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This week’s shelf of new books includes an exciting thriller by a Miami native, Vanessa Lillie, along with a host of mysteries, romance, and thought-provoking nonfiction to while away a chilly fall evening.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy: 101 Stories About Creating Your Best Life by Amy Newmark
Your attitude is a powerful tool, and these stories from real people show you how to think yourself into a more fulfilling, happier life.

Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt
Wanting to grant the selfless Christmas wishes of a child in need, lawyer Andy Carpenter and his wife track down the boy’s father, who has been arrested for a murder that his family swears he did not commit.

Death in Focus by Anne Perry
In a series debut by the best-selling author of the William Monk mysteries, an intrepid young photographer carries her imperiled lover’s final, urgent message into the heart of pre-World War II Berlin as Hitler is ascending to power.

Gun Digest 2020 by Jerry Lee
A latest edition of a leading resource collects informative and historical articles by top field writers to profile the newest models and accessories, sharing additional coverage of subjects ranging from hunting and defense to target practice and collecting.

How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations by Max Lucado
The best-selling author of Anxious for Nothing and Unshakeable Hope challenges societal norms about the pursuit of happiness, counseling readers on Scriptural approaches to making decisions and enabling a life of sustainable, lasting fulfillment.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
A battlefield hero, a ruthless socialite and a woman with the ability to glimpse into the future find their world and prospects transformed by escalating tensions among the disparate supporters of magic and machine development.

Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie
Haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in her head, Devon Burges is bent on proving a close friend not guilty of murder, but as Devon digs into the evidence the voice in her head grows more insistent and the danger more intense.

The Lying Room by Nicci French
A married woman’s affair with her boss spirals into a dangerous game of chess with the police when she discovers his murdered body and clears the crime scene of all evidence.

Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux
The daughter of an abandoning reprobate fights her feelings for a wealthy engaged man, triggering scandal and revelations throughout the community of Summer Hill, Virginia.

Next Level Thinking: 10 Powerful Thoughts for a Successful and Abundant Life by Joel Osteen
Osteen asserts that when we leave behind the negative mind-sets, the scarcity mentality, and the limits others have put on us, we’ll experience the life of victory, favor, and abundance that was meant for us all along.

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.

Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates
A new bride experiences a recurrence of a childhood nightmare before attempting suicide, compelling her husband to uncover her torturous upbringing by an abusive parent.

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces.

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial presents a timely history of the constitutional changes that built or compromised equality within America’s foundation, documenting alarming parallels between the Jim Crow era and the present day.

Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths That Will Help You Succeed by Tilman Fertitta
For aspiring entrepreneurs or people in business, this book will help you take your company to the next level, know what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong to operate your business, and if you’re just getting started, it will help set you up for success.

The Stalking by Heather Graham
A police officer teams up with an FBI consultant, her former high-school classmate, to investigate a possible serial killing that may exonerate an innocent man.

The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger
A woman is forced to confront the dark secrets of her past when a serial killer strikes too close to home.

The Timepiece by Beverly Lewis
Adeline Pelham shows up unexpectedly in Hickory Hollow and her very existence is a reminder of the painful secret that has so recently upended the Miller household, making this a challenging time to welcome an Englisher — especially this Englisher — into their midst.

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
An urgent call to action on climate change by the author of Eating Animals shares insight into the climate denial mindset while identifying meat farms as a primary source of environmental pollutants.

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Ever wonder how to: survive in the digital age, reverse aging, respond to today’s problems following inadvisable advice, figure everything out, or cook stylishly accessible recipes?  We’ve got the latest scoop on this week’s shelf of new books.

Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski
The food guru and breakout star of the Netflix smash hit Queer Eye unveils the stylishly accessible, healthy recipes fans have been waiting for.

Beholding and Becoming: The Act of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons
Simons asserts that we become what we behold when we set our hearts and minds on Christ and His redemption story here in the details of our daily lives.

