Staff Reading Picks

The Garden of Small Beginnings

Abbi Waxman
ISBN:9780399583582

Lilian Girvan has been a single mother since her husband died in a car accident. Three years later, she's starting to get the hang of it. But she's about to discover -- with the help of her insanely supportive sister, a charming gardening instructor, and her quirky fellow students -- how to let nature take its course in gardening, in life, and in love.
 

 

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Celine: A Novel

by Peter Heller
ISBN:9780451493897

 
A luminous, spine-tingling novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

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Truevine : Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest : a True Story of the Jim Crow South

by Beth Macy
ISBN:9780316337540

Tells the true story of George and Willie Muse, two albino African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a twenty-eight-year struggle to get them back.

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News of the World

by Paulette Jiles
ISBN:9780062409201

 
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction.

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Fierce Kingdom

by Gin Phillips
ISBN:9780735224278

One of the New York Times Book Review's Best Crime Novels of 2017 "Warning: you'll finish this in one sitting." --TheSkimm "Expertly made thriller . . . clever and irresistible." --The New York Times An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she'll go to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours--the entire scope of the novel--she keeps on running. Joan's intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself--the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines--is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger. A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself--from its tender moments of grace to its savage power--Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?

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The Almost Sisters

by Joshilyn Jackson
ISBN:9780062105714

 

Leia discovers she is pregnant with a biracial child but before she can tell her conventional Southern family, her grandmother slips into dementia and Leia discovers that the elderly woman has been hiding a secret linked to the Civil War.

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The Women in the Castle

by Jessica Shattuck
ISBN:97800625636668

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.

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Never Let You Go

by Chevy Stevens
ISBN:9781250034564

Lindsey Nash is starting over with her new life after leaving her abusive ex-husband who was sent to jail. She has her own business and is raising her teenage daughter who needs her now more than ever. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn't want to do her any harm. Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought?

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Edgar and Lucy

by Victor Lodato
ISBN:9781250096982

Eight-year-old Edgar Fini's loyalty is torn between the two women in his life. There's his mother, Lucy, who, though she has moments where she loves him, mostly disappears at night with her various 'suitors'. And then there's his grandmother, Florence, who dotes on him to the point where she is at a loss when he isn't around. Since his father's suicide, Florence and Edgar's relationship has become obsessive, each fully dependent on the other. When Florence suddenly dies, Lucy is thrown into the role of main caretaker and doesn't know how to handle her new job.

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The Silent Corner

by Dean Koontz
ISBN: 9780345545992

 'I very much need to be dead.' These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for--but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered . . . unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what

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