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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
Diane Ackerman

HISTORY MILITARY WW2 ACK

Documents the heroic true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski who, in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland, saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.
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The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
Will Allen

SOCSCI ALL

Describes the author’s early experiences as a sharecropper’s son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate, and employ thousands of at-risk youths.
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In the Time of the Butterflies
Julia Alvarez

ALVAREZ

A story based on actual events evokes the horror of the Dominican Republic under dictator General Trujillo, as three sisters die in a jeep “accident.”
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The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel
Paul Auster

AUSTER

Retired life insurance salesman Nathan Glass moves to Brooklyn to find anonymity and solitude through his declining years, but a chance meeting with Tom Wood, his long-lost nephew, forces him to come to terms with his past.
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A Woman's Place: A Novel
Lynn Austin

INSPIR AUSTIN

The call for defense workers during World War II unites four women—Virginia, Helen, Rosa, and Jean—at Seneca Shipyards in Michigan, and as they encourage, shape, and influence one another, they learn valuable lessons about life, love, and faith.
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Once We Were Brothers
Ronald H Balson

BALSON

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser, Ben Solomon, is convinced he is right. Solomon urges attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that Otto Piatek was abandoned as a child and rasied by Solomon’s family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation.
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery

BARBERY

The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu.
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The Aviator's Wife: A Novel
Melanie Benjamin

BENJAMIN

A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador’s daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim.
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Parlor Games
Maryka Biaggio

BIAGGIO

Standing trial for extortion in 1917, beautiful con artist May Dugas recounts her version of the events that led to her arrest, from her reluctant residence in a famous Chicago bordello and her eventual insinuation into high society to her foiled engagement and world travels as a seductress and blackmailer.
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Scarlet Feather
Maeve Binchy

BINCHY

Fresh from cooking school, Tom Feather and Cathy Scarlet are hot additions to the Dublin scene with their new catering company, but some people in the city, including their families, are not so keen on the idea of their success.
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The Double Bind: A Novel
Chris Bohjalian

BOHJALIAN

Withdrawing into her photography and a job at a homeless shelter after being attacked while riding her bike, student Laurel Estabrook encounters Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of secret photos, but when Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel is certain that the photos hide a dark family secret and embarks on an obsessive, potentially dangerous search for the truth.
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo

SOCSCI BOO

Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions.
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Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Kevin Boyle

HISTORY US MICHIGAN BOY

Great Michigan Read
Follows the 1925 murder trial of African-American doctor Ossian Sweet, who was accused of murdering a white person during a mob attack on his home, and includes a history of the Sweet family and a portrait of his attorney, Clarence Darrow.
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
John Boyne

HIST TEEN BOYNE

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
Alan Bradley

MYS BRADLEY

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, begins her adventure when a dead bird is found on the doorstep of her family’s mansion in the summer of 1950, thus propelling her into a mystery that involves an investigation into a man’s murder where her father is the main suspect.
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Moloka'i
Alan Brennert

BRENNERT

Dreaming of far-off lands away from her loving 1890s Honolulu home, seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her reentry into the world.
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Caleb's Crossing: A Novel
Geraldine Brooks

BROOKS

Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain’s son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows his subsequent ivy league education and efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite.
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March
Geraldine Brooks

BROOKS

In a story inspired by the father character in “Little Women” and drawn from the journals and letters of Louisa
May Alcott’s father, a man leaves behind his family to serve in the Civil War and finds his beliefs challenged by his experiences.
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People of the Book: A Novel
Geraldine Brooks

BROOKS

Offered a coveted job to analyze and conserve a priceless Sarajevo Haggadah, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the volume’s ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March.
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Bill Bryson

TRAVEL BRY

A wry account tracing an adventurous and arduous trek past the Appalachian Trail’s natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.
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Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
Todd Burpo,Lynn Vincent

RELIGION CHRISTIAN BUR

Presents the story of the 4-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.
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My Ántonia
Willa Cather

CLASSIC CATHER

The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly a young Bohemian girl named Ántonia Shimerda, are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation immigrants.
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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Jennifer Chiaverini

CHIAVERINI

Chosen as the personal modiste for Mary Todd Lincoln, freedwoman Elizabeth Keckley is drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family as she supports Mary in the loss of her husband from the assassination that stunned the nation and the world.
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And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection)
Agatha Christie

MYS CHRISTIE

A killer stalks ten strangers on an isolated island off the Devon coast, in a suspenseful story of murder and retribution set to a sinister nursery rhyme.
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The Amish Midwife (The Women of Lancaster County)
Mindy Starns Clark,Leslie Gould

