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Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein
“Not many of us can relate to the struggle of growing up with a famous parent and working to find your own voice but you can read about it! I think my favorite thing was how all the siblings found that they had bits of music stuck in their heads – a shared trait when your parent is musical.” – Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
Raised in Captivity by Marty Arnold
“This book is a must for lovers of “the Ridge” where the story takes place in a fictitious small town, a farm, and a zoo. It has elements mystery, romance, small town living, and friendship, and is a book that will appeal to readers that enjoy a West Michigan setting.” – Barb, Information Substitute
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
“Noah was born in South Africa to a black mother and white father during apartheid, truly making him a crime. The audio book is read by him and he gives such an authentic voice to his characters that you feel like you are a part of the experiences he describes.” – Sandy at Cascade
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
“Following Nan, a chimney sweep in Victorian London, this story will make you laugh, cry and cheer for our heroine and her sweet golem, Charlie.” – Liz at Plainfield
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
“Moriarty is my go to author for a light hearted, page-turning read. Nine Perfect Strangers takes place in a “new age-y” health spa where we meet our nine participants and get to know them under increasingly bizarre circumstances as the spa’s guru’s methods and mental health begin do devolve. I laughed out loud.” – Penni at Cascade
Waiting for Eden: A novel by Elliot Ackerman
“This book is phenomenal! Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. His friend and fellow soldier--who didn't make it back home--narrates this novel on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear. Even though this is a small book (173 pages), its message is large and powerful. Give this book a won't be disappointed!” – Robin at Krause Memorial
Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir by Amy Tan
“In this extraordinary memoir, the beloved author of The Joy Luck Club and other bestselling novels explores the complicated terrain of family, memory, and creativity and how they intersect with the process of writing.” – Mark at Krause Memorial
What Am I Thinking? by Karen Kleiman
“Being pregnant with my second child, I have become all too aware of the depression and anxiety that came along with my first baby. This book helped me work through those very real fears, and gave me solid instruction in preparing for my next postpartum stage in life. For all the future moms who need a little reassurance and guidance – this book is for you! It’s simple, short, and accessible (something you need with pregnancy brain).” – Abby at Wyoming
How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories by N. K. Jemisin
“This is a collection of short stories covering a wide variety of genres, but all asking the question of who are we and what will we become? At times terrifying, uplifting, and always wondrous, this is a great book for anyone who loves speculative fiction!” – Alyson at Caledonia
Courage in the Face of Evil by Mark Shaw
“I couldn’t put it DOWN! It is a fiction that’s base on a true person, you become emotionally attached to Vera & Andrea and you see the horrors of the war and that love may be universal when human survival is at stake. I loved how Vera confused the Nazi’s by putting on a Christmas party where kids from everywhere sang Silent Night, one of my favorite songs!” – Kelly at Nelson Twp
These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 (P.S.) by Nancy Turner
“This historical fiction book is based on the author’s great grandmother, Sarah Prine, and her time in the Arizona Territories. It is full of heartache, love, adventure and more so it’s a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or westerns.” – Amber at Krause Memorial
Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC by Reed Tucker
“A fascinating account of the rivalry between the superhero-publishing giants, Marvel and DC.” – Megan at KDL’s Service Center
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
“This is a beautiful historical novel about Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown and two fascinating women who helped embroider it, Anne Hughes and Miriam Dassin. It’s truly a celebration of determination, courage, and hope coming full circle.” – Jill at KDL’s Service Center
A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh by Joseph Parent, Nancy Parent
“Use the magic of Winnie the Pooh to practice mindfulness and slow down to smell the roses with this delightful guide. We should all be a little more like a bear named Pooh.” – Hannah at Wyoming
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis
“I love her intonation and word choices, but more importantly I’m beginning to apply strategies she recommends to my semi-retired life! I even have my husband writing down his ten year goals! We listen together and it is actually helping us move forward from grieving recent losses to celebrating every day with intention. I love books and other creations by intelligent women!” – Rebecca at Kelloggsville/Wyoming
Daughter of Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
“Significant in its discussion of discrimination, this novel offers valuable historical perspective on the Japanese internment during World War 2. The beauty in this story is in the purity and intensity of the relationship between the adoptive and biological mothers and their daughter, Ruth. Although this is an eagerly awaited sequel, it can be read without having first read Brennert’s Moloka’i.” – Nanette at Cascade
Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin
“During my period of Game of Thrones withdrawal waiting for the conclusion of Fire and Ice, (It has been a long wait, because I am one of those who read the books, the series of books, the UNFINISHED series of books, but I’m not bitter) Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin has eased my withdrawal by filling me in on the Targaryens’ backstory. It is a prequel that starts with the time of Aegon the Conqueror and tells the story of the Dragon-riding rulers in gory detail.” – Penni at Cascade
Stones for Ibarra (Contemporary American Fiction) by Harriet Doerr
“In this spare, lyrical, and tender autobiographical novel, which won the National Book Award in 1985, Sara and Richard Everton leave a comfortable life in San Francisco to reopen an abandoned copper mine in rural Mexico.” – Mark at Rockford
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
"I've had to stop reading this on the bus because people look at me funny when I laugh out loud! This memoir is super funny and easy to read. Highly recommend!” – Katie at Wyoming
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
“This book made me think and I keep talking about it with people!”—Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
Warped Passage (A Jo Riskin Mystery) by Debbie S. TenBrink
“This is the sequel to Warped Ambition and is another crime novel set in Grand Rapids with lots of local references thrown in. A possible serial murderer is on the loose in our fair city and his grisly crimes are the focus of Lt. Jo Riskin’s crime solving abilities. The other half of this riveting novel revolves around Jo trying to recover from the on duty death of her husband, also a GRPD officer, two years prior.” – Kathleen at Walker
Because by Mo Willems
“This is a picture book that brought back lot of memories of my dad. Because he loved classic music, my life was filled with beautiful sound. I didn’t get to be a real musician like the girl in this book, but I could tell what music is on the inside cover of the book by just reading the score.” – Yuko at KDL’s Service Center
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
“Virgil escaped death but his brain injury makes him feel like a different person. He sees Death waiting patiently, but he’s making new choices every day. Virgil is a remarkable person.” – Deb at Cascade
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
“It seems like a straightforward plot but it’s not. The twists and turns in this book keep you hooked.” – Krista at Plainfield
Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC by Reed Tucker
“A fascinating account of the rivalry between the superhero-publishing giants, Marvel and DC.” – Megan at KDL’s Service Center
Race to Hawaii: The 1927 Dole Air Derby and the Thrilling First Flights That Opened the Pacific by Jason Ryan
“What is now a flight of a few hours was once only traversed by steamship. A thrilling tale of aviation between WWI & WWII. Dead reckoning, danger, and 2,400 miles of the vast Pacific Ocean.” – Grahm at KDL’s Service Center
Star Wars Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
“What is Darth Vader scared of? Anything? This hilarious and fantastically illustrated book is sure to delight young and old Star Wars fans alike!” – Melissa at Krause Memorial
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
“Ms. Nielsen has been called ‘the John Green of Canada’, and I can see why! From the moment you pick up this read until the very last page, you’re hooked!” – Robin at Krause Memorial
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation by Colin G. Calloway
“A fresh perspective on the American Revolutionary era that looks at one of the most iconic men in American history and the significant roles of various Native American tribes and tribal leaders in the foundation of the United States.” – Jake at Plainfield
From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes) by Snoop Dogg
“Tasty recipes include: Not Ya Momma’s Corn Muffins, Spaghetti de la Hood, and Ain’t No Jive Herbed Turkey and Gravy.” – Shaunna at Alpine
Sadie by Courtney Summers
“I recommend listening to this story of a missing girl with many secrets. It’s written as a podcast, with alternating chapters of Sadie’s story and the narrator’s search for her. Recorded with a cast of voices, I had difficulty remembering it was a book and not an actual podcast!” – Liz at Plainfield
David Lean Directs Noel Coward
“The first two movies in this box set are especially wonderful: ‘In which we serve’ is a stirring tale of the men aboard a British warship sunk by the Germans, and ‘This happy breed’ is a meticulous, realistic family portrait spanning the years 1919 to the beginning (1939) of World War 2.” – David at Plainfield
Free Solo
“Climbing expert Alex Honnold embraces the elusive challenge of summiting 3,200 foot El Capitan, with no ropes or safety gear. When expertise and experience trumps fear, all bets are off.” – Nanette at Cascade
Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
“It’s a biography, but also contains empowering health education for all women.” – Samantha at KDL’s Service Center
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
“A family in crisis, an English butler sent to help out, and a lot about the sport of Cricket. Each chapter starts with a cricket term, followed by the definition which foreshadows what is happening in the chapter to the family. Local author, great book.” – Sandy at Alto
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
