• Back to the Garden: A Novel

    Back to the Garden: A Novel

    King, Laurie R.

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. “In a stand-alone departure from King's best-selling "Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes" series, a decades-old skull has been found at Gardener Estate, a grand mansion on sweeping grounds long owned by an influential California family. Inspector Raquel Laing of the SFPD Cold Case Unit must look back to the Seventies, when young heir Rob Gardener re-created the mansion as a commune from which folks began disappearing. Were they victims of the serial killer known as the Highwayman?” Library Journal

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  • Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-pan Meals

    Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-pan Meals

    Clark, Melissa

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “New York Times food columnist Clark follows her best-selling Dinner in French with 100 recipes designed to cook entirely in one pot, pan, or dish, in under one hour. Readers will find fresh takes on soups and stews, pasta bakes, and plenty of roasted meat and vegetables. Clark builds flexibility into her recipes by suggesting substitutions for spices, herbs, vegetables, and cuts of meat. Perfect for beginning cooks and readers looking to build a repertoire of sure-fire dinner options. Library Journal

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  • The Furrows: A Novel

    The Furrows: A Novel

    Serpell, Namwali

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. “When Cassandra Williams is 12, her younger brother, Wayne, vanishes in a terrible accident; his body is never found, and her family crumbles as her father leaves to start another family and her mother begins an organization dedicated to missing children. Cassandra herself goes through life thinking that she sees her brother everywhere, finally meeting a man named Wayne who seems achingly familiar. …Serpell (The Old Drift) offers a study of grief; as Cassandra says, ‘I don't want to tell you what happened; I want to tell you how it felt.’” Library Journal

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  • The House of Broken Angels: A Novel

    The House of Broken Angels: A Novel

    Urrea, Luis Alberto

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. The 2022 Seattle Reads title makes an encore appearance as a Peak Pick! “In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.” Publisher description

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  • Less Is Lost

    Less Is Lost

    Greer, Andrew Sean

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. “In Greer's follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Less, Arthur Less is now a ‘Minor American Novelist’ with a mustache that no one notices and is happily living with his younger partner, Freddy Pelu, in San Francisco. However, with the death of an old lover, Less suddenly owes a monumental amount of rent, so he determinedly sets off on a series of paid literary gigs to ensure that they can keep their home. The star is the narrator, Freddy, whose wry, loving perspective means Less’ quirky antics are always grounded in some seemingly fathomable logic.” Booklist

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  • The Marriage Portrait

    The Marriage Portrait

    O'Farrell, Maggie

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Fiction. “A teenage Renaissance bride discovers that her husband of scarcely a year intends to murder her. Following up… Hamnet (2020), O’Farrell turns to another woman seen by history only in glimpses. Little is known about Lucrezia de’Medici, married at 15 to the Duke of Ferrara, besides her suspicious death; rumors that she was poisoned prompted Robert Browning’s famous poem ‘My Last Duchess.’ In contrast to Browning’s ever smiling victim, O’Farrell imagines a rebellious spirit less interested in matrimony than in painting the natural world around her. A compelling portrait of a young woman out of step with her times.” Kirkus Reviews

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  • Solito

    Solito

    Zamora, Javier

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “Poet Zamora presents an immensely moving story of desperation and hardship in this account of his childhood migration from El Salvador to the U.S. To reunite with his parents—who left during the Salvadoran Civil War—nine-year-old Zamora was forced to rely on the help of coyotes to get to America in 1999. What was supposed to be an easy two-week trip became a two-month nightmare pocked with seedy characters, days spent locked in various hideouts before moving, and a never-ending stream of promises shattered. This sheds an urgent and compassionate light on the human lives caught in an ongoing humanitarian crisis.” Publishers Weekly

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  • What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Munroe, Randall

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “Former NASA roboticist Munroe continues his quest to answer the world's unlikeliest questions. Assuming you had enough fuel, how long would it take you to drive to the edge of the observable universe? If you traveled at 65 mph, writes the author, "it will take you 480,000,000,000,000,000 years...to get there, or 35 million times the current age of the universe." How Munroe arrives at such calculations isn't always clear, and his math doesn't always show the work, but roll with it. A delight for science geeks with a penchant for oddball thought experiments.” Kirkus Reviews

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  • Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life

    Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life

    Wong, Alice

    NEW FOR SEPTEMBER! Adult Nonfiction. “Wong outlines her life as an advocate and educator in this stunning collection of essays, interviews, and artwork. Born to parents who emigrated from Hong Kong to Indiana in the 1970s, Wong describes how Chinese American culture and her progressive muscular dystrophy shaped her childhood. After moving to San Francisco for grad school, Wong advocated for access and disability rights, and in 2014 founded the Disability Visibility Project, ‘an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.’ The combination of memoir, manifesto, scrapbook, confession, and rousing call to action make for a winning mix.” Publishers Weekly

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  • Carrie Soto Is Back

    Carrie Soto Is Back

    Reid, Taylor Jenkins

    NEW FOR AUGUST! Adult Fiction. “Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning player named Nicki Chan. At 37-years-old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record.” Publisher description

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