INSPIR CLARK

A burning desire to learn about her biological family leads nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country, where she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die.
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Secrets of Harmony Grove
Mindy Starns Clark

INSPIR CLARK

Sienna Collins leans on her faith and the wisdom of the Amish when she learns that she is being investigated by the federal government and then her ex-boyfriend turns up dead.
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Little Bee: A Novel
Chris Cleave

CLEAVE

Presents a tale of a precarious friendship between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London, a story told from the alternating and disparate perspectives of both women.
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

SF TEEN COLLINS

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting young people against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.
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A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith
Anna-Lisa Cox

HISTORY US MICHIGAN COX

A close-up study of Covert, Michigan, describes how this small town, beginning in the 1860s, created a unique, fully integrated community that emphasized complete equality, a sharing of power and wealth between blacks and whites, and racial intermarriage, drawing on diaries, oral history, and period records to describe how residents made this town work in the face of the era’s pervasive racism.
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Grayson
Lynne Cox

BIOGRAPHY COX

Describes the author’s encounter with a baby gray whale that had become separated from its mother off the southern California coast, and relates her efforts to reunite it with its mother.
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Tallgrass
Sandra Dallas

DALLAS

Her life turned upside-down when a Japanese internment camp is opened in their small Colorado town, Rennie witnesses the way her community places suspicion on the newcomers when a young girl is murdered, an event that prompts Rennie’s own perspective change and the discovery of dangerous secrets.
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The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel
Debra Dean

DEAN

In a novel that moves back and forth between the Soviet Union during World War II and modern-day America, Marina, an elderly Russian woman, recalls vivid images of her youth during the height of the siege of Leningrad when, as a tour guide at the Hermitage, she and other staff members removed the museum’s priceless artworks for safekeeping.
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The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas
Jerry Dennis

SCIENCE NATURE DEN

A history of the Great Lakes as told by the biologists, fishermen, sailors, and others who have experienced them firsthand traces the author’s experiences as a local resident and schooner crewperson.
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The Red Tent
Anita Diamant

DIAMANT

In a story based on the Book of Genesis, Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah, shares her unique perspective on the origins of many of our modern religious practices and sexual politics, eager to impart the lessons in endurance and humanity she has learned from her father’s wives.
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The Language of Flowers: A Novel
Vanessa Diffenbaugh

DIFFENBAUGH

Discovering the symbolic meanings of flowers while languishing in the foster-care system, 18-year-old Victoria is hired by a florist when her talent for helping others is discovered, a situation that leads to a romantic prospect and the confrontation of a painful secret from her past.
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Room: A Novel
Emma Donoghue

DONOGHUE

A 5-year-old narrates a riveting story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.
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A Stolen Life: A Memoir
Jaycee Dugard

BIOGRAPHY DUGARD

The author describes how she was held hostage for eighteen years by registered sex offender Phillip Garrido, who sexually abused her and fathered her two children, and how she was finally found by authorities.
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Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
Lori Duron

BIOGRAPHY DURON

Based on her popular blog of the same name, the author presents a brutally honest, laugh-out-loud funny memoir about the joys and challenges of raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son.
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The Night Train: A Novel
Clyde Edgerton

EDGERTON

In 1963, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. Meanwhile, Dwayne’s forbidden black friend Larry, aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk, apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. A mutual passion for musichelp Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams.
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Kim Edwards

EDWARDS

In a tale spanning twenty-five years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter’s affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child.
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Things We Couldn't Say
Diet Eman

BIOGRAPHY EMAN

A true story of love stronger than Nazi persecution. Things We Couldn’t Say is the true story of Diet Eman, a young Dutch woman, who, with her fiancé, Hein Sietsma, risked everything to rescue imperiled Jews in Nazi-occupied Holland during World War II.
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Peace Like a River
Leif Enger

ENGER

Eleven-year-old asthmatic Reuben Land chronicles the Land family’s odyssey in search of Reuben’s older brother, Davy, who has escaped from jail before he can stand trial for the killing of two marauders who came to their Minnesota farm to harm the family.
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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
Jim Fergus

FERGUS

Based on actual historical events, this novel follows the indomitable May Dodd as she travels to the Cheyenne, becomes the bride of Little Wolf, chief of that tribe, and struggles with living in and being loyal to two different worlds.
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Bossypants
Tina Fey

HUMOR FEY

The breakout star of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” gives a humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.
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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel
Fannie Flagg

