NEW Books and Recommendations for August!
August releases are often books publishers hope will have time to build good word-of-mouth before the holiday buying season. This week we're highlighting the antics of a con man who fooled Italian fascists, a romance set in an artist's colony, a new murder mystery, and a tale of historical scientific triumph. All this and staff picks from our expert librarians can be found below!
Until post WWII, heart surgery did not exist. Ticker provides a riveting history of the pioneers who gave their all to the courageous process of cutting through the center of the chest. Heart surgeons Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley, whose feud dominated the dramatic beginnings of heart surgery. Christian Barnaard, who changed the world overnight by performing the first heart transplant. Inventor Robert Jarvik, whose artificial heart made patient Barney Clark a worldwide symbol of both the brilliant promise of technology and the devastating evils of experimentation run amuck. 

Part investigative journalism, part medical mystery, Ticker is a story of modern innovation, recounting fifty years of false starts, abysmal failures and miraculous triumphs. For readers who enjoyed The birth of the pill : how four crusaders reinvented sex and launched a revolution or Grady Baby, this modern history is sure to engage.
In this thrilling new mystery by Laura Griffin, defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she has a tendency to intimidate, and she likes it that way. She's a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she's a mess.

When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipeout those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.

With no help from the police, Brynn is forced to take matters into her own hands, turning to a private security firm for protection. With every new clue she discovers, Brynn is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past.

From the best selling author of Far Gone, Shadow Fall, and Beyond Limits.
New York, 1924. Twenty-four-year-old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany's prestigious artists' colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.

But Jenny's past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada's notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny's thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany's charismatic grandson.

Fans of Rose's previous work on The Secret Language of Stones and Seduction : a novel of suspense will find even more to love in Tiffany Blues.
Edgar Laplante started out as an erstwhile vaudeville performer and an unabashed charmer. But after years of playing thankless gigs, he decided to change careers. In the fall of 1917, Laplante reinvented himself as Chief White Elk: war hero, sports star, civil rights campaigner, Cherokee nation leader--and total fraud.

When Laplante took his scam to Europe, he found his biggest mark on the Riviera: a wealthy Hungarian countess, who was instantly smitten. The countess bankrolled a lavish trip through Italy that made Laplante a darling of the Mussolini regime and a worldwide celebrity, soaring to unimaginable heights on the wings of his lies. 

In the traditon of P.T. Barnum and expert art forgers, the story of Edgar Laplante makes for an outrageous read.
Staff Picks
Julia Padgett Recommends: Fates and Furies  
When Julia Padgett, Branch Manager, was asked to reccomend a book, she had to mention Fates and Furies.Groff’s writing style is captivating, and Julia was disturbed by the complete turn the book takes by showing first the husband’s and then the wife’s retellings of their marriage.

Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage. Told in two interwoven parts, the fable-like story of Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde's 24-year marriage unfolds, first from Lotto's perspective, then Mathilde's.

From the award-winning, New York Times- bestselling author of  The Monsters of Templeton and  Arcadia, comes this exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.
Anne Vagts Recommends: Super Sad True Love Story
Senior Librarian Anne Vagts wants everyone to read this book about love in a dystopian technomedia hellscape. What librarian could resist? 

In the near future, a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don't that tell that to Lenny Abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of a Russian immigrant janitor, and proud author of what may well be the world's last diary. Despite his job at Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly after him.

Lenny loves books, even though others find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves a cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated college with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. From the author of Absurdistan and Little Failure comes this satire that will have you laughing and thinking.
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