“The Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian

Thursday marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the battle of Normandy. Revisit this time in history with this book about an Italian family of noble lineage, the Rosatis, who incorrectly think their villa will keep them safe from the war. And of the serial killer who has been systematically killing the Rosatis one-by-one since 1945.

“War Brides” by Melynda Jarratt

World War II meant the influx of thousands of handsome young men into foreign countries. This EBOOK is the story of the war brides who decided to leave their family and move to a county thousands of miles away with a man they barely knew. Some finding happy endings and others experiencing the dark side of infidelity, domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism and divorce.


“No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir” By Ani DiFranco

A memoir by singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco. A frank, honest, and passionate tale of one woman’s journey, exploring her early years as a folk musician and founder of Righteous Babe Records. Di Franco writes about the power of music, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy and entrepreneurship.

“The Future is Feminist: Radical, Funny, and Inspiring Writing by Women” By Mallory Farrugia & Jessica Valenti

A roster of iconic women write powerfully about what it means to be a feminist yesterday, today and tomorrow. These poets, essayists, activists, actors and professors address topics ranging from workplace harassment to “RBF.” A diverse chorus of intersectional voices and a forward-looking stance set this book apart.


“The Fact of a Body” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

A murder and a memoir. The daughter of two lawyers, Alexandria was well educated in legal matters and thought she knew exactly how she felt about the death penalty by the time she entered law school. But during a summer internship in Louisiana where she was tasked to assist in the legal aid of a man accused of murder, she is shocked by her own reaction to the accused murderer. After graduating law school, she returned to the case to investigate the crime itself, and her own stance on the death penalty.

“Rotters” by Daniel Kraus, CD book

Grave robbing was a subject Joey had never considered as he spent his teen years living with his mom in Chicago, spending his days playing the trumpet and doing his best to avoid bulling at school. But when his mother dies he is forced to move in with his father, and stumbles upon his father’s unimaginable secrets.

“Life and Fate” by Vasily Grossman

This powerful book was considered to be so dangerous by the Soviet Union for its comparison of Stalinism to Nazism, that the Soviet Union banned its publication. After Grossman’s death it was smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm to be published and is today hailed as one of the most important Russian novels of the 20th century.

“Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis” By Jared Diamond

In Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes. The result is a book epic in scope, but also a very personal story.

“Stone in the Road” by E. B. Moore, Available in Large Print

Joshua is just 11 in 1867. He has grown up in a tight-knit Amish community where everyone agrees Joshua’s father, the respected deacon, has the ear of God. But what the rest of the community doesn’t know is that Joshua’s father is a violent alcoholic. Then a fire rips their lives apart, prompting Joshua to run away to California, and his mother to step up as the leader of their household. It’s a long journey to California, but years later Joshua finds the journey back is even longer.

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