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Booked on a Feeling
Lizzy "Overachiever" Chung, Esq. has her life mapped out neatly: 1) Become a lawyer. Check; 2) Join a prestigious law firm. Check; 3) Make partner. In progress. What was not in her plans was passing out from a panic attack during a pivotal moment in her career. A few deep breaths and a four hour drive later, Lizzy is in Weldon, the small California town where she spent her childhood summers with her best friend, Jack Park, for three weeks to shed the burnout and figure out what went wrong. Jack Park didn't expect to see Lizzy back in Weldon, but now he's got three weeks to spend with the girl of his dreams who doesn't know of his decades-long crush on her. When Lizzy decides that the local bookstore needs a little revamp, of course Jack is going to help her bring it back to life. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore there might be more than just friendship among the dusty shelves and books.
In August of 2021, just days shy of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, America ended its longest war. The speed of the Afghanistan's fall was so stunning that thousands of Afghan citizens who had helped American forces over the course of two decades--and had been promised visas in return--were suddenly stranded, in extreme, imminent danger. Maj. Tom Schueman fought--both behind the scenes and through a social media campaign--to get his friend and former Afghan interpreter, Zak, out of Afghanistan before he and his family were discovered by the Taliban. When Zak and his family finally took off from the airport mere days before the US left the country, the years-long effort to get Zak to America culminated in two simple words on Instagram: "Wheels up." Through Tom and Zak's eyes and experiences, they challenge readers to explore the legacy of the war for American and Afghan citizens alike, as we all collectively seek to understand whether twenty years of war was worth the price.
1876: Year of the Gun
Veteran journalist and historian Steve Wiegand introduces--or re-introduces--us to lawmen such as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp and outlaws such as the Younger and James Brothers, as well as larger-than-life figures such as Buffalo Bill and George Custer in the American West. He details the stories of these real-life legends, the aftermath and legacies they left behind, and the innumerable myths frequently attributed to them. 1876 also portrays how the Wild West's initial, tantalizing promise of fame and glamour often disintegrated. On the very same day George Armstrong Custer was dying on a parched hill in southeastern Montana and immortalizing himself as both hero and villain, Alexander Graham Bell was at America's first World's Fair in Philadelphia, demonstrating his new invention--the telephone. At the same time Wyatt Earp was moseying into Dodge City to join the town's police force, Albert Goodwill Spalding was on a pitcher's mound in Chicago, establishing baseball as the national pastime and creating a sporting goods empire.
Dear Little Corpses
September 1st, 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the countryside, but when a little girl vanishes without a trace, the reality of separation becomes more urgent and more deadly for those who love her. In the chaos and uncertainty of war, Josephine struggles with the prospect of change. As a cloud of suspicion falls across the small Suffolk village she has come to love, the conflict becomes personal, and events take a dark and sinister turn.
The Devil Takes You Home
Buried in debt due to his young daughter's illness, his marriage at the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his proclivity for violence. After tragedy destroys the life he knew, Mario agrees to one final job: hijack a cartel's cash shipment before it reaches Mexico. Along with an old friend and a cartel-insider named Juanca, Mario sets off on the near-suicidal mission, which will leave him with either a cool $200,000 or a bullet in the skull. As the three complicated men travel through the endless landscape of Texas, across the border and back, their hidden motivations are laid bare alongside nightmarish encounters that defy explanation. One thing is certain: even if Mario makes it out alive, he won't return the same..
The Book Eaters
Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon—like all other book eater women—is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairy tales and cautionary stories. But real life doesn't always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger—not for books, but for human minds.
Organizing for the Rest of Us
In Organizing for the Rest of Us, Dana teaches us how to make great strides with minimal effort in organizing every room of our home. Here she offers 100 organizing tips to help us understand:
- Why changing how we think about clutter is the first step to getting rid of it
- The basics of organization for people who don't like to organize
- Why you need to get a grip on laundry and dishes before getting organized
- How living with less clutter is better for the environment, our spiritual lives, and our relationships
- Why real-life decluttering requires fewer hours and less emotional bandwidth than we imagined
With her lighthearted approach, Dana provides bite-size workable solutions to break through every organizational struggle you have--for good!
The Viral Underclass
Having spent a ground-breaking career studying the racialization, policing, and criminalization of HIV, Dr. Thrasher has come to understand a deeper truth at the heart of our society: that there are vast inequalities in who is able to survive viruses and that the ways in which viruses spread, kill, and take their toll are much more dependent on social structures than they are on biology alone. Told through the heart-rending stories of friends, activists, and teachers navigating the novel coronavirus, HIV, and other viruses, Dr. Thrasher brings the reader with him as he delves into the viral underclass and lays bare its inner workings.
After the end of World War II, six pioneering women were tasked with figuring out how to program the world's first general-purpose, programmable, all-electronic computer -- a machine built to calculate a single ballistic trajectory in twenty seconds rather than forty hours by human hand -- even though there was no instruction codes or programming languages in existence. But their story, never told to the reporters and scientists who thronged the huge computer after it became public, was lost. Kathy Kleiman, through meticulous research and vivid prose, brings these women back to life, and back into the historical record.She found stories that had been relegated and dismissed by even computer history experts, who had assumed the women in the old black-and-white pictures with ENIAC were nothing more than models instead of realizing that they were technological revolutionaries.
