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The city baker's guide to country living

Miller, Louise (Chef), author.

FIC MILLER

When Olivia Rawlings, Boston pastry chef extraordinaire, sets not only her flambé dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to Vermont stay with her best friend, Hannah, who lives in a town famous for Bag Balm and contra dancing. Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small-town life, and when she meets Martin McCracken, a native who has returned to take care of his ailing father, she begins to understand that she may not be as alone in the world as she once thought.--

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Modern lovers

Straub, Emma, author.

FIC STRAUB

"From the New York Times' bestselling author of The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college--their own kids now going to college--and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in. Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions--be they food, or friendship, or music--never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us"--

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It can't happen here

Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale of the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find how many people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

Also available in , ebook, and in digital audio read by a different narrator.

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We stand on guard

Vaughan, Brian K., author.

FIC VAUGHAN

"Set one hundred years in our future, We Stand on Guard follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters, who must defed their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent ... the United States of America"--Page 4 of cover.

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Giant days. Volume one

Allison, John, 1976- author, creator.

FIC ALLISON

"Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, "personal experimentation," influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird."--provided from Amazon.com.

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Rebel queen : a novel

Moran, Michelle, author.

FIC MORAN

"When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest ... But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies--one male and one female--and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves"--

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Company Town

Ashby, Madeline, author.

FIC ASHBY

"New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community to forgo bio-engineered enhancements, but her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?"

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Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

Doidge, Meghan Ciana.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

"If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.--Author website" Meghan Ciana Doidge presents Book 1 of her Dowser series.

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The fixer

Barnes, Jennifer (Jennifer Lynn), author.

TEEN BARNES

When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, who has been keeping his Montana ranch going, is whisked away to Washington, D.C., by a sister she barely knows and thrown into a world of politics, power, wealth, love triangles, and family secrets.

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Think of england

Todd, Charles.

eBOOK OVERDRI

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage. Curtis's search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

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The last unicorn

Beagle, Peter S.

FIC BEAGLE

The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns.

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A true fantasy classic and one of my favorite books of all time. I wish I could live in this world.

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Interview with the vampire

Rice, Anne, 1941-

FIC RICE

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force -- a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook and OverDrive eAudio

Suggested by Lindsey

My love for the Vampire Chronicles will never fade. This is the first book in the series and it is gold. I also highly recommend the audiobook narration by Simon Vance.

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The buried giant

Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-

FIC ISHIGUR

An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day. "You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

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Part-historical fiction, part-fantasy, this story stars an older couple in an early medieval setting - a rare pairing!

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Illuminations

Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891.

841.8 RIMBAUD

First published in 1886, Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations, the work of a poet who had abandoned poetry before the age of twenty-one, changed the language of poetry. Hallucinatory and feverishly hermetic, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature, still unrivaled for its haunting blend of sensuous detail and otherworldly astonishment. In Ashbery's translation of this notoriously elusive text, the acclaimed poet and translator lends his inimitable voice to a venerated classic.

Suggested by Lindsey

I am as fascinated by Rimbaud himself as I am by his poetry. If you're interested in his work, this is a good place to begin.

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Let the right one in

Ajvide Lindqvist, John, 1968-

FIC AJVIDE

Twelve-year-old Oskar is obsessed by the murder that's taken place in his neighborhood. Then he meets the new girl from next door. She's a bit weird, though. And she only comes out at night.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook

Suggested by Lindsey

One of the most unique takes on the vampire genre that I've read, and the setting of early 1980s Sweden is perfection.

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Classic Penguin : cover to cover : a visual celebration of Penguin Classics

741.6407 CLASSIC

From Drop Caps to Deluxes, Penguin Creative Director Paul Buckley presents a visual overview of the innovative covers that have put Penguin Classics at the forefront of the book design world. In Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, Paul Buckley showcases more than ten years of stunning cover designs from Penguin Classics. This curated tour begins with the now-iconic redesign of the signature Penguin Classics black-spine series in 2003 and moves through award-winning series like the Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Editions, Penguin Drop Caps, and Penguin Horror. Exhibiting a mesmerizing array of front covers and full cover layouts, Paul Buckley illuminates the unique and inventive approaches to typography, image, and design that grace Penguin's covers of the best works in literature. Throughout the book, the artists and designers including Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, Jillian Tamaki, Jessica Hische, and Ruben Toledo who have collaborated with Penguin Classics offer commentary on the design process. For lovers of classic literature, book design, and all things Penguin, Classic Penguin has you covered.

Also available as an OverDrive eBook

Suggested by Lindsey

I'm a sucker for a gorgeous book, especially one with deckle edges, French flaps, and stunning artwork. Some of my most beautiful books are Penguin publications.

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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

Hyman, Miles, illustrator.

FIC HYMAN

This graphic adaptation, published in time for Shirley Jackson's centennial, allows readers to experience "The Lottery" as never before, or discover it anew. The visual artist, and Jackson's grandson, Miles Hyman has crafted an eerie vision of the hamlet where the tale unfolds, its inhabitants, and the unforgettable ritual they set into motion.

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Lily and the octopus

Rowley, Steven, 1971- author.

CD FIC ROWLEY

This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

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

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Unabrow : misadventures of a late bloomer

LaMarche, Una, author.

306.8743 LAMARCH

Una LaMarche has written a hilarious take on coming of age by doling out all the advice she wishes her own mother had given her about everything, from how to take care of her unibrow to how to avoid the most common faux pas in the Facebook age.

This title is also available to download as an OverDrive eBook.

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The song is you

Abbott, Megan E., 1971-

FIC ABBOTT

This dark and gritty tale was based on the still unsolved case of murdered Hollywood starlet Jean Spangler.

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Somebody owes me money

Westlake, Donald E.

CD FIC WES319

Cab driver Chet Conway was hoping for a good tip from his latest fare, the sort he could spend. But what he got was a tip on a horse race. Which might have turned out okay, except that when he went to collect his winnings, Chet found his bookie lying dead on the living room floor. Chet knows he had nothing to do with it, but just try explaining that to everyone else! The cops, the mobsters, the dead man's beautiful sister...no one believes him and someone still owes him $800!

This title is also available in OverDrive eAudio format.

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Lick dogs

Davidson, Carli.

636.7002 DAVIDSO

A collection of pictures of dogs with their tongues out. What's not to love?!

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Lady cop makes trouble

Stewart, Amy, author.

CD FIC STEWART

The Kopp sisters are back! Now working for the sheriff, Constance is set loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey, tracking down victims, trailing leads, and making friends with girl reporters and lawyers at a hotel for women. Cheering her on, and goading her, are her sisters Norma and Fleurette, that is, when they aren't training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage.

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

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Never missing, never found

Panitch, Amanda, author.

TEEN PANITCH

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett is now moving on from the past and starting her summer job at Adventure Time amusement park. When a girl goes missing from the park, it's clear that the past is not done with Scarlett.

This title is also available in OverDrive eBook format.

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Glory over everything : beyond the Kitchen house

Grissom, Kathleen, author.

FIC GRISSOM

The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

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

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