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Be first to read some of these debut novels coming in August!

THE DAUGHTERS by Adrienne Celt

Lulu can’t sing. Since the traumatic birth of her daughter, the internationally renowned soprano hasn’t dared utter a note. She’s afraid that her body is too fragile and that she may have lost her talent to a long-dreaded curse afflicting all of the mothers in her family.

BARBARA THE SLUT AND OTHER PEOPLE by Lauren Holmes

A fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.

MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE by Louise Walters

Roberta, a bibliophile works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. She discovers a letter inside her grandmother’s old suitcase that provides insight into her grandmother’s past and to the family’s history.

THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski

A family’s world is upended when the oldest daughter returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.

THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD by Karen Katchur

Twelve-year-old Caroline doesn’t understand why her mother avoids the family lakeside home, which she herself loves.

~Ann

HOT AUGUST READS

August brings lots of new titles from old favorites and new authors!

This Week

Alert by James Patterson

The Summertime Girls by Laura Hankin

Week of August 10

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber

Devil’s Bridge by Linda Fairstein

Who do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Week of August 17

Friction by Sandra Brown

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

Week of August 23

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

X by Sue Grafton

~Ann

That Girl!

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That “Girl” is incredibly popular. Check out these girls.

The Girl on the Train– Paula Hawkins

The girl sees odd things while commuting on the train

The Boston Girl– Anita Diamant

A turn of the century girl (born in 1900) growing up in Boston

Clever Girl– Tessa Hadley

The girl, born in the mid-1950’s, comes of age in Britain

The Forever Girl– Alexander McCall Smith

The girl follows her longtime love from Scotland to Sydney and to Singapore

Funny Girl– Nick Hornby

The adventures of an intrepid young girl in 1960’s London

Girl in the Moonlight- Charles Dubow

The girl is of shimmering, incandescent beauty with a wild, irrepressible spirit and is the object of his obsession.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk– Kelli Estes

A modern girl discovers secrets left by a young Chinese girl a century before

The Girl Next Door– Ruth Rendell

Does the girl next door know more about the past than she realizes?

Luckiest Girl Alive– Jessica Knoll

Will the girl’s perfect life unravel when the past catches up to her?

Gone Girl–  Gillian Flynn

The girl that started the “Girl” craze!

~Ann

2014 The Twelve Books of Christmas

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The Twelve Books of Christmas

On the first Day of Christmas my library gave to me big little lies BIG LITTLE LIES

On the 2nd Day of Christmas my library gave to meyou should have known YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN

On the 3rd Day of Christmas my library gave to meoutcast THE OUTCAST DEAD

On the 4th Day of Christmas my library gave to me north of boston NORTH OF BOSTON

On the 5th Day of Christmas my library gave to mehusbands THE HUSBAND’S SECRET

On the 6th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to meall birds ALL THE BIRDS SINGING

On the 7th Day of Christmas my library gave to me Dr. sleep DOCTOR SLEEP

On the 8th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to metraveling light TRAVELING LIGHT

On the 9th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to me martian THE MARTIAN

On the 10th Day of Christmas my library gave to meI see you I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE

On the 11thTH Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to me secret THE SECRET PLACE

On the 12th Day of Christmas mylibrary gave to me my soul MY SOUL TO TAKE

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY READING!

~Ann

Big Little Lies- Coming on Tuesday!

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Liane Moriarty follows her massively successful The Husband’s Secret with Big Little Lies. Entertainment Weekly magazine says “A surefire hit… The Aussie author of last year’s runaway hit The Husband’s Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three women.” Don’t miss out; holds are building, but we’ll have plenty of copies!

~Ann

Pure Michigan

Picture yourself on a white sand beach on Lake Michigan by the town of Saugatuck, known as “The Art Coast of Michigan”; imagine yourself sipping wine at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson just down the road from Detroit; perhaps you might find yourself in Paradise, a great little town on the shores of Lake Superior at the north-eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula. The open road is ready to take you there- to Michigan. Your trip begins with our new travel books about Michigan.

Michigan by Laura Martone (5th ed.) is part of the Moon handbooks series. Moon handbooks give you the tools for a great vacation. The can’t miss sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodations are marked with a special designation to be easy to find. With so many quaint spots in Michigan to explore, this full guide comes in handy.

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Michigan by Jeff Counts (3rd ed.) part of the Explorer’s guide series. National Geographic Traveler magazine calls this series “a classy series with encyclopedic coverage” and that’s what you get with this guide. Includes everything you need including getting around, family activities, green space, where to stay, etc. Sidebars mark the author’s favorites in each chapter.

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Backroads & Byways of Michigan : Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions  by Matt Forster (fully revised 2nd ed.) is filled with color photographs and maps. Itineraries and drives are offered that are to places just off the beaten path. Some of the tours include, “The Grape Coast: Michigan’s wine Country,” “Through the Heart of Michigan: Following the Grand River,” and “Superior’s Scenic Shoreline.”

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~Ann

I Spy

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My husband reads as many, if not more books as I do. I frequently take home library books I think he’d be interested in. One recent title is Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance by Julia Angwin. Here’s what he has to say about this new book.

Dragnet Nation: is about how we are always being “watched” when we are online or using our cell phones; the surveillance comes from corporations who want to track what we buy, and from governments who worry that we are criminals. Angwin’s book, full of interesting and sometimes shocking anecdotes, gives a first-person account of her struggle to maintain her privacy in a world that seems determined to take it away.

~Ann

Moriarty is the Name

 

 

 

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No they aren’t sisters or cousins. In fact, Liane Moriarty and Laura Moriarty are not related, but both authors have written highly acclaimed novels within the last few years. Liane is an Australian writer who started out in the advertising and marketing world. Laura earned her degree in social work before pursuing writing and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty is a blockbuster beach read or anytime read. What if you found a letter addressed to you by your husband- to be read only after he’s dead, but right now he’s very much alive. Would you read it? That is Cecelia’s dilemma. It’s one of those books that you just have to tell others about … so if you’ve not yet read it, it makes a perfect book with which to while away the summer!

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is an intriguing look at life, especially for women in the 1920’s. Moriarty has woven a story featuring the the silent film star Louise Brooks as a bratty teenager. In this fictional account young Louise goes to New York City to study dance and is accompanied by an acquaintance of her mother, Cora Carlisle. Cora has her own reasons for wanting to travel from Kansas City to New York, and it all makes for an excellent saga. The Washington Post says” In “The Chaperone,” Moriarty gives us a historically detailed and nuanced portrayal of the social upheaval that spilled into every corner of American life by 1922.”

~Ann