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ENGLISH FICTION

ASTONISH ME
Author:   SHIPSTEAD, MAGGIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08049
  1 volume in 1 container

Although young American dancer Joan helps Soviet ballet star Arslan
Rusakov defect in 1975, she knows she will never possess Arslan or be
a prima ballerina. She quits, marries a good man, and has a child. But
her son is a prodigy--pulling Joan back into ballet. Unrated.
Commercial audiobook.    2014.

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BETRAYED: A ROSATO & ASSOCIATES NOVEL
Author:   SCOTTOLINE, LISA
S/P/V: Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: ROSATO AND ASSOCIATES   13

LB  07978
  1 volume in 1 container

Attorney Judy Carrier is reeling over her aunt Barb's news of breast
cancer, when they learn that Barb's housekeeper and best friend, Iris,
was found dead in her car from a supposed heart attack after leaving
Barb's house. Suspecting foul play, Judy investigates. Some violence
and some strong language. 2014.

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BLACK SKIES
Author:   INDRIDASON, ARNALDUR
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: INSPECTOR ERLENDUR    8

LB  08024
  1 volume in 1 container

A man is making a crude leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the
middle of the forehead. It is a 'death mask,' once used by Icelandic
farmers to slaughter calves, and he has revenge in mind. Meanwhile, a
school reunion has left Inspector Erlendur's colleague Sigurdur Oli
unhappy with life in the police force. And when a favor to a friend
goes wrong and a woman dies before his eyes, Oli has a murder
investigation on his hands. unrated. 2009.

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BULL HUNTER
Author:   BRAND, MAX, 1892-1944
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  07977
  1 volume in 1 container

Bull Hunter, while a big kid, feels small in the eyes of his family.
In an effort to stand tall, he sets out to get his uncle's murderer,
a notorious gunfighter. But fate forges a strange alliance between the
enemies, and Bull learns what it takes to be a real man.

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CAT SITTER'S NINE LIVES
Author:   CLEMENT, BLAIZE AND JOHN
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: DIXIE HEMINGWAY    9

LB  08042
  1 volume in 1 container

While driving along the beachside road in her hometown, Dixie
Hemingway witnesses a terrible head-on collision. She stops and pulls
one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes in flames.
Shaken but none the worse for wear, Dixie proceeds to her local
bookstore where she meets Cosmo, a fluffy, orange tomcat, and Mr.
Hoskins, the store's kind but befuddled owner. The next day, the
driver whose life she saved claims he is Dixie's husband - and both
Cosmo and Mr. Hoskins have disappeared without a trace. unrated. 2014.

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CATTLEMAN MEETS HIS MATCH
Author:   SHACKELFORD, SHERRI
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08034
  1 volume in 1 container

Cowboy John Elder needs a replacement crew of cattle hands to drive
his longhorns to Kansas - he just never figured they'd be wearing
petticoats. Traveling with Moira O'Mara and the orphan girls in her
care is a mutually beneficial arrangement. Yet despite Moira's
declaration of independence, the feisty beauty evokes John's every
masculine instinct to protect, defend,...and marry? unrated. 2014.

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CAVALIER OF RABBIT BUTTE
Author:   HORTON, ROBERT J., 1881-1934
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08050
  1 volume in 1 container

James Lynch, Rangeview's banker, has been losing cattle to rustlers.
He offers a big reward for outlaw Long Pete, who has never been seen.
Steve Brent needs the money but when he rides toward Rangeview, an
eager County Deputy suspects him of being Long Pete. unrated. 1924.

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CURTAIN: A HERCULE POIROT MYSTERY
Author:   CHRISTIE, AGATHA, 1890-1976
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: HERCULE POIROT MYSTERY   39

LB  08046
  1 volume in 1 container

The final case of Hercule Poirot.  Old and arthritic, he returns to
Styles Court, the scene of his first case in England.  When it becomes
evident that someone at Styles is a murderer, he sends for his friend
Captain Hastings to help investigate, but Poirot refuses to disclose
his suspect's name.  Bestseller 1972.

