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April 6, 2018     ___________        BACK to our newest list


Alternate Side
Anna Quindlen

A provocative novel about money & class in which neighborhood violence cracks a happy marriage.
Flight Attendant
Chris Bohjalian

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened.
Review
Astonishing Color of After
Emily X.R. Pan

Leigh is sure her mother turned into a bird when she died: she will find her.
Girls Burn Brighter
Shobha Rao

An extraordinary bond between two girls–and though driven apart, they're determined to find one another.
Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
Mario Giordono

An irresistible newcomer enters the world of sleuthing.
Italian Teacher
Tom Rachman

The son of a great painter tries to create his own legacy through unorthodox methods. Ah, life in the shadow of greatness.

Carnegie's Maid
Marie Benedict

A mesmerizing tale of the kind of woman who could have inspired an American dynasty.
Laura & Emma
Kate Greathead

A tender, witty novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society.
Circe
Madeline Miller

Circe (men into pigs!) & Odysseus, along with other dieties as we've never seen them before.
Queen of Hearts
Kimmerly Martin

A smart medical drama of two friends who confront the secrets of the past when a romantic interest reappears after years.
The Cloister
James Carroll

The timeless love story of Abelard & Heloïse as it impacts a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor.
Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move, speak, or open her eyes. But she can hear everyone…and they have no idea.
Dread Nation
Justina Ireland

When the dead rise up from Civil War battle fields, a brilliant young heroine fights for her life.
Sunburn
Laura Lippman

Lovers locked in a passionate game of cat and mouse–a game of secrets, betrayals, and cold-blooded murder.
Every Note Played
Lisa Genova

A famed concert pianist & his ex-wife try to repair a marriage in the face of devastating illness.
Tangerine
Christine Mangan

A pair of college friends meet again in Tangier with horrifying consequences. A sharp, hypnotic page-turner.
Family Next Door
Sally Hepworth

Small, perfect towns can hold deep secrets, and a newcomer threatens to reveal them.
 Varina
Charles Frazier

Varina Howell married an older Jefferson Davis and years later recalls the Civil War. A powerful, vision of a fraught nation.
Female Persuasion
Meg Wolitzer

A leading feminist takes an interest in a shy, timid college student, setting her on a new life path.
Women in Sunlight
Frances Mayes

More Tuscan sun! Four American strangers bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.

 


March 6, 2018_________        BACK to our newest list


Anatomy of a Miracle
Jonathan Miles

A paralyzed vet suddenly walks–a wild & stunning satire on the mysteries of faith and science.
Review
Heart Berries
Terese Mare Mailhot

A powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on an Indian Reservation in British Columbia.
Asymmetry
Lisa Halliday

Linked stories: a young woman & older author; an Iraqi American held at Heathrow Airport.
Heart Spring Mountain
Robin MacArthur

A woman returns to her rural hometown to search for her mother and uncovers deep  family secrets.
Cuban Affair
Nelson DeMille

A caper to rescue hidden treasure from Cuba. What could go wrong?
Review

Look for Me
Lisa Gardner

A twisty thrill ride to either save a young girl's life or bring her to justice.
Freshwater
Akwaeke Emezi

Gods torment a young Nigerian woman in this magical exploration of mental illness.
Monk of Mokha
Dave Eggers

An exciting true story of a Yemeni American man who dreams of promoting his country's heritage but is trapped by civil war.
The Friend
Sigrid Nunez

A warm-hearted, thoughtful meditation on grief eased by a woman's Great Dane.
Mrs.
Caitlin Macy

A deliciously sharp-eyed portrait of a circle of ultra-wealthy women living on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Green
Sam Graham-Felson

A comically, geeky story of a white boy in an all black school: and an education in friendship.
White Houses
Amy Bloom

A "fiery" historical novel based on the love and deep friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickock.

