What's The Story - January to November 2021

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Selection for November 30

Salad Days

Salad Days

by Frances Badalamenti

Vacillates between youth-driven cultures of mid-90s-era Jersey and early aughts Portland. As the dual story unfolds, we witness the 20-something protagonist, Ana, as she takes a crack at being an adult, navigating friendships and searching for intimate relationships, maintaining jobs and managing money.

(Print book, eBook)

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Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn

by Jacqueline Woodson

August is 35 the year she returns to Brooklyn to bury her father, and a chance encounter with a friend in her old neighborhood prompts a flood of memories from her youth. Her memories explore what it was like to be an African-American girl (and teen) in the 1970s, what possibilities existed – and what challenges. This tale of friendship, love, and loss cuts back and forth through time.

(Print book, eBook, book on CD, eAudiobook)

Educated

Educated

by Tara Westover

Traces the author's experiences as a child born to religious survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, book on CD, eAudiobook, Playaway)

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

by Heidi Durrow

After a family tragedy orphans her, Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a Black American soldier, moves into her grandmother’s mostly black community in the 1980s, where she must swallow her grief and confront her identity as a biracial woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

by Blair Braverman

A revelatory memoir of the author’s efforts to develop the strength and resilience to survive in the demanding landscapes of Norway and Alaska.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Serving the Servant

Serving the Servant

by Danny Goldberg

Looking past the angst and depression, Goldberg explores Cobain’s brilliance in every aspect of rock and roll, his compassion, his ambition, and the legacy he wrought.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water

by Bethany Morrow

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation. Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing.

(Print book, large type book, Spanish book, eBook)

Ways to Make Sunshine

Ways to Make Sunshine

by Renée Watson

The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan’s father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones.

(Print book, eBook)


Selection for November 16

Orwell’s Roses

Orwell’s Roses

by Rebecca Solnit

Journeying to the cottage in Wallingford where author George Orwell lived in 1936, the author examines his desire to be agrarian and settled, how gardening restored him, and how planting something can be an act of fidelity and faith.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

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1984

1984

by George Orwell

Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

(Print book (English and Spanish), large type book, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook)

1Q84

1Q84

by Haruki Murakami

An ode to Orwell’s 1984 told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Last Man in Europe

The Last Man in Europe

by Dennis Glover

Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved British writer, this novel will change the way you understand the book 1984.

(Print book, eBook)

George Orwell and Totalitarian Dystopia

George Orwell and Totalitarian Dystopia

(Great Courses Streaming
Video via Kanopy)

Orwell’s 1984 has created a vocabulary of ideas we continue to use in political discourse today. Trace the ways Orwell uses language to shape his dystopic vision and the way it both reflects and distorts reality. (31 minutes)

(Streaming video)

Practical Rose Gardening

Practical Rose Gardening

by Inger Palmstierna

Provides instruction on selecting, growing, and caring for roses, and offers guidance on mixing roses with companion plants in flowerbeds with advice on color choice and rose varieties.

(Print book, eBook)

Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell

Orwell’s account of his salad days as a penniless British writer in the early 1930s contains a good deal of autobiography, no self-pity, and much humor.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

George Orwell: A Life

George Orwell
A Life

by Bernard Crick

Originally published in 1980, this was the first biography written with the cooperation of Orwell’s widow. It was immediately lauded for its wealth of detail and shrewd analysis of Orwell’s life, literature, and politics.

(Print book)

Feed

Feed

by M.T. Anderson

In this chilling novel, Anderson imagines a society dominated by the feed, a next-generation internet/television hybrid that is directly hardwired into the brain.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, eAudiobook)


Selection for November 9, 2021

A Salad Only the Devil Would Eat

A Salad Only the Devil Would Eat

by Charles Hood

In these wry and explosively funny essays, nature obsessive Charles Hood reveals his abiding affection for the overlooked and undervalued parts of the natural world.

(Print book)

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A Californian's Guide to the Mammals Among Us

A Californian's Guide to the Mammals Among Us

by Charles Hood

Full-color images and evocative descriptions make this identification guide to over 40 varieties of the Golden State's fascinating warm-blooded wildlife fun and intuitive.

(Print book, eBook)

All the Wild that Remains

All the Wild that Remains

by David Gessner

Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists, braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West.

(Print book, eAudiobook)

The Best American Travel Writing 2021

The Best American Travel Writing 2021

by Padma Lakshmi

From the lively music of West Africa, to the rich culinary traditions of Muslims in Northwest China, to the thrill of a hunt in Alaska, this collection is a treasure trove of diverse places and cultures, providing the comfort, excitement, and joy of feeling elsewhere.

(Print book, eBook)

The Truth and Other Stories

The Truth and Other Stories

by Stanislaw Lem

Twelve short stories by science fiction master Stanisław Lem. Many of the stories feature artificial intelligences or artificial life forms, long a Lem preoccupation; some feature quite insane theories of cosmology or evolution. All are thought provoking and scathingly funny.

(Print book, eBook)

Something Rotten

Something Rotten
A Fresh Look at Roadkill

by Heather Montgomery

When Heather Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it. She's always wanted to see how a snake's fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it's not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile's mouth. Her fascination with roadkill sets her off on a journey from her own backyard and the roadways of the American South to scientists and kids in labs and homes across the globe.

(Print book, eBook)

Unicorn Food

Unicorn Food

by Kat Odell

Kat Odell celebrates healthy, vibrant unicorn food with a kaleidoscope of 75 recipes. This is health food as never seen before, filled with joy, and in all the colors of the rainbow.

(Print book, eBook)

Lunes sin carne

Lunes sin carne

por Raquel Bernácer

Lunes sin Carne es una interesante iniciativa para aquellas personas que quieren empezar a comer más sano, aumentando el consumo de vegetales y reduciendo el de alimentos de origen animal.

(Print book, eBook)

Cocinar cero residuos

Cocinar cero residuos

por Giovanna Torrico

Con algunas acciones sencillas y un poco de organización, serás más eficaz, cocinarás mejor y reducirás tus residuos alimentarios. Cocinar bien no consiste solo en seguir una receta. También es aprender a utilizar mejor los alimentos, tanto si se trata de una carcasa de pollo como de las sobras del asado o las hojas de remolacha, las cuales tiras sistemáticamente (o pides en la frutería que las corten).

(Print book)


Selection for November 2

On Animals

On Animals

by Susan Orlean

These stories consider a range of creatures, the household pets we dote on, the animals we raise to end up as meat on our plates, the creatures who could eat us for dinner, the various tamed and untamed animals we share our planet with who are central to human life.

(Print book, large type book)

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How to be a Good Creature

How to be a Good Creature
A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

by Sy Montgomery

With plenty of heart, acclaimed naturalist Montgomery makes the convincing case that all animals—great and small—can teach us compassion.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

In this elegant synthesis of memoir and literary sleuthing, an English academic finds that training a young goshawk helps her through her grief over the death of her father.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

Once There Were Wolves

Once There Were Wolves

by Charlotte McConaghy

Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing 14 gray wolves into the remote Highlands. As the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down. But when a farmer is mauled to death, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then is something more sinister at play?

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook, Playaway, book on CD)

Pets and Their Famous Humans

Pets and Their Famous Humans

by Ana Gallo

In this charmingly illustrated collection of pet-related stories children will find out about some of history's most important scientists, artists, writers, and musicians and their beloved animals.

(Print book)

When Dogs Heal

When Dogs Heal
Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them

by Jesse Freidin

A beautiful, unique collection of full-color portraits and personal accounts of love, connection, and survival, showcasing HIV-positive people who are thriving and celebrating life, thanks to the compassion and unconditional love of their dogs.

(Print book, eBook)

No se permiten elefantes

No se permiten elefantes

por Lisa Mantchev

Hoy es día del club de las mascotas. Habrá gatos y perros y peces, pero no se permiten elefantes. El club de las mascotas no entiende que las mascotas pueden ser de todos los tamaños y las formas, al igual que los amigos. Ahora llegó el momento de que un niño y su elefantito les demuestre lo que significa ser un amigo de verdad.

(Print book, eBook, read-along book and media)

La espiral de los caracoles

La espiral de los caracoles

por Itandehui Cruz

¿Qué puede hacer una niña para proteger la tranquilidad de la pequeña familia que forman solo ella, su papá y sus mascotas, los caracoles de su jardín? Cuando Carolina conoce a Rosa, una amiga de su papá, no le gusta nada. Pero el entusiasmo de su papá la convence de que es necesario alejar a Rosa, y consigue a un papá sustituto que resulta tener muy buenas intenciones, pero al que no le salen muy bien las cosas. En un jardín con caracoles Carolina aprenderá a convivir en familia. La ayuda de un amigo siempre facilitará asimilar los cambios.

(Print book)

 

 


Selection for October 19

The Wonder Test

The Wonder Test

by Michelle Richmond

Escaping New York City and the espionage case that made her question everything, recently widowed Lina returns home to Greenfield, California with her teenage son Rory. She discovers that her sleepy hometown has been transformed into a Silicon Valley suburb on steroids, obsessed with an annual exam called The Wonder Test. When students at her son’s high school go missing, reappearing under mysterious circumstances, Lina must summon her strength and push her own ethical boundaries to the limits in order to solve the crimes.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook, Playaway)

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The Last Stone

The Last Stone

by ark Bowden

As a rookie reporter in Maryland, Bowden followed the 1975 disappearance of two preteen sisters. A massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and mystery endured. Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed.

(Print book, eBook)

Lies Like Wildfire

Lies Like Wildfire

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (local author)

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators. But as the blaze roars through their rural town and toward Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Les Diaboliques

Les Diaboliques

Suspense classic that influenced the 1960 movie, Psycho, by Alfred Hitchcock. Tells the story of a sadistic headmaster of a Parisian boarding school who is murdered by his wife and mistress, whom he has mistreated. The women dump his body in a swimming pool. When the pool is drained, the body has disappeared. Then come reports of sightings, terrifying his killers.

(DVD)

When the Stars Go Dark

When the Stars Go Dark

by Paula McLain

Retreating to her childhood foster home in the wake of a tragedy, a veteran missing-persons detective becomes entwined in the search for a local teen whose disappearance eerily resembles an unsolved case from the detective’s past.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD, Playaway)

Run Away

Run Away

by Harlan Coben

After discovering his drug-addicted daughter Paige, who he has not seen in six months, panhandling in Central Park, Simon follows her into a dark and dangerous world he never knew existed that puts his family and his life on the line.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, book on CD, Playaway)

No Place for Monsters

No Place for Monsters

by Kory Merritt

Cowslip Grove seems like the perfect place to raise a family until the children start disappearing. Nobody looks for the children because nobody can remember them. Nobody except Levi and Kat. Now they must figure out what terrible presence is taking the children and fight it to save the missing kids, before the whole town disappears.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

El Juego del Alma

El Juego del Alma

por Javier Castillo

¿Quieres jugar? Nueva York, 2011. Una chica de quince años aparece crucificada en una iglesia en un suburbio a las afueras. Miren Triggs, periodista de investigación del Manhattan Press, recibe de manera inesperada un extraño sobre. En su interior, la polaroid de una chica amordazada y maniatada, con una sola anotación: 'Gina Pebbles, 2002.' Miren Triggs y Jim Schmoer, su antiguo profesor de periodismo, seguirán la pista de la chica de la imagen mientras investigan la crucifixión de Nueva York. Así se adentrarán en una institución religiosa con extraños rituales y se sumergirán en un oscuro secreto que, de descubrirse, puede cambiarlo todo.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

 

 


Selection for October 12

Harrow

Harrow

by Joy Williams

With her mother missing and her boarding school closed, Khristen searches the post-apocalyptic landscape until she reaches a “resort” on the shores of a putrid lake.

(Print book)

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Gold Fame Citrus

Gold Fame Citrus

by Claire Watkins

In the wake of a devastating Southern California drought, two idealistic holdouts fall in love and scavenge for their needs before taking charge of a mysterious child and embarking on a perilous journey in search of water.

