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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla has been hopelessly in love with Josh, her classmate at their boarding school in Paris, for years. When she comes face-to-face with him in a chance meeting the summer before their senior year, their relationship takes off. But when their rule-breaking gets Josh expelled, the two are forced apart to different continents. Is their relationship strong enough to hold? 

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The Hundred–Foot Journey by Richard Morais

When a horrific fire destroys their modest Mumbai restaurant and steals the life of a beloved wife and Mummy, the grief-stricken Haji family emigrates from India.  An extended period of mourning spent traveling throughout Europe culminates with this gregarious family opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant in the small alpine town of Lumiere, France.  Cultural differences soon escalate between the Haji family and Gertrude Mallory---longtime owner of a two-star restaurant a hundred-feet across the street---leading to a terrible accident jeopardizing the health of  fourteen-ye

Road Ends by Mary Lawson

Road Ends completes Lawson’s trilogy of work set in the remote rural landscape of Northwestern Ontario.  The Cartwright’s---a sprawling dysfunctional family with seven children---reside in the small, farming community of Struan.  Family patriarch and breadwinner, Edward Cartwright, is manager of the local bank. The story unfolds from multiple points of view alternating between him and the two oldest Cartwright offspring, Tom and Megan, both in their early twenties.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou’s art school classmates don’t know much about her, other than she is an orphan, has vivid blue hair that never fades, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of fantastical beasts called Chimera.  What her classmates don’t realize is that these characters aren’t from Karou’s imagination, but are actually her adopted family.  Karou grew up in her adopted father, Brisbane’s, otherworldly trade shop.

Grandmaster by David Klass

Daniel  Pratzer is a newbie on the freshman chess team at his private school. He has made modest progress, but as a patzer (beginner), Daniel is shocked when his super-achieving co-captains ask him to participate in a special tournament. The Manhattan tournament is comprised of three father-son teams.  The captains admit it’s not Daniel’s skill they’re after - it’s Daniel’s dad they want on their team. With Mr. Pratzer’s skill as a Grandmaster, they are sure they’ll win the $10,000 prize.

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Seraphina is about to be crowned heir to the mermaid throne, when suddenly both of her parents are killed in an attack on her city. Sera goes on the run. Nightmares plague her and drive her and five other mermaids to try to stop an ancient evil that wants to destroy mermaid-kind. Seraphina must deal with a lot to save all and become the mermaid heir.

Life by Keith Richards

Richards of the Rolling Stones may not be quite as famous as his “glimmer twin” Mick Jagger, but his life has been in the public eye and scrutinized for decades.  Countless articles and books and documentaries have attempted to infiltrate the true rock and roll lifestyle of the Rolling Stones and their decades spent making music and on tour, but nothing comes close to the amazement of hearing it straight from Richards himself.  The audiobook version of Life is a masterpiece, hearing the voices of Johnny Depp, rocker Joe Hurley, and an aged Keith Richards himself adds a

World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat by James Bowen

James Bowen and Bob are back with this moving sequel to the New York Times bestseller Street Cat Named Bob. In the continuing tale of their life together Bowen is now living in his own apartment but is still selling the Big Issue magazine on the street. He writes with brutal honesty of his struggles as recovering addict barely making ends meet. Bob is at his side and James shares the many ways the ginger tom cat has been his guardian angel through hardship, serious illness and threatening  danger. As the book draws to a close James writes humbly about the publicatio

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

In the magical, artsy Pacific Northwest two teen girls live a wild, carefree life with nothing tying them down- except their devotion to each other. Beautiful, reckless Aurora is the daughter of an ex-piano prodigy and a deceased rock star, while the more cautious, introspective narrator is the daughter of a hippie witch. At one time, their mothers were best friends and the girls were raised as sisters. Now, however, Aurora’s mother spends most days in bed, suffocated by grief and heroin addiction. The girls live for the beach, music shows, sci-fi movies, and coffe

Exodus: A Memoir by Deborah Feldman

Readers of Feldman's first memoir, Unorthodox, will thrill to the next installment of her journey forward after separating from the Satmar Hasidic community where she was raised and married.  Now twenty-eight years old, Feldman discusses moving with son, Isaac, from Brooklyn, New York to the New England countryside.  Always forthright, Feldman describes graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, establishing a writing career, and discovering her sexuality. Though no longer Orthodox, a trip abroad tracing her grandmother's movements in Europe during the H

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