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November
Nathan - "Mouse Guard" by David Petersen
Mouse Guard is set in a world of sentient mice who live in a medieval era, paralleling the same age in human history, though in their world there are no humans. Its stories revolve around a brotherhood of mice known as the "Mouse Guard" who have sworn an oath to serve their fellow civilian mice in times of need, including making safe passage for them through the wilderness and protecting them from predators. 
 
Epi - "Where the Heart Beats" by Kay Larson
Where the Heart Beats is a remarkable new intellectual, creative, and spiritual biography of Cage — one of the most influential composers in modern history, whose impact reaches beyond the realm of music and into art, literature, cinema, and just about every other aesthetic and conceptual expression of curiosity about the world, yet also one of history’s most misunderstood artists — by longtime art critic and practicing Buddhist Kay Larson.
 
Gretcher - "Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII" by David Starkey
Six Wives is a masterful work of history that intimately examines the rituals of diplomacy, marriage, pregnancy, and religion that were part of daily life for women at the Tudor Court. Weaving new facts and fresh interpretations into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry's six marriages.
 
Nancy - "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element.
 
Marc - "I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street" by Matt Taibbi
A work of riveting literary journalism that explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police.
 
Linda - "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith
The story focuses on an impoverished but aspirational, second-generation Irish-American, adolescent girl and her family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, during the first two decades of the 20th century.
 
Rachel - "Imagine Wanting Only This" by Kristen Radtke
After the sudden death of a beloved uncle, Kristen becomes obsessed with the abandoned places – derelict Midwestern mining towns, an Icelandic village preserved in volcanic ash, Cambodian temples reclaimed by jungle. At the same time, she examines what it means to be an artist, to be hungry for the next experience, to be always in transit.
 
Cheryl - "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard.
 
Aaron - "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

Lucy - "Cell" by Robin Cook
Robin Cook crafts a chilling look at the intersection between modern, smartphone-based technology and the medical profession, in Cell.

Carla - "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies" by Kate Andersen Brower
First Women is an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.
 
Vimarie - "Hunches in Bunches" by Dr. Seuss
The story opens with a young boy sitting and twiddling his fingers trying to think of what to do. He has the fidgets and can’t make up his mind.
 
Michael - "Night" by Elie Wiesel
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.
 
Maria - "Through Grandfather's Eyes" by Raymond Leo Blain
Through Grandfather's Eyes is a historical novel about Irish American Immigrants and the early American Industrial Revolution. The historical events are real. Most of the characters are fictitious and constructed to represent composites of the experiences of one generation of immigrants to America.
 
Mayra - "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau
Written by noted Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, Walden is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts.
 
Martha - "Blackveil" by Kristen Britain
Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G’ladheon in author Kristen Britain’s New York Times-bestselling Green Rider fantasy series.
 
Eileen - "Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945–2000" by Llana Barber 
Latino City explores the transformation of Lawrence, Massachusetts, into New England's first Latino-majority city. Like many industrial cities, Lawrence entered a downward economic spiral in the decades after World War II due to deindustrialization and suburbanization.