The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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Read The Library Book by Susan Orlean!  It’s an account of a fire in the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986 and its aftermath.  It brings together research on arson and a suspected arsonist with a love of libraries and commentary on libraries and society.  It’s suspenseful, witty and full of intriguing real life characters. (Submitted by Kristen)

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Winner of the Quill and Alex Awards in 2007, the Name of the Wind is an epic fantasy and the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle series. Told as a story within a story, the tale of the mythic hero Kvothe’s rise is equal parts exciting, romantic and heart wrenching. Author Patrick Rothfuss’ prose captures Kvothe’s journey from small child to notorious legend in grand vivid style. A thoroughly enjoyable read for fantasy fans.  (Submitted by Arvind)

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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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Hope wants to be a scientist, a field that makes it hard for women to do so. She succeeds despite overwhelming odds and becomes a biologist with her own lab. Her voice is quirky, witty and acerbic. (Submitted by Sharleen)

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The Golden Spruce: a true story of myth, madness, and greed by John Vaillant

Image result for golden spruceThis book was excellently written – it made a topic that I wasn’t too sure was all that interesting into a fascinating and page-turning true tale. Highly recommended. (Submitted by JF).

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This fun graphic novel received a laundry list of well-deserved awards in 2015 and is recommended for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile.  When twelve-year-old Astrid  is dragged to yet another one of her single mom’s “cultural experiences,” it turns out to be roller derby, to see strong, empowered women. Astrid falls in love with the game and is sure her best friend Nicole will sign up for summer skate camp with her. But the girls are about to enter junior high and everything is changing. Nicole is interested in boys, makeup and ballet and she’s going to dance camp. Suddenly without her best friend, Astrid focuses on improving her (rather abysmal) derby skills so that she can play in a real bout. But does being so hardcore mean she’ll lose her new derby friend, Zoey? I’m intrigued by roller derby, so I really liked that the author plays for the Portland Rose City Rollers and used her experience to bring the game to life with costumes, terminology and cool names (Jamieson’s alter-ego is Winnie the Pow – how awesome is that?) (Submitted by Gayle).

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