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Pretty Deadly, Volume One: The Shrike

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

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

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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

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

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

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Wilderness Plots

Fifty brief tales that chronicle the period of settlement of the Ohio Valley, roughly 1780 to 1850. Beginning with the discovery of the Ohio River by La Salle and ending with the Civil War, this region was the West, the exciting new frontier.—Publisher

"!!"—Submitted by Michael W., Manager, CATS

Wilderness Plots

Scott R. Sanders
J Sa

Fifty brief tales that chronicle the period of settlement of the Ohio Valley, roughly 1780 to 1850. Beginning with the discovery of the Ohio River by La Salle and ending with the Civil War, this region was the West, the exciting new frontier.—Publisher

"!!"—Submitted by Michael W., Manager, CATS

Bicentennial Book List

Inferno: The World at War 1939-1945

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

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

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The Johnstown Flood

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

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

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Dangerous Laughter

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

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

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The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

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

The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works
- Edited by Richard Proudfoot, Ann Thompson, David Scott Kastan
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

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Look Both Ways : a Tale Told in Ten Blocks

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

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

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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.

Adult Book Club Kits

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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