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"The Last Werewolf," by Glen Duncan. [Main Library] “A strange, brutal story that is written in a satisfyingly slow-burn manner that keeps you on your toes throughout.”

"Gone With the Wind," by Margaret Mitchell. [Main Library] “Combination novel, history, and psychology book.”

"The Color Purple," by Alice Walker. [Main Library] “The movie was amazing, but the book…so much better. Celie was a young girl when she was forced to marry an abusive man twice her age. The book is written as if you were reading her diary about her inner most feelings, struggles, desires, and hardships she has been forced to endure her entire life.”

"Star Wars," Thrawn, by Timothy Zahn. [Lark Branch] “I like the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn and this novel shows his rise to power.”

Science Fiction

"Kushiel’s Dart," by Jacqueline Carey. [Main Library] “The build is slow, but once it gets moving, it really moves, and what a fascinating world it is, where if angels were worshiped as gods in their own right.”

"Feversong," by Karen Marie Moning. [Main Library] “Final book to an amazing series, you will fall in love with the characters!”

Adult Graphic Novels

"March: Book One," by John Lewis. [Main Library] “This is the first in a trilogy chronicling the civil rights movement from its roots to the halls of Congress, told through the story of Congressman John Lewis.”


"And Then There Were None," by Agatha Christie. [Main Library] “In this 1939 classic murder mystery by world renowned Agatha Christie, a group of 10 strangers who have a wicked secretive past, are lured into a mansion, as one by one they fall prey to the hidden murderer among them. This book is a tense, gripping, page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very last page.”

"The Murder of My Aunt," by Richard Hull. [Main Library] “An entertaining story told from the point of view of a narrator who is unreliable in every sense of the word.”

Children’s Easy Books

"My Little Car," by Gary Soto. [Palm View Branch] “It’s important to take care of the things you love.”

"Somos como las nubes," by Jorge Argueta. [Palm View Branch] “Que pasa cuando necesitas moverte…como las nubes.”

"Mr. Wuffles!," by David Wiesner. [Main Library] “An extremely original and beautifully illustrated children’s book that is just fun to look at.”


"Sapiens," by Yuval Noah Harari. [Electronic Branch]“Like the title says, it truly is a brief history of humankind, written in a thought-provoking and at times humorous way. It will leave you with a sense of awe and wonder.”

"Behind Closed Doors," by B.A. Paris. [Electronic Branch] “This book takes what you think you have already figured out and tosses it out the window! It’s a gripping tale of a woman living in a prison of her own making. Read it to find out if she makes it out alive.”

"The Good Girl," by Mary Kubica. [Electronic Branch] “Page turner!”


"A Dangerous Book for Boys," by Conn Iggulden. [Palm View Branch] “In this age of video games and cell phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses, and stories of incredible courage.”

"The Darwin Awards," by Wendy Northcutt. [Palm View Branch] “Amuse yourself with the retelling of an incredible range of bad choices……”

"Norse Mythology," by Neil Gaiman. [Palm View Branch] “Master storyteller Neil Gaiman weaves the myths of the Norse gods in bit-sized chapters for a modern-day reader. The adventures of Odin, Thor, Loki and their battles against the frost giants unfold as the gods last days of Ragnarok quickly approach. A fast and fascinating summer read for all ages. ”

"Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism," by bell hooks. [Main Library] “Gives thoughtful insights on Black women and feminism.”

"Take Your Time: Finding Balance In a Hurried World," by Eknath Easwaran. [Main Library] “Do you feel you don’t have enough hours in the day? This is the book to read.”

Spanish Nonfiction

"La nina alemana," by Armando Lucas Correa. [Main Library] “Fantastic story”


"A Long Way Home," by Saroo Brierley. [Main Library] “An amazing and hopeful story. Will keep you wanting to read till the very end.”

Children’s Biography

"I Am Jane Goodall," by Brad Meltzer. [Lark Branch] “I think it is a good biography for kids and it is part of a good series.”


"I Decided," by Big Sean. [Palm View Branch] “It’s an all around good album.”

"Traveller," by Chris Stapleton. [Main Library] “Great CD with lots of great sounding songs for anyone who likes country or blues.”

"The Temple of I & I," by Thievery Corporation. [Palm View Branch] “This album is bomb! Mix of hip hop with a bit of ska and trance all in one.”

"Starboy," by Weeknd. [Palm View Branch] “It has a little bit of everything and the transitions between sound tracks are really great.”

"Into the Water," by Paula Hakwins. [Palm View Branch] “A mystery that will keep you guessing till the end!”

"Philomena," directed by Stephen Frears. [Main Library] “Will the young and devastated Philomena ever find her son after nuns sent him to America?”

"Suicide Squad," directed by David Ayer. [Palm View Branch] “Fun to watch action”

"Hidden Figures," directed by Theodore Melfi. [Palm View Branch] “A great story for anyone to watch who is interested in woman figures and their history.”

"Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children," directed by Tim Burton. [Palm View Branch] “It is an interesting movie for youth to watch.”


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