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Best day ever

New Adult Fiction - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:05
by Rouda, Kaira Sturdivant, 1963-
Publisher Graydon House, [2017] ©2017.
342 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number F ROU
Summary "Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys, and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he's the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That's why he's planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. It will be the best day ever. But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and into the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them. How perfect is any marriage, really? How much do they trust each other? Is Paul the person he seems to be? And what are his secret plans for the cottage weekend? Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, this story crackles with dark energy spinning ever tighter towards its shocking conclusion"--Publisher.

The boat runner : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:01
by Murphy, Devin,
Publisher HarperPerennial, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
370, 13 pages ; 20 cm.
Books
Call Number F MUR
Summary Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren't playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys' father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory. When war breaks out, Jacob's world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life-and his life's mission-forever. Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy's harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people's stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.

Warcross

New YA Books - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:01
by Lu, Marie, 1984-
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
353 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number YA F LU
Summary "When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"--

The playbook [CD sound recording] : 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life

New YA Books on CD - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Alexander, Kwame,
Publisher Recorded Books, [2017] ℗2017
Unabridged.
1 audio disc (1 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Audio CD
Call Number BOOK CD Y 796.01 ALE
Summary Kwame Alexander shares inspiring lessons about the rules of life, as well as uplifting quotes from athletes such as Stephen Curry and Venus Williams and other exemplars like Sonia Sotomayor and Michelle Obama.

The Ship of the Dead [CD sound recording]

New YA Books on CD - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Riordan, Rick,
Publisher Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio, [2017]
Unabridged.
11 audio discs (13 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Audio CD
Call Number J CD Audiobook Middle School Riordan, Ri
Summary Loki is readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus and his friends to stop him.

Certain women [DVD videorecording]

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Reichardt, Kelly
Publisher The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Director-approved DVD special edition.
1 videodisc (107 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (12 panels : color illustrations ; folded to 19 cm)
Video DVD
Call Number DRAMA CER
Summary A stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand. A portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.

Beyond the high blue air : a memoir

New Nonfiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Spinney, Lu,
Publisher Catapult, [2016] ©2016
258 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number 616.849 SPI
Summary Lu Spinney's memoir Beyond the High Blue Air is at once a portrait of the fearlessness of familial love and the profound dilemma posed by modern medicine. When Spinney's twenty-nine-year-old son, Miles, flies up on his snowboard, and lands hard on the ice and falls into a coma. Thus begins the erratic loss - Miles first in a coma and then trapped in a fluctuating state of minimal consciousness - that unravels over the next five years. Spinney, her husband, and three other children put their lives on hold to tend to Miles at various hospitals and finally in a care home. They hold out hope that he will be returned to them. With blunt precision, Spinney chronicles her family's intimate experience.

God's wolf : the life of the most notorious of all crusaders, scourge of Saladin

New Nonfiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Lee, Jeffrey, 1966-
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
First American edition.
332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number 956.014 LEE
Summary In a 2010 terrorist plot, Al-Qaeda hid a bomb in a FedEx shipment addressed to Reynald de Chatillon, a knight who had died centuries ago in the crusades. A reviled figure in Islamic history, often portrayed as the very epitome of brutality, Reynald remains as controversial--and as vividly present in the minds of many in the Middle East--as the story of the crusades themselves. An epic saga set in the midst of a violent clash of civilizations, God's Wolf tells the story of Reynald's staggering rise from lowly soldier to prince of Antioch, one of the crusader kingdoms in the Near East. Jeffrey Lee argues that, despite his brutality, Reynald was a strong military leader and an effective statesman who defended his kingdom against attacks from Byzantines, Armenians, and Muslims. A tale of faith, fanaticism, and brutality, God's Wolf is the fascinating story of an exceptional crusader and a provocative reinterpretation of the crusader era--

The bloody black flag : a Spider John mystery

New Mystery Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Goble, Steve, 1961-
Publisher Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
237 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number M GOB
Summary "1722--aboard a pirate ship off the American Colonial Coast. Spider John Rush never wanted to be a pirate, but it had happened and he'd learned to survive in the world of cut and thrust, fight or die. He and his friend Ezra knew that death could come at any moment, from grapeshot or storm winds or the end of a noose. But when Ezra is murdered in cold blood by a shipmate, Spider vows revenge. On a ship where every man is a killer many times over, how can Spider find the man who killed his friend? There is no law here, so if justice is to be done, he must do it. He will have to solve the crime and exact revenge himself. One wrong step will lead to certain death, but Spider is determined to look into the dying eyes of the man who killed his friend, even if it means his own death"--

The unquiet grave : a novel

New Mystery Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948-
Publisher Atria Books, 2017.
First Atria books hardcover edition.
358 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number M MCC
Summary "From New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost. Greenbrier, West Virginia, 1897. Beautiful, willful Zona Heaster has always lived in the mountains of West Virginia. Despite her mother's misgivings, Zona marries Erasmus Trout Shue, the handsome blacksmith who has recently come to Greenbrier County. After weeks of silence from the newlyweds, riders come to the Heasters' place to tell them that Zona has died from a fall, attributed to a recent illness. Mary Jane is determined to get justice for her daughter. A month after the funeral, she informs the county prosecutor that Zona's ghost appeared to her, saying that she had been murdered. An autopsy, ordered by the reluctant prosecutor, confirms her claim. The Greenbrier Ghost is renowned in American folklore, but Sharyn McCrumb is the first author to look beneath the legend to unearth the facts. Using a century of genealogical material and other historical documents, McCrumb reveals new information about the story and brings to life the personalities in the trial: the prosecutor, a former Confederate cavalryman; the defense attorney, a pro-Union bridgeburner, who nevertheless had owned slaves; and the mother of the murdered woman, who doggedly sticks to her ghost story--all seen through the eyes of a young black lawyer on the cusp of a new century, with his own tragedies yet to come. With its unique blend of masterful research and mesmerizing folklore, illuminating the story's fascinating and complex characters, The Unquiet Grave confirms Sharyn McCrumb's place among the finest Southern writers at work today"--

