Ed suggests: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
It was recommended to me for years and I finally got to it. I was blown away by the writing. I had already read the Alvin Maker series which was a different style of writing. Card started writing this book when he was a teenager.
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The Talisman (1984) and Black House (2001) by Stephen King and Peter Straub – again, this series was recommended to me 15 years ago and I finally got to it. It is a gripping story with excellent writing by two masters of the craft.
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Black House
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Rachel N suggests: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Russian fairy tale)
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The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington (Book 1 of an epic fantasy trilogy)
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Mary Ann, Candy, and Rachel S suggest: The Western Star by Craig Johnson
Mary Ann says: He was our 2013 Distinguished Speaker.
Candy says: Walt Longmire is my hero. He always does what’s right. He loves and protects family, friends and his dog. Craig Johnson gets better with each book.
Rachel says: Great new book in the Longmire series, but it leaves you hanging in the end!  We (me, Candy, and Mary Ann) are planning on harassing Mr. Johnson to expedite the next book, so we find know the outcome!
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Mary Ann suggests: The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket

 

 

 

 

Patrick J suggests:
A great new book from Jenny L. Cote called The Voice, The Revolution, and the Key. With attention to detail and historical accuracy, Jenny tells the story of American patriot Patrick Henry, in a captivating work of historical fiction. While officially geared toward young adults, this book of adventure and patriotism is sure to engage readers of all ages.

 

 

Chris suggests: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I downloaded from Libby the audiobook and listened on my way to work. It’s an interesting story of a gal who is living alone and is rather quirky. It’s a warm, funny, moving story. The best was hearing the Scottish accents!
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Bob suggests: Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
The first album from the innovators of metal after the departure of Ozzy Osbourne, the band enlists Ronnie James Dio and reinvents the Sabbath sound while still staying in touch with the darker nature and feel of earlier works. The first in a non-consecutive 3 album set (Heaven and Hell 1980, The Mob Rules 1981, and Dehumanizer 1992), this album starts right off with the “Neon Knights” to set the tone for what proves to be a journey through darkness, turmoil, magic and fantasy With the power of thundering guitar riffs and incredible vocals that combine to take the listener from the soft, gentle whispers of angels to the foreboding feeling that comes with an air raid siren along with Sabbath’s steady homages to their blues heroes sprinkled throughout the solos and transitions.

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From Melissa:
The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi is a beautiful work of art. Children – or adults,  young at heart like myself – interested in a solid action packed, emotion loaded, science fiction fantasy should check out this read. The illustrations are original and incredible and the story is just as stunning.

The series follows the story of 12 year old Eva Nine who has been raised by a maternal robot until her life in her “Sanctuary” begins to crumble – literally. She is forced to leave the comforts of her holograms and face a wild world filled with plenty of danger but also unrivaled beauty. This is the tale of a young heroine building family and friends, discovering herself and saving the world in between. Subtle reference to Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz cannot be overlooked as DiTerlizzi’s world-building draws many similarities. I cannot say enough about this beautiful book.
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Cara suggests:
How to be an Elephant by Katherine Roy. It’s classified as a Juvenile book, but it has some real solid info on elephants, biology, traveling, family makeup, etc. Great for all ages!

 

 

 

 

Dead Poet’s Society
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Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes
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Meghan Trainor’s Thank You

 

 

 

 

Patrick C suggests:

Neil Young, Hitchhiker. Another gem from Neil’s seemingly endless vault, this album was recorded over one night in 1976. While many of the tunes appear on other albums in other forms, they are all revelations in this stripped down setting. Plus, we get never-before-released songs “Hawaii” and “Give Me Strength”. All in all, this is a necessary staple for Neil Young fans.
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Birds, Art, Life by Kyo Maclear. This is a great book about one writer’s attempts to shake off feeling “stuck” by taking up birding, which leads to many great insights on life, love, loss, and returning to the (seemingly) simple act of observation. Great read. Great reminder of another way to live in our screen-dominated world. Maclear’s children’s books are also awesome! 
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Emily suggests: Neck Deep‘s Life’s Not Out to Get You
If you’re a fan of pop punk, enjoy the Warped Tour, or wear Vans on a regular basis, definitely check this album out (heck, check it out even if you don’t like or do any of these things). Each song is great individually, but when you put all of the songs together, it makes for one amazing album. Top tracks include: Can’t Kick up the Roots, Kali Ma (probably the best song on the album), Lime St., and December (also, if you’re a Blink-182 fan, there’s a version of December with Mark Hoppus). 

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