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Mollie Cox Bryan
Description: "Christmas is a time for new beginnings, so after her big breakup, Brynn MacAlister takes the gouda with the bad. With her three Red Devon cows, she settles in bucolic Shenandoah Springs, eager for a new life as an organic micro-dairy farmer and cheese-maker. Then her dear cow Petunia's bellows set the whole town on edge. But it isn't until Brynn's neighbor, Nancy, dies in a mysterious fire that her feelings about small town life begin to curdle. It seems some folks were not happy with Nancy's plan to renovate the Old Glebe Church. But is a fear of change a motivation for murder? As a newcomer, Brynn can't ignore the strange events happening just on the other side of her frosty pasture -- and soon on her very own farm. Suddenly Christmas doesn't feel so festive as everyone demands she muzzle sweet Petunia, and Brynn is wondering if someone wants to silence her -- for good."--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Kel Kade
Description: Not all stories have happy endings. Everyone loves Mathias. Naturally, when he discovers it's his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride. However, saving the world isn't as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. The going gets rough and folks start to believe their best chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn't how the prophecy goes. At all. As the list of allies grows thin, and the friends find themselves staring death in the face they must decide how to become the heroes they were destined to be or, failing that, how to survive.
Call Number: FIC Kad
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
André Aciman
Description: In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting. In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever. Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.
Call Number: FIC Aci
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 18, 2019
Talia Hibbert
Description: Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. She's come up with seven directives to help her "Get a Life", and she's already completed the first: finally moving out of her family's mansion. She's ready to enjoy a drunken night out, ride a motorcycle, and other adventures. But it's not easy being bad, and Chloe knows just the man to help her complete her list. Redford 'Red' Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and sex appeal, who paints at night but hides his work. When she enlists Red to help her rebel, she discovers what really lies beneath his rough exterior. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC Hib
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Bernardine Evaristo
Description: "Girl, Woman, Other is a celebration of the diversity of Black British experience and a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean. The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London's funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley's former students, works hard to earn a degree from Oxford and becomes an investment banker; Carole's mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter's lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class. Centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative and fast-moving form that borrows from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that reminds us of everything that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Eva
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 18, 2019
Laurel Greer
Description: "Is a Hanukkah miracle right around the corner? This year, Dr. Caleb Matsuda could do without holiday cheer. After an avalanche robbed him of his ability to practice surgery, he struggles to make it through each day. He may be intrigued by new colleague Garnet James, but she’s also a search-and-rescue volunteer who could be in danger at any moment. If only she wasn’t perfect for the man he used to be." -- Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Joanna Shupe
Description: "From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up unforgettable Christmas romance"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC How
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Chan Poling, Lucy Michell
Description: "From two beloved Minnesota musicians, a unique and moody collaboration in the form of a picture book for adults. Jack and the Ghost is a gothic, lyrical evocation of a shipwreck, ghosts, and living through grief in a North Shore town. Jack Cooper, last in a long family line of fishermen, lives alone in the remote North Shore town of Greyshore, haunted by grief. But he will discover what it means to be truly haunted when a ghostly woman appears to lure him to land’s end, to the beckoning waves that have broken his heart. In a tale weird and whimsical, as familiar as folklore and as strange as life itself, musical artists Chan Poling and Lucy Michell create a world where even the most hardened soul has to see that grief may be tough, but life is tougher. "-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 18, 2019
Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrzej Klimowski, Danusia Schejbal
Description: The Master and Margarita, beautifully painted in this stunning graphic novel, follows the Devil and his retinue as they systematically wreak havoc in Moscow. Caught up in the chaos are two lovers: the Master, a writer broken by criticisms of his novel about Pontius Pilate, and Margarita, for whom the Devil has his own plans. Initially banned by the very bureaucracy it criticised, Bulgakov's satirical novel comes to life in this new adaptation. Mixing absurdity and erudition, it depicts fantastical events with a macabre humour, contrasting mischief and murder with humility and love.
