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In Return by Odesza
"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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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
Most People by Michael Leannah
"This book is a great resource for younger children to understand that even though bad things happen sometimes (as seen in the news, etc), that most people are good, kind and helpful. It reassures children that even though a few people may choose to do bad things, most people are kind and want to help others." -Jill at KDL's Service Center
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
"Do you ever wonder what qualities grow a gold medalist? A prima ballerina? An Army ranger? In Grit, renowned psychologist and MacArthur Fellow, Angela Duckworth explores the qualities present in high achieving individuals. Engaging the reader with examples from education, sports, and business, Duckworth suggests that a combination of persistence and perseverance, “grit”, can make all the difference. Why do some people work so hard? Why are we so enthralled by “naturally” gifted athletes? Is grit measurable? How can parents teach “grit?” These are just some of the questions Duckworth tenaciously explores. With practical applications for anyone striving for success, this book is a must read now." -Nanette in KDL's Sub Pool
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
"Jessi Klein is a writer for Inside Amy Schumer, this book is funny, filled with essays about life, work, marriage, family." -Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Branch
I Am a Unicorn! by Michaela Schuett
"For everyone who has dreamed big magical dreams, this one’s for you! Perfect for younger kiddos, this book will have you sharing giggles over sprinkles and sparkles." Ashley at KDL's Comstock Park Branch
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
"Timothy Snyder, an historian at Yale and prominent authority on the Holocaust and the rise of fascism in Europe offers this slim and accessible volume on the lessons that can be learned from Europe’s mistakes." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates
"Dr. Laura Bates, a professor of English at Indiana State University, offers this quiet, reflective, and inspiring account of her experiences teaching the works of Shakespeare to prisoners held in supermax solitary confinement." Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces (Junior Library Guild Selection) by Isabel Quintero
"I didn’t read this book for the longest time because I really don’t love the cover. But I finally got it as an eAudiobook and it was seriously good. Great for older teens who are trying to figure out who they are and were they want to go." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
The Windfall: A Novel by Diksha Basu
"A funny read about a newly wealthy Indian family (in India) who are working hard to keep up with their neighbors. It’s also great to learn a little about a different culture." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters: A Novel by Susan Mallery
"This book was a great read. The Murphy family from Tulpen Crossings Washington run a Tulip farm. Kelly (the farmer) , Olivia (jack of all trades gal) and Helen (owns the local café) are all strong female characters with secrets galore. All three have interesting relationships with each other and the men in their lives. This book has laughter, happiness, and tears." -Jaime at KDL's Plainfield Branch
White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another by Danielle LaPorte
"Danielle LaPorte. Oprah has named her one of the top hundred awakened leaders who are using their voice to elevate humanity. She keeps it real, light, and absolutely a must read for anyone looking for a little growth in their lives." Ashten at KDL's Wyoming Branch
The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta
"Mixing the old with the new, The New Paris features Parisian innovators that are changing the way food, fashion, and design are paving the way for French culture. If you’ve ever read In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, you’ll love this. And, it’s gorgeous!" -Ashten at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Refugee by Alan Gratz
"Three stories of families making their ultimate journeys for survival will keep readers turning pages! Though each story takes place in a different time period, their stories echo and intertwine. Fantastic middle grade fiction!" Elizabeth at KDL's Plainfield Branch
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel by Bryn Greenwood
"I loved this book throughout the raw core, right up to the last few haunting words. The main character, Wavy Quinn, is a tiny, feral girl, neglected by her addict parents and surviving in world where the stars are her only true comforts. Enter the knight, Jesse Joe Kellen, a brutish biker with a criminal record and a desire to protect. As the tale progresses, heroes become villains and villains, heroes. It is light and dark, good and evil, ugly and well...wonderful. Adeptly told from the perspectives of many characters over the course of a decade, it is a story that serves to remind us that love can take many forms. If read with an open mind it will settle into you in unexpected ways." -Nanette from KDL's Sub Pool
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
"We all die at the end. Nobody escapes this fact. We are all equal on this. Most of us don’t even think about it just because we don’t know when exactly the end would be. But few people know it’s coming and try to live the days you have to the fullest. In this story two boys tried to live their End Day as positive as they can be together. That makes all the difference even though the end comes for sure." -Yuko at KDL's Service Center
Shetland Season One & Two
"Based on the books by Ann Cleves, these adaptations, featuring DI Jimmy Perez and DS McIntosh are brimming with atmosphere and intrigue. Take a tour of the beautiful and remote Shetland Islands and meet some colourful characters along the way." -Cathy at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
True Detective Season 1
I’m not one to reread books or watch a television series more than once, but I’ve blown through the dark, gritty eight-hour tale that is True Detective: Season 1 so many times I could write a book on it (admittedly, probably not a very good book). The characters portrayed by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey have a great dynamic, and McConaughey’s character, Rust Cohle, is easily my favorite role that he’s ever played." -David at KDL's Service Center
