My Librarian Favorites May 2014

The Outcasts
The Outcasts A Novel By Kent, Kathleen Book - 2013 FICTION KENT 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A taut, thrilling adventure story about buried treasure, a manhunt, and a woman determined to make a new life for herself in the old west. (Alison's favorite)

The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project [a Novel] By Simsion, Graeme C. Book - 2013 FICTION SIMSION 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 162 on 26 copies

Annotation:Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father. (Lisa P's favorite)

Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World
Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World A Novel By Berman, Sabina Book - 2012 FICTION BERMAN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Karen Nieto passed her earliest years a feral child, left alone to wander the vast beach property near her family's failing tuna cannery in Mazatlan, Mexico. When her mother dies, Karen's long-kept family secret is revealed. What to do with the troubled and autistic Karen? (Darcee's favorite)

Still Missing
Still Missing By Gutcheon, Beth Richardson Book - 1981 FICTION GUTCHEON Available in some locations

Annotation:This is exactly how it would be if your kid didn't come home from school tomorrow. Smooth writing, great story, shocking ending. (Heather's favorite)

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars By Green, John Book - 2012 y GREEN 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 126 copies

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. (Diana's favorite)

Thirty Girls
Thirty Girls By Minot, Susan Book - 2014 FICTION MINOT 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 8 copies

Annotation:Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. (Karen E's favorite)

Dog on It
Dog on It A Chet and Bernie Mystery By Quinn, Spencer Book - 2009 MYSTERY QUINN 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school, but he's a detective through and through. Both Chet and Bernie bring their own special skills to the hunt, one that puts each of them in peril. But even as the bad guys try to turn the tables, this duo is nothing if not resourceful, and the result is an uncommonly satisfying adventure. (Karen S's favorite)

Tapestry of Fortunes
Tapestry of Fortunes A Novel By Berg, Elizabeth Book - 2013 FICTION BERG 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation: This novel is classic Elizabeth Berg--a portrait of how women grow through the relationships that define them, and a testament to the power of female friendship. (Laural's favorite)

Unknown Pleasures
Unknown Pleasures Inside Joy Division By Hook, Peter Book - 2013 782.421660922 H781u 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Founding member and bass player Peter Hook recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, rose from the punk scene to create a haunting, atmospheric music that would define a generation. Matt's fave.

The Initiates
The Initiates A Comic Artist and A Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs By Davodeau, Étienne Book - 2013 GN DAVODEAU 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Providing a true-life representation of how both professions work, this insightful book investigates two fascinating fields, exploring each man's motivations and ultimately revealing that their endeavors and aspirations are not much different. (Nick's favorite)

Akata Witch
Akata Witch By Okorafor, Nnedi Book - 2011 y OKORAFORM 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer. (Rachael's favorite)

A Treacherous Paradise
A Treacherous Paradise By Mankell, Henning Book - 2013 FICTION MANKELL 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cold and poverty define Hanna Renstrom's childhood in remote northern Sweden, and in 1905, at nineteen, she boards a ship for Australia in hope of a better life. But none of her hopes--or fears--prepares her for the life she will lead. (Susanne's favorite)

Eating Dirt
Eating Dirt Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life With the Tree-planting Tribe By Gill, Charlotte Book - 2011 333.751530971 G4752e 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:What happens after a clear cut through a forest in the Great Northwest? Most often, a crew of tree-planters come in and stuff saplings into the ground as quickly as humanly possible. I'm not a poetry sort of person, much to the embarrassment of my English degree, but the spare gorgeousness of this writing is about as close as I will come. Winner of the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. (Tama's favorite)

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