 


February 22, 2017_________        BACK to our newest list


Afterlives
Thomas Pierce

Technically, Jim died–but no white lights or angels. He sets off to find out why … then things get kooky.
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death
Maggie O'Farrell

O’Farrell’s stories of her brushes with death are fascinating and thought-provoking, even comedic.
An American Marriage
Tayari Jones

Two newlyweds embody the American Dream … until Roy is charged with  a heinous crime.
Love, Hate and Other Filters
Samira Ahmed

An Indian-American teen copes with romance, xenophobia, and cultural divides. YA-Adult crossover.
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover

Raised by survivalists in Idaho, Tara never set foot in a classroom…but went on to get a Ph.D.
Review
This Love Story Will Self-Destruct
Leslie Cohen

Boy meets girl. Girl…goes home with someone else. A new "When Harry Met Sally."
Everything Here Is Beautiful
Mira T. Lee

Loving a sister with mental illness challenges the strongest of bonds.
Maze at Windermere
Gregory Blake Smith

Five parallel stories over 300 years at an estate in Newport, Rhode Island. "Staggeringly brilliant," says Washington Post.
Girls in the Picture
Melanie Benjamin

A fascinating tale of the creative partnership between two Hollywood  legends.
Review


Perfect Nanny
Leila Slimani

This perfect nanny murders her young charges. Based on a real life crime. Gripping, unnerving.

Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert

The smoke-&-mirrors world as a creepy, dark fairy tale comes to life.
Red Clocks
Leni Zumas

When the U.S. bans abortions in this near future dystopia, the lives of 4 women are changed. Handmaid's Tale 2.0.
How to Stop Time
Matt Haig

He looks like a 40-year-old high school teacher, but Tom's really 439; he even knew Shakespeare.
Review
This Could Hurt
Jilian Medoff

Work colleagues balance ambition, hope & fear as economic forces threaten their jobs. Funny and compassionate.
Review

 


January 22, 2018_________        BACK to our newest list


Chalk Man
C.J. Tudor

A riveting suspense tale about a childhood game gone dangerously awry.
Need to Know
Karen Cleveland

Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar? In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil.
Force of Nature
Jane Harper

Five women go on a hike. Only four return.
Oliver Loving
Stefan Merrill Block

A family in crisis, a town torn apart, and the boy who holds the secret has been cocooned in a coma for ten years.
Great Alone
Kristin Hannah

Trying to heal his spiritual wounds from Vietnam, a POW moves his family to Alaska.
The Power
Naomi Alderman

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

Review
Grist Mill Road
Christopher J. Yates

Hannah lost her eye, and now she wants justice. But is she blind to the truth?
Red Sky at Noon (Moscow Trilogy, 3)
Simon Sebag Montefiore

This last of an enthralling Russian trilogy can be read on its own. Eagerly awaited by devoted fans and critics alike.
Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
Nadia Murad

A courageous young woman tells her tale.

Widows of Malabar Hill
Sujata Massey

Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows.

Leaving the Wild: The Unnatural History of Dogs, Cats, Cows, and Horses
Gavin Ehringer

Thought provoking and
surprising.
Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks, Sarah Peckkanen

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement. Assume nothing.
Music Shop
Rachel Joyce

The charming tale of a lonely record seller & the quirky people who surround him.
Woman in the Window
A.J. Finn

A twisty. surprising Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who witnesses a crime. Or did she?

 


December 18, 2017_________        BACK to our newest list


Book of Dust
Phillip Pullman

A new series by the master of fantasy. Lyra (His Dark Materials) is a mere babe and in danger.
The Immortalists
Chloe Benjamin

The 4 Gold children sneak out to hear their fortunes told by a traveling psychic, and for years they live with her predictions.

Conversations with Friends
Sally Rooney

A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy & adulthood.
The Improvement
Joan Silber

Lives are linked and entangled, decisions made and unmade, as a cast of characters wonders if they are in control of their lives.
Diary of a Bookseller
Shaun Bythell

The charms and curses of owning a Scottish book store, told with a sharp, sympathetic eye.
Now That You Mention It
Kristan Higgins

Nora returns to Maine to jump start her life after a promising beginning falls flat. Not everyone is happy to see her.
Elmet
Fiona Mozley

They thought life in this corner of Yorkshire was safe. Beautifully evocative of ancient, sylvan Britain.
Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor

A young girl disappears in an English village, and her loss reverberates down the years. A critics' favorite for 2017.
Enchantress of Numbers
Jennifer Chiaverini

The true story of a young woman's brilliant achievement–hidden from history for years.

Three Daughters of Eve
Elif Shafak

An ambitious novel following an Oxford-educated Turkish woman while tracing the split between Eastern & Western cultures.

Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart

In this stylish suspense with a surprise twist, a clever young woman will keep readers guessing.
Winter (A Seasonal Quartet)
Ali Smith

Strangers & family converge on a 15-bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas. Follows Autumn in Smith's gorgeous Quartet.

Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy)
Katherine Arden

No. 2 after the enchanting saga of The Bear and the Nightingale.


Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Amy Tan

Tan's fascinating meditation on her life. And yes, her mother really did have another family in China.

The Idiot
Elif Batuman

In the throes of first love, a Harvard freshman realizes she is doomed to become a writer.
Wonder Valley
Ivy Pochoda

A teen running from a mysterious commune sets in motion a domino effect with others in search of hope and love.

 


November 15, 2017_________        BACK to our newest list


American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession
Nate Blakeslee

Wolves in Yellowstone spark cultural divisions.
  Review
Last Mrs. Parrish
Liv Constantine

A captivating tale of a coolly manipulative woman and a wealthy "golden couple" by a new voice in psychological suspense.

Artemis
Andy Weir

The Martian author takes us to the moon and the wild machinations in the city of Artemis. A thriller.
Mr. Dickens and His Carol
Samantha Silva

Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens’ life, and clever winks to one of his most beloved works.
Autonomous
Annalee Newitz

A pirate scientist in an action-packed race against time in a strange futuristic landscape.
Mrs. Osmond
John Banville

Whatever happened to beautiful Isabel Archer, Henry James' unfor-gettable heroine in The Portrait of a Lady. She married badly
Review
Bonfire
Krysten Ritter

A gripping suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past and  small-town corruption.
Paris in the Present Tense
Mark Helprin

At 74 Jules risks fraud to save his grandson. "A masterpiece filled with compassion and humanity" (Kirkus Reviews).
City of Brass
S.A. Chakraborty

A clever young con artist holds the future of a magical kingdom in her hands. Imaginative.
Paris Secret
Karen Swan

A hidden, unused apartment with a secret stash of precious art. Why is it there, and where did it come from?
End We Start From
Megan Hunter

London is flooded, and a woman and her baby fight for survival. A paean to motherhood.
Prague Sonata
Bradford Morrow

From Nazi-era Prague to current New York, a young musicologist seeks to solve a mystery behind a hauntingly beautiful sonata.
Review

Floating World
C. Morgan Babst

The pull of family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Riveting.
Revolution of Marina M.
Janet Fitch

A young aristocrat, both instigator and victim, witnesses the upheavals of the October 1917 Revolution in Russia
Future Home of the Living God
Louise Erdrich

Evolution is reversing itself, and pregnant Cedar Hawk is on the run.
Review
Seven Days of Us
Francesca Hornak

Deliciously witty. A family is forced to quarantine themselves from the rest of the world over the Christmas holidays.
Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity
Iliza Shlesinger

A fascinating, funny look at the workings of the female mind.
Smile
Roddy Doyle

Victor Forde encounters a man at a local pub who seems to know more about his past than he does. Understated yet shocking.
Heather, the Totality
Matthew Weiner

Life is perfect for the wealthy Breakstones until new construction begins on the penthouse above.
Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992
Tina Brown

The famed editor-in-chief's 8 spectacular years at Vanity Fair, offering an incendiary portrait of the glam and sham of the 1980s.

 


October 30, 2017__________        BACK to our newest list


Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Regan to Trump
Laura Ingraham

The title says it all.
It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree A.J. Jacobs

A look into the crazy, bizarre world of family ancestory. Be ready to be surprised and delighted.


Bluebird, Bluebird
Attica Locke

A double murder in a small Texas town may be more than it seems.
Review
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home
Denise Kiernan

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
Adam Rutherford

The title says it all.
Little Broken Things
Nicole Baart

An affluent family's life starts to come apart with the arrival of an endangered young girl. A family drama high on suspense.

Caroline: Little House, Revisited
Sarah Miller

A closer look at "Ma" from the famous Little House series. This is her story.
Never Coming Back
Alison McGhee

A daughter returns to her dying mother where she uncovers family secrets and repairs a broken relationship. Moving.

