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Winter Reading Ideas: Books You May Have Missed In 2020

Books You May Have Missed in 2020

2020 was a year that had a lot going on! And the publishing train still kept on going! We have gathered titles that may have missed your book radar last year. More titles to explore can be found here.

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The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh

A woman ready to give up on love meets her match in a man she never expected to fall for.

 

 

 

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Germania: A Novel of Nazi Berlin by Harald Gilbers

Reactivated against his will by the Gestapo in the bombed-out capital of the Reich in 1944, Jewish detective Richard Oppenheimer investigates a serial killer who has been leaving Nazi-connected victims at war memorials.

 

 

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Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

A midwife and conjurer of curses reflects on her life before and after the Civil War, her relationships with the families she serves and the secrets she has learned about a plantation owner’s daughter.

 

 

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The Bright Lands by John Fram

Reluctantly returning to his small hometown when his star football player brother goes missing, a disgraced older sibling reconnects with the local sheriff, who begins to suspect former classmates in her search for her own missing brother.

 

 

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The Royal Governess: a Novel of Queen Elizabeth II’s Childhood by Wendy Holden

Accepting the position of a lifetime tutoring the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, young Marion Crawford defies protocol to introduce the princesses to the experiences of everyday people while witnessing some of the 20th century’s most seismic events.

 

 

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Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

Unexpectedly falling in love with a white man after her mother’s latest disastrous matchmaking effort, a young Nigerian woman struggles to follow her heart without breaking her mother’s or compromising her own identity.

 

 

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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

Wanting to organize an assisted death on her own terms, a world-weary octogenarian forges an unexpected bond with an exuberant 10-year-old who drags her to tea parties, shopping sprees and other social excursions.

Winter Reading Ideas: New Fiction in February

new fiction in February

February doesn’t have to be dreary when there are new books to be discovered! Be transported to different worlds, find one that suits you spotlighted below, or find a fuller New Fiction in February list here.

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My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee

An everyday American college student finds his life transformed by a Chinese-American businessman who unexpectedly takes him under his wing on a series of whimsical, heartbreaking and darkly shocking adventures throughout Asia.

 

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The Power Couple by Alex Berenson

Embarking on a European family vacation to revitalize their marriage, two government employees find the limits of their bond tested when their daughter goes missing from a Barcelona club.

 

 

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The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood

A homesick Pakistani immigrant chafing against the strictures of his family’s new devout Muslim life in California and a young woman who barely escaped war-torn Baghdad upend their community in the aftermath of a fateful chance encounter. A first novel.

 

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Send for Me by Lauren Fox

A baker’s daughter and her husband flee to America amid increasingly violent anti-Semitism in pre-World War II Germany two generations before her granddaughter learns the astonishing story of their heritage and losses.

 

 

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The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

A precarious arrangement between a man, his wife and his wife’s clone explodes in a violent confrontation that forces the two women to figure out a creative way to stay out of prison.

 

 

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First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

A social media influencer and makeup expert finds herself in a public relations jam after the son of a powerful Bollywood family begins private messaging her.

 

 

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The Unwilling by John Hart

The younger brother of a wrongly implicated Vietnam veteran and ex-con races to uncover the truth about a young woman’s murder and the brutal realities of war that shaped his brother’s darker nature.

Winter Reading Ideas: New Fiction in January

New Fiction in January

New year, new fiction! Start 2021 with some fresh new reads and with Warm Up With Reading, our Winter Reading program. There’s a “read what you like” route as well as an optional mini reading challenge. We also have a larger list of new fiction in January and, as always, you may contact us at readers@mppl.org for personalized reading suggestions!

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Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Born on a plantation but set apart from the others by her mother’s position as a medicine woman, a young slave is forced to leave home at 18 and unexpectedly finds herself in an infamously cruel jail.

 

 

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Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz, 6th book in Orphan X series

Retiring from his Nowhere Man activities in exchange for an unofficial pardon, former government assassin Evan Smoak is entreated by a unlikely client to help rescue a fellow orphan from a dangerous foster home.

