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Christmas Bells

By: Jennifer Chiaverini
Published: ©2015
Pages: 317
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Holiday Stories | Historical Fiction | Regional, American Northeast


Description: In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, MA. The publication of Longfellow’s classic Revolutionary War poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” was less than a month hence, and the country’s grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed. In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia’s music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children’s choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.

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The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

By: Melanie Dickerson
Published: ©2015
Pages: 310 (Includes Discussion Questions)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  FictionYoung Adult | Historical Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Love & Romance


Description: The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.  For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher. When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

By: Jeannette Walls
Published: ©2009
Pages: 272
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Fiction | Historical FictionRegional, West


Description: “Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one who is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle. Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night.

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The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

By: Sarah M. Eden
Published: ©2016
Pages: 322 (Includes Discussion Questions)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Historical Fiction | Love & Romance | Regional, West | Uniquely Utah


Description: The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff. Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman. Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the acting sheriff for months and isn’t too keen on relinquishing the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father. It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?

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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

By: Brené Brown
Published: ©2012
Pages: 303 (Includes Reading Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Nonfiction | Spiritual & Inspirational


Description: Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

By: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam M. Grant
Published: ©2017
Pages: 226
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & MemoirsSpiritual & Inspirational


Description: Option B is a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.

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Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies, Memoirs, Autobiographies, Historical Biographies, and Letters.

1776
by David McCullough

1791: Mozart’s Last Year
by H.C. Robbins Landon

84, Charing Cross Road
by Helene Hanff

Alexander Hamilton, American
by Richard Brookhiser

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Joseph J. Ellis

America’s First Woman Lawyer: The Biography of Myra Bradwell
by Jane M. Friedman

And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

Angela’s Ashes
by Frank McCourt

Annapurna, a Woman’s Place
by Arlene Blum

Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer
by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq
by Kirsten Holmstedt

Becoming Jane Austen
by Jon Spence

The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America
by Hannah Nordhaus

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Young Readers Adaptation)
by Daniel James Brown

The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
by Jennifer Worth

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys
by Michael Collins

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
by Andrew X. Pham

The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
by James Brady

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother
by James McBride

Composing a Life
by Mary Catherine Bateson

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
by James Shapiro

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
by Kathleen Norris

Desert Wife
by Hilda Faunce

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
by Kevin Fedarko

Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm
by David Mas Masumoto

Escape
by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
by Anne Fadiman

Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
by Gene Kranz

The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future
by Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Gourhi

FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
by Julie M. Fenster

Fierce Attachments: A Memoir
by Vivian Gornick

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
by Jim Sheeler

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
by H.W. Brands

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts

Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage
by Hazel Rowley

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson

The Geography of Bliss
by Eric Weiner

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls

Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris

Home before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Lynda Van Devanter

How to Cook a Wolf
by M.F.K. Fisher

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson
by Osa Johnson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights
by Richard Labunski

Joe Hill
by Gibbs M. Smith

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. Bird

Land of the Burnt Thigh
by Edith Eudora Kohl

The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty
by Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculée Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
edited by Frank Shuffelton

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
edited by Mark Roskill

Life is So Good
by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

Lincoln
by David Herbert Donald

The Log from the Sea of Cortez
by John Steinbeck

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel

Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language
by Eva Hoffman

Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America
by David O. Stewart

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
by Andrew Chaikin

Martha Washington: An American Life
by Patricia Brady

The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
by Martha Ackmann

My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962
by Eleanor Roosevelt, edited by David Emblidge

My Story
by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Nothing to Declare : Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
by Mary Morris

Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion
by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern

On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World
by James Srodes

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
by Lisa See

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy 
by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam M. Grant

Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
by Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen]

Prairie Reunion
by Barbara J. Scot

Prince among Slaves
by Terry Alford

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester

Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution
by David Quammen

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
by Mike Mullane

Rocket Boys: A Memoir
by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet
by Steve Squyres

Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
by Heidi Squier Kraft

Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became its Most Influential Justice
by Joan Biskupic

Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford

Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives
by David Oliver Relin

Shakespeare: The World as Stage
by Bill Bryson

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups
by Ron Rosenbaum

Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore
by Suzanne Strempek Shea

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS
by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq
by Christina Asquith

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
by Sara Nelson

Something to Declare
by Julia Alvarez

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War
by H. Donald Winkler

The Sum of Our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women
by Judy Busk

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
by Ruth Reichl

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations … One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Tracks
by Robyn Davidson

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

The Upstairs Room
Johanna Reiss

Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

West with the Night
by Beryl Markham

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
by Stephen Greenblatt

With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
by Stephen B. Oates

Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey
by Lillian Schlissel

The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle

Spiritual & Inspirational

Spiritual & Inspirational includes books about spirituality, philosophy, self-help, inspirational, theology, and religion.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
by Garth Stein

Changing the Face of Hunger
by Tony Hall

The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
by Kathleen Norris

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead 
by Brené Brown

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Miguel Ruiz

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson

The Geography of Bliss
by Eric Weiner

The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
by Daniel Quinn

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculée Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo

Life is So Good
by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
by Eckhart Tolle

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy 
by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam M. Grant

Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent

The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast
by C. S. Lewis

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Visions of Glory: One Man’s Astonishing Account of the Last Days
by John M. Pontius

A Winter Dream
by Richard Paul Evans

Book Buzz Title List: Nonfiction

Alphabetical list by title of all Nonfiction Book Buzz book sets.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
by Gary Chapman

