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Readers Nook

by
Steven Dunlap

PRINT BOOKS FICTION

Elin Hilderbrand 28 summers : a novel  
Brigitte Benkemoun Finding Dora Maar : an artist, an address book, a life  
Ernest Hemingway In Our Time  
Marie-Helene Bertino Parakeet  
Brit Bennett The vanishing half  

Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Espionage & Intrigue
William Shaw Play with fire 
Donna Leon Trace elements 

NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Louise Fili Grafica della strada : the signs of Italy 686.2 F476


Biography & Genealogy
Mary-Lou Weisman Intensive care : a family love story 618.92 W435

Business & Economics
Michael Lewrick The design thinking playbook : mindful digital transformation of teams, products, services, businesses and ecosystems 658.4 L59
Jared A Ball The myth and propaganda of black buying power 330.9 B21
Rob Larson Bit tyrants : the political economy of Silicon Valley 338.47 L329

Computer Science
Chinmoy M Cracking the coding interview : 190 programming questions and solutions 005.1 M138x

Health & Medicine
Neal D Barnard Your body in balance : the new science of food, hormones, and health 612.3 B253

Literature & Writing
Duncan Minshull Beneath my feet : writers on walking 808.8 B434

Social Sciences & Current Events
Melissa Korn Unacceptable : privilege, deceit & the making of the college admissions scandal 378.1 K842
Matthew Hennessey Zero hour for gen X : how the last adult generation can save america from millennials 305.2 H392

AUDIOBOOKS

Fiction
Hilary Mantel The mirror & the light CD Fic Mantel
Lisa Jewell The family upstairs : a novel CD Fic Jewell

EBOOKS


Fiction
Elena Ferrante The lying life of adults
Christina Baker Kline The exiles : a novel


Non-fiction
Sherry L (Sherry Lynn) Smith Bohemians West : free love, family, and radicals in twentieth-century America
Neil S Price Children of ash and elm : a history of the Vikings
Eula Biss Having and being had
Seyward Darby Sisters in hate : American women on the front lines of white nationalism
D L (Darryl L) Hughley Surrender, white people! : our unconditional terms for peace
Adam Hart Unfit for purpose : when human evolution collides with the modern world


E-AUDIOBOOKS

Fiction
Mario Giordano Auntie Poldi and the handsome Antonio
Lynne Hugo The Book of CarolSue
Francine Mathews Death on Tuckernuck
Fern Michaels Fearless Fern Michaels.
G S (Gabriel) Denning The finality problem
Jude Deveraux A forgotten murder
Lucy Foley The guest list : a novel
Guillermo del Toro The hollow ones
Laura Childs Lavender blue murder Laura Childs.
Christine Feehan Lethal game Christine Feehan.
Fiona Davis The lions of Fifth Avenue : a novel
Catherine Ryan Howard The nothing man Catherine Ryan Howard.
Danielle Steel The numbers game : a novel
Ellen Marie Wiseman The orphan collector
Jenny Milchman The second mother.
Ali Smith Summer : a novel
Donna Leon Trace elements.

Non-fiction
Charles Conn Bulletproof problem solving the one skill that changes everything
Jessica Garrison The devil's harvest : a ruthless killer, a terrorized community, and the search for justice in California's Central Valley
Julien Cayla Inside marketing practices, ideologies, devices
Alan Chambers Lead yourself to success ordinary people achieving extraordinary results through self-leadership
Linda Cruse Leading on the frontline remarkable stories and essential leadership lessons from the world's danger zones
William A Adams Mastering leadership an integrated framework for breakthrough performance and extraordinary business results
James Manktelow Mind tools for managers 100 ways to be a better boss
Kerry Hannon Never too old to get rich the entrepreneur's guide to starting a business mid-life
Frank J Rumbauskas Sales badassery kick ass. take names. crush the competition.
Brian Tracy The science of influence how to inspire yourself and others to greatness
David King Six days in august : the story of stockholm syndrome
Christopher Mulligan Talent keepers how top leaders engage and retain their best performers
Mitchell Kusy Why I don't work here anymore a leader's guide to offset the financial and emotional costs of toxic employees
Tacy M Byham Your first leadership job how catalyst leaders bring out the best in others

PRINT BOOKS FICTION

Elin Hilderbrand 28 summers : a novel  
Brigitte Benkemoun Finding Dora Maar : an artist, an address book, a life  
Ernest Hemingway In Our Time  
Marie-Helene Bertino Parakeet  
Brit Bennett The vanishing half  

Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Espionage & Intrigue
William Shaw Play with fire 
Donna Leon Trace elements 

NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Louise Fili Grafica della strada : the signs of Italy 686.2 F476


Biography &...

