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Adult Services Department
Located on the second floor of the Library, the Adult Services Department serves a variety of adult reading and information interests. A trained staff can expedite your search through the complexities of the Internet and printed research material to help you locate even the most elusive bit of information.
Fried green tomatoes A chance encounter in a nursing home leads to an unexpected friendship between a dowdy housewife and a spry octagenarian who tells her the story of a fiercely independent woman half a century ago, inspiring the housewife to change her life, often with hilarious results.
The runaway In a 1940s Georgia town, Sheriff Frank Rucker investigates a series of racist murders, a probe that generates considerable hostility from white citizens.
The Bible salesman : a novel In post-war North Carolina, a member of a car-theft ring picks up an innocent nineteen-year-old Bible saleman and recognizes the young man as just the associate he needs--one who will believe he is working as an F.B.I. spy, one who will drive the cars he steals.
A fine balance : a novel A portrait of India featuring four characters. Two are tailors who are forcibly sterilized, one is a student who emigrates, and the fourth is a widowed seamstress who decides to hang on. A tale of cruelty, political thuggery and despair by an Indian from Toronto, author of Such a Long Journey.
A man called Blessed One beautiful Jew, one militant Muslim, one desperate Christian -- three zealots who will plunge the Middle East into a bitter war or bring true peace. --- [Excerpt from back cover.]
The widow of Larkspur Inn Follow the dreams and determination of widow Julia Hollis as she leaves the comforts of London to make a new home for ther three children in the quaint dairy village of Gresham. --- [Excerpt from back cover.]
The negotiator FBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back. He's about to meet Kate O'Malley, and his life will never be the same. Shes a hostage negotiator. He protects people. Hes about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another!
Song of redemption : a novel "When King Hezekiah discovers that God's Law forbids him to take multiple wives, he must choose one woman to love. He must also choose to trust God's promises when he decides to rebel against his powerful Assyrian overlords"--Provided by publisher.
House of sand and fog A former colonel for the Iranian Air Force believes he can create a new life for himself and his family when he buys an attractive bungalow in the California countryside, and when the cottage's former owner wants her house back, he is willing to do anything to keep it.
Independence day Like most people Frank Bascombe of New Jersey, a divorced realtor, has plans for the Fourth of July weekend: find a new home for a client, see his semi-girlfriend and take his son to a sports hall of fame. Instead, one disappointment follows another, but he takes them in his stride--philosophically. By the author of The Sportswriter.
Mason & Dixon The lives of two 18th century British astronomers who surveyed the boundary which settled a dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was later extended to become the boundary between free and slave states, the Mason-Dixon line. The novel describes their work in Africa and America, and traces their relationship. By the author of Vineland.
The remains of the day The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically perfect butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper in the employ of a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe.
Personal injuries An FBI operation is held to catch a group of corrupt judges in high places. The central figure is a crooked lawyer who bribed judges on his cases. Nabbed by the IRS for tax evasion, he agrees to be wired and serve as bait in return for a reduced sentence.
Just plain pickled to death : a Pennsylvania Dutch mystery with recipes A twenty-year-old barrel of genuine Pennsylvania Dutch sauerkraut isn't Magdalena Yoder's idea of a great wedding present from her future father-in-law. Especially when it has a corpse in it. And it sure puts Mennonite-born Magdalena, owner of the picturesque PennDutch Inn, in a pickle. She has just one week before she ties the knot with the man of her dreams - and this bride of fourty-four will allow nothing to delay her nuptials, even murder.
Bachelor Brothers' bed & breakfast Hector and Virgil are a pair of endearingly eccentric bachelors in their fifties, fraternal twins, who operate a bed and breakfast establishment where people like them, the gentle, bookish and ever so slightly confused, can feel at home. --- [Excerpt from back cover.]
Animal husbandry A comedy on a jilted woman whose misfortune leads to a new career. Jane Goodall of New York turns to studying animal-mating habits for an explanation of why her man left her. She evolves a theory applicable to humans, gets a job as a columnist and proceeds to offer advice. The public laps it up and Jane is famous.
Julie and Romeo Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman are rival florists in Boston, whose families have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember (what they can't remember is why). --- [Excerpt from inside cover.]
Big trouble A slapstick thriller set in Florida, featuring oddball characters. They include a homeless man who lives in a tree, a student with a squirt gun playing a game called Killer, a couple of real killers, and a terrorist with a nuclear bomb in a suitcase.
Mangrove squeeze A wacky mystery in Florida featuring PI Aaron Katz, a Wall Street financier turned innkeeper. With his snooping girlfriend, Sukie Sperakis, whose ambition is to be a reporter, they discover Russian gangsters who are using T-shirt shops to launder money.
One for the money Stephanie Plum is a failed lingerie buyer, newly turned bond agent. Her first job is to find Morrelli, a policeman/murder suspect on the run and her childhood sweetheart. Real menace enters the story when Stephanie attracts the psychopathic attentions of boxer Benito Ramirez.
The Joy Luck Club In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades. A celebrated novel in the tradition of Alice Adams and Margaret Atwood from the bestselling author of The Kitchen God's Wife.
Brothers and sisters A black woman banker is torn between her ambition to succeed professionally and her loyalty to other blacks. The protagonist is Esther Jackson, operations manager for a downtown Los Angeles bank. The events take place in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots. By the author of Your Blues Ain't Like Mine.
A woman's place : a novel A high-powered woman executive returns home to be served with divorce papers on grounds of adultery and that her work makes her unfit to be the mother of her children. The novel follows Claire Raphel as she battles her husband and a chauvinist judge, finally indulging in an affair with her CEO of which she was falsely accused. By the author of Shades of Grace.
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Hardcover FictionTop 5 at a Glance 1. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham 2. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child 3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn 4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson 5. SIDE JOBS, by Jim Butcher
Hardcover NonfictionTop 5 at a Glance 1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox 2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe 3. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others 4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy 5. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain
Paperback Trade FictionTop 5 at a Glance 1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson 2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson 3. THE FINKLER QUESTION, by Howard Jacobson 4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave 5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese
Paperback Mass-Market FictionTop 5 at a Glance 1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown 2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson 3. THE RECKLESS BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens 4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson 5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child
Paperback NonfictionTop 5 at a Glance 1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert 2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz 3. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson 4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls 5. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Hardcover AdviceTop 5 at a Glance 1. BAREFOOT CONTESSA: HOW EASY IS THAT?, by Ina Garten 2. DOUBLE DELICIOUS, by Jessica Seinfeld 3. THE TATTOO CHRONICLES, by Kat Von D with Sandra Bark 4. DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh 5. BOBBY FLAY'S THROWDOWN!, by Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas and Miriam Garron
Paperback AdviceTop 5 at a Glance 1. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman 2. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel 3. CRAZY LOVE, by Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski 4. THE LOVE DARE, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough 5. RADICAL, by David Platt
Children's BooksTop 5 at a Glance 1. SCAREDY-CAT, SPLAT!, written and illustrated by Rob Scotton 2. LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA, written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney 3. FABULOUS FASHION BOUTIQUE, by Jane O’Connor 4. KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE, written and illustrated by Mo Willems 5. HEADS, written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
Graphic BooksTop 5 at a Glance 1. SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis 2. Y: THE LAST MAN - DELUXE EDITION, BOOK 4, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra 3. THE WALKING DEAD, BOOK 6, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard 4. THE EXILE: AN OUTLANDER GRAPHIC NOVEL, by Diana Gabaldon and Hoang Nguyen 5. THE ADVENTURES OF OOK AND GLUK, by George Beard and Harold Hutchins
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