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The children's crusade : a novel

Packer, Ann, 1959- author.


Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill Blair buys a piece of property near San Francisco on a whim in 1954. He falls in love, marries, builds a house and has four children, intending to make his dreams of the perfect family become a reality, but things don't go as planned. Penny, his wife, yearns for independence and begins to pull away from her husband and children, pursuing an artistic life. Her choices take a toll on the kids, creating a caustic family dynamic that shapes their lives and the decisions they must make thirty years later. Ann Packer paints a stark, realistic portrait of a family and the art of healing broken relationships.

Suggested by Jane

City beasts : fourteen stories of uninvited wildlife

Kurlansky, Mark, author.


Mark Kurlansky journeys to familiar haunts like New York's Central Park or Miami's Little Havana with an original, earthy, and adventurous perspective. From baseball players in the Dominican Republic, Basque separatists in Spain, or a restaurant owner in Cuba to urban coyotes and a murder of crows, Kurlansky travels the worlds of animals and their human counterparts, revealing moving and hilarious truths about our connected existence through short stories while illustrating how closely our worlds align and how susceptible humans are to their basest instincts, wildest dreams, and survival.

Suggested by Jane

The Antarctic book of cooking and cleaning : a polar journey

Trusler, Wendy, 1962-, author.

919.8904 TRUSLER

A visually intriguing travelogue that chronicles the first civilian environmental cleanup expedition in Antarctica. This is an engaging story told through anecdotes, journal entries, vignettes, recipes, and archival and contemporary photography produced by the members of the project.

Suggested by Jane


Carriger, Gail, author.


Twenty-year-old Prudence "Rue" Akeldama and her friends journey to India in a dirigible in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into dangerous shape-changers, intrigue, and local politics. This first title in a new spin-off series by Gail Carriger is a fun and whimsical continuation of the steampunk world and characters introduced in the "Parasol Protectorate" series.

Suggested by Jane

Inside the O'Briens : a novel

Genova, Lisa, author.


Patrol officer Joe O'Brien is a tough Boston cop who loves his wife and four adult kids. Joe is in the prime of his life when he is diagnosed with Huntington's disease. As his symptoms worsen and he is stripped of his badge, losing his independence and dignity, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose. Worse, he has to watch as his children struggle with their new relationships with their father while they each make decisions about genetic testing, finding the courage to either live a life "at risk" or learn their fate.

Suggested by Jane

The paper playhouse : awesome art projects for kids using paper, boxes, and books

Rodabaugh, Katrina, author.

745.54 RODABAU

With simple techniques and recycled objects easily found at home, work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination to create modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes, masks, a classic lemonade stand and more. Fun and accessible art for the entire family!

Suggested by Jane

The vacationers

Straub, Emma, author.


Franny and Jim invite their grown children and best friends to share a vacation house for two weeks in Mallorca. Over fabulous food, days at the beach, Spanish lessons and languid laps in the pool, the vacationers confront hurtful secrets and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they would rather conceal. A true vacation read.

Suggested by Jane

What Katie ate : on the weekend--

Davies, Katie Quinn.

641.5 DAVIES

A collection of recipes inspired by the author's travels all over the world, along with stories from her own dinner parties and Sunday brunches. Great ideas for a summer of entertaining and delicious meals with friends.

Suggested by Jane

The Boston girl : a novel

Diamant, Anita, author.


Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today?" Addie relates what it was like to grow up in Boston as a young Jewish immigrant in the early 1900's with conservative parents at the advent of short skirts, movies, and new opportunities for women in the workforce. Though fictional, this book reads like a memoir that you won't want to put down.

Suggested by Jane

A dangerous place : a novel

Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955- author.


Maisie Dobbs is at it again! Jumping a few years into the future since the last installment of this series, Maisie arrives in turbulent 1937 Gibraltar in the aftermath of a tragedy and raises the British Secret Service's suspicions through her involvement in the murder of a Sephardic Jewish photographer.

Suggested by Jane

Scarlett undercover

Latham, Jennifer.


"Scarlett, a sixteen-year-old private detective in the fictional city of Las Almas, finds herself at the center of a mysterious case--involving ancient curses, priceless artifacts, and jinn--as she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks"--

Lumberjanes. 1, Beware the kitten holy

Stevenson, Noelle, author.


"Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what's not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!" --

My notorious life [a novel]

Manning, Kate.


An evocative tale based on the life of a controversial Victorian New York City midwife features plucky orphan Axie Muldoon, who recounts her apprenticeship and establishment of a thriving practice that is threatened by a censorious zealot.

Ancillary justice

Leckie, Ann.


Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control of a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club : a novel

Valentine, Genevieve.


This reimagining of the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" traces the story of a family of flappers who work in a 1920s speakeasy until their suspicious father decides to marry them off, prompting a confrontation with a bootlegger from the eldest sister's past.

The last policeman

Winters, Ben H.


When the Earth is doomed by an imminent and unavoidable asteroid collision, New Hampshire homicide detective Hank Palace considers the worth of his job in a world destined to end in six months and investigates a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.

Wolf in white van

Darnielle, John.


Isolated by a disfiguring injury, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian-- a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail-- Sean guides players from around the world. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it.

Lois Lane : fallout

Bond, Gwenda, author.


Lois Lane is the new girl at East Metropolis High, and her instinct to ask questions brings her and her online friend, Smallville Guy, into conflict with some bullying video gamers called the Warheads, who are being used in a dangerous virtual reality experiment.

Mr. Churchill's secretary : a novel

MacNeal, Susan Elia.


London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street.

This title is also available as an audiobook, eaudio, and Overdrive and 3m ebook.

Suggested by Becky

The book of Silverberg : stories in honor of Robert Silverberg


In The Book of Silverberg, editors Gardner Dozois and William Schafer have assembled a tribute anthology fully worthy of the Master himself. These wonderfully original stories that inhabit and extend some of Silverberg's most memorable creations.

Suggested by Becky

Love. Volume 1, The tiger

Brémaud, Frédéric, author.


A lush paradise when viewed from a distance, the jungle provides camouflage to a daily Hell of trials and survival for those who live there. Portrayed as a day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their own territory.

Suggested by Becky

Lending a paw

Cass, Laurie.


With the help of her rescue cat Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she'd better keep both hands on the wheel, because its going to be a bumpy ride.

This title is also available as a Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry : a novel

Joyce, Rachel.


Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. One morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

This title is also available in large print, eaudio, and Overdrive and 3m ebooks.

Suggested by Becky

America again : re-becoming the greatness we never weren't

Colbert, Stephen, 1964-

818.607 COLBERT

Covering subjects ranging from healthcare to the economy to food, Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

Suggested by Danielle

My drunk kitchen : a guide to eating, drinking & going with your gut

Hart, Hannah, author.

641.5 HART

One day Hart, a bored New York City transplant, decided to make a fake cooking show for a friend back in California. In her book, she presents a collection of stories, drawings, drink recommendations, cooking tips, and recipes to make and enjoy between drinks. The result is a hilarious-- and surprisingly useful-- reminder to enjoy life, and that together we can make it through.

Suggested by Danielle

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