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Broken for you book Broken for you

Kallos, Stephanie.
FIC KALLOS

Septuagenarian Margaret Hughes lives alone in a Seattle mansion with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Wanda Schultz is needing somewhere to stay while she puts her life back together. Both women guard dark secrets but as their friendship develops, their armor falls away and they each begin to heal. Funny, heartbreaking, and full of eccentric characters, "Broken for You" is a testament to the saving graces of surrogate families.

This title is also available in electronic format in Overdrive, 3M, and Overdrive Audio.

Suggested by Jane




Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II book Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II

Croke, Vicki.
940.5425 CROKE

Billy Williams always had an affinity for animals but he found his calling with the elephants of India. Billy and his elephants became war heroes. At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees. He became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten. Part biography, part war story, and part wildlife adventure, this is an utterly engaging, little-known piece of history.

Suggested by Jane




Landscaping for privacy : innovative ways to turn your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat book Landscaping for privacy : innovative ways to turn your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat

Wingate, Marty.
635.9 WINGATE

Create your own secret garden and create a buffer between your home and the rest of the world, allowing for a soothing escape into the greenery of your creation. Featuring private gardens, big and small, this book will give you ideas and inspire long days spent in your personal idea of the perfect garden.

Suggested by Jane




Us book Us

Nicholls, David, 1966- author.
FIC NICHOLL

When Connie tells Douglas she thinks she wants a divorce, Douglas is shocked. After all, Connie has just planned a month-long family tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family. When Connie decides not to cancel the trip, Douglas is privately convinced that he will use the summer tour to find a way to save their marriage. Witty and endearing, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves while learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger.

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

Would you like to create the perfect landscape but don't have the space or time to maintain your world-class dream garden? Here is a solution... This complete guide to creating small-scale gardens in a pot - a miniature world of your own design - will allow anyone and everyone to become a master gardener. Let your green thumb and imagination take flight!

Suggested by Jane




Picnic in Provence : a memoir with recipes book Picnic in Provence : a memoir with recipes

Bard, Elizabeth, author.
944.9084 BARD

Elizabeth Bard, author of "Lunch in Paris", continues her account of life in France, this time in rural Provence. She and her husband move from their Paris apartment to the village of Céreste with their young young son and jump into a new culinary adventure. Recipes are included!

Suggested by Jane




Improbable libraries : a visual journey to the world's most unusual libraries book Improbable libraries : a visual journey to the world's most unusual libraries

Johnson, Alex, 1969- author.
027 JOHNSON

Whether on the back of an elephant, in a tree or in the architectural wonder of a carefully crafted room, libraries impact lives and reflect the cultures that use and revere them. Explore the art and usage of unique libraries from around the world in this gem of a book.

Suggested by Jane




Girl in Dior book Girl in Dior

Goetzinger, Annie, 1951- author, illustrator.
FIC GOETZIN

Fans of fashion and vintage design will enjoy this unique bio-graphic novel showcasing the life and collections of Christian Dior, spanning from 1947 until the date of his death in 1957. A feast for the eye and an entertaining glimpse at an iconic moment in haute couture history, this is an irresistible reading pleasure.

Suggested by Jane




We are not ourselves book We are not ourselves

Thomas, Matthew, 1975-
FIC THOMAS

An epic tale about an Irish American couple and the constraints of the American dream. Spanning the length of a marriage, this story of family and the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer's will resonate with readers looking for a strong yet sensitive portrait of everyday struggles that shape and change personal priorities and relationships over time.

Suggested by Jane




The table comes first : family, France, and the meaning of food book The table comes first : family, France, and the meaning of food

Gopnik, Adam.
394.1209 GOPNIK

This is the story of one man's quest for the meaning of food in a time obsessed with what to eat and how to eat it. Adam Gopnik traces our rapid evolution from awareness to manic compulsion over food and how we lost sight of a timeless truth: what goes on around the table--families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest dining experience is always more important than what we put on the table.

Suggested by Jane




Broken open : how difficult times can help us grow book Broken open : how difficult times can help us grow

Lesser, Elizabeth.
204.42 LESSER

"If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us--secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us." --ELIZABETH LESSER During times of transition, amid everyday stress, and even when we face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it; to shut down or to be broken open and transformed.

Suggested by Ruth




Mister Owita's guide to gardening : how I learned the unexpected joy of a green thumb and an open heart book Mister Owita's guide to gardening : how I learned the unexpected joy of a green thumb and an open heart

Wall, Carol, 1951-
635 WALL

Describes how a period of transition in the journalist author's life marked by her empty nest, a recent illness and her aging parents led her to forge a deep friendship with a gifted Kenyan gardener with whom she transformed her yard and shared long-buried secrets.

