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Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
J WEEKS
"My kids and I both enjoyed listening to Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks. In this school story, two very different 5th grade boys, Joe and Ravi, find themselves together in the resource room. Told from alternating points of view, we see the similarities in the boys' struggles and cheer for their friendship. The story was funny and the pace was quick, both great qualities in a middle grade chapter book!" -Liz at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Stowaway in a Sleigh by Roger Mader
HOLIDAY E MADER
""Stowaway in a Sleigh" by C. Roger Mader is a cute book about a cat who finds herself along for the ride with Santa on his sleigh. When I picked up this book, I noticed immediately that the illustrated cat looks almost identical to my real life cat; I took the story home and she enjoyed it too!" -Ashley at KDL's Cutlerville Branch
Along The Shadow by Saosin
POPULAR SAO
"This is the long-awaited third album, and first in seven years, from rock band Saosin, and I did not expect it to be released so soon, but I'm very glad it was. I thought their first two albums with their second singer were great, but when I listened to this album, the return of their first singer made this band feel fresh and new again with great songs and a totally reinvented sound, and even if you only listen to one album by this band, this is the one it should be." -Quinlan at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Cooking for Two--Your Cat & You!: Delicious Recipes for You and Your Favorite Feline by Brandon Schultz
ANIMALS MAMMALS CATS SCH
"The cat's out of the bag. That's all we're going to reveal about this little treasure." -Cathy at KDL's Cutlerville Branch
Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by B. A. Paris
PARIS
"A complete and total emotional thrill ride. Jack and Grace Angel are the perfect couple with the perfect house and the perfect life. In fact, in the beginning of the book, you may get tired of reading the word “perfect.” But wait. Things are not perfect. Far from it. Life in the Angel household is downright terrifying. A page turner with a rewarding ending." -Tricia at KDL's Cascade Branch
The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill
HORROR HILL
"A worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion threatens to reduce civilization to ashes literally. Out of the chaos arises a grief stricken man with the ability to control the fire that consumes others and a pregnant nurse who loves Mary Poppins. Without an antidote and pursued by the ruthless Cremation Squads they must work together to protect their community from destruction." -Stephanie at KDL's Englehardt Branch
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
TEEN YOON
"Natasha only believes in science and facts, unlike her head in the clouds father. But she is fighting to find a way to stay in the city she has grown to love because her entire family is scheduled to be deported the next day. A chance encounter with a stranger, Daniel, has a profound effect on both of them. But is it enough to stand the test of time & distance?"- Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
BIOGRAPHY NOAH
"This is a great book and I learned a lot about South Africa and apartheid. Listening to the audiobook was a great choice since it’s narrated by Trevor Noah, great comedic timing and nice narration." -Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne
OVERDRIVE
"If The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up changed your life, Simplicity Parenting might be the parenting book of your dreams. In a world full of extra stuff, hectic schedules, and excess media noise, there’s something to be said for simplicity. Author Kim John Payne says it in a way that embraces the joys of childhood and the emphasizes the balance needed in modern parenting." -Ashley at KDL's Comstock Park Branch
4 Your Eyez Only by J. Cole
R&B COL
"J. Cole is known for his unique production and somewhat aggressive lyrics, but this album takes it down a notch to something raw and beautiful. It is chill, but awe-inspiring, honest and straight up lit." -Abby at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright
HISTORY MILITARY MIDEAST CD WRI
"A real story of what the invasion of Iraq was like for the regular guys on the ground fighting Saddam’s Army. All the types of personalities are here the macho alpha, the learner and the grey in the middle types. You can’t help but laugh and then cry at a take of real war." -Larry at KDL's Service Center
I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen
E INKPEN
"A naughty pug puppy constantly gets into trouble, yet loves his little boy no matter what. The joys and pains of being a dog owner definitely hit home for me! The rhyming text is fun to read aloud and the large illustrations make it great for a group." -Liz from KDL's Plainfield Branch