Bomber’s Moon by Archer Mayor
An investigative reporter and a private investigator reluctantly team up to connect a double homicide under investigation by Joe Gunther to the crimes of a small-town drug dealer.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
When Cyril Conroy becomes wealthy, his first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, but the purchase sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power
The Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.N. Ambassador traces her journey from an Irish immigrant to a human rights activist, sharing insights into her career as a war correspondent and her influential views on foreign policy.

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
The award-winning star of MarieTV and host of “The Marie Forleo Podcast” outlines a simple mindset that significantly increases the odds of pursuing goals successfully, sharing advice on how to manage self-doubt, haters and making high-risk decisions.

Lifespan: Why We Age—And Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair
The acclaimed Harvard professor and one of Time’s “Most Influential People” identifies common misconceptions about aging, sharing provocative insights into the cutting-edge, global effort to slow, stop and reverse aging.

The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan
Growing up blaming her mother after the mysterious disappearance of her beloved nanny, an embittered woman is forced to return home decades later when the discovery of human remains forces her to question everything she thought she knew.

No Judgments by Meg Cabot
A young woman has to deal with the aftermath of a fierce hurricane — and an equally stormy romance.

Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age by Brad Smith
The president of Microsoft shares frank insights into the responsibilities of companies that create technology to work with governments, keep pace with innovation and safeguard their innovations from being used as weapons.

Violet by Scott Thomas
Returning home to Lost Lake where she lost her mother to cancer 30 years earlier, newly widowed Kris Barlow, determined to take a stand against grief along with her young daughter, is soon plunged into a nightmare when she is haunted by her long-abandoned imaginary friend.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hiram Walker almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn’t understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away.

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
Sent away to 1941 Paris when Berlin becomes too dangerous for Jewish families, a young girl bonds with her protective mystical golem; while her friend, a rabbi’s daughter, rises to become a defender of their people.

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery.



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Nineteen titles to get your heart racing or help you change your life.  As George R.R. Martin says, A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” Stop by your library and add to your lives.


29 Seconds by T. M. Logan
When a manipulative co-worker valued for the millions he brings to their university targets her with sexual harassment, a young professor rescues the child of a powerful man who offers to repay her by making her co-worker disappear.

Boundless by R. A. Salvatore
Restored to life centuries after his death, Zaknafein, the father of Drizzt, struggles to adapt to a world where different races and genders are accepted, before dark forces compel him to reclaim his warrior heritage.

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West
A former secretary of Defense and a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine join forces to off an account of how they learned to lead in a chaotic world.

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
When an outbreak of fatal elevator crashes in Manhattan coincides with a sinister drop in emergency response services, two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist race against time to find answers.

For the Love of Music: A Conductors Guide to the Art of Listening by John Mauceri
In this beautifully written guide, a protégé of Leonard Bernstein, his colleague for 18 years, draws on his profound knowledge to answer the questions: Why should I listen to classical music? How can a get the most from the listening experience?

How to: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe
The creator of the web comic xkcd and best-selling author of What If? and Thing Explainer shares inadvisable advice for responding to today’s problems, from using social media for weather forecasts to powering a home by destroying the fabric of space-time.

Killer Instinct by James Patterson
The suspicious death of a professor reunites Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Detective Elizabeth Needham against a terrorist plot targeting New York City.

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson
Investigating the suspicious suicide of a Wyoming shepherd, sheriff Walt Longmire uncovers disturbing connections to a violent family before the case is further complicated by the appearance of a giant wolf.

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
When a man with an albatross tattoo on his neck is murdered in North Devon, Detective Matthew Venn is forced to return to the strict evangelical community of his childhood, where his investigation uncovers deadly secrets.

Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer
Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting, London detective William Warwick comes up against a suave art collector and his brilliant lawyer, who are willing to bend the law to the breaking point to stay one step ahead of William.

The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled by Jonathan Cahn
The best-selling author of The Harbinger and The Paradigm takes inspiration from the seven mysteries of the jubilean prophecies, documenting an investigation into an elusive Oracle and an ancient prophecy about the modern world.

Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen
Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler help you understand and apply the gospel to common issues moms face so you can connect your Sunday morning faith to the Monday morning tantrum and experience hope, freedom, and joy in every area of motherhood.

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime – to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak’s magnum opus make its way into print around the world.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, Violet Speedwell saves enough to move out of her mother’s place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England’s grandest cathedrals where she is drawn into a society of broderers–women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers.

There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game by Bo Easton
Former pro athlete, playwright, and acclaimed leadership coach Eason shows exactly what it takes to be the best using proven tools and training that has worked for Olympic medalists, military leaders, bestselling authors, professional athletes, and business executives and their teams.

The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler
When NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds a document inside an antiquated submersible left behind a century earlier by legendary detective Isaac Bell, it reopens a mystery involving an international power scheme aimed at seizing control of a rare element.

A Trick of Light by Stan Lee
Two heroic teenagers—one born with extraordinary gifts, one unwillingly transformed—together can change the world … or put it in the destructive hands of a danger beyond imagination.

Vendetta in Death by J. D. Robb
Homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates the sordid past of a wealthy businessman for clues to help her track down a vigilante killer who calls herself Lady Justice.

What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr
Waking up in a nursing-home Alzheimer’s Unit with no memory of how she got there, Rose Dennis orchestrates an escape but does not know who to trust.



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The long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is on this week’s shelf along with a book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuses.


Akin by Emma Donoghue
A funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy, born two generations apart, who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.

At Death’s Door by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Trapped inside a voodoo doll after a spell gone wrong, a cursed woman is offered a chance at a new life by fighting against the beast that is consuming her world.

The Fifth Column by Andrew Gross
A tense, stirring thriller of a family torn apart set in 1939 against the backdrop of a nation plunged into war.

Black Spire by Delilah Dawson
With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, General Leia Organa begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu–before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.

Ice Cold Heart by P. J. Tracy
With the help of Grace MacBride and her partners at Monkeewrench Software, Detectives Magazine and Rolseth investigate a grisly murder that exactly mirrors a previous homicide.

The Institute by Stephen King
In the most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from kidnapped children the force of their extranormal gifts.

Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left’s Plot to Remake America by Jeanine Pirro
The host of Justice With Judge Jeanine presents a highly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Liars, Leakers and Liberals that outlines arguments for why the author believes current progressive agendas are underlying basic American values.

Robert B. Parker’s the Bitterest Pill by Reed Farrel Coleman
When a popular cheerleader dies of a suspected overdose, Police Chief Stone battles school administrators, teachers, distrustful students, and overprotective parents as he tries to unravel the drug supply chain and expose the criminals behind it.

Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay by Julie Zickefoose
For fans of Wesley the Owl and The Soul of an Octopus, the story of a sick baby bird nursed back to health and into the wild by renowned writer/artist Julie Zickefoose.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor
The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuses discuss the suspenseful untold story of their investigation, the way it changed their careers and whether or not the #MeToo movement changed things for the better.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
The popular podcast host and author explores how people interact with strangers and why these exchanges often go wrong, offering strategic tips for more accurate and productive interactions.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Set fifteen years after Offred stepped into an unknown fate, this sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” relates the experiences of three female narrators from Gilead.

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis
In 1845 Yorkshire, a young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood, and it is up to the Brontë sisters to investigate.

Where the Light Enters Sara Donati
Dr. Sophie Savard returns home to help Dr. Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician, continue her work aiding disadvantaged women, but both are drawn into some mysterious murders by Anna’s Detective-Sergeant husband.

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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
A tale set in an anarchic near-future America of mountaintop colonies surrounded by rising oceans finds an independent woman trading for supplies and information about the daughter who was stolen from her eight years earlier.

Cold Storage by David Koepp
A debut novel by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park follows the desperate mission of a Pentagon bioterror operative and two unwitting security guards to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism.

Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan
Fleeing her controlling family to warn the Carpathians of an imminent threat, mage Julia Brennan resists her explosive connection to centuries-old warrior Isai Florea, who recognizes her as his lifemate.

Fodor’s Los Angeles by Fodor’s Travel Guides
Fodor’s Travel Guides Detailed and timely information on accommodations, restaurants and local attractions highlight these travel guides, which feature a dramatic visual design, symbols to indicate budget options, must-see ratings, multi-day itineraries, Smart Travel Tips, helpful bulleted maps and much more.

Ghost Fire by Wilbur Smith
Torn apart by their parents’ death, Theo seeks redemption in the British military during the French Indian War, while his sister makes her way from abusive guardians into France’s high society, before being lead to the French battlefield in North America.

Guinness World Records 2020 by Guinness World Records
The world’s most popular record book is back with thousands of new categories and newly broken records, covering everything from outer space to sporting greats via Instagram, fidget spinners and all manner of human marvels.

The Lake of Learning by M. J. Rose
Cassiopeia Vitt is building an authentic French castle, but when a treasure is unearthed at the construction site a multitude of questions are raised, all pointing to an ancient and forgotten religious sect.

Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond by Alexandra Horowitz
The best-selling author of Inside of a Dog examines the complex interspecies pairing that has bonded humans and dogs, tracing the contradictions, from breeding to abandonment, that mark present-day human-canine relationships.

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina
A Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter profiles the rampant criminal and exploitative activities of the world’s unmonitored ocean regions, uncovering a vast global network of industry corruption, piracy and trafficking.

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Quichotte, an aging traveling salesman obsessed with the “unreal real” of TV, falls in impossible love with a queen of the screen; while obsessively writing her love letters, he wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence and together they set off across America in Quichotte’s trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love.

Thank You for My Service by Mat Best
A memoir from an five-tour Army Ranger who became a YouTube phenomenon follows him from Columbus, Georgia, to Ramadi and offers front-line action as well as comfort and counsel in the form of humor while he advocates for veterans.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Fleeing the Depression-era school for Native American children who have been taken from their parents, four orphans share a life-changing journey marked by struggling farmers, faith healers, and lost souls.


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Serious topics are on this week’s shelf of new books including domestic violence, impeachment, and mosqitoes which have had a deadly impact on humanity through the ages, along with the latest from Louis Penny, Danielle Steel, and David Lagercrantz.


The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
A beekeeper and his artist wife have their lives upended and must flee after war destroys their home in Aleppo, Syria, and they set off on a dangerous journey through Turkey and Greece, towards an uncertain future in England.

Beneath the Attic by V. C. Andrews
After becoming pregnant and marrying in to the Foxworth family in 1890, Corrine Dixon discovers nothing is what it seems on the family’s labyrinthine estate.

A Better Man by Louise Penny
Searching for a missing woman amid a catastrophic flood and blistering social media attacks, a demoted Armand Gamache bonds with the victim’s distraught father, who contemplates a murder of his own.

The Dark Side by Danielle Steel
When Zoe Morgan falls in love and has her own child, she is determined to be a perfect mother, but before long, old scars long dormant begin to pull Zoe to the edge of an abyss too terrifying to contemplate.

Fodor’s New York 2020 by Fodor’s Travel Guides
Fodor’s New York City, with color photos throughout, captures the universal appeal of the city’s world-renowned museums, iconic music venues, Broadway spectacles, and, of course, gastronomic delights.

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz
Determined to confront her nemesis, Lisbeth Salander closes in on her target to settle lifelong scores, while Mikael Blomkvist attempts to track her down and protect her, in spite of the fact that he is powerless against her enemies.

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
A best-selling author, National Book Award-winner and professor combines ethics, history, law and science with a personal narrative to describe how to move beyond the awareness of racism and contribute to making society just and equitable.

The Impeachers: the Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple
An account of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson shares insights into the his disregard of Congress, opposition to civil rights, and anti-Reconstruction stance, exploring the roles of such impeachment contributors as Ulysses S. Grant and Thaddeus Stevens.

