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Neil Patrick Harris : choose your own autobiography

Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973- author.


The Emmy Award-winning star of How I Met Your Mother shares his experiences as a child star, Broadway performer and father in an over-the-top, humorous account creatively designed in the style of the popular interactive adventure series. Adapted especially for the audiobook edition, listeners hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version and don't have to make any decisions or jump around! Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech. This title is also available in print, Overdrive eBook and eAudio, and 3M eBook formats. Suggested by Liz

Today is the last day of the rest of your life

Lust, Ulli, 1967-

741.5943 LUST

Two teenaged punk-rock girls hitchhike their way across Italy without a penny in their pockets. Set in 1984, Ulli Lust's graphic novel is an intimate, detailed, funny, touching, and dramatic chronicle of several eventful months in the life of the author as she and her new best friend Edi make their way from Vienna, Austria to Sicily. There is sex. There are drugs. There is rock 'n' roll. And there are stints in jail, inclement weather, panhandling, life lessons, new friendships, acts of kindness and acts of betrayal-- and, this being Sicily, some uncomfortably close brushes with the Organization Whose Name You Mustn't Mention. Suggested by Liz

Free spirit : growing up on the road and off the grid

Safran, Joshua.


Tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of Safran's childhood chasing the perfect life off the grid--and how he and his mother survived the imperfect one they found instead. More than just a coming-of age story, "Free Spirit" is a journey of the spirit, as Safran reconnects with his Jewish roots; a tale of overcoming adversity; and a captivating read about a childhood unlike any other. Suggested by Stacey

A matter of breeding : a biting history of pedigree dogs and how the quest for status has harmed man's best friend

Brandow, Michael, 1959- author.

636.7088 BRANDOW

In this illuminating and entertaining social history, social critic Michael Brandow probes the "cult of pedigree" and traces the commercial rise of the purebred dog. Combining consumer studies with sharp commentary, A Matter of Breeding reveals the sordid history of the dog industry and shows how our brand-name pets--from Labs to French bulldogs and everything in between--pay the price with devastatingly poor health. I thought I knew a lot about the history of certain breeds and why they looked like they did but this was an eye-opener and gave a different perspective on their histories.

This title is also available as a 3M ebook.

Suggested by Marina

Veronica Mars. The Thousand-dollar tan line

Thomas, Rob.


The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends--Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas--Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts. Read by Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell, the audio version is a great way to lose yourself in the world of Neptune, CA. A good mystery with fun dialogue and familiar characters.

This title is also available as a print book.

Suggested by Marina


Miller, Lauren (Lauren McBrayer), 1980-


Your path changes. Your destiny doesn't. Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice--taking a drama class her senior year of high school--changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten. With scores of time travel stories under my belt reading about Abby living parallel lives was a fresh perspective of a similar genre.

Suggested by Marina

Think like a freak : the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain

Levitt, Steven D., author.

153.43 LEVITT

The New York Times bestselling authors of Freakonomics offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. Three books into this theme I didn't think there would be anything fresh but I learned some new information and learned the processes behind some examples from previous books. For those that like the scientific explanation of every day happenings.

This title is also available on CD, eaudio and ebook from OverDrive and 3M ebook.

Suggested by Marina

Enchanted, Inc. : a novel

Swendson, Shanna.


Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor's contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Now it's up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and-hopefully-live happily ever after. For those that might enjoy a chick lit version of Harry Potter. From the Muggle point of view.

This title is also available as an ebook in OverDrive and 3M.

Suggested by Marina

Jeni's splendid ice creams at home

Bauer, Jeni Britton.

641.862 BAUER

At last, addictive flavors, and a breakthrough method for making creamy, scoopable ice cream at home, from the proprietor of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, whose artisanal scooperies in Ohio are nationally acclaimed. Now, with her debut cookbook, Jeni Britton Bauer is on a mission to help foodies create perfect ice creams, yogurts, and sorbets--ones that are every bit as perfect as hers--in their own kitchens. Frustrated by icy and crumbly homemade ice cream, Bauer invested in a $50 ice cream maker and proceeded to test and retest recipes until she devised a formula to make creamy, sturdy, lickable ice cream at home. Having tried many of the recipes in this book I highly recommend it for the ease of creating a delicious ice cream (and the ability to modify at will) without the threat of the dreaded curdled egg custard.

This title is also available as an OverDrive ebook.

Suggested by Marina

I am half-sick of shadows

Bradley, C. Alan, 1938-


Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw over to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the stately manse. The famous star turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies. With the snow raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to solve the wintry country-house murder. She'll have to be quick-witted, though, to negotiate the volatile chemicals of a cast and crew starting to crack--and locked in a house with a murderer. This is the fourth title in the Flavia de Luce mysteries.