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DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL
Author:   TURANSKY, CARRIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: EDWARDIAN BRIDES    2

LB  08029
  1 volume in 1 container

The family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin
Sir William Ramsey, and Katherine Ramsey's only means of securing her
future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. When a
shocking family scandal sidelines her out of the social spotlight,
she volunteers with the poor in London's East End. A friendship with
medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and Katherine must ultimately
choose between a life serving others or a life where she is served.
unrated. 2014.

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DEAD HEAT
Author:   BRENNAN, ALLISON
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: LUCY KINCAID    8

LB  08043
  1 volume in 1 container

Assigned to San Antonio's Violent Crimes unit, Lucy Kincaid joins a
team of seasoned veterans and newer agents for a task force called
Operation Heatwave. It's supposed to be a simple sweep of known
offenders with outstanding warrants. But when Lucy and her team try
to bust two local brothers for jumping bail, she walks into a hotbed
of pure evil. unrated. 2014.

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DEEPLY ODD: AN ODD THOMAS NOVEL
Author:   KOONTZ, DEAN R. (DEAN RAY), 1945-
S/P/V: Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: ODD THOMAS    6

LB  08023
  1 volume in 1 container

Odd Thomas must help three people before they are brutally executed.
He knows who the killer is--but not the identities or locations of the
potential victims. Sequel to Odd Apocalypse (DB 75429). Violence and
strong language. 2013.

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GIRL NEXT DOOR
Author:   RENDELL, RUTH, 1930-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08039
  1 volume in 1 container

In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children
discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood. Throughout the
summer of 1944 - until one father forbids it - the subterranean space
becomes their 'secret garden,' where the friends play games and tell
stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land,
construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands,
one male and one female. unrated. 2014.

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GUNSMOKE ON THE RIO GRANDE
Author:   SCOTT, BRADFORD
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08036
  1 volume in 1 container

Ranger Walt Slade is sent to Laredo, Texas, to discover who is
behind the terrorists driving families from their ranches and
murdering those who defy them. unrated. 1961.

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HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
Author:   MORAIS, RICHARD C.
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08053
  1 volume in 1 container

Born above his grandfather's modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan Haji
first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish
curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his
mother. When tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console
themselves by eating their way around the world before settling in
Lumiere, a small village in the French Alps. The boisterous Haji
family takes Lumiere by storm, opening an inexpensive Indian
restaurant opposite the esteemed French gourmet restaurant of the
famous chef Madame Mallory. unrated. 2008.

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I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS: A FLAVIA DE LUCE NOVEL
Author:   BRADLEY, C. ALAN, 1938-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY    4

LB  08026
  1 volume in 1 container

England, 1950. Eleven-year-old Flavia plans to spend the holiday
investigating whether Father Christmas is real. But when her
cash-strapped father rents out their mansion for a movie shoot and
someone is murdered, Flavia finds herself with a more important
mystery to solve--and a house full of suspects to consider. 2011.

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LINCOLN MYTH
Author:   BERRY, STEVE, 1955-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: COTTON MALONE    9

LB  07979
  1 volume in 1 container

Former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone tackles the secrets of
Mormonism, a U.S. senator's stealthy secession plan, and a
history-shaping letter that was handed down through the
chief-executive line. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.  Bestseller.
2014.

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LIZZY AND JANE
Author:   REAY, KATHERINE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08032
  1 volume in 1 container

A story of two sisters, bound together by family, food, and a passion
for Jane Austen. Lizzy and Jane were named after Jane Austen's
characters, but couldn't be further away in personality. When her
mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain
and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available,
Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places: by her sister's
side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy. unrated. 2014.

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LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY
Author:   JOYCE, RACHEL
S/P/V: Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  08033
  1 volume in 1 container

Queenie, who wrote the letter to Harold in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of
Harold Fry (DB 76196), chronicles her side of the story, and describes
the letter she did not send to Harold. She reflects on her life of the
past twenty years and follows Harold's progress. Strong language.
Commercial audiobook. 2015.

