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For Readers: Meet Your Next Good Book

Read for comfort

Cozy sweater? Check. Pile of blankets? Check. Comfort read? Try one of these feel-good books. These fiction and nonfiction picks are just the thing when you could use a little sunshine in your day. You may even find a new go-to read to add to your rotation of favorites.

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Severance by Ling Ma

Severance by Ling Ma

"In a post-apocalyptic world one woman joins a group of traveling survivors while concealing a secret." —Gina

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

"When Afi Tekple marries the wealthy Elikem Ganyo, she is torn between following the wishes of her family and finding her own independence." —Jessica

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce

"Two women embark on a quest halfway across the world to find a rare beetle, and encounter life-changing adventures." —Anne

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby

"A fast-paced heist thriller that has me invested in the life of Bug and the poor choices he must make to keep his life intact." —Mary

Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

"A fresh take on the classic hardboiled mystery, featuring an unorthodox private investigator and her new assistant, fresh from the travelling circus." —Laura

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

"This latest Vera Stanhope mystery has the detective inspector dealing with a murder close to her home in the north of England. A tangled mess of family and buried secrets." —Lillian

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

"A quiet, character-driven novel that looks at the American Dream from two perspectives after the 2008 economic crash: an immigrant family and an upper class New York family." —Gina

Death and the Maiden by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

Death and the Maiden by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

"The final installment in the Mistress of the Art of Death historical mystery series." —Anne

Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom

Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom

"A research librarian’s look into the dark history and science behind the practice—or alleged practice—of anthropodermic (human skin) books." —Emily

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

"Bridie Devine, a female detective in Victorian England, works to locate a missing girl who has unnatural powers." —Jessica

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

"An inventive and powerful novella about a group of women fighting the reign of terror unleashed by the KKK, who have literally turned into a monster." —Laura

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

"The lives of multiple residents of a London neighborhood intertwine in the investigation into a missing teen girl, taking the reader on a suspenseful trip until a rapid ending!" —Mary

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

"A martial arts tale about a follower of The Order of the Pure Moon who teams up with a gang of thieves to protect an object sacred to her order. " —Emily

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

"Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize winner, writes an achingly beautiful memoir. Her stepfather killed her mother and Trethewey explores pain, memory, and trauma by revisiting the past." —Lillian

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