(Print book, eBook)

Bannerless

Bannerless

by Carrie Vaughan

An investigator must discover the truth behind a mysterious death in a world where small communities struggle to maintain a ravaged civilization decades after environmental and economic collapse.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer
Season 1

Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a perpetually-moving train that circles the globe, where class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out.

(DVD)

A Life on Our Planet

A Life on Our Planet
My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

by David Attenborough

See the world. Then make it better. Attenborough tells us we have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will to do so.

(Print book, large type Book, eBook, book on CD)

The Uninhabitable Earth

The Uninhabitable Earth
Life after Warming

by David Wallace-Wells

Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable as soon as the end of this century. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves

by Cherie Dimaline

In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America's indigenous population, and it is their bone marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow – and dreams – means death for the unwilling donors.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Cleo Porter and the Body Electric

Cleo Porter and the Body Electric

by Jake Burt

Like everyone else, 12-year-old Cleo and her parents are sealed in an apartment without windows or doors. Their food is dropped off by drones. They are safe from the disease that nearly wiped humans from the earth. When they receive a package clearly meant for someone else – a package containing a substance critical for a stranger's survival – Cleo knows the clock is ticking.

(Print book, eBook)

Quién teme a la muerte

Quién teme a la muerte

por Nnedi Okorafor

En el África postapocalíptica, el mundo ha cambiado de muchas maneras. Pero en una región, el genocidio tribal sigue asolando la tierra. Una mujer que ha sobrevivido la aniquilación de su pueblo y su propia violación vaga por el desierto buscando la muerte. En vez de encontrarla, da luz a una niña color de arena. Al crecer, Onyesonwu entiende que está marcada por la violencia de su concepción. Pero además comienza a manifestar señales de poseer una magia única, y durante una visita al reino de los espíritus se entera de algo trepidante: un ser muy poderoso la quiere asesinar.

(Print book)


Selection for October 5

Matrix

Matrix

by Lauren Groff

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, 17-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey. Born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, Marie is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

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Galileo's Daughter

Galileo's Daughter
A Historical Memoir of
Science, Faith, and Love


by Dava Sobel

Sobel presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history. Of Galileo’s three illegitimate children, the eldest best mirrored his own brilliance, industry, and sensibility, and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante.

(Print book, eBook, book on CD)

The Pope’s Daughter

The Pope’s Daughter
The Extraordinary Life of
Felice della Rovere


by Caroline Murphy Felice

della Rovere was the illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II. Murphy has used such primary sources as Felice’s diaries, account books, and other Orsini archival materials to bring into the foreground a woman who lived in the midst of the political and cultural intrigues of Renaissance Rome.

(Print book)

The Book of Longings

The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd

A 1st Century intellectual fights the limitations imposed on women before an encounter with an 18-year-old Jesus leads to their marriage, his dangerous public ministry and her flight to safety in Alexandria.

(Print book, large type Book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

Sacred Hearts

Sacred Hearts

by Sarah Dunant

Condemned by 16th Century demands for lucrative dowries in order to marry, young Serafina is ripped from an illicit love affair and confined in an Italian convent. She passionately rebels and reminds the convent’s doctor of her own unhappy early years.

(Print book, large type Book, eAudiobook)

Colette

Colette

Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation, inspiring additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

(DVD)

History vs Women

History vs Women
The Defiant Lives That They
Don’t Want You to Know


by Anita Sarkeesian & Ebony Adams

Introduction to a range of dynamic women across many different races, countries, time periods, and classes. The authors know that it is easier to learn about white, Western people-- especially males-- than of people of color, queer and trans folks, and people with disabilities. They hope to reframe the history you thought you knew.

(Print book)

Queen of the Sea

Queen of the Sea

by Dylan Meconis

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives.

(Print book)

Las Palomillas de la Noche

Las Palomillas de la Noche

por Helena María Viramontes

En llamar la atención a las complejas vidas y experiencias de las niñas y mujeres mexicoamericanas, esta edición bilingüe que contiene la primera traducción al español de la colección debut de Viramontes, The Moths and Other Stories, hará que este trabajo histórico esté disponible para un público más amplio.

(Print book, eBook)


Selection for September 28

Beautiful World, Where are You

Beautiful World, Where are You

by Sally Rooney

Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

(Print book, eBook, book on CD, Playaway)

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Filthy Animals

Filthy Animals

by Brandon Taylor

Interconnected stories set among Midwestern artists and creative types center around a young man trysting with two dancers in an open relationship. Like Rooney’s fiction, this book explores the interpersonal relationships, emotional lives, and mental health of complex young characters.

(Print book, large type Book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Exciting Times

Exciting Times

by Naoise Dolan

Millennial Irish expat Ava becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyer. Like Beautiful World, this novel features the musings of Irish millennials on politics and class alongside their efforts at navigating knotty romantic relationships.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Queenie

Queenie

by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie, a 25-year-old British-Jamaican woman, struggles to have a sense of purpose after being dumped by her white boyfriend. She finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?” – all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

(Print book, large type, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

Time Pieces

Time Pieces
A Dublin Memoir

by John Banville

A memoir of the author’s life near Dublin, a city that inspired his imagination and literary life and served as a backdrop for the dissatisfactions of adult years shaped by Dublin’s cultural, political, architectural, and social history.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Finding Ireland

Finding Ireland
A Poet’s Explorations of Irish Literature and Culture

by Richard Tillinghast

As an American poet and critic who visited and lived in Ireland periodically before becoming a resident in 2005, Tillinghast is uniquely suited to write about the culture, history, and literature of his adopted country.

(Print book)

I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun

by Jandy Nelson

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah are inseparable. Years later, they’re barely speaking. Something has happened to change them in different yet equally devastating ways. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

(Print book - English and Spanish, eBook, Book on CD)

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.

(DVD)

 

 


Selection for September 21

The Bohemians

The Bohemians

by Jasmin Darznik

In 1918, a young and bright-eyed Dorothea Lange arrives in San Francisco, where a disaster kick-starts a new life.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

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Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange
A Life Beyond Limits

by Linda Gordon

A riveting portrait of one of America's most renowned photographers.

(Print book)

An American Exodus

An American Exodus
A Record of Human Erosion

by Dorothea Lange & Paul Taylor

First published in 1939, this book documents the rural poverty of the Depression-era exodus that brought more than 300,000 migrants to California in search of farm work, a westward mass migration driven by economic deprivation.

(Print book)

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange
The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Before she raised her lens to take her most iconic photo, Dorothea Lange took photos of the downtrodden. In this picture book biography, Weatherford captures the spirit of the influential photographer.

(Print book, eBook)

Women in Art

Women in Art

by Rachel Ignotofsky

Charmingly Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists, from the 11th Century to today.

(Print book)

The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

by Isabel Allende

A multigenerational epic that follows the impossible romance between a World War II escapee from the Nazis and a Japanese gardener’s son, whose story is discovered decades later by a care worker who would come to terms with her past.

(Print book, large type book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

The Valley of Amazement

The Valley of Amazement

by Amy Tan

Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

(Print book, large print book, book on CD)

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

Profiles American photographer Dorothea Lange, who came to the attention of the world with her photographs documenting the Great Depression, and achieved lasting fame in the postwar years.

(DVD)

 

 


Selection for September 14

The Last Nomad

The Last Nomad
by Shugri Said Salh

A captivating memoir about a woman’s journey from her idyllic childhood with her nomadic grandmother in the deserts of Somalia to her escape from her country’s brutal civil war and eventually to America.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD)

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Always Another Country

Always Another Country
A Memoir of Exile and Home

by Sisonke Msimang

Born in exile to a guerrilla father and a working mother, Sisonke Msimang is constantly on the move. Her parents, talented and highly educated, travel from Zambia to Kenya and Canada and beyond with their young family. Always the outsider, and against a backdrop of racism and xenophobia, Sisonke develops a keenly perceptive view of the world.

(Print book, eBook, eAudiobook)

Beyond the Sand and Sea

Beyond the Sand and Sea
One Family’s Quest for a Country to Call Home

by Ty McCormick

When Asad Hussein was growing up in the world’s largest refugee camp, nearly every aspect of life revolved around getting to America, a distant land where anything was possible.

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Adua

Adua

by Igiaba Scego

A searing novel about a young immigrant woman’s dream of freedom in Rome and the legacies of her African past.

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When Stars Are Scattered

When Stars Are Scattered

by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp. When an opportunity comes along for Omar to get an education, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp.

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Call Me American

Call Me American
The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Adapted for young adults, this gripping story follows one boy’s journey into young adulthood and offers an intimate account of modern immigration. Abdi Nor Iftin grew up amidst a blend of cultures in Somalia. But when the threat of civil war reached Abdi’s doorstep, his family was forced to flee to safety.

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Toivon tuolla puolen

Toivon tuolla puolen
The Other Side of Hope

This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway. Meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable restaurant. The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet celebration of pockets of human kindness in an unwelcoming world.

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El Viaje

El Viaje

por Francesca Sanna

¿Cómo será la experiencia de tener que dejar todo y viajar muchos kilómetros hacia un lugar extraño? Una madre y sus dos hijos emprendieron un viaje como ese, repleto de un gran temor hacia lo desconocido, pero, al mismo tiempo, de una profunda esperanza. Basado en su propia experiencia de interactuar con gente obligada a buscar un nuevo hogar y contado desde la perspectiva de una joven niña, Francesca Sanna ha creado un libro hermoso y sensible sobre una problemática significativa de nuestro tiempo.

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Selection for September 7

Appleseed

Appleseed

by Matt Bell

A thousand years in the future: North America is covered by a massive sheet of ice. One lonely sentient being inhabits a tech station on top of the glacier, and sets out to follow a homing beacon across the continent in the hopes of discovering the last remnant of civilization.

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How to Prepare for Climate Change

How to Prepare
for Climate Change

A Practical Guide to
Surviving the Chaos


by David Pogue

Sensible advice for how the rest of us should start to ready ourselves for the years ahead, including what to grow, what to eat, how to build, how to insure, where to invest, how to prepare your children and pets, and even where to consider relocating when the time comes.

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

by Bill Gates

Bill Gates shares what he’s learned in more than a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address the problems, and sets out a vision for how the world can build the tools it needs to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions.

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Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell

Appleseed is an alternative history novel that focuses on climate apocalypse while Cloud Atlas is experimental literary fiction that addresses social issues, both past and future.

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Hummingbird Salamander

Hummingbird Salamander

by Jeff VanderMeer

Thought-provoking and intricately plotted stories blend speculative fiction with thriller motifs to highlight environmental issues and animal extinctions.

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Atlantis

Atlantis
The Accidental Invasion

by Gregory Mone

Fourteen-year-old Kaya, of the undersea, high-tech world of Atlantis, and 12-year-old Lewis, of the climate-threatened world above water, embark on a dangerous adventure when he enters her realm.

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The Ones We’re Meant to Find

The Ones We’re Meant to Find

by Joan He

In a near future when life is harsh outside of Earth’s last unpolluted place, Cee tries to leave an abandoned island while her sister, STEM prodigy Kasey, seeks escape from the science and home she once trusted.

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En español para niños. ¿Cuańto calor es 1 grado más?

En español para niños. ¿Cuańto calor es 1 grado más?
qué pasa con el cambio climático?

por Kristina Scharmacher-Schreiber

¿Se está volviendo el clima cada vez más cálido? ¿Se puede sentir una diferencia de un grado? Los niños quieren entender lo que significa el cambio climático. Con imágenes descriptivas y textos cortos se explican las conexiones: ¿Por qué hay diferentes zonas climáticas en la tierra? ¿Cómo afecta el efecto invernadero? ¿Cómo se sabe cómo era antes el clima? También muestra cómo nuestras acciones afectan al clima en la vida cotidiana. ¡Y cómo todos podemos proteger la tierra!

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Selection for August 31

Damnation Spring

Damnation Spring

by Ash Davidson

A midwife inadvertently threatens the livelihoods of her family and neighbors after noticing an increase in local miscarriages and believes it's caused by the pesticides used by the Sanderson Timber Company, her husband's employer.