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by
Cherilyn Banson
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Cherilyn Banson

EBOOKS

FICTION
Peter Swanson Eight perfect murders
Louise Erdrich The night watchman
Erica Bauermeister The scent keeper
Fernanda Melchor Hurricane season
Vladimir Sorokin The queue
Wesley King Season one
Sara Sligar Take me apart

NONFICTION
Sam Wasson The big goodbye: Chinatown and the last years of Hollywood 791.43 W288
Harry Carey Company of heroes: my life as an actor in the John Ford stock company 791.43 C188
Elizabeth Pepin Harlem of the West: the San Francisco Fillmore jazz era...

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by
Steven Dunlap

FICTION

Kristan Higgins Always the last to know
Lindsay Ellis Axiom's end : a novel
Christina Chiu Beauty
Matthew Carr Black sun rising
Kristin Harmel The book of lost names
P W (Peter Warren) Singer Burn-in : a novel of the real robotic revolution
Bree Baker A call for kelp
S A Chakraborty The city of brass
Rennie Airth Cold kill
Amita Trasi The color of our sky
Roy Freirich Deprivation : a novel
Shari Lapeña The end of her : a novel
Alexander McCall Smith The geometry of holding hands
Jonathan Kellerman Half Moon Bay : a novel
Rebecca Taylor Her perfect life
Jill McCorkle Hieroglyphics : a novel
Rebecca Kauffman The house on Fripp Island
Laura Lippman Lady in the lake : a novel
Eliza Casey Lady rights a wrong
Elly Griffiths The lantern men : a Ruth Galloway mystery
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Lolita
Alice Miller More miracle than bird : a novel
Brad Thor Near dark : a thriller
Spencer Quinn Of mutts and men
Jenn McKinlay Paris is always a good idea
Jim Butcher Peace talks : a novel of the Dresden files
JP Delaney Playing nice : a novel
Emma Donoghue The pull of the stars : a novel
Laurie R King Riviera gold : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Keith Rosson Road seven
Erica Bauermeister The scent keeper
Kevin Kwan Sex and vanity : a novel
Charlie Donlea The suicide house
David (David Stephen) Mitchell Utopia Avenue : a novel
 

NONFICTION

Bill Buford Dirt : adventures, with family, in the kitchens of Lyon, looking for the origins of the French cooking
Jonathan Metzl Dying of whiteness : how the politics of racial resentment is killing America's heartland
Bill Buford Heat [an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta maker, and apprentice to a Dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany]
Madeleine Korbel Albright Hell and other destinations : a 21st-century memoir
Jax Miller Hell in the heartland : murder, meth, and the case of two missing girls
Baynard Woods I got a monster : the rise and fall of America's most corrupt police squad
Hope Jahren Lab girl
Greta Thunberg Our house is on fire : scenes of a family and a planet in crisis
Stacey Abrams Our time is now : power, purpose, and the fight for a fair America

FICTION

Kristan Higgins Always the last to know
Lindsay Ellis Axiom's end : a novel
Christina Chiu Beauty
Matthew Carr Black sun rising
Kristin Harmel The book of lost names
P W (Peter Warren) Singer Burn-in : a novel of the real robotic revolution
Bree Baker A call for kelp
S A Chakraborty The city of brass
Rennie Airth Cold kill
Amita Trasi The color of our sky
Roy Freirich Deprivation : a novel
Shari Lapeña...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

