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Anne of Green Gables   L. M. Montgomery   J Montgom   Series: Anne of Green Gables

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.—Baker & Taylor

"Anne of Green Gables was the first chapter book I read between the ages 8–10 years-old. It was also the first book I had read where I could see myself in a character. Anne was an orphan who was very imaginative and a free-spirit. I was adopted, and an imaginative girl myself. Anne became my kindred spirit, and she taught me that being different, thinking abstractly, being creative and imaginative, and being adopted were not bad things, but marvelous things."—Submitted by Meg A., ACS

The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works   822.33 Sha

The Complete Works contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden series. A general introduction gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarizes the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime.—McMillan Palgrave

"Don't think of Shakespeare as highbrow—he loved fart jokes! He had a good eye for human nature that remains relevant today."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Autobiography of an Execution   David Dow   345.764 Dow

In this spellbinding true crime narrative, Dow takes us inside of prisons, inside the complicated minds of judges, inside execution-administration chambers, into the lives of death row inmates (some shown to be innocent, others not) and even into his own home—where the toll of working on these gnarled and difficult cases is perhaps inevitably paid. He sheds insight onto unexpected phenomena—how even religious lawyer and justices can evince deep rooted support for putting criminals to death—and makes palpable the suspense that clings to every word and action when human lives hang in the balance.—Hachette Book Group

"David Dow provides a compelling first hand account of what is means to be a death penalty lawyer and our criminal justice system. This is a book that will stay with you."—Submitted by Bobby O., Nonprofit Central Specialist/Community Engagement Librarian

Big Sur   Jack Kerouac   Kerouac

The intensely focused and harrowing Big Sur (1962) finds fictional alter ego Jack Duluoz returning to California to escape fame and celebrity, a fateful decision that leads to a dangerous affair with Pomeray’s mistress, a nightmarish alcohol-fueled breakdown, and a desperate struggle for sobriety.—Penguin Putnam

"On the Road is the big, swashbuckling romantic novel of post-WWII America and Big Sur is the end of that road."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Birdie and Me   J. M. M. Nuanez   J Nuanez

Ever since their free-spirited mama died ten months ago, twelve-year-old Jack and her gender creative nine-year-old brother, Birdie, have been living with their fun-loving Uncle Carl, but now their conservative Uncle Patrick insists on being their guardian which forces all four of them to confront grief, prejudice, and loss, all while exploring what "home" really means.—Baker & Taylor

"This was SUCH a good book! The overarching themes of discovering yourself and your place in the world as well as family and support aren't exactly new, but Nuanez handles them with a gentle and empathetic hand, making Jack and Birdie come to life. It also features an absolutely fantastic representation of a gender fluid child that you won't soon forget! Fans of Kate Dicamillo, Ann M. Martin and Dan Gemeinhart will find something of great value in this novel."—Submitted by Ginny H., Community Librarian

The Blue Sword   Robin McKinley   J Mckinle

Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnaped by a native king with mysterious powers.—Baker & Taylor

"I first read this as a young teen, and it started my love of fantasy books with strong female characters. I re-read it almost once a year."—Submitted by Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

Braiding Sweetgrass   Robin Wall Kimmerer   305.597 Kim

Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature's generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.—Baker & Taylor

"It reminds people about our interconnection with and dependency on the natural world and suggests how to live fully and well in our place."—Submitted by Morning W., Community Engagement Librarian

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World   Pénélope Bagieu   GN 920 Bag

Through characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, a celebrated graphic novelist profiles the lives of formidable female role models—some world famous, some little known—including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker, Naziq al-Abid and many others, in an entertaining, comic-style biography that is sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.—Baker & Taylor

"All of these different stories about amazing women from around the world are so inspiring and empowering. I also loved the format of this book: the story of their lives told through a short graphic novel format, followed by a full spread illustration. I would recommend it to everyone!"—Submitted by Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

The Brothers Karamazov   Fyodor Dostoyevsky   Dostoye

The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky's crowning achievement, is a tale of patricide & family rivalry that embodies the moral & spiritual dissolution of an entire society (Russia in the 1870s). It created a national furor comparable only to the excitement stirred by the publication, in 1866, of Crime & Punishment. To Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov captured the quintessence of Russian character in all its exaltation, compassion, & profligacy. Significantly, the book was on Tolstoy's bedside table when he died. Readers in every language have since accepted Dostoevsky's own evaluation of this work & have gone further by proclaiming it one of the few great novels of all ages & countries.—Random House, Inc.

—Submitted by Karen S., Materials Handler

Cannery Row   John Steinbeck   Steinbe

Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.—Baker & Taylor

—Submitted by Tom M., Production Assistant, CATS

Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow   Rainbow Rowell   Y Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here. It's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.—Baker & Taylor

"An amazing fantasy story with a wonderful and diverse cast, a gripping romance, and a really cool system of magic. If you miss the world of Harry Potter, this fills that hole and so much more!"—Submitted by Em B., Materials Handler

Castoff: The Strange Adventures of Petra De Winter and Bram   Eve Yohalem   J Yohalem

It’s 1663 and there is an extra passenger on board a Dutch merchant ship setting sail for the East Indies. Twelve-year-old Petra has stowed away to escape her abusive father. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bram, the half-Dutch/half-Javanese son of the ship’s carpenter, finds her hiding spot, Petra convinces him to help her stay hidden . . . and help disguise her as a boy.—Penguin Putnam

—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

Catch 22   Joseph Heller   Heller

No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.—Simon & Schuster

"When I first read this book I enjoyed its implausible insanity. As I've grown older I've come to realize that what's insane is that Heller is describing society's Standard Operating Procedure."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

The Charterhouse of Parma   Stendhal   St

The Charterhouse of Parma chronicles the exploits of Fabrizio del Dongo, an ardent young aristocrat who joins Napoleon's army just before the Battle of Waterloo. Yet perhaps the novel's most unforgettable characters are the hero's beautiful aunt, the alluring Duchess of Sanseverina, and her lover, Count Mosca, who plot to further Fabrizio's political career at the treacherous court of Parma in a sweeping story that illuminates an entire epoch of European history.Random House, Inc.

"A fun read by a guy who knew from experience."Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Chloe's Vegan Desserts   Chloe Coscarelli   641.56365 Cos

The chef who became the first vegan winner of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars presents an all-dessert vegan cookbook that includes crème brulee, tiramisu, beignets and cookies that don't rely on the usual tofu, applesauce and egg replacers as ingredients.—Baker & Taylor

"This is my go-to dessert book anytime I need to make a vegan or gluten-free dessert. Chloe's desserts are delicious and don't use a lot of hard-to-find ingredients. I always get compliments, from vegans and non-vegans alike."—Submitted by Paula GO, Web Administrator

The Chronicles of Amber   Roger Zelazny   SF Zelazny   Series: The Chronicles of Amber

The Chronicles of Amber is Zelazny's finest fantasy, a grand imaginative vision of alternate worlds, magic, swordplay, and murderous rivalries.—goodreads

"The first set of five stories are generally considered the better, written about twenty years before the second set of five and in a different style. But that first set is well worth reading by anyone interested in SF and Fantasy."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Cinder   Marissa Meyer   Y Meyer   Series: Lunar chronicles

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.—Baker & Taylor

"The whole series has amazing world building, 3-dimensional characters, and amazing character development."—Submitted by Natasha S., Materials Handler

The Clan of the Cave Bear   Jean Auel   Auel   Series: The Earth's Children Series

A natural disaster leaves a young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. Most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become the Clan’s next leader sees Ayla’s differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.—Random House, Inc.

"This is an epic series taking place in the Ice Age and addresses the first interactions of the Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens. It is full of rich, detailed descriptions of the historical landscape and cultures. The main character Ayla is a strong, adventurous heroine who I find extremely likable and inspirational. Every time I read this series I want to be transported back in time to experience the story in person!"—Submitted by Maggie H., Information Assistant

Clear and Present Danger   Tom Clancy   Clancy

The assassinations of U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the F.B.I. by Colombian drug lords trigger a mysterious covert response and an investigation of U.S. and Colombian actions by Jack Ryan.—Baker & Taylor

"I love Clancy's series of books with main character Jack Ryan. This character is always in trouble but finds a way to escape and fix the wrongs."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

A Clockwork Orange   Anthony Burgess   Burgess

A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom.—W.W. Norton

"I read this novel while riding the subways of New York City to work. A friend of mine there and I learned Burgess's language, Nadsat, so we could share quips without being understood—a malenky bit of the old chepooka, as it were."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

The College of Beer : The Story of Nick's English Hut   Bill Weaver

When it comes to non-formal education, everybody has heard of "The School of Hard Knocks." But, there is also a lot to be learned from a different kind of hallowed institution: The College of Beer. This book chronicles the evolution of Nick's English Hut (Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University) from a sandwich joint during Prohibition to its lofty status as a mecca of merriment, and haven for the thirsty, haggard and hungry. Dick Barnes is Nick's owner. While interviewing bar patrons, the author's investigation involved two classic American stories: an immigrant from a land torn by war and poverty comes to America to operate a small restaurant and to provide for his family; and, the second, a young man, through a combination of hard work, ambition and circumstances, takes a small-town college bar and turns it into a nationally known institution. Nick's is a bar that's much more than a watering hole. Pull up a stool, order a beer, and read on, friend, you'll enjoy the story, and the company.—Amazon

"This is a fascinating book for anyone not only interested in the history of this restaurant but of our city itself!"—Submitted by Jared C., Senior Information Assistant

The Color Monster   Anna Llenas   Ej Lle

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.—Grand Central Publishing

"This book associates monsters' colors with emotions. It is a fantastic way for preschoolers (and adults) to explore their feelings in a fun, easily understood way. Black: 'This is fear. It hides and runs away like a mouse in the night. When you're afraid, you feel tiny. You think you don't have the courage to face the shadows. But I can help you find your way.'"—Submitted by Mandy H., Communications & Marketing Manager

Communing With The Divine: A Clairvoyant's Guide To Angels, Archangels and the Spiritual Hierarchy   Barbara Y. Martin, Dimitri Moraitis   202.15 Mar

In their newest book, award-winning authors Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis explore the sacred art of communing with celestial beings. Reading of Martin’s extensive direct clairvoyant experiences, this book will teach you to work closely with angels, archangels, and other divine beings who guide you in day-to-day living and help you achieve your destiny. You will learn how to strengthen your intuitive powers and hear what the divine is telling you, and thrill to accounts of Martin’s compelling personal encounters with celestial beings and her eye-opening encounters with dark spirits.—Random House, Inc.

