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  11/22/63 11/22/63: a novel by Stephen King   available today 

King's heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high-school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: TV mini series released in 2016.

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  American Housewife  American Housewife: stories by Helen Ellis  newly added title 
Professional poker player and author ("Eating the Cheshire Ca"t) Ellis's latest is a collection of delightful short stories that turn the stereotypical housewife ideal on its head. Each one centers on the trials and tribulations of a particular housewife, whether she is hunting for yard sale treasures on reality television, conversing with the dead in her haunted luxury apartment, or literally battling neighbors over the decor of a hallway common area. Many of the characters are writers launching comebacks, or those coming to peace with their lack of writing while embracing a twist on domesticity.

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  Americanah  Americanah: a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Large Print  newly added title   available today  
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion--for each other and for their homeland

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  And the Mountains echoed  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini  available today
The author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," has written a new novel about how people love, how they take care of one another, and how choices resonate through generations. From Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos--the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

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  Angry Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can't fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together--the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial "club" that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline.

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  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver - NON-FICTION   available today  
Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life--vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.

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  Art Forger  The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro  available today  
Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner—is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

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  The Astronaut Wives   The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel - NON-FICTION 
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts are launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focus on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these military spouses are transformed into American royalty, and will rally together as tragedies begin to touch their lives.
 
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Bel Canto: a novel by Ann Patchett 
When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.

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  Bettyville  Bettyville: a memoir by George Hodgman - NON-FICTION  newly added title   available today 

When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure the place where his father s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.
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  Big Little Lies  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 
What's worse than a terrible riot at Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night that leaves one parent dead? The sneaking suspicion that the death was actually murder.

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  Birds in Fall: a novel by Brad Kessler 
When a plane crashes off the coast of Nova Scotia, Kevin Gearns witnesses the bonding among the survivors who stay in his inn, while Ana Gathreaux, who has lost her husband in the crash, remembers how they worked together to save birds. 
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (also of interest to Teens)  available today  
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture available on DVD in MCFL.

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  Boston Girl  Boston Girl: a novel by Anita Diamant  newly added title 
Addie's been asked by her 22-year-old granddaughter, Ava, to explain how she became the woman she is. Born to Jewish immigrant parents in 1900 in Boston's heavily populated North End, Addie and her two older sisters lived in a tenement with their unhappy parents who did not acclimate to this new world. But Addie's caring and loyal sisters are there for her. In 1915 she is a young teen, interested in her activities at a library group held at a neighborhood settlement house. Recalling situations with her compassionate eye and remarkable sense of humor, Addie observes upheavals large and small: changing women's roles, movies, celebrity culture, short skirts, and the horrible flu pandemic of 1918. She explores feminism, family, and love as well.
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  Boys in the Boat  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown - NON-FICTION
The dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.

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  Brain on Fire  Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan - NON-FICTION  newly added title  available today 
When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she'd gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family's inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture to be released in 2016.

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Caleb's Crossing: a novel by Geraldine Brooks   available today
In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, the author has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

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Camel Bookmobile: a novel by Masha Hamilton   available today 
Establishing a bookmobile in a destitute Kenyan village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeney inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education.

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  Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway   available today 
While a cellist plays at the site of a mortar attack to commemorate the deaths of twenty-two friends and neighbors, a woman sniper secretly protects the life of the cellist as her army becomes increasingly threatening.
Evergreen Award winner

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  Circle  The Circle by Dave Eggers   available today  
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. Mae can't believe her luck. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture to be released in 2016.

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  Circling the Sun  Circling the Sun by Paula McLain - Large Print  newly added title 
Famed aviator and renowned racehorse trainer Beryl Markham is only one of the subjects of McLain's captivating new novel. The other is Kenya. Here she nurtures her affinity for animals in the wild and learns to breed and tame the most recalcitrant thoroughbreds. But when war and weather affect life at their farm in Ngoro, Beryl's father pressures the 16-year-old into marrying a much older, financially stable neighbor, setting in motion Markham's long history of fleeing the constraints of relationships that threaten her keen desire to live life on her own terms. Only on the back of a horse, at the wheel of a car, or, later, flying over her beloved Africa does she feel fully alive and free. Drawing on Markham's own memoir, "West with the Night", McLain vividly introduces this enigmatic woman to a new generation of readers.

