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ENGLISH FICTION

FOREIGN AGENT: A THRILLER
Author:   THOR, BRAD
S/P/V: Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: SCOT HARVATH THRILLER   15

LB  09140
  1 volume in 1 container

A safe house used by an American operations team is attacked, and
footage of the carnage is released on the internet. Counterterrorism
operative Scot Harvath finds himself at the center of the storm as he
searches for answers. Sequel to Code of Conduct: A Thriller (DB
82641). Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2016.

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ODESSA SEA
Author:   CUSSLER, CLIVE
S/P/V: Some violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: DIRK PITT   24

LB  09029
  1 volume in 1 container

Dirk Pitt, the director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency,
and his colleague Al Giordino respond to a mysterious Mayday signal
from a deserted ship that will draw them toward a deadly secret left
over from the Cold War arms race. Some violence. Bestseller.
Commercial audiobook. 2016.

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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: A NOVEL
Author:   MACOMBER, DEBBIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: CHRISTMAS NOVELS BY DEBBIE MACOMBER      

LB  09156
  1 volume in 1 container

Julia Padden tries to spread joy in her life, especially around
Christmas, but grouchy neighbor Cain Maddox doesn't seem to have the
holiday spirit. Julia decides to chronicle her attempts to be nice to
Cain in an online blog. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

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ENGLISH NON-FICTION

AMERICAN SICKNESS: HOW HEALTHCARE BECAME BIG BUSINESS AND HOW YOU
Author:   ROSENTHAL, ELISABETH, 1956-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09126
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "Can Take It Back."
Examination of the business practices of the $3 trillion American
healthcare system. Uses patient case studies to illustrate the
individual cost of health care and the money used for lobbying and
advertising of services and drugs. Presents policy suggestions for
patient-centered health care and advocacy. Unrated. Commercial
audiobook. 2017.

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CONSCIOUS LIVING, CONSCIOUS AGING: EMBRACE AND SAVOR YOUR NEXT
Author:   PEVNY, RON
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09218
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "Chapter."
No longer satisfied with a quiet life of sitting on the porch or
puttering around the house, retirees are looking to create a
passionate, active, fulfilled, and engaging later life. This guide
helps you do what the author calls "conscious aging" - realizing the
life of growth, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration you've
always imagined for yourself. Today's seniors are reshaping what
retirement is all about: a whole new opportunity to engage with
family, community, and the world with vigor. Unrated. 2015.

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DRIVING MISS NORMA: ONE FAMILY'S JOURNEY SAYING "YES" TO LIVING
Author:   BAUERSCHMIDT, TIM
S/P/V: Some profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  09206
  1 volume in 1 container

When the author's father died unexpectedly and his ninety-year-old
mother, Norma, was diagnosed with cancer, he and his coauthor wife
invited Norma to join them in traveling around the country in an RV.
Describes their year-long adventure that covered thirty-two states and
fifteen national parks and attracted many fans. Some strong language.
2017.
Bauerschmidt, Tim -- Travel -- United States.
Bauerschmidt, Norma, 1925-2016 -- Travel -- United States.
Liddle, Ramie -- Travel -- United States.

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END OF MEMORY: A NATURAL HISTORY OF AGING AND ALZHEIMER'S
Author:   INGRAM, JAY
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  08578
  1 volume in 1 container

It robs people of their memories, their ability to think clearly, and
ultimately their lives. For centuries, the afflicted have suffered
while their families watch them disappear a little more each day. It
was first described by German psychologist and neurologist Alois
Alzheimer in 1906. One hundred years and a great deal of scientific
effort later, much more is known about Alzheimer's, but there is no
cure in sight. Now award-winning science author Jay Ingram offers an
in-depth biography of "the plague of the twenty-first century".
Unrated. 2016.

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ENDURING VIETNAM: AN AMERICAN GENERATION AND ITS WAR
Author:   WRIGHT, JAMES EDWARD, 1939-
S/P/V: Some violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  09212
  1 volume in 1 container

A recounting of the experiences of the young Americans who fought in
Vietnam. Examines the reasons for willingly joining the military (or
resisting the draft), what many of that generation thought of the war,
the soldiers' experiences while there, and what it was like to come
home afterwards. Some violence. 2017.

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EVERYBODY LIES: BIG DATA, NEW DATA, AND WHAT THE INTERNET CAN TELL
Author:   STEPHENS-DAVIDOWITZ, SETH
S/P/V: Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  09123
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "Us About Who We Are"
An economist argues that studying information gathered from Internet
use and other sources of big data can reveal previously unfathomable
truths of the human experience. Discusses the possibilities and
limitations of big data and provides examples. Strong language. 2017.

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HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: REDISCOVERING MERCY
Author:   LAMOTT, ANNE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09127
  1 volume in 1 container

Author of Bird by Bird (DB 40554) and Small Victories (DB 80027)
explores the concept of mercy. Examines finding the faith to extend
mercy both to others and oneself, making connections with other
people, and deepening one's understanding of inner selves to recognize
and overcome barriers to mercy. Commercial audiobook.
Bestseller. 2017.