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
"Michelle Alexander, who is a legal scholar and a professor, documents racial disparities in rates of arrests and incarcerations and explains the depth and breadth of the ways in which the legal system creates these disparities." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
Joy in the Morning: A Novel by Betty Smith
"In this charming and realistic overlooked classic from the author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Annie and Carl, a struggling law student, marry after several years of courtship. Poverty and inexperience test the young couple’s relationship, but readers will appreciate the heartwarming ways that they find of making things work." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero by Cate Lineberry
"Robert Smalls was an American who escaped slavery, who served the Union Army during the Civil War, and had the unique experience of acquiring the home he was once a servant in and ultimately, graciously hosting his former slave master family during a short period of the reconstruction period. Smalls later served as a US Congressman and this book provides an excellent account of his life." -Brian at KDL's Service Center
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
"Stephanie Perkins is my favorite teen author of quirky romances, but she threw me for a loop with this suspenseful slasher novel. Makani, a Hawaiian teen forced to move to Nebraska to run away from her past, encounters a serial killer that begins to pick off her high school peers one by one. Makani and her group of friends are desperate to find a motive to figure out the killer’s next move – Makani’s afraid her secret will make her the next victim. Hold on to your cornstalks and get ready for a wild and scary ride." -Abby at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
"This should not be a surprise choice from me! Ava is a high school student and struggles with a form of OCD. It really gives the reader a peek into the thought process of this mental health issue." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
"It is a fascinating and sobering look at life in North Korea from the point of view of 6 North Korean defectors." -Megan at KDL's Service Center
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and loved it! It’s perfect for October if you’re looking for something to read that’s full of mysterious pasts and little spookiness. When I read it I was reminded of Jonathan Franzen’s much loved read, Freedom. Given that feel, I couldn’t put it down." -Ashten at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Warped Ambition (A Jo Riskin Mystery) (Volume 1) by Debbie S. TenBrink
"This is a murder mystery set in our very own Grand Rapids, Michigan and is chock full of local landmarks and references. The lead character is a woman detective with the Grand Rapids Police Department, investigating two cases; that of a 15 year old girl found murdered and left in a dumpster, as well as the unsolved murder of the detective’s own husband, who was also a GRPD officer. The clues kept me eagerly following along and I have to say when the author dropped the fact that the detective’s partner was a proud Grand Valley alumni, I was hooked." -Kathleen from KDL's Walker Branch
Beast Epic by Iron and Wine
"I'm a big fan of Iron and Wine (Sam Beam). Equal parts emotional and cool, his seventh album is a beautiful addition to the alternative/indie/folk scene." -Peggy from KDL's Alto Branch
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
"Set in England in 1939, this story is about a young physically challenged girl, Ada, and her brother, Jamie. Maliciously hidden from the world by her mother, Ada, finds courage and the physical strength she needs to escape to the country. There, the children are housed with Susan Smith, a grieving woman, who must face her own demons in order to help the two billeted children. This dramatic tale, with the rising peril of World War II as the background, can be enjoyed by the whole family. It is about courage in the face of fear, loyalty in the face of loss, and ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. It is a redemptive story where the worst circumstances, lead to life." -Nanette from KDL's Sub Pool
I Saw the Devil
A revenge tale to end all revenge tales, this South Korean genre flick is absolutely punishing. Jee-woon Kim's precise command of the filmmaking paired with a heart-wrenchingly brutal performance by Byung-hun Lee makes for a cinematic experience that grabs you and wont let go. This film is not for the faint of heart, there are no heroes or Hollywood endings. But for those who can stomach it, 'I Saw The Devil' is a stunning calling card from a brilliant South Korean auteur. -Jacob from KDL's Service Center
A Bride's Story, Vol. 1
"At 9 volumes so far, it is a wonderful historical slice of life story taking place in 19th century central Asia. It is about Amir, a bride from a nomadic tribe sent to be married to a groom who is eight years younger than her. The story focuses on the daily life of the new couple and the people around them. The books are beautifully drawn and so full of incredible details. The artwork is amazing." -Megan at KDL's Service Center
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
"Death is about the only thing happens to all humans, rich or poor, equally. The way people around the world view or dealt with death, after life, etc. so differently (cultural and ritual) is interesting." -Yuko at KDL's Service Center
An Irish Country Practice: An Irish Country Novel (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor
"Brand new, book no. 14 of my favorite series. As always, it’s a real feel-good read that makes me want to live in Ballybucklebo with those wonderful characters." -Yuko at KDL's Service Center
A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin
"This is a coming-of-age story about a young woman who travels to Chicago in search of her mother. With the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Violet meets people from all walks of life, and in the process, learns much about faith, her calling, and true love. Sifting through the various opportunities set before her, Violet determines to discover the truth about her mother and decide for herself what path her life will take. An interesting, colorful story that will inspire and warm your heart." -Jill at KDL's Service Center
