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Gumption [relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers]

Offerman, Nick, 1970-

CD 973.002 OFFERMA

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure. Now with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-five figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day; Nick's personal pantheon of 'great Americans.' Smart, funny, and thought-provoking, you'll finished inspired to find your own gumption...Use it wisely. Read by the author.

This title is also available in print, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Calling Dr. Laura : a graphic memoir

Georges, Nicole J.


Nicole Georges' father dies when she was two. At least, that is what her family told her. Twenty years later, palm reader tells her differently driving Nicole to seek the truth behind the family secrets and deal with one big secret of her own.

Suggested by Liz

Baked occasions : desserts for leisure activities, holidays, and informal celebrations

Lewis, Matt, author.

641.86 LEWIS

Lewis and Paliafito celebrate a year in desserts. You'll have everything you need to create a wide range of sweet treats for quirky festivities and traditional holidays all year round. Personally, I am looking forward to the chocolate rice crispy "cake" with homemade marshmallow "icing" the most!

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz


King, Stephen, 1947-


Set in a small town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Narrator Michael Kelly effectively draws you into Devin's world of mystery, romance, and murder.

This title is also available in print, 3M eBook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Marriage : illustrated with crappy pictures

Dusick, Amber, author.

818.602 DUSICK

From the author of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures comes a book on a topic that will never cease to prove that human behavior is utterly perplexing: MARRIAGE. From minor pet peeves (leftover toothpaste globs in the sink: why?) to an inability to put dirty clothes into the laundry basket, and instead drop them on the floor RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAUNDRY BASKET, all will be able relate to this love letter to spouses. Weird, annoying, and perfect (simultaneously!) spouses.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

Suggested by Liz

As the crow flies

Johnson, Craig, 1961-


Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is an older man of few words and dry humor. He works on an Indian reservation alongside a wet-behind-the-ears, brash, and beautiful young police chief Lolo Long, who recently replaced Walt’s best friend, Henry Standing Bear. Walt is scoping out a possible site for his daughter’s upcoming wedding when he witnesses a young Crow woman fall from a cliff and die. Solving the mystery isn’t going to be easy, as Lolo intends to arrest Walt, the FBI want to take over, and someone else is trying to run down Walt with a truck. Walt will even participate in a native spiritual ceremony on the way to solving this mystery. Great on audio-- even includes some Cheyenne dialogue.

Suggested by Ruth

Also available in book and ebook formats.

Love Minus Eighty

McIntosh, Will.


Imagine social media “trending,” reality TV, and lopsided distribution of wealth on steroids. Set it in a future world in which beautiful women who die young are frozen as “bridesicles” for the mega-rich. Fringe-dweller Rob accidentally hits and kills Winter; his guilt-driven visits to the cryogenic dating center lead to falling in love with a woman he can never have. Multiple storylines weave through the plot. Un-put-downable--I lost sleep because of this book!

Suggested by Ruth

Also available in ebook from OverDrive and 3M

Inside a silver box

Mosley, Walter, author.


What if there were a new Adam and Eve—-thrown together by chance? Eve-- make that Lorraine--is a brainy white college girl majoring in philosophy, and Adam (or Ronnie) is the black man who attacks her in Central Park. Not the most promising start to a relationship, but only these 2 can save humanity from destruction. I’m not a scific reader, so the plot framework made me work, but I couldn’t put this book down and miss Mosley’s musings on race, gender, black incarceration, the meaning of love, and even the nature of God. Wonderful dialogue, interesting characters, soul-satisfying food for thought.

Suggested by Ruth

Also available in ebook from OverDrive

Disgruntled : a novel

Solomon, Asali, author.


Lured in by great reviews, I picked up this book and laughed out loud on the first page, then again on the next. Main character Kenya is instantly lovable and relatable, and manages to survive her idealistic, philosophical and impractical father’s rules (we do Kwanzaa, not Christmas; no black sitcoms showing black people acting the fool; no bologna, because white people forced slaves to eat pig guts). Kenya is too weird to have friends in her mostly black elementary school: what will happen when her parents send her to the white private school? Hilarious, poignant, and exceptionally well written.

Suggested by Ruth

Midnight crossroad

Harris, Charlaine.


"FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale-populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth... "-- Provided by publisher. A fun read for Halloween time, complete with a witch, vampires, and talking cat.

Suggested by Ruth

also available in ebook, audio CD, and Large Print.

Bent Road

Roy, Lori.


