Adult Reads

Dragon’s Time

by Anne and Todd McCaffrey

Recommended by Jessica.

Weyrwoman Fiona struggles to keep her surviving Weyr in fighting shape while Lorana plans a complicated time-travel journey to save their world.

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Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror

by Steve Alten

This book was recommended by Jessica.

Carcharodon megalodon apex predator of all time, the most fearsome creature that ever lived a 70-foot, 60,000 pound Great White Shark. Hundreds of 7-inch serrated teeth filled jaws that could swallow an elephant whole. It could sense its prey miles away, inhaling its scent as it registered the beat of its fluttering heart, and if you ever came close enough to see the monster…it was already too late. For Navy deep-sea submersible pilot Jonas Taylor, it nearly was too late. Years ago, on a top-secret dive seven miles down into the Mariana Trench, Jonas came face to face with an ancient monster everyone believed extinct. Having barely escaped with his life, Jonas must prove to the world that Meg still exists. When an opportunity to return to the trench presents itself, he takes it, intent on returning topside with a 7-inch tooth! But man s presence in this unexplored domain releases one of the sharks from its purgatory, and now Jonas is the only one who can stop it. — Description via

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This book was recommended by Jessica.

“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love” –Cover.

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Desert Wind

by Betty Webb

This book was recommended by Janet Ford.

When PI Lena Jones’ partner, Pima Indian Jimmy Sisiwan, is arrested in the remote town of Walapai Flats in northern Arizona, Lena closes the Desert Investigations office and rushes to his aid. What she finds is a town up in arms over a new uranium mine located only ten miles from the magnificent Grand Canyon. Jimmy’s sister-in-law, founder of Victims of Uranium Mining, has been murdered, but the opposing side has taken hits, too. Ike Donohue, the mine’s public relations man, is found shot to death, which casts suspicion on Jimmy and his entire family.

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Dark World

by Zak Bagans

This book was recommended by Jessica Gibson.

“This book even goes into the basic principles of paranormal investigation!”

Bagans brings you behind the cold walls of some of the world’s most haunted prisons, hospitals, insane asylums, hotels, slaughterhouses, and mansions. He leads you on a terrifying ride through a vortex of dark energy– places where innocent humans suffered beyond reason and still cry out for help.

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How to Bake a Perfect Life

by Barbara O’Neal

Recommended by Janet Ford

How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal

“This book even includes bread recipes!  Yum!”

Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She’s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother’s rambling Victorian and everything she’s worked so hard to build. When Ramona’s soldier son-in-law is wounded in Afghanistan, her daughter, Sophia, races to be at his side, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophia’s thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that she’s being dumped again — this time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering.

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The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Recommended by Amy Trotter

Cover Art for The Help by Kathryn Stockett

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women–black and white, mothers and daughters–view one another.

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The Seventeen Traditions

by Ralph Nader


Recently named by the Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, Ralph Nader has penned a list of 17 traditions that were practiced by his family while growing up in Winsted, Connecticut. Nader has great admiration for his parents, who were Lebanese immigrants. They taught him a strong sense of self worth, civic responsibility, charity, personal health, and education, and his warm memories are sure to inspire.