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Readers Nook

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Steven Dunlap

For all our true crime readers we have six new titles we acquired in the last couple months that you may enjoy. (Click on a title below to place a hold). 

The ghosts of Eden Park : the bootleg king, the women who pursued him, and the murder that shocked jazz- age America / Karen Abbott.

  • In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new Pontiacs for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the U.S. Attorney's office hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences. -- Provided by publisher.

Know my name : a memoir / Chanel Miller.

  • Not a typical true crime book. We include it here because this important book describes a crime and its aftermath. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting "Emily Doe" on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral, was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress. It inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Now Miller reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.She tells of her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial, reveals the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios, and illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators.

 

My friend Anna : the true story of the fake heiress who conned me and half of New York City / Rachel DeLoache Williams.

  • The From a photo editor at Vanity Fair comes the true account of her friendship with Anna Delvey--a woman posing as a German heiress who conned her out of $62,000--and her quest to obtain justice. 

 

Savage appetites : four true stories of women, crime, and obsession / Rachel Monroe.

  • In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe interrogates the appeal of true crime through four narratives of fixation. In the 1940s, a bored heiress began creating dollhouse crime scenes depicting murders, suicides, and accidental deaths. Known as the "Mother of Forensic Science," she revolutionized the field of what was then called legal medicine. In the aftermath of the Manson Family murders, a young woman moved into Sharon Tate's guesthouse and, over the next two decades, entwined herself with the Tate family. In the mid-nineties, a landscape architect in Brooklyn fell in love with a convicted murderer, the supposed ringleader of the West Memphis Three, through an intense series of letters. After they married, she devoted her life to getting him freed from death row. And in 2015, a teenager deeply involved in the online fandom for the Columbine killers planned a mass shooting of her own. A combination of personal narrative, reportage, and a sociological examination of violence and media in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Savage appetites is a journey into obsession, scrupulously exploring empathy, justice and the persistent appeal of crime. 

 

Without a prayer : the death of Lucas Leonard and how one church became a cult / Susan Ashline.

  • The horrifying true story of a killing inside the secluded Word of Life Christian Church, a parish-turned-cult in upstate New York. Teenager Lucas Leonard made shocking admissions in front of the altar―he'd practiced witchcraft, conspired to murder his parents, and committed unspeakable crimes. The confessions earned him a brutal beating by a gang of angry church members, including his parents and sister. Lucas was brought to the hospital dead, awakening the sleepy community of Chadwicks, New York, to the horror that had been lurking next door.

 

Moneyland : the inside story of the crooks and kleptocrats who rule the world / Oliver Bullough.

  • Another title atypical of the true crime genre but an important and engaging read nonetheless. From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in London and Manhattan, something has gone wrong. Kleptocracies, governments run by corrupt leaders that prosper at the expense of their people, are on the rise. Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough traveled around the world to find Moneyland--the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich. (His unsucessful attempt to visit the physical address of a shell company on the island of Nevens reads like a Kafka novel). Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, attacking the foundations of many of the world's most stable countries. Meet the kleptocrats. Meet their awful children. And find out how heroic activists around the world are fighting back.

 

(Note: all summaries in this post adeapted from publisher descriptions and/or dust jackets except for Without a prayer, adapted from the Amazon.com summary).

For all our true crime readers we have six new titles we acquired in the last couple months that you may enjoy. (Click on a title below to place a hold). 

The ghosts of Eden Park : the bootleg king, the women who pursued him, and the murder that shocked jazz- age America / Karen Abbott.

  • In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new Pontiacs for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the U.S. Attorney's office hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they...
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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Carol Anshaw Right after the weather
Taffy Brodesser-Akner Fleishman is in trouble
Pico Iyer Cuba & the night
Ben Lerner The Topeka school
Elif Shafak 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world
Jeanette Winterson Frankissstein

Historical Fiction
Lynn Cullen The sisters of Summit Avenue
Curdella Forbes A tall history of sugar

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Linwood Barclay Elevator pitch
Stephen Chbosky Imaginary friend
Cassandra Clark Murder at Whitby Abbey
Clive Cussler The Titanic secret
Nicci French The lying room
Jake Hinkson Dry county
Tessa Arlen A death by any other name
Rene Denfeld The butterfly girl
Tess Gerritsen The shape of night
J. A. Jance Sins of the fathers
Raymond Khoury Empire of lies
Joyce Carol Oates Pursuit
John Sandford Bloody genius
P.J. Tracy Ice cold heart

Short Stories
Joe Hill Full throttle
Kate Walbert She was like that

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NONFICTION

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Ronald Weber Dateline--liberated Paris: the Hotel Scribe & the invasion of the press 070.44 W375d

Business & Economics
Rebecca A. Fannin Tech titans of China: how China's tech sector is challenging the world by innovating faster, working harder & going global 338.476 F216

Chess
Kevin J. O'Connell (editor) The Batsford chess yearbook 794.1 B334
Neil McDonald The king's indian attack: move by move 794.1225 A07 M135
Junior Tay The Schliemann defence: move by move 794.1225 C63 T236

Computer Science
Artur Ejsmont Web scalability for startup engineers: tips & techniques for scaling your Web application 006.78 E78

History
Renia Spiegel Renia's diary: a Holocaust journal 940.5318 S43
Guy de la Bédoyère The real lives of Roman Britain 936.2 D331r
Kevin Knauss Benjamin Norton Bugbey: Sacramento's champagne king 979.454 B865k
Steve Sheinkin Most dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg & the secret history of the Vietnam War 959.7 E47sh
Studs Terkel Division Street: America 977.311 T318