 

 

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Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

An unambitious college graduate accepts a job at Sumwun, the hottest NYC startup, and reimagines himself as “Buck” a ruthless salesman and begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force.

 

 

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The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. 

Two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation find refuge in each other while transforming a quiet shed into a haven for their fellow slaves, before an enslaved preacher declares their bond sinful.

 

 

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The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell

A Victorian-inspired supernatural mystery follows the experiences of a Cambridge dropout and his savvy detective partner, who connect a paramour’s disappearance to a bizarre suicide.

 

 

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Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

Waking from a coma with no memory of who she is, a wealthy millennial tries to piece together her identity through her social-media activity before following leads to a billionaire’s home and the site of a suspicious accident.

 

 

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Across The Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire, 6th book in Wayward Children series

Regan passes through a mysterious doorway before finding herself in a fantastical world of magical equines who expect humans to step up as heroes.

 

 

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Nick by Michael Farris Smith

A tale inspired by Fitzgerald’s famous narrator imagines the life of Nick Carraway before Gatsby, depicting a war-traumatized, heavily drinking man who embarks on a doomed journey of redemption from Paris to New Orleans.

 

New Fiction in December

New Fiction in December

Snow is falling, new books are calling! Just a dusting of what’s new in fiction in December can be found below. A larger snowfall of new fiction may be found in this New Fiction in December list and if you are not seeing any titles twinkling at you: email us at readers@mppl.org or give us a call at (847)590-4070 for some reading suggestions tailored just for you. Curl up with a good book this season!

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How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams

Challenged by her friends to start enjoying her life when her university department is cut, a Type-A overachiever embarks on a daring to-do list that involves leaving an abusive ex and pursuing a career-risking fling with a charming stranger.

Banter-filled Romance

 

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A mysterious killer is brutally murdering Europe’s most loathsome criminals. When police discover that two of the victims have disturbing connections to Detective Joona Linna, it’s clear that somebody’s trying to send him a message. As the body count rises, the evidence seems to point to a ghost from Joona’s past . . . the most terrifying villain he’s ever had to face.

Scandinavian Crime

 

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The Mermaid From Jeju by Sumi Hahn

A talented young deep-sea diver from occupied 1948 Korea’s neighboring Jeju Island visits Mt. Halla for her family’s annual trading trip before her romance with a mountain youth is upended by family tragedy and political turbulence.

Historical Fiction; Coming-of-age Story

 

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The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister

Secretly hired by an eccentric Lady Franklin to lead a team of women explorers into the Arctic to recover Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition, Virginia Reeve survives a harrowing quest only to find herself on trial for murder.

Historical Fiction; Suspenseful 

 

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The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage – the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade. Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

Psychological Suspense

New Holiday Fiction

New Holiday Fiction

Do seasonal stories give you all the cozy feelings for the holidays and cold nights ahead? Then look no further! Here we have snow-cased some new holiday fiction, as well as an expanded list of new holiday stories to delight in. If holiday fiction is not your way of embracing the season, you may always contact us via readers@mppl.org or by calling 847/590-4070 to help you find books that may make your season brighter!

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Silent Bite by David Rosenfelt

Finally getting into the Christmas spirit, lawyer Andy Carpenter, while running a dog rescue organization, which is his true passion, agrees to help his partner prove the innocence of a man wrongly accused of murder.

 

 

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An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen

Haunted by an old secret and the shadows of his past, gentleman Richard Brockwell prefers to stay away from Ivy Hill–until his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life unless he returns for Christmas. Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with all of its divine hope, unforeseen surprises, and unexpected romantic encounters, work its magic in his heart?

 

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Signing up with a dating agency during the holiday season against her better judgment, a jaded career woman endures one disastrous date after another before finding romance in an unexpected place.

 

 

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Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

A young widow wanting to give her little boy a wonderful Christmas moves to Silver Bells, Colorado. She finds herself working for a single-minded businessman restoring his historic family mansion for the holidays.