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
TV DVD SHE
"A throwback to the original Sherlock Time period this gives the current duo playing Holms and Dr. Watson a run at Victorian England. Giving us the Rickenbacker Falls as a visual instead of the building this time was very reminiscent of the original story. A must watch for the Fourth Series." -Larry at KDL's Service Center
The Capture (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 1) by Kathryn Lasky
SF TEEN LASKY
"Soren is a barn owl who lives with his brother and his life shatters when he is stolen from his parents and sent to a orphanage. This adventure story is a real hoot!" -Hannah from KDL's Spencer Township Branch
The Leftovers: Season One
TV DVD LEF
"Based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name, The Leftovers is a criminally under-looked HBO drama series. With strong performances, layered symbolism, Lynchian dream sequences and an apocalyptic central mystery holding it all together, The Leftovers should not be missed by any fan of quality television." -Jacob at KDL's Service Center
City of Women by David R. Gillham
GILLHAM
"In this intensely atmospheric first novel, Gillham depicts 1943 Berlin in all of its wartime drabness and uncertainty. This is not just another World War II novel. The confusion and moral ambiguity of the situations the characters find themselves in will leave the reader questioning their own values and world view." -Mark at KDL's Krause Memorial Branch
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal
TCRIME SEA
"The astonishing rise and spectacular fall of a serial impostor by Mark Seal was a fascinating nonfiction book that reads like fiction. Christian Gerheitsreiter came from Germany to the U.S. when he was 19, and lived off the kindness of various strangers for years, while re-inventing himself as various people. His final incarnation was as Clark Rockefeller, a member of the famous wealthy family. In spite of never having earned even a high school diploma he managed to charm many people into giving him free housing, invitations to parties, and more. It all started coming apart when his wealthy wife divorced him and he realized he was soon to be found out." -Susan at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman
SF TEEN SHUSTERMAN
"In this world, humanity conquered everything - nobody ever dies anymore. So Scythes, the chosen ones, are the only ones who end somebody’s life to control world’s population. I liked his earlier series “Unwind Dystology”. And the strange thing is, like Unwind Dystology, this Scythe world doesn’t sound so far-fetched…. There was a Japanese manga a long long time ago that had similar concept (in this story, people who would be terminated was not by terminator’s choice but was by random selection by machine)" -Yuko at KDL's Service Center
Wolf in White Van: A Novel by John Darnielle
DARNIELLE
"Josh Darnielle (of The Mountain Goats fame) arrives on the literary scene with a moving, mysterious and entertaining novel about depression, loneliness and what drives us to keep going every day. Sean Philips is the victim of a tragic and self inflicted incident that leaves him a horribly scarred shut-it at the age of 17. During his time recuperating, he develops a play-by-mail role-playing game by the name of Trace Italian in which he leads his subscribers on an almost Quixotic hunt for an impenetrable fortress. Sweeping and claustrophobic all at once, this non-chronological tale follows Sean as he deals with grief and learns to cope." -Jacob at KDL's Service center
Be Frank With Me: A Novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson
JOHNSON
“This was my book of the year in 2016. I loved this character and his quirkiness. The assistants expectation of working with the author and instead helping with her son and bonding with him is touching. It has touches of Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) in it - if she had a child and lived in Los Angeles.” –Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
Dead Man Walking by Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish
LOCAL JES
“This Grand Rapids rockabilly duo has been one of my favorite acts to watch over the past few years. Their live shows are wildly entertaining – with lead singer and guitarist Jesse Ray often jumping onto tables in the crowd during performances, coupled with drummer Dingo Hopp furiously hammering away on his drum kit – and this 11-track album of blues-driven garage rock captures that energy and passion perfectly.” –David at KDL’s Service Center
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
OVERDRIVE
