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Sources of Light

Fourteen-year-old Samantha and her mother move to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962 after her father is killed in Vietnam, and during the year they spend there Sam encounters both love and hate as she learns about photography from a new friend of her mother's and witnesses the prejudice and violence of the segregationists of the South.

Sources of Light

Margaret McMullan

Fourteen-year-old Samantha and her mother move to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962 after her father is killed in Vietnam, and during the year they spend there Sam encounters both love and hate as she learns about photography from a new friend of her mother's and witnesses the prejudice and violence of the segregationists of the South.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day

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.—http://www.bookrags.com/

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.—http://www.bookrags.com/

"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

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Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey

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.—https://thanksathousandbook.com/

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.—https://thanksathousandbook.com/

"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

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What is the What

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

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

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Where the Crawdads Sing

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens
Owens

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world—until the unthinkable happens. 

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Voracious

As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness.

Voracious

Cara Nicoletti
- illustrations - Marion Bolognesi
641.5 Nic

As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness. Cooking through the books that changed her life, Nicoletti shares fifty recipes.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman
Honeyma

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

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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

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

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Braiding Sweetgrass

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

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

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Ulysses

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

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

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