Mixed Ages

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years

"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

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

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Naked Lunch

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

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

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The Word Is Murder

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

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

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Robin

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

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

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Daisy Jones & The Six

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 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. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she's pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. 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. The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.—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

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I Know This Much is True

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

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

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Autobiography of an Execution

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.

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

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His Majesty's Dragon

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

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

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Spoon River Anthology

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

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

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Matter : a Culture novel

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

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

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