“Coyote, a 12 year old girl, is traveling in an old school bus around the country with her dad. She sneaks a kitten on board and names him Ivan. As the three travelers drive from Florida to Montana, they pick up many strangers along the way. This book was funny, sad, sweet, and so hopeful.” – Jill at Wyoming
I Am Easy to Find
“For the first time, they invite several female vocalists to join lead singer Matt Berninger and it gives the album a very different vibe from their previous seven albums.” – Stacy at KDL’s Service Center
The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett
“Lovely, dry, British humour from the Queen's perspective. How she discovered reading joy late in life.” – Margo at Caledonia
Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer by Lisa McCubbin
Equal rights, women's health, and addiction were the themes Betty Ford devoted much of her life to. This is also a love story of two people who didn't always share the same views. This book is recommended for people who like biographies, history, politics, and a little romance. -- Ali at KDL's Service Center
The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, Michelle Schusterman
It's a super fun read about three girls staying at the same hotel but attending three different conventions. -- Megan at KDL's Service Center
Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
This book of essays was great and relevant. The author's voice is strong and she speaks truth with wise attitude and insight. -- Shaunna at Alpine
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
The story follows teen mom Emoni's senior year of high school and her dream of working in a real kitchen. This author is incredible! -- Liz at Plainfield
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Ollie's school bus breaks down on the way home from a field trip and when her teacher leaves to find help, the creepy new bus driver tells her classmates, "They're coming; best get moving." So begins a suspenseful, creepy story best for kids 4th grade and up. I love a good scary read for long summer nights! -- Jenny at East Grand Rapids
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
A tense, atmospheric mystery set in the hot, dusty, Australian outback. Two cattle ranching brothers find their third brother dead, having apparently walked from his truck full of supplies to a lonely gravestone in the middle of nowhere. The mystery of what actually happened causes suspicion among the family, until the truth is revealed in a truly surprising ending. -- Susan at Plainfield
The Last Days of Night: A Novel by Graham Moore
Paul Cravath, a young attorney is hired by George Westinghouse to defend a lawsuit filed against him by Thomas Edison over the patent of the electric light bulb. J.P. Morgan, Nikola Tesla, and Alexander Graham Bell make appearances in this delightful read. -- Gene, Information Substitute
A Ladder to the Sky: A Novel by John Boyne
A psychological thriller about the book publishing industry, complete with the twists that we have come to expect from John Boyne. If you enjoyed The Wife or love books about books, give Ladder in the Sky a try. -- Nanette at Cascade
McTeague: A Story of San Francisco (Twentieth Century Classics) by Frank Norris
This classic tale of a young couple whose lives are undone when they come into a large sum of money, has never been out of print, and its themes are as relevant today as when the book was first published in 1899 -- Mark at Krause Memorial
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic) by Victoria Schwab
Kell, an Antari, can travel between the four worlds - Red London, White London, Grey London, and the forbidden Black London. It's a rare gift marked with one black eye. While traveling Kell is tricked into smuggling a dark magical stone from Black London into the other worlds.The stone triggers a powerful and treacherous force that threatens all worlds. -- Abby at Wyoming
Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity by Jamie Metzl
Through this thought-provoking exploration on genetic engineering, Metzl wants to inform and invite the public into the conversation about genetically altering our future children. We are on the cusp of uncovering Humankind 2.0, but at what cost? -- Jake at Plainfield
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
“I really enjoyed the book. It was a fascinating true story about a man who walked into the Maine woods in 1986 and lived there until he was captured for stealing from a nearby camp after 27 years. He lived in complete isolation and other than saying “hi” to a hiker at some point, he had no human contact. During a time when most of the world is becoming more and more connected, he craved complete isolation.” – Kathy Information Substitute
A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
“This novel was set in a slum in India that is in danger of being torn down in the interest of creating land for development. The story follows the lives of five young residents as they try to save their homes and themselves in the process. It was beautifully written and gritty and gives a brief insight to a life that most of us don’t even think about and the stigma of the caste system in India.” — Laura at Plainfield
Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us by Ruth Kassinger
“Ruth Kassinger is the perfect voice for algae. She travels all over the globe, and even learns to scuba dive in her journey to convey the importance and wonder of these organisms. Algae are a nutritious food source, have the ability to create sustainable oil, and form an important symbiotic relationship with corals. Science and sustainability enthusiasts will love this, but I would argue this is an important read for everyone.” – Cassidy at Spencer
