fever series. MacKayla is an endearingly flawed heroine with a snarky streak, making her adventures lively, effective escapism.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Adventure

Romance

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Cook This, Not That! : Kitchen Survival Guide : the No-Diet Weight Loss Solution

If I'm honest, there are two things in a book that cause a reflexive eye-roll and immediate dubiety of its contents: the chirpy promise of a "weight loss solution", and an overabundance of colons in the title. Well color me abashed; this book actually works! Instead of banishing evil carbs from the temple of your body, or ingesting nothing but land-based mammals you killed yourself with a club, or drinking only chartreuse-colored liquids after 4pm every third Tuesday until the next transit of Venus, this tome's main points are simple: reasonable portion sizes, healthier ingredient swaps, and cooking meals that actually taste good so you'll want to eat them. Each recipe comes with nutrition information, both for the original meal (prepare to wince) and the home-cooked alternative. The number of ingredients for each is reasonable, and all are fairly easy to come by. And they're yummy! The authors understand that chewing lawn only makes a Twinkie binge more attractive, and therefore offer meals that you'll be happy to nosh, healthy or not. Once you realize how easy better eating is, the cursed word "diet" need never pass your lips again.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Food & Cooking

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Dress to Kill

I have to give props to Eddie Izzard for two reasons: he is hysterically funny and he looks much better in makeup than I do. Filmed at a stand-up show in 1998, Izzard pulls off the trick of being incisive yet silly, caustic yet frothy, and wide, wide ranging. A few of my favorite romps: the untapped potential of cross-dressing in warfare, the importance of flags to budding colonialists, and the frustrations of popcorn. While some of the language is adult, it's delivered with a metaphorical wink and smile so it never seems crude. A great performance from a clever mischief-maker at the top of his game.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Humor

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Short

This was a super cute story and very relatable for me! Julia is boycotting the word "SHORT" because she hates that this is the only way people see her. Her two best friends are off at camps and vacations for the summer so she is left alone all summer. Her dog recently died, and this has made Julia even more sad. Her mom forces her to try out for the community play, The Wizard of Oz, with her brother. They both get cast as munchkins. When she goes to the first rehearsal, she sees real life "munchkin." Olive (who is less than 5 feet but also a grownup) becomes Julia's mentor. Julia follows her around constantly just trying to learn something new every day. This is a great story about the process of the theater and how fun but difficult it is. I really appreciated Julia's character in the fact that she definitely acted her age. She didn't know the answers to everything. She didn't save the world. She is just a hilariously frank little girl who is trying to find her place in the world (especially without her dog).

Justine
Library Assistant

Comedy

Music

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Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall

I discovered the comedy of Brian Regan while on a Habitat for Humanity trip in 2004; I've been laughing ever since. He works clean and can be enjoyed by the entire family. We have three of his DVDs -- "Standing Up" (2007); "The Epitome of Hyperbole" (2008); and "Live From Radio City Music Hall" (2016) -- and I highly recommend them all.

Lee DeWald
Library Assistant

Comedy

Humor

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Heat Wave

The "Castle" television program may have concluded in May, 2016, but the spirit of the show lives on in the Nikki Heat book series, written by author, Richard Castle. The character, Jameson Rook, is based on Castle; and Nikki Heat, his partner in crime, is based on Kate Beckett, Castle's inspiration. She's armed; he's dangerous. It's a whole new chapter in crime solving, and we have all nine books in the series. Highly recommended.

Lee DeWald
Library Assistant

Humor

Mystery

Romance

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Begin Again

Mark Ruffalo is in this movie, which naturally makes it a good movie. The story is touching and the sound track is amazing.

Kathy Rieger
Library Director

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The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

This is a true story of the making of the Chicago Worlds fair in 1893 juxtaposed with a frightful psychopath who was taking the lives of people attracted to the windy city because of jobs, entertainment, and the excitement of living large. A true page-turner.

Kathy Rieger
Library Director

History

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Bone Box

The newest of Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series. Good procedural with well fleshed out characters.

S. Holmes
Library Assistant

Mystery

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The Sun is Also a Star

I just love the storyline and the way it is written makes it so easy to devour! I was a little worried about how the end was going to turn out, but it was tied up nicely.