House. tree. person : a novel of suspense

New Mystery Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by McPherson, Catriona, 1965-
Publisher Midnight Ink, 2017.
First edition.
xvi, 335 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number M MCP
Summary The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern's life apart seam by seam. She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage son, is keeping secrets. She fears he's in danger, too. But her new job at the psychiatric hospital, the job her husband pushed her into, is using up everything she's got every day. She can try to ignore the sounds that surely can't really be there. And she can try to trust the doctors, who can't be as dark as they seem. But can Ali hold herself, her life, and her family together without getting blood on her hands?

Gangster nation : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Goldberg, Tod,
Publisher Counterpoint Press, [2017]
357 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F GOL
Summary "It's been two years since the events of Gangsterland, when legendary Chicago hitman Sal Cupertine disappeared into the guise of Vegas Rabbi David Cohen. It's September of 2001 and for David, everything is coming up gold: Temple membership is on the rise, the new private school is raking it in, and the mortuary and cemetery--where Cohen has been laundering bodies for the mob--is minting cash. But Sal wants out. He's got money stashed in safe-deposit boxes all over the city. He's looking at places to escape to, Mexico or maybe Argentina. He only needs to make it through the High Holidays, and he'll have enough money to slip away, grab his wife and kid, and start fresh. Across the country, former FBI agent Matthew Drew is now running security for an Indian Casino outside of Milwaukee, spending his off-time stalking members of The Family, looking for vengeance for the murder of his former partner. So when Sal's cousin stumbles into the casino one night, Matthew takes the law into his own hands--again--touching off a series of events that will have Rabbi Cohen running for his life, trapped in Las Vegas, with the law, society, and the post-9/11 world closing in around him. Gangster Nation is a thrilling follow-up to Gangsterland , an unexpected, page-turning examination of the seedy foundations of American life. With the wit and gritty glamor that defines his writing, Goldberg traces how the things we most value in our lives--home, health, even our spiritual lives--have been built on the enterprises of criminals.

All she left behind

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946-
Publisher Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
343 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F KIR
Summary Well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To support herself and her young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance will lead her to discover where healing truly lives.

Lightning men : a novel

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Mullen, Thomas,
Publisher 37 INK/Atria Books, 2017. ©2017
First 37 Ink/Atria book hardcover edition.
374 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F MUL
Summary "Officer Denny Rakestraw and "Negro Officers" Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith have their hands full in a rapidly changing Atlanta. It's 1950 and racial tensions are simmering as black families, including Smith's sister, begin moving into formerly all-white neighborhoods. When Rake's brother-in-law launches a scheme to rally the Ku Klux Klan to "save" their neighborhood, his efforts spiral out of control, forcing Rake to choose between loyalty to family or the law. Across town, Boggs and Smith try to shut down the supply of white lightning and drugs into their territory, finding themselves up against more powerful foes than they'd expected. Battling corrupt cops and ex-cons, Nazi brown shirts and rogue Klansmen, the officers are drawn closer to the fires that threaten to consume the city once again"--

Haunted

New Adult Fiction - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Patterson, James, 1947-
Publisher Little Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
317, 14, 16 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number F PAT
Summary "Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the brink. He settles on an idyllic, small town in the beautiful Maine woods, a recommendation from a former colleague. But just when Bennett thinks he can relax, he gets pulled into a case that has shocked the tight-knit community. Kids are disappearing left and right with no explanation -- until several bodies turn up in the woods. As Bennett investigates, he discovers that the seemingly perfect town is reeling from a deadly addiction, and the violence is about to reach a fever pitch. Far from the city streets he knows so well, Bennett faces off against a horrific evil next door that threatens a town, the law, and the family that Bennett loves above all else"--From Amazon.com.

The cruel prince

New YA Books - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Black, Holly,
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
First edition.
370 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number YA F BLA
Summary Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

Before the devil breaks you : a Diviners novel

New YA Books - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Bray, Libba,
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
552 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number YA F BRA
Summary After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them face-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.--Provided by Publisher.

Batman : Nightwalker

New YA Books - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Lu, Marie, 1984-
Publisher Random House, [2018]
First edition.
252 pages ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number YA F LU
Summary "The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list ... Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer"--

Night of cake & puppets

New YA Books - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:00
by Taylor, Laini,
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ©2013
First hardcover edition.
190 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number YA F TAY
Summary "Set in the same time period as Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Night of Cake & Puppets is the story of Zuzana and Mik's first date, an elaborate scavenger hunt that takes them through the streets of Prague on a cold winter's night"--

6 below [DVD videorecording] : miracle on the mountain

New Feature Film DVDs - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:00
by Waugh, Scott,
Publisher Momentum Pictures, [2017]
Widescreen.
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Video DVD
Call Number DVD SIX
Summary When a snowstorm strands former professional hockey player Eric LeMarque atop the Sierra Nevada Mountains for eight days, he is forced to face his past and come to terms with his personal demons and rediscover the power of faith within him in order to survive.

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