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ENGLISH FICTION

AMONG OTHERS
Author:   WALTON, JO
S/P/V: Some sex; Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  08143
  1 volume in 1 container

1979. After a dangerous confrontation with her unstable mother,
science-fiction fanatic Mori Phelps injures her leg--and loses her
twin sister. Mori's father sends her to boarding school, where she
discovers fairies and begins to practice magic. Some violence, some
strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Nebula Award.   2010.

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BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER
Author:   MONTEFIORE, SANTA, 1970-
S/P/V: Some sex; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  08171
  1 volume in 1 container

1973. Trixie falls in love with Jasper, a singer in a band. Her
behavior shocks the island she lives on, but she doesn't care. Then
secrets from her mother Grace's past emerge and reveal mother and
daughter are more alike than Trixie knew. Some violence and some
descriptions of sex. 2014.

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BEYOND THE STORM
Author:   ZANE, CAROLYN
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: QUILTS OF LOVE    1

LB  08147
  1 volume in 1 container

After a tornado rips through her town, salon owner Abigail comes
across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress in the rubble.  As
she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness in light of the
destruction, Abigail helps piece together a patchwork quilt from
the salvaged fabric in the hope it will bring some peace. 2012.

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DEATH WEARS A BEAUTY MASK AND OTHER STORIES
Author:   CLARK, MARY HIGGINS
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08142
  1 volume in 1 container

This collection of short stories by the "Queen of Suspense" features
her first published short story, "Stowaway." Also included in the
collection are: "Death Wears a Beauty Mask," "When the bough breaks,"
"Voices in the Coalbin," "The Cape Cod masquerade," "Definitely, a
crime of passion," "The man next door," "Haven't we met before?,"
"The funniest thing has been happening lately," and "The tell-tale
purr." unrated. 2015.

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DUNE
Author:   HERBERT, FRANK
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: DUNE    1

LB  08135
  1 volume in 1 container

A science fiction novel with sociological and religious overtones.
An exile with psychic powers becomes the prophet of the savage
people on the planet Dune. Prequel to "Dune Messiah" (RC 19126).

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EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES
Author:   SCOTTOLINE, LISA
S/P/V: Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  08136
  1 volume in 1 container

After psychiatrist Eric Parrish reassures a dying woman that he will
counsel her teenage grandson, he worries about the boy's obsession
with a girl. Meanwhile, Eric--who is dealing with his separation from
his wife and young daughter--doesn't realize that a sociopath is
playing him. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2015.

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FALL
Author:   LESCROART, JOHN T
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  08137
  1 volume in 1 container

San Francisco lawyers Dismas Hardy and his associate and only
daughter Rebecca find themselves in the middle of a difficult murder
case involving a teenage African American foster child. Violence,
strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

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FALLING IN LOVE
Author:   LEON, DONNA
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08141
  1 volume in 1 container

Attending a performance by an opera star he saved in "Death at La
Fenice," Brunetti learns that the singer is being stalked by an
obsessed fan who subsequently attacks a fellow performer. unrated.
2015.

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FAMILY PLOT: A JOHN PICKETT MYSTERY
Author:   SOUTH, SHERI COBB
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: JOHN PICKETT    3

LB  08163
  1 volume in 1 container

Bow Street runner, John Pickett, is sent to Scotland to investigate a
woman found unconscious on the beach - a woman who bears a striking
resemblance to the local laird's daughter, a girl missing and
presumed dead for the last fifteen years. Picket is surprised to
discover that the woman was found by none other than Lady Fieldhurst
and her three young nephews. They must join forces to discover the
truth about a family that suddenly turned deadly. 2014.

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GATHERING PREY
Author:   SANDFORD, JOHN, 1944 FEBRUARY 23-
S/P/V: Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: LUCAS DAVENPORT   35

LB  08138
  1 volume in 1 container

Called Travelers, they move from city to city, panhandling but
committing no crimes. When Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty,
learns that a woman Traveler she’d befriended thinks somebody is
killing her friends, Lucas accompanies Letty on an odyssey through a
subculture unlike any he has ever seen. Violence and strong language.
Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2015.

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GO SET A WATCHMAN
Author:   LEE, HARPER
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  08152
  1 volume in 1 container

Twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 77672),
Jean Louise Finch (once known as Scout) returns home to Maycomb,
Alabama. She confronts the racism of her hometown in the 1950s,
including the views of Atticus, the father she idolizes. Some strong
language. 2015.