Caroline Simons
Page

Romance

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The Shadow Queen

People who love the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer will love this fractured fairytale of Snow White. Lorelai Diederich is the rightful heir to the throne, but her aunt Irina has used her magic to secure the crown for herself. Lorelai has lost everyone she has loved because of the queen - her mother, father, and recently her younger brother. She will do everything within her power to beat Queen Irina, but she must pray that her magic is stronger and and more powerful than Irina's. In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, Prince Kol's father, mother and older brother recently were killed by ogres. Prince Kol suddenly now must grow up and do what is best for his kingdom. He seeks Queen Irina's help with the ogres, but in return he must kill the princess. Prince Kol and Queen Irina conduct a blood oath to seal this deal. This book is very fast-paced and action packed. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series!

Justine
Library Assistant

Adventure

Fairy Tale

Romance

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

In the Cambridge Circus during the Cold War, lives depend on subterfuge and guile. Lives are also ruthlessly treated as commodities in a chess game with global stakes. But someone's playing the wrong side. A traitor within the Circus has given intel to the enemy, with tragic consequences. Veteran agent George Smiley, previously forced into retirement, is secretly placed back on the board to eradicate the mole. But it could be anyone, Smiley knows. Even someone he trusts. Or is Smiley using the opportunity to cover his own traitorous tracks? This 2011 film version of a beloved book (and later mini-series) brought lead Gary Oldman an Oscar nomination. Supporting roles are filled with other award-caliber talent: Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt, and Mark Strong, to name a few. Set in the early 1970s, the mood and look of the film is bleak, routine, and bureaucratic. Using this unassuming backdrop the stakes of even a simple phone call are excruciating. Smiley is meticulous but relentless-a prosaic man with a bad job to do. The routine every day-ness of it makes the betrayal, when uncovered, all the sharper. James Bond can keep his volcanic lairs and bikini babes. For an espionage thriller with brains and genuine wit, Smiley is my super-spy.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Thriller

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El Deafo

My daughter loved this book! El Deafo, a graphic memoir by author/illustrator Cece Bell, is about a young girl who loses her hearing. The subject matter is serious and poignant, but the presentation is funny and warm. Great for all ages.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Biography

Graphic Novel

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Beauty Pop

This is a 10 book manga series that I recently read.  I loved the idea of the book and the characters were very lovable! It had moments that were funny, sad, romantic, and heartwarming!

Caroline Simons
Page

Graphic Novel

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Stiff : the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

"Uproariously funny" doesn't seem a likely description for a book on cadavers. However, Roach, a Salon and Reader's Digest columnist, has done the nearly impossible and written a book as informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty. From her opening lines ("The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back"), it is clear that she's taking a unique approach to issues surrounding death. Roach delves into the many productive uses to which cadavers have been put, from medical experimentation to applications in transportation safety research (in a chapter archly called "Dead Man Driving") to work by forensic scientists quantifying rates of decay under a wide array of bizarre circumstances. There are also chapters on cannibalism, including an aside on dumplings allegedly filled with human remains from a Chinese crematorium, methods of disposal (burial, cremation, composting) and "beating-heart" cadavers used in organ transplants. Roach has a fabulous eye and a wonderful voice as she describes such macabre situations as a plastic surgery seminar with doctors practicing face-lifts on decapitated human heads and her trip to China in search of the cannibalistic dumpling makers. Even Roach's digressions and footnotes are captivating, helping to make the book impossible to put down.

Jennifer
Support Services Specialist

Science & Technology

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Brain on Fire : My Month of Madness

An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity. When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that . . . could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.

Jennifer
Support Services Specialist

Biography

Science & Technology

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A Thousand Miles to Freedom : My Escape from North Korea

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country…despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated. By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot. Now, in A Thousand Miles to Freedom, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Jennifer
Support Services Specialist

Biography

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Queen sugar

This story is rich with language, southern culture and education about sugar cane farming. In the book the main character, an African-American woman named Charley Bordelon, rescues herself.

Jennifer
Support Services Specialist

Adventure

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I Know This Much is True

This book is about mental health, family history, love and making peace with life. It is a long book but hard to put down.

