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Lucy Jago
Description: "A Net For Small Fishes is a gripping dark novel based on the true scandal of two women determined to create their own fates in the Jacobean court. When Frances Howard, beautiful but unhappy wife of the Earl of Essex, meets the talented Anne Turner, the two strike up an unlikely, yet powerful, friendship. Frances makes Anne her confidante, sweeping her into a glamorous and extravagant world, riven with bitter rivalry. As the women grow closer, each hopes to change her circumstances. Frances is trapped in a miserable marriage while loving another, and newly-widowed Anne struggles to keep herself and her six children alive as she waits for a promised proposal. A desperate plan to change their fortunes is hatched. But navigating the Jacobean court is a dangerous game and one misstep could cost them everything" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Cynthia Zhang
Description: "They were fire and terror to the Western world, while in the East the dragons brought life-giving rain. Now, no longer hailed as gods and struggling in the overheated pollution of Beijing, only the Eastern species survives. As drought plagues the aquatic dragons, a mysterious disease--shaolong, or "burnt lung"--afflicts the city's human inhabitants. Jaded college student Xiang Kaifei scours Beijing streets for abandoned dragons, distracting himself from his diagnosis. Elijah Ahmed, a biracial American medical researcher, is drawn to Beijing by the memory of his grandmother and her death by shaolong. Interest in Beijing's dragons leads Kai and Eli into an unlikely partnership. With the resources of Kai's dragon rescue and Eli's immunology research, can the pair find a cure for shaolong and safety for the dragons? The specters of grief and disease hang heavy over their relationship and Eli and Kai must confront old ghosts and hard truths if there is any hope--for themselves or the dragons they love" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Zha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Noah Hawley
Description: "The wheels are coming off in America. Opioid addictions accelerate unstoppably. Environmental collapse can be read in every weather report. Vigilante bands take over streets at night, wearing clown face makeup. The very idea of government, of citizenship, is challenged daily. And something is happening to teenagers across the country, spreading through memes only they understand. At the Float Anxiety Abatement Center, in a suburb of Chicago, Simon Oliver is trying to recover from his sister's tragic passing. He breaks out to join a woman named Louise and a man called The Prophet on a quest as urgent as it is enigmatic. Who lies at the end of the road? A man known as The Wizard, whose past encounter with Louise sparked her own collapse. Their quest becomes a rescue mission when they join up with a man whose sister is being held captive by the Wizard, impregnated and imprisoned in a tower. Noah Hawley's new novel is a freewheeling adventure that finds unquenchable lights in dark corners" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Haw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf, Alex Guimarães
Description: Deep in rural America, the Chimera terrorized small towns with their horrifying supernatural powers. Bound by a cult-like hivemind, these five young people, each with incredible powers stemming from the five human senses, left death and destruction in their wake. Who will stop them? Regan, one of the Chimera, escaped her brethren with her murderous eyes bound and has been hiding in cheap motels and dive bars crippled with the guilt of her past. Until now... when someone will force her to hunt down the other four of her kind. Horror writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Empty Man) reunites with his Bone Parish co-creator, artist Jonas Scharf (Avengers Of The Wasteland), to unleash the first chapter of a supernatural horror series rooted in the way we process the world -- our senses.
Call Number: FIC Bun
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Description: 1941. Steven Katz is the son of prosperous landowners in rural California. Although his parents don’t approve, he’s found true friends in Nick, Suki, and Ollie, sons of field workers. The group is inseparable. But Steven is in turmoil. He’s beginning to acknowledge that his feelings for Nick amount to more than friendship. When the bombing of Pearl Harbor draws the US into World War II, Suki and his family are forced to leave their home for the internment camp at Manzanar. Ollie enlists in the army and ships out. And Nick must flee. Betrayed by his own father and accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he turns to Steven for help. Hiding Nick in a root cellar on his family’s farm, Steven acts as Nick’s protector and lifeline to the outside world. As the war escalates, bonds deepen and the fear of being different falls away. But after Nick unexpectedly disappears one day, Steven’s life focus is to find him. On the way, Steven finds a place he belongs and a lesson about love that will last him his lifetime.
