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For Readers: Meet Your Next Good Book

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, Ghost Rider starring Nicholas Cage, "Toxic" by Britney Spears...many art forms offer memorable portrayals of protagonists who are tempted by their greatest desires, and who soon discover that every wish has a cost. Read more...

Covers of Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones; All's Well by Mona AwadCovers of The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid; The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab; The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

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The Girl in the Painting by Tea Cooper

"Set in early 1900s Australia, this historical fiction follows the Quinn siblings as they sponsor a young prodigy, Jane Piper, from an orphanage. Their worlds converge as Elizabeth Quinn's mental state declines and Jane attempts to puzzle out the past events from her life that triggered her breakdown." —Mary

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Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley

"When an investor wants to tear down a brothel to make way for luxury housing, the women who live and work there devise a plan to save their home." —Emily

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The Guide by Peter Heller

"A believable thriller about a fishing guide in remote Colorado, with some romance and great scenery descriptions." —Lillian

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Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

"Intriguing and at times humorous short stories portraying the lives of the children of Cambodian-American refugees in California." —Gina

cover of Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

"This epic space opera follows Captain Jim Holden as he makes a terrifying discovery on an abandoned ship; Holden must discover the truth before war breaks out amongst the colonized planets and the Belters." —Jessica

Cover of How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith

How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith

"A stunning and eye-opening tour of famous American historical sites with a legacy rooted in slavery and how they acknowledge and educate visitors about their history (or don't). Excellent on audio." —Laura

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Bolla by Pajtim Statovci

"A despondent novel that weaves the story of two star-crossed lovers in the midst of The Kosovo War with tales of a demonic serpent." —Emily

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The Guncle by Steven Rowley

"Formerly famous sitcom star Patrick's best friend has succumbed to cancer, and her widower husband is struggling with addiction. So Patrick takes in the couple's two children for the summer, and navigates his own grief and his life situation while helping the children grieve and grow." —Mary

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Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

"A woman gets a job as a court interpreter and things get interesting when she becomes the interpreter for a high-placed criminal of war." —Gina

cover of Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard

Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard

"The story of a marriage and family shattered by tragedy and infidelity and how, over the years that follow, discoveries and decisions are made that bring the family together and tear them apart." —Lillian

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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

"When a military organization makes contact with aliens, it could have disastrous results for the people of Earth." —Jessica

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The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel

"During WWII, a young German girl, raised in the wilderness, helps fleeing Jewish refugees survive in the forests of Eastern Europe, until past secrets and betrayal change everything." —Anne

cover of Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

"An exciting noir about a secretary and enforcer set in 1970s Mexico City from the outstanding author of Mexican Gothic." —Laura

cover of Falling by T. J. Newman

Falling by T. J. Newman

"To save his kidnapped family, an airline pilot must decide whether or not to crash the plane with over 100 passengers aboard." —Anne


2021 Gift Guide

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The print edition of the Gift Guide will be available for pickup at the library beginning the first week of October.

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