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Little Heathens

Author
Mildred Kalish

Staff Comment
1st time author at the age of 80+! An interesting look at growing up during the Great Depression … with wonderful recipes!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

All Creatures Great and Small

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Angela's Ashes

Author
Frank McCourt

Staff Comment
A remarkable story of overcoming adversity. Told with a lot of humor and charm, the author shows us his impoverished childhood in Limerick. Ireland.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Breaking Night: A memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard

Author
Liz Murray

Staff Comment
Foraging for food on the streets and completing school assignments in stairwells - the unbelievable & incredible story of going from "Homeless to Harvard."

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

Dewey's Nine Lives

Author
Vicki Myron

Staff Comment
Wonderful true stories of cats and how they changed their owners' lives.

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Herb & Dorothy

Author
Megumi Sasaki

Staff Comment
Meet Herb and Dorothy, my heroes! Phenomenal!

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

James Herriot's Treasury for Children

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful collection of true stories about the experiences of a country vet.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Losing It - And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time

Author
Valerie Bertinelli

Staff Comment
One Day at a Time star tells her story. Interesting account of her life!

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

The Professor and the Madman

Author
Simon Winchester

Staff Comment
A fascinating account of a man in an insane asylum who contributes 10,000 entries to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

Worn Stories

Author
Emily Spivack

Staff Comment
The perfect book for anyone that likes interesting stories. There are dozens in this book and every single one is different. Good for adults, teens, and everyone in between.

Suggested by
Emily Spivack

A Funny Little Bird

Author
Jennifer Yerkes

Staff Comment
What a cute book! Being different can be fun!!

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Bud, Not Buddy

Author
Christopher Paul Curtis

Staff Comment
He's motherless and on the run in 1936. He's also very smart! Wonderful story and characterization.

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

HELP! A Story of Friendship

Author
Holly Keller

Staff Comment
Can friendship survive gossip? This delightful story leads to good discussions.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author
Brian Selznick

Staff Comment
Hugo Cabret, an orphan, clock keeper, and a thief, and the stories of his travels. Exciting!

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Love is my Favorite Thing

Author
Emma Chichester Clark

Staff Comment
Unconditional love and forgiveness are the focus in this adorable story.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Only One Woof

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A delightful TRUE story from world famous country vet. Great for all ages.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Author
Eric Litwin

Staff Comment
Pete is a really cool cat whose motto is "It's all good."

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Runaway Ralph

Author
Beverly Cleary

Staff Comment
Tired of his annoying family, Ralph runs away to camp. But it is not what he expected.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

It's a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

Author
Jimmy Hawkins

Staff Comment
Written by the original "Tommy" from the classic movie, this book is a perfect lesson that everyone's life matters. Wonderful!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Woof

Author
Spencer Quinn

Staff Comment
Told from the dog's point-of-view, Bowser finds a new home with young "Birdie" and together they solve a home town mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

A Place Called Hope

Author
Philip Gulley

Staff Comment
Finally, Quaker pastor Sam Gardner is back with a new congregation of quirky characters.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author
Lynne Branard

Staff Comment
A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

At Home in Mitford

Author
Jan Karon

Staff Comment
NY Times bestselling author. First in a wonderful series about a very human Episcopal priest in small town North Carolina.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Buck Stops Here

Author
Mindy Starns Clark

Staff Comment
A woman must discover the truth about her husband's death.

Suggested by
Ann Marie, East Shore Area Library

A Very Private Grave

Author
Donna Fletcher Crow

Staff Comment
The history of Christianity is the focus for this modern day engaging mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

Author
Joyce Magnin

Staff Comment
A 72-year-old woman travels cross country using public transportation. Heart warming and delightful!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Home Another Way

Author
Christa Parrish

Staff Comment
A young woman is forced to confront her past in order to claim her inheritance.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

Author
Jan Karon

Staff Comment
Back from his trip to Ireland Father Tim must decide what to do with his time and MANY challenges. Beautiful and inspiring!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Prayer Box

Author
Lisa Wingate

Staff Comment
A great story about a person being judged before anyone knew the truth

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

What Follows After

Author
Dan Walsh

Staff Comment
2 boys run away in 1962 Florida. I wanted to keep reading this book until I found out what happened.

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Artemis Fowl

Author
Eoin Colfer

Staff Comment
This is a fun series of books with hightech fairies & a 12yr old criminal genius.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Bud, Not Buddy

Author
Christopher Paul Curtis

Staff Comment
He's motherless and on the run in 1936. He's also very smart! Wonderful story and characterization.

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

Compulsion

Author
Martina Boone

Staff Comment
After the death of her disfigured, shut-in mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt's South Carolina plantation, which is guarded by an ancient spirit who cursed one of the island's three founding families and gave the others magical gifts that become compulsions

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Virals

Author
Kathy Reichs

Staff Comment
Adults will enjoy this young adult novel written by Kathy Reichs especially those that enjoyed reading other young adult books like the "Hunger Games".

Suggested by
Debbie, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

A Wrinkle in Time

Author
Madeleine L'Engle

Staff Comment
Along with her friends, a young girl searches for her father who disappeared while doing secret government work. Newbery Medal winner.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Alias Hook

Author
Lisa Jensen

Staff Comment
A Neverland story for grown-ups. Hook tells a tragic tale of loss and hatred and is saved by the power of love.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Dune

Author
Frank Herbert

Staff Comment
A modern sci-fi classic about an alien society. Detailed & absorbing.