Call Number: FIC Hyd
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2021
Courttia Newland
Description: "In his exquisite first collection of speculative fiction, Courttia Newland envisages an alternate future as lived by the African diaspora. Kill parties roam the streets of a post-apocalyptic world; a matriarchal race of mer creatures depends on interbreeding with mortals to survive; mysterious seeds appear in cities across the world, growing into the likeness of people in their vicinity. Through transfigured bodies and impossible encounters, Newland brings a sharp, fresh eye to age-old themes of the human capacity for greed, ambition, and self-destruction, but ultimately of our strength and resilience" --Inside jacket.
Call Number: FIC New
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Yasmin Angoe
Description: "Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful business syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances. But while on assignment in Miami, Nena ends up saving a life, not taking one. She emerges from the experience a changed woman, finally hopeful for a life beyond rage and revenge. Tasked with killing a man she's come to respect, Nena struggles to reconcile her loyalty to the Tribe with her new purpose. Meanwhile, she learns a new Tribe council member is the same man who razed her village, murdered her family, and sold her into captivity. Nena can't resist the temptation of vengeance--and she doesn't want to. Before she can reclaim her life, she must leverage everything she was and everything she is to take him down and end the cycle of bloodshed for good" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ang
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Jayce Ellis
Description: As executive chef at one of the hottest restaurants in DC, DeShawn Franklin has almost everything he’s ever wanted. He’s well-known, his restaurant is Michelin starred and he can write his own ticket anywhere he wants. Until his grandmother calls him home and drops two bombshells: One: She has cancer and she’s not seeking treatment. Two: She’s willing half her estate to DeShawn’s ex-husband, Malik. And that whole divorce thing? It didn’t quite go through. DeShawn and Malik are still married. When DeShawn’s shady uncle contests Grandma’s will, there’s only one path back to justice: play it like he and Malik have reconciled. They need to act like a married couple just long enough to dispense with the lawsuit. Once DeShawn is back in Malik’s orbit, it’s not hard to remember why they parted. All the reasons he walked away remain--but so do all the reasons he fell in love in the first place.
Call Number: FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
Melissa Brayden
Description: "Allison Hale had always played second fiddle. She didn't win the science fair, have a million friends, or become the world's best mom. That was her sister, Betsy. However, Ally's managed to do something her sister couldn't, connect her family's failing business to the wealthy Carmichaels through her engagement to their son, Brent. All she has to do is plan the wedding of the century with the hottest wedding planner in town, Megan Kinkaid. How could she have ever guessed that Megan and her zest for life would threaten everything she'd carefully planned? Megan Kinkaid knows how to produce a wedding for the history books and she’s not about to miss out on the chance to tackle high-profile Brent Carmichael’s. His fiancée, however, is not who Megan imagined for shiny Brent. Ally Hale is beautiful, earnest, selfless, and fun. She’s also everything Megan ever wanted for herself, and their chemistry hovers in the stratosphere. But can she make Ally see that there’s more to life than making others happy before it’s too late?" --amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Abby L. Vandiver, Stephen Mack Jones, Tracy Clark, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Abby L. Bridge Vandiver
Description: A chilling anthology of crime fiction by 20 acclaimed authors of color. From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this stellar collection of crime fiction short stories showcases some of today's finest young voices.
Call Number: FIC Mid
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Glory Edim
Description: "Glory Edim launches her Well-Read Black Girl Library with this vital anthology celebrating stories from such luminaries as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Since founding the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club in 2015, Glory Edim's profile has skyrocketed. From her roots in a Brooklyn-based community to a massive online following, she has been heralded as the literary tastemaker for a new generation. With On Girlhood, Edim has beautifully curated a canonical work centering around the voices of young Black characters as they contend with innocence, belonging, love, and self-discovery. From the timeless lessons in Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" ("this is how you smile to someone you like completely") to those in Dana Johnson's "Melvin in the Sixth Grade" ("this is how kids start fights"), these short stories illuminate the power and the precariousness of Black girlhood. Highlighting both iconic and lesser-known authors--Edwidge Danticat, Amina Gautier, Dorothy West, Paule Marshall, Shay Youngblood, and more--this is an indispensable compendium that will instill readers with "the nerve to walk [their] own way" (Zora Neale Hurston)" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC On g
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen
Description: "A bossy child who lives under a white cloth near a tree; a schoolgirl who keeps doll's brains in a desk drawer; an old man with two shadows, one docile and one rebellious; a diplomat no one has ever seen who goes fishing at an artificial lake no one has ever heard of. These are some of the inhabitants of People From My Neighborhood. In their lives, details of the local and everyday--the lunch menu at a tiny drinking place called the Love, the color and shape of the roof of the tax office--slip into accounts of duels, prophetic dreams, revolutions, and visitations from ghosts and gods. In twenty-six "palm of the hand" stories--fictions small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand--Hiromi Kawakami creates a universe ruled by mystery and transformation" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kaw
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2021
Kiki Swinson
Description: Brilliant, calculating, and reckless, Yoshi hungers to be a great lawyer, to make a difference--and to make her hard-working mother proud. But her prestigious law school is a rigged system of overwhelming work and hostile professors. On the outs with her best friend, and on the verge of flunking out, she soon finds a shortcut that could make all her dreams come true. The school’s wealthiest students live in a world where they make their own rules, are born into priceless connections, and enjoy endless entitlement. And Yoshi wastes no time infiltrating their privileged circle, learning their ways, adopting their bad habits--and getting much too close. Until Yoshi goes one step too far--and discovers that every little lie, dirty secret, and easy betrayal has locked her into a lethal conspiracy. Now with her family, friends, and all she loves at stake, she must make a wrenching choice that could cost her more than her life.