"This nonfiction book has expanded my consciousness and improved my life. I have been attending classes with these authors for since 2012 and their credibility is impeccable and their knowledge is true and deep."—Submitted by Ruth G., Cataloger

The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy   James Purdy   Purdy

The publication of The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy is a literary event that marks the first time all of James Purdy's short stories—fifty-six in number, including seven drawn from his unpublished archives—have been collected in a single volume. As prolific as he was unclassifiable, James Purdy was considered one of the greatest—and most underappreciated—writers in America in the latter half of the twentieth century.—W.W. Norton

"A collection of sparse, gritty stories that celebrate the outsider in mid-century America, by an overlooked and underrated author whose admirers run from Edward Albee to Gore Vidal to Susan Sontag."—Submitted by Ryan S., Selector

Copper Beach   Jayne Ann Krentz   Krentz   Series: Dark legacy

Within the pages of very rare books some centuries old lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell's unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes—and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, she hires Sam Coppersmith, a specialist in paranormal crystals and amber. Passion flares immediately between them, but neither entirely trusts the other. When it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal abilities, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code, no one is safe.—Penguin Putnam

"Jayne Ann Krentz also writes under the names Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Her novels are fun to read and entertaining. I have read 35 of her novels and enjoyed all of them. The novels range from historical romance to suspense and some have a psychic and paranormal twist."—Submitted by Brenda S., Admin. Office Assist.

Cry, Heart, But Never Break   Glenn Ringtved   Ej Rin

A poetic picture book about being able to say goodbye to those we love, while holding them in memory.—Perseus Publishing

"Another children’s book I recommend for talking about death of a loved one."—Submitted by Kathy S., Senior Information Assistant

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time   Mark Haddon   Haddon

After stumbling up his neighbor's dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork and being blamed for the killing, fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone, an autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, decides to track down the real killer and turns to his detective hero to help him with the investigation, which brings him face to face with a family crisis.—Baker & Taylor

"I read this book for the first time during the summer right before high school started. It was required reading for an English class and I've read the book 5 more times since then. Haddon's descriptive sentences and the perspective he writes in makes this a binge-worthy book. It's a mystery and suitable for a wide variety of ages. I don't want to spoil any of it. You need to read it!"—Submitted by Elias M-S., Materials Handler

Daisy Jones & The Six   Taylor Jenkins Reid   Reid

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it's the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she's twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. —Baker & Taylor

"This book was a very fast and fun read. It is about a fictional rock band in the 1970’s—their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene—eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world."—Submitted by Leanne Z., Administrative Coordinator

Dangerous Laughter   Steven Millhauser   Millhau

A collection of darkly comic stories united by their obsession with obsession.—Publisher

"A wonderful collection that reminds me of the concept driven short stories of Jorge Luis Borges with the anywhere America setting of Ray Bradbury."—Matt N., Community and Customer Engagement Assistant Manager

Dark of the Moon   John Sandford   Sandfor   Series: Virgil Flowers, Lucas Davenport

Virgil Flowers, a protege of Lucas Davenport, is sent to Bluestem, a small town where everyone knows everyone else, to investigate the murders of a man burned to death in his home and a doctor and his wife—with the doctor found with both eyes shot out--unaware that he is tracking a murderer who may be targeting Virgil as his next victim.—Baker & Taylor

"The Virgil Flowers, Lucas Davenport series of detective stories is set in Minnesota and I enjoy reading novels that have settings I have visited and know the landscape and recognize location references."—Submitted by Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

Dawn   Octavia Butler   SF Butler   Series: Xenogenesis

One woman is called upon to rebuild the future of humankind after a nuclear war, in this revelatory post-apocalyptic tale from the award-winning author of Parable of the Sower. When Lilith lyapo wakes from a centuries-long sleep, she finds herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. She discovers that the Oankali—a seemingly benevolent alien race—intervened in the fate of the humanity hundreds of years ago, saving everyone who survived a nuclear war from a dying, ruined Earth and then putting them into a deep sleep. After learning all they could about Earth and its beings, the Oankali want Lilith to lead her people back to Earth—but salvation comes at a price.—Grand Central Publishing

"Octavia Butler is one of those authors I always meant to read 'some day,' so finally, when I did, it was more a chore than an enjoyment. I was about to set the book down and move on when an insight formed, a metaphor so profound that it changed the way I look at the world. I hope I was close to that insight anyway, but seriously, how many writers can do that? Now, when I get aggravated while finishing her trilogy, I just keep reading because I know it will pay off."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Dealing with Dragons   Patricia C. Wrede   J Wr   Series: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.—Baker & Taylor

"This is the book that made me fall in love with dragons and fantasy. Its great characters and witty charm delight me every time, no matter how many times I've read the series (3 times so far)."—Submitted by Lily J., Information Assistant

The Diary of a Young Girl   Anne Frank   921 Frank Fra

Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. These passages, which constitute 30 percent more material, reinforce the fact that Anne was first and foremost a teenage girl, not a remote and flawless symbol. She fretted about and tried to cope with her own sexuality. Like many young girls, she often found herself in disagreements with her mother. And like any teenager, she veered between the carefree nature of a child and the full-fledged sorrow of an adult. Anne emerges more human, more vulnerable and more vital than ever.—Blackwell North America

"I read this book as a young tween and it left a mark on me. I admired Anne's tenacity, and was astounded at what she endured—someone not much older than I was."—Submitted by Marilyn W., Director

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?   Dr. Seuss   Ej Se

A little boy who feels sad and blue learns that he is lucky after listening to an old man talk of other people's misfortunes—Baker & Taylor

"I received this book for Christmas when I was about 5 and the message is simple—be thankful for your life as there are always others that are less fortunate. It was an important message throughout my life and seems especially relevant today."—Submitted by Paula GO., Web Administrator

Dietland   Sarai Walker   Walker

A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called "Jennifer"—equal parts Bridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club.—Baker & Taylor

"I loved this powerful critique of diet culture, misogyny, and the patriarchy, all wrapped up in a fast-paced read that keeps you guessing to the end."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

Do Fish Sleep?   Jens Raschke, Jens Rassmus   J Raschke

Struggling with overwhelming emotions when her brother dies after a long illness, 10-year-old Jette shares darkly humorous observations about the universal absurdities of death, in an adaptation of the award-winning play from Germany with illustrations.—Baker & Taylor

"This is an honest, yet comforting look at grief, memory, and questions of eternity."—Submitted by Kathy S., Senior Information Assistant

Dragon Bound   Thea Harrison   ebook   Series: Elder Races

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder races.—Penguin Putnam

"My current guilty pleasure 'crush' is the Elder Races series and the first book is the best. Snappy dialogue, fast paced fantasy set in modern day New York and Charleston, likeable ensemble of characters. Shifters, spells, and elves using telepathy and cell phones interchangeably. Favorite quote, 'You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off the ole Lone Ranger, and you don't steal from Cuelebre' (dragon)."—Submitted by Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

Dragon's Merry Christmas   Dav Pilkey   J-ER

Dragon has a merry time in the Christmas season, decorating a tree outdoors, making a chocolate candy wreath, and sharing his Christmas gifts with needy animals.—Publisher

"Perfect for new readers who still like to read aloud with a caregiver, Dragon's Merry Christmas is a heartwarming title. The text is easy-to-read, illustrations are engaging, and the book is funny! My little one loves to take turns reading pages with me."—Submitted by Mandy H., Communications and Marketing Manager

Dune   Frank Herbert   SF Herbert

The new hardcover release of a sci-fi classic follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.—Baker & Taylor

"I wanted to read this for years because it’s one of the classics of sci-fi."—Submitted by Bill K., Access & Content Services

Dune Messiah   Frank Herbert   SF Herbert

The scheming sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit plots to seize control of the galaxy-wide empire of their supernatural leader, while on Arrakis, Paul Atrreides, the Maud'Dib and the heir to an unimaginable power, confronts new challenges, in a new edition of the second volume in the classic Dune Chronicles.—Baker & Taylor

"I enjoyed Dune so much that I started the second book in the series right away."—Submitted by Bill K., Materials Handler

East of Eden   John Steinbeck   Steinbe

Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.—Penguin Putnam

"This book shook me to my core when I was 18, and I've read it pretty much every year since then. I'm still grappling with some of the questions this book asks."—Submitted by Macklin, Teen Services Librarian

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood   Janisse Ray   921 Ray Ray

From the memories of a childhood marked by extreme poverty, mental illness, and restrictive fundamentalist Christian rules, Janisse Ray crafted a memoir that has inspired thousands to embrace their beginnings, no matter how humble, and fight for the places they love. This edition, published on the fifteenth anniversary of the original publication, updates and contextualizes the story for a new generation and a wider audience desperately searching for stories of empowerment and hope.—Perseus Publishing

"This memoir is one of my all-time favorites and is a book I've recommended many times over. I really love the way Ray writes. She shares the sense of place in rural Georgia like poetry. The dichotomy of her story of growing up in a junkyard in a poor and fundamentalist Christian family and her love and wonder for plants and animals, is so beautifully woven together. Lamenting the loss of native landscape, her experience leads her in a call to save the long-leaf pine. Highly recommended!"—Submitted by Loraine M., Administrative Coordinator

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine   Gail Honeyman   Honeyma

A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a book that is sad and funny at the same time. I thought it was well written and emotional at times as Eleanor is quite the quirky character."—Submitted by Julie K., Senior Information Assistant

The Essential Tales of Chekhov   Anton Chekhov   Chekhov

Of the two hundred stories that Anton Chekhov wrote, the twenty stories that appear in this extraordinary collection were personally chosen by Richard Ford—an accomplished storyteller in his own right. Included are the familiar masterpieces—"The Kiss," "The Darling," and "The Lady with the Dog"—as well as several brilliant lesser-known tales such as "A Blunder," "Hush!," and "Champagne." These stories, ordered from 1886 to 1899, are drawn from Chekhov's most fruitful years as a short-story writer. A truly balanced selection, they exhibit the qualities that make Chekhov one of the greatest fiction writers of all time: his gift for detail, dialogue, and humor; his emotional perception and compassion; and his understanding that life's most important moments are often the most overlooked.—HarperCollins

"Through the characters, Chekhov often creates a life moral in the short stories. The moral is strong, but not spoon fed—making it rewarding to read."—Submitted by Dean M., Materials Handler

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City   Matthew Desmond   339.4609 Des

A Harvard sociologist examines the challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems.—Baker & Taylor

"A meticulously researched look at housing insecurity and the cycles that perpetuate it. The stories of individual families make his critiques of the system hit home in a way that is hard to do with numbers alone. Desmond does his research in Milwaukee, but the conclusions can be applied to the country as a whole."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

The Eye of Minds   James Dashner   Y Dashner

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret out.—Publisher

"In this follow-up YA trilogy to The Maze Runner, Dashner dives deep into a suspenseful future world of gamers."—Submitted by Mandy H., Communications and Marketing Manager

Fables. 8, Wolves   Bill Willingham   GN Fables v. 8   Series: Fables

Follows the adventures of storybook and nursery rhyme characters who live side-by-side with humans.—Baker & Taylor

"I really enjoyed reading about the Big Bad Wolf or Cinderella as real people with real problems and personalities outside of the stories we've all been told. These graphic novels are not for children."—Submitted by Paula GO., Communications & Marketing

The Far Field   Madhuri Vijay   Vijay

The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless. Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country. Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers.—Anthony Marra

"The protagonist grew up in Bangalore, but travels to Kashmir to find an old family friend. In a striking setting, Madhuri crafts a beautiful story that highlights how when privileged people travel they often end up causing harm, even when their intent is to do good."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

Feeling Sorry for Celia   Jaclyn Moriarty   Y Moriart   Series: Ashbury/Brookfield books