84, Charing Cross Road
by Helene Hanff

1776
by David McCullough

1791: Mozart’s Last Year
by H.C. Robbins Landon

Alexander Hamilton, American
by Richard Brookhiser

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book
by Alice B. Toklas

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Joseph J. Ellis

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work
by Nick Taylor

America’s First Woman Lawyer: The Biography of Myra Bradwell
by Jane M. Friedman

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
by Neil Postman

And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

Angela’s Ashes
by Frank McCourt

Annapurna, a Woman’s Place
by Arlene Blum

Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer
by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
by Stephen Ambrose

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq
by Kirsten Holmstedt

Becoming Jane Austen
by Jon Spence

The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America
by Hannah Nordhaus

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
by Katherine Boo

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Beowulf: An Imitative Translation
by Ruth P.M. Lehmann

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Young Readers Adaptation)
by Daniel James Brown

The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court
by Bob Woodward & Scott Armstrong

The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
by Jennifer Worth

Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West
by Chip Ward

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys
by Michael Collins

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
by Andrew X. Pham

Changing the Face of Hunger
by Tony Hall

The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
by James Brady

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother
by James McBride

Community and the Politics of Place
by Daniel Kemmis

Composing a Life
by Mary Catherine Bateson

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
by James Shapiro

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
by Kathleen Norris

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead 
by Brené Brown

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation
by Noah Lukeman

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

Desert Wife
by Hilda Faunce

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
by Kevin Fedarko

The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era
by Jeremy Rifkin

Enigma: The Battle for the Code
by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm
by David Mas Masumoto

Escape
by Carolyn Jessop with Laura Palmer

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
by Anne Fadiman

Faces of Utah: A Portrait
edited by Shannon R. Hoskins

Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
by Gene Kranz

The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future
by Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Gourhi

FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
by Julie M. Fenster

Fierce Attachments: A Memoir
by Vivian Gornick

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
by Jim Sheeler

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
by H.W. Brands

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Miguel Ruiz

Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage
by Hazel Rowley

Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
by Raymond Arsenault

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson

The Geography of Bliss
by Eric Weiner

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body for 12 Years
by Martin Pistorius

Gideon’s Trumpet
by Anthony Lewis

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls

Great and Peculiar Beauty: A Utah Reader
edited by Thomas Lyon and Terry Tempest Williams

Growing Up Empty: How Federal Policies are Starving America’s Children
by Loretta Schwartz-Nobel

Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin

Heart in the Right Place
by Carolyn Jourdan

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

A History of Utah’s American Indians
edited by Forrest S. Cuch

Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris

Home before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Lynda Van Devanter

How to Cook a Wolf
by M.F.K. Fisher

Hunger: An Unnatural History
by Sharman Apt Russell

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson
by Osa Johnson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights
by Richard Labunski

Joe Hill
by Gibbs M. Smith

The Journey of the Diné
by Ellen G. Callister and Robert Maryboy (illustrator)

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. Bird

Land of the Burnt Thigh
by Edith Eudora Kohl

The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty
by Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculée Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
by Tim Weiner

Let Us Eat Cake: Adventures in Food and Friendship
by Sharon Boorstin

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
edited by Frank Shuffelton

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
edited by Mark Roskill

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
by James P. Ronda

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo

Life is So Good
by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

Lincoln
by David Herbert Donald

The Log from the Sea of Cortez
by John Steinbeck

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel

Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language
by Eva Hoffman

Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America
by David O. Stewart

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
by Andrew Chaikin

Martha Washington: An American Life
by Patricia Brady

The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
by Martha Ackmann

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Mormon Country
by Wallace Stegner

My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962
by Eleanor Roosevelt, edited by David Emblidge

My Story
by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
by Jan T. Gross

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
by Eckhart Tolle

New Genesis: A Mormon Reader on Land and Community
edited by Terry Tempest Williams, William B. Smart, Gibbs M. Smith

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail: A Play
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Nothing to Declare : Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone
by Mary Morris

Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion
by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern

On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World
by James Srodes

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
by Lisa See

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy 
by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam M. Grant

Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy
by George P. Fletcher

Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
by Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen]

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
by Mary Roach

Prairie Reunion
by Barbara J. Scot

Prince among Slaves
by Terry Alford

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester

Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer

A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America
Leila Ahmed

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus
by Bill Wasik & Monica Murphy

Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution
by David Quammen

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
by Mike Mullane

Rocket Boys: A Memoir
by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet
by Steve Squyres

Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
by Heidi Squier Kraft

Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent

Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became its Most Influential Justice
by Joan Biskupic

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford

The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast
by C. S. Lewis

Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives
by David Oliver Relin

Shakespeare: The World as Stage
by Bill Bryson

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups
by Ron Rosenbaum

Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore
by Suzanne Strempek Shea

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS
by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq
by Christina Asquith

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading
by Sara Nelson

Something to Declare
by Julia Alvarez

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman

Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style
by Arthur Plotnik

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War
by H. Donald Winkler

Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family
by Patricia Volk

The Sum of Our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women
by Judy Busk

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
by Ruth Reichl

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations … One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Tracks
by Robyn Davidson

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Upstairs Room
by Johanna Reiss

Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

The Vietnam War on Trial: The My Lai Massacre and Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley
by Michal R. Belknap

Visions of Glory: One Man’s Astonishing Account of the Last Days
by John M. Pontius

Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs
by Cathy A. Small

War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict
by Michael Byers

Washington’s Crossing
by David Hackett Fischer

Washington’s Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge
by Thomas Fleming

Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring
by Alexander Rose

West with the Night
by Beryl Markham

Who Owns the West?
by William Kittredge

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
by Stephen Greenblatt

With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
by Stephen B. Oates

Women in Utah History: Paradigm or Paradox?
edited by Patricia Lyn Scott and Linda Thatcher

Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey
by Lillian Schlissel

The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle

The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion