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by Fredrik Backman

The newest novel from the author of A Man Called Ove is a wonderful mix of wry comedy, heartfelt drama and a quirky mystery. A bank robbery attempt turns into a hapless hostage situation which ends with the robber disappearing into thin air. A father/son team of police detectives tries to piece together this bizarre crime by interviewing all of the colorful characters involved. This shared experience allows Backman to reveal surprising connections between this seemingly random group of people. A multi-layered look into the deep-seated anxieties of average people in this messy world.
-Laura Skinner
by Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware's newest thriller is getting starred reviews all over the place.  This is another great, twisty mystery in the vein of And Then There Were None. One By One follows a corporate team on a business retreat in the French Alps, but one goes missing after a day of skiing. Soon after they are trapped by an avalanche and more of the group ends up dead. How many of them will still be alive by the time the rescue team arrives?
-Di Grumhaus
by Jodi Picoult
(Releases September 22, 2020)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives. Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She is on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband and daughter but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. Dawn has not seen Wyatt since she abruptly left the Egyptian dig site they were working on to move home to take care of her terminally ill mother. Set against the backdrop of The Book of Ways, an Egyptian map of the afterlife in which the soul explores the multiple directions a life could have taken, Dawn is faced with the "what ifs?" What if she had returned to Wyatt and made a life with him? What if he is the one and not her husband?
-Morley Vahey
by Sue Miller
Customers tell me that they are spending their time these days eating, drinking, and reading a lot more than they did in the past. With that in mind, I highly recommend that you take the time to read Sue Miller's newest addition. This is a slow simmer of a story about marriage and family and its complexities. Some reviews make it sound like another domestic thriller, and I am so glad that they are wrong. This beautiful novel is one of the best I have read in a long time. It is nourishment for your heart and soul.
-Molly Forlow
by Charlotte McConaghy

A beautifully written story of a woman, Franny, who convinces the crew of a fishing ship to let her join them so she can track the final migration journey of the Arctic terns to Antarctica. Since Arctic Terns fly where they can find fish to eat, the crew agrees hoping it will lead them to fish. There is an undercurrent of melancholy and foreboding as the characters develop and you learn Franny's story as to why she is so driven to go on this lonely, dangerous journey. The characters in this story are complicated and broken and each is looking for answers and escape from their own lives on the open sea.  You will ache for Franny and the crew on their journey, which brings tragedy and forgiveness.
-Kirsten Starr
by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

A truly epic story of a young Ugandan girl, Kirabo, who is a storyteller herself. Kirabo is curious and headstrong, determined to learn the whereabouts of her birth mother. Her father calls her an "early one", a child born before marriage. Kirabo misses having a mother, but has wonderful relationships with a loving extended family, especially her doting grandfather. Paralleling Kirabo's coming of age story is her grandmother and "Aunt's" story of love and betrayal, both of which reveal the culture of Uganda between 1940-1980. Author Jennifer Makumbi writes of women's relationships with one another with a depth of understanding. She references water in its many forms and strikes beautiful comparisons between water and the essence of life.
-Beth Mynhier
by Emily Gray Tedrowe
(releases September 29, 2020)
Part Becky Sharp, part Catch Me if You Can; this fast-paced novel follows the life of Becky Farwell, a young girl with a hard knock life, who finds herself working as comptroller of a small Southern Illinois town. Becky's innate understanding of accounting allows her to embezzle funds in order to pay for her obsession with fine art and the rarified world of galleries, dealers and artists. Despite perpetrating fraud on her small hometown for years, Becky is an endearing character, with a heartfelt back story. Readers will find themselves cheering for her despite the fact that she is truly a con woman breaking the law.
-Laura Skinner
by Barbara Kingsolver
(Releases September 22, 2020)

I loved this little book of poetry by Barbara Kingsolver. She writes with honesty and emotion while keeping her poems very accessible. The volume is organized by themes including How to Fly, Pellegrinaggio (poems written in Italy) and Walking Each Other Home. Easy to pick up, read, and reflect, this little collection feels like home.
-Beth Mynhier
by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

How well do we really know our parents? In this moving, but unconventional mother-daughter story, Margot finds that she didn't know much when she discovers Mina Lee dead in her apartment. Margot works to untangle the circumstances of Mina's death as well as the mystery of her immigrant mother's life; who fled Korea, raised her alone, never learned English and carried so many secrets never shared. Throughout this process Margot gains understanding and appreciation for her mother, albeit too late.
-Di Grumhaus
REAL PIGEONS NEST HARD by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood
EVERYONE GETS A SAY by Jill Twiss & EG Keller
ONE TIME by Sharon Creech
WHO WAS KOBE BRYANT? by Ellen Labrecque
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