Month: September 2022

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New Fiction in September

New Fiction in September

Fresh titles just hit our “new” shelves! Take your pick of hot-off-the-press September spotlights below or broaden your choice with the expanded New Fiction in September list.

Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out our new Choose My Next Book form to receive five titles hand-picked just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 

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People Person by Candice Carty-Williams

An aspiring lifestyle influencer saddled with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, 30-year-old Dimple Pennington has never felt so alone in her life until a dramatic event brings her half siblings crashing back into her life, forcing them all to reconnect with the absent father they never really knew.

Darkly comedic domestic thriller

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Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for forty years. Now their talents are considered old-school and no one appreciates what they have to offer. When the foursome is sent on an all-expenses paid vacation to mark their retirement, they are targeted by one of their own. They’re about to teach the Board what it really means to be a woman—and a killer—of a certain age.

Fast-paced, fun thriller

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Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks

After his own musical career was tragically roadblocked, Colby Mills meets and falls for a graduate of a prestigious college music program looking to become a star in Nashville.

Epic romantic saga

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Fairy Tale by Stephen King

A troubled teenager befriends an elderly recluse, who dies and leaves him a taped message explaining that his shed is the portal to another world in the new novel by the extremely prolific and popular best-selling author of It.

Unexpectedly twisty fantasy

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The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland

Regrouping at their dreaded 25-year high school reunion, four best friends, after a forgotten classmate emerges with a surprising announcement, form a pact to push through middle-aged angst to bring their teenage aspirations to fruition, dubbing themselves the “Most Likely Girls.”

Second-act story

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Fiction Reads

“Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture” – United States Census Bureau

Whether you are in the mood for quiet and thoughtful, tense and unnerving, heartfelt and sweet, or sincere and compelling, exciting reads by Hispanic American authors are yours for the taking. The contributions from writers of Hispanic descent are monumental, and one of the ways we are honoring Hispanic Heritage Month is to share suggestions that celebrate the authentic experience in great storytelling.

Check out a fresh list of contemporary reads for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) or browse a sample below. For information on national events and much more, visit the Library of Congress website.

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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

In the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence and the execution of her father, Beatriz accepts Don Rodolfo Solorzano’s proposal of marriage and is whisked away to his remote country estate where she is faced with a malevolent presence linked to his first wife’s death.

Gothic historical fiction

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Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

The Guerreros have lived in Nothar Park, a predominantly Dominican part of New York City, for twenty years. When demolition begins on a neighboring tenement, Eusebia devises an increasingly dangerous series of schemes to stop construction of the luxury condos. Meanwhile, Eusebia’s daughter, Luz, becomes distracted by a sweltering romance with the handsome white developer at the company her mother so vehemently opposes.

Melodrama

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The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa

Crashing the wedding of complete strangers who don’t belong together, Solange agrees to be the former groom’s pretend girlfriend to make up for her interference, and as they fake date for the benefit of his colleagues, they form an undeniable connection.

Romantic comedy

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What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J.A. Chancy

Set in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, this novel is a reckoning of the heartbreaking trauma of disaster, and – at the same time – an unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit.

Literary fiction

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Tears of the Trufflepig by Fernando A. Flores

A surreal debut novel set on the Texas-Mexico border, blending magical realism, sci-fi, and political parable to tell the story of an everyday man’s tumble into a bizarre and sinister criminal underworld.

Magical realism

Stay Golden at the Library

Thirty-seven years ago today, The Golden Girls premiered on NBC. It would go on to run for seven seasons, and every single main cast member won an Emmy for her performance during the show’s run.

Thanks to syndication and streaming, the show continued to gain new fans long after it went off the air, and today fans of all ages celebrate the show and characters with conferences, live theater tributes, and, of course, lots of books. 

You can also see the Girls via our Roku content. In the film My First Love, available on Amazon Prime Video, Bea Arthur actually wears many of her costumes from The Golden Girls. And of course, you can stream the original series and the short-lived spin-off The Golden Palace on Hulu. So after you visit the library, bake (or buy) a cheesecake, and enjoy some time with the Girls. And thank you for being a library friend!

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Broadway’s Lost Treasures II

 Call Number: DVD 782.14 BRO
Format: DVDs

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Here We Go Again: My Life in Television

by Betty White
Call Number: LT B WHITE, B.
Format: Large Type Books

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Here We Go Again: My Life in Television, 1949-1995

by Betty White 
Call Number: BOOK CD B WHITE, B.
Format: Audiobooks on CD

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If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)

by Betty White
Call Number: B WHITE, B.
Format: Books

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Mame

Call Number: DVD MAME
Format: DVDs

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Mask

Call Number: DVD MASK
Format: DVDs

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My First Five Husbands–and the Ones Who Got Away

by Rue McClanahan
Call Number: B MCCLANAHAN, R.
Format: Books

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Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater

by Eddie Shapiro
Call Number: 782.1409 SHA
Format: Books

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Sitcommentary: Television Comedies that Changed America

by Mark Robinson
Call Number: 91.4561 ROB
Format: Books

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SNL: The Complete Fifth Season, 1979-1980

Call Number: DVD 791.4572 SNL Pt.1of2
Format: DVDs

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That’s Betty!: The Story of Betty White

by Gregory Bonsignore
Call Number: 7J 791.4502 WHITE, B.
Format: Books

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The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide

by Matt Browning
Call Number: 791.4572 BRO
Format: Books

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The Golden Girls: The Complete First Season

Call Number: DVD GOLDEN
Format: DVDs

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Second Season

Call Number: DVD GOLDEN
Format: DVDs

The Golden Girls: The Complete Third Season DVD cover

The Golden Girls: The Complete Third Season

Call Number: DVD GOLDEN
Format: DVDs

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Fourth Season

Call Number: DVD GOLDEN
Format: DVDs

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season

Call Number: DVD GOLDEN
Format: DVDs

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Sixth Season

Call Number: DVD GOLDEN
Format: DVDs

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Seventh and Final Season

Call Number: DVD GOLDEN
Format: DVDs

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The Proposal

Call Number: BLURAY PROPOSAL
Format: Blu-Rays

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The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms

by David Tucker
Call Number: 791.4502 TUC
Format: Books

Women Know Everything!: 3,241 Quips, Quotes, & Brilliant Remarks book cover

Women Know Everything!: 3,241 Quips, Quotes, & Brilliant Remarks

by Karen Weekes
Call Number: 082 WOM
Format: Books

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You Again

Call Number: DVD You
Format: DVDs

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