Mrs. Engels

Mrs. EngelsBy McCrea, Gavin, 1978-
Mrs. Engels is an absorbing historical fiction which gives memorable voice and form to all-but-forgotten Lizzie Burns, “Proletarian, Irish rebel, and model Communist” who was the common-law wife of Frederick Engels, co-author of The Communist Manifesto. Lizzie and her sister, Mary, workers at Engels’ Manchester mill, both lived with Engels—Mary as his lover until her death, and Lizzie as their housekeeper.... Read more
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Liar's Bench

Liar's benchBy Richardson, Kim Michele
Richardson’s debut novel, Liar’s Bench, takes place in early 1970’s Peckinpaw, Kentucky. Mudas Summer’s 17th birthday is shockingly marred by the discovery of her mother Ella’s body, quickly ruled a suicide. Mudas knows her mother would never kill herself, and is determined to uncover the murderer’s identity.... Read more
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The Gap of Time

The gap of time : a novelBy Winterson, Jeanette, 1959-
Hogarth is publishing a new line of books comprised of rewrites of Shakespeare’s plays. Jeanette Winterson tackles “A Winter’s Tale” in her latest novel, The Gap of Time, which, to Winterson’s credit, can be thoroughly enjoyed without having read the play. That said, if you are familiar with “A Winter’s Tale” you will find pleasure in discovering its renamed characters and newly invented plot.... Read more
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If the oceans were ink : An unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the Quran

If the oceans were ink : an unlikely friendship and a journey to the heart of the QurʾanBy Power, Carla, author.
Journalist Carla Powers, with an Oxford degree in Middle Eastern Studies and many years of residence in several Asian/Middle Eastern countries, narrates this well-written and completely engrossing memoir of the year she spent reading and studying the Qur’an with Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi. Powers met Nadwi at Oxford, in residence to write a multi-volume biography of Muslim women scholars, as well as lecturing.... Read more
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A Head Full of Ghosts

A head full of ghosts : a novelBy Tremblay, Paul
Beautifully written, dark and profoundly disturbing story of a family fallen on hard times and falling apart.
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The Bishop's Wife

The bishop's wifeBy Harrison, Mette Ivie, 1970-
The bishop’s wife of the title is Linda Wallheim, who strives to be a conscientious helpmate to her husband, the currently serving LDS Bishop of Draper, Utah. She is somewhat strong-minded and independent, with a tendency to get too involved in the members’ problems. Her dogged tenacity and amateur-sleuth skills enmesh her in a local potential kidnap/murder case. A wife has disappeared, leaving a young daughter with her distraught husband.... Read more
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Community Reads Book Suggestions for Grades K-5 (4 items)

Tea with milkBy Say, Allen.
After growing up near San Francisco, a young Japanese woman returns with her parents to their native Japan, but she feels foreign and out of place.
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Turner House

The Turner houseBy Flournoy, Angela.
Turner House is the large family home on Detroit’s East Side which holds all the memories of the 13 adult children of Viola and Frances Turner, who bought it in 1951. Frances has died, but very much lives on in numerous flashbacks, and bed-ridden Viola has moved out, so the siblings must decide if they should sell the house, as it is in danger of foreclosure.... Read more
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The Star Side of Bird Hill

The star side of Bird HillBy Jackson, Naomi, author.
It is the summer of 1989 when two sisters (16 year old Dionne, and 10 year old Phaedra), are sent to St. John, Barbados to “visit” their maternal grandmother, Hyacinth. Back in Brooklyn, their mother Avril, newly single, depressed and destitute, sees no other option. Needless to say, these teenage New Yorkers are in for quite a culture shock, especially Dionne, who resents the move and rebels.... Read more
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Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

Medical school for everyone : [sound recording] grand rounds casesBy Benaroch, Roy.
A doctor presents 24 medical cases to illustrate how doctors think and make decisions.
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Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that changed America

Showdown : Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination that changed AmericaBy Haygood, Wil author.
Uses the contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm his appointment as the first African American justice on the Supreme Court as the framework to trace the life and career of one of the giants of the civil rights movement.
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Still Time: a novel

Still time : a novelBy Hegland, Jean
From the author of Into the Forest, a moving novel about memory, Shakespeare's green worlds, and the power of reconciliation.
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Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear

Scream : chilling adventures in the science of fearBy Kerr, Margee.
No one studies fear quite like Margee Kerr. A sociologist who moonlights at one of America’s scariest and most popular haunted houses, she has seen grown men laugh, cry, and push their loved ones aside as they run away in terror. And she’s kept careful notes on what triggers these responses and why.
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The Courtesan

The Courtesan : a novel in six partsBy Curry, Alexandra Gambrill.
A novel inspired by the life of Qing dynasty courtesan Sai Jinhua follows the experiences of an orphan whose world transforms when she becomes an emissary's concubine during the late-nineteenth-century clashes between China and imperialist Europe.
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Art of Crash Landing

The art of crash landing : a novelBy DeCarlo, Melissa.
From a bright new talent comes this debut novel about a young woman who travels for the first time to her mother’s hometown, and gets sucked into the mystery that changed her family forever.
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2014 Prize in Literature
Patrick Modiano

National Book Award

2014 Prize for Fiction
by Phil Klay

2014 Prize for Nonfiction
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos

Newbery Medal
2015 award
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

Caldecott Medal
2015 award
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

y Dan Santat

Printz Award

2015 award
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
Rogue Lawyer
, by John Grisham
The Crossing
, by Michael Connelly
The Promise
, by Robert Crais
Crimson Shore
, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The Martian
, by Andy Weir

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
Troublemaker, by Leah Remini and Rebecca Paley
Destiny and Power
, by Jon Meacham
Killing Reagan
, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


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Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award