Suggested by
Joe, East Shore Area Library

Hood

Author
Stephen Lawhead

Staff Comment
An interesting version of "Robin Hood" and how the author thinks it happened. Thrilling!

Suggested by
Lydia, East Shore Area Library

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

Author
Gahan Hanmer

Staff Comment
Leave the modern world behind and join Jack as he adapts to living in a medieval kingdom designed by his childhood friend.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Sandman Slim

Author
Richard Kadrey

Staff Comment
A gifted Magician gets snatched by demons, and taken to Hell. 11 years later, he escapes, and becomes a sort of supernatural Hitman.

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Author
Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Staff Comment
3 kids discover a world beyond their own and it leads them on a load of adventures.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

The Gunslinger

Author
Stephen King

Staff Comment
1st in Dark Tower series about a gunslinger's adventures; fantasy

Suggested by
Joe, East Shore Area Library

Uprooted

Author
Naomi Novik

Staff Comment
Apprentice which fights evil with unconventional magic. I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't put the book down.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

A Wrinkle in Time

Author
Madeleine L'Engle

Staff Comment
Along with her friends, a young girl searches for her father who disappeared while doing secret government work. Newbery Medal winner.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Batman: Gotham Knight

Author
Louise Simonson

Staff Comment
Well written graphic novel for kids. New challenges await Batman.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

The Gray Man

Author
Mark Greaney

Staff Comment
Court Gentry is The Gray Man, a silent assassin who always hits his target. Always.

Suggested by
Alex, East Shore Area Library

Guardians of the Galaxy

Author
Marvel

Staff Comment
If you are a fan of Marvel you will enjoy this book.

Suggested by
Seth, Kline Library

A Funny Little Bird

Author
Jennifer Yerkes

Staff Comment
What a cute book! Being different can be fun!!

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author
Lynne Branard

Staff Comment
A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Bud, Not Buddy

Author
Christopher Paul Curtis

Staff Comment
He's motherless and on the run in 1936. He's also very smart! Wonderful story and characterization.

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

Criminal Justice

Author
Barbara Parker

Staff Comment
In private practice having lost his U.S. Attorney job, Dan Galindo takes a case that ends up in murder. Smart legal thriller.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author
Brian Selznick

Staff Comment
Hugo Cabret, an orphan, clock keeper, and a thief, and the stories of his travels. Exciting!

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Never Look Away

Author
Linwood Barclay

Staff Comment
A fast-moving thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Excellent dialogue.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

One for the Money

Author
Janet Evanovich

Staff Comment
First of the delightful Stephanie Plum novels. Read it and you'll be hooked!

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

On the Ropes: Round One

Author
Tom Schreck

Staff Comment
A surprisingly good first book, fast paced and funny, with an involved plot that has little to do with boxing. Don't miss Round Two.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Secret of Raven Point

Author
Jennifer Vanderbes

Staff Comment
A young woman volunteers as a nurse during World War II.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep

Author
Rett MacPherson

Staff Comment
Set in 1950s West Virginia, this is a rich and engaging novel about family, community and a long ago mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The 13th Gift

Author
Joanne Huist Smith

Staff Comment
A good story about dealing with Christmas while grieving.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Christmas Cheers

Author
Straight No Chaser

Staff Comment
Great music sung a cappella. This will get you in the holiday spirit!

Suggested by
Megan, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Christmas in the Country

Author
Cynthia Rylant

Staff Comment
Treasured memories are the stuff Christmas is made of. Special.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Author
Susan Wojciechowski

Staff Comment
This award-winning book is an unforgettable treasure for all ages. Make this a holiday tradition for the entire family.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Gift of the Magi

Author
O. Henry

Staff Comment
A timeless holiday story about love and giving. Wonderful illustrations!

Suggested by
Beth, East Shore Area Library

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Author
Alan Bradley

Staff Comment
The 4th in the Flavia de Luce mysteries about a 12-year-old chemist. This holiday-themed mystery is funny and well written.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

On Strike for Christmas

Author
Sheila Roberts

Staff Comment
What would happen if all the women in the small town go on strike for Christmas? Funny!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

It's a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

Author
Jimmy Hawkins

Staff Comment
Written by the original "Tommy" from the classic movie, this book is a perfect lesson that everyone's life matters. Wonderful!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Abandon

Author
Blake Crouch

Staff Comment
A blizzard threatens as a psychic tries to find why all Abandon's residents disappeared.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

A Bad Day for Sorry

Author
Sophie Littlefield

Staff Comment
A formerly abused woman becomes a vigilante to help other abused women.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Criminal Justice

Author
Barbara Parker

Staff Comment
In private practice having lost his U.S. Attorney job, Dan Galindo takes a case that ends up in murder. Smart legal thriller.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Fidelity

Author
Thomas Perry

Staff Comment
This is a fast-moving thriller with lots of plot twists and interesting characters.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Heart Shaped Box

Author
Joe Hill

Staff Comment
A middle aged rock star, who collects morbid items, buys a "haunted" suit online. It's no joke and the ghost is out to kill him! Truly scary!

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

The Most Dangerous Thing

Author
Laura Lippman

Staff Comment
A funeral reunites four childhood friends, forcing them to relive the terrible secret they share.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Never Look Away

Author
Linwood Barclay

Staff Comment
A fast-moving thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Excellent dialogue.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Sworn to Silence

Author
Linda Castillo

Staff Comment
This is a gripping story of serial murders committed in an idyllic Amish community. The ending will surprise you.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Last Alibi

Author
David Ellis

Staff Comment
Couldn't put down this terrific courtroom thriller. Move over, John Grisham… Seriously!