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MAN OF THE DESERT
Author:   HILL, GRACE LIVINGSTON, 1865-1947
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Young Adult; Adult
Series: LIVING BOOKS   63

LB  07981
  1 volume in 1 container

Socialite Hazel Radcliffe falls in love with reservation missionary
John Brownleigh after he rescues her in the Arizona desert. Following
her father's death Hazel decides to become a nurse and earn John's
affections. 1914.

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MIRACLE IN A DRY SEASON
Author:   THOMAS, SARAH LOUDIN
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08030
  1 volume in 1 container

In small town West Virginia, 1954, one newcomer's special gift with
food produces both gratitude and censure. Will Perla Long and her
daughter, Sadie, be able to find a home there? unrated. 2014.

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MYSTERY OF MARY
Author:   HILL, GRACE LIVINGSTON, 1865-1947
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Young Adult; Adult
Series: LIVING BOOKS   86

LB  07982
  1 volume in 1 container

The beautiful young Mary approaches wealthy Tryon Dunham at a train
station and begs him to see to her safety. Tryon agrees, but before
he can learn more Mary disappears. Tryon is determined to find and
protect the mysterious Mary. Originally published in 1910.

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

LB  07983
  1 volume in 1 container

In this sequel to "Riders of the Purple Sage" (RC 17362), a young
clergyman, proven a failure by his congregation, is driven from his
calling at the age of twenty-five. Becoming a wanderer, he sets off on
a trail of adventure that leads him to the rescue of a lonely maiden.

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ROSIE EFFECT
Author:   SIMSION, GRAEME C
S/P/V: Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  08044
  1 volume in 1 container

Don and Rosie are happily married, living in New York, and
unexpectedly expecting their first child. Don sets about learning the
protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets
him into trouble. Strong language. 2014.

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SAINT ODD: AN ODD THOMAS NOVEL
Author:   KOONTZ, DEAN R. (DEAN RAY), 1945-
S/P/V: Some profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: ODD THOMAS    7

LB  08047
  1 volume in 1 container

In this conclusion to the Odd Thomas series, set after Deeply Odd (DB
77178), Odd finds himself drawn back to Pico Mundo. History repeats
itself as Odd grapples with a satanic cult intent on destroying his
hometown, amid dreams of Pico Mundo underwater. Some violence and some
strong language. Bestseller. 2015.

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SLEEPING MURDER: A MISS MARPLE MYSTERY
Author:   CHRISTIE, AGATHA, 1890-1976
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: MISS MARPLE MYSTERY   12

LB  08048
  1 volume in 1 container

Newlywed New Zealander Gwenda Reed has just come to England where she
will select a house while awaiting the arrival of her husband, Giles.
She finds and buys the perfect house but experiences odd moments of
deja vu. Shaken, Gwenda decides to visit Giles's cousins in London.
Their elderly, puzzle-loving aunt, Miss Marple, is on hand when a line
in a play triggers a frightening memory for Gwenda--seeing a dead
woman lying in the newly purchased house.

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TANGLED TRAILS: A WESTERN DETECTIVE STORY
Author:   RAINE, WILLIAM MCLEOD, 1871-1954
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  07980
  1 volume in 1 container

Champion bronc rider Kirby Lane came to Denver for a showdown with
his uncle James. He found him at home, tied, gagged, and brutally
murdered. Next to the dead man were the gloves of Wild Rose McLean,
the woman Kirby loved. unrated. 1921.

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TRYST
Author:   HILL, GRACE LIVINGSTON, 1865-1947
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08045
  1 volume in 1 container

After overhearing a terrible conversation between her mother and
sister concerning her, Patricia Merrill flees to New York City,
assumes a fake identity and finds a job. When her childhood sweetheart
shows up, she is torn between maintaining her secret or confiding in
him. unrated. 1921.

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WHITE BUTTE GUNS
Author:   LEE, WAYNE C
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08052
  1 volume in 1 container

Cole Waldron will face legal tricks, gunmen, and dynamite to keep his
promise to his army buddy who willed him half a ranch as he was
dying. unrated. 1984.

