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The Historian
Elizabeth Kostova

KOSTOVA

”’The Historian’ by Elizabeth Kostova is a fun, spooky, and original novel centering on a father and daughter in search of Dracula. Told from the perspective of various historians through letters and diaries as well as narration, the characters travel through Turkey, Hungary, Europe, and Bulgaria in pursuit of the vampire. It’s a book for book lovers in which research and reading are the best weapons. A very absorbing story that I couldn’t put down!”
—Samantha Patron Services Associate at KDL’s Service Center


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Lila: A Novel
Marilynne Robinson

ROBINSON

”’Lila’ by Marilynne Robinson is one of the best books I have read this year. When a neglected and abandoned child grows up can her life and world view be reconciled with the older widowed minister that she marries?
—Penni at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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Eeny Meeny (A Helen Grace Thriller)
M. J. Arlidge

MYS ARLIDGE

“Author M. J. Arlidge takes readers on a darkly thrilling ride along with Detective Inspector Helen Grace. A new kind of predator is on the loose in Southampton: one who kidnaps pairs of victims, trapping them with a gun, one bullet, and this horrifying message – kill or be killed! As survivors begin to turn up, DI Grace must confront some of her own demons to catch this vicious serial killer. Fast-paced and stunningly visual, this gripping story made me feel the mental agony of each victim and investigator.”
—Angela at KDL’s Wyoming Branch


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The Water Knife: A novel
Paolo Bacigalupi

SF BACIGALUPI

“This was an awesome book, set in the future were the states out west are fighting for the water rights of the Colorado river. The book focus on three different people whose lives become intertwined as the city of Phoenix tries to cling onto life as its aquifer runs dry.”
—Craig at KDL’s Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch


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Stories of Your Life and Others
Ted Chiang

SF CHIANG

“This entertaining, imaginative short story collection comprises the bulk of work by hardly known but multi-award-winning author Ted Chiang. Chiang does not lean on sci-fi staples like spaceships and interstellar war, but crafts intricate and deeply philosophical tales that illuminate the human condition using complex scientific concepts. The title piece, Story of Your Life, is set to be released as a movie in 2016, with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, which I am very excited to see.”
—Rachel at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
R. J. Palacio

J PALACIO

“R.J. Palacio just released a new book with three of the characters’ stories from ‘Wonder.’ ‘Auggie & Me,’ the story of Julian, Pluto and Charlotte is not a sequel but rather a companion to ‘Wonder.’ By reading ‘Auggie & Me,’ readers will better understand the three’s relationship to Auggie. If you enjoyed ‘Wonder,’ be sure to try ‘Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories.’”
—Barb at KDL’s Byron Township Branch


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The Walls Around Us
Nova Ren Suma

CD TEEN SUMA

“I recommend ‘The Walls Around Us’ by Nova Ren Suma. I listened to the audio version and became engrossed in this tale that’s part ghost story, part mystery, with a bit of ‘Orange is the New Black’ weaving it together. Beautifully written!”
—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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I Am Princess X
Cherie Priest

MYS TEEN PRIEST

“I enjoyed this book because of the unique mystery elements, using the graphic story of ‘I am Princess X’ to help solve the murder of Libby, the artist behind ‘Princess X.’”
—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch


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Talon (The Talon Saga)
Julie Kagawa

SF TEEN KAGAWA

“I have loved Julie Kagawa’s ‘Iron Fey’ series, and hadn’t realized she’s started a new series with (gasp!) DRAGONS! This is written from multiple viewpoints and describes a world where humans co-exist with dragons without knowing it. The dragons actually run a huge portion of the world, but since they disguise themselves as humans, no one realizes they’re interacting with dragons. Not ALL dragons want to run the world though, and not all dragons want to be told what they’re supposed to do to keep the dragon monopoly on the world continuing … Read this new series by Julie Kagawa, starting with ‘Talon.’”
—Jacque at KDL’s Cascade Township Branch


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An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir

SF TEEN TAHIR

“This is a great SF teen series. I was not expecting the ending. The characters, plot and setting were unique. Somewhat violent.”
—Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch


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Film in Five Seconds
Civaschi, Matteo

ART PERFORM CIV

“This book is a fun, quiz type book about movies. Each page has a series of symbols which represent a title of a movie and you have to try to figure out which movie it is. It’s really fun to play with your friends! How many can you get right?”
—Katie at KDL’s Grandville Branch


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

ART PERFORM JNF REV

“Newest ‘must-read’ (or, you can just look at pictures) for HP fans!”
—Yuko at KDL’s Service Center


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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Don Brown

HISTORY GRAPHIC JNF BRO

“2015 is the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I read ‘Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans,’ by Don Brown, which is graphic novel nonfiction about the Hurricane Katrina disaster. You’re walked through the events with simple and succinct facts. It’s the detailed illustrations that pack an emotional punch and take your breath away. I was incredibly moved by this book.”
—Kris at KDL’s East Grand Rapids Branch


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The Flowers of War
DRA DVD FLO / R

“I watched a terrific movie yesterday called ‘The Flowers of War’ starring Christian Bale. I highly recommend this movie. I would have watched it again, but I had to get to bed…(smile).”
—Tami at KDL’s Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch


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Short Term 12
DRA DVD SHO / R

“A great indie film about a young couple who dedicate their life helping at risk teens who live in a group home. Somewhat harsh yet endearing movie that takes on the subject of foster care, mental illness, and the profound impact on care workers.”
—Tina at KDL’s Grandville Branch


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