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In 1978 an arsonist started a fire spree in a small town in southern Norway. Ten buildings were sent to cinders – some empty, some not, though luckily no one died. The arsonist’s last fire was set the day after a baby boy was christened in a local church. Thirty-years later, this boy, narrator Gaute Heivoll, seeks to find who the arsonist was through interviewing remaining townspeople. Before I Burn is an atmospheric autobiographical mystery where the question of who is somewhat simply solved, but the question of why creates compelling reading. Somewhat bleak and strangely energetic, Before I Burn is a mystery for people who don’t normally read mysteries.
Need a vacation? Let the honeyed voice of Edoardo Ballerini whisk you to a remote Italian villa in Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Entwining the past story of a bewitching extra on the set of Cleopatra with that of contemporary film production team, this Audie Award-winner offers a fascinating mental getaway.
A chance encounter in a lush public garden brings two misunderstood souls together, and silent companionship becomes a refuge for both. Takao is a teenage student eager to escape the classroom and begin a creative career. Whenever it rains, he skips his morning class in order to sketch in a small botanic shelter. It is there he meets Yukino, a young professional woman who cannot bear to go to work and who soon finds herself looking forward to their unplanned meetings. In The Garden of Words, filmmaker Makoto Shinkai calls on a symphony of intense colors, stuttered time, and simple but expressive gestures to create an ode to unconventional friendship.
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.
– The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black
– Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
– Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak
– You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty by Dave Barry
– Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
– And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
– My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
– All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior
New: Fantasy and Sci-fi
– Waking Engine by David Edison
– Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price
– Wild Things by Chloe Neill
– Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
– The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
– Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
– Dreams of the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
– Like a Mighty Army by David Weber
Living a gluten-free lifestyle does not mean that you have to forgo the loveliness of waffles, pancakes, and other scrumptious breakfast stuff. In Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch, and Beyond Linda J. Amendt showcases short, simple-to-follow recipes with full-color photography. In addition to recipes, Amendt gives tips and lists on what everyday ingredients can have hidden gluten. Your mouth will water over the cinnamon pecan bread, cranberry orange scones, and sour cream coffeecake. With 100 recipes that range from kid-friendly French toast to savory stratas, Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch, and Beyond will be a hit with everyone in your home.