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The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Set against the backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood during Prohibition in rural Mississippi, Tilted World tells the story of a bootlegger, her shady husband, an orphan baby, and two federal investigating agents and how their lives become entwined.  Weeks of constant rain and the impending natural disaster adds tension to this atmospheric story filled with murder and moonshine.  The strong-willed Dixie Clay who is mourning the recent death of her baby and decent, blues-loving agent Ted Ingersoll are drawn to each other in their mutual attachment to the orphan baby and thei

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth is blind. But in order to travel with her brother to find their missing father in  New York, she must pretend to see. Laureth’s father left her clues in his old notebook and she must follow patterns and coincidences in order to find out what has really happened to him. This fast-paced tale takes Laureth and the reader all over New York City to find the real mystery that their father was in search of, all along.

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S Dawson

Dovey witnessed her best friend Carly die in one of the most violent hurricanes Savannah, Georgia has ever seen. One year later, she is being heavily medicated with mysterious white pills that arrive monthly in an unmarked glass bottle. Due to the pills, Dovey is able to cope with day-to-day activities like attending school or play practice, but feels as if she is in a dead fog and cannot remember anything beyond the time Carly died. While at a past favorite coffee shop, Dovey is positive she sees Carly, but loses her in an alley.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Nastya Kashnikov has struggled to surface for the past two years, ever since the mysterious incident that cost her everything – including her identity as an acclaimed pianist - and utterly broke her spirit.  Now she just wants to put the past behind her and keep everyone at a distance.  She’s doing a pretty good job of it, too, with her snark, sneering and sarcasm.  Until she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person at her new school who seems as isolated and alone as she is,  Josh Bennett.  After the loss of his family,  all Josh wants is

The Future Is Here: Pizza From a Vending Machine

You may have heard urban legends about the strange products some businesses stock vending machines with--cigarettes, jewelry, and socks, to name a few--perhaps you've even had brushes with Coca Cola's Freestyle soda fountains, capable of dispensing over a hundred flavors. But what about food? And no, I don't mean Hershey bars or Slim Jims. I'm talking about pizza.

Hung Up by Kristen Tracy

Lucy leaves repeated voicemail messages with a trophy company complaining about a mishandled order, but no one answers or returns her calls. Finally James answers his new phone. While trying to convince Lucy that he is not the trophy company, he tells her what town he lives in and where he goes to school. They become phone friends, sharing stories of family and friends. Two months and many conversations later they make plans to meet, but a family issue keeps James away. They don’t meet face-to-face until the end of the book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla has been hopelessly in love with Josh, her classmate at their boarding school in Paris, for years. When she comes face-to-face with him in a chance meeting the summer before their senior year, their relationship takes off. But when their rule-breaking gets Josh expelled, the two are forced apart to different continents. Is their relationship strong enough to hold? 

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The Hundred–Foot Journey by Richard Morais

When a horrific fire destroys their modest Mumbai restaurant and steals the life of a beloved wife and Mummy, the grief-stricken Haji family emigrates from India.  An extended period of mourning spent traveling throughout Europe culminates with this gregarious family opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant in the small alpine town of Lumiere, France.  Cultural differences soon escalate between the Haji family and Gertrude Mallory---longtime owner of a two-star restaurant a hundred-feet across the street---leading to a terrible accident jeopardizing the health of  fourteen-ye

Video Games as Art: Painting with Consequence

With each invention of a new medium comes the conception of a new art form. With writing came literature, with pigments came painting, and with film came photography and movies. However, even with the advent of computer technology, video games still have trouble being recognized as an art form. However, perhaps the issue is that it is difficult to recognize exactly what art is, and how video games use a unique medium that few other art forms can.

New Internet Hoax: Apple “Wave” IOS 8 feature will NOT charge your iPhone in a microwave!

Instead, you will end up with a worthless flaming pile of cooked circuitry.

Posted originally by the notorious internet pranksters 4-Chan, the 'IOS 8 exclusive' Wave ad was designed to look exactly like an update notification from Apple that was posted following the release of their new software one week ago.

Road Ends by Mary Lawson

Road Ends completes Lawson’s trilogy of work set in the remote rural landscape of Northwestern Ontario.  The Cartwright’s---a sprawling dysfunctional family with seven children---reside in the small, farming community of Struan.  Family patriarch and breadwinner, Edward Cartwright, is manager of the local bank. The story unfolds from multiple points of view alternating between him and the two oldest Cartwright offspring, Tom and Megan, both in their early twenties.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou’s art school classmates don’t know much about her, other than she is an orphan, has vivid blue hair that never fades, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of fantastical beasts called Chimera.  What her classmates don’t realize is that these characters aren’t from Karou’s imagination, but are actually her adopted family.  Karou grew up in her adopted father, Brisbane’s, otherworldly trade shop.