Call Number: FIC Bul
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Kate Collins
Description: After being hired to deliver poinsettias to Churchill's department store in downtown New Chapel, feisty flower shop owner Abby Knight finds herself mixed up in the disappearances of everyone's favorite Santa Claus, Mr. Churchill himself. Promising Churchill's daughter that the legendary Christmas Eve celebration will not go on without her father, Abby must recruit her whole staff at Bloomers, and even her family to help. But while the excitement builds and the town square fills with revelers, there is one person who must come to terms with his own holiday mystery, Abby's husband and partner, private investigator Marco Salvare. The clock is ticking down the minutes to the big celebrations and clues are quickly uncovered, but Abby and Marco soon realize there is much more at stake than one man's life. As the town gathers around for the lighting of the tree, and the suspect is just within arm's reach, Team Salvare is barred from the case. Little does Abby know that her next move won't just seal Santa's fate, but the fate of Christmas itself hangs in the balance.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Pauline Knaeble Williams
Description: Penny McGinty is a hardworking, kindhearted Irish immigrant maid for a Philadelphia family. It's 1850, just after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, which required that all escaped slaves be returned to their masters upon capture, even those in free states. Even free blacks were terrorized by the law's enforcers, who often didn't bother to find out whether their captives were freemen or escaped slaves. One day, Penny answers a knock on the kitchen door to find a bedraggled, exhausted young woman who appears to be white but who in fact is an escaped slave seeking refuge. She has taken the name of Larkspur. "Night Shade" is the story of Penny and Larkspur's friendship and of the adventures they experience, along with the house's wealthy inhabitants and their acquaintances, both black and white. Williams' historical novel is most powerful when it examines the growing doubt of characters who have long blindly adhered to the law after they come to witness the fear and damage it spreads. --adapted from the Star Tribune book review
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 25, 2019
Joseph Kanon
Description: "Seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich, Max Weill has never forgotten the atrocities he saw as a prisoner at Auschwitz--nor the face of Dr. Otto Schramm, a camp doctor who worked with Mengele on appalling experiments and who sent Max's family to the gas chambers. As the war came to a close, Schramm was one of the many high-ranking former-Nazi officers who managed to escape Germany for new lives in South America, where leaders like Argentina's Juan Perón gave them safe harbor and new identities. With his life nearing its end, Max asks his nephew Aaron Wiley--an American CIA desk analyst--to complete the task Max never could: to track down Otto in Argentina, capture him, and bring him back to Germany to stand trial. Unable to deny Max, Aaron travels to Buenos Aires and discovers a city where Nazis thrive in plain sight, mingling with Argentine high society. He ingratiates himself with Otto's alluring but wounded daughter, whom he's convinced is hiding her father. Enlisting the help of a German newspaper reporter, an Israeli agent, and the obliging CIA station chief in Buenos Aires, he hunts for Otto--a complicated monster, unexpectedly human but still capable of murder if cornered. Unable to distinguish allies from enemies, Aaron will ultimately have to discover not only Otto, but the boundaries of his own personal morality, how far he is prepared to go to render justice"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kan
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 18, 2019
Pete Townshend
Description: In his debut novel, rock legend Pete Townshend explores the anxiety of modern life and madness in a story that stretches across two generations of a London family, their lovers, collaborators, and friends. A former rock star disappears on the Cumberland moors. When his wife finds him, she discovers he has become a hermit and a painter of apocalyptic visions. An art dealer has drug-induced visions of demonic faces swirling in a bedstead and soon his wife disappears, nowhere to be found. A beautiful Irish girl, who has stabbed her father to death is determined to seduce her best friend's husband. A young composer begins to experience aural hallucinations, expressions of the fear and anxiety of the people of London. He constructs a maze in his back garden. Driven by passion and musical ambition, events spiral out of control--good drugs and bad drugs, loves lost and found, families broken apart and reunited. Conceived jointly as an opera, The Age of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.
Call Number: FIC Tow
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal, Lance Rubin
Description: "It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and an unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town's cheerful faade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow--a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade. At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they've been told: that the students' strange demises were all just tragic accidents, the unfortunate consequence of succumbing to vices like Dungeons & Dragons and Nirvana. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry--and their best friend, Alicia Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment--Rex and Leif are forced to piece together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What the boys find--with recent NYU film school student Janine Blitstein and her cousin Donna (a former Whitewood student with secrets of her own) at their side--will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations, one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC McL
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Description: In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine's family. Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine's descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha's behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine's converge.
