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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.

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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

New Fiction in March

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Make room for these fresh titles on your to read list! Spring into a good book with the March release books we’re most excited about or explore additional, but equally tantalizing, options using our New Fiction in March list here.

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Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian

Tempest Raj, while visiting her dad’s latest renovation project, discovers the body of her former stage double and wonders if she was the original target, and as she dives into this impossible mystery, she wonders if the Raj family curse has finally come for her.

Mystery / Quirky main character / Enchanting

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Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Every song tells a story. She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past. Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her.

Country-music thriller / Suspenseful / Features 12 songs written by Dolly Parton

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Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr

Tasked with locating a painting called Women on Fire stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier, rising young journalist Jules Roth teams up with the artist’s grandson to find it before a cunning gallerist, who gets everything she wants, does.

Art scene thriller / Fast-paced / Action-packed

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Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron

For Kamila Hussain, life is good. She’s got plenty of friends, a doting father, and her dog has more Instagram followers than most reality stars. But when she notices her longtime friend Rohan is spending much more time with another woman, Kamila wonders for the first time if a little self-improvement might be in order. But it suddenly seems like the more she tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel. She’d always assumed that Rohan never saw beyond her matching dog sweaters and color-coordinated kitchen appliances. But is it possible Rohan always thought Kamila was more than enough, just the way that she was?

Romantic comedy / Heartwarming / Sweet slow-burn

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Chorus by Rebecca Kauffman

The seven Shaw siblings have long been haunted by two early and profoundly consequential events. Told in turns from the early twentieth century through the 1950s, each sibling relays their own version of the memories that surround both their mother’s mysterious death and the circumstances of one sister’s scandalous teenage pregnancy. As they move into adulthood, the siblings assume new roles: caretaker to their aging father, addict, enabler, academic, decorated veteran, widow, and mothers and fathers to the next generation.

Historical fiction / Character-driven / Sweeping

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Murder at the Porte de Versailles by Cara Black

When her friend Michou’s partner is accused of bombing the police laboratory, Parisian PI Aime Leduc, in an effort to prove his innocence, is drawn into a dangerous world of political intrigue and terrorist threats linked to a cold case of her father’s.

Historical mystery / Richly detailed / Sassy main character

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Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

In the aftermath of WWI, Annie, while on Crow Island — a place rumored to be rife with magic — to settle her father’s estate, is drawn into a glittering, haunted world when she is tempted by her new neighbor, a woman surrounded by rumors of witchcraft.

Historical fantasy / Complex / Lush scene-setting

New Fiction in February

New Fiction in February
 

Fall in love with a new read this February. New fiction titles just hit our shelves ready for you to discover. Click here for a full list of our favorite February releases!

With the colder temperatures and snow falling, it’s a great time to read! All adult and young adult reads are eligible for a prize through our Winter Reading Program from January 1 to February 28. 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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Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

Things are heating up for Lila Macapagal, since summer, her least favorite season, has just started. To add to her feelings of sticky unease, Lila’s little town of Shady Palms has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which she won many years ago – a fact that serves as a wedge between Lila and her cousin slash rival, Bernadette. But when the head judge of the pageant is murdered and Bernadette becomes the main suspect, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case – because it looks like one of them might be next.

Culinary mystery / Feuding family / Engaging

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Abandoned in Death by J.D. Robb

The woman’s body was found on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong—like the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child. Eve Dallas clearly is dealing with a killer whose childhood involved some sort of trauma. When Eve discovers that other young women—who physically resemble the first victim—have vanished, the clock starts ticking louder.

Police procedural / Clever / Dynamic plot

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Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. And then fate intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. Olivia must be hallucinating. In the decade since she last saw Margot, her life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. At almost thirty, she’s been married… and divorced. Never in a million years did she expect her important new client’s Best Woman would be the one that got away.

Romantic comedy / Steamy / Witty

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Arriving in Paris to stay with her brother, Ben, Jess learns that he has gone missing, and to find him, starts digging into his life, realizing, even though she has come to the City of Lights to escape her past, it’s his future hanging in the balance.