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Five Minutes' Peace

Author
Jill Murphy

Staff Comment
Moms everywhere will relate to Mrs. Large's problem … very funny!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

All Creatures Great and Small

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Constable & Toop

Author
Gareth P. Jones

Staff Comment
A ghostly mystery full of humor and suspense with likable characters (including the ghosts!)

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Dog vs. Cat

Author
Chris Gall

Staff Comment
2 unlikely friends learn to cooperate, working through a series of problems. Funny!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Giant George

Author
Dave Nasser

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir of a 'little' blue-eyed dog. Funny, heartwarming, entertaining.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Irish Cream

Author
Andrew Greeley

Staff Comment
Nuala McGrail is back with another captivating blend of romance, humor and intrigue.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

Author
Ann Ross

Staff Comment
Meet the unpredictable Miss Julia, a smart, sassy, and hilariously funny senior citizen. Her adventures will keep you reading.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

This is Where I Leave You

Author
Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine

Staff Comment
The father of the Altman tribe has died and the family convenes in their home town for the funeral. Dad's last wish was that they sit Shiva (stay under the same roof together) for the full seven days. This is odd because they weren't really observant Jews, but the four adult children and various spouses go along with it. Hilarity Ensues, Life Lessons are Learned, and Changes are made. I have both read the book, and watched the film numerous times, very enjoyable.

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Twenties Girl

Author
Sophie Kinsella

Staff Comment
Part ghost story, part mystery, part romantic-comedy about the importance of family and relationships

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

You Can Do it, Bert!

Author
Ole Konnecke

Staff Comment
Everyone needs a little encouragement sometimes. It's great to have friends to cheer you on…

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise

Staff Comment
As the old saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait." The whole line of VeggieTales are awesome!

Suggested by
Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

The A-Team

Staff Comment
There's a great blend of action and comedy. It will make you laugh and give you a fast-paced trip!

Suggested by
Chris, McCormick Riverfront Library

Big Miracle

Staff Comment
A wonderful story about how a town and people across the country get together to save this family of whales.

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Bridge to Terabithia

Author
Katherine Paterson

Staff Comment
A story of friendship, imagination and growing up. A story to cherish again and again. Required reading for many schools.

Suggested by
Mary, East Shore Area Library

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author
Mitch Albom

Staff Comment
This simple, quick read has valuable messages about life that we all can take heed to. Check out the movie, too!

Suggested by
Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

Herb & Dorothy

Staff Comment
Meet Herb and Dorothy, my heroes! Phenomenal!

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

Runaway Ralph

Author
Beverly Cleary

Staff Comment
Tired of his annoying family, Ralph runs away to camp. But it is not what he expected.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

The Pyramid

Staff Comment
It starts out horror and turns into something much more interesting! I absolutely loved the thrill, adventure, and completely unique concept.

Suggested by
Sydney, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

This is Where I Leave You

Staff Comment
The father of the Altman tribe has died and the family convenes in their home town for the funeral. Dad's last wish was that they sit Shiva (stay under the same roof together) for the full seven days. This is odd because they weren't really observant Jews, but the four adult children and various spouses go along with it. Hilarity Ensues, Life Lessons are Learned, and Changes are made. I have both read the book, and watched the film numerous times, very enjoyable.

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Irish Cream

Author
Andrew Greeley

Staff Comment
Nuala McGrail is back with another captivating blend of romance, humor and intrigue.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

One for the Money

Author
Janet Evanovich

Staff Comment
First of the delightful Stephanie Plum novels. Read it and you'll be hooked!

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

On the Ropes: Round One

Author
Tom Schreck

Staff Comment
A surprisingly good first book, fast paced and funny, with an involved plot that has little to do with boxing. Don't miss Round Two.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Prostitutes' Ball

Author
Stephen Cannell

Staff Comment
A very different Shane Scully story than usual -- light-hearted and funny, but still a great police drama.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep

Author
Rett MacPherson

Staff Comment
Set in 1950s West Virginia, this is a rich and engaging novel about family, community and a long ago mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

St. Patrick's Day Murder

Author
Leslie Meier

Staff Comment
The author blends Celtic culture and Irish folklore into this murder mystery set in a quaint Maine harbor town. Really enjoyable read.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Sworn to Silence

Author
Linda Castillo

Staff Comment
This is a gripping story of serial murders committed in an idyllic Amish community. The ending will surprise you.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Woof

Author
Spencer Quinn

Staff Comment
Told from the dog's point-of-view, Bowser finds a new home with young "Birdie" and together they solve a home town mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories

Author
Lisa Lillien

Staff Comment
Stay healthy - not hungry with these filling low-cal recipes. If you like to eat, you'll like this book.

Suggested by
Deidre and Desiree, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

All Creatures Great and Small

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Everyday Easy Cheap Eats

Author
DK Publishing

Staff Comment
I love food and cookbooks as well. They help me with new ideas and different ways to make stuff. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make good, delicious food. This is why I love these cheap recipes books.

Suggested by
Monique, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

The Children's Book of Virtues

Author
edited by William J. Bennett

Staff Comment
An excellent collection of fables, stories and poems that teach good character.

Suggested by
Mary, East Shore Area Library

Dewey's Nine Lives

Author
Vicki Myron

Staff Comment
Wonderful true stories of cats and how they changed their owners' lives.

