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March/April Staff Picks

Told in Cleopatra's own voice, The Memoirs of Cleopatra is a richly detailed tale of ambition, passion, and betrayal in the ancient Egyptian world.

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

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Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

 

A History of Ancient Egypt by John Romer

 

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

 

 

 


Emily’s House focuses on Margaret Maher, Emily Dickinson's longtime maid, whose bond with - and ultimate betrayal of - the poet ensured Dickinson's work would live on.

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

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White Houses by Amy Bloom

 

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

 

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper

 

 


Cloud Cuckoo Land follows four young dreamers and outcasts through time and space, from 1453 Constantinople to the future, as they discover resourcefulness and hope amidst peril.

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

 

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

 

 


The Cat I Never Named is a memoir about a girl growing up during the Bosnian War, and is still timely today. She experiences typical teen emotions while also trying to survive in the face of prejudice and immediate danger. When she rescues a stray cat, it becomes a mascot and source of hope for herself and her family.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming

We Are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

 

 

 


All your sapphic dark academia desires fulfilled! The death of five "witches" in the school's history becomes an all-too-real research project for a group of senior students in A Lesson in Vengeance, with plenty of twists!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

 

 

 

 


If you loved the Gilded Age, art, and strong female characters, you will love The Magnolia Palace.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe

 

 

 

 

 


The Maid is a charming murder mystery with likeable characters that will keep you turning the pages to see who murdered Mr. Black.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

 

 

 

 


A librarian inherits a bookshop from her estranged mother, leading her halfway across the world on a journey of self-discovery in With Love from London.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

 

 

 

 

 


Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a delightful book of short stories about a unique cafe that offers patrons a chance to revisit the past...but there are rules. Remember this-a visit to the past will change nothing in the present. Except possibly one's point of view.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

 

 

 


Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this thriller Last Girl Ghosted, where an online dating match turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse game.  

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

False Witness by Karin Slaughter 

 

 

 

 


When Savannah Cade quickly stuffs her manuscript for a romance novel in a secret nook at work, a mystery editor finds her work and offers corrections in Meet Me in the Margins.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagán

 

 

 

 


Love Walked In is an unconventional love story about a woman looking for romantic love, who finds another kind of love instead. A sweet, somewhat uneven first novel that will have you rooting for all the characters and wanting to read the next book in the series.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell'Antonia

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

 

 

 


Arriving at a new planet after the destruction of Earth, a young girl named Petra discovers she is the only survivor to remember her time on their home planet, and is the only person who can now keep the memories of her past alive in “The Last Cuentista”.

 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

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Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

 

Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

 

 


When Lily realizes she has feelings for a girl in her math class, it threatens Lily's oldest friendships and even her father's citizenship status in Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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Pulp by Robin Talley

 

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

 

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

 

 


In a country governed by isolation, fear, and a tyrannical dictator, seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer in I Must Betray You

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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Internment by Samira Ahmed

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

 

 

 

 

 


January/February Staff Picks

A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone in Plainsong. When one of his students, Victoria, becomes pregnant and needs support, Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, and an unlikely extended family is born.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

 

 


The Story of Beautiful Girl centers around a woman who can't speak, a man who is deaf, and a widow who finds herself suddenly caring for a newborn baby who are divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

 

 

 


Two strangers - a man who gave up his career as a heart surgeon, and a young girl who needs a new heart - meet by chance and both of their lives change. When Crickets Cry is a quiet and moving story set in the South.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Blue by Danielle Steel

Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti

The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton

 

 

 

 


Call of the Wild set in space! A teen girl must train a monstrous wolf for high-stakes dog sled race in Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves, on a planet where the extreme temperatures and wildlife aren't as dangerous as the other racers.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He

Warcross by Marie Lu

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

 

 


When All Is Said revolves around the powerful reminiscences of an eighty-year-old Irishman whose story of love and loss keeps you searching for the secrets and mysteries in his past.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Henry, Himself by Stewart O'Nan

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

The Dependents by Katharine Dion

 

 

 

 


Rose Keller and Tate Russo have been climbing for years, training in harsh weather and traveling all over the world in Above All Else, but will their ultimate challenge of summiting Mount Everest prove to be too much?

