Are you on hold for The Match by Harlan Coben?  Frank Bruni’s new memoir? Or the latest Joe Pickett mystery by C. J. Box?

Take a look at the Bestseller Express collection when you are in the library — you just might find a popular title you are waiting for.  The Bestseller Express  is a collection of popular books, sponsored by the Curtis Friends, and available only to Curtis patrons. They cannot be reserved or renewed — check out period is 7-days.

Here are titles we have added recently:

In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom began to notice changes in her husband, Brian: He retired early from a new job he loved; he withdrew from close friendships; he talked mostly about the past. Suddenly, it seemed there was a glass wall between them, and their long walks and talks stopped. Their world was altered forever when an MRI confirmed what they could no longer ignore: Brian had Alzheimer’s disease. Forced to confront the truth of the diagnosis and its impact on the future he had envisioned, Brian was determined to die on his feet, not live on his knees. Supporting each other in their last journey together, Brian and Amy made the unimaginably difficult and painful decision to go to Dignitas, an organization based in Switzerland that empowers a person to end their own life with dignity and peace.

The Match by Harlan Coben, Wilde series #2

When a DNA match on an online ancestry database leads him to a second cousin who disappears as quickly as he resurfaces after an epic fall from grace, WIlde must figure out if his cousin is linked to a cunning conspiracy involving a ruthless killer.

Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times by Azar Nafisi

What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? What is the connection between political strife in our daily lives, and the way we meet our enemies on the page in fiction? How can literature, through its free exchange, affect politics? In this galvanizing guide to literature as resistance, Nafisi seeks to answer these questions. Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries, she crafts an argument for why, in a genuine democracy, we must engage with the enemy, and how literature can be a vehicle for doing so.

Lightning Rod by Brad Meltzer, Zig and Nola novel #2

When Archie Mint is killed while trying to stop a robbery in his own home, his family learns that his life, so perfect on the surface, held criminal secrets none of them could have imagined. Working on Mint’s body, mortician “Zig” Zigarowski discovers a telling detail that leads him to Dover Air Force Base, where he uncovers Mint’s involvement in a top-secret military unit and his connection to military artist and Sergeant First Class Nola Brown. Two years ago Nola saved Zig’s life– he knows that she’s volatile and dangerous. In order to track her down, Zig teams with Nola’s long missing brother. They discover an undisclosed military facility that dates back to the Cold War… and holds the key to a hidden group willing to compromise the very safety and security of America itself.

The Maid by Nita Prose

When she discovers the dead body of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black in his suite, hotel maid Molly Gray finds her orderly life upended as she becomes the prime suspect in the case and is caught in a web of deception that she has no idea how to unravel.

Girl in Ice by Erica Ferencik

A linguist is called to a remote island off Greenland after her deceased twin brother’s fellow researcher discovers a young girl frozen in ice who, when unthawed, is alive and speaks a language no one understands.

Run and Hide by Pankaj Mishra

The intimate story of achieving material progress at great moral and emotional cost. It is also the story of a changing country and global order, and the inequities of class and gender that map onto our most intimate relationships.

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

If Avery Chambers can’t fix you in 10 sessions, she won’t take you on as a client. Her successes are phenomenal – she helps people overcome everything from domineering parents to assault – and almost absorb the emptiness she sometimes feels since her husband’s death. Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple – until Marissa cheats. She wants to repair things, both because she loves her husband and for the sake of their 8-year-old son. After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods. When the Bishops glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.

The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

When four teenage girls are attacked at an ice cream shop in Linden, New Jersey, and only one makes it out alive, which is similar to a case in 1999, an FBI agent must delve into the secrets of both crimes — stirring up memories of teen love and lies — to uncover the truth.

Groundskeeping by Lee Cole

An aspiring writer, Owen, moves in with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather in Kentucky where he takes a job as a groundskeeper where he falls for Alma, a liberal, Bosnian immigrant in the days leading up to the 2016 election.

Wild Irish Rose by Rhys Bowen, a Molly Murphy mystery

In 1907, after helping distribute clothing to those in need on Ellis Island, Molly discovers, through her policeman husband, that a murder occurred on the island that day and the suspect is the spitting image of her and feels strongly that fate wants her to clear this woman’s name.

Nine Lives by Peter Swanson

When nine people, including FBI agent Jessica Winslow, receive a cryptic list with their names on it, they dismiss it as a joke, until bad things start happening, prompting Jessica to find the link that binds them all together to expose a murderous madman.