Call Number: FIC Swi
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2021
KJ Charles
Description: "A shooting party at the Earl of Witton's remote country house is a high treat for champion shot Patricia Merton--until unexpected guests turn the social atmosphere dangerously sour. That's not Pat's biggest problem. She's visiting her old friend, the Earl's heir Jimmy Yoxall--but she wants to spend a lot more time with Jimmy's fiancée. The irrepressible Miss Fenella Carruth, with her laughing eyes and lush curves, is the most glorious woman Pat's ever met, and it quickly becomes impossible to remember why she needs to stay at arm's length. But while the women's attraction grows, the tensions at Rodington Court get worse. Affairs, secrets, betrayals, and blackmail come to light. And when a body is discovered with a knife between the shoulderblades, it's going to take Pat and Fen's combined talents to prevent the murderer destroying all their lives" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Peter Calloway, Georges Jeanty, colorist Juancho!
Description: This is the true story of writer Peter Calloway's grandfather, Nathaniel Calloway, a Black man who graduated from medical school in the early 1930s. Unable to get work at any Chicago hospital or to secure a loan from a bank to start his own practice because he was Black, Nathaniel turned to the only other source of money in Prohibition-era Chicago: the Mafia, run by none other than Al Capone.
Call Number: FIC Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 24, 2022
Neel Patel
Description: "Renu Amin always seemed perfect: doting husband, beautiful house, healthy sons. But as the one-year anniversary of her husband's death approaches, Renu is binge-watching soap operas and simmering with old resentments. She can't stop wondering if, thirty-five years ago, she chose the wrong life. In Los Angeles, her son, Akash, has everything he ever wanted, but as he tries to kickstart his songwriting career and commit to his boyfriend, he is haunted by the painful memories he fled a decade ago. When his mother tells him she is selling the family home, Akash returns to Illinois, hoping to finally say goodbye and move on. Together, Renu and Akash pack up the house, retreating further into the secrets that stand between them. Renu sends an innocent Facebook message to the man she almost married, sparking an emotional affair that calls into question everything she thought she knew about herself. Akash slips back into bad habits as he confronts his darkest secrets--including what really happened between him and the first boy who broke his heart. When their pasts catch up to them, Renu and Akash must decide between the lives they left behind and the ones they've since created, between making each other happy and setting themselves free" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pat
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2021
Kris Ripper
Description: "All Mason wants to do is fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. The hunt is beginning to wear him down...until he meets (slightly) famous fashion designer Diego. Everything sparks between them--the banter, the sex, the fiery eye contact across a crowded room. There's just one thing: Diego is already married and living his happily-ever-after, which luckily (or not) for Mason includes outside courtships. But not quite in the way he'd always imagined. Mason thought he knew what would make him happy, but it turns out the traditional life he'd expected has some surprises in store" --Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Rip
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Mimi Matthews
Description: "Evelyn Maltravers knows exactly how little she's worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she'll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London's attention she'll need a tailor who's not afraid to take risks with his designs--and with his heart. Half-Indian dressmaker Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row's infamous Pretty Horsebreakers--but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible. But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
Robert Justice
Description: What happens to a dream deferred--especially when an innocent man's life hangs in the balance? Langston Brown is running out of time and options for clearing his name and escaping death row. Wrongfully convicted of the gruesome Mother's Day Massacre, he prepares to face his death. His final hope for salvation lies with his daughter, Liza, an artist who dreamed of a life of music and song but left the prestigious Juilliard School to pursue a law degree with the intention of clearing her father's name. Just as she nears success, it's announced that Langston will be put to death in thirty days. In a desperate bid to find freedom for her father, Liza enlists the help of Eli Stone, a jazz club owner she met at the classic Five Points venue, The Roz. Devastated by the tragic loss of his wife, Eli is trying to find solace by reviving the club...while also wrestling with the longing to join her in death. Everyone has a dream that might come true--but as the dark shadows of the past converge, could Langston, Eli, and Liza be facing a danger that could shatter those dreams forever?
