CRRL Picks: Maker Fiction

The Fixer Upper
The Fixer Upper By Andrews, Mary Kay Book - 2009 FICTION And Available in some locations

Annotation:Dempsey Jo Killebrew suddenly finds herself unemployed and the victim of a sleazy smear campaign by her former boss. Dempsey decides to take up her father's offer of flipping a recently inherited family home in Guthrie, Ga., where she quickly slides into the renovation groove, fits in with the locals, and embarks on a romance.

Makers By Doctorow, Cory Book - 2009 FICTION Doc Available in some locations

Annotation:Perry and Lester invent things:...(including an) entirely new economic systems...Barefoot bankers cross the nation, microinvesting in high-tech communal mini-startups.

The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair A Novel By Fforde, Jasper Book - 2002 FICTION Ffo Available in some locations

Annotation:(Visit) Great Britain, circa 1985, when time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously.

Restoring Grace
Restoring Grace By Fforde, Katie Book - 2006 FICTION Ffo Available in some locations

Annotation:Grace Soudley's life is coming apart at the seams. Recently divorced, she is still living in the beautiful yet crumbling old house her godmother left her, but unless she can find a fortune, the house will disintegrate around her.

The Ingenious Edgar Jones
The Ingenious Edgar Jones By Garner, Elizabeth Book - 2009 FICTION Gar Available in some locations

Annotation:The skies of Oxford are aflame with meteors the night Edgar Jones comes into the world–clearly this porter’s son, born in a small cottage in 1847, is no ordinary boy. ...He is a born inventor, and his gift for making is matched by a fierce will.

The Invention of Everything Else
The Invention of Everything Else By Hunt, Samantha Book - 2008 FICTION Hun Available in some locations

Annotation:From the moment Louisa first catches sight of the strange man who occupies a forbidden room on the thirty-third floor, she is determined to befriend him.Unbeknownst to Louisa, he is Nikola Tesla—inventor of AC electricity and wireless communication—and he is living out his last days at the Hotel New Yorker.

A Case of Curiosities
A Case of Curiosities By Kurzweil, Allen Book - 2001 FICTION Kur Available in some locations

Annotation:Tells of the bizarre adventures of an 18th-century watchmaker and mechanical wizard.

If You Were Here
If You Were Here By Lancaster, Jen Book - 2011 FICTION Lan Available in some locations

Annotation:Follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous.

The Night Circus
The Night Circus A Novel By Morgenstern, Erin Book - 2011 FICTION Mor All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8 on 11 copies

Annotation:The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret A Novel in Words and Pictures By Selznick, Brian Book - 2007 FICTION Sel Available in some locations

Annotation: A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

The Mosquito Coast
The Mosquito Coast By Theroux, Paul Book - 1982 FICTION The Available in some locations

Annotation:The paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they've left. Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life.

A Fraction of the Whole
A Fraction of the Whole By Toltz, Steve Book - 2008 FICTION Tol Available in some locations

Annotation: “The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them . . .”

The Blind Contessa's New Machine
The Blind Contessa's New Machine By Wallace, Carey Book - 2010 FICTION Wal Available in some locations

Annotation:Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind... Her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor...creates a peculiar contraption for her: the world's first typewriter.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle A Novel By Wroblewski, David Book - 2008 FICTION Wro Available in some locations

Annotation:For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family's traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

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Inventions, home improvement projects, artists - the lines blur under the "Maker" umbrella. This fiction list runs the gamut from wily magicians to home repairs that just never end.