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Highfire: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
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
$16.95
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
$17.00
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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Boyfriend Material Cover Image
$14.99
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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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
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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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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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The Authenticity Project: A Novel Cover Image
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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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Separation Anxiety: A Novel Cover Image
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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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Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World Cover Image
$20.00
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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Long Bright River Cover Image
$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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Big Girl, Small Town Cover Image
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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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Poppy Redfern and the Fatal Flyers (A Woman of WWII Mystery #2) Cover Image
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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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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
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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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
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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Toil & Trouble: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
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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The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
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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The Bastards of Pizzofalcone Cover Image
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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Marley: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
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


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The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316439145
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 27th, 2020

From Snow White, to Elsa and Anna, Holt examines the history of Walt Disney Animation through the eyes of the women who have worked there. Showing how the company has grown with regards to both technology and female employees, I thought this book was fascinating. It was incredibly interesting to see how women influenced beloved films, even if their names never made it into the credits. I also loved reading more about Mary Blair, a Disney icon. Perfect reading for Disney fans.     

— Lindsey


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Ninth House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

Ninth House thrusts readers headfirst into a dark portrayal of Yale and New Haven, CT, filled with secrets, ghosts, and unspeakable evil. It's a mystery, a ghost story, and a journey of understanding for a young woman who has lived a life twisted and tormented by forces she couldn't hope to understand. The world within this novel is propulsive and intense. You won't want to put this one down.

— Becky


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Janis: Her Life and Music Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476793115
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 13th, 2020

Janis Joplin's heroin overdose at age 27 has come to define her for many. But between January 19, 1943 and October 4, 1970, Janis lived a life full of bittersweet relations with friends and family, a tragic decision-making ability and, most of all, a soul born to sing the blues. With access to personal letters, confidants, and band members, George-Warren leads us through Janis' bumpy life. This is her overdue and penultimate biography.      

— Sharon


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The Siberian Dilemma (The Arkady Renko Novels #9) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439140260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 13th, 2020

I love spending any time I can with my favorite detective, Arkady Renko. Off in the wilds of the Siberian forest, anything can happen, and Arkady can handle it all—except Tatiana! Loved it!

— Jamie


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Christmas at the Island Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062911285
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 20th, 2020

I am always eager to read a new Jenny Colgan book, and this one did not disappoint.  It is the fourth in the “Mure” series about the fictional Scottish island and it’s quirky inhabitants. You don’t have to read the first three books to enjoy this uplifting Christmas story, but you won’t regret it if you do. As always, Colgan subtly touches on topical issues. Fun, funny, and sweet without being sappy, it’s a perfect escape.

— Laura B.


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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358410768
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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2020

If The Westing Game is on your stack of favorites, this book is for you! With the death of eccentric, and rich, Vincent Pryce (note the Y), a mysterious game is set in motion with a coveted prize – to become one of Vincent’s heirs. As a huge fan of character driven novels, I quickly fell in love with the entire quirky crew of players as they learned more about each other and scoured Boston for clues. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is an emotionally powerful story of grief and self-discovery wrapped in humor and riddles, I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. 

— Lindsey


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Things in Jars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

Jess Kidd’s stories are mesmerizing and miraculous with bizarre and captivating characters. My favorite of her incredible characters is Detective Bridie Devine, an extraordinary woman who unearths strange secrets amongst the grimy and dangerous streets of Victorian London in search of  a missing child (a very strange child indeed). Please add the wildly imaginative Jess Kidd to your “must read” list as I have!

— Julie


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Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143108979
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Published: Penguin Books - October 6th, 2020

The Crusades lasted from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, but the effects of this monumental clash of cultures and religions are still felt today. As with his other books, Dan Jones has taken this very complex history and presented it to us in a well organized, logical and (above all) entertaining way. Dive in and come away with broad understanding of the forces and motives from all sides, underlying so many centuries of hatred and bloodshed. One of Jones’s best!

— Gail


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Imaginary Friend Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538731352
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 6th, 2020

I have waited 20 years for Stephen Chbosky’s SECOND book!  I was a huge fan of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and his second novel Imaginary Friend, a literary horror, did not disappoint.  Chbosky has the ability to brilliantly blend his style of true heart and soul empathy for his characters that I fell in love with 20 years ago with bone tingling chills.  I built a mystical treehouse beside a gang of 7-year-old best friends, I ran along with a mother fighting for her son’s life and her own, and I was charmed by the love an elderly man has for his brother that disappeared decades ago.  Imaginary Friend is a mix of Stranger Things meets IT meets Stand By Me.  A perfect Fall read—but let’s face it, I will probably find an excuse to read it during other seasons!  

