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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593157497
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 6th, 2021

A Long Petal of the Sea is the first Allende novel I have had the pleasure of reading, and will certainly not be the last. This novel effortlessly merges history and fiction with believable, honest characters and an impressive coverage of the Spanish Civil War. While reaching back into history, the novel withstands time and is as relevant today as it would have been in the mid-19th century. This is a love story, an immigration story, and a homecoming story. I hope you become as captivated by this novel as I am!

— Nicole


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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062966759
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 6th, 2021

For fans of News of the World, this is a moving story of a young man, his music, and his pursuit of love - all while dodging the 'conscription people.'  1865 Texas, as the Civil War is winding down, is still fraught with tension and chaos. Jiles beautifully captures the spirit of this place and time! 

— Barb


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Big Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501133527
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 6th, 2021

The perfect beach read for at home: funny, sexy, heart-warming, suspenseful, and a twist-ending I didn't see coming! From NYC to the mansions of Cape Cod and the color of Provincetown, this is a quick and engaging story of friendships, families, murder, and revenge.  Relatable and strong characters you will be cheering on, as I did.

— Barb


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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735219106
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 30th, 2021

An emotional and haunting must-read that is both heartbreaking and life-affirming. Kya is abandoned by her family at a young age and grows up alone in the North Carolina marshland. The book is a poetic ode to the natural world, a love story, a murder mystery, and a coming-of-age story all in one. This is the type of book you’ll want to share with others, but will be reluctant to give away.

— Tricia


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The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316541435
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Published: Orbit - March 30th, 2021

I loved this story of an Empire of islands on the verge of rebellion. The emperor's feisty daughter is working to regain lost memories and learn the frankenstein-like skills of her father to gain his trust, even as she questions the morality of the work. On another island, a heart-of-gold smuggler searches for his kidnapped wife, and gets drawn into the revolution against his better judgement with the guidance of a mysterious (and adorable) creature. Unique world building and engaging characters kept me turning pages SO FAST to find out all the answers to the secrets hidden within. There was also just enough mystery with the world building to have me speculating on where the story will go in book two, which I obviously can't wait to read!

— Lindsey


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Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

I was wary about a return to war-time Paris, but knowing I was in Cara Black’s capable hands compelled me to take a chance - an excellant decision! Kate Rees is an American ranch woman with skills sharpened by intelligence training and a personal vendetta. With hints of Eye of the Needle and 11/22/63, Black combines suspense, betrayal and “what if” masterfully. I couldn’t put this book down.

— Laura


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A Good Marriage: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062367693
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 30th, 2021

When Lizzie agrees to represent her former law school classmate Zach, accused of murdering his wife, she has no idea of the dark secrets simmering beneath the surface of what appear to be perfect marriages in their affluent Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. If you are a fan of legal thrillers, murder mysteries, and psychological suspense, Kimberly McCreight’s latest novel is the book for you!

— Marilyn


Afterlife Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751368
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 6th, 2021

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The Book of Longings: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111399
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Published: Penguin Books - March 23rd, 2021

I love any book by Sue Monk Kidd. I allowed myself to read this one slowly, to savor the story, and I’m so glad I did. Playing the “what if” game can be tricky in your own life, but when it’s in a fictional book, it’s perfect! This is the story of Jesus’ wife, Ana (what if he had a wife?). It’s truly her story of longings---to be a woman who can read, write, make her own decisions, and be valued. Her journey has both beautiful and challenging moments; hers is an adventure to enjoy for sure!

— Lori


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The Last Tourist: A Novel (Milo Weaver #4) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250036193
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

Steinhauer is the finest spy novelist writing today; I happily devoured this latest on vacation. Current global issues and political controversies are expertly woven into this tale of Milo Weaver, a rogue ex-spy. Characters, working with and against Weaver, collected from around the globe, became so real I found myself looking over my shoulder in the airport. Not to be missed!

— Jamie


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Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306846373
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Published: Hachette Books - March 16th, 2021

Fans of “The Crown” will be mesmerized by this ‘tell all’ memoir of the author’s life as confidant and friend to Princess Margaret. Glenconner’s narrative of gossip, enormous wealth, heartbreak, illness, and familial tragedy are staggering. The old world rules of class and royalty will have you questioning those long-standing traditions. Anne, the lady in waiting, displays resilience and humor throughout.

— Barb


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Sea Wife: A novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525566922
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2021

Sea Wife is my favorite kind of summer read. A Thrilling, engaging, taut narrative that doesn't skimp on writing quality. The boat trip of a lifetime with problems and rewards you won't see coming.