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut finds engineer Paul Proteus finding a way to live in a world of super computers and run by machines. Imagine that in 1952 when Vonnegut wrote this, his first novel. This book has kind of a 1984 flavor.” –Gene in KDL’s Sub Pool
The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming
ART HISTORY CUM
“In 1845 a book seller buys a painting for only 8 pounds at an auction of a private school that is closing. There was a good possibility that this was a lost painting by Velazquez of Prince Charles (Charles I of Great Britain), but instead of being a dream-come-true, it ruined his life. This book covers John Snare’s story, a bit of history about King Charles of Britain and King Philip of Spain, and a great deal about the art of Velazquez. (This is available as an audio book on Overdrive with a good reader, but the print version has color plates in the center of the book of the art works discussed.)” –Sandy at KDL’s Alto Branch
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy) by Jonathan Rogers
INSPIR J ROGERS
"The Wilderking trilogy by Jonathan Rogers is a great Junior Fiction read. "The Bark of the Bog Owl", "Secret of the Swamp King", and "the Way of the Wilderking" parallel the story of David and Goliath, but are in a class all their own. The fantasy world is well charactered, the action non-stop, and the conclusion more than satisfying." - Deb at KDL's Cascade Branch
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
HORROR TEEN KURTAGICH
"I listened to this audiobook and I have to say it is the BEST audiobook I've ever listened to. There was creepy music! And spine-tingling sound effects! And the reader was astounding! This book was so amazingly creepy. The Creeper Man actually invaded my nightmares and I woke up screaming. Highly recommend for someone who wants to be thoroughly creeped out by a good story." -Tricia at KDL's Cascade Branch
The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre
JUNIOR NONFICTION
"This book may be titled “The Slowest Book Ever” but I was able to read it in what seemed like no time at all. After reading it I can now reiterate random facts about all things s-l-o-w, but in a timely manner of course." -Courtnei at KDL's Cascade Branch
All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin by Mikhail Zygar
ADULT NONFICTION
"All the Kremlin’s Men by Mikhail Zygar is an interesting nonfiction read about Putin and Russian politics." Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
SF TEEN HAMILTON
"I enjoyed reading Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, which had elements of western, sci-fi, and a wee bit of romance. This unique tale will draw you into a world of mythical creatures, barren deserts, and narrow escapes. I couldn't put it down!" -Elizabeth at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis
GRAPHIC TEEN CIVIL
"While not as shocking as the first civil war, this outing gives us new heroes and heroines to join a side and battle until you’re convinced to join another’s side. Spoilers: Favorites will die!" -Larry at KDL's Service Center
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
BIOGRAPHY MACDONALD
“In this wildly original and ferocious memoir, Macdonald, a British academic, deals with the loss of her father through falconry. “ –Mark at KDL’s Rockford Branch
Trucker Ghost Stories: And Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, and Legends of the Road by Annie Wilder
SPIRIT PARA TRU
“If you love ghost stories and truckers then this is a match made in 18 wheeler heaven!” –Hannah at KDL’s Spencer Township Branch
I See You by The XX
POPULAR XX
“I’ve been listening to this album non-stop since I stumbled upon the track ‘On Hold’ on Apple Music. This CD is a spectacular blend of ear-wormy pop vocals and chill EDM instrumentals.” -Crystal at KDL's Caledonia Branch
Cat Knit by Jacob Grant
E GRANT
"This is an adorable picture book that wonderfully captures the cat’s reaction to a new play mate, yarn as well as what happens after yarn goes missing but is returned in a different form." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
Bandette Volume 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin
GRAPHIC TEEN BANDETTE
"Meet my newest favorite heroine! Bandette is a costumed teen burglar – both the bane of the police and criminals. She adores chocolate bars, is a little bit French and has some Audrey Hepburn in her too so she has my heart! Three volumes of this graphic novel are now available." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Array
BIOGRAPHY JNF BORNSTEIN
"What an AMAZING book. Even though it's catalogued as juvenile nonfiction, I can't think of an adult or teen who wouldn't find this book riveting. I could not stop reading it. Though I'm fascinated by WWII and Holocaust stories, they are often (of course!) unremittingly grim. This book was sad in parts, but overall it was a very uplifting story. The coincidences and unexplained luck that helped this family (mostly) survive were a wonder." -Susan at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Black Water Lilies: A Novel by Michel Bussi
