• The Christie Affair

    The Christie Affair

    Gramont, Nina de

    Adult Fiction. “De Gramont bases this fanciful reimagining of actual events in the life of Agatha Christie on the author’s mysterious, 11-day disappearance in December 1926, shortly after Christie’s husband, Archie, revealed he was having an affair and wanted a divorce. Told from the point of view of Nan O’Dea, the fictionalized name of the ‘other woman’ with whom Archie was linked, the story reveals Nan’s early—and difficult—life… The author weaves a clever, highly original, mesmerizing tale filled with strange and unexpected turns and concludes it in an unexpected but wholly satisfying manner. ” – Booklist

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  • The Family Chao: A Novel

    The Family Chao: A Novel

    Chang, Lan Samantha

    Adult Fiction. “The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao restaurant’s delicious Americanized Chinese food for 35 years, content to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners. Whether or not Big Leo Chao is honest, or his wife, Winnie, is happy, their food tastes good and their three sons earned scholarships to respectable colleges. But when brash, charismatic, and tyrannical patriarch Leo Chao is found dead-presumed murdered-his sons find they've drawn the exacting gaze of the entire town. ” – Publisher description

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  • From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life

    From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life

    Brooks, Arthur C.

    Adult Nonfiction. “Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs. What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success? By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn…we can set ourselves up for increased happiness.” – Publisher description

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  • Grow More Food: A Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Getting the Biggest Harvest Possible From A Space of Any Size

    Grow More Food: A Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Getting the Biggest Harvest Possible From A Space of Any Size

    McCrate, Colin

    Adult Nonfiction. “Just how productive can one small vegetable garden be? More productive than one might think! [The authors], former CSA growers and current owners of the Seattle Urban Farm Company, help readers boost their garden productivity by teaching them how to plan carefully, maximize production in every bed, get the most out of every plant, scale up systems to maximize efficiency, and expand the harvest season with succession planting, intercropping, and season extension.” – Publisher description

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  • The Nineties

    The Nineties

    Klosterman, Chuck

    Adult Nonfiction. “Pop culture critic and essayist Klosterman turns his flinty eye to the 1990s, the last period in American history when personal and political engagement was still viewed as optional.’ Blending cultural analysis with his own caustic hot takes, Klosterman claims that the chief characteristic of the '90s was a pervasive feeling of ambivalence, ‘defined by an overwhelming assumption that life... was underwhelming.’ This nostalgic look at the waning days of offline culture both piques and entertains.” –Publishers Weekly

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  • The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

    The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

    Pink, Daniel H.

    Adult Nonfiction. “Regret ‘clarifies. It instructs. Done right, it needn't drag us down,’ writes Pink (When) in this pragmatic guide to harnessing the power of the past. He draws on the largest survey ever conducted of Americans' regrets, as well as his own poll of thousands of respondents in 105 countries, to reveal the four most common types of regret: foundational boldness, moral, and connection. Rather than despairing over regrets, Pink urges readers to think of them as opportunities for growth and learning, and offers a program for doing so.” – Publisher description

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  • The Swimmers

    The Swimmers

    Otsuka, Julie

    Adult Fiction. “Otsuka delivers a quick and tender story of a group of swimmers who cope with the disruption of their routines in various ways. The regulars at a pool range in age, ability, and swimming habits, and are connected by an incessant need to swim. When a crack shows up in the deep end of lane four, the swimmers all grows nervous about the pool’s future. While the ‘nonswimmers’ in their lives dismiss their concerns, the swimmers collectively discover how the crack ‘quietly lodges itself, unbeknownst to you, in the recesses of your mind’—except for cheerful Alice, who has swum in the pool for 35 years and now has dementia.” – Publishers Weekly

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  • The Final Case

    The Final Case

    Guterson, David

    Adult Fiction. “The death from hypothermia of an adopted Ethiopian girl, Abeba ‘Abigail’ Addisu, while in the care of her Christian fundamentalist parents… drives this outstanding literary thriller from Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars). [Parents] Betsy and Delvin, who live in rural Skagit County…, are arrested on homicide charges, and Betsy is put on trial for murder. [T]he unnamed narrator accompanies his elderly criminal attorney father, who has agreed to defend Betsy, for the pretrial. Guterson sensitively explores religion, white privilege, and justice while examining with realism and empathy the bond between parents and their children. With its simple message of hope, this novel will linger with readers long after the final page.” – Publishers Weekly

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  • The Maid: A Novel

    The Maid: A Novel

    Prose, Nita

    Adult Fiction. “25-year-old Molly Gray loves cleaning at the Regency Grand Hotel. But she's socially awkward, and other employees bully her, even calling her Roomba. Until now, she's had her gran to help explain her mistakes in reading body language. But now that her grandmother is dead, there's no one to explain why the police are upset when she finds the body of a hotel guest, Mr. Black, dead in his bed. What mistake did she make by cleaning the room, picking up glasses, before she found the body? Evidence implicates Molly, but she has a few friends who help her when she's arrested. Molly is a likable, neurodivergent narrator in this outstanding debut.” – Library Journal

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  • Olga Dies Dreaming

    Olga Dies Dreaming

    Gonzalez, Xochitl

    Adult Fiction. “It's 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro ‘Prieto’ Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers. Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Set against the backdrop of New York City in the months surrounding the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, [this] is a story that examines political corruption, familial strife, and the very notion of the American dream—all while asking what it really means to weather a storm.” – Publisher description

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