Literature & Writing
Jeanne Powell Two seasons: story-poems 811 P882t

Performing Arts & Music
Patti Smith Year of the monkey 780.92 S656y

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Helen Prejean River of fire: my spiritual journey 271.9 P924
Tiffany Shlain 24/6: the power of unplugging one day a week 158.1 S696

Politics & Government
Daron Acemoglu The narrow corridor: states, societies & the fate of liberty 320.01 A173n
Steven M. Wise Though the heavens may fall: the landmark trial that led to the end of human slavery 326 W754

Social Sciences & Current Events
Frank Abagnale The art of the steal: how to protect yourself & your business from fraud--America's #1 crime 364.16 A153a
Chanel Miller Know my name 364.153 M612
Shelly Oria (editor) Indelible in the hippocampus: writings from the me too movement 364.153 I218
Monique Villa Slaves among us 364.15 V711

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION

BOOKS
Fiction
Leslie Jonath Go to sleep, baby girl Child Jonath

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DVDs

Foreign Language
Ash is purest white DVD Chinese

Nonfiction
Amazing grace DVD 782.25 F831
The biggest little farm DVD 630 B483

BOOKS

FICTION
Carol Anshaw Right after the weather
Taffy Brodesser-Akner Fleishman is in trouble
Pico Iyer Cuba & the night
Ben Lerner The Topeka school
Elif Shafak 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world
Jeanette Winterson Frankissstein

Historical Fiction
Lynn Cullen The sisters of Summit Avenue
Curdella Forbes A tall history of sugar

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Linwood Barclay Elevator pitch
Stephen Chbosky Imaginary friend
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Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Lucy Ellmann Ducks, Newburyport
John Englehardt Bloomland
Jim Tilley Against the wind
Ta-Nehisi Coates The water dancer
Kira Peikoff Mother knows best

Historical Fiction
Edoardo Albinati The Catholic school
Alice Hoffman The world that we knew
Maaza Mengiste The shadow king
Ann Patchett The Dutch house

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Kerry Greenwood The spotted dog
Ira Levin A kiss before dying
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Mycroft & Sherlock: the empty birdcage
Paula Daly Clear my name
Jack Flynn Blood in the water
Kyle Mills Lethal agent

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Yoko Ogawa The memory police

Short Stories
Edwin Frank (editor) The red thread: 20 years of NYRB classics: an anthology SS R312

Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Comic Strips
F.C. Ware Rusty Brown 741.5 W267r comics
Frank Santoro Pittsburgh 741.5973 S596 comics
George Takei They called us enemy 940.5317 T139 comics

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NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Peter McGough I've seen the future & I'm not going: AIDS, the art scene & downtown New York in the 1980s 700.92 M177
Sébastien Allard Delacroix 759.4 D33a
Ceci Moss Expanded internet art: twenty-first century artistic practice & the informational milieu 776 M855
Todd Oldham Alexander Girard 747 G441o

Biography & Genealogy
Aleksandar Hemon My parents: an introduction ; This does not belong to you 92 H489m
Bill V. Mullen James Baldwin: living in fire 92 B1813m

Business & Economics
Jeremy Rifkin The Green New Deal: why the fossil fuel civilization will collapse by 2028 & the bold economic plan to save life on earth 333.79 R56g

Computer Science
François Chollet Deep learning with Python 006.3 P99c
Hobson Lane Natural language processing in action: understanding, analyzing & generating text with Python 006.5 L24

Health & Medicine
Caitlin Doughty Will my cat eat my eyeballs?: big questions from tiny mortals about death 616 D732
Anne Boyer The undying: pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer & care 616.994 B791

History
Jim DeFede The day the world came to town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland 971.8 D361
Rafael Medoff The Jews should keep quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise & the Holocaust 940.5318 M469
Roel Sterckx Ways of heaven: an introduction to Chinese thought 951 S454
Howard Zinn Truth has a power of its own: conversations about A people's history 973.072 Z78t
H.W. Crocker The politically incorrect guide to the British empire 909.097 C872

Law
Eric Foner The Second Founding: How the Civil War & Reconstruction Remade the Constitution 342.73 F673s
Peter Charles Hoffer Litigation nation: a cultural history of lawsuits in America 346.7303 H69

Literature & Writing
Elena Ferrante Frantumaglia: a writer's journey 853.9 F411
Leslie Jamison Make it scream, make it burn 814 J325m
Lisa Kröger Monster, she wrote: the women who pioneered horror & speculative fiction 809.9164 K889

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Chad Orzel Breakfast with Einstein: the exotic physics of everyday objects 530 O9b

Performing Arts & Music
Will Birch Cruel to be kind: the life & music of Nick Lowe 780.92 L951b
John Mauceri For the love of music: a conductor's guide to the art of listening 781.1 M441
Dane Shitagi Ballerina project 792.8 S68

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Calm 158.1 C135
Nir Eyal Indistractable: how to control your attention & choose your life 153.733 E13
Rob Walker The art of noticing: 131 ways to spark creativity, find inspiration & discover joy in the everyday 153.7 W151
Liz Plank For the love of men: a new vision for mindful masculinity 155.33 P693
Phil Zuckerman What it means to be moral: why religion is not necessary for living an ethical life 170 Z942