— Andrew


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The Herd: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984826381
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 16th, 2021

The Herd positively brims with fascinating female characters--and even better, because it's a thriller, each woman is hiding her own delicious secret. Bartz fingers the pulse of a very distinct and recognizable moment in contemporary feminism--all the language, behaviors, and accompanying dangers. I loved sinking deeper past the classy cosmopolitan exterior of the elite co-working space where this mystery unfolds. The Herd feels like a real place--one you'd walk past on the street and speculate about what might happen behind its doors. Now, thanks to Andrea Bartz, you can find out.

— Abigail


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The Restoration of Celia Fairchild: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062997302
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 2nd, 2021

If you are looking for a fun, feel good read, this is the book for you. Celia Fairchild, AKA popular advice columnist “Dear Calpurnia” has a habit of not following her own advice. After a painful divorce and the loss of her job, she feels she has no hope of ever having the family she desperately wants. Then she inherits the family home in Charleston when her estranged Aunt Calpurnia dies and Celia is the only living relative. With the help of her New York BFF and a cast of mostly lovable characters, Celia puts together a new life and learns that it’s the people you surround yourself with that make your family.
 

— Laura B


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A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250237293
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 2nd, 2021

I finished this book in a day- it was that compelling! A Good Neighborhood is a modern day Greek tragedy. Narrated in third person by “the Neighborhood” it is a gripping story of a small suburban town forever changed by the heartbreaking and inevitable issues of our times. Forbidden love, racism, class, and a cast of unforgettable characters culminate in a stunning conclusion that will stay with you for a long time!

— Sue


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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562641
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Published: Anchor Books - March 2nd, 2021

A captivating and harrowing account of a real midcentury American family, and their struggles as six of their twelve children develop schizophrenia. As good as any narrative nonfiction that you'll find, Robert Kolker has chronicled the journey of the Galvin family with insight and humanity, while contextualizing their challenges in the larger social and scientific landscape of the time.  Phenomenal.  

— Kelly


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In Five Years: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982137458
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Published: Atria Books - March 2nd, 2021

In Five Years turned out to be a completely different story than I expected, but in a really good way!  Dannie Kohan has her life running exactly as she has planned it with the perfect boyfriend, the perfect job, and the perfect lifelong best friend. Suddenly, on the night she gets engaged (as planned), she has a crazy hour-long dream that gives her a very different view of her life in five years' time. What follows is a roller coaster of events and emotions that force Dannie to realize that life has made other plans. Although it was heartbreaking at times, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

— Laura B.


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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635577020
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

This book may be 800 pages long, but you won't need a bookmark for it. House of Earth and Blood is an explosive adult debut from Sarah J. Maas that will keep readers up through the night. The fiercely loyal friendships, the heartfelt romance, the epic mystery that delves deep in the world of Crescent City: I could go on forever about why I love this book. This is a must read for any fans of contemporary fantasy and romance.

— Bridey


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Conjure Women Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525511502
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Published: Random House Trade - February 23rd, 2021

This unforgettable debut is told through the eyes of Miss May Belle and her daughter Rue, powerful conjure women with the ability to heal or curse. These strong, resilient women bring to life the horrors of slavery on a southern plantation, the Civil War years, and finally, freedom. A violent, superstitious world? Yes, but one also filled with the beauty of nature and the power of the human spirit.

— Marilyn


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The Mercies Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316529235
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2021

In 1617, a sudden storm broke off the coast of the tiny Norwegian island of Vardøs. The men, all of whom were out fishing, drowned.

Left to fend for themselves, the women find the strength to take charge and survive. But that is not their traditional role in this society and a zealous commissioner, a witch hunter, is sent to the island to enforce the religious beliefs of the King. Based on a true story, this is a riveting, unforgettable tale.

— Marilyn


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The First Sister (The First Sister trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982127008
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Published: Skybound Books - February 23rd, 2021

What begins as fairly standard science fiction quickly builds into something deeper with fascinating world building and character development. I was drawn into the lives of three distinct characters and their relationships as they each work on a mission of peace in a time of war, even if they don't begin that way. Twists and turns end with what is truly the beginning of a story I can't wait to continue. 

— Lindsey


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The Glass Hotel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562948
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Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

This engrossing, layered novel was exactly the book I needed to capture my attention at this moment.  Traversing different locales and story lines, Emily St. John Mandel has woven an impressive tale of perception, class, and humanity. I devoured each new turn of fate as the well-written characters moved toward their ever-changing futures.

