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Sad animal facts

Barker, Brooke, author.

590 BARKER

A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom's more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations. Ever wonder what a mayfly thinks of its one-day lifespan? (They're curious what a sunset is.) Or how a jellyfish feels about not having a heart? (Sorry, but they're not sorry.) This melancholy menagerie pairs the more unsavory facts of animal life with their hilarious thoughts and reactions.

Suggested by Lindsey

Did you know that mice can sense sadness in other mice? That butterflies taste everything they walk on? Did you know that a whale will lose its pod if it doesn't sing on key? These sad facts and more can be found in this book!

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What belongs to you

Greenwell, Garth.

FIC GREENWE

A haunting novel of erotic obsession by a major new talent On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher walks down a stairwell beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture, looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut about an American expat struggling with his own complicated inheritance while navigating a foreign culture. Lyrical and intense, it tells the story of a man caught between longing and resentment, unable to separate desire from danger, and faced with the impossibility of understanding those he most longs to know.

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Suggested by Lindsey

Greenwell's debut portrays a destructive relationship that made me want to shake the protagonist, but it's so beautifully written that I tore right through it, and now I anxiously await his next novel.

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A single man

Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986.

FIC ISHERWO

After the sudden death of his longtime lover, George must adjust to life on his own as a professor in Southern California in the early 1960s. During the course of an ordinary day, George is haunted by memories as he seeks connections with the world around him.

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Suggested by Lindsey

This is one of my favorite novels. George's journey is painful to read but Isherwood was such a masterful storyteller and craftsman of the written word that I could read his sentences over and over again and never tire of them.

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Guillermo del Toro at home with monsters : inside his films, notebooks, and collections

Salvesen, Britt, author, editor.

791.4302 SALVESE

In 2016, a new exhibit on the work of visionary director Guillermo del Toro will begin at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), before moving on to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MIA). This book will be the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition, which focuses on del Toro's creative process, including the well-defined themes that he obsessively returns to in all his films, the journals in which he logs his ideas, and the vast and inspiring collection of art and pop culture ephemera that he has amassed at his private "man cave," Bleak House. Filled with imagery from the exhibit, including favorite pieces of art that del Toro has chosen for the exhibit, and pertinent journal pages, the book will further delve further into the director's world through exclusive in-depth interviews and commentary from notable figures in the art world. Forming a perfect companion to the exhibition, this book will deliver an engrossing look into the mind of one of the great creative visionaries of our time.

Suggested by Lindsey

This fascinating glimpse into the director's horror-themed exhibit includes his insights on horror and all things macabre, in particular the role of the monster in pop culture. A must read if you're a fan of his genre-bending films!

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Red-blooded American male : photographs

Trachtenberg, Robert (Director), photographer.

779.23 TRACHTE

From leading men to comedians, ballet dancers to quarterbacks, war veterans to Broadway veterans, Red-Blooded American Male features more than 100 imaginative, striking, and sexy portraits from award-winning photographer Robert Trachtenberg. Pithy captions about each shoot accompany the photographs, giving readers a peek behind the curtain of a famed portrait photographer's creative process and his world-renowned photographs. Uncovering a unique (and often self-deprecating) side to such talents as Jimmy Fallon, Seth Rogen, Channing Tatum, Waris Ahluwalia, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Hart, this collection goes beyond mere portraiture to challenge conventional notions of masculinity and traditional male imagery.

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Suggested by Lindsey

This coffee table book featuring hilarious and unexpected photographs of some of the biggest male celebrities (and beyond) was even better than I'd anticipated.

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Night talk

Noory, George, author.

FIC NOORY

A late-night talk-show host fascinated by paranormal phenomena becomes entangled in a deadly conspiracy after being accused by government agents of having dealings with a hacker who has died after stealing dangerous secrets.

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Sweet little lies : a Heartbreaker Bay novel

Shalvis, Jill, author.

FIC SHALVIS

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas. The hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors. Problem is, she's in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

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One pan, two plates : more than 70 complete weeknight meals for two

Snyder, Carla.

641.5612 SNYDER

One pan + fresh ingredients = dinner for two! With an emphasis on reducing prep time and the usual sinkful of dishes, cooking instructor Carla Snyder serves up the ideal couple's guide to simple, complete, and truly delicious meals--imagine Balsamic Braised Chicken Thighs with Figs and Creamy Polenta or Thyme-Rubbed Salmon with Shallots and Caramelized Cauliflower "Risotto"--that can be made in one skillet, in less than 60 minutes. With recipes for home-cooked pasta, grains, sandwiches, beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, plus wine or beer pairings for each dish,One Pan, Two Plates will nourish couples, from newlyweds to empty nesters, every night of the week.

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Behind the throne

Wagers, K. B., author.

FIC WAGERS

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

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Where the wild things bite

Harper, Molly, author.

FIC HARPER

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow... while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever. Fortunately, Anna's dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she's stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner--or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they're not out of the woods yet...

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Too like the lightning

Palmer, Ada, author.

FIC PALMER

"The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech... And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life..."--Book jacket.

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Redemption road : a novel

Hart, John, 1965- author.

FIC HART

"Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long? And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened... This is a town on the brink. This is a road with no mercy."

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The friends we keep

Mallery, Susan, author.

