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Mornings in Jenin: A Novel
Susan Abulhawa

“A heart breaking and powerful story about a family living the terror that provoked the conflict Israeli – Palestine. An actual novel that challenges us to face one of the more complex wars that is happening today.”
—Rubén at KDL’s East Grand Rapids Branch


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The Impossible Knife of Memory
Laurie Halse Anderson

TEEN ANDERSON

“Hayley is attending high school for the first time in years, after traveling with her truck driving father and living life on the road. Her dad suffers from PTSD and life is unpredictable to say the least. Hayley struggles with friendships and teacher scrutiny at school, while attempting to exhibit a life normal enough to get by. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down!”
—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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Being Henry David
Cal Armistead

TEEN ARMISTEAD

“Seventeen-year-old ‘Hank’ comes to at Penn Station with a giant headache and no memory of who he is, except for a worn copy of Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ next to him. In order to discovery his past, he uses the book as a clue and begins a journey to Walden Pond. Along the way, dark memories begin to surface, and Hank must decide to start fresh or face his true self. This was a great piece of contemporary fiction interlaced with transcendentalist themes. It sends the message that sometimes we need to get off the grid and find time to think. Plus, ‘Walden’ fans will appreciate the homage.”
—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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The Lost Years of Merlin
T. A. Barron

TEEN BARRON

”’The Lost Years’ series covers the legendary wizard’s early years, before he travelled to our realm and joined with King Arthur. With strong character development and the magic lore that so many crave, this series is a must for any fantasy/magic fan.”
—Thomas at KDL’s Wyoming branch


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Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home
Sheri Booker

BIOGRAPHY BOOKER

“It’s hard to believe she started working there at age of 15. But overall, it was a interesting read. You’ll learn a thing or two about the funeral process…. (and more!)”
—Yuko at KDL’s Service Center


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Joe
Larry Brown

“I came across this 1991 novel in my seemingly never-ending quest to find marvelously written Southern American gothic fiction, and was surprised to hear while reading it that it was being made into a movie starring Nicholas Cage. A stark yet delicious slice of blue-collar Americana (with, by the way, a far better ending than the movie).”
—Morgan at KDL’s Service Center


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The Hit
Melvin Burgess

SF TEEN BURGESS

“A gritty British teen novel in the style of ‘Train Spotting’ and ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.’ Unemployment is at an all time high, and people are fed up with a corrupt government and big corporations. Adam comes from a working class family who could only afford to send his older brother to university, and having failed tryouts for Manchester United and City his opportunities to succeed in life are bleak. Adam decides to have the ride of his life by taking the designer drug Death and living out his entire bucket list in one week. However he quickly finds himself involved with the seedy underworld as his last week alive spirals out of control.”
—Craig at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks through Many a Conundrum
Leah Eskin

COOKING ESK

“This is a collection of recipes and accompanying essays from Eskin’s Chicago Tribune food column that combine to form a very personal and witty memoir with lots of accessible, delicious sounding recipes.”
—Melissa at KDL’s Service Center


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The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway Mystery)
Elly Griffiths

MYS GRIFFITHS

“This is the sixth title in a mystery series that just keeps getting more compelling and addictive. Forensic archeologist Ruth Galloway unearths the bones of the notorious 19th century murderess Mother Hook, while a local mother is accused of smothering her baby and two additional children are kidnapped.”
—Maggie at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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Horns: A Novel
Joe Hill

HORROR HILL

“Nice boy meets nice girl.
“Girl dies.
“Boy grows horns and red skin, gains irresistible power of suggestion over sinners.
“Boy finds girls killer.
“Boy takes revenge.”
—Jim at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


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A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
Adam Makos,Larry Alexander

HISTORY MILITARY WW2 MAK

“For fans of ‘Unbroken,’ this is the absorbing story of Franz, a German fighter pilot during World War II, intertwined with the story of Charlie, an American pilot Franz had an encounter with near the end of the war.”
—Susan at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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Winnie the Pooh
A.A. Milne

CLASSIC J MILNE

“How many of us have read the REAL ‘Winnie-the-Pooh?’ Before Disneyfication, Pooh Bear was such a charming innocent—with a non-irritating voice (since one supplied one’s own). Please try the original while imagining Mr. Milne reading to his son, Christopher Robin, about the adventures of his real stuffed animals.”
—Suzanne at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

SF MORGENSTERN

“An excellent read! Magical and mysterious, yet a clean read for both teens and adults. A traveling circus, a mystical duel and a great love story rolled into one. Great recommendation for those who loved ‘Water for Elephants’ by Gruen or for fans of the ‘The Diviners’ by Bray.”
—Sara at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch


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The Accident
Chris Pavone

“A page turner to the end! A fake death, a mysterious manuscript that people are doing over and one smart literary agent.”
—Michelle at KDL’s Service Center


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The Sweetest Spell
Suzanne Selfors

SF TEEN SELFORS

“If you are looking for a stand-alone-book with a nice story line and a little corny, this is the book for you. Emmeline was born with a turned foot so as custom dictated, she was left outside. But she was saved by cows. Yes, cows. So begins the journey of Emmeline’s life which sees the destruction of her small village and her eventual discovery that she can churn cream into chocolate, a magical art that had been lost for centuries.”
—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch


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The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel
Helene Wecker

“This multifaceted first novel combines Jewish and Arab folklore with the immigrant history of turn-of-the-century New York City. Throughout the compelling story the reader also encounters turning points that bring to mind moral dilemmas such as the nature of evil and what really makes us human.”
—Cheryl at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


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The Martian: A Novel
Andy Weir

SF WEIR

Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways. His dark humor drives the book, keeping it light.

Recommended by Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch


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Eat It to Beat It!: Banish Belly Fat-and Take Back Your Health-While Eating the Brand-Name Foods You Love!
David Zinczenko

HEALTH DIET ZIN

“Newest book by the same author of the ‘Eat this Not That’ series. This book offers a more in depth look into the additives and chemicals that are going into our food as well as offering better for you options at restaurants and grocery stores. A great read for those who want to eat healthier and make better choices when it comes to their food!”
—Emmy at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


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Room 237
ART PERFORM DVD ROO / NR

“This documentary explores the hidden symbols in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining.’ Warning: This film could just blow your mind.”
—Trevor at KDL’s Grandville Branch


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