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Death in Salem : the private lives behind the 1692 witch hunt book Death in Salem : the private lives behind the 1692 witch hunt

Foulds, Diane E.
133.4309 FOULDS

During the 1692 witch trials, more than 150 people were arrested, twenty of those arrests ending in execution. This book explores the personal lives of the young "bewitched" women who led Salem's witchcraft frenzy and the tragedies they endured.

Suggested by Liz




Sisterland : a novel book Sisterland : a novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis.
FIC SITTENF

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar 'senses,' innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people's secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. A compelling read for those who enjoy examining familial bonds between sisters, spouses, and parents.

Suggested by Liz




The kitchen house book The kitchen house

Grissom, Kathleen.
FIC GRISSOM

Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland to America, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work. As a white servant girl, Lavinia perilously straddles two very different worlds, bonding both with the kitchen slaves and the plantation's opium addicted mistress. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

Suggested by Liz




Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life CD Tibetan peach pie : a true account of an imaginative life

Robbins, Tom, 1932- author.
CD BIO ROBBINS ROBBINS

Fans of Tom Robbins will love this unconventional autobiography. From his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures, his unique voice combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

Suggested by Liz




Lucky us : a novel book Lucky us : a novel

Bloom, Amy, 1953-
FIC BLOOM

Set in pre- and post-WWII Ohio, Los Angeles, New York and Germany, half sisters Eva and Iris journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune.

Suggested by Liz




Natural born charmer book Natural born charmer

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth.
FIC PHILLIP

NFL quarterback Dean Robillard has set off on a cross-country trip and when he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit. Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Full of Phillips' brand of witty banter and cast of crazy characters this book combines heart with a dash of humor to create a unique tale of personal and emotional discovery.

Suggested by Marina




Anansi boys book Anansi boys

Gaiman, Neil.
FIC GAIMAN

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life. Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad, he was Anansi, the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself. With legends included alongside the main story this book will appeal to those that enjoy folk tales, fairy tales and legends re-imagined.

Suggested by Marina




Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor book Cabin pressure : one man's desperate attempt to recapture his youth as a camp counselor

Wolk, Josh, 1969-
796.54 WOLK

Three months before getting married at age thirty-four, Josh Wolk decides to treat himself to a "farewell to childhood" extravaganza: one last summer working at the beloved Maine boys' camp where he spent most of the eighties. And there he finds out that there's no better way to see how much you've changed than to revisit a place that hasn't changed at all. This is a book for anybody who has gone to summer camp and yearned to go back--and why you can't (or shouldn't).

Suggested by Marina




I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High book I'd like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High

Danza, Tony.
371.1009 DANZA

Entering Northeast’s crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony Danza found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack. They cared nothing about “Mr. Danza’s” showbiz credentials, and they immediately put him on the hot seat. This was an extremely honest and poignant account of Danza's period as a first time teacher. He wasn't afraid to share his emotions (good or bad) with either the students he was teaching or the audience he was relating his experiences to.

Suggested by Marina




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.
TEEN KENNEAL

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.
796 REILLY

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-
FIC MCCALL

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-
306.4 KLOSTER

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-
FIC TOBAR

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.

Suggested by Jane




All creatures great and small book All creatures great and small

Herriot, James.
BIO HERRIOT HERRIOT

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-
FIC LEMAITR

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.

Suggested by Jane




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.

Suggested by Jane




The kept : a novel book The kept : a novel

Scott, James, 1977 February 3-, author.
FIC SCOTT

After her husband and four of her children are brutally murdered in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell, along with her surviving son, twelve-year-old Caleb, takes on the frozen wilderness to find the men responsible for shattering their family.

Suggested by Jane




On Chesil Beach book On Chesil Beach

McEwan, Ian.
FIC MCEWAN

The story of newlyweds, Edward and Florence Mayhew, both virgins on their wedding night, struggling through their internal battles with sexual anxiety and their vying expectations of what their relationship should be.

Suggested by Jane




Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world book Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world

Kurlansky, Mark.
333.9566 KURLANS

Kurlansky tells the story of how the codfish has shaped human history. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. Truly engrossing.

Suggested by Jane




One Kick book One Kick

Cain, Chelsea.
FIC CAIN

Kick Lannigan, a victim of child abduction, pairs up with the mysterious Bishop to investigate a series of child disappearances in the Portland area. Bishop is convinced that Kick's experiences and expertise can be mined to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past.

Suggested by Jane




The shadow hero Teen Book The shadow hero

Yang, Gene Luen.
TEEN YANG

In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity: the Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

Suggested by Becky




Kill my mother : a graphic novel book Kill my mother : a graphic novel

Feiffer, Jules.
FIC FEIFFER

When three daunting dolls intersect with one hapless heroine and a hard-boiled private eye, deception, betrayal, and murder stalk every mean street. Jules Feiffer, well known for his Village Voice cartoons, created this tribute to film noir.

Suggested by Becky




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