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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

New Fiction in July

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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. 

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Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

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

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Upgrade by Blake Crouch

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 ofAction-Packed Dark Science

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

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 ofEnchantingly Flawed Characters

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Confidence by Denise Mina

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.

If you can’t get enough of…Capers and Cons

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Chrysalis by Lincoln Child

Famed enigmalogist Jeremy Logan is summoned by a multibillion dollar tech company to investigate a disturbing anomaly in their new product rollout and discovers something very wrong.

If you can’t get enough of…Michael Crichton-style Thrillers

Summer Reads: On BookTok or Instagram

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 here or stop by and give us a visit!

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The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

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…

Enemies to Lovers; Fake Relationship

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Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

After her sister is killed in an air battle versus aliens, young Zetian avenges her death and becomes an Iron Widow, a much-feared kind of female pilot.

Vengeance is Mine; Women of Steel

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

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.

Misogyny; Strong Women

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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.

Family Saga; Thought-provoking

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

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…

Toxic Relationships; Menacing

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Lie With Me by Phillippe Besson

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.

Coming-of-age; Reflective

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When We Collided by Emery Lord

Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?

Dealing with Mental Illness; Emotionally Intense

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Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

At a century-old Tokyo coffee shop rumored to offer patrons the chance to travel back in time, four customers reevaluate their formative life choices.

Time Slip; Magical Realism

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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.

Men and Women in Love and War; Lyrical

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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.

Autobiography; Thought-provoking

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A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

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…

Twists and Turns; Engaging

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This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

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.

Paranormal; Atmospheric

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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.

Enemies to Lovers; Rom-Com

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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.

Complex; Atmospheric

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Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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.

Lyrical; Complex

New Fiction in June

New fiction in June

We’ve been so busy welcoming all our excited Summer Reading participants, we almost forgot to announce this month’s most anticipated arrivals to our adult fiction collections! Choose an upcoming read from the sample spotlights below or broaden your choice with the expanded New Fiction in June 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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Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

After her husband leaves her, a romance-channel screenwriter finds a new chance at love when a sexy leading man is cast to play her husband in a movie based on the script she wrote about her marriage’s collapse.

If you are in the mood for…Warm, Relatable, and Endearing.

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More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez

An evocative drama follows a woman caught leading a double life after one husband murders the other, and the true-crime writer who becomes obsessed with telling her story.

If you are in the mood for…Character-Driven Crime.

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Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins

When her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman, Lillie, furious and with limited options of whom to turn to for help, finds unexpected allies who come to her aid, while, at the same time, she comes to theirs.

If you are in the mood for…Grief, Hope, and Humor.

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The Gatekeeper by James Byrne

After foiling an attack at the hotel where he’s staying, Dez, a retired mercenary, musician and gatekeeper, is back in action and drawn into a dangerous conspiracy involving media manipulation, militias, an armed coup and an attempt to fracture the very country in which we live.

If you are in the mood for…Action-Packed Thrills.

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On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi

Explores that time in your life when you must decide what you want and how to get it, all while navigating love, friendship, and the realization that the path you thought you were travelling has just taken some hard turns.

If you are a fan of…Grey’s Anatomy.

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Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin

A unique and isolated town faces a singular affliction: some mothers vanish, disappearing into the clouds. When motherhood comes for Vera, she is faced with the question: will she be able to stay and mother her beloved child, or will she disappear?

If you are in the mood for…Haunting Dystopian Fiction.

New Fiction in May

New Fiction in May

May brings a bouquet of spring reading options, especially if you adore spending time with fellow book lovers, being immersed in tense thrills, or dreaming of summer romance. Settle into a sunshine view and enjoy a promising read from the spotlights below or broaden your choice with the expanded New Fiction in May list.

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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The Messy Lives of Book People by Phaedra Patrick

Landing her personal hero and mega-best-selling author Essie Starling as a client, housecleaner Liv Green forms an unlikely friendship with this infamous reclusive, but when Essie suddenly dies, leaving her an astonishing last wish, Liv discovers a connection between them that changes Liv’s own life story forever.

If you are in the mood for…Feel-Good Charm

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Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone

Waking up in Lisbon alone, her husband gone with no warning, no note, not answering his phone, Ariel Price, sensing something is wrong, realizes she knows so little about her new, much younger husband, and discovers just how far she’ll go when everything is on the line.

If you are in the mood for…International Intrigue

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Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

A luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium-and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago. For fans of A Man Called Ove.

If you are in the mood for…Poignant and Heartwarming

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By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing after college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, still living at home, and the only Black employee at her publishing house. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to prove her worth and finally get the recognition she deserves.

If you are in the mood for…A Fun Modern Take on Beauty and the Beast

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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.

If you are in the mood for…Gothic Chills

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The Last White Rose by Alison Weir

Saved from the clutches of her uncle, the notorious Richard III, by Henry Tudor, Elizabeth of York, the oldest daughter of the late King Edward IV, becomes the first queen of the Tudor line–a blessed union that results in the unification of the warring houses of Lancaster and York.

If you are in the mood for…Sumptuous History

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My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer

When a woman disappears with her two children, her husband will do anything to find them – even confront the secrets of his own past.

If you are in the mood for…Twisty Suspense