Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

Ghettoside : [sound recording] a true story of murder in AmericaBy Leovy, Jill.
Leovy, a Los Angeles Times journalist, investigates the murder of a black teenager in South Central LA in May 2007. Bryant Tennelle, 18, was walking down the street with a friend near his home when another young black man jumped out of a Suburban and shot him. Bryant died a short time later. Bryant was the son of LAPD detective Wally Tennelle.... Read more
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The Ways of the Dead

The ways of the dead : a novelBy Tucker, Neely, 1963-
Author Neely Tucker, a 25 year veteran news reporter, has created a flawed but thorough and determined character in Sullivan (Sully) Carter, a former Bosnian war correspondent who now works the crime beat for a major Washington, D.C. paper. When the daughter of a prominent judge is murdered, Sully jumps on the story despite his grudge against said judge from a previous case.... Read more
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Whispering Shadows

Whispering shadows : a novelBy Sendker, Jan-Philipp author.
The first book in a planned trilogy, Whispering Shadows takes place in Hong Kong where American Paul Leibovitz lives in seclusion after the death of his son and collapse of his marriage. A chance meeting with a couple looking for their missing son stirs him to gradually re-enter society in order to help them.... Read more
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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Can't we talk about something more pleasant?By Chast, Roz
New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast was the sole caregiver for her +90 year-old parents: in their own apartment, into assisted living and eventually to hospice.  Not finding much in the way of “how-to” material, she did the best she could and decided to write a graphic memoir about her experiences.  It’s not all sad and gloomy—there are definitely some funny episodes as well as high drams and just muddling through.... Read more
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Outside the Box : Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists

Outside the box : interviews with contemporary cartoonistsBy Chute, Hillary L, interviewer.
Hillary Chute is Professor of English at University of Chicago and a frequent contributor to the canon of writing on comics; she is the author of Graphic Women: Life Narratives and Contemporary Comics. Over the past decade, Chute has conducted interviews with many of today’s leading cartoonists, and presents twelve of these in Outside the Box.... Read more
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On the Run : Fugitive Life in an American City

On the run : fugitive life in an American cityBy Goffman, Alice, author.
Alice Goffman spent the years from her sophomore year through grad school (6 years) as a participant observer (the researcher becomes part of the group being studied) of a virtually all-black neighborhood in Philadelphia to support her undergrad sociology thesis and her graduate work.... Read more
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The Stranger : Barack Obama in the White House

The stranger : Barack Obama in the White HouseBy Todd, Chuck, 1972- author.
Todd Chuck is a former chief White House correspondent, NBC political director, and currently hosts NBC’s Meet the Press.... Read more
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Child 44

Child 44By Smith, Tom Rob
Owing to the fact that the film adaptation of Child 44 is due later this year, I wanted to read Smith’s book first. This is a grim, violent story of life in Soviet Russia in 1953, where “there is no crime in Paradise.” We meet Leo Demidov, a top secret police agent, and his wife, Raisa, a schoolteacher.... Read more
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The Invention of Wings

The invention of wings : a novelBy Kidd, Sue Monk
If you liked The Secret Life of Bees, you might enjoy Kidd’s new book, which is available at YDL in multiple formats: large print, Book on CD, eBook, and regular print. It has been chosen as an Oprah 2.0 Book Club title, and I would assume a movie in its future. Once again, Kidd assembles some memorable, well-drawn characters, a great story (this once is partially based on real people and events), and an easy-flowing writing style.... Read more
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Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Etta and Otto and Russell and James : a novelBy Hooper, Emma.
Etta and Otto are a married couple in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Russell owns the property next door. They are all in their 80’s. While Otto had his great life adventure overseas during the war (Russell was lame in one foot and therefore exempt from service), Etta feels that she has never had one great adventure in her life: she decides she will walk East until she reaches the Atlantic Ocean, which she has never seen.... Read more
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An Elephant in the Garden

An elephant in the gardenBy Morpurgo, Michael
Inspired by historical events, this story is narrated by Lizzie, a solitary, elderly woman in a nursing home telling the story of her youth in Dresden, Germany to one of the nurses and the nurse’s young son. Lizzie’s mother (Mutti) was a zookeeper in Dresden during WWII. All zookeepers in Germany were told that if the allied bombers came they were to shoot all of the large animals so they wouldn’t escape and run wild.... Read more
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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novelBy Prose, Francine, 1947-
Prose has given us a brilliant historical novel with a complicated well-managed plot narrated by a host of interesting characters, each moving the story forward from his or her point of view.... Read more
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How I Shed My Skin : Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

How I shed my skin : unlearning racist lessons of a southern childhoodBy Grimsley, Jim, 1955-
Novelist Jim Grimsley deconstructs his childhood, growing up in the rural South in North Carolina. He was an elementary school student when the 1966 decision (Brown v. Board of Education) came down which started the end of segregation by race. In minute detail, Grimsley remembers the key moments from elementary through high school which challenged him to not become the bigot that his automatically ingrained upbringing said he should be.... Read more
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St. Vincent

St. vincent [videorecording].
How down-on-his-luck Vincent (Bill Murray) becomes a saint will have you alternately laughing and crying in this wonderful new film; also starring Melissa McCarthy as Maggie, Vincent's new neighbor and soon-to-be single Mom, who is raising a precocious 12-year old boy named Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), plus Naomi Watts as Vincent's pay-by-the-hour Russian girlfriend, Daka.... Read more
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Mort(e)By Repino, Robert.
Outstanding world-building mark this post-apocalyptic morality tale as an instant classic: the ultimate clash between humans and animals is masterminded by a sentient queen ant, head of the Colony: warrior ants are on the attack, and something has caused the other animals to rise up to both human height and capabilities, kill their human masters and join the revolution.... Read more
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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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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award