Jennifer
Support Services Specialist

Literary Ficiton

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The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Welcome to New York. Enjoy the music. Have a drink. Get away with murder. A cocktail of history, science, and biography, Blum illuminates the moment in history when forensic science was birthed from grisly necessity. The work of Charles Norris, New York's first Chief Medical Examiner and Alexander Gettler, first Toxicologist, was never going to be pretty. But their ferocious dedication and scientific rigor made deliberate poisoning risky for the first time in modern history. It also proved the new lethality of that history, confronting threats from cosmetics, pesticides, and the illegal hooch still guzzled by the gallon. Warning: this book doesn't flinch from gruesome (but fascinating) detail. Neither did Norris or Gettler. I'll drink to that.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

History

Science & Technology

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Mad Max: Fury Road

In 2015 director George Miller, aged 70, reasserted his mastery, reanimating the moribund dystopian wasteland of Mad Max by injecting a propulsive we never knew it needed: estrogen. Still as scoured as the world he inhabits, Max is captured to be used as a human blood bag at the Citadel, one of the last outposts of humanity tyrannized by the monstrous Immorten Joe. Joe maintains absolute control over every commodity at the Citadel: water, his army of brainwashed War Boys, and the wombs of his slave "brides". Max is dragged (literally) into a revolt when the brides stage an escape with one of Immorten Joe's war lieutenants, Furiosa. Now the chase is on through a decimated landscape toward the fabled "green place," with Joe and his berserker War Boys close behind intent on reclaiming his property. Tom Hardy, taking over for Mel Gibson, does Max a service by speaking and acting only when required, crafting a realistic picture of what a man living in this environment would do-instinctively hoarding his dwindling reserves of sanity, kindness, and humanity. This leaves room for female characters to FINALLY rage across the screen in an action movie; the results are stunning. Charlise Theron as Furiosa owns the screen from the moment she appears. Thanks to Miller's refusal to rely on two-dimensional stereotypes, Furiosa proves unequivocally that ruthlessness, indomitability, and lethality are not crippled by "female" empathy, but instead fueled by it. The runaway brides, though victimized, are never victims. Even Nux the War Boy, trained from infancy to want death and honor in the afterlife, is drawn with sympathy. Add to this cinematography that somehow makes this wasteland absolutely gorgeous, chase scenes that are complex and terrifying, and some of the most visceral, bizarre stunt work ever seen on screen. The adrenaline will leave you shaking for hours afterward. The film was a world-wide awards darling (it won six Oscars and was nominated for four more); it deserves every bit of the hype. Brutal anarchy has never been more spectacular.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Science Fiction

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Caraval

This book is so intriguing and unique. I know for a fact that if I would read it again, I would be able to catch different points and connect more things. Scarlet has been arranged to marry a man she has never met in one week. Her sister "kidnaps" her so they can go be a part of Caraval, a performance where the audience is part of the show. This book is full of love, heartbreak and magic. Rebecca Soler is the narrator for the audiobook, and she is my favorite narrator of all times. She also did the entire Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. Amazing book, and I can't wait for the next one to come out!

Justine
Library Assistant

Fantasy

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A Unicorn Named Sparkle

A unicorn for 25 cents, Lucy can hardly believe her luck. As she waits for her unicorn to arrive, Lucy imagines flowers she will braid into a beautiful pink mane and the perfect name she has picked out for him: Sparkle.  But when Sparkle arrives his mane is too short, he smells funny and he has fleas.  Sparkle is not the unicorn Lucy wanted, but turns out to be the one she needs.

Chris
Youth Services Library Assistant

Fantasy

Picture Book

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The Princess in Black

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when the monster alarm goes off. Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego (Princess  in Black) and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret?  The perfect transition book for the adventurous princess.

Chris
Youth Services Library Assistant

Adventure

Chapter Book

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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

This book has it all...adventure, fantasy, and heartfelt warmth!

Trish
Youth Services Library Assistant

Fantasy

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Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs

A guitar playing singing dog, ice cream, and dinosaurs along with rhyming text and illustrations that show "it's awesome to share" make this one groovy book!

Theresa
Youth Services Library Assistant

Humor

Picture Book

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Your Alien

I absolutely love the illustrations in this book!!! This is a charming story written in the second person that's "out of this world." Great for ages 4-8.

Trish
Youth Services Library Assistant

Adventure

Picture Book

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Funny (and often profound) poems accompanied by quirky line drawings puts this oldie but goodie on my Favorite Books of All Time list.  Be sure to read Pancake so you can meet Terrible Theresa!