FLAGG

NEW! Donated in loving memory of Leona Schaefer Dolfin and in honor and celebration of her Easter family.
The bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe presents a hilarious new mystery that, spanning decades, generations and America in the 1940s and today, centers around five women who worked in a Phillips 66 gas station during the WWII years.
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Gone Girl: A Novel
Gillian Flynn

FLYNN

When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.
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The Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett

FOLLETT

Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford

FORD

When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered in Seattle, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.
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Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel
Jamie Ford

FORD

NEW!
With his friend Charlotte, twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, escapes from a Seattle orphanage determined to find his mother Willow and discover his connection to the exotic film star.
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The Jane Austen Book Club
Karen Joy Fowler

FOWLER

As six Californians get together to form a book club to discuss the novels of Jane Austen, their lives are turned upside down by troubled marriages, illicit affairs, changing relationships, and love.
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Alexandra Fuller

BIOGRAPHY FULLER

An intimate memoir of growing up in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war of 1971 to 1979 describes the author’s life on farms in southern Rhodesia, Milawi, and Zambia, detailing her hardscrabble existence with an alcoholic mother, frequently absent father, and three lost siblings, as well as her fierce love for Africa.
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Angel Sister: A Novel
Ann H. Gabhart

INSPIR GABHART

As her family suffers from the Great Depression, Kate Merritt tries to shoulder the emotional load, and finds that an abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong might be just what her family needs.
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The Graveyard Book: A Novel (P.S.)
Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean

TEEN GAIMAN

In this ingenious and captivating reimagining of Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure The Jungle Book, Neil Gaiman tells the unforgettable story of Nobody Owens, a living, breathing boy whose home is a graveyard, raised by a guardian who belongs neither to the mortal world nor the realm of the dead. Among the mausoleums and headstones of his home, Bod experiences things most mortals can barely imagine. But real, flesh-and-blood danger waits just outside the cemetery walls: the man who murdered the infant Bod’s family will not rest until he finds Nobody Owens and finishes the job he began many years ago.
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Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez

GARCIA MARQUEZ

Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.
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Friendship Bread: A Novel
Darien Gee

GEE

Receiving an unexpected gift of friendship bread and instructions for creating more to pass along, Julia Everts, a woman chronically depressed by the loss of her son, surprises her family by making the bread and sparking new friendships, setting in motion positive connections and healing throughout the community.
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Left Neglected
Lisa Genova

GENOVA

Sarah Nickerson, a career-driven young mother, suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that leaves her unable to perceive left-side information, a disability that causes her to struggle through an uncertain recovery as she adapts to her new life.
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Still Alice
Lisa Genova

GENOVA

Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her everyday life as her concept of self gradually slips away.
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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert

BIOGRAPHY GILBERT

Traces the author’s decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, an endeavor that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature, experience fulfillment, and learn the art of spiritual balance.
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Lord of Misrule
Jaimy Gordon

GORDON

In the early 1970s, trainer Tommy Hansel attempts a horse racing scam at a small, backwoods track in West Virginia, but nothing goes according to his plan when the horses refuse to cooperate and nearly everyone at the track seems to know his scheme.
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Secret Daughter: A Novel
Shilpi Somaya Gowda

GOWDA

Interweaves the stories of a baby girl in India, the American doctor who adopted her, and the Indian mother who gave her up in favor of a son, as two families become changed by the child that connects them.
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The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

TEEN GREEN

Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be rewritten.
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The Kitchen House
Kathleen Grissom

GRISSOM

Working as an indentured servant alongside slaves on a tobacco plantation, Lavinia, a 7-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, finds her light skin and situation placing her between two very different worlds that test her loyalties.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon

HADDON

After stumbling upon his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork and being blamed for the killing, fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone, an autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, decides to track down the real killer and turns to his detective hero to help him with the investigation, which brings him face to face with a family crisis.
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The Condition: A Novel
Jennifer Haigh

HAIGH

Unaware of the long-standing grievances harbored by their divorced parents, three adult siblings embark on a tumultuous summer when the oldest, a successful Manhattan doctor, investigates his sister’s chromosomal disorder against his mother’s wishes.
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Same Kind of Different As Me
Ron Hall and Denver Moore

BIOGRAPHY HALL

The co-author relates how he was held under plantation-style slavery until he fled in the 1960s and suffered homelessness for an additional eighteen years before the wife of the other co-author, an art dealer accustomed to privilege, intervened.
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Hannah's Dream: A Novel
Diane Hammond

HAMMOND

Having devotedly cared for a lone elephant at a dilapidated zoo for more than forty years, Samson hopes to be able to retire when he hires promising assistant Neva, who forces Samson to acknowledge that the elephant also needs the company of her own kind.
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Winter Garden
Kristin Hannah