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The Overstory

The Overstory

by Richard Powers

Interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.

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Greenwood

Greenwood

by Michael Christie

A metaphorical tale tracing multiple generations of a once-wealthy family finds its members navigating secrets and crimes linked to the trees that have made and broken their fortunes.

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One Small Hop

One Small Hop

by Madelyn Rosenberg

Ahab Goldstein is a seventh-grader in a not-so-distant future when the environment has turned toxic, and the corrupt Environmental Police Force is in control. When Ahab and his friends find a real live bullfrog, possibly the last one in America, they are faced with a choice: turn it over (NO!), leave it alone, or bike to Canada to find it a mate.

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Jelly

Jelly

by Clare Rees

After the sea levels rise and the world ends, Martha and other survivors are stuck on a giant killer jellyfish, drifting off shore. If boredom does not kill them, maybe their escape attempts will.

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A Precautionary Tale

A Precautionary Tale
How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement

by Philip Ackerman-Leist

What do you do when your organic crops are tainted with someone else's pesticides? Your children are exposed to toxic drifts? People around the world have felt helpless in the face of such challenges. But in the Northern Italian enclave of Mals, an unlikely group of activists and a forward-thinking mayor came together to ban pesticides by a referendum vote, making it the first place on Earth to accomplish such a feat, and a model for others to follow.

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Amity and Prosperity

Amity and Prosperity

by Eliza Griswold

The story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia, and one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

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Cadáver exquisito

Cadáver exquisito

por Agustina María Bazterrica

A causa de un virus mortal que afecta a los animales y contagia a los seres humanos, el mundo se ha convertido en un lugar gris, escéptico e inhóspito, y la sociedad se divide entre aquellos que comen y aquellos que son comidos. El Premio Clarín 2017 fue otorgado a esta novela mayor, una sólida y escalofriante pesadilla futurista en la que el canibalismo es legitimado en gran parte del mundo a causa de un virus que afecta a los animales y resulta mortal para los seres humanos.

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El Mal de la Taiga

El Mal de la Taiga

por Cristina Rivera Garza

Una ex detective vuelve, después de mucho tiempo y bastantes fracasos, a aceptar un caso: encontrar y traer de vuelta a una mujer que abandonó a su marido para huir con otro hombre hacia el interior de la taiga. Este marido traicionado está convencido, por un breve telegrama que recibió, que en realidad su segunda ex esposa quiere que él la encuentre. La ahora escritora de novelas negras contrata a un traductor para que se internen en ese bosque donde cosas extrañas suceden, donde la realidad se distorsiona y donde la traducción misma comienza a traicionar el sentido del lenguaje y de los sentidos.

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Selection for August 24

Cultish

Cultish
The Language of Fanaticism

by Amanda Montell

Cultish language is something we hear, and are influenced by, every single day. Montell exposes the verbal elements that make a wide spectrum of communities "cultish."

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Fierce Little Thing

Fierce Little Thing

by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Five estranged friends receive threatening letters demanding their return to a former cult or the terrible thing they did as teenagers will be revealed.

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The Children of Red Peak

The Children of Red Peak

by Craig DiLouie

David Young, Deacon Price, and Beth Harris grew up in an overbearing religious community on the isolated mountain Red Peak, and they were a few of the only survivors of its horrific last days. Years later, the trauma of what they experienced never feels far behind. When a fellow survivor commits suicide, they reunite to confront their past and share their stories.

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Knowing What to Say

Knowing What to Say
Finding the Words to Fit Any Situation

by Patti Kelley Criswell

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism shows how people can use language for manipulation. Instead, this guide shows kids how to communicate positively in a variety of common situations such as when a friend talks about you behind your back and making an appropriate apology.

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The Project

The Project

by Courtney Summers

Lo Denham wants to expose the Unity Project as a cult and reconnect with her indoctrinated sister, but as she immerses herself in the group with no signs of Bea, Lo begins to question everything she thought was true.

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The Sound of Gravel

The Sound of Gravel

by Ruth Wariner

The 39th of her father’s 42 children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel, she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life.

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The Other Lamb

The Other Lamb

For her entire life, the cult she was born into has been all that teenage Selah has known. When her insular world is rocked by a series of nightmarish visions and disturbing revelations, Selah begins to question everything about her existence.

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Losing Reality

Losing Reality
On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry

by Robert Jay Lifton

A definitive account of the psychology of zealotry, from a National Book Award winner and a leading authority on the nature of cults, political absolutism, and mind control.

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The Burn Zone

The Burn Zone

by Linnell Renee

After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, Renee Linnell finally realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. But how did that happen to someone like her? She had started five different companies and had an MBA from NYU. Part inspirational story, part cautionary tale, this is a memoir for spiritual seekers and an exploration of how we give up our power.

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Selection for August 17

Breathing Fire

Breathing Fire
Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires

by Jaime Lowe

A groundbreaking investigation of the prison system and an intimate portrayal of the women of California's Correctional Camps who put their lives on the line, while imprisoned, to save a state in peril.

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A Knock at Midnight

A Knock at Midnight
A Story of Hope, Justice,
and Freedom


by Brittany K. Barnett

An urgent call to free those buried alive by America's legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity. Barnett was a law student when she came across the case of Sharanda Jones, who was serving a life sentence without parole-for a first-time drug offense. Moved by Sharanda's plight, Brittany set to work to gain her freedom.

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A Fire Story

A Fire Story

by Brian Fies

A firsthand account of the 2017 Tubbs Fire in Northern California by a local author. An honest, unflinching depiction of the author’s personal experiences, including losing his house and every possession he and his wife had that didn't fit into the back of their car. Originally posted online, he expanded the original web comic to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community.

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The Mars Room

The Mars Room

by Rachel Kushner

A woman begins serving two life sentences in 2003 at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility deep in California's Central Valley, reflecting on the San Francisco of her youth and her relationship with her young son while navigating the harsh realities of a bare-essentials life of casual violence at the hands of the guards and her fellow inmates.

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Something New Under the Sun

Something New Under the Sun

by Alexandra Kleeman

In a climate-ravaged near-future California, a novelist discovers that a company behind a mysterious new brand of synthetic water is responsible for the recent droughts and wildfires and teams up with a starlet to investigate.

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I survived the California wildfires, 2018

I Survived the California
Wildfires, 2018


by Lauren Tarshis

Traces the story of a boy who moves across the country to rural northern California, where his efforts to adjust are challenged by a fast-moving firestorm that places family homes and lives at risk.

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Finding freedom

Finding Freedom
Writings from Death Row

by Jarvis Jay Masters

Incarcerated in San Quentin at the age of 19 for armed robbery, Jarvis Masters was accused four years later of participating in a conspiracy that resulted in the death of a prison guard. Finding Freedom is a collection of prison stories, sometimes shocking, sometimes sad, often funny, always immediate.

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Golden Gulag

Golden Gulag
Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California

by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Focuses on California’s dominant role in the explosion of incarceration in America, covering the period from 1980 to the present, with an eye to how capitalism fuels the system.

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Selection for August 10

Nightbitch

Nightbitch

by Rachel Yoder

An artist turned stay-at-home mom becomes convinced that she is turning into a dog and, as her symptoms intensify, struggles to keep her alter-canine-identity a secret, until she meets a group of mothers who may also be more than what they seem.

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The Need

The Need

by Helen Phillips

A woman grapples with the complex dualities of motherhood—joy and dread, tenderness and anxiety—after confronting a masked intruder in her home.

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The Family Fang

The Family Fang

by Kevin Wilson

When their parents who have dedicated themselves to making great art by sacrificing normality plan one last performance, siblings Annie and Buster, returning home after their individual worlds collapse, are faced with a difficult decision.

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Dear Ijeawele

Dear Ijeawele
Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Receiving a letter from a friend asking her how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist, Adichie responded with 15 suggestions for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman.

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Mom Genes

Mom Genes
Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct

by Abigail Tucker

A fascinating and provocative exploration of the biology of motherhood. Part scientific odyssey, part memoir, Mom Genes weaves the latest research with Tucker’s personal experiences to create a delightful, surprising, and poignant portrait of motherhood.

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The Rust Maidens

The Rust Maidens

by Gwendolyn Kiste

It’s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. The girls they’ve grown up with are changing, their bones exposed like corroded metal beneath their flesh. Nobody can explain what’s happening or why—except perhaps the Rust Maidens themselves. Whispering in secret, they know more than they’re telling, and Phoebe realizes her former friends are quietly preparing for something that will tear their neighborhood apart.

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Animorphs

Animorphs
The Invasion

by Chris Grine

Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them. That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent attack, and were given the power to fight back. Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco can transform into some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever seen.

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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka

When Gregor Samsa awakens one morning, he discovers that he has changed into a giant insect.

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Selection for August 3

Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind

by Rumaan Alam

Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. The houseowners, Ruth and G.H., arrive in the middle of the night in a panic. They say a sudden blackout has swept the city: the TV and internet are down, and no cell phone service. Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a safe place for their families?

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The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

by Karen Walker Thompson

The coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life. Both Leave the World Behind and The Age of Miracles show how catastrophic changes disrupt families and communities in compelling novels set in worlds full of uncertainty.

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A Beginning at the End

A Beginning at the End

by Mike Chen

Four survivors try to rebuild their personal lives six years after a global pandemic brings about a literal apocalypse.

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The Unthinkable

The Unthinkable

by Amanda Ripley

Ripley, a Time reporter who has covered Hurricane Katrina and other catastrophes and whose article “How To Get Out Alive” inspired this book, offers a discussion of disaster and survival, drawing on both survivors’ personal accounts and scientific studies that reveal how the human brain functions under duress.

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A Paradise Built in Hell

A Paradise Built in Hell

by Rebecca Solnit

Explores the phenomenon through which people become resourceful and altruistic after a disaster and communities reflect a shared sense of purpose, analyzing events ranging from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to 9/11.

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What She Found in the Woods

What She Found in the Woods

by Josephine Angelini

While summering in her grandparents’ small Oregon town, where a serial murderer lurks, 18-year-old Magdalena faces recovery from a scandal at her Manhattan private school, schizophrenia, and falling in love with “Wildboy.” Told partly through journal entries.

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The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

by Christopher Edge

As time plays tricks and night falls without warning, Johnny, Dizzy, and Charlie, who are lost in the woods, must elude the danger that lurks in shadows and work together to find a way out. Includes notes about the science behind the story.

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Cosas Que Nunca Cambian

Cosas Que Nunca Cambian

by Richard Zela

Hoy es el Día de los Muertos, una de las fiestas favoritas de Norita. Pero esta vez no: alguien mordió a su abuelo y la convirtió en una muerta viviente con apetitos muy curiosos. En medio de una ciudad en medio de un apocalipsis zombie, Norita y su abuelo aprovechan las circunstancias para emprender un viaje al cementerio con la ayuda de un carrito de tamales, esperando ver por última vez a sus seres queridos, quienes han vuelto de nuevo. ... ¿a la vida? Por el autor y ilustrador mexicano Richard Zela.

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American War

American War

by Omar El Akkad, narrated by Dion Graham

This is a gripping future dystopian tale of an American civil war, and the story of a young girl’s survival. Check out the audiobook version of this novel, read by The Wire actor and AudioFile Golden Voice narrator Dion Graham.

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Selection for July 27

The Final Girl Support Group

The Final Girl Support Group

by Grady Hendrix

A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel. Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre 22 years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized.

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My Sister the Serial Killer

My Sister the Serial Killer

by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Realizing that her beautiful, beloved younger sister has murdered yet another boyfriend, an embittered Nigerian woman works to direct suspicion away from the family, until a handsome doctor she fancies asks for her sister’s number.

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Night of the Mannequins

Night of the Mannequins

by Stephen Graham Jones

A contemporary horror story where a teen prank goes very wrong and all hell breaks loose: is there a supernatural cause, a psychopath on the loose, or both?

