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The Dark Days Club

Goodman, Alison.


"In April 1812, as she is preparing for her debut presentation to Queen Charlotte, Lady Helen Wrexhall finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy reaching to the very top of society, and learns the truth about her mother, who died ten years ago"--

Suggested by Jackie

The oven

Goldstein, Sophie, author, illustrator.


"Ozone depletion and dwindling resources have driven the human race into domed cities where population controls are strictly enforced. When a young couple goes looking for an anti-government paradise in the desert they may have found more than they bargained for"--Publisher website.

Suggested by Jackie

Gray Mountain

Grisham, John, author.


If you haven't read Grisham in 20 years (like me) this is definitely the one to jump back in with.

Suggested by Jackie

Citizen : an American lyric

Rankine, Claudia, 1963- author.


"Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV--everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named 'post-race' society"--From publisher's description.

Suggested by Jackie

My name is Lucy Barton : a novel

Strout, Elizabeth, author.


"Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters"--

Suggested by Jackie

One good Earl deserves a lover

MacLean, Sarah.


Before getting married, Lady Philippa Marbury has fourteen days to learn more about the darker side of life and hires Cross, the owner of an exclusive gaming hall, to give her a taste of London's wicked underworld.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Jocelyn.

Youngblood : a novel

Gallagher, Matt.


"The US military is preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and newly-minted lieutenant Jack Porter struggles to accept how it's happening--through alliances with warlords who have Arab and American blood on their hands. Day after day, Jack tries to assert his leadership in the sweltering, dreary atmosphere of Ashuriyah. But his world is disrupted by the arrival of veteran Sergeant Daniel Chambers, whose aggressive style threatens to undermine the fragile peace that the troops have worked hard to establish"--Dust jacket flap.

Suggested by Jocelyn.


Allen, Mike, 1969-


Mike Allen has put together a first class collection of horror and dark fantasy.Everyone in the world awakens covered in blood-and no one knows where the blood came from. A childhood doll arrives to tear its owner's reality limb from limb. A portal to the spirit realm stretches wide on the Appalachian Trail, and something more than human crawls through on eight legs. Words of comfort change to terrifying sounds as a force from outside time speaks through them. The buttons in the bin will unseam your flesh to bare your nastiest secrets. Opening with "The Button Bin," a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and culminating with its sequel, "The Quiltmaker," which Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award winner Laird Barron has hailed as Mike Allen's masterpiece, this debut collection gathers fourteen horror tales that, in the words of Barron's introduction, "rival anything committed to paper by the likes of contemporary masters such as Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, or Caitlin Kiernan. This is raw, visceral, and sometimes bloody stuff. Primal stuff."

Suggested by Jocelyn.

Stay : a novel

Gischler, Victor, 1969-


"David Sparrow is an awesome stay-at-home dad. He gets his kids ready for school while his wife, Amy, commutes to New York City, where she was recently promoted to Deputy District Attorney. In fact, she just inherited a major case: prosecuting crime lord Dante Payne. Meanwhile, David is content chatting with the moms at school drop-off, making dinner at night, and doing housework. But when Dante Payne takes the fight directly to Amy, attacking her where she lives, David is forced to "reactivate" himself, revealing a history and deadly skill set his wife knew nothing about. And he'll do anything to protect his family. Part Taken, part First Blood, Stay is an action-packed, often hilarious, and hugely entertaining suburban thriller"--

Suggested by Jocelyn.

Paleo takes 5 -or- fewer : healthy eating was never easier with these delicious 3, 4 and 5 ingredient recipes

Sexton, Cindy, author.

641.5638 SEXTON

Save Time and Money with Healthy Paleo Dishes Using Fewer Ingredients. Sticking to the Paleo diet can be hard, especially when the recipes call for a lot of ingredients. Luckily, Cindy Sexton, creator of PALEOdISH.com, has numerous creative and delicious recipes that use very few so shopping and cooking are a snap. You won't believe the incredible dishes you can make with five or fewer ingredients, including: Gingered Balsamic Date Glazed Chicken Legs, Pork Belly With Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Bacon-Crusted Chicken Strips, Mushroom and Sausage Beef Roll and Buttery Lamb Chops Infused with Mint and Lemon. InPaleo Takes 5 - Or Fewer, Cindy gives you ingredients that have the most nutrient density so each recipe packs a healthy punch. Sticking to the Paleo diet has never been so easy.

Suggested by Jocelyn.

The undoing

Laurenston, Shelly.


No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life considering her husband...you know...killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows. But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind--ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see. Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace's mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!

Suggested by Jocelyn.

Pushing ice

Reynolds, Alastair, 1966-


In 2057, Bella Lind and the crew of the Rockhopper mine comets for their ice, but when Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, inexplicably leaves its orbit and heads out of the solar system at high speed, Lind is assigned to follow it.

Suggested by Jocelyn.

Hungry like the wolf

Tyler, Paige.


The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret...they're a pack of wolf shifters. The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive-and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something...and she's determined to find out what. Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth-and perilously close to his heart...

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by Jocelyn.

Cold cold heart

Hoag, Tami.


Struggling with PTSD a year after escaping a serial killer, television reporter Dana Nolan uses her investigative skills to reclaim the missing pieces of her life and take another look at the case of her best friend's disappearance after high school graduation.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by Jocelyn.

The plover

Doyle, Brian, 1956 November 6- author.