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HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS
Author:   CENTER, KATHERINE
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  08144
  1 volume in 1 container

A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her
annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a
wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to
pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's
even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't
imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins
the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in
the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming. Some strong
language. 2015.

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HEART HAS ITS REASONS
Author:   DUENAS, MARIA, 1964-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08150
  1 volume in 1 container

Talented Madrid college professor Blanca Perea seems to have it all.
Then her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman.
Questioning her life she once had and whether she truly knows
herself, Blanca accepts what looks like a boring research grant in
California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago.
Leaving her own troubled life behind, she is drawn into his haunted
world of poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions. But in delving
into the past, Blanca finds herself simultaneously awakened to the
present. 2014.

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KANSAS KID: A WESTERN DUO
Author:   PAINE, LAURAN
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08145
  1 volume in 1 container

Two western stories. In the title piece saloon owner Race Dunphy
questions the cause of a gunfight that took place outside his drinking
establishment. In Border Dawn greedy cattle rancher Grant Mitchell
plugs up other peoples' access to the water from the Blue River.
2010.

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KINGBIRD'S PURSUIT
Author:   BRAND, MAX, 1892-1944
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08131
  1 volume in 1 container

An outlaw known only as Kingbird goes from being pursued to being the
pursuer when he is asked to find the Blair's missing daughter, who
is also his friend. unrated. 1933.

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LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE
Author:   GRAHAME-SMITH, SETH
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08173
  1 volume in 1 container

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges searches for
renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking
death. He travels to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the
Ripper and then returns to experience the events of the next century.
Sequel to Abraham Lincoln (DB 70658). Unrated. Commercial audiobook.
  2015.

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LAST BOOKANEER
Author:   PEARL, MATTHEW
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08146
  1 volume in 1 container

In 1890, the implementation of an international copyright law is
looming, and competing bookaneers Pen Davenport and his nemesis,
Belial, travel to Samoa to steal the final manuscript by Robert Louis
Stevenson. On arriving, however, they find the environment to be more
dangerous than they expected. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.    2015.

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LONGING
Author:   BALOGH, MARY
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08149
  1 volume in 1 container

The illegitimate daughter of an English lord, Sian Jones abandoned
her heritage to live in a stalwart coal mining community in South
Wales. She's engaged to the leader of a revolutionary movement
that is bracing itself against the tyranny of English mine owners.
But when she accepts a job as governess under the Marquess of
Craille, a symbol of everything she resists, Sian's principles are
shaken. He is sympathetic to her cause. He is a loving father.
And he is offering his heart to the independent woman who has
illuminated his life.

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MELODY LINGERS ON
Author:   CLARK, MARY HIGGINS
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08172
  1 volume in 1 container

Interior designer Lane Harmon is called to assist in redecorating
a modest townhouse in suburban New Jersey. The home belongs to
the wife of a disgraced financier named Parker Bennett, who has
been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it
was discovered that the $5 billion in the fund he had been
managing had vanished. His clients and the federal government all
want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still alive. Lane
finds herself drawn to Mrs. Bennett and her son, Eric, who both
believe that Bennett is not guilty. Lane doesn't know that the
closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life and
her young daughter's in jeopardy. 2015.

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MEMORY MAN
Author:   BALDACCI, DAVID
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08151
  1 volume in 1 container

Amos Decker's pro career ended immediately with a violent
helmet-to-helmet collision, which also left him with the inability to
forget anything. The second life-altering event happened two decades
later, when police detective Decker returned from a stakeout to find
his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law murdered. Unrated.
Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2015.

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MURDER OF MAGPIES
Author:   FLANDERS, JUDITH
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08148
  1 volume in 1 container

It's just another day at the office for London book editor
Samantha "Sam" Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering
how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is
utterly unpublishable, lunch with Kit Lovell whose new book
dishes the dirt on a recent fashion industry scandal. Little does
she know the trouble Kit's book will cause before it even goes to
print. When police inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices
of Timmins & Ross asking about a package addressed to Sam, she
knows something is wrong. 2014.

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NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS
Author:   KENDRICK, BETH
S/P/V: Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  08133
  1 volume in 1 container

After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders
has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after
implodes, Lila returns to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town
where she grew up and struggles to reinvent herself. Strong language.
2015.

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OUTRAGE
Author:   INDRIDASON, ARNALDUR
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: INSPECTOR ERLENDUR    7

LB  08132
  1 volume in 1 container

When Detective Erlender places her in charge during his leave of
absence, Elinborg tackles a disturbing serial rapist case that has
the local police racing against time to prevent another attack.
unrated. 2008.

