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Lock in

Scalzi, John, 1969- author.


Fantastic audiobook! Reminds me a lot of "Ready Player One". Set in the future after a virus sweeps across the planet, rendering a small percentage of the victims unable to move, although fully aware. Technological advances enable these victims of "Lock In" to inhabit "threeps" (robots resembling C-3PO). Lots of funny dialogue and interesting philosophical questions to ponder as the main character, a young, newly-minted FBI agent and victim of Lock In, tries to solve the murder of an innocent young man, the pawn of forces scheming to profit from the epidemic. This book won starred reviews and awards galore.

suggested by Ruth

The art of crash landing : a novel

DeCarlo, Melissa, author.


A "novel about a young woman who travels--penniless, pregnant, and homeless--to her deceased mother's small southern hometown, and becomes embroiled in a local mystery: what forced her mother to flee that town thirty-five years previously?"-- (provided by publisher)

The narrative voice of Mattie is hilarious: "Most people would probably have a hard time totally f***ing up their life in under an an hour. But then again, I'm not most people. I'm amazing. I'm like some kind of f***up savant." (Can you see Kristin Wiig in the movie adaptation?)

Suggested by Ruth

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.


This YA novel has won 27 (!) awards. You just have to read it. I fell in love with the 2 main characters, Dante and Ari, both Mexican American high school boys living in Texas, trying to find their place in American culture. A coming-of-age, coming-out story that will make you cry and laugh, and will break your heart and then patch it together again before you finish the last page. Great dialogue, awesome parents, unique characters.

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God help the child a novel

Morrison, Toni.


Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook version, read by the author Toni Morrison herself. The book's main character, Bride, has exceptionally dark, "blue-black" skin, even though her mother and father's skin is lighter. This causes the father's departure and mother's cruel treatment of the child. Each word in the book is exquisitely chosen, the writing is tight and almost poetic. There is a tenderness, warmth and freshness that radiates from the story, despite the sad & familiar subject. Morrison's voice enhances these qualites with perfect phrasing and intonation; her voice is ear candy. A treasure.

Suggested by Ruth

If You Only Knew

Higgins, Kristan.


This book was on NPR's top picks of 2015. (NPR likes Harlequin?) Yes, it's fabulous. Celebrates the bonds between sisters as both Jenny and Rachel deal with problems in marriage. Jenny's a successful, career-focused woman, while homebody Rachel, mother of two-year-old triplets (!) is a cross between Martha Stewart and Maria Von Trapp. As the book progresses, both begin to hear the voice within that says that their lives matter, that they are strong and can stop being a doormat. This book actually inspired me to set some boundaries and have some long overdue conversations!

Suggested by Ruth

I'll meet you there

Demetrios, Heather, author.


Skylar Evans, seventeen, yearns to escape Creek View by attending art school, but after her mother's job loss puts her dream at risk, a rekindled friendship with Josh, who joined the Marines to get away then lost a leg in Afghanistan, and her job at the Paradise motel lead her to appreciate her home town. This was one of those books I wanted to go on longer so I could keep hanging out with the characters.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

You're never weird on the internet (almost) : A Memoir

Day, Felicia, author narrator.


A funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and queen of the geeks, Felicia Day. She talks about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

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

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The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Brown, Daniel, 1951-

797.123 BROWN

The story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. Well written in narrative form, it was an exhilirating read from the highs of the sports competitions to the devastation of the rise of the Hitler regime.

This title is also available in large-type, audio CD, OverDrive eBook and a young readers adaptation.

Suggested by Marina

Animal, vegetable, miracle [a year of food life]

Kingsolver, Barbara.

CD 641.0973 KINGSOL

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Kingsolver's husband and daughter also contribute to the book and their narration is included for their selections. It's an entertaining and educational exploration of living local.

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

Denton Little's deathdate

Rubin, Lance, 1981- author narrator.


Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle--as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend's hostile sister. (Though he's not totally sure--see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton's long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton's life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers. Rubin makes impending death hilarious and his narration is spot-on.

This title is also available in print and OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Feasting on asphalt : the river run

Brown, Alton, 1962-

641.5 BROWN

He's on the road again. This time, Alton Brown and his motorcycle-mounted crew are off on a thousand-mile, south-to-north journey that follows America's first "superhighway"--the Mississippi. Starting at the great river's delta on the Gulf of Mexico and ending up near its headwaters in Minnesota, Alton and buddies travel the heartland's byways to scout out the very best of roadside food--and to get to know the people who spend their lives preparing and serving it. The book isn't quite equivalent to watching the show but it includes written recipes along with candid shots of the trip.

