Christy’s Recommendations

The Alice Network: a Novel

The Alice network : a novel [sound recording]By Quinn, Kate
A haunted British WW1 spy and a pregnant, unwed American college girl team up in 1947 to learn what happened to a beloved cousin and a hated enemy in France.
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: a Novel

Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel [sound recording]By Semple, Maria
Eighth-grader Bee pieces together clues about where her mother, who disappeared on the eve of a family trip to Antarctica, might be. Be ready to laugh at this terrifically funny audiobook.
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Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis

Cast away : true stories of survival from Europe's refugee crisisBy McDonald-Gibson, Charlotte
The true stories of five refugees forced to leave their homes and make dangerous journeys to Europe in search of safety.
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Us : a novelBy Nicholls, David, 1966-
A British man takes a trip with his wife and teenage son to look at art in European cities after his wife tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. Can he save his marriage and get closer to his prickly son?
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The Women in the Castle

The women in the castle [sound recording]By Shattuck, Jessica author.
Three German widows share their lives and stories following the end of World War II.
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Commonwealth [sound recording]By Patchett, Ann
Tragedy binds together stepsiblings, whose tale is later told by the novelist lover of the youngest child.
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Redemption Road

Redemption road : a novel [sound recording]By Hart, John, 1965-
A North Carolina detective, suspended pending an excessive use of force investigation, teams up with a former cop she once saw as a mentor, who has just been released from prison for murder.
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The Nix

The nix [sound recording]By Hill, Nathan, 1975-
A college professor must decide if he wants to help his arrested mother, or publicly humiliate her for abandoning him when he was a child. This is a rich and bitingly funny first novel, with award-worthy narration.
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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

Being mortal : [sound recording] medicine and what matters in the endBy Gawande, Atul
Noted author and surgeon Atul Gawande writes about the failure of Western medicine to meet the needs of the terminally ill.
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Memory Man

Memory man [sound recording]By Baldacci, David
Former police detective Amos Decker, who has the rare ability to remember everything he experiences in great detail, returns to the force to investigate two heinous crimes.
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Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again

Self made man : one woman's journey into manhood and back againBy Vincent, Norah
A fascinating look at the 18-month odyssey of a woman journalist who dressed as a man.
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City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp

City of thorns : nine lives in the world's largest refugee campBy Rawlence, Ben,
This book provides an intimate look at the lives of nine residents of the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
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Girl Waits with Gun

Girl waits with gun : a novel [sound recording]By Stewart, Amy
In 1914 New Jersey, Constance Kopp and her two sisters have their quiet, rural lives upended when a local factory owner and his friends begin threatening them following a road accident.
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The Rosie Project

The Rosie project [sound recording]By Simsion, Graeme C.
An Australian geneticist is looking for a wife, but finds himself smitten with a woman who's the opposite of what he thought he wanted. Funny, smart, and charming.
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The Flight of the Silvers

The flight of the silvers [sound recording]By Price, Daniel, 1970-
Six survivors from our Earth find themselves living on an alternate Earth, where cars fly, time can be reversed, and they have many enemies.
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Did You Ever Have a Family

Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

Medical school for everyone : [sound recording] grand rounds casesBy Benaroch, Roy.
A doctor presents 24 medical cases to illustrate how doctors think and make decisions.
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Seveneves : [sound recording] a novelBy Stephenson, Neal
This terrific science fiction novel is more like two books in one. In the first section, the main setting is the International Space Station. Scientists there, and around the world, are scrambling to preserve humanity after a catastrophic event threatens the destruction of Earth. The second part of the book jumps 5,000 years into the future, as the human race, living in a huge, complex environment in outer space, begins the return to Earth.... Read more
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The Heart Goes Last

The heart goes last : [sound recording] a novelBy Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
A young couple, trying to survive in a dangerous, dystopian world, agree to live in a town where things are not as they appear.
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Finding Jake

Finding Jake [sound recording]By Reardon, Bryan
Simon Connolly faces a parent’s worst nightmare when a shooting takes place at the local high school, with 13 dead. His daughter Laney escapes harm, but 17-year-old son Jake is nowhere to be found. Jake’s friend Doug is identified as the main shooter, killing himself after the attack. But was there a second shooter? Could it have been Jake? The police, the media, and other parents are all convinced Jake was involved.... Read more
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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

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

That nightBy Stevens, Chevy
Toni Murphy and her boyfriend Ryan are high school sweethearts, living in a small town on Canada’s Vancouver Island. Toni is bedeviled by former friend Shauna and her buddies, bullies all, and is relieved to finally graduate. Shortly after graduation, however, during an evening when Toni and Ryan are out with Toni’s younger sister Nicole, the girl is brutally murdered.... Read more
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Dead Connection

Dead connectionBy Burke, Alafair
This is the first book in the Ellie Hatcher series which, to date, includes five titles. New York City rookie detective Ellie Hatcher has been asked to work on a homicide case involving the murder of two women who were both using FirstDate, an online dating website. The company’s founder refuses to divulge the names of anonymous male dates, however, and someone is blocking the detectives’ request for a subpoena.... Read more
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Fourth of July Creek: A Novel

Fourth of July Creek : a novelBy Henderson, Smith (Joshua Smith)
Set in Montana in the 1980s, this book’s main character, Pete Snow, is a social worker who is accustomed to dealing with dysfunctional families whose problems include drug addiction, alcoholism, child abuse, and more. One of his cases involves a 15-year-old boy whose mother, a drug addict, is no longer in control of him.... Read more
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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2015 Prize in Literature
Svetlana Alexievich

National Book Award

2015 Prize for Fiction
Fortune Smiles
by Adam Johnson

2015 Prize for Nonfiction
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Newbery Medal
2016 award
Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña

Caldecott Medal
2016 award
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
y Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Printz Award

2016 award
Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Last Mile
, by David Baldacci
The Obsession
, by Nora Roberts
Stuck-up Suit, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Bounty, by Kristen Ashley
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sale)
The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington
When Breath Becomes Air
, by Paul Kalanithi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar
Alexander Hamilton
, by Ron Chernow


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Coretta Scott King Award

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Newbery Medal

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