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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
With only a few short weeks of Summer Reading remaining, are you looking to treat yourself with one of the newest delicious releases? Choose an upcoming read from the sample spotlights below or broaden your choice with the expanded New Fiction in July 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.
When the host of a popular relationship advice show publicly makes out with the man she denounced on air, what starts as an attempt to salvage her reputation may turn into the chance for a deeper connection.
If you can’t get enough of...Witty Stories with Fake Dating
When his DNA is rewritten with a genetic-engineering breakthrough beyond anything the world has seen, Logan Ramsey finds his transformation threatening everything around him as he is forced to take sides in a fight to save humankind.
If you can’t get enough of…Action-Packed Dark Science
Two friends–often in love, but never lovers–come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.
If you can’t get enough of…Enchantingly Flawed Characters
Anna McDonald has made a terrible mistake. She has forced her blended family to vacation together. The weather is bad, her daughters are bored, and her ex-husband still insufferable. Oh, and Fin Cohen brought his latest girlfriend, too. So when news of a shocking kidnapping breaks, Anna and Fin do the responsible thing. They take off to solve the case.
There are summer reading buzzworthy titles galore on BookTok and Instagram for both adult and teen readers! Wondering which books have others buzzing? Below are titles we’ve been hearing about often, and more titles can be found here. For more personalized reading suggestions, fill out the Choose My Next Book form, and we’ll create a list of suggestions that have just the right buzz for your style! Another mention for readers: Summer Reading at the library is going on for all ages until August 15th and anything read since June 1st counts. More information on Summer Reading can be found on the summer reading page or stop by and give us a visit!
Catalina desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. Especially since her lie about her American boyfriend has spiraled out of control. Now everyone she knows–including her ex and his fiancé–will be there. She only has four weeks to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic and aid in her deception. Enter Aaron–her tall, handsome, condescending colleague–who surprisingly offers to step in. She’d rather refuse; never has there been a more aggravating man. But Catalina is desperate…
In the early 1960s, chemist and single mother Elizabeth Zott, the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show due to her revolutionary skills in the kitchen, uses this opportunity to dare women to change the status quo.
A breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years-from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives-the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness-are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
Lowen is a struggling writer when she is hired by Jeremy Crawford to complete the remaining books in a successful series for his injured wife, author Verity Crawford. Lowen sorts through Verity’s notes, but finds an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended anyone to read. In it are bone-chilling admissions, including the recollection of the night their family was forever altered. At first Lowen keeps the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, but eventually realizes that a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love his wife…
A man passing through the French village of his youth revisits the passionate and secret love affair he had with another boy when they were teens after seeing someone who strongly resembles his long lost lover. Just outside a hotel in Bordeaux, Philippe chances upon a young man who bears a striking resemblance to his first love. What follows is a look back at the relationship he’s never forgotten, a hidden affair with a gorgeous boy named Thomas during their last year of high school.
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War.
The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contraditions between public and private life.
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone. Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Adeleke chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality…
Teenaged Briseis, who possesses a supernatural power over plants, even poisonous ones, inherits a dilapidated estate in rural New York and must protect herself and her family from centuries-old secrets that threaten their lives.
Agreeing to a holiday escape to the country, literary agent Nora keeps running into a bookish, hardheaded, arrogant editor she knows from Manhattan, and wishes she didn’t, even as she discovers they have more in common than previously thought.
A transfer student from a small town in California, Richard Papen is determined to affect the ways of his Hampden College peers, and he begins his intense studies under the tutelage of eccentric Julian Morrow.
A stunning first novel about two young Black artists in London falling in and out of love by a new literary virtuoso, and finalist for the BBC Short Story Award, twenty-six-year old writer and photographer Caleb Azumah Nelson.