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Ruby Canton Collection (Leisure Reading)

The Ruby Canton Collection is named in honor of a beloved librarian who worked here in the early 1900s. It focuses on high-quality current and leisure reading. See staff recommendations or see all Ruby books.
The 20-30 something garden guide : a no-fuss, down and dirty gardening 101 for anyone who wants to grow stuff / Dee Nash.
4 3 2 1 / Paul Auster.
67 shots : Kent State and the end of American innocence / Howard Means.
Alex & Eliza : a love story / Melissa de la Cruz.
All the wild that remains : Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West / David Gessner.
American ghost : a family's haunted past in the desert southwest / Hannah Nordhaus.
Animals / Emma Jane Unsworth.
Armada : a novel / Ernest Cline.
The art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye / presented by Sonny Liew.
The art of invisibility : the world's most famous hacker teaches you how to be safe in the age of Big Brother and big data / Kevin Mitnick with Robert Vamosi ; foreword by Mikko Hypponen.
Art of the pie : a practical guide to homemade crusts, fillings, and life / Kate McDermott ; photographs by Andrew Scrivani.
Ashley Bell : a novel / Dean Koontz.
Astoria : John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's lost Pacific empire : a story of wealth, ambition, and survival / Peter Stark.
Astrophysics for people in a hurry / Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Atlas obscura : an explorer's guide to the world's hidden wonders / Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton.
The bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu : and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts / Joshua Hammer.
Becoming Beyoncé : the untold story / J. Randy Taraborrelli.
The book of joy : lasting happiness in a changing world / His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams.
Britt-Marie was here : a novel / Fredrik Backman ; translated by Henning Koch.
Brooklyn : a novel / Colm Tóibín.
Career of evil / Robert Galbraith.
Carve the mark / Veronica Roth.
The case against sugar / Gary Taubes.
Charlie and the new baby / by Ree Drummond ; illustrations by Diane deGroat.
Charlie plays ball / by Ree Drummond ; illustrations by Diane deGroat.
The chemist : a novel / Stephenie Meyer.
Children playing before a statue of Hercules / edited and introduced by David Sedaris.
The city : a novel / Dean Koontz.
City on fire / Garth Risk Hallberg.
Coach Wooden and me : our 50-year friendship on and off the court / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The color of law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America / Richard Rothstein.
Colorless tsukuru tazaki and his years of pilgrimage : a novel / Haruki Murakami ; translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.
Come as you are : the surprising new science that will transform your sex life / Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.
Commonwealth : a novel / Ann Patchett.
A conjuring of light / V.E. Schwab.
Cross the line / James Patterson.
Cure : a journey into the science of mind over body / Jo Marchant.
The cyber effect : a pioneering cyberpsychologist explains how human behavior changes online / Mary Aiken, PhD
Dark matter : a novel / Blake Crouch.
Deep down dark : the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free / Héctor Tobar.
Denali's howl : the deadliest climbing disaster on America's wildest peak / Andy Hall.
Descent : a novel / Tim Johnston.
The devil's rooming house : the true story of America's deadliest female serial killer / M. William Phelps.
Difficult women / Roxane Gay.
Disrupted : my misadventure in the start-up bubble / Dan Lyons.
Dreamland burning / Jennifer Latham.
Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady / Susan Quinn.
Eligible : a novel / Curtis Sittenfeld.
Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future / Ashlee Vance.
The end of heart disease : the eat to live plan to prevent and reverse heart disease / Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
End of watch : a novel / Stephen King.
Exit west : a novel / Mohsin Hamid.
Fallen glory : the lives and deaths of history's greatest buildings / James Crawford.
Fantastic beasts and where to find them : the original screenplay / J.K. Rowling ; illustrations and design by Minalima.
Gemina / Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ; with journal illustrations by Marie Lu.
A gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles.
George Lucas : a life / Brian Jay Jones.
Georgia cooking in an Oklahoma kitchen : recipes from my family to yours / Trisha Yearwood ; with Gwen Yearwood and Beth Yearwood Bernard ; foreword by Garth Brooks.