Feeling Sorry for Celia captures, with rare acuity, female friendship and the bonding and parting that occurs as we grow. Jaclyn Moriarty's hilariously candid novel shows that the roller coaster ride of being a teenager is every bit as fun as we remember—and every bit as harrowing. McMillan Palgrave

"This book has everything I want out of a YA title. A relatable protagonist, rocky friendships, and a secret admirer, all written in epistolary format!"—Submitted by Aubrey D., Visual Marketing Specialist

Figuring   Maria Popova   305.435 Pop

Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists—mostly women, mostly queer—whose public contribution have risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe.—Random House, Inc

"Connecting the narrative dots between several fascinating historical figures, and composed in much the same way as her excellent website, from Johannes Kepler to Rachel Carson."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said   Philip K. Dick   Ebook

Grappling with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for—identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopias—Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is both a rollicking chase story and a meditation on reality. Jason Taverner—talk show host and man-about-town—wakes one day to find that no one knows who he is. In a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner must evade the secret police while trying to unravel the mystery of why no one remembers him.—Baker & Taylor

"It's impossible to choose any one Philip K. Dick book, rather. it would be easier to pick 20 of his books for this list. If you want a true flight of imagination, this is the best guy to start with."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Fog Island   Tomi Ungerer   Ej Ung

In this imaginative tale from master storyteller Tomi Ungerer, two young siblings find themselves cast away on mysterious Fog Island. No one has ever returned from the island's murky shores, but when the children begin to explore, they discover things are not quite as they expected.—Grand Central Publishing

"The story of Fog Island is so rich and mysterious. While it offers a complete story, it leaves a lot to the imagination which makes it fun to talk about with others. The illustrations are also very interesting."—Submitted by Kim B., Children and Teen Librarian

Foucault's Pendulum   Umberto Eco   Eco

Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled—a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault’s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.—Harcourt Publishing

"As I visited my high-school library countless times, to just look up so many of the references within, this book ironically exemplified the obsessively endless, circular logic that we all use to construct our personal and collective realities from pure imagination."—Submitted by Brandon R., Senior Information Assistant

Foundryside   Robert Jackson Bennett   SF Bennett   Series: Founders trilogy

A thief in a city controlled by industrialized magic joins forces with a rare honest police officer to stop an ancient evil ritual that endangers thousands of lives.—Baker & Taylor

"A phenomenal story with a truly unique, in-depth, and engaging magic system that is unlike anything I have read before. I couldn't put this book down and cannot wait for the final installment."—Submitted by Sam O., Teen Librarian

Four Novels of the 1940s & 50s   Shirley Jackson   Jackson

Four classic novels of psychologically-driven horror from the author of The Haunting of Hill House include her 1948 debut tale of the secrets lurking beneath suburbia to the 1958 story of a mourning family convinced the world is ending .—Baker & Taylor

"The perfect companion to the recent attention Jackson's gotten with the film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Shirley, the biopic starring Elizabeth Moss, this is a compendium of early works by the understated master of cautionary tales about middle-class Postwar America. In this volume: The Road Through the Wall, Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, and The Sundial."—Submitted by Ryan S., Selector Librarian

The Friend   Sigrid Nunez   Nunez

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.—Penguin Putnam

"A poignant novel about a woman who adopts her longtime friend's Great Dane following his sudden death. Nunez deftly explores friendship, love, and loss in this National Book Award winning book."—Submitted by Jen H., Community Engagement Librarian

The Ghost Clause   Howard Norman   Norman

Haunting his former home, now occupied by a rookie detective and his wife, ghost Simon Inescort witnesses the impact of a child's disappearance on the couple's relationship.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a well written, thought provoking and a little bit sad, novel. I found it moving."—Submitted by Chantal C., Information Assistant

Gilead   Marilynne Robinson   Robinso

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.—Baker & Taylor

"This is probably my favorite Robinson novel, and she returns to the setting and characters in three following novels, but this stands alone as a nice mediation on life and meaning and parenting, in the form of an elderly father writing to his youngest son, an attempt to make sense of the world through grace."—Submitted by Ned B., IT Department Manager

The Girl From Rawblood   Catriona Ward   Ward

Iris Villarca, the last in her family line, inherits a curse of heartbreak and death, but dares to defy this curse, with terrifying consequences.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a good spooky read for people who like gothic fiction and ghosts. Several plot lines are intertwined to tell a tale of a family curse and their haunted home."—Submitted by Katelynn D., Senior Information Assistant

Giver of Stars   Jojo Moyes   Moyes

Volunteering for Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library in small-town Kentucky, an English bride joins a group of independent women whose commitment to their job transforms the community and their relationships.—Baker & Taylor

"I really enjoyed how this book focused on the importance of books, literacy and the need for libraries during a time when many people were unable to have access to a library."—Submitted by Julie K., Senior Information Assistant

The Go-Between   L.P. Hartley   Hartley

Summering with a fellow schoolboy on a great English estate, Leo, the hero of L. P. Hartley's finest novel, encounters a world of unimagined luxury. But when his friend's beautiful older sister enlists him as the unwitting messenger in her illicit love affair, the aftershocks will be felt for years.—Blackwell North America

"Exceptionally well-written coming-of-age story woven with moving ruminations on time, fate, and how we remember our pasts."—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

The Goldfinch   Donna Tartt   Tartt

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.—Washington Post

"The Goldfinch is a modern-day Dickensian epic tale. Donna Tartt's novels are richly woven stories that span years, landscapes, and follow fully developed characters you will fall in love with. I recommend all of her novels, and The Goldfinch is a world you won't want to leave."—Submitted by Jane C., Associate Director

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid   Douglas R. Hofstadter   510.1 Hof

Explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view.—Baker & Taylor

"This is a book that I read for the first time when I was in college and it is one that continues to shape the way I think about a variety of subjects, from art to artificial intelligence, music to philosophy, and most of all humor."—Submitted by Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

Growth of the Soil   Knut Hamsun   Hamsun

When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. Ninety years later it remains a transporting literary experience. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian back country, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land. Hamsun's novel is a work of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical power—and the crowning achievement of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.—Blackwell North America

"Who would have thought a book about grinding toil and self-reliance could be so entertaining?"—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction   Gary Rogowski   921 Rogowski Rog

Legendary furniture craftsman and teacher Gary Rogowski offers a profound meditation on finding focus, mental clarity, purpose and clarity in the modern age of distraction.—Ingram Publishing Services

"I'm not a woodworker or a rock climber, and don't plan to become either. But this slim memoir about Rogowski's passions for wood and climbing is so powerful in its quiet sincerity and subtle humor, it made me momentarily love them too."—Submitted by Ryan S., Selector

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows   J. K. Rowling   Y Rowling

Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.—Baker & Taylor

"No matter how many times I read this book, it still manages to take my breath away. It takes me to another world where I learn something new every time I reread this book."—Submitted by Michelle H., Materials Handler

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone   J. K. Rowling   J Rowling   Series: Harry Potter

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry will find unforgettable.—Scholastic

"J. K. Rowling does a fabulous job creating such an engaging and fun world. I grew up with Harry, so they are still among my favorite books today. I have read the series countless times!"—Submitted by Maggie H., Information Assistant

Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks   Mick Foley

Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks is an autobiography of former wrestler Mick Foley. It details his life all the way from his upbringing in New York to winning the WWF Championship from The Rock in December 1998. Foley had originally wanted the book to be called simply Blood and Sweatsocks, but this was eschewed in favor of his long-time catchphrase.—Wikipedia

"Foley is good. Bang Bang!"—Submitted by Bill K., Materials Handler

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years   Sarah Louise Delany   920 De

"When you get real old, honey," says Bessie Delany, "you lay it all on the table. There's an old saying: Only little children and old folks tell the truth." In Having Our Say Bessie, age 101, and her sister Sadie, age 103, do just that-and then some. Filled with humorous and poignant anecdotes, this inspiring dual memoir offers a rare glimpse of the birth of black freedom- and the rise of the black middle class-in America. It is a chronicle of remarkable achievement.—Oxford University Press

"A marvelous journey with two individuals embracing life and letting nothing stand in their way."—Submitted by Kyle W-H., Human Resources Manager

Hawkeye omnibus   Matt Fraction & David Aja   GN Hawkeye Omnibus   Series: Hawkeye

It's Marvel's most critically acclaimed comic in recent memory! Clint Barton continues his fight for justice. and good rooftop BBQs! With Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to get some downtime from being one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. but when the apartment building he's moved into and the neighbors he's befriended, are threatened by a tracksuit-wearing, dog-abusing gang of Eastern European mobsters who say 'bro' an awful lot, Clint must stand up and defend his new adopted family. any way he can.—Grand Central Publishing

"This is a beautiful book. If you love color theory, appreciate fun illustrations, and want honest characters with a sense of humor this is a great comic book series. This is the first Marvel comic with Hawkeye as the title character and now Hawkeye is my favorite! Also, if you don't keep up with comics that's fine. This story works pretty well as a stand alone series."—Submitted by Sarah S., Graphic Designer

His Majesty's Dragon   Naomi Novik   SF Novik

When the HMS Reliant captures a French ship and its priceless cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, Captain Will Laurence is swept into an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature and joins the elite Aerial Corps as a master of the dragon Temaraire, in which role he must match wits with the powerful dragon-borne forces of Napoleon Bonaparte.—Baker & Taylor

"Ever since I've been a kid, I've loved dragons. I will read any book with a dragon in it, which is why I originally picked this series up. The book is a retelling of the Napoleonic wars, but in a world where countries use dragons as an Air Force. This series has everything that makes great historical fantasy, from fast-paced action to fully fleshed out characters and well plotted storylines. This book, and the rest of the series are just a delight to read, and you can't help but fall in love with the characters. I also recommend Naomi Novik's fairy tale retelling, as an author she never disappoints."—Submitted by Erica B. Community Engagement Librarian

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy   Douglas Adams   SF Adams

Arthur Dent, mild-mannered, out-to-lunch earth-ling, is plucked from his planet by his friend Ford Prefect just seconds before it was demolished to make way for a hyper-space bypass. Ford, posing as an out-of-work actor, is a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together the gruesome twosome begin their now-famous inter-galactic journey through time, space and best-sellerdom.—Random House, Inc.

