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Fiction: Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Hiding the Past book coverGenealogists are, by definition, detectives. They start with one or more clues, apply patience and a great deal of detail work, and follow the threads wherever they lead, hoping for a satisfying conclusion. Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s Hiding the Past plays those similarities to great effect by creating an original genealogical mystery novel. A British man with no family history calls on expert Morton Farrier to trace his roots but is dead by apparent suicide the day after they meet. As Farrier doggedly investigates, others are determined to keep past events from seeing the light of the present, including a possible WWII conspiracy. However, even mounting danger won’t keep a dedicated researcher from his answers, and his adventures are worth scaling this particular family tree.

New Arrivals: Fiction and NonFiction Books

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Fiction Books

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Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
The Turner House by Angela Flourney
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

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Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
The Listener by Rachel Basch

New: Nonfiction Books

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Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts
Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

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All Who Do Not Return by Shulem Deen
Experimental Homebrewing by Drew Beechum and Denny Conn
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Fiction: Life With Mr. Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeier

Cover of Life With Mr. DangerousPaul Hornschemeier vibrantly paints the picture of a 26-year-old who feels stuck. Dragged down by the repetition of working in retail and terrible relationships, Amy Beir turns to phone conversations with a friend who moved to San Francisco and the cartoon Mr. Dangerous to keep her sanity. Hornschemeier uses colorful simplistic drawings  to slice out the anxieties of daily life, from being gifted pink unicorn sweatshirts by her mother to the pressure of leaving voice mails. Laced with humor and touches of the surreal Life With Mr. Dangerous captures the struggle of growing up when you’re supposed to be a grown up already.

Staff Pick: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Picture of ColleenThe Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly on audiobook will appeal to almost anyone! Narrator Adam Grupper becomes main character, Mickey Haller, and brings non-stop action into this courtroom drama. His character voicing and pacing elevate this audio to an easy listen whether you are new to audiobooks or an avid listener.

Movies and TV: Enchanted April

Enchanted April DVD coverAn irresistible invitation:  To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine, a Small Medieval Italian Castle on the Shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the Month of April. Four ladies, previously strangers to one another, answer the call to escape to Italy for one glorious Enchanted AprilIt is 1920s London, and the dreariness of unfulfilling routine contrasts starkly with the promise of a brightly-lit, languid holiday in the countryside. It doesn’t take long in this restful place for the visitors to shed their cares, form new friendships, and rediscover the beauty in both themselves and their other lives. Be inspired by a welcome respite and a fresh perspective, even if your own getaway is simply a vicarious one.