— Britt


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A Single Thread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525558262
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Published: Penguin Books - October 6th, 2020

In 1930's England, as elsewhere, war has changed the role of women - even as society resists acknowledging either the necessity or the desire for change. Violet, a 30-something "surplus" woman, joins a society of broderers, and learns to make something serviceable, and even beautiful, from separate threads, in embroidery and life.

— Laura


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American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062934895
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 6th, 2020

I love cheese. After reading this fascinating look at the world of American artisan cheese, written with warmth, humor, and delicious descriptions... I realized that I know nothing about what it is to truly love cheese. But I want to learn, and this book is a great start. Berkowitz lets the cheese makers and their products take center stage as he travels to farms, conventions, cheese shops, secret tasting parties, and more. Light and adventurous, this book has given me a list of cheese makers that I'll definitely be checking out, and a base knowledge of cheese making that helps me appreciate it even more. 

— Lindsey


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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101972052
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Published: Vintage - September 29th, 2020

Furious Hours unravels the story of the trial and murder of Alabama serial killer Reverend Willie Maxwell, the lawyer who represented him, and Harper Lee’s inspiration for her book “The Reverend,” -  a book she researched and obsessed about for years, but never completed.

A mesmerizing look into Lee’s life after To Kill A Mockingbird  and her struggles to translate murder, courtroom drama, and racial politics in the 70’s into her version of a true-crime story. Fans of Harper Lee and Truman Capote alike will devour this captivating story!

— Sue


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The Topeka School: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250758002
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Published: Picador - September 29th, 2020

One of the most anticipated books of the season, The Topeka School has so much going for it.  Ambitious and thought-provoking, this novel is not only an impressive addition to the recent trend of autofiction, but a nuanced look at many of the social dynamics at play in present day America.  Rooted in 1990s Kansas, you won't find a better novel about the dynamics of a specific family combined with the trajectory of our society.

— Kelly


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The Chain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316531238
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 22nd, 2020

Imagine receiving a phone call from someone who tells you they’ve kidnapped your child and in order to get him/her back you must kidnap another person’s child ... and once you've done that then your own will be released. If you don’t complete this task in 24 hours “The Chain” will be broken and your child will be murdered. One morning, Rachel O’Neill receives such a call and is forced to do the unthinkable to secure her daughter’s release and continue The Chain.

A nail-biting, page-turning thriller!

— Sue


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Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735223721
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

This searing, powerful memoir blew me away with incredible storytelling and impressive writing.  Chanel Miller is a woman we can all look up to for her grace, strength, and perseverance, and this very personal look at what she went through following her sexual assault enraged me and broke my heart, but ultimately gave me hope. Truly remarkable. 

— Kelly


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The Whispers of War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107802
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

For fans of strong women, circa WWII, this story of three young British women preparing for war is an engaging read. One of the three long-time friends was born in Germany and is threatened with internment in the UK once war is declared. Through friendship, courage and caring they work together to save her.

— Barb


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All This Could Be Yours Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358361336
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Published: Mariner Books - September 15th, 2020

As in some of my favorite works of fiction, the characters in this novel are messy while the writing is impeccable.  A master of relatably imperfect subjects, Jami Attenberg has produced a stunning family drama, with the thoughts, feelings, and circumstances of all involved members examined from every angle.  You'll be hard pressed to find a more impressive and prolific chronicler of the shadows of family dynamics writing today.

— Kelly


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The Dearly Beloved: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982104535
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

Get pulled right into this relatable story with brilliant character development. Two couples meet in 1963 when both husbands are called as ministers to a NYC church. The similarities end there. The narrative carries you through the ensuing years of questioning faith, political activism, personal tragedy, and hard won joy. Introspective dialog questions faith, reason, fate, and marriage. The Dearly Beloved will resonate long after you finish reading it.

— Barb


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Ellie and the Harpmaker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984803801
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Published: Berkley - September 8th, 2020

If you’re looking for a refreshingly lighthearted read, then look no further! This is a stunning debut from Hazel Prior. Prior’s characters are delightful, human, and, above all, authentic. I fell in love with this absolute gem of a novel and never wanted it to end.

— Nicole


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Cilka's Journey: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250265692
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 8th, 2020

Cilka’s Journey, the much anticipated sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, tells the story of Cilka Klein after she leaves Auschwitz’s Birkenau concentration camp. When the camp is liberated at the end of the war, Cilka is found guilty of conspiring with the enemy and sent to a Siberian labor camp for 15 years where she is forced to live and work under deplorable conditions. An inspirational and moving story of courage and resilience in the bleakest of circumstances.

— Sue


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Nothing to See Here Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

Flying under the radar, this book is a must read for anyone. With his tongue-in-cheek wit, Wilson’s tale reflects on who we are today and how we got here. Laugh out loud with this one, because if you don’t, you might burst into flames.