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  Clara and Mr. Tiffany  Clara and Mr. Tiffany: a novel by Susan Vreeland 
A dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll: lead designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for Tiffany lamps) and a woman conflicted between her desires for artistic recognition and romantic love.

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  Cleopatra  Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff - NON-FICTION    available today  
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

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  Cloud Atlas  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 
In this audacious and dazzling novel, Mitchell weaves history, science, humor, and suspense through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, each written in a different prose style, and each broken mid-action only to be concluded in the second half of the book. The book erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture available on DVD in MCFL.

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  Combined Destinies  Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism by Ann Todd Jealous - NON-FICTION  newly added title   available today  
By beginning a conversation that encourages self-examination and compassion, "Combined Destinies" invites readers to look at how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created. Editors Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell, both experienced psychotherapists skilled at facilitating dialogue about racial issues, are cognizant of the challenges that even the thought of such conversations often presents. Their book is based on the premise that for positive and lasting change to occur, hearts as well as minds must be opened.This courageous anthology posits that unearned privilege has damaged the psyche of white people as well as their capacity to understand racism.

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  Confabulist  The Confabulist by Steven Galloway  newly added title  available today
Historically rich and ingeniously told, this is a novel about magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can--for better or for worse--alter what we perceive and believe.

    
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  Cries-at-Moon  Cries-At-Moon of the Kitchi-Kit by Gary Dudney  available today
Cries-at-Moon, a Native American boy living on the Great Plains prior to Coronado's incursion, becomes entangled with a formidable medicine man when he shows an unusual talent for understanding the ways of the buffalo. Much to his dismay, Cries-at-Moon finds the fate of his whole tribe coming more and more into his hands. In alternating chapters, we learn the story of a modern day professor, who is obsessed with unlocking the mystery behind the disappearance of a group from the anthropological record, Cries-at-Moon's own Kitchi-Kit tribe. One of the professor's students, Kevin, agrees to help with the professor's unorthodox research. Kevin's involvement turns dark just as his no nonsense girlfriend had predicted. In a surprising resolution, the fates of Cries-at-Moon and Kevin become entwined across the centuries and both must face tests of courage.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: a novel by Mark Haddon (also of interest to Teens)    available today 
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
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Cutting for Stone: a novel by Abraham Verghese 
Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

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Daughter of Fortune: a novel by Isabel Allende/
Hija de la Fortuna: novela escrita por Isabel Allende

Bilingual English/Spanish  available today    (6 books in English and 5 books in Spanish) 
The story of a young woman's quest for love and fortune during the California Gold Rush in San Francisco. Be aware of drastic scenes.
La historia de una joven mujer en busca del amor y la fortuna durante los tiempos de la Quimera del Oro en San Francisco.


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  Defending Jacob  Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay  available today 
Andy Barber has been an ADA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

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  Delicious  Delicious! a novel by Ruth Reichl   newly added title 
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at "Delicious!," New York's most iconic food magazine. She is seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanaris, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then "Delicious!" is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints. Surprizingly, in a hidden room in the magazine's library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard.

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson - NON-FICTION 
The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, one its architect, the other a murderer.

MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture to be released in 2016.


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Digging to America: a novel by Anne Tyler   available today 
Two families awaiting the arrival of their adopted infant daughters from Korea meet at the airport (…). A penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.

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  The Dinner  The Dinner by Herman Koch 
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives--all over the course of one meal.

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  Dovekeepers  The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman    available today 
Set in 70 CE, detailing the siege of the mountain stronghold Masada, where 900 Jews held out for months against the Romans. Hoffman's novel follows four extraordinary women. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets--about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and who they love.

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  Dreamers of the Day  Dreamers of the Day: a novel by Mary Doria Russell    available today 
Agnes Shanklin, a forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio, has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference convenes; she is freed for the first time from her mother's withering influence and finds herself being wooed by a handsome, mysterious German. At the same time, Agnes-with her plainspoken American opinions-is drawn into the company of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell, who will, in the space of a few days, redraw the world map to create the modern Middle East. As they change history, Agnes too will find her own life transformed forever.

    
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  Easter Island  Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbers   newly added title  available today 
It is 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues, and her younger sister. Sixty years later, Dr. Greer Farraday, an American botanist, travels to Easter Island to research the island's ancient pollen, but more important, to put back the pieces of her life after the death of her husband.

    
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  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery   available today  
The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu.
Bestseller in France since 2006.