HANNAH

Reunited when their beloved father falls ill, sisters Meredith and Nina find themselves under the shadow of their disapproving mother, whose painful history is hidden behind her rendition of a Russian fairy tale told to the sisters in childhood.
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Summer at Tiffany
Marjorie Hart

BIOGRAPHY HART

A memoir of a New York City summer during the waning days of World War II recounts how the University of Iowa coed author and her best friend became the first women to work on the sales floor at Tiffany & Co., a job during which they basked in period culture, from USO dances and the Stork Club to nickel subway rides and the Eisenhower parade.
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Plainsong
Kent Haruf

HARUF

From the unsettled lives of a small-town teacher struggling to raise two boys alone in the face of their mother’s retreat from life, a pregnant teenage girl with nowhere to go, and two elderly bachelor farmers emerges a new vision of life and family as their diverse destinies intertwine.
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand

HISTORY MILITARY WWII HIL

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared—Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.
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Infidel
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

BIOGRAPHY HIRSI ALI
Donated in memory of Jan Lundstrom by Carpe Librum Book Club

The author recounts the story of her life, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia and escape from a forced marriage to her efforts to promote women’s rights while surviving numerous threats to her safety.
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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
Beth Hoffman

HOFFMAN

Relegated to the care of an eccentric great-aunt after her mentally unbalanced mother’s accidental death, 12-year-old CeeCee is quickly surrounded by the strong women and cultural elements of her new Savannah community.
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Loving Frank: A Novel
Nancy Horan

HORAN

Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
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Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel
Nancy Horan

HORAN
NEW! Donated by the Friends of the Cascade Library

Imagines the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, who after meeting in rural France take refuge from their unhappy lives and embark on two shared decades of international turbulence.
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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini

HOSSEINI

Traces the unlikely friendship of Amir, a wealthy Afghanistani youth, and a servant’s son, in a tale that spans the final days of the nation’s monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.
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And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini

HOSSEINI

NEW!
Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.
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A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini

HOSSEINI

Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.
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The Snow Child: A Novel
Eowyn Ivey

IVEY

A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.
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Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel
Joshilyn Jackson

JACKSON

Twenty-one-year-old Shandi Pierce, who is juggling college and raising her three-year-old genius son, falls head over heels in love with a brilliant geneticist who, in the middle of a stick-up at a gas station mini-mart, willingly steps between the armed robber and her son.
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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
Rhoda Janzen

BIOGRAPHY JANZEN

A poet describes how, after her husband left her for a relationship with a man and she subsequently was seriously injured in a car crash, she returned home to her close-knit Mennonite family and came to terms with her failed marriage and her choices in life.
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Mudbound
Hillary Jordan

JORDAN

In 1946, Laura McAllan tries to adjust after moving with her husband and two children to an isolated cotton farm in the Mississipi Delta.
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When She Woke
Hillary Jordan

JORDAN

Hannah Payne, sentenced to being dyed a stigmatizing red for the crime of having an abortion, must learn to adjust to her new circumstances in a United States where her married lover, Aidan Dale, is Secretary of Faith.
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
Rachel Joyce

JOYCE

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
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Broken for You
Stephanie Kallos

KALLOS

Margaret Hughes, a septuagenarian living in Seattle, takes in a series of boarders who help her cope with her illness, and whose lives become unexpectedly connected to each other.
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The Invention of Wings: A Novel
Sue Monk Kidd

KIDD

NEW! Donated by the Friends of the Cascade Library

Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Barbara Kingsolver

GARDEN KIN

Follows the author’s family’s efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet.
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Flight Behavior: A Novel
Barbara Kingsolver

KINGSOLVER

NEW!
Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever.
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Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The
Julie Klassen

INSPIR KLASSEN

Fleeing a dishonorable man, Margaret abandons her pampered upper-class world for an anonymous life as a maid in the household of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his brother.
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Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline

KLINE

Donated by the Friends of the Cascade Library
Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

RELIGION CHRISTIAN KRA

Traces the events that surrounded the 1984 murder of a woman and her child by fundamentalist Mormons Ron and Dan Lafferty, exploring the belief systems and traditions, including polygamy, that mark the faith’s most extreme factions and what their practices reflect about the nature of religion in America.
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Unaccustomed Earth: Stories
Jhumpa Lahiri

LAHIRI

Exploring the secrets and complexities lying at the heart of family life and relationships, a collection of eight stories includes the title work, about a young mother in a new city whose father tends her garden while hiding a secret love affair, as well as “Hema and Kaushik,” “Only Goodness,” and “A Choice of Accommodations,” among others.
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Defending Jacob: A Novel
William Landay

