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Lacuna
(Barbara Kingsolver)
The story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds -- Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s -- and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events. [Fiction 544 pages] [Added 12/10] [39093066788977]
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Fiction

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Ladies Of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation
(Cokie Roberts)
Cokie Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation with this blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities. Drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources--many of them previously unpublished--Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Almost every quotation here is written by a woman, to a woman, or about a woman. From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and others.--From publisher description. [Nonfiction 336 pages] [Added 6/10][39093064990088]
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Language Of Flowers
(Vanessa Diffenbaugh)
Abandoned as an infant, Victoria grew up as a ward of the California foster-care system and, abused and neglected, turned into an angry, uncontrollable child. Deemed "unadoptable," she gets one final chance at a home life when she is placed with Elizabeth, a single woman running her family's vineyard in the verdant hills outside San Francisco. Days before Victoria is scheduled to be officially adopted by Elizabeth, a terrible misunderstanding violently tears them apart, and she is sent back into the system. Though the emotional damage seems insurmountable, Victoria's time on the farm taught her that there were other ways of getting her message across. Finally forced to support herself, Victoria lands a job with a florist and uses her knowledge of the hidden meaning of flowers to gradually and fitfully make her way back into the world--one that will include a career, motherhood, and the personal forgiveness necessary for her to love and be loved in return. [Fiction 308 Pages] [39093074789504] [Added 1/13]
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Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw
(Bruce Barcott)
Describes the desperate efforts of a few determined villagers in Belize, led by Sharon Matola, a one-time circus performer who runs the Belize Zoo, to stop efforts to build a huge dam that would destroy one of Central America's great rivers and the last scarlet macaws in Belize, taking on the corrupt Belize government and big money corporations in the process. [Nonfiction 313 pages] [Added 10/09] [39093047156799]
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Nonfiction


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Last Time I Saw You
(Elizabeth Berg)
Attending a fortieth high school reunion at the sides of former classmates, Dorothy reconnects with old friends with whom she reevaluates her life, choices, and relationships. [Fiction 244 pages] [Added April 2011] [39093068918390]
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Fiction

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Last runaway, The
(Chevalier, Tracy.)
Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom
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Quakers -- Fiction
Underground Railroad Ohio -- Fiction
Slavery United States -- Fiction
Ohio History 1787-1865 Fiction
Historical fiction


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Life after life: a novel
(Atkinson, Kate.)
"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night 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, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best"-- Provided by publisher
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Reincarnation -- Fiction
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Historical
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Great Britain History 20th century Fiction


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Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: a memoir
(Bill Bryson)
From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language comes a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir. Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century--1951--in the middle of the United States--Des Moines, Iowa--in the middle of the largest generation in American history--the baby boomers. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with a tee shirt that identified him as "The Thunderbolt Kid". Using his old fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson recreates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality.
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Biography; Travel writers United States

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270

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Life we bury, The
(Eskens, Allen, )
"College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl's conviction. But by the time Joe discovers the truth, it is too late to escape the fallout"-- Provided by publisher
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Mystery


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Lifeboat: a novel
(Charlotte Rogan)
Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace's
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Fiction - Shipwreck Survival, Young Women, Ocean Liners, Psychological Fiction

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274

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Light between oceans: a novel
(M. L. Stedman)
After the horror of World War I, Tom Sherbourne welcomes his new job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island with no residents aside from him and his wife Isabel. But times on the island are tough for Isabel as she suffers multiple miscarriages and a stillbirth in just four years time. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.
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Fiction - Married People, Foundlings, Australia

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Lightning Thief, The (Read the Book, See the Movie)
(Rick Riordan)
Junior Fiction (377 pages) Recommended for Grades 5-9. 12 year old Percy Jackson finds out he is the child of a mortal and an Olympic God after nearly losing his life in one breathtaking attempt after another. [Kit added 9/2009] [This kit includes the books and 2010 movie of the same title]
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Fiction

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Little Brother
(Cory Doctorow)
Young Adult Fiction (373 pages) Recommended for Grades 8-12. After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. [Kit added 3/2011]
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Fiction

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Little Giant of Aberdeen County
(Tiffany Baker)
A spellbindingly woven tale about a girl who grows physically and emotionally beyond her small town's wildest expectations. [Fiction 352 pages] [Added May 2011] [39093066792755]
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Fiction

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Little Paris bookshop: a novel, The
(George, Nina, )
""There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies--I mean books--that were written for one person only...A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books." 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. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives"-- Provided by publisher
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Booksellers and bookselling -- Fiction
Books and reading -- Fiction
Mental healing -- Fiction
FICTION / Literary


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Long Walk to Water, A
(Linda Sue Park)
Junior Fiction (121 pages) Recommended for Grades 5-9. When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan. [Kit added 11/2012]
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Long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier, A
(Beah, Ishmael, )
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Child soldiers Sierra Leone -- Biography
Sierra Leone History Civil War, 1991-2002 Personal narratives
Sierra Leone History Civil War, 1991-2002 Participation, Juvenile Biography
Sierra Leone Social conditions 1961-

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Longbourn
(Baker, Jo.)
A novel whose principal characters are the servants in Jane Austen's Pride and prejudice
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Historical Fiction


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Lost City of Z
(David Grann)
Interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon, with the author's own quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett's final journey and the secrets of what lies deep in the Amazon jungle. [Nonfiction 319 pages] [39093074935669] [Added July 2013]
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Nonfiction


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Love That Dog
(Sharon Creech)
Junior Fiction (86 pages) Recommended for Grades 3-6. A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem. [Kit added 03/2011]
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Love, Ruby Lavender
(Debbie Wiles)
Junior Fiction (212 pages) Recommended for Grades 4-7. Nine-year-old Rudy Lavender and her grandmother, Miss Eula, rescue chickens from the Halleluiah, Mississippi, slaughterhouse. [Kit added09/2009]
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Fiction

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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
(Jarret J. Krosoczka)
Junior Fiction (96 pages) Recommended for Grades 2-4. The school lunch lady is a secret crime fighter who uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots. [Kit added 10/2011]
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Fiction

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