Politics & Government
James Poniewozik Audience of one: Donald Trump, television & the fracturing of America 324.73 P774
Edward Snowden Permanent record 327.12 S674p
Steve Vogel Betrayal in Berlin: the true story of the Cold War's most audacious espionage operation 327.12 V87b

Social Sciences & Current Events
Michael Deibert When the sky fell: Hurricane Maria & the United States in Puerto Rico 363.34 D367
Donna Freitas Consent: a memoir of unwanted attention 364.158 F884
Terry McAuliffe Beyond Charlottesville: taking a stand against white nationalism 305.8 M119
Imani Perry Breathe: a letter to my sons 306.85 P429
Marc Randolph That will never work: the birth of Netflix & the amazing life of an idea 384.55 R159
Paul Tough The years that matter most: how college makes or breaks us 378.1 T722

Sports & Games
Bud Selig For the good of the game: the inside story of the surprising & dramatic transformation of Major League Baseball 796.357 S487

Travel & Geography
Ian Anderson San Diego 917.9498 M818
Carol Bareuther Fodor's U.S. & British Virgin Islands 917.297 F653
Eyewitness Berlin 914.315 E975
Eyewitness Ireland 914.15 E97
Eyewitness Italy 914.5 E975
Eyewitness London 914.21 E975
Eyewitness New York City 917.471 E97
Eyewitness Paris 914.436 E975
EyewitnessRome 914.56 E975
Fodor's Los Angeles 917.9494 F65
Fodor's Napa & Sonoma 917.9418 F65f
Damian Harper Normandy & D-Day beaches road trips 914.42 L847
Irène Lassus-Fuchs 111 tastes of Paris that you shouldn't miss 914.436 L338

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AUDIOBOOKS

Nonfiction
Martyn Whittock Mayflower lives: Pilgrims in a new world & the early American experience CD 974.4 W619

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EBOOKS
Fiction
Saul Austerlitz Generation Friends: an inside look at the show that defined a television era
Richard Crawford Summertime: George Gershwin's life in music
Steve Dahl Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died
Delilah S. Dawson Black spire
Oonagh Duncan Healthy As F*Ck: The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy & Kick Ass at Life
Eric Foner The Second Founding: How the Civil War & Reconstruction Remade the Constitution
Stanley B. Greenberg RIP GOP: how the new America is dooming the Republicans
The Vagina Bible: The Vulva & the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine/ Jennifer Gunter
Pico Iyer A beginner's guide to Japan: observations & provocations
Ibram X. Kendi How to be an antiracist
Lisa Kröger Monster, she wrote: the women who pioneered horror & speculative fiction
David Lagercrantz The girl who lived twice
Nicholas Lemann Transaction man: the rise of the deal & the decline of the American dream
Daniel Markovits The Meritocracy trap: how America's foundational myth feeds inequality, dismantles the middle class & devours the elite
Jim Mattis Call sign chaos: learning to lead
Rafael Medoff The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise & the Holocaust
Randall Munroe How to: absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems
Louise Penny. A better man
James Poniewozik Audience of One: Television, Donald Trump & the Politics of Illusion
Eleanor Randolph The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: Innovation, Money & Politics
Sue Roe In Montparnasse: the emergence of surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali
Bud Selig For the good of the game: the inside story of the surprising & dramatic transformation of Major League Baseball
Brad Smith Tools & weapons: the promise & the peril of the digital age
Rebecca Solnit Whose story is this?: essays at the intersection
Danielle Steel The dark side
Ben Westhoff Fentanyl, Inc.: how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid epidemic
Duncan White Cold warriors: writers who waged the literary cold war

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DVDs

Drama
The public

Foreign Language
Never look away = Werk ohne Autor DVD German

Nonfiction
The gospel according to André DVD 746.92 T149

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CDs
Classical
Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli Sonate da camera nos 1-6 CD Classical Carbonelli

Musicals & Soundtracks
Bruce Springsteen Springsteen on Broadway CD Musicals Springsteen

BOOKS

FICTION
Lucy Ellmann Ducks, Newburyport
John Englehardt Bloomland
Jim Tilley Against the wind
Ta-Nehisi Coates The water dancer
Kira Peikoff Mother knows best

Historical Fiction
Edoardo Albinati The Catholic school
Alice Hoffman The world that we knew
Maaza Mengiste The shadow king
Ann Patchett The Dutch house

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Kerry Greenwood The spotted dog
Ira Levin...

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PIco Iyer has written books that many Mechanics' Institute members have shown they like: our records show his books have had numerous check-outs, in particular his 1991 book about Japan, The lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto. Iyer has returned to this subject with his newest work A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations. Given interest by MI members in Japan and travel, as well as this author's popuarity, we expect this one to be another well-read addition to our collection. Click on this link to place a hold.

British born of Indian parents, Iyer is best known for his writings on culture and philosophy inspired by his extensive travels. He started out in his youth bouncing back and forth several times a year between California, where his parents lived, and England, where he attended college. His early sense of "rootlessness" led him to feel comfortable with being an outsider where he lives despite having lived in Japan for almost 30 years. In addition to his travellogues and philosphical works, he has also published two novels, Cuba and the Night (recently ordered), and the one already in our collection, Abandon: A Romance, which has also proven very popular here. As a consequence of his life-long fascination with Graham Greene, Iyer once ventured into literary criticism with The Man Within My Head in 2012.

Please note: we cannot see who has checked out a given book after a member has returned it and paid the overdue fine (if any). We can only see a total number of times a book has been checked out. 

