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Almost Live! : the show that wouldn't die

Johnston, Bryan, author.

791.4572 JOHNSTO

The success of Almost Live! is ridiculous. A two-bit comedy show, no budget, dropped into a black hole of a time slot; it loses its host, goes through a schedule and format change, airs sketches that almost get the station sued and the show canceled. Oh, and for good measure a cast member dies on set. In any sane universe these television experiences would be filed under How to ensure unmitigated failure. But in the bizarre world of Almost Live! apparently normal reality doesn't exist. Really a must-read for anyone who considers themselves a true Seattleite!

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Advanced style : older & wiser

Cohen, Ari Seth.

746.9208 COHEN

This follow-up to the bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. Similar in format to the original, with dozens of portraits from cities all over the world, this book also features 22 short essays by some of the portrait subjects, distilling the wisdom and lifestyle secrets of some of Cohen's favorite Advanced Style ladies.

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American housewife : stories

Ellis, Helen, author.

FIC ELLIS

Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, the twelve irresistible stories in American Housewife are an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.

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

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Attachments

Rowell, Rainbow.

FIC ROWELL

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. Or is it? This story is about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself, even it is someone you have never met.

This title is also available as an OverDrive eBook.

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The gods of Gotham

Faye, Lyndsay.

FIC FAYE

Local author Lyndsay Faye immerses us in the world of Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant who has just joined the newly formed NYPD. His first big case: investigating the murder of a 12-year-old Irish boy. This is the first in the Gods of Gotham series.

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

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Lily and the octopus

Rowley, Steven, 1971- author.

FIC ROWLEY

Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has debates with his dachshund, Lily, who occupies his heart. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with the "octopus" attached to Lily's head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily's lethal cranial tumor. As Lily's condition worsens, Teddy faces off with the "octopus", engaging it in a battle of wills that takes on epic proportions. An exceedingly authentic, keenly insightful, funny and ardent tribute to the purity of love between a pet and its human.

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Requiem of the rose king. 1

Kanno, Aya, 1980-

FIC KANNO

In medieval England, during the age of the Wars of the Roses, a fierce battle rages between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Young Richard of teh House of York is determined that his family will ascend the throne...but he's hiding a secret that could destroy everything he desires.

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The mysteries of Pittsburgh : a novel

Chabon, Michael.

FIC CHABON

The enthralling debut from bestselling novelist Michael Chabon is a penetrating narrative of complex friendships, father-son conflicts, and the awakening of a young man’s sexual identity. Chabon masterfully renders the funny, tender, and captivating first-person narrative of Art Bechstein, whose confusion and heartache echo the tones of literary forebears like The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield and The Great Gatsby’s Nick Carraway.

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Fresh romance. Volume 1

FIC FRESH R

Fresh Romance is an exciting collection of romance comics from some of comics’ most talented creators, including Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, and Trungles. From unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances, there’s something for everyone in Fresh Romance. Includes some sexual situations.

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Mr. Impossible

Chase, Loretta Lynda, 1949-

FIC CHASE

While stranded in a Cairo prison, Rupert Carsington gets a chance for freedom when a lovely widow, who, needing him to rescue her brother who has been kidnapped, makes him an offer he cannot refuse.

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First position

Brayden, Melissa, author.

FIC BRAYDEN

Anastasia Mikhelson is the rising star of the NY City Ballet. Though at the peak of her career, competition from a new and noteworthy dancer puts all she's worked for in jeopardy.

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Wild babies : photographs of baby animals from giraffes to hummingbirds

Scott, Traer.

779.32 SCOTT

Bestselling author and photographer Traer Scott captures the magic and wonder of a young animal's first weeks of life in this heartwarming collection of photographs. Featuring portraits of more than 30 baby animals, Wild Babies provides a glimpse into the rarely seen world of newborn creatures. From rambunctious little kangaroos and fluffy fox cubs to a wide-eyed elephant seal pup and a tiny painted turtle, these playful images are paired with engaging text that highlights the remarkable moments in wild infants' first days as they learn to eat, walk, swim, and fly. Animal lovers will delight in these close-up shots and fun trivia celebrating the unique personalities of irresistibly cute creatures navigating their way out into the world for the very first time.

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Pit bull : the battle over an American icon

Dickey, Bronwen, author.

636.7559 DICKEY

The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized, and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs—and what role humans have played in the transformation.

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The dog merchants : inside the big business of breeders, pet stores, and rescuers

Kavin, Kim, author.

636.7006 KAVIN

Reveals the complex network behind the $11 billion-a-year business of selling dogs; discusses how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters; and shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of canines everywhere.

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The inside of out

Thorne, Jenn Marie, author.