When we added Doyle's "Mink River" to our book discussion collection and it was immediately booked solid, I grabbed another book of his, "The Plover" so see why all the fuss about Brian Doyle. Now I know! Lovable curmudgeon Declan O'Donnell sails away on his small trawler for parts unknown. Although the butt of jokes "with a mast like a grade-school flagpole and its sails made of old kitchen towels, as a wit from Waldport sneered, Declan thought happily of all the fuel he was not expending, and gave everyone the cheerful finger..." His wonderful dialogue with (or monologues to) seagulls, and later, other unexpected crew mates he accumulates, are hilarious, poignant, and provide much food for thought. Unexpectedly touching, even spiritual, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Suggested by Ruth

Bad feminist : essays

Gay, Roxane, author.

814.6 GAY

She's earthy, funny, brilliant, and the best friend you always wanted. These essays comment on feminism, politics, and racism in our society, by way of musings on professional scrabble tournaments, her unabashed devotion to Sweet Valley High books, and the worrying recurrence of the "magical negro" in popular literary fiction. Terrific on audio. I'm so glad I read this book-- enjoyed every page. Highly recommended for book clubs.

Suggested by Ruth

Shelter : a novel

Yun, Jung.


I mostly choose "feel-good" books, but I eagerly devoured this dark and, at times violent, book. Jin is drowning in debt, unable to relate to his young son, a puzzling disappointment to his Caucasian wife, an object of scorn and ridicule to his Irish-American in-laws, and unable to live up to the impossible expectations of his traditional Korean-born parents. When a devastating event upends his life, Jin is pushed to more and more desperate actions. The author writes with such compassion, insight, and mastery that I knew I was in good hands; the book never let me down. No wonder it got starred reviews.

Suggested by Ruth

Mr. Mac and me

Freud, Esther, author.


This book is a treasure to be savored, as the author re-creates life in a small English village during WWI. Like a snow globe-- beautifully detailed, enchanting-- as you gaze, you are pulled into another world.

"1914. In the village of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast young Thomas Maggs befriends mysterious Scotsman and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh whom the locals call Mac. Just as Thomas and Mac's friendship begins to bloom, war with Germany is declared and as the war weighs increasingly heavily on the community, the villagers on the home front become increasingly suspicious of Mac and his curious behavior." (Syndetic Solutions)

Suggested by Ruth

Among others

Walton, Jo.


Growing up, Morwenna and her twin Morganna can see and talk with spirits and fairies that dwell in the industrial ruins of Wales. When Morwenna has to defend herself against her witch mother in a magical battle that kills Morganna, and leaves Morwenna crippled, she flees to her father, who enrolls her in an English boarding school. Alone and friendless, in a world without magic, Morwenna’s only comfort is devouring Fantasy and Science Fiction novels. Tempted to use magic to entice a schoolmate to befriend her, Morwenna draws the attention of her mother in a showdown that will decide both of their fates. (Won both the Nebula and Hugo awards for Best Novel.)

Suggested by Ruth

Oleander girl

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee, 1956-


Enjoying a sheltered childhood with adoring grandparents but troubled by the silence surrounding her parents' deaths, 17-year-old Korobi is prompted by a love note among her mother's possessions and a fiance's shattering revelation to travel from India to post-September 11 America in search of her true identity." (--Syndetic Solutions)

LOVED this on audio! So many insights into Indian and American culture, plus a terrific plot that will keep you turning pages. Suggested by Ruth

The golden mean : [a novel of Aristotle and Alexander the Great]

Lyon, Annabel, 1971-


A bold reimagining of one of history's most intriguing relationships: between legendary philosopher Aristotle and his most famous pupil, the young Alexander the Great.

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Lindsey

Magic's pawn

Lackey, Mercedes.


Chronicles the story of the most powerful Herald-Mage ever born, tracing his growth from youthful arrogance to a position of power and maturity in the kingdom of Valdemar.

This title is also available as an audiobook and OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Lindsey

The wild girl

Forsyth, Kate, 1966- author.


Dortchen Wild lives in the small German kingdom of Hesse-Cassel in the early 19th century. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the handsome but very poor fairy tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm. It is a time of tyranny and terror: Napoleon Bonaparte wants to conquer all of Europe, and Hesse-Cassel is one of the first kingdoms to fall. Forced to live under oppressive French rule, Wilhelm and his brothers quietly rebel by preserving old half-forgotten tales that had once been told by the firesides of houses grand and small over the land. As Dortchen tells Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in what will one day become his and Jacob's famous fairy tale collection, their love blossoms.

Suggested by Lindsey

Toy stories : photos of children from around the world and their favorite things

Galimberti, Gabriele, author, photographer.

779.25 GALIMBE

For over a year, the photographer and journalist Gabriele Galimberti visited more than 50 countries and created colorful images of boys and girls in their homes and neighborhoods with their most prized possessions: their toys. From Texas to India, Malawi to China, Iceland, Morocco, and Fiji, Galimberti recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride that Galimberti captures is moving, funny, and thought provoking.

Suggested by Lindsey

Silence : the power of quiet in a world full of noise

Nhất Hạnh, Thích, author.

294.3444 NHAT HA

The Zen master and one of the world's most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource--silence--to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace. Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to, when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence. Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn't require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness--and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and well-being.

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

Suggested by Lindsey

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