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September/October 2023 Staff Picks

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Weaving together the stories of three extraordinary women across five centuries, Weyward is an enthralling novel of female resilience and the transformative power of the natural world.

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese 

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 






In the Lives of Puppets invites readers deep into the heart of a peculiar forest and on the extraordinary journey of a family assembled from spare parts - with some action added into the mix. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Ukulele of Death by E. J. Copperman

World Running Down by Al Hess

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett  






We All Want Impossible Things seems as if it would be too sad to read (it's about someone's best friend dying in hospice), and it is very sad - but it's also funnier and more delightful than I could have anticipated, and full of friends and kids and family and life. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett 

One Italian Summer by  Rebecca Serle 

In Love by Amy Bloom





The Last Thing He Told Me was a story that kept me guessing, and I liked the development of the strong bond between two of the main characters. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone 

A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth







Small Mercies is an all-consuming tale of revenge, family love, festering hate, and insidious power, set against one of the most tumultuous episodes in Boston’s history.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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City of Dreams by Don Winslow 

After I'm Gone by Laura Lipmann 

IQ by Joe Ide







Set in 15th-century China, Lady Tan's Circle of Women follows the friendship of Tan Yunxian and Meiling - both who come from different social classes, but whose lives become interweaved as they develop their medicinal skills.  

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Picture Bride by Lee Geum-Yi

The Woman at the Front by Lecia Cornwall






Romantic Comedy is a witty, romantic romp behind the scenes with a writer for a late night comedy show, think Saturday Night Live, and a music guest/host. He's hot, she's not. How could he be interested in her?

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie Lau

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman






Following newly hired Radio City Rockette Marion, The Spectacular  follows her as she becomes entangled in the search for the 'Big Apple Bomber'. Equal parts suspense, romance, and history - this story will keep you guessing!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green

The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner






A Simple Favor is an edge-of-your seat domestic thriller about a missing wife and mother that relies on a rotating cast of unreliable narrators to ingeniously examine the cost of competitive mom-friends, the toll of ordinary marital discontent and the fallacy of the picture-perfect, suburban family.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell 

If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier 

People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd






Baking Yesteryear made me want to start baking again! The recipes are easy to follow and recreate. Dylan also has engaging commentary at the beginning of each decade of recipes that is far more entertaining than any food blog.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Crazy Sweet Creations by Ann Reardon 

Tasting History by Max Miller 

Once Upon a Kitchen by Leslie Bilderback






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