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Witches in Fiction

Witches in Fiction

Double, double, toil, and trouble, witches abound in fiction! Below we have gathered some recommended witchy reads to hold you spellbound. There are witches from different centuries, locales, and practices, and whether they are the cause of troubles or plagued by them, the boil and bubble promise pure story enchantment.

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The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson 

Observing a life of strict submission to minimize discrimination for her mixed heritage, Immanuelle discovers dark truths about her community’s church and her late mother’s secret relationship with the spirits of four witches.

 

 

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author’s novel of magic amid the suffragette movement.

 

 

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The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

A tale inspired by Manhattan’s 19th-century witchcraft revival finds a celebrated teahouse proprietress and a gifted medium teaming up with a dream interpreter in the aftermath of a psychic colleague’s disappearance.

 

 

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Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Born into post-apocalyptic Africa by a mother who was raped after the slaughter of her entire tribe, Onyesonwu is tutored by a shaman and discovers that her magical destiny is to end the genocide of her people.

 

 

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The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

In Gilded Age New York, a centuries-long clash between two magical families ignites when a young witch must choose between love and loyalty, power and ambition, in this magical novel by Louisa Morgan.

 

 

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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

In Finnmark, Norway, 1617, after 40 fishermen are drowned in the sea, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardo must fend for themselves especially when a sinister figure arrives, bringing with him a mighty evil that threatens their very existence.

Scandinavian Chills

Scandinavian Chills book list

Winter’s cold chill is right around the corner, and Scandinavian mysteries and thrillers are bound to give you a different kind of icy sensation. Grisly murders, dark settings, and daring detectives connect these tales to make your blood run cold.

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The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup 

When a serial killer begins leaving handmade dolls at his murder scenes, two detectives struggle to put aside their differences and follow forensic clues linking the case to a politician’s kidnapped daughter.

Bleak; Gruesome

 

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The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund 
Series: Victoria Bergman novels, 1

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg investigates a serial killer who is targeting children.

Disturbing; Suspenseful

 

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The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg 
Series: Patrik Hedstrom mysteries, 1

After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend’s past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.

Leisurely-paced; Compelling

 

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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Series: Department Q, 1

Chief detective Carl Morck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.

Atmospheric; Suspenseful

 

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Unseen by Mari Jungstedt
Series: Detective Anders Knutas mysteries, 1

In the midst of preparing for the midsummer tourist season, the island of Gotland is rocked by the brutal killings of a young woman and her dog, a crime that becomes only the first as a serial killer terrorizes tourists and locals alike and brings Inspector Anders Knutas into an alliance with journalist Johan Berg to find the murderer before more women die.

Intricately Plotted; Fast-paced

 

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Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel 
Series: Louise Rick and Camilla Lind novels, 1

Copenhagen Detective Inspector Louise Rick searches for an online predator who has brutally attacked a young woman in her home, a crime that prompts Louise to set up an online profile on the dating site where the predator is soliciting women.

Suspenseful; Gritty

New Fiction in October

NEW FICTION IN OCTOBER

Don’t be scared! New books in October aren’t all about thrills and chills. Below is a selection of titles from our larger list of October new fiction releases. Included are tempting stories for every reader. For personalized reading suggestions, feel free to email us at readers@mppl.org.

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Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Sheltering in a New York beach house with a couple that has taken refuge during a massive blackout, a family struggles for information about the power failure while wondering if the cut-off property is actually safe.

Psychological Suspense

 

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Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Nikki quit her job to help her mom with her food truck, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so competitive and for the competition to be so attractive. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable food truck owner Callum is–he set up shop next to her coveted parking spot! The solution? Let the upcoming Food Festival decide. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…

Romance; Humorous

 

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The Searcher by Tana French

Looking to start a new life in a small Irish village, former Chicago police officer Cal Hooper comes out of retirement to help find a missing kid and uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat.

Mystery

 

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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Shop by Fannie Flagg

Taking a final visit to the ghost town where his mother Ruth’s Whistle Stop Cafe made its famous fried green tomatoes, Bud Threadgoode discovers new friends and surprises about the community’s women while triggering unexpected changes in his daughters’ lives.

Humorous; Heartwarming

 

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Memorial by Bryan Washington

A Japanese-American chef and a Black daycare teacher begin reevaluating their stale relationship in the wake of a father’s death and the arrival of an acerbic mother-in-law who becomes an unconventional roommate.

Reflective; Love on the Rocks

 

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Sailing back to Amsterdam in 1634 as a prisoner accused of an unknown crime, Detective Pipps relies on his faithful sidekick to help solve an onboard mystery in the new novel from the author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Mystery

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15

“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 rich reads for Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 or browse a sample below. For information on national events and much more, visit the Library of Congress website.

 

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia  

A reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel follows the experiences of a courageous socialite in 1950s Mexico who is drawn into the treacherous secrets of an isolated mansion.

Gothic Fiction; Horror

 

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You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

Rendered the subject of tabloid gossip by a messy public breakup, soap star Jasmine takes a part in a new bilingual comedy at the side of a telenovela costar who would revitalize his career.

Romantic Comedy

 

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A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabel Allende  

Sponsored by the poet Pablo Neruda to flee the violence of the Spanish Civil War, a pregnant widow and an army doctor unite in an arranged marriage, only to be swept up by the early days of World War II.

Historical Fiction

 

Once I Was You by Maria HinojosaOnce I Was You book cover

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who has collaborated with the most respected networks and is known for bringing humanity to her reporting. In this beautifully-rendered memoir, she relates the history of US immigration policy that has brought us to where we are today, as she shares her deeply personal story. Once I Was You is an urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all. 

Memoir; Global Affairs

 

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Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Reeling from her beloved husband’s sudden death in the wake of her retirement, an immigrant writer is further derailed by the reappearance of her unstable sister and an entreaty for help by a pregnant undocumented teen.

Domestic Fiction

 

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Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat

A single-volume collection of short stories by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author is set in such locales as Miami, Port-au-Prince and the Caribbean and poignantly explores the forces that unite and divide.

Authentic Short Stories

 

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Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

Enduring the rampant violence against women and the LGBTQ community in the decades of the Uruguayan dictatorship, five women heartbreakingly unite as lovers, friends and family.

Historical Fiction

 

 

 

Summer Reading: G. Spectacular Covers

spectacular reading journey - read a book with a spectacular cover (a summer reading challenge category)

As the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race wraps up after August 31st, we thought we’d show off some of the spectacular covers chosen by participants for this reading challenge category. We hope you enjoyed some truly spectacular titles on this spectacular summer reading journey. Thanks to all for participating!

The Glass Hotel book coverThe Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
Arabella of Mars book coverArabella of Mars
David D. Levine
In the Hall with the Knife book coverIn The Hall With
The Knife

Diana Peterfruend
Headliners book coverHeadliners
Lucy Parker
Pleasantville book coverPleasantvillle
Attica Locke
Watch Me Disappear book coverWatch Me Disappear
Janelle Brown
Mexican Gothic book coverMexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Black Chalk book coverBlack Chalk
Christopher J. Yates
Untamed book coverUntamed
Glennon Doyle