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Staff Picks Spring 2024

Staff Picks Spring 2024

Your Libraries & History staff are loving these books. We think you will, too.

Alexandria: The City That Changed The World

By Islam Issa

"Islam Issa's father had always told him about their city's magnificence, and as he looked at the new library in Alexandria it finally hit home. This is no ordinary library. And Alexandria is no ordinary city."

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With Regrets: a novel

By Lee Kelly

"Seven courses, seven guests, twenty-four hours that will obliterate everything. When recent NYC transplant Liz Brinkley and her husband are invited to an exclusive soiree by their neighbor, 'lifestyle guru' Britta Harris-Che, Liz's immediate thought is hell no. Britta is insufferable, and Liz is wary to leave her young children with a barely teenage babysiter.And yet she RSVPs anyway, trying to extend an olive branch to her withdrawing husband, who seems desperate to get in with the cliquey elite."

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West Heart Kill

By Dann McDorman

"An irresistible murder mystery set at a genteel private club where everyone is a suspect, including the erratic detective on the scene-a remarkable debut that gleefully upends the rules of the genre and marks the arrival of a major new talent "

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Lonesome Dove

By Larry McMurtry

"Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember."

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Empire of the Vampire

By Jay Kristoff

"It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness. Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order couldn't stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains."

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The Royal Windsor Secret: a novel

By Christine Wells

"Cleo Davenport has heard the whispers: the murmured conversations that end abruptly the second she walks into a room. Told she was an orphan, she knows the rumor-that her father is none other than the Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne. And at her childhood home at Cairo's Shepheard's Hotel, where royals, rulers, and the wealthy live, they even called her "The Princess."

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe: An Official Timeline

By Anthony Breznican

"The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is vast, incredibly varied, and richly complex. Different worlds, different timelines, countless characters. This is the guide to that universe. Created in close collaboration with Marvel Studios, it will answer the biggest questions: what happened, when, where, and why."

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Some Desperate Glory

By Emily Tesh

"While we live, the enemy shall fear us. Since she was born, Kyr has trained for the day she can avenge the murder of planet Earth. Raised in the bowels of Gaea Station alongside the last scraps of humanity, she readies herself to face the Wisdom, the powerful, reality-shaping weapon that gave the majoda their victory over humanity."

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The Marvels

By Kevin Feige

"Carol Danvers gets her powers entwined with those of Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau, forcing them to work together to save the universe."

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Silent Night

By Camille Griffin

"Follows a group of old friends who, in true British fashion and while the rest of the world faces impending doom, reunite to celebrate Christmas in the comfort of an idyllic country home."

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Bones and All

By Luca Guadagnino

"A story of first love between Maren, a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter. It's a liberating road odyssey of two young people coming into their own, searching for identity and chasing beauty in a perilous world that cannot abide who they are."

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Tales From The Loop

By Simon Stalenhag

"In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world's largest particle accelerator. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Malaroarna. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. These are its strange tales."

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ADHD Explained: Your Toolkit To Understanding And Thriving

By Edward Hallowell

"A NYT best-selling doctor and TikToker offers a collection of quick-read insights to help a newly diagnosed generation understand ADHD. With a new wave of adult ADHD diagnoses sweeping the world, many are only just beginning to discover what it is that sets them apart, but few have learned what it takes to thrive ...."

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The World of Black Hammer

By Jeff Lemire

"Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil / art, colors, and letters by David Rubin -- Doctor Andromeda and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows / art by Max Fiumara ; colors by Dave Stewart ; letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot."

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Jade Dragon Mountain

By Elsa Hart

"Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the Emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits"

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Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning

By Liz Cheney

"In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump and many around him, including certain other elected Republican officials, intentionally breached their oath to the Constitution: they ignored the rulings of dozens of courts, plotted to overturn a lawful election, and provoked a violent attack on our Capitol."

