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6/12/21: Staff recommends Summer Reads!

A great list of staff recommendations for summer reading!

With a few titles carrying us into September... pre-order anything you wish!



We Begin at the End Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250759665
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

The best book I’ve read so far this year. Set in a small town on the California coast, this is part mystery, part redemption tale. The small town has secrets, the families all have secrets. All of the characters are so well-drawn and multi-dimensional. As in real-life, no one is all good or all evil… quite well done! And to quote someone else who read and loved this [hi Mom!] “Oh, it just breaks your heart!” So you have been warned: hankies needed at the end. ~Elaine

The Rose Code: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062943477
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 9th, 2021

My favorite WWII stories all seem to involve Bletchley Park. And this is a terrific one to add to the list. Three young women from very different backgrounds find themselves at BP [as those in the know call it!] Real people and events are woven in – hello Prince Phillip! – And if you’ve read Erik Larson’s latest “The Splendid and the Vile” you will recognize the direct hit on a night club – including some of the gruesome details… The young women, their relationships with each other, their friends, lovers, and families – all so well done. Ten years later, can they put aside what destroyed their friendship to save one of their own…? Mysteries and great twists are revealed as the stories, past and present, are told. Loved it! ~Elaine

In paperback.

The Book of Accidents: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399182136
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Published: Del Rey - July 20th, 2021

Really great meld of thriller/sci-fi/horror. Lots of familiar tropes from all of the genres masterfully combined in new and unexpected ways. A misfit teenager with ‘special’ gifts [of course] moves back to the small town where his parents grew up [of course]. Into the actual house that his dad grew up in, where Bad Things happened [of course]. Many family secrets [of course]. Kept me turning pages late into the night [of course! Hah!]. So good! ~Elaine.

Falling: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982177881
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

This debut novel is an airplane thriller written by a former flight attendant and bookseller. As Don Winslow said, “Stunning and relentless. This is Jaws at 35,000 feet.” The pilot’s family is held hostage, his choice is between crashing the plane or seeing them killed. ~David

The House of Ashes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616957414
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Published: Soho Crime - September 7th, 2021

A woman recovering from trauma, and over-protected by her husband, is living in a house with a dark past. Very Irish. For fans of Gillian Flynn and Tana French, a chilling story of a Northern Irish murder sixty years buried. ~David

Hamnet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

Immerse yourself in household life of the 16th century. I stayed up late to finish this book -- reading through tears. I read many passages out loud to myself, delighting in the words. ~Mary Kay.

Ditto what Mary Kay said! I also highly recommend it! ~Pat.

Now in paperback!

Seed to Dust: Life, Nature, and a Country Garden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771647687
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Published: Greystone Books - May 4th, 2021

Philosophical musings on life and nature by a man who takes care of the gardens on an estate owned by an elderly woman he refers to as Lady Cashmere. Formerly homeless, he expresses great love for the peace he has found working in nature and coming home to a cozy cottage and a loving family. ~Mary Kay.

Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982113346
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Published: Scribner - January 12th, 2021

Gripping tale of Dutch polar explorer William Barents and his 3 harrowing arctic expeditions in the 1590's. On his third expedition, beyond the Arctic Circle, further north than any European had travelled; his ship is frozen in place.  The crew must survive for over a year while they wait for the pack ice to thaw.  They must survive hungry polar bears, very little food and endless winter if they are to make it back home. ~Pat

Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954118003
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 6th, 2021

I really liked the authors' steps into (and back out of) being vulnerable to other people.  Her friendship with this fox was so honest. ~Michelle.

Ariadne: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250773586
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 4th, 2021

Satisfying the need for more Greek/Roman transformational myths from much-needed other viewpoints, Jennifer Saint delivers tales of Ariadne and her sister Phaedra’s life on Crete and beyond. Less heroic yarn and more character inquisitiveness — a refreshing addition. ~Michelle.

Great Circle: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525656975
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

Epic and emotional tale of Marian a daredevil female aviator that  almost circumnavigates the globe north to south but is lost before she is able to complete the circle. A century later, a young Hollywood star is caste to play Marian's life story and redefines her own life.  Also touted as the "perfect summer novel" by the Washington Post. ~Susan

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

In the vein of “The Time Traveler's Wife” and “Life After Life,” this is the bestselling author’s genre-defying tour de force. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever--and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. ~Susan

The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

A zany and heartfelt book that explores what it is to be different. ~Susan
Elaine recommends it too: Such a lovely and sweet book. Accepting yourself and others for who and what they and you are. Not relying on preconceived notions. And realizing what makes a family. Completely teared up at the end [happy tears!]. Really loved it.

Now in paperback.