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Peak by Roland Smith

 

 

 

 


The Island of Sea Women is a touching story of two friends, Mi-ja and Young-sook, and their lives as haenyeo sea divers on the Korean island of Jeju from the late 1930’s through the early 2000’s.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky

 

 

 

 

 


Best Reads of 2021 Staff Picks

A pair of neighbors bond over their shared love of Irish folktales, but family secrets and the cold-case of a missing schoolgirl leads to a search for answers in Mr. Flood’s Last Resort.

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An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

 

 

 

 

 


The Space Between Worlds is set in a multiverse where multiples of your doppelgangers can exist, data collector Cara must figure out why one of her copies mysteriously disappeared, and uncover a larger plot that threatens all worlds.

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Extinction Game by Gary Gibson

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

 

 

 

 

 


In Firekeeper’s Daughter Daunis Fontaine must go undercover to help solve a murder case and protect her community in this coming-of-age crime novel.  

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

 

 

 

 

 


Station Eleven looks at the lives of five theater troupe members from before and after the collapse of civilization, and how their relationships and dedication to art help sustain them.

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

 

 

 

 

 


Combining multiple genres into one novel, The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu follows title character Ming Tsu travels across the West to take back his kidnapped wife, and settle scores along the way with a band of magic wielders.

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie 

 

 

 

 

 


Volunteer ‘Lunch Mother’ Rose’s reputation is cast in doubt in Save Me after an explosion occurs at her school, and a girl is seriously injured after Rose believes she had already evacuated her from the building…

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Mothers and Other Liars by Amy Bourret

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

 

 

 

 

 


From the underground cities of Cappadocia to smuggling tunnels on the US-Mexico border, the world beneath our feet is every bit as vivid and evocative as the world we see around us in Subterranea.  

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Underground Worlds by David Farley

Atlas of Dark Destinations by Peter Hohenhaus

 

 

 

 

 


When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, he is given a week to cross over, and sets out to live the life he never had in Under the Whispering Door.

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Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

 

 

 

 

 


Bullied for being overweight, Ellie finds comfort from criticism in her swimming pool and best friend, and may eventually find the support to be her own unique self in Starfish.  

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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

 

 

 

 

 


When sixteen year-old Finn is killed from a car accident that leaves her family members and best friend alive but grieving in In an Instant, Finn stays suspended between worlds and unable to move on until her family does as well.  

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Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg 

All the Water in the World by Karen Raney

 

 

 

 

 


As her senior capstone project, Pippa is determined to find the real killer in a closed, local murder case, but not everyone wants her meddling in the past in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

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The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

People Like Us by Dana Mele

 

 

 

 

 


The Storyteller, written by Dave Grohl, details his life as a young kid idolizing musicians and slowly growing up to help form bands such as Scream, Nirvana, and the Foo Fighters – while also performing with other leading artists.

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Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix by Philip Norman

Acid for the Children by Flea

 

 

 

 


Inseparable best friends Kate and Tully have vowed to be there for each other forever, and have stayed true to their promise for thirty years, until events and choices in their lives tear them apart in Firefly Lane.  

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First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

 

 

 

 

 


The Inheritance Games follows Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out - but her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune.

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

 

 

 

 


Cursed to repeat his eighteenth year until a girl falls in love with him, Prince Rhen begins to regain hope when he finally meets Harper, but soon both learn it will take more than breaking the curse to save them both in A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fall Staff Picks

The Long Call brings detective Matthew Venn back to his hometown of  North Devon, where his estrangement from the community hangs over his determination to solve the case of a mysterious dead body found on the beach shore.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Firewatching by Russ Thomas

Still Life by Louise Penny

 

 


Ice Bound : A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole centers around Jerri Nielsen's experience as the single physician at the South Pole Research Center during the winter of 1999. Jerri's story of survival is motivational and heroic.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Blink of an Eye by Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard

