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Music in the air

Musics seems to be in the air these days!  With the popularity of the Beatles documentary, and memoirs of multiple musicians flying off the shelves, perhaps you’ve started wondered what life as a musician would feel like. These titles will bring you into the worlds of various musicians in different time periods for a look at life in the spotlight. Read more...

Covers of Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau; Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton; The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan SlocumbCovers of Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie; Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel; Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

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The Maid by Nita Prose

"Molly Gray, a young maid at the posh Regency Grand Hotel,  has excellent work skills but trouble with interpreting people and social situations. When a wealthy, prominent client is found dead in his hotel bed, Molly is embroiled in a murder mystery as the prime suspect." —Anne

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To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

"An epic historical fiction crossing three different centuries and different genres." —Gina

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Miss Eliza's English Kitchen by Annabel Abbs

"Delightfully told historical fiction about Eliza Acton, author of the first published cookbook for home cooks, and her relationship with the kitchen maid, Ann Kirby, who helps her develop the recipes." —Mary

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Hurricane Season by Fernada Melchor

"A psychological and folkloric murder mystery set in a small town in rural Mexico." —Emily

cover of Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

"An emotional tale of the difficulty of losing a beloved pet, a truly touching book" —Lillian

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Dune by Frank Herbert

"An epic science fiction story that follows Paul Atreides as he faces betrayal and danger on a desert planet named Arrakis." —Jessica

cover of Red Comet by Heather Clark

Red Comet by Heather Clark

"A vivid and comprehensive portrayal of Sylvia Plath that brings the poet to life in a new way.." —Gina

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Murder Under Her Skin by Stephen Spotswood

"Will takes the lead in the second Pentecot and Parker mystery, investigating an emotionally-charged murder that puts her old circus family in the crosshairs." —Laura

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Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

"The first in Franzen’s planned trilogy is this saga of an unhappy Midwestern family during the Vietnam War." —Lillian

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The Four Humors by Mina Seckin

"A medical student visiting her grandmother in Turkey becomes convinced that she can diagnose her chronic illness with the ancient theory of the four humors." —Emily

cover of I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer

I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer

"Baer takes negative and uplifting online messages and creates powerful erasure poems." —Jessica

cover of The Undertakers by Nicole Glover

The Undertakers by Nicole Glover

"The second book in the Murder & Magic series is exactly that: a captivating and creative combination of magic and murder investigations in post–Civil War Philadelphia." —Laura

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The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

"In 1954, teenaged Emmett Watson, recently having served time for involuntary manslaughter, picks up his younger brother Billy, and plans a cross-country odyssey to a new life in San Francisco,  only to have plans go awry when friends from the work farm appear." —Anne

cover of April in Spain by John Banville

April in Spain by John Banville

"The 8th entry in Banville's Quirke mystery series set in 1950s Ireland is, as always, quite a literary and thought-provoking thriller." —Mary


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