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  • Details about Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities

    Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities

    Amy Stewart ; etchings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs ; illustrations by Jonathon Rosen.

    A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In "Wicked Plants," Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations. It's an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You'll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which one……more

    Recommended by Kristine Ingber

  • Details about A Head Full of Ghosts

    A Head Full of Ghosts

    Paul Tremblay

    WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist. The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are u……more

  • Details about The Dry

    The Dry

    Jane Harper

    "A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up...You'll love [her] sleight of hand...A secret on every page." --The New York Times "One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read... Every word is near perfect. " --David Baldacci A small town hides big secrets in The Dry , an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first ti……more

  • Details about The house on Mango Street

    The house on Mango Street

    Sandra Cisneros.

    Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world,The House on Mango Streetis the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many……more

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    An American Marriage

    Tayari Jones

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her ch……more

  • Details about We Are Taking Only What We Need: Stories

    We Are Taking Only What We Need: Stories

    Stephanie Powell Watts

    In these powerfully rendered, prizewinning stories, working-class African Americans across the South strive for meaning and search for direction in lives shaped by forces beyond their control The ten stories in this resonant collection deal with both the ties that bind and the gulf that separates generations, from children confronting the fallibility of their own parents for the first time to adults finding themselves forced to start over again and again. In "Highway 18" a young Jehovah's Witn……more

  • Details about The Philosopher's War: A Novel

    The Philosopher's War: A Novel

    Tom Miller

    "Rarely does a novel begin with rollicking fierceness that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn't loosen its grip or lessen its hold all the way through... Miller's writing is intoxicating and one doesn't need to be a fantasy or sci-fi fan to adore this book."--Kim Curtis, Associated Press " The Philosopher's Flight by debut novelist Tom Miller has already set a high bar for any book vying to be the most entertaining novel of 2018."--Ian Schwartz, Bookpage A thrilling debut from ER……more

  • Details about Asymmetry


    Lisa Halliday

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Asymmetry is extraordinary...Halliday has written, somehow all at once, a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction." --Alice Gregory, The New York Times Book Review "A brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war." --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal "A scorchingly intelligent first novel... Asymmetry will make you a better reader, a more active noticer. It hones your senses." --Parul Seghal, The……more

  • Details about Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

    Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

    Naomi Shihab Nye

    Acclaimed and award-winning poet, teacher, and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye's uncommon and unforgettable voice offers readers peace, humor, inspiration, and solace. This volume of almost one hundred original poems is a stunning and engaging tribute to the diverse voices past and present that comfort us, compel us, lead us, and give us hope. Voices in the Air is a collection of almost one hundred original poems written by the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the a……more

  • Details about Tempests and Slaughter

    Tempests and Slaughter

    Tamora Pierce

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! This NEW must-read fantasy from an author who is legend herself--TAMORA PIERCE--is one Bustle calls "the perfect book for die-hard Pierce fans and newcomers alike." "Tamora Pierce's books shaped me not only as a young writer but also as a young woman. She is a pillar, an icon, and an inspiration." --SARAH J. MAAS , #1 New York Times bestselling author "Tamora Pierce didn't just blaze a trail. Her heroines cut a swath through the fantasy world with wit, strength, ……more

  • Details about How to Break up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life

    How to Break up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life

    Catherine Price (Contribution by)

    Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone. Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up "just to check," only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone--but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your ……more

  • Details about Mrs.


    Caitlin Macy

    Named to Buzzfeed's list of "5 Most Anticipated Women's Fiction Reads of 2018" " Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies ."-- EW "Macy skewers power parents in this entertaining, sharp-eyed portrayal of privilege and it's price" - People Magazine In the well-heeled milieu of New York's Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And……more

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  • Details about Feel Free: Essays (sound recording)

    Feel Free: Essays (sound recording)

    Zadie Smith; Nikki Aumka-Bird (Read by)

    From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right. Arranged into fo……more

  • Details about The Gatekeeper (sound recording)

    The Gatekeeper (sound recording)

    Charles Todd; Simon Prebble (Read by)

    On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.Hours after his sister's wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside……more

  • Details about I'll Be Your Blue Sky: A Novel (sound recording)

    I'll Be Your Blue Sky: A Novel (sound recording)

    Marisa de los Santos; Angela Dawe (Read by); Erin Bennett (Read by)

    The New York Times bestselling author revisits the characters from her beloved novels Love Walked In and Belong to Me in this captivating, beautifully written drama involving family, friendship, secrets, sacrifice, courage, and true love for fans of Jojo Moyes, Elin Hilderbrand, and Nancy Thayer.On the weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to do what she should have done months ear……more

  • Details about Surprise Me: A Novel (sound recording)

    Surprise Me: A Novel (sound recording)

    Sophie Kinsella

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A witty and emotionally charged novel that delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other's sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it's casually mentioned to the……more

  • Details about Look for Me (sound recording)

    Look for Me (sound recording)

    Lisa Gardner; Kirsten Potter (Read by)

    In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner's latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her 's Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life . . . or bring her to justice. The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one--a sixteen-year-old girl--missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case--but so is survivor-turne……more

  • Details about Sunburn (sound recording)

    Sunburn (sound recording)

    Laura Lippman; Susan Bennett (Read by)

    New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals--and cold-blooded murder. One is playing a long game. But which one? They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on headin……more

  • Details about The Kremlin's Candidate (sound recording)

    The Kremlin's Candidate (sound recording)

    Jason Matthews; Jeremy Bobb (Read by)

    In the final, thrilling installment of the Red Sparrow Trilogy, Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent about to be appointed to a very high office in the US government. With a plot ripped from tomorrow's headlines, Jason Matthews's high-powered, seductive third novel not only continues the dangerous entanglements of Dominika and Nate but reveals with chilling authenticity how Russian espionage can place agents in the most……more

  • Details about Crazy House

    Crazy House

    James Patterson; Gabrielle Charbonnet (As told to); Therese Plummer (Read by)

    There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape. Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin. Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following……more

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  • Details about Murder On the Orient Express (videorecording)

    Murder On the Orient Express (videorecording)

    Kenneth Branagh (Directed By)

    What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone is a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.…more

  • Details about The Shape of Water (videorecording)

    The Shape of Water (videorecording)

    Guillermo del Toro

    An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.…more

  • Details about The Work (videorecording)

    The Work (videorecording)

    Jairus McLeary (Directed By); Gethin Aldous (Directed By)

    Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, it follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways.…more

  • Details about The Moonstone (videorecording)

    The Moonstone (videorecording)

    Lisa Mulcahy

    Rachel Verinder finds herself inheriting a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday as a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt British army officer who served in India. The diamond, associated with the Hindu moon god, is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and there are whispers of a curse placed upon it. Sure enough, the stone is stolen from Rachel's bedroom later that night. In addition, a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill luck ensues.……more

  • Details about The Breadwinner (videorecording)

    The Breadwinner (videorecording)

    Nora Twomey (Directed By)

    After her father is arrested by the Taliban, an 11-year-old Afghani girl (voice of Saara Chaudry) disguises herself as a boy so she can work outside her home to provide for her mother and siblings. At the same time, she tries to boost her family's morale by telling them a story about a hero in a faraway land. Directed by Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells), and produced by Angelina Jolie. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi…more

  • Details about Lady Bird (videorecording)

    Lady Bird (videorecording)

    Greta Gerwig (Directed By)

    Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job.…more

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