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Destroyer Angel
Barr, Nevada
After a harrowing season of fighting wildfires, it seems Anna Pigeon can't catch a break. Out for a relaxing camping trip with friends, she becomes entangled in a bizarre kidnapping as four thugs barge into their encampment seeking an easy ransom payoff. The ineptitude of the kidnappers and the fact that one of the campers is a paraplegic complicates things and the situation quickly spirals out of control. A real page-turner, this latest novel by Nevada Barr will keep you on the edge of your seat!
[Adult Mystery BARR]
Lynn M., Maple Grove Library
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My Beloved World
Sotomayor, Sonia
In this entertaining well written autobiography filled with humor and love Sotomayor the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court candidly recalls a tumultuous childhood growing up in a Bronx housing project during which time she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her mother’s strong belief in education spurred her to thrive in school and her determination saw her through catholic school, Princeton and Yale Law School. Sotomayor is a natural storyteller leaving the reader to feel as though she is sitting by your side telling you her life’s story.
[Adult Nonfiction ]
Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library
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Five-Plant Gardens
Ondra, Nancy
Are you overwhelmed by garden planning? Let garden expert Nancy Ondra guide you in your search for the perfect plants for your garden environment. Filled with gorgeous plant photos, simple landscaping designs and gardening tips this book is perfect for new and experienced gardeners. Plant perennials with ease and enjoy an elegant garden for years to come.
[Adult Nonfiction ]
Crystal H., Northeast Library
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The Fever Tree
McVeigh, Jennifer
Set in 19th Century South Africa, Frances Irvin, left destitute by her father's death, is forced leave England to marry a family friend. She is thrown into a world fraught with colonial domination, smallpox and political deceit.
[Adult Fiction MCVEIGH]
Pat P., Augsburg Park Library
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Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way
Laura, Sobiech
Beautiful memoir about Zach Sobiech, the 18-year-old from Minnesota who wrote the upbeat and inspirational #1 iTunes hit Clouds. Zach died last May of osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. His mom Laura wrote Fly a Little Higher (which is a line from Clouds) about Zach and the countless people around the world he touched with his grace, humor and positive attitude. In a raw and vulnerable style Laura reveals the family’s struggles and grief; however, her strong faith sees her through. I read this book in a few days; it's remarkable.
[Adult Nonfiction Book ]
Kim B., Ridgedale Library
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The Into Beautiful North
Urrea, Luis Alberto
Luis Alberto Urrea draws on his own borderland experience to write this engaging story. A small Mexican village is inhabited only by children, women and old men since men of working age have all gone north to find work. Narco-traffickers start appearing in the village and create a sense of insecurity. Nineteen-year-old Nayeli, after having seen The Magnificent Seven at the local movie theater, decides to go north and recruit a group of men to live in and protect the village. She and some friends start an remarkable trip that will bring them to Tijuana first and then San Diego. They have amazing adventures along the way; including crossing the border illegally twice and taking a road trip to Illinois where Nayeli hopes to find her father who has long been incommunicado. This is a hard-to-put down book with characters that make you feel like you want to know them better and be a part of their story.
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Lorenzo T., System and Online Services
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Dodger
Pratchett, Terry
Pratchett brilliantly brings Victorian London to life with this playful book about Dodger, a street urchin whose fortune rises after he saves a damsel in distress. A fictionalized Charlie Dickens meets the young Dodger and they both have great influence on the others' life. Indeed, the implication is that Dickens went on to write Oliver Twist as an homage to Dodger. Though classed as Teen Fiction, Dodger is sure to amuse adults with all of its comedic literary references. The audio version is superb.
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Jan G., Penn Lake Library
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Rifka Brunt, Carol
Fourteen year old June is devastated when her beloved Uncle Finn dies of AIDS in the mid 80s. After his death, June begins a fragile friendship with Finn's partner Toby, who June didn't know existed until Finn's death. It's this relationship that sets all the family members on a path to healing and understanding. The writing is exquisite and Brunt does an amazing job of bringing that era back to life.
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Jan G., Penn Lake Library
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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
Greenberg, Isabel
New graphic novel fans will undoubtedly be created by this humorous and heartbreaking odyssey. Set in a prehistoric fantasy world crafted from the creative retelling of well-known legends and folklore this is an epic tale of love and adventure. A boy from the land of Nord sets out to recapture a missing piece of his soul, a journey that will test his spirit and bring him love.
[Adult Graphic Novel ]
Crystal H., Northeast Library
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The Sparrow
Russell, Mary Doria
Have you ever wondered if there is life on other planets? The year is 2019 and when singing is detected on another planet, a Jesuit group goes on a mission of scientific exploration. What they find will change life as they know it forever. This book is a fantastic exploration of faith, religion and clashes of culture. The story is fast paced, the characters are well developed and I found the concept very interesting.