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  Euphoria Euphoria: a novel by Lily King  newly added title 
Inspired by an event in the life of Margaret Mead, this novel tells the story of three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea.This three-way relationship is complex and involving, but even more fascinating is the depiction of three anthropologists with three entirely diverse ways of studying another culture.These differences, along with professional jealousy and sexual tension, propel the story toward its inevitable conclusion.

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  Fault in Our Stars  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (also of interest to Teens)   available today  
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, had accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture available on DVD in MCFL.

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Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris    available today  
Very unusual mystery set in Saudi Arabia. When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing and is found drowned in the desert outside Jeddah, Nayir--a desert guide hired by her prominent family to search for her--feels compelled to find out what really happened.

   
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  First Impressions  First Impressions by Charlie Lovett   newly added title   available today 
Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customersrequest a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of"ALittle Book of Allegories"by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophieinto a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of "Pride and Prejudice" andultimately threatenSophie s life. In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie s quest to uncover the truth while choosing between two suitors and a young Jane Austen s touching friendship withthe aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books."

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  Flight Behavior  Flight Behavior: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Drawing on both her Appalachian roots and her background in biology, Kingsolver delivers a passionate novel on the effects of global warming. Dellarobia Turnbow is in a perpetual state of fight or flight. When a fluke of nature upends the monotony of her life, Dellarobia morphs into the church's poster child for a miracle, an Internet phenomenon, and a woman on the verge of unexpected opportunity as scientists, reporters, and ecotourists converge on the Turnbow property.

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  Forgotten Garden  The Forgotten Garden: a novel by Kate Morton 
Shifting back and forth over a span of nearly 100 years, this is a sprawling, old-fashioned novel, as well-cushioned as a Victorian country house, replete with family secrets, stories-within-stories, even a maze and a Dickensian rag-and-bone shop. A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book--a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth...

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  Free Fall  The Free Fall of Webster Cummings by Tom Bodett  newly added title   available today 
In this epic drama from beloved radio personality Tom Bodett, a host of unforgettable characters from the end of the road - Alaska - venture to the lower 48 to discover an America they barely recognize.


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  French Lieutenant's Woman  The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles   available today
In a feat of seductive storytelling, John Fowles immerses us in the emotionally charged world of a Victorian love triangle and, through a startling act of literary invention, reveals the image of modern man reflected in the past. A modern classic.

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The Girl You Left Behind: a novel by Jojo Moyes 
Paris, 1916. Sophie Lefevre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Edouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Sophie is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait--painted by her artist husband--a dangerous obsession is born, one that will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait's true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history and Liv's world is turned upside all over again.

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The Glass Castle: a memoir by Jeannette Walls - NON-FICTION 
A freelance writer and MSNBC.com contributor, Jeannette Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir chronicling her upbringing in a poor, eccentric, and nomadic family led by her frustrated-artist mother, and her brilliant, alcoholic father. Although she earned the right to complain, she does not play the victim. In spite of all the hardship she and her siblings experienced, Walls shows love and respect to her abusive parents.
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  Go Set a Watchman Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - Large Print   newly added title 
A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird". Originally written in the mid-1950s, this book was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before "To Kill a Mockingbird". Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.The book features many of the characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch Scout struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring how the characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, "Go Set a Watchman" casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows   available today 
In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. (Epistolary novel)

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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls   available today  
Presents a novel based on the life of the author's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed five hundred miles as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children.


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  House in the Sky A House in the Sky: a memoir by Amanda Lindhout - NON-FICTION
As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of "National Geographic" and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth." On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

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    The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (also of interest to Teens)   available today  
A relationship blossoms between a brilliant math professor suffering from short-term memory problems following a traumatic head injury and the young housekeeper, the mother of a ten-year-old son, hired to care for him.

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  Husband's Secret  Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret--something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive...  Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all--she's an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything--and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia--or each other--but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's secret.

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I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak (also of interest to Teens)   available today 
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. When Ed inadvertently stops a bank robbery, that's when he becomes the messenger. Winner of the 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia.

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  If on a Winter's Night a Traveler  If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino 
Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. This book turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - NON-FICTION 
The first immortal human cells, code-named HeLa, have flourished by the trillions in labs all around the world for more than five decades, making possible the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, and many more crucial discoveries. But where did the HeLa cells come from? Science journalist Skloot spent 10 years arduously researching the complex, tragic, and profoundly revealing story of Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old African American mother of five who came to Johns Hopkins with cervical cancer in 1951, and from whom tumor samples were taken without her knowledge or that of her family.