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Scott Kelly

A 4-time astronaut has a lot of cool stuff to tell us about space.
Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
Donna M. Lucey

Four beautiful portraits and the stories of four extraodinary and complex women.
Fierce Kingdom
Gin Phillips

A gripping tale of a mother and son trapped in a zoo, fighting for their lives.
The Story of Arthur Truluv
Elizabeth Berg

A story of love & friendship in  places, and with people, you'd  least likely expect. Heart-felt & charming.

The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter

Once a victim of rape & witness to murder, a woman returns home to defend a shooter.
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
Katy Tur

A wild 18 months on the campaign trail with Donald Trump.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari

An insightful, even scary, look into technology & its impact on our future.
Uncommon Type: Some Stories
Tom Hanks

Oh, yes…he writes, too. And wonderfully. A collection of 17 surprising, moving, and heart-warming stories.
In the Midst of Winter
Isabel Allende

A minor accident leads to remarkable changes in the lives of 3 lonely people. Ove, move over.
What Happened
Hillary Rodham Clinton

An absorbing look into the 2016 Clinton campaign by the candidate herself.

 


October 3, 2017___________        BACK to our newest list


Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Liza Mundy

The title says it all.
Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson

Another dazzling portrait of genius from the author of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein.
Column of Fire
Ken Follett

The 3rd in the Pillars of Fire series–this one in the 16th century with Queen Elizabeth I.
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
Jamie Ford
Review
Too old for adoption, a boy is raffled off to a notorious madame–and his adventure begins. The author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter...
Coming to My Senses
Alice Waters

Waters forever changed how we think of food with her world-famous eatery Chez Panisse.
Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan

A feisty young woman in NY's Depression era–the tale moves between deep tenderness, crime, and violence. Richly told.

 

Cuban Affair
Nelson DeMille

A mission impossible in Cuba to recover hidden millions. What could go wrong?
Review
Misfortune of Marion Palm
Emily Culliton

A mom who embezzles from her daughter's school runs from the authorities and hides out in plain sight.
Review
Excess Male
Maggie Shen King

A charming yet chilling dystopian tale of love and politics in a near-future China.
Review
Mothers of Vengeance
Jim Fergus

Sequel to One Thousand White Women: the aftermath of a U.S. military raid killing Indian men & children of white women.
Fantasyland: … How American Went Crazy
Kurt Andersen

How love of myth and fantasy rather than fact & reality is embedded in America's history.
Rules of Magic
Alice Hoffman

The spellbinding prequel to Hoffman's bestseller, Practical Magic.
History of Bees
Maja Lunde

The compelling story of a family of beekeepers against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.
Ninth Hour
Alice McDermott

The powerful story of a widow, her daughter, and the nuns who serve the Irish-American community in Brooklyn.
Keep Her Safe
Sophie Hannah

What if a famous child murder victim were still alive? (Aka Have You Seen Melody? in the UK)
Turtles All the Way Down
John Green

At 16, Aza didn't intend to pursue the mystery of a fugitive billionaire, but a huge reward is at stake.
Last Ballad: A novel
Wiley Cash

A vivid picture of the courageous woman who inspired & helped lead the US labor movement.
You Bring the Distant Near
Mitala Perkins

With humor and heart, this elegant YA novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family.

 


September 15, 2017___________        BACK to our newest list


Child Finder
Rene Denfeld

Atmospheric & suspenseful novel about an investigator who must find a missing girl.
Review
Men Without Women
Haruki Murakami

A dazzling new collection of seven short stories: men who find themselves alone.
Class Mom
Laurie Gelman

A class mom in a brilliant send-up of the petty and cutthroat terrain of parent politics. Hilarious.
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confession
Amy Stewart

Young women arrested on morality charges have no one to defend them–leaving it to Under Sheriff Constance Kopp.
Forest Dark
Nicole Krauss

Two American visitors in Israel on the path to self-realization. Vivid and cerebral.
Other Alcott
Elise Hooper

The fascinating, untold story of May Alcott–Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.