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Giant George

Author
Dave Nasser

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir of a 'little' blue-eyed dog. Funny, heartwarming, entertaining.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Holy Ghosts

Author
Gary Jansen

Staff Comment
A beautiful memoir about the connection between religion and the paranormal.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Little Heathens

Author
Mildred Kalish

Staff Comment
1st time author at the age of 80+! An interesting look at growing up during the Great Depression … with wonderful recipes!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Only One Woof

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A delightful TRUE story from world famous country vet. Great for all ages.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Saving Simon

Author
Jon Katz

Staff Comment
Best-selling author, Katz, discovers surprising personal growth when he rescues a neglected donkey.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Christmas Cheers

Staff Comment
Great music sung a cappella. This will get you in the holiday spirit!

Suggested by
Megan, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Against All Odds

Author
Irene Hannon

Staff Comment
This book has romance, mystery and faith all in a great story.

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author
Lynne Branard

Staff Comment
A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Deadline

Author
Sandra Brown

Staff Comment
One of Sandra Brown's best stories including a twist I did not see coming.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Author
Andrew Sean Greer

Staff Comment
What if you could [fix] everything wrong in your life by living in a different time period?

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Irish Cream

Author
Andrew Greeley

Staff Comment
Nuala McGrail is back with another captivating blend of romance, humor and intrigue.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

A Little Folly

Author
Jude Morgan

Staff Comment
If you love Jane Austen, you're likely to enjoy this witty period piece too.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Love Me Anyway

Author
Tiffany Hawk

Staff Comment
An intimate look at flight attendants both before and after 9/11.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

The Movement of Stars

Author
Amy Brill

Staff Comment
A Quaker woman discovers a comet in 1840s Massachusetts.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

One Plus One

Author
Jojo Moyes

Staff Comment
You're in for one crazy road trip with four misfits in this book.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Twenties Girl

Author
Sophie Kinsella

Staff Comment
Part ghost story, part mystery, part romantic-comedy about the importance of family and relationships

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

99 - Stories of the Game

Author
Wayne Gretzky

Staff Comment
EXCELLENT look at hockey through the ages by someone who's lived it (Also available in audio)

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The gratitude diaries : how a year looking on the brightside can transform your life

Author
Janice Kaplan

Staff Comment
Read how the author brought more gratitude & positive thinking into her life.

Suggested by
Ann Marie, East Shore Area Library

Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist

Author
Sunil Yapa

Staff Comment
A homeless man travels to Seattle encountering his estranged father, a police chief, other characters & situations combine to create a novel of compassion. Memorable and moving!

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

Dead Scared

Author
S.J. Bolton

Staff Comment
Det. Flint discovers her investigation is the mere tip of the most unspeakable crime imaginable.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The Hopefuls

Author
Jennifer Close

Staff Comment
This book shows how difficult a political campaign can b on a marriage.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Playing With Fire

Author
Tess Gerristen

Staff Comment
Can a piece of music make a child want to hurt others? Find out in this captivating quick read page turner.

Suggested by
Kelly, East Shore Area library

Dream With Little Angels

Author
Michael Hiebert

Staff Comment
A beautifully written novel about small town life and death seen through the eyes of an observant eleven year old boy.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Beloved Poison

Author
E. S. Thompson

Staff Comment
Secrets abound in this victoria era crime novel. A rich cast of characters, scientific detail, & Gothic atmosphere. I didn't want it to end.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

The Athena Project

Author
Brad Thor

Staff Comment
Four women are about to undertake one of the nation's deadliest assignments.

Suggested by
Alex, East Shore Area Library

Falling

Author
Jane Green

Staff Comment
Emma leaves behind her Manhattan life for a new start in Connecticut.

Suggested by
Sydney, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Who am I?

Author
Gervase Phinn

Staff Comment
An unusual creature tries to find out who he is by asking all the animals he meets.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Cry Heart, But Never Break

Author
Glenn Ringtved

Staff Comment
A wise and sensitive book that helps children deal with the death of a loved one.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Cat knit

Author
Jacon Grant

Staff Comment
A cute story about a cat and its yarn.

Suggested by
Kiri, East Shore Area Library

Great

Author
Glen Gretzky

Staff Comment
Wonderful story. Children need encouragement, love, & support to grow up into strong, confident adults.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Birch & Bark House

Author
Nick Neddo

Staff Comment
Omakayas learns courage, sadness happiness & her true family history.

Suggested by
Glenda, East Shore Area Library

A Little Book of Sloth

Author
Lucy Cooke

Staff Comment
Too cute for words! A wonderful look at an interesting, unique creature.

Suggested by
Susan, East Shore Area Library

The Obstinate Pen

Author
Frank W. Dormer

Staff Comment
The adventure of a pen and the chaos it creates.

Suggested by
Kiri, East Shore Area Library

Out of My Mind

Author
Lauren Sabel

Staff Comment
Beautiful reminder to not make assumptions about those differently-abled than we are.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Bad Boys

Author
Margie Palatini

Staff Comment
A madcap fairy-tale, Willy & Wally Wolf are in trouble again. Enter taining!

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Happy in Our Skin

Author
Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Staff Comment
A delightful look at what makes us all human, different and the same!

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

If You Plant a Seed

Author
Kadir Nelson

Staff Comment
A beautiful story about sharing told with simple words and paintings.

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Susan

The Story of Ferdinand

Author
Munro Leaf

Staff Comment
This peacable bull has been smelling the flowers and delighting children for more than 30 years. A classic tale.

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Millie

The Lion and the Mouse

Author
Jenny Broom

Staff Comment
Beautiful illustrations and peek-through windows tell this traditional story.

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Meg

Do Unto Others

Author
Laurie Keller

Staff Comment
How will Mr. Rabbit be able to get along with his new neighbors? The golden rule!!