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Solstice

Solstice

by Lorence Alison

Offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, Adri throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents’ goodwill to the wind. When the horde of affluent, entitled teen party-goers arrive at the island paradise, there’s barely any food, nowhere to stay, not nearly enough porta-potties – and the first dead body washes up on the beach.

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Camp Murderface

Camp Murderface

by Josh Berk and Saundra Mitchell

The year: 1983. Camp Sweetwater is finally reopening, three decades after it mysteriously shut down. Campers Corryn Quinn and Tez Jones have each had more than enough of their regular lives – they’re so ready to take their summer at Sweetwater by storm. But before they can so much as toast one marshmallow, strange happenings start happening. Can they survive the summer?

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The Murders that Made Us

The Murders that Made Us
How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers, and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area

by Bob Calhoun

The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city’s art, music, and politics. From the city’s earliest days, where vigilantes hung perps from buildings and newspaper publishers shot it out on Market Street, to the kidnapping of Patty Hearst and the Zodiac Killer, crime has made the people of San Francisco who they are.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State killer

by Michelle McNamara

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.”

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Stay Sexy

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered
The Definitive How-To Guide

by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

From the voices behind the number one hit podcast My Favorite Murder! Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, the authors recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

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Selection for July 20

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson
A Rather Haunted Life

by Ruth Franklin

The tumultuous life of the author behind such classics as The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery. Placing Jackson within an American Gothic tradition of Hawthorne and Poe, Franklin demonstrates how her unique contribution to this genre came from her focus on "domestic horror" drawn from an era hostile to women.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

by Shirley Jackson

Deeply unsettling, this novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family follows their dramatic struggle with the arrival of an unexpected visitor who interrupts their unusual way of life.

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The Letters of Shirley Jackson

The Letters of Shirley Jackson

As well as being a bestselling author, Shirley Jackson spent much of her adult life as a mother of four in Vermont, and the landscape here is often the everyday. But in recounting these events, she turns them into remarkable stories: entertaining, revealing, and wise. At the same time, many of these letters provide fresh insight into the genesis and progress of Jackson’s writing over nearly three decades.

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Shirley

Shirley

Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

This 2018 film is an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel.

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Shirley

Shirley

by Susan Merrell

Moving into the home of famed writer Shirley Jackson and her college professor husband during the summer of 1964, a graduate student and his pregnant wife forge an uneasy friendship with their hosts that is complicated by Jackson's mercurial nature and her turbulent marriage.

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9 Magic Wishes

9 Magic Wishes

by Shirley Jackson, illustrated by Miles Hyman

A little girl is granted nine wishes by a mysterious magician, and her choices capture a childlike imagination. When she has gone through eight of her wishes, she is hard pressed to make a ninth wish, so instead she leaves it for some other lucky person to find. First published in 1963 with different pictures, this edition is illustrated in full-color by Jackson's grandson.

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Shirley Jackson's The Lottery

Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
The Authorized Graphic Adaptation

adapted by Miles Hyman

In a graphic-novel adaptation of the classic spine-tingler, the grandson of the story's original author depicts the eerie town and their shocking ritual in detailed four-color panels that breathe new life into the iconic tale.

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Los Abismos

Los Abismos

por Pilar Quintana

Con el telón de fondo del estrecho universo femenino formado por mujeres acomodadas a su vida, que no pueden romper con una educación de otro tiempo, Pilar Quintana ha construido una novela intimista, con una voz narradora deslumbrante en su ingenuidad que, desde la memoria del hogar, conduce al lector por las obsesiones que pueblan la niñez de la que la protagonista se está despidiendo. Disponible en libro impreso y libro electrónico.

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Selection for July 13

The Book of Difficult Fruit

The Book of Difficult Fruit
arguments for the tart, tender and unruly

by Kate Lebo

Inspired by 26 fruits, essayist, poet, and pie lady Kate Lebo expertly blends the culinary, medical, and personal in a book of lyrical essays, accompanied by recipes.

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No Passport Required

No Passport Required

Follow chef Marcus Samuelsson as he immerses himself in diverse immigrant communities and cuisines in cities across the U.S.

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The plant messiah

The plant messiah
adventures in search of the
world's rarest species


by Carlos Magdalena

A scientist offers an impassioned memoir of saving extraordinary plants on the brink of extinction, describing his search for exotic plants in remote locations and his laboratory efforts to encourage vulnerable plants to thrive.

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Cocinología

Cocinología
la ciencia de cocinar

por Stuart Farrimond

Profundiza en la extraña ciencia de la cocina, en este libro. Encuentra los conceptos fundamentales de la cocina revelados junto con prácticos consejos y técnicas paso a paso, que harán de tu cocina un auténtico laboratorio.

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Pie school

Pie school
lessons in fruit, flour and butter

by Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo shares her recipes for 50 perfect pies. Included are apple (of course), five ways with rhubarb, lemon chiffon, several blueberry pie variations, galettes, and more.

(Print book)

There's No Ham in Hamburgers

There's No Ham in Hamburgers
Facts and Folklore About
Our Favorite Foods


by Kim Zachman

Why is there no ham in hamburgers? How did we make ice cream before we could make ice? From the origins of pizza to the invention of chicken fingers, this book has all the ingredients for an entertaining read about the origins of some of America’s most popular foods.

(Print book)

A Woman’s Place

A Woman’s Place
The Inventors, Rumrunners, Lawbreakers, Scientists
& Single Moms Who Changed
the World with Food


by Deepi Ahluwalia

Discover the hidden figures of food, the women who changed the way we eat. From Julia Child, to the inventor of the dishwasher, to the suffragette who published cookbooks to finance their fight for justice, these trailblazers used the power of food to break barriers and change the world. Includes 10 recipes.

(Print book)

The Recipe Box

The Recipe Box

by Viola Shipman

When her efforts to pursue a professional culinary life away from her family’s northern Michigan orchard end in disappointment, Sam spends a summer working for the family pie shop. She begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history and her passion for food as she prepares beloved ancestral recipes.

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The School of Essential Ingredients

The School of Essential Ingredients

by Erica Bauermeister

Eight students gather in Lillian’s Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen as Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students’ lives.

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Selection for July 6

How the Word is Passed

How the Word is Passed
a reckoning with the history of slavery across America

by Clint Smith

An unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks – those that are honest about the past and those that are not – that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.

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On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth

by Annette Gordon-Reed

The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history.

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Four Hundred Souls

Four Hundred Souls

edited by Ibram X. Kendi
and Keisha N. Blain

A “choral history” of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 80 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain.

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I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

(DVD, streaming on Hoopla and Kanopy)

Hale County

Hale County this morning,
this evening

Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film allows the viewer an emotive impression of the historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming.

(DVD)

A Sitting in St. James

A Sitting in St. James

by Rita Williams-Garcia

1860, Louisiana. After serving as mistress of Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has decided, in spite of her family’s objections, to sit for a portrait. While Madame plots her last hurrah, stories that span generations, of routine horrors, secrets buried, and the tangled bonds of descendants and enslaved, come to light to reveal a true portrait of the Guilberts.

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Buried Lives

Buried Lives
The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

by Carla Killough McClafferty

When he was 11 years old, George Washington inherited 10 human beings. The life of the first president has been well chronicled, but the lives of the people of color he owned – the people who sustained his plantation and were buried in unmarked graves there – have not.

(Print book)

En español para adultos

El precio del racismo

El precio del racismo
la hostilidad racial y la fractura del “sueño americano,”

por Eduardo Porter

En El precio del racismo Porter, periodista veterano del New York Times, muestra cómo la animadversión racial ha paralizado gran parte de las instituciones clave de una sociedad sana, incluyendo los sindicatos, la educación pública y la red de seguridad social, y cómo las profundas consecuencias se hacen cada día más graves. Disponible en libro impreso y libro electrónico

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Selection for June 29

The Bohemians

The Bohemians

by Jasmin Darznik

In 1918, a young and bright-eyed Dorothea Lange arrives in San Francisco, where a disaster kick-starts a new life.

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Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange
A Life Beyond Limits

by Linda Gordon

A riveting portrait of one of America's most renowned photographers.

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An American Exodus

An American Exodus
A Record of Human Erosion

by Dorothea Lange & Paul Taylor

First published in 1939, this book documents the rural poverty of the Depression-era exodus that brought more than 300,000 migrants to California in search of farm work, a westward mass migration driven by economic deprivation.

(Print book)

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange
The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Before she raised her lens to take her most iconic photo, Dorothea Lange took photos of the downtrodden. In this picture book biography, Weatherford captures the spirit of the influential photographer.

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Women in Art

Women in Art

by Rachel Ignotofsky

Charmingly Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female artists, from the 11th Century to today.

(Print book)

The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

by Isabel Allende

A multigenerational epic that follows the impossible romance between a World War II escapee from the Nazis and a Japanese gardener’s son, whose story is discovered decades later by a care worker who would come to terms with her past.

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The Valley of Amazement

The Valley of Amazement

by Amy Tan

Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

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Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

Profiles American photographer Dorothea Lange, who came to the attention of the world with her photographs documenting the Great Depression, and achieved lasting fame in the postwar years.

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Selection for June 22

Charmian Kittredge London

Charmian Kittredge London
Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer

by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

The biography of Charmian Kittredge London, who challenged traditional and societally prescribed gender roles and norms.

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The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash “beautiful boy” Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris. Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband’s career.

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Z

Z
A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Fowler

A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris, and the French Riviera.

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Hourglass

Hourglass
Time, Memory, Marriage

by Dani Shapiro

A piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time.

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Red Comet

Red Comet
The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath

by Heather L. Clark

An engrossing new biography of Sylvia Plath focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual growth and achievement, restoring the vivid creative woman behind the longtime Plath myths perpetuated by a pathology-based approach to her life and art.

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Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires

Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires
The Life of Patricia Highsmith

by Richard Bradford

In this new biography, Bradford considers Highsmith’s bestsellers in the context of her troubled personal life; her alcoholism, licentious sex life, racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny and abundant self-loathing. Made famous by the great success of her psychological thrillers, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train, Highsmith is lauded as one of the most influential and celebrated modern writers.

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Headstrong Hallie!

Headstrong Hallie!
The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female “Fire Guard”

by Aimée Bissonette
illustrated by David Hohn

This picture book biography tells the story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the first woman fire guard hired by the US Forest Service, whose hard work and dedication led the way for other women to join the Forest Service.

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What Every Girl Should Know

What Every Girl Should Know
Margaret Sanger’s Journey: A Novel

by Jennifer Ann Mann

In this fictionalized biography, a teenage Maggie Higgins struggles to balance her responsibilities to her family, society’s expectations for women, and her desire to pursue her education and plan for the future.

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Selection for June 15

The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels

by Patrik Svensson

A meditation on the world’s most elusive fish – the eel – and a reflection on the human condition.

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A Most Remarkable Creature

A Most Remarkable Creature
The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey

by Jonathan Meiburg

An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet a rare and mysterious bird of prey – the caracara – that puzzled Darwin, fascinates modern day falconers, and carries secrets of our planet’s deep past in its family history.

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The Shark Club

The Shark Club

by Ann Kidd Taylor

Nearly two decades after surviving a shark attack in the Gulf of Mexico, a world-traveling marine biologist and respected “shark whisperer” harbors private insecurities that compel her to return to her Florida coast home to explore old and new relationships.

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Eels

Eels
by Rachel Poliquin

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking eels are just long, slippery fishy-things that are boringly ordinary. Well, you’re right! And you’re wrong! Eels only seem ordinary because they are so unknowably extraordinary, they have bamboozled scientists for thousands of years.

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Into the Deep

Into the Deep
Science, Technology, and the Quest to Protect the Ocean

by Christy Peterson

What lies in the deep? And who is at the forefront of these exciting discoveries? The scientists and research included in this book shed light on the most pressing issues currently facing oceanographers and point us in the right direction to solving these challenges.

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The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide
by Amitav Ghosh

Off the eastern coast of India lies an extraordinary cluster of islands known as the Sundarbans. In this exotic land, marine biologist Piya, fisherman Fokir and translator Kanai meet. As they travel deep into the remote archipelago, they experience a territory at risk not only from natural disaster, but also from human foolishness and volatile politics.

