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Adams, John H.  Force of Nature:  The Story of NRDC and the Fight to Save Our Planet
In this inspiring memoir, national Resource Defense Council founder John H. Adams tells the story of the organization and the environmental movement itself.
Bennett, Jeffrey.  What is Relativity?  An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas and Why they Matter
An astrophysicist offers an entertaining introduction to Einstein's theories, explaining how well they have held up to rigorous testing over the years, and even describing the amazing phenomena readers would actually experience if they took a trip through a black hole.
Billings, Lee.  Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars
An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system traces the discoveries of thousands of "exoplanets" throughout the past two years, including some with Earth-like characteristics that could possibly support life.
Giles, Slade.  The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness
Argues that the growing technological world is detrimental to the human spirit and that people need to reconnect with not only other people, but also the non-human world.
Heacox, Kim.  John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America
This book takes two of the most compelling elements in the narrative of wild America, John Muir and Alaska, and combines them into a brisk and engaging biography.  Muir shows us how one person changed America, helped it embrace its wilderness, and in turn, gave us a better world.
Moss, Michael.  Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Moss portrays how the food industry discovered the allure of added sugar in the 1900s.  This book is a wake-up call to the issues and tactics at play.

Who are you?

Binchy, Maeve.  A Week in Winter
Follows the efforts of a woman who turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges.

Hosseini, Khaled.  And the Mountains Echoed
The best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.

McCann, Collum.  Transatlantic
Spanning 150 years and two continents, this literary family saga ties Frederick Douglass' 1845 journey to Ireland with the first trans-Atlantic flight made in 1919 by two British aviators and the work of U.S. Senator George Mitchell on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.  These great men and the events they're connected to are also linked to a servant girl named Lily, who in 1846 leaves Dublin for New York, and her descendants. 

McDermott, Alice.  Someone
The story of Marie Commeford as a child, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age.

Strayed, Cheryl.  Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
The author hiked the trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and she did it alone.  She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was a little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise."

Yoon, Paul.  Snow Hunters
After being released from a prisoner-of-war camp at the end of the Korean War, 25-year-old North Korean Yohan decides to go to Brazil, since nothing and no one awaits him at home.  In Brazil, Yohan's relationships are minimal and restrained (and haunted by his harrowing war experiences); it's only as time passes that Yohan starts to truly reach out to others.



Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby had once loved a beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy.  Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.

Irving, John.  A Prayer for Owen Meany
Meet the unforgettable Janie Crawford, an articulate African-American woman in the 1930s. Traces Janie's quest for identity, through three marriages, on a journey to her roots.

Morrison, Toni.  Sula
A bond between two women, a friendship whose intensity first sustains, then injures.  Sula and Nel are both black, both smart, and both poor.  Through their girlhood years, they share everything.  All this changes when Sula gets out of the Bottom, the hilltop neighborhood where there hides a fierce resentment at the invisible line that cannot be overstepped.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar
Presents the American poet's semi-autobiographical account of Esther Greenwood, a talented writer who struggles for intimacy and meaning in her artist life.

Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five
This absurdest classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes "unstuck in time" after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore.  In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray
An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.



Brown, Daniel. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics
The story of the University of Washington's eight-man crew, whose national dynasty culminated in a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Bulawayo, NoViolet. We Need New Names

Follows ten-year-old Zimbabwe native, Darling, as she escapes the closed schools and paramilitary police control of her homeland in search of opportunity and freedom with an aunt in America.

Danticat, Edwidge. Claire of the Sea Light
In Ville Rose, a small coastal town in Haiti, baby Claire is born as her mother dies in childbirth.  The novel begins on Claire's seventh birthday and then flows back in time, revisiting previous birthdays and their parallel events.

Griswold, Eliza. I am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan
The poems in this book cut like a knife - they are short, sharp - and leave you bleeding.  They are the most direct voices of the inner life of Afghan women, and prove that these women, despite all hardships, are still standing.

Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire
Rose Justice is an American pilot with Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War.  On her way back from a routine flight she is captured by the Germans and sent to Ravensbruk, a notorious concentration camp, where she meets an unforgettable group of women, and vows to tell her fellow prisoners' stories to the world.

Yousafzai, Malala. I am Malala: The Story of the Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
Describes the life of a young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley who survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Where in the World?

Forman, Gayle. Just One Day

Sparks fly when American good girl Alysson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.

Foxlee, Karen. The Midnight Dress
Rose, nearly sixteen, is used to traveling around with her alcoholic father but connects with the people of a small, coastal Australian town, especially classmate Pearl and reclusive Edie, who teaches her to sew a magical dress for the Harvest Festival while a mystery unfolds around them.

