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Shaman

Robinson, Kim Stanley.

FIC ROBINSO

"A saga of life thirty thousand years ago during the Ice Age depicts the lives of the shaman Thorn, an outsider named Elga, and Loon, the next shaman, who is struggling to find his own path in a treacherous and uncertain world." (--Syndetics Solutions)

Listened to this on downloadable audio because it's an Audie Award Finalist for 2014. Great narration, wonderfully immersive escape to a completely different way of life.

Suggested by Ruth


Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead

Sandberg, Sheryl.

658.4092 SANDBER

In "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg -- Facebook COO and one of "Fortune" magazine's most powerful women in business -- looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.

Suggested by Ruth


Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything

Ehrenreich, Barbara.

BIO EHRENRE EHRENRE

"In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." Certain to be a classic, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement"--

Suggested by Ruth


My crochet doll : a fabulous crochet doll pattern with over 50 cute crochet doll's clothes and accessories

Kessedjian, Isabelle, author.

745.5922 KESSEDJ

Instagram sensation Isabelle Kessedjian has created this adorable doll with her own very stylish wardrobe in crochet! Using Isabelle's easy patterns discover how to crochet your doll and then personalize her with your choice of hair, clothing and accessories for home and abroad. Each project is presented as a mini story to bring your crochet doll to life with a whole heap of extras to complete each scene, including: At the Beach with a bucket, paddling pool and air bed, Good Night! with bed linen, a pillow and cuddly teddy for sweet dreams! At the North Pole with a camera, penguin and a fish! The cute mini suitcase pattern is perfect for storing all your doll's belongings and doubles up as a bed too! Create the doll of your dreams for a little girl you love or the little girl inside!

Suggested by Ruth


Lucky us : a novel

Bloom, Amy, 1953-

FIC BLOOM

Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-twentieth-century Long Island.

Suggested by Ruth


The boy who killed demons : a novel

Zeltserman, Dave, 1959- author.

FIC ZELTSER

"My name's Henry Dudlow. I'm fifteen and a half. And I'm cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons." So begins the latest novel by horror master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, Massachusetts, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow's 13th birthday, when his neighbor, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look . . . different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon.

Suggested by Ruth


As you wish : inconceivable tales from the making of the Princess Bride

Elwes, Cary, 1962- author, narrator.

CD 791.4372 ELWES

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with co-stars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

This title is also available in print, ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz


The homesman

Swarthout, Glendon, 1918-1992.

FIC SWARTHO

Devastating tale of four women who go mad after an isolating winter in the American West. It is up to the unlikely combination of homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy and ne'er-do-well Briggs to escort them east to safety.

Recently made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

Suggested by Liz


Paddle your own canoe : one man's fundamentals for delicious living

Offerman, Nick, 1970-

BIO OFFERMA OFFERMA

The actor known for roles in such productions as Parks and Recreation shares whimsical musings on a range of topics from love and manliness to grooming and eating meat, offering additional discussions of his life before fame and his courtship of his wife, Megan Mullally.

This title is also available in ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz


Texts from Jane Eyre : and other conversations with your favorite literary characters

Ortberg, Mallory.

818.602 ORTBERG

A whimsical collection of text conversations in the styles of favorite literary characters imagines what Scarlett O'Hara might say to tempt Ashley away from Melanie, Mr. Rochester's passionate all-cap missives to Jane Eyre, and Daisy Buchanan's orders while driving.

Suggested by Liz


How to build a girl

Moran, Caitlin, 1975- author.

FIC MORAN

After she shames herself on local television, Johanna Morgan reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde-- a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero-- until two years later, while eviscerating bands as a music critic, she realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw.

This title is also available in ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz


The complete book of retro crafts : collecting, displaying & making crafts of the past

Millions, Suzie, 1958-

745.5 MILLION

Baby boomers feeling nostalgic, hipsters longing for the handmade, and anyone interested in going retro can stop right here! Forty retro-inspired projects run the gamut from glitter frames and matchbox purses to bottlecap men and teacup ladies. And don't forget the Reinbeer!

Suggested by Liz


PetCam : the world through the lens of our four-legged friends

Keeney, Chris.

778.932 KEENEY

Ever wonder what your cat does all day? Or what the world looks like from a chicken's perspective? PetCam provides the answers!

Suggested by Liz


Zeitoun

Eggers, Dave.

CD 976.335 EGG5279

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family's unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. With this natural disaster just 10 years in the past the story is still very current with rebuilding still in progress in New Orleans. Heartstrings will be pulled and emotions will rise in this tense tale of survival.

