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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


The paper playhouse : awesome art projects for kids using paper, boxes, and books

Rodabaugh, Katrina, author.

745.54 RODABAU

With simple techniques and recycled objects easily found at home, work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination to create modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes, masks, a classic lemonade stand and more. Fun and accessible art for the entire family!

Suggested by Jane


The vacationers

Straub, Emma, author.

FIC STRAUB

Franny and Jim invite their grown children and best friends to share a vacation house for two weeks in Mallorca. Over fabulous food, days at the beach, Spanish lessons and languid laps in the pool, the vacationers confront hurtful secrets and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they would rather conceal. A true vacation read.

Suggested by Jane


What Katie ate : on the weekend--

Davies, Katie Quinn.

641.5 DAVIES

A collection of recipes inspired by the author's travels all over the world, along with stories from her own dinner parties and Sunday brunches. Great ideas for a summer of entertaining and delicious meals with friends.

Suggested by Jane


The Boston girl : a novel

Diamant, Anita, author.

FIC DIAMANT

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today?" Addie relates what it was like to grow up in Boston as a young Jewish immigrant in the early 1900's with conservative parents at the advent of short skirts, movies, and new opportunities for women in the workforce. Though fictional, this book reads like a memoir that you won't want to put down.

Suggested by Jane


A dangerous place : a novel

Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955- author.

FIC WINSPEA

Maisie Dobbs is at it again! Jumping a few years into the future since the last installment of this series, Maisie arrives in turbulent 1937 Gibraltar in the aftermath of a tragedy and raises the British Secret Service's suspicions through her involvement in the murder of a Sephardic Jewish photographer.

Suggested by Jane


Scarlett undercover

Latham, Jennifer.

TEEN LATHAM

"Scarlett, a sixteen-year-old private detective in the fictional city of Las Almas, finds herself at the center of a mysterious case--involving ancient curses, priceless artifacts, and jinn--as she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks"--


Lumberjanes. 1, Beware the kitten holy

Stevenson, Noelle, author.

J STEVENS

"Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what's not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!" --


My notorious life [a novel]

Manning, Kate.

CD FIC MANNING

An evocative tale based on the life of a controversial Victorian New York City midwife features plucky orphan Axie Muldoon, who recounts her apprenticeship and establishment of a thriving practice that is threatened by a censorious zealot.


Ancillary justice

Leckie, Ann.

FIC LECKIE

Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control of a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions.


The Girls at the Kingfisher Club : a novel

Valentine, Genevieve.

FIC VALENTI

This reimagining of the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" traces the story of a family of flappers who work in a 1920s speakeasy until their suspicious father decides to marry them off, prompting a confrontation with a bootlegger from the eldest sister's past.


The last policeman

Winters, Ben H.

FIC WINTERS

When the Earth is doomed by an imminent and unavoidable asteroid collision, New Hampshire homicide detective Hank Palace considers the worth of his job in a world destined to end in six months and investigates a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.


Wolf in white van

Darnielle, John.

FIC DARNIEL

Isolated by a disfiguring injury, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian-- a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail-- Sean guides players from around the world. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it.


Lois Lane : fallout

Bond, Gwenda, author.

TEEN BOND

Lois Lane is the new girl at East Metropolis High, and her instinct to ask questions brings her and her online friend, Smallville Guy, into conflict with some bullying video gamers called the Warheads, who are being used in a dangerous virtual reality experiment.


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