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Brenda

Even superheroes have to sleep

Author
Sara Crow

Staff Comment
A funny rhyme showing children that sleep is important to everyone.

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Ellen

The Secrets of Wishtide

Author
Kate Saunders

Staff Comment
A clever and charming new series featuring a widow and her cohorts solving crimes in Victorian England.

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Phyllis

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

Author
Kelly Harms

Staff Comment
A light-hearted novel about second chances in love and life.

Suggested by
Phyllis

Prayers for Sale

Author
Sandra Dallas

Staff Comment
A historical novel that takes you into the hard life of women in a small Colorado mining town during the 1800's. Characters are strong and lovable.

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Pat

Fifty plants that changed the course of history

Author
Bills Laws

Staff Comment
A great collection of tales dealing with the plants and their impact.

Suggested by
Meg

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Author
Kim Edwards

Staff Comment
A lifelong secret creates emotional troubles and conflict in the lives of two families.

Suggested by
Pat

Fatal Option

Author
Chris Beakey

Staff Comment
One poor decision creates a domino effect in this intricate thriller.

Suggested by
Ginger

Orphan Train

Author
Christina Baker Kline

Staff Comment
A teenager "aging out" of foster care does community service helping an elderly woman and discovers answers to haunting mysteries.

Suggested by
Diane

The hidden life of trees : what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world

Author
Peter Wohlleben

Staff Comment
Enchanting and intriguing. Illustrates how trees communicate, protect and care for each other.

Suggested by
Diane

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All The wrong People

Author
Nadia Bolz-Weber

Staff Comment
An angry profane stand up comic turned pastor takes readers along on her faith journey with a god who won't leave her alone. Funny and deeply moving.

Suggested by
Millie

Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder

Author
Claudia Kalb

Staff Comment
A fascinating look at the mental health problems of famous people.

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Alyssa

The Unquiet Grave

Author
Sharyn McCrumb

Staff Comment
This master storyteller gives us another gem. It's based on an incredible American ghost story set in 1896 West Virginia

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Pat

Mammy

Author
Brendan O'Carrol

Staff Comment
A delightful look at the life of working class families in the 1960's Dublin, Ireland. Delightful characters, funny and heart warming.

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Millie

The Red Hunter

Author
Lisa Unger

Staff Comment
2 Women, both victims of horrible acts on intersecting courses. Great book read in 1 day!

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Priscilla

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Author
Katarina Bivald

Staff Comment
Broken wheel, Iowa has never met anyone like Sara, who opens a book shop and revitalizes the dying little town.

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Phyllis

Abandoned America : dismantling the dream

Author
Matthew Christopher

Staff Comment
Interesting stories about places and buildings that have been neglected.

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Theresa

Poison : a wicked snow white tale

Author
Sarah Pinborough

Staff Comment
The beginning of a trilogy - Snow White, with a twist.

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Alyssa

The chemist

Author
Stephenie Meyer

Staff Comment
Strong female character, sibling rivalry and dogs.

Suggested by
Alyssa

The Casual Vacancy

Author
J K. Rowling

Staff Comment
Rumors fly, dark secrets are exposed and a village is divided following a town councilman's death.

Suggested by
Ginger

The Daughter of Time

Author
Josephine Tey

Staff Comment
Different, interesting and convincingly researched. A mystery in history... solved?

Suggested by
Ginger

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Author
Susan Crandall

Staff Comment
In 1963, a 9 year old girl runs away and accepts a ride that changes her life. Poignant, funny & Memorable.

Suggested by
Millie

Stoner & Spaz

Author
Ronald Koertge

Staff Comment
Extremely well written story of a young man with cerebral palsy and his friendship with a "drugged out" woman. A quick, absorbing read.

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Connor

Something in between

Author
Melissa de la Cruz

Staff Comment
This is a thought-provoking novel that addresses undocumented immigrants.

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Debbie

A ring of endless light

Author
Madeleine L'Engle

Staff Comment
Vicky Austin is facing the death of her grandfather and the affections of three very different young men.

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Deanna

How to love

Author
Kate Cotugno

Staff Comment
A shockingly real love story of two teenagers.

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Ellen

The Mystery of Hollow Places

Author
Rebecca Podos

Staff Comment
Imogene's father has gone to look for her missing mother. Imogene must follow the clues he left for her to find them both. Endearing characters in a good mystery.

Suggested by
Phyllis

The road not taken : finding America in the poem everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong

Author
David Orr

Staff Comment
Speculates on what Robert Frost meant in this poem.

Suggested by
Alyssa

Blackout

Author
Marc Elsberg

Staff Comment
This is a thriller involcing computer hackers, terrorism, loss of power, and intrigue.

Suggested by
Ann Marie

The fox in the library

Author
Lorenz Pauli

Staff Comment
The fox chases a mouse into the library and finds books!

Suggested by
Meg

Help! : a story of friendship

Author
Holly Keller

Staff Comment
What do friends do when a friend is in trouble?

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Millie

Wonder

Author
R.J. Palacio

Staff Comment
* An eye-opening story about the struggles of being different and the wonderful power of kindness.

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Phyllis

Impact

Author
Douglas Preston

Staff Comment
What connects a meteoroid in Maine with the murder of a scientist in California? Wyman Ford in on the case, and the solution is out of this world (literally).

