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Alex (Novelist) White
Description: "A toxic cult with powerful magics, a turncoat treasure hunter with an ancient grudge, and a creature made of death and shadows. The crew of the Capricious has pissed all of them off. After their last haul, the crew is rich enough to retire in luxury for the rest of their days. But none of it matters if the galaxy is still in danger. The only way to take down the organization that wants them dead is from the inside. With more threats than they can count, the crew will either survive to earn a new payday or fall from grace...and take the galaxy with them."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2019
Thomas D. Peacock
Description: "Raised by his grandparents on a northern Wisconsin Ojibwe reservation until their passing when he is ten years old, Donovan Manypenny becomes a ward of the state of Wisconsin and enters the child welfare system--foster care, children's home, and adoption. The trauma he experiences as a result of losing his grandparents and way of life leads him to put his past behind him for over forty-three years. Then at the age of fifty-three, events in his life take him back to his childhood home, retracing the historical westward migration of his Ojibwe ancestors. Heartfelt and bittersweet, and layered with meaning, Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny will resonate with anyone who longs to make the journey home, wherever that may be, as well those who seek or have experienced cultural or spiritual awakening, and healing"-- Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Pea
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2019
Sarah Moss
Description: The light blinds you; there's a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside. In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age. For two weeks, the length of her father's vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie's father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs--particularly their sacrifices to the bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind. The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?
Call Number: FIC Mos
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
Ian Rankin
Description: A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still--both for his family and the police--the body was in an area that had already been searched 10 years ago. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled, and now--after a decade without answers--it's time for the truth. Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide--and everything to lose. None more so than Detective John Rebus.
Call Number: FIC Ran
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Seanan McGuire
Description: "Lundy is a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the Goblin Market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
Elise Hooper
Description: "In 1918, a fearless twenty-two-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city's most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon. By the early 1930s, as America's economy collapses, her marriage founders and Dorothea must find ways to support her two young sons single-handedly. Determined to expose the horrific conditions of the nation's poor, she takes to the road with her camera, creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. And when the United States enters World War II, Dorothea chooses to confront another injustice--the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans. At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. But her choices came at a steep price..."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Hoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Joanna Schaffhausen
Description: Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than "getting in touch with her feelings." For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker. Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer's closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn't quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job--stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone's past but her own--a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Keith Scribner
Description: Old Newgate Road runs through the tobacco fields of northern Connecticut that once drove the local economy. It's where Cole Callahan spent his youth, in a historic white colonial that his family was devoted to restoring--painstakingly, relentlessly, pointlessly. But the famous claim that you can't go home again falls far short in this instance. Cole has not come back to this house, to this street, in thirty years--not since he was a teenager, when one night his father murdered his mother in a fit of rage. Now, however, he finally dares to risk it, ostensibly to collect precious material for his construction business on the west coast, and is shocked to discover his elderly father, freed from prison, living alone in their old home, and succumbing to dementia. Compelled by a sense of responsibility to a man he hates, and confronted in middle age by everything he'd left unfinished when he fled this place in his aborted childhood, he finds that the time for a reckoning has at last come. Matters grow even more complicated when his estranged wife calls to say their ultra-progressive, rabble-rousing son has run up against the law and been expelled from high school. And so Cole summons Daniel to East Granby to work in the tobacco fields--his own job growing up--and soon their lives are enmeshed with the family legacy, and with Cole's boyhood sweetheart as well as his nemesis. What unfolds over this summer surprises and challenges them all, as they contend with the sinister history they share and desperately try to invent a future that isn't doomed by it. Moving, insightful, and suspenseful, Old Newgate Road is a masterful portrait of a haunted family and successive generations of men struggling against all odds and often violent impulses to truly know one another and their loved ones, and to somehow come to terms with themselves. -- Adapted from book jacket
Call Number: FIC Scr
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Gregory Benford
Description: 2002: Charlie Moment, a professor of history going through an unpleasant divorce, gets into a car accident and wakes up, fully aware as his adult mind, in his sixteen-year-old body in 1968. He takes what he remembers of the future and uses it for himself in his present, becoming a screenwriter. In a 1980s life of excess, he dies, and wakes up again in his bedroom at sixteen in 1968. Realizing that there is a society of folks who loop through time to change the world for their agenda, Charlie tries to go back and change one of the events of 1968 -- Adapted from jacket.
Call Number: FIC Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
A. J. (Forensic psychologist) Cross
Description: Dr. Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are baffled as to motive when the body of a young man is discovered locked inside a church crypt, its throat torn out. The victim's identity is quickly established as 20-year-old Matthew Flynn, son of one of the city's leading entrepreneurs, who disappeared a year earlier. For forensic psychologist Kate Hanson, the evidence reveals careful planning but also loss of control. It makes no sense. Nor can she and her team agree as to motive. Is it drugs? Money? Sex? The only thing that's clear is that Matthew Flynn had been keeping secrets from his family and friends. Then Kate discovers that another young man is missing--Adapted from jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Edmund White
Description: "When the narrator of White’s poised yet scalding autobiographical novel first embarks on his sexual odyssey, it is the 1950s, and America is "a big gray country of families on drowsy holiday." That country has no room for a scholarly teenager with guilty but insatiable stirrings toward other men. Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on the night of the first gay uprising–and populated by eloquent queens, butch poseurs, and a fearfully incompetent shrink–The Beautiful Room is Empty conflates the acts of coming out and coming of age"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Mike Carey, Peter Gross
Description: In the country of Ossaniul, there is a fortress that is as disproportionate as it is inaccessible: the Highest House. Its masters, the noble family of Aldercrest, reign over a veritable army of slaves. At the bottom of the ladder, young Moth performs the most thankless tasks and has little hope of living past childhood. Until the day he meets Obsidian, a mysterious prisoner of the House who whispers to him in his sleep. If Moth does what he asks, Obsidian will give him fortune and glory. And there's every indication that Obsidian can make good on his promises. Will Moth accept the offer?