Kill Zone by Kevin J. Anderson
Tasked with performing a high-level security review of a Cold War weapons facility-turned-nuclear waste storage site, a small team of experts becomes trapped on an overextended site on the brink of a radioactive meltdown.

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard
Follows the history of the nefarious and pesky mosquito and its impact on humanity throughout the ages and around the globe, explaining how the tiny insect influenced the results of wars, colonization and the modern world order.

No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder
An award-winning journalist and expert guest explores America’s epidemic of domestic violence and how it has been misunderstood, sharing insights into what domestic violence portends about other types of violence and what countermeasures are needed today.

The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames
College roommates Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret become inseparable friends, but as they progress from college to adulthood, each of them makes a terrible mistake that forces their friendships to evolve.

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin
Levin provides an account of the life of one of America’s most notorious welfare cheats, who committed much darker crimes, and who became the figure behind the myth of the “welfare queen.”

Tin Badges by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Retired NYPD detective Tank Rizzo becomes guardian to his orphaned, teenage nephew who reveals an interest in true crime and stunning computer skills and must debate involving his young charge in an effort to take down a notorious drug dealer.

The Ventriloquists by E. R. Ramzipoor
Helene’s world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.


We recently completed our strategic plan document to guide the next three years.  This process started at the end of last year when we asked the community to complete a survey and then began holding focus groups.  We also created a Needs Assessment that included demographic information about the community, library statistics, our Edge benchmark scores, our Impact Survey results, and the results of the community survey and focus groups.  A lot of work went into this document and represents input from community members, Library Board members, Friends of the Library members and library staff.

A strategic plan helps us to set priorities and focus our energy and resources in the best way possible.  While the plan doesn’t list all we will do, it does list our three strategic goals and some actions we will take toward accomplishing those goals.  It is a dynamic document.  We are using it for setting objectives this fiscal year, but we are also open to improving it through revisions made over the next 3 years.  We would welcome input from our community on how we can better serve you.


Needs Assessment

Strategic Plan July 2019-June 2022

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Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee Creek Nation and was named United States Poet Laureate this year.  Her latest book of poetry, An American Sunrise, is on this week’s shelf of new books.  Harjo resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley
The historian author of Cronkite draws on new primary source material and firsthand interviews in a reassessment of the space program that examines the political, cultural and scientific factors that launched NASA and the space race.

An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo
A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land.

Echoes: the Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow
The essential collection of beloved ghost stories, compiled by the editor who helped define the genre—including stories from award-winning, bestselling authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay.

The Last Ocean: a Journey Through Memory and Forgetting by Nicci Gerrard
The award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Nicci French best-sellers presents a lyrical, humane investigation into dementia that explores the journeys of both patients and their loved ones, exposing misguided protocols that contribute to unnecessary end-of-life pain.

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter
After the kidnapping of a CDC scientist and a bombing in one of Atlanta’s neighborhoods, Georgia detective Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton find themselves pitted against a mysterious group intent on unleashing a deadly epidemic.

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan
A bright, hard-working law student married to a faithful and devoted husband discovers that everything she believes about her life is false and is caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse for her very survival.

Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lee Child
Historian Clive Benton has discovered the long-lost diary of one of the Donner Party’s victims, an account which may break new ground in the truth of what happened in the wilderness all those years ago and point to an additional camp previously lost to history.

The Porpoise by Mark Haddon
When a young man attempts to rescue the daughter of a wealthy man who is imprisoned on her father’s estate, the attempt goes awry, sending him off on a fantastical sea voyage.

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
When an abduction tears Zee’s family apart, she turns to the last person she ever imagined—shy, autistic Gentry–and sets in motion a chain of events that will not only change both of their lives, but bind them to one another forever.

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
During England’s seventeenth-century civil war, Alinor, a woman without a husband and skilled with herbs, helps a young man on the run and unwittingly brings disaster into the heart of her life.