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

The free state of Jones : Mississippi's longest civil war

Author
Victoria E. Bynum

Staff Comment
Compelling story of a not to typical Southern Family. Tells of the families impact on the USA over the past 200 years. Highly recommended!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Hacksaw Ridge

Author
Mel Gibson

Staff Comment
I greatly anticipated this movie and the story it had to tell as my father participated in the battle for Okinawa during WWII. Gibson has captured the battle and the heroic efforts of the main character MoH recipient, Desmond Doss.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Impact

Author
Douglas Preston

Staff Comment
What connects a meteoroid in Maine with the murder of a scientist in California? Wyman Ford in on the case, and the solution is out of this world (literally).

Suggested by
Ray

The free state of Jones : Mississippi's longest civil war

Author
Victoria E. Bynum

Staff Comment
Compelling story of a not to typical Southern Family. Tells of the families impact on the USA over the past 200 years. Highly recommended!

Suggested by
Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Hacksaw Ridge

Author
Mel Gibson

Staff Comment
I greatly anticipated this movie and the story it had to tell as my father participated in the battle for Okinawa during WWII. Gibson has captured the battle and the heroic efforts of the main character MoH recipient, Desmond Doss.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

USS Indianapolis : men of courage

Author
Mario van Peebles

Staff Comment
Introduced to the USS Indianapolis through the movie Jaws, I look for stories on the Indianapolis. This work provides yet another look at the horror, struggles and loss suffered by the ships crew as their part in delivering "The Bomb". Well worth the time to watch.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Keeping up with the Joneses

Author
Greg Mottola

Staff Comment
Pick this gem up on a whim. What a nugget of gold! If you need to escape, if you need to laugh out load, if you need to release all those good things in your system that will lighten your day, watch this movie. Warning: Watching this movie may make your sides hurt and your eyes cry!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

The Lost Order

Author
Steve Berry

Staff Comment
In this latest Cotton Malone adventure, author Steve Berry intertwines Confederate gold, the threat of shifting the balance of power in the U.S. Government, the Smithsonian Institution, and the mysterious Knights of the Golden Circle. A great read as you try to sort fact from fiction!

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Alexandria

Author
Lindsey Davis

Staff Comment
Marcus Didius Falco is the first-century Roman equivalent of Columbo. In this mystery, Falco has to solve multiple murders at the Great Library of Alexandria. Good story, with lots of witty insights on human nature.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Hidden Figures

Author
Theodore Melfi, director

Staff Comment
I experienced the 'Space Race' first hand throughout the 1960's and beyond. This story fills in a lot of good back ground pieces. It is also a tribute to the oft ignored contributions of African-Americans. Thumbs UP!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

La La Land

Author
Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Marc Platt

Staff Comment
This was not what I expected. La La Land is a good story however I thought it was going to contain a lot more singing and dancing than it did. I got that impression from the previews it was going to be a long the lines of 'Hair Spray'. Not even close. Worth a watch if you hate singing and dancing. Forget it if you like musicals. Thumbs down.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

A square meal : a culinary history of the Great Depression

Author
Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

Staff Comment
One needs to be a history buff to be drawn to a unique book like this. That and having parents who lived the experience helps too. A great book but not one to take to the beach with you.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Rogue One

Staff Comment
Two best reasons to watch this: 1) It's STAR WARS 2) No Jar-Jar Binks Thumbs UP!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Men with cats : intimate portraits of feline friendship

Author
David Williams

Staff Comment
Proof that almost anything can get published. Good photography too.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Guardians of the galaxy awesome mix. Vol. 2

Staff Comment
Not as good as Vol 1 but it can stand on it's own merits. Contains some classy classics.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Jason Bourne

Staff Comment
Another Jason Bourne film. No better or worse than all the others. Still worth the time, especially if you like action, intrigue and Jason Bourne.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Love and War

Author
Brad Paisley

Staff Comment
Brad Paisley continues to rock the juke box or was that Alan Jackson. Doesn't matter. This is another great CD from the first trak to the last. Each song is its slice of life.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

50th Anniversary Collection

Author
Neil Diamond

Staff Comment
From 1967 to 2017, fifty years. Neil Diamond has stood the test of time. This walk through time with Neil Diamond will take you back to the days of your youth, the days of your children's youth and even your grandchildren's youth. Get this now and sing along once again with Neil Diamond.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

A Man Called Ove

Author
Fredrik Backman

Staff Comment
Delightful read! The main character seems to be a grumpy old man set in his ways, but slowly you begin to see a deeper connection to many people in some surprising ways. Don't judge a book by it's cover: some grumpy old men have big hearts!

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Marie, Northern Dauphin Library

Wrecked

Author
Carol Higgins Clark

Staff Comment
Mysterious deaths and surprises on current-day Cape Cod.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

The Accusers

Author
Lindsey Davis

Staff Comment
Another Marcus Didius Falco adventure, this time set in his hometown of ancient Rome. Watch as he unravels the twisting schemes of the ancient Roman court system.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Lair of the Lion : A History of Beaver Stadium

Staff Comment
Having been a fan of PSU football since the early 1960s and having attended many games at Beaver Stadium this book was a fabulous read detailing the history and development of the Lions lair. Filled with many photos, past and present, of the stadium and of those who were instrumental in its development the book is a must edition to your love and understanding of Penn State Football.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

The Complete Releases 1955 - 1962 Patsy Cline

Staff Comment
Patsy Cline had the quintessential voice of Country Music from the mid-1950 to the mid-1960. To me she was the best of all times. This collection captures the heart and soul, not only of an artist or a time period but of an entire opus of a music genre. Patsy Cline lives on today in this multi-disc CD collection of her music.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Lost December

Author
Richard Paul Evans

Staff Comment
Richard Paul Evans is my go-to for a heart warming page turner, and this was no exception. I loved the story, and loved the characters too. A modern day retelling of The Prodigal Son, a young man is handed the opportunity to succeed his father's company and makes some bad choices, which most of us can relate to. Dependable "feel-good" read.