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2019
Elizabeth Brooks
Description: "England, 1939. Ten-year-old Virginia Wrathmell arrives at Salt Winds, a secluded house on the edge of a marsh, to meet her adoptive parents: practical, dependable Clem and glamorous, mercurial Lorna. The marsh, with its deceptive tides, is a beautiful but threatening place. Virginia's new parents' marriage is full of secrets and tensions she doesn't quite understand, and their wealthy neighbor, Max Deering, drops by too often, taking an unwholesome interest in the family's affairs. Only Clem offers a true sense of home. War feels far away among the birds and shifting sands, until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, and Clem ventures out to rescue the airman. What happens next sets into motion a crime so devastating it will haunt Virginia for the rest of her life. Seventy-five years later, she finds herself drawn back to the marsh, and to a teenage girl who appears there, nearly frozen and burdened by her own secrets. In her, Virginia might have a chance at retribution and a way to right a grave mistake she made as a child"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
Sofia Lundberg, Alice Menzies
Description: Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny--her American grandniece, and her only relative--give her great joy and remind her of her own youth. When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past--working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War--can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris's life?
Call Number: FIC Lun
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
Malachy Tallack
Description: "Shetland: a place of sheep and soil, of harsh weather, close ties and an age-old way of life. A place where David has lived all his life, like his father and grandfather before him, but where he abides only in the present moment. A place where Sandy, a newcomer but already a crofter, may have finally found a home. A place that Alice has fled to after the death of her husband. But times do change--island inhabitants die, or move away, and David worries that no young families will take over the chain of stories and care that this valley has always needed, while others wonder if it was ever truly theirs to join. In the wind and sun and storms from the Atlantic, these islanders must decide: what is left of us when the day's work is done, the children grown, and all our choices have been made?"--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Tal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Chris Cander
Description: In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music, in turn, does for her. Yet after marrying, she emigrates with her young family from Russia to America, at her husband's frantic insistence, and her piano is lost in the shuffle. In 2012, in Bakersfield, California, twenty-six-year-old Clara Lundy loses another boyfriend and again has to find a new apartment, which is complicated by the gift her father had given her for her twelfth birthday, shortly before he and her mother died in a fire that burned their house down: a Blüthner upright she has never learned to play. Ophaned, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, who in his car-repair shop trained her to become a first-rate mechanic, much to the surprise of some subsequent customers. But this work, her true mainstay in a scattered life, is put on hold when her hand gets broken while the piano's being moved--and in sudden frustration she chooses to sell it. What becomes crucial is who the most interested party turns out to be.
Call Number: FIC Can
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
E. G. Scott
Description: Rebecca didn't know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other's ideal (and perhaps only) match. But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul's elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn't stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything.
Call Number: FIC Sco
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
Description: The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.
Call Number: FIC Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2019
Soniah Kamal
Description: "In this retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry--until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. A scandal and vicious rumor in the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won't make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and start having children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire them to dream of more. When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for eligible--and rich--bachelors, certain that their luck is about to change. On the first night of the festivities, Alys's lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of one of the most eligible bachelors. But his friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her, and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. But as the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal--and Alys begins to realize that Darsee's brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kam
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
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A Bad Deal For The Whole Galaxy
Alex (Novelist) White
FIC Whi
The Beautiful Room Is Empty
Edmund White
FIC Whi
Beginnings: The Homeward Journey Of Donovan Manypenny
Thomas D. Peacock
FIC Pea
The Highest House
Mike Carey, Peter Gross
FIC Car
Ghost Wall
Sarah Moss
FIC Mos
The Orphan Of Salt Winds
Elizabeth Brooks
FIC Bro
In A House Of Lies
Ian Rankin
FIC Ran
The Red Address Book
Sofia Lundberg, Alice Menzies
FIC Lun
In An Absent Dream
Seanan McGuire
FIC McG
The Valley At The Centre Of The World
Malachy Tallack
FIC Tal
Learning To See: A Novel Of Dorothea Lange, The Woman Who Revealed The Real America
Elise Hooper
FIC Hoo
The Weight Of A Piano
Chris Cander
FIC Can
No Mercy
Joanna Schaffhausen
FIC Sch
The Woman Inside: A Novel
E. G. Scott
FIC Sco
Old Newgate Road
Keith Scribner
FIC Scr
To Kill A Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel
Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
FIC Lee
Rewrite: Loops In The Timescape
Gregory Benford
FIC Ben
Unmarriageable: A Novel
Soniah Kamal
FIC Kam
Something Evil Comes
A. J. (Forensic psychologist) Cross
FIC Cro