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August 2023

Florida

by Lauren Groff

Groff tells 11 separate short stories of people in or from Florida finding themselves in less-than-ideal situations. A story of two young sisters struggling to survive after a big storm knocks out power and leaves them stranded and alone stands out. Several of the stories include or follow the theme of alcoholic, inept, absent, or threatening fathers and father-figures.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


July 2023

The Boyfriend Candidate

by Ashley Winstead

Shy librarian Alexis has decided to have a one-night stand at the nicest bar in town. There she meets Logan who hangs on her every word. A crazy situation places Alexis quite quickly in a fake relationship. Who knew that Logan was running for Governor? Not Alexis. As Alexis gets to know Logan better, she finds that she is not so shy and he might be a nice guy. Political rallies also abound for Alexis and she comes out of her shell … for a short time. This is a great modern-day romance. A bit heavy on the political scenes but still enjoyable. Fans of Olivia Dade will like this one.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Lost Letter

by Mimi Matthews

With the death of her father, Sylvia must survive by taking a position as a governess. Her life is quiet until a young woman visits her and ask for her help in regards to her brother, a retired Colonel who has hidden himself away from society. This young woman claims Sylvia is her brother’s lost love but this only confuses Sylvia. She once wrote him letters but she never received one in return. Sylvia’s kindness places her near the Colonel once again and a sweet, romantic reunion could be possible … or is it?
Author Mimi Matthews is a gem when it comes to historical fiction. If you enjoy Julia Quinn or Lisa Kleypas, this reads well minus the steamy scenes.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Everyone in my Family has killed Someone

by Benjamin Stevenson

Ernie, who has a fascination with crime novels, has accepted an invitation to a family reunion. A family who has shunned him since he testified against his brother who was jailed for murder. As the family gathers, the prodigal son returns, the snow fall becomes an unprecedented storm and the dead bodies begin to pile up. Ernie doesn’t hold back as he narrates the failings of his whole family. Who could be the murderer? There are endless possibilities.
This story is well-written, suspenseful and filled with various ‘Christie’ nods. This is a great read for Agatha Christie and Richard Osman fans.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an e audiobook.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


A Psalm for the Wild-built

by Becky Chambers

One day a traveling tea monk named Dex runs into a robot. No one has seen a robot in centuries after they left to live in the wilds after gaining self-awareness. Humans promised to leave the robots be until they were ready to interact with humans again. That time is now, and the story unfolds as our robot wishes to learn the answer to a simple but complex question. “What do people need?” Dex doing their best to answer that question, as they struggle with finding the answer for themself.  It’s an insightful, funny, and peaceful little novel about purpose and what drives us to do the things we do, even when we seemingly already have everything we need.

This book is available in the library and on Hoopla as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Abigail Kearns, Adult Services Assistant

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Under the Whispering Door

by T. J. Klune

The book follows Wallace as he is picked up by a grim reaper at his own funeral and taken to a strange teashop/house in the middle of the woods where some of the newly and not so newly dead reside as they learn to be at peace with their own passings. Here Wallace learns to accept his death by learning to accept his choices in life. It is a charming ride with a cast of likeable characters, even the ones that take time to warm up to. Both very funny and uplifting while being a somber take on moving on once it’s our time. It, like a good cup of tea, will warm you up inside by the time you’re done with it.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive as an ebook.

Recommended by: Abigail Kearns, Adult Services Assistant

Posted in: Adult Fiction


June 2023

Transmetropolitan

by Ellis Warren

Transmetropolitan is a comic that mixes dark futurology with gallows humor and biting satire. Set in a cyberpunk transhumanist dystopia known simply as The City. The comic follows gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem, a chain-smoking infomaniac compelled to reveal the corruption of The City at all costs. Spider along with his body guard Channon Yarrow and assistant Yelena Rossini, delve into some of the future world’s eeriest conspiracies. Through their independent and controversial news column “I hate it here” Spider lambasts the City with the Truth. This comic is not for the faint of heart. It can be crude and insensitive and is ripe with explicit language. But beyond the grime lay a fantastic story about truth, courage, and doing the right thing but maybe not the way society would prefer the right thing be done. 11/10 would read over and over again. A favorite of actor Patrick Stewart, who at one point requested playing the part of Spider Jerusalem.

This book is available on Hoopla as an ebook

Recommended by: Patrick Deitche, Senior Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Bear and the Nightingale

by Kathleen Arden

Set in medieval Russia, this semi-historical fiction centers on Vasilisa, a young girl with the uncanny ability to see spirits. Vasilisa encounters many spirits from Russian folklore, but none more prominent than Morozko the winter demon, better known as Father Frost. To Vasilisa, these spirits are part of their heritage and livelihood; however, these spirits and their stories soon become anathema when Orthodox Christianity deems these spirits to be demons. An adventurous tale full of magic, witches, and Russian folklore. Strongly recommended to those who enjoyed Circe by Madeline Miller or to those looking for a frosty fantasy for the hot summer days.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Patrick Deitche, Senior Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The First Man in Rome

by Colleen McCullough

Politics, treachery, and intrigue abound in this epic historical fiction centered on two rising political stars, Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix. Colleen McCullough’s research and detail of the era make the drama of this book enthralling. Strongly recommended to those who enjoyed the politics and intrigue of Game of Thrones, but could do without the fantasy. This is book one of the Masters of Rome series.

Recommended by: Patrick Deitche, Senior Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Nothing But Blackened Teeth

by Cassandra Khaw

Feeling the summer heat? This short novel will send chills down your spine! Four thrill-seeking friends celebrate a wedding by renting out a supposedly-haunted Heian-era manor. As the night goes on, long-buried tensions between them simmer to the surface, and beneath the manor an ever longer buried bride begins to stir.

This book is available in the library and on Hoopla as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Peter Tew, Adult Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction


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