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New Materials
The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart -- Historical Mystery

London, 1703. Sir Barnaby Mayne has devoted his life to filling his cabinets with the world's wonders. While the curious-minded vie for invitations to study the rare stones, bones, books, and artifacts he has amassed, some visitors come with a darker purpose.

For Cecily Kay, it is a passion for plants that brings her to the Mayne house. When her host is stabbed to death, Cecily finds the confession of the supposed killer unconvincing. She pays attention to details, and in the case of Sir Barnaby’s murder, there are too many inconsistencies for her to ignore. To discover the truth, Cecily must enter the world of the collectors, a realm where intellect is distorted by obsession and greed. As her pursuit of answers brings her closer to a killer, she risks being given a final resting place amid the bones that wait, silent and still, in the cabinets of Barnaby Mayne.
Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf -- History Graphic Novel

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children—a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart. Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio is a moving and troubling story about the bitter price of dissent—as relevant today as it was in 1970.
Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney -- Thriller/Suspense
 
When Clemmie goes next door to check on her difficult and unlikeable neighbor Dom, he isn't there. But something else is. Something stunning, beautiful and inexplicable. Clemmie photographs the wondrous object on her cell phone and makes the irrevocable error of forwarding it. As the picture swirls over the internet, Clemmie tries desperately to keep a grip on her own personal network of secrets. Can fifty years of careful hiding under names not her own be ruined by one careless picture?
And although what Clemmie finds is a work of art, what the police find is a body. . . and she was the last person at the crime scene, where she left her fingerprints. Suddenly thrown into the heart of a twisted investigation, Clemmie finds herself the uncomfortable subject of intense scrutiny. And the bland, quiet life Clemmie has built for herself in her sleepy South Carolina retirement community comes crashing down as her dark past surges into the present.
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey by Kathleen Rooney -- Historical Literary Fiction

From the green countryside of England and the gray canyons of Wall Street come two unlikely heroes: one a pigeon and the other a soldier. Answering the call to serve in the war to end all wars. Neither Cher Ami, the messenger bird, nor Charles Whittlesey, the army officer, can anticipate how their lives will briefly intersect in a chaotic battle in the forests of France.

A saga of hope and duty, love and endurance, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is a tragic yet life-affirming war story that the world has never heard. Inspired by true events of World War I, Kathleen Rooney resurrects two long-forgotten figures recounting their tale in a pair of voices that will change the way readers look at animals, freedom, and even history itself.
Featured Recommendations
A Little Extra Book Fun
Often times, book clubs can give readers a deeper meaning for the book read, creating an experience around the book. Well, this book club kit for Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia takes the experience to a whole new level. Not only does this kit include discussion questions and fun facts, but the author has also put together a playlist of songs that complement the book, as well as a paper doll with some great 50's fashion. If you haven't read the book, click on the cover to place a hold, and be sure to check out this awesome book club guide!
May We Suggest...
Zach Berkley, Adult Services Librarian, recommends reading Moonshadow by J.M. DeMatteis.

He liked this book because it's a coming-of-age story told through a slightly unreliable narrator and ethereal, hand-painted water color illustrations. It is a sci-fi David Copperfield that mixes the classic with the nostalgic and comes up with something timeless.
Marta Timbrook, Library Associate in the Children's Department, recommends reading The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta.

She liked this book because it is a beautiful telling of a kid coming into his own and finding his voice as someone in the LGBTQ+ community and world. It's a novel in verse and she highly recommends it!
Karen Wente, Adult Services Librarian, recommends reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

She liked this book because it's a moving and inspiring story about one boy's life growing up in slavery as the son of his owner, his escape from the torment, and his life beyond. It's a great story about the power of memory.
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