Louisiana Longshot: A Miss Fortune Mystery (Volume 1) by Jana DeLeon
"CIA assassin, Fortune Reading, is a little out of her element hiding out in Sinful, Louisiana. Her cover as a former beauty queen/librarian doesn't quite wash with a couple of the towns elderly residents who have secrets of their own. Fun and fast paced, Fortune and her cohorts soon find themselves up to their "arms" with murder and mayhem." -Janice Donahue in KDL's Info Sub Pool
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
"A stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood
“Has your loved one been replaced by something else? Delve into a town full of superstition and distrust to discover why a woman was killed by her husband." -Hannah at KDL's Spencer Township Branch
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles
"Filled with interesting monologues , insightful historical references , humor that will make you laugh out loud and characters that you will love. I wanted to try living under house arrest in a luxury hotel and see if I would have adapted as well as Count Alexander." -Christina at KDL's Englehardt Branch
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
"My book club is reading "Behave" by Robert Sapolsky. It has received great reviews, and is about the biology of human behavior--why we do good or bad, and the basis for our actions in our genes, evolution, environment, and more. A great book for book groups--since starting this book our book group has doubled and people stay even after the time is up to keep talking. A great read for those curious about evolution, psychology and biology as they relate to human behavior." -Donna at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Lockwood & Co., Book 3: The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
"I recently finished the last book in Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & co. series. The whole series is a great read with the right mix of creepy & character development. So if you are in the mood for some London ghosts, these gems can be found in the youth area!" -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
"With her so-so Spanish, ripped jeans, and dislike of cilantro, Malú’s not the perfect Mexican girl her mom dreamed of--but how can she explain that punk is in her blood? When the principal denies her band entrance into the school’s cultural talent show she knows it’s time to stand up and speak out… because the first rule of punk is being yourself!" -Emily at KDL's East Grand Rapids Branch
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White (Ala Notable Children's Books. All Ages) by Melissa Sweet
“This biography is a visual delight. The author weaves iconic symbols from White’s life into her presentation of the facts in a mixed-media, collage-like way. The reader comes to understand the inspiration for White’s children’s literature and his Thoreau-like love of all things nature. This book is for people of all ages and will enhance your appreciation of his beloved classic, Charlotte’s Web.” -Nanette – Info Sub
Myth Education: A Guide to Gods, Goddesses, and Other Supernatural Beings by David Fletcher
“This is totally cheating and self-serving, but I HIGHLY recommend Myth Education: A Guide to Gods, Goddesses, and Other Supernatural Beings by David Fletcher (me). From Egypt and Mesopotamia, to China, Japan, Northern Europe, Africa, and the Americas, Myth Education offers a look at nearly 100 mythic figures and each is accompanied by an original piece of artwork by over 40 artists. Both silly and scholarly, Myth Education is the adult mythology guide you didn’t know you needed.” -David at Plainfield Township
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
“This was a very quick read but it has a lot of hard truths for the character and the reader. Read anything by Jason Reynolds!” -Beth at Gaines Township
Undisclosed by Steve Alten
“For anyone interested in a good conspiracy theory read or anyone who is interested in aliens visiting earth, and if you like both of those things you will love this book. The US government has been hiding the truth about alien contact the whole time since the Roswell crash, they have also been reverse engineering alien technology and have the ability to generate energy without creating any waste. However the secret powers at be do not want this information to be public knowledge because they will lose their stranglehold on the economy. Also they have the technology to regrow lost limbs! A pretty thrilling read as one man tries to bring the truth to light and change the future of the planet.” –Craig at Walker
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
“I recommend The Vanderbeekers of 141st St. by Karina Yan Glaser. When their crabby landlord refuses to renew their brownstone’s lease, five siblings work together to convince him they should stay. Heartwarming and full of holiday spirit, the Vanderbeekers are sure to win you over, too!” -Liz at Plainfield Township
A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert
“A Murder for the Books is a delightful cozy mystery by a new mystery author set in a public library. If you like cozy mystery author Jenn McKinlay's books then this is a book you will enjoy reading.” -Barb at Byron Township
Jade Dragon Mountain: A Mystery (Li Du Novels) by Elsa Hart
“This is the first in a series of two books (so far) set in China during the early 1700’s. The only Westerners allowed in at the time were Jesuit priests, because the Emperor appreciates- and makes use of- their skill with astronomy. Librarian, Li Du, has been exiled for angering the Emperor, but his knowledge and skills are called upon to solve a murder in a city the Emperor is visiting, because of a scheduled total eclipse of the sun.” -Sandy at Alto
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
The Boat Runner: A Novel by Devin Murphy
“The Boat Runner is the haunting coming of age story of Jacob Koopman, a 14 year old Dutch boy at the onset of WWII. Epic in scope, reflective in tone, layered with adventures, and masterfully written, it was difficult to put down. When the circumstances of his loss lead him to question his allegiance to his country, his family and to himself, what will he choose?” –Nanette at Cascade
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