PIco Iyer has written books that many Mechanics' Institute members have shown they like: our records show his books have had numerous check-outs, in particular his 1991 book about Japan, The lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto. Iyer has returned to this subject with his newest work A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations. Given interest by MI members in Japan and travel, as well as this author's popuarity, we expect this one to be another well-read addition to our collection. Click on this link to place a hold.

British born of Indian parents, Iyer is best known for his writings on culture and philosophy inspired by his extensive travels. He started out in his youth bouncing back and forth several times a year between California, where his parents lived, and England, where he attended college. His early sense of "rootlessness" led him to feel comfortable with being an outsider where he lives despite having lived in Japan for almost 30...

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by
Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Tash Aw We, the survivors
Kevin Barry Night boat to Tangier
Jacqueline Woodson Red at the bone
David Baldacci Absolute power
Barbara Taylor Bradford Breaking the rules
Meg Waite Clayton The last train to London
Howard Jacobson Live a little
Judith Michael A tangled web

Historical Fiction
Tracy Chevalier A single thread

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Nevada Barr What Rose forgot
Craig Johnson Land of wolves
Attica Locke Heaven, my home
Annalee Newitz The future of another timeline
Anne Perry Death in focus: an Elena Standish novel
Lisa Unger The stranger inside
David Baldacci One good deed
Martin Edwards Gallows Court
Edwin Hill Little comfort
Edwin Hill The missing ones

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
John L. Apostolou (editor) The best Japanese science fiction stories

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NONFICTION

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Andrew Bolton Alexander McQueen: savage beauty 746.92 M459b

Biography & Genealogy
Roy Morris Jr. Gertrude Stein has arrived: the homecoming of a literary legend 92 S818mo
Eleanor Randolph The many lives of Michael Bloomberg 92 B655r

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Christopher Ingraham If you lived here you'd be home by now: why we traded the commuting life for a little house on the prairie 070.92 I47

Business & Economics
William Dalrymple The anarchy: the relentless rise of the East India Company 654.031 D151
Christopher Ketcham This land: how cowboys, capitalism & corruption are ruining the American West 333.73 K491
Kivi Leroux Miller Calm not busy: how to manage your nonprofit's communications for great results 658.048 L562
Nicholas Lemann Transaction man: the rise of the deal & the decline of the American dream 330.973 L54

Chess
Alexander Alekhine My best games of chess, 1908-1937 794.1 A36ma

Computer Science
Eugene Charniak Introduction to deep learning 006.3 C483
Brenda Jin Designing web APIs: building APIs that developers love 006.7 J564
Mike McGrath Visual basic in easy steps 005.262 M147v
Sam Newman Building microservices: designing fine-grained systems 005.1 N462

Food & Drink
Anthony Bourdain: the last interview & other conversations 641.5 B768L
Adam Leonti Flour lab: an at-home guide to baking with freshly milled grains 641.3 L554

Health & Medicine
Jen Gunter The vagina bible: the vulva & the vagina - separating the myth from the medicine 618.1 G957

History
T.H. Breen The will of the people: the revolutionary birth of America 973.31 B83w
Garrett M. Graff The only plane in the sky: an oral history of 9/11 973.931 G736
Mark Roseman Lives reclaimed: a story of rescue & resistance in Nazi Germany 943.086 R812
Thomas J. Campanella Brooklyn: the once & future city 974.7 C186

Literature & Writing
Benjamin Moser Sontag: her life & work 818 S69m

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Nolen Gertz Nihilism 149.8 G328
Ryan Holiday The obstacle is the way: the timeless art of turning trials into triumph 158 H732
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz Wildhood: the epic journey from adolescence to adulthood in humans & other animals 156 N217

Politics & Government
Harlow Giles Unger Thomas Paine & the clarion call for American independence 320.51092 P15u
Stephen Kinzer Poisoner in chief: Sidney Gottlieb & the CIA search for mind control 327.12 K56p

Social Sciences & Current Events
Malcolm Gladwell Talking to strangers: what we should know about the people we don't know 302 G54t
Chip Jacobs Smogtown: the lung-burning history of pollution in Los Angeles 363.7392 J151
Duffy Jennings Reporter's note book: a San Francisco Chronicle journalist's diary of the shocking seventies 909.827 J541
Daniel Markovits The Meritocracy trap: how America's foundational myth feeds inequality, dismantles the middle class & devours the elite 305.5 M342

Sports & Games
Geoffrey Engelstein Building blocks of tabletop game design: an encyclopedia of mechanisms 794 E329

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DVDs

Nonfiction
Iceland's favourite places DVD 914.912 I15

BOOKS

FICTION
Tash Aw We, the survivors
Kevin Barry Night boat to Tangier
Jacqueline Woodson Red at the bone
David Baldacci Absolute power
Barbara Taylor Bradford Breaking the rules
Meg Waite Clayton The last train to London
Howard Jacobson Live a little
Judith Michael A tangled web

Historical Fiction
Tracy Chevalier A single thread

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Nevada Barr What Rose forgot
Craig Johnson...