BUSSI
"This intriguing novel starts out with a narrator telling you that it is the story of three women, of murder and mystery, and proceeds to twine the stories in incredible ways, all in Monet’s village of Giverny. I loved the settings, characters, descriptions of the art, the flowers AND the twisty, twining stories of the three women. Most excellent reading!" -Suzanne at KDL's Cascade Branch
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
SF TEEN TAYLOR
"After an author has a stunning first series, it can be hard to do the same with the next published book. Well, I am very excited to say that Laini Taylor really pulled out all the stops in this beautiful and moving book! Loved it!" -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
A Town Like Alice (Vintage International) by Nevil Shute
SHUTE
"If you like historical fiction this is a gem. A Town Like Alice tells of a young woman who miraculously survived a Japanese "death march" in World War II, and of an Australian soldier, also a prisoner of war, who offered to help her--even at the cost of his life." -Jaime at KDL's Plainfield Branch
A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller
E FULLER
"Young children will love how the main character has just the right hat for each situation he comes across. Great for pre-school age." -Jill at KDL's Service Center
Saturn Run by John Sandford
SF SANDFORD
"Saturn Run by John Sandford is a fast moving sci fi book that might appeal to people who liked The Martian by Andy Weir. It is a thriller set in the future about the race between China and the U.S. to reach Saturn first, after activity was spotted there through a space telescope. It has action, a bit of mystery and a bit of humor all mixed together to create a good read with some unexpected surprises." -Susan at KDL's Plainfield Branch
The Private Life of Mrs Sharma by Ratika Kapur
KAPUR
"Read how Mrs. Sharma thinks a modern life in India should be lived. This risky first-person drama will get you yelling “no” (in your head, of course) throughout." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Unearthed by Alexandra Risen
BIOGRAPHY RISEN
"I love reading about someone else’s fixer-up garden project when it’s not my own. Note: This garden will come to life and become its own character in this memoir." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Windwitch: A Witchlands Novel (The Witchlands) by Susan Dennard
SF TEEN DENNARD
"This is a Fantasy teen book that is unique and original and I love it! The characters are strong and interesting, the world is unique and filled with adventure. Highly recommend this series." -Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
Duets: The Final Chapter by The Notorious B.I.G.
R&B NOT
“A lot of after death music comes out for our favorite musicians but this uses Biggies actual verses and flows to combine with current superstars and it works. Do not sleep on the B.I.G.” -Larry at KDL's Service Center
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti
TINTI
"A strange but effective hybrid of ”Pulp Fiction” and a Greek myth, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” is a tale about a non-traditional father-daughter dynamic and the repercussions of a dark past. With rich, vivid writing and strong plot force, you will not want to put it down until you discover the story behind each of Hawley’s bullet wounds." -Jaci at KDL's Cascade Branch
Molotov's Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky
TRAVEL RUSSIA 947 POL
"When British journalist Rachel Polonsky moves into an apartment on Romanov Street in Russia she discovers that this place was once home to the Soviet Elite including the infamous Vyacheslav Molotov. Her curiosity of her new home causes her to delve into a research project that uncovers a side of Russia previously hidden to the world." -Hannah from KDL's Spencer Township Branch
Everything I Never Told You: A Novel (Alex Awards (Awards)) by Celeste Ng
NG
"In an effort to read more diversely, I chose Celeste Ng’s gripping debut, which begins with one daughter’s peculiar death and ends in a flurry of unspooled secrets that will haunt James and Marilyn Lee forever. This book will break your heart and sew it back together all at once, if you’re lucky." -Paris from KDL's Kentwood Branch
The Vegetarian: A Novel by Han Kang
HAN
"Han Kang’s The Vegetarian is more than its macabre makeup, it is a meditation on patience in the face of oppression, and dare I say, avant-feminism? Told from three opposing perspectives to our female protagonist, Yeong-hye, who abruptly goes vegetarian to ward off blood-soaked nightmares, Kang’s most terrifying undertaking may be her finest." -Paris at KDL's Kentwood Branch
