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The boy who killed demons : a novel

Zeltserman, Dave, 1959- author.


"My name's Henry Dudlow. I'm fifteen and a half. And I'm cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons." So begins the latest novel by horror master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, Massachusetts, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow's 13th birthday, when his neighbor, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look . . . different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon.

Suggested by Ruth

As you wish : inconceivable tales from the making of the Princess Bride

Elwes, Cary, 1962- author, narrator.

CD 791.4372 ELWES

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with co-stars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

This title is also available in print, ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

The homesman

Swarthout, Glendon, 1918-1992.


Devastating tale of four women who go mad after an isolating winter in the American West. It is up to the unlikely combination of homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy and ne'er-do-well Briggs to escort them east to safety.

Recently made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones.

Suggested by Liz

Paddle your own canoe : one man's fundamentals for delicious living

Offerman, Nick, 1970-


The actor known for roles in such productions as Parks and Recreation shares whimsical musings on a range of topics from love and manliness to grooming and eating meat, offering additional discussions of his life before fame and his courtship of his wife, Megan Mullally.

This title is also available in ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

Texts from Jane Eyre : and other conversations with your favorite literary characters

Ortberg, Mallory.

818.602 ORTBERG

A whimsical collection of text conversations in the styles of favorite literary characters imagines what Scarlett O'Hara might say to tempt Ashley away from Melanie, Mr. Rochester's passionate all-cap missives to Jane Eyre, and Daisy Buchanan's orders while driving.

Suggested by Liz

How to build a girl

Moran, Caitlin, 1975- author.


After she shames herself on local television, Johanna Morgan reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde-- a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero-- until two years later, while eviscerating bands as a music critic, she realizes she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw.

This title is also available in ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Liz

The complete book of retro crafts : collecting, displaying & making crafts of the past

Millions, Suzie, 1958-


Baby boomers feeling nostalgic, hipsters longing for the handmade, and anyone interested in going retro can stop right here! Forty retro-inspired projects run the gamut from glitter frames and matchbox purses to bottlecap men and teacup ladies. And don't forget the Reinbeer!

Suggested by Liz

PetCam : the world through the lens of our four-legged friends

Keeney, Chris.

778.932 KEENEY

Ever wonder what your cat does all day? Or what the world looks like from a chicken's perspective? PetCam provides the answers!

Suggested by Liz


Eggers, Dave.

CD 976.335 EGG5279

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family's unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. With this natural disaster just 10 years in the past the story is still very current with rebuilding still in progress in New Orleans. Heartstrings will be pulled and emotions will rise in this tense tale of survival.

This title is also available as an ebook.

Suggested by Marina


Cullen, David, 1961-

CD 373.7888 CUL5319

Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, "Columbine" is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history. A superbly narrated audio book. The research involved and the information imparted will definitely stay with you long after you finish.

This title is also available in print, ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Marina

Milk cow kitchen :

Butters, MaryJane, 1953-

636.2142 BUTTERS

MaryJane Butters wants YOU to have a cow -- that "pet" cow you've always dreamed about. You know, that gorgeous beau-vine you've seen grazing outside your "cow"girl kitchen window. Of course, you've wondered what it would feel like to bring a bucket of fresh milk into your kitchen and turn it into butter, your own yogurt, sour cream, and artisan cheeses like Manchego and Brie. One part milk cow how-to, one part cookbook, and three parts play! Plenty of photographs illustrate a comprehensive and entertaining guide to owning a dairy cow. A fun read for the serious or simply curious cow girl in all of us.

Suggested by Marina

The Scorpio Races

Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-


Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. A unique fantasy tale from a fairly obscure folk story. For readers that enjoy folk-tale retellings.

This title is also available in audio CD, ebook and eaudio formats.

Suggested by Marina

The lost

Durst, Sarah Beth, author.


It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she's going to have to figure out just what she's missing--and what she's running from--before she can leave. So now Lauren's on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she'll be found... The story was different and interesting and ended in a cliffhanger. The worst part being the publishing deal fell through and the next two books have no expected publication date. But the initial story will still please those interested in the light-ish side of dystopian novels.

This title is also available as an ebook.

Suggested by Marina

The know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-


33,000 pages 44 million words 10 billion years of history 1 obsessed man Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z. To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. For readers that want to become smarter and have a laugh or two along the way.