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BOOKS

FICTION
Margaret Atwood The testaments
Carolina De Robertis Cantoras
Salman Rushdie Quichotte
Cathleen Schine The grammarians
Wallace Thurman The blacker the berry
Anita Felicelli Chimerica
Stephen King The institute

Historical Fiction
Lara Prescott The secrets we kept
Monique Truong The sweetest fruits

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Jeffrey Archer Nothing ventured
John Billheimer Primary target
Andrea Camilleri The other end of the line
Ann Cleeves The long call
David Lagercrantz The girl who lived twice
James Patterson The first lady
Soren Sveistrup The chestnut man
S. D. Sykes The bone fire
Anne Perry Treachery at Lancaster Gate

Short Stories
The O. Henry Prize stories 2019 SS S67
Wendy Rawlings Time for bed Fic Rawlings

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NONFICTION

Biography & Genealogy
Susan Ronald Condé Nast: the man & his empire 92 N189
A.N. Wilson Prince Albert: the man who saved the monarchy 92 A333wi

Business & Economics
Jim Collins Turning the flywheel: a monograph to accompany Good to great 658.4 C712t
Stephen D. Mayer 5 buckets, 4 shovels, a beach & a map: a guide to financial security 332.024 M452
Binyamin Appelbaum The economists' hour: false prophets, free markets & the fracture of society 330.973 A486

Chess
D.B. Pritchard The classified encyclopedia of chess variants 794.18 P96e
Victor Bologan Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black: How to Play for a Win Against the Spanish Opening 794.1225 C60 B693
Alexey Kuzmin The Zaitsev system: fresh ideas & new weapons for black in the Ruy Lopez 794.1225 C60 K978
Viktor Moskalenko The diamond Dutch: strategic ideas & powerful weapons 794.1225 A80 M911
Viktor Moskalenko The perfect Pirc-modern: strategic ideas & powerful weapons 794.1225 B07 M911

Computer Science
Martin Kleppmann Designing data-intensive applications: the big ideas behind reliable, scalable & maintainable systems 006.7 K678

Health & Medicine
John H. Halpern Opium: how an ancient flower shaped & poisoned our world 362.293 H163
David J. Miklowitz The bipolar disorder survival guide: what you & your family need to know 616.895 M589

History
Sam Anderson Boom town: the fantastical saga of Oklahoma city, its chaotic founding, its apocalyptic weather, its purloined basketball team & the dream of becoming a world-class metropolis 976.6 A231
Jim Mattis Call sign chaos: learning to lead 355.0092 M435

Home & Family Management
Pamela Paul How to raise a reader 649 P324

Literature & Writing
Glory Edim (editor) Well-read black girl: finding our stories, discovering ourselves: an anthology 810.8 W458
Rebecca Solnit Whose story is this?: old conflicts, new chapters 814.54 S688
Brooke Warner Write on, sisters!: voice, courage & claiming your place at the table 808.02 W242w
Walter Mosley Elements of fiction 808.3 M91e

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
John Johnson Zwicky: the outcast genius who unmasked the universe 523.01 J630
Randall Munroe How to: absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems 502 M968h
John Taliaferro Grinnell: America's environmental pioneer & his restless drive to save the West 508.092 G885

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Theodore Dalrymple Admirable evasions: how psychology undermines morality 150 D169

Politics & Government
Jason Stahl Right moves: the conservative think tank in American political culture since 1945 320.52 S141

Social Sciences & Current Events
Frank Abagnale Scam me if you can: simple strategies to outsmart today's rip-off artists 364.16 A153sc
Mike Isaac Super pumped: the battle for Uber 388.4 I12
Cassandra Kircher Far flung: improvisations on national parks, driving to Russia, not marrying a ranger, the language of heartbreak & other natural disasters 363.68 K632
Valeria Luiselli Tell me how it ends: an essay in forty questions 305.9069 L968
W. Caleb McDaniel Sweet taste of liberty: a true story of slavery & restitution in America 306.362 M141
Kevin Sullivan Anti-money laundering in a nutshell: awareness & compliance for financial personnel & business managers 364.2 S531
Stan Tatkin Wired for dating: how understanding neurobiology & attachment style can help you find your ideal mate 306.73 T187
Nolan Higdon United States of distraction: media manipulation in post-truth America (and what we can do about it) 302.23 H534
Khalil Gibran Muhammad The condemnation of blackness: race, crime & the making of modern urban America 364.973 M892
Dana Thomas Fashionopolis: the price of fast fashion - & the future of clothes 338.4768 T455f
James Walvin Freedom: the overthrowing of the slave empires 306.362 W241

Travel & Geography
Pico Iyer A beginner's guide to Japan: observations & provocations 915.2 I97

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EAUDIOBOOKS
Michael Blake Marching to Valhalla a novel of Custer's last days
Davis Bunn Moondust Lake
Zen Cho The true queen
P. Djeli Clark The black god's drums
Gioacchino Criaco Black souls
Frans de Waal Mama's last hug animal & human emotion
Katherine Dunn On cussing bad words & creative cursing
Elly Griffiths The stranger diaries
Treasure Hernandez Carl Weber's kingpins Houston
Honey Addicted to an addict
Stuart Jamieson Close to the sun the journey of a pioneer heart surgeon
William W. Johnstone Venom of the mountain man
Michel Moore A big girl's revenge
Martin Rees Just six numbers the deep forces that shape the universe
Nina Revoyr A student of history
Nina Revoyr The necessary hunger
Shantae Baby, you're worthy Marcus & Nikki
Martin L. Shoemaker Today I am Carey
Jack Skillingstead The chaos function
Bryan Sykes Once a wolf the science behind our dogs' astonishing genetic evolution
Eric Topol Deep medicine how artificial intelligence can make healthcare human again
James Vlahos Talk to me how voice computing will transform the way we live, work & think

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EBOOKS
Margaret Atwood The testaments
Sandra Brown Outfox
Edwidge Danticat Everything Inside
Philippa Gregory Tidelands
Stephen King The institute
James Patterson The inn
Douglas Preston Old bones
Bill Pronzini The snatch
E.R. Ramzipoor The ventriloquists
Ruth Ware The turn of the key
Stuart Woods Contraband

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DVDs

Nonfiction
Basic hula DVD 793.3 B292

BOOKS

FICTION
Margaret Atwood The testaments
Carolina De Robertis Cantoras
Salman Rushdie Quichotte
Cathleen Schine The grammarians
Wallace Thurman The blacker the berry
Anita Felicelli Chimerica
Stephen King The institute

Historical Fiction
Lara Prescott The secrets we kept
Monique Truong The sweetest fruits

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Jeffrey Archer Nothing ventured
John Billheimer...