"It's the reason why whenever I'm traveling, I always make sure I know where my towel is."—Submitted by Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

"This was such an off the wall book when I read this around age 10. The wordsmithing, humor, and overall bizarreness of it all was something completely new to me at the time."—Also submitted by Brian L., Building Services and Security Manager

Hopscotch   Julio Cortázar

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, free-wheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.—City Lights Booksellers

"What the hopscotch of the title refers to is that you can read the novel in the conventional manner—Chapter One followed by Chapter Two followed by Chapter Three—or you can follow the numbers at the end of each chapter to hopscotch around the book and experience the story in an entirely different sequence—the way thought moves through the mind."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

The House at Pooh Corner   A. A. Milne   J Mi

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s second collection of Pooh stories, The House at Pooh Corner. Here you will rediscover all the characters you met in Winnie-the-Pooh: Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Kanga, tiny Roo, and, of course, Pooh himself. Joining them is the thoroughly bouncy and lovable Tigger, who leads the rest into unforgettable adventures.—Penguin Putnam

"Beautiful second story of the characters in the 100 acre wood. A deep sense of friendship and the importance of caring for one another fills each chapter. A.A. Milne's depiction of how a child grows and moves on to new adventures, while retaining the love for their first imaginary world, is a satisfying read for both children and adults."—Submitted by Dana D., Community and Customer Engagement

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms   N. K. Jemisin   SF Jemisin

After Yeine Darr is summoned to the majestic city of Sky and named an heiress to the king of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, she is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had, drawing ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.—Baker & Taylor

"All of Jemisin's novels read like poetry. This one is my favorite because the mythology and magic is wonderfully unique, I've found myself growing to love the characters, and the world-building is awe-inspiring. Jemisin has a gift for exploring difficult cultural issues through the lens of fantasy in a way that doesn't feel heavy-handed, but still manages to challenge me as a reader."—Submitted by Shannon B., Senior Information Assistant

I Know This Much is True   Wally Lamb   Lamb

Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation.—Baker & Taylor

"A very complex, engaging book that you might struggle to get through but it is well worth the effort."—Submitted by Bobby O., Nonprofit Central Specialist/Community Engagement Librarian

Illuminatus! Trilogy   Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson.   SF Shea

First published in 1975, the trilogy is a satirical, postmodern, science fiction-influenced adventure story; a drug-, sex-, and magic-laden trek through a number of conspiracy theories, both historical and imaginary, related to the authors' version of the Illuminati. The narrative often switches between third- and first-person perspectives in a nonlinear narrative. It is thematically dense, covering topics like counterculture, numerology, and Discordianism.—Wikipedia 5/14/20

"Back when conspiracy theories were fun, this adventure tried to encompass them all; Secret societies, Satanism, sex and drugs, talking dolphins, alternate currency, psychedelic theories of the universe. Wilson went on to write Cosmic Trigger, his nonfiction culmination of his world view."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness   Austin Channing   305.896 Bro

The author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a White man. She grew up in majority-White schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how White middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.—Baker & Taylor

"Her stories and perspective made me question racism, diversity, and inclusion in general, but especially in religious settings. What does it mean to go to a church that speaks of racial justice but has no People of Color? Her words are a call to action and an invitation to do the hard, uncomfortable work of dismantling racism."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

In Full Color   Rachel Doležal   921 Dolezal Dol

Seen by the media in 2015 as a white woman who had knowingly been passing as black, the author shares her nuanced and complex story, from being a child of white evangelical parents to an NAACP chapter president and respected educator and activist who identified as black, forcing readers to reconsider race and identity"—NoveList

"I wanted an explanation as to why a White woman would pretend to be a woman of color. Her explanation was plausible even though her deceptive actions were wrong. I found the book to be enjoyable because I like hunting for answers to questions like, 'Why did they do that?'"—Submitted by Burl C., Senior Information Assistant.

In the Dust of This Planet   Eugene Thacker   110 Tha

The world is increasingly unthinkable, a world of planetary disasters, emerging pandemics, and the looming threat of extinction. In this book Eugene Thacker suggests that we look to the genre of horror as offering a way of thinking about the unthinkable world. To confront this idea is to confront the limit of our ability to understand the world in which we live—a central motif of the horror genre. Thacker takes horror to mean something beyond the focus on gore and scare tactics.—North by Northwestern

"Thought-provoking and fun. A must-read for fans of horror and philosophy."—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

The Index Card   Helaine Olen   332.024 Ole

The author of Pound Foolish shares 10 straightforward rules about investing and how to apply them to enable 10 to 20 percent of income savings, citing the vulnerabilities of trend-based habits while explaining how to take charge of one's finances to make more informed decisions.—Baker & Taylor

"Great financial advice that fits on a 3x5 index card, expanded upon in this short book of common sense, applicable to all."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

Inferno: The World at War 1939-1945   Max Hastings   940.54 Has

A monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II, and its deeply personal consequences. Hastings simultaneously traces the major developments and puts them into real human context. He also explores some of the darker and less explored regions of the war's penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944.—Publisher

"A dense and comprehensive look at the entire conflict with seemingly endless accounts by regular people who lived, died and suffered through the war. My grandparents would often describe this period in their lives, and I learned the basics about it in primary school, but this book imprinted the history more completely in my brain. I'll never forget the experience of reading it or the perspective it gave me."—Submitted by Adam S., Assistant Manager - Programming CATS

Jane Eyre   Charlotte Bronte   Bronte

The novel revolutionized prose fiction by being the first to focus on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are colored by a psychological intensity. Charlotte Brontë has been called the "first historian of the private consciousness," and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce.—Wikipedia

—Submitted by Amber M., Senior Information Assistant

The Johnstown Flood   David McCullough   974.877 Mcc

A graphic account of the collapse of a poorly constructed dam and the resulting flood which killed 2,000 people and caused a nationwide scandal.—Baker & Taylor

"Many years ago, I read David McCullough's first book, The Johnstown Flood. I never forgot it. His description of the flood gives the reader a real sense of what it was like for the people tragically caught up in it. This book is all the more gripping by McCullough's narrative on what led up to the flood and how it was preventable. It's a fascinating read and a lesson to not assume that those in power will act responsibly."—Submitted by Jane R., Librarian Selector

The Jordan Rules   Sam Smith   796.32392 Jordan Smi

A provocative study of the image of Michael Jordan reveals his stormy relationships with his coaches and teammates, his obsession with becoming the leading scorer, and his petty feuds with other NBA stars.—Baker & Taylor

"A behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ first championship season In 1991. A great bookend to the TV series The Last Dance."—Submitted by Bill K., Materials Handler

The King's Stilts   Dr. Seuss   Ej Se

When the King's stilts are stolen and hidden, and he can no longer enjoy his play hour, the whole kingdom is threatened with destruction until a page boy bravely saves the day.—Baker & Taylor

"Loved this book as a kid and found it empowering to see a child become a hero. And who wouldn't want to have Patrol Cats on their side?"—Submitted by Ellen A., Community Engagement Librarian

Know My Name: A Memoir   Chanel Miller   921 Miller Mil

Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting "Emily Doe" on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally, and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Now Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. She tells of her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial, reveals the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios, and illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators.—Baker & Taylor

"Miller describes her assault, the aftermath, and the trial of the Brock Turner. She has a powerful voice and I will not forget the vulnerability, insight, and strength she shared with us through her book."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale   Mo Willems   Ej Wil   Series: Knuffle Bunny

After a day with Daddy at the laundromat, Trixie quickly notices that her cherished Knuffle Bunny is missing and turns to her father to help her get him back.—Baker & Taylor

"This book is a favorite for the way it integrates photographs and illustrations to so wonderfully portray the everyday life of a family with a young child. It also realistically and humorously depicts the panic a parent also experiences when a beloved stuffed animal friend goes missing!"—Submitted by Lisa C., Strategist

The Last Wish   Andrzej Sapkowski   SF Sapkows

Geralt de Riv, a witcher, uses his vast sorcerous powers to hunt down the monsters that threaten the world, but he soon discovers that not every monstrous-looking creature is evil, and not everything beautiful is good.—Publisher

—Submitted by Amber M., Senior Information Assistant

The Library   Sarah Stewart   027 Man

Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesn't like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do? Start her own public library, of course! With charming verse and watercolors Sarah Stewart and David Small celebrate one of America's oldest and finest institutions.—Holtzbrinck Publishing

"I remember checking out this book in Kindergarten and wanting so badly to be the main character. The main character is a red-hair with glasses who loves cats and books. She collects so many books that she opens a community library in her home for others to borrow."—Submitted by Amy C., Community and Engagement Librarian

The Licanius Trilogy   James Islington   SF Islingt   Series: Licanius novels

Twenty years after the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed, the Gifted, who were spared only because they accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, are despised and Davian, a Gifted who discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, sets in motion a chain of events that change everything.—Baker & Taylor

"I was a fan of The Lord of The Rings series and the Game of Throne series. The Licanius Trilogy ranks with them for me."—Submitted by Gary L., Financial Officer

Life   Keith Richards   780.92 Richards Ric

The lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones offers a no-holds-barred account of his life, from a youth obsessed with Chuck Berry to his formation of the Stones and their subsequent stardom, in a book where the author frankly discusses his problems with drugs, his relationships, his estrangement from Mick Jagger, bandmate Brian Jones' death and more.—Baker & Taylor

"The Rolling Stones are one of my favorite bands, and Keith Richards is my favorite rock star ever! He and the band have captured the imagination of the world for decades. 'Keef's' behind the scenes stories of the band's career are delicious!"—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

The Life and Art of Felrath Hines : from dark to light   Rachel Berenson Perry   750.92 Hines Per

Felrath Hines (1913–1993), the first African American man to become a professional conservator for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, was born and raised in the segregated Midwest. Leaving their home in the South, Hines's parents migrated to Indianapolis with hopes for a better life. Hines was encouraged by his seamstress mother to pursue his early passion for art by taking Saturday classes at Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. The Life and Art of Felrath Hines: From Dark to Light chronicles the life of this exceptional artist who overcame numerous obstacles throughout his career and refused to be pigeonholed because of his race.—Indiana University Press

"An artist never stops creating."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

The Lifespan of a Fact   John D'Agata   808.02 Dag

A brilliant and eye-opening meditation on the relationship between “truth” and “accuracy” and a penetrating conversation about whether it is appropriate for a writer to substitute one for the other.—Publisher

"A fascinating work about the nature of truth and how it fits into nonfiction vs an essay. Written with text dialogue between author, fact checker, and editors surrounding the 'essay' in dispute."—Submitted by Matt! N., Community and Customer Engagement Assistant Manager

Little Bear   Else Holmelund Minarik   J-ER Min   Series: I Can Read Book

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday. This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains beloved today.—HarperCollins

"A timeless favorite children's book. The illustrations by Sendak bring the simple stories to life."—Submitted by Marla G., Human Resources

The Little Prince   Antoine de Saint-Exupéry   J Saintex

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.—Baker & Taylor

"I think everyone, regardless of age, should read The Little Prince. Its message on aging and retaining the joy of childhood stuck with me so much that I chose its dedication as my senior quote when I graduated high school, and years later, I still think about it frequently. There's a reason it's remained a children's classic almost 100 years later!"—Submitted by Em B., Materials Handler

A Little Princess   Frances Hodgson Burnett   J Burnett

When kindhearted Sara Crewe arrives at Miss Minchin's boarding school, she seems just like a teal little princess. Then a sudden misfortune turns her life upside down, and Sara is banished to the school's dreary attic and must work for her living. It takes all of Sara's imagination and a little bit of magic to turn her misfortune around and prove she is, at heart, a little princess.—HarperCollins

"I read this book over and over when I was in elementary school. The story's main character was a girl that kept going no matter how her life changed. It taught me the importance of perseverance and treating everyone kindly."—Submitted by Paula G-O, Web Administrator

Look Both Ways : a Tale Told in Ten Blocks   Jason Reynolds   J Reynold

A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school"—Baker & Taylor

"Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life."—Submitted by Kathy S., Senior Information Assistant

The Lord of the Rings   J. R. R. Tolkien   J Tolkien   Series: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