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Desirae, Elizabethville Area Library

George Jones - Burn Your Playhouse Down: the Unreleased duets

Staff Comment
George Jones performs magical duets with the likes of Georgette Jones, Leon Russell, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Keith Richards, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Shelby Lynne, Mark Chestnutt, Mark Knopfler, Marty Stuart, and Tammy Wynette). The duets are only surpassed by the songs they sing.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Billy Ocean - Here You are : The Music of My Life

Staff Comment
Trinidadian-born British recording artist, Billy Ocean, shares his R&B talents with this his most recent work. It's a combination of old favorites, familiar songs and new releases. If it's Billy Ocean, its got to be good!

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Undefeated, untied, unscored upon : the story of Pennsylvania's 1957 Cass Township football team

Author
Jim Droskins

Staff Comment
I am a Pennsylvania high school football junkie. This book by Jim Droskins adds another piece to the mural of the sport in Pennsylvania. It doesn't matter what sport, what age level or what competition to accomplish what these young men did is amazing. If you enjoy high school football or amazing feats, this read is time well spent.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Gideon's Corpse

Author
Child, Lincoln, and Preston, Douglas

Staff Comment
Another edge-of-the-seat Gideon Crew adventure - this time Gideon must stop a global destruction plan while evading the authorities. A great read!

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Poseidon's Arrow

Author
Clive Cussler

Staff Comment
A great Clive Cussler novel where the heroes must prevent international spies from getting the plans for a cutting-edge submarine.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Philadelphia Eagles : 1980 NFC Championship, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Author
NFL Films

Staff Comment
A great trip down Memory Lane for Eagle fans. A real thow back experience. Watching this also will make you appreciate today's television coverage of the NFL.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

Staff Comment
Just as thrilling today as it was when I first saw it in the theater! Remake will be in theaters soon. This original has set the bar very high.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Beach Boys - 1967 : sunshine tomorrow

Staff Comment
If you like summer, this is for you. If you are over 50, this is for you. If you love the sound of Southern California, this is singing your song! If you want to feel refreshed, laid back and easy going, this is callin' your name! If you are none of the above listen to it any ways. it'll change you.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

WOW Christmas: 19 Christmas Songs from Today's Top Christian Artists

Staff Comment
Nice collection of new Christmas music put together in a WOW fashion. Nice variety of sounds and artists hereon.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Killing England: the Brutal Struggle for American Independence

Author
Bill O'Reilly

Staff Comment
A great addition to Bill O'Reilly's "Killing" series. Many local connections found in this story of the struggle for American Independence.

Suggested by
Dan, East Shore Area Library

Buried Treasure, Volume one. The Songs and Stories

Author
Jimmy Buffett

Staff Comment
Jimmy Buffett weaves the story of the songs with these 'lost recordings' of his early years. Not what I expected but is a diamond in the ruff.

Suggested by
Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Storm Cycle

Author
Iris Johansen

Staff Comment
Great story combining ancient Egyptian secrets, super-computers, and international intrigue.

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Nighthawk

Author
Clive Cussler

Staff Comment
From the NUMA Files: more international intrigue as the US, Russia, and China chase after a bomb more powerful than a nuclear weapon. But who is really in control?

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Facing the Giants

Author
Alex Kendrick, director

Staff Comment
A feel good lesson about how doing the right thing regardless of the consequences is always the better way to proceed. As with the the films from the Sherwood Pictures you will laugh and cry and hope that the story never ends.

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Daniel, East Shore Area Library

Two Graves

Author
Lincoln Child & Preston Douglas

Staff Comment
At last we learn about special agent pendergast's family. A past he didn't know he had now haunts him. Neo-nazis, eugenics, and southern-style detective work!

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

A Wrinkle in Time

Author
Madeline L'Engle

Staff Comment
A GREAT JUVENILE BOOK ABOUT ADVENTURES THROUGH TIME AND SPACE. (ALSO GREAT FOR ADULTS!) STRONG ETHICAL MESSAGE ABOUT COMBATTING TOTALITARIANISM.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Franz Jagerstatter: A Man of Conscience

Staff Comment
This brief documentary is the Catholic equivalent of Protestantism's Dietrich Bonhoeffer - a person whose faith led them to resist the Nazis, and then suffer martyrdom.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Signal to Noise

Author
written by Neil Gaiman ; illustrated and designed by Dave McKean

Staff Comment
Exploring the worlds between reality and imagination while facing end of life illness, this atmospheric book is an insight in to art and dying.

Suggested by
Michael, Northern Dauphin Library

An Irish Country Doctor

Author
Patrick Taylor

Staff Comment
Following the lives of a young doctor who comes to work for an older, rather gruff, general practitioner, who has unusual ways of doing things. He also has some VERY unusual patients. This story is humorous, relaxing and draws you into life in the village of Ballybucklebo and makes you want to stay for a cup of tea.

Suggested by
Moira, Northern Dauphin Library

Birdman of Alcatraz

Author
John Frankenheimer (director)

Staff Comment
Pretty inspiring and incredible (mostly) true story about a convicted felon who became a preeminent scholar in a chosen field, from behind bars, in solitary confinement

Suggested by
Dan, East Shore Area Library

Death Cloud

Author
Andrew Lane

Staff Comment
This is a wonderful "young Sherlock Holmes" adventure.