EBOOKS

NONFICTION
Andrew E Kersten A Philip Randolph: A Life in the Vanguard
Julia L Mayer Aarp Love and Meaning After 50: The 10 Challenges to Great Relationships and How to Overcome Them
Brenda Jones Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Robert B Zoellick America in the World: A History of US Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Jeff Young Appalachian fall: dispatches from coal country on what's ailing America
Bruce Tulgan The art of being indispensable at work: win influence, beat overcommitment, and get the right things done
Rachel Cohen Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels
David Hare Behind the Beautiful Forevers: A Play
Jennifer Ackerman The bird way: a new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think
James Nestor Breath: the new science of a lost art
Ina Catrinescu Burnout to Breakthrough: Motivating Employees With Leadership Tools That Work
Carl T Bergstrom Calling bullshit: the art of skepticism in a data-driven world
Arthur R Kroeber China's economy: what everyone needs to know
Maureen Webb Coding Democracy: How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism
Jessica Garrison The Devil's Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California's Central Valley
Bill Buford Dirt: adventures, with family, in the kitchens of Lyon, looking for the origins of the French cooking
Jonathan M Metzl Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland
Max Allan Collins Eliot Ness and the mad butcher: hunting America's deadliest unidentified serial killer at the dawn of modern criminology
Kurt Andersen Evil geniuses: the unmaking of America
Margaret Sullivan Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy
Dan C Goldberg The golden thirteen: how Black men won the right to wear Navy gold
Bill Buford Heat: An Amateur's Adventures As Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Madeleine Korbel Albright Hell and other destinations: a 21st-century memoir
Jax Miller Hell in the heartland: murder, meth, and the case of two missing girls
Paul Sutter How to Die in Space: A Journey Through Dangerous Astrophysical Phenomena
Katherine D Kinzler How you say it: why you talk the way you do and what it says about you
Michael D'Antonio The Hunting of Hillary: The Forty-Year Campaign to Destroy Hillary Clinton
Casey Sherman Hunting Whitey: the inside story of the capture & killing of America's most wanted crime boss
Brandon Soderberg I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad
Shane O'Mara In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration
Jara Kern The Infographic Guide to Grammar: A Visual Reference for Everything You Need to Know
Miles Harvey The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch
Sean Hannity Live free or die: America (and the world) on the brink
Angus An Maenam: A Fresh Approach to Thai Cooking
Brenda Jones Maxine Waters
Anthony P Carnevale The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America
David Dayen Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power
Eula Biss Notes from no man's land
Catherine Ryan Howard The Nothing Man
GretaThunberg Our house is on fire: scenes of a family and a planet in crisis
Stacey Abrams Our time is now: power, purpose, and the fight for a fair America
Lisa K Woodruff The paper solution: what to shred, what to save, and how to stop it from taking over your life
Tom Philpott Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It
Cameron McWhirter Red summer the summer of 1919 and the awakening of Black America
Monty Lyman The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ
David King Six Days in August: The Story of Stockholm Syndrome
Philip Goldberg Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times: Powerful Tools to Cultivate Calm, Clarity, and Courage
Tales of two planets: stories of climate change and inequality in a divided world
Robert Draper To start a war: how the Bush Administration took America into Iraq
Jeffrey Toobin True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump
Anne Applebaum Twilight of democracy: the seductive lure of authoritarianism
Sue Stuart-Smith The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature

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Cherilyn Banson

EAUDIOBOOKS

FICTION
Mary Connealy Aiming for love
Elizabeth Goddard Always look twice
Laurie R King Beginnings
Julie Klassen The bridge to Belle Island
Victoria Thompson City of scoundrels
Joanne Fluke Coconut layer cake murder
Irene Hannon Dark ambitions
Natalie Walters Deadly deceit
Carl Weber The family business 5
DiAnn Mills Fatal strike
Shelly Ellis The final play
La Jill Hunt Full figured 14
James R Hannibal The gryphon heist
Janet Dailey Hart's hollow farm
Rebecca Zanetti Hero's haven
Anne Canadeo Hounds of the basket stitch
Val Mcdermid How the dead speak
Jahque lJIn love with the king of harlem
Alexandra Ivy The intended victim
Jessica Ellicott Murder cuts the mustard
Roni Loren The one for you
Kristi Ann Hunter A pursuit of home Kristi
India The real hoodwives of detroit
Brandie Davis Renee all hail the queen
Niyah Moore Sand cove
Jane Feather Seduce me with sapphires
Suzanne Woods Fisher Stitches in time
Shannon Holmes Street tales: a street lit anthology
Honey Swirl secrets
Latoya Chandler The therapist
T Davis Bunn Unscripted
Tracie Peterson What comes my way
Elizabeth Musser When i close my eyes
Ben Burgess Jr Wounded
Fern Michaels Yesterday

