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The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel
Mitch Albom

“I was just browsing in the book, and read the 1st chapter…and then I got ‘hooked’ by the last line in that chapter: ‘What happened next depends on how much you believe.’ I really love when Michigan authors write about Michigan—the audio book was actually produced in Detroit—Go Mitch!”—Laura at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson

“Bill Bryson’s latest book is full of his typical humor and information overload! I love listening to his audiobooks because he reads them and his dry humor really comes across well.”—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township branch


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The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech

J CREECH

Discovering a speech-disabled boy asleep on their porch, young couple John and Marta forge a loving bond with the child and come to think of him as their own while wondering about his mysterious past and enjoying the world through his eyes.

Recommended by Robin at KDL’s Spencer Township branch


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Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking
Daniel C. Dennett

PHILOS DEN

“Passionate and provocative reading about exercises for the mind.”—Rubén at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch


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Beatles vs. Stones
John McMillian

BIOGRAPHY BEATLES

“The rise (and subsequent fall) of the biggest rivals in rock history are examined in John McMillian’s Beatles vs. Stones. Any fan of rock n’ roll will enjoy this book!”—Veronica at KDL’s Krause Memorial branch


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The Son
Philipp Meyer

Kidnapped by the Comanche after his mother and sister are brutally murdered, brave and clever 13-year-old Eli McCullough quickly adapts to Comanche life until the tribe is decimated by armed Americans, leaving Eli alone in a world where he is neither white nor Indian.

Recommended by Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township branch


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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Steven Pinker

SOCSCI 303.609 PIN

“With an in-depth exploration of the past, Pinker concludes that, contrary to popular belief, we live in one of the most peaceful times in human existence. It’s a fascinating look at both the violent tragedies of the past and the evolution of a civilized society.”—Eric at KDL’s Tyrone Township branch


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Stella Bain
Anita Shreve

“Who is the mysterious patient in a French hospital during World War I? She speaks with an American accent and is dressed in the uniform of a British nurse, and is suffering from injuries and amnesia…”—Diane at KDL’s Byron Township branch


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Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan

J SLOAN

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan introduces you to Willow Chance, a 12-year-old misfit genius grappling with the overpowering loss of both her parents, but who somehow manages to unite and inspire everyone around her. This book defies categorization as it touches on a vast array of issues, but it handles them tenderly and with such humor and heart that you won’t be able to put it down. The audio version is very well done, too.”—Vanessa at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch


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Fractured
Teri Terry

SF TEEN TERRY

“Book two of the ‘Slated’ series by Teri Terry is just as good as the first novel and packs more of a punch. The story continues as teenage Kayla tries to discover who she was in her past life before the government wiped her memories clean and put her in a new family. As she continues to discover who she truly is, she is finding it harder to trust people. If you are a fan of dystopian reads, you will want to check out the series.”—Craig at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge
Scott Walker,Marc Thiessen

POLITICS WAL

“Remember all the ‘occupy-ing’ going on summer of 2012 when people were ‘camping out’ in public areas in major cities? Scott Walker was the man who caused the ‘occupations’ in Wisconsin. I remember hearing about the ‘occupy’ protests – but not his side. It is a book on politics; but it is an easy read—more like a memoir.”—Kathy at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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The Lucy Variations
Sara Zarr

TEEN ZARR

“This is both an interesting glimpse into the life of a piano prodigy and also into the psychological complications of a teen girl’s romantic involvements with older men.”—Helen K. at KDL’s Spencer Township branch


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Blackfish
ANIMALS MARINE MAMMALS DVD BLA / PG-13

“I was always amazed by Killer Whales when I was little so watching this film was difficult at times. It’s amazing how little we truly know about Orcas and we should really rethink keeping such creatures in captivity. This documentary was so eye opening I had to watch it twice!”—Emmy at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Grabbers
COM / NR

“For fans of horror/comedy, this movie will fit in just perfectly. Tentacle-ridden, blood sucking aliens have crashed off the coast of Ireland and have begun to invade a small fishing village. When the townsfolk discover the aliens can’t stand alcohol, the only solution to survive the invasion is to drink…a lot. This movie was original and funny, and way worth the chance. Any fan of Shaun of the Dead will find a new friend in Grabbers.”—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Judge John Deed: Season One & Pilot Episode
TV DVD JUD / NR

“I have recently been binging on a BBC series that I found on our shelves. The series is called Judge John Deed. It is marvelous if you love quality British tv. Judge Deed is a liberal-minded judge on the British high court, and while he runs his court very well, he does run a foul of most of the other judges at times, as well as the Home Office, who are not above skullduggery. Although his heart seems to belong to Jo Mills, a Queen’s Counsel who often appears before him, he does have numerous romantic liaisons, which complicate his relationship with Jo.”—Barb at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch


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