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The bridge tender : a Sunset Beach novel book The bridge tender : a Sunset Beach novel
Emily Shaw is a young widow whose late husband left her a surprise gift--an insurance policy that will make their dream of owning a home in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, a reality. Emily, believing she has lost the one great love of her life, is reluctant to pursue this dream by herself. Emily's best friend finally convinces her to take the leap and find her dream home. While in Sunset Beach, Emily begins to make friends with some of the locals, including a widow, a troubled teen, and the bridge tender who turns out to be a once-popular movie star on whom Emily had a teenage crush. Meanwhile the townspeople are divided in an argument over replacing the old bridge. The losses Emily and the bridge tender share are different, but together they just might be able to lead each other to healing. In the midst of their newfound friendship, will Emily allow her broken heart to love again?

Suggested by Amy

Whalen, Marybeth.
FIC WHALEN

What Nora knew book What Nora knew
Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family's Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly's been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year-old chiropractor. He's comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance 'in the style of Nora Ephron,' she flunks out big-time. She can't recognize romance. And she can't recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron's romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel.

Suggested by Amy

Yellin, Linda.
FIC YELLIN

David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants book David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

Suggested by Amy

Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
155.24 GLADWEL

The loveliest chocolate shop in Paris book The loveliest chocolate shop in Paris
It's true that Anna Trent is a supervisor in a chocolate factory...but that doesn't necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. And when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at Paris's elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud. After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna's new boss creates. But with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna might learn that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for.

Suggested by Amy

Colgan, Jenny.
FIC COLGAN

A captain's duty : Somali pirates, Navy SEALS, and dangerous days at sea book A captain's duty : Somali pirates, Navy SEALS, and dangerous days at sea
Tells the dramatic life-and-death tale of the Vermont native who, in April of 2008, was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores.

Suggested by Amy

Phillips, Richard, 1955-
364.164 PHILLIP

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
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