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The Maidens
by Alex Michaelides

A spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession.
Golden Girl
by Elin Hilderbrand

With all of Elin’s trademark beach scenes, mouth-watering meals, and picture-perfect homes, plus a heartfelt message - the people we lose never really leave us - Golden Girl is a beach book unlike any other.
That Summer
by Jennifer Weiner

 A timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship. 
Black Sun
By Rebecca Roanhorse

The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
By India Holton

A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.

Love Your Life
By Sophie Kinsella

An utterly delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy - only to find that real love comes with its own filters.
Sunrise by the Sea
By Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan returns to the setting of her beloved Little Beach Street Bakery series for a timely and heartfelt novel set in a Cornish seaside village.

Malibu Rising
By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu 1983. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of one night, each of their lives will be changed forever in this propulsive novel from the bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six.
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STAFF PICKS
BARB'S PICK
The Son of the House
by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia
I loved this beautifully written, amazing story!  Set in Nigeria, we meet Nwabulu, a tall, beautiful housemaid with dreams of becoming a typist, and Julie, an older, educated and entrepreneurial woman. When the two women are kidnapped and held for ransom, they share their stories and discover that their lives are inextricably linked in ways they never imagined.  This is a powerful novel with exquisite storytelling by a Canadian author!
TOM'S PICK
St. Michael's Residential School: Lament & Legacy
by Nancy Dyson & Dan Rubenstein
Two young idealists from south of the border arrive in Alert Bay in 1970. Nancy Dyson and Dan Rubenstein were hired as childcare workers at St. Michael's Residential School in alert Bay, and this is their story.
This moving, heartfelt story is one that every Canadian should read. It is honest and fair and leaves the reader to ponder important questions such as why such institutions were developed, why didn't the non-indigenous population know about what was happening, and were there voices of the dissent during this period. Especially relevant with the tragic discovery of so many unmarked graves at former residential school sites, I highly recommend this book.
MARIANNE'S PICK

Releasing July 6th
The Forest of Vanishing Stars
by Kristin Harmel
Set in 1940s Poland, this beautifully written survival story is not your typical WWII era historical fiction. Based on real events, this captivating story is about Yona, a young woman raised in the forests of Eastern Europe by a woman who foresaw the future, and kidnapped her as a baby from her wealthy German parents. Yona's isolated existence is shattered when she encounters those fleeing for their lives from the Germans. She will do everything she can to help the fleeing Jews survive until a secret from her past changes everything. A perfect summer read - highly recommended!
ANTONIA'S PICK
Nishga
by Jordan Abel
Jordan Abel allows us the privilege of witnessing a glimpse of the painfully complex struggle he experiences as an intergenerational residential school survivor. This literary work is also an exploration of the delicate yet tremendously laden nature of his relationships with other Indigenous people, his family, and non-Indigenous people. Much heartfelt gratitude to Jordan Abel for sharing, teaching, and for his fierce vulnerability. 
SUE'S PICK
The Jigsaw Man
by Nadine Matheson
I do love a good murder mystery and this book doesn't disappoint. This debut novel by a criminal defense attorney focuses on a black police inspector who is assigned to apprehend a copycat killer. The original Jigsaw Man is a monster serial killer incarcerated in prison. He escapes and the story that evolves becomes a spine chilling cat and mouse chase between them. This book touches on racial discrimination in the police force which is both timely and revealing. A must read for anyone who enjoys this genre.
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JULY NEW RELEASES
The Heartbeat of Trees
by Peter Wohlleben
Hardcover - Nature

Peter Wohlleben, renowned for his ability to write about trees in an engaging and moving way, reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation and environmental activism is not just about saving trees - it’s about saving ourselves, too.
The President's Daughter
by Bill Clinton &
James Patterson
Hardcover - Thriller

Matthew Keating, a one-time Navy SEAL - and a past president - has always defended his family as staunchly as he has his country. Now those defenses are under attack.
 
A madman abducts Keating’s teenage daughter, Melanie - turning every parent’s deepest fear into a matter of national security
 
The Evening and the Morning
by Ken Follett
New in Paperback
Historical Fiction

 Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins.
Letters in a Bruised Cosmos
by Liz Howard
Paperback - Poetry

Letters in a Bruised Cosmos asks who do we become after the worst has happened?
Everyday observation, family history, and personal tragedy are sublimated here in a propulsive verse that is relentlessly its own. Part autobiography, part philosophical puzzlement, part love song, this is a book that once read will not soon be forgotten.  
Universal Human
by Gary Zukav
Hardcover - Self Help

Universal Human gives us new tools to grow spiritually and shows us how to transform everyday experiences of hopelessness, emptiness, and pain into fulfillment, meaning, and joy.
The Field Guide to Songbirds
of North America
by Noble S. Proctor
Paperback - Nature

Learn how and why birds sing, and discover the wide range of tones and melodies of over 100 of the most popular North American bird calls with this beautifully illustrated visual directory.

Big Friendship:
How We Keep Each Other Close
by Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman
Paperback - Autobiography

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.

Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship in this honest and hilarious book that chronicles their first decade in one another’s lives.
The Cellist
by Daniel Silva
Paperback - Thriller

A timely and explosive new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.

Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia’s richest man, he now resides in splendid exile in London, where he has waged a tireless crusade against the authoritarian kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin. His mansion in Chelsea’s exclusive Cheyne Walk is one of the most heavily protected private dwellings in London. Yet somehow, on a rainy summer evening, in the midst of a global pandemic, Russia’s vengeful president finally manages to cross Orlov’s name off his kill list.

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KATHY MURPHY!