Theresa
Youth Services Library Assistant

Classic

Poetry

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Calvin

Seventeen-year-old Calvin has conversations with a giant cartoon tiger named,--you guessed it--Hobbes.

Nathan
Teen Services Library Assistant

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Archie vol. 1: The New Riverdale

Explore an all new Riverdale with an Archie for today's teens.

Nathan
Teen Services Library Assistant

Graphic Novel

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I Got the Rhythm

CLAP! SNAP! SHAKE! STOMP! We've got the rhythm, do you, too? "I Got the Rhythm" is an interactive story that shows new, younger, and energetic readers that you can find the joy of music wherever you go, even when walking down the street. Filled with vibrant illustrations, motions, and sounds, "I Got the Rhythm" will make anyone want to break out and dance to the beat!

Ashleigh
Youth Services Library Assistant

Picture Book

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The Terrible Two

Have you ever wanted to be the class clown? Miles Murphy wants to fill that role at his new school. In a boring town called “Yawnee,” it shouldn’t be too difficult to become the prankster, right? WRONG! After discovering a handful a clever pranks from another classmate, (which involve cows and the principal’s car) Miles realizes that he has competition. Who will reign supreme as the “Yawnee Prankster?” Or, will the two students become friendly allies and form genius pranks together? "The Terrible Two" is a short, hilarious book that displays the value of friendship and teamwork. I recommend this story to an upper elementary or middle school audience that enjoys a good prank (or a few!).

Ashleigh
Youth Services Library Assistant

Humor

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The Radiant Road

Clare Macleod doesn't believe in fairies anymore. That would make her weird. She believes in the "strange" that has surrounded her since her mother died. Nine years later she returns to her childhood home, and there is no more denying fairies!

Jamie
Teen Services Library Assistant

Fantasy

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

This is the story of a Luna and the misunderstanding between the town that abandoned her as a baby and the witch who tried to save her. There is always more than one side to a story. In understanding that everything isn't how it is at first perceived, Luna learns to use and control the magic that emerges when she turns thirteen.

Jamie
Teen Services Library Assistant

Fantasy

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Steelheart

A burst in the sky gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. They became the Epics. The Epics are no super heroes. Greed for power drove the Epics to crush anyone in their way. The only people willing to fight the Epics are a shadowy group of normal people who spend their lives finding the Epics weaknesses to assassinate them. This series will keep you hungry for more.

Jamie
Teen Services Library Assistant

Science Fiction

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The Land of Forgotten Girls

Sol and Ming are two Filipino sisters who have been abandoned by their father in Louisiana, left to be raised by an evil step-mother. Sol has always found comfort in her mother's old stories about the Land of Forgotten Girls, but what happens when Ming starts to believe it's all real?

Anna
Teen Services Manager

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Man Called Ove

Grouchy independent older man is pulled out of his funk by a boisterous new family moving next door.

STEPH
LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Literary Ficiton

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The Long Ships

Set in the tenth century, The Long Ships' hero Red Orm is abducted by a group of Vikings. The novel follows Orm's adventures as he roams and pillages far and wide. Fun and exciting to the last page.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Epic

Historical Fiction

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Leviathan Wakes

Epic space opera. A washed-up detective searches for a missing girl and discovers a vast conspiracy that threatens humanity.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Epic

Science Fiction

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Annie Hall

Woody Allen's signature film - a romantic comedy that defied and redefined the conventions of the genre.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Humor

Romance

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The Dressmaker

Dark humor, quick wit, and sassy Kate Winslet all bundled into one movie makes for good entertainment!

Katie
Office Administrator

Humor

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Reading outloud to my kids (6 & 9). Hilarious! Beware the Cheese Touch!

Katie
Office Administrator

Humor

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Wild

Watched the movie before reading the book. Book is so much better, of course. Highly recommend!

Katie
Office Administrator

Biography

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Most Wanted

What a moral and ethical delima! You want this baby; it has been a super challenge to get pregnant, and now you learn the the donor might be a murderer!

