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Wickedly dangerous

Blake, Deborah, 1960-


Posing as an herbalist and researcher, Barbara Yager travels the country with her sometimes faithful dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as Baba Yaga and avoiding human attachments--until she meets a charming sheriff.

Also available as an Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

My real children

Walton, Jo.


It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know-what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War, those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not?

Also available as an Overdrive ebook

Suggested by Becky

The house of owls

Angell, Tony, author.

598.9709 ANGELL

For a quarter of a century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside the window of their forest home. The journals in which the author recorded his observations, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book—a personal account of an artist-naturalist’s life with owls. Angell’s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do—hunting, courting, raising families, and exercising their inquisitive natures—and reveal his immeasurable respect for their secret lives and daunting challenges.

Also available as an eaudio and an Overdrive ebook

Suggested by Becky

Painted horses

Brooks, Malcolm (Novelist), author.


Catherine Lemay, a young archaeologist surveying a Montana canyon in the 1950s ahead of the planned construction of a major dam, meets a former mounted cavalryman who shows her the beauty in the stark landscape around her.

Also available as a talking book and in eaudio.

Suggested by Becky

Just so happens

Obata, Fumio, author, illustrator.


Yumiko was born in Japan but has made a life in London, losing herself in its cosmopolitan bustle. She has a gallery show of her art, a good job, and a good guy she plans to marry. The culture she grew up in seems very far away—until her brother phones with the news that their father has died.

Suggested by Becky


Laybourne, Emmy.


The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv's invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli--the hottest guy ever!--and she's too sick to even try the sweetener. And that's before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

This title is also available in 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina

The Martian : a novel

Weir, Andy.


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

This title is also available in print, audio CD, 3M eBook and in Spanish.

Suggested by Marina

I like you : hospitality under the influence

Sedaris, Amy.


Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soirée for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving. Readers will discover unique dishes to serve alcoholics (Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce), the secret to a successful children's party (a half-hour time limit, games included), plus an appendix of arts and crafts ideas (a mini pantyhose plant-hanger), and much more.

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

Suggested by Marina

Amy & Roger's epic detour

Matson, Morgan.


After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Seabiscuit : an American legend

Hillenbrand, Laura.


Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

This book is also available in OverDrive and 3M eBooks.

Suggested by Marina

The guinea pig diaries [my life as an experiment]

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-

CD 814.54 JAC8743

In The Guinea Pig Diaries, Jacobs goes undercover as a beautiful woman. He outsources everything in his life to India, from answering his emails to arguing with his wife. He spends two months saying whatever is on his mind. He lives like George Washington. Plus several other life-changing experiments-one of which involves public nudity.

This title is also available in regular and large type.

Suggested by Marina

Caramelo : or pure cuento : a novel

Cisneros, Sandra.


a multi-generational story of a Mexican-American family on an annual car trip caravan, overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrels, from Chicago to "the other side": Mexico City. Family history is woven into the story, featuring a grandmother descended from a family of renowned rebozo makers, secretive aunts and uncles and irrepressible Lala, whose voice tells the story, separating the truth from the "healthy lies" that have ricocheted from one generation to the next.

Suggested by Jane

The housekeeper and the professor

Ogawa, Yōko, 1962-


When a shy, single mother is engaged to assist an aging mathematical genius who has suffered an accident that renders him incapable of remembering anything for more than eighty minutes, she finds an unexpected ally in helping to raise her young son and a teacher who inspires her to have better expectations for herself. An intricate story from Japan exploring math, baseball, memory, and relationships.

Suggested by Jane

Eating up the West Coast : the best road trips, restaurants, and recipes from California to Washington

Binns, Brigit Legere, author.

641.5978 BINNS

Sunset Magazine blogger Brigit Binns takes readers on a mouthwatering tour of scenic highways and back roads of the Pacific coast, mapping out road trips in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Local attractions, eateries, dives, and cafes are suggested for each region, accompanied by more than 125 recipes. Use this guide as an inspiration for your next trip or create a culinary journey in your kitchen.

Suggested by Jane

Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory

Doughty, Caitlin, author.

363.7509 DOUGHTY

The blogger behind the popular Web series "Ask a Mortician" describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin Doughty navigates the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Suggested by Jane

The kept : a novel

Scott, James, 1977 February 3- author.


After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, twelve-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible for shattering their family.

Suggested by Jane

Under the wide and starry sky : a novel

Horan, Nancy.


Local author, Nancy Horan, of "Loving Frank" fame, turns her talents to the unconventional love affair between Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They first meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny has run away from her philandering Californian husband in the hopes of pursuing an artistic life and the much younger Stevenson is escaping family pressure to become a lawyer. So begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world. An engaging historical read to entertain you on crisp Autumn evenings.

Suggested by Jane

Duct tape : 101 adventurous ideas for art, jewelry, flowers, wallets, and more

Davis, Forest Walker.

745.59 DAVIS

A collection of fun and fanciful duct tape projects that will inspire creativity in even the most reluctant crafters.

Suggested by Jane

Colorful crochet lace : 22 chic garments & accessories

Hall, Mary Jane. author.

746.434 HALL

Colorful, modern designs that will make you rethink the concept of "crocheted lace" as being something old-fashioned.

Suggested by Jane

Comfort me with apples : more adventures at the table

Reichl, Ruth.


In this sequel to "Tender at the Bone", Ruth Reichl serves up more tales of love, life, and marvelous meals. "Comfort Me with Apples" picks up Reichl's story in 1978, when she embarks on her career as a restaurant critic. Her pursuit of good food and good company leads her to New York, China, France and Los Angeles, and her stories of cooking and dining with world-famous chefs range from the madcap to the sublime.

Suggested by Jane

The fishing fleet : husband-hunting in the Raj

De Courcy, Anne, author.

305.4095 DE COUR

Fascinating and entertaining true stories of the young Victorian women on the hunt for husbands among the businessmen and bureaucrats in the Raj during the colonial period.

Suggested by Jane

We are not ourselves

Thomas, Matthew, 1975-


When Eileen meets Ed Leary, an educated scientist, she thinks she's found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. Once married, she quickly discovers Ed doesn't aspire to her ever bigger American Dream. Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper shift - early onset Alzheimer's. Eileen, Ed and their son, Connell, try to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known and preserve an idea they have cherished of the future.

Suggested by Jane

Only in Spain : a foot-stomping, firecracker of a memoir about food, Flamenco, and falling in love

Bennett, Nellie.


A peek at Spanish culture and the inner world of flamenco dance training, this thoroughly enjoyable memoir of an Australian girl who fell in love with flamenco, Sevilla, Madrid and enigmatic Spanish men will leave you wanting to run away to sunnier, more romantic lands.

Suggested by Jane

The viscount who loved me

Quinn, Julia.


When notorious rake Anthony Bridgerton announces that he has chosen a prospective bride, he faces unexpected opposition when his intended's meddlesome sister Kate decides to protect her innocent sister from the wicked aristocrat.

Suggested by Jackie

Shutter. Volume one, Wanderlost

Keatinge, Joe.


"Kate Kristopher was a globally renowned explorer on an Earth far more fantastic than our own. Then she wasn't. Ten years later, a family secret shatters the quiet life she built, forcing her back into the role of adventurer in a world that's both marvelous...and frightening."

Suggested by Jackie

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