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Argylle

By Elly Conway

"Chronicles Aubrey Argylle's journey from hard-drinking, rough-around-the-edges everyman, living off the grid in the jungles of Thailand, to [a] debonaire secret agent"-- Provided by publisher."

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Queen Wallis: A Novel

By C.J. Carey

"The thrilling sequel to Widowland, a feminist dystopian novel set in an alternative history that terrifyingly imagines what a British alliance with Germany would look like if the Nazis had won WWII. London, 1955. The Leader has been dead for two years. His assassination, on British soil, provoked violent retribution and intensified repression of British citizens, particularly women. Now, more than ever, the Protectorate is a place of surveillance and isolation-a land of spies."

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The Heiress: A Novel

By Rachel Hawkins

"When Ruby McTavish Callahan Woodward Miller Kenmore dies, s"he's not only North Carolina's richest woman, she's also its most notorious. The victim of a famous kidnapping as a child and a widow four times over, Ruby ruled the tiny town of Tavistock from Ashby House, her family's estate high in the Blue Ridge mountains. In the aftermath of her death, that estate--along with a nine-figure fortune and the complicated legacy of being a McTavish--pass to her adopted son Camden."

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Ilium

By Lea Carpenter

"Fast-paced and powerful, gripping and immersive, this subtly crafted and suspenseful novel, set in the present and the immediate past, in the dark world of international espionage in London, Mallorca, Croatia, Paris, and Cap Ferret is told through its young female protagonist who unwittingly becomes a perfect asset in the long overdue finale of a special op."

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Nettle & Bone

By T. Kingfisher

"This isn't a fairytale where the princess marries a prince. It's one where she kills him. From Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning author T. Kingfisher comes an original and subversive new fantasy adventure."

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The Excitements

By C.J. Wray

"Arriving in Paris to receive the Légion d'honneur for their part in the liberation of France, the 90-something Williamson sisters, Britain's most treasured World War II veterans, use this opportunity to settle scores, avenge lost friends, and pull off one last daring heist before their illustrious careers are over."

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The Spy Coast: a Thriller

By Tess Gerristen

"Former spy Maggie Bird came to the seaside village of Purity, Maine, eager to put the past behind her after a mission went tragically wrong. These days, she's living quietly on her chicken farm, still wary of blowback from the events that forced her early retirement. But when a body turns up in Maggie's driveway, she knows it's a message from former foes who haven't forgotten her."

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Two Dead Wives

By Adele Parks

"It's a case that has gripped a nation: A woman with a shocking secret is missing, presumed dead. And her two husbands are suspects in her murder. DCI Clements knows the dark side of human nature and that love can make people do treacherous things."

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First Lie Wins

By Ashley Elston

"Evie Porter has everything a nice, Southern girl could want: a perfect, doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden, a fancy group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn't exist. The identity comes first: Evie Porter. Once she's given a name and location by her mysterious boss Mr. Smith, she learns everything there is to know about the town and the people in it."

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Northwoods

By Amy Pease

"Eli North is not okay. His drinking is getting worse by the day, his emotional wounds after a deployment to Afghanistan are as raw as ever, his marriage and career are over, and the only job he can hold down is with the local sheriff's department. And that's only because the sheriff is his mother--and she's overwhelmed with small town Shaky Lake's dwindling budget and the fallout from the opioid epidemic."

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Next-Door Nemesis

By Alexa Martin

"Two rival candidates for a homeowner's association presidency are about to find out how dirty suburbanites fight in this steamy new romantic comedy from Alexa Martin. After years of hustling, Collins Carter has finally made it...back to her parents' house. "

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The Woman

By Kristin Hannah

"Women can be heroes, too." When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances "Frankie" McGrath hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing, being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different choice for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.

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John Dies at the end.

By David Wong

Jon Dies at the End is a genre-bending, humorous account of two college drop-outs inadvertently charged with saving their small town--and the world--from a host of supernatural and paranormal invasions.