This title is also available as an ebook.

Suggested by Marina


Columbine

Cullen, David, 1961-

CD 373.7888 CUL5319

Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, "Columbine" is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history. A superbly narrated audio book. The research involved and the information imparted will definitely stay with you long after you finish.

This title is also available in print, ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Marina


Milk cow kitchen :

Butters, MaryJane, 1953-

636.2142 BUTTERS

MaryJane Butters wants YOU to have a cow -- that "pet" cow you've always dreamed about. You know, that gorgeous beau-vine you've seen grazing outside your "cow"girl kitchen window. Of course, you've wondered what it would feel like to bring a bucket of fresh milk into your kitchen and turn it into butter, your own yogurt, sour cream, and artisan cheeses like Manchego and Brie. One part milk cow how-to, one part cookbook, and three parts play! Plenty of photographs illustrate a comprehensive and entertaining guide to owning a dairy cow. A fun read for the serious or simply curious cow girl in all of us.

Suggested by Marina


The Scorpio Races

Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-

TEEN STIEFVA

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. A unique fantasy tale from a fairly obscure folk story. For readers that enjoy folk-tale retellings.

This title is also available in audio CD, ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Marina


The lost

Durst, Sarah Beth, author.

FIC DURST

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing--and what she's running from--before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found... The story was different and interesting and ended in a cliffhanger. The worst part being the publishing deal fell through and the next two books have no expected publication date. But the initial story will still please those interested in the light-ish side of dystopian novels.

This title is also available as an ebook.

Suggested by Marina


The know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-

031 JACOBS

33,000 pages 44 million words 10 billion years of history 1 obsessed man Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z. To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. For readers that want to become smarter and have a laugh or two along the way.

This title is also available as an audio CD and eaudio.

Suggested by Marina


Beach house happy : the joy of living by the water

Van der Meer, Antonia, author.

747.8872 VAN DER

Explore ideas and furnishings that will inspire you to create your personal variation of beach house happy in Puget Sound.

Suggested by Jane


The children's crusade : a novel

Packer, Ann, 1959- author.

FIC PACKER

Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill Blair buys a piece of property near San Francisco on a whim in 1954. He falls in love, marries, builds a house and has four children, intending to make his dreams of the perfect family become a reality, but things don't go as planned. Penny, his wife, yearns for independence and begins to pull away from her husband and children, pursuing an artistic life. Her choices take a toll on the kids, creating a caustic family dynamic that shapes their lives and the decisions they must make thirty years later. Ann Packer paints a stark, realistic portrait of a family and the art of healing broken relationships.

Suggested by Jane


City beasts : fourteen stories of uninvited wildlife

Kurlansky, Mark, author.

FIC KURLANS

Mark Kurlansky journeys to familiar haunts like New York's Central Park or Miami's Little Havana with an original, earthy, and adventurous perspective. From baseball players in the Dominican Republic, Basque separatists in Spain, or a restaurant owner in Cuba to urban coyotes and a murder of crows, Kurlansky travels the worlds of animals and their human counterparts, revealing moving and hilarious truths about our connected existence through short stories while illustrating how closely our worlds align and how susceptible humans are to their basest instincts, wildest dreams, and survival.

Suggested by Jane


The Antarctic book of cooking and cleaning : a polar journey

Trusler, Wendy, 1962-, author.

919.8904 TRUSLER

A visually intriguing travelogue that chronicles the first civilian environmental cleanup expedition in Antarctica. This is an engaging story told through anecdotes, journal entries, vignettes, recipes, and archival and contemporary photography produced by the members of the project.

Suggested by Jane


Prudence

Carriger, Gail, author.

FIC CARRIGE

Twenty-year-old Prudence "Rue" Akeldama and her friends journey to India in a dirigible in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into dangerous shape-changers, intrigue, and local politics. This first title in a new spin-off series by Gail Carriger is a fun and whimsical continuation of the steampunk world and characters introduced in the "Parasol Protectorate" series.

Suggested by Jane


Inside the O'Briens : a novel

Genova, Lisa, author.

FIC GENOVA

Patrol officer Joe O'Brien is a tough Boston cop who loves his wife and four adult kids. Joe is in the prime of his life when he is diagnosed with Huntington's disease. As his symptoms worsen and he is stripped of his badge, losing his independence and dignity, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose. Worse, he has to watch as his children struggle with their new relationships with their father while they each make decisions about genetic testing, finding the courage to either live a life "at risk" or learn their fate.

Suggested by Jane


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