 

Golden House
Salman Rushdie

A sharp portrait of the very rich—Rushdie's take on The Great Gatsby and Bonfire of the Vanities.
Red-Haired Woman
Orhan Pamuk

A misdeed leads to lifelong guilt in the young hero of this brooding novel of fathers, sons, and the power of stories.
Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land

Milly's mother is a serial killer. How far does the apple fall from the tree? Gripping.
Resurrection of Joan Ashby
Cherise Wolas

A brilliant young writer decides against children. But…intentions rarely play out. Can one be an artist and a parent?
Last Tudor
Philippa Gregory

One of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, who dared to defy her queen.
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward

Mother & daughter take an epic roadtrip through Mississippi, past & present, where citizens of all colors face common struggle.
Legacy of Spies
John le Carre

Revisiting the old spies, their plots & betrayals from the cold war.
Review
Sourdough
Robin Sloan

An overworked robotics program-mer finds a whole new world opening up when she learns to bake sourdough bread.
Review
Life She Was Given
Ellen Marie Wiseman

A can't-put-it-down tale of family secrets: a young girl sold to a circus and one inherits a farm.
South Pole Station
Ashley Shelby

What could go wrong when a group of brilliant misfits hole up together at South Pole where its dark 6 months of the year?
Review
Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng

An artist mother & her daughter move into a community, upending picture-perfect lives.
Review
Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo

A Nigerian couple are unable to conceive a child…when the husband's parents show up with a new wife for him.

 


August 29, 2017___________        BACK to our newest list


The Address
Fiona Davis

Two women, 100 years apart in New York's famed Dakota, uncover secrets that change their lives.
Impossible Views of the World
Lucy Ives

Set in a hallowed New York museum, a co-worker disappears and a mysterious map changes life forever.



Burning Girl
Claire Messud

Mixing fable & a coming of age, a best friend wonders if we can ever truly know another.
Less
Andrew Sean Greer

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You're a failed novelist. almost 50, and your boy-friend is marrying someone else.
Emma in the Night
Wendy Walker

Emma & Cass go missing;
3 years later, one sister returns…with a story that doesn't add up.

My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent

In northern California, a 14-year-old girl, isolated with a loving yet abusive father, meets Jacob and imagines a way out.

 

Happiness: A Memoir: A Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
Heather Harpham

Finding happiness & love amidst sadness & hardship.
New People
Danzy Senna

A subversive, engrossing novel of race, class, and manners in contemporary America.
Hearts Invisible Furies
John Boyne

A sweeping saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland.
See What I Have Done
Sarah Schmidt

An imaginative, explosive retelling of Lizzie Borden and the axe murder of her parents. Was it Lizzie…or someone else?
Home Fire
Kamila Shamsie

A suspenseful story of an immigrant family pitting love against loyalty and the devastating consequences.
The Sinner
Petra Hammesfahr

The internationally bestselling thriller surrounding an unexplained murder…and the basis for the gripping USA-TV series.
If The Creek Don't Rise
Leah Weiss

Sadie wants to make a mark on the world, but in a ticket out of Appalachia is hard to come by.
Young Jane Young
Gabrielle Zevin

Smart & funny. Based on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, a novel that captures our crazy, highly charged political culture.

 


August 8, 2017___________           BACK to our newest list


afterlife Afterlife
Marcus Sakey

A sniper, FBI agents, and a version of "heaven" unlike any you ever imagined. Propulsive fun.
Review
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience…and Joy
Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

Following her husband's death, Sheryl Sandberg offers her own experience in overcoming grief.
Almost Sisters
Joshilyn Jackson

A powerful, often funny novel of the South: family bonds, privilege, & finding love where it lies.
Review

Reading to Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a…Friendship
Michelle Kuo

A life-changing friendship between a young teacher and her gifted student, jailed for murder.
Captain's Daughter
Meg Mitchell Moore

Liza, now wealthy, returns to Maine and confronts the possibilities of what her life might have been. Poignant.
Reason You're Alive
Matthew Quick

A Vietnam vet embarks on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war. Finding the good in us all.

 

The Child
Fiona Barton

A tiny skeleton found in a London building site. Who is it? Twisting psychological suspense.
Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis…to Fight Hitler
Bruce Henderson

The titles says it all. An epic story of heroism and courage.

