Month: March 2022

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Gender Equality Fiction to Celebrate International Women’s Day

For over 100 years, International Women’s Day has celebrated all women who contribute to the workplace and to society, often without equal recognition or reward. Though every life is its own story, common themes of strength, perseverance, and stubborn optimism unite women’s experiences across time and place. Choose from below to find a fascinating read that explores gender equality through the lens of fiction.

March Madness in the Teen Space

Participate in a little friendly competition this month with our book-style version of March Madness in the Teen Space! Each round features a head-to-head matchup of currently popular titles chosen by teens in Teen Think Tank. Which read will prevail? Cast your vote for each round at the Fiction-AV-Teen desk; watch the Teen Space wall for the latest advancers! The winner will be revealed at the end of the month. Which read are you rooting for?

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Curious about any of the books chosen for the bracket, or just want to re-read your favorites? Click on each title below to find it at the library.

New Fiction in March

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Make room for these fresh titles on your to read list! Spring into a good book with the March release books we’re most excited about or explore additional, but equally tantalizing, options using our New Fiction in March list here.

Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for titles curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 

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Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian

Tempest Raj, while visiting her dad’s latest renovation project, discovers the body of her former stage double and wonders if she was the original target, and as she dives into this impossible mystery, she wonders if the Raj family curse has finally come for her.

Mystery / Quirky main character / Enchanting

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Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Every song tells a story. She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past. Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her.

Country-music thriller / Suspenseful / Features 12 songs written by Dolly Parton

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Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

Tasked with locating a painting called Women on Fire stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier, rising young journalist Jules Roth teams up with the artist’s grandson to find it before a cunning gallerist, who gets everything she wants, does.

Art scene thriller / Fast-paced / Action-packed

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Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron

For Kamila Hussain, life is good. She’s got plenty of friends, a doting father, and her dog has more Instagram followers than most reality stars. But when she notices her longtime friend Rohan is spending much more time with another woman, Kamila wonders for the first time if a little self-improvement might be in order. But it suddenly seems like the more she tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel. She’d always assumed that Rohan never saw beyond her matching dog sweaters and color-coordinated kitchen appliances. But is it possible Rohan always thought Kamila was more than enough, just the way that she was?

Romantic comedy / Heartwarming / Sweet slow-burn

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Chorus by Rebecca Kauffman

The seven Shaw siblings have long been haunted by two early and profoundly consequential events. Told in turns from the early twentieth century through the 1950s, each sibling relays their own version of the memories that surround both their mother’s mysterious death and the circumstances of one sister’s scandalous teenage pregnancy. As they move into adulthood, the siblings assume new roles: caretaker to their aging father, addict, enabler, academic, decorated veteran, widow, and mothers and fathers to the next generation.

Historical fiction / Character-driven / Sweeping

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Murder at the Porte de Versailles by Cara Black

When her friend Michou’s partner is accused of bombing the police laboratory, Parisian PI Aime Leduc, in an effort to prove his innocence, is drawn into a dangerous world of political intrigue and terrorist threats linked to a cold case of her father’s.

Historical mystery / Richly detailed / Sassy main character

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Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

In the aftermath of WWI, Annie, while on Crow Island — a place rumored to be rife with magic — to settle her father’s estate, is drawn into a glittering, haunted world when she is tempted by her new neighbor, a woman surrounded by rumors of witchcraft.

Historical fantasy / Complex / Lush scene-setting