This title is also available as an audio CD and eaudio.

Suggested by Marina

Beach house happy : the joy of living by the water

Van der Meer, Antonia, author.

747.8872 VAN DER

Explore ideas and furnishings that will inspire you to create your personal variation of beach house happy in Puget Sound.

Suggested by Jane

The children's crusade : a novel

Packer, Ann, 1959- author.


Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill Blair buys a piece of property near San Francisco on a whim in 1954. He falls in love, marries, builds a house and has four children, intending to make his dreams of the perfect family become a reality, but things don't go as planned. Penny, his wife, yearns for independence and begins to pull away from her husband and children, pursuing an artistic life. Her choices take a toll on the kids, creating a caustic family dynamic that shapes their lives and the decisions they must make thirty years later. Ann Packer paints a stark, realistic portrait of a family and the art of healing broken relationships.

Suggested by Jane

City beasts : fourteen stories of uninvited wildlife

Kurlansky, Mark, author.


Mark Kurlansky journeys to familiar haunts like New York's Central Park or Miami's Little Havana with an original, earthy, and adventurous perspective. From baseball players in the Dominican Republic, Basque separatists in Spain, or a restaurant owner in Cuba to urban coyotes and a murder of crows, Kurlansky travels the worlds of animals and their human counterparts, revealing moving and hilarious truths about our connected existence through short stories while illustrating how closely our worlds align and how susceptible humans are to their basest instincts, wildest dreams, and survival.

Suggested by Jane

The Antarctic book of cooking and cleaning : a polar journey

Trusler, Wendy, 1962-, author.

919.8904 TRUSLER

A visually intriguing travelogue that chronicles the first civilian environmental cleanup expedition in Antarctica. This is an engaging story told through anecdotes, journal entries, vignettes, recipes, and archival and contemporary photography produced by the members of the project.

Suggested by Jane


Carriger, Gail, author.


Twenty-year-old Prudence "Rue" Akeldama and her friends journey to India in a dirigible in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into dangerous shape-changers, intrigue, and local politics. This first title in a new spin-off series by Gail Carriger is a fun and whimsical continuation of the steampunk world and characters introduced in the "Parasol Protectorate" series.

Suggested by Jane

Inside the O'Briens : a novel

Genova, Lisa, author.


Patrol officer Joe O'Brien is a tough Boston cop who loves his wife and four adult kids. Joe is in the prime of his life when he is diagnosed with Huntington's disease. As his symptoms worsen and he is stripped of his badge, losing his independence and dignity, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose. Worse, he has to watch as his children struggle with their new relationships with their father while they each make decisions about genetic testing, finding the courage to either live a life "at risk" or learn their fate.

Suggested by Jane

The paper playhouse : awesome art projects for kids using paper, boxes, and books

Rodabaugh, Katrina, author.

745.54 RODABAU

With simple techniques and recycled objects easily found at home, work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination to create modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes, masks, a classic lemonade stand and more. Fun and accessible art for the entire family!

Suggested by Jane

The vacationers

Straub, Emma, author.


Franny and Jim invite their grown children and best friends to share a vacation house for two weeks in Mallorca. Over fabulous food, days at the beach, Spanish lessons and languid laps in the pool, the vacationers confront hurtful secrets and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they would rather conceal. A true vacation read.

Suggested by Jane

What Katie ate : on the weekend--

Davies, Katie Quinn.

641.5 DAVIES

A collection of recipes inspired by the author's travels all over the world, along with stories from her own dinner parties and Sunday brunches. Great ideas for a summer of entertaining and delicious meals with friends.

Suggested by Jane

The Boston girl : a novel

Diamant, Anita, author.


Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today?" Addie relates what it was like to grow up in Boston as a young Jewish immigrant in the early 1900's with conservative parents at the advent of short skirts, movies, and new opportunities for women in the workforce. Though fictional, this book reads like a memoir that you won't want to put down.

Suggested by Jane

A dangerous place : a novel

Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955- author.


Maisie Dobbs is at it again! Jumping a few years into the future since the last installment of this series, Maisie arrives in turbulent 1937 Gibraltar in the aftermath of a tragedy and raises the British Secret Service's suspicions through her involvement in the murder of a Sephardic Jewish photographer.

Suggested by Jane

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