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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Grant, Mira.


"The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives--the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will [come] out, even if it kills them."--P. [4] of cover.

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." --Cover p [4].


Murphy, Julie, 1985- author.


Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked... until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant -- along with several other unlikely candidates -- to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she'll shock the hell out of Clover City -- and maybe herself most of all.

Did you ever have a family

Clegg, Bill, author.


"On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fianceĢ, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke--her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor. Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak."

A perilous conception

Karp, Larry.


It's 1976 and Dr. Colin Sanford, an obstetrician practicing in the Pacific Northwest and Dr. Giselle Hearn are working to be the first to produce a baby by in vitro fertilization. In due course, patient Joyce Kennett gives birth to a healthy boy. But why does her husband shoot both Hearn and himself? Can Emerald Police Detective Bernie Baumgartner find the answer?

It was me all along : a memoir

Mitchell, Andie.


I picked this up from the New Book display because of the irresistible photo on the cover. The author, Andie, was raised by an unemployed, tremendously overweight father who spent his days bingeing on TV, food and alcohol. Andie was approaching 300 pounds on her 20th birthday when she realized she had to figure out a new way to relate to food. She shares with complete honesty and vulnerability all the crazy approaches she tried, until she became slim and stunningly beautiful halfway through college. It was very upsetting to her to experience how people treated her like someone different, attracting attention, respect, envy, praise, none of which she'd ever known before. Andie shares so much insight into the psychology of eating disorders. I felt like I was spending time with a dear friend the whole time I was reading it.

Suggested by Ruth


McDermott, Alice, author.


This book received several starred reviews, and the author is one I've wanted to read. It's the story of Marie, growing up in an Irish Catholic family in 1930s Brooklyn, from childhood to old age, but told in a non-linear pattern. Marie's older brother is more disciplined, a brilliant scholar, dedicated to becoming a priest, but after becoming ordained loses his faith. Marie's first love ends in heartbreak, but later comes marriage and children, the death of her parents, and changes in her neighborhood. McDermott writes beautifully and sympathetically without any false nostalgia or sappiness. A lovely book.

Suggested by Ruth

Vertigo 42 : a Richard Jury mystery

Grimes, Martha.


Don't be fooled by the cover-- this book is not as hard-edged as it might suggest. Martha Grimes continues her Richard Jury mysteries, and the cover must be due to a few fond references to the Hitchcock film, "Vertigo". However, this book is in her usual funny, leisurely-paced style, featuring the handsome & witty Jury, who must track down the children (well, grown adults now that it's 22 years later) who attended a birthday gathering at which one child suffered a fatal fall. The woman hosting the party fell to her death 5 years later-- also ruled accidental, due to vertigo. But were they really accidents?

suggested by Ruth

A spool of blue thread

Tyler, Anne.


The book starts out with a wonderfully comic scene in which an estranged son calls his middle-aged parents with a startling personal revelation. The father replies with what is basically a noncommittal grunt, while the wife rages at her husband for being uncaring. In a few pages, the reader is told the backstory, and realizes that the father's response was more appropriate, as the son's story is one more hare-brained false start in a long series. To me, this sets the stage for the whole novel, as characters from three generations are introduced, then gradually revealed to be someone quite different. One of Anne Tyler's very best.

Suggested by Ruth

God is disappointed in you

Russell, Mark, 1932-


I'm sorry, but I find humorous takes on the Bible very funny. (I think the funniest thing I've ever read was Simon Rich's comic piece on an imagined conversation between Jacob and Isaac, "The Ride Back to Beersheba"-- after Isaac is nearly killed at knifepoint by his dad.) Anyhow, for those of you who love irreverent humor, this is your book. Fans on amazon.com say it's "almost cathartic", "actually very informative", "thought-provoking", but most of all, "hilarious".

Suggested by Ruth

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