I Had to Survive by Dr. Roberto Canessa and Pablo Vierci

Endurance by Alfred Lansing 

 

 


Mary Berry Cooks to Perfection : Step by Step features recipes by the renowned English chef/baker and The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry. Mary Berry cooks everything to perfection and in this book she shares the recipes with you!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Aran: Recipes and Stories From a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland by Flora Shedden

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten

The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro by Erin Jeanne McDowell

 

 

 


The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox is a great book to help everyone figure out what to do with all of those essential oils! Helps to eliminate the toxic chemicals in the home and replace them with simple time honored natural solutions.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home by Jan Berry

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Traditional Home Remedies by Martha White 

 

 

 


Prim and proper English ladies stealing, murdering, and treasure hunting after tea time? What's not to love about The Wisteria Society for Lady Scoundrels!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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A Lady's Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner 

 

 

 


The Devil in the White City chronicles the building of the Chicago World Fair of 1893 under the influence of Daniel H. Burnham, as well as the notorious serial killer of the same period, H.H. Holmes. Though some chapters about the building and architectural design of the fair may not interest all readers, the personalities and events of the time are certainly entertaining.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Death in the City of Light by David King

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream by Dean Jobb

The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott

 

 


The Woods are Always Watching features two girls alone in the woods, being hunted - this book is a fast-paced horror thriller that doesn't hold any punches! If you enjoyed watching “There's Someone Inside Your House” you'll love this one!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain

The Perfect Place to Die by Bryce Moore

14 Ways to Die by Vincent Ralph

 

 

 


Set in fictitious ancient Japan, Across the Nightingale Floor follows 16 year old Takeo who is caught in a world filled with magic and political rivalry. Born into a spiritual people known as the Hidden, but sharing similarities to a group of assassins with special abilities known as the Tribe, Takeo must decide where his loyalties lie.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Child of Vengeance by David Kirk

 

 


The Dinner is a captivating story of two sets of parents faced with the dilemma of dealing with their sons' horrific crime.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Defending Jacob by William Landay

 

 

 

 


The Library Book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire of 1986 and its aftermath. This book reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the actor long suspected of setting the fire, and delves into the evolution of libraries and their functions.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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A Bookshop in Berlin by Françoise Frenkel

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

 

 


J.P. Morgan's very knowledgeable and savvy archivist maneuvers her way into becoming indispensable to him and his library collection in The Personal Librarian , while at the same time harboring a secret.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

 

 

 


Born a Crime chronicles Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, Noah’s reflections on his growth from childhood to adulthood are both witty and insightful.  

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 

Angry Optimist by Lisa Rogak 

Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault 

 

 

 


Empire of Pain presents shocking revelations about Big Pharma and the explosion in drug dependence in America.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou 

Dopesick by Beth Macy 

Death in Mud Lick by Eric Eyre 

 

 

 

 


May/June Staff Picks

Hidden Valley Road is the true story of an American family whose 6 of the 10 boys in the family of 12 children had been diagnosed and treated for schizophrenia.  

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Educated by Tara Westover 

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

 

 

 

 


As Anna Kerrigan gets older in Manhattan Beach, she seeks to find more information about the disappearance of her father when she was a young girl. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Light Over London  by Julia Kelly 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje 

 

 

 

 


In You Should Have Known, Grace is living the perfect life with a perfect pediatric oncologist husband and child and her career as a psychotherapist until a murder in the neighborhood disrupts everything with terrible consequences.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh 

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy 

 

 

 

 


In The Remains of the Day, ever proper and faithful Master Butler Sevens goes on holiday for the first time after many years of devoted service to Lord Darlington and begins to examine and regret the choices he made in his life. 

Rating:4/5 Stars

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Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon 

Abdication by Juliet Nicolson 

George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl 

 

 

 

 


Life in the Australian Outback is fraught with danger and violence from natural disasters at every turn but it can be even more destructive when secrets threaten to destroy family members who must rely on each other to survive in "The Lost Man."

