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The Last Wish

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 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


Bicentennial Staff Picks

Jane Eyre

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

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


Bicentennial Staff Picks

Invisible Cities

In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo—Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place.—Findaway World Llc.

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino

In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo—Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place.—Findaway World Llc.



"One of my favorite books in the MCPL collection. Its story is simple and poetic, but leaves loads of wide-open space for interpretation and application. It's packed with beautiful, philosophical allusions to people, time, place, memory, and social mysteries, all hung on the fictionalized framework of Marco Polo abstractly describing Kublai Khan's kingdom in intentionally obscure, dreamlike detail. I love it!"—Submitted by Mike A., Production Assistant, CATS


Bicentennial Staff Picks

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


Bicentennial Staff Picks

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


Bicentennial Staff Picks

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


Bicentennial Staff Picks

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


Bicentennial Staff Picks

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


Bicentennial Staff Picks

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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