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FICTION

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (Sept 2021)

Thirteen-year-old Benny Oh starts to hear voices after the death of his musician father. The voices belong to the things in his house such as a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices drive him to seek sanctuary in the silence of a large public library, where objects are quieter. There, Benny encounters a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many. And he finds his very own Book, who narrates Benny’s life and teaches him to listen to the things that are important.

Three Rooms by Jo Hamya (Aug 2021)

Forced to return home jobless and alone, a young woman, searching an apartment of her own, struggles to live a meaningful life on her terms, unsure if she’ll ever be able to afford to do so.

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Oct 2021)

In June of 1954, 18-year-old Emmett Watson, released after serving 15 months for involuntary manslaughter, discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car and have hatched a different plan for Emmett’s future.

The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon (Oct 2021)

As Liselle Belmont prepares for a dinner party, she questions her marriage and her choices, while across town, Selena finds her memories of Liselle shifting her path in life, in this deeply human examination of two women coming back to themselves at midlife.

When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash (Sept 2021)

When a plane crash lands at the nearby airfield on the coast of North Carolina, Sheriff Winston Barnes begins a murder investigation that will change the course of his life and the fate of the community he has sworn to protect.

A Fortnight in September by R. C. Sherriff (Sept 2021)

This wonderfully nostalgic and soothing novel about ordinary people enjoying life’s simple pleasures follows the Stevens family as they go on their annual seaside vacation during which they savor every moment of their holiday, knowing that things may not be the same next year.

The Beginning by Beverly Lewis (Sept 2021)

Susie Mast’s Old Order life has been shaped more by tragedy than her own choices. But when she decides to accept another’s invitation and stop waiting on her childhood friend, she soon realizes her mistake. Will family secrets and missed opportunities dim Susie’s hopes for the future? Or is what seems like the end only the beginning?

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins (Oct 2021)

The furious, hilarious, soul-rending story of one woman’s reckoning with marriage, work, sex, and motherhood.

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts (Aug 2021)

It is in 1950’s Brighton that Marion first catches sight of Tom. He teaches her to swim, gently guiding her through the water in the shadow of the city’s famous pier and Marion is smitten-determined her love alone will be enough for them both. A few years later near the Brighton Museum, Patrick meets Tom. Patrick is besotted with Tom and opens his eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world of art, travel, and beauty. Tom is their policeman, and in this age it is safer for him to marry Marion and meet Patrick in secret. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed. In this evocative portrait of midcentury England, Bethan Roberts reimagines the real life relationship the novelist E. M. Forster had with a policeman, Bob Buckingham, and his wife.

Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune (Sept 2021)

After he dies, a curious and powerful being gives Wallace one week to cross over to the land of the dead, and Wallace, who finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life, sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

MYSTERIES

Best in Snow by David Rosenfelt, Andy Carpenter mystery #24 (Oct 2021)

Christmas has come early to the town of Paterson, New Jersey, in the form of a snowstorm that dumps two feet of snow on the ground. When Andy Carpenter’s golden retriever, Tara, goes to play in the snow and instead discovers a body, Andy ends up on the phone with the local newspaper editor. The murder victim is Mayor Alex Oliva, who had an infamous relationship with the newspaper. Last year a young reporter published an expose, and Oliva had him fired for libel. Now, the young reporter – and prime suspect – is in need of a lawyer. Andy agrees to take the case, though it’s not looking good this holiday season. The evidence is piling up faster than the snow.

The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield (Oct 2021)

NASA is about to launch Apollo 18. While the mission has been billed as a scientific one, flight controller Kazimieras “Kaz” Zemeckis knows there is a darker objective. Intelligence has discovered a secret Soviet space station spying on America, and Apollo 18 may be the only chance to stop it. But even as Kaz races to keep the NASA crew one step ahead of their Russian rivals, a deadly accident reveals that not everyone involved is quite who they were thought to be. With political stakes stretched to the breaking point, the White House and the Kremlin can only watch as their astronauts collide on the lunar surface, far beyond the reach of law or rescue.

A Dreadful Destiny by Rosemary Rowe, Libertus mysteries of Roman Britain #19 (Oct 2021)

April, CE 194. The tensions in the civil-war-torn Empire have come to Glevum now. Libertus’s patron, Marcus Septimus, is in a dangerous dilemma. Libertus resolves to help, and concocts an ingenious plan – but it means defying a Roman Senator and making a powerful enemy. And even the best-laid plans can go disastrously awry….

April in Spain by John Banville, Quirke mystery #8 (Oct 2021)

While on vacation off the Spanish coast, a Dublin pathologist catches a glimpse of a young woman he believes was murdered years ago and summons Detective St. John Strafford to investigate before someone can finish the job.

An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten, Elderly Lady series #2 (Oct 2021)

Just when things have finally cooled down for 88-year-old Maud after the disturbing discovery of a dead body in her apartment in Gothenburg, a couple of detectives return to her doorstep, ruining a perfectly good afternoon. Though Maud deftly dodges their questions with the skill of an Olympic gymnast a fifth of her age, she wonders if suspicion has fallen on her, little old lady that she is. The truth is, ever since Maud was a girl, death has seemed to follow her. In these six interlocking stories, memories of unfortunate incidents from Maud’s past keep bubbling to the surface, each triggered by something around her: an image, a word-even a taste. Meanwhile, certain Problems in the present require immediate attention. Luckily, Maud is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands . . . even if it means she has to get a little blood on them in the process.

Judgment in Santa Monica by E. J. Copperman, Jersey Girl Legal novel #2 (Oct 2021)

Family lawyer Sandy Moss knows it’s a mistake to get mixed up again with charismatic Hollywood TV star Patrick McNabb – prime suspect in her first (and last) murder case – but when he asks for her help she finds herself saying yes. Soon she’s tangled up in a celebrity slaying … and Patrick seems to believe he’s essential to solving the whole thing.

Marked Man by Archer Mayer, Joe Gunther mystery #32 (Sept 2021)

While Joe Gunther looks into the mafia-related murders linked to the death of a local philanthropist and millionaire, PI Sally Kravitz teams up with a reporter to expose the truth behind this tangled and expanding web duplicity, greed and obsession.

A Darker Reality by Anne Perry, Elena Standish series #3 (Sept 2021)

Elena Standish investigates the mysterious death of Lila Worth, who she discovers is a British spy, at an anniversary party for her parents in Washington, D.C.

Ice Angel by Matthew Hart, Alex Turner novel #2 (Sept 2021)

Alex and Lily are thrust into a murderous cat-and-mouse across the Arctic diamond fields, dodging Chinese assassins while at the same time struggling with the personal betrayals that torment their passionate affair.

The Last Guest by Tess Little (Oct 2021)

In this stylish exploration of the power of memory, perception and of one person over another, Elspeth Bell attends the 50th birthday party of her ex-husband Richard, a Hollywood director, that soon turns into a real-life murder mystery, where every guest is a suspect.

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