Girl waits with gun / Amy Stewart.
The girl who knew too much / Amanda Quick.
The girl with the lower back tattoo / Amy Schumer.
A god in ruins : a novel / Kate Atkinson.
The graveyard apartment : a novel / Mariko Koike ; translated from the Japanese by Deborah Boliver Boehm.
Grit : the power of passion and perseverance / Angela Duckworth.
Guantánamo diary / Mohamedou Ould Slahi ; edited by Larry Siems.
Hallelujah anyway : rediscovering mercy / Anne Lamott.
Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly.
The hidden life of trees : what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world / Peter Wohlleben ; foreword by Tim Flannery.
The high mountains of Portugal : a novel / Yann Martel.
Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis / J.D. Vance.
Holding up the universe / Jennifer Niven.
Holy cow / David Duchovny.
Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi.
Homo deus : a brief history of tomorrow / Yuval Noah Harari ; translated by the author.
Hope against hope : three schools, one city, and the struggle to educate America's children / Sarah Carr.
How to murder your life : a memoir / Cat Marnell.
How to ruin everything : essays / George Watsky.
I contain multitudes : the microbes within us and a grander view of life / Ed Yong.
Illuminae / Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
In search of lost time : Swann's Way / Marcel Proust ; adaptation and drawings by Stéphane Heuet ; translated by Arthur Goldhammer.
In the shadow of Edgar Allan Poe : classic tales of horror, 1816-1914 / edited by Leslie S. Klinger.
Instrumental : a memoir of madness, medication, and music / James Rhodes.
The job : true tales from the life of a New York City cop / Steve Osborne.
Katrina : after the Flood / Gary Rivlin.
Kick Kennedy : the charmed life and tragic death of the favorite Kennedy daughter / Barbara Leaming.
Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI / David Grann.
The kindness of enemies / Leila Aboulela.
Lab girl / Hope Jahren.
The leavers : a novel / Lisa Ko.
Life in motion : an unlikely ballerina / Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones.
Little house living : the make-your-own guide to a frugal, simple, and self-sufficient life / Merissa A. Alink.
The lost city of the Monkey God : a true story / Douglas Preston.
Maestra / L.S. Hilton.
A man called Ove : a novel / Fredrik Backman ; [translation ... by Henning Koch].]
A manual for cleaning women : selected stories / Lucia Berlin ; edited and with an introduction by Stephen Emerson ; foreword by Lydia Davis.
Map : exploring the world / commissioning editor: Victoria Clarke ; editors: Rosie Pickles and Tim Cooke.
The marriage book / edited by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Adler.
Meaty : essays / by Samantha Irby.
Milk and honey / Rupi Kaur.
Mooncop / Tom Gauld.
Moonglow : a novel / Michael Chabon.
The mothers : a novel / Brit Bennett.
Munch / Steffen Kverneland ; translated by Francesca M. Nichols.
My name is Lucy Barton : a novel / Elizabeth Strout.
My Salinger year / Joanna Smith Rakoff.
Nature anatomy : the curious parts & pieces of the natural world / Julia Rothman, with help from John Niekrasz.
The nest / Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.
Neurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity / Steve Silberman.
Never let me go / Kazuo Ishiguro.
News of the world : a novel / Paulette Jiles.
Night school : a Jack Reacher novel / Lee Child.
The nine of us : growing up Kennedy / Jean Kennedy Smith.
No man's land / David Baldacci.
Norse mythology / Neil Gaiman.
Nothing to prove : why we can stop trying so hard / Jennie Allen.
Notorious RBG : the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg / Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.
Number9dream : a novel / David Mitchell.
One more thing : stories and other stories / B.J. Novak.
The Oregon Trail : a new American journey / Rinker Buck.
Originals : how non-conformists move the world / Adam Grant.
Pachinko / Min Jin Lee.
Patience / by Daniel Clowes.
Peplum / Blutch ; translated and with an introduction by Edward Gauvin ; lettering by Jess Johnson.