It's the house of their dreams. Former marine Harry and his wife, Sasha, have packed up their life and their golden retriever, Dash, and fled the corporate rat race to live off the land in rural Idaho. Their breathtaking new home sits on more than forty acres of meadow, aspen trees, and pine forest in the Teton Valley. Then their nearest neighbors, Dan and Lucy Steiner, warn Harry and Sasha of a malevolent spirit that lives in the valley, one that with every season will haunt them in fresh, ever-more-diabolical ways. At first, it seems like an old wives' tale. But when spring arrives, so does the first evil manifestation, challenging everything Harry and Sasha thought they knew about the world.
Miss Aldridge Regrets
London, 1936. Lena Aldridge wonders if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn't worked out. Instead, she's stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho, and her married lover has just left her. But Lena has always had a complicated life, one shrouded in mystery as a mixed-race girl passing for white in a city unforgiving of her true racial heritage. She's feeling utterly hopeless until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York. After a murder at the club, the timing couldn't be better, and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. But death follows her onboard when an obscenely wealthy family draws her into their fold just as one among them is killed in a chillingly familiar way.
Vladimir Putin is the world’s most dangerous man. Alone among world leaders, he has the power to reduce the United States and Europe to ashes in a nuclear firestorm and has threatened to do so. He invades his neighbors, most recently Ukraine, meddles in western elections, and orders assassinations inside and outside Russia. To the fullest extent anyone has yet been able, Short cracks open the strongman’s thick carapace to reveal the man underneath those bare-chested horseback rides. In this deeply researched account, readers meet the Putin who slept in the same room as his parents until he was twenty-five years old, who backed out of his wedding right beforehand, and who learned English in order to be able to talk to George W. Bush. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the many facets of the man behind the mask that Putin wears on the world stage.
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
Carlota Moreau: A young woman growing up on a distant and luxuriant estate, the only daughter of a researcher who is either a genius or a madman. Montgomery Laughton: A melancholic overseer who assists Dr. Moreau with his experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas and plentiful coffers. The hybrids: A motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows. All of them live in a perfectly balanced and static world, which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Dr. Moreau's patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction. For Moreau keeps secrets, Carlota has questions, and, in the sweltering heat of the jungle, passions may ignite.
Three years ago, passionate surfer Kenna Ward lost her two great loves—after her boyfriend drowned, she hung up her surfboard and swore off the water for good. But she is drawn back to the beach when her best friend, Mikki, announces her sudden engagement to a man Kenna has never met—a member of a tight-knit group of surfers. Kenna travels to a remote Australian beach, entering a dangerous world far from civilization where the waves, weather, and tides are all that matter. Kenna is tempted back into the surf, and drawn into the dazzling group and the beach they call their own. But this coastal paradise has a dark side, and members of the group begin to go missing. Kenna realizes that in order to protect Mikki and learn more about the surfers, she must become one of them…without becoming one of their victims.
"How are you feeling today?" We may think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but in Between Us, acclaimed psychologist Batja Mesquita asks us to reconsider them through the lens of what they do in our relationships, both one-on-one and within larger social networks. From an outside-in perspective, readers will understand why pride in a Dutch context does not translate well to the same emotion in North Carolina, or why one's anger at a boss does not mean the same as your anger at a partner in a close relationship. By looking outward at relationships at work, school, and home, we can better judge how our emotions will be understood, how they might change a situation, and how they change us.
Romance Me Book Club Picks
Book Club Pick for August 25, 6:30 pm, Board Room
Red, White & Royal Blue
Book Club Pick for June 23, 6:30 pm, Board Room
Crazy Rich Asians
Book Club Pick for May 26, 6:30 pm, Board Room
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Book Club Pick for April 28, 6:30 pm, Board Room
Book Club Pick for March 24, 6:30 pm, Board Room
Book Club Pick for February 24, 6:30 pm
Stranger than Fiction: A Nonfiction Book Club Picks
Stranger than Fiction Book Club Pick for December 2022
Stranger than Fiction Book Club pick for November 2022
The Best We Could Do
Stranger than Fiction Book Club pick for October 2022
Stranger than Fiction Book Club Pick for June 2022
Stranger than Fiction Book Club Pick for September 2022
The Unwomanly Face of War
Stranger than Fiction Book Club Pick for August 2022
The Stranger in the Woods
Stranger than Fiction Book Club pick for July 2022
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
Stranger than Fiction Book Club pick for May
Stranger than Fiction Book Club pick for April 13, 2022
Adult Reading Challenge Book Brunch
Join us to discuss what you are reading for this month's Adult Reading Challenge. Tell us what you loved (or didn't) about the month's theme and get some recommendations from others, too!
This event will take place in-person and virtually on Zoom. Registration is required. To find out more and to register visit our events calendar.
Romance Me Book Club
Love is in the air! We will be discussing mostly romantic fiction, along with some love-related nonfiction.Our choices will reflect romance between various couples and cultures, and all genders are welcome to respectfully attend these discussions. Be prepared to talk about sweet, steamy, or downright hilarious content as we spill our thoughts about this month's read.
Registration is required. To find out more and to register visit our events calendar.
Stranger than Fiction
Non-Fiction Book Club
This group will meet once a month to discuss memoirs, biographies, true crime and other nonfiction titles.
Registration is required. To find out more and to register visit our events calendar.