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World of Wonders

World of Wonders
In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and other Astonishments

by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

A collection of essays, with lush illustrations, about the natural world and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

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Owls of the Eastern Ice

Owls of the Eastern Ice
A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl

by Jonathan C. Slaght

n American scientist chronicles his travels through remote Russian landscapes to study the elusive and endangered Blakiston’s fish owl.

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Selection for June 8

You Look Tired

You Look Tired
An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood

by Jenny True

In the tradition of Ali Wong and Amy Schumer comes this whip-smart, spit-out-your-coffee funny guide for new parents – from popular blogger and columnist Jenny True.

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Dad is Fat

Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children.

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Dear Girls

Dear Girls
Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life

by Ali Wong

Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

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Confessions of a Domestic Failure

Confessions of a Domestic Failure
by Bunmi Laditan

After leaving her career to become a stay-at-home-mom, Ashley Keller tries to improve her parenting skills by joining a boot camp called “Motherhood Better” run by her idol, the head of a Pinterest-perfect mommy blog empire, to hilariously awkward results.

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Mamá imperfecta

Mamá imperfecta
cómo ser exitosa mientras tus hijos te educan

by Maggie Hegyi

No existe un libro mágico con todas las respuestas sobre la maternidad. Éste es un compendio de amor incondicional, de viajes en el tiempo, experiencias y consejos. Todas somos mamás imperfectas llenas de cariño perfecto. Aquí podrás encontrar lo que necesitas para ser una mujer exitosa mientras tus hijos crecen y, de paso, sacarle todo el provecho a la etapa más hermosa de la vida.

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Educar con serenidad

Educar con serenidad
soluciones creativas para padres desesperados

by Patricia Ramírez

Los padres y las madres nos tomamos la educación muy en serio, pero debemos dejar de copiar antiguos modelos para empezar a innovar, ser creativos y pensar que existe otra forma de educar sin recurrir a los gritos y a la figura de autoridad. Y, sobre todo, son desesperarnos. Educar non Serenidad ofrece soluciones crativas, divertidas y al alcance de todos para disfrutar educando.

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Class Mom

Class Mom
by Laurie Gelman

Frowned upon by conservative fellow PTA members for her past as a single parent, Jen reluctantly agrees to become class mom during her youngest child’s kindergarten year, a role that is challenged by parent drama, hypersensitive allergies, and a former flame.

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Don't Wait Up

Don't Wait Up
Confessions of a Stay-At-Work Mom

by iz Astrof

In this blunt and side-splittingly funny book of essays, Liz Astrof embraces the realities of motherhood (and womanhood) that no one ever talks about: like needing to hide from your kids in your closet, your car, or a yoga class on the other side of town, letting them eat candy for dinner because you just can’t deal, to the sheer terror of failing them or at the very least losing them in a mall. And sometimes, many times, wondering if the whole parenting thing wasn’t for you.

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Selection for June 1

The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton

Newland Archer begins to question the values of high society in Victorian New York when he finds himself torn between two very different women – his proper young fiancée and her exotic cousin.

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Belgravia

Belgravia
by Julian Fellowes

A wealth of historical detail creates a vivid 19th Century upper class world, along with its strict code of conventional conduct, in both The Age of Innocence and Belgravia. Both feature wealthy characters caught in awkward social positions and monetary issues that jeopardize their prospects.

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Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles

Both Rules of Civility and The Age of Innocence present stories in which chance encounters between characters force decisions that will heavily influence their futures.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

A methodically constructed period piece detailing the constraints on women, political marriages, and secret but tragic love in 18th Century French upper class society.

(DVD)

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton
by Hermione Lee

Delving into heretofore untapped sources, the author brilliantly interweaves Edith Wharton’s life with the evolution of her writing, the full scope of which shows her to be far more daring than her stereotype as lapidarian chronicler of the Gilded Age.

(Print book)

Sargent’s Women

Sargent’s Women
Four Lives Behind the Canvas

by Donna M. Lucey

Based on original letters and diaries, Donna M. Lucey illuminates four extraordinary women painted by the iconic high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent.

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Inventing Victoria

Inventing Victoria
by Tonya Bolden

Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high society woman in Washington, D.C.

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The Girl in the Torch

The Girl in the Torch
by Robert Sharenow

After her father is killed in a pogrom, 12-year-old Sarah and her mother immigrate to America, but when her mother dies before they get through Ellis Island, and the authorities want to send her back to the old country, Sarah hides in the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

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Conoce a Dulce María Loynaz

Conoce a Dulce María Loynaz
por Sergio Andricaín

Como Wharton, Dulce María Loynaz provenio de una familia de clase alta y persiguió sus metas intelectuales a pesar de las barreras que enfrentaban las mujeres en ese epoca. Se convirtió en una de las poetas más amabas de Cuba y leída por todo el mundo.

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Selection for May 25

In the Event of Contact

In the Event of Contact
by Ethel Rohan

A collection of short stories depicting characters profoundly affected by physical connection, or its lack.

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Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Each story in Hitchcock’s collection connects the lives of young people from small towns in Alaska and across the American West.

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Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways
A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

by Jason Reynolds

A collection of 10 short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school.

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Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness
by Brene Brown

Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

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Tell me more

Tell me more
Stories About the 12 Hardest things I’m Learning to Say

by Kelly Corrigan

A funny, wise and insightful exploration of seven sentences adult life requires. Each chapter draws from the author’s sometimes ridiculous, sometimes profound struggles with parenting and marriage, career and friendship, illness, aging and mortality.

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La Piel Insomne

La Piel Insomne
por Mauricio Montiel Figueiras

Estos cuentos despliegan la prosa que caracteriza la apuesta del escritor: una sinuosa realidad plagada de laberintos, presencias amenazantes o sensuales que amenazan con cambiar el mundo, tramas que nos llevan a descubrir la oscuridad que habita en cada cosa y ser que habita el universo. Cuentos cortos en español, de México.

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Palomillas de la noche y otros relatos

Palomillas de la noche y otros relatos
por Helena María Viramontes

Los prejuicios y el estatus social y económico de los chicanos a menudo forman el telón de fondo de estas historias inquietantes, pero el tema central son los valores sociales y culturales que dan forma a la vida de las mujeres y contra los cuales luchan con diversos grados de éxito.

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The land of big numbers

The land of big numbers
by Te-Ping Chen

Brought to life through this highly recommended audiobook, a story collection from an extraordinary new talent that vividly gives voice to the men and women of modern China and its diaspora.

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Selection for May 18

Miracle Country

Miracle Country
by Kendra Atleework

One family’s spirit and losses in a harsh landscape that has been shaped and exploited over hundreds of years.

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Late Migrations

Late Migrations
A Natural History of Love and Loss

by Margaret Renkl

Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents and the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.

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Nature Noir

Nature Noir
A Park Ranger’s Patrol in the Sierra

by Jordan Fisher Smith

An intensely original story – part Edward Abbey, part James Ellroy – of the author’s 14 years as a park ranger on 48 miles of Sierra Nevada river canyons.

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Mountain Dog

Mountain Dog
by Margarita Engle

When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, 11-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.

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The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us
(Young Readers Edition)

by Reyna Grande

Award-winning author Reyna Grande shares her personal experience of crossing borders and cultures in this middle grade adaptation of her memoir, The Distance Between.

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Deep Creek

Deep Creek
finding hope in the high country

by Pam Houston

“How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us,” Pam Houston writes. On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, this beloved writer learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it.

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Mamá

Mamá
por Jorge Fernández Díaz

En los límites de la crónica periodística, el relato confesional y la biografía íntima, Mamá narra las aventuras, pequeñas alegrías y sinsabores de una mujer común de clase media que bien podría ser la madre o la abuela de cualquier lector, y que plantea el gran dilema actual y de todos los tiempos: irse o quedarse.

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¿De dónde eres?

¿De dónde eres?
por Yamile Saied Méndez

Cuando se le pregunta a una chica de dónde es, de dónde es realmente, ninguna de sus respuestas parece ser la correcta. Sin estar segura de cómo responder, se dirige a su abuelo amoroso en busca de ayuda. Él no le da la respuesta que ella espera. Le da una aún mejor.

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La casa de los ángeles rotos

La casa de los ángeles rotos
por Luis Alberto Urrea

Esta es la historia de Angelote y Angelín, de lo que implica ser mexicano en Estados Unidos, haber vivido dos vidas y cruzado una frontera, y sobre cómo la muerte hace emerger las partes de tu vida que habías olvidado, haya sido o no por elección propia.

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Selection for May 11

Second Place

Second Place
by Rachel Cusk

A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence disrupts the calm of her secluded household.

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Self Portrait with Boy

Self Portrait with Boy
by Rachel Lion

A compulsively readable and electrifying debut about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death—an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship.

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Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind
by Rumaan Alam

Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island for a vacation with their teenager children in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. The houseowners arrive in the middle of the night saying a blackout has swept the city. With no TV, internet or cell phone service, is the vacation home a safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?

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Open Water

Open Water
by Caleb Nelson

A stunning first novel about two young Black artists in London falling in and out of love.

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Private Lessons

Private Lessons
by Cynthia Salaysay

Seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay likes herself best when she plays her father's old piano. Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul's world and his way of digging into a composition's emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works, it seems impossible to gain Paul's approval, let alone his affection.

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Big Eyes

Big Eyes

mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife.

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Frida

Frida

The life of artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble upbringing and crippling injury to her worldwide fame and tempestuous marriage to Diego Rivera.

(DVD)

Someone Else's Shoes

Someone Else's Shoes

by Ellen Wittlinger

Twelve-year-old Izzy is upset by her father's new marriage and a new baby on the way. She is expected to look out for her ten-year-old cousin, Oliver, who has moved in with her family; and now Ben, the rebellious sixteen-year-old son of Izzy's mother's boyfriend, is also living with them. But when Oliver's father disappears, the three children put aside their differences and set out on a road trip to find him.

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The Pixels of Paul Cezanne

The Pixels of Paul Cezanne
And Reflections on other Artists
by Wim Wenders

Observations and reflections on the fellow artists who have influenced, shaped, and inspired the author. How are they doing it? He finds the answer by writing about them, trying to understand their individual perspective, and, in the process revealing his own art of perception.

(Print book)

Fierce Poise

Fierce Poise
Helen Frankenthaler
and 1950s New York

by Alexander Nemerov

A dazzling biography of one of the twentieth century's most respected painters, Helen Frankenthaler, as she came of age as both an artist and a woman in the vibrant art world of 1950s New York.

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Selection for May 4

Right Back Where We Started From

Right Back Where We Started From
by Joy Lanzendorfer

A sweeping, multigenerational work of fiction that explores the lust for ambition that entered into the American consciousness during the Gold Rush and how it affected our nation’s ideas of success, failure, and the pursuit of happiness.

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The Far River

The Far River
by Barbara Wood

For as long as anyone could remember, the Schallers and the Newmans had been enemies. When the skeletal remains of a victim of foul play are discovered at the Schaller estate, a decades-old feud between the rival winemaking families is reignited and dark secrets begin to see the light of day.

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Frontier Grit

Frontier Grit
The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

by Marianne Monson

The stories of 12 women who “heard the call” to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. Many were crusaders for social justice and women’s rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.

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Muñecas chinas

Muñecas chinas
por Lisa See

Es 1938 en San Francisco: se prepara una feria mundial en Treasure Island, una guerra se está gestando en el extranjero, y la ciudad está llena de posibilidades. Grace, Helen, y Ruby, tres mujeres jóvenes de muy diferentes orígenes, se conocen por casualidad en el exclusivo club nocturno Ciudad Prohibida.

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Daughter of Moloka’i

Daughter of Moloka’i
by Alan Brennert

Rachel Kalama was quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement and forced to give up her daughter, who is adopted by a Japanese couple and raised on a farm in California. After World War II, the daughter receives a letter from Rachel. As the two meet and come to love one another, she discovers a past she knew nothing about.