[Adult SciFi Fantasy Book RUSSELL]
Molly R., Oxboro Library
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Love Minus Eighty
McIntosh, Will
Love Minus Eighty is the story of a few intertwined characters, centered around the concept of advanced technology that allows people who've been in fatal accidents to be cryogenically frozen until they can be rejuvenated, if they've got the cash. After causing a terrible accident how far will Rob go to make up for his deed? Very interesting concept, I would recommend this even for people who aren't interested in science fiction, very compelling character, not tech, driven story.
[Adult Fiction Book MCINTOSH]
Lee B., Minnetonka Library
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Fin & Lady
Shine, Cathleen
Fin finds himself orphaned and alone on his New England dairy farm after the death of his beloved mother. When his eccentric and glamorous half-sister, Lady, spirits him away to New York’s Greenwich Village, life for the eleven year old will never be the same again. 1960’s politics and social upheaval envelop this uncommon family unit. Lady views life as an adventure in the pursuit of happiness and Fin is along for the ride. An eloquently written, emotionally packed comedic adventure ensues.
[Adult Fiction Book ]
Crystal H., Long Lake Library
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The Humans
Haig, Matt
Explore life on earth from a fresh other-worldly perspective in this fascinating nod towards science fiction. When Professor Andrew Martin solves the Reimann Hypothesis, beings of a superior intelligence decide humans are unworthy of the advances this discovery would entail. They promptly replace the professor with one of their own. This unnamed alien being is tasked with destroying all evidence of Martin’s mathematical breakthrough. What begins as an easy quest for this space traveler soon challenges his understanding of humans and himself. Haig crafts a humorous and emotionally charged portrayal of our species which will make readers question their own understanding of what it means to be human.
[Adult Fiction Book HAIG]
Crystal H., Long Lake Library
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The Language of Flowers
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
Victoria was abandoned as a baby and has spent her life in various foster homes. Now eighteen, she is on her own and trying to survive. She finds it hard to communicate her feelings and finds that she does it best with the Victorian language of flowers. This is the first book in a really long time to make me cry. It was also really hard to put down. I found myself very invested in Victoria's story and wanting so badly for her life to work out. This is definitely one that will spark a lot of discussion.
[Adult Fiction Book DIFFENBAUGH]
Molly R., Oxboro Library
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Detroit: An American Autopsy
LeDuff, Charlie
This is a powerful book, so real as to be too much so at points. Charlie LeDuff is unflinching in his portrayal of 2 stories: his own and that of his hometown, Detroit (to which he returns at mid-career). While LeDuff's life story is intriguing, the tale of the Motor City is almost too fantastic to believe...and it's in this gritty, unflinching and ultimately loving relaying that the book achieves its glory. It's hard to say what's more impressive: the author's awful portrait of this beleaguered city or the author's gritty piercing writing. The characters are so well drawn, the imagery so vivid and the stories so tragic. It's the exhilaration of a great read combined with the depressing reality of a dying city and its inspiring (and a few repulsive) people. Gonzo journalism lives.
[Adult Nonfiction Book ]
Eddie A., St. Anthony Library
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My Struggle: Book One
Knausgaard Ove, Karl
The opening immediately grabs me and I wonder what this novel will be like ... then it changes style and I read about Karl's everyday life in Norway, in great detail. Nothing extraordinary happens but I do not want to stop reading. My Struggle: Book One is the first of a six part series which has won many awards including the 2004 Norwegian Critic's Prize. The novels have just been published in the United States. Fascinating and original.
[Adult Fiction Book ]
Kim B., Ridgedale Library
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Sex and Citadel : Intimate Life in a changing Arab World
Shereen, El Feki
A great researched on contemporary sexuality culture faced by those living in the Muslim world and particular in Egypt.
[Adult Nonfiction Book ]
Saad S., Brookdale Library
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How to Make Money in Stocks, Getting Started
Galgani, Matthew
Looking for a mentor to guide you through the challenging world of investing? Let the author show you how to deal with major changes in the market and two simple rules to protect your money. Here the reader will find a step-by-step action plan to make the stock market a fun and profitable venture.
[Adult Nonfiction Book ]
Denis M., North Regional Library
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Geography of Memory
Walker, Jeanne Murray
The author describes how she found hope and joy through forgotten childhood memories while caring for her mother over thousands of hours as she suffered through the heartbreaking mental decline of Alzheimer's.
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Anne D., Southdale Library
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The Likeness
French, Tana
Tana French follows up her brilliant In the Woods with this equally compelling and gripping suspense novel. The author has an extraordinary ability to reveal layers about her protagonist while connecting them to the complexity of the mystery at hand. The novel is dense, but always readable, moving forward at a deliberate pace towards its satisfying conclusion. If you haven't picked up a Dublin Murder Squad mystery, treat yourself! Each one is a gem in its own right and even more delightful taken as one of a whole.
[Adult Mystery Book FRENCH]
Anne P., Washburn Library
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