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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey

ANIMALS SNAILS BAI

“This little book was actually quite interesting. I learned a WHOLE lot about snails—who knew?! But the narrative is really a contemplation of life, in a microcosm. The author’s illness (she was basically bedridden for most of 20 years) placed her in a position of observation by default. She literally could not do much more than watch the snail as it went about its daily routines. The writing itself is lovely and descriptive. I never would have picked this up on my own—thank goodness for book-club friends’ recommendations!”—Marlys at KDL’s Wyoming branch


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A Tap on the Window
Linwood Barclay

A grieving father, private investigator Cal Weaver, offers a ride to a teenage girl in the hopes of finding information on the drug dealer responsible for his son’s death in the new thriller from the author of Trust Your Eyes.

Recommended by Loretta at KDL’s Wyoming branch


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The Shining Girls: A Novel
Lauren Beukes

SF BEUKES

“If you’re like me and you enjoy being somewhat creeped out, I highly recommend The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.  The novel revolves around a house that opens to different times in the history of Chicago.  The man at the center of the story is a killer, and the house allows him to snuff out the lives of what he calls his shining girls.  He manages to kill several women across time, but one young woman in the 1980s survives and makes it her job to search for the man that left her for dead.”—Julia at KDL’s Service Center


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Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
Nadia Bolz-Weber

BIOGRAPHY BOLZ-WEBER

“If you have ever felt the urge to just curse life, this heavily tattooed Lutheran pastor to the queer and marginalized in Denver can relate. Her story will encourage you to be real.”—Helen Kay at KDL’s Spencer Township branch


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Beta
Rachel Cohn

SF TEEN COHN

“This teen book focuses on a Teenage clone who is a Beta and one of the first of her type.  As she is  adjusting to her new life and environment of the tropical island of Demesne that only the wealthy and global elite can afford to live on she quickly learns that not everything is perfect in paradise.  She begins to become self aware and wants freedom for herself and all the other clones on the island who are treated basically as slaves.  A great read for fans of Hunger Games.”—Craig at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Indiscretion: A Novel
Charles Dubow

“A story of love, lust, deception and betrayal is told through the eyes of Maddy’s childhood friend, Walter – this page-turner explores having it all and the consequences of wanting more.  The ending of this story is one you won’t forget!”—Robin at KDL’s Spencer Township branch


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You
Austin Grossman

“After drifting from job to job after college, Russell joins Black Arts Studios, a video game development company founded by former high school friends. Set in the mid-90’s, it’s a story as much about the eccentric world of videogame development as it is about the relationships forged many years ago.”—Eric Tyrone Township branch


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Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
Douglas Hofstadter,Emmanuel Sander

PHILOS HOF

“An amazing journey through the mysteries of human thought, delightful and revelatory.”—Rubén at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch


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Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics
Theron Humphrey

PETS DOGS HUM

“It is a compilation of photos of Maddie, the rescued coonhound, as she poses on any and all objects.  The photos capture you and Maddie is full of grace and love!!! Can’t put the book down! Gorgeous photos! Beautiful dog.”—Kaitlin at KDL’s Tyrone Township branch


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Pandora Hearts, Vol. 1
Mochizuki, Jun

Pandora Hearts is the story of Oz Vessalius who is condemned to the Abyss for the sin of “his own existence” on his fifteenth birthday.  There, he meets a girl named Alice with mysterious powers and no memory of her past.  Together, they struggle to reach the real world once more and uncover the truth behind Pandora, the four Dukedoms, and the tragedy of Sablier.  A dark and twisted story with breathtaking art.  You think you know plot twists until you read this series. Phenomenal 5-star series!”—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel
David Rakoff

“I listened to the audiobook, which I don’t usually like to do, preferring to make up my own voices and decide for myself where the stress and pauses go. But this novel is in verse, and the audiobook is read by the author. It is a great treat to hear the poetry as it is intended to sound, and it sounds gorgeous. I am new to David Rakoff, and was shocked and saddened to hear at the end of the book that he died shortly after finishing the recording. His language is apt, witty, and beautiful, and the characters he shares are varied, complicated and heart-wrenching.”—Penni at KDL’s Service Center


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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs

HORROR TEEN RIGGS

“I really enjoyed this book with “found” pictures woven into a story.  There were some dark points but it wasn’t too creepy.  I’m looking forward to reading the next one!”—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township branch


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The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
Amanda Ripley

EDUCATION RIP

Following three teenagers who chose to spend one school year living in Finland, South Korea and Poland, a literary journalist recounts how attitudes, parenting and rigorous teaching have revolutionized these countries’ education results.

Recommended by Susan at KDL’s Grandville branch


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Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell

TEEN ROWELL

“Quirky and socially-stifled Cath is embarking on her freshman year of college.  Every day is a challenge, as her twin sister chooses partying over studying, her roommate ignores her, and her anxiety is forcing her to live on power bars rather than eating in the cafeteria.   This book is funny and heartening, and if you’ve ever felt alone in a sea of people, you’ll definitely root for Cath.  I loved it!”—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch

Also recommended this month by Morgan at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch


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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended)
Benjamin Alire Saenz

TEEN SAENZ

“It is the story of two Mexican American teens with the unlikely names of Aristotle and Dante. The boys meet at the swimming pool when Dante offers to teach Aristotle to swim. Their friendship grows strong in spite of several mishaps and accidents. And when Dante professes to Aristotle that he likes kissing boys, Aristotle must make a decision that could affect the friendship of the two boys forever. LGBTQ interest.”—Jim at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch


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Fin & Lady: A Novel
Cathleen Schine

“I loved these characters—funny, strange and real—they fit right in to the 1960s!”—Michelle at KDL’s Service Center


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The Art Forger: A Novel
B. A. Shapiro

“An excellent read for anyone who loves art combined with a little mystery and intrigue.  While the story is fictional, it features a real life art heist that has not be solved to this day.”—Heather at KDL’s Krause Memorial branch


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Climbing the Stairs
Padma Venkatraman

HIST TEEN VENKATRAMAN

“Teen historical fiction is set in the 1940’s during India’s struggle for independence from the British. The protagonist is a fifteen year old female and the book takes us through her curiosities, convictions, beliefs and dreams. A library in her father’s extended family’s home becomes her escape from the daily chaos. Despite the book’s teen classification, it will appeal to people of all ages.”—Seema at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch


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The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey

SF TEEN YANCEY

“It’s a teen apocalyptic novel about aliens invading and taking over our planet, and they’re not very nice.  Super scary!”—Kris at KDL’s Comstock Park branch


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