— Kelly


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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525565437
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Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

The 1989 varsity field hockey team of Danvers, MA, will do anything to win the State Championship. Even add their names to an Emilio Estevez notebook, tie a piece of blue sock around their arms and dabble in black magic and troublemaking. A powerful story of friendship and teamwork, told in a unique group narration from sometime in the future, I loved seeing each team member get their time in the spotlight as the season progressed. By telling the story this way the author was able to subtly, and wonderfully, acknowledge and address things that were normal in 1989 that are now considered problematic.

Did Emilio really make them do the things they did that year? Or was it just an opportunity each team member took to find out who they truly wanted to be in life? Nostalgic and delightfully funny, this is a book not to be missed!

— Lindsey


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All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062931108
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 16th, 2021

This novel ticks all the boxes for a historical fiction lover like me.  Beginning and ending in 1964 England, with a middle full of danger, mystery, and romance in WWI and WWII France, it is full of surprises from start to finish.

— Laura B.


Greenwood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984822017
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2021

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Oona Out of Order: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250236616
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 9th, 2021

A brilliant, unique premise allows Oona to avoid a decision she doesn't want to make. But is it worth the consequence? Oona Out of Order is the kind of novel that forces you to reflect on your own life and how much you may be ignoring the present when it's happening right in front of you. I love how this novel weaved the main character's life into something so perfectly disordered. A truly fun, saddening story that will hook you from the beginning, middle, and back again. 

— Becky


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Bonnie: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476745466
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 9th, 2021

Bonnie Parker is best known as one half of the infamous duo known as Bonnie and Clyde. But, before her notoriety made her a household name, she was a much-loved young girl who wrote poetry and dreamed of becoming an actress or singer. And then she met Clyde Barrow. Christina Schwarz’s meticulous research brings Bonnie and the hardscrabble Depression Era in which she lived to life in her latest novel. Perfect for fans of historical fiction and true crime.

— Marilyn


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Actress: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393541458
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2nd, 2021

In this soul-searching novel set in Ireland, Norah delves into her mother’s past as a famous, eccentric actress in the '50s and '60s. “Was she crazy?” everyone asks. Long hidden secrets are uncovered and the consequences of stardom revealed. Ultimately, this is the story of incredible love between a mother and daughter. 

— Barb


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You Are Not Alone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250310965
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 2nd, 2021

When Shay, a lonely young woman, witnesses a suicide in the New York City subway, she becomes obsessed with the victim. Attending the memorial service, she meets the glamorous and successful Moore sisters who have everything Shay does not. When the sisters take her under their wing, what follows is a riveting thriller with a complete surprise ending. Another terrific book by the authors of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl!

— Marilyn


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Code Name Hélène: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525565499
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Published: Anchor - February 2nd, 2021

Based on the WWII French Resistance spy Nancy Wake, this is an incredibly moving story that's impossible to put down. Code Name Hélène is a passionate love story that will have you longing for France; and, although there are a few harsh war scenes, the persevering spirit of this amazing woman makes this a must read!  

— Barb


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Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812981933
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Published: Random House Trade - February 2nd, 2021

Told in short essays, small paragraphs, and sometimes just one sentence per chapter, this poetic portrayal of the clash between Israel and Palestine will break your heart into pieces, and then with a thin thread of hope begin to stitch it back together. Two fathers from opposite sides are brought together by tragedy and bring their stories to the world in the hopes that the conflict can be ended, and others will not need to endure the same suffering. I found the breaks between each chapter allowed me to absorb and contemplate of each word.  I was so moved – this will not be a book I forget any time soon.

— Terri


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Dear Emmie Blue: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982135928
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - February 2nd, 2021

This book grabs your heart at the very beginning and holds on until the end, and beyond. Emmie Blue hasn’t had an ideal life, but a chance meeting at sixteen leads to a lifelong friendship that gives her the strength to carry on. You’ll find yourself counting the pages, wishing it wouldn’t end.

— Laura B.


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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735216730
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Wonderfully rich characters and soulful writing took me to 1969 Harlem, where the complex and perennially drunk 71-year-old Deacon shot Deems, a young drug dealer who was like a son to him. Well, it’s complicated. After reading this novel, I will read anything by James McBride, and I recommend you do too.