The Locals
Jonathan Dee

A small rural working-class elects as its mayor a New York hedge fund millionaire. What could go wrong?
Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir
Steve Rushin

The beloved sportscaster's heart-felt memory of growing up in the 1970s.
Made for Love
Alissa Nutting

Poignant yet riotously funny. How far some will go for love—and how far will some go to escape it.
When the English Fall
David Williams

After the apocalypse, the Amish offer help to the larger world around them…only to put their own community at risk.
Review
Mrs. Fletcher
Tom Perrotta

Our favorite comic writer makes porn sort of fun: a mom at home & son in college gain new insights.
Review
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir
Sherman Alexie

Using prose, poetry, and comedy, Alexie comes to grips with his mother and her troubled legacy.
Review

 


July 20, 2017___________           BACK to our newest list


Alice Network
Kate Quinn

Enthralling. A female spy during WW I and an unconventional American socialite in 1947.
Lying Game
Ruth Ware

Four women carrying a terrible secret from boarding school days; now it's about to be unearthed, literally. Unputdownable.
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
Monica Hesse
Review
Devastating fires set by two doomed lovers. Real life police procedural.

Meddling Kids
Edgar Cantero

Kid detectives all grown up revisit their last case. Hints of Scooby Doo and H.P. Lovecraft make for a wacky, fast-paced whirl.

Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate

A poignant novel of children kidnapped and sold as orphans. Based on real history.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan

A page-turner with a heroine who solves a cold case with clues from books. What's not to love?
Review
Breakdown
B.A. Paris

Cass sees a woman in a stalled car who later turns up dead. Then…the phone calls begin. Chilling.
Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland

A captivating, complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure. Your head will spin.

Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
Nina Riggs

A tender, funny memoir of a young woman facing death & meditating on the meaning of life.
Spoonbenders
Daryl Gregory

What could go wrong in a family with superpowers, troubled by the feds and the mafia? Great fun with weird physics and metaphysics.
Review
Final Girls
Riley Sager

A young girl survives a murderous massacre. But now, 10 years on.... A masterful suspense story.
Sunshine Sisters
Jane Green

On screen she was a beautiful star—at home, a narcissistic, disinterested mom. Now she calls her 3 daughters home. Uh-oh.
Golden Hill
Francis Spufford

Adventures of a young, mysterious Brit in colonial Manhattan...where things get quickly out of hand.
Review
Watch Me Disappear
Janelle Brown

The disappearance of a charismatic mother leaves her family to piece together her secrets in this propulsive novel.
Goodbye, Vitamin
Rachel Khong

A young woman goes home to care for her ailing father: funny and inescapably moving.
What We Lose
Zinzi Clemmons

Thandi loses her mother, learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her life. An exciting new fictional voice.
He Said / She Said
Erin Kelly

Laura knows she's seen something terrible happen between a man and a woman. But he denies it.
Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution
Allison and Owen Pataki

A portrait of the Reign of Terror and the ever-present threat of the guillotine. Dramatic and well researched.
It's Always the Husband
Michele Campbell

Three college friends' lives are inextricably linked after the death of a friend. A moody, twisty whodunit.
Who Is Rich?
Matthew Klam

A middle-aged cartoonist contem-plates marriage, monogamy and life. Hilarious and thought-provoking—a modern satire.


 


June 20, 2017___________           BACK to our newest list


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astronomy's universally beloved star gazer writes a best seller…on science!
Review
Magpie Murders
Anthony Horowitz

An editor begins to suspect her mystery author is in over his head. Twisty, turny, riveting: worthy of Dame Agatha herself.
Review
Come Sundown
Nora Roberts

A family ranch, romance, murders, and a missing aunt who has undergone a horrific 20-year ordeal.
Review

Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Arundhati Roy

A breathtaking tale of love and politics in India. Filled with joy & sorrow, kindness & cruelty, poverty & riches. Critics are gaga!

Camino Island
John Grisham

A daring heist of rare books and a dealer in rare books. Hmmm. Pure, solid Grisham.
Review
The Reminders
Val Emmich

An endearing story of healing and friendship on the part of a grief-stricken man and a gifted young girl.
Review

Do Not Become Alarmed
Maile Meloy

What happens when two families go on a tropical vacation—and the children go missing?
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid

A legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top, the risks she took, and loves she lost.
Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry

A delicious tale of one of the most lovable heroines since Elizabeth Bennett.
Review
Sycamore
Bryn Chancellor

Remains are found outsie of a small Arizona town which might be those of a teenaged girl who went missing 18 years ago.
Review
The Heirs
Susan Rieger

After Dad dies, the family learns they have two more sibs with whom to split the wealth. Uh-oh.

