A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

Amanda, a Canadian freelance journalist from Alberta, likes traveling around the world. She visits Kabul, Baghdad, Addis Ababa, Cairo, and finally, Somalia, where she is a captured and kept in captivity for 460 days. The book is a moving account of how Amanda stayed alive and how strength, endurance and the spirit of forgiveness can help a person to survive even the darkest moments.  I was really inspired and touched by the journey Amanda has made and her willingness to share this story and to forgive her abusers. (Submitted by Ilona)

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W is for Wasted — Sue Grafton

Kinsey Milhone is a strong and independent woman working as a private detective in Santa Theresa CA in the 1980s.  In the lastest ‘alphabet’ book, “W is for Wasted,Sue Grafton has written another gripping mystery with homelessness as a major theme.  In the course of Kinsey’s investigations she finds more family of her own, including a cat she falls in love with.  The narrator of the audiobook, Judy Kaye, does a superb job as always.  I love the fact that Kinsey Milhone is so tough and liberated and succeeds so well in a job that is usually a man’s job. (Submitted by Meril.)

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Big Little Lies — Liane Moriarty

Set in a small seaside community in Australia, this book combines the perspectives of three women in the months leading up to a murder at the local elementary school’s parent trivia night. This is a quick moving, suspenseful book that confronts some weighty matters in a way that feels easy to the reader. It is emotionally astute, but the moments of hilarity keep it from being burdensome. A modern take on a whodunit that is definitely worth picking up. (submitted by Julianne.)

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North of Normal: a memoir of my wilderness childhood, my counterculture family, and how I survived both

north of normal imageIt’s not everybody’s childhood to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. It’s not everyone’s childhood to grow up in a chaotic, drug-ridden hippie family with a single mother who lived on men, either. However, it’s every person’s journey to seek his/her normal life, and for lots of people, come to terms with a dysfunctional family of origin and a traumatic past. When Cea Sunrise Person finally found her “normal” in her 40s — with family, children, and an absent father who’s eventually involved, my tears gushed out like a torrent. (submitted by CH)

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I Am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

i am malala imageIn 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in head by the Taliban. This audiobook is a true account of this horrible crime, the events that led to it and the aftermath, including Malala’s recovery. Malala’s bravery, innocence, and positive outlook for the future are truly inspiring. I was amazed that such a young person could be so brave and stand to the Taliban. Also I found the book very engaging and inspiring. (submitted by IS)

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Heads in Beds: a reckless memoir of hotels, hustles, and so-called hospitality

heads_in_beds_imageI heard about this book on the radio and decided to give it a try. I quite enjoyed Jacob Tomskyy insight into the tourism industry and his humorous appeal. Having just returned from vacation, it was neat to perceive possibly what was going through the minds of the staff who assisted us. It’s also good to know what irritates staff the most. I will definitely be more prepared for my next vacation. (submitted by SV)

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