Marlys Lien
Adult Programming Librarian

Mystery

Thriller

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What We Do in the Shadows

Hilarious mock-documentary about four vampire roommates. A camera crew follows the undead friends as they perform mundane daily tasks, proving that eternal life can be eternally tiresome. Perfect for fans of This is Spinal Tap.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Comedy

Horror

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Teenage orphan Ricky and his dog Tupac are sent to live in the remote countryside of New Zealand. When Ricky decides to run away, a manhunt ensues, pushing him deep into the wilderness. This movie is funny and filled with quirky, likable characters.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Humor

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Rick & Morty

A twisted science fiction comedy series that is definitely not for children. Like a messed up version of Doctor Who, the series follows the misadventures of a cynical mad scientist and his grandson as they travel across space and time.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Humor

Science Fiction

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Lost in a Book

Belle enters a book called Nevermore and now she has a hard getting back to the castle.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Fairy Tale

Fantasy

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Take the Key and Lock Her Up

Grace is trying to find out who murdered her mother three years ago. Age Range: 12 and up.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Mystery

Thriller

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Kristin Lavransdatter

I must read for fans of Elena Ferrante. Kristin Lavransdatter, a historical epic set in fourteenth century Norway, tells the life story of strong and passionate woman. The novel is filled with rich details about the social, political, and religious climate of the time.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Classic

Epic

Literary Ficiton

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Piecing Me Together

Jade joins a mentorship program at school but she doesn't think her mentor has what it takes to help her move forward in her life.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

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Goodbye Days

Carter's life is changed suddenly when his three closest friends are killed in a car crash because of a text he sent to the driver.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

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The DH

Matt throws a rising fastball at Billy and he ends up in the hospital. Now Matt is suspended.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Sports

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List of Cages

Adrian discover that his friend Julian has really changed and he is going to find out why.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

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Dreamland Burning

Rowan locates some evidence to determine the identity of the skeleton that has been dug up in her backyard. It has something to do with a race riot that took place in Tulsa in 1921.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Mystery

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Lunella Lafayette is a preteen super genius. Devil Dinosaur is, well, a dinosaur... This brains and brawn team-up is a lot of fun.

Graphic Novel

Science Fiction

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Making Bombs For Hitler

Lida who is Ukranian is looking for her sister who she has been separated from during World War II. Age Range: 8-12 years.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Historical Fiction

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Wayfarer

Etta who can travel in time is looking for her true love Nicholas and a very powerful artifact.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Adventure

Science Fiction

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The Hate U Give

Starr is going to appear before a grand jury to testify on behalf of her best friend who was shot in the back by the police.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

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American Street

Fab is going to help deliver a drug lord to the police if they will let her mother enter the United States. She has been detained because her visa has expired.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

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Dragonwatch

Celebrant is planning his revenge through dragons who are almost ready to attack. Kendra and Seth have to stop him before it is too late.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Fantasy

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City of Saints and Angels

Tina wants to take revenge on the man who killed her mother six years ago.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Mystery

Thriller

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Short

Julia has just lost her dog and wants to move on in her life. Age Range:  8 - 12 years.

Paul Christopherson
Paul Christopherson

Humor

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The Battle of Hackham Heath

Morgarath is building an army of Walgals to take over the kingdom of Araluen.

Paul Christopherson
Reference Librarian

Fantasy

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Dead Wake

WWI and the Lusitania.....we know it sank, but hearing Eric Larson tell us about the people on board and the events leading up to it, makes it very real once again.

Marlys Lien
Adult Programming Librarian

History

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The Night Circus

A caution for those who were sad on the day they realized they'd grown up (or those who never really did): read this book once and you'll be in love with it forever. Celia and Marco are two combatants in a game of magical skill going back centuries. Chosen as children and trained into adulthood, these two prove their mettle on the only battleground worthy of their talents: a circus, open only at night, powered by their wizardry. But this game has consequences for everyone who loves the circus. And only one can win. Lush, tactile language makes this book a treat. Every description is sumptuous, every feeling and background acute, every character complex and compelling. This allows the story to hop continents, perspectives, and points in time without losing its focus. I was never anything less than captivated. It's official. I'm running away to join the circus. Who's with me?

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Fantasy

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Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

Dessert disciples rejoice! Behold a most happy-making treasure trove of delicious delectation! Simple and straightforward with plenty of tips on technique, these recipes will make you feel like an ice cream ninja from batch one. Covering all tastes-from light fruit flavors to decadent cookie chunk-laden creations-this book really does have something for everyone. Experimentation is encouraged; by the end you'll be gleefully frankensteining your own flavors. Happy freezing!

