• The Island

    The Island

    McKinty, Adrian

    Adult Fiction. “After moving from a small town to Seattle, Heather marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the kids are so over their new mom. When they discover remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry… But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare.” – Publisher

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  • Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture From My Kitchen in México

    Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture From My Kitchen in México

    Martínez, Rick

    Adult Nonfiction. “A 19-month culinary quest through Mexico results in this excellent recipe collection from erstwhile Bon Appétit editor Martínez, in his debut. While he highlights the country's most popular regional dishes, Martínez explains his recipes are guided, first, by his ‘own preferences’--which avoid labels of ‘authentic’ (ones that, ‘as a public-facing cook in this industry,’ he admits to being ‘complicit’ in perpetuating), yet take a practical approach to ingredients. This intimate look at a country's cuisine has as much spice as it does soul.”– PW,

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  • Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel

    Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel

    Van Pelt, Shelby

    Adult Fiction. “In the sleepy town of Sowell Bay, WA, Tova stands on the precipice of a new life. Her husband is dead, and her son drowned many years ago. With her grief threatening to consume her, Tova considers how she’s going to move on while finding comfort in her job at the local aquarium. She’s made friends with an intelligent octopus, Marcellus, who also provides his perspective on the matter. The octopus’ point of view… brings a magical haze to the novel, even as Tova and Marcellus realize their story is coming to an end.” – Booklist

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  • River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

    River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

    Millard, Candice

    Adult Nonfiction. “In the 19th century European powers sent off waves of explorations to extend their colonial empires. Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke were sent by the Royal Geographical Society to claim the [source of the Nile] for England. Yet there was a third man, his name obscured by imperial annals. This was Sidi Mubarak Bombay. Without his talents, it is likely that neither Englishman would have come close to the headwaters of the Nile, or perhaps even survived. Millard has written another peerless story of courage and adventure, set against the backdrop of the race to exploit Africa by the colonial powers." Publisher

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  • This Time Tomorrow

    This Time Tomorrow

    Straub, Emma

    Adult Fiction. “On her 40th birthday, Alice overdoes it with her best friend and wakes up… on her 16th birthday in the mid-90s. At first, this is unsettling, but then it's pretty cool. There's her author father, Leonard, dying in the present, and the cute guy she let get away then; the stalled-out career now, and the unbelievable youth—her father's especially—that she took for granted. And while it costs her a day each time, she can go back over and over, making decisions in the past that alter her present both subtly and significantly.” – Booklist

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  • You Made A Fool of Death With your Beauty: A Novel

    You Made A Fool of Death With your Beauty: A Novel

    Emezi, Akwaeke

    Adult Fiction. “5 years after losing the love of her life in a car accident, artist Feyi is ready to rejoin the land of the living. At the encouragement of her best friend, Feyi steps back into the dating world, planning to keep her liaisons simple and easy. But an unexpected meeting on a rooftop bar leads to a summer on a tropical island and the chance to showcase her art and express the pain still tearing her heart apart. Unfortunately, the one person able to piece the fragments back together…is the one person who is most definitely off-limits. …[A] dazzling celebration of the messiness of living…” – Booklist

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  • Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole

    Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole

    Cain, Susan

    Adult Nonfiction. “In her first adult book since 2012's bestselling Quiet, Cain explores how a bittersweet perspective can help people overcome individual and collective pain, while encouraging compassion and unity. Cain defines a bittersweet outlook as ‘a tendency to states of longing, poignancy, and sorrow.’ It's a recognition that the light and the dark are inseparable; embracing the imperfections of the world goes hand-in-hand with a desire to make the world better. Timely in its focus, this latest work by Cain delivers an eloquent and compelling case supporting the transformative possibilities of embracing sorrow.” – LJ

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  • The Candy House: A Novel

    The Candy House: A Novel

    Egan, Jennifer

    Adult Fiction. “At the center of this sibling novel to Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010) is Bix Bouton, a minor character in the previous tale, now a tech guru who has developed Own Your Unconscious, a platform that allows people to access all of their memories and those of others. While many welcome this opportunity, some ‘eluders’ seek to escape the unrelenting surveillance of every aspect of their lives. Drifting from the mid-1960s to the mid-2030s, this novel is a portrait of where we have been, where we are, and where we could be going. Haunting and often hilarious… ” – Booklist

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  • Finding Me

    Finding Me

    Davis, Viola

    Adult Nonfiction. “Born in South Carolina on a plantation where her grandparents had been sharecroppers, [Davis] grew up in dire poverty in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Her father was a physically abusive alcoholic, and the family lived in a rat-infested apartment where they often had no heat or hot water. Inspired by seeing Cicely Tyson on TV, Davis wanted to become an actor--a goal that seemed far out of reach. About her professional triumphs, the author is modest: ‘It's an eenie, meenie, miny, mo game of luck, relationships, chance, how long you've been out there, and sometimes talent.’ An unvarnished chronicle of hard-won, well-earned success.” – Kirkus

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  • Four Treasures of the Sky

    Four Treasures of the Sky

    Zhang, Jenny Tinghui

    Adult Fiction. “A propulsive and dazzling debut novel set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West. Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak. But when she is kidnapped and smuggled across an ocean from China to America, Daiyu must relinquish the home and future she imagined for herself. Over the years that follow, she is forced to keep reinventing herself to survive.” – Publisher description

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