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Girl walks into a bar-- : comedy calamities, dating disasters, and a midlife miracle

Dratch, Rachel.


The former Saturday Night Live comedienne recounts her midlife career slump, long-distance relationship, and unplanned motherhood, which culminated in uproarious childcare activities and the bewilderment of friends and family members.

This title is also available in OverDrive eAudio and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Heroes are my weakness

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth, author.


A down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows finds herself trapped on a remote island off the coast of Maine with a sexy horror novelist who knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. The formula of Phillips' novels--quirky heroine meets up with brooding/reclusive/seemingly-emotionally-distant hero and quippy banter follows--feels as fresh and fun as the first one and always entertains.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eAudio and OverDrive and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina

The start of me and you

Lord, Emery, author.


Paige Hancock starts junior year with a list of ways to take back her life, rather than spending another year as "The Girl Whose Boyfriend Drowned," and finding out that Ryan Chase, her long-term crush, is available again might be the key. This book is full of realistic characters and friendships plus a really neat teacher.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Egg & spoon : a novel

Maguire, Gregory, author.


In 1905 czarist Russia, an impoverished country girl Elena and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga. This one was of interest to me after growing up hearing these similar tales but would also be of interest to somebody looking to step away from the typical fairy tale story.

This title is also available in audio CD and OverDrive and 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina


Hendrix, Grady, author.


Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds--clearly someone, or something, is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift and encounter horrors that defy imagination. With dark humor and a gradually building sense of horror the audio provides a tension that creeps up on you. Your next trip to IKEA will definitely be different.

This title is also available in print, OverDrive eAudio and OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Traffic : why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us)

Vanderbilt, Tom.

629.283 VANDERB

Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the everyday activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological, and technical factors that explain how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving says about us. Even though it's a bit on the dated side a lot of the statistics are from Washington state so it will be of interest to anybody that drives around here.

This title is also available in OverDive eBook and OverDrive eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

The sculptor

McCloud, Scott, 1960- author.


David Smith is giving his life for his art--literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier.

Suggested by Becky

Monster. Volume 1

Urasawa, Naoki, 1960- author.


Kenzo Tenma, surgeon, could not have known that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples' lives would result in the birth of an abomination. The questions of good and evil now take on a terrifyingly real dimension. Years later, in Germany during the tumultuous post-reunification period, middle-aged childless couples are being killed one after another. Tenma is the suspect but he knows the real killer. Tenma sets out on a journey to find the killer's twin sister, who may hold some clues to solving the enigma of the "Monster." This is a reissue of a major manga series with a larger format and some colored illustrations.

Suggested by Becky

Cat out of hell

Truss, Lynne.


Alec Charlesworth, a librarian suddenly facing the loss of his job, the death of his wife, and his sister's disappearance, hears a shocking tale of dark forces from his sister's cat, Roger, who is the only witness to what happened to her. By the author of Eats, shoots, and leaves.

Also available as 3m and Overdrive ebooks

Suggested by Becky

Our souls at night

Haruf, Kent, author.


In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness. They are soon exchanging the confidences and memories of lives now empty of family, and their hopes for the imminent future. This is the final novel by Haruf.

Also available in audiobook, large print, 3m and overdrive ebooks.

Suggested by Becky

In falling snow : a novel

MacColl, Mary-Rose, 1961-


Traveling to France during World War I to bring home her fifteen-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist, Iris, a young Australian nurse, decides to stay in Paris to help establish a field hospital staffed entirely by women.

Also available as Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

Symphony for the city of the dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad

Anderson, M. T., author.


An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.

Suggested by Danielle

The trouble in me

Gantos, Jack, author.


"Fourteen-year-old Jack falls under the spell of a delinquent Florida neighbor and gets way more trouble than he bargained for"--

Suggested by Danielle

Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Brown, Don, 1949- author.

TEEN 363.3492 BROWN

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Suggested by Danielle

Still writing : the pleasures and perils of a creative life

Shapiro, Dani.

808.02 SHAPIRO

Examines the process of creative writing and storytelling through the author's personal stories and experiences of living a writer's life and offers lessons and insights to aspiring authors.

Suggested by Danielle

The reluctant journal of Henry K. Larsen

Nielsen-Fernlund, Susin, 1964-


When thirteen-year-old Henry and his family move to the city to leave behind a secret tragedy, Henry finds a journal is his best friend.

Suggested by Danielle

We were liars

Lockhart, E.


Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Written for teens, the haunting and heartbreaking novel will appeal to adults as well.

This title is also available in audiobook, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Hooper, Emma, author.


Otto wakes to a note: "Otto, I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. Don’t worry, I’ve left you the truck. I can walk. I will try to remember to come back." This begins 82-year-old Etta's 3,200 kilometer journey across Canada. Past and present day are interwoven seamlessly in this tale of love, loyalty, and time.

This title is also available in 3M eBook and OverDrive eBook formats.

Suggested by Liz

Find Momo coast to coast : my dog is taking a road trip : can you find him? : another hide-and-seek photography book

Knapp, Andrew, 1982- photographer, author.

793.73 KNAPP

Travel across the United States and Canada, visiting iconic landmarks and unique off-the-map marvels. Look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, and in the French Quarter of New Orleans . . . as well as at diners, bookstores, museums, and other locales that only a seasoned road-tripper like Andrew could find. It's part game, part photography book, and a whole lot of fun. Dog-lovers will fall more and more in love with Momo with every turn of the page!

Suggested by Liz

Gumption [relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers]

Offerman, Nick, 1970-

CD 973.002 OFFERMA

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure. Now with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-five figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day; Nick's personal pantheon of 'great Americans.' Smart, funny, and thought-provoking, you'll finished inspired to find your own gumption...Use it wisely. Read by the author.

This title is also available in print, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Calling Dr. Laura : a graphic memoir

Georges, Nicole J.


Nicole Georges' father dies when she was two. At least, that is what her family told her. Twenty years later, palm reader tells her differently driving Nicole to seek the truth behind the family secrets and deal with one big secret of her own.

Suggested by Liz

Baked occasions : desserts for leisure activities, holidays, and informal celebrations

Lewis, Matt, author.

641.86 LEWIS

Lewis and Paliafito celebrate a year in desserts. You'll have everything you need to create a wide range of sweet treats for quirky festivities and traditional holidays all year round. Personally, I am looking forward to the chocolate rice crispy "cake" with homemade marshmallow "icing" the most!

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz


King, Stephen, 1947-


Set in a small town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Narrator Michael Kelly effectively draws you into Devin's world of mystery, romance, and murder.

This title is also available in print, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Marriage : illustrated with crappy pictures

Dusick, Amber, author.

818.602 DUSICK

From the author of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures comes a book on a topic that will never cease to prove that human behavior is utterly perplexing: MARRIAGE. From minor pet peeves (leftover toothpaste globs in the sink: why?) to an inability to put dirty clothes into the laundry basket, and instead drop them on the floor RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAUNDRY BASKET, all will be able relate to this love letter to spouses. Weird, annoying, and perfect (simultaneously!) spouses.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz

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