We are excited about these twenty new books just added to the Curtis collection!  Click on the title to check availability and put on hold for curbside pick up.

At the Edge of the Haight by Katherine Seligman

When Maddy Donaldo, a homeless woman who has made a family of sorts in the dangerous spaces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, witnesses the murder of a young homeless boy and is seen by the perpetrator, her relatively stable life is upended. Thoughtful coming of age story.

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

A too-fast friendship between a repressed queen bee and the ostracized wife of a once-famous rock musician explodes into a community uprising involving a dangerous sinkhole, a trapped child and shocking accusations. Creepy and suspenseful.

The Scorpion’s Tail by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Nora Kelly novel #2

FBI agent Corrie Swanson and Santa Fe archaeologist Nora Kelly investiga the mummified corpse of a long-dead victim who died in agony while holding a mysterious 16th-century gold cross. Suspenseful, intricately plotted.

My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee

An everyday American college student finds his life transformed by a Chinese-American businessman who unexpectedly takes him under his wing on a series of whimsical, heartbreaking and darkly shocking adventures throughout Asia. Satirical fiction.

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Elevated to prominence for her social-media posts, a woman begins suffering from existential anxieties while learning the languages, customs and fears of her fans throughout the world, before an urgent text from home transforms her virtual perspectives. Darkly humorous.

Zorrie by Laird Hunt

Spanning an entire lifetime, a life convulsed and transformed by the events of the 20th century, Laird Hunt’s extraordinary novel offers a profound and intimate portrait of the dreams that propel one tenacious woman onward and the losses that she cannot outrun.  Strong sense of place.

The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

Draws on oral histories of the Great Plains blizzard of 1888 to depict the experiences of two teachers, a servant and a reporter who risk everything to protect the children of immigrant homesteaders. Historical fiction.

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Accompanying family members to an isolated Swiss Alps hotel to recuperate from a traumatizing case, a woman detective uncovers the fates of long-ago tuberculosis patients who went missing from the property years earlier when it operated as a sanatorium. Atmospheric and suspenseful.  Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Feb 2021.

People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd

A successful media influencer’s morally questionable relationship with the truth exposes deep psychological cracks in her marriage at the same time her family is targeted by a violently obsessed fan. Psychological thriller.

The Ballad of Hattie Taylor by Susan Anderson

In the small but bustling town of Mattawa, turn-of-the-century Oregon offers a new kind of frontier: a vast and exciting range of possibilities for women–to a point. It’s a time for change, and no one is more eager to embrace new roads than self-proclaimed black sheep Hattie. Historical romance.

We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida

The disappearance of a teen in the aftermath of a dispute about something that was or was not witnessed exposes dark community secrets. Engaging coming of age story.

Landslide by Susan Conley

Caring for her teenage boys in a remote New England community while her husband recuperates from a severe accident, Jill confronts the realities of how the crumbling fishing industry is challenging her ability to protect her loved ones. Maine author.

We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

Two superpowered individuals who have lost all memory of their real identities use their respective powers to commit or fight crime before teaming up together to stop the mad scientist behind a devastating medical conspiracy. Fast-paced and amusing.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

An epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression. Engaging historical fiction.

American Traitor by Brad Taylor, Pike Logan thriller #15

Pike Logan is on the desperate hunt for a man who is about to betray his country—and ignite a horrific new world war. Action-packed thriller.

Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Follows the experiences of a former Yale student whose life at a 1930s Reno divorce ranch is upended by a shy woman and a thrice-divorced pilot. Amusing historical fiction.

The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor

An unconventional vicar moves to a remote corner of the English countryside, only to discover a community haunted by death and disappearances both past and present–and intent on keeping its dark secrets.  Psychological thriller.

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Based on a true story, describes how a lonely, 1980s teenager befriends an elderly neighbor and uncovers her past as a librarian at the American Library in Paris who joined the Resistance when the Nazis arrived. Richly detailed, from multiple perspectives.

The Divines by Ellie Eaton

Piecing together memories from her teen years at an elite English boarding school, Josephine gradually exposes a violent secret behind why the once-prestigious institution abruptly closed in disgrace.  Haunting coming of age story.

The Removed by Brandon Hobson

A Cherokee family takes in a remarkable foster child on the eve of the Cherokee National Holiday and anniversary of a loved one’s death. Melancholy and mystical.  Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club March 2021.

If you would like more reading recommendations, just give us a call at 725-5242 or email refdesk@curtislibrary.com.  We are always happy to help you find your next great book.