LANDAY

His happy life and long-time respectability as a suburban Massachusetts assistant district attorney shattered when his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, Andy Barber faces a wrenching decision about family loyalty when the facts increasingly suggest that the boy is guilty.
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The Girls
Lori Lansens

LANSENS

One of the world’s oldest living craniopagus conjoined twins at the approach of her thirtieth birthday, bookish Rose Darlen attempts to pen her autobiography while remembering the joys and challenges of her life with sister Ruby, with whom she shares friendships in their small hometown.
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Erik Larson

TCRIME LAR

A compelling account of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event — visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths.
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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Erik Larson

HISTORY EUROPE GERMANY LAR

Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapochief Rudolf Diels.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

CLASSIC LEE

The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)
C. S. Lewis

J LEWIS

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
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Sarah's Garden (A Patch of Heaven Novel)
Kelly Long

INSPIR LONG

Shy Sarah King seeks solace and direction from God when she falls for the community’s new veterinarian, Grant Williams, and finds herself choosing between loving a man who is not Amish or staying with her devoted family.
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The Sandpiper
Susan Brace Lovell

NEW! LOCAL!

From the author:
“I am looking for book clubs interested in reading my women’s-fiction novel The Sandpiper that takes place on Lake Michigan in Spring Port – think Grand Haven and Holland – so familiar turf for Grand Rapids readers. One reviewer summarized The Sandpiper as ‘a deep and engrossing novel about family, loss, and addiction. Readers will truly care about these characters…’ I like to think this will be true for your book group too. I love talking with book clubs about this novel that came from my deepest heart, and I’m looking for new clubs interested in inviting me to visit. Please feel free to contact me: slovell19@comcast.net (616)942-9635 Hope to hear from you!”—Susan B. Lovell
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Charity Girl
Michael Lowenthal

LOWENTHAL

During World War I, after an impulsive night with an infected soldier, Frieda Mintz, a seventeen-year-old Jewish girl, is sent to a makeshift detention center for medical treatment with other “charity girls” in similar circumstances.
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Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret
Steve Luxenberg

BIOGRAPHY LUXENBERG

Great Michigan Read
Traces the author’s surprise discovery that his late mother had had a sister who was sent away under mysterious circumstances and never mentioned by the family again, his efforts to research his long-lost aunt’s story and whereabouts, and his struggles to understand the secrecy of her existence.
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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Gregory Maguire

SF MAGUIRE

Set in an Oz where a morose Wizard battles suicidal thoughts, the story of the green-skinned Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, profiles her as an animal rights activist striving to avenge her dear sister’s death.
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel
Anthony Marra

MARRA
NEW! Donated by the Friends of the EGR Library

In December 2004 in a rural village in Chechnya, failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized eight-year-old daughter of a man abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
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Life of Pi
Yann Martel

MARTEL

Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith

MYS MCCALL SMITH

Working in Gaborone, Botswana, sleuth Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week.
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The Paris Wife: A Novel
Paula McLain

MCLAIN

Follows the life of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920s Paris. By the author of A Ticket to Ride.
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Heart Most Worthy, A
Siri Mitchell

INSPIR MITCHELL

On the eve of World War I, three Italian immigrants—Julietta, Annamaria and Luciana—dream of love, but each harbors a secret from their families and from each other that could destroy their hopes of finding happiness.
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The Incident at Montebello
P. A. Moed

LOCAL MOED

NEW! LOCAL!
Based on a true event: In 1930, Italian Premier Benito Mussolini was driving through the Italian countryside with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. when his car struck and killed a little girl, Sofia Buonomano. The Buonomano family is torn apart by Sofia’s death and is caught in a political firestorm that spreads from their village to Rome and across America and Europe.Email this local author to join your book club discussion at patriciamoed@gmail.com.
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The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
Sy Montgomery

PETS MON

An ardent nature lover describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community that gave her an anchor to family and home.
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The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Wes Moore

SOCSCI MOO

Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name born a year apart in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.
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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

SF MORGENSTERN

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
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The Rest of Her Life
Laura Moriarty

MORIARTY

The author of The Center of Everything presents a tale about the complicated interactions between mothers and daughters who unwittingly inflict harm on one another in spite of their best intentions.
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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
Kate Morton

MORTON

Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she grows up that she is not their child, a situation that causes her to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.
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Me Before You
Jojo Moyes

MOYES

Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer’s acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.
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One Plus One: A Novel
Jojo Moyes

MOYES

NEW!

