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Last goodnight: a World War II story of espionage, adventure, and betrayal, The
(Blum, Howard, )
Time magazine called her "the Mata Hari of Minnesota"; OSS Chief general "Wild Bill" Donovan called her "the greatest unsung heroine of the war." But for decades, the extent of Betty Pack's achievements as an agent during World War II, first for Britain's MI6 and then for America's OSS, remained classified. Now, the truth about this femme fatale--her dangerous liaisons and death-defying missions, the heartaches that haunted her life, her vital contributions to the Allied victory--forms a narrative more thrilling than fiction. Betty Pack was charming, beautiful, and extremely intelligent: these qualities would prove crucial to her success as a spy. It was a vocation she fell into almost by accident, but she turned out to be a consummate professional. Using the code name "Cynthia," she seduced diplomats and military attache?s across the globe in exchange for crucial secrets, but her missions went far beyond the bedroom. She repeatedly risked her life to secure coveted documents, such as the Polish codebooks that proved key to Alan Turing's success with Operation Ultra. Bestselling author Howard Blum masterfully spins Betty's triumphs, the trail of broken hearts she left in her wake, and her brushes with death into a suspenseful saga of wartime espionage.-- Adapted from dust jacket
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Nonfiction

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Last resort, The
(Stapley, Marissa, )
"Miles Markell is missing, and everyone is a suspect. To the guests at The Harmony Resort, Doctors Miles and Grace Markell appear to be a perfect power couple. They run a couples therapy retreat in a luxurious resort in the Mayan Riviera where they help spouses deal with their marriage struggles. Johanna and Ben's relationship looks great on the surface, but in reality, they're deeply alienated from one another. Shell and Colin fight constantly (Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second). As both couples begin Harmony's intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems--and neither are Miles and Grace. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out? As a powerful hurricane descends on the coast, trapping both the hosts and their guests, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person--or marriage--will ever be the same. A gripping exploration of relationships and trust, bestselling author Marissa Stapley delivers a propulsive read that reveals all the little lies we hide, even from ourselves."-- Provided by publisher
Genre(s):
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
Marriage counseling -- Fiction

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302 p

Kit Level: Adult

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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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Left hand of darkness, The
(Le Guin, Ursula K., )
A human emissary sent to the world of Winter to bring it into a galactic civilization must find a way to bridge the gulf between his outlook and that of the natives, who can change gender at will.
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Science fiction
Fantasy

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370 p

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Library book, The (Hardback)
(Orlean, Susan, )
Orlean chronicles the Los Angeles Public Llibrary fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. (This kit contains hardback books).
Genre(s):
Nonfiction - Public libraries California Los Angeles History (This kit contains hardback books)

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319 p

Kit Level: Adult

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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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525 p

Kit Level: Adult

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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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Fiction; 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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343

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Lincoln in the bardo: a novel (Hardback)
(Saunders, George)
Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.
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Purgatory -- Fiction
Presidents United States -- Fiction
Grief -- Fiction
Biographical fiction THIS KIT CONTAINS HARDBACK BOOKS

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341 p

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Little fires everywhere
(Ng, Celeste)
"In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides."--Provided by Publisher
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Single mothers -- Fiction
Female friendship -- Fiction
Adoption -- Fiction

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338 p

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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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Fiction

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Love and other consolation prizes: A Novel
(Ford, Jamie.)
From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle's epic 1909 World's Fair. For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World's Fair feels like a gift. But only once he's there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off -- a healthy boy "to a good home." The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam's precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known -- and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he's always desired.
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Fiction
Historical Fiction

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297 p

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