Call Number: FIC Sex
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
Stefan Spjut, Agnes Broomé
Description: "What if ...? A large wolf escapes its captors. A cult leader breaks out of psychiatric care. A disillusioned woman is forced to end her self-imposed exile. Stefan Spjut's latest novel explores the ancient notion that our forests may be inhabited by beings we do not understand, creatures neither animal nor human, living in the shadows . . ."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Spj
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 18, 2019
Mark Barr
Description: Amidst construction of a federal dam in rural Tennessee, Nathan, an engineer hiding from his past, meets Claire, a small-town housewife struggling to find her footing in the newly-electrified, job-hungry, post-Depression South. As Nathan wrestles with the burdens of a secret guilt and tangled love, Claire struggles to balance motherhood and a newfound freedom that awakens ambitions and a sexuality she hadn't known she possessed. The arrival of electricity in the rural community, where prostitution and dog-fighting are commonplace, thrusts together modern and backcountry values. In an evocative feat of storytelling in the vein of Kent Haruf's Plainsong, and Ron Rash's Serena, Watershed delivers a gripping story of characters whose ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place. As the townspeople embark on a biblical undertaking to harness elemental forces, Nathan and Claire are left to wonder what their lives will look like when the lights come on.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
Trish Harnetiaux
Description: "There are only a few rules in a White Elephant gift exchange: 1) Everyone brings a wrapped, unmarked gift. 2) Numbers are drawn to decide who picks first. 3) Gifts don't need to be pricey--and often they're downright tacky. But things are a little different in Aspen, Colorado, at the office holiday party for the real estate firm owned by Henry Calhoun and his wife Claudine. Each Christmas sparks a contest among the already competitive staff to see who can buy the most coveted gift: designer sunglasses, deluxe spa treatments, front row concert tickets -- nothing is off the table. The staff is even more competitive this year as Zara, the hottest young pop star out of Hollywood, is in town and Claudine is determined to sell her the getaway home of her dreams. Everyone is puzzled when a strange gift shows up in the mix: an antique cowboy statue. At least the sales agents are guessing it's an antique -- otherwise it'd be a terrible present. In fact, the gift makes sense only to Henry and Claudine. The statue is the weapon Henry used to commit a murder years ago, a murder that helped start his company and a murder that Claudine helped cover up. She swore that no one would ever be able to find the statue or trace it to their crime. So which of their employees did? Over the course of the evening, Henry and Claudine race to figure out who could have planted the weapon, and just what the night means for the secrets they've been harboring. Further adding to the drama is a snowstorm that closes nearby roads -- preventing anyone from leaving, as well as keeping law enforcement from the scene. And by the end of this crazy night, the police will most definitely be required..."-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Ariel Slamet Ries, Hazel Newlevant, editor Steenz (Christina Stewart), Leigh Luna, letterer AndWorld Design (Firm)
Description: "In the witch kingdom Hyalin, the strength of your magic is determined by the length of your hair. Those that are strong enough are conscripted by the Witch Guard, who enforce the law in peacetime and protect the land during war. However, those with hair judged too long are pronounced enemies of the kingdom, and annihilated. This is called a witch burning. Witchy is an ongoing webcomic about the young witch Nyneve, who is haunted by the death of her father and the threat the Witch Guard poses to her own life. When conscription rolls around, Nyneve has a choice to make; join the institution complicit in her father’s death, or stand up for her ideals?" -- Author's website.
Call Number: FIC Rie
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 12, 2019
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Christmas Cow Bells
Mollie Cox Bryan
FIC Bry
Night Shade
Pauline Knaeble Williams
FIC Wil
Fate Of The Fallen
Kel Kade
FIC Kad
The Accomplice : A Novel
Joseph Kanon
FIC Kan
Find Me
André Aciman
FIC Aci
The Age Of Anxiety : A Novel
Pete Townshend
FIC Tow
Get A Life, Chloe Brown : A Novel
Talia Hibbert
FIC Hib
The Lost Causes Of Bleak Creek : A Novel
Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal, Lance Rubin
FIC McL
Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo
FIC Eva
The Revisioners : A Novel
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
FIC Sex
Holiday By Candlelight
Laurel Greer
FIC Gre
Trolls
Stefan Spjut, Agnes Broomé
FIC Spj
How The Dukes Stole Christmas
Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Joanna Shupe
FIC How
Watershed : A Novel
Mark Barr
FIC Bar
Jack & The Ghost
Chan Poling, Lucy Michell
FIC Pol
White Elephant
Trish Harnetiaux
FIC Har
Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master And Margarita : A Graphic Novel
Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrzej Klimowski, Danusia Schejbal
FIC Bul
Witchy
Ariel Slamet Ries, Hazel Newlevant, editor Steenz (Christina Stewart), Leigh Luna, letterer AndWorld Design (Firm)
FIC Rie
Missing Under The Mistletoe : A Flower Shop Mystery Christmas Novella
Kate Collins
FIC Col