— Jamie


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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062941510
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2021

If we tell ourselves stories in order to live, Vanessa has been telling herself the same one since she was 15, when she was involved with her predatory English teacher at boarding school. As the story of Vanessa's past unfurls and present-day accusations against this teacher gain momentum, she begins to see the events that shaped her adolescence in a new and different light. My Dark Vanessa is the haunting, relentless, and necessary story we need today. If you read just one book this year, make it this one.

— Abigail


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Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like
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ISBN: 9780316490733
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 2nd, 2021

It’s hard to imagine that a book about becoming a young widow could be hilarious but it is that, plus poignant, sad, and wonderful. Leslie’s warmth informs this memoir. We are with her as she shares her love story, her loss, and her grief. You finish this book thrilled to have “met” her and wishing her a future of love and well-being— what a woman!

— Roxanne


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The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172721
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2021

Stop to think about all the things your body must accomplish to keep you alive and standing upright in JUST this very second: breathing and filtering air; making and destroying cells; digesting…. It’s truly remarkable. Celebrated author Bill Bryson takes that awe and wonder and weaves it through each page of The Body as he describes, in detail, exactly what your body does… “How to Build a Human,” if you will. Thorough and delightful, there’s not even one of us for whom this “Guide for Occupants” won’t impress! 

— Liz


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The Wife Stalker: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062967299
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 26th, 2021

Another terrific thriller from the sisters who write as Liv Constantine! Piper, a mysterious and alluring newcomer to Westport, CT, has her very determined sights set on handsome lawyer Leo Draper. Joanna, devoted to Leo, refuses to let him go. Told in alternate chapters from each woman’s point of view, this novel of psychological suspense will keep you guessing until the last sentence.

— Marilyn


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The Vanished Birds: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593129005
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Published: Del Rey - January 26th, 2021

Forget that this happens in a future space, as this book is more about the relationships we form, the bonds we hold most dear, and going to the end of the Universe to fulfill our promises to those we love. Expertly crafted, for fans of N. K. Jemisin, this is a story that will stay with you long past  the last page.

— Terri


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Remembrance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250298461
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Published: Forge Books - January 26th, 2021

From 1791 Haiti to 1857 Louisiana to current day, three strong and resilient women with special "gifts" fight their way to freedom and acceptance. This debut novel is raw and yet tender...a mystical adventure of slavery, the Underground Railroad, survival, suspense and mostly hope!  

— Barb


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Run Me to Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501154058
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 19th, 2021

One of my FAVORITE authors! Paul Yoon has the ability to combine both the devastating and the beautiful throughout his storylines and characters. Every word is felt and absorbed on the pages of his books. In Run Me to Earth, three orphans in 1960s Laos must do what it takes to survive devastating times. A simple yet complex story in one. Also, read Snow Hunters by Yoon….my absolute favorite of his books!!

— Lori


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Oligarchy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640094628
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Published: Counterpoint - January 12th, 2021

As dark as it is funny, I found this novel to be brilliantly written and uniquely observed. Thomas captures the angst of teenage girlhood (in today's particularly social media obsessed world) with a bleak humor that still manages to treat the young, flawed protagonists with tenderness.  Elements of mystery and folklore give this very contemporary work a timeless edge. Scarlett Thomas is an author I will be returning to again and again.

— Kelly


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Trouble Is What I Do (Leonid McGill) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316491150
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 12th, 2021

Told in that perfectly gritty style, how I love a noir private eye story! This one is not so graphic and might even feel uplifting at the end. Duck into a back alley with Walter Mosley and you won’t be disappointed!

— Jamie


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The Resisters: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657224
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Published: Vintage - January 12th, 2021

Masterfully combining both dystopian and sports fiction, this is a novel that blew me away in singular fashion. Gwen faces the conflicting priorities of fighting for what she's been raised to believe in and playing the sport she's come to love. Filled with great characters and cautionary lessons for the direction of technology and society, this was a book I couldn't put down!

— Kelly


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Dead to Her: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062856838
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 12th, 2021

Sarah Pinborough follows up her best-selling novel, Behind Her Eyes, with an equally twisty psychological thriller. This time, the setting is a wealthy enclave of southern society in Savannah during a hot, steamy summer... and that’s not just a description of the weather! First wives, trophy wives, and their husbands, all with secrets, keep this an addictive page turner with another shock ending!

— Marilyn


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Highfire: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062938572
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

At first you think this is a typical boy meets dragon story, but in this case, not just any dragon, but the LAST dragon! Relentlessly funny, Colfer brings the wit and humor of his Artemis Fowl series to adults and will leave you wanting more (I hope there’s more!).

