NEW Books and Recommendations for Mid August!
The end of summer is a great time to begin a new book with the latest releases available at your local library branch. This week we highlight a book that won BOTH the Hugo and the Nebula awards, a classic courtroom thriller and two new ones, a story of open secrets, and a book that theorizes what motivates humans to do what we do, (and read what we read)!
Three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination--claiming that they were not hired because they were men--Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged.

The plaintiffs' lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance --determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end...even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love...or they could lose everything they've worked for.

This latest entry in the bestselling series that started with 2013's Accused, Lisa Scottoline's newest book asks the question - is it better to be loved, or Feared?
Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more--more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied spouse to risk it all for the thrill of someone new. Simply put, it is why we seek and succeed; it is why we discover and prosper. Yet, at the same time, it's why we gamble and squander.

From dopamine's point of view, it's not the having that matters. It's getting something--anything--that's new. From this understanding--the difference between possessing something versus anticipating it--we can understand in a revolutionary new way why we behave as we do in love, business, addiction, politics, religion. From the author of The story of the human body : evolution, health, and disease comes a book to make you think about how we think.
They were on a lark, three teenage girls speeding across the greens at night on a "borrowed" golf cart, drunk. The cart crashes and one of the girls lands violently in the rough, killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that has turned against her and enrolls at a prestigious boarding school. Her past weighs on her. She is responsible for the death of her best friend. She has tipped her parents' rocky marriage into demise. She is ready to begin again, far away from the accident.

Told from her perspective many years later, the story cooly describes a series of shattering events and the system that failed to protect her.

From the author of A Short History of Women , a searing and timely novel about a teenaged girl, a charismatic teacher, and a dark, open secret. 
Kya Clark is a young woman growing up practically on her own in the wild marshes outside Barkley Cove, a small coastal community in North Carolina. In 1969, local lothario Chase Andrews is found dead, and Kya, now 23 and known as the "Marsh Girl," is suspected of his murder.

As the law gathers evidence against her, the narrative flashes back to 1952 to tell Kya's story. Abandoned at a young age by her mother, she is left in the care of her hard-drinking father. Unable to fit in at school, Kya grows up ignorant until a shrimper's son, Tate Walker, befriends her and teaches her how to read.

Owens memorably depicts the small-town drama and courtroom theatrics, but perhaps best of all is her vivid portrayal of the singular Southern salt marsh setting.
Staff Picks
Becky Kennedy Recommends: Presumed Innocent
When asked for a recommendation, Interlibrary Loan Librarian Becky Kennedy, didn't hesitate. Presumed Innocent is the granddaddy of all legal thrillers, and as she can attest to a recent re-read, remains one of the best legal thrillers in the genre. Presumed Innocent holds up over time, and is well worth a look for those who may have missed its initial 1987 release.

With the calculating genius of a good lawyer (and writer), Turow draws the reader into a grittily realistic portrait of big city political corruption that climaxes with a dramatic murder trial in which every dark twist of legal statute and human nature is convincingly revealed. The novel's present tense puts the reader firmly in the mind of narrator Rusty Sabich, a married prosecuting attorney whose affair with a colleague comes back to haunt him after she is brutally raped and murdered. Sabich's professional and personal lives begin to mingle painfully when he becomes the accused.
Ginny Collier Recommends: Among Others
Virginia Collier recommends this book that won BOTH the Hugo and the Nebula awards earlier this decade as the perfect blend of fantasy and science fiction.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she must find her way in the mundane world with the help of science fiction, new friends, and a connection to the real world.
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