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San Miguel book San Miguel
The lives of three women on turn-of-the-20th-century San Miguel are shaped by ambition and circumstance, including the wife of a Civil War veteran who hopes to recover her health, her rebellious aspiring actress daughter and a librarian who wonders if the island's peace will endure in the face of looming war.

Suggested by Jane

Boyle, T. Coraghessan.

Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man book Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man
From the author who gave us "Cod," "Salt," and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

Suggested by Jane

Kurlansky, Mark.

The bones of Paris : a novel of suspense book The bones of Paris : a novel of suspense
Paris, France: September 1929. Private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, on the hunt for a missing twenty-two year old woman from Boston, must descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer hiding in the Theatre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre.

Suggested by Jane

King, Laurie R.

The scrapbook of Frankie Pratt : a novel in pictures book The scrapbook of Frankie Pratt : a novel in pictures
For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father's old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie's dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau. Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love.

Suggested by Jane

Preston, Caroline.

The dinner : a novel book The dinner : a novel
It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse--the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates.

Suggested by Jane

Koch, Herman, 1953-

Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities book Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities
Choose your poison... Explore venomous plants, A to Z, in this gem of a book. Case histories, botanical information and menacing illustrations will compel you to take a new interest in the plants growing in your own back yard.

Suggested by Jane

Stewart, Amy.
581.65 STEWART

My beloved Brontosaurus : on the road with old bones, new science, and our favorite dinosaurs book My beloved Brontosaurus : on the road with old bones, new science, and our favorite dinosaurs
Paleontology meets pop culture in an author's journey into the lives of dinosaurs. Switek explores his lifelong obsession with dinosaurs, uncovering new facts while mourning the discovery that his childhood favorite, the Brontosaurus, never existed. An engaging read for dinosaur fanatics and scientifically curious minds.

Suggested by Jane

Switek, Brian.
567.9138 SWITEK

Friend me : a novel of suspense book Friend me : a novel of suspense
Scott and Rachel's marriage is on the brink of disaster. Scott, a businessman with a high-pressure job, just wants Rachel to understand him and accept his flaws. Rachel is a lonely housewife, desperate for attention and friendship. So she decides to create a virtual friend online, unaware that Scott is doing the exact same thing. But neither realizes that there's a much larger problem looming. . . . Behind both of their online creations is Melissa, a woman who is brilliant- and totally insane. Masquerading as both friend and lover, Melissa programmed a search parameter into the Virtual Friend Me software to find her perfect man, but along the way she forgot to specify his marriage status. And Scott is her ideal match. Now Melissa is determined to have it all-Scott, his family, and Rachel's life. As Melissa grows bolder and her online manipulations transition into the real world, Scott and Rachel figure out they are being played. Now it's a race against time as Scott and Rachel fight to save their marriage, and their lives, before it's too late.

Suggested by Amy

Faubion, John.

Once upon a prince book Once upon a prince
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn't going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life. The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simons Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family's tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna's aid under the fabled Lover's Oak, he is blindsided by love. Their lives are worlds apart. He's a royal prince. She's an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel's coronation. It's the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart?

Suggeseted by Amy

Hauck, Rachel, 1960-

A blistered kind of love : one couple's trial by trail book A blistered kind of love : one couple's trial by trail
They're not sure which came first--falling in love with each other or falling in love with the idea of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada). At the trailhead, they were warned that there would be tears, that each would have to find their own separate pace, and that at times the tent would seem awfully small for the two of them. They were told that their biggest obstacles to success would be . . . each other. One hundred thirty two days later, they made it--blisters and all.

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Ballard, Angela, 1973-

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