NONFICTION
Bruce Goldfarb 18 tiny deaths: the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee and the invention of modern forensics
Ann Druyan Cosmos possible worlds

EAUDIOBOOKS

FICTION
Mary Connealy Aiming for love
Elizabeth Goddard Always look twice
Laurie R King Beginnings
Julie Klassen The bridge to Belle Island
Victoria Thompson City of scoundrels
Joanne Fluke Coconut layer cake murder
Irene Hannon Dark ambitions
Natalie Walters Deadly deceit
Carl Weber The family business 5
DiAnn Mills Fatal strike
Shelly Ellis The final play
La Jill Hunt Full...

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by
Celeste Steward

While in college, I found a copy of Lolita in a pile of discarded library books. After scanning Vladimir Nabokov's opening paragraph, this line piqued my curiosity:. "Lo-Lee-Ta taking a trip three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth." Conjuring these images is how I fell under Humbert Humbert's spell, marveling at how the author could so convincingly present a monster as a respectable middle-aged man.

Reading a book as a spontaneous discovery, and not because it was just published or on your to-be-read list, has its own rewards. Lolita sparked my fascination with Russian literature. Accidental reading recently led me to  Bookcrossing.com, a website that connects readers and books, where old favorites are passed on rather than collecting dust on a bookshelf. 

In the spirit of reading it forward, several Mechanics' Institute staff members recently shared the following titles they found accidentally but thoroughly enjoyed:

"If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you probably have relegated Mrs. Hudson, his landlady and housekeeper, to a background character in his adventures. However, in Laurie R. King's The Murder of Mary Russell (2016), I learned her backstory and totally changed everything I ever thought about the housekeeper and her relationship to the famous detective. I couldn't put the book down!"--Deb, Library Director

"I am afraid of heights and I hate cold weather so Jon Karkauer's book Into Thin Air describing a disastrous expedition up Mt Everest would appear to be an unlikely choice for me.  However, once I was convinced by some coworkers to give it a try, I was absolutely captivated.   It is a remarkable work of reportage and self examination that reads like literature.  I have been told that Into Thin Air is one of the greatest books written about mountaineering.  It is the only one I have ever read and I recommend it highly.  I couldn't put it down!" -- Lisa, Library Assistant

"From the moment I began reading Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, I was stunned by his ability to describe America's darkest truth in such an eloquent manner.  I am struck by his feelings of "an old and distinct sadness" in the world around him. Here is a black  man writing about his vulnerability, one that he shares often with his teenage son; not the black man that is often portrayed as a threat to justify violence against them. This book sunk into my soul and held me in a suspended state of being, until I realized I was holding my breath throughout most of it."--Rhonda, Library Assistant

"I remember when I was about 14, I still had difficulty reading and did not read unless compelled to do so. After my family watched the movie version of "Ice Station Zebra" on television, my father pointed out that it was almost entirely different from the book and that he liked the book better. It happened that we still had the book so I could start reading it right away. It was the first truly 'extracurricular" reading I ever did and although Alistair MacLean wrote popular fiction rather than great literature, there's an enormous value to a popular work of fiction if it gets people (especially children) to read. This was the first book that ever "grabbed" me and I read it over the course of a week and only put it down when I had to do my chores. I continued to read more and more on my own initiative ever since." --Steven, Head of Technical Services

"One I would definitely recommend is Wanderers by Chuck Wendig.  It's about a sleepwalking epidemic and the political upheaval that happens as a result.  It's also the first and only book to give me a panic attack -- which is a good thing in this case!  It's extremely suspenseful and eerily similar to what is going on in the world right now.  I also really enjoy the Miriam Black series by the same author (the first book is called Blackbirds).  It's about a woman who can see how others are going to die and is a unique blend of horror and fantasy with a little bit of science fiction thrown in."--Hannah, Membership Coordinator
If you, dear members, would like to recommend a title that you discovered spontaneously, please share! Send it to [email protected] and we'll be happy to share with our readers.