Jansma, Kristopher. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Haunted by the successes of a long-time rival and unable to let go of his love for a woman who got away, an aspiring writer, determined to discover and tell the truth about the trio's falling out, struggles to untangle a complicated web of lies.

Koch, Herman. The Dinner
Meeting at an Amsterdam restaurant for dinner, two couples move from small talk to the wrenching shared challenge of their teenage sons' act of violence that has triggered a police investigation and revealed the extent to which each family will go to protect those they love.

Marra, Anthony. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
An affirmation of life amid the chaos of war-torn Chechnya.  Though events shift in time, the main focus is a five-day period in 2004, when an eight-year-old girl witnesses her father's abduction by Russian soldiers.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Midwinterblood
On a remote mysterious island in Scandinavia, two souls seek each other out again and again through seven stories that span centuries.

Thompson, Holly. The Language Inside
Leaving her beloved Japan after the tsunami, Emma feels as if she has left half of herself behind, but a volunteer job offers the healing properties of both poetry and romance.
Is this Love?
Alexander, Kwame. He Said she Said
When a popular football 'playa' and ladies' man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows.

Bergstrom, Heather Brittain. Steal the North
A novel of love in all its forms: for the land, for family, and the once-in-a-lifetime kind that catches two people when they least expect it.

Buzo Laura. Love and Other Perishable Items
When 15-year-old Amelia falls for her 22-year-old supermarket coworker, Chris, things get messy.  Clean-up in Aisle 7.

Caletti, Deb. The Last Forever
After her mother's death, it's all Tessa can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away.  Even the rare plant her mother entrusted to her care starts to wilt.  Then she meets Henry.  Though secrets stand between them, each has a chance at healing...if first, Tessa can find the courage to believe in forever.

Eulberg, Elizabeth. Better Off Friends
Macallan and Levi are best friends from the first day they meet in seventh grade, but over the years their close friendship keeps interfering with their dating life because everyone else regards them as a couple.

Henriquez, Cristina.  The Book of Unknown Americans
Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.
Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanor & Park
Eleanor has bright red hair and a thrift-store wardrobe.  Park wears "guyliner" and reads comics.  They don't fit in anywhere except with each other.
From the Past
Bird, Sarah. Above the East China Sea
Growing up on Kadena Air Base with her no-nonsense sergeant mother, Luz suffers suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of her soldier sister's death and investigates the story of her Okinawan grandmother, who also confronted her mortality after the World War II deaths of family members.

Boggs, Johnny. Poison Spring
Thirteen year old Travis Ford views the latter days of the Civil War from his impoverished farm in Arkansas, where his mother holds together the farm and her family until Travis' father can return from his posting with the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry.

Gruener, Ruth. Prisoner B-3087
Six years, 10 concentration camps.  Despite cruelty, starvation, and hard labor, Yanek is determined to survive as his clings to hope.

Livesey, Margot. The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.

McKissack, Patricia. Never Forgotten
In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements -- Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth -- is captured and taken to America as a slave.

Meyer, Philipp. The Son
An epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire
Rose Justice is an American pilot with Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War.  On her way back from a routine flight she is captured by the Germans and sent to Ravensbruck, a notorious concentration camp, where she meets an unforgettable group of women, and vows to tell her fellow prisoner's stories to the world.
Thrillers and Chillers

Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

Lyga, Barry. Game
After solving a deadly case in the small town of Lobo's Nod, a seventeen-year-old Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial murderer, travels to New York City to help the police track down the Hat-Dog Killer.

Martin, Michael. The End Games
The zombie apocalypse would be an awesome "game" if Michael and his younger brother weren't living it.  By becoming the "Game Master," Michael protects fragile Patrick on their journey to find safe haven.

McClintock, Norah. Hit and Run
After his mother is killed in a hit and run accident, Mike is living a dangerous lifestyle with his ne'er do well Uncle Billy, when he is befriended by Mr. Riel, a former cop turned teacher who helps Mike uncover secrets which may prove that the death of his mother was no accident.

Murdoch, Emily. If You Find Me
Enduring a difficult existence in the woods with her younger sister and the mentally ill mother who abducted them, fourteen-year-old Cary is found by her father and thrust into a perplexing new world that is overshadowed by a painful secret about her sister's silence.