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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farmworkers on the eve of the Great Depression.

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Between Before & After

Between Before & After
by Maureen McQuerry

Fourteen-year-old Molly worries about school, friends, and her parents’ failed marriage, but mostly about her mother Elaine’s growing depression. As Molly digs into her mother’s past, she finds a secret hidden in her mother’s dresser that may be the key to unlocking a family mystery dating to 1918 New York – a secret that could save or destroy their future.

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Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark
A Cultural History of the Great Depression

by Morris Dickstein

Shows how our worst economic crisis in the 1930s eroded American individualism and punctured the American dream, but produced some of the greatest writing, photography, and mass entertainment ever seen in this country.

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La búsqueda de un sueño

La búsqueda de un sueño
una autobiografía

por Reyna Grande

Como Right Back Where We Started From, esta es una historia de la determinación de una mujer de seguir sus sueños, en una California que promete oportunidades y presenta obstáculos en igual medida.

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Selection for April 27

Empire of Pain

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
by Patrick Radden Keefe

A portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.

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Long Bright River

Long Bright River
by Liz Moore

A suspense novel that also looks at the anatomy of a Philadelphia family rocked by the opioid crisis and the relationship between two sisters – one, suffering from addiction, who has suddenly gone missing amid a series of mysterious murders; the other a police officer who patrols the neighborhood from which she disappeared.

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Dopesick

Dopesick
Dealers, doctors, and the drug company that addicted America

by Beth Macy

Chronicles America’s more than 20-year struggle with opioid addiction, from the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, through the spread of addiction in distressed communities in Central Appalachia, to the current national crisis

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Cherry

Cherry
by Nico Walker

Rashly marrying his college girlfriend to keep their relationship active during his tour of duty, a college dropout turned soldier is overwhelmed by the realities of war, PTSD and opioid addiction before forging a desperate plan.

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El traidor

El traidor
el diario secreto del hijo del Mayo

por Anabel Hernández

La autora se adentra en el Cártel de Sinaloa a través del relato de Vicentillo, quien exhibe de manera descarnada cómo funciona el sistema interno que da vida a la organización criminal, la violencia, las mil formas de traficar droga y la complicidad entre políticos, empresarios y fuerzas del orden. Pero sobre todo devela el perfil de quien durante el último medio siglo ha sido el rey del narcotráfico. Quien nunca ha pisado la cárcel y quien desde su trono ha visto caer a amigos, enemigos, socios, competidores, familiares, empleados del gobierno y hasta sus propios hijos, sin que eso haga mella en su poder, el padre de Vicentillo: Ismael el Mayo Zambada.

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Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic

Big Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic
From Vicodin to Heroin

by Eric Braun

Learn how the nation is trying to deal with the opioid crisis and discover practical tips on how to help someone suffering from an addiction.

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Dig

Dig
by A.S. King

Only a generation removed from simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they've declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grandchildren. Now the five teenagers are lost in a tangled maze of family secrets. One of the teens sells pot; one has cancer; all are estranged from the family. As they come together for Easter dinner, will they be able to find their ways back to each other?

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Bottle of Lies

Bottle of Lies
The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

by Katherine Eban

Drawing on exclusive accounts from whistleblowers and regulators, as well as thousands of pages of confidential FDA documents, Eban reveals an industry where fraud is rampant, companies routinely falsify data, and executives circumvent almost every principle of safe manufacturing to minimize cost and maximize profit, confident in their ability to fool inspectors. Meanwhile, patients unwittingly consume medicine with unpredictable and dangerous effects.

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La nueva guerra

La nueva guerra
del Chapo al fentanilo

por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

La guerra contra el narco, la alternancia en los gobiernos de México y Estados Unidos, la captura y extradición de capos, la atomización de cárteles, el surgimiento de nuevos líderes, las fluctuaciones del mercado nacional e internacional y la evolución en el tráfico y consumo de estupefacientes han creado un nuevo México, que atraviesa la mayor crisis de violencia en 80 años.

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Laberinto

Laberinto
por Eduardo Antonio Parra

Esta novela es un brillante artificio literario, un laberinto de ecos y, a la vez, el implacable testimonio de la desolación que la voracidad del narcotráfico ha sembrado en el norte de nuestro país.

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Selection for April 20

Who is Maud Dixon?

Who is Maud Dixon?
by Alexandra Andrews

A stylish psychological thriller about how far into the darkness you're willing to go to claim the life you always wanted.

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The Passenger

The Passenger

Released in 1975, this film explores the temptations and perils of a reporter assuming the identity of a dead man. Set in Africa, it also touches on issues of post-colonial poverty and military conflicts.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person – but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased, but there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year
by Joanna Smith Rakoff

A coming-of-age memoir about an aspiring writer's entry-level job at a fading literary agency where her boss’ main responsibility was the non-business of J.D. Salinger.

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Vanity Fair Profiles of Women

Vanity Fair Profiles
of Women by Women

by Radhika Jones with David Friend

An imminently enjoyable collection of profiles from the 1980s to the present such as Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Cher, Tina Turner, Emily Post and Frida Kahlo. A perfect book for dipping into when something longer and more involved would be too much.

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I Killed Zoe Spanos

I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick

Working as a nanny in the Hamptons before starting college, Anna learns of her weird connection to a missing girl. After she confesses to manslaughter, a podcast producer isn't satisfied. Can her podcast uncover the truth?

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When Life Gives You Mangos

When Life Gives You Mangos
by Kereen Getten

Twelve-year-old Clara lives on an island that visitors call exotic. But the only thing out of the ordinary for Clara is that something happened to her memory that made her forget everything that happened last summer after a hurricane hit. But this summer is going to be different. A new girl in the village is about to make big waves on the island – and give Clara a summer she won't forget.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith

Unusual circumstances transform Tom Ripley from a petty con man into a suave, amoral criminal, who will stop at nothing – even murder – to achieve his goals.

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Selection for April 13

The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans

Driven Out
The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans

by Jean Pfaelzer

Presents the shocking and violent history of ethnic cleansing against Chinese Americans from the Gold Rush era to the turn of the century.

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The White Devil's Daughters

The White Devil's Daughters
The Fight Against Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown

by Julia Flynn Siler

Starting in the mid-19th century, Chinese immigrants arrived in California to participate in the Gold Rush and work on the Transcontinental Railroad. The vast majority were men. A lucrative human trafficking operation developed that smuggled Chinese women and girls to the United States, forcing them to work in brothels or as domestic servants. This is the story of the Occidental Mission Home, established in San Francisco in 1874, that worked to free these women.

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How much of these hills is gold

How much of these hills is gold
by C Pam Zhang

Two orphaned Chinese immigrant siblings flee the threats of their gold rush mining town across an unforgiving landscape where their survival is tested by family secrets, sibling rivalry and disparate goals.

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Paper Son

Paper Son
Lee’s Journey to America

by Helen Foster James and Virginia Shin-Mui Loh; illustrated by Wilson Ong

Twelve-year-old Lee, an orphan, reluctantly leaves his grandparents in China for the long sea voyage to San Francisco, where he and other immigrants undergo examinations at Angel Island Immigration Station.

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The Fortunes

The Fortunes
by Peter Ho Davies

Four interlinked stories examine the Chinese-American experience from the 19th century to the present. Like The Welsh Girl, author Peter Ho Davies’ debut novel, The Fortunes sensitively explores issues of identity and belonging.

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The Poker Bride

The Poker Bride
The First Chinese in the Wild West

by Christopher Corbett

Polly, a young Chinese concubine, accompanied her owner to a mining camp in the highlands of Idaho. After he lost her in a poker game, Polly found her way with her new owner to an isolated ranch on the banks of the Salmon River. As the Gold Rush receded, it took with it the Chinese miners, but left behind Polly, who would make headlines when she emerged from the Idaho hills nearly half a century later to visit a modern city and tell her story.

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Paper Daughters of Chinatown

Paper Daughters of Chinatown
by Heather Moore

Donaldina Cameron arrived at the Occidental Mission Home for Girls in 1895 intending to teach sewing skills to young Chinese women immigrants. She discovers that the job is much more complicated than perfect stitches and even hems. A fictionalized account of the early years of Cameron's work.

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The Chinese in America

The Chinese in America
A narrative history

by Iris Chang

Chang takes a fresh look at what it means to be an American and draws a complex portrait of the many accomplishments of the Chinese in their adopted country, from building the transcontinental railroad to major scientific and technological advances. A saga of human tenacity and a testament to the determination of a people to forge an identity in a strange land.

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The Dragon's Child

The Dragon's Child
A Story of Angel Island

by Laurence Yep

Ten-year-old Gim Lew leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must prepare for a grueling test that he must pass – without stuttering – at California's Angel Island. Includes facts about immigration from China and the experiences of the author’s family.

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club
by Malinda Lo

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. With deportation looming over her father – despite his hard-won citizenship – Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

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Selection for April 6

Wild Women and the Blues

Wild Women and the Blues
by Denny S. Bryce

A historical fiction novel that weaves the stories of a grieving film student in 2015 and an ambitious chorus girl in 1925 in a tale of history, love, and secrets that only family can define.

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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals

by Saidiya V. Hartman

Reconstructs the lives of unknown black female urban rebels from the early 20th Century, everyday women whose existences are hinted at by court records, social workers’ notes, and photographs.

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A Black Women's History of the United States

A Black Women's History of the United States
by Daina Berry Ramey

A compact introduction to the history of black women in America, rooted in everyday heroism and how black women have significantly shaped our nation.

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Struttin' With Some Barbecue

Struttin' With Some Barbecue
Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

by Patricia Hruby Powell

This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz.

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Jazz Owls

Jazz Owls
A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

by Margarita Engle

In early 1940s Los Angeles, Mexican-Americans Marisela and Lorena work in canneries all day, then jitterbug with sailors all night with their zoot suit-wearing younger brother, Ray, as escort until the night racial violence leads to murder.

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The Wicked City

The Wicked City
by Beatriz Williams

Moving into the building that once hid a speakeasy, Ella Hawthorne uncovers the Jazz Age story of a scandalous love triangle involving redheaded flapper Gin Kelly, a rugged Prohibition agent, and a wealthy debonair Princetonian.

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The Given Day

The Given Day
by Dennis Lehane

An unflinching family epic that captures the political unrest of a nation at the end of World War I, caught between a well-patterned past and an unpredictable future.

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1919

1919
by Eve L. Ewing

In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event--which lasted eight days and resulted in 38 deaths and almost 500 injuries – through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city.

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Selection for March 23

Vera

Vera
by Carol Edgarian

A grand adventure set in 1906 San Francisco—a city leveled by quake and fire—featuring an indomitable heroine coming of age in the aftermath of catastrophe and her quest for love and reinvention.

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Outrun the Moon

Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee

Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.

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The Nature of Fragile Things

The Nature of Fragile Things
by Susan Meissner

Moving to early 20th Century San Francisco to escape New York tenement life, an Irish mail-order bride uncovers transformative secrets involving a silent child and two other women before her precarious existence is upended by the great earthquake of 1906.

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A Crack in the Edge of the World

A Crack in the Edge of the World
America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

by Simon Winchester

An exploration of not only what happened in Northern California in 1906, but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.

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How Much of these Hills is Gold

How Much of these Hills is Gold
by Pam Zhang

Two orphaned Chinese immigrant siblings flee the threats of their gold rush mining town across an unforgiving landscape where their survival is tested by family secrets, sibling rivalry and disparate goals.

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San Francisco is Burning

San Francisco is Burning
The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires

by Dennis Smith

Told through the stories of the people who lived through it, Smith reveals many unknown details from the city's great vulnerability to fire due to its corrupt building practices, to the widespread racism the quake unleashed and the atrocities committed by national guard members.

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Hija de la Fortuna

Hija de la Fortuna
por Isabel Allende

Una trama de una saga familiar, ambientada en la mitad del siglo XIX, y que viaja entre Chile y California a causa de la fiebre del oro. Sus personajes viajan entre la narración de Allende, para posarse poco a poco en la retina del lector.