Suggested by Ruth




The good luck of right now book The good luck of right now

Quick, Matthew, 1973-
FIC QUICK

When his mother dies, thirty-eight-year-old Bartholomew Neil, who doesn't know how to be on his own, discovers a letter in his mother's underwear drawer that causes him to write a series of highly intimate letters to actor Richard Gere, while embarking on a quest to find out where he belongs.

Suggested by Ruth




The memory garden book The memory garden

Rickert, M. (Mary), 1959- author.
FIC RICKERT

Bay Singer has bigger secrets than most. Not that she knows about them. Her mother, Nan, is sure that the burden of those secrets would be too much, and that s why she never told anyone the truth not even Bay. There s a lot that Nan has kept quiet over the years, especially those times with Mavis and Ruthie times that were dark and full of guilt. But some secrets have a power all their own, and Nan realizes she needs Mavis and Ruthie now more than ever. When the three meet again in Nan s garden, their reunion has spellbinding effects that none of them could have imagined, least of all Bay.

Suggested by Ruth




Remember me like this : a novel book Remember me like this : a novel

Johnston, Bret Anthony, 1971-
FIC JOHNSTO

Four years after Justin Campbell's disappearance left his family in a state of perpetual denial and sent them to their own personal dream worlds to cope with the loss, Justin's return and the aftermath of the horrors he endured shake him and his family to their very core as they struggle to find the happy ending they all thought Justin's return might give them.

Suggested by Ruth




Memoirs of an imaginary friend book Memoirs of an imaginary friend

Dicks, Matthew.
FIC DICKS

Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination. Budo thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger's Syndrome, but most just say he's "on the spectrum." None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can't protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy...

Suggested by Ruth




Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory book Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory

Doughty, Caitlin, author.
363.7509 DOUGHTY

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.

This title is also available in Large Print.

Suggested by Dawn




Blue plate special : an autobiography of my appetites book Blue plate special : an autobiography of my appetites

Christensen, Kate, 1962-
BIO CHRISTE CHRISTE

Christensen explores her history of hunger--not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging--with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fists.

This title is also available in eBook and eAudio.

Suggested by Dawn




Seventies glamour book Seventies glamour

Wills, David, 1969- author.
779.2 WILLS

In Seventies Glamour, the acclaimed Hollywood photo historian David Wills showcases the freewheeling, explosive parade that was the 1970s, highlighting its aesthetic of liberation, sexual freedom and defiant indulgence. Gorgeously reproduced, wittily curated, the photos in Seventies Glamour are as diverse as the decade they celebrate.

Suggested by Dawn




This is not a photo opportunity : the street art of Banksy book This is not a photo opportunity : the street art of Banksy

Banksy.
759.2 BANKSY

Banksy, Britain's now-legendary "guerilla" street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Once viewed as vandalism, Banksy's work is now venerated, collected, and preserved. Over the course of a decade, Martin Bull has documented dozens of the most important and impressive works by the legendary political artist, most of which are no longer in existence.

Suggested by Dawn




Metal cats Teen Book Metal cats

Crockett, Alexandra, photographer.
TEEN 636.8088 CROCKET

The metal scene is known for its love of dark, depressing and disturbing imagery and ideas, and its fans are often mischaracterised as violent, hateful and misanthropic. Metal Cats is hard evidence that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like everyone else.

Suggested by Dawn




Faux taxidermy knits : 15 wild animal knitting patterns book Faux taxidermy knits : 15 wild animal knitting patterns

Walker, Louise (Designer), author.
746.432 WALKER

Faux Taxidermy Knits offers you 15 fabulously quirky and fun knitting patterns that tap into the massive trend for taxidermy inspired craft projects with an ironic twist!

Suggested by Dawn




Big art, small art book Big art, small art

Manco, Tristan.
700.4112 MANCO

Scale is being taken to new extremes in art: big and bold on the one hand, intricate and intimate on the other. This book is divided into two sections big art and small art and includes profiles of forty-five contemporary artists who are revolutionizing our approach to scale with works that provoke questions, arouse emotions and offer fresh perspectives.

Suggested by Dawn




Displacement book Displacement

Knisley, Lucy, author, illustrator.
741.5973 KNISLEY

In the newest installment of her graphic memoir series, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

Suggested by Dawn




The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates book The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates

Moore, Wes, 1978-
BIO MOORE MOORE

Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Fascinating true story of two boys and their journey to adulthood.

Suggested by Liz




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