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Overview: a new perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant

Collection of satellite images of Earth provided by DigitalGlobe annotated and reformated by Benjamin Grant.

Recommended by Jeff



Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus -- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life -- someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

Recommended by Sharon



Witness by Karen Hesse

A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

Recommended by Rebecca



A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House

Young Irish American Saul Sullivan marries a beautiful Cherokee woman named Vine. As a mixed race couple, they weather a storm of prejudice, but eventually find acceptance with Saul's family. Then Saul must move away to another country for a year to find work. Taking advantage of his absence, Aaron, Saul's jealous younger brother, begins to make unwanted advances on Vine. The tragic violence to come will change all of their lives forever.

Recommended in audiobook by Sheryl



Cakewalk by Rita Mae Brown

Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk provides an entertaining look at a small town straddling the Mason Dixon line, where the townsfolk remain split between good and bad, or love and sex, or male and female, or politics and sobriety, and the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly free-thinking Hunsenmier sisters, Louise and Julia--otherwise known as Wheezie and Jutz--and their wide circle of equally indelible friends.

Recommended by Gwen



Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.

Recommended by Becky



Mad genius tips : over 90 expert hacks + 100 delicious recipes by Justin Chapple

The star of Food & Wine's Mad Genius video series shares his best kitchen tool hacks for creating easy, fun, and delicious recipes. When is a cookie cutter not a cookie cutter? When it's a cake decorating tool, or a candy mold. What can you do with your waffle iron beside breakfast waffles? Try a waffled omelet, potato waffles, or cinnamon bun waffles. Chapple shows you creative uses and expert hacks that will have you looking at everything in your kitchen in a new way.

Recommended by Alice



The Wood for the Trees by Richard Fortey

Scientist Richard Fortey chronicles what he found on his four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England over the course of one year.

Recommended by Jeff



Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brian Sanderson

Experiencing an epiphany within the most daunting prison of the monstrous Lord Ruler, half-Skaa Kelsier finds himself taking on the powers of a Mistborn, and teams up with ragged orphan Vin in a desperate plot to save their world.

Recommended by Stacy



September by Rosamund Pilcher

Rosamunde Pilcher's September...a story of homecomings and heartbreaks, friendships, betrayals, forgiveness, and love. From the author of the classic multimillion-copy bestseller The Shell Seeker, it is a book you will fall in love with...

Recommended by Becky



Milkweed: a novel by Jerry Spinelli

He's a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Filthy son of Abraham. He's a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He's a boy who steals food for himself, and the other orphans. He's a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels. He's a boy who wants to be a Nazi, with tall, shiny jackboots of his own-until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind.

Recommended by Rebecca



Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.

Recommended by Rita



Marco Polo: a photographer's journey by Michael Yamashita

Award-winning National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita recreates Marco Polo's fabled journey, documenting his own adventures in 500 stunning photographs.

Recommended by Karel