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  Invention of Wings  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

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  Jade Peony  The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy  newly added title   available today 
Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and '40s provides the setting for this poignant first novel, told through the vivid and intense reminiscences of the three younger children of an immigrant family. They each experience a very different childhood, depending on age and sex, as they encounter the complexities of birth and death, love and hate, kinship and otherness. Mingling with the realities of Canada and the horror of war are the magic, ghosts, paper uncles and family secrets of Poh-Poh, or Grandmother, who is the heart and pillar of the family.

     
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  Landline  Landline by Rainbow Rowell    newly added title   available today 
A hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones. Georgie McCoolis a successful TV writer with a handsome writing partner and a chance to finally take her career to the next level; she's just been offered her own pilot, which means no more writing jokes for characters she didn't invent. The only problem? Her husband, Neal, is growing increasingly discontent with Georgie's endless work and his status as stay-at-home dad to their daughters, Noomi and Alice. When Georgie cancels the family trip over Christmas, Neal takes the girls and leaves Georgie behind. This is where the story gets interesting.

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  Language of Flowers  Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh  available today 
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
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  Last Lecture  Last Lecture by Randy Pausch - NON-FICTION  available today  
Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, this moving book goes beyond the now-famous lecture to inspire readers to live each day with purpose and joy.

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  Last Runaway  The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier   available today  
Ohio 1850. For a modest English Quaker Honor Bright stranded far from home, life is a trial. She is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in an alien, untamed landscape. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two exceptional people who embody the startling power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal cost.

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    Lazarillo de Tormes by Anonymous 
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First picaresque novel, from mid-16th-century Spain, tells of a rogue's adventures and misadventures.

    
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  Life After Life  Life After Life: a novel by Kate Atkinson
In 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. Does Ursula's infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?

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  Light Between Oceans  The Light Between Oceans: a novel by M. L. Stedman   
A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.
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  Little Paris Bookshop  The Little Paris Bookshop: a novel by Nina George  newly added title 
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
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  Longbourn  Longbourn by Jo Baker  newly added title   available today 

The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to "Pride and Prejudice." While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen's classic, here Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and, in doing so, uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers' hearts around the world for generations.

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Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland  available today  
Renoir is inspired to paint "Luncheon of the boating party" when his other work is criticized by Emile Zola, and while doing so is drawn into the lives of the thirteen people featured in it as they enjoy a Parisian summer during the late 1800s.

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  Madame by Antoni Libera  available today  
A teenage boy's doomed love for his glamorous French instructor in 1960s Poland informs the masterfully constructed debut of Warsaw critic and drama director Libera. When a beautiful 32-year-old teacher, known primarily as "Madame," takes over the narrator's high school French class, he is entranced by her combination of austere intelligence and immaculate beauty.

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  Magician of Lublin  The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer 
Yasha Mazur is a Houdini-like performer whose skill has made him famous throughout eastern Poland. Half Jewish, half Gentile, a freethinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant Jewish wife, a Gentile assistant who travels with him, and a mistress in every town. For Yasha is an escape artist not only onstage but in life, a man who lives under the spell of his own hypnotic effect on women. Now, though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escape--from his wife and his homeland and the last tendrils of his father's religion.
Isaac Bashevis Singer was one of the last great Yiddish authors and received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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  Maisie Dobbs  Maisie Dobbs: a novel by Jacqueline Winspear   available toda  
Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence--and the patronage of her benevolent employers--she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: a novel by Helen Simonson   available today 
Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?.

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  Map of Love  The Map of Love: a novel by Ahdaf Soueif    available today 
This exotic family saga/romance by the Egyptian-born Soueif is based on a conceit: the discovery of family letters and diaries by New York journalist Isabel, which leads to her discovery of the Egyptian branch of the family she never knew she had. Isabel's great-grandmother was a young English widow who traveled to Egypt to see where her young husband had fought in World War I. Abducted by Egyptian nationalists while in disguise as a male, she subsequently fell in love with an Egyptian man.

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  Marriage Plot  Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides  available today  
It's the early 1980s--the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. But real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.

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  Me Before You  Me Before You: a novel by Jojo Moyes 
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for a former athlete and adventurer who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.
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  Mink River  Mink River by Brian Doyle  
In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking. . .