The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg by Gemma Merino
E MERINO
"I took Gemma Merino’s “The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg” to local preschool & young 5’s classes and it was a hit! In it, Lola the sheep learns that beautiful, glossy wool is not as important as taking care of a new friend. I also recommend Merino’s picture books, “The Cow Who Climbed a Tree” and “The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water” as fantastic readalouds." -Elizabeth at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Sharpe's Tiger (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #1) by Bernard Cornwell
CORNWELL
"I could not got enough of this story. As a young private Richard Sharpe, in the British army in India is faced with an accusation of assaulting an officer and sentenced to 200 lashes. Luckily for him there is a secret mission to infiltrate the enemy stronghold and the general cuts down Sharpe and decides to give him another chance, the story unfolds from there." -Craig at KDL's Walker Branch
Hidden Figures
DRA DVD HID
"This was an incredible story! The personal challenges these women had to overcome at NASA and at home, being black women in a segregated society, made their accomplishments even more astonishing. Don’t miss out on this wonderful part of history that should have been taught in school." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
DAMN by Kendrick Lamar
R&B LAM
"He’s got royalty, got loyalty inside his DNA and his music. This album is an origin story of race, struggle, power, redemption and legacy. It flows and flows and flows." -Abby from KDL's Wyoming Branch
The Chosen (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Chaim Potok
POTOK
"First published fifty years ago, this best-selling and now classic novel, set in the small Orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn, New York, addresses universal themes and conflicts, and is a great pick for adults, young adults, and book clubs." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
American War: A novel by Omar El Akkad
EL AKKAD
"Set in the post-apocalyptic American South, a family struggles to survive a second Civil War where uncaring politicians, suicide bombers, and a deadly plague lay waste to the former United States of America. Excellent debut novel, well written and chilling." -Stephanie from KDL's Englehardt Branch
The Girl Before: A Novel by JP Delaney
DELANEY
"The Girl Before is a sleek thriller about a mysterious architect (think a sexy mash-up of Steve Jobs and Christian Gray) who is the brain of the most state of the art, high-tech house ever built in England. Emma and Jane make it past the competitive screening process to be residents – but at a terrible price. The women who are selected to live in the house have a tendency to be found dead. Those who enjoyed Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will especially find this to be a page turner." -Crystal at KDL's Caledonia Township Branch
Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
BACKMAN
"Not just a hockey novel, Beartown puts Backman’s complex and lovely characters at even strength with the artfully unfolding plot. The dreams that this rough sport hold for so many residents in this shell of a town, heighten the tragic events and skew the characters’ abilities to discern the truth. Beartown has suspense, resolution and redemption, Backman delivers a hat trick." -Nanette from KDL's Sub Pool
The League Season One
TV DVD LEA
"Comedy hijinks and fantasy football all rolled into one. Get your comedy fix this summer by binging this classic FX show." -Larry at KDL's Service Center
Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor: An Irish Country Novel (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor
CD TAYLOR
"I just love this series so much, I’m listening to his entire series for the second time. They are really “feel good” stories. And the narrator John Keating has been fantastic portraying each character." -Yuko at KDL's Service Center
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
J LAMBERT
"Seventh grader Annabelle’s mother is a hoarder, and this story deals with the topic in an accessible way. The plot moves quickly, as Annabelle tries to navigate friends she tries to keep away from her home, relatives who want to help, and piles upon piles of STUFF." -Elizabeth from KDL's Plainfield Branch
In Return by Odesza
POPULAR ODE
"So I’m going through a “chillstep” (think dubstep’s zen cousin) music phase right now, and this is consistently at the top of my playlist. It’s the perfect music for achieving peak flow or to ease a restless mind for a good night’s sleep. Who knew electronica could be so melodic and soothing! If you’re as obsessed as me, check out the Deluxe album on Apple Music or Amazon Prime Music for the instrumental versions." -Crystal at KDL's Caledonia Branch
