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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories: Library Edition by Gabrielle Union
“I am usually wary of authors reading their own audiobooks, but Gabrielle Union is perfection. Her stories are funny, crazy, and eye-opening.” -Samantha at KDL’s Service Center
The Nix: A novel by Nathan Hill
"This book reminded me a lot of John Irving’s writing. So while I didn’t particularly like the characters, this story was engrossing."-Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
“Richard Parry, a journalist for The Times based in Tokyo takes an inside look on lives affected by the Tsunami in March 11, 2011. This is a somber and intense read for those who want to see how humanity copes with catastrophe and loss.” –Hannah at Wyoming
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel by Matthew Sullivan
“Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan is a debut novel that begins with a suicide in a bookstore in Denver. Lydia Smith is the bookseller who is married to her job at the store. When one of her favorite customers, Joey Molina hangs himself in the history section and she finds a photograph of herself at her 10th birthday party in the pocket of his jeans the mystery begins, since she they never knew each other as children. In her quest to find answers, a horrible memory resurfaces. A well-written novel. I look forward to additional works by this author.” – Gene, Information Substitute
Letters from Skye: A Novel by Jessica Brockmole
“If you liked The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society, you’ll also like Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. Elspeth Dunn is a reclusive poet in turn of the century Scotland. One day she receives a ‘fan letter’ from a cocky and fun-loving American college student, David Graham, who has read her poetry. They begin a correspondence that develops into a love that lasts into the time of World War I, when both Elspeth’s husband and David go missing. Alternating with Elspeth’s story is the story of her daughter, also corresponding with the man she loves during World War II. Only when Elspeth goes missing after a London blitz strikes her apartment, does her daughter discover her mother’s secret.” – Debora at Cascade
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
“This book was such a cleaver combination of a fantasy world and the real world. Elsa is seven when her grandmother dies but she is left with a quest that brings her into contact with all the different people living in her building and thus to a better understanding of her Grandmother.” – Beth at Gaines Township
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain
“This is the type of book you read in one sitting; you simply can’t put it down! Bourdain, known best for his multitude of raw, adventurous, foodie television series, takes you on a colorful journey from his first memory of truly tasting good food, through his struggles as a young chef – and provides plenty of advice to both aspiring cooks and those who love to dine out along the way (e.g., never eat out for brunch and never order fish on a Monday).” – David at KDL’s Service Center
Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood
“I can’t recommend Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood highly enough. Lockwood is a poet with a knack for whimsical, wickedly apt metaphor, and in Priestdaddy, she turns her unblinking, poetic eye onto her unconventional upbringing. The resulting memoir is a worthwhile read for anyone who had a strange childhood, which is to say anyone who had a childhood.” – Jackie at KDL’s Service Center
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
“I really enjoyed The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken, both book and audio. Mischievous monsters, grumpy malefactors, and family curses, oh my! With funny characters and a cliff-hanger ending, this book is sure to please middle-grade fantasy fans.” – Liz at Plainfield
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary
“The historical narrative of the west largely omits a whole civilization whose citizens shared an entirely different narrative for a thousand years. Ansary’s lucid and entertaining writing style makes what could have been an academic study easily accessible, explaining why the two cultures grew up oblivious to each other, what happened when they intersected, and how the Islamic world was affected by its slow recognition that Europe, a place it long perceived as primitive and disorganized, had somehow hijacked destiny.” – Mark at Rockford
Wounded Tiger by T. Martin Bennett
“Wounded Tiger is about three people and how their lives overlap and impact each other. Mitsuo Fuchida, the first Japanese bomber of Pearl Harbor, Jake DeShazer, a Japanese POW, and Peggy Covell, the eighteen year old daughter of missionaries.” – Kelly at Nelson Township
Dot Journaling―A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
“Just in time for the new year, this book teaches you the basics of dot journaling – the Instagram-worthy trend more commonly known as bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is an analog planner system that serves both as a creative outlet and productivity tool. This book contains beautiful eye-candy examples and concise and useful information to help you become more organized this year.” –Crystal at Caledonia
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
“I love Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (she won the National Book Award for it).” –Barb at Byron Township
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency : Season One
“The first season is thrilling, quirky and comical that kept me at the edge of my seat. It’s a compulsively watchable show, that I devoured it in a 2 days.” –Megan @ KDL’s Service Center
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