While in college, I found a copy of Lolita in a pile of discarded library books. After scanning Vladimir Nabokov's opening paragraph, this line piqued my curiosity:. "Lo-Lee-Ta taking a trip three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth." Conjuring these images is how I fell under Humbert Humbert's spell, marveling at how the author could so convincingly present a monster as a respectable middle-aged man.

Reading a book as a spontaneous discovery, and not because it was just published or on your to-be-read list, has its own rewards. Lolita sparked my fascination with Russian literature. Accidental reading recently led me to  Bookcrossing.com, a website that connects readers and books, where old favorites are passed on rather than collecting dust on a bookshelf. 

In the spirit of reading it forward, several Mechanics' Institute staff members recently shared the following titles they found accidentally but thoroughly enjoyed:

"If...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

EBOOKS

FICTION
Elin Hilderbrand 28 summers
Hank Green A beautifully foolish endeavor
Kristin Harmel The book of lost names
James Patterson Cajun justice
Gail Tsukiyama The color of air
Catherine Coulter Deadlock
Donna Andrews The Falcon Always Wings Twice
Kirkland Hamill Filthy beasts
Hank Phillippi Ryan The first to lie
Jonathan Kellerman Half Moon Bay
Maggie O'Farrell Hamnet: a novel of the plague
Jill McCorkle Hieroglyphics
James Patterson Hush
Elly Griffiths The lantern men
Fiona Davis The lions of Fifth Avenue
Susan Wiggs The lost and found bookshop
Kirsty Manning The Lost Jewels
Christopher Buckley Make Russia great again
Natasha Trethewey Memorial Drive
Brad Thor Near dark
Jeff Abbott Never ask me
Megan Goldin The Night Swim
Daniel Silva The order
David Klass Out of time
Linda Castillo Outsider
Jenn McKinlay Paris Is Always a Good Idea
Jasper DeWitt The patient
Randy Ribay Patron saints of nothing
Jim Butcher Peace Talks
JP Delaney Playing nice
Ace Atkins The revelators
Kevin Kwan Sex and vanity
James Patterson The summer house
Paul Tremblay Survivor Song
David (David Stephen) Mitchell Utopia Avenue
Debbie Macomber A walk along the beach
Katherine Center What You Wish for

NONFICTION
Aminatou Sow Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

EBOOKS

FICTION
Elin Hilderbrand 28 summers
Hank Green A beautifully foolish endeavor
Kristin Harmel The book of lost names
James Patterson Cajun justice
Gail Tsukiyama The color of air
Catherine Coulter Deadlock
Donna Andrews The Falcon Always Wings Twice
Kirkland Hamill Filthy beasts
Hank Phillippi Ryan The first to lie
Jonathan Kellerman Half Moon Bay
Maggie O'Farrell Hamnet: a novel of the plague
Jill McCorkle...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

Matt Ruff 88 Names
Kristan Higgins Always the last to know
Charlie Kaufman Antkind
Simon Brett Clutter Corpse
ConnieSchultz The daughters of Erietown
Sara Paretsky Dead land
Max Brooks Devolution: a firsthand account of the Rainier sasquatch massacre
Samantha Downing He started it
Matthew Quirk Hour of the assassin
Daniel (Daniel Philippe) Mason A registry of my passage upon the earth: stories
Nathan W Pyle Stranger Planet
Mindy Mejia Strike me down

Matt Ruff 88 Names
Kristan Higgins Always the last to know
Charlie Kaufman Antkind
Simon Brett Clutter Corpse
ConnieSchultz The daughters of Erietown
Sara Paretsky Dead land
Max Brooks Devolution: a firsthand account of the Rainier sasquatch massacre
Samantha Downing He started it
Matthew Quirk Hour of the assassin
Daniel (Daniel Philippe) Mason A registry of my passage upon the earth: stories
Nathan W Pyle Stranger Planet
Mindy Mejia...

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