An epic depicting the Great War of the Ring, a struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth.—Baker & Taylor

"This book creates a diversity of its own. It celebrates life and the 'human' spirit to do good and push oneself to achieve what seems insurmountable, not for fame or personal gain, but in quiet ways for the good of all."—Submitted by Kari E., Board Member

The Lost Coast   Amy Rose Capetta   Y Capetta

Summoned by a spell halfway across the country to the Lost Coast, Danny finds herself among the Grays, a coven of openly queer witches who challenge her perspectives and ask for her help finding a missing group member, before the discovery of a dead boy reveals a malevolent enemy.—Baker & Taylor

"This book is full of lush descriptions of the Pacific Northwest with chapters from strange and wonderful perspectives, like a flock of crows or the redwood trees themselves."—Submitted by Macklin, Librarian

Lost Horizon   James Hilton   Hilton

This classic 1933 novel focuses on one woman and three men who, in a paradisaical community deep in the mountains of Tibet, experience physical, cultural, and spiritual transformation.—Baker & Taylor

"It is the first book to mention Shangri-la."—Submitted by Annise B., Librarian

The Lost Words: A Spell Book   Robert Macfarlane   821.92 Mac

A joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.—House of Anansi Press

"I love this book. It is beautiful and, indeed, almost magical."—Submitted by Paula GO., Web Administrator

The Luster of Lost Things   Sophie Chen Keller   LP Keller

A boy with an uncanny ability to find lost objects embarks on the most important search of his life in order to save his mother's enchanted dessert shop.—Baker & Taylor

—Submitted by Jackie L., Senior Information Assistant, VITAL

Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality   Gary Lachman   921 Blavatsky Lac

Chronicles the life of the cofounder of the Theosophical Society, examining her legacy and the controversy surrounding her.—Baker & Taylor

"Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891) was a Russian occultist, philosopher, author, feminist, and gifted psychic. She was fluent in several languages, traveled worldwide, including Tibet and was/is extremely controversial. The author, Gary Lachman was a bassist for the band Blondie and has authored many metaphysical books. Blavatsky is one of the most fascinating persons I've ever read about. She was very brave and outspoken and I find her life journey very inspiring."—Submitted by Ruth G., Cataloger

The Master and Margarita   Mikhail Bulgakov   Bulgako

Set in Moscow of the 1920's, this satirical novel recounts the dealings a writer and his mistress have with Satan.—Baker & Taylor

"This almost indescribable book has dark humor, political satire, biblical intrigue and black magic. The devil wreaks havoc in Stalinist Moscow with the help of his entourage, including an angel of death, a seductive vampire and a giant talking cat named Behemoth. The book was first published in its complete, uncensored form in 1973, over 30 years after the author’s death."—Submitted by Cole C., Senior Information Assistant

Matter : a Culture novel   Iain Banks   Ebook   Series: The Culture Series

MATTER is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.—Grand Central Publishing

"This is one of the later books in the Culture Series but a perfect example of good science fiction."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Me Talk Pretty One Day   David Sedaris   814.54 Sed

David Sedaris, a humorist and writer, presents a compilation of comical personal essays in Me Talk Pretty One Day. The essays are strung together with Sedaris's candid manner and a persistent language theme. The book is divided into two parts, and with a few exceptions, focuses on the early part of Sedaris's life in the first half, and the more recent years of his life while living in France in the second half.—

"A great introduction to David's work; these essays explore the mundane and intimate alike. Expect to laugh a lot and cringe a bit as well."—Submitted by Foster G., Senior Information Assistant

The Mistress of Spices   Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni   Divakar

Tilo, an Indian clairvoyant, becomes queen of the pirates who kidnaped her for her powers, and she gains immortality and the skills of a mistress of spices, which she uses to help mortals before falling in love with Raven.—Baker & Taylor

—Submitted by Jackie L., Senior Information Assistant, VITAL

The Monkey's Raincoat   Robert Crais   Crais   Series: Joe Pike

Ellen Lang's husband has disappeared and has taken with him something invaluable: their son. Ellen hires a detective to track them down, but instead of finding the pair, he stumbles upon Ellen's husband's bullet-ridden body. The child is nowhere in sight and the search for answers brings these characters through the manicured lawns of Hollywood and into the territory of the violent drug trade.—Grand Haven

"I have read all of his Joe Pike crime and suspense novels."—Submitted by Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152   David Petersen   Ebook, Electronic Resources, Book   Series: Mouse Guard

The adventures of Lieam, Saxon, and Kenzie, three mice who are part of the Mouse Guard—soldiers and guides for common mice looking to journey from one hidden mouse village to another—and their quest to uncover a traitorous plot against the Guard.—Baker & Taylor

"I fell in love with this series the first time I flipped through the pages. The beautiful artwork is meticulously detailed and the story of tiny mice roaming the pathways of the forest to keep their brethren safe is very adorable. A story for all that I find myself revisiting whenever I want a little adventure."—Submitted by Paula GO, Web Administrator

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker   Jennifer Chiaverini   Chiaver

In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion.—Penguin Putnam

"An insight to history from a different perspective."—Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

The Murderer's Ape   Jakob Wegelius   Y Wegeliu

Possessing a rare ability to completely understand human language, gorilla Sally Jones dresses in human clothing and silently moves among unknowing humans during a lucrative job with a cargo boat captain whose wrongful imprisonment for murder prompts Sally's quest for justice and survival.—Baker & Taylor

"If Indiana Jones was a boat engineer gorilla, this would be that book! Mystery, adventure, travel, and the Fado music of Portugal have me loving this book every time I reread it!"—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

The Music Lesson   Victor Wooten   781.1 Woo

A teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning. All you have to do is find the song inside.—Hal Leonard

"Yes, this book inspired me to learn bass. I've been playing piano and guitar for years and now bass plays a significant role in my life. I was able to meet Victor Wooten at a jazz event in Louisville, KY, as well as see him perform at the Buskirk-Chumley. This book is about a character, Michael, who changes Wooten's life through questions, practicing, and important lessons. It can be read in a day and you will not be able to put it down once you start reading it. 10/10—would read again."—Submitted by Elias M-S., Materials Handler

My Brother's Husband, Vol. 1   Gengoroh Tagame   MANGA Mybroth v. 1 Tagame   Series: My brother's husband

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.—Random House, Inc.

"A heartwarming story about love, acceptance, and family."—Submitted by Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Book One   Emil Ferris   Ferris   Series: My favorite thing is monsters

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late 1960s Chicago, and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes, Monsters is told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold.—Fantagraphics Books

"So many authentic characters and stories intertwine from past and present. The artwork varies from simpler comic to intricate recreations of masterpieces and hits on multiple topics dealing with prejudice."—Submitted by Laura W., Senior Information Assistant

My Name is Asher Lev   Chaim Potok   Po

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.—Random House, Inc.

"As a young man, I was particularly excited to read this book about a daring young artist breaking from tradition."—Submitted by Kevin M., TDC Strategist

Naked Lunch   William S. Burroughs   Burroug

Bill Lee, an addict and hustler, travels to Mexico and then Tangier in order to find easy access to drugs, and ends up in the Interzone, a bizarre fantasy world, in a commemorative edition that features restored text, archival material, Burroughs's own later introduction to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs.—Baker & Taylor

"Burroughs uses heroin addiction as a metaphor for the way government and corporation control individuals in modern society."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Near to the Wild Heart   Clarice Lispector   Lispect

Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called “Hurricane Clarice”: a twenty-three-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce: “He was alone, unheeded, near to the wild heart of life.”The book was an unprecedented sensation—the discovery of a genius. Narrative epiphanies and interior monologue frame the life of Joana, from her middle-class childhood through her unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence, when she proclaims: “I shall arise as strong and comely as a young colt.”—Norton Publishing.

"The first of this Brazilian author's novels, it introduces her highly introspective—and sometimes confounding—style to the world. Truly one of a kind."—Submitted by Ryan S., Selector

The Never Game   Jeffery Deaver   Deaver

A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker. Now he makes a living as a "reward seeker," traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.—Random House, Inc.

"The plot involves a devious way to influence voters who like video games and a killer who is obsessed with video games. Takes place in Silicon Valley."—Submitted by Gary L., Finance

The New Moosewood Cookbook   Mollie Katzen.   641.5636 Kat

Since the original publication of the MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK in 1977, author Mollie Katzen has been leading the revolution in American eating habits. With her sophisticated, easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes, charming drawings, and hand lettering, Mollie introduced millions to a more healthful, natural way of cooking. This new edition—a companion volume to her latest TV series—preserves the major revisions and additions that Mollie made in 1992, accented with new recipes from Mollie’s current repertoire and 16 pages of beautiful full-color food photography. You’ve seen MOOSEWOOD before, but you’ve never seen it quite like this!—Random House, Inc.

"I found this book when learning to cook. Katzen's down to earth and whimsical approach taught me to treat recipes as flexible guideline instead of rigid requirements."—Submitted by Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

Nitro --The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapes of Ted Turner's WCW   Guy Evans

NITRO is a story about much more than WCW and the Monday Night Wars. It is a story of an era, a time in which the media and cultural landscape precipitated—and later supported—pro wrestling's mainstream popularity. It is a story of how a company made in the image of an intuitively brilliant risk-taker betrayed its original promise. It is a story of how a handful of men, each struggling with their own limitations, facilitated a public obsession that changed television forever.

"Heavily researched and highly detailed, nearly 600 pages of minutia regarding a late 90's Monday night cable tv wrestling program fly by much more quickly than you'd expect!"—Submitted by Jared C., Senior Information Assistant

Oleanna   David Mamet   812.54 Mam

In a terrifyingly short time, a male college instructor and his female student descend from a discussion of her grades into a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. And the relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his seemingly hapless pupil turns into a fiendishly accurate X-ray of the mechanisms of power, censorship, and abuse.—Random House, Inc.

"This should be required reading for all college students and professors in the humanities?"—Submitted by Brandon R., Senior Information Assistant

On A Sunbeam   Tillie Walden   GN Walden On A Sunbeam

A ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love—only to learn the pain of loss. With interwoven timelines and stunning art, award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden creates an inventive world, breathtaking romance, and an epic quest for love.—McMillan Palgrave

"Beautiful art and colors portray a 'space story' of navigating love, loss, and identity."—Submitted by Laura W., Senior Information Assistant

Once & Future, Volume 1   Kieron Gillen   ebook

The King is Undead! Long live the King! When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.—Inscribe Digital

"A fun and engaging retelling of King Arthur that twists the tale around, adding depth and fun to a familiar story. Recommended for any fan of graphic novels and Arthurian literature." —Submitted by Sam O., Teen Librarian

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish   Dr. Seuss   J-ER Seu

From counting to opposites to Dr. Seuss's signature silly rhymes, this book has everything a beginning reader needs! Meet the bumpy Wump and the singing Ying, and even the winking Yink who drinks pink ink. The silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters will have every child giggling from morning to night.—Random House, Inc.