“As a fan of the television show Parks and Recreation and cast member Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson), I couldn’t pass up the chance to check out this book. This book kept me in stitches and also provides some much needed manly advice that is delivered perfectly. Simply hilarious!” – Clyde at Spencer Township
“I loved the book and I was thrilled it was going to be made into a movie. Sometimes a movie isn’t nearly as good as the book, but I totally loved the movie too. Julia Roberts has always been a favorite of mine and I enjoyed her in this movie. Wonder is a heartfelt and uplifting story and Auggie, the main character, will melt your heart.” -- Barb at Byron Township
Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer
“A great memoir about growing up in Seattle before Seattle was popular and being a woman.” – Shaunna at Alpine Township
A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
“I loved these characters. They were real, flawed and great together. And who isn’t touched and changed by seeing a whale in real life.” – Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Shirley Jackson
“All that remains of the once illustrious Blackwood family is Merricat, her elderly and eccentric Uncle Julian, and her beloved sister Connie – who six years prior poisoned the rest. They are happy, in their own creepy way, until a long-lost cousin with dubious motives comes back into their lives. Soon to be a movie!” – Crystal at Caledonia Township
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
“It weaves together two stories into one. It is a great historical/contemporary read. It begins in September 1911 with Nurse Clara Wood who could not return to Manhattan after the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. She cares for an immigrant on Ellis Island whom has a beautiful scarf he carries with a name embroidered on it. She is soon engrossed in a story surrounding that name.” – Jaime at Plainfield Township
The Music Shop: A Novel by Rachel Joyce
“You get a small glimpse of a rundown suburban street in the middle of England in 1983 where one music shop (vinyl only!) can affect so many lives whether it be big or small. The Music Shop will bring you tears of compassion, sadness, and hope all in just a few pages.” – Rachel at East Grand Rapids
Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals by Nancy Furstinger
“My children and I really enjoyed reading Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals by Nancy Furstinger. We would recommend it to animal lovers and those interested in tech. You will cheer for all of these incredible animals!” – Liz at Plainfield Township
A People's History of the United States (Modern Classics) by Howard Zinn
“Historian Howard Zinn presents the history of the United States from the point of view of – and often in the words of – America’s women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers, and he does it in an accessible, lively, clear, and scholarly manner.” – Mark at Rockford
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
“I knew after the first chapter that this was going to be a life-altering book. Maggie O'Farrell writes beautifully about 17 near-death experiences that shifted her perspective on life and death. From a doctor who doesn't believe that her medical history will make giving birth difficult, to a magician who pulls her on stage for a knife-throwing trick, each chapter is inspiring and intertwines with the others to create a gorgeous, life-affirming memoir.” – Aimee at Kentwood
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman
“Book 1 (Scythe) was my Staff Pick when it came out in 2016. And now, book 2 too! It is packed with unexpected development. And I was stunned at the ending. I need to read book 3 right now!” – Yuko at KDL’s Service Center
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
“This was my revisit to the 80’s since I read everything I could get my hands on by Scott O’Dell. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I still really loved this story! Re-read classics is recommended by Librarians everywhere.” – Beth at Gaines Township
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
“I recommend After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat. I read this with several kindergarten classes and we talked about being afraid, facing our fears, and perseverance. This beautifully illustrated picture book was a great catalyst for conversation!” – Liz at Plainfield Township
“Mr. Robot is a psychological, cyber-conspiracy thriller that follows IT security engineer Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) as he dives deeper and deeper into the world of computer hacking, and is eventually recruited by the mysterious Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) to join an underground hacktivism group whose primary goal is to wipe out the world’s debt. And while the series is centered on hacking, cybercrime and corruption, it is just as much about exploring Elliot’s psyche, understanding his mental health issues and seeing the world through his eyes – which can get pretty dark at times.” – David at KDL’s Service Center
Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk
“Finally, a realistic method for keeping your home clean and organized – just in time for spring cleaning! The author of the blog Clean Mama, Rapinchuk details her 28-Day Simply Clean Routine that is fully customizable for your schedule and tailored to your home. I found the book so useful that I ended up buying my own copy to reference often.” – Crystal at Caledonia Township
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
“Visiting Cuba had long been on my bucket list, and this past year my dream came true when I traveled to Cuba with my daughters. I understood so much more about what I saw and experienced in Cuba after reading this novel because it humanized the period of Cuban history during and since the Revolution. But it’s a terrific book even if you haven’t traveled to Havana. A family saga with couple of love stories and a few surprises thrown in, Next Year in Havana switches between the Revolution and today, centering on a Cuban-American woman who travels to Cuba to spread her grandmother’s ashes after her death. I couldn’t put it down!” – Jan at Walker