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
HISTORY US MICHIGAN LED
"Gritty and impolite, Pulitzer prize winner LeDuff has set his own brand of unvarnished gonzo journalism to work in this very personal account of the downfall of his hometown of Detroit." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
Collateral Beauty
DRA DVD COL
"Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith, Helen Mirren and others in a story about a successful businessman who falls apart after the death of his daughter. How his colleagues intervene and how death, time and love become more than a concept that help him live and love again, make a moving and memorable story." -Deb at KDL's Cascade Branch
The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett
BENNETT
“This deep and moving book covers mothers and the complexities surrounding this on so many levels. There is a lot here for book groups to delve into." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
The Beach by Alex Garland
GARLAND
"Alex Garland's "The Beach" is the definition of a page turner. Richard is a young British traveller, scouring the globe for new experiences and adventures. On his first night in Bangkok, Richard meets Bugs: a ranting and raving mad Irishman who gives him a hand-drawn map with directions to a fabled hidden lagoon located in the Gulf of Thailand. Thus begins Richards search for an adventure unlike any other to a place few people have ever seen. Garland writes at a breakneck pace with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. An entertainment read with something meaningful to say, "The Beach" is a book you won't be able to put down." -Jacob at KDL's Service Center
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) by Joanne Fluke
MYS PB FLUKE
"This cozy mystery has parts of romance and comedy. It is a nice light read with some wonderful recipes included that go right along with the story!" -Teresa from KDL's Krause Memorial Branch
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
RIVERA
"This #ownvoices debut novel is a dynamic lesbian coming-of-age story that will have you laughing (and crying) out loud as Juliet tackles complicated social and personal issues. Charming, heartwarming and refreshing!" -Emily at KDL's East Grand Rapids Branch
Salt & Light: Photo Journal by Ryan Pernofski by Ryan Pernofski
ART PHOTOG PER
“It's books like this that remind me why I like owning books. I checked out from the library, and it's the most inspiring one I've seen in awhile. The color palette, tension in the photographs, and little insights from the author say it all. Salt & Light. If you haven't read it, do it! It's gorgeous.” -Ashten at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman
HONEYMAN
"Eleanor’s character is extremely socially awkward and doesn’t understand why people react to her the way they do. You find yourself in love with the character and laughing at her many social faux pas. This would be a great beach read or a good book to cuddle up on the couch with." -Leigh from KDL's Comstock Park Branch
Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
HAMID
“Is it too early to consider this the best book of 2017? Exit West is an unflinching painful, and timely telling of the current refugee crisis told through the eyes of Nadia and Saeed, as terrorists take hold of their unnamed Middle Eastern country just as they were on the eve of falling in love with one another. Their only chance for escape from the bloodshed and terror are mysterious doors, with the ability to transport to another door elsewhere in the world. Nadia and Saeed attempt to endure the throes of violence, xenophobia, and the terrible toll being a refugee has on their families, themselves, and their relationship.” -Crystal from KDL's Caledonia Branch
The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli
HISTORY DISCOVER JNF PIZ
"My ten-year-old and I both read it and had a great conversation about Fawcett’s adventures. Pizzoli’s illustrations add humor to this thrilling story and make the information accessible to a wide variety of reading levels." -Elizabeth from KDL's Plainfield Branch
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
GRAPHIC TEEN SPILL V.1
"If you are looking for a new exciting series, look no farther! Spill Zone has lots of mystery and action plus Addison, who has spent the last three years photographing the lethal spill zone which was formerly her home town of Poughkeepsie." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
WAGAMESE