"It was the first book I read, all by myself."—Submitted by Jacqueline L., COCU Senior Information Assistant (VITAL)

Oreo   Fran Ross   Ross

Oreo, a biracial black girl from Philadelphia, searches for her Jewish father in New York City, navigating the labyrinth of sound studios, brothels, and subway tunnels of Manhattan in a journey of self-discovery.—Baker & Taylor

"A daring, bawdy, witty, irreverent, and hilarious treatment of race and sexuality in the 1970s. This novel exudes a lust for life through its author's unique voice and mastery of language."—Ryan S., Selector

Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters   Mary-Jane Rubenstein   211.2 Rub

Why pantheism is viewed by theists and atheists alike as a monstrous amalgam of mind and matter. While theists typically interpret mind or spirit as supernatural, atheists tend to ignore mind altogether. Rubenstein's examination of pantheism renders a comprehensive and pluralistic view of the cosmos that will interest readers curious about the intersection of religion and philosophy.—James Wetherbee, Wingate Univ. Libs.

"Astoundingly well-researched and thought-provoking look at off-beat religious philosophy."—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

Parable of the Sower   Octavia Butler   SF Butler

In California in the year 2025, a small community is overrun by desperate scavengers, as an eighteen-year-old African American woman sets off on foot on a perilous journey northward.—Baker & Taylor

"The Earthseed verses are inspiring and different!"—Submitted by Thax T., Materials Handler and by Tom M., Production Assistant, CATS

Patriot Games   Tom Clancy   Clancy

While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack Ryan saves the Prince and Princess of Wales from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men.—Baker & Taylor

"I love Tom Clancy's writing skill. He gives a very in depth background in his book's beginning. You are several hundred pages in before the plot becomes real."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

Persepolis   Marjane Satrapi   GN 741.5092 Satrapi Sat

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.—Blackwell North America

"An incredible graphic memoir of a girl who grew up in Iran during the revolution. It may be a memoir but it is far from what you would expect."—Submitted by Megan W., Communications & Marketing

The Pirate Coast   Richard Zacks   973.47 Za

Describes the 1805 secret mission, reluctantly sanctioned by Thomas Jefferson and led by William Eaton, to stop the Barbary pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, revealing how a ragtag group of men, aided by a band of European mercenaries, Arab cavalry, and Bedouin warriors, brought down the government of Tripoli.—Baker & Taylor

"Zachs plays out Thomas Jefferson's administration through failed diplomat William Eaton as he navigates the seas to rescue sailors and Marines in 1803. Eaton has to resolve the hostage crisis, he has to manage supplies, communication in a covert operation, sickness, and betrayal. This historical thriller puts you right there. The rabbit holes Zachs takes you down and back with his detailed research is thrilling to lovers of oddball history."—Submitted by Christine F. Community Librarian

Prelude to Bruise   Saeed Jones   811.6 Jon

With rootless cosmopolitanism, formal rigor, and the fluidity of slam, Jones explores questions of sexuality, race, and shifting identity.—Perseus Publishing

—Submitted by Annise B., Librarian

Pretty Deadly, Volume One: The Shrike   Kelly Sue DeConnick   GN Pretty Deadly v. 1

Presents the collecting opening arc of DeConnick's series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. This book tells a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.—Publisher

"A beautifully illustrated and haunting story that weaves together the old west and classic mythic tropes into an enthralling story that will stick with you long after the final panel."—Submitted by Sam O., Teen Librarian

Providence   Alan Moore   GN Providence v. 1   Series: Providence

Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.—Avatar Press

"One of the most interesting and thought-provoking authors in any era, his exploration of the Cthulhu mythos is exhaustive and exhausting."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking   Susan Cain   155.232 Cai

Cain questions the modern American business culture that overlooks the positive characteristics of introverts such as persistence, reflection, and sensitivity to others' feelings. She explains the neurobiology and psychology of temperament in plain language. She offers advice for introverts on small talk, networking, and communicating with extroverts, and even shows how to pretend to be an extrovert when necessary. She also tells how to help an introverted child.—Book News

"I have never felt more seen than when I read this book. Cain gives voice to the strengths of introverts and highlights the ways in which our schools, workplaces, and society value extroversion. A great read for anyone who wants to understand more about how introversion and extroversion affect how we interact and respond to the world."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

The Quilter's Apprentice   Jennifer Chiaverini   Ch   Series: Elm Creek Quilts

In this heartwarming debut novel, Sarah, struggling to find a job and a sense of place in her new town, finds herself learning how to quilt from a cantankerous old woman who also teaches her about the deep love that can exist between friends.—Baker & Taylor

"The Elm Creek novels encourage camaraderie between women of diverse talents. —Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

Raintree County   Ross Lockridge   Lockrid

Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators.—Independent Publishing Group

"This best-selling book by a Bloomington author will give you a good notion of what living in 19th Century Indiana was like."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

The Raven Boys   Maggie Stiefvater   Y Stiefva   Series: Raven cycle

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own—and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.—Baker & Taylor

"This book (as well as the rest of the Raven Cycle) has an incredible, unique tone that perfectly marries poetic prose and silly teen dialogue. This book is a great example of how YA can be really high quality literature!"—Submitted by Sara, B., Materials Handler

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath   Leslie Jamison   616.8603 Jam

Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.—Baker & Taylor

"Both a frank and tender memoir of an author's struggle with addiction, and a narrative history of the literature of addiction in the United States, The Recovering reads as one woman's attempts to understand her disease through the art of writing."—Submitted by Chris H., Programming and Branch Services Strategist

The Rest is Noise   Alex Ross   780.904 Ros

The influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Music critic Alex Ross shines a bright light on this secret world, taking us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, and riots. The end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.—Publisher

“An engaging survey of the most tumultuous century in the history of Western Classical music by the most accessible music critic of our time. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the symphony, sonata, or opera, this book has the answers!”—Submitted by Grier C., Associate Director

Riddley Walker   Russell Hoban   SF Hoban

A hero with Huck Finn’s heart and charm, lighting by El Greco and jokes by Punch and Judy.... Riddley Walker is haunting and fiercely imagined and—this matters most—intensely ponderable.—Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review

"Riddley Walker's post-apocalyptic journey across an overgrown English countryside, told in his own semi-Chaucerian, devolved-English, opened my eyes to the poetic potential of fiction when I read it at 17. Part of me is still in that country, walking through the rainy night with a feral black dog at my side."—Submitted by Joshua W., Community and Customer Engagement Manager

The Road Less Traveled   M. Scott Peck   158.1 Pec

A guide to help achieve spiritual simplicity explores a wide range of emotions and the coping mechanisms for the moral and spiritual dilemmas faced daily, and explains how taking full responsibility for one's actions can lead to renewed consciousness.—Baker & Taylor

"This book is the the first, and one of the few 'self-help' books that I've ever read. I loved it, and I suppose it did such a great job molding me into the fine human specimen that I am today, that I just didn't need to read any further self help books afterwards!"—Submitted by Kevin M., Teen and Digital Creativity Strategist

Robin   Dave Itzkoff   791.4392 Williams Itz

The New York Times culture reporter and author of Mad as Hell presents a compelling portrait of Robin Williams that illuminates his comic brilliance, conflicting emotions and often misunderstood character, sharing insights into the gift for improvisation that shaped his wide range of characters, his struggles with addiction and depression and his relationships with friends and family members.—Baker & Taylor

"This was an entertaining biography of an incredible and unforgettable performer. I grew up watching Robin Williams' movies and TV antics and found him endearing. Recently I watched the documentary 'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,' which was a nice complement to this book because it showed footage of numerous scenes discussed in the text."—Submitted by Leanne Z., Administrative Coordinator

The Room : A Novel   Jonas Karlsson   Karlsso

Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works—a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his co-workers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn's bizarre behavior eventually leads his co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.—Random House, Inc.

"Humorous commentary on the modern office."—Submitted by Karen S., Materials Handler

Running with Sherman   Christopher McDougall   636.182 Mcd

When the author decides to train his rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America, he calls upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members and a group of female long-haul truckers, showing us the life-changing power of animals, nature and community.—Baker & Taylor

"A heartwarming story about how a family rescues a neglected donkey by training him for burro racing."—Submitted by Tressa R., Materials Handler

Rural Free   Rachel Peden   630.1 Ped

Rural Free, first published in 1961, beautifully conveys the joys of family life on an Indiana farm. Marked by the slow pace and rich variety of seasonal change, Rachel Peden’s narrative offers an authentic month-by-month chronicle of her family’s daily adventures. Today, as the slow-food movement gathers support and more urban dwellers return to the land to plant roots again in honest soil, Peden’s stories of country life and her lessons on sustainability, frugality, and wastefulness gain a special resonance. Rural Free will be a source of inspiration for all who rejoice in rural virtues and the spiritual freedom of country life.—Indiana University Press

"Reminiscent of better, more leisurely times."—Submitted by Lynda G., Materials Handler

The Shell Seekers   Rosamunde Pilcher   Pilcher

Set in England between World War II and the present, this epic novel details the connections that bind the Keeling family together over three generations and the family's frailties, strengths, passions, and joys.—Baker & Taylor

"I read this book as a teenager and I really enjoyed it. The book takes you through the ages of a young girl into retirement. I would recommend to any young girl or women."—Submitted by Elsie G., Financial Assistant

The Shipping News   Annie Proulx   Proulx

Surprising transformations take place when a newspaperman's older aunt and two daughters decide to move back to their family home on the coast of Newfoundland.—Baker & Taylor

"This book pulled me into life in Newfoundland with wonderful characters with such interesting names as Quoyle, Nutbeam, Wavey Prowse, and Diddy Shovel. The story is dark, but often very funny."—Submitted by Paula GO., Web Administrator

Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste   John Waters   791.4392 Waters Wat
"To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation." Thus begins John Waters's autobiography. Opening with his upbringing in Baltimore, it covers his friendship with his muse and leading lady, Divine, detailed accounts of how Waters made his first movies, stories of the circle of friends/actors he used in these films, and finally the "sort-of fame" he achieves in America. Complementing the text are dozens of fabulous old photographs of Waters and crew.—Perseus Publishing

"All of John Waters's book are hilarious and well-written, and they're all worth a look if you wish to cultivate a taste for the outre, but this is the place to start. Besides, how could you not love a book with a chapter titled 'Baltimore, Maryland — Hairdo Capital of the World'?"—Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

Siddhartha   Hermann Hesse   Hesse

Blends elements of psychoanalysis and Asian religions to probe an Indian aristocrat's efforts to renounce sensual and material pleasures and discover ultimate spiritual truths.—Baker & Taylor

—Submitted by Tom M., Production Assistant, CATS

The Silmarillion   J. R. R. Tolkien   SF Tolkien   Series: The Lord of the Rings

The Silmarillion is the history of the rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy.—Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"This book is the history of Middle-Earth and details the battles, quests, victories, and defeats that shaped this epic world. I love this book because it answered all the questions I had about Middle-Earth and dove deeply into the epic events that shaped this world, when the elves, dwarves, and other peoples of Middle-Earth were at the height of their power, fighting the forces of darkness."—Submitted by Sam O., Teen Librarian

Simulacra and Simulation   Jean Baudrillard   194 Bau

Simulacra and Simulation is a 1981 philosophical treatise by Jean Baudrillard, in which the author seeks to examine the relationships between reality, symbols, and society, in particular the significations and symbolism of culture and media involved in constructing an understanding of shared existence.Wikipedia