Suggested by Marina

Growing vegetables west of the Cascades, : the complete guide to organic gardening

Solomon, Steve, 1942- author.

635.0484 SOLOMON

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades evolved from a self-published pamphlet to the master guide to organic vegetable gardening over the past 35 years. Steve Solomon, who founded the Territorial Seed Company, was one of the early proponents of organic gardening, and the first to codify and refine the best practices of small-plot vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest. The approaches to understanding and preparing soils, composting, chemical-free fertilizers, efficient uses of water, and garden planning are universal to any climate or region. Solomon gets specific in his extensive advice on growing specific crops--from tomatoes and beans to kale and turnips--in the gentle maritime Northwest climate. He lays out the principles, but advocates that readers think for themselves and grow their gardens as they see fit.

This title is available in two other print editions.

Suggested by Marina

The chaperone

Moriarty, Laura, 1970-


Accompanying a future famous actress from her Wichita home to New York, chaperone Cora Carlisle shares a life-changing five-week period with her ambitious teenage charge during which she discovers the promise of the 20th century and her own purpose in life. The narrator, Elizabeth McGovern, is divine and is rumored to be starring in a forthcoming film adaptation.

This title is also available in print, large-type, and OverDrive eAudio and eBook formats.

Suggested by Liz

Land of love and drowning

Yanique, Tiphanie.


A major debut from an award-winning writer-an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands. In the early 1900s an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, this is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Wholly unique, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evokes an entire world and way of life and love.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz

Maddie on things : a super serious project about dogs and physics

Humphrey, Theron.

636.753 HUMPHRE

A man, a van, and his dog. This rest you'll just have to see for yourself.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

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A monster calls : a novel

Ness, Patrick, 1971-


Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

This title is also available in audiobook and OverDrive eBook formats.

Suggested by Liz


746.434 CROCHET

Perfect for beginners! The "do and learn" approach used in this book starts folks off simple with the basic stitches. Building on the basics, crocheters are then lead through simple projects such as hats, blankets, and baby clothes.

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Whiskey & Charlie

Smith, Annabel, 1974- author.


Whiskey and Charlie are twins, but they'd tell you two completely different stories about growing up. Whiskey is bold, daring, and carefree. Charlie is not. By the time the twins reach adulthood, they are barely even speaking to each other and when Charlie hears that Whiskey has been in a terrible accident, Charlie can't make sense of it. Who is he without Whiskey?

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz

700 Nimes Road

Opie, Catherine, 1961- photographer.

779 OPIE

This photographic collection of Elizabeth Taylor's home and possessions, create an indirect portrait of the star, and share more about Taylor's life than any traditional photoshoot ever could.

Suggested by Liz

Secondhand souls

Moore, Christopher, 1957-


In this sequel to A Dirty Job, death merchant Charlie Asher is trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall " meat puppet " while waiting for a motley crew of would-be heroes to find him a suitable new body and tackle a thief who is stealing the souls of the dead in San Francisco.

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

Suggested by Liz

The Truth Commission : a novel

Juby, Susan, 1969- author.


As a project for her "creative non-fiction module" at a school for the arts, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the Truth Commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets, while Norm's famous sister reveals some very unsettling truths of her own.

The husband's secret

Moriarty, Liane.


Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women. By the author of What Alice Forgot.

Infandous : a novel

Arnold, Elana K., author.


Seventeen-year-old Sephora, a surfer and artist who loves fairy tales and mythology, struggles with a secret so horrible she cannot speak it aloud, especially not to her beautiful, single mother, although they have always been unusually close.

The distant hours : a novel

Morton, Kate, 1976-


A long-lost letter arriving at its destination fifty years after it was sent lures Edie Burchill to crumbling Milderhurst Castle, home of the three elderly Blythe sisters, where Edie's mother was sent to stay as a teenager during World War II.

Taking the heat

Dahl, Victoria, author.


When her writing career in New York City stalls, Veronica Chandler returns home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she takes a job writing a relationship-advice column, and catches the attention of the town's handsome librarian Gabe MacKenzie.

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