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Descent by Tim Johnston 

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White 

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich 

 

 

 

 


A Stranger Here Below is a historical fiction mystery set in the early 1800s in Pennsylvania, featuring a young deputy trying to solve the mystery of a murder while also trying to figure out why the old judge in town committed suicide. The deceased did not know each other, but are the cases related? This was a slow developing story but held my interest throughout, due to the excellent character development and the complexity of the two converging mysteries. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Nighthawk's Wing by Charles Fergus 

A Thousand Falling Crows by Larry D. Sweazy 

The Widows by Jess Montgomery 

 

 


In This Will Be Funny Someday, a teenage girl stumbles into performing at a stand-up comedy club. Growing up is never easy, but it can be funny. 

Rating: 5/5 stars

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 

We are all Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen 

I Never by Laura Hopper 

 

 

 

 


Mr. King is back to his good old horror in Later. He's still my favorite wordsmith!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Black Out by Lisa Unger

Help for the Haunted by John Searles 

The Blind by A.F. Brady

 

 

 

 

 


The Talk Funny Girl is a quiet coming of age story about perseverance and strength in the face of abuse, set in New Hampshire 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent 

Caught by Harlan Coben 

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne 

 

 

 

 


The Good Sister, follows the lives of twin sisters, Fern and Rose, and their potentially sociopathic mother, or so you think. Alternating between Fern's life and Rose's journal, Hepworth unravels their past to reveal that not everything is as it seems when it comes to their relationship and upbringing. Even with a somewhat predictable twist, it was such an enjoyable and simply unputdownable read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena 

The Push by Ashely Audrain

 

 


Uncommon Type is a collection of short stories. Each story features a typewriter, with some stories highlighting the typewriter more than others. Narrated by Tom Hanks, the audiobook is a must listen!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Trajectory by Richard Russo 

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson 

 

 

 

 


Think Like a Monk is a guide on how to live a more meaningful life filled with practical exercises and stories from Shetty's experience as a monk. Highly recommended his podcast, On Purpose, as well!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown 

Want by Lynn Steger Strong

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 

 

 

 

 


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared is a humorous story about the quirky Allan Karlsson and a series of adventures he embarks on after breaking out of the nursing home on the eve of his 100th birthday. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce 

Anxious People by Frederick Backman

 

 

 


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a heartwarming and introspective story about one man's journey to deliver a letter to an old lover and memories and people he meets along the way.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows 

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane 

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick 

 

 

 


March/April Staff Picks

Act Your Age, Eve Brown, the latest installment in the Brown Sisters series, is a steamy rom-com where opposites attract. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion

 

 

 


Get wrapped up in The Wife Upstairs. A complicated love triangle is at the center of this psychological thriller. Perfect for fans of B.A. Paris.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Turn of the Key  by Ruth Ware

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson 

Gray Mountain by John Grisham 

 

 


Benedict's clever use of multiple unreliable narrators and alternating timelines  in The Mystery of Mrs. Christie perfectly set up a Christi-like twist at the end of this multi-staff pick. 

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Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn 

A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell 

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris 

 

 


Untamed is a fast-paced candid memoir encouraging women to be brave with their lives. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Girl, Wash Your Face  by Rachel Hollis

Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown 

 

 

 


Looking for a new YA Read? Check out The Gilded Ones, the first book in the Deathless series. You'll fly through the pages of this action-packed, culturally diverse fantasy read. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

 

 


A Curse So Dark and Lonely  is a must read! The first book in the Cursebreaker series, this YA read is full of fairytale inspired world-building. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

 

 


Another great installment in the Cormoran Strike series. The suspenseful cold-case mystery that unfolds in Troubled Blood  will keep you turning the pages. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 

The Murder House by James Patterson 

Memory Man by David Baldacci 

 

 