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Food & Cooking

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A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Who in his or her right mind would choose, after a slothful descent into contented middle-age, to hike two thousand miles from Georgia to Maine? With no previous experience? Subjecting him/herself to grinding exhaustion, punishing weather, voluntary squalor, and near-hysterical paranoia of bear attack? With a ramshackle companion whose equanimity is guaranteed only by naivete and an endless supply of donuts? Bill Bryson, that's who. Bryson's style is conversational, describing the beauty of nature and the history of the trail with wistfulness and affection. Though he doesn't sugar-coat the toils of his adventure, Bryson makes the wonder of the American wilderness seem worth every soggy step.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

History

Science & Technology

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At Home : a Short History of Private Life

Ever wonder why your blazer sleeve has buttons on it for no reason? Or how the Eiffel Tower was built? Or how we can eat potatoes without poisoning ourselves? Is it possible that human beings thought of weaving stripes into fabrics before they thought of putting doors on their houses? Or that one early model of shower required the user to wear a helmet for safety reasons? Why did your wallpaper seek your demise once upon a time? And, above all, how and why did these things come about? Bill Bryson will tell you exactly how nature, science, disaster, ingenuity, and human foibles collided to create nearly everything in your house. The result is never less than fascinating, and often downright eyebrow-raising. Here is a history book you can read on the sofa in your socks and slippers. (Warning: this book may cause excessive contemplation regarding the origin of sofas. And socks. And slippers.)

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

History

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The Gospel of Loki

If you're a fan of Norse mythology who thinks the trickster Loki was only misunderstood, this book was written just for you. Detailing Asgardian shenanigans from the oft overlooked point of view of one epic anti-hero, the book has a wry, acerbic, intimate, thoroughly modern voice, like a story told by one's favorite cad at a dinner party. Read it, grin, and wonder how many other stories could be full of surprises when seen through more jaded, less considered eyes.

Emily J. Smith
Reference Assistant

Fantasy

Mythology

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Prince: Purple Reign

Great synopsis and insight to Prince's life. Mick Wall is a legendary UK rock biographer! If you loved Prince, check it out!

Tracy Simpson
Library Assitant

Biography

Music

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Magdalen Rising

This is the Christ story without the feminine removed! Loved this tale....it interweaves paganism and Christianity. The author is an Episcopalian Priest and her website is a must to check out!

Tracy Simpson
Library Assitant

Religion

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Wolf Gift

If you love Anne Rice, you will love this. To me it combines the old "Interview with a Vampire" style with the more recent "Christ the Lord" style! I can't wait for book of the series!

Tracy Simpson
Library Assitant

Fantasy

Horror

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As You Wish

If you loved the movie Princess Bride (and who didn't), you definitely need to read this book. Cary Elwes, who played Westley, give a behind the scenes peek into the making of the movie. Best option: read the book (for the pictures) and listen to the Audiobook for the guest narrators!

Tracy Simpson
Library Assitant

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Hell or High Water

Gritty crime drama that pits bank robbers against Texas Rangers. Great acting all around.

Ben
Adult Services Manager

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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

A fascinating and terrifying history of the nuclear weapons system in America. Well worth the read.

Andrew
Circulation Manager

History

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Bookshop on the Corner

I hadn't read this author previously, and she totally sucked me in! It's a lovely story about a librarian that gets downsized...and her creative adventure to follow her dreams. Her descriptive voice is lush and tangible and her character development is wonderful. I ended up buying it and started reading it again as soon as I finished...this time slowly and savoring! ENJOY!

Tracy
Library Assistant

Humor

Romance

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

A provocative book that considers possible futures for humanity in an automated age. A clear-sighted, discipline-spanning analysis that is accessible and fun to read.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Science & Technology

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Paper Girls

A fun mix of sci-fi and 80’s nostalgia. Perfect for fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Graphic Novel

Science Fiction

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Silence

Classic novel about two Jesuit missionaries in Seventeenth-century Japan. Silence is a somber meditation on faith, suffering, abandonment, pain, and transcendence.

Ben Johnson
Adult Services Manager

Classic

Literary Ficiton

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