Touch
Courtney Maum

A well-paid trend-setter in a high-tech world yearns for the touch of intimacy. Deliciously satirical and humane.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Roxane Gray

A searing memoir of food, weight, self-image, and how to take care of yourself.
Weight of Ink
Rachel Kadish

A mysterious collection of ancient papers sends two scholars on an unforgettable quest.

 


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The Animators
Kayla Rae Whitaker

Two women bond in the male dominated field of cartoon art. An exploration of creativity & friendship.
if we were villains If We Were Villains
M.L Rio

Mystery & suspense follow college Shakespeare actors, who confuse drama for life: twists & turns enough for everyone.
The Arrangement
Sarah Dunn

A hilarious tale of an experiment with open marriage. What could possibly go wrong?
In Farleigh Field
Rhys Bowen

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters. A tale of spy & counterspy.
Awkward Age
Francesca Segal

A smart comedy of manners in a blended family. Whose needs prevail: parents or kids?
The Leavers
Lisa Ko

A Chinese immigrant disappears and her son's heart is broken. A mystery till the last pages. Timely and heart-rending.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Mark Sullivan

Out-foxing Nazis: a young man's courage during the darkest hours of World War II.
Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo

A roller coaster story of an abiding love pitted against sacrifices we make to follow our dreams .
Book of Joan
Lidia Yuknavitch

A stunningly original re-imagining of Joan of Arc set in a dire dystopian future.
Marlena
Julie Buntin

The story of two girls and the wild year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.
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From Sand and Ash
Amy Harmon

A priest and a Jewess whose love endangers & sustains them during World War II .
One Perfect Lie
Lisa Scottoline

A handsome stranger moves to town…but something's not quite right. As always, Scottoline rises to the occasion.
Grief Cottage
Gail Godwin

A classic setup: A lonely child, neglectful adult, and a supernatural being with unfinished business.
Rich People Problems
Kevin Kwan

The third in Kwan's satirical trilogy of Asia's crazy, rich people who have more money than they know what to do with.
I Found You
Lisa Jewell

Three lonely strangers are connected by a haunting 20-year-old mystery.
Since We Fell
Dennis Lehane

A former journalist is sucked into a conspiracy that threatens her stability & marriage. Lehane does it again.

 


May 4, 2017___________           BACK to our newest list


American War: A Novel
Omar El Akkad

Audacious, powerful story of a 2nd American Civil War and a family caught in the middle.
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House of Names
Colm Toibin

A retelling of the Greek myth of Clytemnestra—daring, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling.
Baker's Secret
Stephen P. Kiernan

A dazzling novel of a young baker who secretly defies the Nazis in her small French village.
Ill Will
Dan Chaon

Thirty years ago, Dustin's brother received a life sentence for the murder of their parents…and now he's free.
Bridge Across the Ocean
Susan Meissner

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women— past and present.
Into the Water
Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. An addictive novel of psychological suspense.
Edgar and Lucy
Victor Lodato

Edgar can't remember the accident that took his dad, only that his mom has a limp and his grandma sees ghosts.
Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan

Andrew collects lost things, and now he leaves them to his friend Laura to find their rightful owners. Joyful and moving.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman

The new Ove! No one told her that life could be better than fine.
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Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann

A true-life mystery about the young of the FBI, called in to solve one of most monstrous crimes in American history.
Garden of Small Beginnings
Abbi Waxman

The miracle of gardening brings new beginnings to a life of grief. Charming and heartfelt.
Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Kate Moore

The incredible true story of the women poisoned by radium and who brought a corrupt company to heel.
Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig

The delightful, poignant story of how an autistic girl finds her place in the world as an outsider.
'Round Midnight
Laura McBride

The story of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom undergoes a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

Goodbye Days
Jeff Zentner

What you would do if you could spend one last day with someone you lost? (A Young Adult crossover.)

