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Alpha House: Season 1
TV DVD ALP / TV-MA

“4 republican senators live together in Washington D.C….funny…really good..i didn’t want it to end…butttt… if this is a true representation..of our government…we are in big trouble…”
—Tami at KDL’s Sand Lake Nelson Township branch


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To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care (Ala Notable Books for Adults)
Cris Beam

SOCSCI BEA

”’To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care’ by Cris Beam is a nonfiction book by a woman who became interested in the American foster care system after she became a foster mother to a troubled teenager, almost by chance. The book is a very eye-opening look at our foster care system and the ways it is failing kids, especially teenagers.”
—Susan at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson

HISTORY US 20TH BRY

“Highly readable and entertaining, Bill Bryson captures the mood and spirit of the United States during the wild summer of 1927, when everything seemed to happen at once: Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Babe Ruth blasted the home run record, Al Capone controlled a vast and murderous empire, Sacco and Vanzetti were executed, racism and anti-immigration sentiment ran at an all-time high, and people embraced the philosophy of eugenics. All of this and more was in the news as the country enthusiastically raced towards economic calamity.”
—Mark at KDL’s Krause Memorial Branch


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The Madman of Piney Woods
Christopher Paul Curtis

HIST CD J CURTIS

“I am currently enjoying the audio version of ‘The Madman of Piney Woods’ by Christopher Paul Curtis. The narrators are engaging and I am loving each distinct voice. Two very different boys both encounter a stranger in the woods, and it’s possible this mythical ‘madman’ is real. It’s a sequel to ‘Elijah of Buxton,’ but can stand alone. It would make a terrific classroom readaloud!
—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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Those Who Wish Me Dead
Michael Koryta

KORYTA

“Fourteen year old Jace Williams enters a witness protection program in the remote Montana wilderness after stumbling upon a murder. But the murderers, perhaps the most ruthless and chilling I’ve ever encountered in a literary thriller, will stop at nothing to track him down.”
—Maggie at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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Station Eleven: A novel
Emily St. John Mandel

MANDEL

“Wow! One of the best books I’ve read this year. Excellent writing. Storyline, plot, characters were unique, had depth and were interesting. I loved this book. Plus the fact that it takes place in Michigan, trying to figure out the specific locations was fun. Not your typical dystopian novel.”
—Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch


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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)
Marissa Meyer

SF TEEN MEYER

“This is the third book in the series and I love how the author brings a familiar story (Cinderella/Little Red Riding Hood/Rapunzel) and gives it a great science fiction twist! I’m really looking forward to the next book!”
—Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch


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The Remedy for Love: A Novel
Bill Roorbach

ROORBACH

“As a big-haired but life-of-the-mind-seeking early 20s poet type in the late 1980s, I came upon a movie titled ‘Warm Summer Rain’ that became somewhat of an anthem for my West Michigan angst (ha). It’s ‘two beautiful strangers trying to make sense of life and love in an isolated nowhere’ type stuff. ‘Remedy of Love’ put me right back there, though, now in my 40s, I (thankfully) didn’t feel like the oldest person at the party. Well paced with characters (two) that are unique enough to avoid being stereotypes, plus a cabin, leg hair and lots of wine.”
—Morgan at KDL’s Service Center


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The Farm
Tom Rob Smith

SMITH

“If you enjoyed The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series but found it a bit too dark than you may enjoy this lighter Scandinavian thriller. Daniel’s parents have moved from London to rural Sweden for retirement, however the life he thought his parents were enjoying is not what it seems. He now must choose between his mother and father and find the truth for himself.”
—Craig at KDL’s Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch


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Five Days Left
Julie Lawson Timmer

TIMMER

“Similar line to ‘Still Alice’ by Lisa Genova, this book makes you not just weep but to think what would you do when you discover you have a terminal disease.”
—Yuko at KDL’s Service Center


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Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
Lyndsay Faye

MYS FAYE

“I’m a bit of an obsessive Sherlock Holmes fan and am always wary of reading a Holmes story by any author other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was blown away by the intricate and pure ‘Sherlockian’ deductions that Faye wove through her story. ‘Dust and Shadow’ explores what would happen if Sherlock Holmes were to ever face-off against Jack the Ripper. The author stayed true to the prose and writings of the original stories and characterizations of the beloved Sherlock and Watson however still retained a fresh voice throughout the book. The knowledge of Victorian London was vast and well integrated into the story and the ending kept me guessing! In the words of the great detective himself ‘Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth’ and the truth is this book is fantastic.”
—Emmy at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


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Grand Seduction
COM DVD GRA / PG-13

“’The Grand Seduction’ it is about an island that needs a factory to come to the island..for their residents to have jobs…but before it becomes reality..the residents have to find a doctor to move to the island…and.. what ensues from this search..lots of fun and laughter..Don’t miss either one…”
—Tami at KDL’s Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch


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