FIC MALLERY

While Gabby Schaefer reels in the face of crushing news that has thwarted her plans to return to work, Hayley Batchelor pursues high-risk fertility treatments and Nicole Lord fears falling in love after emerging from a divorce from a man who barely touched her heart.

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Lustlocked

Wallace, Matt, 1982- author.

FIC WALLACE

The staff of New York's premier supernatural catering company have their work cut out for them as the goblin king and his queen celebrate the marriage of their son to his human bride.

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Playing Dead

Greenwood, Elizabeth

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Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So she sets off on a foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear—but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks.

Playing Dead is an utterly fascinating and charmingly bizarre investigation into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to lose their identities—and their families—to begin again.

Also available in print.

Suggested by Michelle C.

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The atonement

Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.

FIC LEWIS

Lucy Flaud has given up hope of marriage because of mistakes from her past. She seeks to redeem the guilt she feels by volunteering her time in Lancaster County. When Dale Wyeth, a young Englisher interested in the self-sufficiency of the Amish, seeks mentorship from her father, Lucy forms a connection of her own with him. Is it too late to embrace redemption-- and the power of love?

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Suggested by Michelle C.

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While the city slept : a love lost to violence and a young man's descent into madness

Sanders, Eli, author.

364.1523 SANDERS

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's gripping account of one young man's path to murder--and a wake-up call for mental health care in America On a summer night in 2009, three lives intersected in one American neighborhood. Two people newly in love--Teresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper, who spent many years trying to find themselves and who eventually found each other--and a young man on a dangerous psychological descent: Isaiah Kalebu, age twenty-three, the son of a distant, authoritarian father and a mother with a family history of mental illness. All three paths forever altered by a violent crime, all three stories a wake-up call to the system that failed to see the signs.

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Suggested by Michelle C.

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Bucky F*cking Dent

Duchovny, David, author.

FIC DUCHOVN

Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American novel, and spends the waning malaise-filled days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.

When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of his youth is living to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from a crew of neighborhood old-timers and the lovely Mariana - Marty's Nuyorican grief counselor - Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Sox winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of.

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Suggested by Michelle C.

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In the land of armadillos : stories

Shankman, Helen Maryles.

FIC SHANKMA

A radiant debut collection of linked stories from a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, set in a German-occupied town in Poland, where tales of myth and folklore meet the real-life monsters of the Nazi invasion.

Blending folklore and fact, Helen Maryles Shankman shows us the people of Wlodawa, a remote Polish town: we meet a cold-blooded SS officer dedicated to rescuing the creator of his son's favorite picture book, even as he helps exterminate the artist's friends and family; a Messiah who appears in a little boy's bedroom to announce that he is quitting; a young Jewish girl who is hidden by the town's most outspoken anti-Semite--and his talking dog. And walking among these tales are two unforgettable figures: the enigmatic and silver-tongued Willy Reinhart, Commandant of the forced labor camp who has grand schemes to protect "his" Jews, and Soroka, the Jewish saddlemaker and his family, struggling to survive.

Suggested by Michelle C.

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for girls

DiSclafani, Anton.

FIC DISCLAF

Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.

Suggested by Ruth

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Picture this : how pictures work

Bang, Molly, author.

741.642 BANG

Molly Bang's brilliant, insightful, and accessible treatise is now revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. Bang's powerful ideas--about how the visual composition of images works to engage the emotions, and how the elements of an artwork can give it the power to tell a story--remain unparalleled in their simplicity and genius. Why are diagonals dramatic? Why are curves calming? Why does red feel hot and blue feel cold? First published in 1991,Picture This has changed the way artists, illustrators, reviewers, critics, and readers look at and understand art.

Suggested by Ruth

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Heft

Moore, Liz, 1983-

FIC MOORE

Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career--if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel's mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur's. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene's unexpected phone call to Arthur--a plea for help--that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel's own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken's The Giant's House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.

Suggested by Ruth

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Quiet neighbors : a novel

McPherson, Catriona, 1965- author.

FIC MCPHERS

Jude has fled London, returning to a small Scottish town where she had discovered Lowland Glen Books during a summer vacation with her husband. Having been abandoned by her spouse for another woman, Jude desperately seeks isolation to repair her broken heart. Lowell Glen, the owner of the bookstore and many other properties in Wigtown, offers Jude a job cataloging and organizing the shop, as well as a house, the tiny grave digger's cottage near the old-town cemetery. Jude is easily drawn into village life, although residents ask few questions. When Lowell's purported daughter turns up pregnant, things begin to unravel, causing Jude's secrets and the shopkeeper's past to collide. (Library Journal)

Suggested by Ruth

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My name is Lucy Barton

Strout, Elizabeth.

CD FIC STROUT

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lay the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

Suggested by Ruth

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Food : a love story

Gaffigan, Jim.

818.602 GAFFIGA

"In his latest book, Gaffigan waxes downright poetic about beef, barbecue, Chinese takeout and a smorgasbord of other gastronomic delights that no overweight man his age and girth can resist. The author's passion for deliciously trashy food manifests itself in a mouthwatering map of the United States that gleefully replaces red and blue states with much more representational porterhouse steaks and ribs...The author seasons each carton of comedy goodness with all the right seasonings: a dash of domesticity here and a pinch of zesty dialogue there. In freely exploring his ardor for all things fried, baked and sugary, Gaffigan somehow manages to work "clean" without ever becoming sickeningly saccharine. Laughs served up just right on every page." (Kirkus review)

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