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PROTOTYPE
Author:   WATERS, M.D., 1976-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: ARCHETYPE    2

LB  08160
  1 volume in 1 container

Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past - both
of them. After more than a year on the run, she may finally find a
place to settle down. But the past rises to haunt her, and there's no
nowhere on the planet she can hide. Emma battles for her life and her
freedom. Sequel to Archetype LB 79699. unrated. 2014.

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REDSHIRTS
Author:   SCALZI, JOHN, 1969-
S/P/V: Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  08139
  1 volume in 1 container

Ensigns assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid have a
nasty habit of dying while on missions. Linguistics Department ensign
Andrew Dahl investigates and discovers a stunning secret behind the
deaths. Strong language and some violence. 2012.

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RESCUED
Author:   PERRY, MARTA
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: KEEPERS OF THE PROMISE    2

LB  08159
  1 volume in 1 container

As an Amish wife and mother struggles to hold her family together, a
story from the past teaches her how to face her daily challenges with
strength and love. In modern day central Pennsylvania, Judith Wegler
tries to heal the growing rift between her husband Isaac and his
teenage brother Joseph. In 1953, widow Mattie Lapp fights against the
county's attempts to force Amish children to attend a consolidated
public school. unrated. 2015.

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REYKJAVIK NIGHTS
Author:   INDRIDASON, ARNALDUR
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08167
  1 volume in 1 container

In this stunning prequel to his critically acclaimed Inspector
Erlendur series, Arnaldur Indridason gives devoted fans a glimpse
of Erlendur as a young, budding detective.  The beat on the streets
in Reykjavik is busy: traffic accidents, theft, domestic violence,
contraband...and an unexplained death.  When a tramp he met
regularly on the night shift is found drowned in a ditch, no one
seems to care. But his fate haunts Erlendur and drags him
inexorably into the strange and dark underworld of the city. 2012.

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SECOND CHANCE HERO
Author:   GRIGGS, WINNIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: TEXAS GROOMS    6

LB  08140
  1 volume in 1 container

To help his dying sister, Nate Cooper once broke the law. Now the
ex-con turned saddler hopes for a new beginning in Turnabout, Texas.
When he saves a young widow's daughter from imminent harm, Nate's
shocked to be called a hero. Single mom Verity Leggett is very
cautious, but her daughter's rescuer seems like a man she can rely on.
When Nate's secrets come to light, will Verity be able to overlook
his past? unrated. 2015.

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SKIN GAME
Author:   BUTCHER, JIM, 1971-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: DRESDEN FILES   15

LB  08169
  1 volume in 1 container

As Queen Mab's Winter Knight, Harry Dresden, from Cold Days (DB
75998), is loaned out in service to one of his archenemies, Nicodemus
Archleone. Harry must help Nicodemus break into Hades's vault--which
no one ever wants to do. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.  Bestseller.
2014.

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SKYLIGHT: A NOVEL
Author:   SARAMAGO, JOSE
S/P/V: Some sex; Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  08134
  1 volume in 1 container

A portrait of ordinary people, Skylight tells the intertwined stories
of the residents of a faded apartment building in 1940s Lisbon. 2011.
Some sex and some violence.

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SMALL MERCIES
Author:   JOYCE, EDDIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08127
  1 volume in 1 container

Depicts--over the course of one week--the complicated emotional
history of a Staten Island Italian-Irish American family. Ten years
after the unexpected loss of firefighter Bobby, the Amendola family's
youngest son, everyone is still struggling to recover. But at his
son's birthday party, they must find a way to accept Bobby's
replacement. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.    2015.

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SUMMER SECRETS
Author:   GREEN, JANE, 1968-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08170
  1 volume in 1 container

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty something
journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral.
Wild nights out in London and raging hangovers become her norm,
leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family
on Nantucket. When she returns home, she confronts the reality
of her life and knows it's time to grow up. Cat is now in her
forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a newfound
sobriety, and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back
to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago,
she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she
may risk losing the people she loves most. Unrated. 2015.

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THOSE GIRLS
Author:   STEVENS, CHEVY
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08164
  1 volume in 1 container

Jess, Courtney and Dani Campbell live on a remote ranch in Western
Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their
father's temper.  One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters
are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse
nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town.  As events
spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying
situation and are left with no choice but to change their names
and create new lives.  Eighteen years later, they are still trying
to forget what happened that summer.  But when one of the sisters
goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back
into the past. unrated. 2015.

