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Thoreau : a sublime life

Le Roy, Maximilien, author, colorist.


"'To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.' This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist.

Suggested by Liz

Compost city : practical composting know-how for small-space living

Louie, Rebecca.

631.875 LOUIE

Packed with research, expert testimonies, and a healthy dose of humour, 'Compost City' gives us essential strategies on composting in small, shared, diversely crowded spaces.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

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Mason jar salads and more : 50 layered lunches to grab & go

Mirabella, Julia, author.

641.83 MIRABEL

Discover the coolest way to pack a tasty, healthy lunch! Mason Jar Salads and More shows how to prepare on-the-go meals that are packed with fresh produce and whole foods.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

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Gardening with less water : low-tech, low-cost techniques : use up to 90% less water in your garden

Bainbridge, David A., author.


Are you facing drought or water shortages? Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

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Slow cooker dump dinners : 5-ingredient recipes for meals that (practically) cook themselves

McCartney, Jennifer, 1980- author.

641.5884 MCCARTN

A great new source for freshening up your crock-pot repertoire. And all with 5 ingredients or less!

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Intro to alien invasion

King, Owen, author.


Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely spring break on campus. But when a hurricane batters the small college town, downing power lines and knocking out cell phone reception, Stacey and her friends are stranded with no way to communicate with the outside world at the worst possible moment: in the midst of an alien invasion!

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Virginia Woolf : an illustrated biography

Alkayat, Zena.


Beautifully illustrated biography celebrates the life and work of Virginia Woolf, one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and creative thinkers.

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Eligible : a novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis.


A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice...Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts challenges in the form of her younger sisters' football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin's unwanted attentions and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.

This title is also available in large print, audiobook, and OverDrive eBook and eAudio formats.

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The hired girl

Schlitz, Laura Amy.


Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family's farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.

This title is also available in audiobook and OverDrive eBook formats.

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Boy, snow, bird

Oyeyemi, Helen.


A brilliant recasting of the Snow White fairy tale set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

This title is also available in Large Print and OverDrive eBook formats.

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Jane Austen : an illustrated biography

Alkayat, Zena.


"Enchanting illustrations and handwritten text featuring excerpts from Austen's personal letters outline the intimate details of the literary icon's life her childhood on a farm, the writing of her first novella, her marital woes, the inspiration behind Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and more"--Provided by publisher.

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Did you ever have a family

Clegg, Bill, author.


"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 fiancé, 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. From the couple running a motel on the Pacific Ocean where June eventually settles into a quiet half-life, to the wedding's caterer whose bill has been forgotten, to Luke's mother, the shattered outcast of the town--everyone touched by the tragedy is changed as truths about their near and far histories finally come to light" --

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Our souls at night

Haruf, Kent, author.


In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness. They are soon exchanging the confidences and memories of lives now empty of family, and their hopes for the imminent future.

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The story hour : [a novel]

Umrigar, Thrity N., author.


An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage. Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn't need a shrink; she needs a friend.

Suggested by Ruth

Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end

Gawande, Atul, author.

362.175 GAWANDE

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.

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Romancing the duke

Dare, Tessa, author.


"As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off ... Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who's never even been kissed?"--Page 4 of cover.

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The marriage of opposites

Hoffman, Alice, author, narrator.


Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. But Rachel's life is not her own. To save her father's business, she is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédéric, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, Camille Pissarro, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

Suggested by Ruth

Northanger Abbey

McDermid, Val, author.


In this modern retelling of Austen's classic, bookish minister's daughter Cat Morland joins her well-to-do friends in Edinburgh and falls for an up-and-coming lawyer who may harbor unsettling secrets.

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Lunch poems

O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966.

811.54 OHARA

Lunch Poems, first published in 1964 by City Lights Books as number nineteen in the Pocket Poets series, is widely considered to be Frank O'Hara's freshest and most accomplished collection of poetry.

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Why drag?

Hastings, Magnus, photographer.

770.92 HASTING

For over a decade, Magnus Hastings has been photographing the world's greatest drag superstars and asking each of them a simple question: Why drag? The result is this mesmerizing volume in which the queens strut their stuff and reflect on their shared passion through a mixture of quips and philosophizing. Subjects include icons of reality TV and underground drag royalty, and photographs range from the divine to the trashy. Featuring the likes of Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act, this collection is a beautiful celebration of drag as an art form and an exhilarating exploration of what drag means to its greatest artists.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook

Suggested by Lindsey

The moon in the palace

Randel, Weina Dai, author.


A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor's attention. Young Mei knows nothing of the womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget. Mei's intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But as divided loyalties split the palace in two, Mei is thrown into a perilous battle that she can only hope to survive.

Suggested by Lindsey

Bohemian Gospel : a novel

Carpenter, Dana Chamblee, author.


Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Others call her an angel. Even Mouse doesn't know who -- or what -- she is. But she means to find out. When young King Ottakar shows up at the Abbey wounded by a traitor's arrow, Mouse breaks church law to save him and then agrees to accompany him back to Prague as his personal healer. Caught in the undertow of court politics at the castle, Ottakar and Mouse find themselves drawn to each other as they work to uncover the threat against him and to unravel the mystery of her past. But when Mouse's unusual gifts give rise to a violence and strength that surprise everyone, especially herself, she is forced to ask herself: Will she be prepared for the future that awaits her?

Suggested by Lindsey

The relic master

Buckley, Christopher, 1952- author.


1517. Dismas is a relic hunter who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients, and is as honest as any relic dealer can be. When Dismas and his artist friend Dürer conspire to manufacture a shroud to sell to the unsuspecting noble, Dürer's reckless pride exposes Cardinal Albrecht's newly acquired shroud as a fake, the Cardinal puts Dismas and Dürer in the custody of four loutish mercenaries and sends them all to steal Christ's burial cloth -- the Shroud of Chambéry -- Europe's most celebrated relic.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook and OverDrive eAudio

Suggested by Lindsey

The virgin suicides

Eugenides, Jeffrey.


This beautiful and sad first novel, recently adapted for a major motion picture, tells of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter's spectacular demise by self-defenestration, which inaugurates "the year of the suicides."

Also available as an OverDrive eBook

Suggested by Lindsey

Tigers forever : saving the world's most endangered big cat

Winter, Steve (Photojournalist)

599.756 WINTER

Tigers are in trouble, and National Geographic photographer Steve Winter is on a one-man mission to address the plight of this magnificent cat while there's still time. Together with Panthera, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to saving big cats, and its Tigers Initiative, Winter reveals a decade worth of images and stories of tigers in their world.

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