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

Suggested by Becky

Blackberry winter : a novel

Jio, Sarah.


Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. In the morning--even though it's the second of May--a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel's unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth--only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways. Jio is a Seattle author.

This title is also available in audiobook, large print and Overdrive ebook

Suggested by Becky

Thereby hangs a tail

Quinn, Spencer.


In the second installment of the Chet and Bernie mystery series Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly. What first seems like a walk in the park to wise and lovable canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie—to investigate threats made against a pretty, pampered show dog—turns into a serious case when Princess and her owner are abducted. To make matters worse, Bernie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, reporter Susie Sanchez, disappears too.

This title is also available in audiobook, large print, and Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel

Hoffman, Alice.


The daughter of a Coney Island boardwalk curiosities museum's front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The Dreamland of Coney Island and it's famous fire adds to the drama.

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

Suggested by Becky


McGuire, Richard.


Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and the events that happened in that space while moving forward and backward in time. Hundreds of thousands of years become interwoven. A dinosaur from 100,000,000 BCE lumbers by, while a child is playing with a plastic toy that resembles the same dinosaur in the year 1999. Meanwhile, the attention is focused on the most ordinary moments and appreciating them as the most transcendent.

Suggested by Becky


Wood, Brian, 1972- author.


Mara, famous volley ball player, beloved world wide suddenly develops super powers that turns the world against her, and puts her into the hands of a goverment who want to use her as a weapon. It's "A coming-of-rage story."

Roller girl

Jamieson, Victoria, author.


Astrid has always done everything with her best friend, Nicole, but when Nicole would rather attend ballet camp than roller derby camp, a chasm drops between them. An almost sure hit for fans of Raina Telgemeier.

Courting Greta

Hootman, Ramsey.


The relationship between former computer programmer Samuel Cooke and tough-as-nails gym coach Greta Cassamajor has a chance of succeeding, but only if the two of them can stop keeping the past secret and finally be honest with each other.

Black Dove, White Raven

Wein, Elizabeth, author.


Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.

Classic sourdoughs : a home baker's handbook

Wood, Ed, 1926-

641.815 WOOD

"This authoritative sourdough baking classic is updated with new recipes and the authors' recent discovery of a technique that allows the baker to control sourness while ensuring consistently leavened loaves. Renowned sourdough authority Ed Wood has traveled the world capturing wild sourdough cultures and experimenting with baking methods. This new edition of his baking tome reveals his latest discovery: proofing the sourdough culture before use gives the baker control over the leavening and taste. Wood builds on this technique with 100 recipes featuring rustic grains and modern flavors, including Herb Spelt Bread, No-Knead Kamut Bread, and Malt Beer Bread, along with recipes for pancakes, bagels, English muffins, breadsticks, and more"--

The Queen of the Tearling : a novel

Johansen, Erika.


A princess smuggled out of the palace as a small child is raised in secret seclusion to be a better ruler than her forebearers. Her first act upon returning? To incite a war with the Red Queen. It's admittedly a justified war, but before she can beat the enemies outside her kingdom, she must conquer the ones in her own castle.

The summer prince

Johnson, Alaya Dawn, 1982-


Set 400 years after apocalypse, in a city run by women isolated somewhere in the Amazon Rainforest, a tradition of human sacrifice has emerged. Every 5 years a Summer King is elected by the people, and sacrificed at the end of winter. This year, June Costa is determined to meet the enigmatic Summer King - she does, they become close friends - and now she can't bear to see him die. She wants to save him, but when 200 year old elders are watching your every move it's difficult to fool those who have seen everything before.

Claire DeWitt and the city of the dead

Gran, Sara.


Augmenting her brilliant deductive skills with dream analysis, marijuana, and the written work of a mysterious French detective, private investigator Claire DeWitt reluctantly returns to post-Katrina New Orleans to solve the disappearance of an unpopular prosecutor.

Bellweather rhapsody

Racculia, Kate, author.


A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.

Brown girl dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline.

J 811.54 WOODSON

Though Jacqueline Woodson struggled with reading in her youth, she persevered to become a beloved award-winning author. In her most-hailed book yet, she recounts growing up in New York and South Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement and never feeling like she belongs.

Broken for you

Kallos, Stephanie.


Septuagenarian Margaret Hughes lives alone in a Seattle mansion with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Wanda Schultz is needing somewhere to stay while she puts her life back together. Both women guard dark secrets but as their friendship develops, their armor falls away and they each begin to heal. Funny, heartbreaking, and full of eccentric characters, "Broken for You" is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families.

This title is also available in electronic format in Overdrive, 3M, and Overdrive Audio.

Suggested by Jane

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