The Atlas of Reds and Blues: A Novel by Devi S. Laskar
“Based on Laskar’s own experiences as a second generation Bengali immigrant, this book opened my eyes to the realities of the ways we make humans around us miserable, as well as the little things we can do to help. Laskar writes of her experiences in small poetic chapters.” – Penni at Cascade
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise
“A wonderful tribute to Pura, the brave young woman whose cuentos folklóricos forever changed the American library landscape. This new biographical picture book is gorgeously illustrated and beautifully written, effortlessly weaving Spanish in and out of English text. A true gem – I wanted to start it again as soon as I finished!” – Melissa at Krause Memorial
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
“A clandestine relationship between the prince of England and the First Son of the United States leads to hilarious texts, endearing emails, and jet setting around the globe. You’ll be lucky to be in on the secret!” – Liz at Plainfield
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
“This captivating thriller pulls you to the edge of your seat. It’s a new creative twist to the classic murder mystery!” – Noey, Circulation Assistant
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle
“A Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries traces his experiences of working with gangs in Los Angeles for three decades, sharing what his efforts have taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of radical kinship.” – Mark at Krause Memorial
By Alan Moore - Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 6 by Alan Moore
“Introduce yourself to the life (afterlife?) of Alex Holland, informally known as The Swamp Thing! When Alan Moore took over the series in 1984, his re-imagining of the classic swamp dweller took the world by surprise. Book One of this series will entertain and frighten you, but may also have you contemplating the nature of humanity. If you love a great anti-hero story then be sure to check this series out. Take a plunge into The Green!” – Jake at Plainfield
A Woman Is No Man: A Novel by Etaf Rum
“Fascinating story about a woman from Palestine coming to America in an arranged marriage, which toggles between her experiences and those of her teenage daughter years later. A beautiful, yet tragic, story about how far we have come as humans, and the challenges of the changes in our world.” – Audrey at Caledonia
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
“It’s an old book that puts light on how much we depend on technology along with a relatable ending. It also has a Broadway musical to match!” – Tabby at Wyoming
Marilou Is Everywhere: A Novel by Sarah Elaine Smith
“Quietly complex, bleak, zany and wonderful, Marilou is Everywhere explores a 14-year-old girl’s deep desire for love and human connection in rural Pennsylvania poverty after the mysterious disappearance of an older, wealthier, and more cultured girl, whose life she slips into. I’ve never read anything like this, and I will be thinking of this new favorite for quite some time.” – Jaci at the KDL Service Center
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean Vuong
“Wholly sophisticated, layered, and memorable, Vuong’s novel is queer man’s letter to his Vietnamese and nearly illiterate mother – one she will not read, begging the question: will our loved ones ever truly know us? In addition to chronicling a young immigrant’s experience interpreting his elder’s world, the novel also reopens wounds of a raw first love that shaped his identity during this tumultuous youth. When a poet writes a novel, magic happens.” – Jaci at the KDL Service Center
Dry by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman
“A great book about the survival of humanity in crisis, with very scary real world parallels. I’d highly recommend it to everyone; it is full of life lessons we all need right now!” – Sierra at Englehardt
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
“A picaresque novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora follows a band of gentleman thieves as they cheat, swindle, and con their way across the city of Camorr. It turns witty, suspenseful, and emotional. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a fun read all the way through.” – Bastian at Wyoming
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui
“The Best We Could Do is a biographical graphic novel “exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family. Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970’s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.” – Shaunna at Alpine
Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes
“This book came to me at just the right moment. It is an honest, raw, and funny depiction of Pete’s transformation from evangelical Christian shame to enlightened lover of the universe. After reading it, I felt honored to be invited into his story and a bit of his giddiness toward life rubbed off on me. Thanks Pete!” – Abby at Wyoming
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant
“Even though this book is a JNF, the message will resonate with all ages. Plus it’s funny sometimes, too. And it gives us a clue where we can find God other than Heaven.” – Sue at Walker
Becoming by Michelle Obama
“Michelle Obama narrates her book Becoming herself. This heartfelt memoir shares the difficulties the Obama family faced while living in the White House. This memoir made me laugh and cry but it especially made me appreciate my ordinary non-presidential life.” – Hollie at Wyoming