Thriller / Twists and turns / Page-turner

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The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

Nina de Gramont’s The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder–and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century.

Historical mystery / Character-driven / Devilishly clever

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Steal by James Patterson  

When the son of the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund is thought to have committed suicide, but a body hasn’t been found, his father, believing that he is still alive, turns to Dylan Reinhart for help, drawing him into a world of multi-million-dollar secrets and danger.

Thriller / Action-packed / Suspenseful

New Fiction in January

New Fiction in January
 

New year, new reads! Browse below or click here for our expanded January list to kick off 2022 with a fresh story to match your current reading mood. No matter what strikes your fancy, all adult and young adult reads are eligible for a prize through our Winter Reading Program from January 1 to February 28! 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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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins 

From Rachel Hawkins, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs, comes Reckless Girls, a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

Thriller / Suspenseful / Addictive 

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The Horsewoman by James Patterson and Mike Lupica

Sharing the dream of being the best horsewoman in the world, Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter champion riders, break their vow of never going up against each other when they both participate in the competitions leading up to the Olympics.

Sports fiction / Energetic / Romantic

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Olga Dies Dreaming by Zochitl Gonzalez

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Olga, the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers, must confront the effects of long-held family secrets when she falls in love with Matteo, while other family members must weather their own storms.

Domestic fiction / Passionate / Likeable characters

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Violeta by Isabel Allende

Living out her days in a remote part of her South American homeland, Violeta finds her life shaped by some of the most important events of history as she tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others.

Historical fiction / Sweeping timeline / Inspiring

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The Maid by Nita Prose

When she discovers the dead body of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black in his suite, hotel maid Molly Gray finds her orderly life upended as she becomes the prime suspect in the case and is caught in a web of deception that she has no idea how to unravel.

Mystery / Sharp protagonist / Twisty

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How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan 

Grace Travis definitely has it all figured out. In between finishing interior design school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree. She’ll have her dream job. When an opportunity to fix up-and live in-an adorable little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door. Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. A real estate developer with a knack for betting and winning big, he’s not one to let a good opportunity slip away. So when a beachside house with great bones is ripe for a remodel and flip, Noah doesn’t hesitate. Except in order to spruce it up properly, he’ll need to take over the house next door. The house with the willful and combative and way-too-intriguing woman living in it. With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can turn out to be the person who shows you that home is always where the heart is.

Romantic comedy / Charismatic / Upbeat

Celebrating the Holidays in Fiction

Celebrating the Holidays in Fiction

Celebrate the season with festive delights for the ears and eyes! Cozy up to your pick of recent holiday fiction titles in print and holiday fiction picks on audio. Our seasonal experts have selected a few snow-dusted gems and sprinkled them below for a peek under the bells and bows. If you are looking for more personalized suggestions: fill out this form for reading suggestions curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070.

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The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan

When she is out of a job just in time for the holidays, Carmen, with little cash and few options, is forced to move in with her perfect sister where she takes a job at a book store that desperately needs her help–and helps her in return.

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A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

A very practical, straightlaced twenty-eight-year-old, Niki Randhawa, attends a friend’s wedding in India where she arrives in time to celebrate Diwali and meets a free-spirited London musician who helps her get in touch with her passionate and creative side.

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The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

When her publisher insists that she write a Hanukkah romance, Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, a Jewish woman with a secret career as a Christmas romance novelist, unexpectedly finds inspiration when she encounters a childhood acquaintance at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah.

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The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas–perfect for fans of Christina Lauren’s In a Holidaze and Josie Silver’s One Day in December.

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The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole

Meg Julliard returns to her hometown of Chicago to run her late father’s apartment building. The building is in rough shape and the tenants are unusual. Ellie is an older woman living in the building but getting ready to move into a nursing home. Both women feel the upcoming holiday will be the worst Christmas ever. Can an unexpected friendship and a dress make for a magical season?

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Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo

Victoria and Oliver’s pretend engagement dissolves as their very real chemistry threatens to upend all their carefully laid-out secrets.