Tiny but Mighty by Hannah Shaw
The professional animal advocate best known as the “Kitten Lady” provides expert guidelines for caring for vulnerable newborn kittens, sharing the stories of remarkable rescues while discussing topics ranging from feline overpopulation to animal welfare.

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller
The best-selling author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight explores how her late father’s service during the Rhodesian War, work as a banana farmer in Zambia and preference of unpredictability over security inspired her life.

The Warehouse by Rob Hart
Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.–

The Whisper Man by Alex North
Mourning the death of his wife, a father and his young son move to Featherbank for a fresh start but find their new town has a dark past involving a serial killer named “The Whisper Man.”

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Some authors are known for spinning a good yarn.  Tea Obrecht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, has spun a new one that comes highly recommended and is on this week’s shelf.


The Bitterroots by C. J. Box
Former police officer Cassie Dewell is starting over with her own private investigation firm and an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young girl from an influential family.

Blood Truth by J R Ward
After his sire’s unexpected death, Boone is removed from rotation in the Black Dagger Brotherhood and finds himself working for a human homicide cop to catch a serial killer.

Contraband by Stuart Woods
While in Florida, Stone Barrington joins forces with a local detective to investigate the disappearance of cargo from a plane crash, and when, by chance, a Manhattan case sheds light on the case, Stone sets out to connect the dots between the crimes.

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
In a novel that spans decades, the lives of two young couples become intertwined when the husbands are appointed co-ministers of a venerable New York City church in the 1960s.

A Dream about Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds
The genre-defying musician offers reflections on art, life, and music in a memoir that chronicles his artistic coming of age, from his working class childhood in North Carolina to the challenges of sustaining a multidecade career in the music business.

Inland by Tea Obreht
An unflinching frontierswoman riding out the Arizona Territory drought of 1893 finds her life intertwined with that of a former outlaw whose ability to see ghosts has inspired a momentous expedition.

The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker
While searching for a missing teenager, private investigator Roland Ford uncovers a dark conspiracy involving an American Nazi compound and a celebrity evangelist.

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter,  but is surprised by a phone call for help from the grandmother who raised her and then kicked her out when she became pregnant.

The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs
Forced by scandal to return to her Pacific coast childhood home, a Manhattan fashionista assumes guardianship over two orphans and bonds with a circle of fellow seamstresses before an unexpected challenge tests her courage and heart.

The Peaceful Valley Crime Wave by Bill Pronzini
In the quiet town of Peaceful Valley, Montana, Sheriff Lucas Monk must deal with an unexpected crime wave, which is ignited by the theft of a wooden cigar store Indian.

River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey by Helen Prejean
An activist nun known for campaigning to end the death penalty describes her spiritual journey from a person who prayed for God to solve the problems of the world to someone who actively works to transform social injustices.

The Russia Account by Stephen Coonts
Burglar-turned-CIA-officer Tommy Carmellini finds himself assigned to a French-led European Anti-Terrorism Task Force after Islamic extremists attack and burn a wing of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz
When one of her creative writing assignments generates some disturbing responses from students, new teacher Alexandra Witt ignites a gender war, with deeply personal–and potentially fatal–consequences for everyone involved.

That’s What Frenemies are For by Sophie Littlefield
A Manhattan socialite transforms her spin instructor into a fitness superstar to reclaim her own fading influence over her privileged friends only to find herself overwhelmed by her husband’s arrest, her friends’ disloyalty and her protégé’s over-the-top ego.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
When a family emergency compels her move from Texas to Boston, a skilled firefighter becomes the only woman in her new firehouse and navigates discrimination, low funding and her private edicts about falling in love with another firefighter.

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh
In rural Blackwater, Kansas, Sadie Keller confronts a dark secret about her brother’s death while eighteen-year-old Henley Pettit becomes increasingly desperate to escape their opioid-ravaged community.


Don’t miss the Friends of the Library book sale held on Sept. 7th during the Designs of Autumn Festifall event in the 66 Cultural District.  Tables of books for no more than $1 each plus special deals on bags of books!