“Beyond the Call” by Eileen Rivers

This Memorial Day weekend is a great time to learn about the men and women who have and still are serving our country. Why not start with this riveting account of three women who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts on the front lines in Afghanistan, while also gathering intelligence on the Taliban from the local women who were forbidden to speak with American military men.

“On Call in Hell” by Richard Jayden

This e-audio tells one of the most extraordinary stories to come out of the Iraqi war. In 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Navy Doctor Richard Jayden volunteered to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment to Iraq. During the Battle of Fallujah, Jayden and his team worked tirelessly and courageously to save their troops during the worst street fighting Americans had seen since Vietnam.


“Genesis Begins Again” by Alicia D. Williams

Thirteen-year-old Genesis Anderson keeps a list of all the ways she dislikes herself. Genesis’ life is turbulent; her family is verbally abusive and she is continually subjected to internalized racism. But when Genesis starts to find a thing or two she actually likes about herself, she discovers that changing her own attitude is the first step in helping to learn to love herself.

“A Piglet Named Mercy” by Kate DiCamillo

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes, their lives feel a bit too ordinary. But then one day, someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In this prequel to the New York Times best-selling chapter book series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive – and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

“Otherwood” by Pete Hautman

“Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.” Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant until one day something unbelievable happens. Stuey and best friend, Elly Rose, struggle to come to grips with their lives after that reality-splitting moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say start to make a lot more sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.


“A Rich Brew” by Shachar M. Pinsker

How cafés created modern Jewish Culture. University of Michigan Hebrew professor Pinsker explores how the seemingly neutral and un-Jewish cafés played a major role in influencing modern Judaism by nourishing Jewish writers, artists and intellects alike. Uncovering a network of interconnected coffee houses across Europe, Pinsker argues they anchored the silk road to modern Jewish culture.

“Winter World” by A. G. Riddle

As Earth enters a new ice age in this futuristic setting, billions flee to the last inhabitable zones, and glaciers claim most of the planet. Scientists working from a satellite off Earth work furiously, creating climate models to explain Earth’s cooling temperatures. But nothing explains the new ice age. Then they encounter something that shouldn’t exist. Humankind must face the possibility that not only are they not alone in the universe, but that whatever else is out there is trying to exterminate humankind.

“Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index” by Julie Israel, CDbook

Two months after the death of her sister, Juniper Lemon is surprised to unearth a break up letter her sister wrote shortly before she died. She didn’t know her sister was seeing anyone, and the note is addressed to “you.” Juniper sets off on a mission to deliver the letter and identify “you,” a mission that connects her to classmates she could have never before imagined connecting with.


“What It Is Like To Go To War” by Karl Marlantes

Written by a Vietnam War Veteran, this e-book is already an acclaimed classic of war literature. It takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat and is a must read for anyone interested in the visceral part of the human experience.

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