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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert    available today  
Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family's 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world.

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  Mr. Penumbra  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: a novel by Robin Sloan    available today  
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

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  My Name is Lucy Barton   My Name is Lucy Barton: a novel  by Elizabeth Strout - Large Print   newly added title 
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

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Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich - NON-FICTION    available today 
Essayist and cultural critic Barbara Ehrenreich wanted to investigate welfare reform in United States. For several months in 1998 she left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Thus, she joined millions of American women who work for poverty-level wages, moving into a trailer and working as a waitress, hotel maid, and Wal-Mart sales clerk. She describes her experience in this eye-opening memoir.
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  Nothing to Envy  Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick - NON-FICTION    newly added title   available today 
A National Book Award finalist Barbara Demick's book is a remarkable view into North Korea. The author brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout   available today 
At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.
A Pulitzer Prize winner.
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  On the Move  On the Move: a Life by Oliver Sacks   newly added title   available today 
Published only four months before his death, this autobiography of Oliver Sacks provides an exuberant peek into the life of its author. The book skips back and forth through time but primarily focuses on Sacks's career, publications, relationships, and adventures from the early 1960s into the 2000s.

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  One Plus One One Plus One by Jojo Moyes   available today 
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess's life in a nutshell-until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them.

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  Orphan Train  Orphan Train: a novel by Christina Kline    available today 
Between 1854 and 1929, orphaned or abandoned children from the East Coast were often placed on so-called orphan trains and sent west, possibly for adoption and possibly for a hellish life of virtual servitude. Irish immigrant Vivian Daly was one such child. Now 91, she bonds with welfare teen Molly, who's helping clean out her house.

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  Packing for Mars  Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach - NON-FICTION    newly added title  available today  
Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth

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  Painted Girls  The Painted Girls: a novel by Cathy Marie Buchanan  available today  
A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle epoque Paris. Following their father's sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change, this tale renders two sisters to the darker impulses of "civilized society."

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  Paris Wife  Paris Wife by Paula McLain   available today  
An imaginative, elegantly written look inside the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson. After they married they made their way to Paris, living in a squalid apartment and spending time in café society with fellow expatriates Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and Sylvia Beach.

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The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
A novel set against the backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa recreates the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, whose search for love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art led to her fame as a painter.

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  Peaches  Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé by Joanne Harris  newly added title   available today  
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to return to Lansquenet, where she once owned a chocolate shop and learned the meaning of home. But returning to one's past can be a dangerous pursuit, and Vianne and her daughters find the beautiful French village changed in unexpected ways: women veiled in black, the scent of spices in the air, and facing the church, a minaret. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help. Can Vianne work her magic once again?

    
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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks 
Offered a coveted job to analyze and conserve a priceless Sarajevo Haggadah, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the volume's ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins.

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Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult 
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own.

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    Platero and I/Platero y Yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez  Bilingual English/Spanish  available today    (10 bilingual books)   
The most popular work by the great Spanish writer Juan Ramon Jimenez (1881-1958), this is a series of autobiographical prose poems about the wanderings in Andalusia of a poet and his donkey.

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    Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vangra Bennett   available today  
In an epic tale set against a backdrop of civil-war torn sixteenth-century Europe, portraitist Hans Holbein the Younger flees to the safety of Tudor England in order to escape artistic censorship.

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  Quiet  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - NON-FICTION   available today 
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. The author argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture.

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The Reader: a novel by Bernhard Schlink    available today 
Not until he becomes a law student after World War II does Michael Berg realize that the woman who found him ill and nursed him through hepatitis was illiterate and possibly a Nazi war criminal. (Suspense)
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  Rejected Writers  The Rejected Writers' Book Club by Suzanne Kelman   newly added title   available today  
Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited and practically dragged to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member's reputation and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they'll face their fears landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children and have the time of their lives.

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  Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier   available today 
When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

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  Room Room by Emma Donoghue 
To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years.
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  Rosie Project  The Rosie Project: a novel by Graeme Simsion 
Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. Very funny.

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich   available today  
Set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota in 1988, the novel focuses on 13-year-old Joseph. After his mother is brutally raped yet refuses to speak about the experience, Joe must not only cope with her slow physical and mental recovery but also confront his own feelings of anger and helplessness. Questions of jurisdiction and treaty law complicate matters. Doubting that justice will be served, Joe enlists his friends to help investigate the crime.