A single mom trying to raise a bullied stepson and a mathlete daughter finds an unexpected rescue in the form of an obnoxious tech millionaire named Geeky Ed in this new novel from the internationally best-selling author of Me Before You.
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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Vicki Myron,Bret Witter

PETS CATS MYR

Traces the author’s discovery of a half-frozen kitten in the drop-box of her small-community Iowa library and the feline’s development into an affable library mascot whose intuitive nature prompted hundreds of abiding friendships.
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Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette
Sena Jeter Naslund

NASLUND

A fictional tale inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette presents the story of a teenage empress’s daughter who is forced to leave her family home to marry the future king of France and who rebels against the formality and rigid protocol of court life.
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Enrique's Journey
Sonia Nazario

SOCSCI NAZ

NEW!
Describes one Honduran boy’s difficult and dangerous journey to find his mother, who had made the trek northward to the United States in search of a better life when Enrique had been five years old, but who had never made enough money to return home for her children, in a poignant account that addresses the issues of family and the implications of illegal immigration.
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Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
Bich Minh Nguyen

BIOGRAPHY NGUYEN

Great Michigan Read
A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family’s Buddhist lifestyle.
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The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

NIFFENEGGER

Caught in an impossible-to-resolve situation that spans the boundaries of temporal reality, this tale of a plucky librarian who is accidentally cast back in time focuses on the romantic complications of time travel.
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My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel
Robin Oliveira

OLIVEIRA

Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon, headstrong midwife Mary receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother’s pleas for her to return home.
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Astrid and Veronika
Linda Olsson

OLSSON

A lyrical study of friendship, love, and loss chronicles the evolving relationship between Veronika, a young New Zealand writer struggling with a recent tragedy and trying to finish her novel, and Astrid, an older, reclusive neighbor who offers comfort in the form of companionship and home-cooked meals, in a debut novel set against the backdrop of small-town Sweden.
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Home Another Way
Christa Parrish

INSPIR PARRISH

Twenty-seven-year-old Sarah Graham travels to a tiny hamlet in New York following the death of her estranged father to claim her inheritance, only to learn that his will stipulates a six-month stay before she can collect the money.
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State of Wonder
Ann Patchett

PATCHETT

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years—a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
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The Tenderness of Wolves: A Novel
Stef Penney

PENNEY

As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Canada’s Dove River in 1867, a man is brutally murdered and a 17-year-old boy disappears. Tracks leaving the dead man’s cabin head north toward the forest and the tundra beyond.
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Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Marisha Pessl

PESSL

Having moved from one academic outpost to another throughout her childhood at the side of her aphorism-prone father, Blue van Meer attends the elite St. Gallway School in her senior year, where she falls in with a charismatic group of friends before the deaths of a teacher and student awaken her analytical instincts.
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Nineteen Minutes
Jodi Picoult

PICOULT

In the aftermath of a horrific small-town school shooting, lawyer Jordan McAfee finds himself defending a youth who desperately needs someone on his side, while intrepid detective Patrick DuCharme works with a primary witness in the daughter of the superior court judge assigned to the case.
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Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York
Marge Piercy

PIERCY

Coming of age in a post-Civil War New York City tenement flat, Jewish-Russian Freydeh juggles multiple jobs to earn passage for her beloved family, an endeavor that is compromised when she learns that her younger sister is adrift somewhere in the city. .
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AARP The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children about the Rest of Your Life
Tim Prosch

RELATION FAMILY PRO

NEW! Donated by the Friends of the Plainfield Library
Offers practical advice to older readers on how they can talk to their adult children about their end-of-life needs.
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Splitting Wood
Tom Rademacher

LITCOLL RAD

A collection of columns written by Tom Rademacher and published in The Grand Rapids Press between 1988 and 2009
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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Harriet Reisen

BIOGRAPHY ALCOTT

A vivid, energetic account of the life of Louisa May Alcott that explores Alcott’s life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical.
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Real Life & Liars
Kristina Riggle

RIGGLE

Sometimes you find happiness where, and when, you least expect it. For Mirabelle Zielinski’s children, happiness always seems to be just out of reach. Her polished oldest daughter, Katya, clings to a stale marriage with a workaholic husband and three spoiled children. Her son, Ivan, so creative, is a down-in-the-dumps songwriter with the worst taste in women. And the “baby,” impulsive Irina, who lives life on a whim, is now reluctantly pregnant and hitched to a man who is twice her age. On the weekend of their parents’ anniversary party, lies will be revealed, hearts will be broken…but love will also be found. And the biggest shock may come from Mirabelle herself, because she has a secret that will change everything.
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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
Ransom Riggs

