Whether you are looking for your next great read or want to build up your "to-read" list, check out our new offerings below!
Springtime Reads

Spring is here (we think)! Time to shake off that cabin fever and venture out to the library for your next great read. Don’t know what to choose? No problem. No matter what type of book captures your interest, we’ve got you covered. From absorbing literary fiction to heart-pounding thrillers to the hottest in Non-Fiction, here’s a sampling of what’s new on our shelves in April.
Fiction
Varina
by Charles Frazier

Award-winning and best-selling author Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of  Cold Mountain , vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. Simply stunning historical fiction.
How to be Safe: A Novel
by Tom McAllister

 A compulsively readable, darkly funny exposé of the hypocrisy that ensues when illusions of peace are shattered. One of the most anticipated
books of 2018!

Property:
Stories between
Two Novellas
by Lionel Shriver

A wry and witty focus on how homes and objects shape the lives of those who own them. “People stories,” both laughable and relatable! 

Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell

Publishers Weekly notes that “More than a whiff of  The Lovely Bones  wafts through this haunting domestic noir.” A twisty plot and well developed characters make for a thriller you won’t be able to guess at until “the final threads are unknotted.”  
After Anna
by Lisa Scottoline

A nail-biting thriller from one of our favorite authors! 
Warning: clear your schedule before picking this one up, because you won’t be able to put it down once you start.
 
Women in Sunlight
by Frances Mayes

Written with the warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship that Mayes is recognized for, 
Women in Sunlight  is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year. Maybe it’s too chilly yet for the beach, but a beach read this is!
The Good Liar
by Catherine McKenzie

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered. As the anniversary of the accident dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

AVAILABLE SOON
The Female Persuasion
by Meg Wolitzer

This insightful and resonant novel explores what it is to both embrace womanhood and suffer because of it. Important, timely, and a refreshing break from the “thrillers featuring woman or girl in the title” genre.






Unbury Carol
by Josh Malerman

Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times, but her many deaths are not final, they are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days. Haunting and edgy, for fans of supernatural suspense both through-provoking and terrifying.

My Lady's Choosing
by Kitty Curran and
Larissa Zageris

An “Interactive Romance” where you decide your path, follow your heart and find your happily ever after. And if that path doesn’t work out you can choose another! How fun is that?
Circe
by Madeline Miller

An intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. Utterly enthralling and a bona fide “up all night” page turner.
Non-Fiction
A Higher Loyalty
by James Comey

James Comey has been involved in some of the most significant cases and policies in recent history, his journey providing an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader. One of the most highly anticipated books to be released this spring.

The Girl who Smiled Beads
by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

A beautifully written and stirring account reaching beyond the horrors of war to recall the experience of a child trying to make sense of violence and strife. Intimate and lyrical, the narrative flows from Wamariya’s early experience to her life in the United States with equal grace. A must-read.

The Neuroscientist who Lost Her Mind
by Barbara Lipska and Elaine McArdle

In the same tone as When Breath Becomes Air, Lipska’s account of her frightening illness and recovery reminds us that the tragedy of an unlived life should be feared more than death itself. Fascinating, hopeful and redemptive.


Staff Recommends
Aside from all the new titles released this spring, there is much to be found in our back list titles; they are just waiting to be discovered in the stacks. This month, staff member Lynn recommends books from the 900’s – our history section. Guaranteed compelling reading!

The Lost: A Search for
Six of Six Million
by Daniel Mendelsohn

One of the best books I’ve read in recent years, The Lost has everything: It's a mystery, an adventure, a family drama, all kinds of history, at times a travelogue, some philosophy, and genealogical research - all written in an entertaining and personal style that makes the reader feel like he or she is along for the ride. Five hundred-plus pages, and it never lagged. I came away not only pleased at the resolution but having quite enjoyed the author's company.

Stalin's Daughter
by Rosemary Sullivan

What a very strange thing, to be Stalin's daughter. As she herself said, she
was doomed from
the start.
Although Svetlana seems to have brought many of her troubles on herself, it's difficult not to feel sad for her. She had more true friends in various countries than she seems to have realized, but she was certainly manipulated and used by people on both sides of
the Cold War. An enlightening look at
a lonely but
fascinating life.

Our Man in Tehran
by Robert Wright

Diplomacy has always fascinated me, and real-life 'spy' stories with happy endings are much better than novels. It's always encouraging to see that people can work together when it has to be done, and that occasionally self-interest doesn't win out: Although the Canadians were the ones who ultimately sheltered the 'houseguests', they had plenty of help from the Danes and New Zealanders, and in a more limited but still risky way, the Germans and Swedes independently stepped up. Even a handful of Khomeini's people did what they could behind
the scenes. It was remarkable all
around, and it makes
a great read. 

A Spy Among Friends
by Ben Macintyre

This fascinating book about one of Britain's notorious Cambridge Five discusses his career as a Soviet spy through the lens of his relationships with the colleagues and friends whom he deceived for decades. His work resulted in the deaths of hundreds, both his own countrymen and others, and his unmasking in 1963 left intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic reeling. 

Strange Rebels: 1979 and the
Birth of the 21st century
by Christian Caryl

The author of Strange Rebels ties together several major upheavals of 1979, on the surface unconnected, and suggests that they represent a dramatic shift in the 20th century zeitgeist, a counterrevolution of conservative forces leading directly to the end of the Cold War, the disintegration of the USSR, and the rise of Islamic extremism - as well as the triumph in Western nations of largely unregulated free-market capitalism over more progressive social and economic policies. Whether you see these changes as positive or negative, his premise goes a long way towards explaining how we came to be where we now are.