 

Saints for All Occasions
J. Courtney Sullivan

A sweeping, unforgettable novel about two young women who leave Ireland to make their home in America.
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April 4, 2017___________            BACK to our newest list


All Grown Up
Jami Attenberg

A wickedly funny novel about a single, childfree woman of 39 who seeks connection.
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In the Name of the Family
Sarah Dunnant

The Borgias, one of history’s most notorious families, comes to life in this captivating novel.
Anything is Possible
Elizabeth Strout

Lucy Barton comes home to unforgettable small- town characters, all who cope with love and loss.
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Mississippi Blood
Greg Iles

For Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them: this is the final, revealing volume in Iles's epic trilogy.
The Barrowfields
Philip Lewis

A richly textured coming-of-age story about fathers & sons, home & family: recalls the classics.
Never Let You Go
Chevy Stevens

An abusive husband now out of prison may be stalking his exwife: A chilling, twisting thriller that explores love and obsession.
Beartown
Fredrik Backman

A dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the cost of making it come true.
Romance Reader's Guide to Life
Sharon Pywell

A mix of mystery, love, & coming of age and add a pirate romance novel that reveals the secrets of life. An often funny satire.
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Confessions of Young Nero
Margaret George

A boy's ascension to the throne and the lengths he will go in the quest for power and survival.

Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova

In searching for the owners of a precious urn, a young woman unearths the troubled history of a haunted country.

Dead Letters
Caite Dolan-Leach

A missing woman leads her sister on a scavenger hunt … and keeps you guessing till the end.
Stars Are Fire
Anita Shreve

A young woman is tested by a catastrophic event. Based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history.
Fall of Lisa Bellow
Susan Perabo

A school girl is abducted and a classmate and witness must learn to  cope and forgive.
Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Hannah Tinti

A father & his daughter – and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect those we love most.
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If Not for You
Debbie Macomber

A story of how differences can be strengths and how choices can be right even if they feel wrong.
The Wanderers
Meg Howrey

A tender, often funny, novel about space exploration: the longing for discovery and the search to understand the human heart.

 


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  Celine
Peter Heller

An elegant private eye who reunites families is trying to make amends in her own past.
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Mother's Promise
Sally Hepworth

An unforgettable novel about the bonds between mothers, daughters, and friends in an hour of deepest need.
Close Enough to Touch
Colleen Oakley

She's a recluse, allergic to human touch. But now she must face the world again.
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Rabbit Cake
Annie Hartnett

A darkly comic novel about a young girl finding her place in a world without her mom and with a dad who lives in pajamas.
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Exit West
Mohsin Hamid

A love story about forces that drive people from their homes into new lands and new cultures.
Roanoke Girls
Amy Engle

Lane returns home to search for her sister and ends up uncovering long-dead and shocking family secrets.
Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate...
Peter Wohlleben

Fascinating! What we never even guessed about trees.
Rules Do Not Apply
Ariel Levy

A gorgeous memoir about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention.
I See You
Clare Mackintosh

A frightening thriller about women being watched…by someone.
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Lisa See

An unforgettable story of a little known region of China, as well as a story of the bonds of mothers and daughters.
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Miranda and Caliban
Jacqueline Carey

Shakespeare like you've never known him–a creative reimagining of the bard's last play.
Women in the Castle
Jessica Shattuck

A remarkable story of a rag-tag family of German women and children rebuilding life in the ruins of World War II.
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Age of Anger: A History of the Present
Pankaj Mishra

An exploration of today's social and political divisiveness and its historical roots.
Perfect Little World
Kevin Wilson

A teenager turns her baby over to a utopian project and signs on herself in a humorous but wry take on the modern family.
Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough

On a rare night out, a single mom & secretary meets a man…and sparks fly.
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Piece of the World
Christina Baker Kline

Who was the woman in Christine's World, Andrew Wyeth's most famous painting? This novel  brings her vividly to life.
Chilbury Ladies Choir
Jennifer Ryan

A richly told tale of women left to their own devices in an English village during the World War II.
Review
Refugees
Viet Than Nguyen

Eight stories of immigrants from Vietnam who come to the U.S. Powerful, rich, and gracefully told.
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Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman

The master storyteller offers a dazzling version of the great myths that inspire his stories.
A Separation
Katie Kitamura

A philandering husband gone missing, a wife on the hunt…and on the edge, all set on an island off the coast of Greece.
Orphan's Tale
Pan Jenoff

A powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II.
Universal Harvester
John Darnielle

From the discovery of strangely tampered videotapes, Darnielle spins a mystery that grows in menace and power.
Review
Pachinko
Min Jin Lee

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, the story of one Korean family through the generations.
We Were the Lucky Ones
Georgia Hunter

Based on real life events in her own family, Hunter tells the saga of one lucky family who survived the Holocaust.


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