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New Materials
The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer -- Thriller/Suspense

August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now returned to the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911.

Present day: Art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor: Peruggia. His search attracts an Interpol detective with something to prove and an unfamiliar but curiously helpful woman. Soon, Luke tumbles deep into the world of art and forgery, a land of obsession and danger.

For Fans of art heist tales.
So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park -- Romantic Comedy

When investment banker Jessie Kim is laid off in a virtual meeting she delivers an “eff you guys” speech and storms out.
 
After moving back home to Tennessee to live with her loving but meddling mother and father, she runs into her childhood nemesis—golden child Daniel Choi—at the local Asian grocery store. The smart, charming lawyer appears to have it all...while Jessie has nothing.

Jess begrudgingly accepts Daniel’s help to relaunch her long abandoned Korean cooking YouTube channel: HANGUK HACKS, showcasing easy meal prep for busy professionals. But just as she discovers Daniel’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems and there’s more to him than meets the eye, he shows up for a life-changing business opportunity, and their rivalry is back on . . .

For fans of multicultural romances.
The Power of Strangers by Joe Keohane -- Society & Culture
 
In our cities, we stand in silence at the pharmacy and in check-out lines at the grocery store, distracted by our phones, barely acknowledging one another, even as rates of loneliness skyrocket. Online, we retreat into ideological silos reinforced by algorithms designed to serve us only familiar ideas and like-minded users. In our politics, we are increasingly consumed by a fear of people we’ve never met.

In The Power of Strangers, Joe Keohane sets out on a journey to discover what happens when we bridge the distance between us and people we don’t know. He learns that while we’re wired to sometimes fear, distrust, and even hate strangers, people and societies that have learned to connect with strangers benefit immensely.

Warm, witty, erudite, and profound, equal parts sweeping history and self-help journey, this deeply researched book will inspire readers to see everything—from major geopolitical shifts to trips to the corner store—in an entirely new light, showing them that talking to strangers isn’t just a way to live; it’s a way to survive.

For fans of Malcolm Gladwell.
Godspeed by Nickolas Butler -- Literary Fiction

Why is it being built here, and why so quickly? These are the questions Cole, Bart, and Teddy, the three principals of True Triangle Construction, ask themselves when they are hired to finish a project for a mysteriously wealthy homeowner. Nestled in the mountains outside of Jackson, Wyoming, the house is a masterpiece, unlike anything they've done before. Once finished, it promises to be the architectural prize of Jackson and could put True Triangle on the map. But despite the project's lure, the owner is intent on having it built in a matter of months, an impossible task made irresistible by the exorbitant bonus that awaits them if they succeed. A bonus that could change the course of their business, and their lives.

Up against the fateful deadline, and the looming threat of a harsh Wyoming winter, Cole, Bart, and Teddy are willing to do anything to get the money, even if it means risking life, limb, and family. And what becomes an obsession for all three quickly builds to tragic consequences for some.

For fans of slow burn thrillers.
Featured Recommendations
2021 Reading Challenge
Are you participating in our 2021 Reading Challenge? Here are some ideas for August! There are lots of goodies here to get you reading different things. Download the full challenge list here and READ ON!
May We Suggest...
Anita Mehuys, Adult Services Librarian, recommends reading The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman.

She loves this book because of fantastical language, humor, and unique characters. If you've been longing to read about scallywags, this is your book.
Becca Bacon, Adult Services Librarian, recommends reading People Like Them by Samira Sedira.

She likes this book because it's a courtroom drama combined with introspection into human nature. It's short, readable, a little disturbing, and inspired by true events.
Kim Schimmel, Cataloging and Acquisitions Library Associate, recommends reading George, or, Melissa's Story by Alex Gino.

She likes this book because it's an approachable story on a hard subject. She likes finding new perspectives and enjoyed the unexpected support the character received throughout the book.
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