Looking for your next good book?  Here are titles we have recently added to the collection.

Fiction

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

Discarding her dating app to enjoy a post-breakup anonymous writers’ retreat in coastal Italy, Ava shares an idyllic love affair with a fellow romantic before their return to London forces them to acknowledge their true identities.

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

Enduring a harsh existence as day laborers, orphaned brothers Gig and Rye Dolan are drawn to a feminist activist and a vaudeville singer whose experiences reflect an unjust world on the brink of upheaval.  By the author of Beautiful Ruins.

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg

Taking a final visit to the ghost town where his mother Ruth’s Whistle Stop Cafe made its famous fried green tomatoes, Bud Threadgoode discovers new friends and surprises about the community’s women while triggering unexpected changes in his daughters’ lives.

Jeeves and the Leap of Faith: A Novel in Homage to PG Wodehouse by Ben Schott

Jeeves and Wooster embark on another elegantly uproarious escapade as spies in service to the British crown.

Memorial by Bryan Washington

A Japanese-American chef and a Black daycare teacher begin reevaluating their stale relationship in the wake of a father’s death and the arrival of an acerbic mother-in-law who becomes an unconventional roommate.

How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge  by K Eason, Thorne Chronicles #2

A sequel to How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse finds space pirate Rory Thorne and her crew tracing an abandoned ship to vicious advanced alien tech and a sentient floral plant designed to be a massive biological weapon.

Missionaries by Phil Klay

Examines the globalization of violence through the interconnected stories of a U.S. Army Special Forces medic, a foreign correspondent, a Colombian officer and a militia lieutenant who navigate the realities of modern warfare.

Mysteries

Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven by Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum mystery #27

When Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur’s new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair – and the keys to a life-changing fortune. But as Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for Jimmy Rosolli’s treasure, they discover that they’re not the only ones on the hunt.

A Christmas Resolution by Anne Perry

When Celia Hooper discovers that her dear friend Clementine is to marry widower Seth Marlowe–a man with a sinister past–she calls upon her husband, Detective John Hooper of the Thames River Police, to help her find out what really happened to Seth’s first wife several years ago. 

A Galway Epiphany by Ken Bruen, Jack Taylor series #16

After a hit and run, Jack Taylor finds himself in the middle of a frenzy over two children seen tending to him post-accident, who may have performed a saintly miracle.

Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier

Three cozy holiday-themed novellas are set in the state of Maine and include Leslie Meier’s “Christmas Card Murder,” Lee Hollis’s “Death of a Christmas Carol” and Peggy Ehrhart’s “Death of a Christmas Card Crafter”.

Crossed Skis: An Alpine Mystery by Carol Carnac, British Library Crime Classic

In the Austrian Alps,  a merry group of holidaymakers are heading towards Lech am Arlberg. Eight men and eight women take to the slopes, but, as Inspector Brook of Scotland Yard scrambles to crack the perplexing case in Britain, the ski party are soon to become sixteen suspects. Originally published in 1952.

The Sicilian Method by Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano mystery #26

In the new novel in the bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series, Montalbano finds his answers to a murder in a theatrical play.

Murder on a Cold Street by Sherry Thomas, Lady Sherlock #5

When her friend refuses to defend himself after being found in a locked room with two murder victims, Charlotte Holmes navigates baffling evidence and rumors in a case that is further complicated by Lord Ingram’s long-anticipated offer.

Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

A detective novel set in 1945, about two female private investigators trying to solve the locked-room murder of a society widow.

Nonfiction

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault

For over 100 years the community of Mexico, Maine orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople. Arsenault sifts through historical archives and scientific reports, talking to family and neighbors, and examining her own childhood to present a portrait of a community that illuminates not only the ruin of her hometown and the collapse of the working-class of America.

This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing: A Memoir by Jacqueline Winspear

After sixteen novels, Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history.  The story of a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.

150 Glimpses of the Beatles by Craig Brown

Draws on previously unexamined lore and celebrity testimony in a kaleidoscopic group  portrait of the Fab Four that reveals lesser-known examples of their indelible and enduring cultural impact.

She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

Explores how the music of Dolly Parton and other prominent women country artists has both reflected and validated the harsh realities of rural working-class American women.

Mad At the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder

This first full-length biography of the Nobel Laureate to appear in a quarter century explores John Steinbeck’s long apprenticeship as a writer struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, and his rise to greatness.

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