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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

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

New Fiction in April

Whatever your reading mood, we’ve got you covered with our New Fiction in April list here. Discover some of our most anticipated reads below, from immersive and intense to thoughtful and thrilling.

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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Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

Told over the course of 70 years, this spellbinding debut novel traces three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter, who, channeling her rage into art, discovers with the power of her paint brush, she can change her family’s legacy.

Family saga / Alternating points of view / Vibrant writing

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

A detective in the black-skied Night City investigates an anomaly in the North American wilderness and uncovers a series of lives upended: the exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.

Science fiction mystery / Lyrical writing / Conceptually rich

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City on Fire by Don Winslow

A mid-1980s longshoreman who does occasional stints for the Irish crime syndicate becomes embroiled in a conflict between rival factions in the first book of a new series from the New York Times best-selling author of The Force.

Crime fiction / Immersive / Intense

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Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

A Chinese American art history major at Harvard, Will Chen is offered a (very illegal) chance to reclaim five priceless treasures China lost centuries ago and assembles a team of fellow students, chosen for their skills and loyalty, to help him on his mission–and make history.

Heist story / Thoughtful / Thrilling

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The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

When their father decides to divorce their mother, who, in a care facility for dementia, cannot speak for herself, so he can marry his young girlfriend Heather, sisters Tully and Rachel must find the truth about their family’s secrets, Heather and who their father really is.

Domestic suspense / Darkly humorous / Twists and turns

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Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez

ER doctor Alexis Montgomery’s world is turned upside down by a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger, and as their short-term flings turns into a relationship, she must choose between her ultra-wealthy parents and true love.

Contemporary romance / Emotional rollercoaster / Happily-ever-after

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A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

A novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history–the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade–witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves.

Historical fiction / Emotionally touching / Richly detailed

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Cover Story by Susan Rigetti

Moving to Grand Haven with her traumatized veteran husband, Abby bonds with her reclusive next-door neighbor over a shared love of flowers that they cultivate together, discovering hope and healing along the way.

Thriller / Fast-paced / The Devil Wears Prada meets Gone Girl