— Terri


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Pretty Little Wife: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063016408
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 29th, 2020

You know right from the start “who did it.” Lila Ridgefield killed her horrible high school math teacher husband; but, before his “apparent suicide” can be discovered, his body disappears. Now everyone wants to know where hometown hero Aaron has gone, his wife included. A quick read with back stories, suspects, and suspense aplenty.

— Laura B.


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Pretty as a Picture: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110552
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

Out of work and desperate, shy, socially awkward film editor Marissa Dahl takes a job on a remote island, where a legendary and temperamental director is filming a true crime, never solved, that happened on the island. Told in flashbacks and present time, which cleverly takes the form of a true crime podcast, this is a novel with a great cast of characters, interesting details about filmmaking, and an unexpected twist!

— Marilyn


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The Flatshare: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250295651
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 5th, 2021

If you miss singleton Bridget Jones, you will love Tiffy and Leon: flatmates who share a place and a bed, but have never met. Communicating via post-it notes, they begin to form a meaningful friendship. A warm and funny book, full of British humor, but one that tackles serious subjects and does both equally well.

— Marilyn


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The Red Lotus (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525565963
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2021

When young ER doctor Alexis and her boyfriend Austin head off on a romantic bike tour of Vietnam, she has no idea what the charming young man is concealing. From the grimy alleys of New York City to the lush Vietnamese countryside, Bohjalian’s latest is a gripping, fast-paced story of two sides of a devastating biological weapon. The race to create it, and the race to destroy it.

— Marilyn


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Follow Me to Ground: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982133641
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Published: Scribner - January 5th, 2021

Uniquely haunting, this debut novel weaves together a strong dose of folklore with modern themes and fresh twists.  It defies characterization along the typical literary fault lines, and will have you spellbound by both its story and its prose.  Absolutely captivating.

— Kelly


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

Ann Patchett is one of my favorites, with her Bel Canto in my Top 10 list. The Dutch House may have just jumped over that!  Do not miss this wondrously woven tale of a brother and sister and their entanglement with their cursed family home. Patchett excels here in character development, plotting, and glorious use of language.

— Sharon


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Growing Things and Other Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062906687
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 7th, 2020

Paul Tremblay is a master of the creepy and surreal. In this new collection, he gives us nineteen stories - some new, some expanded old - to keep us up at night!

— Sharon


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ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

Bad boy Luc O’Donnell, son of iconic former rock star parents and unwitting focus of the British tabloid press, needs a fast image makeover. His friends suggest he find a nice, upstanding fake boyfriend who will agree to date him for appearance sake. Oliver, a handsome barrister and Luc’s complete opposite, needs a pretend date for his parents’ 40th anniversary party. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? This is a funny, clever, sometimes poignant rom-com that fans of Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue will love!

— Marilyn


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ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

This book is absolutely DELIGHTFUL! There wasn't one page without something to make me laugh or smile or tear up, or all three. Linus Baker is a rule follower working for Extreme Upper Management by investigating orphanages to be sure the magical children who live there are being taken care of properly. He truly cares about the children and because of that believes his job is important. But he is a lonely man who wishes for more. When he is sent on a secret mission and meets a family of even more unique, wonderful people, he begins to look beyond the rules and see the world as it truly is ... and what it could truly be. A sweet love story, a tale of family and transformation, I loved every second. The House in the Cerulean Sea is also an important book for our times that shows how fear and prejudice can affect the lives of both adults and children.

— Lindsey


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ISBN: 9780063016408
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 29th, 2020

You know right from the start “who did it.” Lila Ridgefield killed her horrible high school math teacher husband; but, before his “apparent suicide” can be discovered, his body disappears. Now everyone wants to know where hometown hero Aaron has gone, his wife included. A quick read with back stories, suspects, and suspense aplenty.

— Laura B.


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ISBN: 9781984878632
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

Fans of Elin HilderbrandJojo Moyes, and Jenny Colgan will find much to love in this clever British-based book! The novel begins as a lonely old man attempts to share his 'real' self by writing in a notebook, and leaving it for someone else to pick up and add to it. And they do. The characters each have hope and needs that, as a group, they begin to answer. A fun twist, love interests, and wry humor create a thoroughly enjoyable book.  

— Barb


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ISBN: 9780062909084
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Published: Ecco - December 1st, 2020

Zigman’s gift at looking at a troubled, contemporary marriage will resonate with every reader. An inability to cope with the many losses she is facing leads Judy to find comfort in carrying her dog in a baby sling.  It really doesn’t sit well with some at her son’s Montessori school or the dog park, but it comforts Judy while facing her writer’s block, her husband’s anxiety, her son’s tween years and, oh yes, the puppet people. Humor and heart-felt empathy will make this a must read.