— Terri

With both fantasy and reality... yes, just go with it, you will be both moved and entertained by this insightful book about loyalty, parenting, and self-worth. 

— Andie

"Hi Roxanne. Listen, I'm going to be late today. I know, but I'm reading Nothing to See Here and I can't put it down, it's just so great! Yes, the one where the kids burst into flames when they get upset. No, I don't know why. The stepmother hires an old 'frenemy' to keep them out of sight. Yes, very funny, but also so poignant. Sure, you get it next!" 

— Sharon

Kevin Wilson certainly has an imagination and wit. This seemingly preposterous story has lessons for us, and along the way, we get to read a rollicking tale that had me glued to the book.

— Roxanne

After reading author Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s (Fleishman Is in Trouble) rave review of Kevin Wilson’s latest, I had to read it! While I wondered how a novel that includes two children who are able to spontaneously combust would actually work, trust me, it does, and it’s terrific!

— Marilyn

Of course I had to hop on the Nothing to See Here bandwagon and I am so glad I did! This book is simultaneously subversive and a bit bonkers, while being poignant and warm and fuzzy. I was angry, dismayed, touched, and laughing out loud! I dare you to not have your heart crack wide open.  

— Julie

Started this book in the morning and did not want to go to work! This has an intriguing story line with twin children that occasionally burst into flames but are not hurt by the fire. Wow! What follows is a story about love, compassion, parenthood, and responsibility, especially when all of these things get in the way of our ambitions and self-interests. Loved it!

— Gail


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The World That We Knew: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501137587
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 1st, 2020

When reading an Alice Hoffman novel, I have to take time to pull myself back to our world from the one she has created, and her latest is no exception. This time, she brings magical realism to a story that begins in Berlin during the Nazi regime and follows Lea, a young girl, Ava, a mystical Jewish creature known as a golem, and Ettie, Ava’s creator. A remarkable book from a most gifted storyteller.

— Marilyn

Life. Death. Love. Resistance. Faith. Survival.  A beautifully written, thoughtful, fairy-tale-esque novel about what people do for love, and what people did to survive during the Holocaust. Looking down at these characters from a narrated distance, we are allowed the truth of what happens to each of them. I appreciated that much of the story focused on the French resistance, a topic that doesn't often make it into fiction. Though difficult to read at times, this heart-wrenching story was nevertheless one I'm glad I read and that I highly recommend. 

— Lindsey


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ISBN: 9781632869852
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 1st, 2020

This was the first work of Deborah Levy's that I've read, and it impressed me thoroughly.  The setting, in late 1980s London and East Germany, sets the stage for a story told with a uniquely ethereal use of time, and characters who make you yearn to delve more deeply into their lives.  Levy pushes you to consider the effects of perspective, of relationships, of chance- and she does it all masterfully.

— Kelly


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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

I could rave endlessly about all the ways that Jacqueline Woodson's writing impresses me - the unparalleled prose, the depth of character, the lyricism woven throughout - but in the end, what always blows me away is how viscerally her books allow me to feel their events and emotions.  Here, each alternating character, telling the story of an evolving family through times of love and conflict, resonates with depth and humanity.  Another masterful work that you'll be drawn to read over and over.

— Kelly


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ISBN: 9780393358094
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

From the first page, I knew that Robert Macfarlane’s Underland: A Deep Time Journey was one of those rare books that would change the way I see the world and our place in the universe. To truly understand where we've been, why we are where we are, and what our future holds, we must look for answers in the underland, Earth’s astonishingly complex subterranean world. From the shallow underland of tree roots and fungi to the miles-deep underland where scientists sit in laboratories carved out of massive salt deposits attempting to reveal the mysteries of dark matter in order to better understand the origin of our universe, we have much to learn about our planet’s history if we want to solve the most threatening existential issues of our time.  

You’ve never experienced anything like Underland before. And I guarantee that the next time you’re laying on the beach or working in your garden, your hands digging down into the cool earth, you’ll find yourself wondering what miraculous things are happening below you, down in the dark.

 - Brian

 


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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 25th, 2020

I have a very large soft spot for heroes who are not the epitome of society’s idea of “typical,” so when Zelda declares she’s a Viking, I’m right behind her.  When she finds out her brother has gotten into deep water, she decides to break all the rules (her rules!) and take things into her own hands, making her own legend despite all odds. For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and The Rosie Project.

— Terri


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ISBN: 9780393358346
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

This debut story collection impressed me deeply.  The stories within feel both modern and traditional, and are each unique and interesting, with a sly sense of humor woven throughout.  The author's inventiveness delighted me, although all her stories remain grounded in history and humanity.  You won't regret picking this book up for even a moment.

— Kelly