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Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

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Ever wonder what it would be like to grow up with hoarders as parents? Kimberly Rae Miller dishes it all in this powerful coming-of-age tale about just that. We’ve all got that spot in our house that’s the place we put things that we’re saving for later because we know we’re actually going to use them. Right? Yes? Then months later we stumble across those same prized objects and pitch or donate them because, well, who has the time to do all the things?

Imagine, if you will, that messy place being your entire house and add in never throwing away anything on top of that and you’ll sort of get the idea what it’s like to walk a day in Kim’s shoes. She wasn’t able to ever have friends over and often had to conceal her parents messes and behaviors for fear of children’s services coming and separating her from them. Even worse, one house she and her parents occupied was so messy that it caught fire and they lost absolutely everything they owned. You’d think this would mean a fresh, clean start in a new, uncluttered home but that’s not case as things quickly start to pile up again.  But don’t just take my word for it, read this engrossing title for yourself to learn all about what it’s like to be the child of hoarders. For tackling such serious stuff, it’s quite an enjoyable read but be warned as there are a few graphic moments (think bugs, messes, and even a suicide attempt) that aren’t for the faint of heart.

If you like this title, you should also check out the nonfiction book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and the YA novel Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, tells the dramatic story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brilliant young German scholar who finds himself compelled to risk everything to fight against Hitler’s tyranny. During his lifetime Bonhoeffer started the Confessing Church in Germany, taught in underground seminaries, conspired to assassinate Hitler, and aided the escape of Jews by acting as a double agent in the German Secret Service. The author, Eric Metaxas, narrates Bonhoeffer’s suspenseful life by tracing his growth from a young academic aristocrat to a man of steadfast conscience, conviction and courage. The carefully woven account gives insight into the time in which Bonhoeffer lived and provides ample historical detail without losing sight of the central plot. It is a must read for anyone with interests in history, theology, spy stories or the human heart.

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

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Is Russia a forgotten enemy of the US – just a remnant from the cold war? Has the “sleeping bear” been awakened and reinvigorated by Russian President Putin? Does this new Russia want to flex its muscles in a way that would be devastating to the U.S.? These are just some of the questions Federal Agent John Corey must answer in Nelson DeMille’s latest book, “Radiant Angel”.  This novel begins with Agent Corey being assigned to follow the Russian U.N. Diplomats in New York in what seems like a routine assignment. A problem quickly rises as Corey loses them and now must find them and figure out what they are scheming.  From page one of this seventh John Corey book, the reader will be captivated by Corey’s detective skills, undercover work, dedication, wit, and questions about US National Security.  An excellent international thriller.

The Great Reckoning

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Fans of Louise Penny be happy, we are back to Three Pines, Gamache, and everything you love about Penny's novels.

I liked this book and if you have not read a Louise Penny I would highly recommend you start at the beginning with Still Life. You could read this book as a stand alone, but it will unfold better if you are familiar with her characters’ history.

Former Chief Inspector of Homicide at the Surete' of Quebec Armande Ganache doesn’t retire but takes a job at their police academy to root out those who have created a culture of fear and dishonesty. But soon someone at the academy is found dead, killed by a single gunshot to the head. Is it murder or suicide?  And a mysterious map plays into the story line adding another layer of mystification.

Louise Penny is a gifted story teller who makes the setting so real you want to pack up and move there!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Dash and his family live on the moon.  They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it.  Sounds exciting right?  Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind.  Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games.  When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident.  Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends.  Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery.  Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon.  Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too.  (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)

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