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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Calling Dr. Laura

Calling Dr. Laura : a graphic memoirBy Georges, Nicole J.

With the new popularity of non-fiction comics, sometimes it is tough to weed through them all to find a gem. Calling Dr. Laura is one such gem. It follows the author as she tries to find her father, who she recently finds is alive, through a psychic. Along the way, we learn about Georges’ childhood, her strained relationship with her mother, and her partners, her friends, her music, her art, her community, her chickens and dogs.

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Displacement : a travelogueBy Knisley, Lucy

Lucy Knisley contributes to her always impressive comics oeuvre with her newest addition, Displacement : a travelogue. In this slice of Knisley’s life, we learn about her trip on a cruise with her grandparents.

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The Girl in the Spider's Web

The girl in the spider's webBy Lagercrantz, David

After receiving a call from a trusted source claiming to have vital information to the United States, journalist Mikael Blomkvist turns to hacker Lisbeth for help. [continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series]

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Station Eleven

Station eleven : a novelBy St. John Mandel, Emily, 1979-

An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve.... Read more

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Did You Ever Have a Family?

Did you ever have a familyBy Clegg, Bill

The stunning debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy.

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Fortune Smiles

Fortune smiles : storiesBy Johnson, Adam, 1967-

These brand new stories from Johnson [The Orphan Master's Son] are typically comic and tender, absurd and totally universal.

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Love Stuff

Love stuffBy King, Elle

A patron recommended this artist to me, and I'm glad I checked her out. The artist’s name is Elle King. King is influenced by rock ‘n’ roll, old and new, as well as pop and country. She has a rusty sounding voice, reminiscent of Wanda Jackson and possibly, and oddly, Tegan and Sarah. Her debut album, Love Stuff, is well polished. The overall production is great.... Read more

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The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture

The power of comics : history, form and cultureBy Duncan, Randy, 1958-

Many schools and colleges now have courses on comics. Duncan’s book can serve as a textbook for such a course, complete with end of chapter questions, a glossary, and activities. His co-authors, Matthew J. Smith and Paul Levitz, are both well-versed in comic history and culture (Levitz is a former President of DC Comics and the two other co-authors teach communications at the college level).... Read more

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Lighter Than My Shadow

Lighter than my shadowBy Green, Katie (Illustrator)

Katie Green tells the story of her complicated relationship with food and self image, starting from a young age, and how it was influenced by so many in her life. Divided into large sections distinguished by colors used, you get to see different influences on Green as well as different facets to the condition.

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In the Language of Miracles

In the language of miraclesBy Hassib, Rajia

A mesmerizing debut novel of an Egyptian American family and the wrenching tragedy that tears their lives apart.

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The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.

The divide : American injustice in the age of the wealth gapBy Taibbi, Matt

Seasoned journalist Matt Taibbi has written a very useful book. If you are in the dark about what happened in 2008 and what the fallout for the masses of the uninformed (us), The Divide will answer many of your questions (but you won’t feel much better).
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Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

Not the Israel my parents promised meBy Pekar, Harvey

Harvey Pekar’s last comic, released posthumously, is also one of his greatest. Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is the story of the Jewish people told over the course of millennia. It is also the story of Harvey Pekar’s evolving relationship to the State of Israel from his childhood until his late adulthood.... Read more

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Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed susans : a novel of suspenseBy Heaberlin, Julia

Rendered famous as the only survivor of a serial killer twenty years earlier, Tessa discovers clues that the wrong person was convicted and that the true killer is preparing to finish what he started.

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AfterworldsBy Westerfeld, Scott

Afterworlds is a noteworthy novel, giving us two stories at once. At 18 Darcy Patel is publishing a novel, using the advance from her publisher she moves to New York City to try and make it as an author. In her new reality she meets other authors, makes friends, struggles with edits of her book, and falls in love for the first time.... Read more

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Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2014 Prize in Literature
Patrick Modiano

National Book Award

2014 Prize for Fiction
by Phil Klay

2014 Prize for Nonfiction
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos

Newbery Medal
2015 award
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

Caldecott Medal
2015 award
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

y Dan Santat

Printz Award

2015 award
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Martian
, by Andy Weir
Make Me, by Lee Child
The Girl in the Spider's Web
, by David Lagercrantz
Come Rain or Shine
, by Jan Karon
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
Killing Reagan, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling
Furiously Happy
, by Jenny Lawson
The Boys in the Boat
, by Daniel James Brown
Between the World and Me
, by Ta-Nehisi Coates


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Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award