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
“The author provides a wonderful history of the house and the life of George and Edith Vanderbilt and their daughter from the beginning, after George's death in 1914, Edith's managing the estate through the great depression and into the 1940's, and the Biltmore today.” – Gene, Information Substitute
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
“Now I know why my son and husband have been passing this book around to friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. I adored these characters like I did the Harry Potter characters – cheering for them all the way.” – Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux
“Deep South resides in the travel section of the library, but is not a travel guidebook. Theroux traveled the back roads of southern states four times, once during each season. He revisited the same places each time and chronicles the struggles of residents of towns and locations long forgotten. The author provides emotional, in-depth stories of people daily confronted by racism and poverty. Some of the locations he visits are familiar places, but most are not. It's difficult to imagine that some of the conditions he describes are in the United States of America.” – Gene, Information Substitute
The Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
“First published in 1988, Barbara Kingsolver’s debut novel continues to delight and charm. In this modern classic, young Taylor Greer leaves her home and heads west, finding family and community, love and friendship, and a sense of belonging along the way.” – Mark at Rockford
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
“Topher, Brand, and Steve skip school and set off on an adventure to visit their amazing teacher Ms. Bixby who is in the hospital. Packed with crazy, unbelievable adventure and heartfelt character development; if you are looking for a book to make you both laugh and cry, this is it.” – Jill at Wyoming
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays by Samantha Irby
“Bloggess, Samantha Irby, takes to paper to write a collections of essays that will leaving you laughing and crying. With a completely unselfconscious look at dating, body image, chronic illness, homosexuality, poverty and so much in between, Irby, expresses herself in a hilarious voice with unique honesty that might just make you squirm.” – Nanette at Cascade
SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games by Jane McGonigal
“I could not put this book down! The author leads you through many life-changing ideas, stemming from questions that she asks. However a person answers those many varied questions, leads the person to even more thought-provoking questions. There are many quests mentioned in the book, and these help you to find out more about your inner self. Chapters in this fascinating book include, ‘You are stronger than you know’, and ‘Challenge Yourself.’ Great Read!” – Robin at Krause Memorial
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
“Arfy the dog send letters to everyone on his block hoping to find a home. Find out how he finds the perfect fit. Cute story for preschoolers and early elementary children.” – Jill at KDL’s Service Center
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
“This is one big pot of heavy, deep, raw, muddy, nasty, gumbo. Joey drags you along as he tells his weird story. Just when you find it unbearable, you can't stop reading.” – Cathy at Gaines Township
Before We Were Yours: A Novel by Lisa Wingate
“This tells a story of 2 families from 2 different generations starting in 1939 involving a scandal in a corrupt Tennessee orphanage. It still gives me chills when I think about it.” – Kelly at Nelson Township
The Recipe Box: A Novel by Viola Shipman
“This is the end of the trilogy written by Wade Rouse under his grandmother’s name, Violet Shipman. The Recipe Box is set in Northern Michigan and centers around the family’s orchard. This is a story of the lives of the various generations of women who loved the orchard and their struggles to keep the orchard going throughout the years. It is a heartwarming story of women, food and the importance of family. Readers who enjoyed the previous two books in the trilogy, The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest will not be disappointed in The Recipe Box.” – Barb at Byron Township
The Loon Feather by Iola Fuller
“Our book group here at Alto used this title earlier this year. For different reasons, this book appealed to everyone. It’s a very interesting look at the conflict between European and Native American cultures in the early 1800’s, and the fact that most of it takes place on Mackinac Island, referring to things many of us here are familiar with, makes it even more of a draw.” – Sandy at Alto
Sunny (Track) by Jason Reynolds
“I recommend Sunny by Jason Reynolds. It’s the third in his Track series, but certainly can stand (or run!) alone. The diary entry format makes it a fast, touching read, with Reynolds’ signature style and heart. I loved it!” – Liz at Plainfield
Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott
“Nine chapters cover nine innings and nine pitches of Felix Hernandez’s 2012 perfect game. Terry McDermott’s clear insight and sparkling prose makes this little book a gem.” – Trevor at Grandville
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
“A quirky friendship, mental illness, the obstacles faced by women scientists and the pitfalls of academia, were all topics addressed in this unique memoir. What was absolutely clear, most especially in the audio version (read by the author) was her passion for scientific understanding. Her descriptions of the natural world, pure art. A highly enjoyable read that allowed me to look at our world with a new understanding and an intense respect.” – Nanette at Cascade