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El terremoto de San Francisco, 1906

El terremoto de San Francisco, 1906
by por Lauren Tarshis

A Leo le gusta ser repartidor de periódicos en San Francisco. Es un lugar en el que todo parece posible. Sin embargo, una mañana de primavera, esto cambia de repente. El mundo de Leo se estremece, literalmente, y el chico se halla solo en medio de la ciudad mientras esta se quema. ¿Podrá Leo sobrevivir este devastador desastre?

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Lily and the Great Quake

Lily and the Great Quake
by Veeda Bybee

Lily is the oldest of three children in her Chinese American family living in San Francisco when the 1906 earthquake hits. Her family survives the quake, but as the city starts to burn Lily and her younger brother are separated from the others and must get to the safety of Oakland and hope that the rest of their family and friends are there waiting for them.

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Selection for March 16

Anne Brigman

Anne Brigman: The Photographer of Enchantment
by Kathleen Pyne

Pyne traces the groundbreaking photographer’s life from Hawaii to the Sierra and elsewhere in California, revealing how her photographs emerged from her experience of local place and cultural politics.

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The Age of Light

The Age of Light
by Whitney Scharer

Inspired by the life of the Vogue model-turned-renowned photographer, Lee Miller relocates to 1929 Paris, where she becomes the muse and colleague of the mercurial Surrealist, Man Ray.

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Through a lens darkly

Through a lens darkly
black photographers and the emergence of a people

A cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens

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Photographic

Photographic:
The Life of Graciela Iturbide

by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

A symbolic, poetic, and deeply personal graphic biography of an iconic photographer. Iturbide's journey will excite readers of all ages as well as budding photographers.

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Group f.64

Group f.64:
Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists who Revolutionized American photography

by Mary Street Alinder

Revolutionary in their day, a group of San Francisco Bay Area photographers formed Group f.64, considered one of the first modern art movements equally defined by women. Local author, Mary Street Adlinder, and former assistant to Ansel Adams, Alinder knew most of the artists featured. Featuring 50 photographs by and of its members: Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Willard Van Dyke and Edward Weston.

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Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz street photographer

In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. Director Charlie Ahearn pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had definition.

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Mary Coin

Mary Coin
by Marisa Silver

An extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that although a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of a life.

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Graciela Iturbide's Mexico

Graciela Iturbide's Mexico: Photographs
by Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide is a photographer known for her black-and-white images of local people in her native country of Mexico. She most often depicts women, believing them to embody independence and sexuality. In 1979 she notably published Juchitán de las Mujeres, a book of photographs which inspired her lifelong support of feminist causes.

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La Fiesta y la Rebelión

La Fiesta y la Rebelión
por Antonio Turok

Antonio Turok nació en 1955 en la Ciudad de México. A los diecisiete años llegó a Chiapas, donde vivió veinticinco años y comenzó su carrera fotográfica. Fue corresponsal en Nicaragua, El Salvador y Guatemala en la década de 1980. Fue el primer fotógrafo en dar cuenta del levantamiento zapatista, y más tarde, en Oaxaca, fotografió el movimiento de la APPO. Estuvo en Nueva York el 11 de septiembre de 2001 y ha tomado imágenes de los mexicanos en Estados Unidos y de la crisis industrial del Medio Oeste.

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Meet Cindy Sherman

Meet Cindy Sherman:
Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Infusing the narrative with Sherman's photographs, as well as children's first impressions of the photographs, this is a biography that goes beyond birth, middle age, and later life. It's a look at how we look at art.

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Selection for March 9

Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

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Exhalation

Exhalation
by Ted Chiang

In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Chiang tackles some of humanity's oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

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Our Robots, Ourselves

Our Robots, Ourselves:
Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

by David Mindell

Mindell offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of robotics today, debunking commonly held myths and exploring the rapidly changing relationships between humans and machines.

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Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me
by Ian McEwan

Presents the story of two lovers in an alternative 1980s London who construct a perfect synthetic human before finding themselves in a morally complex love triangle.

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La ciudad que nos unió

La ciudad que nos unió
por N.K. Jemison

Jemisin, la tres veces ganadora del Premio Hugo a la mejor novela y superventas del New York Times, nos trae La ciudad que nos unió, una historia revolucionaria de cultura, magia y mitos en la Nueva York actual.

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The Innovators

The Innovators:
How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities who created our current digital revolution, such as Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Robert Noyce, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

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The Kingdom

The Kingdom
by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species roam free. Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time ... love. When Ana is accused of murdering Owen, it ignites the trial of the century, uncovering a tale of love, lies, and cruelty – and what it truly means to be human.

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SAM

SAM:
One Robot, a Dozen Engineers, and the Race to Revolutionize the Way We Build

by Jonathan Waldman

A true story of innovation, centered on a scrappy team of engineers and their quest to achieve a surprisingly difficult technological feat: building a robot that can lay bricks. SAM unfolds as an engineering drama, full of trials and setbacks, heated showdowns between meticulous scientists and brash bricklayers, and hard-earned milestone achievements.

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Friendroid

Friendroid
by M. M. Vaughan

Told through journal entries, 12-year-old Danny and his best friend Slick recount how their friendship begins and when they discover Slick’s true identity and ultimate fate.

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Selection for March 3

Between Two Kingdoms

Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

An Emmy Award-winning writer and activist describes the harrowing years she spent in early adulthood fighting leukemia and how she learned to live again while forging connections with other survivors of profound illness and suffering.

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American Road Trip

American Road Trip
by Patrick Flores-Scott

A road trip novel that explores the bonds of family, growing up, living through trauma and recovery.

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Everything Happens for a Reason

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
by Kate Bowler

A divinity professor at Duke University found her life turned upside down in her mid-30s with a diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer. Here, she chronicles her journey from what seemed a death sentence to surviving as a result of the effects of a clinical trial and a stalwart community of friends and family.

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From Scratch

From Scratch
by Tembi Locke

A memoir of grief, love, food and home, narrated by the author in lyrical English and Italian.

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No Time Like the Future

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
by Michael J. Fox

In his fourth book, Fox expresses gratitude for the past and looks to the future with a firm grasp on how to be “both a realist and an optimist.” A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives.

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Halfway Normal

Halfway Normal
by Barbara Dee

Twelve-year-old cancer survivor Norah struggles to fit in at middle school after two years of treatment, but she finds her voice with the help of new friend Griffin, who shares her love of mythology.

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Finding Balance

Finding Balance
by Kati Gardner

Teenage cancer survivors Mari and Jase have flirted for years at Camp Chemo, but when she transfers to his high school their different approaches to their history cause trouble.

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All the Water in the World

All the Water in the World
by Karen Raney

Sixteen-year-old Maddy, who has cancer, grapples with her first romantic relationship, searches for the father she has never met, and tests the limits of her relationship with her mother, all while facing an uncertain future.

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We Own the Sky

We Own the Sky
by Luke Allnutt

When a devastating illness takes his beloved family from him, a man who once believed himself incredibly lucky takes solace in photographing the skyscrapers and cliff tops his son and he once visited before embarking on a powerful journey through forgiveness back to life.

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Selection for February 23

Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

In 1995 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, 7-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

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Maya’s Notebook
by Isabel Allende

To escape a life of drugs, crime and prostitution, 19-year-old Maya Vidal flees California to a remote island off the west coast of Chile.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Ricky is a kid in foster care who lands at a new home, only for tragedy to strike, causing him to head out on his own. But the friends he makes along the way have him discovering what family, identity and home really mean for the first time. A tender and often hilarious story with unforgettable characters.

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Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

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Dominicana

Dominicana
by Angie Cruz

Coral Pena narrates Cruz’ story of Ana’s fraught marriage, migration to the US and her struggles to support and honor her family back home in the Dominican Republic. The story is equal parts coming of age, an exploration of migration and identity, and a meditation on family ties.

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The Path Made Clear

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose
by Oprah Winfrey

Everyone has a purpose. According to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.” That journey starts right here.

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All of Us With Wings

All of Us With Wings
by Michelle Ruiz Keil

Seventeen-year-old Xochi’s life changed when she became governess to precocious 12-year-old Pallas, but the duo unintentionally summons a pair of ancient creatures determined to right the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence.

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For the Time Being

For the Time Being
by Annie Dillard

A compassionate, informative, and enthralling personal narrative that surveys the meaning and significance of life, from Pulitzer-winner Dillard.

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Gabi, Fragmentos de una adolescente

Gabi, Fragmentos de una adolescente

Por Isabel Quintero. Gabi Hernández está en su último año de la preparatoria. Para entretenerse, escribe todo lo que le pasa en su diario: las solicitudes a las universidades, el embarazo de Cindy, cuando Sebastián salió del clóset, los chicos guapos de su clase, la adicción de su padre a la metanfetamina, y toda la comida que se le antoja. Pero lo mejor de todo lo que escribe es la poesía que la ayuda a ser quien es.

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The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen
by Laua Resau

On the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico, an 11-year-old Mixtec boy called Teo lives with his family and the animals that he has healed, but one day a Romany caravan rolls into town with a young girl who calls herself Esma, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning – it is the beginning of a life-long friendship that will change both their lives.

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Selection for February 16

Citizen Reporters

Citizen Reporters by Stephanie Gorton

A fascinating history of the rise and fall of influential Gilded Age magazine McClure’s and the two unlikely outsiders at its helm – and a timely, full-throated defense of investigative journalism in America.

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The Race for Paris

The Race for Paris
by Meg Waite Clayton

Determined to be the first photographer to capture images of Paris’ liberation from the Nazis, Liv defies orders and teams up with a fellow woman reporter and a British photojournalist to race to Paris ahead of Allied forces.

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The Jungle

The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair

As Stephanie Gorton reveals in Citizen Reporters, McClure’s magazine was instrumental in paving the way for reporters to battle corruption and drive change in society. Read another example of groundbreaking investigative journalism with this title in which the horrifying conditions of the Chicago stockyards are revealed through this narrative of a young immigrant’s struggles in America.

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We Say #Never Again

We Say #Never Again: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists
edited by MSD teachers Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner

This collection of essays looks at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the fight for gun control – as told by the student reporters for the school’s newspaper and TV station.

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Creem

Creem: America’s only rock 'n' roll magazine

Capturing the messy upheaval of the ‘70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the documentary explores the publication’s humble beginnings, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later.

(DVD)

In Extremis

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie
by Lindsey Hilsum

American journalist Marie Colvin’s experiences at the front lines of war zones in this inspiring, vivid biography.

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Are You Somebody

Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
by Nuala O’Faolain

O’Faolain, a journalist for the Irish Times, was asked to collect her columns for publication, but the introduction she sat down to write eventually expanded into this beautifully cadenced and moving memoir.

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Ida M. Tarbell

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – and Won!
by Emily Arnold McCully

Tarbell investigated and published works about the Standard Oil Trust for McClure’s Magazine that informed the world of shady business dealings and skyrocketed her into the public eye.

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La Ira de México

La Ira de México: Siete voces contra la impunidad.
por Lydia Cacho, Sergio González Rodríguez, Anabel Hernández, Diego Enrique Osorno, Emiliano Ruiz Parra, Marcela Turati, Juan Villoro

Siete destacados periodistas mexicanos comparten relatos de víctimas de la violencia, corrupción, y violaciones de derechos humanos en México hoy en día. México continua ser uno de los países más peligrosos de ser periodista, y esas voces son feroces e importantes.

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Selection for February 9

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Meet 1920s flapper Lorelei Lee, aka Mabel Minnow from Little Rock, Arkansas. She has it all: a millionaire “benefactor,” a lavish lifestyle, and dazzling good looks. The problem is she may be falling in love with a man who is temporarily married—and permanently poor.

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Flappers

Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation
by Judith Mackrell

A biography of six women who declared their independence during the Jazz Age. British heiresses Diana Cooper and Nancy Cunard, Russian artist Tamara de Lempicka, African-American entertainer Josephine Baker, actress Tallulah Bankhead and aspiring writer Zelda Fitzgerald were daring women who defied expectations about what a woman's life should be.