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Many people know about Frank Abignale from having watched the movie Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks). The real-life Frank Abignale has spent his post-criminal life working to prevent the sort of crimes he used to commit. Contrary to the movie version, he never accepted money from law enforcement, providing his consulting services and classes to law enforcement agencies for free. He has made his living advising corporations and banks. For example, the forgery deterent measure that we typically see on machine-generated checks -- the black box of "negative space" that shows the numerals in the white of the paper -- was his invention. In his earlier book, The Art of the Steal, he explained various cons that affect businesses and indivduals, along with advice for how to avoid them. Now as many of us grow older and plan for or have already started living on our investments, reading his newest book takes on a great deal of importance. 

Abignale writes in a clear, direct style that communicates his advice very effectively. His use of colorful examples and anecdotes to illustrate his points makes his books a pleasure to read. In addition, he has kept up with technological progress. Abignale provides advice about what photo not to post on social media, the best way to protect your phone from being hacked, and the only conditions under which you should use the WIFI networks at the airport, to name a few. Most importantly, much of his advice proves a bit counter-intuitive, making it all the more necessary to read up on the latest cons because the counter-measures would not occur to most of us.

To place a hold, Log into your library account then click on this title: Scam Me if you Can : Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today's Rip-off Artists

FYI, another book by Frank Abignale on this topic, published in 2007: Stealing Your Life : The Ultimate Identity Theft Prevention Plan. (Online version available free from the Internet Archive; you must register for a free account to access). 

Many people know about Frank Abignale from having watched the movie Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks). The real-life Frank Abignale has spent his post-criminal life working to prevent the sort of crimes he used to commit. Contrary to the movie version, he never accepted money from law enforcement, providing his consulting services and classes to law enforcement agencies for free. He has made his living advising corporations and banks. For example, the forgery deterent measure that we typically see on machine-generated checks -- the black box of "negative space" that shows the numerals in the white of the paper -- was his invention. In his earlier book, The Art of the Steal, he explained various cons that affect businesses and indivduals, along with advice for how to avoid them. Now as many of us grow older and plan for or have already started living on our investments, reading his newest book takes on a great deal of importance. 

Abignale writes in a clear, direct style that...

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The winners of the Hugo Awards for best science fiction of the year, announced at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland on August 18th, include some titles in our collection, print, e-book and DVD:

Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • An alternate history in which a meteorite obliterates most of the East coast of the U.S. in 1952, leading to a climate cataclysm that will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity. The accellerated space program to colonize the solar system includes women, but only on the ground. A woman pilot and mathematician works to overcome the obstacles of 1950s American society to become the first woman astronaut.

Best Novella: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

  • "Murderbot" wants to know about the massacre. Teaming up with a research transport vessal named ART (you don't want to know what the A stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks. 

The library also has the 4 books in the Murderbot Diaries series, but some only as e-audiobooks. Please let us know if you would like us to order the print format as these books have proven very popular with MI members. 

Best Series: Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

  • Reviewers have noted the similarities to Firefly, (Joss Whedon), Mass Effect, and Star Wars. Serious and comedic, the books in this series examine questions of identity and inter-species communication/cooperation with a light touch. An upbeat and optimistic antidote to dystopias and alien invasions. The library has the first two novels of this series: The Long Way to a Small, Angry planet and A Closed and Common Orbit.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [DVD]

  •  Miles Morales is the new Spider-Man but must also walk the balance between his personal high school & family life and his life as a superhero. While being Spider-Man, he becomes familiar with the Spider-Verse, where there are endless variations on Spider-Man. One of the Spider-Man variations living inside the Spider-Verse is Spider-Man, Peter B. Parker, who guides Miles in his journey as the new Spider-Man and introduces him to the multitude of other Spider-Men, including Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham. All of the various Spider-Men will have to band together when villains threaten the safety of the Spider-Verse and of the world itself.

The winners of the Hugo Awards for best science fiction of the year, announced at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland on August 18th, include some titles in our collection, print, e-book and DVD:

Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • An alternate history in which a meteorite obliterates most of the East coast of the U.S. in 1952, leading to a climate cataclysm that will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity. The accellerated space program to colonize the solar system includes women, but only on the ground. A woman pilot and mathematician works to overcome the obstacles of 1950s American society to become the first woman astronaut.