"... it's a useful tool for 21st century life."—Submitted by Grier C., Access & Content Services Manager

Six Seasons   Joshua McFadden, Martha Holmberg   641.564 Mcf

Joshua McFadden channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons. Each chapter begins with recipes featuring raw vegetables at the start of their season. As weeks progress, McFadden turns up the heat—grilling and steaming, then moving on to sautes, pan roasts, braises, and stews. His ingenuity is on display in 225 revelatory recipes that celebrate flavor at its peak.—Workman Press

"I love to cook! The recipes in this book taught me a new way of thinking about ingredients and how to use those ingredients at their best. Its also taught me a lot about seasoning food. Every dish is simple but has really good flavor!"—Submitted by Sarah S., Graphic Designer

Slaughterhouse Five   Kurt Vonnegut   Vonnegu

Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain's assistant during the Second World War, returns home only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.—Baker & Taylor

"I like it (and most of Kurt Vonnegut's books) for its blend of history and science fiction and because Kurt Vonnegut tends to remind me that while things might feel terrible sometimes, there is always a glimmer of good and of hope in the world."—Submitted by Steph N., Assistant Manager ACS

Snotgirl Vol. 1   Bryan Lee O'Malley   GN Snotgirl v. 1   Series: Snotgirl

Lottie Person is a gorgeous, fun-loving social-media star who just happens to also be a gross, allergy-ridden mess.—Baker & Taylor

"Beautiful art and a storyline that will have you questioning what is real."—Submitted by Megan W., Communications & Marketing

The Snow Child   Eowyn Ivey   Ivey

A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.—Baker & Taylor

"I loved the fantasy and magical aspect of this story which made it a thoroughly pleasurable reading experience!"—Submitted by Leanne Z., Administrative Coordinator

The Snowy Day   Ezra Jack Keats   741.642 Nah

In 1962, Ezra Jack Keats's picture book The Snowy Day introduced readers to young Peter, the first African American protagonist in a full-color children's book, who traipsed alone through the snowy, wondrous sidewalks of New York City. Keats's awareness of the city, its daily hum, and the role of its children are deeply felt and delicately rendered in words and bright collages and paintings.—Yale University Press

"Perfectly paced masterpiece about the universal childhood love and awe for a snowy day. It's over 50 years old but the illustrations and story are as fresh as a newly rolled snowball."—Dana D., Librarian

Spoon River Anthology   Edgar Lee Masters   811.52 Mas

The dead arise from their sleep in the cemetery of a small Midwestern town to tell their individual stories about an entire community caught in a web of scandal, sin, and vice in the early twentieth century.—Baker & Taylor

"Every time I read Spoon River it gives me goosebumps. The poems weave together to paint a picture of the town, cross-referencing each other and contradicting each other and providing different perspectives on the same events. Masters does a fantastic job of creating distinct characters in just a few lines."—Submitted by Lily J., Information Assistant

The Stand   Stephen King   King

A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors in a desert world who move toward the ultimate confrontation of good and evil, in the expanded original version of King's novel.—Baker & Taylor

"Read this because there's no better time for it!"—Submitted by Bill K., Access and Content Services

Star Wars : from a certain point of view : 40 stories celebrating 40 years of Star Wars   SF Starwar Fro

A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today's best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise's 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor.—Baker & Taylor

"It's a different look at familiar parts of the Star Wars Universe. I'm a giant Star Wars nerd."—Submitted by Emm P, Information Assistant

The Stardust Road   Hoagy Carmichael   780.92 Carmichael Car

Composer, singer, lyricist, and actor Hoagy Carmichael (1899–1981) was one of America's most versatile songwriters, crossing the boundaries of jazz, Tin Pan Alley, blues, and film.—Perseus Publishing

"Anyone who loves Bloomington will delight in Hoagy's description of life here in the 1920s."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Station Eleven   Emily St. John Mandel   SF Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people.—Baker & Taylor

"Extremely well-written book about early post-apocalyptic period that is easy to read and understandable to all ages from teenagers on up. There is a key quote from Star Trek: Voyager series, along the lines of, 'Survival is not enough.' This is the book I sent my kids off to college with."—Submitted by Jane W., El Centro Comunal Latino

"Post-pandemic fiction with strong characters in an engaging tapestry of story-lines with a good dose of hope. Not for everyone in our current time, but good stuff nonetheless."—Submitted by Ned B., Information Technology

Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home   Guojing   Ej Guo

In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that's perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench—scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries—and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience—and help from an enticing tennis ball—a tentative friendship begins. But it's not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn't always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.—Amazon

"If you've ever even looked at a dog through a telescope—much less loved and cared for one—this book is guaranteed to make you cry. Beautiful illustrations!"—Submitted by Paul D., SIA

The Story of Ferdinand   Munro Leaf   Ej Ung

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.—Baker & Taylor

"Ferdinand was my first book love. I read and reread it countless times. The illustrations are perfect and Ferdinand is wonderfully relatable."—Submitted by Kim B., Children and Teen Librarian

Strange Planet   Nathan Pyle   ebook

Straight from the mind of New York Times bestselling author Nathan W. Pyle, Strange Planet is an adorable and profound universe in pink, blue, green, and purple, based on the phenomenally popular Instagram of the same name!—Overdive

"The popular web comic has been developed into a New York Times bestselling book. Enjoy the musings of alien inhabitants observing the daily ongoings from the absurd to the mundane. I guarantee you'll giggle and guffaw!"—Submitted by Jane C., Associate Director

A Study in Scarlet Women   Sherry Thomas   MYS Thomas   Series: Lady Sherlock novels

When Charlotte's father fails to honor his promise to provide the funds needed for her education, Charlotte takes drastic measures. Caught in a compromising position with a married man, she avoids being banished to her family's country estate by running away. As she settles into her independent life in London, she finds a new benefactress and a way to support herself by opening a private consultation business as "Sherlock Holmes." When her beloved sister Livia is suspected of being involved in a scandalous murder, Charlotte brings all of her powers of observation into play in order to find the real killer. —Library Journal Reviews

"A retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story, but with Sherlock as a woman. This was the most enjoyable series I have read in a long time--there's mystery and romance mixed in with critiques of the patriarchy. What more could you need?"—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

Sunny   Taiyō Matsumoto   Manga   Series: Sunny

When Sei's parents drop him off at a children's home, he does what he can to fit in with the other troubled children and, like them, finds escape in a broken-down old car and his imagination.—Baker & Taylor

"I like it because it's an incredible artistic achievement, both in writing and in illustration, as it captures the joys and sorrows of childhood in a way I've never quite felt before."—Submitted by Israel H., Production Assistant, CATS

Suttree   Cormac McCarthy   Mccarth

Suttree is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River near Knoxville. Remaining on the margins of the outcast community there—a brilliantly imagined collection of eccentrics, criminals, and squatters—he rises above the physical and human squalor with detachment, humor, and dignity.—Blackwell North America

"It masterfully blends the picaresque works of Nelson Algren and the modernist, almost experimental interiority of William Faulkner into one extraordinary, harrowing character study. In spite of its grotesqueries, gallows humor, and often-tragic episodes, I find it the most life-affirming work of fiction I have ever read!"—Submitted by Nile A., Master Control Operator CATS

Taproot : a story about a gardener and a ghost   Keezy Young   Young

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means leaving him.—Diamond Comics Distributors

"This graphic novel is beautifully illustrated and tells the sweet tale of friendship and love between a ghost and a gardener."—Submitted by Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey   A.J. Jacobs   179.9 Jac

The idea was deceptively simple: New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, transforms his life, and reveals secrets about how gratitude can make us all happier, more generous, and more connected.—

"This short book is easily digestible over a few cups of coffee. It offers a touch of AJ's typical wit alongside some insights into the interconnected nature (and the human side) of global commerce and your favorite daily vice."—Submitted by Foster G., Senior Information Assistant

Their Eyes Were Watching God   Zora Neale Hurston

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audience's rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston&;s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.—HarperCollins

"I was totally transfixed. It is an epic adventure of self realization and romance."—Submitted by Casey M-T., Master Control Operator, CATS

Three Things About Elsie   Joanna Cannon   Cannon

A novel set in England about eighty-four-year-old Florence, a resident in a nursing home, who has fallen in her apartment, leading her to think about her childhood friend and the secrets of their past that are about to come to light.—Baker & Taylor

"This novel is endearing, darkly humorous, and suspenseful. I really enjoyed getting to know the main character while following her journey as an amateur detective and best friend."—Submitted by Katelynn D., Senior Information Assistant

Through a Life   Tom Haugomat   GN Haugoma Through A Life

This powerfully silent graphic novel follows the saga of a boy who grows up to be an astronaut, just like he always wanted, until a fatal space shuttle crash upends his life, and he begins to find solace in beauty here on earth. Told through a series of poignant vignettes, Through A Life is a sweeping story of dreams, expectations, nature, and loss.—Random House, Inc.

"A lovely graphic novel that conveys its story and emotion without dialogue. It follows one person's lifelong aspirations to reach far beyond their immediate surroundings. Dreamers and curious minds will find a little bit of themselves in this book's protagonist. A quick read to be filed under 'mono no aware.'"—Submitted by Foster G., Senior Information Assistant

The Time Traveler's Wife   Audrey Niffenegger   Niffene

A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.—Baker & Taylor

"The story of a librarian as he explores love, loss, and relationships while time traveling through his own life. It is simultaneously funny, original, unpredictable, and devastating."—Submitted by Mandy H., Communications & Marketing Manager

To Kill A Mockingbird   Harper Lee   Lee

A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father&;a crusading local lawyer&;risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.—HarperCollins

"It was the first book that made me look at the world differently."—Submitted by Rahgene H., Information Assistant

The Travelling Cat Chronicles   Hiro Arikawa,   Arikawa

An ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.—Baker & Taylor

"Told from the perspective of a cat, this is a beautiful and bittersweet story of the cat and his human."—Submitted by Tressa R., Materials Handler

Travels With Charley   John Steinbeck   Steinbe

Travels with Charley in Search of America was Steinbeck's last published book. A record of his experiences and observations as he drove around America in a pickup truck, accompanied by his standard poodle Charley, it is filled with engaging, often humorous description and comes to a powerful climax in an encounter with racist demonstrators in New Orleans.—Penguin Putnam

"This book takes you through the mid-century U.S. all in Steinbeck's wry guise. It's a travel log in a changing time with a blue French poodle by your side. It's terrific to hear about how Steinbeck gets in and out of conversations with people throughout the country; their takes on life and how they make it. It makes you want to get out there all while satisfying an itch!"—Submitted by Addison R., Master Control Operator, CATS

Tropic of Cancer   Henry Miller   Miller

Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller’s famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s.—Perseus Publishing

"This is how people once had to live."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

True Grit   Charles Portis   Portis

Pursuing a murderer who has escaped into Native Territory, U.S. Marshal Rooster J. Cogburn teams up with a bounty-hunting Texas Ranger and Mattie Ross, a cantankerous young lady who is bent on revenge. —Baker & Taylor