February Staff Picks

What if you had made a different choice? Or were able to fix your regrets? The Midnight Library exists between life and death, containing shelves of books giving readers a glimpse into another life they could have lived. A multi-staff pick, this is an engaging story about what is truly important in life. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer 

 


Get lost in a fast-paced virtual reality with Ready Player One. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough with this Sci-Fi read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 

Ready Player Two by Ernest Kline 

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

 

 


It's hard to know what to believe in Leave the World Behind. A suspenseful thriller that finds a vacationing couple unsure of whether to trust the unexpected knock from an older couple on their cabin door.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

 

 


Looking for a new nonfiction read? Dark Archives is an engaging book that explores some of the rarest books in history. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Lost Gutenberg by Margaret Leslie Davis

Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Rego Barry

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

 

 

 

 


A collection of stories; Somewhere in the Unknown World  uncovers the lives and stories of refugees living in Minnesota. A fascinating nonfiction read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa

The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri

Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian 

 

 

 


After confessing a secret to a stranger on a train, Selena's seemingly perfect life is upended. A thrilling mystery unfolds as Selena realizes to be more careful about who she shares her secrets with. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

 

 


Get ready for Taco Tuesday with a variety of delicious taco recipes! You'll be sure to find a recipe or two that you'll enjoy. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Tex-Mex by Ford Fry

Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen by Josef Centeno

 

 


Do you love cooking and history? Look no further than Delicious, a culinary historical fiction novel about Billie whose just accepted a position at Delicious Magazine, leading her to uncover the correspondence between James Beard and LuLu Swan during World War II. An unputdownable read! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen

Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

 

 


Set in 1940s Japan, family secrets unravel in The Inugami Curse, spurring a series of murders. Will the Inugami's be able to identify the murderer before it's too late? 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Malice by Keigo Higashino 

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January Staff Picks

 

In The Husband's Secret,  everything Cecilia thought she knew was turned upside down the day she prematurely discovered a letter that was to be read after her husband's death.  As secrets unravel, Cecilia's seemingly perfect family is left hanging in the balance as she navigates the life-changing repercussions of guilt and secrecy. The pages just flew by! 

Rating: 4/5 stars 

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The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty,

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard 

 

 


Immerse yourself in ancient wisdom with Lives of the Stoics. Holiday's latest work on Stoicism explores the core tenets (Courage, Temperance, Justice, and Wisdom) of this philosophy through mini-biographies of various stoics throughout history. From Zeno to Marcus Aurelius, this accessible work explores the fascinating history of this philosophy. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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How to Be An Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well by Catherine Wilson 

 


A multi-staff pick, Spoiler Alert is a cute romantic comedy that is perfect for fans of fanfiction! 

Rating: 5/5 stars 

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What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert 

 

 

 


Love a good mystery? Looking to start a new series? Look no further than Grainger's, An Accidental Death. Get wrapped up in ex-DCI agent Smith's case in which he puts his life in danger to uncover the truth. You won't want to stop listening to this engaging audiobook!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Still Life by Louise Penny

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

Missing presumed by Susie Steiner

 

 

 


A perfect book for a new year, The Gifts of Imperfection is an inspiring self-help read that explores Brown's 10 tenets to living wholeheartedly. You'll be finding your courage and embracing imperfection by the end of this read!  

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Almost Everything by Anne Lamott 

 

 

 


Aaronovitch's latest Peter Grant Novel, False Value is an intricately plotted humorous urban fantasy read. You'll definitely want to check out the latest installment in this series. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Do you enjoy psychological fiction, love triangles, and clairvoyance? Make sure to check out Leonardo's Handwriting, an engaging Russian novel that will leave you wondering until the last page. 

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina

The Kukotsky Enigma by Ludmila Ulitskaya

Three Apples Fell From the Sky by Narine Abgaryau 

 

 


2020 Staff Picks

Darling Rose Gold is a fascinating story of a disturbing mother-daughter relationship with a satisfying outcome. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Mother-In-Law  by Sally Hepworth 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Sharp Objects  by Gillian Flynn 

 

 


Love a great horror read? Look no further than Devolution! This suspenseful bigfoot thriller will keep you turning the pages through this action-packed adventure that reads like a podcast.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Bird Box  by Josh Malerman

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Looking for a new psychological suspense read? Check out Little Cruelties!