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
“Listen to this audiobook, read by the author, and let her positivity and optimism wash over you.” – Sam at KDL’s Service Center
Imitation of Life [videorecording]
“In this classic film, Lana Turner plays an ambitious actress whose neglected daughter is virtually raised by her African American housekeeper Annie, played by Juanita Moore. Issues of race, class, and gender are further complicated by the housekeeper’s light-complected daughter, who distances herself from her mother. Annie’s declaration to her daughter that ‘it’s a sin to be ashamed of what you are, and it’s even worse to pretend,’ has given countless movie goers the courage to go forth and live their true lives, to not settle for an imitation.” – Mark at Rockford
The High Season: A Novel by Judy Blundell
“I enjoyed these characters and reading about New York Society – which is so far from my reality.” – Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
“As a lover of true crime, there was no way I wasn’t going to read this book, but I recommend it to anyone for the superb writing, the thorough research, and the truly wonderful person behind it all: Michelle McNamara, who dedicated much of her too-short life to investigating a monster responsible for some of the worst crimes in California history.” – Julia at KDL’s Service Center
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
“Xiomara is a young woman struggling with her religious mother, her genius twin brother, and a passion for poetry. Add forbidden love into the mix, and you’ve got a book to devour in one sitting.” – Liz at Plainfield
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Array
“In this powerful memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the originator of the hashtag #blacklivesmatter and one of the three women who co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement, describes her upbringing in suburban California, how that upbringing shaped her life as an advocate for justice, and the backlash she encountered when she and others had the courage to say that ‘Black Lives Matter.’” – Mark at Rockford
“A genre shift is at the heart of Evanescence’s latest release. With a focus on piano and orchestral arrangements, Synthesis takes songs already established in their music anthology and successfully remasters them. The overall sound is beautiful and powerful.” – Chris at Byron Township
Sometimes I Lie: A Novel by Alice Feeney
“Twisty and turny! I very much enjoyed trying to get into heads of the characters. And there was a moment that actually made me audibly gasp. Definitely recommend to fans of other psychological thrillers like Woman in the Window and Girl on the Train.” – Tricia at Cascade
Tin Man: A Novel by Sarah Winman
“So many emotions packed into such a tiny novel. Tin Man follows the evolution of the friendship between two adolescent boys and the heartache and joy experienced throughout.” – Sam at KDL’s Service Center
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
“Marketed as Inception meets True Detective, this book meets the hype. It’s 1997 and Shannon Moss is in a secret NCIS detective division that investigates crimes by traveling through time. However, each trip into the future brings an apocalyptic event called the Terminus closer and closer to 1997. Shannon must both solve the disappearance of a Navy Seal’s daughter and figure out how to stop the Terminus.” – Crystal at Caledonia
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
“Funny and touching, it explores the world of a prince with a secret, and the lengths his best friend will go to keep it. A fast, enchanting read!” – Liz at Plainfield
Oath of Honor (Blue Justice) by Lynette Eason
“It’s got it ALL: Murder, crooked politicians, romance, a sweet old lady, a crazy ex and to top it off a cute DOG!” – Kelly at Nelson Twp
The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Array
“An irresistibly heartwarming story about a couple who adopted a mini pig that turned out to be a regular sized pig – that is to say, gigantic. They decided to keep her anyway, and the book tells about her life, illustrated with photos of Esther and the farm where she lives with her family.” – Susan at Plainfield
The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel
“Medical historian Markel brings the history of the Kellogg brothers to life in this eminently readable account of the changes brought about through the work of these legendary figures. These remarkable men set out to reform the eating habits of America, a movement that in many ways succeeded. The brothers’ influence continues to be felt both here in Michigan and around the globe. The world class sanitarium they built still stands, and the vast wealth they created remains in the form of a charitable foundation that supports children, families, and communities.” – Mark at Rockford
Honor Among Thieves (Honors) by Array
“Looking for some sci-fi action? Checkout ‘Honor Among Thieves’ by Rachel Caine. When Earth was on the brink of disaster a mysterious alien race, Leviathans, stepped in and provided resources and tech advances to save Earth. In exchange, pairs are chosen as Honors to spend a year aboard a young Leviathan, exploring and learning. But Zara is not like other Honors and suspects there is more to the exchange than cultural awareness.” – Beth at Gaines Twp
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
“Joe, through the power of poetry, copes with the loss of his brother. He didn’t lose his brother due to death or illness. It was actually much worse.” – Hannah at Wyoming
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
“Victorian England and Colonial India meet magic, intrigue, boarding school, and darkness to tangle together in the story of Gemma Doyle.” – Abby at Wyoming
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