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ENGLISH NON-FICTION

FOXCATCHER: THE TRUE STORY OF MY BROTHER'S MURDER, JOHN DU PONT'S
Author:   SCHULTZ, MARK
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08028
  1 volume in 1 container

[Subtitle reads: "The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du
Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold" The true story of
Olympic wrestling gold medal-winning brothers Mark Schultz and Dave
Schultz and their fatal relationship with the eccentric John du Pont,
heir to the du Pont dynasty. On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz,
Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three
times by du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania.
unrated. 2014.

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GOOD SON: JFK JR. AND THE MOTHER HE LOVED
Author:   ANDERSEN, CHRISTOPHER P
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08035
  1 volume in 1 container

The most important relationship in John F. Kennedy's Jr's life was
that with his mother, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The Good Son explores
John's reactions to his mother's post-Dallas depression and her
growing dependence on prescription drugs and men; how Jackie felt
about the women in her son's life; his turbulent marriage; the plane
crash that took his life; and the aftermath of shock, loss, grief, and
confusion. unrated. 2014.

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HOPE: ENTERTAINER OF THE CENTURY
Author:   ZOGLIN, RICHARD
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08027
  1 volume in 1 container

Biography of entertainer Bob Hope (1903-2003). Details Hope's early
childhood and immigration from England to Cleveland, years on the
vaudeville circuit, career in movies and on the radio, service in the
USO during World War II and the Vietnam era, and his later years.
Discusses  personal and professional relationships. 2014.

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IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT LOAF
Author:   FROMARTZ, SAMUEL
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08037
  1 volume in 1 container

In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a
lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie or bread shop.
So began his quest to hone his knowledge of bread, from seed to table.
For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States
and Europe. Along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat
geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between. The
result is an informative yet personal account of bread and
bread baking, complete with detailed recipes. unrated. 2014

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INNOVATORS: HOW A GROUP OF HACKERS, GENIUSES, AND GEEKS CREATED THE
Author:   ISAACSON, WALTER
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08031
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "Digital Revolution"
Author of Steve Jobs (DB 73682) chronicles the development of the
digital age and the personalities involved. Proceeds from the 1833
meeting of Lady Ada Lovelace--sometimes described as the world's first
computer programmer--and Charles Babbage--pioneer inventor of complex
mechanical calculators--to the computer Watson winning Jeopardy! in
2011. Bestseller. 2014.

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MIRACLE DOGS: RESCUE STORIES
Author:   STAVRINIDES, LIZ
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08041
  1 volume in 1 container

Professional pet photographer Liz Stavrinides spends much of her time
on projects related to animal rescue. 'Miracle Dogs' was born out of
her desire to collect and share the stories of the dogs she's met
over the years, showcasing the incredible bravery and compassion of
both canines and rescuers. This book serves as a loving and poignant
tribute to man's best friend. unrated. 2014.

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MIRACLES: WHAT THEY ARE, WHY THEY HAPPEN, AND HOW THEY CAN CHANGE
Author:   METAXAS, ERIC
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08038
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "Your Life"
Author of Seven Men (DB 76907) examines what constitutes a miracle and
maintains that the miraculous is God's way of communicating with
humanity. Explores the historical incidence of miracles and presents
stories of personal acquaintances who claim to have witnessed them.
Unrated. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

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SCANDALS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD: SEX, DEVIANCE, AND DRAMA FROM THE
Author:   PETERSEN, ANNE HELEN
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08040
  1 volume in 1 container

[Subtitle reads: "Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of
American Cinema" A collection of shocking clashes and controversies
from Hollywood's Golden Age, featuring notorious personalities
including Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Jean Harlow, and more. Part
biography, part cultural history, these stories cover the stuff that
films are made of: love, sex, drugs, illegitimate children, illicit
affairs, and botched cover-ups. These stories are all contextualized
within the boundaries of film, cultural, political, and gender
history. unrated. 2014.

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SUDDENLY, THE CIDER DIDN'T TASTE SO GOOD
Author:   FORD, JOHN, SR.
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08051
  1 volume in 1 container

Thirty five true stories taken from a Maine Game Warden's daily
diaries of events he was involved in while serving the public.
Humorous dealings with the public, some involving his own capers,
and hair raising experiences of pursuing murderers and other criminals
on the run. unrated. 2012.

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