Best Novella: Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

  • "Murderbot" wants to know about the massacre. Teaming up with a research transport vessal named ART (you don't want to know what the A...
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BOOKS

FICTION
K. Sello Duiker Thirteen cents
Tupelo Hassman Gods with a little g
Michelle Ruiz Keil All of us with wings
Elias Khoury Children of the ghetto: my name is Adam
Stéphane Larue The dishwasher
Geovani Martins The sun on my head
Alix Ohlin Dual citizens

Historical Fiction
Patrice Nganang When the plums are ripe

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Elizabeth Daly And dangerous to know
Elizabeth Daly Arrow pointing nowhere
Elizabeth Daly Deadly nightshade
Elizabeth Daly Night walk
Elizabeth Daly Nothing can rescue me
Elizabeth Daly The book of the lion
Elizabeth Daly The house without the door
Elizabeth Daly Unexpected Night

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
C.D. Kerr City bird song: a fable
Kimi Eisele The lightest object in the universe

Short Stories
Etgar Keret Fly already
Elise Levine This wicked tongue
Kimberly King Parsons Black light
Gregory Spatz What could be saved: bookmatched

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Gina Rippon Gender & our brains: how new neuroscience explodes the myths of the male & female minds 612.82 R486

Biography & Genealogy
Tom Segev A state at any cost: the life of David Ben-Gurion 92 B456s

Business & Economics
Arthur M. Diamond, Jr. Openness to creative destruction: sustaining innovative dynamism 658 D537
April Dunford Obv!ously awesome: how to nail product positioning so customers get it, buy it, love it 658.82 D915
John Mullins The customer-funded business: start, finance, or grow your company with your customers' cash 658.152 M917
William S. Young Scary business: investing the sudden large lump sum 332.6 Y681

Chess
Milos Perunovic The modernized Benko 794.1225 A57 P47

History
Julia Blackburn Time song: journeys in search of a submerged land 909 B62
Daniel Burnham & Frederick Law Olmstead: The Two Architects Behind the Success of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago 606 B821
Mike Thomson Syria's secret library: reading & redemption in a town under siege 956.91 T382
Marie Arana Silver, sword & stone: three crucibles in the Latin American story 980 A141

Home & Family Management
Sarah Archer The midcentury kitchen: America's favorite room: from workspace to dreamscape, 1940s-1970s 643.3 A23

Law
Ian Urbina The outlaw ocean: journeys across the last untamed frontier 387.5 U19

Literature & Writing
Carl Boon Places & names 811 B724
Shapes of Native nonfiction: collected essays by contemporary writers 814 S221
Duncan White Cold warriors: writers who waged the literary cold war 809.04 W582

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Adrian Tinniswood The Royal Society: & the invention of modern science 506.041 T591r

Performing Arts & Music
Dayton Duncan Country music: an illustrated history 781.642 D91

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
Donald Hoffman The case against reality: why evolution hid the truth from our eyes 121.34 H699
Andrea S. Kramer It's not you, it's the workplace: women's conflict at work & the bias that built it 158.2 K860
Bina Venkataraman The optimist's telescope: thinking ahead in a reckless age 153.83 V559

Politics & Government
Kyle Burke Revolutionaries for the right: anticommunist internationalism & paramilitary warfare in the Cold War 324.13 B917
Peter Kagel Advice, trials & tribulations of a country lawyer: Calistoga, California, 1973-1983 979.405 K119

Social Sciences & Current Events
Susan Ashline Without a prayer: the death of Lucas Leonard & how one church became a cult 364.152 A359
Billy Jensen Chase darkness with me: how one true-crime writer started solving murders 363.259 J453
Joanna Jolly Red River girl: the life & death of Tina Fontaine 364.152 J685
Maria McGrath Food for dissent: natural foods & the consumer counterculture since the 1960s 394.12 M178

Travel & Geography
Anna Sherman The bells of old Tokyo: meditations on time & a city 915.2 S551

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION

DVDs
The Lion King 2: Simba's pride DVD Children's

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DVDs

Foreign Language
Goodbye to language DVD French

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Alita: battle angel

Nonfiction
The unruly mystic: John Muir, prophet, author, poet, radical, conservationist, mystic DVD 92 M953

BOOKS

FICTION
K. Sello Duiker Thirteen cents
Tupelo Hassman Gods with a little g
Michelle Ruiz Keil All of us with wings
Elias Khoury Children of the ghetto: my name is Adam
Stéphane Larue The dishwasher
Geovani Martins The sun on my head
Alix Ohlin Dual citizens

Historical Fiction
Patrice Nganang When the plums are ripe

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Elizabeth Daly And dangerous to know
Elizabeth Daly Arrow pointing nowhere
Elizabeth...

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Cherilyn Banson

BOOKS

FICTION
Jonathan Coe Middle England
Elyssa Friedland The floating Feldmans
Bryn Greenwood The reckless oath we made
James Gregor Going Dutch
Joshilyn Jackson Never have I ever

Historical Fiction
Philippa Gregory Tidelands
Christy Lefteri The beekeeper of Aleppo
E.R. Ramzipoor The ventriloquists

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Colin Cotterill The second biggest nothing
Alex North The whisper man
Louise Penny A better man
Hank Phillippi Ryan The murder list
Andrew Shaffer Hope rides again
Daniel Silva The new girl
Karin Slaughter The last widow
Fred Vargas This poison will remain
Reba White Williams Bloody royal prints
Jorge Zepeda Patterson The black jersey
Becky Masterman We were killers once

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Alix E. Harrow The ten thousand doors of January

Short Stories
Edwidge Danticat Everything inside

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NONFICTION
Applied Sciences
Jacky Colliss Harvey The animal's companion: people & their pets, a 26,000-year love story 636.088 H262

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Yoko Hatta Japanese knitting stitches from Tokyo's Kazekobo Studio: a dictionary of 200 stitch patterns 746.43 H288
Lewis Achenbach Hear this book: Achenbach in Chicagoland, documentary drawings 2012-2014 743.89 A177
Heather Sandy Hebert The new architecture of wine: 25 spectacular California wineries 720.9794 H354
Sue Roe In Montparnasse: the emergence of surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali 709.44 R699i