It's amazing how the characters in this family story followed me around for days. The three brothers were terrible people in their own way but I was fascinated by how the author could describe sibling rivalry with such depth and subtlety. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica 

Descent  by Tim Johnson 

 


Do you enjoy heartwarming stories with authentic characters?  Make sure to read Plainsong!  A satisfying work of domestic fiction that brings together a group of individuals combating the feelings of loneliness in small town Colorado. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 

Miller's Valley  by Anna Quindlen 

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane 

 

 


 

Dear Evan Hansen is a moving story about a disturbed young man's suicide and the pervasive complications caused by his death. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Goodbye Days  by Jeff Zentner

 

 


If you love Scotland, Outlander, or just men in kilts, Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other is for you!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot  by Robert MacFarlane

Castles, Follies, and Four-Leaf Clovers by Rosamund Burton 

 

 


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is an absorbing look into a psychotherapist's own struggles with personal issues as she helps her patients navigate their own. I found the stories of the patients fascinating, and was genuinely interested in seeing the growth in their lives due to their therapy. The pages just flew! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

 


In Dear Edward,  a twelve-year old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that kills 182 passengers, including his parents and older brother. The story alternates between his life afterwards, in which he lives with his Aunt & Uncle as he struggles with his grief, and the hours before the crash itself. The reader gets to know some of the other passengers on the doomed flight as well. While I loved this book, it is a heart-breaking coming-of-age story with an unforgettable character in Edward.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

One Summer by David Baldacci 

The Dependents  by Katherine Dion 


Talking to Strangers is a thought-provoking exploration into how our interactions with strangers can go wrong. Gladwell uses a variety of societal and cultural references to explain his theory in this fascinating read! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Todd Gilbert

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle 

 

 


Lady Clementine is a compelling and well-researched look into the ambitious life of Clementine Churchill and her relationship with political powerhouse Winston Churchill. Perfect for all anglophiles and  historical fiction fans! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars
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That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Brown 

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

The Queen's Secret by Karen Harper

 

 


November Staff Picks

Ng's captivating novel, Little Fires Everywhere explores the complexities of motherhood in a suspenseful character driven story set in the seemingly perfect town of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Make sure you have enough time to read this book in one sitting; you want to put it down!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung 

 

 


Castillo's latest installment in her Kate Burkholder series puts main character, Police Chief Burkholder, in contact with a fellow cop from her past in The Outsider. The two women work together to find the truth in this fast-paced and suspenseful Amish crime thriller. You'll want to read this entire series!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones

 

 


In need of a new Rom-com? Look no further than, The Happy Ever After Playlist! Grieving the loss of her Fiancé, Sloan takes a second chance on love when a runaway puppy and it's owner come into her life. This is a laugh-out-loud lighthearted story with wonderfully relatable characters.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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The Switch by Beth O'Leary

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

No Judgements by Meg Cabot

 

 


Upon returning to her hometown to report on a murder investigation, Camille Preaker relives her childhood as the investigation unfolds. Sharp Objects is a dark and disturbing story with a shocking ending that is perfect for fans of psychological suspense! 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel 

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

 

 


It seemed to good to be true. Over the course of one Summer, Cecily and Grant have a whirlwind romance in The Lies that Bind. But when Grant goes missing, lies begin to unravel as Cecily uncovers his truth. While predictable, this intricately plotted latest from Giffin is a fast paced romance read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

 

 


Four friends form The Thursday Murder Club at their retirement village to discuss unsolved crimes until they end up working on their first real case. This likeable cast of characters works together to help the Police solve a murder in this witty and suspenseful mystery. You'll want to add this one to the top of your To-Be-Read list!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an engaging historical fantasy that spans centuries following the immortal life of Addie LaRue. An introspective story that reminds the reader to be careful for what you wish for.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston 

 

 


Perfect for all bibliophiles! The Lions of Fifth Avenue is an engaging historical fiction read that alternates between two different time periods as a grandmother and granddaughter work to uncover missing books that were stolen from the New York Public Library. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams 

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

 

 


October Staff Picks

Are you looking for a new historical fiction read? The Exiles is a fascinating history lesson.

