NEW Books and Recommendations for Mid August!
If the hot weather has you down, cool off with this selection of mid-month releases available at AFPLS. Highlighted this week are a snowy closed-room murder mystery, a chilling western thriller, tragic non-fiction reporting in cold recovery rooms, and the romantic tale of a woman thawing from emotions frozen in time. All this and expert staff picks are in this week's New Books Newsletter.
From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm.

Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope - and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.

This book joins the growing genre of titles like Bad Blood and How we do harm : a doctor breaks ranks about being sick in America, which all seek to explain and find answers for the contemporary state of health care in America.
This new murder mystery from the author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House is a perfect way to take a break from the heat by reading about a snowy winter get-away gone wrong.

Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in for the long haul.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.
In college, Penny was asked to participate in a psych study that posed the question, "Can you have sexual chemistry without knowing what the other person looks like?" Penny agreed to be blindfolded, make polite conversation with a total stranger, and kiss him. She never expected The Kiss to change her life forever and introduce her to Gavin: tattooed, gorgeous, and spontaneous enough to ask her out seconds after the blindfolds came off.

Now Penny's a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with an impeccably decorated McMansion and a failing marriage. Is there any chance Penny can ever recapture the romance of her long-ago Blind Kiss?

From the author of Swear on this Life and After the Rain comes a story of two people who spend years denying their scientifically proven chemistry. 
In James Patterson's newest Western, a Texas Ranger fights for his life, his freedom, and the town he loves as he investigates his ex-wife's murder. 

Across his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him to the top of his profession. But when Yates arrives in his hometown to find a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act was ending her marriage to a Ranger.

In search of the killer, Yates plunges into the some of the coldest, most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered, vowing to never surrender. The Texas Ranger code just might bring him out alive.

From the author of dozens of bestsellers, including Murder Games, Haunted, and 113 Mintues.
Staff Picks
Oscar Gittemeier Recommends: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
When Adult Outreach Librarian Oscar Gittemeier was asked to make a staff pick, he immediately knew the title he would put in the hands of anyone who asked him for a great read.

If you love memoirs and literary references then look no further. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel is the book for you. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.

Alison's dad is officially a third-generation Funeral Home Director, but his true passion is renovation of their historic home - and keeping secrets. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and funny, we are drawn into Alison's complex yearning for a father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.
Stephanie Galipeau Recommends: Traitor's Blade
Stephanie Galipe au, Acquisitions Librarian, can't recommend Sebastien de Castell's work enough.
With swashbuckling action that recalls the Three Musketeers, this dynamic new fantasy series is an engrossing read. In Traitor's Blade, a disgraced swordsman struggles to redeem himself by protecting a young girl caught in the web of a royal conspiracy.

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening.

Fans of fantasy books to lose themselves in are sure to love this first in a series of great reads, all of which are available at AFPLS.
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