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The American plague : the untold story of yellow fever, the epidemic that shaped our history book The American plague : the untold story of yellow fever, the epidemic that shaped our history
Slave ships brought it to America as far back as 1648-and over the centuries, yellow fever epidemics plagued the United States. Carried along the mighty Mississippi River, it ravaged towns from New Orleans to St. Louis. New York City lost 2,000 lives in one year alone. It even forced the nation's capital to relocate from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. The American Plague reveals the true story of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic-and the four men who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day. Suggested by Jocelyn.

Crosby, Molly Caldwell.
614.541 CROSBY
Curiosity killed the cat sitter book Curiosity killed the cat sitter
With pooper-scooper in hand, smart and sassy Dixie Hemingway--the top amateur sleuth and professional pet sitter in Sarasota, Florida--fearlessly faces schnauzers, greyhounds, tabbies . . . and murder. Suggested by Jocelyn.

Clement, Blaize.
FIC CLEMENT
Coldbrook book Coldbrook
The world as we know it has changed forever. The reason is Coldbrook. The facility lay deep in Appalachian Mountains, a secret laboratory called Coldbrook. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were unleashing. Suggested by Jocelyn.

Lebbon, Tim, author.
FIC LEBBON
Nowhere men. [Volume one, Fates worse than death] book Nowhere men. [Volume one, Fates worse than death]
"SCIENCE IS THE NEW ROCK 'N' ROLL!" So said Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker at the dawn of a new age of enlightenment that ushered in a boom in scientific advancement. As the research supergroup World Corp., they became the most celebrated scientists of all time. They changed the world - and we loved them for it. But where did it all go wrong? And when progress is made at any and all cost, who ultimately pays the price? Suggested by Jocelyn.

Stephenson, Eric, author.
FIC STEPHEN
Two sisters book Two sisters
One family, two sisters, a lifetime of secrets . . . The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been an outsider. Short, dark-haired, and round, she worships her beautiful blond sister, Pia, and envies the close bond she shares with their mother, Lidia. Growing up in their shadow, Muriel believes that if she keeps all their secrets--and she knows plenty, outsiders always do--they will love her, too. But that was a long time ago. Now an adult, Muriel has accepted the disappointments in her life. With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, she never will measure up to Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. Muriel would like nothing better than to avoid her judgmental family altogether. One thing she does quite well. Until the day Pia shows up to visit and share devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell--a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways. Two Sisters is a powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters--opposites in every way--as well as their mother and the secrets and lies that define them all. Suggested by Jocelyn.

Hogan, Mary, 1957-, author.
FIC HOGAN
Unlikely loves : 43 heartwarming stories from the animal kingdom book Unlikely loves : 43 heartwarming stories from the animal kingdom
Unlikely Loves is a celebration of love between species. Here are stories of parental love, like the Dalmatian who mothers a newborn lamb—a lamb that just happens to be white with black spots! Stories of playful love, including the fox and the hound who become inseparable. And stories of orphaned animals who have found family-like ties in unexpected combinations, like the elephant who’s bonded with sea lions, goats, and other animals in her walks around the Oregon Zoo.

Suggested by Becky

Holland, Jennifer S.
591.5 HOLLAND

Shake book Shake
Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one beguiling dogs caught in the most candid of moments: mid-shake. Man's best friend is caught in contortion: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way.

Suggested by Becky

Davidson, Carli, photographer.
636.7 DAVIDSO

The best of all possible worlds : a novel book The best of all possible worlds : a novel
A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies and a force that transcends all.

Suggested by Becky

Lord, Karen, 1968-
FIC LORD

Across a star-swept sea Teen Book Across a star-swept sea
Sixteen-year-old Persis Blake struggles to balance her life as a socialite and a secret spy in a future where Regs, or regular people, have power over the Reduced--those genetically engineered or drugged into physical and mental impairments. In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

Suggested by Becky

Peterfreund, Diana.
TEEN PETERFR

Mara book Mara
Acclaimed creator Brian Wood and newcomer Ming Doyle bring you Mara, the story of an especially gifted woman in a sports- and war-obsessed future. When she starts manifesting strange superpowers, the world that once embraced her turns against her, and for this young woman who once had it all, it's almost too much to bear

Suggested by Becky

Wood, Brian, 1972- author.
FIC WOOD

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