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New Materials
The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess -- Literary Fiction

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed  New Yorker  writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie.

Dazzled by the guests, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive "Book Party"― where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.
The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull -- Science Fiction

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Botanical Baking by Juliet Sear -- Cooking, Baking

Learn how to perfect the prettiest trend in cake decorating – using edible flowers and herbs to decorate your cakes and bakes – with this impossibly beautiful guide from celebrity baker Juliet Sear. Learn what flowers are edible and great for flavor, how to use, preserve, store and apply them including pressing, drying and crystallizing flowers and petals. Then follow Juliet step-by-step as she creates around 20 beautiful botanical cakes that showcase edible flowers and herbs, including more top trends such as a confetti cake, a wreath cake, a gin and tonic cake, floral chocolate bark, a naked cake, a jelly cake, a letter cake and more.
The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz -- Southern Fiction

Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day—and she hasn't been back to the South since.

 Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

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May We Suggest...
Maribel Lassuy, Technical Services Assistant here at MPL, recommends reading The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.

She liked the book because it's a science fiction collection of stories within stories that has a twilight zone feel.
Becca Bacon, Adult Services Librarian here at MPL, recommends reading The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann.

She liked this book because it involved WWII, the circus, magic, and a lovable curmudgeon. This story was told with heart and humor.
Jennifer Christiansen, Circulation Services Coordinator here at MPL, recommends reading Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis.

She liked the book because the essays are cute, funny, and very amusing.
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