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Amanda's Pick

Walking with Ghosts in Papua New Guinea: Crossing the Kokoda Trail in the Last Wild Place on Earth

Author: Rick Antonson
Call Number: N/A
Genre: Travel, History, Adventure
Collection: hoopla
Format: ebook, audiobook

Rick Antonson has traveled to parts of the world that are not simply exotic but sometimes damned near inaccessible. He has climbed to the summit of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, traveling beyond to Iraq and Iran and Armenia. He has undertaken an improbable overland journey to the ancient city of Timbuktu, an enlightening look into efforts to preserve the city’s priceless manuscripts. Now he has traversed the notorious Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, a country some call “the last wild place on earth.”

Ashley's Pick

The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern
Call Number: FIC Morge
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Historical Fiction
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook, audiobook

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Christine's Pick

All Together Now: A Newfoundlander’s Light Tales for Heavy Times

Author: Alan Doyle
Call Number: 782.42164092 Doy
Genre: Cultural (Canada), Memoir, Humour
Collection: Adult Nonfiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook, audiobook

At this time of Covid, singer, songwriter and bestselling author Alan Doyle is feeling everyone's pain. Off the road and spending more days at home than he has since he was a child hawking cod tongues on the wharfs of Petty Harbour, he misses the crowds and companionship of performing across the country and beyond. But most of all he misses the cheery clamour of pubs in his hometown, where one yarn follows another so quickly you have to be as ready as an Olympian at the start line to get your tale in before someone is well into theirs already. We're all experiencing our own version of that deprivation, and Alan, one of Newfoundland's finest storytellers, wants to offer a little balm.

Debra's Pick

The Limit

Author: Kristen Landon
Call Number: J FIC Lando
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Collection: Junior Fiction
Format: Book

In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.

Larina's Pick

This Side of Murder (Verity Kent Mysteries #1)

Author: Anna Lee Huber
Call Number: FIC Huber
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook, audiobook

England, 1919. Verity Kent's grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity's first impulse is to dismiss the derogatory claim. But the mystery sender knows too much--including the fact that during the war, Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was.

Nika's Pick

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Author: Carl Sagan
Call Number: N/A
Genre: Science, Philosophy, History
Collection: OverDrive
Format: ebook

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.

Sherry's Pick

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Author: Jon Krakauer
Call Number: 796.522092 Kra
Genre: Adventure, Travel, Memoir
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist- mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

Staff Pick

Blind Tiger

Author: Sandra Brown
Call Number: FIC Brown
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook, audiobook

Thatcher Hutton, a war-weary soldier on the way back to his cowboy life, jumps from a moving freight train to avoid trouble... and lands in more than he bargained for. On the day he arrives in Foley, Texas, a local woman goes missing. Thatcher, the only stranger in town, is suspected of her abduction, and worse. Standing between him and exoneration are a corrupt mayor, a crooked sheriff, a notorious cathouse madam, a sly bootlegger, feuding moonshiners... and a young widow whose soft features conceal an iron will.

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