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

A thoroughly entertaining Australian TV series about an unflappable woman detective solving crimes and righting wrongs in the backrooms of jazz clubs and speakeasies in 1920s Melbourne.

(DVD)

Jazz Moon

Jazz Moon
by Joe Okonkwo

Ben is a Harlem Renaissance poet swept up in the scene and winds up in Paris. This powerful debut novel explores tensions of race and class against the backdrop of the profoundly important cultural scene of the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age Paris.

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The Wicked City

The Wicked City
by Beatriz Williams

Moving into the building that once hid a speakeasy, Ella Hawthorne uncovers the Jazz Age story of a scandalous love triangle involving redheaded flapper Gin Kelly, a rugged Prohibition agent, and a wealthy debonair Princetonian.

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Sex and Vanity

Sex and Vanity
by Kevin Kwan

A more modern perspective on diamonds being a girl’s best friend. When George, the man with whom she had brief fling several years earlier, unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, newly engaged Lucie Churchill is drawn to him again and spins a web of deceit in an attempt to block him from her life – and her heart.

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Flapper: The Notorious Life

Flapper: The Notorious Life and Scandalous Times of the First Thoroughly Modern Woman
by Joshue Zeitz

An entertaining, well-researched and charmingly illustrated dissection of the 1920s flapper, who flouted conventions and epitomized the naughtiness of the Jazz Age as she “bobbed her hair, smoked cigarettes, drank gin, sported short skirts, and passed her evenings in steamy jazz clubs.”

(Print book)

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The audiobook version of this novel, which NPR called a “best book of the year,” sparkles and crackles with the glitter of Jazz Age Mexico City and the power of Mayan gods. Yetta Gotteson narrates this book with careful skill, building out the characters’ force and energy as the story unfolds.

(eAudiobook)

Speak Easy, Speak Love

Speak Easy, Speak Love
by McKelle George

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. It’s a rundown old mansion, where Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement. As Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy, they are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

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The Good Thieves

The Good Thieves
by Katherine Rundell

In 1920s New York City, a young girl with a deformed foot recruits her new friends, a female pickpocket and two circus performers, to help recover an emerald from her grandfather’s mansion in upstate New York after he loses his home to an unscrupulous tycoon.

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Selection for February 2

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for 20 years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.

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Mud and Stars

Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and other Geniuses of the Golden Age
by Sara Wheeler

Russian literature fans will appreciate these nonfiction works on what makes for great writing. A Swim in a Pond analyzes short stories by the greats; Mud and Stars travels around Russia exploring the environment that produced Tolstoy, Gogol, and Turgenev.

(Print book)

A Night in the Cemetery

A Night in the Cemetery: and Other Stories of Crime and Suspense
by Anton Chekhov

Take a deeper dive into Chekhov and Russian literature with this short story collection. Though billed as featuring crime and suspense, the volume has a broad range, including morality tales and stories of both dark and puckish humor.

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Stalin's Scribe

Stalin's Scribe: Literature, Ambition, and Survival: The Life of Mikhail Sholokhov
by Brian Boeck

Sholokhov was an obscure 21-year-old short story writer when he wrote his classic novel, And Quiet Flows the Don. The first two volumes were bestsellers, but in 1930, his editor regarded further installments as insufficiently pro-revolutionary. Sholokhov refused to make changes but agreed to visit Maxim Gorky, the nation's literary idol, to discuss the matter. To his amazement, the meeting included Stalin. Grilled on the controversy, Sholokhov satisfied Stalin, who considered himself a patron of the arts. He not only approved publication, but gave the author his personal secretary's phone number. Like naïve patriots throughout history, Sholokhov considered his ruler blameless but betrayed by evil underlings, and he remained a protégé, producing fawning speeches and writing that he struggled to repress after Stalin's death.

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Aetherial Worlds

Aetherial Worlds: Stories
by by Tatyana Tolstaya

Praised by Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky (1940–96) as “the most original, tactile, luminous voice in Russian prose,” Tolstaya, two decades on, is all that and more in this edgy, brash, slyly surreal, and mordantly funny short story collection, which begins with the sudden awakening of a woman’s literary imagination, an inherited gift.

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

This books guides the reader through Russian history and culture via the keenly observant eyes of a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy. The situations become more absurd and the characters more sympathetic as the story unfolds. Also in Spanish: Un caballero en Moscú.

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Travels in Siberia

Travels in Siberia
by Ian Frazier

Frazier himself narrates his account of his travels around Siberia, discovering the people, foods and history of the vast landscape. Humorous, informative and meditative at times, Frazier is a humble, self-deprecating guide to this land. An excellent road trip audiobook.

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Diario de un joven médico

Diario de un joven médico
by Mikhail Bulgukov

Estas nueve narraciones muestran el nacimiento de la mente de un novelista, y son la materia prima que alimentó el surrealismo de la ficción posterior de Bulgákov.

(Print book)

Foreshadow

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA
edited by Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma

Presents an anthology of 13 short stories by contemporary young adult authors, ranging from fantasy to the experience of Mexican-Americans living in border cities. Each story is followed by an author's note, commentary by one of the editors on such topics as voice, imagery, and mood, and some, with story prompts.

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Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Bookjoy, Wordjoy
by Pat Mora, illustrated by Raul Colon

An inspiring collection of the author's own glorious poems celebrating a love of words and all the ways we use and interact with them: reading, speaking, writing, singing, and storytelling.

(Print book)


Selection for January 26

If I Disappear

If I Disappear

When her favorite true-crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.

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Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Returning to her hometown after a long absence to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.

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A Spy in the Struggle

A Spy in the Struggle

Lawyer Yolanda Vance becomes embroiled in espionage, activism, romance, and—you got it—a mysterious death that needs to be solved. De Leon’s spy thriller focuses on Vance’s rationale for wanting a comfortable life versus coming to terms with her own moral compass when working undercover for the FBI.

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Where They Found Her

Where They Found Her

Struggling with memories over the loss of her own baby while investigating the discovery of an anonymous infant in the woods, journalist Molly Anderson traces a string of unreported assaults spanning 20 years.

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I'll be Gone in the Dark

I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared. Three decades later, true crime journalist Michelle McNamara was determined to find the violent psychopath.

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We Keep the Dead Close

We Keep the Dead Close

Cooper expertly crafts a twisted web of murder, mystery, and misogyny as she researches Harvard student, Jane Britton, whose violent death 50 years earlier continued to fuel the school's rumor mill.

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I Hope You're Listening

I Hope You're Listening

In her small town, 17-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn't taken. Ten years ago, she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them.

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The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Mars Patel’s friend Aurora has disappeared! His teachers are clueless. His mom is stressed out about her jobs. But Mars refuses to give up – after all, his own dad disappeared when Mars was a toddler. The clues seem to point toward eccentric tech genius (and Mars's hero) Oliver Pruitt, whose popular podcast now seems to be commenting on their quest.

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Selection for January 19

The power of Adrienne Rich

The power of Adrienne Rich by Hilary Holladay

The first comprehensive biography of Adrienne Rich, feminist and queer icon and internationally revered National Book Award-winning poet.

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A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun
by Angela Jackson

A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her 100th birthday.

(Print book)

Red Comet

Red Comet: the short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath
by Heather Clark

Focuses on Sylvia Plath's remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.

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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist.

(DVD)

Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive
by Natasha Trethewey

Trethewey's narration makes the audiobook version exceptionally powerful. With penetrating insight and a searing voice, the author explores the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience.

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These Fevered Days

These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson
by Martha Ackmann

Ackmann posits that decisive episodes in Dickinson's life contributed to her evolution as a strikingly singular voice in American poetry.

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With a Star in My Hand

With a Star in My Hand: Ruben Dario, Poetry Hero
by Margarita Engle

A novel in verse about the life and work of Rubén Darío, a Nicaraguan poet who started life as an abandoned child and grew to become the father of a new literary movement.

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A Poet's Revolution

A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov
by Donna Hollenberg

Asserting that the most important “facts” about a poet are her major poems, Hollenberg skillfully interweaves details concerning Levertov's life and works.

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Exquisite

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is known for her poems about “real life.” She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty – showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. This picture book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression.

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Imagina

Imagina
por Juan Felipe Herrera

Cuando Juan Felipe Herrera era niño, recogió flores, ayudó a su mamá a alimentar a los pollitos, durmió bajo el cielo centelleante y aprendió a decirles adiós a sus amiguitos cada vez que su familia seguía el camino campesino. Al crecer, Juan Felipe Herrera se convirtió en poeta. Su hermoso poema, "Imagina" y las sugerentes ilustraciones de Lauren Castillo le hablarán a cada lector y soñador que está buscando su lugar en la vida. ¿Quién podrías llegar a ser? Imagina...

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Selection for January 12

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A laugh-out-loud account of an outrageously rugged hike.

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Dogtripping

Dogtripping
by David Rosenfelt

A hilarious chronicle of moving 25 rescue dogs across the country in an RV and then starting a dog rescue foundation.

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Horizon

Horizon
by Barry Lopez

Distinguished natural history writer and explorer Lopez builds a winning memoir around books, voyages, and biological and anthropological observations.

(Print book)

Wild

Wild
by Cheryl Strayed

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother's death and her own subsequent divorce, the author takes readers with her on the trail, and the transformation she experiences on its course is significant.

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Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
by Qing Li

The world's foremost expert in forest medicine shows how forest bathing can reduce your stress levels, strengthen your immune system, boost your mood, and even help you lose weight and live longer.

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La Cocina del Bosque

La Cocina del Bosque
por Erin Gleeson

Gleeson, desde su casa en Sebastopol, produce el blog "The Forest Feast" donde comparte recetas, fotos y más de su vida en una cabaña en el bosque. Sumérgete en el bosque con este libro delicioso.

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The Secrets we Bury

The Secrets we Bury
by Stacie Ramey

Rather than be placed in a special school for psychologically-challenged students, Dylan, six months from turning 18, sets out on the Appalachian Trail, where he makes surprising connections with other hikers.

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Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer
by Barbara Kingsolver

Looking for fiction about the Appalachian Trail? Enjoy this vividly detailed Appalachian setting, in which wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish city wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud.

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The Hike

The Hike
by Drew Magary

Try this if you like Bryson's hilarious and engaging writing about nature, and also enjoy science fiction.

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The Trail

The Trail
by Meika Hashimoto

Toby and his friend Lucas made a list of things to do the summer before they entered middle school, but now Lucas is gone, and Toby sets out to fulfill the promise he made to his friend, to finish the list by hiking the Appalachian Trail from Velvet Rocks to Mt. Katahdin.

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Selection for January 5

American Catch

American Catch by Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg takes the same skills that won him acclaim in Four Fish to uncover the tragic unraveling of the nation's seafood supply, telling the surprising story of why.

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The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
by Patrik Svensson

Svensson, a Swedish journalist, melds the personal and scientific in this captivating look at the European eel. His book is a highly readable place to begin learning.

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The Marauders

The Marauders
by Tom Cooper

After the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf Coast, the oddballs and lowlifes who live in the sleepy, working-class bayou town of Jeannette will do anything to reverse their fortunes.

(Print book)

Biggest Little Farm

Biggest Little Farm

Filmmaker and novice farmer John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest he and Molly Chester went on when they traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland in the foothills of Ventura County and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.

(DVD)

The Third Plate

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
by Dan Barber

Moving beyond the organic farming and farm-to-table movements, Barber argues for the importance of the whole farm; an integrated, biodynamic system that sustains the richness and diversity of land and sea.

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Goodnight, Texas

Goodnight, Texas
by William J. Cobb

In Goodnight, Texas, people struggle to survive job loss, severe over-fishing, and a looming hurricane. A lyrical, romantic, comic, and redemptive story.

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Tales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City
by Shaun Tan

A collection of illustrated short stories, each one about the relationship of humans and the animals, both wild and domestic, that share the urban environment of the inner city.

(Print book)

The Great Shark Rescue

The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks
by Sandra Markle

Presents the story of whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet. Can volunteers and scientists help save the world's biggest fish before it's too late?

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