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March 2021

Joyland

by Stephen King

This Stephen King novel is a change of pace for the horror author. “1970’s friends tackle a mystery set in a haunted amusement park” sounds like Scooby Doo, but King gives this tale his own spin.  The murderer may not be real, but the ghost is. This title is available in the library, on OverDrive as an ebook and Hoopla as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Peter Tew, Adult Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Fiction


A Deadly Inside Scoop

by Abby Collette

Bronwyn Crewse, known to her close-knit family as ‘Win’, is renovating and reopening her family’s ice cream shop in picturesque Chagrin Falls, Ohio. All might have gone well with the reopening if not for an unexpected blizzard and Win stumbling upon a dead body near the falls. Now her father is suspected of murder and Win can only count one, two, maybe three customers in her store each day .. and that just won’t do. With a good friend at her side, that loves cozy murder television shows, Win decides to become an amateur sleuth, solve this crime and get back to the art of homemade ice cream. Recipes are included in this fun cozy book. Fans of Joanne Fluke will adore this first in a new series. This book is available in the library and on OverDrive as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Library Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


January 2021

Salem’s Lot

by Stephen King

The creeping dread of this tale makes it perfect for the dark cold days of winter.  The sleepy Maine town of Jerusalem’s Lot is infiltrated by a vampire, who gradually drains the inhabitants. The everyday townsfolk are caught in the grip of the vampire’s infection, which spreads slowly at first, then builds to a terrifying crescendo. This book is available in the library and on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook.

Recommended by: Peter Tew, Adult Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Fiction


One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak

B.J. Novak, one of the writers and stars of the TV show The Office, has compile several short stories in this collection. The stories spread for a rematch between the Tortoise and the Hare to a Las Vegas intervention gone wrong to a cereal box sweepstakes worth $100,000. Often with short story collections, you get some kind of mixture of hits and misses. I will say that a majority of these stories were hits. For a special treat, check out the audiobook and hear Novak and some of his celebrity friends narrate the stories. This book is available in the library and on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Push

by Ashley Audrain

A Good Morning America book club pick that keeps the reader engrossed as you learn more about Blythe and her unhappy childhood and her unhappiness as a mother. Blythe felt she never loved her daughter Violet. Is the problem Blythe has with being a mother stemming from her or is there something wrong with Violet? Then Blythe has Sam, who she adores.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Girl in the Mirror

by Rose Carlyle

A book full of greed, jealousy, and lust as the twist and turns involving twins, Iris and Summer Rose reach an explosive conclusion. Iris has always been jealous of twin, Summer, who seems to live a charmed life. When asked to help sail the family yacht with Summer’s hunky husband, Iris jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for Iris plans change and she finds herself in the middle of the ocean with Summer. When the yacht arrives, there is only one twin on board.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

Frustrated by lack of information when reading a mystery? Wish you could know exactly where each person was before, during and after the crime? Wish you knew what they were all thinking? Careful what you ask for!! Stuart Turton delivers on all counts with this uniquely written twist after twist after twist novel. Good old-fashioned fun for the new year. This title is also available on Hoopla Audio.
Recommended by: Theresa Hildebrand, Patron Services Manager 

Posted in: Adult Fiction


December 2020

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

by Katherine May

In this collection of essays, English author Katherine May explores the concept of solitude, transformation, and rest. The thoughtful prose and gentle storytelling will lead you to reconsider how you can make your way through difficult times. From learning how to celebrate her least-favorite holiday (Halloween) with her excited son, to taking on ice swimming, Katherine May approaches everything she does with clear thoughts and a bit of humor.  A perfect end-of-year companion to 2020.
Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, Youth Services School Liaison

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Ghosts of Harvard

by Francesca Scottoline Serritella

New Harvard Freshman Cady Archer steps onto campus with an anchor on her heart. Not one year earlier, her older brother Eric took his life on this very campus. He was a brilliant mind that began to unravel in his final year at Harvard – but why? As Cady investigates, she begins to hear the voices of three ghosts who help her juggle her school work, her social interactions, and her investigation. The Ghosts of Harvard is a suspenseful read that will keep you turning the page to find out the truth.

Recommended by: Natalie Leoni, Adult Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Fiction


A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab

Kell is an Antari, a rare magic user that has to ability not only to perform a variety of spells, but can travel to the different versions of London. Grey London is completely without magic, White London has magic, but it is also run by a corrupt sibling duo that limits what can be done. Red London, Kell’s home, is a magical place where magic is found everywhere. Finally, there is Black London, a place that is all but lost and no one ever visits. When Kell is given an artifact from one London and brings it to another, he soon realizes that he was set up to be taken down by his enemies. With the help of Lila Bard, a pickpocket from Grey London, Kell must do what he can to get rid of the powerful relic. This first book of a series can be found in the library as well as on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


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