The Paragon Hotel
by Lyndsay Faye

An all-out riveting and masterfully complex historical thriller! Fleeing to 1921 Oregon, Alice “Nobody” James takes refuge in the city's only black hotel and helps new friends search for a missing child, hide from KKK violence, and navigate painful secrets. Compelling and atmospheric, the novel reverberates with present-day cultural cataclysms, suggesting the message from over a century ago, so relevant to our current time – “We need to do better at solving things.” (Historical Fiction)
The Dreamers
by Karen Thompson Walker

A virus appears in a small town, causing its victims to fall into a deep sleep from which they cannot wake up. Doctors soon discover that those affected by the illness are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than ever recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams, but of what? Gorgeous writing, startling, and provocative, The Dreamers is a missive on the possibilities contained within a human life – if only awakened to them. 
(Literary/Apocalyptic Fiction)
My Favorite Half-Night Stand
by Christina Lauren

Another delightful contemporary rom-com from the author of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating . Millie and her four male friends decide to jump into the pool of online dating together. When Millie matches with one of the friends, chaos ensues. For fans of The Kiss Quotient and The Wedding Date . A funny, fresh, laugh-out-loud romp through the pits and perils of online dating. 
(Fiction/Romantic Comedy)
The Current
by Tim Johnston

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene—half-frozen but alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them. Brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive,  The Current  is a beautifully realized story about the fragility of life, the power of the past, and the need, always, to fight back. 
(Fiction Thriller)
An Orchestra of Minorities
by Chigozie Obioma

Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, this is an electrifying, meticulously crafted, contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. A deeply original book that will have you laughing at, angry with, and feeling compassion for a determined hero who endeavors to create his own destiny. Heart wrenching and moving, this culturally diverse epic is an early contender for the year’s end “Best of” lists.
(Fiction/Adaptation )
The Au Pair
by Emma Rous

After giving birth to Seraphine and her twin brother Danny, their mother throws herself from a cliff. Twenty-five years later, Seraphine finds a picture that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her childhood. This smashing debut novel pulls readers in from the very first page. As delicious and spell binding as an eerie soap opera, complete with outrageous twists and absorbing drama. An absolutely scandalous page turner for fans of suspense novels and family secrets. (Fiction/Thriller)
The Red Address Book
by Sofia Lundberg

Meet Doris, a ninety-six year old Swedish woman reflecting on her life, as she pages through her long-kept address book, given to her by her father when she was just a girl. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny—her American grandniece, and her only relative—give her great joy and remind her of her own youth. A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us. A charming, compelling, and heart-warming read! 

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
by Stephanie Land
& Barbara Ehrenreich

 Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in this candid and inspiring memoir about the author’s experience working as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her and her daughter’s head. This is a beautiful, albeit gritty exploration of poverty in America, exploring the underbelly of upper-middle class American and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them and to survive and thrive in today’s inequitable society. 

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Parenting, and Love
by Dani Shapiro

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. A gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family. 
NEW! Library Book Chat
Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

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Up Your Reading Stat in 2019 with a Reading Challenge!

How did you do with your reading goals in 2018? Are you looking to add even more books to your “read” column in the New Year? Reading challenges are a great tool and offer inspiration in helping you to set and keep your goals. For ideas, and inspiration, check out this extensive list of reading challenges. The site offers so much to choose from with a wide variety of genre challenges.