HORROR TEEN RIGGS

NEW! Donated by the Rogue River Readers
A follow-up to the best-selling “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” begins in 1940 with Jacob and his new friends escaping from Miss Peregrine’s island and traveling to London, where they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals and other unexpected surprises.
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs

HORROR TEEN RIGGS

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
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Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
Cokie Roberts

HISTORY US REVOLUT ROB

An inspirational but personal look into the trials and tribulations of historical women who helped shape our nation into what it has become exhibits the many facets of their lives and how they supported some of the founders of our country, profiling such key figures as Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinkney, Dolley Payne Madison, Deborah Read Franklin, and Catherine Littlefield Greene.
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Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
Deborah Rodriguez

BIOGRAPHY RODRIGUEZ

The founder of the Kabul Beauty School describes the lives of women in the patriarchal society of Afghanistan from the perspective of the school and its students, offering profiles of such women as a newlywed who must fake her own virginity, a child bride sold into marriage to pay her family’s debts, and the wife of a Taliban member who pursues her training despite her husband’s abuse.
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Sarah's Key
Tatiana de Rosnay

ROSNAY

On the anniversary of the roundup of Jews by the French police in Paris, Julia is asked to write an article on this dark episode and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah.
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Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
Gretchen Rubin

BIOGRAPHY RUBIN

Recounts the author’s efforts to render her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love, discussing how she experimented with a range of concrete resolutions and came to redefine her views about family, time, and material comforts.
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The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Gretchen Rubin

BIOGRAPHY RUBIN

Chronicles the author’s year spent testing the edicts of conventional wisdom to assess their actual potential for improving life, describing how she engaged in various activities from getting more sleep and singing to her children to starting a blog and imitating a spiritual master.
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The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

RUIZ ZAFON

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author’s works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.
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A Thread of Grace
Mary Doria Russell

RUSSELL

In September 1943, fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum and her father flee across the Alps into Italy with thousands of other Jewish refugees seeking safety, only to find an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allied forces, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italians struggling to survive the harsh realities of World War II.
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Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life
Tim Russert

BIOGRAPHY RUSSERT

The acclaimed journalist offers a heartwarming memoir of life with his father, describing growing up in the 1950s in working-class Buffalo with his extraordinary father, a proud WWII veteran, as well as the influence of his Catholic upbringing, his passion for sports, and the importance of hard work, responsibility, and patriotism.
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Holes
Louis Sachar

TEEN SACHAR

As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
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Trouble
Gary D. Schmidt

TEEN SCHMIDT

Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin’s dying wish, sets out to hike Maine’s Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog, but fate adds another companion—the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin.
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The Wednesday Wars
Gary D. Schmidt

TEEN SCHMIDT

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
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The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe

BIOGRAPHY SCHWALBE

Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond.
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Dreams of Joy: A Novel
Lisa See

SEE

A continuation of “Shanghai Girls” finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation’s intolerant Communist culture.
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Shanghai Girls: A Novel
Lisa See

SEE

Forced to leave Shanghai when their father sells them to California suitors, sisters May and Pearl struggle to adapt to life in 1930s Los Angeles while still bound to old customs, as they face discrimination and confront a life-altering secret..
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
Lisa See

SEE

An evocative story of friendship set against the backdrop of a nineteenth-century China in which women suffered from foot binding, isolation, and illiteracy follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.
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The Bookseller of Kabul
Asne Seierstad

HISTORY ASIA SEI

Capturing the harsh realities of life in modern-day Afghanistan and plight of Afghan women, the Norwegian journalist provides a portrait of a committed Muslim man, a bookseller, and his family living in post-Taliban Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Maria Semple

SEMPLE

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.
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The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield

SETTERFIELD

Having spent six decades creating a series of alternate lives designed to bring her fame and fortune while hiding the truth about her tragic past, reclusive and enigmatic Vida Winter finds herself torn by young Margaret Lea’s simple request for the truth about her own birth.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

SHAFFER

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.
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Twin: A Memoir
Allen Shawn

BIOGRAPHY SHAWN

As Allen Shawn probed the sources of his anxieties while writing the acclaimed Wish I Could Be There, he realized that his fate was inextricably linked to his autistic twin sister. Mary, who has lived in a residency center for more than fifty years. Twin offers a deeply personal account of their divergent lives, and examines society’s changing attitudes toward and understanding of autism. It also provides an intimate look at the Shawns’ idiosyncratic family life with their father, the famed longtime editor of The New Yorker, William Shawn. Wrenching, honest, understated, and poetic, Twin is at heart about the mystery of being profoundly bonded to someone who can never be truly understood.
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The Church Builder: A Novel
A.L. Shields

INSPIR SHIELDS

NEW! Donated by Glenda Middleton
When Bethany becomes the leading suspect in a murder, she flees both the authorities and a mysterious killer and inadvertantly gets caught in the web of a shadowy organization determined to destroy Christianity.