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Bonshaker

By Cherie Priest

Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees.

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American Gods

By Neil Gaiman

Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a stranger offers him a job and Shadow, with nothing to lose, accepts. But a storm is coming. Beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a war is being fought - and the prize is the very soul of America.

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Mogworld

By Yahtzee Croshaw

"This humorous parody of the fantasy genre and the world of MMORPG comes a story about the death and resurrection of a minor video game character by Zero Punctuation writer Yahtzee Croshaw (Will Save the Galaxy for Food, Jam) In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes

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The Frozen River

By Ariel Landrito

"A gripping historical mystery based on the real-life diary entries of Martha Ballard, an 18th-century midwife who found herself at the center of a murder trial"

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The Missing Witness

By Allison Brennan

"Framed for the murder of an FBI agent after testifying against David Chen and his illegal businesses, Kara Quinn goes on the run, determined to clear her name without putting her partner, Matt Costa, in danger"

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The Keeper of Happy Endings

By Barbara Davis

The friendship between Rory Grant and Soline Roussel brings back memories of Soline's family's Paris bridal salon and their losses during World War II, both material and emotional

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The Spy Coast: a Thriller

By Tess Gerristen

"Former spy Maggie Bird came to the seaside village of Purity, Maine, eager to put the past behind her after a mission went tragically wrong. These days, she's living quietly on her chicken farm, still wary of blowback from the events that forced her earl retirement.

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Founding Partisans: Hamilton, Madison, Jeffereson, Adams and the brawling birth of American politics

By H.W. Brands

"From bestselling historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands, a revelatory history of the shocking emergence of vicious political division at the birth of the United States Founding Partisans is a lively narrative of the early years of the republic as the Founding Fathers fought one another with competing visions of what our nation would be."

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The Lost Tomb: And Other Real-Life Stories of Bones, Burials, and Murder

By Douglas J, Preston

"What's it like to be the first to enter an Egyptian burial chamber that's been sealed for thousands of years? What horrifying secret was found among the prehistoric ruins of the American Southwest? Who really was the infamous the Monster of Florence? Douglas Preston's journalistic explorations have taken him from the haunted country of Italy to the jungles of Honduras."

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House of Flame and Shadow

By Sarah J. Maas

"Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is in Midgard: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she's going to need all her wits about her to get home again."

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Divine Rivals

By Rebecca Ross

"When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever"

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The Rural Diaries

By Hilarie Burton

"The Walking Dead,The Rural Diaries honors the values and lifestyle of small-town America and offers inspiration for anyone longing to embark on their own unconventional journey."

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The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder

By David Grann

"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z, a mesmerizing story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil."

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Ink, Blood, Sister Scribe

By Emma Torzs

"Two estranged half-sisters tasked with guarding their family's library of magical books must work together to unravel a deadly secret at the heart of their collection--a tale of familial loyalty and betrayal, and the pursuit of magic and power."

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The Frozen River

By Ariel Lawhon

"A gripping historical mystery based on the real-life diary entries of Martha Ballard, an 18th-century midwife who found herself at the center of a murder trial"

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The Mystery Guest

By Nita Prose

"When an acclaimed author dies at the Regency Grand Hotel, it's up to a fastidious maid to uncover the truth, no matter how dirty."

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Gator Country: Deception, Danger, and Alligators in the Everglades

By Rebecca Renner

"David Grann meets Susan Orlean in this page-turning true story of an underground operation into the mysterious world of alligator poaching and its larger than life Floridian characters ... To catch a Florida Man, you have to become one, and that's what Officer Jeff Babauta did."

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System Collapse

By Marha Wells

"Following the events in Network Effect, the Barish-Estranza corporation has sent rescue ships to a newly-colonized planet in peril, as well as additional SecUnits. But if there's an ethical corporation out there, Murderbot has yet to find it, and if Barish-Estranza can't have the planet, they're sure as hell not leaving without something."

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