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Lady in the lake: a novel
(Lippman, Laura)
In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl--assistance that leads to a job at the city's afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.
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Reporters and reporting -- Fiction
Murder Investigation -- Fiction
African American women Crimes against -- Fiction
Housewives -- Fiction

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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
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Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
Marriage counseling -- Fiction

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Last town on earth, The : a novel
(Mullen, Thomas)
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a mill town called Commonwealth votes to quarantine itself in the wake of the 1918 flu pandemic, but a violent confrontation with a tired, hungry, and cold soldier will have devastating repercussions for the entire town.
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Influenza Washington (State) -- Fiction
Ethics -- Fiction
Community life -- Fiction

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394 p.

Kit Level: Adult

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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

Kit Level: Adult

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Library book, The
(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.
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Nonfiction - Public libraries California Los Angeles History

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319 p

Kit Level: Adult

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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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Lincoln in the bardo: a novel
(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

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Little devil in America, A: notes in praise of Black performance
(Abdurraqib, Hanif)
"A Little Devil in America is an urgent project that unravels all modes and methods of black performance, in this moment when black performers are coming to terms with their value, reception, and immense impact on America. With sharp insight, humor, and heart, Abdurraqib examines how black performance happens in specific moments in time and space--midcentury Paris, the moon, or a cramped living room in Columbus, Ohio. At the outset of this project, Abdurraqib became fascinated with clips of black minstrel entertainers like William Henry Lane, better known as Master Juba. Knowing there was something more complicated and deep-seated in the history and legacy of minstrelsy, Abdurraqib uncovered questions and tensions that help to reveal how black performance pervades all areas of American society. Abdurraqib's prose is entrancing and fluid as he leads us along the links in his remarkable trains of thought. A Little Devil in America considers, critiques, and praises performance in music, sports, writing, comedy, grief, games, and love"-- Provided by publisher
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Nonfiction
African Americans in the performing arts
American literature African American authors History and criticism
African Americans Race identity
African Americans Intellectual life
African Americans Social conditions

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300 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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Loneliest Polar bear, The : a true story of survival and peril on the edge of a warming world
(Williams, Kale)
"The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own. Six days after giving birth, a polar bear named Aurora got up and walked away from her den at the Columbus Zoo, leaving her tiny squealing cub to fend for herself. Hours later, Aurora still hadn't returned. The cub was furless and blind, and with her temperature dropping dangerously, the zookeepers entrusted with her care felt they had no choice: They would have to raise one of the most dangerous predators in the world by hand. Over the next few weeks, a group of veterinarians and zookeepers worked around the clock to save the cub, whom they called Nora. Humans rarely get as close to a polar bear as Nora's keepers got to their fuzzy charge. But the two species have long been intertwined."-- Provided by publisher
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Nonfiction

Polar bear Ohio -- Biography
Human-animal relationships

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274 p.

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Long division: a novel
(Laymon, Kiese)
Kiese Laymon's debut novel is a Twain-esque exploration of celebrity, authorship, violence, religion, and coming of age in Post-Katrina Mississippi, written in a voice that's alternately funny, lacerating, and wise. The book contains two interwoven stories. In the first, it's 2013: after an on-stage meltdown during a nationally televised quiz contest, 14-year-old Citoyen "City" Coldson becomes an overnight YouTube celebrity. The next day, he's sent to stay with his grandmother in the small coastal community of Melahatchie, where a young girl named Baize Shephard has recently disappeared. Before leaving, City is given a strange book without an author called "Long Division." He learns that one of the book's main characters is also named City Coldson,but "Long Division" is set in 1985. This 1985 City, along with his friend and love-object, Shalaya Crump, discovers a way to travel into the future, and steals a laptop and cellphone from an orphaned teenage rapper called...Baize Shephard. They ultimately take these with them all the way back to 1964, to help another time-traveler they meet protect his family from the Klan. City's two stories ultimately converge in the mysterious work shed behind his grandmother's, where he discovers the key to Baize's disappearance
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Mississippi Fiction
Fiction

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270 p.

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Long petal of the sea, A
(Allende, Isabel)
"In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life irreversibly intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: "the long petal of sea and wind and snow." As unlikely partners, they embrace their exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along. -- Provided by publisher
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Widows -- Fiction
Remarriage -- Fiction
Political refugees Spain -- Fiction
Political refugees Chile -- Fiction
Spaniards Chile -- Fiction

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318 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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