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel
Helen Simonson

SIMONSON

Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with widowed Pakistani descendant Mrs. Ali, a retired Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner.
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The Rosie Project: A Novel
Graeme Simsion

SIMSION

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A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

BIOGRAPHY LACKS

Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping.
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith

CLASSIC SMITH

A new edition of the classic novel, featuring a new foreword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen, follows young Francie Nolan, who is armed with her idealism and determination, as she struggles to escape from the poverty of life in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
M.L. Stedman

STEDMAN

Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia’s Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
Garth Stein

STEIN

Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver, and the dog’s own efforts to preserve the Swift family.
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The Help
Kathryn Stockett

STOCKETT

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era.
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Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout

STROUT

The world of Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher in a small coastal town in Maine, is revealed in stories that explore her diverse roles in many lives, including a lounge singer haunted by a past love, her stoic husband, and her own resentful son.
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Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness
Josh Sundquist

BIOGRAPHY SUNDQUIST

NEW! Donated by the Caledonia Township Library

A disabled champion skier recounts the childhood sarcoma that cost him his left leg, his relationship with his pastor father and conservative home-schooling mother, and his inspirational efforts to participate in the 2006 Paralympics.
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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Finalists)
Donna Tartt

TARTT

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A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

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Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy

CLASSIC TOLSTOY

Presents the classic nineteenth-century Russian novel in which a young woman is destroyed when she attempts to live outside the moral law of her society.
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The Queen of the Big Time: A Novel
Adriana Trigiani

TRIGIANI

Ambitious teen Nella Castelluca, the daughter of a hard-working family from a small Italian village in Pennsylvania, aspires to live in genteel society far from the rigors of farm life, a dream that is compromised when a poet she loves disappears under scandalous circumstances and then returns just before Nella’s marriage to another man.
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Digging to America
Anne Tyler

TYLER

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A chance encounter between two families—the Donaldsons, and the Iranian-born Yasdans—at the Baltimore airport, as both couples await the arrival of an adopted daughter from Korea, prompts an examination about what it means to be an American while the lives of the two families intertwine over the years.

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

BIOGRAPHY SIDIQI

Delivers the story of a fearless young woman who became a dress-making entrepreneur in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, thus saving her family and bringing hope to the lives of dozens of women in her war-torn nation.
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The Space Between Us: A Novel
Thrity Umrigar

UMRIGAR

A new novel by the author of Bombay Time vividly captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the lives of two compelling women — Sera Dubash, an upper middle-class parsi housewife, and Bhima, an illiterate domestic hardened by a life of loss and despair.
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Into the Beautiful North: A Novel
Luis Alberto Urrea

URREA

NEW! Donated by the Friends of the EGR Library

Working in a Mexican taco shop while dreaming of her father in the United States, nineteen-year-old Nayeli struggles with a realization that most of the men in her village have left to pursue work in the north.
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Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese

VERGHESE

Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Jeannette Walls

BIOGRAPHY WALLS

The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Jeannette Walls

WALLS

Presents a novel based on the life of the author’s grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed five hundred miles as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children.
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Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Dorothy Wickenden

HISTORY US 20TH WIC

A full-length account based on an admired “New Yorker” article traces the experiences of classmates Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, who in 1916 left their affluent New York lives to teach school on the Western frontier.
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Maisie Dobbs
Jacqueline Winspear

MYS WINSPEAR

In her first case, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.
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Winter's Bone: A Novel
Daniel Woodrell

WOODRELL

Ree Dolly’s father, an addict facing a drug charge who has put their house up as bond, has gone missing and Ree, who is caring for her two younger brothers and a mentally-ill mother, knows she must find him to save her family.

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Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Jennifer Worth

BIOGRAPHY WORTH

Reflects on the experiences of Jennifer Worth as a midwife in London’s postwar East End, including the nuns from whom she learned her craft and the interesting and challenging births she aided during her career.

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The Shack
William P. Young

INSPIR YOUNG

Four years after his daughter is abducted and evidence of her murder is found in an abandoned shack, Mackenzie Allen Philips returns to the shack in response to a note claiming to be from God, and has a life-changing experience.
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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

HIST TEEN ZUSAK

Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement.
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