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Updated January 15th, 2021:

Adult Fiction

Image of itemThe Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg

“A compelling new crime thriller featuring Copenhagen-based police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner, who work to solve a series of sordid murders that have roots in the care of vulnerable hospital patients and at-risk children — and to expose a murderer who specializes in cold, cold blood…”

 

Image of itemOur Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson

“To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife in this unforgettable novel from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—a story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that vividly evokes the most perilous days of World War II.”

 

Image of itemThe Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister

“1855: Virginia Reeve is summoned by an eccentric Brit with a compelling offer. Lady Jane Franklin wants her to lead a dozen women into the Arctic in search of the ships of her husband’s lost expedition, and she’s willing to pay handsomely. All four search attempts Lady Franklin has sponsored have failed. She has decided only a radical new approach can succeed: let women make the decisions. Lady Franklin will disavow all knowledge of the expedition if it fails, but if it succeeds, she promises great rewards .A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder. Survivors of the expedition willing to publicly support her sit in the front row. There are only six left.”

Image of itemThe Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

“The enduring bonds of sisterhood flourish in this heartwarming and dazzling Italian adventure, where a love that spans generations reveals the path to one woman’s destiny, from the New York Times-bestselling author of The Life List. When the fiercely independent and mysterious Paulina ‘Poppy’ Fontana invites her great-nieces and fellow second-born daughters, Emilia and Lucy, to visit her birthplace of Italy, she makes a wild declaration. On her eightieth birthday, Poppy claims she’ll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral and put an end to the Fontana Family Second-Daughter Curse once and for all.”

Image of itemTwenty: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando

Sequel to The Big Lie. “A nightmarish shooting at their daughter’s school finds Jack Swyteck and his law-enforcement officer wife, Andie, investigating a chief suspect’s alleged ties to Al Qaeda amid growing anti-Muslim fervor.”

Adult Nonfiction

Image of itemThe Berlin Shadow: Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport by Jonathan Lichtenstein

“In 1939, Jonathan Lichtenstein’s father Hans escaped Nazi-occupied Berlin as a child refugee on the Kindertransport. Almost every member of his family died after Kristallnacht, and, arriving in England to make his way in the world alone, Hans turned his back on his German Jewish culture. Growing up in post-war rural Wales where the conflict was never spoken of, Jonathan and his siblings were at a loss to understand their father’s relentless drive and sometimes eccentric behavior. As Hans enters old age, he and Jonathan set out to retrace his journey back to Berlin.”

Image of itemNiksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing by Olga Mecking

“The Dutch people are some of the happiest in the world. Their secret? They are masters of niksen, or the art of doing nothing.”

 

Image of itemAftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu

“Nadia Owusu grew up all over the world–from Rome and London to Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala. When her mother abandoned her when she was two years old, the rejection caused Nadia to be confused about her identity. Even after her father died when she was thirteen and she was raised by her stepmother, she was unable to come to terms with who she was since she still felt motherless and alone. When Nadia went to university in America when she was eighteen she still felt as if she had so many competing personas that she couldn’t keep track of them all without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. A powerful coming-of-age story that explores timely and universal themes of identity, Aftershocks follows Nadia’s life as she hauls herself out of the wreckage and begins to understand that the only ground firm enough to count on is the one she writes into existence

Image of itemThe Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life by Allison Fallon

“For anyone feeling stuck and looking to make sense of life, author and writing coach Allison Fallon shares a simple practice and proven method to reclaiming your narrative, increasing your emotional and spiritual health, and discovering more clarity and freedom in The Power of Writing It Down.”

Image of itemA Field Guide to Internet Boyfriends by Esther Zuckerman

“From Keanu Reeves and Idris Elba to Timothee Chalamet, A Field Guide to Internet Boyfriends is the ultimate celebration of the suave, sexy, sensitive, and silly celebrities who have captured our hearts and memes!”

Movies, TV, and Documentaries

Image of itemHonest Thief

“Wanting to lead an honest life, a notorious bank robber turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.”

 

Image of itemYellow Rose

“Rose, a young Filipina from a small Texas town, pursues her dream to become a country music singer.”

 

 

Image of itemThe Wolf of Snow Hollow

“A stressed-out police officer struggles not to give in to the paranoia that grips his small mountain town as bodies turn up after each full moon.”

 

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Love and Monsters

“Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.”

Image of itemInfidel

“Kidnapped while attending a religious conference in the Middle East, American journalist Doug Rawlins is a hostage of the Iranian regime on trial for trumped-up charges of espionage. With no help from her State Department connections, Doug’s wife Liz decides to take matters into her own hands to find her husband and bring him home. Inspired by true events and, Infidel casts light on the plight of the Americans currently held captive in Iran.”