Talk about “American Gothic” – this sinister tale set in remote farmland is perfect for late October. Arthur Scott & his family return to his rural Kansas hometown after 20 years away. What made Arthur cut ties so abruptly, around the time of his sister Eve’s mysterious death at such a young age, just when she was preparing to marry? And how creepy for Arthur’s daughter to find an old photo of the deceased aunt and see that she is a dead ringer for Eve. When a local girl disappears, buried secrets begin to surface. I enjoyed this on eAudio from OverDrive.

Suggested by Ruth

also available in book, CD, and ebook formats.

Wickedly dangerous

Blake, Deborah, 1960-


Posing as an herbalist and researcher, Barbara Yager travels the country with her sometimes faithful dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as Baba Yaga and avoiding human attachments--until she meets a charming sheriff.

Also available as an Overdrive ebook.

Suggested by Becky

My real children

Walton, Jo.


It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know-what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War, those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not?

Also available as an Overdrive ebook

Suggested by Becky

The house of owls

Angell, Tony, author.

598.9709 ANGELL

For a quarter of a century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside the window of their forest home. The journals in which the author recorded his observations, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book—a personal account of an artist-naturalist’s life with owls. Angell’s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do—hunting, courting, raising families, and exercising their inquisitive natures—and reveal his immeasurable respect for their secret lives and daunting challenges.

Also available as an eaudio and an Overdrive ebook

Suggested by Becky

Painted horses

Brooks, Malcolm (Novelist), author.


Catherine Lemay, a young archaeologist surveying a Montana canyon in the 1950s ahead of the planned construction of a major dam, meets a former mounted cavalryman who shows her the beauty in the stark landscape around her.

Also available as a talking book and in eaudio.

Suggested by Becky

Just so happens

Obata, Fumio, author, illustrator.


Yumiko was born in Japan but has made a life in London, losing herself in its cosmopolitan bustle. She has a gallery show of her art, a good job, and a good guy she plans to marry. The culture she grew up in seems very far away—until her brother phones with the news that their father has died.

Suggested by Becky


Laybourne, Emmy.


The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv's invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli--the hottest guy ever!--and she's too sick to even try the sweetener. And that's before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

This title is also available in 3M eBook.

Suggested by Marina

The Martian : a novel

Weir, Andy.


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

This title is also available in print, audio CD, 3M eBook and in Spanish.

Suggested by Marina

I like you : hospitality under the influence

Sedaris, Amy.


Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soirée for lumberjacks? A dinner party for white-collar workers? A festive gathering for the grieving? Don't despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving. Readers will discover unique dishes to serve alcoholics (Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce), the secret to a successful children's party (a half-hour time limit, games included), plus an appendix of arts and crafts ideas (a mini pantyhose plant-hanger), and much more.

This title is also available in audio CD, OverDrive eBook and OverDrive eAudio.

Suggested by Marina

Amy & Roger's epic detour

Matson, Morgan.


After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Marina

Seabiscuit : an American legend

Hillenbrand, Laura.


Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

This book is also available in OverDrive and 3M eBooks.

Suggested by Marina

The guinea pig diaries [my life as an experiment]

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-

CD 814.54 JAC8743

In The Guinea Pig Diaries, Jacobs goes undercover as a beautiful woman. He outsources everything in his life to India, from answering his emails to arguing with his wife. He spends two months saying whatever is on his mind. He lives like George Washington. Plus several other life-changing experiments-one of which involves public nudity.

This title is also available in regular and large type.

Suggested by Marina

Caramelo : or pure cuento : a novel

Cisneros, Sandra.


a multi-generational story of a Mexican-American family on an annual car trip caravan, overflowing with children, laughter, and quarrels, from Chicago to "the other side": Mexico City. Family history is woven into the story, featuring a grandmother descended from a family of renowned rebozo makers, secretive aunts and uncles and irrepressible Lala, whose voice tells the story, separating the truth from the "healthy lies" that have ricocheted from one generation to the next.

Suggested by Jane

The housekeeper and the professor

Ogawa, Yōko, 1962-


When a shy, single mother is engaged to assist an aging mathematical genius who has suffered an accident that renders him incapable of remembering anything for more than eighty minutes, she finds an unexpected ally in helping to raise her young son and a teacher who inspires her to have better expectations for herself. An intricate story from Japan exploring math, baseball, memory, and relationships.

Suggested by Jane

Eating up the West Coast : the best road trips, restaurants, and recipes from California to Washington

Binns, Brigit Legere, author.

641.5978 BINNS

Sunset Magazine blogger Brigit Binns takes readers on a mouthwatering tour of scenic highways and back roads of the Pacific coast, mapping out road trips in Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Local attractions, eateries, dives, and cafes are suggested for each region, accompanied by more than 125 recipes. Use this guide as an inspiration for your next trip or create a culinary journey in your kitchen.

Suggested by Jane

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