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Fiction: Books Under Construction

Picture of Construction

If you haven’t seen it yet, construction has started on the second floor! Bring that construction home with you in the form of a book. While the soundtrack of clanging and banging is not included, between these pages you can bring alive the adventures of renovators turned sleuths, half-fae construction workers, summer romances with contractors, and more.

Cover of Disappearing Acts Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan

The intense love story between a young construction worker and a struggling singer from Ohio who are swept away by each other. Can they make the sacrifices needed to sustain their love?



Cover of If Walls Could TalkIf Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

A funny light mystery, Melanie Turner’s home renovation reputation is on the line when the ghost of a colleague murdered on the job starts to visit her.




Cover of Three Story HouseThree Story House by Courtney Miller Santo

Three cousins who feel like they’ve failed at life come together to renovate a nearly condemned house. As they rebuild their house, their lives are rebuilt as well in this warm tale of friendship.



Cover of Summer at Willow LakeSummer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Escaping a broken engagement, Olivia is spending the summer renovating her family’s old resort camp and hires a flame from her history: Contractor Connor Davis.



Cover of The Monkey's WrenchThe Monkey’s Wrench by Primo Levi

A construction worker and a writer-chemist share stories of life, work, and how they intertwine, creating a thoughtful mediation.


Cover of Trailer Park FaeTrailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow

An urban fantasy filled with colorful characters and a carefully crafted world, Jeremy Gallow, a half-human, half-fae and happily full-time construction worker, is pulled back into a world of enchantment to uncover why fullborn-fae are dying.



Cover of You're NextYou’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz

Owner of a successful construction company, Mike Wingate begins to receive terrifying threats against himself and his family in this suspenseful thriller!


Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman

Hacker Hoaxer Whistleblower Spy book coverWere you one of the millions fascinated by Mr. Robot, a summer series about a young computer hacker with social anxiety disorder and his recruitment by a mysterious anarchist group? If so, you may be primed for the real-life tale Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of AnonymousGabriella Coleman, cultural anthropologist and Internet authority, offers an accessible, engrossing portrait of the prankster activist group known only as Anonymous.

Even if you don’t know them by name, you know their work; campaigns against corporations, governments, and the Church of Scientology have had far-reaching and heavily-reported impact. Whether these exploits worry you or cause you to cheer, you’ll easily lose yourself in this irreverent peek behind the curtain of anonymity.

New Books by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Margaret Atwood, and More!

picture of new releasesAlmost everyday new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Want help getting matched with a book to fit your reading mood? Ask online or at the Fiction/AV/Teen services desk on the second floor.

Newly Arrived Books:

Cover of Mycroft HolmesMycroft Holmes
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
When his fiancée abruptly departs after hearing disturbing news, Mycroft Holmes is drawn in to a treacherous investigation.

Cover of Come Rain or Come ShineCome Rain or Come Shine
by Jan Karon
Graduating from vet school and opening an animal clinic, Dooley Kavanagh, plans what he hopes will be a simple, wedding with his soulmate.

Cover of The Heart Goes LastThe Heart Goes Last
by Margaret Atwood
A married couple tries to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse, but what looks to be an answer to their prayers takes a chilling turn.

Cover of BounceBounce
by Noelle August
Skyler never imagines she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her.

Cover of Song of ShadowsA Song of Shadows
by John Connolly
Charlie Parker risks everything to protect a widow and her young daughter in a case stemming from brutal acts performed in a World War II Nazi concentration camp.

Cover of Gold, Fame, CitrusGold, Fame, Citrus
by Claire Vaye Watkins
In the wake of a devastating drought, two idealistic holdouts fall in love and scavenge for their needs before taking charge of a mysterious child.






















Newly Arrived Audiobooks:

Cover of The Aeronaut's WindlassThe Aeronaut’s Windlass
by Jim Butcher
An airship’s crew becomes humanity’s lone defenders when an ancient enemy reawakens and threatens the world with monstrous creatures and perpetual darkness.

Cover of Hyacinth GirlsHyacinth Girls
by Lauren Frankel
When her daughter begins receiving suicidal notes from Robyn, the girl she supposedly bullied, Rebecca is determined to save the unbalanced Robyn, but in doing so, places her own daughter’s life in danger.

Cover of Shadow PlayShadow Play
by Iris Johansen
Assisting a California sheriff in the reconstruction of a skeleton that may be a missing child, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan begins communicating with the child’s spirit.













Cover of Last Ragged BreathLast Ragged Breath
by Julia Keller
Prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins struggles to discover the truth when a survivor of the 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster is implicated in the murder of a development-company president.

Cover of The Book of SpeculationThe Book of Speculation
by Erika Swyler
A beautifully crafted debut novel about a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations.

Cover of Fall of PrincesThe Fall of Princes
by Robert Goolrick
Money, power, and invincibility seduce a group of young Wall Street turks. Together they achieve the kind of wealth that grants them access to anything, and anyone, they want. Until, one by one, they fall.






Summaries from Novelist and Publishers.

Staff Pick: About Elly

Cathleen Staff Pick photoA lighthearted seaside getaway turns chilling with the sudden disappearance of a last-minute guest. As the others confront how little they know About Elly, nearly everyone’s casual relationship with truth turns a bad situation worse, intensifying our dread of the story’s reveal. Delicious, provocative storytelling from Oscar-winning auteur Asghar Farhadi.