Call Number: FIC Jus
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
Nikki May
Description: Ronke wants happily ever after and 2.2. kids. She's dating Kayode and wants him to be "the one" (perfect, like her dead father). Her friends think he's just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends. Boo has everything Ronke wants--a kind husband, gorgeous child. But she's frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt, and desperate to remember who she used to be. Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she's crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her "urban vibe." Her husband thinks they're trying for a baby. She's not. When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she's bringing out the best in each woman. (She gets Simi an interview in Hong Kong! Goes jogging with Boo!) But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi, and Boo's close friendship begins to crack.
Call Number: FIC May
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 24, 2022
Aysegül Savas
Description: A student moves to the city to research Gothic nudes, renting an apartment from a painter, Agnes, who lives in another town with her husband. One day, Agnes arrives in the city and settles into the upstairs studio. In their meetings on the stairs, in the studio, at the corner café, the kitchen at dawn, Agnes tells stories of her youth, her family, her marriage, and ideas for her art -- which is always just about to be created. As the months pass, it becomes clear that Agnes might not have a place to return to. The student is increasingly aware of Agnes's disintegration. Her stories are frenetic; her art scattered and unfinished, white paint on a white canvas. What emerges is the menacing sense that every life is always at the edge of disaster, no matter its seeming stability. Alongside the research into human figures, the student is learning, from a cool distance, about the narrow divide between happiness and resentment, creativity and madness, contentment and chaos.
Call Number: FIC Sav
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Cat Rambo
Description: "Farscape meets The Great British Bake Off in this fantastic space opera You Sexy Thing from former SFWA President, Cat Rambo. TwiceFar station is at the edge of the known universe, and that's just how Niko Larson, former Admiral in the Grand Military of the Hive Mind, likes it. Retired and finally free of the continual war of conquest, Niko and the remnants of her former unit are content to spend the rest of their days working at the restaurant they built together, The Last Chance. But, some wars can't ever be escaped, and unlike the Hive Mind, some enemies aren't content to let old soldiers go. Niko and her crew are forced onto a sentient ship convinced that it is being stolen and must survive the machinations of a sadistic pirate king if they even hope to keep the dream of The Last Chance alive" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ram
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
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A Net For Small Fishes
Lucy Jago
FIC Jag
People From My Neighborhood : Stories
Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen
FIC Kaw
After The Dragons
Cynthia Zhang
FIC Zha
Playing With Fire
Kiki Swinson
FIC Swi
Anthem : A Novel
Noah Hawley
FIC Haw
Proper English
KJ Charles
FIC Cha
Basilisk. Vol. 1
Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf, Alex Guimarães
FIC Bun
Shadow Doctor
Peter Calloway, Georges Jeanty, colorist Juancho!
FIC Cal
Boy Underground : A Novel
Catherine Ryan Hyde
FIC Hyd
Tell Me How To Be
Neel Patel
FIC Pat
Cosmogramma
Courttia Newland
FIC New
The Life Revamp
Kris Ripper
FIC Rip
Her Name Is Knight
Yasmin Angoe
FIC Ang
The Siren Of Sussex
Mimi Matthews
FIC Mat
If You Love Something
Jayce Ellis
FIC Ell
They Can't Take Your Name : A Novel
Robert Justice
FIC Jus
Marry Me
Melissa Brayden
FIC Bra
Wahala : A Novel
Nikki May
FIC May
Midnight Hour : An Anthology
Abby L. Vandiver, Stephen Mack Jones, Tracy Clark, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Abby L. Bridge Vandiver
FIC Mid
White On White
Aysegül Savas
FIC Sav
On Girlhood : 15 Stories From The Well-read Black Girl Library
Glory Edim
FIC On g
You Sexy Thing
Cat Rambo
FIC Ram