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The Truth Commission : a novel

Juby, Susan, 1969- author.

TEEN JUBY

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.

FIC MORIART

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.

TEEN ARNOLD

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-

FIC MORTON

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.

FIC DAHL

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.


Feed

Grant, Mira.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

"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.

FIC KEATING

"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].


Dumplin'

Murphy, Julie, 1985- author.

TEEN MURPHY

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.

FIC CLEGG

"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.

FIC KARP

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.

BIO MITCHEL MITCHEL

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


Someone

McDermott, Alice, author.

FIC MCDERMO

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.

FIC GRIMES

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.

CD FIC TYLER

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-

220 RUSSELL

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


Audrey at home : memories of my mother's kitchen with recipes, photographs, and personal stories

Dotti, Luca, 1970- author.

791.4302 DOTTI

For all of the Audrey Hepburn fans out there, this collection of recipes, anecdotes, photos and correspondence will make you feel like you have been invited into her home for a delicious meal with her famous friends and family.

Suggested by Jane


The book of speculation

Swyler, Erika.

FIC SWYLER

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone in the Long Island family home, perched on the edge of a bluff that is crumbling into the sea. His younger sister, Enola, who works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards, is about to make a rare visit home. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller, filled with the history of a traveling circus, carnival mermaids and the legacy of a curse that foretells the drowning of his family members. Could Enola be next? In order to save her, and perhaps himself, Simon must decode the mystery before July 24th - the date that each of the women in the book have mysteriously drowned - including Simon's mother. This haunting tale of books, love, loss and changing fate will keep you up all night.

Suggested by Jane


The glass arrow

Simmons, Kristen, author.

TEEN SIMMONS

Stolen from her home and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family. Her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom ... if she can truly trust him. Kristen Simmons is a gifted world builder and her characters will resonate with readers, making them ask for more. This is a good read for fans of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent".

Suggested by Jane


The perfect egg : a fresh take on recipes for morning, noon, and night

Fisher, Teri Lyn.

641.675 FISHER

This unusual cookbook features a dazzling, delicious variety of globally influenced dishes - all inspired by the egg. From Blackberry Stuffed Croissant French Toast to Hot and Sour Soup, Poached Yolk-Stuffed Ravioli to Creamy Lemon Curd Tart, more than seventy recipes offer a fresh take on this most humble ingredient.

Suggested by Jane


Daughters of the samurai : a journey from East to West and back

Nimura, Janice P., author.

920.72 NIMURA

In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors-- Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda-- grew up as typical American schoolgirls and became celebrities, their travels feted by newspapers across the nation. Ten years later, they returned to a much changed Japan to revolutionize women's education.

Suggested by Jane


Magonia

Headley, Maria Dahvana, 1977- author.

TEEN HEADLEY

Aza Ray Boyle's life has been defined by her friendship with Jason and her multiple hospitalizations and ongoing medical care due to a rare lung disease. Just before her sixteenth birthday, in the moment of dying, she is swept up into the sky-bound world of Magonia and discovers her true identity as a sky pirate who is prophesied to change the fate of her people. This is a unique and intriguing fantasy crafted by a masterful writer.

Suggested by Jane


Carrying Albert home : the somewhat true story of a man, his wife, and her alligator

Hickam, Homer H., 1943- author.

FIC HICKAM

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). When Buddy headed for New York, Elsie eventually found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert that she raised in the only bathroom in the house. This fictional story based on actual events will have you laughing late into the night.

Suggested by Jane


Jimmy Bluefeather : a novel

Heacox, Kim, author.

FIC HEACOX

Old Keb Wisting is around ninety-five years old and in constant pain. He wants to die. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native, he is the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident, he tells Old Keb that he has nothing left to live for. Old Keb comes invites the young man to help finish his last canoe. Together, they embark on a great canoe journey full of adventure, reconciliation and love.

Suggested by Jane


Twain & Stanley enter paradise

Hijuelos, Oscar, author.

FIC HIJUELO

Gifted author, Oscar Hijuelos, imagines the historic sojourn of journalist-explorer Henry Stanley, his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant, and Mark Twain, Stanley's longtime friend, as they head for Cuba in search of Stanley's father.

Suggested by Jane


Wine folly : the essential guide to wine

Puckette, Madeline, author.

641.22 PUCKETT

A graphically pleasing, hip guide to wine for aspiring wine drinkers, from the sommelier creators of the award-wining site WineFolly.com. This book provides an appealing introduction to selecting wines for every occasion.

Suggested by Jane


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