"A good book enlightens us and I believe makes us better human beings. This book does that. We are shown the lives of four homeless people who escape the street in movies and are transformed when they win the lottery. Our conceptions of family, home, loss and brokenness are all challenge in this beautiful novel." -Stephanie from KDL's Lowell Township Branch
What We Lose: A Novel by Zinzi Clemmons
CLEMMONS
"A manifesto on motherhood—both the vacancy and the sadness of it—Zinzi Clemmons' What We Lose is very much a matter of fact in its unwillingness to let go. I read this novel in one sitting, and found myself holding on until the very last page." -Paris at KDL's Kentwood Branch
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
SOCSCI PSYCH CD RON
"A fascinating look at the mob mentality that is ever present on social media. For the individuals Ronson features, a single mistake – a distasteful joke on Twitter, a picture taken in bad judgement, a small town scandal – has ruined the lives of ordinary people. Ronson examines the psychology behind public shaming and why we are so easily willing to grab our pitchforks and chime in. I particularly enjoyed listening to the audiobook, as the incredulity and disgust in Ronson’s voice brings home the fact that we are all one misstep away from being the subject of the Internet’s ire." -Crystal at KDL's Caledonia Branch
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
SELFHELP VAND
"This is one of my favorite time management books out there (and I’ve read a lot). Vanderkam’s suggestion to look at how you would like to spend your time vs. how you actually spend your time 168 hours (1 week) at a time was a game changer for me. Each day looks differently and it’s not always realistic to say “I will practice Spanish 30 minutes a day.” However, if you frame it as “I will practice Spanish 3.5 hours this week” it suddenly seems less daunting. Some of Vanderkam’s suggestions ruffled my feathers (who are these magical people who can afford a laundry service and wake up at 5 a.m.?!), but overall I was able to apply the concept to the specifics of my life." -Crystal at KDL's Caledonia Branch
Meatless?: A Fresh Look At What You Eat by Sarah Elton
COOKING JNF ELT
"This book is for school age kids, but really good short reading for young adult and not-so-young adult too. It’s not trying to make people become vegetarian/vegan, but to give good information about it (I thought the author must be vegetarian/vegan, but no he’s not)" -Yuko at KDL's Service Center
Hip Hop Raised Me by DJ Semtex
OVERSIZE MUSIC DJ
"Growing up the same time Hip Hop started out and grew into a mega power in the music industry has changed my culture and outlook on other cultures I was not included in originally. This give you a history and some back ground on what is a force to be reckoned with some 40 years later." -Larry at KDL's Service Center
My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons
TRAVELOG SIM
"I discovered this book when it was returned and it was a pretty quick read but very interesting. It follows the trip of a middle aged women who visited North Korea on her own for 10 days. She is escorted everywhere by two guides who spend most of the time trying to convince her how great North Korea is. The book has a lot of pictures in it that the author was able to take to document her strange visit. At the end of the ten days she was ready to leave and starting to get pretty paranoid." -Craig from KDL's Walker Branch
Stardew Valley
PS4 KIDS STA
"Do you feel like farming without actually going outside? This is the perfect game for you!" -Hannah from KDL's Spencer Township Branch
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel by Kathleen Rooney
ROONEY
"I would love to meet this character! She was actually based on a real person – Margaret Fishback - who worked for Macy’s in the 20s/30s and was the highest paid female in advertising in her day." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
J PALACIO
"In this funny and poignant debut novel, Auggie Pullman enters middle school. Born with severe facial deformities, Auggie just wants to fit in. This children’s book about kindness, empathy, and tolerance will appeal to adults as well. A future classic." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
PICOULT
"I found Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things fascinating. Having never read any of her work, I am so thankful for a popular author who is willing to invite the topic of racism into conversation. It’s a deeply moving story that is told from all sides, embracing courage and fear, transforming hate into peace. Amazing book. I couldn’t put it down." -Ashten at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Posted by John David Anderson
J ANDERSON
Cell phones are banned at a Michigan middle school, so students communicate via Post-Its instead. Sticky notes are everywhere and students learn the power and pain of words. Fabulous middle grade fiction!" -Elizabeth at KDL's Plainfield Branch