What Are Your Librarians Reading?

We don't just work in libraries because we love books, but it's certainly a big plus!

Here's a sneak peek at what some of your librarians are reading this month.

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Killman Creek

Author(s):

Caine, Rachel

Description:

"Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting. She's learned how from one of the sickest killers alive. But what she's up against is beyond anything she feared--a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die." -- back cover.

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Cai

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The edge of forever

Author(s):

Hurst, Melissa E.

Description:

In 2013, sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her. In 2146, seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected - his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger's even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel - to prevent someone's murder. And that someone is named Alora. Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a ghost, Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora's death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

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Book

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YA FIC Hur

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Someone we know Shari Lapena.

Author(s):

Lapena, Shari, 1960-
Potter, Kirsten,

Description:

In a quiet suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been seen sneaking into houses. Suspicion mounts with each break in, and the tension reaches its tipping point when one neighbor winds up dead.

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Audiobook

Call Number:

FIC Lap

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The fake mate

Author(s):

Ferguson, Lana

Description:

"Two wolf shifters agree to be fake mates but unexpectedly find something real in this steamy paranormal romantic comedy. Mackenzie Carter has had some very bad dates lately. Only a year out of residency, her grandmother's obsession with Mackenzie finding the perfect mate to settle down with threatens to drive Mackenzie barking mad. Out of options, it feels like a small thing to tell her grandmother that she's met someone. That is, until she blurts out the name of the first man she sees and the last man she would ever date: Noah Taylor, the big bad wolf of Denver General. Noah Taylor, interventional cardiologist and all around grump, has spent his entire life hiding what he is. With outdated stigmas surrounding unmated alphas that have people wondering if they still howl at the moon, Noah has been careful to keep his designation under wraps. It's worked for years, until an anonymous tip has everything coming to light. Noah is left with two options: come clean to the board and risk his career--or find himself a mate. The chatty, overly friendly ER doctor asking him to be her fake boyfriend on the same day he's called to meet the board has to be kismet, right? Mackenzie will keep her grandmother off her back, and Nate will get a chance to prove he can continue to work without a real mate--a mutually beneficial business transaction, they both rationalize. But when the fake-mate act turns into a very real friends-with-benefits arrangement, lines start to blur, and they quickly realize love is a whole different kind of animal" --

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Fer

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Vertical run

Author(s):

Garber, Joseph R.

Description:

An action mystery in which a New York executive finds himself the object of repeated assassination attempts. Who is trying to kill him and why? To find out he falls back on his Vietnam War training.

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Book

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FIC Gar

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Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation

Author(s):

Jobb, Dean, 1958-

Description:

In a time of unregulated madness, nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Enter slick, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year.--Provided by publisher.

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Book

Call Number:

364.163 Job

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Wild things : a novel

Author(s):

Kay, Laura, 1989-

Description:

"El is in a rut. She's been hiding in the photocopier room at the same dead-end job for longer than she cares to remember, she's sharing a flat with a girl who leaves passive-aggressive smiley face notes on the fridge about milk consumption and, worst of all, she's been in unrequited love with her best friend, effortlessly cool lesbian Ray, for years. So when a plan is hatched for El, Ray, and their two other closest friends--newly heartbroken Will and karaoke-and-Twilight-superfan Jamie--to ditch the big city and move out to a ramshackle house on the edge of an English country village, it feels like just the escape she needs. Despite being the DIY challenge of a lifetime, the newly named Lavender House has all the makings of becoming the queer commune of the friends' dreams. (Will has been given a pass as the gang's Token Straight.) But as they start plotting their bright new future and making preparations for a grand housewarming party to thank the surprisingly but wonderfully welcoming community, El is forced to confront her feelings for Ray--the feelings that she's been desperately trying to keep buried" --

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Kay

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Your blood, my bones

Author(s):

Andrew, Kelly

Description:

Wyatt Westlock has one plan for the farmhouse she's just inherited -- to burn it to the ground. But during her final walkthrough of her childhood home, she makes a shocking discovery in the basement -- Peter, the boy she once considered her best friend, strung up in chains and left for dead. Unbeknownst to Wyatt, Peter has suffered hundreds of ritualistic deaths on her family's property. Semi-immortal, Peter never remains dead for long, but he can't really live, either. Not while he's bound to the farm, locked in a cycle of grisly deaths and painful rebirths. There's only one way for him to break free. He needs to end the Westlock line. He needs to kill Wyatt. With Wyatt's parents gone, the spells protecting the property have begun to unravel, and dark, ancient forces gather in the nearby forest. The only way for Wyatt to repair the wards is to work with Peter -- the one person who knows how to harness her volatile magic. But how can she trust a boy who's sworn an oath to destroy her? When the past turns up to haunt them in the most unexpected way, they are forced to rely on one another to survive, or else tear each other apart.