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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY'S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO
Author:   BURPO, TODD
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09117
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "Heaven and Back"
Burpo, a pastor in Nebraska, relates the 2003 experiences reported by
his three-year-old son Colton, who believes that during an emergency
appendectomy he died, went to heaven, and returned to life. Colton
describes seeing Jesus, angels, and deceased relatives. Bestseller.
2010.
Unified English Braille
BURPO, COLTON, 1999-

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: MY YEAR IN A WOMEN'S PRISON
Author:   KERMAN, PIPER
S/P/V: Heavy profanity;
Reading level: Adult

LB  09162
  1 volume in 1 container

Upper-middle-class author chronicles her conviction and incarceration
in 2003 for drug smuggling and money laundering--crimes she committed
ten years earlier after graduating from Smith College. Kerman relates
her immersion into prison culture at a minimum-security facility in
Connecticut. Basis for the Netflix original series. Strong language.
Bestseller.  2010.
KERMAN, PIPER

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PHENOMENA: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S
Author:   JACOBSEN, ANNIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09128
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and
Psychokinesis."
For more than forty years, the United States government has researched
extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages,
fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets; to divine other
nation's secrets: and even to predict future threats to national
security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved
include the CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army. Even
the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Now Jacobsen tells the story of these
radical, controversial programs, using declassified documents as
well as exclusive interviews with more than fifty of the
individuals involved. Unrated. 2017.

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PILGRIMAGE: MY SEARCH FOR THE REAL POPE FRANCIS
Author:   SHRIVER, MARK K. (MARK KENNEDY), 1964-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09159
  1 volume in 1 container

Son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver describes his crisis of
faith after their deaths. When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was
installed as Pope Francis, Shriver undertook a journey to understand
the man behind the cassock. Recounts interviews with intimates and
acquaintances of the new pope. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
FRANCIS, POPE, 1936-

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POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE
Author:   OMARTIAN, STORMIE
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09113
  1 volume in 1 container

Bestselling Christian author suggests ways a woman's prayer can
strengthen marriage and help husbands cope with work, finances,
sexuality, health, fatherhood, and faith. Includes prayers, "power
tools," and real-life examples of marital growth, renewal, and
restoration. Companion to The Power of a Praying Husband (RC 59516).
1997.

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REASON FOR MY HOPE: SALVATION
Author:   GRAHAM, BILLY, 1918-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09112
  1 volume in 1 container

Evangelical preacher Billy Graham uses scripture and anecdotes to
explain the concept of salvation. Urges people to accept the
redemption that God offers and discusses the notions of hell and the
Second Coming. Bestseller.  2013.

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SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES: AND OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY
Author:   DOUGHTY, CAITLIN
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09161
  1 volume in 1 container

Mortician and star of the online video series "Ask a Mortician"
recounts her entry in to the field as a twenty-something degree holder
in medieval history and ruminates on the state of the social
acceptance of death in twenty-first century America. Advocates
increased responsibility in managing personal death rites. 2014.
DOUGHTY, CAITLIN

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SOUND OF GRAVEL: A MEMOIR
Author:   WARINER, RUTH
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  09110
  1 volume in 1 container

Chronicle of growing up in a fundamentalist polygamous cult in rural
Mexico. Wariner describes the murder of her father by her uncle to
gain power within their church, sexual abuse by her stepfather, and
fallout from escaping the congregation at the age of sixteen with
younger siblings. Commercial audiobook. 2016. Violence and
descriptions of sex.
WARINER, RUTH

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UNTO THE HILLS
Author:   GRAHAM, BILLY, 1918-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09118
  1 volume in 1 container

Collection of daily inspirational readings excerpted from the writings
and speeches of evangelist Billy Graham. 1986.

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WONDERLAND: HOW PLAY MADE THE MODERN WORLD
Author:   JOHNSON, STEVEN, 1968-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09133
  1 volume in 1 container

Play has always been more important than most people realize. In
this vivid examination of the power of play and delight, Steven
Johnson offers a surprising history of popular entertainment. Roving
from medieval kitchens and ancient taverns to casinos and shopping
malls, he locates the cutting edge of innovation wherever people are
working hardest to keep themselves and others amused. 2016.

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WOOLLY: THE TRUE STORY OF THE DE-EXTINCTION OF ONE OF
Author:   MEZRICH, BEN, 1969-
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult

LB  09209
  1 volume in 1 container

TITLE CONTINUES: "History's Most Iconic Creatures."
From the tundra of Siberia to the genetics labs of Harvard University,
a group of young scientists - under the guidance of brilliant
geneticist Dr. George Church - is working to bring the Woolly Mammoth,
extinct for three thousand years, back into our world. How will they
do it? By sequencing the DNA of a frozen Woolly Mammoth harvested from
above the Arctic Circle, and then splicing the elements of it into the
DNA of a modern elephant. Why will they do it? The return of the
Mammoth might be essential to preventing the extinction of the human
race. Unrated. 2017.

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