Biography & Genealogy
Ursula Buchan Beyond the thirty-nine steps: a life of John Buchan 92 B917be
Anthony Everitt Alexander the Great: his life & his mysterious death 92 A374e

Books, Reading, Publishing, Journalism, Library & Information Science
Leah Price What we talk about when we talk about books: the history & future of reading 028 P945w

Business & Economics
Nely Galán Self made: becoming empowered, self-reliant & rich in every way 650.1 G146
Robert Kiyosaki Fake: fake money, fake teachers, fake assets: how lies are making the poor & middle class poorer 332.024 K628f
Robert T. Kiyosaki Rich Dad's cashflow quadrant: guide to financial freedom 332.024 K628c
Alexandra Levit Humanity works: merging technologies & people for the workforce of the future 658.4 L66
Joseph A. McCartin Collision course: Ronald Reagan, the air traffic controllers & the strike that changed America 331.89 M127
Dasarte Yarnway Pay me in equity: a millennial guide for understanding equity compensation 332.024 Y28

Chess
Sasha Chapin All the wrong moves: a memoir about chess, love & ruining everything 794.1092 C365
Richard Pert Playing the Ragozin: a dynamic repertoire 794.1225 D38 P468
Vladimir Barsky The Ragozin complex: a guide for White & Black 794.1225 D38 B282
Alexey Bezgodov The extreme Caro-Kann: attacking black with 3.f3 794.1225 B12 B574
Ruslan Scherbakov The Triangle system: Noteboom, Marshall gambit & other Semi-Slav Triangle lines 794.1225 D44 S326
Evgeny Sveshnikov Sveshnikov vs. the anti-Sicilians : a complete repertoire for black 794.1225 B20 S968

Computer Science
Nicole Hennig Power searching the Internet: the librarian's quick guide 025.04 H516p
Kristen Meinzer So you want to start a podcast: finding your voice, telling your story & building a community that will listen 006.5 M478

Food & Drink
José Andrés Vegetables unleashed: a cookbook 641.65 A256
Peter Reinhart Perfect pan pizza: square pies to make at home, from Roman, Sicilian & Detroit, to grandma pies & focaccia 641.82 R275
Alysa Levene Cake: a slice of history 641.8653 L576

Health & Medicine
Katherine Eban Bottle of lies: the inside story of the generic drug boom 615.1 E14
Ramon Resa Out of the fields: my journey from farmworker boy to pediatrician 610.92 R311

History
Robert W. Black Yank & rebel rangers: special operations in the American civil war 973.74 B561

Law
Dean A. Strang Keep the wretches in order: America's biggest mass trial, the rise of the Justice Department & the fall of the IWW 345.7302 S816

Literature & Writing
Anne Boyer Garments against women 811 B791g

Performing Arts & Music
Steve Aoki Blue: the color of noise 780.92 A43

Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
M.R. O'Connor Wayfinding: the science & mystery of how humans navigate the world 153.75 O187

Politics & Government
Peter Kagel Advice, trials & tribulations of a country lawyer: Calistoga, California, 1973-1983 979.405 K119

Social Sciences & Current Events
Oliver Bullough Moneyland: the inside story of the crooks & kleptocrats who rule the world 364.132 B938
Daryl Johnson Hateland: a long, hard look at America's extremist heart 303.484 J630
R. J. Maratea Killing with prejudice: institutionalized racism in American capital punishment 364.66 M326
Cameron McWhirter Red summer: the summer of 1919 & the awakening of Black America 305.8 M257
Rachel Monroe Savage appetites: four true stories of women, crime & obsession 364.152 M757
Tom Nealon Food fights & culture wars: a secret history of taste 394.12 N26
Jen Schradie The revolution that wasn't: how digital activism favors conservatives 302.23 S693
Paul Warde The environment: a history of the idea 304.2 W219
Harriet A. Washington A terrible thing to waste: environmental racism & its assault on the American mind 363.73 W31
Perrin Selcer The postwar origins of the global environment: how the United Nations built Spaceship Earth 363.7 S481

Travel & Geography
Richard Kreitner Booked: a traveler's guide to literary locations around the world 910.4 K877
Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei 915.95 L847
Declan Lyons Cycling the Canal de la Garonne: from Bordeaux to Toulouse 914.47 L995

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CHILDREN'S COLLECTION

DVDs
The secret life of pets 2 DVD Children's

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AUDIOBOOKS

Nonfiction
Robert Greenberg The life & operas of Verdi 4 volumes CD 782.1 V48

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EBOOKS
Marie Arana Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story
Andrea S. Kramer It's Not You It's the Workplace: Women's Conflict at Work & the Bias That Built It

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DVDs

Drama
At eternity's gate
Hotel Mumbai
To walk invisible: the Brontë sisters

Foreign Language
Tokyo fiancée DVD Japanese

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Godzilla King of the monsters

BOOKS

FICTION
Jonathan Coe Middle England
Elyssa Friedland The floating Feldmans
Bryn Greenwood The reckless oath we made
James Gregor Going Dutch
Joshilyn Jackson Never have I ever

Historical Fiction
Philippa Gregory Tidelands
Christy Lefteri The beekeeper of Aleppo
E.R. Ramzipoor The ventriloquists

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
Colin Cotterill The second biggest nothing
Alex North The whisper man
Louise Penny...

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