Wasserman, Robin. The Walking Dark
After the Killing Day, teen survivors fight to save their town and their loves from a plague of madness.
Yovanoff, Brenna.  Paper Valentine
As if being haunted by her dead best friend isn't enough, Hannah is falling in love with a juvenile delinquent, and there's a serial killer on the loose.
Real Life
Goodman, Shawn. Kindness for Weakness
Desperate for his brother's approval, James takes the rap for a drug-dealing charge.  Once incarcerated, James ends up fighting for his life.

Lynch, Chris. Pieces
The death of his older brother, Duane, leaves Eric empty.  By finding Duane's "pieces" and meeting the recipients of his donated organs, Eric hopes to become whole again.

Moser, Elise. Lily and Taylor
Taylor thought she could put the violence behind her by starting over in a new place.  Her boyfriend, however, has different plans.

Pitcher, Annabel. Ketchup Clouds
Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.

Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl
Online, Cath is famous.  In real life, at her first year in college, she is a nobody.  Can she navigate being just Cath without her fan fiction to hide behind?

Seamon, Algonquin. Somebody Up There Hates You
Richard Casey is in most ways a typical seventeen-year-old boy, except Richie has cancer, and he's spending his final days in a hospice unit, and in this place where people go to die, Richie has plans for how to make the most of the life he has left.
Slouka, Mark.  Brewster
Feeling stifled and powerless, high school friends Ray Cappicciano and Jon Moser yearn for change.  They plan for freedom from their blue-collar town and dysfunctional homes, even while knowing they can never truly escape.
Vaughn, Dial.  OCD, the Dude and Me
Danielle, OCD sufferer and social outcast writes a "me-moir" - a collection of English essays, private journal entries, e-mails, and letters - which chronicle her tumultuous senior year in high school.
Could it Be?

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Naturals
A natural profiler, 17 year-old Cassie joins a special teen FBI program and finds herself immersed in a world where everything is not as it seems.

Brown, Teri. Born of Illusion
In the glittery world of the 1920s New York City, Anna must learn to use her psychic powers before the threats foretold in her visions become reality.

Charbonneau, Joelle. The Testing
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

Chu, Wesley. Lives of Tao
Couch potato Roen Tan becomes host to the alien Tao, who has lived for millennia inside some of the most famous people in history.  With Tao on board, Roen enters a war to save mankind.

Griffin, Adele. Loud Awake and Lost
Eight months after a debilitating car accident leaves her with brain trauma and a back injury, amnesiac teen ember tries to piece together the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident -- and determine why none of her friends or family are willing to talk about it.

Koertge, Ron. Coaltown Jesus
Praying for help after the sudden death of his brother, Walker is astonished by the appearance of an irreverent Jesus in his bedroom who imparts unexpected strength and comfort while helping him understand some of life's biggest questions.

O'Donnell, Lisa. Help for the Haunted
Sylvie is dealing with taunting classmates, her erratic older sister, and the unsolved murder of her ghost-hunting parents.  But perhaps more problematic are the cursed remnants of her parents' work still lingering in the basement.

Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Echols, Jennifer. Dirty Little Secret
Eighteen-year-old Bailey meets Sam, a young man who wants to take his high-school garage band to the big time and he wants Bailey to help them do it, but Bailey is not sure what she wants or where she stands with Sam

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel Lancaster, 16, has been battling thyroid cancer for three years.  The lonely, oxygen tank-toting teenager joins a support group for ill teens and meets Augustus, a 17-year-old cancer survivor with a prosthetic leg.

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

Rother, Veronica. Allegient
The Divergent trilogy concludes to reveal the secrets of the dystopian world and the consequences of a fateful decision.

Semple, Maria. Where'd you go, Bernadette?
When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother.  Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life.
And More Choices
Berry, Julie. All the Truth that's in Me
Judith can't speak, but when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forces to choose:  continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.
Bradbury, Jennifer. A Moment Comes
As the partition of India nears in 1947 bringing violence even to Jalandhar, Tariq, a Muslim, finds himself caught between his forbidden interest in Anupreet, a Sikh girl, and Margaret, a British girl whose affection for him might help with his dream of studying at Oxford.
Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie.

Cornioley, Pearl Witherington. Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent
Pearl Witherington Cornioley, one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters, recounts her life and experience as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE).

Meyer, Marissa. Scarlet
Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
On the day that Leonard Peacock brings a gun to school, it will be one small gesture that will decide his fate, as well as that of those around him.
Rennison, Louise. The Taming of the Tights
Tullulah Casey has returned for another term at her performing arts school, but after sharing a secret kiss with the local bad boy, Tallulah is now determined to find her perfect leading man.

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