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TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG; OR, HOW WE FOUND THE BISHOP'S BIRD STUMP AT
Author:   WILLIS, CONNIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08128
  1 volume in 1 container

  Subtitle ends:...the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last.         In 2057
Lady Schrapnell endows a time-travel project in return for help in
rebuilding Coventry Cathedral. The only object she needs for the newly
restored building is the bishop's bird stump. Ned Henry is sent back
to 1940 to retrieve it before the church burns, but he arrives a few
hours too late--which is just the beginning of his problems.

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TOM CLANCY UNDER FIRE
Author:   BLACKWOOD, GRANT
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: JACK RYAN   16

LB  08165
  1 volume in 1 container

On a routine intelligence-gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan Jr.
has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing
a transcontinental railway project. Seth gives Jack a key and a
perplexing message. The next day, two men claim Seth has disappeared
with a vital intelligence operation's funds. Unrated. Commercial
audiobook. Bestseller. 2015.

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TRAIL OF SHADOWS
Author:   PAINE, LAURAN
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08154
  1 volume in 1 container

Todd Duncan barely escapes a lynch mob who believes he murdered the
express agent in town. The only way to convince them that he's
innocent is to track down the real killer. unrated. 2015.

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TWICE IN A LIFETIME
Author:   GARLOCK, DOROTHY
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  08166
  1 volume in 1 container

Clara Sinclair has learned to live one lonely day at a time,
surviving her husband's death in World War II and raising their
young son alone.  Now she's at a loss as to how to handle the
defiant teenager he has become, even as she struggles to keep her
family financially afloat. Drake McCoy lives for putting his drag
racing skills to the test.  One night in this quiet town is all he
needs to win big and be on his way, until he meets Clara. Drawn in
by her, Drake is tempted to become a family man. But a vicious and
unseen enemy is closing in fast, throwing Drake and Clara's fragile
future into a dangerous tailspin. Some strong language and some
explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

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WATER HOLE
Author:   GREY, ZANE, 1872-1939
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08155
  1 volume in 1 container

When Stephen Heftral, a young archeologist, agrees to kidnap Cherry
Winters and take her to his dig site at her father's request, he has
no idea what is in store for him. unrated. 1927.

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WOLFE WIDOW
Author:   ABBOTT, VICTORIA
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08129
  1 volume in 1 container

Shortly after Muriel Delgado makes an uninvited appearance at Vera
Van Alst's home, Jordan Bingham is fired as Vera's assistant. When
Jordan discovers a deadly connection between Muriel and the Van Alst
family, it's up to her to put the house in order and stop a killer.
unrated. 2014.

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YOU KNOW WHO KILLED ME: AN AMOS WALKER NOVEL
Author:   ESTLEMAN, LOREN D
S/P/V: Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: AMOS WALKER   24

LB  08168
  1 volume in 1 container

Straight out of rehab, Detroit PI Amos Walker is asked by the sheriff
to run down numerous tips about the murder of an Iroquois Heights city
worker shot in his basement rec room. The victim's widow has plastered
the area with billboards saying "you know who killed me." Strong
language and some violence. 2014.

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ENGLISH NON-FICTION

DOES THIS BEACH MAKE ME LOOK FAT?: TRUE STORIES AND CONFESSIONS
Author:   SCOTTOLINE, LISA
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08158
  1 volume in 1 container

Scottoline, together with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, presents
a collection of funny stories and true confessions that every woman
can relate to. From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to
college reunions and eating on the beach, Lisa and Francesca tackle
the quirks, absurdities, and wonders of everyday life with wit and
warmth. unrated. 2015.

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UNFORGETTABLE: A SON, A MOTHER, AND THE LESSONS OF A LIFETIME
Author:   SIMON, SCOTT
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  08156
  1 volume in 1 container

In 2013, the NPR broadcaster and author of Home and Away (DB 58598)
tweeted from her hospital bedside about his beloved, dying,
eighty-four-year-old mother. Here he expands on those tweets,
reflecting on her life and their last days together. Some strong
language. 2015.

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WRIGHT BROTHERS
Author:   MCCULLOUGH, DAVID G
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08130
  1 volume in 1 container

On December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and
Orville Wright's Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air
machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.
The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why? David
McCullough tells the extraordinary and truly American story of the
two brothers who changed the world. 2015.

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