Give Unto Others by Donna Leon, Guido Brunetti mystery #31

As a favor Brunetti investigates the accountant son-in-law of his mother’s friend after he alarmed the family by suggesting they might be in danger because of his line of work, in the latest novel of the series following Transient Desires.

The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found by Frank Bruni

One morning in late 2017, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up with strangely blurred vision. Overnight, a rare stroke had cut off blood to one of his optic nerves, rendering him functionally blind in that eye–forever. And he soon learned from doctors that the same disorder could ravage his left eye, too. He could lose his sight altogether. Bruni recounts his adjustment to this daunting reality, a medical and spiritual odyssey that involved not only reappraising his own priorities but also reaching out to, and gathering wisdom from, longtime friends and new acquaintances who had navigated their own traumas and afflictions.

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo

From the award-winning author of the Booker-prize finalist We Need New Names, an explosive novel about the chaos of revolution. Glory centers around the unexpected fall of Old Horse, a long-serving leader of a fictional African country, and the drama that follows for an unruly nation of animals on the path to true liberation. Inspired by the unexpected fall by coup, in November 2017, of Robert Mugabe–Zimbabwe’s president who took office in 1980 and…never left–Bulawayo’s bold, vividly imagined novel shows a country imploding, narrated by a chorus of animal voices who unveil the ruthlessness and cold strategy required to uphold the illusion of absolute power, and to overthrow it completely.

Ocean State by Stewart O’Nan

In the first line of Ocean State, we learn that a high school student was murdered, and we find out who did it. The story that unfolds from there with incredible momentum is thus one of the build-up to and fall-out from the murder, told through the alternating perspectives of the four women at its heart.

Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meaghan O’Rourke

A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses afflicts tens of millions of Americans: these are diseases that are poorly understood, frequently marginalized, and can go undiagnosed and unrecognized altogether. Renowned writer Meghan O’Rourke delivers a revelatory investigation into this elusive category of “invisible” illness that encompasses autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and now long COVID. Drawing on her own medical experiences as well as a decade of interviews with doctors, patients, researchers, and public health experts, O’Rourke traces the history of Western definitions of illness, and reveals how inherited ideas of cause, diagnosis, and treatment have led us to ignore a host of hard-to-understand medical conditions, ones that resist easy description or simple cures.

Bruno’s Challenge and Other Stories of the French Countryside by Martin Walker, Bruno Courreges series

Martin Walker presents his first collection of Bruno stories featuring all the familiar characters from the novels, the glories of the Périgord, and ample helpings of food and wine.

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk’s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it here, because that is what memoirs are for. Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City’s legendary Del Close, which eventually led to a job as a writer at SNL. As he weathered the beast that is live comedy, he stashed away the secrets of sketch writing–employing them in the immortal ‘Motivational Speaker’ sketch for his friend Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show With Bob and David, which inspired an entire generation of comedy writers and stars. Then his career met the hope-dashing machine that is Hollywood development. But when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, Bob was more astonished than anyone to find himself on Breaking Bad. Read this and do your own psychoanalysis–it’s fun!

Shadows Reel by C. J. Box, Joe Pickett series #22

A day before the three Pickett girls come home for Thanksgiving, Marybeth Pickett finds an unmarked package at the front door of the library where she works. In the package is a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. It seems that during World War II several Wyoming soldiers were in the group that fought to Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat in the Alps– and one of them took Hitler’s personal photo album. She identifies a deceased local man who was likely in the unit, but when Joe visits the man’s son he finds him brutally tortured and murdered. Someone is after the photo album– but why?

The Darkest Place by Phillip Margolin, Robin Lockwood novel #5

As a favor to a judge, Robin takes on the pro bono defense of a reprehensible defendant charged with even more reprehensible crimes. But what she doesn’t know-what she can’t know-is how this one decision, this one case, will wreak complete devastation on her life and plans.

Sundial by Catriona Ward

You can’t escape what’s in your blood… All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. Far from her childhood home, Sundial, hidden deep in the wild Mojave Desert. But beneath the veneer, Rob is terrified for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind. Running from her past has led her directly back to it — what’s buried at Sundial could never stay a secret forever, and Rob must risk one last trip out there to protect her family, and her future.

Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, First in the Atlas series

Chosen to compete for five spots within The Alexandrian Society, the protectors and benefactors of the world’s greatest source of knowledge, six powerful, young magicians must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to win one of the coveted spots.

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

An epic novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth.

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