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The historian : a novel

Elizabeth Kostova
ISBN: 9780316011778

A young woman finds old papers which begin to reveal an ancient and evil plot concerning Vlad the Impaler and the legend of Dracula, which may still be continuing.

Recommended By: Jamie

The bear ate your sandwich

Julia Sarcone-Roach
ISBN: 9780375858604

"When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit"-- Provided by publisher.

Recommended By: Ryan

The river : a novel

Peter Heller
ISBN: 9780525521877

"A novel about two college friends on a summer wilderness canoe trip"-- Provided by publisher.

Recommended By: Laura

El Deafo

Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky
ISBN: 9781419712173

Starting a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest. At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in the school -- in the hallway ... in the teacher's lounge ... in the bathroom! This is power, maybe even superpower. Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, listener for all. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it's just another way of feeling different ... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

Recommended By: Linda

Nothing fancy : unfussy food for having people over

Alison Roman ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott
ISBN: 9780451497017

Recommended By: Carlos

Death in a desert land : a novel

Andrew Wilson
ISBN: 9781501197444

"Baghdad, 1928. Agatha Christie has traveled to the excavation of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur to investigate an unsolved mystery: two years ago, the explorer and writer Gertrude Bell died there from a drug overdose. At the time, authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter recently unearthed reveals she was afraid someone intended to kill her. Upon arrive, Agatha encounters Miss Bell's former rival, the enigmatic archaeologist Mrs. Woolley, as she is on the cusp of making a potentially lucrative discovery. Temperamental but brilliant, Mrs. Woolley quickly charms the famous novelist, but Agatha cannot ignore the possibility that her new friend might be a murderer. As Agatha stealthily begins to gather information, she discovers that her mission is not without considerable risks. With the killer poised to strike again, Agatha must use all of her skills to outwit a devilishly cunning adversary determined to stay hidden in the desert sands."--Dust jacket front flap.

Recommended By: Carolyn


William Gibson ; with an afterword by Jack Womack
ISBN: 9780441007462

Recommended By: Dean

Will my cat eat my eyeballs? : big questions from tiny mortals about death

Caitlin Doughty ; illustrations by Dianné Ruz
ISBN: 9780393652703

"Best-selling author and licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition. Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral? In the tradition of Randall Munroe's What If?, Doughty's new book, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, blends her scientific understanding of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five urgent questions posed by her youngest fans. Readers will learn what happens if you die on an airplane, the best soil for mummifying your dog, and whether or not you can preserve your friend's skull as a keepsake. Featuring illustrations from Dianne Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? will delight anyone interested in the fascinating truth about what will happen (to our bodies) after we die"-- Provided by publisher.

Recommended By: Claire