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Up Beaver Creek - Sue Lick

It’s bad enough that PD’s husband left her a childless widow at 42, but when she heads west from Montana to the Oregon coast to remake her life with a new name, a new look and a new determination to become a professional musician, things keep going wrong. Her cabin has a few problems, but the landlord has disappeared. The She’s running out of money, and her first music gig is a disaster. Is she doomed to be penniless and pitiful? Not if she can help it.

Recommended by Sheryl



Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos. "

Recommended by Gwen



Killing Trail - Margaret Mizushima

When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.

Recommended by Becky



Krakatoa - Simon Winchester

Considers the global impact of the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, documenting its cause of an immense tsunami that killed 40,000 people, its impact on the weather for several years, and its role in anti-Western Islamic fundamentalism.

Recommended by Jeff



Spinning Silver - Naomi Novak

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty -- until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk -- grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh -- Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered.

Recommended by Alice



People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

A young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the centuries' old, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up.

Recommended by Becky



Molokai - Alan Brennert

Rachel Kalama is a plucky seven-year-old whose family is devastated when she develops leprous sores. She is removed from her family and quarantined on Moloka'i.

Recommended by Jeff