“A surprisingly accurate and at times, heartbreaking look at the lives of two children adopted out of foster care, Forever, or a Long, Long Time follows Flora and Julian in their quest to find their origin story. Their new mom announces that there will soon be a new baby in the family, but how will she possibly love them as much once she has a ‘real’ child?” – Sara at Nelson Twp
If the Creek Don't Rise: A Novel by Leah Weiss
“I LOVED this book. It’s set in Appalachia in the 1970’s. For some reason I’ve always been fascinated with stories set in this region of the United States. The main character, Sadie Blue, has a tragic life but she is strong and so easy to root for. The feminist themes and sparks of magical realism woven into the story give it depth and a feeling of wonder.” – Lindsey at KDL’s Service Center
peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
“A collection of smart, funny poetry that's easy to read but will also make you think. I wanted to devour it and savor it at the same time.” – Brianna at Tyrone Twp
Ice Bridge : Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season
“I couldn’t begin to imagine what it would feel like to travel from the mainland to the island over the frozen water and for that distance. The movie was a very unique glance into a place we seldom think about in the snowy Michigan wintertime. Mackinac Island fans will love it!” – Barb, Information Substitute
Little Dark Age
“This pop, electronic duo from Brooklyn has really kicked it up a notch with their new album. As weird as ever, they’ve created a much more radio-friendly album this time around and so far, so good. Two thumbs up!” – Stacy at KDL’s Service Center
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
“What could be better than sweet wishes for a good day? This beautiful book is perfect for reading at the end of any day with someone little you love.” – Ashley at Comstock Park
Waggish: Dogs Smiling for Dog Reasons by Array
“Smiling dogs? Yes please! Perfect (and adorable) summer reading for the whole family. Clever quips with each photo.” – Betsy, Circulation Substitute
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
“Desi Lee is a teenage girl who is tired of making a complete fool of herself the second a hot guy gives her a moment of his attention. So she turns to what she knows: K Dramas. Her plan is practically fool prove and the most extra plan in the world. This book had just enough secondhand embarrassment to make it onto my favorites shelf!” – Courtnei at Kelloggsville/Wyoming
Hybrid Creatures: Stories (Yellow Shoe Fiction) by Matthew Baker
“A beautiful and unique collection of stories all revolving around people seeking connection in a world which communicates in code. In each story the code differs, from markup language, musical notation, logic systems or mathematics. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable!” – Stephanie at Lowell
Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey
“Franchesca's videos have always been super funny, insightful, and unemotionally charged ideas about a lot of very emotional topics like race, and identity. Focusing on communication between a divided political world which has made her a target of trolls and bullies on the internet after a single youtube video pushed her into the digital limelight, she's got a fantastic story to tell!” – Ally at Kentwood
An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
“This is a topical story about a marriage that falls apart after a black man is falsely accused of a crime in beginning of his marriage. Told from the perspectives of the wife, the husband and a close friend, this novel demonstrates the slow erosion of a passionate marriage, collateral damage of the most intimate kind. Will this marriage survive the racial injustice, or be yet another casualty?” – Nanette at Cascade
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari
“I agree with Elton John who wrote a blurb on the cover of this book on depression – this book changed my life.” – Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
Choke (Paperback) by Chuck Palahniuk
“It is a smartly written story about broken people trying to find a little pleasure in life. I laughed out loud, cried real tears, and cringed more than once while reading this book. Palahniuk is a master of storytelling.” – Karen, Circulation Substitute
I'll Be Your Blue Sky: A Novel by Marisa de los Santos
“A gripping story of past and present that ties together families, secrets, and the generation span of understanding true love.” – Deb at Alto
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung
“Debbie has a harder time socializing than getting her graduate degree. But she meets Jason, who understands her, and helps her cope with a noisy wedding and a difficult new career and she does finally find the right place for a quiet girl like her. My whole family loved this book!” – Deb at Cascade
Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar
“Trained by her father in the lucrative trade of purple, a young Lydia faces unimaginable betrayal and loss. Fleeing her home and everything she has known, she travels to Macedonia with only her father’s trade secrets and a friend she rescues from poverty along the way. The two women face many challenges as they establish their business in a male-dominated Roman culture, and ultimately meet the Apostle Paul who introduces them to the author of their faith.” – Jill at KDL’s Service Center
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella by Fredrik Backman
“Achingly beautiful and heart-wrenchingly realistic, this story of a young boy, his father and his grandfather as they find and miss connections, even as the grandfather’s mind deteriorates, will increase any reader’s appreciation for each stage of life and the challenges and joys that come with it.” – Janine at KDL’s Service Center
Lost in the Dream
“Imagine if Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty were to collaborate on an album of hazy, ethereal, motorik tracks; that is what Philadelphia-based indie band, The War on Drugs’, 2014 release, ‘Lost in the Dream,’ sounds like. It’s definitely my favorite summertime album.” – David at KDL’s Service Center