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Rise of Empire

Author
Michael J. Sullivan

Staff Comment
This is the second book in the trilogy, "The Riyria Revelations." The entire trilogy describes a world of elves, men, dwarves, and goblins, where an authoritarian institution has been keeping a dark secret for 3000 years.

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Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

The Tainted Relic

Author
The Medieval Murderers

Staff Comment
A great mystery spanning half a millennium, regarding a relic with a history and a curse.

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Orphan Train Girl

Author
Christina Baker Kline

Staff Comment
Before "aging-out" of foster care, Molly takes a volunteer position helping an elderly womam. Their similarities are amazing.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Last Midwife

Author
Sandra Dallas

Staff Comment
This author is a master at telling tales of the joys and struggles of a 19th century colorado mountain life. This is one of her best. Strong female characters.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Kid A

Author
Radiohead

Staff Comment
This self-reinvention of Radiohead's sound released in 2000 came off the heels of their successful album "OK Computer" - Beautiful mix of acoustic instruments and synth-based sounds.

Suggested by
Jeremy, McCormick Riverfront Library

Flash: The homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith and Second Chances

Author
Rachel Ridge

Staff Comment
A homeless donkey wanders on to a family's property and ends up staying, becoming an unlikely source of wisdom.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Sister Eve Private Eye

Author
Lynne Hinton

Staff Comment
A nun takes a leave of absence from the convent to help her dad who's recovering from surgery and gets involved with his detective business. Great mystery!!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

A Man Called Ove

Author
Fredrik Backman

Staff Comment
A curmudgeon hides beneath a cranky exterior following a painful loss while developing and unexpected friendship with his new neighbors.

Suggested by
Maryann, East Shore Area Library

Walking with Peety: The Dog who Saved My Life

Author
Eric O'Grey

Staff Comment
Eric lost 150 pounds after adopting a shelter dog & a plant based diet.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

A Brief History of the Dead

Author
Kevin Brockmeier

Staff Comment
An interesting take on the apocalypse, as told by those who have already died.

Suggested by
Leslie, East Shore Area Library

Adnan's Story

Author
Rabia Chaudry

Staff Comment
A muslim kid is wrongfully accused of murder.

Suggested by
Alyssa, East Shore Area Library

Camino Island

Author
John Grisham

Staff Comment
Jobless and in debt, a young writer gets caught up in the theft of rare manuscripts. Ingenious plot.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Wishin' and Hopin'

Author
Wally Lamb

Staff Comment
The innocence of 1964 America shines in this witty, charming tale of a 5th-grader's unforgettable Christmas

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

A Christmas Eve

Author
Ann Martin

Staff Comment
The magic of Christmas comes to life as 8 year old Tess is determined to meet the real Santa to ask him to cure her friend's Dad of cancer. Award winning author.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Author
M.C. Beaton

Staff Comment
Light, amusing "whodunit" in a cozy english village, complete with an old manor house and all the trimmings.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Keeping Christmas

Author
Dan Walsh

Staff Comment
Empty nesters struggle with how to celebrate Christmas without their children. Moving ahead isn't easy.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

A goose Creek Christmas

Author
Virginia Smith

Staff Comment
Holiday hijinks with the Richardsongs and all their quirky goose Creek neighbors.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

True Tails of Baker & Taylor

Author
Jon Louch

Staff Comment
Great story about a small town library and 2 cats

Suggested by
Karen U, East Shore Area Library

The Amish Cook's Baking Book

Author
Lovina Eicher

Staff Comment
This book will make your mouth water! Each chapter has stories about Amish Life & Lots of Yummy Recipes.

Suggested by
Kelly, East Shore Area Library

Angels and Other Strangers

Author
Katherine Paterson

Staff Comment
Stories that illuminate the true meaning of Christmas. Inspirational!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie

Author
Dandi Mackall

Staff Comment
A tender story of giving, set during the Great Depression

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Who will help santa this year?

Author
Jerry Pallotta

Staff Comment
Santa gets lot of offers to help in his workshop.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

How to be Single

Author
Liz Tuccillo

Staff Comment
Better than the movie, about a young woman finding herself.

Suggested by
Alyssa, East Shore Area Library

Louise on the Lam

Author
Asharon Cree

Staff Comment
A heartwarming tale of love for a homeless beagle and one woman's experience as a foster mom for rescued dogs.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Poison

Author
Sarah Pinborough

Staff Comment
The beginning of a trilogy - Snow White, with a twist.

Suggested by
Alyssa, East Shore Area Library

A Place for Us

Author
Fatima Farheen Mirza

Staff Comment
Will Hadia's wedding reuinte her family or are they too broken already?

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

In Pieces

Author
Sally Field

Staff Comment
A stunning look at Sally Field's early years.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter

Author
Rod Duncan

Staff Comment
A steampunk mystery featuring a woman disguised as her "brother" prowling the dark streets of London.

Suggested by
Leslie, East Shore Area Library

The Girl Before

Author
JP Delaney

Staff Comment
A quick read with a surprising ending!

Suggested by
Priscille H, East Shore Area Library

The library at the Edge of the World

Author
Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Staff Comment
Hanna Cosey regretfully returns from london to her rural Irish hometown to become its librarian. Told with wit and charm.

Suggested by
Maryann, East Shore Area Library

Ready Player One

Author
Ernest Cline

Staff Comment
A coming of age cyber-quest. The young hero is on a virtual treasure hunt.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Capital

Author
John Lanchester

Staff Comment
"We want what you have." A postcard from a londer realty company, or from someone with sinister intent?

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library