The pioneer woman cooks : a year of holidays : 140 step-by-step recipes for simple, scrumptious celebrations / Ree Drummond.
The pioneer woman cooks : recipes from an accidental country girl / Ree Drummond.
Plotted : a literary atlas / by Andrew DeGraff ; with essays by Daniel Harmon.
The portable Veblen / Elizabeth McKenzie.
The potlikker papers : a food history of the modern South / John T. Edge.
The princess diarist / Carrie Fisher.
Prisoners of geography : ten maps that explain everything about the world / Tim Marshall.
The prize : who's in charge of America's schools? / Dale Russakoff.
The radium girls : the dark story of America's shining women / Kate Moore.
The rainbow comes and goes : a mother and son on life, love, and loss / Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt.
Reaching down the rabbit hole : a renowned neurologist explains the mystery and drama of brain disease / Dr. Allan H. Ropper and Brian David Burrell.
Reality is not what it seems : the journey to quantum gravity / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.
The refugees / Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Religion, law, and the growth of constitutional thought, 1150-1650 / Brian Tierney.
Rogue One : a Star Wars story / Alexander Freed.
Rolling blackouts : dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq / Sarah Glidden.
Romeo and/or Juliet : a chooseable-path adventure / by Ryan North and William Shakespeare.
The Route 66 encyclopedia / Jim Hinckley
Sapiens : a brief history of humankind / Yuval Noah Harari.
Scrappy little nobody / Anna Kendrick.
Seinfeldia : how a show about nothing changed everything / Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.
Seven brief lessons on physics / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.
Six of crows / Leigh Bardugo.
Small great things : a novel / Jodi Picoult.
The soul of an octopus : a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness / Sy Montgomery.
Spooky action at a distance : the phenomenon that reimagines space and time--and what it means for black holes, the big bang, and theories of everything / George Musser.
Station eleven : a novel / Emily St. John Mandel.
The summer before the war / Helen Simonson.
Swing time / Zadie Smith.
The sympathizer / Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Talking as fast as I can : from Gilmore girls to Gilmore girls, and everything in between / Lauren Graham.
The Tao of Bill Murray : real-life stories of joy, enlightenment, and party crashing / by Gavin Edwards ; illustrations by R. Sikoryak.
The terranauts / T. Coraghessan Boyle.
Thank you for being late : an optimist's guide to thriving in the age of accelerations / Thomas L. Friedman.
Thing explainer : complicated stuff in simple words / Randall Munroe.
The third wave : an entrepreneur's vision of the future / Steve Case.
Tom Clancy : true faith and allegiance / Mark Greaney.
A tour of bones : facing fear and looking for life / Denise Inge.
Trigger warning : short fictions and disturbances / Neil Gaiman.
The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, & pips, conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history / Thor Hanson.
Two by two / Nicholas Sparks.
The underground railroad : a novel / Colson Whitehead.
The unsettlers : in search of the good life in today's America / Mark Sundeen.
Uprooted / Naomi Novik.
Welcome to the universe : an astrophysical tour / Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott.
What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions / Randall Munroe.
When breath becomes air / Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese.
The whistler / John Grisham.
White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America / Nancy Isenberg.
The whole30 : the 30-day guide to total health and food freedom / Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig ; with Chef Richard Bradford ; photography by Alexandra Grablewski.
Wires and nerve / Marissa Meyer ; art by Doug Holgate with Stephen Gilpin.
Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite / Suki Kim.
Wonderbook : an illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction / Jeff VanderMeer ; art by Jeremy Zerfoss (and many others).
The wrong side of goodbye / Michael Connelly.
You are a badass : how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life / Jen Sincero.
You will not have my hate / Antoine Leiris ; translated from the French by Sam Taylor.
You'll grow out of it / Jessi Klein.
Zero K : a novel / Don DeLillo.
Zero sugar diet : the 14-day plan to flatten your belly, crush cravings, and help keep you lean for life / David Zinczenko with Stephen Perrine.
The zookeeper's wife : a war story / Diane Ackerman.

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