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Book

Call Number:

YA FIC And

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Cuckoo song

Author(s):

Hardinge, Frances

Description:

In post-World War I England, eleven-year-old Triss nearly drowns in a millpond known as "The Grimmer" and emerges with memory gaps, aware that something is terribly wrong, and to try to set things right, she must meet a twisted architect who has designs on her family.

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Book

Call Number:

YA FIC Har

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The invocations

Author(s):

Sutherland, Krystal

Description:

Zara Jones believes in magic because the alternative is too painful to consider--that her murdered sister is gone forever and there is nothing she can do about it. Rather than grieving and moving on, Zara decides she will do whatever it takes to claw her sister back from the grave--even trading in the occult. Jude Wolf may be the daughter of a billionaire, but she is also undeniably cursed. After a deal with a demon went horribly wrong, her soul has been slowly turning necrotic. It’s a miserable existence marred by pain, sickness, and monstrous things that taunt her in the night. Now that she’s glimpsed what’s beyond the veil, Jude’s desperate to find someone to undo the damage she’s done to herself. Enter Emer Byrne, an orphaned witch with a dark past and a deadly power, a.k.a. the solution to both Zara’s and Jude’s problems. Though Emer lives a hardscrabble life, she gives away her most valuable asset--her invocations--to women in desperate situations who are willing to sacrifice a piece of their soul in exchange for a scrap of power. Zara and Jude are willing, but they first have to find Emer. When Emer’s clients start turning up dead all over London, a vital clue leads Zara and Jude right to her. If a serial killer is targeting her clients, Emer wants to know why--and to stop them. She strikes a tenuous alliance with Zara and Jude to hunt a killer before they are next on his list, even if she can’t give them in return what Zara and Jude want most: a sister and a soul.

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Book

Call Number:

YA FIC Sut

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When among crows

Author(s):

Roth, Veronica

Description:

"Pain is Dymitr's calling. His family is one in a long line of hunters who sacrifice their souls to slay monsters. Now he's tasked with a deadly mission: find the legendary witch Baba Jaga. To reach her, Dymitr must ally with the ones he's sworn to kill. Pain is Ala's inheritance. A fear-eating zmora with little left to lose, Ala awaits death from the curse she carries. When Dymitr offers her a cure in exchange for her help, she has no choice but to agree. Together they must fight against time and the wrath of the Chicago underworld. But Dymitr's secrets--and his true motives--may be the thing that actually destroys them" --

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Rot

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The tainted cup

Author(s):

Bennett, Robert Jackson, 1984-

Description:

In Daretana's most opulent mansion, a high Imperial officer lies dead--killed, to all appearances, when a tree spontaneously erupted from his body. Even in this canton at the borders of the Empire, where contagions abound and the blood of the Leviathans works strange magical changes, it's a death at once terrifying and impossible. Called in to investigate this mystery is Ana Dolabra, an investigator whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricities. At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol. Din is an engraver, magically altered to possess a perfect memory. His job is to observe and report, and act as his superior's eyes and ears--quite literally, in this case, as among Ana's quirks are her insistence on wearing a blindfold at all times, and her refusal to step outside the walls of her home. Din is most perplexed by Ana's ravenous appetite for information and her mind's frenzied leaps--not to mention her cheerful disregard for propriety and the apparent joy she takes in scandalizing her young counterpart. Yet as the case unfolds and Ana makes one startling deduction after the next, he finds it hard to deny that she is, indeed, the Empire's greatest detective. As the two close in on a mastermind and uncover a scheme that threatens the safety of the Empire itself, Din realizes he's barely begun to assemble the puzzle that is Ana Dolabra--and wonders how long he'll be able to keep his own secrets safe from her piercing intellect.

