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April, 2014

By: Kelly Corrigan
Kelly Corrigan set off in her early twenties to see something of the world, much to the disapproval of her mother. With her money running low in Australia, Kelly took a job as a nanny for a family with two young children whose mother had recently died. Surprisingly, thousands of miles from home, Kelly finds that her mother's voice is everywhere in her relationship with the children, advising and encouraging her in her new job. The audio version of this book is wonderfully narrated by the author. Readers and listeners will both laugh and cry while enjoying this touching memoir.
By: Mitchell Zuckoff
Zuckoff proves that he is a master of narrative nonfiction in this gripping account of bravery and resilience. In 1942, a U.S. cargo plane crashed in Greenland; the B-17 sent to search for it also crashed. A Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to rescue the survivors vanished. The men on board the B-17 survived for 148 days in brutal cold until they were finally rescued. In 2012, Lou Sapienza of North South Polar Inc. mounted an expedition to uncover the Grumman Duck and its crew. The author weaves the personalities and the events of both time periods effortlessly. Readers won't be able to put this book down.
By: Jennifer McMahon
Rural West Hall, Vermont has witnessed more than a few strange disappearances in the past hundred years. Nineteen-year-old Ruthie wakes up in her isolated farmhouse on New Year's Day to discover that her mother has vanished without a trace. Ruthie and her younger sister search the house for clues and come upon several mysterious items, including the diary of Sara Harrison Shea, a former inhabitant of the house. Ruthie uses these clues to discover her mother's fate and the origin of a malevolent force in the woods.

March, 2014

By: Eileen Cronin
In this memoir, Cronin describes her chaotic childhood as one of eleven children in an Irish-Catholic household in Cincinnati. What made her different from her siblings was the fact that she was born without legs. During Eileen's childhood, her mother suffered several nervous breakdowns. The younger children in the household were raised without structure by overwhelmed and exhausted parents. In her twenties, Eileen struggled with alcoholism, as did several of her siblings. Ultimately, Eileen earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, married her soul mate, and gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This is a captivating read.
By: Helen Peppe
Helen Peppe grew up as the youngest of nine children on a rural farm in Maine in the 1970's. Visits to doctors were rare. Because the family's well often ran dry, bathing was limited to once per week. Helen had never been to a restaurant until she was twelve years old. As a teenager, she was befuddled by the simple act of buying something in a convenience store. Several of her older sisters either married as teens or had children out of wedlock. This memoir depicts a hardscrabble existence far from the tourists' path.
By: Nancy Horan
In 1875, Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Osborne meet at a rural French inn. He has a degree in law but his interests lie in writing. She is a mother and is estranged from her philandering husband. Eventually, Fanny divorces her husband and marries Stevenson. They travel the world and ultimately settle in Samoa. This meticulously researched novel tells the story of their lives together. Fans of both historical and biographical fiction will delight in this book.