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One summer [America, 1927] CD One summer [America, 1927]

Bryson, Bill.
CD 973.91 BRYSON

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country; a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such out-sized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). With this engrossing compilation of characters that shaped much of what happened in the summer of 1927 I was endlessly amused, astonished, aghast and awed by true tales narrated by Bryson himself. A book for history buffs.

Suggested by Marina

Breathe, Annie, breathe Teen Book Breathe, Annie, breathe

Kenneally, Miranda.

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race. Full of emotional highs and lows this story of overcoming heartache and physical pain is story about bridging the gap between being a teenager and becoming an adult and the decisions and perseverance that requires. I enjoyed the realistic way that the alternating internal turmoil and peace that Annie had while moving forward in her life was dealt with.

Suggested by Marina

Sports from hell : my search for the world's dumbest competition book Sports from hell : my search for the world's dumbest competition

Reilly, Rick.

What is the stupidest sport in the world? From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing to the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship, to the underground world of illegal jart throwing, to several competitions that involve nudity, sports columnist Rick Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both). For the sports enthusiast that is looking for something "outside the box."

Suggested by Marina

La's orchestra saves the world book La's orchestra saves the world

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-

La decides to leave London and escape the memories of her shattered marriage while avoiding the bombings of World War II. The country house and small-town life she longed for become a bit confining until she decides to form an orchestra of misfits and damaged individuals. A moving story that celebrates the healing powers of friendship and music.

Suggested by Jane

I wear the black hat : grappling with villains (real and imagined) book I wear the black hat : grappling with villains (real and imagined)

Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-

The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes.

Suggested by Jane

The barbarian nurseries book The barbarian nurseries

Tobar, Héctor, 1963-

After the husband and wife that she works for disappear, live-in maid Araceli takes their two boys on a journey through sprawling Los Angeles to locate their grandfather and is then accused of kidnapping, triggering racial tensions and a legal battle. An engrossing read and a realistic portrait of the complexities of legal and social issues for immigrants in the U.S.

Suggested by Jane

Gardening in miniature : create your own tiny living world book Gardening in miniature : create your own tiny living world

Calvo, Janit.
635.9 CALVO

For those who are ready to garden on a small scale or just enjoy creating their own personal, miniature world, this book provides a myriad of ideas for growing a fantasy landscape in a garden pot.

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All creatures great and small book All creatures great and small

Herriot, James.

A veterinarian reminisces about his life, career, and animal patients in a small English village before World War II. This classic series of stories will appeal to animal lovers and those who enjoy a gentle read.

Suggested by Jane

Irène book Irène

Lemaître, Pierre, 1951-

Commandant Verhoeven is happily married and expecting his first child with the lovely Irene. His world collapses when he becomes involved in a savage series of murders inspired by popular literary crime novels.

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How to catch a frog : and other stories about family, love, dysfunction, survival, and DIY book How to catch a frog : and other stories about family, love, dysfunction, survival, and DIY

Ross, Heather.
974.3043 ROSS

A memoir of growing up in rural Vermont as part of an eccentric family of artists and idealists, which involved self-imposed poverty, innovative living, daily lessons in self-reliance, and a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the environment.

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