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Ship Breaker

Timing is everything…leaking oil tankers, massive hurricanes, global warming, pirates and melting arctic ice. Ship Breaker is set in America’s Gulf Coast region, in the not so distant future after multiple, massive hurricanes, called “city killers” have devastated the gulf cities. Ship Breaker chronicles the adventures of Nailer, a skinny, teenage boy who is a member of an indentured crew, scavenging for copper wire and other useful materials on grounded oil tankers that litter the drowned coast of a city called Orleans.

The City and the City

First the title caught my eye; then the cover illustration…..the second “city” in the title reads backwards, implying a mirror image.  However, there a two different city-scapes pictured, and as the reader soon learns, travel from one city to the other involves an existential leap as the cities occupy the same space, but are seen only one at a time.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

“So, there I was, tied to an alter made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians.” (1)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Want to read a book that’s a little scary, has some mystery, a mean governess, an enormous manor house with secret passages, and an escape from a cruel orphanage? This is the book for you!

19th Wife

Fundamentalist Mormon breakaway polygamous sects have been in the news recently, and this intriguing book threads two stories together: one, of Brigham Young’s rebellious 19th wife in the 1870’s, and the other a 19th wife in present-day southern Utah, accused of murdering her husband.

Metropolitan

Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Whit Stillman’s account of a young middle-class man’s foray into New York City’s debutante society sparkles with highbrow wit while capturing the sublime clumsiness and naiveté of youth. A romantic misadventure; his characters are trying their bodies and intellects on for size.

Dope Sick

This fantastically written novel could be considered “young  adult” due to the protagonist’s age and circumstances, but it could appeal to anyone older as well. The story follows character Lil J from his first-person point of view. He is running from the NYPD after a police officer is shot by one of his accomplices after a drug deal gone wrong. Lil J ends up hiding out in an abandoned building in a ghetto where he meets a mysterious character named Kelly.

Bresser’s Cross-Index Directory

Commonly known as the “city directory,” Bresser’s covers greater Washtenaw County, is published yearly, and is available in the Reference collections at both the Whittaker Road and Michigan Avenue locations.  Past volumes are housed in the Michigan Ypsilanti Heritage Room at YDL-Whittaker.

Homesteading

This is a fantastic, all-in-one book about backyard or more extensive homesteading. If you are a gardener or are interested in raising chickens, bees, worms, and other farm animals, then this is a great book for you. Sections include: growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, bees, etc., generating your own energy, simple structures on your land, and much more. The color photographs and illustrations are inspiring. This is a thoroughly researched text and it is easy to read. A lot of care and thought went into this book.

You've Got to Read This Book

What does it take for a book to be life-changing? I love the idea of the perfect book hitting someone at just the right time. This book gives us that life-changing title for well-known figures including Wyland, Lou Holtz, and Nancy Pearl. It's thought-provoking and uplifting to read these anecdotes. Is there a book that changed your life? Please leave a comment below.

Alternacrafts

This book encourages the reader to give new life to old objects - turn an old t-shirt into a shaggy rug, bottle-caps into necklace charms, and alter your clothing beyond recognition. The instructions are clear and include illustrations. You'll find many of the required materials for these projects around your home, and you'll be just a short time away from fun and funky crafts!

Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This motion picture soundtrack features many well-known classic and contemporary country artists and songwriters such as, Buck Owens, Lucinda Williams, and Townes Van Zandt. Songwriters and performers Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett wrote the theme song, "The Weary Kind." "The Weary Kind" earned an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song." About one-third of the 23 songs are performed by well-known Hollywood actors such as, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell.

Van Lear Rose

Musician Loretta Lynn won Grammy Awards for "Best Country Album" and "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals" in 2005 for album "Van Lear Rose." Jack White, of the Detroit rock band, The White Stripes, produced the album and also sang with Lynn on the album's song "Portland, Oregon" (which won the vocal collaboration Grammy). Overall, the album is a gorgeous musical portrait of Lynn's life story.

Oracular Spectacular

This album, Oracular Spectacular, is undeniably catchy. MGMT are two guys based out of Brooklyn, New York. Their sound: synthesizer-pop, dance, and rock with uninhibited and sometimes weird-in-a-good-way vocals.

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Columnist Thomas Friedman looks into the future to talk about the factors that will control our future from climate change (HOT), new technologies (FLAT), and population growth (CROWDED). 

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
b
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

 

More Award Winners & Bestsellers

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Academy Awards

American Booksellers Association National Indie Bestsellers

Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award