Adult Large Print

Image of itemJackie and Maria: A Novel of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas by Gill Paul

“Jackie Kennedy was beautiful, sophisticated, and contemplating leaving her ambitious young senator husband while recovering from the birth of a stillborn child. So when she’s offered a holiday on the luxurious yacht owned by billionaire Ari Onassis, she says yes. Maria Callas is at the height of her operatic career and widely considered to be the finest soprano in the world. And then she’s introduced to Aristotle Onassis, the world’s richest man and her fellow Greek. Stuck in a childless, sexless marriage, and with pressures on all sides from opera house managers and a hostile press, she finds her life being turned upside down by this hyper-intelligent and impeccably charming man. Little by little, Maria’s and Jackie’s lives begin to overlap, and they come closer and closer until everything they know about the world changes on a dime.”

Image of itemTroubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

“While visiting his family in Cornwall, Private Detective Cormoran Strike agrees to take on a cold case involving a woman who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974, and as Strike and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, investigate the disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer, and witnesses who cannot all be trusted.”

Image of itemLeave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

“Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G.H. are an older couple, it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area, with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service, it’s hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple, and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?”

Image of itemTroubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

(Third book in the Paradise series) “After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene once again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved.”

 

Image of itemA Time for Mercy by John Grisham

“Court-appointed lawyer Jake Brigance puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line to defend a sixteen-year-old suspect who is accused of killing a local deputy and facing the death penalty.”

Adult CD Audiobooks

Image of itemThe Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

“Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband, but a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised.”

Image of itemFortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven by Janet Evanovich

“When Grandma Mazur’s new husband dies on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was an old easy chair and the keys to a fortune. As Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for the treasure, they discover that two past enemies, along with a new adversary, stand in their way. The search turns into a race against time with more on the line than ever before. Stephanie’s deepest feelings will be tested– and she may finally be forced to choose between Joe Morelli and Ranger.”

Image of itemHis Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham

“An intimate and inspiring portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America.”

 

Image of itemVesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

“From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk, a brilliant and insightful work about our relationship to the natural world. Our world is a fascinating place, teeming not only with natural wonders that defy description, but complex interactions that create layers of meaning. Helen Macdonald is gifted with a special lens that seems to peer right through it all, and she shares her insights–at times startling, nostalgic, weighty, or simply entertaining–in this masterful collection of essays.”

Image of itemThe Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

“Falling in love with a wounded former patient and accompanying him on a cycling trip to Vietnam, an emergency-room doctor uncovers a bizarre series of deceptions that culminate in her boyfriend’s unexplained disappearance.”

Children’s and YA

Picture Books

Puma Dreams by Tony Johnston

From award-winning duo, Tony Johnston and Jim LaMarche comes a stunning, lyrical picture book about a girl’s desire to see an elusive California puma in the wild that includes interesting facts about this beautiful and threatened animal.

Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek by Jonny Lambert

Mouse, Rabbit, and Shelly the tortoise are heading home when they decide to take a shortcut through the creepy, crooked creek. “Isn’t that where the crocodiles live?” asks Rabbit nervously…

The Story of Peppa Pig by Scholastic

Peppa Pig is a lovable (but slightly bossy) little piggy who lives with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and her little brother, George. This charming storybook is the perfect introduction to Peppa Pig’s wonderful world.

What Color is Night by Grant Snider

Grant Snider’s beautiful debut picture book explores the wonders—and colors—of nighttime. For the night is not just black and white.

Our Celebración! by Susan Middleton Elya

With bouncy, rhyming text and imaginative, whimsical illustrations, Our Celebración! is the perfect way to enjoy a summer day–or any day–and learn some Spanish too!

 

Juvenile Chapter Books and Non-Fiction

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell by Illustratus

Featuring the only true ghost stories in existence (as the book itself will tell you), readers discover 13 eerie encounters that are perfect for sharing—if they dare.

Mythologica by Steve Kershaw

Amazon’s No. 1 Children’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019 is an illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other.

Twinchantment by Elise Allen

In the first book of this new series, author Elise Allen brings to life a fantastical world filled with high-stakes adventure, incredible twists, and all the spark and humor of sisterhood.

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (Book One) by Trudi Trueit

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers.

When the Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon

From the moment life crawled out of the oceans and onto land, to when our primate ancestors climbed down from the trees, the history of Planet Earth is filled with incredible stories. A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K–12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council).

 

Young Adult Novels and Non-Fiction

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

I Don’t Want To Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz

A harrowing, remarkable poetry memoir about one girl’s struggle with an anxiety disorder.

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Mindfulness and Meditation by Whitney Stewart

Stewart guides readers through how to get started with meditation as well as provides specific exercises for examining emotions, managing stress, checking social media habits and wellness routines, and setting intentions to increase happiness.

The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future by Veronica Roth

Bestselling Divergent and Carve the Mark author Veronica Roth delivers a stunning collection of novella-length stories set in the future, illustrated with startling black-and-white artwork.

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