TEEN THORNE

When her best friend comes out as a lesbian, Daisy leads the charge to end their school's ban on same-sex dates for the homecoming dance, but a local story goes viral and now everyone--including a cute college journalist--believes Daisy is gay, too.

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Maphead [charting the wide, weird world of geography wonks]

Jennings, Ken.

CD 912 JEN4371

Traces the history of mapmaking while offering insight into the role of cartography in human civilization and sharing anecdotes about the cultural arenas frequented by map enthusiasts.

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Lord and Lady spy

Galen, Shana.

FIC GALEN

No man can outsmart him... Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England's most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn?t the only one with secrets... She's been outsmarting him for years... Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he's not who she thinks he is after all...

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Summer of supernovas

Woods, Darcy, author.

TEEN WOODS

As the daughter of an astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows the truth lies within the stars, so when she discovers a rare planetary alignment she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear-- The Fifth House of Relationships and Love-- but Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother's legacy when she falls for a sensitive guitar player.

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Binti

Okorafor, Nnedi, author.

FIC OKORAFO

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

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The ballad of Black Tom

LaValle, Victor D., 1972- author.

FIC LAVALLE

"People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping. A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?"--provided from Amazon.com.

Also available as an Overdrive eAudiobook.

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Indian giver / Poems

Smelcer, John E., 1963- author.

811.54 SMELCER

"Poetry at its most satirical and courageous. A tremendous book."-Seamus Heaney"Few voices in American literature are so honest and daring."-Mark Strand"One of our most brilliant poets."-Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz"I feel the primal grain and temper of the genuine here."-William Heyen "A lament, a protest, an inextinguishable song."-Sherod Santos "Among the best and most original poets in America."-Stanley Kunitz "Nothing short of splendid."-Robert Nazarene"The kind of energy found in the poems of William Carlos Williams and Gary Snyder."-Joseph BruchacThese poems tell harsh truths of hopelessness and genocide. The confusion of children whose religion is forbidden; the ironic poverty of a lottery winner; an alternate American history in which Columbus turns and sails away-in deceptively simple language, we hear the protest of survivors. "'Indian' is not a derogatory word. It's what we call ourselves."AFTER A SERMON AT THE CHURCH OF INFINITE CONFUSION. At ten, Mary Caught-in-Between came home from sunday school, told every animal and bird and fish they couldn't talk anymore, told her drum it couldn't sing anymore, told her feet they couldn't dance anymore, told her words they weren't words anymore, told Raven and Coyote they weren't gods anymore, said god was a starving white man with long hair and blue eyes and a beard who no one loved enough to save when they nailed him to a totem pole. John Smelcer has written over forty books of poetry and prose. He is a member of the Alaskan Ahtna tribe.

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My love story!!. 1

Kawahara, Kazune, author.

TEEN KAWAHAR

Giant Takeo Goda's love life takes a surprising turn when he saves a girl named Yamato, but will she be drawn instead to Takeo's handsome best friend, Sunakawa?

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The men with the golden cuffs

Blake, Lexi.

FIC BLAKE

A woman in danger... Serena Brooks is a bestselling author of erotic fiction. She knows how to write a happy ending but hasn't managed to find one of her own. Divorced and alone, she has no one to turn to when a stalker begins to threaten her life. The cops don't believe her. Her ex-husband thinks she's making the whole story up. She has no one left to turn to except a pair of hired bodyguards. They promise to guard her body, but no one can protect her heart. Two men in search of love... Adam Miles and Jacob Dean are halves of a whole. They've spent their entire adult lives searching for the one woman who can handle them both. Adam is the playful, indulgent lover, while Jacob is the possessive, loving Dom. When Serena comes into their lives, Adam is certain that she's the one. But Jacob's past comes back to haunt them all. He is suspicious of Serena's story, and his concerns are driving a wedge between him and Adam. But when the stalker strikes, they will have to come together or lose each other forever...

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River of ink

Cooper, Paul M. M.

FIC COOPER

"In thirteenth-century Sri Lanka, Asanka, poet to the king, lives a life of luxury, enjoying courtly life and a sweet, furtive love affair with a palace servant, a village girl he is teaching to write. But when Magha, a prince from the mainland, usurps the throne, Asanka's role as court poet dramatically alters. Magha is a cruel and calculating king--and yet, a lover of poetry--and he commissions Asanka to translate a holy Sanskrit epic into the Tamil language spoken by his recently acquired subjects. The poem will be an olive branch--a symbol of unity between the two cultures. But in different languages, in different contexts, meaning can become slippery"--Amazon.com.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

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Burial rites : a novel

Kent, Hannah, 1985-

FIC KENT

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. . . . BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place.

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