— Andie


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ISBN: 9781501190810
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Published: Scribner - December 1st, 2020

Are you watching The Imagineering Story on Disney+? Want to dig even deeper into the building of Disneyland itself? This book is for you! I found it completely fascinating to get a glimpse at how Walt Disney worked and dreamed through the eyes of his employees. You will also get to know these men and women as they did something that no one had ever done before. From the easy to the near impossible, I loved learning about how Disneyland came to be and see how things put into place at that time shaped the world as we know it.

— Lindsey


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780525540687
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 1st, 2020

An opioid addiction has managed to crumble the bond between two sisters, but when Mickey’s sister Kacey goes missing and women start showing up dead in Kacey’s neighborhood, Mickey digs deep into their past to access the courage she needs to find her sister. In turns heart-pounding, heart-breaking, and heart-warming, this one will stay with you long after the last page.

— Terri


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ISBN: 9781643750897
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 1st, 2020

This funny, irreverent, and sometimes profane debut novel is told through the eyes of Majella O’Neill, a young woman who lives in a small border town in Northern Ireland with her alcoholic mother, and works in the local chip shop. But what really makes this book stand out is the author’s witty, often laugh-out-loud Irish dialect spoken as Majella and the rest of the cast of characters go about their daily lives in a place where everyone knows your business.

— Marilyn


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ISBN: 9781984805829
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Published: Berkley - December 1st, 2020

The moment I started reading, I felt like I’d slipped into my favorite armchair. The familiarity of the characters—Poppy, Griff and, of course, Bessie the Corgi—is comforting. It was good to get together with “old friends” and journey to an airfield in Hampshire, England. On top of this being a well-constructed mystery, I also learned about the women pilots responsible for ferrying military planes during WWII. Absolutely fascinating!

— Susan


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ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

There's a reason Interior Chinatown was nominated for this year's National Book Award—I can definitively say I've never read anything like it (and I read a lot of books). This innovative novel takes the form of a screenplay and cleverly subverts familiar film and TV tropes while introducing us to characters who linger long after the final page. Delightfully inventive and heartwarming from start to finish, Interior Chinatown is a perfect match for any movie buff. I can't wait to see what Charles Yu writes next.

— Abigail


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ISBN: 9780802148506
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

A beautiful, beautiful story that will tug at your heart over and over. You will both cry and cheer as you follow young Shuggie (Hugh) as he finds his own path through life, his unshakable devotion to his proud, beautiful, and addicted mother, and his own acceptance of who he is against all odds. I cannot stop putting this book into everyone’s hands. Unforgettable!

— Terri


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ISBN: 9781250752000
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 17th, 2020

A charming and off-beat look at witchcraft, house hunting and ownership, rural Connecticut life, and family. Augusten Burroughs is a wonderful storyteller and I was 100% invested in this piece of his life story from beginning to end. This was my first experience with his memoirs, but I'll certainly be looking into more. 

— Lindsey


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ISBN: 9780399590610
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Published: One World - November 17th, 2020

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel is eloquent and lyrical, with a touch of magical realism. It tells the story of Hiram, born in Virginia to a black mother, whom he barely remembers, and a white father, the owner of the plantation. It is also a story of the work of the Underground Railroad to free and try to reunite divided families, whose stories will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

— Marilyn


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By Maurizio De Giovanni, Antony Shugaar (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453145
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Published: Europa Editions - April 5th, 2016

This the first in a wonderful series. The Pizzofalcone police station, in the heart of Naples, is on the brink of being abandoned after the bulk of its officers were tossed out in a corruption scandal. Now the station has a new group - misfits from other stations. But crime doesn't stop and wait for them to settle in - there is murder, abduction, and theft waiting for this quirky, funny, melancholy, (and a little) crazy bunch. Can they work together?  Can they find some peace in their lives outside of the station?  If you like this first one, there are three more that have been translated from the Italian; all bring Naples to life, and the inspectors are a delight. Great fun stories! 

— Nancy


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ISBN: 9781982129712
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Published: Washington Square Press - November 3rd, 2020

Marley is the perfect novel to curl up with this winter. Like his previous novel Finn, Clinch takes a minor character from a classic story elevates them to protagonist. Like its forebearer, Marley is a lesson on greed. 

— Andrew