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  Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult    available today 
Robbed of his teaching career and reputation by a student's false accusations, Jack St. Bride is struggling to rebuild his life, but fresh accusations of rape by teenage girls from his former school threaten to destroy him once again. (Suspense)

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  Shoemaker's Wife  The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani   available today  
A breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again.

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  Shutting out the Sun: How Japan Created its own Lost Generation by Michael Zielenziger - NON-FICTION   available today 
The world's second wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America. But its failure to recover from the economic collapse of the early 1990s was unprecedented, and today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends.

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  Silent Wife  The Silent Wife: a novel by A. S. A. Harrison  newly added title   available today
A chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers. Told in alternating voices, Harrison's novel is expertly plotted and reminiscent of "Gone Girl" and "These Things Hidden."

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  Small Blessings  Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof  newly added title   available today  
An inspiring tale of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had.

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: a novel by Lisa See
A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.
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The Source by James Michener  available today  
An archaeological excavation of Tell Makor launches a journey into the history and culture of the Jews that includes the early Hebrews, the impact of Christianity, the Spanish Inquisition, and the modern Middle East conflict.

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  Spool of Blue Thread  A Spool of Blue Thread: a novel by Anne Tyler   newly added title 
"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family--their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog--is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red's father.

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  State of Wonder  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett    available today
A provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.

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  Station Eleven  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel   newly added title   available today  
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization s collapse, the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of "King Lear." Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. That same night a terrible flu begins to spread.

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  The Storied Life  The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: a novel by Gabrielle Zevin  
A faded sign hangs above the porch of the Victorian cottage that is home to Island Books. It bears the adage"No man is an island; every book is a world."A. J. Fikry, the bookstore s irascible owner, is about to discover what that means. This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love love of books and bookish people.

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  Tale for the Time Being  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki  available today  
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

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  Tell the Wolves I am here  Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt   available today 
It is 1987. There's only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that's her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life--someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

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The Thirteenth Tale: a novel by Diane Setterfield   available today  
When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales. (Suspense)

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The Time in Between by Maria Duenas 
Follows the story of Sira Quiroga, a young seamstress from Madrid, who becomes entangled in the web of powerful friendships and political alliances determined to keep Francoist Spain from entering WWII on the side of the Axis.

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  Tinkers  Tinkers by Paul Harding 
As time collapses into memory, a dying man travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, "Tinkers" is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.
A Pulitzer Prize winner.

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The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle  available today  
The lives of two different couples--wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals--suddenly collide, in a story that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.
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    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand - NON-FICTION - Large Print    available today  
An unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture available on DVD in MCFL.

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  Under the Wide and Starry Sky  Under the Wide and Starry Sky: a novel by Nancy Horan  available today 
This book chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcée Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

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  Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: a novel by Rachel Joyce    available today 
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife. One morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn't heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts.

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  Watchman's Rattle  The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse by Rebecca Costa - NON-FICTION   available today 
A sociobiologist explains why the human brain has such difficulty dealing with complex global problems and provides a method for surmounting these limitations in order to end the blights of worldwide recession, global warming, fast-spreading viruses, famine, and poverty.

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  We Never Asked for Wings  We Never Asked For Wings: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh   newly added title 
For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children--Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, just six--in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty's parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance

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  What Alice Forgot  What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
After a knock on the head, 29-year-old Alice Love discovers she's actually 39--and she isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner – NON-FICTION  available today 
When Harold Kushner's three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease he was faced with one of life's most difficult questions: Why, God? This book, first published in 1981, is a straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being.

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  Where'd You Go, Bernadette?  Where'd You Go, Bernadette? : a novel by Maria Semple  available today 
To her Microsoft-guru husband, Bernadette's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to her 15-year-old, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed - NON-FICTION     available today 
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
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  Woman in White  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins   available today  
Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the 140 years since its publication.

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  You Know When the Men Are Gone  You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon   available today  
There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories, Siobhan Fallon takes readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the marriages and families -- intimate places not seen in newspaper articles or politicians' speeches. When you leave Fort Hood, the sign above the gate warns, You've Survived the War, Now Survive the Homecoming. It is eerily prescient.

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The Zookeeper's Wife, a War Story by Diane Ackerman - NON-FICTION 
When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen 'guests' hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants--otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes. 
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