"One of the best westerns you'll ever read, but don't worry if the western typically isn't your thing because the characters are what makes this so memorable. Young Mattie Ross is my personal hero of mine; defiant, determined, undiminished despite the many obstacles she faces, especially from her would-be companions."—Submitted by Ned B., IT Department Manager

Ulysses   James Joyce   Jo

This account of several lower class citizens of Dublin describes their activities and tells what some of them were thinking one day in 1904.—Baker & Taylor

"If I had a nickel for every time I started Ulysses I could buy my own copy. Thankfully, with the help of Frank Delaney's Re: Joyce I’ve been able to get further than ever. Still, it’s the most popular modern thing ever written and it’s comforting to know the library has my back."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Under the Volcano   Malcolm Lowry   Lowry

A story taking place on a single day, the Day of the Dead in 1938, explores the life of alcoholic British consul Geoffrey Firmin and his wife Yvonne's attempt to save their failed marriage, despite the presence of the consul's half-brother, Hugh, and childhood friend, Jacques.—Baker & Taylor

"Incredible story of a man at the end of his rope. Lowry's description of wandering around a strange city on a hot afternoon while hopelessly intoxicated is harrowing and visceral."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art   Scott McCloud   GN 741.51 Mcc

Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.—HarperCollins

"I've been reading, studying, and making comics since I was a child and every time I return to this work I learn something new or discover a new way to think about something I thought already knew. This book is a must for anyone interested in understanding more about comics and how they work."—Submitted by Kim B., Community Engagement Librarian

The Universe in a Nutshell   Stephen Hawking   530.12 Haw

Hawking explains the basic laws of physics that govern the universe, beginning with a brief history of the concept of relativity, and then he is off and running to explore time, space, the future, and the possibility of time travel, among other fundamental rules of the universe's road. Admirers of Hawking's previous book will continue to appreciate his ability not only to air fresh, provocative ideas but also to say what he means clearly and without watering down his material or condescending to his audience—he even injects humor into his narrative. The profuse, beautifully rendered illustrations contribute greatly to the reader's understanding of his points.—Booklist Reviews

"If you're like me, you aren't a theoretical physicist, and the concepts within may be challenging to wrap your mind around. Despite this, it is a mind expanding experience and it gave me a different perspective of our universe and my place in it."—Submitted by Jon P., Senior Information Assistant

Unterzakhn   Leela Corman   GN Corman Unterzakhn

A mesmerizing heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.—Austin American-Statesman

"This graphic novel is dazzling, dramatic, and devastating."—Submitted by Annise B., Librarian

VALIS   Philip K. Dick   Dick

The late masterpiece VALIS (1981) is a novelistic reworking of "the events of 2-3-74," when Dick's life was transformed by what he believed was a mystical revelation. It is a harrowing self-portrait of a man torn between conflicting interpretations of what might be gnostic illumination or psychotic breakdown.—Blackwell North America

“A paranoid fantasy that feels more and more prophetic with every read. Even more exciting if you know something of what happened to the author circa 1974."—Submitted by Grier C., Associate Director

Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero   William Makepeace Thackeray   Thacker

Chronicles the exploits of Becky Sharp, an unscrupulous young woman who is determined to achieve wealth and social success, and her sentimental companion, Amelia, who has fallen for a caddish soldier, in the classic novel set against the backdrop of English society in the early 1800s.—Baker & Taylor

"It is, as they say, a book without a hero. Set in England in the run-up to the Battle of Waterloo, it is the story of two girls, one who seems to have everything handed to her, and her best frenemy, who wants what her friend has and doesn't care how she gets it. I particularly love that one chapter is entitled: 'How to Live Well on Nothing a Year.' The book has all of life in it."—Submitted by Mike B., Bookstore

War and Peace   Leo Tolstoy   Tolstoy

Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic Wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy’s genius is seen clearly in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle—all of them fully realized and equally memorable. Out of this complex narrative emerges a profound examination of the individual’s place in the historical process, one that makes it clear why Thomas Mann praised Tolstoy for his Homeric powers and placed War and Peace in the same category as the Iliad.—Random House, Inc.

"I avoided this book for many years but when I finally read it I quickly realized that it might very well be the best novel ever written. Yes, it's big, but every bit as enjoyable as anything your favorite author has written."—Submitted by Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Warrior of the Wild   Tricia Levenseller   Y Levense

How do you kill a god? As her father's chosen heir, Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness. To win back her honor, Rasmira must fulfill an impossible quest: kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year... or die trying.—Baker & Taylor

"Well done standalone fantasy novels are what I live for and Levenseller did such an amazing job with the world building. She was able to take something familiar (Vikings) and use that basis of knowledge to build off of to craft a semi-frightening fantasy world. The monsters our main cast of characters faced were so scary and mythical, I would not want to be in their shoes for a moment!"—Submitted by Lizzy S., Senior Information Assistant

Watchmen   Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons   Moore

Exceptional graphic artwork brings to life the story of the Watchmen as they race against time to find a killer, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance—Baker & Taylor

"As basic as it may seem to describe Watchmen as the book that opened my eyes to the possibilities of the comic form, it is definitely that. With its intertwined narratives, colorful characters, and hard-edged story, it's a work that rewards multiple, close readings."—Submitted by Craig C., Senior Materials Handler

What is the What   Dave Eggers

The history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. Written with expansive humanity and surprising humor, we come to understand the nature of the conflicts in Sudan, the refugee experience in America, the dreams of the Dinka people, and the challenge one indomitable man faces in a world collapsing around him.—Publisher

"Based on the true-life journey of one of the Lost Boys from Sudan. The ordeals he goes through and the adjustments he has to make to live in snowy Minnesota, where he ends up, are sad, shocking, and sometimes even funny."—Submitted by Ellen A., Community Librarian

Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein   Shel Silverstein   J 811.54 Sil

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.—Baker & Taylor

"His unique poetry is loved by children and grown ups alike. I loved his books when my kids were little and I still enjoy them today."—Submitted by Susan F., Acquisitions Technician

"I have fond memories of these poems being read aloud to me, then reading them aloud myself, and finally memorizing a number of them. The topics and tone run the full gamut, and the rhythm of the phrases are the best 'earworms.' If you want to fall in love with words (again) try reading these poems aloud—even if only to yourself."—Submitted by Bara S., Staff Development Strategist

Why You Like This Photo : the Science of Perception   Brian Dilg   770 Dil

Featuring interviews with numerous great photographers combined with concepts from exciting areas of science and psychology, this accessible photographic guide is illustrated with infographics highlighting brain areas triggered by particular views, and a selection of sensational art photos. Why You Like This Photo holds the inspiring and practical keys to capturing the images that you, and everyone, will find appealing and fascinating.—Grand Central Publishing

"Someone once described art as that part of human expression that begins where words end. Nevertheless, photographer and filmmaker Brian Dilg does a good job of using his words to show us what's underneath our emotional and psychological responses to several examples of photographic art. Great for photographers who want to add a few powerful, practical tools to their image-making process."—Submitted by Ryan S., Selector Librarian

Wild Beauty   Anna-Marie McLemore   Y Mclemor

Cursed by a tragic legacy that causes their lovers to disappear if they fall in love too deeply, the women gardeners of an enchanted estate wonder at the appearance of a mysterious boy who does not know who he is and who may be a returned former love.—Baker & Taylor

—Submitted by Jackie L., Senior Information Assistant, VITAL

The Wild Robot   Peter Brown   J Brown   Series: Wild Robot

Initializing for the first time on a remote island where she is all alone, Roz the robot learns survival strategies from the island's hostile animals and finally gains acceptance when she cares for an orphaned gosling. By the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Creepy Carrots!.—Baker & Taylor

"I have read many chapter books out loud to my children, and this one tops the list of being enjoyable for young and old alike."—Submitted by Sarah K., Materials Handler

Wired   Julie Garwood   Garwood

A beautiful computer genius reluctantly partners with a bad-boy FBI agent to hunt down a cybercriminal in exchange for leniency for her troubled brother, an arrangement that is compromised by their growing attraction.—Baker & Taylor

"Actually I love all of her books. She once said that she wanted her readers to laugh and cry and to fall in love. Her books are full of family, loyalty, honor. Throw in humor and suspense and some historical or modern times... and you have an adventure. Wired is a good read if you enjoy all above mentioned."—Submitted by Brenda S., Administration Office Assistant

Wolf Hall   Hilary Mantel   Mantel

Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.—Baker & Taylor

"This title is a new take on the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, the king's chief minister, who rose through his intelligence and grit from a common birth to become one of the most powerful men of his time. Cromwell's humor and outsider's status provides a fascinating look at court life, the people who surround the king, and the king and his mistress. Mantel's depiction of Cromwell's wit and insight creates a new spin to an old story."—Submitted by Elizabeth G., Adult Audience Strategist

The Woman in the Dunes   Kōbō Abe   Ab

The inhabitants of a remote seaside village imprison a Japanese biologist in a deep sand pit.—Baker & Taylor

Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. With drawings by Machi Abe.

"During my time at home, I read The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe. It's a psychological portrait of an amateur entomologist who finds himself in an untenable situation when he visits an isolated community on the Japanese coast and is tricked into staying overnight in a house in a deep sand pit with a young widow and is made a virtual prisoner, subject to the will of the community. It's been a few years since I watched the film based on it, but now I'm eager to revisit it to see how Abe adapted it for the screen since so much of the novel takes place in the protagonist's head as his various plans of escape fail and his mental state deteriorates."—Submitted by Craig C., Access & Content Services

The Woman in White   Wilkie Collins   Collins

Wilkie Collins's classic thriller took the world by storm on its first appearance in 1859, with everything from dances to perfumes to dresses named in honor of the "woman in white." The novel's continuing fascination stems in part from a distinctive blend of melodrama, comedy, and realism; and in part from the power of its story.—Random House, Inc.

"An absolute classic, featuring among its characters the only heroine in all of literature to have a mustache. A chance encounter with the titular woman leads 3 friends into a dangerous plot to defraud one of them of her inheritance. So good. A forerunner of the whole 'thriller' genre."—Submitted by Mike B., Bookstore

The Word Is Murder   Anthony Horowitz   MYS Horowit

When a wealthy woman is found murdered after planning her own funeral service, disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, investigate.—Baker & Taylor

"One bright day a woman walks into the local funeral parlor and plans her own funeral. She has a list of requirements and pays with her credit card. Six hours later she is dead, someone strangled the life out of her. This was such a highly original and clever read, I honestly can’t recall a book that I’ve read that even comes close to it, it blurs the lines between fact and fiction in the coolest way. Horowitz is actually a character himself in the story and solely narrates things, it was a straightforward, good old fashioned murder mystery while also implementing a fresh, unusual tactic that I enjoyed immensely."—Submitted by Leanne Z., Administrative Coordinator

X'ed Out   Charles Burns   GN Xed Out Trilogy v. 1   Series: Xed Out Trilogy

Doug's strange night begins when he is awoken by a strange buzzing noise and opens his eyes to find his beloved—but dead—cat Inky climbing through a hole in the wall and beckoning Doug to follow.—Baker & Taylor

"This is the first in a great 3-book series. Creepy and psychedelic while still being relatable."—Submitted by Paul D., SIA