I've always been curious about how Great Britain could possibly transport and support a convict community in far off Australia and Van Diemen's Land while dispersing the native population. Here is a glimpse of what conditions must have been like. At times the suffering is so hard to bear but the authorbrings hope to her family of characters who persevere despite terrible conditions. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Pull of the Stars  by Emma Donoghue

The Secret River by Kate Grenville 

Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough

 


Looking for a psychological fiction read?

Everything I Never Told You  is a heart-breaking story about a family tragedy where each generation suffers the pain of being different and the inability to communicate.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty 

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Saints for All Occasions  by Courtney J. Sullivan

 

 

 


"What would happen if you shared your truth?" One notebook containg this question brings together six strangers as they face their truths in The Authenticity Project. A heartwarming and reflective novel. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Star-Crossed by Minnie Dark 

 

 

 

 


Try Ann Patchett's, The Dutch House on audio. It's an engaging historical fiction listen! 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout 

The Last Romantics  by Tara Conklin 

Ask Again, Yes  by Mary Beth Keane

 

 

 

 

 


Love a great mystery? You won't want to put down The Mother-In-Law. Family secrets unravel in this suspensful family drama that will keep you guessing to the last page.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

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The Husband's Secret  by Liane Moriarty 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

The Lake House by Kate Morton

 

 

 

 


In need of a new series to read? Try book one, My Brilliant Friend, in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner 

 

 

 

 


This story about being a gay teenager during the start of the AIDS crisis is told through lyrical and haunting prose.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Like a Love Story  by Abdi Nazemian 

Ziggy Stardust and Me  by James Brandon 

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

 

 

 

 


 Looking for a young adult read? Try The Fountains of Silence  for a fantastic historical fiction read. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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Lovely War  by Julie Berry 

Shame of Stars  by Guadalupe Garcia McCall 

 

 

 

 

 


Love nonfiction reads? Check out Humankind: A Hopeful History. This book is just what we need in this era of division and unrest. Bregman upends many recent philosophers with his encouraging news that we can and will have a brighter future.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval N. Harari 

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar 

 

 

 


Iron Chef Michael Symon share his own health concerns and some delicious recipes to reduce inflammation in his cookbook, Fix it With Food. The recipes are easy to follow. My own personal favorite is the baked eggs with mushrooms, collards and onions. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Help Yourself: A Guide to Gut Health for People Who Love Delicious Food by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook: 80 One-pot Recipes to Nourish Your Family Using Your Instapot, Slow Cooker, or Sheet Pan by Steven R. Gundry 

Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential by Haile Thomas 

 


Neighbors Eudora, Rose and Stanley form an unlikely friendship in this heartwarming story. You won't want to put down The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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A Man Called Over by Fredrick Backman 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

Love Story of Missy Charmichael by Beth Morrey 

 

 

 

 


Love a great Romcom? Hibbert's series The Brown Sisters features strong women in funny romantic stories. You'll definetly want to give both, Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown a read. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 

 


Donlea's twisty thriller The Suicide House will keep you guessing until the end. A perfect October read.

Rating:  4/5 Stars

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Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

The Late Show  by Michael Connelly 

 

 

 

 


A multi-staff pick 1Q-84 is a post-modern story with elements of magical realism. Murakami's writing style and imagery will stay with you long after you finish this intricately plotted work of literary fiction. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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Looking for a new Sci-Fi read? Make sure to check out Automatic Reload. Steinmetz combines futuristic maintenancepunk with moments of tenderness in this actionpacked read.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Lock In by John Scalzi

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