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Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf

HARUF

“I am a big fan of Haruf’s books about the small town of Holt, Colorado. Haruf is plainspoken, honest and cuts to heart of his characters. This one is about finding plainspoken, honest love, even in your seventies.”

—Penni at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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Lucky in Love (Lucky Breaks) (Volume 1)
Kristen Brockmeyer

LOCAL BROCKMEYER

“My staff pick for June is ‘Lucky In Love’ by local/indie author Kristen Brockmeyer. This West Michigan author takes readers on a wild ride in a 1948 Buick Roadmaster from Kalamazoo to Sin City. ‘Lucky’ MacFarlane mostly isn’t – lucky that is, but what she does have an abundance of is adventure. Starting with a mild fender-bender when she literally runs into her old high school crush, Chance, as she arrives late for her brother’s wedding, Lucky’s fortune quickly turns from bad to worse. Shots are fired, loved ones are in danger, someone wants her life and her car and Lucky isn’t about to part with either. Murder, mayhem, intrigue, and—yes—even a little romance pops up along this road trip. Lucky and Chance face the baddies head on and prove to be a dynamic duo to be reckoned with. This book is a charming, fun, interesting read with enough action and romance to keep a reader turning the pages. The local references are a bonus as was the deftly handled romance intertwined with the action and adventure.”

—Diane at KDL’s Service Center


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Dead Red (Raymond Donne Mysteries)
Tim O'Mara

MYS O’MARA

“I read this on the recommendation of a patron, it was very good. Set in NY, cop turned school teacher Raymond Donne gets pulled into another mystery after his friend Ricky is found dead.”

—Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch


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Goodbye, Rebel Blue
Shelley Coriell

TEEN CORIELL

“This was a funny and sweet realistic book for teens. Rebel Blue spends one afternoon in detention with Kennedy Green writing their bucket lists and then spends the rest of the year trying to complete Kennedy’s list after an accident takes the life of the young do-gooder.”

—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch


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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander

NEWBERY J ALEXANDER

“This Newbery-Award winning book for Juveniles (but would appeal to readers of all ages), is written in prose, and would make a great read-aloud story! The story is about twin brothers who play basketball on a school team, where their mom is the assistant principal at the school. Their dad is a former pro basketball player. This book contains action and emotion! What a great book!”

—Robin at KDL’s Spencer Township Branch


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Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
Ralph Moody

BIOGRAPHY MOODY

“First published in 1950 and still in print, this wholesome and entertaining memoir of Moody’s early childhood on a Colorado ranch will appeal anyone of any age.”

—Mark at KDL’s Krause Memorial Branch


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Everybody's Got Something
Robin Roberts,Veronica Chambers

BIOGRAPHY ROBERTS

“I absolutely loved hearing her story! When reading books simultaneously, as I often do being that I am in a book club but also have other books I want to read outside the club, I usually switch up each time to try to finish them around the same time; with this one, once I started reading I was drawn back to it and wanting to keep reading until I finished it. The book left you wanting to know more as she spoke about the strong bond with her family, her health struggles and how she got through them, and her support system along the way. A very strong woman with a very inspiring story to share about her life. I highly recommend this!”

—Shanika at KDL’s Service Center


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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
Stephen Collins

GRAPHIC GIGANTIC

“Dave lived ‘Here’ which was far safer than ‘There.’ Everything was normal and orderly until one day a small curled hair from Dave’s upper lip started to grow into an enormous beard. This beard was not from ‘Here,’ so it must be a harbinger of ‘There.’ This is an off-beat, existential and hilarious graphic novel. Give it a go!”

—Abby at KDL’s Wyoming Branch


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Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond
Jody Revenson

ART PERFORM JNF REV

“This book is a must-read for Harry Potter fans! You could just look through pictures, but there are loads of inside/backstage information about magical places in movies.”

—Yuko at KDL’s Service Center


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Guys Read: True Stories
Jon Scieszka,Jim Murphy,Elizabeth Partridge,Nathan Hale,James Sturm,Candace Fleming,Douglas Florian,Sy Montgomery,Steve Sheinkin,T. Edward Nickens,Thanhha Lai

LITERATURE LITCOLL JNF GUY

“I just listened to the audio version of ‘Guys Read: True Stories,’ edited by Jon Scieszka. With various narrators and stories ranging from tales of the very first dentist, to shipwreck survivors, and the adventures of a tarantula scientist, this one’s a winner… and 100% true!”

—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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