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Ben

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Where sleeping girls lie

Author(s):

Àbíké-Íyímídé, Faridah

Description:

Sade Hussein is starting her third year of high school, this time at the prestigious Alfred Nobel Academy boarding school. After being homeschooled all her life and feeling like a magnet for misfortune, she's not sure what will happen. What she doesn't expect is for her roommate Elizabeth to disappear after Sade's first night. Or for people to think she had something to do with it. With rumors swirling around her, Sade catches the attention of the most popular girls in school -- collectively known as the 'Unholy Trinity' -- and they bring her into their fold. Between learning more about them -- especially Persephone, who Sade finds herself drawn to -- playing catch-up in class, and trying to figure out what happened to Elizabeth, Sade has a lot on her plate. It doesn't help that she's already dealing with grief from the many tragedies in her family. And then a student is found dead. The more Sade investigates, the more she realizes there's more to Alfred Nobel Academy and its students than she realized. Secrets lurk around every corner and beneath every surface...secrets that rival even her own.

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Book

Call Number:

YA FIC Abi

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The pact

Author(s):

Lewis, Amanda West

Description:

Follows Peter Gruber, a young German boy living in Hamburg, as he responds to Nazi propaganda and posturing and joins the Hitler Youth despite growing misgivings.

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Book

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YA FIC Lew

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The three ages of water : prehistoric past, imperiled present, and a hope for the future

Author(s):

Gleick, Peter, 1956-

Description:

Here, Peter Gleick guides us through the long, fraught history of our most valuable resource. Spread over a ten-thousand-year human history, it begins with the fundamental evolutionary role water had in shaping early civilizations and empires, crests to the scientific and social revolutions that created modern society, and spills into the global water crisis of depleted groundwater reserves and ubiquitous pollution. Agriculture thrived only after irrigation; cities were possible only with clean water supplied from aqueducts and wastewater safely removed; the industrial revolution was initially dependent on steam. Many of the world's great cities--London, Rio, Buenos Aires, New York, Rome, Athens, Venice--are water cities, where ships made possible seafaring, explorations, commerce and exchange. Even landlocked cities owe their existence to water--lakes and rivers. Fresh water is never more valuable than when it is missing: wildfires in California, British Columbia and Siberia thrived because of desiccation. Flint, MI, was slowly poisoned by a decayed source of safe drinking water. The Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1968, the Meiyu River, China, in 2014, the Bellandur Lake, India, in 2015. We now face a fight to preserve clean water globally, a fight we cannot afford to lose.--

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Book

Call Number:

333.91 Gle

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Many love : a memoir of polyamory and finding love(s)

Author(s):

Johnson, Sophie Lucido

Description:

"In this bold, illustrated memoir, a young woman shares both a personal and sociological take on modern, "unconventional" love, exploring her own transformation from serial monogamist to proud polyamorist"--

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Book

Call Number:

306.8423 Joh

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Extraordinary magic : the storytelling life of Virginia Hamilton

Author(s):

Crews, Nina

Description:

"A lyrical picture book biography that tells the story of one of America's most celebrated children's book authors, Virginia Hamilton, the first African American to win the Newbery Medal"--

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Book

Call Number:

JB Ham

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Pure wit : the revolutionary life of Margaret Cavendish

Author(s):

Peacock, Francesca

Description:

"Margaret Cavendish, then Lucas, was born in 1623 to an aristocratic family. In 1644, as England descended into civil war, she joined the court of the formidable Queen Henrietta Maria at Oxford. With the rest of the court she went into self-imposed exile in France. Her family's wealth and lands were forfeited by Parliament. It was in France that she met her partner, William Cavendish, Marquess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a marriage that made her the Duchess of Newcastle and would remain at the heart of both her life and career. Margaret was a passionate writer. She wrote extensively on gender, science, philosophy, and published under her own name at a time when women simply did not do so. Her greatest work was The Blazing World, published in 1666, a utopian proto-novel that is thought to be one of the earliest works of science fiction that brought together Margaret's talents in poetry, philosophy, and science. Yet hers is a legacy that has long divided opinion, and history has largely forgotten her, an undeserved fate for a brilliant, courageous proto-feminist. In Pure Wit, Francesca Peacock remedies this omission and shines a spotlight on the fascinating, pioneering, yet often complex and controversial life, of the multi-faceted Margaret Cavendish."--Amazon.com

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Book

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B Cav