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A teenage girl clambers up a steep embankment and pulls herself over the guardrail of a twisty mountain road. She has awoken from a blackout, and the last thing she remembers is being on a school trip — a trip that ended in a tragic bus crash a full four years earlier. The Returned, a French series which emerges as a masterwork in eerie storytelling, purposely uncoils the accounts of those who mysteriously appear as if they have never been away. Inspired by the film Les Revenants, this fits easily in the current trend of stories which explore the dead returning, but none other does so with the same lyrical melancholy, the effect of which is enhanced by expert framing of tableaus and a haunting Mogwai score.
Every Friday the Library will bring you two 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.
Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!
New: Mystery Books
- Dead to Me by Cath Staincliffe
- The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
- The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan
- NYPD Puzzle by Parnell Hall
- After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
- The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
- Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons
- Scandal at Six by Ann Purser
- The Blood Promise by Mark Pryor
- The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
New: Thrillers and Suspense
- A Darker Shade of Sweden, edited by John-Henri Holmberg
- Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
- Buzz by Anders de la Motte
- Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
- Runner by Patrick Lee
- Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh
- Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson
- Urban Renewal by Andrew Vachss
- Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll
- The Contractors by Harry Hunsicker
There are foods that, when eaten, activate the same part of the human brain that heroin does. Food scientists have developed our edibles to have “bliss points”. Arguably, the obesity epidemic may not only be about personal willpower, but also about processed foods being highly addictive. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Moss examines the development and advertisement of processed foods in his bestseller Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Narrated by the straightforward – and sometimes incredulous – Scott Brick, the audiobook is a phenomenal read. If you liked The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food, Inc., or Fast Food Nation, definitely give Salt, Sugar, Fat a try.
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum is a must-read, conversational sociology book that lays out the structural racism inherent in the United States. In a non-combative manner, Tatum defines racism and reveals ways to talk about it, especially to children.
Hope Warren isn’t living up to her given name. A bad breakup and an unfulfilling job have left her outlook less than sunny. When a beguiling young Irishman wants to spend time with her, she doesn’t know whether to be flattered or annoyed, especially when his noble optimism reminds her of the life she doesn’t have. Fortunately, Dylan sees more in Hope than she sees in herself, and he’s willing to be persistent for the sake of both business and pleasure. You Give Good Love by J.J. Murray is a sweet reminder of the delights of new love and the spice of intense attraction. Fun banter, sweet gestures, and heated chemistry combine to satisfy the hopeless romantic in all of us.